Quarterly Report from EWCA Alumni Chapters (April 2014)

CHAPTER DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE

QUARTERLY REPORTS, EXECUTIVE BOARD MEETING (4/17/2014)

RESPECTFULLY SUBMITTED BY: Estrella Besinga Sybinsky, VP Chapters

ALOHA AND A HAPPY SPRING TO OUR US & INTERNATIONAL CHAPTERS!

As always, Mahalo and sincere appreciation for your submissions.

Twenty one chapters responded this quarter.

The following chapters and chapter leaders are: 1) Bangladesh Chapter (Abu A.M. Ekramul Ahsan) 2) Brisbane Chapter (Iraphne Childs) 3) California, Northern Chapter (Barbara Bornet Stumph) 4) California, Southern Chapter (Claire Langham) 5) Chennai Chapter (PM Belliappa) 6) Faisalabad Chapter (Muhammad Ibrahim) 7) Hawaii Chapter (Carl Hefner) 8) Hanoi Chapter (Hoang Hoe) 9) Korea Chapter (Jeong Taik Lee) 10) Lahore Chapter (Arfa Zehra) 11) Latin America Chapter (Laura Viana) 12) Myanmar Chapter (Thein Lwin) 13) Mumbai Chapter (Sarosh Bana) 14) Nepal Chapter (Nirendra Maske) 15) New York Chapter (Bill Armbruster) 16) Okinawa Chapter (Keiko Yamazato) 17) Philippines Chapter (Ramon Clarete/Pauline Bautista) 18) Singapore Chapter (Alice Seok-Hoon Seng) 19) Taiwan Chapter (Nora Chiang) 20) Tokyo Chapter (Yasukata Yano) 21) Washington D.C. (Jacob Dowd/Mary Jo Furgal).
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Quarterly Report from EWCA Alumni Chapters (January 2014)

CHAPTER DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE

QUARTERLY REPORTS, EXECUTIVE BOARD MEETING (01/16/2014)

RESPECTFULLY SUBMITTED BY: Estrella Besinga Sybinsky, VP Chapters

ALOHA TO OUR US & INTERNATIONAL CHAPTERS AND A HAPPY NEW YEAR.  Mahalo to our chapters and chapter leaders for your positive response to the call for quarterly reports.  As always, your submissions are sincerely appreciated.

Twenty-one chapters responded this quarter.

The followings chapters & chapter leaders are:  1) Brisbane Chapter (Iraphne Childs) 2) Northern California Chapter (Barbara Bornet Stumph)  3) Southern California Chapter (Claire Langham Richmond)  4) Chennai Chapter (Secretary S. Rajamani)  5) Hawaii Chapter (Carl Hefner)  6) Kansai Chapter (Seiko Furuhashi)  7) Karachi Chapter (Kamal Siddiqi)  8) Korea Chapter (Jung Talk Lee)  9) Lahore Chapter (Arfa Zehra) 10) Lao Chapter (Chantavong Saignasith)  11) Mumbai India (Sarosh Bana)  12) Myanmar Chapter (Soe Win/Soe Naing)  13) Nepal Chapter (Nirendra Maske)  14) New York Chapter (Bill Armbruster)  15) Okinawa Chapter (Keiko Yamazato)  16) Philippine Chapter (Pauline Bautista)  17) PNG Chapter (Solomon Kantha)  18) Singapore Chapter (Alice Seng Seok Hoon)  19) Taiwan Chapter (Nora Chiang)  20) Tokyo Chapter (Yasukata Yano)  21) Washington D.C. Chapter (Jacob Dowd). Continue reading

Quarterly Report from EWCA Alumni Chapters (July 2013)

CHAPTER DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE
QUARTERLY REPORTS, EXECUTIVE BOARD MEETING (7/18/13)
RESPECTFULLY SUBMITTED BY: Estrella Besinga Sybinsky

ALOHA TO ALL OF OUR US & INTERNATIONAL CHAPTERS!  My personal sympathies for those among us who are inconvenienced by a climate that is hotter than usual, for the heavy rains/flooding that comes with the monsoon season and for those who have lost loved ones. For all of our chapters, mahalo for your chapter responses, and as always, we hope that those unable to respond this quarter, will do so in the next.

The following chapters & chapter leaders responded:  1) APLP Alumni Chapter (Vinh Ho)  2) Brisbane Australia Chapter (Iraphne Childs) 3)  Faisalabad Pakistan Chapter (Muhammad Ibrahim) 4) Kathmandu Nepal Chapter (Nirendra Maske)  5) Lahore, Pakistan Chapter (Arfa Sayeda Zehra)  6) Laos Chapter (Chantavong Saignasith) 7) Mumbai India Chapter (Sarosh Bana)  8) Nagoya Japan Chapter (Yasuo Hoshino) 9) Northern CA Chapter (Barbara Bornet Stumph) 10) Okinawa Japan Chapter (Keiko Yamazato) 11) Papua New Guinea Chapter (Solomon Kantha)  12) Philippines Chapter (Ramon Clarete/ Pauline Bautista).
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Quarterly Report from EWCA Alumni Chapters (April 2012)

CHAPTER DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE: EWCA

QUARTERLY REPORTS, EXECUTIVE BOARD MEETING (4/19-4/20/2012)

RESPECTFULLY SUBMITTED BY ESTRELLA BESINGA SYBINSKY

I am happy to inform the Executive Board that nineteen chapters responded to the call for Chapter Quarterly Reports for our April, 2012 meeting.  Though some chapters have not had much to report for this quarter, we continue to thank you for your response.

The following chapters submitted their quarterly report:  1) Bangladesh Chapter (Abu A.M. Ekramul Ahsan)  2)  Beijing Chapter (Pan Zhongming)  3)  Brisbane Chapter (Iraphne Childs)  4)  Chicago Chapter  (Pam Drymiller)  5)  Faisalabad Chapter (Muhammad Ibrahim)  6)  Hanoi Chapter (Hoang Hoe)
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Quarterly Report from EWCA Alumni Chapters (January 2012)

CHAPTER DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE REPORT, EWCA QUARTERLY REPORTS FOR EXECUTIVE BOARD MEETING ON 1/19/2012 RESPECTFULLY SUBMITTED BY ESTRELLA BESINGA SYBINSKY (revised 2/1/12)

HAPPY NEW YEAR!  I am pleased to report that despite the holiday hectic schedule, eighteen (18) chapters from our US and international chapters took the time to send in their quarterly reports. Mahalo.

The following chapter leaders submitted their quarterly reports:  1) Arizona (Tomi Johnston)*, 2) Brisbane (Iraphne Childs)*, 3)  Chennai (P. Subramaniyam), 4)  Faisalabad, Pakistan (Muhammad Ibrahim), 5)  Hanoi (Hoe Hoang), 6)  Korea (Jeong Taik Lee), 7) Lahore, Pakistan (Arfa Zehra), 8)  Mumbai (Sarosh Bana)*, 9) Myanmar (U Thein Lwin), 10) Nepal, Kathmandu ( Nirendra Maske), 11)  New York  (Anthony J. Pennings), 12) Northern CA (Barbara Bornet), 13) Okinawa (Fumio Teruya)*, 14) Philippines (Ramon Clarete), 15) Singapore (Alice Seng Seok Hoon), 16) Tokyo (Shigeo Tonoike), 17) Vientiane (Chanthavong Saignasith)*, 18) Washington D.C. (Mary Jo Furgal)

* Chapter report was received after submission of committee report to the Executive Board.  It is included in this revised report dated 2/1/12.
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Dr. V. Bruce J. Tolentino Appointed as The Asia Foundation’s Afghanistan Country Representative

Bruce Tolentino

Dr. V. Bruce J. Tolentino (Photo Credit: The Asia Foundation website)

The Asia Foundation has announced the appointment of Dr. V. Bruce J. Tolentino (EAPI 82 and member of the EWCA Northern California Chapter) as The Asia Foundation’s (next) Country Representative, Afghanistan, effective around June 15, 2011. Currently, Dr. Tolentino is the Foundation’s San Francisco-based Director, Economic Reform and Development (the Foundation’s Chief Economist), and has superb credentials and decades of senior level program, management, representational, and fund-raising/donor experience.

Bruce is a former cabinet-level official of the Government of the Philippines and a seasoned international development specialist, having worked for numerous international policy research and donor agencies, including, but not limited to, the World Bank, Asian Development Bank, and multiple agencies within the United Nations system. Having led and directed large scale and diverse programs and teams in challenging (in some cases extraordinarily challenging) environments in Somalia, Cambodia, Southern Philippines, Aceh and Myanmar, Bruce will bring a wealth of relevant field leadership and management experience to the tasks at hand in Afghanistan.

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Around the World with the EWCA Chapters

The East-West Center Association (EWCA) represents the 55,000 individuals who have participated in East-West Center programs since it was established in 1960. EWCA provides many programs and services for its members throughout Asia, the Pacific, and the United States. These services and programs are designed to support the Center’s mission to help build an Asia Pacific Community and to extend the outreach of the East-West Center.

There are nearly 50 East-West Center Association (EWCA) chapters throughout Asia Pacific and the United States. The goal of each chapter is to support the Center by broadening its outreach throughout the region. Chapters facilitate professional networking through a variety of activities including informal get-togethers, seminars, lectures, and workshops. Chapters also support the Center by helping to recruit qualified participants for Center programs, increasing awareness of the Center, and carrying our community service projects.

In November 2009, we received a series of reports from more than a dozen of EWCA Chapters, here is a summary from some of their activities in the year 2009. While some of the reports include activities that have already happened in this 2010, the reports provide a clear idea of the activities that the EWCA Chapters.

Reading these chapter reports shows the active international network of the East-West Center Association, and is like traveling around the world without leaving your chair.

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