President’s Report – May 2016

Lorin RoweHarold Jurgens, our Editor of Pinoy Sa Bundok Taranaki Publication has respectfully announced his retirement few months ago. Harold has been loyal and very committed in making Society’s long time official circulation. Aside from making the newsletter, Harold also played a big role in making souvenir programmes of “Journey to the Manger Concert” and “Pistang Pilipino Sa NP 2014”. He has seen and dealt with different leaders of the past terms and have been very helpful in decision making during AGM. Harold is a private person and doesn’t come to Society’s function very often, but would do anything asked for the Society. Age and health issues are the reason why Harold has decided to retire. He wanted to enjoy his retirement life and yet, still willing to help with the printing of the newsletter. He thinks that there are now more younger generations and highly intellectual individuals that are capable of doing the modern digital media. On behalf of Taranaki Filipino Society Inc., I would like to express our heartfelt gratitude for all the years of hard work and passion he has offered to the Society. All the best to the future. God bless you Harold!

Colin RoweTFSI Introducing…….. Colin Rowe is our new Editor of Pinoy Sa Bundok Taranaki. Colin is a WITT student and is currently studying Graphics Design. With his knowledge and passion in digital media, that makes him a highly qualified for creating our new look newsletter. Colin was TFSI’s Graphic Designer and Photographer during Pistang Pilipino Sa NP 2014. Even Gene Orejana, Big Boss of Western Union (Major Sponsor of Pistang Pilipino 2014), verbally congratulated and praised Colin for his amazing job. None in Pistang Pilipino history has ever done such an amazing creative effect design used as a background on stage. Well done Colin! The decision for Colin as our Editor was agreed and made by the Executive Committee. Good luck Colin!

Since Colin will take over Harold’s job, Colin and I have decided to give our newsletter a new look. Consulted by our Adviser, Edna Wilson, the Committee and some members, the new look was well approved. After years of the same look and color, it’s time to revamp and discover the creative world of digital media. Readers and members would expect different changes in format of front page, even the color and location of featured background, depending on every edition and season of the year. This will be a challenge for me and Colin. As a mother, I will still be guiding him in everything he edits in our newsletter. Members can submit their ideas, photos, notices or advertisement. Please feel free to contact us.

On other matter……..

April was a Month of “Best Wishes” and “Congratulations”, to those who have celebrated special occasions. TFSI would like to congratulate the following:

TFSI Baby…..congratulations to Ouksa & Kaven Kessney on the arrival of their baby boy named Thomas Phillip Kessney. Welcome to the world baby Thomas!

Congratulations to Mrs. Prescilla Ban & Mr. David Ban, our committee couple for tying a knot last month.The wedding was officiated by Jun Lamorena, JIL Leader (NP) and spearhead of our Journey To The Manger Concert in 2005.Thanks to all their family and friends for making their wedding day a very memorable day. We wish you both happiness and blessings.

Congratulations to our younger generations namely Kristel Schmidt, Christhan Jimenez, Trisha Bonete, KC & Sean Panadero for receiving their First Communion at St. John Bosco Church.

Congratulations to Reverend Father Freddie Barte for reaching a milestone of 25th year Sacerdotal Anniversary. The celebration was highly organized by committee members of Catholic Parish Group in Taranaki. Special Mass was officiated by Bishop Reverend Charles Edward Drennan, DD and joined by other priests. Thank you to all who have attended the Commemorative Mass for Father Barte and thank you to those who have brought shared foods and drinks.

Congratulations to Maria Cashmore for becoming JP or Justice of the Peace of NZ. Maria is a Planner at South Taranaki District Council. A highly educated woman, Maria studied Bachelor of Science in Medical Technology at UST and Doctor of Medicine at Manila Central. And now currently studying Masters in Planning at Massey University. Maria and her dance group called Modern Jivers took the stage by storm when they performed during Pageant Night at Pistang Pilipino Sa NP 2014. Please contact Maria if you need her service. Well done Maria and all the best for the future!

What’s on……..

Masquerade Ball, our end the term party is set on 28th May 2016, Beach Street Hall Fitzroy, 6 PM start. Entrance fee is $2.00 per person. Please bring shared foods and drinks. Fancy costumes are essential. Music, dance, games and best attire is the highlight of the night. Please start looking for the best costumes now. Parents/adults must supervise their own child/children. Everyone is invited!

Don’t forget……AGM is set on 18th of June 2016, Beach Street Hall Fitzroy, 6 PM Start. Agenda: Minutes from last AGM, President’s Annual Report, Annual Financial Report, Election of Officers of the Executive Committee, Appointment of Auditor & Adviser, Fixing of Membership Fee for Ensuing Year & other General Issues. This will be my last report in this term. President’s Annual Report will be available in the next newsletter. This year has been a challenge and full of commitments. Thank you all for your overwhelming support. Good luck to the next set of new officers. See you all!

Lorin Rowe

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