The North Star
Vol. I, No. 02* 11 February 2009
I just came from my immersion trip with m/v Doña Rita, the passenger and cargo ship of Gothong Southern that plies the Cebu-Cagayan-Cebu and Cagayan-Jagna-Cagayan routes.
Was it business, or pleasure? Purely business.
I have to work while on-board this beautiful ship, even if it meant missing the moment to ceremonially turnover the leadership of JCI Cebu-Mactan Channel to JCI Mem. Emi Rose R. Parcon as 2009 President.
The order of the day was to meet and greet the officers and crew of the vessel. I was guided by one of the crew to the bridge. Surprisingly, it was so dark inside the bridge. All I saw were gadgets with yellow back-lights.
The darkness inside the bridge allowed the crew to monitor vessels approaching within our radius.Flickers of white lights coming from the south reclamation area were noticeable.
It starts with a passage or voyage planning, a procedure that describes a vessel’s voyage from start to finish. It includes leaving the dock and harbor area, the en route portion of a voyage, approaching the destination, and mooring.
How do they find the direction?
Currently, this is Polaris.
(Some people mistakenly think that Polaris is the brightest star in the night sky. This title belongs to Sirius, and there are dozens of other stars also brighter than Polaris.)
It always appears due north in the sky, and the angle it makes with respect to the horizon is equal to the latitude of the observer. The North Star is visible only in northern hemisphere skies and so cannot be used for navigation south of the equator.
In JCI, our “North Star” is our mission and vision.
JCI mission states To provide development opportunities that empower young people to create positive change.
Our JCI vision is To be the leading global network of young active citizens.
The JCI Vision and Mission had always been our guide when we served as 2008 President of JCI Cebu-Mactan Channel. We would validate it a project or an activity that we do adheres to the vision and promotes the mission.
Also, we made sure we provided members with exciting projects that would benefit them and the community as well.
This has been so with our award-winning projects, like Read to Lead and Work’trepreneurship , as well as the others, like JCI Blood Drive, and even our bowlingand Poker fellowship activities.
We actively network with other local chapters and international LOMs, like JCI Nam Daegu (South Daegu Jaycees of Korea), to maximize our learnings and build friendships.
Pursuing projects in JCI with our “North Star” in sight make our members want to Be Better and become genuine Active Citizens.
Let us also be guided by the same “North Star” at work, at home and in our community.