Joy as Young Leaders – 02/11/09

The North Star

Vol. I, No. 02* 11 February 2009

clt jolexBy JCI Mem. JOLEX YU LIM, CLT
2008 President

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.

0211 - jyl - doña ritaThe quartermaster gave me a good orientation about cruising at sea.

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?

Pointers

The North Star is the prominent pole star that lies closest in the sky to the north celestial pole and which appears (approximately) directly overhead to an observer at the Earth’s North Pole.

Currently, this is Polaris.

The North Star lies about two-thirds of a degree from the pole at the end of the “bob” of the Little Dipper in the constellation Ursa Minor. Polaris has a visual magnitude of 1.97 (second magnitude).

(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.)

0211 - jyl - polarisA common method for locating Polaris in the sky is to use the “pointer stars,” the two stars furthest from the “handle” of the easily spotted Big Dipper (part of the Ursa Major constellation).

The North Star has been used for navigation, both to find the direction of north and to determine latitude. It has been used by lost campers to find their way back home.

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 sight

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.

P.S.On my way back to Cebu, I metJCI Mem. Darwin Manubag, CNT (NG) who happened to be attending an alumni homecoming of Mindanao State University.I’m glad to know more about him, a JCI trainer and past NVP for Northern Mindanao.

P.S.On my way back to Cebu, I metJCI Mem. Darwin Manubag, CNT (NG) who happened to be attending an alumni homecoming of Mindanao State University.I’m glad to know more about him, a JCI trainer and past NVP for Northern Mindanao.

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.

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