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LIGHT UP, ROTARY!”
RI theme for 2014-2015
“ You are the light of the world. A
city set on a mountain cannot be hidden. Nor they light a lamp and then put in under a bushel basket. It is set on the lampstand where it gives s light to all in the house!”
----- Matthew 5 : 14 -15
The Global Kalinga e-Rotary Club, one of the lst electronic-based Rotary Clubs in the Philippines and Asia was born (chartered) on October 12, 2011 during the term of our indefatigable PDG Jess Cifra, with 40 charter mem- bers that included Past RI President MAT Caparas and GK founderTony
Meloto who lent their good name and
reputation to attract equally good heart-ed people. Our last name “Kalinga” literally means “giving tender care” emanating from several countries of the world --- from Austria to China, from Canada to America --- where our growing membership now resides.
Likened to a two-year old toddler, GKeRC is now restlessly walking
more as if it is already an established Rotary Club. Despite the lack of fellowship opportunities every week that traditional clubs have, there are also many advantages of an e-club that primarily “meets” and communicates in cyberspace, with the 21st century social tools of communication, like the
internet, Skype, Twitter or Face Book
or Face Time. The lack of physical meetings that nurture closer fellowships coupled with the reality that many of our older members are not quite savvy
nor always wired to the Internet or Face
Book is probably the # 1 challenge of e-clubs. However, e-clubs can attract many quality people, including former Rotarians, especially those very busy people or those who travel frequently
that attending a weekly meeting is
almost impossible. E-Rotary member-ship dues cost much lower as dinner or lunches, commuting expenses are mini-mal, resulting into lots of savings that can then be channeled to any worthy
Despite all the above-mentioned challenges, however, this Rotarian leader who founded our GK e-Rotary Club is convinced that e-Clubs must be embraced and marketed more aggres-sively by all Rotarians in order to attract our young adults, the Next Generations after us, Baby Boomers. Although it is not mandated by RI, our e-Club since our charter date has decided to have
physical meetings monthly to enjoy
for that necessary fellowship as well to hear our members’ craft talks, and to have great speakers to share their
Rotary knowledge and experiences, or
simply their unique professional exper-tise or vocations.
This optional meetings in Orange
County (where Disneyland Anaheim is situated) has become an invisible glue connecting our members stronger and faster. Our special dinner meeting last January 28th to host our DGE Sammy Pagdilao Jr. from Quezon City D-3780 who delivered a very inspiring address before our membership, with VIP guests in attendance, such as DG
Global Kalinga E-Rotary Club: The Bridge and Portal of Philip-pine Rotary Clubs to America
By: Dennis E. Chua, Esq.One way of obtaining an immigrant visa here in the United States is through a petition led by the US citizen or legal permanent resident spouse. The US citizen or legal permanent resident spouse must le an immigrant petition with the US Citizenship and Immigra-tions Services (USCIS) to start the immigrant visa process. Depending on where the beneciary spouse is at the time the petition is led, the beneciary spouse may either le an adjustment of status application concurrently with the immigrant petition to be led by the US citizen spouse or opt for consular pro-cessing if the beneciary spouse resides outside the United States.It will usually take several months before the petition is approved by the USCIS or a visa issued to the benecia-ry spouse. In the meantime the spouses may have separated or are no longer liv-ing together as husband and wife. What then happens to the petition if it has not yet been approved; or if approved, what happens to the visa application? A lot of people think that the pending petition or adjustment of status application will be denied since the spouses are no lon-ger living together. This is not necessar-
ily the case.
Current regulations and case decisions are in unison in stating that even though
the parties had separated and the mar-
riage was no longer viable, so long as the marriage was bona de at inception, the immigrant petition or adjustment of status application should not be denied.To illustrate, we revisit one of the cases that we have had the opportunity
to handle. In this case, Loreto entered
the country using a visitor’s visa. He did not leave the country when his authorized stay expired. He is now what we call a TNT. Unfortunately, he came under the radar of the immigration of-cials when he was convicted of a crime.
In the meantime, he got married to his
US citizen girlfriend, Danica while in removal proceedings. Danica led a petition for Loreto. They were eventu-ally interviewed by the USCIS and after the interview, the USCIS approved the
petition. For some reason, it took some
time before the immigration court could schedule a hearing date for Loreto. By the time a hearing date was scheduled, Loreto was no longer living together with Danica. The immigration judge is now requesting Loreto to submit proof that the marriage is still viable before he can proceed with his adjustment applica-tion in court. Loreto approached our of-ce when his former attorney of record withdrew from the case. Our ofce was then able to successfully argue before the Immigration Court that Loreto can still proceed with his adjustment ap- plication despite the fact that he was no longer living together with Danica.
Atty. Dennis E. Chua is a partner in The Law Firm of Chua Tinsay and
Vega (CTV) - a full service law ﬁrm with ofﬁces in San Francisco, San Diego, Sacramento and Manila. The
information presented in this article is for general information only and is not, nor intended to be formal legal advice nor the formation of an attorney-client relationship. Call or e-mail CTV for an in-person or phone consultation to discuss your particular situation and/ or how their services may be retained at (415) 495-8088; (619) 955-6277; (916) 509-7280; Dchua@ctvattys.com
Immigrant Visa Issuance After
ABS CBN News | MANILA, 2/4/2014
-- While the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) has been listed as one of the worst airports in the world, it can boast of honest workers.One of them is porter Jony Villon who recently returned $4,800 or more than P210,000 in cash to its rightful owner, who is an OFW.Villon said that as a former OFW in Israel, he understands how valuable an OFW's earnings are."Alam ko po ang hirap ng isang OFW, kung kaya hindi ko naisip na ibulsa yung napulot ko," Villon, breadwinner of his family, said.Back in April 2012, Mary Jennifer
Doroga, a janitress at NAIA Terminal
1, returned an estimated amount of P1.2 million worth of foreign money left by a
passenger.Doroga, who was tasked to clean the
Customs arrival area at NAIA Terminal 1, found the money inside a wallet in a transparent plastic pouch.
The 33-year-old janitress is still the
breadwinner of her family. All her sib-lings have their own families already."Siya lang ang mag isang aking katu-long tulong. Sabi ko nga mag-ano-ano
ka na sa sarili mo dahil matanda ka na,
ako matanda na rin, naku!" her mother
,Teodora, saidHad she chosen to keep the money,
all of her nancial woes could have ended. But Doroga said she values her
principles more than money."Kahit pa na gipit ako, di ko naisip
itago yung pera. At least nakakatulog ako ng mahimbing dahil hindi ko pinag-interesan 'yung pera na 'yun," she said.Doroga said she is happy to be an inspiration to her fellow workers."Pag nakikita po nila ako, sinasabi nila, 'oi napanood kita! Good work, pagbutihin mo!'" she said.
Like Doroga, porter Daniel Valentin
could have also ended his nancial problems when he found P100,000 inside a wallet accidentally left behind by a returning OFW from Dubai.But instead of keeping the money,
Valentin immediately called the atten-
tion of his superiors so they can return
the wallet to its owner.
Valentin said he never had second thoughts on keeping the wallet because he believes in karma.
"Hindi ko na po pinag-isipan na itago
ang wallet dahil alam ko na kung sino
man ang may-ari ay mayroon itong paglalaanan," he said.
Alma Oandasan, sanitation head of the
NAIA terminal 1, said while the airport
has been called worst in the world, we should still be proud of our honest kababayans."Worst airport man tayo in terms of facilities, dahil luma sa talaga itong terminal natin, pero ang masasabi ko
naman e honest ang ating mga janitors at kinararangal namin sila," she said.—
with reports from Bettina Magsaysay and Raoul Esperas, ABS-CBN News
World's worst airport boasts
of honest porters