Board of Directors 2013-2015
On 14 August 2013, Kechara had its historic last Liaison Council’s meeting.
The Liaison Council has been the main group of people who build and sustain Kechara. It is thanks to these group of dedicated Kecharians that Kechara has evolved to where it is now. We have 13 departments ranging from a publishing house, to a soup kitchen to even shopping outlets, because of these hardworking Liaisons. They found the sponsorship, got the volunteers, led the department, got the relevant papers sorted, paid the bills, maintained the facilities etc etc.
As we are continuing to grow rapidly, the Liaisons have kindly decided to make changes to our organization’s structure. The changes is to create more involvement from all Kechara members and to ensure continuous dynamism and generation of fresh ideas.
On 14 August, the name Liaison Council was officially changed to Board of Directors (BOD). The Liaison Council did their last prayer and dedication, and was officially dissolved. During the interim period, Kechara members were allowed to submit their names to run for BOD candidacy.
On 8 September 2013, 19 Kechara members ran their individual campaigns at Kechara House for 16 BOD positions. The 18 running candidates were:
1. Irene Lim
2. Khong Jean Ai
3. Chuah Su Ming
4. Nicholas Yu
5. Pastor Yek Yee
6. Miss Han Siew Hong
7. Dato’ Ruby
8. Beng Kooi
9. Datuk May
10. Paul Yap
11. Adeline Woon
12. Andrew Boon
13. Li Kim
14. James Long
15. Moh Mei
16. Henry Ooi
17. JP Thong
18. Wai Meng
Each of the candidates had their turn to give their campaign speech to an audience that was open for all Kechara members to witness and participate in.
After the campaign speeches, Life A members were invited to vote. In Kechara, we have different categories of members, however only Life A members have the privilege to vote.
After the 16 new Board of Directors were announced, I decided to come to Kechara House to congratulate all who ran for BOD elections and to the new Board of Directors. For the next 2 years, until the next elections, they will be the governing body who will take care of the day to day affairs of the secular aspects of Kechara.
The Liaison Council offered me the right as the Spiritual Advisor of Kechara to appoint 6 BOD members. I felt that one of my long-time student Colin Tan, whom I have known since he was very young, would serve to be an effective BOD. His loyalty and passion towards spreading the Dharma is consistent and unshakeable.
At Kechara House, I gave a short talk on who the previous liaisons were, their functions, the new direction and the purpose of having a Board of Directors for Kechara. The talk was recorded, do watch the video below to understand more.
I congratulate all who ran for candidacy. They are those who care enough to be a BOD as it will enable them to be part of the decision-making process for the future of Kechara. After the elections, I took the new Board of Directors to Kechara Oasis for a celebratory dinner where our first unofficial meeting started. It was an auspicious date that marked the beginning of many exciting and beneficial things to come!
Please send your prayers and good wishes to the new Board of Directors: Jean Ai, Su Ming, Nicholas, Pastor Yek Yee, Miss Han, Dato’ Ruby, Beng Kooi, Datuk May, Paul, Adeline, Li Kim, James, Moh Mei, Henry, JP and Colin Tan!
Su Ming giving her campaign speech…
Andrew giving his campaign speech…
Miss Han giving her campaign speech… Miss Han is currently recovering from a serious illness but still wanted to tell others why they should vote for her! How wonderful.
Jean Ai, the youngest candidate, giving her campaign speech…
Pastor Yek Yee giving her campaign speech…
Irene giving her campaign speech…
Dato’ Ruby giving her campaign speech…
James giving his campaign speech…
Moh Mei giving her campaign speech…
Beng Kooi giving her campaign speech…
Henry giving his campaign speech…
Li Kim giving her campaign speech…
Datuk May giving her campaign speech…
JP giving his campaign speech…
Wai Meng giving his campaign speech…
Adeline giving her campaign speech…
Paul giving his campaign speech…
Nicholas giving his campaign speech…
3 of the candidates: Irene, Pastor Yek Yee and Miss Han (left to right) listening to another candidates speech.
Andrew was the first speaker.
Abby (left) and Niral were the emcees for that evening. All of our events have bilingual commentaries in order to accommodate everyone.
The process of voting was explained to the eligible voters.
Life A members queuing up to vote.
4 Life A members voting at their individual booths.
Registering to vote.
Uncle Lai, a devoted Dharma student, voting for his choice of BOD.
Chia registering to vote.
Jean Ai submitting her voting sheet in the ballot box.
The three registration girls watching that voters do not speak to each other while voting.
The results being tabulated.
Each voting sheet being tabulated.
Lew checking each voting sheet.
Each vote was announced to the public for transparency purposes.
After the results were announced, I came to congratulate everyone who ran for candidacy.
I was very happy to be part of this historic occasion for Kechara.
Through this new direction, Kechara will be able to continue and be self-sufficient for many many years to come.
Our first BOD picture.
6 of the 19 candidates poster!
10 September 2013: Swearing In
JP reading the motivation behind serving as a Board of Director for Kechara.
A khata is offered to Buddha Shakyamuni on behalf of all of the BOD.
A khata around Buddha Shakyamuni.
JP leading the prayers…
Reading out the King of Prayers together… they then do a serkym offering to Lord Setrap.
( I posted this alittle late. Sorry folks, but better late than never. Tsem Rinpoche)
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