Thursday, July 31, 2008

Farewell to Doug & Family_ 30.07.08

We would like bid farewell to Douglas Ladner and his family who are moving to Penang this month. For those who do not know Douglas, he is one of the founder members of the Leadership Team who started the Subang Jaya Youth Football League in 2000.

Legend has it that Douglas and family came to Malaysia from USA in 1992. Douglas, who is currently the Director of Development of Global Sports Partner, was based in Penang and Indonesia from 1992 to 1998. Doug and his family moved to Subang Jaya in 1998.
The Ladners
Kathleen & Priya

In the year 2000, the idea of setting up a community-based boy’s football league was conceived during a “teh tarik” session between Douglas and a few of his friends. From a humble beginning of 145 boys from Standard One through Six, the league has grown to over 250 players represented in the four age based divisions (U8, U10, U12, U14) across fourteen teams in 2008. What sets this league apart from other league is the emphasis of the league’s core values, i.e. discipline, unity, teamwork, service, family and sportsmanship rather than winning football matches.
Ken Barnes visited in 2005 to check out our league.

Chitra and I have the privilege of getting to know Doug and his family when we got involved with the boys football league with Rama’s participation in the Majors Division in 2000. From the beginning, we were motivated by this energetic and passionate American who kept reminding everyone of the league’s core values and the spirit of volunteerism.
Part of SJCYFL Family: Chitra, Laura, Mary, Kathleen, Douglas, Raj and Qadir in 2008

Over the years, whenever there were conflicts between the LT members, Doug would always be there to try to resolve these disagreements through his long speeches sprinkled with some Malay words and his even longer emails. For his attributes in building relationships, I have always regarded Douglas as our guardian of the league’s core values.
Speech during 2006 SJC Girls’ Futsal

Douglas will always be in his element organizing the annual League’s Service Project, “Sejambak Kasih.” Over the past years, together as families and teams, we would gather foodstuffs and distribute hundreds of food hampers (packed in boxes) for needy families through charitable organizations.
2003 Sejambak Kasih
Douglas has also been a great advocate for the development of Ultimate Frisbees among the students in Subang Jaya and ultimately in Malaysia through his promotion and association with various Government bodies.

We are also very grateful for his persistent efforts in the repair of the USJ4 school field with the involvement of MPSJ, Subang Jaya Assemblyman, Sime Darby and the school authorities which has cultimated with the construction works currently being done at the field.

We, along with other LT families, dropped by to visit Doug and family on 13th July 2008 to bid farewell. We had a pizza party and reminisced about old times.

Pizza feast at Doug’s home
Group photo on 13.07.08

Doug, we bid you and your family the best of luck and best of everything. We shall miss you especially your wisdom, enthusiasm and positive outlook in any situations.
A quote that reminds me of Doug: "I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel." —Maya Angelou, American poet.

Thank you for the memories.

1 comment:

Tun Kamalul said...

Adios Doug and family,

We met your family last year. I was impressed with your Bahasa which is better than mine.

Penang is a nice place to live, except the daily traffic. They are worse than Klang Valley.

Hope you enjoy new found friends in Penang.