Another 3 very interesting exhibition covers. These 3 covers were issued to commemorate the YMCA Stamp Club Exhibition in Penang from 5th to 7th December 1986. The event was held in YMCA Hall in Macalister Road, Penang (the current full address is 211, Jalan Macalister, 10450 Pulau Pinang, Malaysia).
5 Dec - Stamp Club Day: To promote YMCA Stamp Club and attract more member
6 Dec - Stamp Collecting Day: To promote stamp collecting hobby.
7 Dec - Pesta Pulau Pinang Day: To promote Penang tourism. Pesta Penang is often held in December month where fun park is set up for public to enjoy the fun.
"Original YMCA Emblem"
YMCA actually stand for "Young Men's Christian Association". The above is their original emblem. First, there is a double circle. One circle is for the completeness and unity of life relating to the universe and to all the laws of nature. The second circle has the symbolism of a wedding ring-friend, love without end among individuals. Within these two circles the rest of the emblem is placed. They are the Greek letters Chi Rho. These are the first two letters of the Greek word for Christ and are themselves the emblem of early Christianity.
There is the double triangle:The large triangle stand for the trinity within the Godhead; that of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, and represents the complete cooperation and unity between them in trying to show the world the true way of life.The second triangle stands for the trinity within men – that of the spirit, mind and body. Here there is where part of our work fits in, that of developing the life of youth into the fullness of growth. And then in the centre is the Bible, the Holy Scriptures, open to Christ’s intercessory prayer; the Gospel of John, the 17th Chapter and the 21st verse which reads:
“THAT THEY ALL MAY BE ONE; AS THOU, FATHER, ART IN ME, AND I IN THEE, THAT THEY ALSO MAY BE ONE IN US; THAT THE WORLD MAY BELIEVE THAT THOU HAST SENT ME.”
YMCA is originally open to cristian only. However, it is now also open to non-christian. Thus, the emblem has also changed to the below:
The RED TRIANGLE with the three equal sides is the well-known YMCA symbol. It represents the equal development of the person SPIRITUALLY, MENTALLY and PHYSICALLY.
In 1986, YMCA Stamp Club prove to be a active club by holding such a meaningful stamp exhibition. However, the club has now ceased to exist. The only club which still exist currently in YMCA penang are Amasteur Radia Club, Ballroom Dance Club and Toastmasters Club.
YMCA always put in effort in ascertain the well-being of the society. They are a community-based non-profit organization dedicated to facilitating and promoting the spiritual, mental, physical and social development of individuals thereby making them responsible citizens of our country. YMCA seek to transcend all divisions and barriers of class, race, sex, nationality and political opinion through our various programs i.e. recreational and social programs, youth programs to direct the youth towards healthy recreational activities.
Lastly, I conclude this blog by dedicating this song to all of you:
"Village People - YMCA (Original Music Video)"