The Power of Attitude
I grew up in Trenton, a west Tennessee town of five thousand people. I have wonderful memories of those first eighteen years, and many people in Trenton influenced my life in very positive ways. My football coach, Walter Kilzer, taught me the importance of hard work, discipline, and believing in myself. My history teacher, Fred Culp, is still the funniest person I’ve ever met. He taught me that a sense of humor, and especially laughing at yourself, can be one of life’s greatest blessings.But my father was my hero. He taught me many things, but at the top of the list, he taught me to treat people with love and respect…to live the Golden Rule. I remember one particular instance of him teaching this “life lesson” as if it were yesterday. Dad owned a furniture store, and I used to dust the furniture every Wednesday after school to earn my allowance. One afternoon I observed my Dad talking to all the customers as they came in…the hardware store owner, the banker, a farmer, a doctor. At the end of the day, just as Dad was closing, the garbage collector came in.

I was ready to go home, and I thought that surely Dad wouldn’t spend too much time with him. But I was wrong. Dad greeted him at the door with a big hug and talked with him about his wife and son who had been in a car accident the month before. He empathized, he asked questions, he listened, and he listened some more. I kept looking at the clock, and when the man finally left, I asked, “Dad, why did you spend so much time with him? He’s just the garbage collector.” Dad then looked at me, locked the front door to the store, and said, “Son, let’s talk.”

He said, “I’m your father and I tell you lots of stuff as all fathers should, but if you remember nothing else I ever tell you, remember this…treat every human being just the way that you would want to be treated.” He said, “I know this is not the first time you’ve heard it, but I want to make sure it’s the first time you truly understand it, because if you had understood, you would never have said what you said.” We sat there and talked for another hour about the meaning and the power of the Golden Rule. Dad said, “If you live the Golden Rule everything else in life will usually work itself out, but if you don’t, your life probably will be very unhappy and without meaning.”

I recently heard someone say, “If you teach your child the Golden Rule, you will have left them an estate of incalculable value.” Truer words were never spoken.

What you just read is one of 28 short chapters in The Power of Attitude. It was titled: “Rule #1…It’s Golden.

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36th Anniversary Celebrations of the GOA NSW

GOA wins the inaugural GoAraia Cricket Cup


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MANGO Cup 2012


Congratulations to the Goan Team which once again finished as runners up at the MANGO Cup 2012


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GOA NSW SPORTS CARNIVAL 16th September 2012


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WORLD GOA DAY 2012 in Sydney


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GOA 35th Anniversary Celebrations video

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Over 330 members and guests had a fabulous evening. We thank you all for your strong support


Date: Sunday, 10th June 2012

Please arrive from 6.00 pm – grab a complimentary drink and check in early – Starting Time sharp at:6.30 pm to 12.30 am

Please note: Its the Sunday before the Queen’s Birthday long weekend

Venue: Grand Royal Function Centre


51-61 South Street Granville NSW 2142.


2 minutes walk from Granville Station


Band: The Breakaways


Guest appearance: Celebrated Goan Artist – Jose Fernandes – Engelbert of Bombay and Goan Elvis of Australia


Performing popular Konkani-Portuguese songs, Mandos and Masala dance sessions

3 course dinner

FREE Scotch, Beer, Wine and Soft Drinks (limited variety) with the compliments of the GOA NSW Inc.!!!

GOA NSW Youth Bowling and Lazer Tag Night


It’s been a long time coming, but the GOA NSW officially has a youth group. We are hoping to build a strong social network between the young Goans in New South Wales. We have established a Facebook Fan Page titled ‘GOA NSW Youth.’ It’s easy enough to connect with the youth group via Facebook, just follow these simple steps:

• Log on to your Facebook account
• Type into your web browser –
• Click on the ‘Like’ button
• And you’re in 
• Share and invite your friends to join this page too.

On Saturday the 28th April, we had our first official ‘event’ which was a Bowling/Laser Tag Night, in the city. I have to admit, I was a little apprehensive in the lead up to the day. I wasn’t sure anyone would be interested in the youth group venture. However, on the day itself I needn’t have worried. We had an excellent turnout, for our first ‘event’ there were 18 young people who attended. We had youth attending from various parts of NSW; such as Rene Monteiro coming from the Gosford area and Clinton Colaco from the Gold Coast.

We met up at Kingpin Bowling in Darling Harbour. There was opportunity to play virtual golf, laser tag, pool, arcade games and of course bowling. There were different skill levels among the group; from the more accurate, high scoring like Dean Do Rosario, to the gutter ball magnets like Kirstin D’Souza and Chloe Do Rosario (much love to both, such good sports and excellent dancers too ). Nonetheless we were there to have fun, and that’s exactly what we did.

Many of us had not seen each other for a very long time. So it was interesting to catch up and see what everyone was doing now. The great thing about this outing was that we were able to relax after a stressful week and chill back with old friends and new. From what I observed, we had to be the most enthusiastic group at Kingpin Bowling. The support and encouragement that was displayed, was absolutely contagious.

It was exciting when those rare strikes occurred but I have to say, people were just as enthused when they threw a gutter ball.
The night continued after we had finished the bowling and pool games. We went downstairs to the food court and got some dinner. While we were sitting down to eat, we had several different conversations going on, such as: the latest movies, guessing how old people at the table were (this was quite entertaining, especially for Me. Apparently there’s no need for any anti-aging creams, just yet) and also possible ideas for future events. Those who attended, provided really good feedback about the night. The general consensus was that they were really happy to have an opportunity for the youth to hang out, in a relaxed atmosphere. There were some requests for future events to be located further in the Western suburbs, which will be taken into consideration for the next ‘event’. There was also a lot of conversation about the youth getting together during the GOA’s Coral Dance, which we’re all looking forward to attending. More updates about future ‘events’ or catch ups will be posted up on the Facebook Fan Page, so please check it out regularly. We would love for the youth members on our page to post comments and thoughts up on the Fan Page wall. We will be able to cater ‘events’ to suit the immediate needs of our members. However, the most important thing we gain from active participation on the Fan Page, is that the youth remain in regular contact with each other. Shelley D’Souza GOA NSW Youth Leader

GOA Community Picnic and Golf Putting Competition

Date: Sunday 15th April 2012

View the photos of theGOA Picnic and Putting Competition 2012 by clicking hereG.O.A. NSW hosted its 3rd annual golf putting competition on 15th April 2012, on a beautiful Sydney autumn day at Barnwell Golf Club. The concept of the putting competition is not only to entice non golfers, both male and female into the game of golf but also to forge the social interaction between the members and introducing new people to the camaraderie shared in the G.O.A. There were a total of 32 contenders for the four categories in the competition, played over four holes on the practice putting green. With cheers of encouragement from the gallery, the best putters were: Junior Girls winner, one of our newest member’s daughter, 8 year old Aswani Devji, Junior Boys won by our young upcoming golfer Dean Athaide, the ladies winner, after a play-off, was Renee Costello, and the men’s category winner, with amazing talent, Duncan Antao. The event was followed with the picnic and prize giving at the Bay View Park at Canada Bay. The idea of developing this event into a larger sporting day was born including sports such as, beach volley ball, football and cricket. As the G.O.A. NSW president, Mr Tony Colaco, said in his presentation ‘’We need to get our children more involved with our G.O.A. social functions at a younger age so that they carry on the legacy of the G.O.A. in the generations to come”.


Record crowd attended – Lots of fun – Happy Days!!!


Date: Sunday, 12th February 2012

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24th Golf Presentation luncheon(Held on 22nd January 2012)

The 2011 Golf Annual Day Luncheon was held on Sunday 22nd January 2012 at Mother India Restaurant, Middle Dural, NSW to award the winners of the 2011 Golf season. This was the 24th year of operation of the Golf wing. The event was well attended by all the Golfers, GOA members and their wives and families. Dr Yadu Singh, pre-eminent cardiologist form Sydney and President of the Council of Indian Australians was the Guest of honor. Mr. Subba Rao Verigonda, President of the Telugu Association of Sydney and Executive committee member of the Council of Indian Australians was a special invitee to the function. All members and guests converged on the venue at Mother India at 12.00noon and after the customary Meet & Greet and exchange of pleasantries; G.O.A. Sports Director Roy Do Rosario accorded a warm welcome to the audience. In his Welcome address Roy narrated various sports initiatives of GOA-NSW in the past and though the organization of other sporting events was inconsistent, the Golf wing had consistently maintained the tradition and organized the Golf league every year. 2011 Golf Captain Alwyn Henriques in his address mentioned it was a pleasure to serve the Golf wing as Captain for 3 consecutive years. He stated that GOA-NSW is the only Indian association in Australia to run a Golf League for its members and it is a remarkable achievement for GOA-Golf Wing to have the golf league for the 24th year in succession. He also drew the connection of Goans with Golf as they moved out of Goa to Africa, Europe, Americas & Australia and how that was instrumental in starting the Golf league in Sydney in 1987 by the founding members of GOA-Golf. Three of the founding members Tony Vaz, Dr George Dias & Reg Mathais were present at the luncheon and he thanked them and all the other founding members for their initiative. Alwyn said that GOA Golf wing will continue to serve as a platform to focus on bonding the Goan golfing community, creating an awareness for this grand sport, organizing golfing events that engage the families such as Putting Comp cum Picnic and also encourage new Golfers from within the Goan community to join the Golf League. He mentioned in 2011 season, 7 new golfers participated in the League including young and budding Goan Golf talent Patrick Ferris and Lina D’Silva who became the first lady to play in the history of the Golf League. Dr Yadu Singh our Guest of Honor gave away the Following prizes to the winners. 1. Nett Champion: Carl D’Silva, -6@woodville, Par@Camden, -4@Dunhaved, -6@Windsor, (-16) 2. Nett Runner-up: Dr George Dias, +1@woodville, -9@Dunhaved, Par@Richmond, +1@Penrith, (-7) 3. Gross Champion:Carl D’Silva, +8@woodville, +12@camden, +8@Dunhaved, +6@windsor,(+34) 4. Gross Runner-up: Alwyn Henriques, +17@Dunhaved, +16@Penrith, +16@Windsor, +16@Liverpool, (+65) 5. Stableford Champion: Carl D’Silva, 42pts@Woodville, 37pts@Camden,40pts@Dunhaved, 38pts@windsor, (157pts) 6. Eclectic Champion: Dr George Dias, Nett score 48 7. Dynaflow Pairs Competition (sponsored by Dynaflow, kind courtesy Roy Do Rosario) Winners: Patrick Ferris & Lina D’Silva, 62 points. 8. Dynaflow Pairs Competition (sponsored by Dynaflow, kind courtesy Roy Do Rosario) Runners-Up: Cajetan Miranda & Dr. George Dias, 55 points. 9. Golfer of The Year: Carl D’Silva, 64pts 10. Bradman Prize (sponsored by Bruno D’Souza): John Fernandes. (+134) The Hero for 2011 season was Carl D’Silva who successfully defended his Gross Championship Title and also achieved a rare feat of winning the Gross & Nett Championship Title in the same season. Carl also was also awarded the Golfer of the Year for the second year running. G.O.A. President Tony Colaco in his address introduced our Guest of Honor Dr Yadu Singh and our special Invitee Subba Rao Varigonda and talked about their involvement with the Council of Indian Australians. He also mentioned that the GOA-NSW Golf wing is well known to all the Goan associations worldwide and has done G.O.A-NSW proud with its Annual golf League. He also thanked the founders of the Golf wing for their initiative 24 years back. Dr Yadu Singh in his address recalled his memorable association with various Goans from Sydney and said that Goan Community is known world over as a fun loving community, trustworthy and reliable. He showered praise for Tony Colaco’s commitment to GOA-NSW. He congratulated the winners and the golf wing for completing 24 years. He expressed his desire to have a Golf Day for all the Golfers of all the Indian Community and appealed to the GOA Golf wing to take the initiative in making it a reality. Subba Rao Varigonda also addressed the audience and congratulated Tony Colaco and the Golf wing for organizing the event. He said he was impressed with Sandra Antao’s Photo Album collection going back to 1990 Golf annual day. He expressed his support for the Golf day for all Indian golfers and said he will work along with GOA Golf wing to ensure it is organized this year at one of the well known Golf Courses in Sydney. On behalf of the Council of India Australians he conducted a Lucky Raffle for Tickets for two to the CIA’s Australia Day dinner function on Sunday 29th Jan 2012. Lina D’silva picked the lucky Ticket and picked our 2011 Captain Alwyn Henriques as the Lucky winner. Carl D’Silva was installed as 2012 Captain by Sports Director Roy Do Rosario and Outgoing captain Alwyn Henriques. Roy thanked everyone for gracing the event and supporting the Golf wing. After a delicious Lunch catered by Mother India, the group posed for a Photography session which drew the curtains for yet another memorable Golf Annual day Luncheon. View the photos of theGOA Golf Presentation Luncheon 2012 by clicking here

35TH ST FRANCIS XAVIER’S FEAST 2011 (Held on 11th December 2011)

The Goan Community in Sydney celebrated the Feast of St Francis Xavier in Sydney. The Mass Celebrated by Most Reverend Bishop Terrence Brady followed by a tradition Goan entertainment.View the pictures of the2011 St Francis Xaviers Feast by clicking hereView the video of theKonkani Mandos sung at St Francis Xaviers Feast by clicking hereView the video of theKonkani Mandos sung at St Francis Xaviers Feast by clicking hereView the video of theKonkani Mandos sung at St Francis Xaviers Feast by clicking hereView the video of theKonkani hymns sung at St Francis Xaviers Feast by clicking here


Held on Saturday, 17th December 2011

Click here to read the 2011 Christmas dance report by Rennie ColacoThe Goan Community in Sydney celebrated the 35th Gala Christmas Dance in Sydney.View the pictures of the2011 Gala Christmas Dance by clicking hereSee more photos of the 35th GOA NSW Gala Christmas Dance in Sydney.View the pictures of the2011 Gala Christmas Dance by clicking here

Gulf based Goans are evincing a renewed interest in the possibility of obtaining a Portuguese passport, over half a century after the European colonial power sailed out of Mormugao port in the only war where one shot was fired. Legend has it that even that artillery shell tanked.  Anyway, the new craze was sparked in the Salcette Taluka of Goa where as many as 200 applicants line up every day in the hope that their lottery comes through. The word has spread and many an NRI from there is thinking of this option.

Gulf NRIs do not see it as an anti-Indian move. “It is only a convenience,” says Robbie D’Souza, who deals in property, “With the tough climb to get visas to the west, such a passport would come real in handy. It facilitates movement and if the papers work for you, why not.” Benny Furtado who comes from Salcette says there is no stigma attached to the effort and if people can go to Canada or Australia and that be seen as a strategic move how is this treacherous? It is the same thing. I have applied and if I get it, I will take it.”  The underlying stress and the accusatory tone comes from the fact  that Catholic Goans by virtue of their baptism papers and their birth certificates being authenticated by the church are in a better position than non-Catholics who often do not even have recorded evidence. Thus the need for a teor (the birth certificate of a person born during Portugese rule or a copy of the marriage certificate) which is mandated becomes almost impossible. Consequently, if your grandparents were born before 1961 you can be eligible (see attached list) but you can grow old trying to prove it.  However, it is bit of a muchness because the records in modern Goa are tattered, torn and out of sync. Several years are missing. They have not been maintained with any registrar. As such only the Christians have a slim chance by using baptism and marriage certificates of mostly their grandparents.

Well into the third generation from when the Portuguese ruled the territory, Goans are hard placed to exercise what some of them feel is a right to Portuguese nationality. They know their grandparents were born and bred in Goa pre-1961 but how do you prove it? Every week as many as a thousand reportedly trek to their priest in the hope of locating Grandpa and Grandma’s certificates.  The applicants who apply for copies of marriage certificates and teors issued during this particular period are directly told to call it quits and back off.  And this is only the first step because financially bruised Lisbon is no longer falling over backwards to take in newcomers from erstwhile colonies like Brazil and now Chinese Macau. With each passing day the hope fades. Like boxer Mohammed Ali said about George Foreman’s chances; slim to none.

Reaching new heights
Susanne Reilly, Southern Gazette

Sanjay Gonsalves will trek to the base of Mt Everest. Sanjay Gonsalves will trek to the base of Mt Everest.
AS a child, Karawara’s Sanjay Gonsalves dreamt of climbing Mt Everest.

But as the years rolled on, he lowered his sights to just catching a glimpse of Everest from Kala Patthar, near the Everest Base Camp, something he will complete next month.

“Don’t get me wrong, it’s still pretty high, and will surely be a challenge with the cold, the altitude and the air being half of what I’m used to in sunny Perth,” he said.

But it isn’t just a childhood dream Mr Gonsalves will be achieving, he will also be raising funds for the Leukaemia Foundation in honour of his late mother.

The 46-year-old has set his fundraising target at $5000 as a way of giving back the cost of support that was given by the Leukaemia Foundation to his mother during her battle with platelets disorder.

“A couple of years back, my mum lost her battle with cancer, which she fought with dignity all the way to the end,” he said.

He added it was tough seeing her struggling for breath for the last few years of her life.

“This is just one of the struggles that mum, as a cancer patient, had to endure and mum endured her challenge without whingeing and was a real battler,” he said. “So when I am trekking and feel short of breath, it will remind me of her and her grace in accepting her cross.”

He said that his mum used the Leukaemia Foundation’s transport services extensively for hospital visits and appointments.

“I though this trip would be a great way of raising awareness of the wonderful services the Leukaemia Foundation provides and raise some money to assist them provide this support to other families who need it.”

He will be completing the trek in October. Donations can be made contacting the Leukaemia Foundation on 1800 620 420 or by visiting

Salutations – POPE FRANCIS

Born on 17th December, 1936,
In Buenos Aires of Italian decent,
Was ordained in 1969,
Rose from priest, bishop, cardinal,
And finally a Pope.

Years of studies , training and experience
Didn’t give up, his learning
All this didn’t happen,
By the touch of a magic wand.

You over came all hurdles
White smoke emerged from the funnel
For God got you ready for the call
From the assembled Cardinals at the hall
Chose you first as,
The Bishop of Rome,
Head of the worldwide Catholic Church,

And Sovereign of the Vatican City, State.
You chose the papal name “Francis”,
In honour of Saint Francis of Assisi
Your humility knows no bound
Cannot be measured in pounds,

No luxury house,
No luxury vehicle,
You housed yourself, in the guest house.
If you think you will get a ride,
In the Papal vehicle,

Get ready, Pope Francis
Has better and brighter ideas,
Traveling in public vehicles
For that kind of simple, humble man is he.

When he was Archbishop in Buenos Aires,
Under his leadership – the priests assigned
To work in the slums, doubled.
As Cardinal Bergoglio, in the suburb of Olivos
Cooked his own meals.
He had relations, with other religious communities,

The Eastern Orthodox, The Oriental Orthodox,
The Protestants, The Jewish and Islamic
In one of his writings, he wrote,
“Dialogue is born from attitude
Of respect for the other person,
From a conviction, that the other person’s
Point of view, opinion, and proposal.
To dialogue entails a cordial reception,
Not a prior condemnation,
In order to dialogue, it is necessary,

To know how to lower the defenses,
Open the doors of the house,
And offer human warmth”.
Your interesting dialogues,
Has a way to build bridges,
Between people of all background,
Beliefs and faiths,
Combined with love for the forsaken
And some hatred from all around.
You roughed it all out,

Didn’t bother about the clouth,
You made a plea for humanity to become,
A better guardian of creation,
By protecting the environment,
You said that:
“We ask the risen Jesus,
Who turns death into life,
To change hatred into love,
Vengennce into forgiveness,
War into peace”.

On your first Holy Thursday, as Pope,
You entered a jail in Rome,
Washed the feet of twelve inmates,
In the age group of 14 to 21,
Amongst them two were women.
One a Serbian muslim,
The second an Italian catholic.
You changed the routine history,

Moved with time in the 21st century
Your whole life is one big history,
No fairy tales, no mysteries,
Because you are created of a better mould,
Since God has given you, a heart of gold.

Mary D’cunha
Mahim Mumbai
Aunty of Tony Colaco