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My Other Activities

Updated on January 24, 2018
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Jack is currently a volunteer at the Westchester County Archives. Jack has worked at IBM for over 28 years.

Introduction

This chapter highlights some of my current activities. I will be posting items as things develop. I welcome comments and feedback.

-September 2015

updated Jan. 2018

Volunteering

One of my on going activities since 2003 is my volunteer work at the Westchester County Archives. My main duty is to scan photographs from their collections. Most of the photos are from the 1930's on. I always believe in preservation of our culture and history. By digitizing these photos, we make them available for the public and we preserve them for the future. These items are one of a kind originals. A real fear of libraries and archives is some catastrophic event such as fire or flood that could destroy the collection. Once digitized, these items are preserved for the long haul.

To date, I have scanned over 14,000 images. It's amazing what one can achieve just two hours a week.

Personal Investing

Recently, I've been spending more time managing my IRA. In the past, I have been more passive in my investing strategy. I follow most advice from financial planners by diversify and balance my investments. I have come up with my own unique strategy combining some hedging along with some traditional investments of mutual funds, ETFs and quality stocks.

Reading

I am also doing more reading and I have committed to reading one book per week. I tend to read about history, technology and science but occasionally will read a book of fiction. I must confess I don't read cover to cover. To save time, I just browse through a book and select chapters or sections that interest me.

Writing on HubPages

My writings started years ago when I joined Squidoo. Now, I am continuing on HubPages. My major subjects are Politics, Religion and Technology and Science. Having written over 400 hubs, I came up with a way to organize my writings into "hubbooks". Basically, they are hubs that are related to one topic like chapters in a book.

Lately, I am concentrating my writing to target millennials. I believe they are our future and I need to do my part to guide them. My hubbook on this is "A guide for Millennials."

Digital Photography

One of my hobbies is digital photography. My expertise is also in digital image processing. A few years ago, I wrote a guide on "Image processing for the Web".

Travel and See the World

After retirement, we have gone to a few trips overseas to China and Taiwan. We intend to continue with one large trip per year and a few smaller trips to the west coast.

Family Tree

Years ago, I started a family tree on Tribal Pages. Since then, I've been updating it on a regular basis. The Lee Family Tree.You can request the password by contacting me.

Reunions...

I organized reunions for my fencing teammates from my college days on the CCNY Varsity Fencing team, I also organized a reunion of my IBM colleagues after 15 years.

Both were great successes.

Exercise...

I have decided to go back to fencing, not to compete in tournaments, but just to exercise and have some fun. I have joined the Fencers Club in NYC and started to go practice once a week.

Friends of CCNY Fencing

Some of our alumni are getting together to help our alma mater fencing team. We have raised some funds and donated some equipment and offer our time and skills. Recently, we held an alumni match which was discontinued a few years back. It was fun to meet some old friends and share a wonderful meal afterwards.

Helping the Fencers Club

I have volunteered to help our club build an digital archive. They many numerous boxes of old records that contains much information about the history of our club. This project will take some time to complete. I hope to finish this before the club relocates to its new permanent home In a few years.

Joining the CCNY Asian Alumni Board

I also volunteered to join the CCNY Asian Alumni board. This will help my efforts to help the fencing team. There is an annual fund raising event around Chinese Lunar New Year. A great opportunity for a reunion of our old teammates.

Downsizing..

After 34 years living in the same house, we have accumulated lots of Stuff. We are in the process of down sizing. I have been cleaning our basements and garage in preparation. We are donating some stuff and throwing some stuff away. It is amazing how much stuff is unused.

Attending Lectures...

I have been attending some colloquiums held at the Lamont Dogherty Observatory in Palisades NY. These weekly lectures are given by scientists around the country working on the study of climate science. One of my interests of late is the environment.

Summary

As you can see, I try to keep busy and make the best of my time here. I also like to help people to gain knowledge. When I come across something useful, I would share it usually on HubPages. I also like to think of myself as a problem solver. When I have ideas to fix something, whether in society or personal, I would write them down. Often, they are a reminder to myself even if no other person read it. I'm always open to comments and suggestions. Thanks for checking in. Peace.

© 2015 Jack Lee

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      Jack Lee 2 years ago from Yorktown NY

      Thanks for your kind words. I am happy being a part of the hubpages community.

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      breakfastpop 2 years ago

      You are talented and interesting , and I am thrilled you are a part of the HubPages community.

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