Monthly Newsletter April 2011


Due to a midterm break, computer issues at my end, and other causes, communication between me and Ukraine has been rather scarce of late. So information on the future developments of UTSIM will have to wait til next month.

For now I would like to give a brief summary of where UTSIM is right now.


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Monthly Newsletter March 2011


I was recently given the following saying: “There is no way to happiness, happiness is the way.” I liked it. So I started thinking about it a lot. I wondered if it is always true and decided I was analysing it too much instead of thinking about the general truth it gives me. Then I wondered if I could substitute the word happiness. I guess I like the sentiment that life is the journey and the journey is life. I realise that perspective in any situation is the key to one’s response. I’ve so often said that life is 5% what happens and 95% attitude.

What are your thoughts? Email me or log on to my website and leave a comment for all to see.


Many of you have asked questions or wondered a little of my situation being in Australia, being engaged, returning to Ukraine etc. etc.

So here it is:

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Monthly Newsletter February 2011


‎"A commander-in-chief is never dealing with the beginning of any event - the position from which we always contemplate it. The commander-in-chief is always in the midst of a series of shifting events and so he never can at any moment consider the whole import of an event that is occurring. Moment by moment the event is imperceptibly shaping itself, and at every moment of this continuous, uninterrupted shaping of events the commander-in-chief is in the midst of a most complex play of intrigues, worries, contingencies, authorities, projects, counsels, threats, and deceptions, and is continually obliged to reply to innumerable questions addressed to him, which constantly conflict with one another." Tolstoy

Any type of leader of people has the monumental task of trying to understand any given situation so as to make the best possible decision. But no situation can ever be fully understood. No true judgment can ever be made by a person. A truly great leader must be humble, he must recognise his innate ability to be wrong or make an error of judgment. He should consider the principle of the Indian proverb to “Walk a mile in another man's moccasins before you criticize him".

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Monthly Newsletter January 2011


Do you make New Year’s resolutions? Are you someone who verbalises a “probably should but know I won’t” idea to everyone and see if you can get at least til the middle of January?

Recently I heard a great saying: “You always have time for the things you do first.”


From the experience of the last two years at UTSIM, the second half

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Monthly Newsletter December 2010


Last month we had an epistle from Natasha. This month I have little to say from UTSIM. I will endeavour to have a half yearly progress report for you in January.

I do know that UTSIM is struggling to make ends meet and I am in the process of nutting out a solid business vision and mission statement and rough plan for next year and into the future. I need to make wise and solid decisions, combining the gifts and opportunities I have with the needs of the people in and around the area of Ukraine.

LIFE OUTSIDE OF BUSINESS (or inside Australia)

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Monthly Newsletter November 2010


This week I have an epistle from Natasha. I’m going to give you my translation of her letter. On my website you can read from all the UTSIM staff as well as the Ukrainian version of Natasha’s letter.

My name is Natalia Kurilko, I am 24 years old. God blessed me with a good husband and two young children (Liliya - 3 years, Denis - 6 months) and a responsible job, which I love - working as the Deputy General Director of UTSIM.

What're included in my responsibilities? Many different things: for example I am responsible for accounting, for the correct calculation and payment of all taxes and reports for state bodies, organizing all legal documents for foreigners who work at UTSIM, including their registration in Ukraine, etc. And after our CEO, Jonathan Miller, left us for Australia, in all documents I am the CEO of UTSIM, although it’s not really me. For all significant financial decisions Neil has taken the responsibility for 1 year, and he is a volunteer at UTSIM.

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“Desire nothing for thyself, seek nothing, be not anxious or envious. Man’s future and thy own fate must remain hidden from thee but live so that thou mayest be ready for anything.”

(War and Peace)

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