LIFE’S INSPIRATIONS: “… `Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends’…” (Jesus Christ, our God and Savior, in John 15:13, the Holy Bible).
A DAY OF THANKSGIVING, AND OF ACCEPTING CHALLENGES: It was a day of thanksgiving alright, but it turned out to be a day likewise of bravely accepting challenges to continue the great service that Rotarians do for the poor and the needy for the next 365 days.
And everybody was thankful that this thanksgiving and facing up to the challenges of continuous “service above self” for the next one year or so took place at the 37th Handover and Induction Ceremonies of the Rotary Club of Intramuros on Thursday, July 20, 2017, at the Champagne Room of the Manila Hotel.
My wife, the outgoing All Star President Angelina Mauricio of the Rotary Club of Intramuros of Rotary International District 3810, was profuse in her expression of gratitude in her valedictory address, after serving as president for Rotary Year 2016-2017, under the capable stewardship of District 3810 All Star Governor Ernest Yuyek.
RECOGNIZING GOD’S HELP FOR ROTARY: God of course topped the list of those she thanked, of course. Then, she also thanked the following: Governor Ernest and his wife Anna, the members of the Rotary Club of Intramuros, other Rotary Clubs both here and abroad and government and private agencies who all acted selflessly to give “service above self”, with “Rotary serving humanity”.
The newly-inducted president who will serve until June 30, 2018, young business entrepreneur Aries Balanay (the president too of the International Academy for Continuing Education, or IACE), on the other hand left no doubt of the readiness of his team to serve under the theme “Rotary: Making a difference”. He said he and his team are ready and committed to continue doing the good things that the Club has become famous for.
Lawyer Jamairy Concon Domado from Marawi City, the president of the Club from 2018-2019, talked about the bigger, better, and bolder actions of the members of the Club in helping all those in need, thereby establishing the “architectural framework” and brand of service that Club members discharge year in and year out, from its chartering in 1981.
US$10,000 ALLOTED FOR PUBLIC TOILETS FOR AETAS: Incumbent District Governor Emmanuel “Loy” Cosico, meanwhile, assured the readiness of District 3810 to assist the Rotary Club of Intramuros in continuing its flagship projects, particularly in enabling native Filipinos like the Aetas of Pampanga and Tarlac to avail of basic health facilities like public comfort rooms in places where people defecate on roadsides, and just outside their homes.
Noting that the Club put up eight modern toilets costing about P350,000.00 in Sitio Babo, a village inside the posh Clark Freeport Zone in Clark, Pampanga under All Star President Angelina Mauricio, Cosico disclosed he already released some US$10,000.00 to the Rotary Club of Intramuros so it could build more public comfort rooms for the Aetas.
At the end of the turnover of the presidency from Angelina to Aries, the Club awarded three fine arts students from schools in Metro Manila as the winners in its “Rotary Art Painting Contest”, in recognition of the 100 years that the Rotary Foundation has been doing good for the world. The winning paintings and the other entries are available for sale. Contact me through my email and numbers below.
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