Yes! We can be the best!

Governor's Message, January 2016
District 3850 Governor Oliver N. Ong

As we begin 2016, allow me to share my reflections as I recall what the District has achieved in 2015. It brought smile and delight in my heart, and hopefully as you read on, it will do the same to you.

I asked myself - “How was I as your Governor? Did I come to you as a capable and inspired Rotary leader to lead you through the year? Did I communicate the R.I. thrusts well to inspire you to do your best, in membership recruitment and retention, public image campaign, support to The Rotary Foundation and applying for Global Grants?”

Thanks for your support and cooperation; these are our updates that brought pride to our District. We are faring good, going better, and will end up doing the best we can.

You will be happy to know that we have gained 64 new members as of December 31, 2015 bringing our total membership strength to 1,349. Good job, Clubs! If we worked hard on retention and we should, ensuring no member leaves, we are within reach of our target of 1,400 members by June 30, 2016. We are just 51 new members short.

We can do it! Please continue to invite qualified individuals to help us construct WASH facility in schools, feed the hungry, distribute school bags to children, bringing books and computers to public schools, share love and hope in medical missions and in many more worthy projects.

We have so far raised US$62,260.29 for The Rotary Foundation as of December 31, 2015, and we really need to pick up the momentum for us to reach our goal of US$140,000 for this Rotary year or a US$100 per capita contribution. We’ve got just 6 months left to accomplish our goal.

To help reach our US$140,000 goal, we again distributed 1,000 TRF cans and 1,000 EPN (End Polio Now) cans to the 53 clubs and Rotaract Clubs in the District.

I believe in the power of the cans. So did IPDG Jude and many Rotarians who clamored for the cans. The cans intend to raise public awareness and involvement in helping Rotary end Polio and be our partner in addressing many community concerns.

A Can can raise about P2,500. With P2,500 x 2,000 cans, we can raise P2,500,000 (US$53,191) for TRF and P2,500,000 (US$53,191) for End Polio without much effort. Many would like to help. Trust me! Just get those cans out. Put them in hotels, restaurants, banks, gas stations, offices, or simply fill those cans with coins from your pocket.

Every can counts. All the 2,000 cans will make a difference in someone’s lives. Please help, my fellow Rotarians and Rotaractors. We would like to account all the cans by May 31, 2016. You can remit the collection as your contribution to The Rotary Foundation or as your clubs’ contribution.

Our Rotary website has excellent tools of recording and measuring club performances. I know that many clubs are doing very well but failed to report them in My Rotary. Thus, only 3 out of 53 clubs so far are eligible for the Presidential Citation.

I encourage you to go over the criteria and vie for the Presidential Citation. Go for it. For all you know, your club is already qualified and you just need to report all your accomplishments and requirements in MyRotary. I will be so proud to present to you the Presidential Citation from President Ravi Ravindran. That’s another feather on your cap!

Lastly, don’t miss the 2016 District Conference in Zamboanga City on March 3-5, 2016. Mark and block the dates. Register early. Be in Zamboanga and be awed! Don’t miss a World Class Rotary event.

Wishing you a Happy and Prosperous New Year! Yes, we can be the best!


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