Inspired by Rotary Christmas Gift of Love

Governor's Message, December 2015
District 3850 Governor Oliver N. Ong

How time flashes by and we’re 6 months through. As I took stock of what we accomplished so far, I can’t help but feel proud and grateful for dedicated Rotarians like you, inspiring many and being inspired by your enthusiasm and actions.

Our District grew from 1,268 to 1,328 Rotarians with a net gain of 60 new Rotarians for the first semester. We are gaining grounds on our Public Image campaign as people get to know more about Rotary in a positive way.

Contributions continue to come in for The Rotary Foundation and I’m confident that we will hit our target of USD$140,000. We have more global grants applications and a lot more projects at the club level touching and changing lives.

Everyone is in the Christmas mood, thoughtful and generous in December. Just like the popular Christmas song of Michael Jackson – “People making lists, buying special gifts, taking time to be kind to one and all” … You remember those who have less, those who have nothing, and those who seemed forgotten.

During this time of the year, many of our clubs visited orphanages, homes for the elderly, prisons, hospitals, schools, and did other activities bringing Christmas joy and cheers. But more importantly, they brought message of Christmas of Peace, Love and Hope. Thank you for being a Gift to Others.

Since my second visits fell in December, I experienced and was inspired by how Rotary Clubs touched people by celebrating Christmas with them.

I was able to join RC Dapitan in its Toy for Joy Project. It was a whole fun day of free rides at the Gloria de Dapitan, the Disneyland of Mindanao, toy giving, and a boodle fight dinner with impoverished children.

The RCZC West on its 22th year of “The Greatest Gift of All”, gathered about 700 special children at Centro Latino, showered them with care and love in a grandest Christmas party with mascots.

RC Dipolog celebrated its 65th Charter Anniversary last December 7 in a grand manner by hosting a Christmas party to the children of its adopted village and by presenting to me a check of UD$6,500 gift for The Rotary Foundation. Thank You!

December 2015 also marked the 41st Anniversary of RC Zamboanga City East. Let’s wish them more success as they continue to serve their respective communities with outstanding Rotary legacies.

Allow me also to express my sincere gratitude and appreciation to other clubs that conducted Christmas love activities which I missed. I know you brought immense bliss and happiness to the recipients.

But in Rotary, it’s Christmas Day every day as we give our time, talent and our blessings for others throughout the year.

We do this by planning and implementing impact projects to change lives in the 6 areas of focus. We also mentor our youth, giving them opportunities to grow and become leaders of tomorrow. And we respond to Disaster affecting our neighbors.

Above all, we strengthen our own organization and support The Rotary Foundation so there will be a better tomorrow. A tomorrow filled with vision, action and hope for others.

Thank you for your inspiration to be a gift to the world.

I wish you and your family a blessed, healthy, safe and a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

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