Over the past several months, there have been radical changes in my routines. Rotary has become my life. I greet each day with enthusiasm thinking of avenues to help the humanity and leave a global impact. I have always abided by the spirit of Rotary’s motto – Service Above Self. And it has always been my dream to see every Rotarian burning with passion in service.
For the past two months, I have been imploring our various clubs to submit vital information not only about current officers and directors but also about each club’s roster of members. I wanted each of our district officers to be able to get in touch directly with their counterparts at the club level. I believe this would result to more vibrant interaction between the District Team and the clubs and, hopefully, the smoother implementation of more programs and projects. For those clubs who were unable to fill up their list of directors previously, please do so at the earliest possible opportunity.
On the other hand, your clubs may have recently received email from District Secretary John Michael Ng requesting you to update or make the necessary corrections in your membership roster online. The current Club President, Secretary, and Membership chair are allowed to edit the club’s membership data by accessing the club record at rotary.org.
At the same time, Doc Chris Sorongon, appointed District Executive Officer, is at the helm of addressing all external concerns. His eloquence in communication is a great aid for us as he ensures immediate action to all our external problems.
For those still uncomfortable with going on-line, clubs may appoint an internet officer who need not be a member of the club. You may also seek assistance from District Governor’s staff who selflessly dedicate themselves to help us clean up the district’s registration and relevant data with Rotary International.
Another goal this year is to empower clubs to make use of District and Global grants and to have international partners for help in club projects. Rotary is such a big international organization. Out there somewhere, there is a club waiting and willing to help fund your project or simply be a partner in serving humanity. With The Rotary Foundation (TRF) celebrating its centennial year in 2017, there is much emphasis in giving and sharing and clubs can take this opportunity to promote projects for funding from donors overseas. Allow your district team to assist you in such undertakings.
Finally, our third emphasis this year, is to maximize potentials of the young as our partners in service to humanity. Thus, we are encouraging clubs to put up Rotaract and Interact clubs. For those clubs which have already established such, please further empower your youth partners by supporting their activities and projects. We are looking ahead to a stronger relationship of clubs with our youth partners as they will be the ones to continue the legacy that we started.
The past couple of months have been quite hectic for me. I have my own business to attend to, family to take care of, advocacies to push, and many other things to consider but I will never get tired of enjoying the opportunities to speak, attending inductions and visiting the different clubs in the district. With the passion I have as Rotarian, work, play and service come together harmoniously.