ROTARY CLUB OF CEBU
Club 17102 District 3860
The Rotary Club of Cebu was founded in 1932 and is one of the oldest Rotary clubs in Asia.
Rotary International is the world’s first service club organization, with more than 1.2 million members in 33,000 clubs worldwide. Rotary club members are volunteers who work locally, regionally, and internationally to combat hunger, improve health and sanitation, provide education and job training, promote peace, and eradicate polio under the motto Service Above Self.
Object of Rotary
The Object of Rotary is to encourage and foster the ideal of service as a basis of worthy enterprise and, in particular, to encourage and foster:
FIRST: The development of acquaintance as an opportunity for service;
SECOND: High ethical standards in business and professions; the recognition of the worthiness of all useful occupations; and the dignifying of each Rotarian’s occupation as an opportunity to serve society;
THIRD: The application of the ideal of service in each Rotarian’s personal, business, and community life;
FOURTH: The advancement of international understanding, goodwill, and peace through a world fellowship of business and professional persons united in the ideal of service.
What is Rotary?
Rotary International is a volunteer organization of business and professional leaders who provide humanitarian service, and help to build goodwill and peace in the world. There are approximately 1.2 million Rotary Club members belonging to 33,000 Rotary Clubs in more than 200 countries and geographical areas.
Our club, the Rotary Club of Cebu, has been trailblazing for the past several years in implementing projects with huge impact to the community. This is possible not only because our club has been blessed with very active and talented members, but also because of its long and rich history. Our club is what is it is today because of the efforts of all the club’s Past Presidents and past members, all the way back to 1932 when it was chartered. They have laid the foundation of generosity and the culture that represents our club. We are following in the footsteps of great men who have led this club and helped thousands and thousands of people by doing Service. Service the Rotary way, Service Above Self.
As we start the new Rotary year on July 1, Let us maintain the culture and integrity of this club. We take pride in how our club stands now in the district, but we do not exist to compete with other clubs. We are competing against poverty, we are competing against hunger, we are in a battle against heart defects that continue to affect thousands of children every year, and we are fighting against Polio. Let us continue to do what is right and be proud of our humble contributions to the community.
At present, after 89 years, our club is still gaining momentum and this Rotary year led by President Edward has only added to that momentum. The bar has been set even higher this year, which is good news for the community we serve, but creates these big shoes for future presidents to fill in.
This year, our club plans to have at least 3 major projects, the WASH 2.0 that will benefit 5-6 schools with an aggregate student population of over 5,000 children.
We will be updating the Community Scouts Youth and Guidance Center, which is very close to the hearts of our members. We will be working with the Mandaue and hopefully Cebu City governments in the future on the Butuanon Linear Park or Rotary Park. Thanks to the efforts of our members, we now have international partners for these global grants from Rotary Clubs of Daegu Taebaek, Kasugai, and Sydney Cove and these will keep us busy this year and maybe even the year after.
The COVID Pandemic has made us adapt to new technology like Zoom. This technology is actually not new but we never considered using them before this pandemic. Even though I agree that in-person meetings and fellowships are still the best ways to connect and create lasting friendships, we also have to look at the benefits of the virtual world. We have been able to expand our reach. We have connected with Rotarians hundreds of miles away in another country. We have had no less than the Rotary International President attend our weekly meeting in person. When this pandemic is over, let us not forget the good things that we have learned. Let us harness them instead to do our work more effectively. What we can achieve with a combination of in-person and virtual meetings is now boundless because of how we have adapted to this change.
The Officers and Board of Directors will definitely try our best to fulfill our duty to serve the club. I was once told that being chosen to become President or Club Officer is a gift and I agree with that.
We have been given the gift to serve and the opportunity to be able to use whatever small talents or resources God has given each one of us to do good. Not everyone is given this kind of opportunity and it is with deep humility that I am here now speaking in front of you all.
You know, in the years and months preceding this day, I feared this very moment when I will be inducted. But with all the support and encouraging words that I have received from the club members, I am now excited to embark on this journey. And I ask each member of the Rotary Club of Cebu to please join me in this journey. Join me in this journey of doing service and fellowship. Because I sincerely believe that being able to help other people gives meaning to why we are here in this world.
Thank you, thank you very much.
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Rotary Club of Cebu
2/F CSYGC Bldg.
B. Aranas Extension
Duljo-Fatima, San Nicolas
Phone: +63 (32) 406-1127
+63 917 779 9194
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