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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.

Regional Rotary Foundation Coordinator for Zone 10, PDG  Jun Farcon, 

District Governor Anna Bumagat,  

End Polio Now Zone Coordinator and PDG Me’anne  Alcordo-Solomon, 

Distinguished Past District Governors and Future District  Governors,  

District Officers, Incoming Presidents, Past Presidents, and  Future Presidents, Fellow Rotarians, and guests: 

Good evening! I want to welcome you all and to  thank everyone for taking the time to be with us this evening. Tonight’s celebration would not be  the same without your presence.  

90 YEARS!! It is an honor to be given this opportunity to lead the Rotary Club of Cebu on its  diamond year. But tonight is more than a handover  ceremony; this evening’s gathering is also to  commemorate the year that was. Every year brings  its own trials – this past year especially – and our  President and his officers rose to every challenge. 

We have all heard stories tonight from this past  Rotary year with President Jacob at the helm 

What a tremendous year it has been. I want to  thank and congratulate him and his officers again for the amazing work they have done, steering the  rotary club of Cebu to be of greatest service to  humanity during these times: from fighting covid,  to providing disaster relief that allowed Cebuanos 

to rebuild their homes and communities after the  devastation of typhoon Odette. 

These good men could not be kept down. 

They say the position seeks the man and indeed it  has done so with President Jacob. He has proven  more than worthy and has led this club with the  utmost humility and an extreme dedication that is  admired by many and has inspired even more. 

The Rotary Club of Cebu is fortunate to have been  under his leadership during this past year, just as it  has been fortunate to have been led by many other  great presidents over these 90 years. As we try to  remember and honor them tonight, I am filled with  a great sense of trepidation by the responsibility  that comes with following their footsteps.  

This past year, the Rotary Club of Cebu was named  the top club in District 3860. And our district,  under the leadership of Governor Anna Louisa  Bumagat, was the top district in the whole country!  Next year we will be led by another equally promising woman Governor, Lilu Alino. AND for  the first time ever, Rotary International will also  welcome its first female President: Jennifer  Jones… Isn’t that wonderful? I take comfort  knowing that Rotary is in such capable hands. 

As president, Jennifer Jones has challenged all  Rotarians with this year’s theme: IMAGINE ROTARY! 

When I first heard this, I thought, “GREAT!” Finally, here’s my chance to kick back, relax and be  an “imaginary” president. 

But to be serious, I can’t think of a more relevant  theme for a club in our position. As the incoming  President, I’ve had to ask myself these questions: 

How do you lead a 90-year-old club to continue to  be relevant?  

How do we avoid going the way of the dinosaurs  and becoming extinct?  

How do we adapt to the changing world of rotary – not just adapt but to thrive and continue to lead by  example?  

How can we do better? 

These are questions that our club will have to  answer in time, but I believe the challenge to imagine is the challenge to BE MORE  IMAGINATIVE, to think outside the box, to  innovate, to think BIG. 

It is in these areas that I am reassured by the  passion and strength of our members’ and their continued spirit to serve, to help and to give. This  passion is in our club’s DNA and like a good  wine… our club seems to be getting better with age. 

This what we do: we thrive in adversity, we have  been tested, and we have stepped up. We are the  proud members of possibly the greatest rotary club  in the world! the 90-year-old Rotary club of Cebu! 

I would like to thank you all so very much for this  opportunity to serve. May this evening’s  celebration be seen not as the end of one term and  the beginning of another, but as another seamless  transition of leaders in the history of our great club!  

Finally, allow me to thank the people responsible  for organizing this evening: the hardworking and  dedicated people of the Induction Committee,  headed by PN Walter Cang. Take a bow, Walter!  

Let us savor this much overdue opportunity to meet in-person with other Rotarians and friends and I  hope you all continue to enjoy this evening of  fellowship! 

Thank you and good evening!

Rotary Club of Cebu meets every Thursday noon via Zoom and live streamed on Facebook 

Meets Every Thursday, 12 noon at the Cafe Uno 
Waterfront Cebu Hotel, Lahug, Cebu City, Philippines 
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Rotary Club of Cebu
2/F CSYGC Bldg.
B. Aranas Extension
Duljo-Fatima, San Nicolas
Cebu City
Philippines

Phone: +63 (32) 406-1127
              +63 917 779 9194

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