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.
Greetings and Welcome to the new era of Rotary.
First and foremost, I thank our immediate Past President Mike Torres and his team for giving us, one of the best years of the Rotary club of Cebu. We stand on the shoulders of the many Past Presidents, officers and members like him, who have brought our clubs to new heights of fellowship, fund-raising and civic challenging projects.
I am deeply honored and humbled, by your trust and confidence in the team to lead our club this year. In the past, my journey in membership has been marked by haphazard attendance, and spotty commitment. Since the watershed event of Yolanda 2013, our club was energized into action far beyond any other prior civic activities. This perfect storm of the difficult challenges at hand, and the potentials and resources of the club were unleashed. Since then, our club has embarked with a revitalized sense of mission and purpose, that have taken heart. So when this position was offered, I decided that it was time for me to walk the rotary talk.
Now we are entering this new and challenging Covid-19 era. More than ever, the social and economic issues confront the communities that we live with. By now, all of us have had a taste of the new reality in our lives and businesses. In our personal lives we encountered different forms of quarantine, PPEs and masks, virtual meetings, social distancing, etc. In our communities, we monitor business closures and losses, infection rates, the lock-down of communities and social inconveniences that accompany this Covid era. This is the new world we will have to deal with.
As Rotarians therefore, we again need to reinvigorate our mission and purpose through these most interesting of times.
Through the theme “Rotary Opens Opportunities” we will direct our actions; the open doors for leadership, the door to translate service into actions, and the door to improve lives in the community that we serve.
So for this year, I ask all members to participate by joining the different committees and subcommittees. Directors George Paraoan, Shige, Sam, Ken, Javi, Jacob, Hector and George Chan are providing doors of opportunities for our fellow members to participate.
In addition, our various club officers will need your cooperation in attendance, dues and participations in our various activities.
Rotary is a Volunteer association of like-minded, successful people of different fields and backgrounds. What binds us together is the fun in our fellowships and our common vision. After all, Rotary is Service Above Self.
It is during the most challenging of times when the strongest fellowships are forged, there is no better moment for us Rotarians to share our precious resources, time, and relationships with our friends and with your friendship and support, we will all walk the Rotary talk.
In closing, I ask each and every one of you, please answer my texts and phone calls.
Rotary Club of Cebu Induction 2020 Sponsors
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