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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.

 What is your Rotary story? Every member has their own story.

“I don’t want to be the spectator, I want to be the participant, the one who gives, shares and extends help to the needy.”

“I want to actively do my part, not just a check-Rotarian…”

“I want to help children have a second lease in life… the anxiety and pain of losing their children will be gone after their successful operations in our Gift of Life project…”

I’m here today because of these stories and my personal experiences as well as that of our members. It’s not about me, it is because of the Club – Rotary Club of Cebu. Thank you for the confidence and trust in me. We had a long tradition of great leaders for 86 years now…let us honor them in high esteem. Thank you for all your dedication and passion to serve the club, the communities and the lives you touched during your terms as presidents. They were all very proficient and passionate, sharing their experiences…and that is how I get inspired to do more.

With the new Rotary year coming, I humbly seek your help, be it small or big, even an hour from your busy schedule means a lot. Can I count on you? Little things mean a lot. This will give each one us an equal opportunity to serve our club and community.

I believe that Rotary lifts ordinary people and gives them extraordinary opportunities to do more with their lives, and the lives of the communities they touched, than they ever dreamed possible. Because we have given so much into Rotary Foundation Fund, we have received in return a good number of prospective projects and partnerships with other clubs and institutions. There are so many projects that we look forward to do this year and in the coming years. We shall continue our Gift of Life VTT and have secured commitments from other international clubs for its Global Grant application for an amount of about US $300,000.00. This may come in four medical missions until the year 2020. There are two big pipeline projects which the Officers and Board are currently working on: WASH (Water Sanitation and Hygiene) Projects (about US $55,000.00), targeting about 30 schools in the provinces of Cebu, in partnership with RC Pohang and Ramon Aboitiz Foundation Inc. (RAFI); the second one is the ROSAS VTT amounting to US$ 168,000.00, harelip and cleft palate operations, which will run for three years in partnership RC Yokosuka. On top of this, let’s continue to support our on-going Global Grants projects like the Paypay National High School and Pamplona National High School in Tabuelan which are both Tech-Voc School Projects. These are some of the more concrete efforts the team has prepared as well as other upcoming notable and high-impact projects within the year. The more lives we touch, the more people we alleviate from difficulties, poverties, and sufferings. We become “Men of Goodwill.”

At the end of the Rotary year, let us all be proud and tell our Rotary story as we do a tremendous service and leadership projects that impact thousands of lives in our community. Capture those Rotary moments when we become the gift to the world, making a difference to the lives of our communities and the whole of humanity as we Rotarians connect the world. Living the motto: SERVICE ABOVE SELF!

All this for God’s greater glory!

Michael P. Torres
President, RY2019-2020
Rotary Club of Cebu

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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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