From The President
Our club’s strength comes with our numbers. We started the year with 65 members, 4 members of the Arch Klumph Society, 16 Major Donors, and a 100% PHF club. Two of our members are recipients of Rotary International’s Service Above Self and Service Award for a Polio-Free World, respectively. Our numbers are also matched by our giving. The Rotary Club of Cebu has consistently been one of the highest contributors to the Rotary Foundation in District 3860.
We have raised funds by organizing epic bike rides to end polio and we have raised awareness to the message of hope for children born with congenital heart defects by organizing our annual Run for Gift of Life. We are looking to increase the frequency of our cleft lip and palate surgical program from annual to a monthly basis to help more kids. Now in its second year, our coral replanting and shoreline cleanup project in Mactan continues to attract more participants and soon we hope to invite other Rotary clubs in our area to join our effort. Working with other organizations, we have shipped container loads of “retired” books from the United States that may find a second life in public school libraries.
As a mother club to many, we continue to invest in shaping future leaders with the ideals of Rotary through the Rotaract Club of Cebu. Last year, we went a step further and sponsored the School-based Interact Club of Cebu in Saint Benedict Childhood Education Center with over 30 members. This year, we sponsored the Community-based Interact Club of Cebu with over 100 members from different high schools in our city. 3 young organizations whose members, future Rotarians, look up to us for guidance, mentoring and support.
I believe that the life of any service organization must be tempered by fellowship. Hence, we devote one of our weekly meetings each month to relax and break bread. Members of our club flourish not just in doing good for the community, but they also relish in the bonds that form with other members. In fact, many children of our members have also become good friends themselves. This same bond fuels our ability to work together as one. Rotarians come from different backgrounds, nationalities, classifications, and even vary in age. But we have come to respect the wisdom of our elders that temper the energy of the young. We leverage everyone’s resources and talent, driven by a common passion to serve others, this makes us who we are, the Rotary Club of Cebu.
Rotary Club of Cebu President
The Rotary Club of Cebu was founded in 1932 and is one of the oldest Rotary clubs in Asia.
The Four-Way Test
- Is it the TRUTH?
- Is it FAIR to all concerned?
- Will it build GOODWILL and BETTER FRIENDSHIPS?
- Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?