By DG EDWIN AFZELIUS, JR.
Rotary Club of Makati. Manila Pen. 7 July 2017
A pleasant evening to you all.
Allow me to greet the revered Past RI Director Paing Hechanova and the rest of your distinguished past district governors, Bert Montinola, Tony Quila, Sid Garcia, Robert Kuan and Pepz Bengzon, as well as your past club presidents up to Immediate Past President David Ackerman and your spouses.
The Rotary Club of Makati ---- chartered 50 years ago on March 12, 1966, and entering its 52nd year --- remain to be the most outstanding club in District 3830 --- and second to the oldest after the Rotary Club of Puerto Princesa.
Thus, I thank the Rotary Club of Makati for spearheading the creation of so many other Rotary clubs in this part of the Rotary world.
I commend the past leadership of your club, and the fine men who involved each and everyone in projects that touched the souls and made a difference in the lives of others, particularly those who need them most. You are leaders whose dedication and commitment to serve beyond yourselves have made so many communities better places to live in.
Allow me to cite PDG Sid Garcia, who for the last 7 years, has remained as chairman of the Rotary Homes Foundation, and all the other leaders of the Foundation. Their concern, leadership and guidance, result in the continuance of perhaps one of the biggest free housing projects initiated by a Rotary group.
But, it is not only PDG Sid or any other PDG or PRID in your club that I refer to but the whole of the Rotary Club of Makati, composed of extra-ordinary men in various professions and businesses have enabled to make a difference in the lives of so many.
My friends in the Rotary Club of Makati, Rotary Year 2017-2018, with the theme ROTARY: MAKING A DIFFERENCE, will be a beautiful journey to fellowship and service. This theme reminds us Rotarians that our presence can always touch the lives and make a difference in the lives of others and theirs.
This theme shall be our strategic plan where Making A Difference and creating positive changes will define the ways in which we live as Rotarians anchored on the priority goals of Rotary International and the district. Our great hopes will be transformed into Happy Rotarians, Happy Clubs, a Happy District, and Happy Communities!
I would like to commend your outstanding projects on literacy and mostly covering the other Areas of Focus. You have a very successful Books Across The Seas project which I hope you can continue, for this has helped so many other Rotary clubs, schools and communities. Commendable are your service projects that delve on continuing medical missions and other projects that cover the 6 areas of focus.
However, as you expand your commitment to your communities, I ask you to further STRENGTHEN YOUR ROTARY CLUB. Work hard to have more members but focus on retention too.
The Rotary Club if Makati is one of the biggest TRF contributors but I ask you to CONTRIBUTE more to the Rotary Foundation to help improve our ability to attract grants and Foundation support.
The 6 Areas of Focus are main thrusts of Rotary International and the Happy Barangays Project will be the anchor to which service activities will be implemented.
Your continuing support to the youth by having Rotaract and Interact clubs and another Rotary Community Corp are very laudable.
With these outstanding projects, I ask you to enhance the good works of Rotary and your club by promoting your activities and sending articles to the GML and the Philippine Rotary Magazine.
Maximize your public image efforts by participating in RI-sponsored campaigns like the Humanity in Motion projects. Communicate to the community the values of Rotary and your Rotary club.
As Mother Teresa has said: “I can do things you cannot. You can do things I cannot. Together, we can do great things.” Hence, I believe none is more enduring than that of cooperation and tolerance. Exercise collaborative service and collaborative governance. This means that no matter your role is in the club, you are part of a family, a family where ideas flourish, where voices are heard, where activities are shared, and where results are readily apparent.
I also ask your club’s cooperation and support to prioritize several exciting major activities that will happen during our year, especially the tree-planting activity that RI President Ian Riseley requested us to do this year.
• The TRF Testimonial Dinner in November 2017;
• The District Conference in March 2018;
With these programs and activities anchored on the thrusts of Rotary International in 2017-2018, I am certain that your club will be able to comply with the Presidential Citation requirements.
My friends in the Rotary Club of Makati:
We are gathered here to enlarge our hearts, and to train our minds to untangle problems and confront the challenges before us. We come to discover that which inspires us, to find what motivates us, and to connect our personal passions to a larger communal interest. We come to discover new ideas, new ways of working, and new ways of thinking.
With your pledge taken to heart, you will then be able to be charged up, motivated, and impassioned to MAKE A DIFFERENCE in the lives of others!
We stand at the beginning of another exciting era in the history of District 3830, and we must dare to dream. I look forward to your joining us in this journey to service in Rotary Year 2017-2018 as we MAKE A DIFFERENCE in the lives of others!
Thank you and a pleasant evening to all.
Rafael “Paing” G. Hechanova Sr.
RI Director, 1996-98
Member, RC of Makati
Fellow Rotarians, Spouses and Guests –
I have been asked to deliver a message tonight. I will be brief as this is a long night.
Twenty years ago, as a director of Rotary International, I proposed that we create a Family Membership – a membership that for one dues to RI and to the Rotary Club, both spouses become Rotarians. It was referred to the Constitution and By Laws Committee of Rotary International and they came back after several weeks with a note that the proposal is good but premature at that time.
Now, we have a Satellite Club that is composed of our spouses – and I support it although my wife is not too well, she is now also a Rotarian – Because Rotary is Family.
But fellow Rotarians, it is not a solution to increased membership as advocated by our previous President. We need younger members who are leaders or who have the potential to be leaders in Service to others. We need younger members who want to get involved – to be of assistance to those that need help. That is what Rotary is – the LOVE for others.
This Club was founded by LEADERS and sustained through decades by LEADERS. Just yesterday, I attended the Induction of the Rotary Club of Manila. That club is not dying. Ever since they transferred here to Makati, their membership has increased and they are now buoyant and strong. They are now 228 with 39 exempt or 189 active. I was very pleased that they are a strong club. Rotary is not a contest. Rotary needs strong clubs to continue doing good in the world and MAKING DIFFERENCE.
So fellow Rotarians, LET US JUST DO IT. Let us invite quality persons to join us.
Thank you and best wishes to all.
Charging Session Induction
By PP Reggie Nolido
Being a leader of any Rotary club demands that we embrace the responsibilities of Stewardship. The Rotary Club of Makati has been blessed with many resources at our disposal that makes it possible for us to undertake many projects.
President Jun Jun and the board have, in fact, lined up a long list of activities they wish to undertake within a short period of just 12 months. Believe me, gentlemen, the year will pass by so quickly you will be wondering where all the time went.
Given this, it is important for us to understand what it takes to be good stewards, which does not limit itself to preservation of present resources but also the efficient and well-considered use of these for the realization of our goals. It is not the accumulation that matters but the proper utilization that defines a good steward.
Allow me then to share with you eight learnings on stewardship according to Atty. Cirilo P. Noel of SGV in his article published in Business World last June 26, 2017.
First, disruption is continuous both internally and externally. There will always be disruptions, if not distractions. In such scenarios, an organization must be nimble, agile and flexible. Change should not be contained; instead it should inspire. Change is proactively addressed and not merely reacted to.
Second, because of challenges brought about by change, one must adhere to the organization’s core values because these provide stability and a common ground.
Third, your core values need to support your vision. (Or perhaps it would be best to say, our core values and vision should be in sync) While values and vision are meant to endure, it is your strategy that can be tweaked to make it relevant to the times. Be open to reinventing and innovating your organization and act quickly.
Fourth, be committed to spending the time and effort to connect and reconnect as needed with your stakeholders. Reach out and engage with your clients, your people and communities.
Fifth, as a leader you have to keep a keen eye on everything without getting bogged down by minute details. You have to see the proverbial big picture. You need to learn how to harness strengths and manage, if not mitigate, discontent.
Sixth, in any organization large or small, not everyone will always be happy with your decisions. That is fine because you have to consider not what makes you popular but what will benefit the whole rather than the individual parts. There are times when you have to resort to tough love, but always with the best of intentions.
Seventh, when the playing field becomes too restrictive, you must take the risk to explore beyond that space. For our purposes in Rotary I would take this to mean that we should not be unnecessarily bogged down by strictures and traditions in the way we do things for as long as we are consistent with the vision and goals of Rotary. Let us also allow ourselves to be creative.
Eighth, organizations exist because of people. In Rotary, one of our biggest challenges now is our dwindling and even non-participative membership. Remember, as a club, we are only as good as our members. We should appreciate them, inspire them, include them, encourage them, empower them.
President Jun Jun you have been given the keys to a vibrant and dynamic club, a membership strengthened by challenges and experience, sufficient resources to meet your goals, a staff that is seasoned and reliable, and a board of eager gentlemen ready to work with you as you face the road ahead. I am confident that with you at the helm, we will again have a banner year in Rotary Year 2017-2018 as together we will all Make a Difference.
By PP JOE ALEJANDRO
Half a century and one year ago, or, to be exact, 51 years and 53 Presidents ago (we always manage to exceed any performance quota), our Club is grateful to the Almighty for having been granted that tremendous opportunity to make a difference in the lives of our fellow Filipinos.
By setting up the first Makati Post Office, engaging the Jomalig Island Project, initiating the famous Polio Plus Project, distributing Books Across the Sea from Apari to Jolo, installing water system in Pampanga, providing 168 fishing boats for the deprived fishermen in Tacloban, sustaining the Stop TB Program, reviving the Anti-Smoking Program and sending relief goods for the Marawi refugees, just to name a few, indeed, our Club has been touching the lives thousands.
And we did them with whole hearted enthusiasm, joy, generosity and respect without tarnishing the value of those services with any sense of selfish or personal entitlement.
It is in that spirit that we are gathered here to acknowledge, honor and express our full confidence and support to President Junjun Dayrit and his team, who are ready to lead us to greater heights and into another great adventure in making a difference in the lives of our fellowmen.
May they act with goodness, courage and steady hands .... this we pray.