The library of Rotary Homes Paranaque is now open for business!
This came to pass on August 25 with the turnover of a donation of the staples of a library--774 books, 31 bookshelves, computers, tables and chairs. The books and bookshelves were delivered by Eddie Galvez on behalf of GG&A Club Shares Broker’s Inc. and Oscar & Ginny Foundation Inc., and the computers, tables and chairs on behalf of Ateneo Class 69-C. The books-and-shelves donation was made in honor of the late Francis Galvez, brother of Eddie and Ai-Ai.
PDG Sid Garcia, chairman of the Rotary Homes Foundation and leading light of the project, was there to receive the donations on behalf of the RH community. Also present were Pres. Jun Jun Dayrit, Community Service Dir. Chris Ferareza, RCC Chair Manny Padiernos, and Butch & Armi Jimenez of RC Makati and PP Theda Collantes, IPP Edith Bernardo and PP John Vinta of RC Paranaque St. Andrews, which built the two-story building that houses the library
To formalize the turnover, a deed of donation was signed by Pres. Jun Jun Dayrit for RC Makati, Eddie Santos for the Ateneo Class 69C (of which he was president), and IPP Edith for RCPSA, and PDG Sid and Paranaque LGU CIO Mar Jimenez as witnesses.
To provide context, PP Theda gave a background on the library building project and how it was funded by a global grant to RC Paranaque St. Andrews.
In his message, PDG Sid gave credit to the individuals and organizations that are adding facilities to the community—Chris Chilip of Standard Chartered Bank, a former member of RC Makati, for the day care center and PDG Robert Kuan and St. Luke’s Medical Center for a multi-faith chapel to be built on a site to be identified by the LGU.
Pres. Jun Jun, for his part, thanked Eddie Galvez and the Ateneo Class 69-C for the donations and announced a plan by Ann Armi Jimenez and the other Anns to hold tutoring sessions for the children, while Mar Jimenez revealed that Paranaque Mayor Edwin Olivares plans to build a school in the community and has already selected a site —near the library, he intimated.
PP John Vinta of RCPSA thanked the donors for the gifts and everyone for coming, reminding that events like the turnover are “why we are in Rotary, in pursuit of the common goal of serving and making the community better.”