OLYMPIANS The Official Newsletter of the Rotary Club of Makati OLYMPIA VOL 01 NO 06 • SEPTEMBER 2010
BE A RESPONSIBLE PET OWNER
Animals play a significant role in man’s life. They keep us company in our homes and make us feel secure. They calm our emotions. Simply said, they give us joy. They are part of our families and we are not complete without them. Ownership of pets, while it is undeniably part of the human life, carries with it attendant responsibilities. How man takes care of his pets and animals in general has far reaching effect not only in his home but in the community that he lives in specially in the matter of health and wellness. This is the reason why Rotary Club of Makati Olympia is championing the cause for responsible pet ownership. It takes its cue to launch this advocacy as September is the World’s Anti Rabies Month. It has partnered with the Makati City Government Veterinary Services Office and the Animal Welfare Coalition as well as the LGU of Barangay Olympia to carry out this program.
To start the campaign, a series of lectures on Rabies and its menace to the community was done last September 16 to Grades 5 and 6 pupils, the parents and teachers of the Jose Magsaysay Elementary School. Dr. Jasmin Oliver and Ms. Mona Consunji of the Animal Welfare Coalition (AWC) gave the lectures. Mr. Joey Tiosayco with pooch Altha demonstrated how rabies can kill through a mini skit. Dr. Pinky Manalastas, City Veterinarian and members of AWC were on hand to grace the occasion. The Launch signals RCMO’s start of the information dissemination drive for said advocacy. It shall participate in the World Anti Rabies celebration from September 24-28 at the Podium and the Round Table Discussion on the National Rabies Program 2010 on October 15, 2010. It shall also work for the registration and vaccination of pet dogs and continue to conduct information to the community on Republic Act 9482 which is the Anti Rabies Act of 2007.
Message of the RCMO President Today, I was very blessed to experience an extraordinarily fulfilling day. Dir. Ju and I went to Batasan to have a meeting with our very own PP Grace Pagkatipunan who works at the office of Congressman Freddie Tinga of Taguig for some projects. While we were registering to get our entry pass, I noticed a woman with a Hydrocephalus baby. She looked scared and worried but the Mom in me sensed desperation in her. I approached her to ask if somebody from Congress was helping her. Apparently, she came to Manila out of sheer need for medical attention for her little Ashley. I thought of RC Paranaque whose signature project is for this special need. Classmate Ted Narcisso responded positively. I also got in touch with the project’s contact person at National Children’s Hospital. (In July, I happened to sit with her during the Induction Ceremonies of RC Makati West.) Without hesitation, she had the baby brought early the following day for assessment and help. Wow! That was fast. When Mom and the baby left, I felt a deep sense of gratitude for God’s gift that Rotary is. It is an instrument to help even those we meet by chance. Rotary teaches us to be sensitive to the people and circumstances we find ourselves in. As PDG Butch Francisco mentioned in his recent talk about the duties and responsibilities of members, we are all by vocation, Rotarians. It is a calling which by the Grace of our Lord we have responded to become. Let us not miss on this life-changing and life-giving opportunity.
HELP FOR TULOY SA DON BOSCO Rotary Club of Makati Olympia is committed to help Tuloy sa Don Bosco in its efforts to effect change in the lives of streetchildren. A Cluster visit arranged by District Chair for Street Children Ed Afzelius and Cluster 5 AG Chochit Tobias was done last Saturday, September 18 to the Tuloy Facilities in Alabang. Rotary Clubs of Makati Damarinas, Makati Paseo de Roxas, Makati Salcedo, Makati Guadalupe and Makati Olympia joined hands to help raise funds for the rice requirement of the foundation. At present, Tuloy takes care of about 600 wards. PPs Amor Isip and Ting Almendral with Lady Susan and son Miguel, Dir. Ju Abdulcadir and Rotaractor Emil Sanchez represented RCMO in this cluster activity.
THE OBJECT OF ROTARY First formulated in 1910 and adapted through the years as Rotary’s mission expanded, the Object of Rotary provides a succinct definition of the organization’s purpose as well as the club member’s responsibilities. 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.
CALENDAR OF EVENTS: Saturday, September 25 – New Generations Conference, University of Makati, 7am-5 pm Monday, September 27 – Awarding of Best Teachers of Jose Magsaysay Elementary School Tuesday, September 28 – Monthly Fellowship, Venue to be announced, 6-10pm Wednesday, September 29 – Pictorials for members Tuesday, October 5 – Regular Board Meeting and Club Assembly, Ambasciata, 5-10pm Tuesday, October 12 – Regular Meeting with Speaker Maling Francisco, Ambasciata, 6-9 pm
editorial team adviser Rose Acoba editor Joel D. Adriano
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ROTARY ACADEMY HOLDS FACILITATORS TRAINING WORKSHOP FOR RLDP On the invitation of DG Ed Alvarez, twenty Rotary Leadership Institute (RLI) Faculties successfully completed the Facilitators Training Workshop for the Rotary Leadership Development Program (RLDP) conducted by The Rotary Academy last September 18 at AIM Conference Center. The District Facilitators will conduct the RLDP training modules in the cluster or club levels beginning October 2010. RLDP is the second level of the Global Training Program. It is aimed to develop leadership competencies so that Rotarians can best serve their communities, clubs and district, families, business and profession; help clubs in membership retention; and guide them in achieving the Global Awards for Rotary Education and Leadership Development. DGSR Sue Sta. Maria is the Global Rotary Academy’s Executive Director. CP Rose Acoba is Associate Director. Completing the team are Deputy Executive Director Jojo Roxas and Associate Director Jaz Rodriguez.