OLYMPIANS The Official Newsletter of the Rotary Club of Makati OLYMPIA
OCTOBER IS VOCATIONAL SERVICE MONTH
TEACHERS DAY CELEBRATION AT JMES
It was a double celebration for Jose Magasaysay Elementary School last Thursday, October 7. It was their Teachers Day and the “asalto” for Principal Imelda Ferrer who was celebrating her birthday. Rotary Club of Makati Olympia came in full force for the occasion. CP Rose Acoba with 9 other Rotarians were in attendance. It was a most opportune time for Rotary to take part in this celebration during the Vocational Month of October. Jose Magsaysay Elementary School is the first community adopted by RCMO. This was done during its organizational stage. It is the home of its signature project the Busog Lusog Talino Program that includes AKLAT (Ate Kuya learning and Tutorials) which has been ongoing since it was launched last August 14.
Teachers Enhancement is part of this program. Previously, RCMO chose the Outstanding Teachers as it paid tribute to their pursuit of excellence in their chosen field of profession as mentors to some 800 pupils of the school. RCMO recognizes the needs of JMES as a learning institution and an indispensable part of the Bgy Olympia community being one of the three public elementary schools in this locality. For the past years, it has not been a recipient of Rotary endeavors. It is for this reason that RCMO’s partnership with it becomes more meaningful. Development of both the students and the teachers are the core elements in furthering the improvement of this community. The first four months of this partnership have been most worthwhile for both RCMO and JMES.
VOL 01 NO 09• OCTOBER 2010
Message of the RCMO President My Dear Fellow Olympians, The countdown for the Charter Presentation and Induction Ceremonies has began. It is less than a week to this club milestone. The Charter Presentation Committee, ably chaired by Charter Secretary and President Nominee, Jay Bataclan, is leaving no stones unturned to ensure the event’s success. District personalities, partners in service, benefactors and friends of the club are expected to come to this momentous evening. It will indeed be a coming out occasion for us. You shall, in turn, get to meet fellow Rotarians from other clubs and districts. Thus, this will give you a view of the Rotary world outside our club. I therefore enjoin you to make this your highlight of your week. Bring along your respective families so that they, too, will be caught in the magic that Rotary is. In the past months, all of us have worked very hard to make a go for this club. Each has his or her own contribution to what we have become. The ceremonies on Saturday will propel us to the next leg of our journey. We are not a stand alone club, though, we are autonomous. Henceforth, we will be moving within the larger family of Rotary. This week will be a hectic one for us. As your Charter President, I promise you that we all will see the fruits of our labor not only in the success of Saturday’s event but on what we will be after it. Cheers to RCMO!
Rotary Information of the Week…
Core Values of Rotary Rotary’s core values represent the guiding principles of the organization’s culture, including what guides members’ priorities and actions within the organization. Values are an increasingly important component in strategic planning because they drive the intent and direction of the organization’s leadership. Service We believe that our service activities and programs bring about greater world understanding and peace. Service is a major element of our mission. Through the plans and actions of individual clubs, we create a culture of service throughout our organization that provides unparalleled satisfaction for those who serve. Fellowship We believe that individual efforts focus on individual needs, but combined efforts serve humanity. The power of combined efforts knows no limitation, multiplies resources, and broadens our lives and perspectives. Fellowship leads to tolerance and transcends racial, national, and other boundaries. Diversity We believe Rotary unifies all people internationally behind the ideal of service. We encourage diversity of vocations within our membership and in our activities and service work. A club that reflects its business and professional community is a club with a key to its future. Integrity We are committed to and expect accountability from our leaders and fellow members, both in the results of our efforts and in the processes we use to accomplish our goals. We adhere to high ethical and professional standards in our work and personal relationships. We are fair and respectful in our interactions, and we conscientiously steward the resources entrusted to us. Leadership We are a global fellowship of individuals who are leaders in their fields of endeavor. We believe in the importance of leadership development and in leadership as a quality of our members. As Rotarians, we are leaders in implementing our core values. All of these core values are reflected in the Object of Rotary and The Four-Way Test, which we use in our daily lives. They inspire us to foster and support the ideal of service for developing and maintaining high ethical standards in human relations. editorial team adviser Rose Acoba editor Joel D. Adriano
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District Chorale Elimination Rounds By Dir. Ju Abdulcadir
Amidst the preparation and excitement for the Charter Presentation and Induction Ceremonies on October 16, Rotary Club of Makati Olympia participated in the recently concluded elimination round of the District Chorale Competition held last October 9, 2010. Having such talented singers in the members of its sponsored Rotaract and Interact Clubs of Teatro de Olympia, it had no doubts that it would hurdle this round. True to expectation, the Voice of Olympia will compete in the final round on November 13 which will be held at the Asia Pacific College. The New Generations Committee headed by Dir. Ju Abdulcadir and co-Chairs, Wilbert Zamuco and Hanica Jane Pacis was ably supported by PP Ting Almendral, Dir. Renny Harman, Dir. Roger Alejo and Chairs for Vocational and Community Sub-Committees, Imelda Ferrer and Seg Gonzales, respectively. To our chorale members from Interact and Rotaract Clubs of Teatro de Olympia who carried the torch for RCMO, warmest congratulations! Keep it up!
My Teacher, My Hero “True teachers are those who use themselves as bridges over which they invite their students to cross; then, having facilitated their crossing, joyfully collapse, encouraging them to create their own.” - Nikos Kazantzakis, poet and novelist
Literacy for all citizens of the world is one of RCMO’s Advocacies. Teachers Enhancement helps in achieving this.
International News… A new start for exploited women in Zambia By Vanessa N. Glavinskas The Rotarian -- August 2010
B ob Selinger has helped change the lives of dozens of women in Zambia, but it was the loss of one woman that started it all. “My wife, Jean, died five years ago, and I ran away to Africa,” he says. He now spends part of each year in Livingstone, the capital of Zambia’s Southern Province. Selinger, a member of the Rotary Club of Newport-Irvine, California, USA, soon realized that mothers were resorting to prostitution when they didn’t have enough money to feed their children. “I thought, Why don’t we train these ladies to have another profession? What about sewing?” The Rotary Club of Livingstone was already working to get a vocational training program off the ground. Selinger connected the Zambian Rotarians with his home club and the Rotary Club of Coto de Caza/Rancho Santa Margarita, California, to secure a Matching Grant from The Rotary Foundation. The Livingstone club arranged to hold classes in a youth training center and found participants through the Kwenuha Women’s Association, an organization for former sex workers established to fight AIDS and poverty in the area. Kwenuha members “mostly come from poor backgrounds, are poorly educated, and have ended up frequenting bars to offer sex for a little money to feed themselves and their children,” says Livingstone Rotarian Margaret Whitehead. “Some are young and still living with their parents. Others are widows.” With the Matching Grant, Rotarians were able to fund three months of classes for the women and buy each graduate a sewing machine. In 2007, 19 participants completed the program. But to make the project sustainable, the graduates had to produce items in demand. At a district conference in Livingstone, Rotarians began selling African-style shirts the women had made; the Rotary Club of Kapaa, Hawaii, had donated rolls of fabric. When the Hawaiian material ran out, Selinger found a Zambian textile manufacturer to produce a fabric with a Rotary-themed (and licensed) pattern. At the 2007 RI Convention in Salt Lake City, Rotarians manned a booth to advertise the project and sell shirts, aprons, and hats. They’ve done the same at every convention since. “We made about US$14,000 in Birmingham,” Selinger says of the 2009 convention in England. The proceeds went toward another training course, and in April, 18 more Kwenuha members graduated. Four now have jobs with the youth training center, making Rotary-themed merchandise, and several others work for tailors in local markets, in cooperatives, or independently. “Most people struggle to feed themselves and their families by small-scale trading,” explains Whitehead. “Tailoring skills, together with a sewing machine, can enable a woman to leave sex work and get above the poverty line and support her children.”
FEATURED ROTARIAN OF THE WEEK FAUSTINO “TING ALMENDRAL Classification: Agribusiness Trading Birthday: July 23 Office: Tri-algon, Inc., 7746 St. Paul Road, San Antonio Village, Makati City Spouse: Susan Date of Birth: Nov. 20 Wedding anniversary: June 15 Club Position: Member of the Board and Member, Council of Past Presidents CALENDAR OF EVENTS Tuesday – October 12, 2010 – Launch of Lingkod Olympia, 6pm Ambasciata de Abruzzo Tuesday - October 12, 2010, 6:30pm, Ambasciata de Abruzzo, Regular Meeting, Celebration of Vocational Month and Classification Talk Thursday – October 15, 2010, 8pm, AIM Conference Center, Final Run Through of Charter Presentation Saturday – October 16, 2010, 5pm, AIM Conference Center, Charter Presentation and Induction Ceremonies Tuesday – October 19, 2010, 5pm, St. Luke’s Medical Center, Voc. Tour, Reg. Meeting, Speaker: PP Robert Kuan Friday – October 22, 2010, 10am, P. Manalo Elementary School, Pateros, READ with PBA players (tentative) Tuesday – October 26, 2010, 2pm, Jose Magsaysay Elem School, Mga Kwento ni Kuya at Ate Tuesday – October 26, 2010, 6:30 pm, Venue to be announced, October Club Fellowship Saturday - November 6, 2010, 1-4pm, Jose Magsaysay Elementary School, Peace and Conflict Prevention and Resolution Summit for the New Generations in celebration of the Interact Week Tuesday - November 9, 2010, 4 – 9:30 pm, Ambasciata de Abruzzo, Regular Board meeting and Club Assembly Friday - November 12, 2010, 8 am, Habitat For Life, Pasig, Tree Planting Activity with the Interactors (tentative) Saturday – November 13, 2010, 1pm, Asia Pacific College, Finals for the District Chorale Competition Tuesday - November 16, 2010, 6:30pm, Ambasciata de Abruzzo, Club TRF Night Saturday - November 20, 2010, 7am Coastal Bay Cleaning (tentative) Tuesday - November 23, 2010, 6:30 pm, Venue to be announced, November Club Fellowship Tuesday – December 7, 2010, 4pm Regular Board Meeting, 6:30 pm Club Assembly, Ambasciata de Abruzzo Wednesday, December 15, 2010, 2pm Gift-giving, Jose Magsaysay Elementary School Saturday, December 18, 2010, 8am Mid-Year Review, Aim Conference Center Tuesday, December 21, 2010, 5pm Governor’s Visit and Christmas Party, Ambasciata de Abruzo