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The Official Newsletter of the Rotary Club of Makati - OLYMPIA

7 new Olympians!

VOL. 01 NO. 25 • FEBRUARY 2011

The President’s Corner My dear fellow Olympians, We had one big celebration once again last Tuesday night. What a fitting start to the World Understanding Month and Rotary's birthday! To the newly inducted members Sabine, Margaret, Ederlyn, Jasmin, Vice Mayor Kid, MH and Eric, Congratulations! You are home with the Olympians. Our club has more wings to fly because of you. To the Sponsors, PN Renny, Directors Ju and Roger and PPs Amor and Ting, my commendation. Thank you for introducing them to the world of Rotary. Now that they are with us, please continue to take care of them as they grow with us. I shall be with you all the way. Cont’d on page 2…

PE Jay’s Corner In a simple but meaningful induction held last February 1, seven new members became full-pledged Rotarians and Olympians. Inducted new members of Rotary Club Makati Olympia (RCMO) were German Sabine Haak (Family Law), Makati Vice Mayor Romulo Pena and Jasmin Gonzales (Government Service), Korean Myung Hoon Choo (International Law), American Eric Orland (Food Chain Management) and Ederlyn Mendiola (Financial Service).

The induction was made more memorable as four of the inductees are expatriates making the event a true celebration of the month of World Understanding celebrated by Rotary International in February. DGN/DGSR Sue Sta Maria did the honor of charging the members. She exhorted them to be good Rotarians by using their respective professions to be able to serve. Past District Governor (PDG) Butch Francisco swore in the new members.

My dear Fellow Olympians, GIVE or TAKE: A Rotary leader's path. Amidst the preparations for my upcoming PETS (President Elect Training Seminar) this week, I am reflecting on what kind of leadership I will bring to my club. How can I bring into fore the learnings to action, and doing things on purpose and not on a whim. Inspired by personalities within my club and out, I realized that the best guide is just - BE myself. Be the Cont’d on p. 2…

Partnership inked, Matched Club Agreements signed Charter President (CP) Rose Acoba signed a partnership agreement with John Kaplan, President of Tele Development Services (TDS). The Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) provides that RCMO will refer youth to be trained by TDS for them to have better job opportunities and sustainable employment. The MOA is in line with RCMO's thrust to espouse youth development. Matched club agreement with two local sister clubs were also inked. These were with RC Pasig Sunrise, D-3800 and RC Limay Bataan, D-3790. Signing was done with CP Rose Acoba as witnessed by President Nominee (PN) Renny Harman, Chair for International Service Subcommittee and Presidents Jun Salatandre and Jun Baluyot, respectively. The new matched clubs promised to do exchange visitations, hold joint fellowships and explore the possibility of doing service endeavors together.

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Gov. Jimmy, may I reiterate RCMO's honor in having you as our Honorary Member. Your message that night was loud and clear. No, not just your keynote address from which we learned so much again, but, that your inspiration is a guiding light in shaping our club.

Photos show the partnership and matched club agreements signing which took place February 1 during RCMO’s Mid-year Induction and Recognition Ceremonies.

forward to a very fruitful relationship. To our Matched Clubs RC Pasig Sunrise, represented by Pres. Jun Salatandre and RC Limay Bataan, represented by Pres. Jun Baluyot and PP Rolly Lalo, welcome to our family. Thank you for having us in yours.

On behalf of RCMO, I cannot thank you enough, our dearest Honorary Members, Gov. Butch and Maling and DGN/DGSR Sue for your unending support. Truly, truly appreciated!

I commend the organizers and participants - PE Jay, PN Renny, PND Wilbert, PP Ting, PP Amor, Dirs. Ju, Malu, Roger, our Rotaractors and Interactors - for a job very well done. We were able to go beyond our limitations and come up with what we had a memorable evening.

Thank you, Association of Image Consultants Inc. for your timely donation to our Busog Lusog Talino Project. To our new partner, Tele Development Services, we look forward

To everyone, my sincerest gratitude! Let's hop together this Year of the Metallic Rabbit. All the best always! ... Kung Hei Fat Choi! ~CP Rose

PE Jay’s Corner

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person who loves the process of learning and serving. Be involved, experience every moment as it is, without prejudice. Live life in a state of gratitude. Accept my vulnerability and stay authentic. Thus, I choose to be a Giving Leader, a leader not just upfront, but also alongside and a ready backstop for anyone who will need my hand. A leader among leaders, in newfound friendships and in Service. If I slip or fail in the process, I hope to stand up and brush off the dust in me and try again with dear friends and family in Rotary. Wish me well Olympians. ~ PE Jay

PDG Jimmy Cura Conferred Honorary Membership One of Rotary's pillars, PDG Jimmy Cura was conferred the Honorary Membership by Rotary Club of Makati Olympia. In a fitting climax to the Mid-year Induction and Recognition Ceremonies done last February 1 at the Metro Club, PDG Jimmy was given the singular honor of joining the club’s pillars as an Honorary member. Charter President Rose Acoba said that RCMO is honored to have PDG Jimmy as one of the Olympians as his inspiration is a guiding light in shaping the club. She thanked him for holding the club's hand and walking it through its initial steps in Rotary. Like the song, Olympia, CP Rose said that Olympia will let the fire burn… he has taught and we have learned that the triumph of the spirit is our victory.

In his response, PDG Jimmy gave an inspiring keynote address on motivating volunteers. PDG Jimmy, we welcome you once again to the home of the Olympians!

JAIME A. CURA: Dedicated and Devoted Rotarian Past District Governor Jimmy Cura is an active Rotarian of 31 years. He served as president of the Rotary Club of Rizal West in 1984-85 and, more recently, as Governor of Rotary International District 3830 in 2005-06. He is a multiple Paul Harris Fellow of The Rotary Foundation. After his governorship, Jimmy Cura served Rotary International three years in a row as Zone 7A Coordinator for the RI Literacy Resource Group. In District 3830, he has been Overall Chair for the RI Thrusts, Training Director of the Rotary Academy, Chairman of the Committee on Rotary Values and Ethical Practice, and Chairman of the Rotary Leadership Institute. Jimmy is a frequent speaker and resource person in Rotary meetings, conferences and seminars both within and outside his home district. He has written many articles on Rotary topics and contemporary concerns for his club bulletin and other publications. He is currently Chairman and president of NeoCalapan Realty Corporation (a developer of mass housing), Vice-Chairman of the RGV Group of Real Estate Companies, Chief Executive Officer of CREBA Land Services and Title Warranty Corporation, and consultant to several real estate development

companies. He also finds time to be Chairman of the Board of the family-owned South Merville School. He has served the Chamber of Real Estate and Builders’ Associations, Inc. (CREBA) as its national president for four terms and remains a Lifetime Member of the ASEAN Association for Planning and Housing of which he is also a past President. Over the past 40 years of his professional life, PDG Jimmy has been at the helm of programs and institutions in government, the academe, the church, the mass media, engineering and management consultancy, human resource development, financial and insurance services, and real estate development and marketing. Jimmy Cura believes Rotarians should be ready to devote at least a few years of their productive life to public service. He himself did this during the administration of former Philippine president Fidel Valdez Ramos. He served concurrently as Director-General of the Technology and Livelihood Resource Center and Chairman of the Presidential Commission to Fight Poverty, the precursor of what is now known as the National Anti-Poverty Commission.

Association of Image Consultants Inc. (AICI) Sponsors BLT Program CP Rose Acoba received the check donation for the Busog Lusog Talino (BLT) Program from the Association of Image Consultants, Inc. (AICI) represented by Ms. Maling Francisco, Spouse of PDG Butch Francisco. This was done during the Mid-year Induction and Ceremonies held last February 1, 2011 at the Metro Club. Ms. Francisco said that the donation is AICI’s contribution to sociocivic projects like the BLT.

Done at Jose Magsaysay Elementary School, Busog Lusog Talino Program is a holistic literacy endeavor by RCMO. AICI is the leading and largest professional association of personal and corporate image consultants worldwide – experts in the areas of appearance, behavior, communication skills, etiquette and international protocol. Ms. Francisco is a member of the AICI South AsiaSingapore Chapter.


Ederlyn Mendiola Moves to Rotary Ederlyn Mendiola is the first member of one of the sponsored Rotaract Clubs of RCMO to move to Rotary. She became a full-pledged Rotarian when she got inducted during the Mid-Year Induction and Recognition Ceremonies done last February 1, 2011 at the Metro Club. Ederlyn works as a Finance officer and has been a member of Rotaract Club of Makati Olympia before she migrated to Rotary. She has been very active especially in the AKLAT project at Jose Magasaysay Elementary School as well as other community service endeavors in Bgy Olympia. Ederlyn becomes one of the youngest members of RCMO.



Global peace festival grand launch The World Understanding Month, the Global Peace Festival, which is RCMO's month-long celebration of the RI theme was launched February 1 at the University of Makati. Done with the 15 RCMOsponsored Interact Clubs, the Interact Club of Umakians of Olympia and Interact Club of Scholar ng Bayan de Olympia as lead host clubs, the project has a series of 11 events to celebrate peace. During the grand launch, a ritual Muslim dance paying tribute to Babaylan, the god of peace, was done. Hand in Hand was the opening of the Ani ng Sining Art Exhibit. This features the different expressions of art like sculpture, music, theater, dance, etc. The exhibit is most opportune as country also celebrates National Arts Month this February. The Series of events for the Global Peace Festival are Slogan Making Contest, Thousand Messages for Peace, Thousand Runners for Peace, Thousand Hands for Peace, Interfaith Prayer for Peace, Parade for Peace, Dance for Peace, Concert for Peace, Lending Hands and Grand Closing Ceremonies. The Global Peace Festival is a project of RC Makati Olympia, its sponsored youth clubs in cooperation with the Supreme Student Government of the University of Makati.

Winning Extemporaneous Speech of Braulio de Castro on the question what success means to you and your roadmap to it: We live in a world where success is defined by things like power, influence, social status and most of all money. My friend always says it's better to cry inside a BMW than it is to cry in a tricycle. I never really bought into that. Why can't I be happy without a BMW? The truth is, I can. If I can be happy and content with an old 1980's Toyota Corolla without power steering then, ladies and gentlemen, I am successful. Now, my parents were hippies and they taught me that success and true actualization, is brought by three things, freedom, hope and love. First, freedom means, politically, to be away from forms of oppression. In life, we must be free from the ultimate oppressor - ourselves. We must emancipate ourselves from inner doubt and insecurities if we want to amount to anything. Do not be bound by social norms and believe in yourself. This now leads me to my second point - hope. Some people call it positive thinking. Others call it the "secret". I have a friend who calls it quantum jump. Whatever you want to call it what it means is hope - hope in believing in your own abilities and talents. Who else will, but you? It's about not giving up especially before you've even started. When you believe in yourself, you keep fighting because you've replaced painful, burdening doubt with hope that keeps you going. If you wake up in the morning already defeated and saying, "Today's going to suck," then today's going to suck because you believe it will. Last is love. When all material wealth and possessions fade, all we are left to cling to is love. Our families, our friends, the ones we care about are what make life truly worthwhile. This is how we are measured. The love we give is the only lasting thing we leave behind. In the end, all we have is love. The Beatles said, "All you need is love!" Say it again, LOVE! At the end of the day, money and success are not an end or goal within themselves. They are not a means to an end; the ultimate goal, the ultimate end is happiness. It's love. Note: Braulio de Castro is a 4th year High School Student of the Colegio San Agustin. He shall compete and represent D-3830 in the National Finals of the Voice of the Youth on February 11, 2011.

ROTARY international NEWS: World Understanding Month

Booking a trip to global peace and understanding by Maureen Vaught When Rotarians participate in a Rotary Friendship Exchange, they return with more than souvenirs and laundry. They bring back lasting friendships, a global perspective, and a newfound appreciation for Rotary’s work. In July, Carol Metzker of the Rotary Club of West Chester, Pennsylvania, USA, traveled to Ghana on her first Friendship Exchange. Taking advantage of the exchange’s visitor program, Metzker and her daughter spent a week touring the capital city of Accra with their hosts Kathleen Boohene, a member of the Rotary Club of Accra-South, and her husband. Among the many sites they visited was a fishing village. “The poorest of the poor were there repairing wooden fishing boats and mending fishing nets,” says Metzker. “There was a crude facility and an open sewer that served as toilets for the villagers. It was clear why Rotary’s work is so vital.” A seasoned exchange participant and three-time District 7810 Rotary Friendship Exchange chair, Canadian Pam Harrison has traveled on three trips and helped organize three more. Last year, she accompanied Rotarians from her district on a two-week exchange with District 3030 in Maharashtra, India. “I also work with clubs in our district to organize visits for

Rotary DNA By RI President Ray Klinginsmith This Rotary year features a culture of innovation in which we are looking at all aspects of our policies, practices, and procedures to see if they can be modernized and improved. Not surprisingly for an old and large organization like ours, we are identifying many areas that could, and should, be brought up to date. But at the same time, I fully recognize that some things are so significant in Rotary’s success that they are sacrosanct. They are referred to in the RI Strategic Plan as our core values, but I prefer to call them our DNA. They are the characteristics that distinguish Rotary from all other organizations. They are the essence of who Rotarians are and what Rotarians have in common around the world.

Rotarians Carol Metzker of the United States, and Kathleen Boohene of Ghana, examine the vines growing on a tree at the Aburi Botanical Gardens during Metzker’s Rotary Friendship Exchange to Ghana. Photo courtesy of Carol Metzker

incoming teams. It all takes time, but these exchanges build such goodwill and even better friendships,” says Harrison, a member of the Rotary Club of Sackville, New Brunswick. Participating in a Friendship Exchange also is an ideal way to celebrate World Understanding and Peace Day on 23 February, Rotary’s anniversary. And Rotarians now have a new resource to help locate an exchange destination. The RFE Matching Board provides a forum for districts to publicize exchange opportunities in their regions. Launched in August, this Webbased publication is updated quarterly.

The five core values named in the RI Strategic Plan are fellowship, service, integrity, diversity, and leadership. Young people prefer the word networking to our traditional word of fellowship, but to me they are equivalent. Both words lead to lasting friendships in our clubs, which keep us together between projects and which make Rotary membership truly priceless. Friendship is clearly the most essential element of Rotary’s DNA! Rotarians should not worry that the current emphasis on modernization will damage our core values. That would be alien to Cowboy Logic, which includes the admonitions “Remember that some things are not for sale” and “Know where to draw the line.” I want to assure Rotarians that we will not alter the values and attitudes that have made Rotary a premier organization – one that is now on the world stage through PolioPlus! We have so much to be proud of as Rotarians. This is our finest hour, and our best days are still ahead as we help our clubs to be Bigger, Better, and Bolder. Along with our five core values, persistent progress is another prestigious part of Rotary’s DNA!


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