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OLYMPIANS The Official Newsletter of the Rotary Club of Makati - OLYMPIA

RCMO CO-Hosts Citation and Recognition Workshop


week after its charter presentation, RCMO formally started its activities with the District by cohosting the Citation and Recognition Workshop. This was held last October 23, 2010 at the Bancom Room of the Asian Institute of Management. It was an informative workshop on the Global Awards Program. The RI Presidential Citation, a pre-requisite to the Global awards was thoroughly discussed. The Global Awards Criteria were also explained. In the keynote address by Gov. Ed Alvarez, he mentioned aspiring for all clubs to receive the Presidential Citation. He also mentioned that for this Rotary Year, there will be no Most Outstanding President and Most Outstanding Club as he was

encouraging all clubs to achieve according to and beyond their capabilities. For the Presidential Citation, a President can merit the award with distinction, an innovation in the Recognition by RI if the club is able to attain a minimum of 35 points in all the avenues of service outlined but for 25 points in each, the club still attains the Presidential Citation. As for the Global Awards, there are 3 categories, Gold, Silver and Bronze. To help the clubs, District Secretary Jay Tambunting, urged the Presidents to make a tracking of their accomplishments periodically every quarter. The Assistant Governors were likewise urged to help the Presidents in their Clusters attain recognition. Cont’d at page 2…

VOL 01 NO 11 • OCTOBER 2010

The President’s Corner My dear Fellow Olympians, The dust of our Charter Presentation Ceremonies has not even settled down and we are in a frenetic schedule of activities again. The inclement weather brought by Typhoon Juan did not dampen nor slow us down in our undertakings. In the week of October 17 - 24, we carried out many activities especially geared towards the conduct of honest elections in the Barangay and SK levels. Although we know that Rotary is apolitical, educating the community and helping in ensuring a peaceful and honest election are services that we advocate which is why, in the middle of the jostling for position amongst the candidates for the smallest unit of government in the Philippines, the barangay, we chose to organize a youth voters forum, a fun run and prepare for the I-election and Y-vote for our projects on election day itself. Our Youth Committee, headed by the indefatigable Dir. Juju Abdulcadir and our Interactors and Rotaractors, notably District Interact Representative (DIR) Miguel Bermido and IPDIR Janine Astrande, are to be commended once again in these endeavors. Not be outdone are our Rotaractors of Teatro de Olympia. Three of them, Wilmer Ruadilla, Roxanne Tancalagan and Keith Tolentino participated in the Youth Solo Contest. Cont’d at page 2….

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OCTOBER IS ROTARY’S VOCATIONAL MONTH Classification Principle By assigning each member a classification based on his or her business or profession, this system ensures that the club’s membership reflects the business and professional composition of its community. The number of members holding a particular classification is limited according to the size of the club. The goal is professional diversity, which enlivens the club’s social atmosphere and provides a rich resource of occupational expertise to carry out service projects and provide club leadership. “ Rotary is the one place where it does not matter who you are, other than in how you can use your skills, knowledge, and abilities to be of service to others.” Andre Brandmuller, South Africa

RCMO organizes Y-Vote by DIR Miguel Bermido


In its efforts to help in the conduct of a free, honest and orderly election, Rotary Club of Makati Olympia organized the Y-Vote. The Interactors and Rotaractors were tapped to be the arm to carry out the project. Last October 22, a Youth Voters Forum was organized in Barangay Olympia. Youth voters of the barangay were invited to an interactive discussion of the importance of the Sangguniang Kabataan and Barangay Elections. Moderators of the forum were Dir. Juju Abdulcadir and Rotaractor Micah Liwanag. The following day, Y-voters, did the fun run. The purpose was while the political candidates were doing their massive last ditch campaign efforts, the participants of the fun run showed that despite differences in political affiliation, the community can still enjoy each other's company by doing an activity that promoted peace and harmony among all.

After the successful Charter Presentation last October 16, Charter President Rose Acoba together with PP Ting Almendral, PP Amor Isip, Dir Juju Abdulcadir, Rotarian Roey Juanico and their families brought the Korean visitors to Tuloy sa Don Bosco to cap their Philippine visit. They attended the mass officiated by Fr. Rocky Evangelista and was given a special blessing at the end. Fr. Rocky explained to the guests how Tuloy came to be and what it has been doing for the past years. He also said that Tuloy has been very successful in helping transform the lives of many street children to be responsible members of society. He further explained that all the financial needs of the foundation are provided for by the benefactors. So impressed were the Korean friends that they handed a donation of $300 to Fr. Rocky at the end of the tour. Fr. Rocky, in turn, showed them the directory of the graduates of Tuloy and how they are doing their share in helping the institution who had been responsible for their renewed lives. Support for Tuloy sa Don Bosco is one of RCMO's advocacies.

Wilmer made it to the Finals which will be held on November 13. RCMO has a contestant for both the Choir and Solo singing categories. It is a most rewarding feeling to see our youth blossom into responsible global leaders. This is just the beginning. As for us, Rotarians, I enjoin everyone to let the irrepressible passion of our youth inflame us more as we move on with them in service to humanity. I take this opportunity, too, to express my appreciation to you, my dearest Olympians, for your commitment to youth development. I am very sure that we will have a fun and fruitful journey ahead! Go, Olympia, Go! RCMO co-hosts workshop

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The Workshop was undertaken by the Awards Committee headed by District Chair for the Global Awards Sally Tongson. Other than Gov. Ed Alvarez and District Secretary Jay Tambunting, the workshop was attended by 8 Assistant Governors, 5 District Officers, 29 Global Presidents, and 26 Club Officers and Representatives of Club Presidents.

ROTARIAN OF THE WEEK JOEL D. ADRIANO Classification: Public Relations & Communications Birthday: May 13 Office: Asia Times Online Spouse: Noemi Date of Birth: March 10 Wedding Anniversary: Nov. 23 Club Position: Director – Public Relations and Public Image

INTERNATIONAL NEWS World Polio Day: Rotary leads final push to ‘End Polio Now’ Posted By: Tom McVey

In recognition of World Polio Day, Rotary clubs are participating in a global push to raise the funds and awareness needed to vanquish this crippling disease, now on the verge of eradication. This year, significant progress has been made against polio in the remaining four polio-endemic countries, particularly in Nigeria and India. Nigeria, until recently the global epicenter of polio, has reported only eight cases in 2010, a dramatic reduction from the 2009 total. India has also seen major progress, with an 80-percent reduction in polio cases since last year. Since 1985, eradicating polio worldwide has been Rotary’s top philanthropic goal. Rotary has contributed more than US$900 million and countless volunteer hours to protect more than two billion children in 122 countries. In addition to India and Nigeria, the disease remains endemic -meaning spread of the wild poliovirus has never been interrupted -- to Afghanistan and Pakistan. Until endemic polio transmission is stopped, other countries remain at risk for imported cases. For example, Tajikistan is suffering a serious polio outbreak traced back to India. In response to a $355 million challenge grant awarded to Rotary by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Rotary clubs worldwide are aiming to raise a total of $200 million by 2012. The organization has already raised more than $141 million toward that goal. The funding will provide critical support to polio eradication activities. As outlined in the Global Polio Eradication Initiative’s 2010 strategic plan, this includes a new, more effective bivalent polio vaccine and a more targeted approach in each country. “We have come a long way,” said Carl-Wilhelm Stenhammar, trustee chair of The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International. “We have reduced the number of polio cases

by over 99 percent. But we can’t let up now. The remaining one percent is proving to be the most challenging, since the poliovirus persists in the most intractable parts of the world. We have the tools to eradicate this devastating disease. It’s up to us to make sure we have the resources needed to reach every child.” To raise awareness and funds for the global push to end polio, Rotary clubs worldwide are conducting activities surrounding World Polio Day: • Turkey: Rotarians will participate in the 32nd Eurasia Marathon, spanning the Bosporus Bridge that connects Europe to Asia, to raise funds for polio eradication. • Hong Kong: Rotary members will hold their annual 10K race to raise funds for polio eradication. It is a new charity race for elite and recreational runners. There is also a 3Km race for children. Last year, nearly 500 runners participated, raising more than HK$100,000. • Netherlands: Rotary clubs throughout the Netherlands are teaming up to launch a national Rotary fundraising and awareness campaign for polio eradication. They hope to raise $2.5 million for the $200 million challenge.

• San Francisco, Calif., USA: Hundreds of Rotary members will participate in a walk on the Embarcadero to show their support for Rotary’s mission to eradicate polio. Later that evening, Rotary members will illuminate the San Francisco Ferry Building with the message -- End Polio Now. • UK: Rotary members in Great Britain and Ireland participated in The Big Bulb Plant on 2 October, planting thousands of purple crocus plants throughout the city. The flowerbeds, each carrying Rotary’s “End Polio Now,” message are expected to bloom in late February, coinciding with Rotary’s “End Polio Now” lightings and events. • Bermuda: Rotary clubs are holding a “Purple Pinky Day,” painting the pinky fingernails of those who donate, similar to the mark received by children who have been given the oral polio vaccine. The Governor will sign a proclamation in honor of Rotary’s work to end polio. A highly infectious disease, polio causes paralysis and is sometimes fatal. As there is no cure, the best protection is prevention. For as little as 60 cents worth of vaccine, a child can be protected against this crippling disease for life. With an international investment of $8 billion, and the successful engagement of over 200 countries and 20 million volunteers, polio could be the first disease of the 21st century to be eradicated. The Global Polio Eradication Initiative is spearheaded by the World Health Organization, Rotary International, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF). It includes the support of governments and private sector donors. Rotary is an organization of business and professional leaders united worldwide to provide humanitarian service and help to build goodwill and peace in the world. It is comprised of 1.2 million members working in more than 33,000 clubs in 200 countries and geographic region.


RCMO JOINS ROUND TABLE DISCUSSION ON THE NATIONAL ANTI-RABIES CAMPAIGN The Advocates for the Anti Rabies Campaign in the Philippines hopes to have a rabies-free Philippines by Year 2020. As a continuation of the AntiRabies Week celebration in September, the multi-sectoral stakeholders in this advocacy had a roundtable discussion (RTD) on the state of the campaign and strategies to fast-track the attainment of the goal. This was held last October 15 at the Discovery Suites. Rotary Club of Makati Olympia was one of the invited participants in the whole day discussion. Representatives from the Department of Health, City Health Offices of Mandaluyong and Makati, NGOs like the Animal Welfare Coalition, the academe, and industrial partners were part of the RTD. CP Rose Acoba and Co-Chair for International Service Berni Marcelino represented RCMO. At the end of the session, it was agreed that a more intensive grassroots educational campaign will be carried out. Responsible Pet Ownership, one of RCMO's signature projects will serve this objective. With this, RCMO hopes that Barangay Olympia will become a model Barangay in Metro Manila as a RabiesFree Barangay.

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