OLYMPIANS The Official Newsletter of the Rotary Club of Makati OLYMPIA
Rotary Celebrates TRF Month in November
IT’S WORLD INTERACT WEEK!
VOL 01 NO 12• NOVEMBER 2010
Message of the RCMO President My Dear Fellow Olympians, This is a special week for our youth. We are celebrating the World Interact Week. As you all know, this is an area nearest our hearts. We have 10 Interact Clubs and these are all registered with RI! Four more are in the organizational stage and will be registered soon. DGSR Sue says that it is a feat considering that we are a newly chartered club. It is... I would like to commend the commitment of Dir Ju and his New Generations Sub-Committee Cochairs, Wilbert and Hanica, in forming the Interact Clubs.
Interact Week is celebrated every year on the week of November 5. This is the day when the first Interact Club in Melbourne High School was organized 48 years ago on Nov. 5, 1962 in Melbourne, Florida, USA. Today, there are about 250,000 Interactors who are members of about 11,000 Interact Clubs in 120 countries around the world. On this first year when Service to New Generations has become the 5th Avenue of Service, the organization and sponsorship of Interact Clubs by Rotary clubs become more meaningful. While before the Interact Clubs are considered partners in service so that a club may just opt to sponsor one, this Rotary Year, the Interact clubs become an integral part of Rotary.
Rotary Club of Makati Olympia lauds this development. As a young club, it has by now, organized and registered with RI 10 clubs and still organizing 4 more for registration. The RCMO Sponsored IACs list 200 young teenagers from 12-18 as members. All but one club are community based. Only the Interact Club of St. Genevieve School of Pateros is school based. Interact Week 2010 is very memorable to RCMO as it is the first that it will be celebrating as a duly chartered club. It is proud to have District Interact Representative, Miguel Bermido, as its charter president of one its newly registered sponsored Interact Clubs, the Interact Club of Umakians of Olympia. Cont’d. on page 2
Let me emphasize, though, that it is not about numbers. We are not doing this for statistics. It is about our strong belief in nurturing the youth as early as possible and giving them the opportunity to have a fertile condition to become global citizens and leaders. I personally have a soft spot for all our "kids". I have the pleasure and fulfillment of seeing some of these youngsters evolve into shy and timid kids to be responsible leaders. Take for instance Miguel. I met him Day 1 during the first time that I got involved in organizing an Interact Club in 2007. He is now D-3830's DIR. Seems like a long time ago but Miguel is truly an accomplished person at his young age. At 17, he has become a rallying person for Interact. UMAK, his school, is also blessed to have him as one of its student leaders. I am truly proud of you, Anak...There are many others who like Miguel are as remarkable Janine, Toffee, Aljun, Levi, Patricia, Diory, Roehmee, Jean, Zea, Marian-- ah, so many of them.. Some have even migrated to Rotaract. Cont’d on page 2…
RCMO HOLDS JOINT MEETING WITH RCS FORBES PARK, MAKATI WEST, MAKATI SALCEDO AND PASAY RC Makati Olympia went out of its home in Nicanor Garcia to join RCs Forbes Park, Makati West, Makati Salcedo and Pasay (D-3810) in the weekly meeting last November 4 at the Manila Polo Club. Guest speaker was Secretary Alberto Lim of the Department of Tourism. Sec. Lim discussed the plans and programs of the Department of Tourism and how the private sector and the socio-civic organizations like Rotary can participate in them. He said that government sees Tourism as one of the keys to uplift the country from poverty. He also outlined the various changes that very soon will be done in connection with the promotion efforts of the new government of Tourism.
Featured Article…… CHEERS TO PEACE AND ROTARY! (Musings on the Peace and Conflict Prevention/Resolution Forum) Dr: Boy Fajardo said… “Who are we? Where are we? What are the paths we choose? How do we go about it? Man, being created by God in His image is good, beautiful, loving. Man being human is sinful, greedy, dishonest, unloving. These, he said, result to conflict and discord… How can peace be attained? One must have self honesty, self awareness and sincerity.” “Remember, that if you point your finger to another person, three of your fingers will point to you… Discover and start with yourself and look forward to your vision…” Kuya Wilbert Zamuco said... “In a school for special children, there was a competition where the kids had to race to the finish line. As they were special children, one fell and had to be practically helped to go back to the race. Another, little girl who ran fast got nearly to the finish line but stopped just before it. Everyone was egging her to just move one step and she would win but the little girl patiently waited until the boy who fell got to where she was. Then, when all of the other participants of the race were where they were, they all together stepped at the finish line…” “All of us want to win, even at the expense of others. Is it not possible that all of us are winners?” Kuya Arl Loremia said… “There was a man who when he was young aspired to bring peace to the world and make it a better place. Time passed and cont’d on page 4 he found that it was difficult, so he thought that
IT’S INTERACT WEEK
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For the District's Interact Week celebration, the Interact Committee has lined up a series of activities for all its Interactors and Sponsoring Rotary clubs which include exhibits, seminars, fund raising activities, tree planting, dance competition, etc. As a club endeavor, RCMO undertook three major activities last November 6, 2010 as its kick off of all its activities for the week-long celebration. These were the Presentation the Certificate of RI’s Certificate of Registration and Induction of Members and Officers of the 10 registered Interact Clubs, Peace and Conflict Prevention/Resolution Forum and the Four – Way Test Workshop with Essay writing and Extemporaneous speaking. During the week, it shall participate in the I-Series of activities lined up by the District Interact Committee, particularly the I-Plant on November 12 at Habitat Taguig. RCMO joins the Rotary world in paying tribute to the great contribution that the Interactors have done through the years. It looks forward to more activities for the youth in this Rotary Program. Message RCMO President
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To the new babies that we have, you have your Kuyas and Ates as models. Now that you have Rotary Club of Makati Olympia as your family, you also gain Titos and Titas who shall be your mentors and friends whose wish is for you to grow into fine young men and women who will have the heart for service to humanity. My fellow Olympians, let us push hard to make RCMO's founders’ vision for the youth a reality. Open your hearts some more for them. I am very sure, they will not fail us. Let us not fail them! Go, Olympia, Go!
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ROTARY INFO OF THE WEEK What is INTERACT? Interact is Rotary International’s service club for young people ages 12 to 18. Interact clubs are sponsored by individual Rotary clubs, which provide support and guidance, but they are self-governing and self-supporting. Club membership varies greatly. Clubs can be single gender or mixed, large or small. They can draw from the student body of a single school or from two or more schools in the same community. Each year, Interact clubs complete at least two community service projects, one of which furthers international understanding and goodwill. Through these efforts, Interactors develop a network of friendships with local and overseas clubs and learn the importance of • • • •
Developing leadership skills and personal integrity Demonstrating helpfulness and respect for others Understanding the value of individual responsibility and hard work Advancing international understanding and goodwill
As one of the most significant and fastest-growing programs of Rotary service, with more than 10,700 clubs in 109 countries and geographical areas, Interact has become a worldwide phenomenon. Almost 200,000 young people are involved in CHEERS TO PEACE …
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maybe, he would just do it for his country. Time passed but he could not, so he said, why not bring peace to my hometown. Time passed and it was still difficult. At his deathbed, he realized that he dreamt big but never thought of beginning from himself. Even that was too late… it was already difficult to do…” “Rotary teaches us the values as young as we are. If we use the 4-way test as our guide, we will be able to gain peace from within and we will be ambassadors of peace to the world.” "Let there be peace on earth and let it begin with me!”
Rotary celebrates World Interact Week By Ryan Hyland Rotary International News -- 5 November 2010
During World Interact Week, 1-7 November, Interactors and Rotary club members worldwide commemorate the charter of the first Interact club in 1962. To mark this occasion, Interact clubs are encouraged to participate in joint projects with their sponsor clubs. "This week is a time for [Rotary] club presidents, [Rotary International district] governors, and RI leadership to give priority to a program that has the power to enhance our public image and potentially improve our membership," says Rajani Mukerji, 2009-10 vice chair of RI's Interact Committee and member of the Rotary Club of Calcutta Mideast, West Bengal, India. "Interact is one of the starting points for someone's path to Rotary." Mukerji, who has served as district Interact chair four times, says Interactors can contribute their time, even if they lack the ability to fund meaningful service projects. "Their main strength and resource is giving their time to volunteer and aid in projects," he says. "It's the most valuable thing they bring to Rotary." This year, Interact clubs and their sponsor Rotary clubs have a variety of ways to participate in World Interact Week. Clubs are encouraged to complete one, two, or even an entire week’s worth of activities. After the club completes their activities, the Rotary club or district Interact chair can fill out a Certificate of Recognition for presentation.
FEATURED ROTARIAN OF THE WEEK MARIE LOUISE “MALU” ARISTORENAS Classification: Realty Sales Birthday: September 17 Office: 270 Haig St., Mandaluyong City Club Position: Director, Club Administration
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