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The Official Newsletter of the Rotary Club of Makati - OLYMPIA

PE Jay Bataclan attends PETS

The three year succession program of Rotary Club of Makati Olympia is in motion. President-Elect (PE) Jay Bataclan attended the Presidents Elect Training Seminar (PETS) at Tagaytay Summit Ridge last February 11-12. For it, PE Jay brought with him the hands-on experience and the knowledge gained from the many club workshops and learning sessions that we had undertaken in the past months. The PETS is a requirement for all incoming Presidents to undertake

for them to be able to assume the presidency. Various topics are discussed by the District Training Leaders and Resource Speakers to prepare the PEs for their position as the Club Leader. It is also the time when the Incoming Governor cascades to his team the Rotary International (RI) and district thrusts. PE Jay shall serve as President under District Governor Elect Billy Villareal and RI President Elect Kalyan Banerjee. The RI Theme for RY 2011-2012 is Reach Within to Embrace Humanity.

Mr. and Ms. Rotaract finalists do community service On the second week after they were presented, the finalists for the Mr. and Ms. Rotaract 2011 went to Pateros St., Makati to do feeding and give cheers to 120 indigent children from 6 months to 10 years. This was the community service leg of the contest. Aside from feeding, the activity also included story-telling and fun games for the children. Giving support to the contestants were the Service to New Generations and Community Service Committees of RCMO headed by Dir Ju Abdulcadir and Chair Seg Gonzalez, respectively. Also present were RCMO's sponsored Rotaractors and Interactors. Cont’d on p. 4…

VOL. 01 NO. 26 • FEBRUARY 2011

The President’s Corner My dear Fellow Olympians, This week was kind of trying week for me... Not only was it full of activities (which is not uncommon) but there comes a time when even the most patient of persons reaches the end of her threshold. I am not embarrassed to share this with you for it shows that the Presidency (and being a Rotarian for that matter) is a cycle of ups and downs, happiness and sadness, trials and triumphs... and, yes, that presidents (and Rotarians) are very human... Sharing you this is like a purging, a cleansing of sorts... I shall not enumerate the series of 'frustrating' events that led me to this state but at the end of the day, Cont’d on page 2…

PE Jay’s Corner Mission Driven: My PETS Experience It’s Sunday, a day after my PETS (President Elect Training Seminar) held in Tagaytay. Still high on the experience of meeting my Classmates and Cluster 8, AG, the DS, DDS, AGs, exceptional PDGs and my Governor General Ismael "Billy" Villareal learning with them the Rotary Way and lots more especially the part where Club Effectiveness and Efficiency comes into play. It was a great experience indeed c/o PDG Guiller. A fun night of Cont’d on p. 2…


Braulio de Castro joins National finals of VOY competed against 19 other contestants who were the best in their respective Districts. All contestants were asked to speak on the topic: What three concerns of the youth will they discuss with Pnoy if they were given a chance to have 4-6 minute audience with him. Braulio said that he will tell Pnoy to attend to the rights of the youth which are being suppressed especially the right to information, the degradation of the family which is the basic unit of society and hope to be afforded to the youth who are the world's future. Braulio ended his speech by saying that he will not ask these of Pnoy instead he will tell him to listen to the youth for he said that Pnoy had declared that the Filipinos, youth included, are his boss. RCMO was the proud sponsor of Braulio de Castro, a Fourth Year High School student of Colegio San Agustin, in the National Finals of the Voice of the Youth Extemporaneous Speaking Contest. He was one of the two representatives of District 3830 in the biennial event. Braulio

Grand winners of the contest were from District 3810 and 3780. Panel of judges were composed of the who's who in the academe and IT industry. The event was brought by the Rotary Club Bagumbayan, D3810 and sponsored by Allied Bank and the Lucio Tan group of companies.

The President’s Corner

passed by a little girl who was humming a happy tune as she was selling garlands of sampaguita despite her disability because she was polio stricken. The birthday girl realized how lucky she was! She really had no reason to feel down for she had two most beautiful feet..

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what is important is how we make do with these gamut of emotions that we experience. The world does not stop even if we are uncomfortable or unhappy. It goes on and on and it will not wait for us to feel better. The good thing about Rotary is that it has many facets. While not everything is to our liking, there are many things which make us realize how blessed we are. I remember very well this anecdote which comes to my mind every time I feel low. It is about a little girl who was feeling down and very sorry about herself because her parents could not buy her a new pair of shoes for her birthday. When her parents brought her to church, they

That is how it is in Rotary and in life in general... We always aspire for more when we have more than enough already... So there, let's count our blessings always... RCMO is very blessed and so am I... Indeed, I am, because I have you, my Rotary Makati Olympia family and the Lord! Let's have a love-filled week ahead... Happy Heart's Month! ~CP Rose

PE Jay’s Corner

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fellowship and bonding with my bunkmate and some seatmates during the breakout sessions. It was an awesome journey, fellow Olympians. It marks a notch on my Rotary growth and I share this with everyone serving with us in Rotary. I know in fact and in deed that my heart aligns with RI President Elect Kalyan's call for dynamic growth and support for a larger community which is Humanity. Our year of "Reaching Within to Embrace Humanity" truly struck a cord on this call for Action. Having Gov Gen Billy, towing the line to "level the playing field" for all clubs to be prepared to succeed is another gem I keep to heart during my PETS. This journey is now a Mission, a mission to stay grateful, true and be a force of good. Let this road be paved with joy, abundance and healthy relations within as we embrace humanity in SERVICE. I acknowledge my family at Makati Olympia, the selfless effort of my mentors namely Charter President Rose Acoba, PP Ting Almendral, PP Amore Isip, Dir. Ju Abdulcadir, Dir. Malu Aristorenas, Dir. Joel Adriano for the guidance and wisdom, my peers in the club, PN Renny Harman, PND and buddy Wilbert Zamuco, my International Director Sabine Haak. I look forward to serving with you, beautiful people. To the young leaders of RCMO - the Rotaractors and Interactors and Community partners who I draw inspiration from at times of self doubt, you guys and gals ROCK!!! Let me not end this note but instead extend the invitation to you, dear family and friends. We will all be meeting soon at the Rotary Club of Makati Olympia ;) At your Service, ~ Jay Bataclan President, RY-2011-12


ROTARY international NEWS

Promote Rotary through signature activities For the past 17 years, the Rotary Club of Kamuning, Quezon City, Philippines, and District 3780 have partnered with local elementary and high schools to stage a daylong sports festival, attracting thousands of students from the city's 143 schools. Club members adopt a theme each year for the colossal event, with the 2010 competition reminding youth of the valuable role they will play in protecting and preserving the environment. Many Rotary clubs are known in their communities for one big project or event that sets them apart from other groups. Whether it's an annual dinner that raises funds for polio eradication, or a park clean-up, your club's signature project or fundraiser can help build Rotary's public image as an action-oriented volunteer service organization. "Several small projects leave no mark, but one larger project leaves a signature," notes RI Vice President Thomas M. Thorfinnson. "A great way to promote Rotary's image is to have a significant project or a significant fundraiser that is a very public event in your community and to do that event or fundraiser consistently over the years." The Rotary Club of Kenosha West, Wisconsin, USA, holds an annual sports tournament to raise money for the club's charities. This highly anticipated event involves youth from the entire community. The club promotes the tournament prominently on its website and includes videos from previous years. The club's online membership directory, which includes photos, shows many members in their tournament uniforms.

The Rotary clubs of ChurchlandPortsmouth and Portsmouth, Virginia, USA, hold a barbecue networking event each year as their signature event. Photo courtesy of Bill Pollard

Here are a few tips on how to create a signature activity. Also check out what other Rotarians have had to say on the topic in Your Voice, Your Solution for October and February. • Identify. Decide on a public event and its purpose, such as to raise funds for The Rotary Foundation or to involve members of the community in a local service project. • Publicize. Include your Rotary club or district in the name of the event, following the RI guidelines for using the Rotary Marks. Use social media and press releases to publicize your event and the work of Rotary and build interest and excitement. • Connect. Assign club members to help answer questions about the Rotary

club and its projects during the event to form connections with the general public. Distribute take-away information such as What's Rotary? as well as pamphlets or business cards linking to your club's website. • Repeat. Hold the event annually to build recognition. As awareness grows, more community members will participate and the event will become increasingly successful. You may even attract new members to your club. Publicize. Include your Rotary club or district in the name of the event, following the RI guidelines for using the Rotary Marks. Use social media and press releases to publicize your event and the work of Rotary and build interest and excitement. • Connect. Assign club members to help answer questions about the Rotary club and its projects during the event to form connections with the general public. Distribute take-away information such as What's Rotary? as well as pamphlets or business cards linking to your club's website. • Repeat. Hold the event annually to build recognition. As awareness grows, more community members will participate and the event will become increasingly successful. You may even attract new members to your club. Citius, Altius, Fortius --RCMO: Here to Last!


ROTARY information of the week THE SECOND AREA OF FOCUS IN THE FUTURE VISION PLAN:

Mr. and Ms. Rotaract finalists do community service cont’d from p.1 The Mr. and Ms. Rotaract 2011 is a youth development project aimed at choosing an Ambassador for Rotaract. To be able to do this, the contestants will undergo all the phases of activities in all the avenues of service for them to be able to speak about Rotaract. In the succeeding weeks, they shall undergo the Vocational and International service legs. Culmination of the contest will be on March 12 in celebration of the World Rotaract Week.

editorial team: adviser Rose Acoba editor Joel D. Adriano Write us your ideas and thoughts or contribute articles that you think is interesting and will be beneficial to our organization. Contact us at (0917)545-6171 and (0917)891-4695 or email us at rmacoba@yahoo.com.


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