Rotarians lighting up communities

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Thursday, July 10, 2014

ROTARIANS from Negros, Panay, and southwest Mindanao—comprising the Rotary District 3850—are encouraged to “light up” communities and strengthen the “power of giving and volunteerism,” as they continue their community and humanitarian service.

Newly inducted District Governor for 3850 Jose Jay “Jude” Doctora issued this challenge to his fellow Rotarians, in his inaugural address during the District Handover and Oathtaking of Best Class Presidents and District Team at the L’ Fisher Hotel in Bacolod last July 5.

The transfer of leadership from Immediate Past District Governor Mark Anthony Ortiz to Doctora was witnessed by District 3850 members. Rotary International Director Daumonguiller Tumangan inducted the new officers.


Doctora, who hails from Bacolod, also asked Rotarians to “get out of the comfort zones of your clubs” and start working with each other, to let people know that the Rotary Club is serious in lighting up communities through its programs.

The new district governor urged his members to focus on the three main programs he has identified – Rotary Libraries for literacy, Health Centers, and strengthening of the District Disaster Response Team.

Last week, a health center has already started construction in Zamboanga by the Rotary Club of Zamboanga West and another one is about to start in Iloilo by the Rotary Club of Metro Iloilo.

Each club was also encouraged to adopt a school or community for the establishment of a Rotary Library, while the Disaster Response Team will continue with its risk reduction and management program, and humanitarian works.

In his valedictory address, Ortiz stressed the need to strengthen the Disaster Response Team after two tragedies fell under the areas of District 3850 – the Zamboanga siege and super typhoon Yolanda.

“It is during those times that the Rotary spirit should spring into action,” Ortiz said, as he thanked all those who gave their support to him during his term.

Doctora said if everyone will do their share, “what is seemingly impossible will fall into place and before we know it, our dreams will be realized.”

He also said that as a product of a district team-building, the programs which he will start will be continued in the next three years by those who will succeed him. He particularly thanked District Governor Elect Oliver Ong from Zamboanga and District Governor nominee Ronnie Gabalda from Iloilo for their cooperation.

Meanwhile, Tumangan also urged members to increase female membership in the district, and to prepare for a great challenge if the Philippines’ bid to host the Rotary International Convention for 2019 will succeed.

During the handover, Doctora also signed a memorandum of agreement with District 3830 represented by District Governor Angelito Colona to enhance partnership in programs and fellowships between the two districts.

Early this year, District 3830 and District 3850 had a joint District Convention in Boracay, Aklan. This Rotary year, the district convention will be in Bacolod City, the hometown of the new district governor.

Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on July 10, 2014.


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