Welcome DG Bing Garcia and Lady Nene!

Welcome DG Bing Garcia and Lady Nene!

Dear Fellow Rotarians,

We are pleased to welcome our District Governor for RY 2018-19, Benjamin “Bing” Garcia and his wife Lady Virginia “Nene” to our Club on October 2, from 6 PM, at Marco Polo Hotel Davao, Borneo-Mindanao room.

We will be presenting our past and current achievements and illustrate them our plans for the current and future Rotary years.

This special evening is made even more special by the presence of some very Special Guests:

  • our dear friend District Governor Lindon See Diet, District Governor for District 3850;
  • Past President Melrose “Megs” Lunn and Past President Ricky Molo from Rotary Club of Metro Kalibo, our newest Sister Club.

I am sure you will join us all in welcoming our District Governor and our Guests and wish our Club another fruitful, successful Rotary Year!

IP Vanni

President’s Message – September 28, 2018

President’s Message – September 28, 2018

Dear Rotarians, dearest Friends,

Good evening to All and welcome to our 9th Regular Meeting for RY 2018-2019.

On October 1, at 2 PM, we will be meeting Michael Hulland, Executive Director of Tebow CURE Hospital, one of the Philippines’ foremost centers for pediatric orthopedics, to discuss their potential collaboration on Project WALK.

Tebow CURE is a privately-funded hospital whose only Philippine presence is in Davao. They are planning to open a state-of-the-art prosthetics and orthotics workshop by the end of the year and it would be fantastic if we could leverage their expertise, their dedication and…their kindness to restore health and confidence to a few of our prospective young patients.

PP Megs Lunn and PP Ricky Molo from RC Kalibo will be joining us to add first-hand stories and insight, since they have been with the project since its inception, 10 years ago.

On Tuesday October 2, our Governor’s Visit is planned. The Visit will take place here at Marco Polo Hotel, Borneo-Mindanao room on the ground floor, and kick off at 6 PM with a preliminary meeting with the President, Secretary and Board of Directors. The Session and ceremony proper will start soon after, around 7 PM.

Members are recommended to wear barong, Spouses and Ladies can wear dress or night gown.

Tomorrow Saturday 29 we are planning to reach Compostela Valley to donate the five solar lanterns to families living in rural areas not yet reached by electricity. The donation is made possible by Mr. Sergio Boero, a visionary entrepreneur and Chairman of the Italian Chamber of Commerce in the Philippines.

Details on this activity are still being finalized and I look forward to your participation, if you are free tomorrow morning.

Last but not least, October 3 evening is our Governor’s Night, planned at Pinnacle Hotel, Crystal Ballroom, starting from 6:30. The theme for the night is “denim and glitters”, in other words wear anything that looks “jeans” and something clear and shiny as a decoration!

Please let us reward ourselves for the achievements past and energize ourselves for what lies ahead by joining the DG Bing Garcia and Lady Nene for an evening of good food and better fun!

I look forward to discussing all this and much more during today’s session.

Inspiringly yours,

Vanni Torelli

President’s Message – September 14, 2018

President’s Message – September 14, 2018

Dear Rotarians, dearest Friends,

Good evening to All and welcome to our 7th Regular Meeting for RY 2018-2019.

An intense session expects us today. We are being requested by our AG Irene Aquino to finalise our Strategic Planning for RY 2018-2019.

After review, I see that we have the potential to hit all goals for the RI Presidential Citation and achieve Gold or even Platinum status on the Presidential Distinction. Beyond that, we know why we all serve in Rotary: help those in need and see their lives changed because of our daily action is, in itself, the most precious of rewards.

Our District Governor’s visit is confirmed for October 2 and we are to finalise the planning. The venue has been confirmed to be Marco Polo. New Members? The opportunity to welcome at least some of our Spouses as full Members? PP Megs Lunn and PP Ricky Molo from RC Metro Kalibo have confirmed their attendance, while IP Jess Sedano from RC Forbes Park expressed interest and is pending confirmation.

We have also extended our invitation to DG Lindon See Diet, District Governor of 3850, whose humility and laid-back personality struck a chord with me and PP JT Tionko during our visit to Kalibo last August. He is available on October 2 and pending confirmation on the logistics.

We have made some progress with Project WALK. The official brochure is ready and we can contribute to a Japanese and Korean version, with a view to trigger donations from Sister Clubs abroad.

I have contacted Tebow CURE, a private hospital specializing in pediatric orthopedics and received a contact from their Executive Director. They are a unique organization in the Philippines and, as confirmed by their ED, they will be opening a state-of-the-art prosthetic workshop by end of the year. We would like to schedule an official meeting with them, possibly while PP Megs and PP Ricky are with us, between October 1 and October 3.

Last but not least, exciting news on the Online Donation Hub project: our good friend Francis Albores has completed the backbone work to get donations through both via PayPal and credit card. We need to work hard on the contents and agree a donation structure, link up the system to a bank account and…we’re good to go!

I look forward to discussing all this and much more during today’s session.

Inspiringly yours,

 

Giovanni “Vanni” Torelli
President, RY 2018-19

R.I. President’s Message – September 2018

R.I. President’s Message – September 2018

Imagine if we could take a snapshot capturing all of the work Rotary does on a given day. No one – except Rotarians – would believe that a single organization was capable of accomplishing so much. In that snapshot you would see dedicated volunteers working to eradicate polio, setting up microloans, providing clean water, mentoring youth, and countless other actions.

We can do all this thanks both to our geographic reach and to the fact that our clubs are made up of people who are engaged in their communities. As a part of the community that you serve, you know the needs, you have the connections, and you’re able to take immediate action. That’s why every Rotary club’s membership should reflect the diversity of its community.

We’ve made great strides in this. In Egypt, Indonesia, and Kenya, Rotary is approaching 50 percent female membership. We’re also expanding the age diversity of our clubs. In each of our communities, young professionals are eager to contribute their talents, give back, and learn from mentors. Let’s share with them what Rotary is all about. The Engaging Younger Professionals Toolkit at Rotary.org has an action plan to help you reach young leaders and Rotary alumni in your area.

Another resource that can help us better reflect our communities – one that is global like us, is a quarter-million members strong, and already shares our values of service and leadership – is Rotaract. Rotaractors are our partners: Team up with them on projects, ask them to speak at your events, and invite them to join your club. Dedicated Rotaractors worldwide are becoming members of Rotary and even starting new Rotary clubs while still serving as members of Rotaract.

The world needs Rotary, and Rotary needs strong clubs and engaged members in order to do more good. It is our responsibility – yours and mine – to make sure everyone who shows an interest in joining Rotary gets an invitation. Make use of the Membership Leads tool at Rotary.org, which helps people who are interested in joining Rotary connect with a club that’s right for them. And let’s ensure that every member has a reason to stay. By building strong clubs that engage in meaningful projects and have fun along the way, we provide value to our club members that they cannot find anywhere else.

Let’s not keep Rotary’s story – the story captured in those snapshots of service – to ourselves. I challenge you to invite leaders of all ages, men and women, who are looking for a way to give back. By doing so, you will Be the Inspiration in your community and help Rotary continue to do good in the world.

 

Barry Rassin
R.I. President, RY 2018-19

President’s Message – August 24, 2018

President’s Message – August 24, 2018

Dear Rotarians, dearest Friends,

Good evening to All and welcome to our 4th Regular Meeting for RY 2018-2019.

It has been an exciting fortnight for our Club. Last Thursday August 16 PP JT Tionko and I flew to Kalibo to join RC Metro Kalibo for their Turnover ceremony and, perhaps most importantly, to be welcomed as their Sister Club. The whole day was graced by the presence of DG Lindon “Don” See Diet from District 3850, a remarkable man of humility, wisdom and fun.

RC Kalibo is our first Sister Club from the Visayas and our friendship with them starts on a strong platform: our official collaboration on Project W.A.L.K., a project to donate prosthetic legs to young girls and boys across the Philippines and, with them, improve their quality of life, their self-confidence, their ability to keep dreaming about the future.

Now in its tenth year of operation, Project W.A.L.K. is the brainchild of PP Eduardo “Ed” Escaño from RC Forbes Park, also our Sister Club, and PP Melrose “Megs” Lunn from RC Kalibo. While helping a flooding-stricken community in Aklan, PP Ed met Arnel Ropero, a boy who was born without legs and whose silent struggle and courage inspired him to help his cause. Arnel was flown to Manila to the Philippine General Hospital, assessed by their prosthetic labs and fitted with prosthetic limbs.

From Arnel to the present, Project W.A.L.K. has changed the lives of more than 20 young people across the Philippines, including that of Ricky Molo, an extraordinary man, artist and Past President of RC Metro Kalibo, and Edwin Villanueva, a Paralympic swimmer who will compete at the Asian Para Games in Jakarta this coming October.

Project W.A.L.K. has so far being entirely funded by RC Forbes Park and RC Metro Kalibo with the collaboration of institutions such as PAL Foundation. Much can be still done to extend the scale and reach of the project and change the life or even more young Filipinos.

A big thank is extended to PP JT Tionko, whose encounter with PP Megs at the RC Forbes Park Turnover ceremony sparked interest in the project and gained our Club a new small army of fantastic, motivated and laid-back friends from the upper tip of the Visayas!

In other news, our Governor’s Visit has been postponed to Tuesday October 2 evening, from Monday October 1. PP Megs and PP Ricky from Kalibo have pledged their participation and it is our strong desire to be joined by PP Ed from Forbes Park: having Representatives from all Clubs involved in Project W.A.L.K. will give DG Bing Garcia the strongest possible signal on the importance and potential of this project and may lead to funding initiatives taken at the District (3860) level.

If you will forgive me the metaphor, this project already has legs. With our participation, I do look forward to see it fly!

Inspiringly yours,

Yours in Rotary,

 

Giovanni “Vanni” Torelli
President, RY 2018-19

President’s Message – August 3, 2018

President’s Message – August 3, 2018

Dear Rotarians, dearest Friends,

 

Good evening to All and welcome to our 2nd Regular Meeting for RY 2018-2019!

An historical decision was taken on our past Meeting last July 20. Women will be part of our Club, starting from our Inspiring Spouses, who will be inducted to coincide with our District Governor Bing Garcia’s Visit, on October 1 evening.

We have ample time to prepare for this exciting event. We will make sure it will be a truly memorable moment in the history of our Club!

PP JT Tionko’s visit to our Sister Club RC Forbes Park, on their Induction Ceremony last July 26, may lead to a new Sister Club and avery interesting project. The prospective Sister Club is RC Metro Kalibo and the project is about donating prosthetic limbs to amputee and disabled children.

Based on PP JT’s details, the project is in collaboration with RC Forbes Park and other international Clubs, and has been successfully implemented in Luzon and the Visayas. RC Kalibo’s request is for RC West Davao to be the point of reference and action for Davao and Mindanao.

To this extent, we have been officially invited by RC Metro Kalibo to their Induction Ceremony, this coming August 15. On that occasion, we will have a chance to introduce our Club, sign a Sisterhood Agreement with them and learn more about the project.

So far PP JT and myself have confirmed their participation. I hope more of you will want to join us as we welcome the opportunity to make a difference in the quality of life of Davao’s children.
In other news, following up from one of the project proposals highlighted on our last meeting, last week I met with Mr. Sergio Boero, an eclectic Entrepreneur with a background in fashion and product design, and current Chairman of the Italian Chamber of Commerce.

His advocacy for the past 3 years has been for the Sunny Sonny Story project: that of “donating light” to at least some of the million households, across the Philippine islands and Southeast Asia, that have no access to electricity. Sergio estimated the number of un- and under-connected people at 300,000, in the Philippines alone.

His solution is the Sunny Sonny, an inexpensive, safe and sturdily built mini-lantern powered by a solar panel.
Sergio was enthusiastic at the idea of collaborating with Rotary in Mindanao and Luzon (through our “sibling Clubs”) and donated RC West Davao 5 lanterns, which we will be donating to a community of our choice.

I look forward to discussing about this, and more, this evening.

Yours in Rotary,

 

Giovanni “Vanni” Torelli
President, RY 2018-19