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

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

Presidential Message – July 20, 2018

Presidential Message – July 20, 2018

Dear Rotarians, dearest Friends,

 

Happy New Rotary Year 2018-2019!

A big thanks to those who joined me for our 47th Installation of Officers and Turnover Ceremony last Saturday, July 14, at Apo View Hotel. The event was a great success, with a higher than expected turnover, good food and wine and better company. A great way to mark the start of a new year in the spirit of Rotary’s Service Above Self.

With the glitz and glamour of the party over, the true dimensions of the duty I have been given become apparent. As I stated on my inaugural speech, RC West Davao is a Club with a distinguished history, a vibrant present and a great potential to grow and achieve even bigger and better things.
Leading a Club with one such past and one such present to…one such future is both a honour and responsibility, which I feel equally as I begin my Presidential term.

As the President of the Rotary Club of West Davao for 2018-2019, I commit to use whatever time and energies will be left from my daily work schedule, to uphold that legacy and help my Inspiring Team to realize that potential.

I want all Members, past, current and prospective, to see our Club as an organization, a harmonious congregation of minds and hearts, they can be proud to belong to.

I want our ideas and actions to be an inspiration for a generation of young Rotaractors.

During this Regular Meeting, I will highlight at least some of my ideas and proposals for projects and activities that may be undertaken over this Rotary Year.

The emphasis on IT, or Information Technology, is not casual.IT is my Classification and has been my professional path and my passion for more than 25 years. Despite being a persistent theme for quite some time, IT still holds the power to transform our lives, from those of the poorest members of our Community to those of us Members of RC West Davao.

When used with acumen, purpose and wisdom, technology can automate and simplify, improve and accelerate every conceivable human endeavour, including those in at least three of the Rotary’s official Areas of Focus:

• basic education and literacy;
• economic and community development;
• disease prevention and treatment.

True to the Object of Rotary, I look forward to putting my skills, my knowledge, my determinationand my passion – I’m an Italian, after all! – at the service of my Club and the communities we will be serving.

With an Inspiring Team of distinguished Professionals from a wide variety of industries and competences, all with a long history of dedication to public service through Rotary, I truly feel like standing on the shoulder of giants.

So, a big “thank you” for the support and a great hope for things to come to our Inspiring Team:

• our VP and Secretary “Tito” Rudy Togle,
• our Treasurer Jay Imperial,
• JJ Barcia, as our Sergeant At Arms.
To our Directors…
• PP Anthony Angala on Club Administration,
• PP Abo Gempesaw on Club Service / Service Projects,
• PP Jing Magno on Community Service,
• PP Jerome Jimenez, on Vocation Service,
• PP JT Tionko on International Service,
• the most effective Rotary Foundation Director and Advisor I can think of, PDG Bading Angala,
• PP Frank Ramos on Rotary Information.

To all Members of RC West Davao, for keeping both “the legacy”, “the now” and “the dream” very well alive…

…and, last but by no means least, all our wonderful Spouses for keeping us, the Legacy Bearers and the Dreamers, alive. As anticipated, on this historical year many of you will become fully-fledged Club Members. And that’s only the beginning!

My warmest wishes to All for a new, great Rotary Year steeped in service, solidarity, friendship and…fun!

Giovanni “Vanni” Torelli
President, RY 2018-19

Presidential Message – June 29, 2018

Presidential Message – June 29, 2018

Warm Rotary Greetings to all of you!

I would like to thank PP Jerome Jimenez, PP Anthony Angala, and PP JJ Barcia for attending our Fellowship last Friday at Coco’s Resto. During the fellowship, we discuss the preparation of our 47th Induction and Turnover Ceremony to be held on July 14, 2018 at the Apo View Hotel. May I request all our members and spouses to please be present. Another discussion raised is about the acceptance of female members to the Club as we need to attain district goals in membership for the incoming Rotary Year 2018-19.

I am also reminding our members to please pay their 2nd semester club dues and other outstanding account.

I hope that we continue to support our club and live up what Rotary has taught us, service above self.

Thank you very much.

Service Above Self,

 

Joseph Philip Imperial, M.D.
President, RY 2017-2018