Service Above Self... Runs in the Family

by Rtn. Amy Reyes-Llave

During my childhood days, I remember my father, Reynaldo “Rene” Reyes, Charter President of the Rotary Club of Rosario and former DGGR, who was very active in Rotary Club hosting various community activities, sponsoring international exchange students, creating warm camaraderie among members and promoting positive image of Rotary. I would always look up to his various awards/plaques displayed in our house such as Role Model Rotarian Award, Governor’s Most Special Award of Honor, Most Distinguished Service Award, Rotarian of the Year Award, Presidential Plaque of Appreciation, Perfect Attendance Award, Presidential Citation Award to name a few. There comes a time that he gave up his other civic clubs and concentrated on Rotary Club alone. I wonder why… not until I experience being a member. Putting in mind the definition of Rotary as an organization of business and professional persons united worldwide who provide humanitarian service, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations and help build goodwill and peace in the world then, I realized that my father made the right decision. It has been almost three decades now that my father is an active Rotarian and I always see him as a role model not only in building a family but for making Rotary his way of life.

In my part, since I am just new in this club, I would want to make a good impact especially to the small entrepreneurs and the growing industry in Rosario as well as to contribute to the development of this town which is functioning like a city now in the millennium age because of the industry growth and jobs through EPZA, and through the Rotary Club this dreams can come true.

Being in the field of banking operations (author is connected with the No. 1 bank in the Philippines),  there is a similarity between Rotary and Metrobank… that is service among people. Whatever their status in life we have to provide the same, fast, efficient service dedicated to the same goal in maintaining high ethical standards in business. But still, Rotary is something outside the Bank, although the Bank serves the community, Rotary is a free thing, it doesn’t have any profit involved but just your good heart and your free service to the community.