District Governor Joel
What a wonderful weekend! At around 3:00 P.M. in January 23, 2005, the memorable Centennial Midyear Review held in the scenic Lagos del Sol in Cavinti, Laguna was adjourned. I thank and congratulate the Rotary Club of Paco for successfully hosting this affair under the dynamic leadership of Centennial President Anju Castigador. The affair was ably chaired by the now popular Deputy Governor Rex Raz. His attention to details and hardwork ensured the enjoyable and orderly conduct of the Midyear Review, an event that will go down the memory of the participants as one of the defining moments of the Centennial Presidents. Close to 60 clubs submitted their reports and were represented in this annual review of performance.
I also thank the panelists for their valuable inputs and personal sacrifice in going over the reports with a view of assisting and providing guidance for the Centennial Presidents. Thank you SDG/DS Ceasar Genato, SDG Josie Ang, SDG Rey Garcia and SDG Danny Reboya.
Thank you also to Special Assistant to the Governor John Ang & Kenneth Tamayo (son of PE Karen Tamayo of RC Hiyas ng Maynila) for their generosity in providing professional photography services for the documentation of the affair and portrait picture of Centennial Presidents for the Centennial DISCON Souvenir Program.
I also thank district officers of Solid Cavite Clubs for the lechon donation.
The affair witnessed the reporting of the accomplishments of the clubs in the different avenues of service. Aided by powerpoint presentation, each Centennial President was given 7 minutes to report. In most cases, because of the overwhelming number of projects, the 7-minute (as already increased from the traditional 5 minutes) allotment was insufficient. The services rendered by the clubs in the district are mind-boggling. If one were to quantify all the manpower, volunteer time, personal involvement, hands-on participation, resources used, partners mobilized, supplies consumed, equipment utilized and other logistics poured into the countless service projects that these Rotary clubs undertook in the last 6 months, then one could simply conclude that indeed Rotarians have exemplified and lived by Rotary's motto--Service Above Self. Indeed, this Centennial Midyear Review is truly a celebration of service excellence!
What made it more memorable is that it was not only work. Just like the many facets of Rotary, it was also about fun. The fellowship in the evening was full of laughter as Centennial President Mond Aguilar and Centennial President Jun Escano were declared Talong Kings after winning the eggplant parlor game together with their partners, Centennial President Erms Mondejar and Centennial President Carmen Ballado who were named the Talong Queens. Centennial President Lilian Cruz also won in a game with her display of dramatic talent. Centennial President Anju Castigador was the King of the Night while Centennial President Viring Olaes was the Queen of the Night after winning the balloting selection. They received their crowns and chocolate prizes. The "If We Hold On Together" community singing capped the night and reinforced the esprit de corp of the Centennial Team.
The other highlight of the affair was the selection of Centennial President Willy Rogando as one with the Best Oral Presentation as voted by his classmates. His hilarious antics brought the house down while at the same time delivering with precise narration his enviable and impressive projects. Centennial President Jo Garcia won the Best Written Report category with his 1 1/2 inch thick full color report complete with offset-printed cover.
The other memorable moment of the affair was the emotional report of Centennial President Guiller Agulan who cried as he recalled the hardship of the presidency as well as the triumph and fulfillment of having served well. Some also took their hankies to wipe their tears out like Centennial President Alex Yap as some embraced Centennial President Guiller after completion of the emotional report.
Those who missed the affair definitely missed a lot (although a Make-Up Midyear Review is scheduled on February 12 in Citimotors at 1:00-5:00 P.M. with information dissemination c/o SDGs).
Everyone left the venue with a smile after realizing that he has served his fellowmen well; with renewed enthusiasm as he faces the challenges of the remaining months of his term; and with an emboldened spirit to strive more towards service excellence as we Celebrate Rotary in this unique time of history!
Mabuhay ang Centennial Team!