ACCEPTANCE SPEECH

PRESIDENT MARNI SY
RY 2007-2008

Delivered on RC CEPZ 16th Induction & Handover Ceremonies

September 14, 2007

Josephine Restaurant & Resort, Kawit, Cavite

 

District Governor Paco Atayde, Dignitaries at the head table, District Officers, Leader Presidents, Sharing Presidents, fellow Rotarians, Ladies and gentlemen, Good Evening.

 

Allow me to take this opportunity to thank our International Partner, the Rotary Club of West Icheon headed by their Sharing President, Yang Kap Young and the ever supportive Assistant Governor of District 3600, Lee Sang Bok for their support to our Club’s community project by sending us a total of 42 units of second hand computer for our chosen Public Schools.  Please let’s all give them a big round of applause.  And thank you so much for coming all the way from Korea just to grace this very important day of our Club.

 

Now, here’s the hardest part. Don’t know how to start an acceptance speech.  What I know and have realized is that it is so much easier to serve than to deliver a speech.  Nevertheless, I would like to use a parable to illustrate why I chose to accept this challenge.

 

The Pencil Parable……….

 

       In the beginning, the Pencil Maker spoke to the pencil saying, “There are five things you need to know before I send you out into the World.

      

       Always remember them and you will become the best pencil you can be.”

 

       First:  You will be able to do many great things but only if you allow yourself to be held in Someone’s hand.

 

       Second:  You will experience a painful sharpening from time to time, but this is required if you are to become a better pencil.

 

       Third:  You have the ability to correct any mistakes you might make.

 

       Fourth:  The most important part of you will always be what’s inside.

 

       Fifth:  No matter what the condition, you must continue to write.  You must always leave a clear, legible mark no matter how difficult the situation.

 

       The pencil understood, promising to remember and went into the box fully understanding its Maker’s purpose.

 

       Now, replacing the place of the pencil with me; always remember them and never forget, and I will become the best person I can be.

 

       One, I will be able to do many great things but only if I allow myself to be held in God’s Hand.  And allow other human beings to access me for the many gifts I possess.

 

       Two, I will experience a painful sharpening from time to time, by going through various problems, but I need it to become a stronger person.

 

       Three, I will be able to correct mistakes I might make or grow through them.

 

       Four, the most important part of me will always be what’s on the inside – heart.

 

       And five, on every surface I walk, I must leave my mark.  No matter what the situation, I must continue to serve God and fellowmen in everything.

 

       Everyone is like a pencil….created by the Maker for a unique and special purpose.

 

       By understanding and remembering, let us proceed with our life on this earth having a meaningful purpose in our heart and a relationship with God.

 

       Because, you and me were made to do Great Things in SHARING AND IN SERVING.