by IPP Krystene B. Bello
Rotaract District Director for PR RC San Antonio de Padua
Vince Lombardi once said “Great leaders are made, they are not born. They are made by hard effort, which is the price which all of us must pay to achieve any goal that is worthwhile.” The goal of the Presidents-Elect and Secretaries-Elect Training Seminar (PESETS) plays a crucial role in preparing leaders in the District as they mark the beginning of their Champion journey. The PESETS for the Rotaract Clubs of Rotary International District 3810 was held last April 6, 2019, at the Bro. Andrew Gonzales Hall, De La Salle University.
The training was hosted by the Rotaract District Committee of the Rotaract Clubs of Rotary International, led by PESETS Chairman Lauro Reuben Delas Llagas under the supervision of Champion District Rotaract Representative Erica Paywan-Florendo, District Rotaract Chair Charlie Chua, and Incoming Senior Deputy Governor Oliver Alvarez. A total of fifty-five (55) clubs attended with fifty-five (55) Presidents-Elect and forty-three Secretaries-Elect.
During the training seminar, crucial topics were discussed which served as tools to prepare our Rotaract Leaders as they venture into the preparation for their Champion Year. Past District Rotaract Representative Clarice San Jose discussed the topic of Leading Rotaractors. Past President Raymond Ciriaco discussed Project Executions. Past President Kristine Karen Reyes-Cuales tackled Membership Engagement. PP Kristine Karen Reyes-Cuales and ISDG Oliver Alvarez lectured on Strong Clubs. Breakout sessions were facilitated by Champion District Rotaract Representative Erica Paywan-Florendo as she discussed to the Champion Presidents the importance of planning your year ahead, and the session for Secretaries were facilitated by Champion District Secretary Rhyan Satoquia and Rotaractor Audie Laudencia of the Rotaract Club of Manila as they discussed the importance of keeping track of documentation of events through online database. The topics discussed in the plenary and breakout sessions are fundamental foundations for organizational systems and effective communication within clubs. Thereafter, the participants were given the chance to give their comments and feedback for the event, and each club was given time for a photo opportunity. It is of great advantage that these fifty-five (55) clubs have attended and learned the basics before officially beginning the Champion Term while having met beforehand their classmates. It constitutes leverage to begin the term connected as exemplary leaders of District 3810.