Governor’s Message – August




Allow me to thank all of you for coming to our second area meeting here at Okada. I know you had a very busy month last July. With all the inductions that we all had attended, I hope you are still all ok. We will have more to come and please make sure that you are in the best of health and enjoying your presidency at the same time. This is very important. Enjoy Rotary. Whatever problems that some of you have encountered regarding reports, scheduling of Team visits and the likes, please let me know so I can addressed them properly together with the officers concern.

Please do not worry as we will be considerate since this is your first month. But please submit your reports as this will show that you are really a Champion President of your club.

It is the month of August and this month in Rotary is the membership and new club development month.

Membership and New Club Development Month, is a time to focus on Rotary’s continuing need for growth, to seek new members and form new clubs. For if you have more members, you can do more projects. And as a reminder for growing your membership please remember this …. you need to

  • Update your classification lists and circulate amongst members and accordingly fill up the Vacancies
  • Educate members about membership Procedure (how to recruit)
  • Induct New Members
  • Invite Rotaractors or young professionals to join Rotary
  • Consider inviting Local Personalities to be Inducted as Honorary Members
  • Organize Seminar on Club level & a Public meeting inviting non rotary friends and Rotary Alumni to emphasize advantages of Joining Rotary
  • Make your club charter strength
  • See to it that you retain your members and
  • Charter a new club

Dear Champion Presidents and team, time and again, I was asking you to take a look at the no. of members in your portal. I asked you to review your club standing on membership recruitment and retention. I congratulate those clubs who have recruited members and have placed them in the portal. But again, please make sure that these new members will stay and the old members will also stay. There are many ways on how you can have your members stay with you. Our RI website has a lot of reading materials and tips on how you can do this. Please please see to it that you visit the website of RI.

And remember to keep this in mind…. REACH ONE, KEEP ONE. If each one of us can reach to one person and keep one from our club then I think we will have a great membership in our district and in Rotary as a whole.

I would also like to thank you for your TRF contributions. Some of you have already hit your targets and some even had more. I would like to reach out to the others to please be more generous. If you can already share your blessings now, please do so. Let us not wait for the TRF month in November or in June 2020 when we are about to end our term. We can already start helping others now.

With a month that passed by so fast , have you already examined what you have accomplished, not only in terms of membership and TRF but also in terms of your Service projects? Were you able to lend a helping hand? Were you able to change lives ? I hope you were able to do something.

Several days ago in the induction and handover ceremonies of RC Manila San Miguel I launched the words “ROTARIAN WARRIORS” . I would like to repeat what I have stated during RC San Miguel’s induction with regards to this Rotarian Warriors. I thought about this because the DOH have already declared a nationwide Dengue Epidemic. More than 147,000 dengue cases were monitored from January to July 20 alone and this is 98 percent higher compared to the same period last year. Our DOH Sec Francisco Duque also reported a recorded more than 622 dengue related deaths and is very alarming. If we continue to look at all the figures published it showed that all surpassed the figures last year and exceeded the alert threshold level in many areas.

Following the national dengue epidemic declaration, the DOH together with other government agencies, LGU, schools, offices and communities and volunteer groups such as our organization is asked to support the conduct of the

“Sabayang 4 o’clock” activity that aims to destroy dengue breeding sites every 4’oclock in the afternoon. Aside from this effort, let us also help in the massive nationwide information campaign, give advice and encourage the general public to follow also the 4’ S strategy :

  1. Search and destroy the mosquito breeding sites;
  2. Self protective measures like using insect repellants daily and wearing of light colored pants, long sleeves and long pants;
  3. Seek early consultation at the nearest health care facility once symptoms have manifested
  4. Support fogging, spraying and mistying and misting only in hotspot areas where increase in cases have registered for 2 consecutive weeks to prevent an impending outbreak.

And as Rotarians I would like to add the no. 5 strategy

  1. Serve those who have been affected in every way you can. See that you extend a help.

My fellow Rotarians, we are almost ending polio in the world. Let us now start also with helping out eradicate dengue. This may take years, but as Rotarians let not a disease that can be cured and eradicated stay in this world. This is why we are here. Today, I launched the term “Rotarian Warriors”, so that we can truly seek to promote the greatest good for the greatest number of people in the spirit of Rotary Service. This is our pledge as Rotarians . Warriors for us may mean as someone who is engaged in a struggle to fight and have that courage and skill to reduce the conflict. As Champions who fight for the causes of Rotary, let us be Rotarian warriors. Let us fight deadly diseases. I urged you all fellow Rotarians to be one with us in this endeavor. Again let us all be called the ROTARIAN WARRIORS or the Rotarian Dengue Warriors. Let us do

something for this DENGUE disease. At the moment please monitor dengue cases in your communities and together let us map out something for people who are affected by this. Again, let us act now.

To end, allow me to give you this short story about helping others.

The story is entitled :     The Mouse in the House

There are many people in today’s world that want nothing to do with helping other people. Their thought is, “why should I go out of my way to help them with the problem that they are facing? It has nothing to do with me.” Well, sometimes this decision can come back to affect them. The story today clearly illustrates why, sometimes, we should go out of our way to help others.

A mouse looked through the crack in the wall to see the farmer and his wife open a package. What food might this contain? The mouse wondered – he was devastated to discover it was a mousetrap. Retreating to the farmyard, the mouse proclaimed the warning: There is a mousetrap in the house! There is a mousetrap in the house!

The chicken clucked and scratched, raised her head and said, “Mr.Mouse, I can tell this is a grave concern to you, but it is of no consequence to me.”” I cannot be bothered by it.”

The mouse turned to the pig and told him, “There is a mousetrap in the house! There is a mousetrap in the house!” The pig sympathized, but said, I am so very sorry, Mr. Mouse, but there is nothing I can do about it but pray. “Be assured you are in my prayers.”

The mouse turned to the cow and said “There is a mousetrap in the house! There is a mousetrap in the house!” The cow said, “Wow, Mr. Mouse. I’m sorry for you, but it’s no skin off my nose.”

So, the mouse returned to the house, head down and dejected, to face the farmer’s mousetrap alone.

That very night a sound was heard throughout the house — like the sound of a mousetrap catching its prey. The farmer’s wife rushed to see what was caught. In the darkness, she did not see it was a venomous snake whose tail the trap had caught. The snake bit the farmer’s wife. The farmer rushed her to the hospital, and she returned home with a fever. Everyone knows you treat a fever with fresh chicken soup, so the farmer took his hatchet to the farmyard for the soup’s main ingredient. He used the chicken for the soup.

But his wife’s sickness continued, so friends and neighbors came to sit with her around the clock. To feed them, the farmer butchered the pig. He served pork for dinner.
The farmer’s wife did not get well; she died. So many people came for her funeral, the farmer had the cow slaughtered to provide enough meat for all of them. They ate the cows meat.

The mouse looked upon all that was happening from his crack in the wall with great sadness. He was the only one alive.

The moral of the story is : When you hear someone is facing problem and think it doesn’t concern you, remember that we are all involved in the journey called LIFE together. When one of us is threatened, we all are at risk.

So, the next time you hear someone is facing a problem and think it doesn’t concern you, remember…..the story of the mouse in the house.

Again, thank you Champion Presidents and Team. I am pretty sure, we can all accomplish what we have planned. It’s a matter of having that real passion of doing service above self. May God bless us all as we carry on our roles as Champion Leaders.

Good evening.

(taken from her Second Area Meeting Speech, August 12, 2019, OKADA Manila)

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