Governor’s Message – November


5th AREA MEETING – NOV. 11, 2019


The month of October flew so fast. I would like to thank you for all the activities that you attended both in your clubs and in the district. Your never ending support just show that you are really a Champion Team.

Our observance of the World Polio Day last October 24 was one for the books. For the very first time many of our Rotarians changed their facebook profile to the logo of the end polio now. Other social media accounts also followed and I was really overwhelmed by your show of support including wearing of the end polio shirt that day to your offices, meetings and the likes. And most of all your support to the End Polio Tarpaulins in Roxas Blvd really showed how we can all work together to produce something that is really worthwhile. Again, thank you so much my dear Champion Presidents and Team.

Allow me also to give credit to those clubs and chairpersons who hosted the following : The Oktoberfest which I know everyone really had a grand time, hosted by my changemaker classmates headed by Chair Roy Taguinod, The SAA Seminar chaired by SDG Popoy Eusebio and RC Pasay Harrison of Champ JD, the very successful Shake, Rattle and Run hosted by Manila Espiritu Santo Tayuman under Champ Loui and chaired by PP Ersie Concepcion, the District Bowling Tournament hosted by RC Imus East under Champ Bilet Villanueva and chaired by AG Jo Pareja which is still on going, the RCC seminar hosted by RC Pasay Business District of Champ Anna Evangelista and chaired by CP Laida Dangan, and the Disaster Preparedness event hosted by RC Mla Midtown of Champ Cindy and chaired by PP Rolly So were all amazing and really executed to the max. Congratulations to our host clubs and the Champion Presidents and Chairperson of these events and again thank you dear Champion Presidents for co hosting and giving support to your classmates. Not to mention the many inductions and governors visits that we also participated in. Plus your clubs activities too.

I know they were all so tiring. But I guess the more you tire, the more men women and children are benefitted and this shows that your passion to serve is really there.

As I have mentioned in the recent inductions, November is the Rotary Foundation month and celebration of our partnership with the United Nations.

On Nov. 16 again, I would like you all to come and join us in honoring our TRF donors in an elegant evening with Cirque de Soleil as theme. This is being hosted by RC Manila of Champ Jackie and is being chaired by RC Manila VP Hermie Esguerra and co chaired by SDG Joyce Ambray of RC Mla Premier. This promises to be an evening of so much excitement as we will also have RI’s TRF Trustee Brenda Cressey as our Guest of Honor and speaker and many more surprises to perk you up. I hope you invite your members esp if you have new members so that they will understand where your donations to the Rotary Foundation go to and how it is being managed. Thank you to those who made donations and are continuing doing good in the world. I appeal for the others too to give their share. Thank you again.

Please also do not forget our UN day celebration on Nov 22. You have heard the announcement a while ago and please support your classmate Champ Anna Villegas of RC San Marcelino and Chair CP Arlene Jacobo. These again I am sure is another hit.

Coming up as mentioned also earlier are the Zone Institute from Nov. 28 to Dec. 1, the Family Fun Day on Dec 15 and the much awaited Mid Year reporting at Boracay on Jan 10 to 12.

On another note our membership now in the district to date is 2,933 from 2,717 members in July or an increase of 216 new members. If all of you would put in the portal those that you have inducted, I guess we will hit the mark of 3,000 members in our district. Please put them in the portal.

I would also like to remind you to please revisit your goals when you did your club planning. Most of you have not put your goals in your portal and RI sees this. Please dear Presidents again I ask you to put your goals so that you will have something to measure with the accomplishments that you are making.

And now for my story dear fellow Rotarians. The story for tonight is entitled:


There lived a successful man who had four wives. He loved his Fourth wife the most and adorned her with beautiful dresses and treated her to delicacies. He took great care of her and gave her what she wanted.

He also loved the third wife very much. He was very proud of her and always wanted to show off her to his friends. But, the merchant was always in fear that she might run away with some other men.

He loved his second wife too. She was a very considerate person. It was her with whom the man talked and shared his thoughts. In the times of need, he turned to his second wife and she would help him out and tide him through difficult times.

Although the first wife was a very loyal partner, he hardly gave her much attention. Although the first wife loved him immensely, he was so busy with his three wives that he hardly spent time with her.

As the years passed by the merchant fell ill and was on his death bed. All his life, the man had his four wives beside him, now he wanted someone to accompany him after his death. Thus, he asked his beloved fourth wife, “I loved you the most and showered great care over you. Now that I am dying, will you follow me and keep me company?” “No way!” replied the fourth wife and she walked away without any other word.

The man then asked the thrid wife, “All my life, I have treasured you with love. Now I’m dying, will you follow me and keep me company?” “No!” replied the third wife. “Life is so good over here! I will find someone else when you die!”.

He looked into the second wife’s eyes and before he could ask her to come along with him. She said “I’m sorry, I can’t come along with you out this time! At the most, I can only accompany till your grave”. The answers from his three wives came like a bolt of thunder and the man’s heart sank and he felt cold.

“ I will come with you.I will always accompany you through life, death and beyond .” a voice called out. The man looked up and his first wife stood next to him. She was thin, skinny, weak and malnourished. All his life, he never paid attention to her. He was grieved at the sight of her and regretted that he hadn’t taken more care of her whilst he had the chance.

My dear fellow Rotarians and friends of rotary We all have four wives in our lives.

  1. The fourth wife represents our body. We all need to die and no matter how much we take care of our body, it’ll leave us when we die.
  2. The third wife is our wealth and possessions. They all go to others when we die.
  3. The second wife is our family and friends. No matter how close they had been there for us when we’re alive, the furthest they can stay by us is up to the grave.
  4. The first wife is our soul. It is often neglected in our pursuit of material, wealth and pleasure. It is the only thing that will remain with us wherever we go.

Thay is why it is a good idea to nourish our soul now rather than to regret it later. What we do in rotary always involves our soul. For we cannot do service unless we have a soul that longs to be with others in service. A soul that will forever tells us to feel how we must see the lives of others and be its instrument for change.

The world now is an ever changing world and unless we see what the future holds through having a good soul, then we can never have a bright future for our children and our children’s children. We as Rotarians are not only here for a day. We exist until our soul says so and until we have already fulfilled our purpose here on earth. And for us I guess, our souls long for a great purpose… that, of being of service to others .

Thank you so much my dear champion presidents and team and everyone.

Mabuhay ang Rotary Intl…Mabuhay ang D3810 !


(taken from her Fifth Area Meeting Speech, November 11, 2019, OKADA Manila)

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