Governor’s Message – September




70 days have passed since we all assume our rotary year in office. Let us look back in those days that have passed. Let us think what we have done. Were we able to fulfill our mandate? Did we do good in the world?

My dear champion team, most of us really did well, I guess. I saw in your posts and in your reports that you worked hard to make your club and your members connect to something and someone that made the theme for this year light up in you and I congratulate you for this. Let us give ourselves a round of applause.

However, my heart also aches for there are clubs that did not move, and neither were there reports submitted. None so far for the months of July and August. Why is this so? I have talked to our Operations group, the SDGs and AGs, but still according to them there really was nothing. I am confused about this news because I have always reminded you that should there be problems in your club, please let us know so that we can do something to help you. If you cannot talk to your SDGs, you may come to me direct and let me know. I want you all dear champion presidents to be the real champion and unless you let us know what is happening to your club, then I can never help.

Some of you have not also considered seriously about SAR payments and PRM payments. Please , take time to look into this as if your Club is 60 days behind, RI will terminate you and it will be difficult and more expensive to reinstate. My dear Presidents, I think it is about time that you really tell your club members the true picture of how your club is in the district. If you are suspended or terminated, you cannot access the portal and you will lose the chance to avail of our district and global grants . The funds are there for you to use but my hands are tied if your club is not in good standing.

For the past 2 months, we had quite a number of inductions and I am very happy that I was part of your momentous event. Every induction, I prepare hard for my speech as I want to inspire you all. There are times that when I arrive home at 12 midnite, I still do my speech till 3 AM because I would want to write something special for each and everyone of you. I make it a point to deliver a speech that can bring out the best in you as I choose words and stories to let you know you are all special to me. I thank you too for your new members and your TRF donations which you present during inductions.

With regards to membership, we started in July 1st with 2,717 members in 108 clubs. To date we are 2,836 or an increase of 119 new members. But I believe we have inducted more than 119 new members. I appeal to you all to please report to the portal the members that you have inducted. For they do not exist if they are not in the portal. Payment of dues was explained to them during charging and I know that if you explain to them again then they will understand. Do not wait for Jan before you report them. We have inducted them and they were sworn in as members. Let us all be true to our promise as real Rotarians. We as champion presidents have an obligation to report our members in the portal. Please do so. You will pay pro rata for them but if they will pay their dues then I guess this wont be a problem, after all they know that they are already members. Let us be honest with them dear champion presidents. You have chosen them so lets call them real members of our club.

Our TRF contributions now amounts to $ 93,217.11 an increase of $37,195.compared to our first month contributions of $56,091.80. Please would appreciate receiving those who had pledge. I hope you could help us out get more donations even outside rotary. We are still far from our target of $450,000. For the year !

There are so many activities that the district and your club is having now. Please , I know that some of you might be having fatigue already on these activities. I ask for your patience. These months really are hectic months. But this is what we are here for dear Champion Team. I really would want you all to participate and support. The forthcoming activities such as Mooncake Festival, Intl clean up day, Alay Lakad, Trip to Mindoro with a big medical and dental mission with our Taiwanese Rotarians, Bowling Tournament, Billiard Tournament, Golf Tournament, UN Day celebration, and a lot more will all be promoted to you. I hope you would not be overwhelmed . Do not also forget the rice donations that we give to Tuloy sa Don Bosco street children. The children there need us most.

You are called CHAMPIONS. As champions I know you can all handle this. As I always say, there are no off season for champions. You must be ready every now and then for if you are called to defend your crown, you must always be there, mighty and strong. Don’t quit when obstacles arise. Persist, trust yourself and your vision until it’s accomplished.  

As what Eloise Ristad said and I quote “When we give ourselves permission to fail, we at the same time give ourselves permission to excel.”


Before I end, let me give you this shorty story entitled :


Once upon a time a very strong woodcutter ask for a job in a timber merchant, and he got it. The pay was really good and so were the work conditions and for that reason, the woodcutter was determined to do his best. 

His boss gave him an axe and showed him the area where he was to work and the first day, the woodcutter cut down 18 trees.

‘Congratulations,’ the boss said. ‘Go on that way!’

Very motivated for the boss words, the woodcutter tried harder the next day, but he only could cut down 15 trees. The third day he tried even harder, but he only could cut down 10 trees. Day after day he was cutting less and less trees.

‘I must be losing my strength,’ the woodcutter thought. He went to the boss and apologized, saying that he could not understand what was going on.

‘When was the last time you sharpened your axe?’  the boss asked.

‘Sharpen! I had no time to sharpen my axe. I have been very busy trying to cut down trees . . . ‘

Our lives are like that. We sometimes get so busy that we don’t take time to sharpen the ‘axe.’

In today’s world, it seems that everyone is busier than ever, but less happy that ever. Why is that? Could it be that we have forgotten how to stay ‘sharp’. There’s nothing wrong with activity and hard work. But we should not get so busy that we neglect the truly important things in life, like our personal life, taking time to get close to our creator, giving more time for our family, taking time to read, etc.

We all need time to relax, to think and meditate, to learn and grow. If we don’t take time to sharpen the ‘axe’, we will become dull and lose our effectiveness. So start from today, think about the ways by which you could do your job more effectively and add a lot of value to it.

My dear fellow Rotarians, everyday, we will get busier with all that we do in rotary and our personal lives. The story I gave you is a fitting example on how we become so busy that we forget to stop a while so that we can breathe and relax for it is very important to take time out and sharpen our minds. Life is not all work . If you have watched the movie “Papillon” it was said there

All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. Try to learn the art of Time Management. Never think that you have so much to do. For it is only in the mind. Relieve yourselves with the negative things in this world. Always remember that you are alive now because you have a purpose in life. And that purpose in life is for you to create lasting change in the lives of so many men, women and children who look up to you as an instrument of change. Make them happy. Because in so doing, you will also make your family happy and all those people around you and you will be able to create a very beautiful world where dreams will all become a reality !

Thank you once again dear Champion Presidents and Team. Please pray for my son Mig who will fight on Sat for the world boxing crown in Vegas. This is not only for the Elorde Family, but it is for honor and glory for our dear country.

May the Almighty bless us all!

Good evening everyone !


 (taken from her Third Area Meeting Speech, September 9, 2019, OKADA Manila)