Greeting #17
October 24, 2014
Hafa Adai, Pago Bay Guam Rotarians!
Welcome to Meeting #17. Today marks World Polio Day and Rotarians pay tribute to Dr. Jonas Salk who invented the first effective vaccine against polio. In 1985, Rotary’s PolioPlus program was born with the goal to immunize every child under five against polio. In 1988, the World Health Assembly unanimously set the goal of global polio eradication due in large part to the initial success of the PolioPlus program. All Rotarians are asked to “Light Up Rotary” this month by doing what they can to shine a spotlight on efforts to eradicate polio. Go to for inspiring stories about Rotary’s work and share them on social media. Click on this link to learn more about Rotary’s involvement in polio eradication:
October is also Vocational Service month in the Rotary Calendar. Vocational Service focuses on
  • Adherence to and promotion of the highest ethical standards in all occupations, including fair treatment of employers, employees, associates, competitors and the public.
  • The recognition of the worthiness of all useful occupations, not just those that are pursued by Rotarians.
  • The contribution of your vocational talents to solving the problems of society and meeting the needs of the community.
For this meeting, I want to take the time to cover the Guiding Principles of Rotary with you. This is particularly important as we anticipate our upcoming face-to-face meeting next Friday, October 17.
These principles have been developed over the years to provide Rotarians with a strong, common purpose and direction. They serve as a foundation for our relationships with each other and the action we take in the world.
The Object of Rotary is to encourage and foster the ideal of service as a basis of worthy enterprise and, in particular, to encourage and foster:
  • FIRST: The development of acquaintance as an opportunity for service;
  • SECOND: High ethical standards in business and professions; the recognition of the worthiness of all useful occupations; and the dignifying of each Rotarian’s occupation as an opportunity to serve society;
  • THIRD: The application of the ideal of service in each Rotarian’s personal, business, and community life;
  • FOURTH: The advancement of international understanding, goodwill, and peace through a world fellowship of business and professional persons united in the ideal of service.
The Four-Way Test is a nonpartisan and nonsectarian ethical guide for Rotarians to use for their personal and professional relationships. The test has been translated into more than 100 languages, and Rotarians recite it at club meetings:
Of the things we think, say or do
Is it the TRUTH?
Is it FAIR to all concerned?
Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?
We channel our commitment to service at home and abroad through five Avenues of Service, which are the foundation of club activity.
  • Club Service focuses on making clubs strong. A thriving club is anchored by strong relationships and an active membership development plan.
  • Vocational Service calls on every Rotarian to work with integrity and contribute their expertise to the problems and needs of society. Learn more in An Introduction to Vocational Service and the Code of Conduct.
  • Community Service encourages every Rotarian to find ways to improve the quality of life for people in their communities and to serve the public interest. Learn more in Communities in Action: A Guide to Effective Projects and this Community Service presentation (PPT).
  • International Service exemplifies our global reach in promoting peace and understanding. We support this service avenue by sponsoring or volunteering on international projects, seeking partners abroad, and more.
Youth Service recognizes the importance of empowering youth and young professionals through leadership development programs such as Rotaract, Interact, Rotary Youth Leadership Awards, and Rotary Youth Exchange.
These guiding principles serve as the very essence of every Rotarian. Your service through the efforts of Rotary will make our community a better place.
Committee Director Updates: If you are not affiliated with a committee, please contact any of the directors below to join or to learn more information. We would really love to have you engaged and need lots of help.
  1. Public Relations Committee (Ealani Flores): None
  2. International and Community Service Committee (John Rivera): Please work with Toda-san regarding Polio projects for our Club.
  3. Vocational and New Generations (Karen Tydingco): None.
  4. Membership Committee (Anita Arile): December is Rotary Family Month, Committee Director, Anita Arile and her team are organizing an upcoming Rotary Christmas gathering. Please save the date: December 6.
  5. Fundraising Committee (Mark Duarte): activities in planning.
  • Please pay your Rotary dues immediately. You should have received an invoice from Treasurer Zeny.
  • Attendance is a very important responsibility as a Rotary member. As we are required to submit an attendance record to the District Governor’s office, you are asked to read the weekly meeting notes and then kindly send Secretary Kris an email or leave a comment on Facebook to document your attendance of our meeting. Secretary Kris will be reaching out to every member to confirm membership.
  • Joint Rotary Day activities will be two days in January.  Planning a day with the public and a tailgate BBQ for Rotary members and their families. Details to follow.
  • RC Tumon Bay President Rindraty Limtiaco reported on a Joint Rotary meeting set for Thursday, November 20.  RCTB-Rotarian Tom Camacho is in charge.  This will be a designated face-to-face meeting for our Club. Secretary Kris is our Club representative.
  • RC Northern Guam President Joe Rios reported RCNG will celebrate their 38th Charter Night on November 13th in the evening, the District Governor will be on island during this time.
  • There will be a Rotary training on November 5th and 6th.  It is mandatory for the Presidents, incoming Foundation Director and Secretary to attend. Cost per person for the two-day event is $50.
  • November 12-13 is Rotary Foundation Seminar and Service Committee Information Exchange. Note: Very important point is if a club does not send a member to attend both the Future Vision Seminar and Fund Management Seminar, it will not be eligible for receiving a fund.
  • PP Ron McNinch will hold Ethics Training on October 18 and December 6. More information will be provided.
  • Joint Rotary Dictionary Drive. 3000 dictionaries are donated to 3rd graders in GDOE. Treasurer Zeny has volunteered to participate in this event.
  • Rotary Club of Tumon Bay will hold its Melbourne Cup event on November 22nd at the Sheraton.
Please let me know what role you wish to play in our Rotary Club, our Board will be happy to engage you in some way.
Yours in Rotary,
Annette Santos, President, RECPBG
RY 2014-2015