Greeting #18
October 31, 2014
Hafa Adai, Pago Bay Guam Rotarians!
Trick or Treat!!! Welcome to Meeting #18. The talk around town has been The 2014 Gubernatorial Great Debates! Three of our Club members have been heavily engaged in advising graduate students in the Public Administration program to ensure a smooth event. I hope you enjoyed it in person or via live broadcast. The leadership of our island holds profound impact on our community. Remember to vote on Tuesday, November 4th!!!!
This month has been a busy one for Rotary Clubs in the Pacific Basin Group as we prepare for the District Governor’s official visit in November. On November 6, Secretary Kris and Treasurer Zeny will attend a cocktail meeting with Governor Sakamoto at On The Rocks, Westin Guam. On November 12 and 13, Secretary Kris and I are already confirmed to attend the upcoming Seminar. Other members recommended to attend are the President-Elect, Secretary-Elect, Treasurer-Elect and the Rotary Foundation Committee Director-Elect. Fee for the seminar is $50 per member.
I look forward to our Rotary Holiday event in early December. Membership Committee Director Anita will be providing details shortly. December is Rotary Family month.
“Whatever Rotary may mean to us, to the world it will be known by the results it achieves.” Paul P. Harris said this. This visionary Chicago attorney started our 1.2 million-member organization on February 23, 1905 with the world’s first service organization. The Rotary Club of Chicago provided the opportunity where professionals with diverse background could exchange ideas and form meaningful, lifelong friendships. As PP Ron mentioned at our last meeting, Rotary’s name came from the group’s early practice of rotating meetings among the offices of each member.
Three key traits have remained strong throughout Rotary:
  1. We’re truly international. Within 16 years of being founded, Rotary had six clubs on six continents. Rotary Clubs around the world both digitally and in-person work together to solve some of the world’s most challenging problems.
  2. We persevere in tough times. During WWII, Rotary Clubs in Germany, Austria, Italy, Spain and Japan were forced to disband. Despite risks, many continued to meet informally and when the war ended, Rotary members joined together to rebuild their clubs and their countries.
  3. Our commitment to service is ongoing. We began our fight against polio in 1979 with a project to immunize 6 million children in the Philippines. By 2012, only three continents remain polio-endemic (down from 125 in 1988).
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.
  • 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. Cost per member is $50.
  • PP Ron McNinch will hold Ethics Training on 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