Hafa Adai, Pago Bay Guam Rotarians!
Warm greetings from New York! This past Friday's meeting was cancelled due to storm warnings for Guam and surrounding areas. My husband and I were worried about the potential impact as we transited between Chicago and New York airports. We were very relieved to learn that the island was once again spared. Then having arrived in New York, I was just in sheer awe and distraction. You take an island girl and put her in the middle of Times Square . . . need I say more! 
Meeting #3
July 18, 2014
Starting an E-Club requires great discipline and we will work through this format together. I have received confirmation from our Committee Directors to serve Rotary by leading in this capacity. They are getting acquainted with their roles and will be in touch with you to engage in some Committee work.  If you have submitted your interest via the ClubRunner email, please let Secretary Kris or I know so we can follow up.
I have received a number of New Member requests and have asked Secretary Kris to look into how we might identify our Visiting Rotarians and Guests as well as potential New Members.
The first President and Secretary meeting of the year for District 2750 is scheduled for July 9, 2014. This is the first time Pacific Basin Group clubs have been invited to attend these meetings. The registration fee for this meeting is ¥10,000. VP/PE Takumi-san will attend on behalf of our club. He will provide meeting minutes and notes for us. There will be two more meetings held in 2015 that I hope to attend along with Secretary Kris. Thank you, Takumi-san for representing our E-Club at this important meeting. We look forward to sharing the information you receive at our next meeting.
Rotarian Committee Service:
This week I wish to, again, share the importance of engaging every Rotarian in our Club Service activities by joining any one or more of our Committees. I encourage you to be vibrant and active in our club.
It is highly important that every Rotarian understand how they can be engaged in Rotary, inspired by Rotary and empowered by Rotary to positively change lives through our service activities. As a new club, it is important that we create the stories that will define the history of our club. Our strategic priorities include 1) growing and strengthening our Club; 2) increase humanitarian service; and 3) enhance public image and awareness.
Our club has formed the following Committees that will lead a number of projects to serve our community in line with our strategic priorities:
  1. Membership: this committee is tasked with recruitment, retention, orientation & education and diversity activities. Through this committee we can expect outcomes that will impact our strategic priority 1.
  2. Public Relations: this committee is tasked with media relations, advertising & marketing, as well as web & social media activities. Through the work of this committee we can expect outcomes that will impact strategic priority 3
  3. Vocational and New Generations Projects: this committee is tasked with vocational and new generations activities. We can anticipate outcomes of this committee to impact strategic priority 2.
  4. International and Community Projects: this committee is tasked with international and community project activities. We can anticipate outcomes of this committee to impact strategic priorities 2 and 3.
  5. Fundraising: this committee is tasked with developing fundraising events to raise funds for club projects (i.e., charity dinners, walkathons, online auctions, etc).  This committee will support all three strategic priorities.
Please consider joining one or more of these committees as part of your service contribution. Please contact the following Committee leaders to express your membership interest. The Committee Directors should be in touch with you shortly. You may also send them a message via our E-Club website Email Services under the Communications tab. Thank you, Rotarian Mark Duarte, for agreeing to serving as the Fundraising Committee Director!!! We look forward to learning about the plans you have in store for our Club.
Membership Committee Director: Anita Arile
Public Relations Committee Director: Ealani Flores
Vocational and New Generations Committee Director: Karen Tydingco
International and Community Committee Director: John Rivera
Fundraising Committee Director: Mark Duarte
To learn more about our different Committees, please login to www.rotary.org (create an account if you haven’t already done so). Click on Club Roles under the Learning & Reference drop down menu. Select Club Committee. Also available through this link: https://www.rotary.org/myrotary/en/club-committee.
Rotarian of the Day and Weekly Inspirational Speaker
I want to thank PP Ron for volunteering as the featured speaker at our past two meetings. Over the next few weeks, I will be inviting each of you to take on the role of Rotarian of the Day (ROD).  As ROD, you will be scheduled to recommend a featured Inspirational Speaker. As a new Club and even more importantly as an E-Club, this will be a great way to engage our members.
Guidelines for Rotarian of the Day:
When your turn comes up to be Rotarian of the Day, please consider the following guidelines when selecting a speaker for a club meeting:
  • Choose a speaker with a topic of informational, educational, motivational or entertainment value that will be of general interest to all club members.
  • Avoid controversial topics or volatile issues that could arouse anger and division among members.  Refer to the Four-Way Test when considering speakers and topics.
  • Avoid repetition or sameness.  Look for a speaker we haven’t heard before with a fresh topic.
  • Avoid political or religious topics.  Rotary International is a non-political and non-religious organization.  As a matter of policy, Rotary Clubs do not take positions on public questions including political or international issues.
  • No political candidates within 120-days of an election. It is acceptable, however, to have a congressman, senator or other elected official speak to our club when the format is simply a report to constituents on congressional or legislative affairs.
  • Avoid local representatives of non-profit organizations.  Consider such speakers only if they have a unique topic that is not a sales pitch for funding.  Never allow requests for funding unless the request has been formally approved in advance by the club board of directors.
  • Avoid product or service promotion.  Advise company executives who are invited to speak to deal with issues that affect their industry and the community and how they cope with them. They should not use the Rotary podium to promote their products or services.
  • Club members as speakers are encouraged as long as the topic is of general interest and the speaker’s program does not involve the commercial promotion of the individual nor the individual’s business or employer.
  • Emphasize to the speaker they only have a total of 20 minutes, which includes opportunity for Q&A.
  • The speaker may submit a narrative or a link to a recorded video of the presentation (maybe through youtube.com or other format).
One of Rotary’s Five Avenues of service is “Vocational Service”, whereby we honor and respect our individual contributions to our community through our vocations.  Members are asked to share their vocation by giving a short 1-2 minute self-introduction (not a speech), as this will give everyone an opportunity to get to know more about you. Not all of us are great speakers, so find your unique way to help us get to know you. Each Rotarian will submit a recorded video via a youtube.com link or other format for posting on our website.
The following is a rough guideline for giving a classification talk and idea of what to talk about:
a.    Briefly mention where you grew up and/or a little about your family.
b.    Tell us about your business or position. 
c.    Why did you choose your profession…or why did it choose you?
d.    What does your business do or sell?
e.    What makes your company special?
Please be sure to visit ClubRunner.com to learn more about navigating through our website in order to benefit from its full potential.
As usual, please be sure to “Contact Us” with your thoughts and comments. We will compile these and post them on our website.
I hope you will enjoy the convenience this E-Club offers and look forward to your active participation in this online forum. I also look forward to meeting you soon as we gather in some planned fellowship face-to-face events this quarter.
My husband and I are visiting New York for the first time! We are fascinated by the city life that cannot be compared to other major cities we’ve visited like Los Angeles, Chicago, Singapore, or Hong Kong. It is culturally unique, magnificent in its skyscraper splendor and excitingly vibrant with an inimitable pulsating city beat. We are enjoying this adventure and have taken many photos to capture this time in our life. But I am an island girl through and through and cannot wait to return to the peace and serenity of our island and the familiar clamor of family life – we miss our children and grandchildren so much! We will probably need a couple of days of down time to recuperate from this short but much needed “vacation”.
Here are some interesting facts about the New York City population (Source: NYC Planning Department of City Planning City of New York)
Population Facts
  • With a July 2013 population of 8,405,837, New York is the most populous city in the United States, more than twice the size of the second largest city, Los Angeles.
  • About 1 in every 38 people living in the United States resides in New York City. 
  • New York has the highest population density of any major city in the United States, with over 27,000 people per square mile. 
  • Over 3 million of New York City’s residents are foreign-born; over one-quarter arrived in 2000 or later.
  • Nearly 2 million New Yorkers are under the age of 18.
  • New York City has more people than 40 of the 50 U.S. states.
  • New York City comprises over two-fifths of New York State’s entire population.
  • New York City has grown by over 1 million people since 1990.
  • The 2012 median age in New York City was 35.6 years, almost two years lower than the national median.
  • Over one-third of the population 25 and over in New York City has a bachelor’s degree or higher, compared to 29 percent nationally.
  • There are nearly 400,000 more women than men in New York.
  • There is a birth in New York City every 4.4 minutes.
  • There is a death in New York City every 9.1 minutes.
  • Although New York City still receives a substantial number of in-migrants, there is a net loss of one migrant every 26.5 minutes.
  • The borough of Brooklyn on its own would be the 4th largest city in the United States.  Queens would also rank 4th nationally.
  • Approximately two-thirds of dwellings in New York are renter-occupied, over twice the national average.
  • The average commute for New Yorkers is just under 40 minutes, about 15 minutes longer than the national average.
  • New York City has the largest Chinese population of any city outside of Asia.
  • More persons of West Indian ancestry live in New York City than any city outside of the West Indies.
  • New York has the largest Puerto Rican population of any city in the world.
  • More Dominicans live in New York than any other city in the world barring Santo Domingo.
  • Over 2.4 million Hispanics reside in New York City, more than any other city in the United States. Were New York Hispanics a city unto themselves, they would rank 4th nationwide.
  • The Black non-hispanic population of New York City numbered 1.89 million in 2012, more than double the count in any other U.S. city. Were this group a city in its own right it would rank 5th nationally.
  • Half of all New Yorkers speak a language other than English at home.
  • An estimated 200 languages are spoken in New York City.
Lastly, located on Fifth Avenue between 33rd and 34th Streets in Manhattan, The Empire State Building took only one year and 45 days to build, or 7 million man-hours. I am still so impressed by this fact! Wow!
I hope you enjoyed these interesting facts about New York and if you haven’t been to this splendid city, you should!
Yours in Rotary,
Annette Santos, President, RECPBG
RY 2014-2015