Meeting #1-15
July 02, 2015
Hafa Adai, Pago Bay Guam Rotarians! Thank you for joining us this week! This July let’s begin with a thought from RI President K.R. Ravidran: “When the people I help ask me, ‘What can I do?’ I say, ‘Go and help someone else in return.’” This month we look forward to engaging our spouses and families in some scheduled Rotary activities we have planned in the next few weeks.

We begin Meeting #1-15 with Rotary’s Four-Way Test: Is it the Truth? Is it Fair to all concerned? Will it build Good Will and Better Friendships? Will it be Beneficial to all concerned.
As Rotarians, we are reminded of the Object of Rotary:

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: (1) the development of acquaintance as an opportunity for service; (2) 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; (3) the application of the ideal of service in each Rotarian’s personal, business, and community life; (4) the advancement of goodwill, and peace through a world fellowship of business and professional persons  united in the ideal of service.
Some upcoming events: 
VP/PE Kris continues to plan our engagement with NIH/NIDDK STEP-UP as part of our commitment to sponsor the NIH/NIDDK Step Up Mini-Symposium tentatively scheduled for July 27th, highlighting the research that five high school students and one University of Guam undergraduate student will undertake. This symposium allows these students to shine, showing their parents and their peers what they have learned.  The undergraduate student and two high school students will then participate in a Symposium held at the National Institute of Health in Bethesda, MD.  Lead Project Directors: VP/PE Kristina, Vocational and New Generations Committee Director Karen, and Rotarian Edward. We heard from two of these students at our last meeting.
“The tree that owns itself.” We look forward to hearing more about this project in our upcoming meeting. PP Ron is the lead for this project. You may contact him for more information at
Roadway Adoption Program Cleanup: Please plan to participate in our inaugural clean up of this stretch of road along Route 4 from Chalan Inda to Inalago Pago Bay – more information on this date is forthcoming. I would love to see you and your families there in full Rotary spirit and service!
If you have not already done so, please submit a short narrative about yourself and why you joined Rotary (100-200 words) with a picture to share.  Please send your submissions to Secretary John at
We are continually identifying speakers or presenters on timely topics who are willing to contribute a written narrative or short video clip. The narrative should be 300-750 words and align with our topics of addressing the impoverished, reducing family violence, increasing education, entrepreneurship opportunities in our villages and how we might assist the homeless youth and children.  Please send your recommendations to VP/PE Kris at
Rotary Minute, maybe more: 
On July 10, 2015 the gavel and Presidency of Rotaract will transfer hands for another term.  Current President Chris Surla will hand over the reins to incoming president Brian Borja.  We wish them all the best and look forward to another great term.
As this happens we are reminded of all the good we are called to do.  We are also mindful that there is a whole generation of young adults that are actively bringing the light of Rotary to the world.  Rotaract is a club for adults ages 18-30 that meets twice a month to exchange ideas, plan activities and projects, and socialize.
When it comes to service we can all do something.  So, what will you do this week?
Rotary International Convention for 2016 is in Seoul, Korea (May 28-June 1).  Mark your calendars!
President Santos is on vacation from June 19 – July 19 and will attend a work related conference immediately after, returning to Guam on July 27.
I wish you a great week and thank you for taking the time to participate in this week’s meeting. To participate, visit our Facebook page and in the comment box, tell us how you wish to impact our community as a Rotarian.
Adjournment.  Meeting #1-15 is now adjourned. Thank you for your time. 
Yours in Rotary,
Secretary John Rivera