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Incoming district governors, past district governors and spouses, my PeaceMaker district secretaries, and officers, assistant district trainers, assistant governors, presidents, my spouse Evelyn, spouses, guests, fellow partners in service, friends in Rotary, good afternoon.
This could probably be one of the last speeches, I will make as your “Peace Through Service” District Governor and until yesterday, I am lost and didn't know how to start or what to say.
Pinag-aralan ko ho kung papano ko ide-deliver ang aking speech na hindi ako iiyak, pero pag ako ho ay bumigay, pagpasensyahan nyo ho ako..
Let me start, by reporting to you the latest statistics for our District, and as an update, after my report to you during our 29th DISCON.
We now have 103 ACTIVE Rotary Community Corps, surpassing the highest recorded number of 86 RCCs. Thanks to our RCC Chair, PP Nasser Pangilinan who have worked very hard to achieve this magnificent record.
On MEMBERSHIP. We started the year with 100 clubs and 2,564 Rotarians. We chartered one club, RC Urdaneta Mid-City, but unfortunately we lost one. We still have 100 clubs, but we now have 2829 members. Pres. Sakuji Tanaka asked for a 10% membership growth, we have now exceeded our target, with our 11.4% growth with 289 new members as of 25 May 2013.
We continue to be the biggest District in the country. Our average members per club, have increased further, from 25.64 in July 2012, to now 28.01 members per club. Clubs below 25 members, have gone down further, from 54 in July 2012, to now only 43 clubs.
YEAR END 2013 REVIEW
- A Thanksgiving Celebration -
by DG Antonio "tony" C. Bautista
On the Semi Annual Report, (SAR), based on the Regional newsletter of May 2013, a phrase was written and for which I would like to quote, “A well-deserved commendation for DG Tony C. Bautista, of D3790, for achieving 100% SAR payment.
We made a world record, when 100% of all the clubs paid their Semi-annual dues to RI, during the first 3 months of our Rotary year, and again during the second semester, all the clubs have already paid their dues, as early as April 2013.
And because of this, let me take this opportunity in thanking all of you for your unwavering support.
On The Rotary Foundation, our original target contribution to the Rotary Foundation, is $150,000, and we have increased this to $240,000, during our PETS. During DISCON, I reported that we already raised $150,000 and challenged you to raise it further, to hit our goal. Frankly, I was not sure whether we can surpass our target, but PDG Jess, PP/PHS chair May Shilton and myself, did not stop in our efforts, including incentives, to convince everyone to make contributions.
My PeaceMaker team, I am very happy and proud, to report to you today, that our total contributions have already reached $273,416.38 This is by far, the highest contribution our district has ever made to the Foundation. Our Annual Giving is also by far, the highest at $238,516.35.
We also registered the highest number of EREY or Every Rotarian Every Year Clubs, with 24 clubs and the most number of clubs that contributed to the Polio-Plus Fund with 43 clubs.
This year, we have the biggest number of new Paul Harris Fellows. 135 new PHF and the most number of Major Donors in one Rotary year. We have 22 New Major Donors and the FIRST 4 (four) 2nd Level Major Donors.
Our Grants chair, PP Gerard Audineau reports, that this year, we had the highest number of approved Matching Grants – 18 Grants from 15 clubs and the district. While our contribution to the Foundation, is the highest this year, we also got one of the biggest amount of grants, at almost $400,000.
With those achievements, I would like to thank the Lord Almighty, and let me take this opportunity, to thank the following Rotarians, who were very instrumental, for my achieving this record-breaking figure, in the history of RID3790:
- PP/PHS chair May Shilton for a non-stop appeal to everyone to contribute, despite her condition;
- PDG and my district trainer Jess, who also appealed for donations, specially from his own club, and who “painstakingly” collated and analyzed all the donations and ranked them accordingly;
- PP, webmaster/GML editor Glo Nethercutt, who also enticed the clubs to donate, so that their matching grants could easily be approved;
- PDG/DRFC Vitt, for collating and tallying all EREY/RFSM and Polio donations of clubs who qualified for awards;
- PP/Matching Grants chair Gerard Audineau, for working hard in having the highest number, of 18 Matching Grants approved;
- My PeaceMaker assistant governors, with special mention to my “youngest” AG Kenneth So, for breaking all cluster 1C records, in their history of contributions to TRF;
- To AG's Liza Melendez and Ed Panlaqui, who worked very hard, in meeting their respective cluster TRF targets;
- My PeaceMaker presidents, who even at the last minute, contributed to become Paul Harris Fellows;
- And last but not the least, all you my generous and kind-hearted fellow Rotarians.
All of you, were the key to my achieving a record-breaking and a history-making feat, in RID3790 contributions.
Maraming, maraming salamat po sa inyong lahat.
Above all these accomplishments, is the fact, that all of us contributed to the magnificent and life changing projects, that benefitted thousands of poor and underprivileged in our communities. We contributed to the worldwide commitments of Rotary, to the children of the world. We have saved many lives and continue to save many lives; we stopped many sufferings, and continue to stop many sufferings and have given hope, and continue to give hope to many poor and underprivileged people especially children.
I would like to share with you, a motto of a Non-Government Organization in Spain, which reads:
“If one person has a dream, it remains only as a dream. But if two, three, or more persons share the same dream, then, it is the beginning of a new reality”
We all started our year with a dream, to make our term successful and worthwhile. While we encountered many difficulties and trials, for the most part, I sincerely believe, we were successful.
And today, we celebrate the victorious reality and the accomplishments of the clubs, the district and the many Rotarians responsible for this feat. We celebrate a legacy of excellence, hinged on Rotary's vision of a brighter world. John Maxwell said, “a legacy is created, when one puts his organization into a position, where it can do greater things after him”. It is not what we bring with us, but what we leave behind us that matters most.
But let me remind you all that:
Victories are meant to be shared, not stored.
They are meant to bless and inspire other people.
But if we flaunt our blessings to make others feel smaller,
We are doing the work of the Pharisees which Jesus condemns!
But when we acknowledge our weakness and nothingness,
And that God in His mercy showered us with victory and blessings – That, is giving glory where it is due and inspiration where it is needed.
Our District Awards Committee, headed by PDG JP Cadaing and which also includes DGN Dennis Go, and myself, put together a list of clubs, people and projects that we, based on the reports submitted, feedbacks from the Assistant Governors, visits of the Governor and other information made available as of May 15, 2013.
Because of the sheer number of awards, we were not able to finish about 10 trophies. We will, however, announce these as we go along. If, despite our efforts, we may have failed to recognize outstanding Rotarians, clubs, or projects, please let me know, and I assure you, although delayed, your recognition will come.
During my Governor's visit, I have always emphasized, that the awards, are just bonuses for your efforts during the year. ANG PINAKAMASARAP NA AWARD PARIN, AY IYONG TAOS PUSONG PASASALAMAT, NA NAKUKUHA NATIN SA MGA BATA AT TAONG NATULUNGAN NATIN.
I know all of you work very hard, to accomplish our goals, but after all these, it seems there is much more to do and so, I urge you to continue the task of bringing PEACE THROUGH SERVICE in your communities.
We have 29 days before our term is over and today, I have mixed feelings. Happy because of our accomplishments; excited because, I'll have more time with my family, but sad, because as I see the end coming, I realized that there is much more to do, much more work to accomplish. I thought we could have done more, because everything we do in Rotary benefits /the poor child.
Some of you may think, it was a perfect year and I was the perfect Governor. It was not and I was not. Despite the accomplishments, we had our setbacks. But one thing is certain as reflected in, 2 Timothy, verse 4:
I have fought a good fight
I have finished the race
I have kept my faith
I know you didn't do all this, just to get an award, and I know you didn't do it for me. You did it, because you understand the enormity of the task that lies ahead. For even, as we celebrate tonight, we know the challenges that tomorrow will bring, are the greatest of our lifetime. Even as we celebrate here today, we know, there are still children who are sick, hungry, no shelter, no education, and no future.
"To get what you've never had, you must do what you've never done." Understanding this short quote, can be the difference between winning or losing, between greatness or mediocrity.
After my term as Governor is over, I vow to continue the work actively, in any capacity, for our District and Rotary.
We want to thank my partner in this journey, PDG Jess Nicdao for the unconditional and boundless guidance, in a manner reflective of the sincerity, as a seasoned Rotarian and above all, as a friend, a cousin-in-law and whose lending hands, in every step of the way enabled me, to achieve our goals.
We want to thank my District Secretaries, PP Eric Rodriguez, PP Gon Kehyeng, PP Art Magbanua and PP Virgil Garcia, and all the District Officers, for exhibiting great degree of dependability, diligence and high level of professionalism, in the conduct of your duties.
We want to thank my 12 Assistant Governors, for acting as my alter ego, for your leadership in the Cluster level, exhibiting high degree of dependability, and for being there, when I was not around.
We want to thank all my fellow Governors, especially PDG Mar Ocampo and PDG Cez Mendoza, my mentors and tormentors, for your advise and wisdom, and most of all the inspiration, I get for your long dedication to this great organization.
We want to thank my PEACEMAKER Presidents, for sharing the dream with me, and making it real, for your work towards achieving our goals. For the gifts and the pasalubongs. For giving your best and most importantly, for the love you shared.
I would not be standing here tonight, without the unyielding support of my best friend, for the last many years, the love of my life, my spouse Evelyn, my children and grandchildren, I love you all so much.
But above all, I would like to thank you all for your unselfish effort, support, the resources and the time you spent, towards achieving our goals.
Do you know what I wanted to do? I want to hold and hug each and every one of you, so that you can feel, how truly I appreciate, all the wonderful things you have done.
If I may have failed to mention you, please forgive me. Truly in my heart, I have so much thankfulness. May you never get tired of helping, of sharing the good work and spreading the good news of Rotary.
Before I end, I find it befitting for me to surprise you and end my speech, in giving you this number to portray how I did my record-breaking accomplishments…..
And now the end is near,
And so I face the final curtain
My friend, I'll say it clear
I'll state my case, of which I'm certain
I lived a life that's full
I traveled each and every highway
And more, much more than this
I did it my way
For what is a man, what has he got
If not himself, then he has not
To say the things, he truly feels
And not the words, of one who hears
The record shows, I took the blows
And did it
New Major Donors
Spouse Evelyn Bautista made her point...
Below, host RC Tarlac on the job, registering more than 600 delegates
Music, percussion band, and attractive dancers entertained the Rotarians between program intermissions.
At the end of the awarding ceremonies, Rotarians started to don their masks for the mardi gras party and fellowship.
And the party was on!
The night glowed with joy and camaraderie among Rotarians whose labor of love and service were rewarded.
On their tables proudly displayed the sparkling proofs of their accomplishments in the name of Rotary.