KAKAMPI MO ANG BATAS: ‘Rotary is worth telling’---PR exec PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 19 June 2011 15:02

LIFE’S INSPIRATIONS: “…Sing to God, sing in praise of his name, extol him who rides on the clouds; rejoice before him—his name is the Lord. A father to the fatherless, a defender of widows, is God in his holy dwelling...” (Psalm 68:4-5, the Holy Bible).
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EXCITING THINGS IN NEW ROTARY YEAR: Exciting new things are happening with Rotary International (RI) as it ushers in, by July 1, 2011, Rotary Year 2011-2012 under the theme “reach within to embrace humanity” of incoming President Kalyan Banerjee of India, most especially in its efforts to tell Rotary’s stories of “service above self” around the world.

Rotarians worldwide are now being challenged to tell their stories everywhere, because “there are great stories to tell about what we do in Rotary,” said RI District 3810 Past District Gov. Lyne A. Abanilla, who is RI’s Pacific public relations chief (one of RI’s six PR coordinators in the world), in a seminar for Philippine Rotary leaders last June 11, 2011 at the Asian Institute of Management in Makati City.

Abanilla enticed Rotarians to make it a habit to tell their stories each day. Here are parts of her speech: “My grandchildren who are in nursery, kindergarten and Grade III would often tell me stories about many things happening in their school and there is always a sense of wonder when they tell their stories.
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ROTARY CHANGES LIVES, MUST TELL ITS STORIES: “One time it was my 9 year old grandson’s `show and tell’ moment when the children were asked to bring their favorite item, such as a book, a pet or a toy. We all got so excited as to how he is going to tell a story of his pet. And when he did, we felt that same sense of wonder.

“We Rotarians share the same sense of wonder when we get to learn the many great stories of Rotary Clubs all over the world, how they changed lives or how they touched people’s lives.

“If only we can have a giant `show and tell’ moment where each one of us, where each club can tell the world what Rotary is and does because indeed, there are great stories to tell about what we do in Rotary, who we are and what we stand for.

“RI President Elect Klayan Banerjee said, `Yes we do great things so well that we thought the world is looking at us. Well, the world isn’t most of the time.’ It poses a challenge to us---we must tell our Rotary stories.
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ROTARY IS WORTH TELLING: “And when someone said, `Rotary has the strength of a government and the tenderness of a parent’---certainly, Rotary is worth telling.

“And if we want to make Rotary International live for another century and beyond – then we need to tell our Rotary stories to our family, to our friends, to our workmates, to our associates, to the other organizations, to the government---to everyone…” --Atty. BATAS MAURICIO