Rotary served humanity well in 2017 PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 15 June 2017 13:30



LIFE’S INSPIRATIONS: “… Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and he will establish your plans…” (Proverbs 16:3, the Holy Bible).


ROTARY SERVED HUMANITY WELL IN 2017: In recognition of Rotary International’s 112th year this 2017, I wish to reprint here an article I wrote giving an example of the truly selfless service that Rotarians discharge towards humanity. The article pertains to a government doctor who became the 32nd president of the Rotary Club of Intramuros Manila during Rotary Year 2009-2010.

Read on: “As the Rotary Club of Intramuros welcomes its new set of officers for Rotary Year 2010-2011 led by Global President Andy Chua, allow me the privilege of writing one last piece about the year that just passed us by, the year of Visionary President Art Platon, the 32nd president of the Club.

“It was a turbulent year alright for many Club members who are called Ilustres, considering the hands-on but very conservative and very bookish nature of Art, who is now deservedly savoring the title `Immediate Past President’ of RCI, but it was a year of blessings and bountiful achievements for someone who was predicted to be a failure in running the club.

“My understanding is that under the almost-single-handed leadership of Art, RCI garnered an unprecedented number of awards—37 in all, including the Most Outstanding Club and Most Outstanding Club Presidents awards—never before seen in the 29 year-history of this historic club.

“The question uppermost in my mind—and even in the minds of other Ilustres, I am sure—upon being informed of Art’s achievements was: how did Art manage to achieve so much, when he had just so little—in terms of resources and, most especially, in terms of the number of Ilustres who joined him in his projects?

“Art’s secret, I suppose, was in his ability to work alone, especially when he felt he was really alone and had to make things happen all by his lonesome.

“Undeniably, because he was a doctor who could perform major or minor surgeries even under the most trying and barest of situations, he managed to conduct medical-dental missions almost every week.

“He put this talent of his to best use, not only for RCI, but even for other clubs who saw in him the opportunity of mounting medical-dental missions even if he was doing it all alone.

“This was perhaps the reason why, even among Visionary Presidents for District 3810, Art Platon became an iconic symbol of dedication and hard work, with a biting sense of humor and a clear compassion for the poor and the needy to boot.

“As we close Art’s presidency, the challenge has been laid bare for all of us: we can make Rotary work, even if we are alone, even if others are too busy with other things, or nursing grudges, imagined or real, against us.

“Rotary, after all, is nothing but  Rotarians who have given the commitment to lead the way in providing service above self.”