KAKAMPI MO ANG BATAS: Rotarians as miracle workers (Part II) PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 02 October 2011 15:19

LIFE’S INSPIRATIONS: “…And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight, so that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless for the day of Christ…” (Philippians 1:9-10, the Holy Bible).
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ROTARIANS AS MIRACLE WORKERS FOR SERVICE ABOVE SELF, II: Here is the second part of the speech I delivered during the “Governor’s Visit and Fellowship for Service Above Self and Four Way Test” of the Rotary Club of Intramuros last September 29, 2011, entitled “Rotarians as Miracle Workers for Service Above Self”, and dealing with a quotation of how Bill Gates described Rotarians during the 2011 Rotary International Convention in New Orleans, USA:

“ `(Rotarians) are the people who are capable of mobilizing others. (Rotarians) are the people who leaders listen and respond to. With (their) credibility, (Rotarians) are the world’s most important advocates for polio eradication.

“ `I’ve seen the incredible commitment (Rotarians have) brought to raising money—-charity bike rides, a charity swim, climbing mountains, projecting the end polio now message in many, many places. These are amazing, inspiration efforts that raise both funds and awareness. They need to continue. They make a huge difference…”
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GREAT MIRACLES IN THE WORK OF ROTARIANS: “Great speech I concede, but, if I may be permitted to add a little that statement of Gates, I will say that, against all odds, Rotarians, especially from the Philippines and from District 3810, do lead the way in performing great miracles in delivering `Service Above Self’ to many Filipinos who are poor and needy.

“The Rotarians’ work in the Philippines is a miracle, as far as I am concerned, especially if we consider the fact that not many of them are rich, nor are politically-connected, nor possession much needed social clout and muscle.

“If the truth be told, notwithstanding the fact that Rotarians are generally only ordinary men and women who are not rich, not politically-connected and not having much social clout and muscle, their giving of `service above self’ is a concrete reality.
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ROTARIANS PERFORM SUCCESSFUL ASSISTANCE: “This was noted by our very own Past District Gov. Lyne Abanilla, in her speech before Indonesian Rotarians last September 22 and 24, 2011, in Jakarta and Subaraya, Indonesia, delivered in her capacity as the chair of the Public Imaging Group of Rotary International for South Pacific.

“Gov. Lyne in that speech pointed out that Rotarians everywhere, most especially in the Philippines and from District 3810 I would hasten to add, provide safe drinking water, help build schools, homes, bridges, clinics, hospitals, heal millions and millions of sick people through medical-dental-surgical and optical missions, provide prosthesis to amputees, plant trees and clean esteros to make the environment safe, send to school poor but intellectually-gifted students.

“Clearly, many Rotarians, including those who come from the Philippines and from District 3810, go out of their way to successfully help their fellowmen, despite the evident financial and other material constraints in their clubs and even in their own personal lives…” More of this next issue. Stay with us.