On Photo: Rotary Club Induction at Fort Santiago, Intramuros Manila. August 25, 2016

Rotary Club Of Manila Maharlika District 3810 Fort Santiago

If you're a follower on my facebook, you'll be aware that I've been posting Rotary pictures on my facebook lately and some of you already wonders, what is Rotary? Some of the people says that Rotary Club is a group just like FreeMasons and some say that it is only for the rich people. When I first joined Rotary Club of Intramuros last 2014, I have no idea on what it is really all about. My professor, Architect Aristeo Garcia, was the one who made me joined the club. Eventually, I learn. And becoming a Rotarian made an impact in my life and really taught me a lot of things. It made me grow and made me become a better and more professional person.I am so honored to belong in a group of professionals and CEOs. I am way beyond thankful to my mentor and professor Arch. Aristeo Garcia for bringing me to this kind of world. The experiences, lessons and inspirations are extra ordinary! I couldn't forget the moment where we had a formal meal, where there is no spoon on the table! Haha! And yeah, a fine dining meal doesn't have a spoon. There's a spoon for a soup though- and I used it because I really can't eat well without a spoon! Haha! Thus I told myself, I need to learn how to eat on a fine dining meal --- in short, to eat without a spoon! Hehe... 

Photos below are some of my Rotary Experiences during Arch. Aristeo Garcia's Term as District President at Rotary Club Intramuros. 

With a special guest from Rotary International.
During our Induction with special Rotarian guests from Japan.
We went to Manila Bulletin for a proposal for partnership for a project. 
Regular meetings held at Illustrado Restaurant Intramuros. 
During some random venue occular visit and meeting. 

My task back then was to make projects. I make presentations, proposals and event plans. This year, I do now belong to a different chapter- The Rotary Club District 3810 Manila Maharlika's baby club- Fort Santiago and I am humbled and honored to be assigned as their "CS" or Chapter Secretary. My task now is to make reports about our projects and events and compile it. I am also the one that should represent the "CP" or Chapter President, Aris Garcia, if ever that his presence will not be available on the events. I couldn't promise a 100% attendance and participation since I always go abroad for some business and agendas as well but what I could promise is to make a presence of our district club in the world wide web. As a blogger, I will offer my skill to touch the world through blogging and let our voice be heard more so that we could touch and inspire more and more people not only locally, but internationally. Expect to be inspired and be updated on what does Rotary Club really means and what we really do because I will be blogging Rotary Club events on this newly-made blog theceo.me 

So, what is Rotary Club? It is a club of business and professional people belonging to a worldwide organization of similar clubs (Rotary International) devoted to serving the community and promoting world peace. 

Becoming a member is by-invitation only; and there are 1.2million individuals around the world called "Rotarians". 

Rotarians usually gather weekly for breakfast, lunch, or dinner to fulfill their first guiding principle to develop friendships as an opportunity for service. "It is the duty of all Rotarians," states their Manual of Procedure"outside their clubs, to be active as individuals in as many legally constituted groups and organizations as possible to promote, not only in words but through exemplary dedication, awareness of the dignity of all people and the respect of the consequent human rights of the individual." The Rotarian's primary motto is "Service Above Self"; its secondary motto is "One profits most who serves best."


* Is it the truth?
* Is it fair to all concerned?
* Will it build goodwill and better friendships?
* Will it be beneficial to all concerned?

On Photo: One of the regular meetings of Rotary Club Manila Maharlika and Fort Santiago. Venue: Food Club Blue Wave Walk Pasay City

This 2016, I was inducted again --- in different chapter. The induction was held at Fort Santiago Intramuros itself, and the dinner venue to follow was held at Barbaras Heritage Restaurant. It was indeed a great night with lots of cultural performance by some talented Filipinos! 

What does rotary means to me? Honestly speaking, what I love about Rotary is that it broadens my connection and it makes me feel like I have a new family. And most of all, I love how we give impact and contributions to make the world a better place through events and projects. Rotary club teaches us to act very professionally and to have ethics. As the youngest member, they really do inspires me and I learn a lot on how to act professionally on the corporate world. Their manners, their act of greetings, and the way how they pull conversations. I even observe how do they eat and most of all, the thing that I most love about, is how they truthfully respect each other and give gratitude to everyone.  It is really true that "If you want to be successful, be with the successful people" and "Same people attracts". 

The next Rotary International Convention will be held in Atlanta, USA. And that's another great thing about being a Rotarian, you know that there are 1.2million Rotarian family around the world that would be waiting for you and will welcome you. Plus, just like one of our governors said, what she really do like about Rotary is for making her attend conventions and meet people around the world. Well, that is so inspiring for me and I want to attend international conventions too because of her and because of Rotary! 
I'm only 23 years old, and I know that I will have a long journey to come, with Rotary Club! Indeed, service above self! 

So, do you think you have the guts and the heart to become a Rotarian? If so, let me know because we are open for accepting new members. I'm sure you'll have a great journey with us while giving an impact to the world! :) 

-Your Chapter Secretary, Trishie dela Cruz

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