SCENE CITY| Celebrating 25 years of women in Rotary

2017 is a milestone for the Rotary Club of Waling Waling, Davao (RCWWD) as they mark their silver anniversary of supporting the Rotary international motto: service above self.

Since 1989, the contribution of women Rotarians has made a tremendous impact in alleviating poverty, promoting peace, health and education and empowering the youth.

Past district governor Reynaldo ‘Boy” Reyes is thus proud to have taken the challenge of changing the landscape of male-dominated Rotary clubs twenty-five years ago by organizing the first club with women members in District 3860.

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REUNION with former members – Governor Cora Malanyaon and other friends

A thanksgiving celebration, chaired by past president Lorna Llamas, was held at the Grand Men Seng hotel last Jan. 21, 2017 to acknowledge the many opportunities that enabled the RCWWD members to give their talents to those who have less in life. Highlight of these long serving years was the completion of 10 matching grants that partnered with international clubs from Canada, Australia, Japan and USA. Two more global grants are on the way to improve literacy and to provide access to non-potable water through rain harvesting system in public elementary schools.

RCWWD president Baby Vilela warmly welcomed district governor Mary Anne Solomon and other district officers, other Rotarians, former RCWWD members, family and guests. A video presentation of the years gone by reminisced the volunteerism that helped transformed lives. This overwhelming sense of pride and joy was raised even higher when 15 delegates from the Rotary Club of Narashino, Japan flew in to attend the celebration. Their relationship with RCWWD is a testimony of a strong bond of friendship brought about by a common desire to help the marginalized sector of Davao City.

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CONFERNMENT of honorary member to past president Yoshinori Ishii of Chiba, Japan with honorary members Mr. A. Aquino, Atty. A. Llamas, and Engineer E. Abratique

Their past president, Yoshinori Ishii, was inducted as a new honorary member of RCWWD for having visited and generously supported the local programs for the past twenty years. A night of toasting, dancing and fellowship filled the hearts and invigorated the desire to continue what was started.

What is in store for RCWWD after 25 years of working for others?

Like the Rotary International founder Paul Harris once said, “Individual effort may be turned to individual needs but combined effort should be dedicated to the service of mankind. The power of combined effort knows no limitation.” So will it be for Rotary Club of Waling Waling Davao.

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