A recap of RC Subic Bay Sunrise's trip to Cebu City on February 15-17, 2013: Day 2 - 16th Feb.
Alfredo B. Ancheta
Anchor for Allvoices
Day 2 on February 16th, everyone woke up with good aura and as we saw one another at breakfast time at the 6th floor of Mango Park Hotel. The meals were very good and more than that very healthy. Everyone was free to eat the quantity according to one’s measure and fill. After breakfast, everyone hurried to prepare to go to the Waterfront Hotel to attend and participate in the plenary sessions and district workshops.
I fitted myself with a green t-shirt and short pants and as I and John were waiting for the others to go down, he remarked, “Why you are on your short pants and I just looked and smiled at him.” John, being the president-elect of the club seemed to tell me “be in a dignified attire” which I was to my own standard.
At the Waterfront, we attended the morning plenary session after which the district workshops followed. PE John and Sec Bert including Ben, Fred, Rino, Ferdz and Mar attended the workshop of RI District – 3790. I was my impressions that there were presidents-elect from other districts present in that session held at Arctic 3 Room of Waterfront. Speakers and presenters delivered their respective pieces while I was listening keenly to their presentations. PP John Pages highly impressed those who were present that encourages them to participate in the open forum.
Bert took time for recognition to deliver a piece that he articulated very well. He shared a very concrete experience of the Rotary Club of Subic Bay Sunrise putting-up a “well designed, highly respected and conspicuously noticed signage” at the fascade of official meeting venue Aristocrat Restaurant in the Subic Bay Freeport Zone in Subic Bay, Philippines. Bert emphasized that the signage had encouraged a US based Rotarian this month and those others who will be visiting the area this month to meet with the members of the club.
With Bert’s sharing in that workshop session released the voice of RC Subic Bay Sunrise which was once again, heard not only district wide but nationwide during the Multi-District PETS.
With PP Pages’ liberal moderation and stirring of the session, Rotarian Fred B. Ancheta was recognized likewise, to deliver his thoughts on the topic under deliberation. Ancheta said, “In order for a club to attract people from the non-Rotary world to become members, creativity and innovativeness must be adhered to in the conceptualization and implementation of programs and projects for “Public Relation (PR).” Creative and innovative strategies and approaches of PR will mean continuity of membership selection and qualification. Public relation is paramount to getting quality club members from the non-Rotary world, Ancheta emphasized. It was a resoundingly applauded discourse of a Rotarian from Subic Bay Sunrise did in a national event.
On the occasion that no one would like take the opportunity on the microphone as PP Pages still holds on the helm of the session, Fred stood as recognized for the second time said, “As much as possible I hate so much to hold on this microphone for a second time however, I feel I need to say what I have in mind right now and I ask you this question – Have you ever asked yourselves, What is the importance of Public Relations to “club membership recruitment?” Through public relation, each club draws its new members from the non-Rotary world.
It is a must that we must make programs and projects designed to promote public image of our respective clubs be attractive and not traumatic to people whom we work on to become members. We must not antagonize anyone of our prospects through our PR activities and programs. Through PR, we intend to get new members to infuse new blood and energy to our clubs.
New members mean growth and increased capacity of the club in terms of man and financial powers. They mean new life and renewed vigor and vitality of the club. Therefore, it is in this enterprise that we must not fail,” Fred conclusively remarked. The audience gave a louder and longer round of applause to what Fred has just said.
In the afternoon of that busy day of February 16th, Bert released the final jabs for cognizance of his club in that session under the able moderation and direction of no other than District Governor-Elect Linda Winter of RI D-3790. He said, “Certain clubs in the district hold on to the monopoly of hosting of district affairs and events and this practice must come to an end.” Each club in the district must be given fair chance and opportunity to host any district event by means of “draw lots,” Bert further said and in response, DGE Winter said, I will give one to your club. That part of the session was so moving and involving for the PE’s to hear such sweeping remark from Subic Bay Sunrise. Bert’s face was reddish, immediately went to the comfort room nearby to wash his face to tone down his temper and returned to composure. It took so much amount of courage to articulate on certain area of reform that must be clearly heard district wide and Bert did exactly what was necessary at that moment.
After dinner at Waterfront, we went out and incidentally met former Senator Richard J. Gordon right at the lobby of the hotel. He was at that time having photo sessions with Rotarians from different regions in the country. At the time he noticed us that we are his kababayan he said, “Sandali at sa mga kababayan ko muna translated as, please wait allow me to be with Rotarians from my City of Olongapo.” It was an opportunity to be with him briefly through the pictures taken.
The fire that gutted the whole length of a road block in the area near our hotel hindered us from going anywhere else than going to NEO NEO Restaurant. Everyone enjoyed fresh coconut water, squid and oyster “pulutan.” It is very interesting that none of us smokes cigarettes. Then, went back home to the hotel before traffic could go worst due to the fire. However, as we passed by the area, fire was out. already.
Well on day 2, RC Subic Bay Sunrise feels has accomplished its mission in going to Cebu City. Having the opportunity to be heard in that assemblage through the voices of its able officer and member Bert and Fred respectively were worth the costs of travel, time, energy and income lost entailed by each member of the delegation. It was a trip undertaken by everyone out of goodwill and volition that enabled those who heard them to think and know that such a club still vibrantly exists in District 3790. Hopefully, what were said will eventually reach the ears of the concurrent governor as his term will soon terminate.
Indeed, the trip was an unsolicited expression of goodwill and all out support to the incoming district governor of RI D- 3790. It was a trip which once again, will usher-in the resurrection of RCSBS district wide.