PP Jojo A. Quiñano
Rotary Club of Pasay Business District
“The opportunity to be of service and to change lives.” These were the words of Carisa P. Daño, the Life-Changing President of the Rotary Club of Pasay Business District (RCPBD), when asked about her ultimate reason for joining Rotary and accepting the tremendous responsibility of being the president.
“Years ago, I was just a spectator then. When my husband was invited to witness meetings and fellowships and implement projects, I went with him. And when he finally joined RCPBD, the more that I was interested in Rotary,” she fondly recalls. With the positive feedback and inspiring stories from her husband, Rey, a Transformational President, and from the club members, she eventually joined Rotary not by chance nor by force but with an open mind and heart and sheer commitment and determination. Her Rotary story went on until she became the President-Elect of RCPBD.
Despite her being a busy wife to Reynaldo Daño, a mother to three kids, and an Associate Sales Director of SM Development Corporation, Carisa’s passion in achieving her dream was realized through hard work. She attributes her success to the people who surround her with love, sacrifice, and encouragement. As she looks back, she can’t help but return the goodness she received by serving the less fortunate to make a difference and transform and change lives through Rotary.
As the new Rotary Year unfolds, Carisa’s desire to bring about change in other people’s lives is burning with fervor. With the help of the RCPBD members, she laid down during the last Club Strategic Planning the different projects and strategies that the Club will undertake for this Rotary Year. The Club identified Projects in the different Areas of Focus that would bring life-changing experiences to the recipients. Particular attention was given to projects that Support Basic Education and Literacy, which the Club puts a premium on. The Club will continue supporting schools by providing handwashing facilities and clean water supply, donating instructional materials, feeding malnourished school children, giving livelihood education to parents, improving the school garden as a food source, and developing young leaders in school.
“Being a club president is not an easy task. It entails great responsibility and sacrifice,” Carisa admits. “But with a positive disposition and the overwhelming support of the club members and RI District 3810, I know I can hurdle the challenges and make lives better,” she continues.
While it is true that it’s difficult to perform her responsibilities as a wife, sales director, and president, Carisa is adamant that she can execute her function well as Life-Changing President. Inspired by the Rotary’s mantra of Service Above Self, Carisa will definitely be a great life-changing leader.