Recycled President

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LCP Sylvester Co
Rotary Club of University District Manila

There is a saying in Rotary that you only become President of the club once. They encourage you to give it your all during your year as President. There is always an exemption to the rule, however. Sometimes you are called to serve your club as President for a second time.

In this situation, one type of President might be tempted to think that the members have ganged upon him. He might feel that he has already done enough for the club, decide to rest on his past laurels, and just sit as a figurehead. He will not exert any effort at all and just pass the time until his term ends.

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Another type of President would think that to serve his club for another year is a rare honor and privilege bestowed upon him in these trying times. He will give his best effort again to serve the club and be worthy of the trust given to him. As I end the first half of my two-year term as President of the Club, I am proud to belong to this latter type of President.

The Rotary Club of University District Manila (RCUDM), with 50 years under her belt of serving the community, concentrates on doing service projects specially designed for the youth. We describe RCUDM as a club of Past Presidents since our members are 98% Past Presidents. Nevertheless, we still strive to do our best to be the best version of ourselves in the service of our countrymen.

There is another saying that failing to plan is planning to fail. This is why on June 19, our last regular meeting for the year was reserved especially for Club Planning. It is noteworthy that this is the first face-to-face meeting I have had in my Presidency. This meeting symbolizes a great hope for a brighter future for all. We won’t just rest on our laurels. We will continue to build a brighter tomorrow for our youth.