Fate has a way of returning us to places where we have unfinished business.
Seven years ago, our family moved to Visayas as my Rotarian’s career dictated a reassignment.
The chances of us returning were slim thus we closed a beautiful chapter with the Rotary Club of
Cagayan de Oro. While we were away, our family led a different life, happy yet different as Rotary was absent from it. We saw God’s hand apparently at work because even when it was highly improbable, last year we were moved back to the city where our Rotary journey began.
While we were elated for our return, I was immediately confronted with the Rotary Ann invitation to serve in a position that demanded more of what I had previously been willing to give. The call was adamant and I surprised myself by giving a firm yes. With all humility I bowed my head whispering to our Almighty, “Lord, thy will be done.”
Hence, with excitement and nervousness I lead the Rotary Anns to begin another Rotary year of service with our handsome Rotarians. Taking the cue from our theme this year, “Rotary: Making a Difference” we prepare ourselves to make the mark where we are most needed.
For this year, the Rotary Anns will follow 4 key directions with the acronym SAPA:
Support, Attendance, Projects, and Adventures.
Support our Rotarians. It sounds so simple, yet this is often the most critical of our roles. Our Rotarians need to be reminded of their regular Thursday meetings and membership dues, and also prompted to be a vital part of club projects and gatherings. To our Rotarian, let us be his cheerful alarm clock, timely and generous wallet.
Attendance of Rotary Anns. We encourage Rotarians to encourage their spouses to join us in our monthly meetings. We only ask for time to have lunch with them 12 x a year, on the first Thursday of each month. You see, 12 compared to 365 is a small number, especially when we gain friends and learn so much from each other during these meetings.
Projects. Bringing together the talents and resources of the Rotary Anns, we hope to implement projects that have a positive impact to our community. We are constantly on a lookout for areas where we too can better the lives of others.
Adventures and fellowships. Rotary is not all speeches and projects, and we have gatherings where we break bread in a more leisurely and relaxed atmosphere. Our adventures at times take us to trips far from the comforts of home. During these moments we are afforded the time to laugh, and discover the lighter side of each other’s personalities.
A Rotary Ann’s life need not be complicated. SAPA is the acronym of our 4 simple directions. SAPA in English means stream, a natural source of flowing water. May our SAPA be our share of making a difference in this Rotary year.
Angelie Mae “ANGIE” C. Dael
President, RY 2017-2018
Rotary Anns of the Rotary Club of Cagayan de Oro