A mix of service and fellowship

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By Danny B. Dangcalan

A Walk in the Park

Friday, May 30, 2014


ROTARIANS are known for their servitude to the less fortunate, staying true to their motto, “Service Above Self.”

But for the members of the Rotary Club of Bacolod-Central, combining service with fun has been more enjoyable and rewarding.

As the youngest Rotary Club in Negros Occidental, Bacolod-Central is known in their circle as “the life of the party,” perhaps owing to the profile of their members—mostly young professionals in their 30s and 40s.

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In fact, when asked to cite one of their major accomplishments as a club, they declared in unison, “We have been district champions twice now!” referring to performance competitions during district conventions.

Of course it was said in jest but on a serious note, the Rotary Club of Bacolod-Central has done a lot in their own way to alleviate and bring happiness to the lives of others, and not just in Bacolod, but in far-flung communities in northern and southern Negros Occidental.

In their recent monthly fellowship at Buy the Bucket restaurant along Lacson, club members ended the night of laughter and fun by dividing ‘Rotary Cans,’ a project of incoming District Gov. Jude Doctora, to sustain Rotary International’s campaign to eradicate polio and for other humanitarian projects.

The Rotary has been at the forefront of disaster relief as well, with substantial donations to the relief and rehabilitation of areas struck by super typhoon Yolanda, adopting a coastal barangay in Estancia, Iloilo for a holistic rehabilitation effort.

Bacolod-Central was one of those that immediately responded to the victims of super typhoon Yolanda, turning over relief goods and financial assistance to the Red Cross, Bantayan Island, rescue groups and ABS-CBN.

Another major activity unknown to many is their New Generation leadership training which has been going on for three years now, the latest of which was entitled “Women Warriors,” attended by almost a hundred female youth.

Under the present leadership of Lulu Abelido, Bacolod-Central has adopted an elementary school in Barangay San Juan, Binalbagan where they have donated various educational materials including computer sets for the use of the schoolchildren.

Last year as well, members of the club drove for hours to take part in the Family Day celebration of Bantay Gubat Volunteers in Barangay Carol-an in Kabankalan City.

In their own little way, bringing of food and giveaways is more than enough to show these unsung heroes that their volunteerism is acknowledged by those from the urban areas.

All year through, Bacolod-Central has numerous projects for the underprivileged, but what makes their delivery of service more exciting is how they always incorporate it with fun.

Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on May 30, 2014.

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