Swing for Pink Golf on Oct 14 at Apo Golf

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THE Ro­tary Club of Cen­tral Davao, the Ro­tary Club of Downtown Davao which I am a for­mer mem­ber of, and the Ro­tary Club of Matina Davao are invit­ing ev­ery­one to join the tour­na­ment named ‘Swing For Pink’. This is sched­uled on Oc­to­ber 14, 2017 which is to­mor­row, and it will be held at Apo Golf & Coun­try Club.

Swing for Pink is a char­ity golf tour­na­ment that sup­ports breast cancer vic­tims. We are en­cour­ag­ing you all to par­tic­i­pate in this fund-rais­ing event. As you can see, it is for a very good cause.

The reg­is­tra­tion fee is P 2,000. Shot­gun start at 6am and 11am. Good luck to the par­tic­i­pants!

The term ‘Ro­tary’ brings back a lot of fond mem­o­ries. My fam­ily was a hard core Ro­tary In­ter­na­tional sup­porter/mem­ber. My father, the late An­to­nio “Tony­gars” M. Gar­cia, is a Past Dis­trict Gover­nor (PDG) of Dis­trict 3860. My par­ents were mem­bers of RC West-Davao. My mom, Baby Q. Gar­cia, was a very ac­tive Ro­tary Ann. Of course she needed to be, be­ing the wife of a very ac­tive Ro­tar­ian, and a PDG for that mat­ter.

Eversince we were kids, my fam­ily hosted Ro­tary Ex­change stu­dents al­most ev­ery year, to live with us. My sib­lings—Jackie, Al­bert, Ted and I, we all be­came Ro­tary Ex­change stu­dents as well. I went to Penn­syl­va­nia for al­most a year after fin­ish­ing high school.

So, what is Ro­tary In­ter­na­tional about? Wiki says, “Ro­tary In­ter­na­tional is an in­ter­na­tional ser­vice or­ga­ni­za­tion whose stated pur­pose is to bring to­gether busi­ness and pro­fes­sional lead­ers in or­der to pro­vide hu­man­i­tar­ian ser­vices, en­cour­age high eth­i­cal stan­dards in all vocations, and to ad­vance good­will and peace around the world. It is a non-po­lit­i­cal and non-sec­tar­ian or­ga­ni­za­tion open to all peo­ple re­gard­less of race, color, creed, re­li­gion, gen­der, or po­lit­i­cal pref­er­ence. There are 34,282 mem­ber clubs world­wide, and 1.2 mil­lion in­di­vid­u­als, known as Ro­tar­i­ans, have joined.”

In or­der to ful­fill the motto of the org, they need to raise funds too. The more the funds, the more the projects, and the more they will be able to pro­vide help to the needy. One such pro­ject is this golf tour­na­ment.

I re­mem­ber that be­ing a Ro­tar­ian was not all work and no play. OMG, RC West had so many fun ac­tiv­i­ties. Al­ways meet­ing up for par­ties, so­cials like durian-eat­ing, BTW, it is durian sea­son, yehey! Aside from the weekly meet­ings and the so­cials, there were con­fer­ences held lo­cally and in­ter­na­tion­ally. A lot of trav­el­ing!

So, back to me—after col­lege, when I was al­ready work­ing, my father then told me that it was time for me to follow his foot­steps. It is time for me to be­come a Ro­tar­ian. Uh-oh. I told my­self, why his foot­steps, why not my mom’s foot­steps and be a sim­ple sup­port­ive Ro­tary Ann. Me? A Ro­tar­ian!? Of course I tried be­ing one. And I am grateful to RC Downtown Davao for giv­ing me the op­por­tu­nity to serve the or­ga­ni­za­tion. Thank You RC Downtown-Davao! Hello for­mer fel­low mem­bers! Hello Char­ter Pres­i­dent Len A. Magno!

Follow my dad’s foot­steps in golf, yes, gladly. But I am the type of per­son who prefers the laid back type of life. And if you are a Ro­tar­ian, es­pe­cially a very ac­tive one, it re­quires a lot of your time. Must be hands on… same with pol­i­tics!

Note to self, no to pol­i­tics and no to pres­ti­gious in­ter­na­tional or­ga­ni­za­tions for now and the near fu­ture. That is just me talk­ing.

But for the rest of you, trust me, be­ing a Ro­tar­ian has its perks. I feel like not only am I try­ing to sell the Ro­tary golf tour­na­ment, but also Ro­tary In­ter­na­tional it­self. Hehe.

Back to Swing for Pink. Again, please join this tour­na­ment. Your par­tic­i­pa­tion will be highly ap­pre­ci­ated.

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