Rotaract Opportunities: Views from 11 PH Rotaractors

Compiled by Louie Boy De Real, Pilipinas Rotaract MDIO Chair

Rotaract provides a platform for young adults ages 18 and over to experience developing and implementing innovative solutions to local and global challenges, growing leadership and professional skills, connecting people from different parts of the world, exchanging ideas with business and community leaders, and cultivating lifelong friendships.

Rotaract is part of the Rotary family. Rotaract clubs decide how to organize and run their own clubs, raise and manage their own funds, and plan and carry out activities and service projects that are important to their members and their communities. Rotary clubs sponsor Rotaract clubs to offer guidance and support, working with Rotaractors as partners in service.

In the Philippines, there are 636 Rotaract clubs across ten districts sponsored by 496 Rotary clubs. There are 12,485 Filipino Rotaractors making the country the second in the world with the most number of Rotaractors.

The first Rotaract club in the Philippines, the Rotaract Club of West Negros College (now STI West Negros University) in Bacolod City, was chartered on September 20, 1968 just six months after the first Rotaract club in the world was established.

As we welcome this new Rotary year with the theme “Rotary Opens Opportunities”, we asked Rotaractors in the Philippines what opportunities they look forward to unlocking as they grow in Rotaract? Here are their aspirations.

“To better understand life in under-served communities and finding my sense of purpose through extending a helping hand.”

- Nestor Peñalver, Rotaract Club of Malaybalay (Bukidnon)

“To come out of my comfort zone, face my fears and be ready to take every opportunity that will change me to become a better version of myself.”

- Leslie Bellen, Rotaract Club of Metro Legazpi (Albay)

“To be a better version of myself and be able to extend my service to the community.”

- Rhodaliene Domio, Rotaract Club of Talakudong (Sultan Kudarat)

“To be a perfect embodiment of volunteerism”

- Kim Bryan Arasula, Rotaract Club of Downtown Batangas City

“To be able to be an enabler of progress and change in the Filipino community”

- Jewell Nathan Zosimo, Rotaract Club of Malabon Central

“To have an opportunity to inspire other people by delivering more sustainable projects that will have a huge impact, not only to the community, but also to Rotaract as a whole.”

- Kim Cristian Maaño, Rotaract Club of Maryhill College (Lucena, Quezon)

“To improve my leadership skills so that I may have the courage to lead and help our Rotaract Club achieve its goal.”

- Sahara Den Louie Macarampat, Rotaract Club of Metro Bacolod (Negros Occidental)

“When I entered college, I was anxious. I wanted to become someone that could make things happen. I saw Rotaract as an international organization that would open opportunities for me to create change.”

- Martin Lance Baang, Rotaract Club of Cebu Fuente - University of San Carlos Chapter

“To discover more skills by engaging in different professional training offered in Rotaract and get to know more the committed people behind the organization.”

- Lelit Estipona, Rotaract Club of San Francisco Del Monte Malaya Achievers (Quezon City)

“I look forward to seeing more people who would be reached and more potentials would be unleashed, not just mine but of those who are marginalized and underprivileged. May Rotaractors and Rotarians work hand in hand to open these doors to its members and to the society at large.”

- Stephanie Sobremesana, Rotaract Club of San Francisco del Monte Malaya Achievers (Quezon City)

“To engage in different service projects where I can gain skills, knowledge and opportunities that might be of help to me in the future as a professional; and to experience good camaraderie among Rotaract members.”

- Daryll Joice Palapar, Rotaract Club of Mandaluyong West

Interested in establishing a Rotaract club to transform young people in your local university or community? Rotary clubs can form a group of at least fifteen (15) service-minded prospective members who may be students, young professionals, budding entrepreneurs or alumni of Interact and Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) program.

Rotary clubs can tap the assistance of their District Rotaract Representative and District Rotaract Chair to orient and guide their prospective Rotaract members. Once commitment of prospective members has been solidified, the Rotary club can now make their new Rotaract club official by sending the completed Rotaract Club Certification Form to then pay a one time certification fee of $50.

Effective July 1, 2022 though, the certification fee will be replaced by an annual per capita dues of $5 for members of university-based Rotaract clubs and $8 for members of community-based Rotaract clubs to be used by Rotary International in funding the additional tools, resources and services for Rotaract which has been elevated already into a Rotary membership type.

This article was featured in the August 2020 issue of the Philippine Rotary Magazine as seen below.

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