Thursday, January 14, 2010

School for the deaf gets solar water system

ROTARIANS IN RP CONDUCT MID-YEAR REVIEW OF ACCOMPLISHMENTS: If there is one good reason why Rotarians should be welcomed wholeheartedly in any community, it is because of the service, real and concrete, that they give the poor and the needy, just like what my own club (the Rotary Club of Intramuros) had done when it gave a Php1 Million solar-powered water system for a school for the deaf in Laguna Province.

This humanitarian project, pursued and completed under the term of Rotary Year 2009-2010 Visionary President Dr. Arthur V. Platon, is being reported by him to District 3810 Gov. Connie Beltran, during the district’s mid-year review which is being held in Batangas City from January 16-17, 2010.

Here are the other projects of the Rotary Club of Intramuros highlighted in Platon’s report:


ROTARIANS HOLD MEDIA CAMPAIGN:On Club Administration: As of today, the Rotary Club of Intramuros has conducted 24 meetings. We have invited numerous Guest Speakers to grace these meetings, notable of which was then Defense Secretary Gilberto “Gibo” Teodoro Jr., who talked about what a president should accomplish once elected...

“On Club Membership: Last July 2, 2009, four (4) would be members joined our orientation. They were inducted as full-pledged Rotarians on July 3, 2009 at the Sofitel Philippine Plaza...

On Public Relations: Aside from the series of seminars we have attended in and out of District 3810, Public Relations is strongly marked by the Internet Based Radio-TV Program dubbed as “Rotary Moments” which hosted by none other than our Past President Batas Mauricio. We have also joined a series of public relations activities of RI Public Image Resource Group for Zone 7, with our very own PDG Lyne Abanilla, as Zone Coordinator...


VARIOUS IMPORTANT PROJECTS OF ROTARIANS LISTED: “On Rotary Foundation: Matching Grant Projects are the highlights. We have MATCHING GRANT PROJECT 65454, a Donation of Medical Equipment and Supplies to two (2) Zoto Kliniks at Dagat-dagatan, Navotas, and Bagong Silang, Caloocan City, which is now completed.

“MATCHING GRANT PROJECT 64220, called “School-in-a-box Project”, which resulted in the distribution of a total of 125 boxes containing reading, writing and other educational materials for pre-schoolers worth about TWENTY THOUSAND PESOS more or less for each box.

“For this Rotary Year, we added 14 more boxes with 600 pre-schoolers as beneficiaries. This was made successful via our club’s partnership with RC Kessenauma South and RC Kishiwada East, both of Japan, which is also now completed.

“MATCHING GRANT PROJECT 23140, Open Heart Surgery Project (for Pediatrics) at the Philippine General Hospital. Twenty patients have now been successfully operated on. For this Rotary Year, we have already operated on 4 patients as of December 2009, and the number doesn’t stop there. There are 4 more patients who are lined up for this Matching Grant Project, in partnership with RC Syosset-Woodbury, New York.

And finally, our FLAGSHIP PROJECT, which is the current pride of RCI…The Solar Powered Water System in Paowin, Cavinti Laguna. Deaf students of the DEAF EVANGELISTIC ALLIANCE FOUNDATION, INC., and the school’s employees, along with residents of the surrounding barangays are now benefiting from this project, which was made possible by the cooperation of RC Batemans Bay, Australia.

“Now, we take pride in reporting that this project is now completed....”


LUMINOUS MYSTERIES START WITH BAPTISM OF JESUS: After the Joyful Mysteries of the Holy Rosary of the Roman Catholic Christians, the Mysteries of Light, or the so-called Luminous Mysteries, come next, to narrate another aspect of the life of Jesus Christ starting from His baptism to the Institution of the Holy Eucharist at the Last Supper.

Significantly, the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John all contain an account of the baptism of Jesus Christ. In Matthew, we find the story in its Chapter 3, verses 13 to 17. In Mark, we find it in its Chapter 1, verses 9 to 13, while in Luke, the event is narrated in its Chapter 3, verses 21 to 22.

In John, the story is found in its Chapter 1, verses 29 to 34, although this account is not as specific about baptism as was written in Matthew, Mark and Luke.

Be that as it may, the baptism of Jesus, performed by His cousin, John the Baptist at the Jordan River, continues to be a confirmation of Jesus’ divinity, and of His status as the Son of God.

In all the Gospels, the story is told that after He was baptized, the heavens parted and the Holy Spirit descended upon Jesus like a dove and lightning, with a voice from heaven saying “This is my son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased.”

Surely, in all history, there is no other person or being in this world whom God called as His Son, whom He loves and with whom He is well pleased except Jesus.


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