The Club’s 2017-2018 board of directors headed by President-Elect Jun Jun Dayrit are prepping for their year of service with their participation in the District Assembly—better known as Distas.
The Distas is the major leadership training event for incoming club officers and directors. Held in view of the annual turnover of Rotary leadership each year, Distas seeks to “provide club leaders with appropriate instruction for the tasks they will assume” in the coming year.
Held at the Makati Sports Club on May 6, Distas 2017 brought together the incoming leaders of District 3830’s 91 clubs, with District Governor-Elect Ed Afzelius at the helm. Attending for RCM were: PE Jun Jun Dayrit, Club Admin Dir. Porsche Peña, Community Service Dir. Chris Ferrareza, Membership Dir. Boy Arteche, RI Programs Dir. Bom Villatuya, PND Educational Service Dir. Bimbo Mills, Legal Counsel Louie Aseoche, Public Relations Chair Andrew Prieto, and PDG Sid Garcia, adviser.
DGE Ed made a presentation on RI and district thrusts, in keeping with the year’s theme: “Rotary--Making a Difference” as enunciated by Incoming RI President-elect Ian Risely.
In the morning, discussions on leadership, public speaking, budgeting, developing goals, and the specific roles of the officers and directors were held in simultaneous sessions, while the afternoon saw 21 club clusters breaking out into ten groups for sessions on finalizing club goals and a business session on budgets and club dues.
The calendar of events and activities for the upcoming year was also announced.
According to an RI publication, the Distas “workshops offer motivation, inspiration, Rotary information and new ideas for club officers, directors and key committee chairmen of each club. Some of the most experienced district leaders conduct informative discussions on all phases of Rotary administration and service projects. The sessions give all participants valuable new ideas to make their club more effective and interesting.”
Another important feature of the Assembly is a review by the incoming district governor of the program theme and emphasis of the new RI president for the coming year. District goals and objectives are also described and plans are developed for their implementation. The success of each Rotary club is frequently determined by the club’s full representation and participation in this annual meeting.
This year’s Distas was hosted by RC Paranaque Metro, RC Makati Central, RC Makati Gems and RC Paranaque Southwest.