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Fellow Rotarians, time is running short for we have barely 8 months to put into concrete realities our plans for this Rotary year. Amidst the current U.S. financial crisis affecting the whole world, we gather with mixed feelings of uncertainty about the future of mankind in the years to come. World economy is at its lowest ebb particularly in the third world countries.

Let us consider seriously the implication of the current economic condition as they relate to our desire to serve and its effect in the financial capacity of our members. It has a direct bearing not only in their attendance, in their capacity to fully participate in all our club activities but more particularly in their degree of involvement in our projects, monetary or otherwise.

In this regard, I suggest that we keep Rotary simple bearing in mind always that we can also serve effectively with minimal cost through networking. We have to understand that the present state of our respective economy and peace and order situation do not warrant sophistication in our activities, but instead, we have to channel our resources to more substantive activities in the attainment of our club plans and objectives. Probably it is also about time for us to re-examine the cost of membership in our clubs. Let us make Rotary membership affordable to those who would like to continue their membership inspite of business reverses.

I have noticed lately, particularly in my own country, that club activities are becoming more and more expensive which account for more than half of the club’s budget, as a result of which the more important aspect of Rotary service has been neglected due to lack of funds.

Lavish ceremonies may be good for purpose of public relations. But in terms of social value to which all our actions will be judged by the public and by people in our community, extravagant display of affluence have negative effects and create no favorable impact in the eyes of those who look upon us as leaders in service. On the contrary, it may only amplify the existing animosity of the hungry against people who have never experienced the agony of starvation.

In fact, in many parts in my country, people do not even eat three square meals a day because of meager income. They subsists on US$ 2 or less. Scavengers pick left over foods from garbages and dumpsites. After which, they cooked them and served these to their families. Many people who are so poor that they could not afford the prohibitive cost of medicine. They just let their children die. I think this does not happen only in the Philippines. According to a recent global survey on hunger by the Gallup International – a Zurich based group, the top 5 hungry nations are Cameroon, Pakistan, Nigeria, Peru and the Philippines.

Philippines, according to the report, is no. 5 in the world when it comes to citizens who have had “little or no food at all” in the past year. Completing the top ten were Bolivia, Guatemala, Ghana, Mexico and Russia. Regionally, Africa remains the most affected by hunger, with almost half the population declaring that they did not have enough food to eat “often or sometimes” in the past year.

Finally, in the choice of service projects, please bear in mind that it is not enough that we provide solutions to a problem. It is far more important that we strive to develop the initiative by incorporating in our assistance the value and the dignity of work and self reliance. Anything less would be mere palliatives, cosmetic, debasing and an extravagant waste of vitally needed resources. Let us educate our people as we lend a helping hand in giving them opportunities to better lives and a chance to “make their dreams real.”



Complete by Parachute Band


Align Center
Here I am, Oh God
I bring this sacrifice--my open heart.
I offer up my life.
I look to You, Lord
Your love that never ends
Restores me again

So I lift my eyes to you, Lord
In Your strength will I break through, Lord
Touch me now, let your love fall down on me
And I will be complete in You.

Here I am, Oh God
I bring this sacrifice--my open heart.
I offer up my life.
I look to You, Lord.
Your love that never ends
Restores me again

So I lift my eyes to you Lord
And by faith, I will walk on, Lord
Then I'll see beyond my calvary one day,
And I will be complete in..

I look to You, Lord
Your love that never ends
Restores me again

So I lift my eyes to you Lord
In your strength will I break through Lord
Touch me now, let your love fall down on me
I know your love dispels all my fears.

Through the storm I will hold on Lord
And I pray I will hold on, Lord
Then I'll see beyond my calvary one day
And I will be complete in
I will be complete in
I will be complete in You

Winter Camp 08-2


10 Ways To Be Happier-Copied and Unedited



Got this copy from Yahoo. Fine Stuff!!! But of course, this still needs to be edited by yours truly because some (1 or 2) of the things said aren't true to most of us (you know what I mean). But anyway, enjoy!!!
If you guys want the original link


How happy are you -- really? If there’s room for improvement, then Gretchen Rubin has some suggestions.

A few years ago, on a morning like any other, I had a sudden realization: I was in danger of wasting my life. As I stared out the rain-spattered window of a New York City bus, I saw that the years were slipping by.

“What do I want from life?” I asked myself. “Well…I want to be happy.” I had many reasons to be happy: My husband was the tall, dark, handsome love of my life; we had two delightful girls, ages 1 and 7; I was a writer, living in my favorite city. I had friends; I had my health; I didn’t have to color my hair. But too often I sniped at my husband or the drugstore clerk. I felt dejected after even a minor professional setback. I lost my temper easily. Is that how a happy person would act?

I decided on the spot to begin a systematic study of happiness. (A little intense, I know. But that’s the kind of thing that appeals to me.) In the end, I spent a year test-driving the wisdom of the ages, current scientific studies, and tips from popular culture. If I followed all the advice, I wanted to know, would it work?

Well, the year is over, and I can say: It did. I made myself happier. And along the way I learned a lot about how to be happier. Here are those lessons.

1. Don’t start with profundities.
When I began my Happiness Project, I realized pretty quickly that, rather than jumping in with lengthy daily meditation or answering deep questions of self-identity, I should start with the basics, like going to sleep at a decent hour and not letting myself get too hungry. Science backs this up; these two factors have a big impact on happiness. Learn how to Get a Good Night's Sleep.

2. Do let the sun go down on anger.
I had always scrupulously aired every irritation as soon as possible, to make sure I vented all bad feelings before bedtime. Studies show, however, that the notion of anger catharsis is poppycock. Expressing anger related to minor, fleeting annoyances just amplifies bad feelings, while not expressing anger often allows it to dissipate. (See 16 Ways to Manage Your Anger from Real Simple)

3. Fake it till you feel it.
Feelings follow actions. If I’m feeling low, I deliberately act cheery, and I find myself actually feeling happier. If I’m feeling angry at someone, I do something thoughtful for her and my feelings toward her soften. This strategy is uncannily effective.

4. Realize that anything worth doing is worth doing badly.
Challenge and novelty are key elements of happiness. The brain is stimulated by surprise, and successfully dealing with an unexpected situation gives a powerful sense of satisfaction. People who do new things — learn a game, travel to unfamiliar places — are happier than people who stick to familiar activities that they already do well. I often remind myself to “Enjoy the fun of failure” and tackle some daunting goal.

5. Don’t treat the blues with a “treat.”
Often the things I choose as “treats” aren’t good for me. The pleasure lasts a minute, but then feelings of guilt and loss of control and other negative consequences deepen the lousiness of the day. While it’s easy to think, I’ll feel good after I have a few glasses of wine…a pint of ice cream…a cigarette…a new pair of jeans, it’s worth pausing to ask whether this will truly make things better.

6. Buy some happiness.
Our basic psychological needs include feeling loved, secure, and good at what we do and having a sense of control. Money doesn’t automatically fill these requirements, but it sure can help. I’ve learned to look for ways to spend money to stay in closer contact with my family and friends; to promote my health; to work more efficiently; to eliminate sources of irritation and marital conflict; to support important causes; and to have enlarging experiences. For example, when my sister got married, I splurged on a better digital camera. It was expensive, but it gave me a lot of happiness bang for the buck.

7. Don’t insist on the best.
There are two types of decision makers. Satisficers (yes, satisficers) make a decision once their criteria are met. When they find the hotel or the pasta sauce that has the qualities they want, they’re satisfied. Maximizers want to make the best possible decision. Even if they see a bicycle or a backpack that meets their requirements, they can’t make a decision until they’ve examined every option. Satisficers tend to be happier than maximizers. Maximizers expend more time and energy reaching decisions, and they’re often anxious about their choices. Sometimes good enough is good enough.

8. Exercise to boost energy.
I knew, intellectually, that this worked, but how often have I told myself, “I’m just too tired to go to the gym”? Exercise is one of the most dependable mood-boosters. Even a 10-minute walk can brighten my outlook. Try one of these 15-Minute Workouts.

9. Stop nagging.
I knew my nagging wasn’t working particularly well, but I figured that if I stopped, my husband would never do a thing around the house. Wrong. If anything, more work got done. Plus, I got a surprisingly big happiness boost from quitting nagging. I hadn’t realized how shrewish and angry I had felt as a result of speaking like that. I replaced nagging with the following persuasive tools: wordless hints (for example, leaving a new lightbulb on the counter); using just one word (saying “Milk!” instead of talking on and on); not insisting that something be done on my schedule; and, most effective of all, doing a task myself. Why did I get to set the assignments?

10. Take action.
Some people assume happiness is mostly a matter of inborn temperament: You’re born an Eeyore or a Tigger, and that’s that. Although it’s true that genetics play a big role, about 40 percent of your happiness level is within your control. Taking time to reflect, and conscious steps to make your life happier, really does work. So use these tips to start your own Happiness Project. I promise it won’t take you a whole year.

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Winter Camp 08-1