(General Santos City, May 25, 2016) – Visayas and Mindanao Rotarians reaffirmed their commitment of Serving Humanity in their communities. Rotary District 3860 recently held its District Assembly (DISTAS) in the Greenleaf Hotel, General Santos City from March 20 to 21st, 2016. Rotarians and their spouses from the islands greeted their incoming Governor Mary Anne “Me’anne”Alcordo Solomon as she takes over from Gov. “Buddy” Estudillo for the Rotary Year 2016-2017.
Club Presidents simultaneously ended their terms as the President-Elects officially take over. Past President (PP) Teodorico Dofiles II ends his service as a Gift to the World and transfers his duties to President Atty. Engelbert Calgas. Atty. Calgas is the fourteenth club President of South Digos Rotary.
After a special workshop in the morning, the General Session of the DISTAS started after lunch. It was an honor not only for incoming Governor Solomon but also for the incoming District officers and Club Presidents to be inducted by Rotary International Director Guiller Tumangan. District Trainer Dr. Siva Ananthan from D2200 came all the way from Malaysia to give an important reminder to Rotarians. Dr. Siva’s speech about “The Rotary Way” was captivating and engaging, reminding Rotarians about the altruistic ideals of the centenarian organization. After the colorful traditional dance presentations, the evening ended with music and dance. The club of Midtown General Santos hosted this year’s DISTAS.
The DISTAS in Gensan cascaded the the mission of Rotary International’s (RI) President John F. Germ to continue the organization’s mission. Germ unveiled the 2016-17 presidential theme, Rotary Serving Humanity, to the new district governors last 18 January , 2016 at the International Assembly in San Diego, California, USA. The key mission of the 100 year-old philanthropic society is the elimination of polio across the globe. Rotary’s mission continues for the clubs as RI President Germ encourages Rotary officers in expanding from its priority mission and address six (6) Areas of Focus, which includes improving access to sanitation.