Rotaract: A Place to Grow, Serve, and Belong

By Lander Leonillo | Posted on February 22, 2023

“The best way to discover ourselves is to lose ourselves in the service of others.” These wise words, spoken by India’s great leader Mahatma Gandhi, have become my guiding principle. I find joy in serving my community, and for me, it is a starting point for serving the rest of the world. When I extend myself through service to others, I am filled with a desire to do more, and there is nothing more beautiful than that. Doing nothing for others is like undoing ourselves. Gandhi’s enlightenment speaks to the inherent value and fulfillment that comes from helping others and being of service to our communities.

I am filled with joy when I look back to 2016, the year I joined Rotaract. At the time, my understanding of the organization’s mission, vision, and philosophy was limited, but my curiosity and desire for personal growth drove me to get involved. I was looking for a platform where I could express my ideals and dreams for my community, enhance my creativity, and share my aspirations with the majority. I wanted a community that was inclusive, where all values diversity and the inclusion of people from all walks of life, cultures, experiences, and identities. This desire was based on my firsthand experience of engaging in the projects of Rotaract, particularly the Rotaract Club of Marapara.

Providing comprehensive ICT literacy and training to the abandoned youth of Bacolod Boys’ Home

Through Rotaract, I found a platform to express my unique self and be the voice and helping hand to the deprived, underprivileged, and disadvantaged. The experience also taught me that being a Rotaractor is a dignified promise. It is an honor that I have the competence and opportunity to improve and make a change in our community. The responsibility to create a positive impact in what we do comes from the selfless sacrifices that make it all worth it. Being a part of Rotaract made me realize that genuine care for humanity roots us and lives in the hearts of every good person. I met amazing people, adapted a fellowship through service mindset, and built strong ties through Rotaract. Highly spirited and strong-willed individuals influenced the community with brilliance of ideas turned into kindness.

Looking to the future, I envision Rotaract continuing to grow and thrive. With over 8,400 clubs in more than 170 countries, Rotaract has already made a significant impact on the world. I believe that by continuing to focus on service, leadership, and personal development, Rotaract will continue to be a driving force for positive change in communities around the globe. 

Awarding night photos during GEAR Awards with MDIO Chair Joseph Franco, IPDRR Christian Santiago, and IPP Carmela Duenas.

In the years to come, I hope to see Rotaract expand its reach and continue to make a difference in the lives of people all over the world. I believe that by working together and leveraging the passion and energy of its members, Rotaract can truly change the world for the better. It is created to inspire aspiring leaders of today to take action in creating beneficial change in communities around the world. Rotaract has become my home. That is now our legacy.

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