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1st Area Council Meeting / Regional Council Meeting – absent
2nd Area Council Meeting / Regional Council Meeting – absent
3rd Area Council Meeting / Regional Council Meeting – absent
4th Area Council Meeting / Regional Council Meeting – present!
That had been my record of attendance for the major major functions in the JCI world. Why was that so?
Before my presidency, I told myself not to miss any function or event in JCI. But when I turned president, I hadn’t kept my word. There were plenty of circumstances that happened just before the dates of the said functions came. As such, I had to attend to my various jobs, business, and family first. At those times, I couldn’t compromise. I had to prioritize the most important things at the moment. But this doesn’t mean that JCI isn’t important to me. This doesn’t mean that JCI doesn’t matter at all. It was just for a while that it became the least of my priorities.
Luckily, I had breathe a bit this past days that I had made time to attend the AreaCon! It was held at Iligan City last September 7-9, 2012 and was being hosted by JCI-Dayang Dayang.
With the theme, Opportunities, New Hope and Challenges Empowerment (O.N.E.) for Mindanao, the conference started with the Incoming LO Presidents Forum at the Conference Room, Cheradel Suites. Since I haven’t brought with me our incoming president, I got to sat there to re-echo some briefing and instructions for the upcoming 2012 Presidents Academy.
The forum only took for a while for me since I was late but I was glad enough to have ample time for the Opening Ceremony at the Celebrity Dome, Cheradel Suites.
After the formalities, the White Rave Party began! It was hosted by JCI-Cagayan de Oro chapters for their bid for NatCon 2014.
The Red Roses enjoyed CDO night with the unlimited street foods offered by the CDO We Go food carts!
The following day was the Opening Plenary Session at FKF Party Plaza. That was my first time to attend a plenary as a president. It was good enough that I had attended one when I was still a secretary. So I wasn’t that naive on what to do during the plenary. Hehe….
Soon after, a project on saving the environment was proposed. MindaNOW was officially launched and all the chapter presidents signed the commitment on preserving Mother Earth. It was a ceremonial signing for us to always remember the duty we now have.
On the second night of the conference was the Gawad Mindanaw Awards Night. Honestly, I never had the idea what would the awards be until that night. For that was also my first time to attend an Awards Night in JCI. If only I knew some mechanics, I would have tried. But it’s best to work without aiming for awards that much, right? Because by then, the motive would be changed thus defeating the purpose of true service to humanity.
After the awarding ceremonies was the Roaring 20’s Party hosted by JCI-Davao chapters for their bid for NatCon 2014. The ladies glammed up in their feathered hats, long pearl necklaces, and gloves! At the same time, the men were in their three-piece suits, suspenders, and homburg hats!
The Red Roses also enjoyed Davao night with the Davao Unconventional blast of music and giveaway shirts! This time, JCI went wild and partied hard for it was the last night of the conference – the best time to let loose! The best time to bond more and the best time to be out of the ordinary!
The morning after was a headache but we had to kick our ass out from bed for the Closing Plenary Session at Kuzina Iliganon.
The JCI Election followed and together with other two Red Roses, I casted my vote. The election was not that challenging for me since there were no choices for the top three national officers. Meanwhile, I was glad because NT 2012 Ryan Ravanzo is now NP 2013! Congratulations, NP and good luck to your term! Rest assured that the Red Roses are just here to support you all the way!:)
And that ended the three-day conference. Then there’s no other way to celebrate a very successful onto but a scoop of ice cream for every beautiful Red Rose!
Congratulations, AVP 2012 Steve Arquiza for a job very well done for Area V!:)