NEW YORK –Bel Molina, 50th president of the JCI-Philippine New York together with her 2013 team of officers and board members were formally inducted into office on Feb, 23 at the Aleo Restaurant at the Flatiron District in Manhattan.
Despite heavy rains, it did not deter nearly 70 officers, members, alumni and friends of the Junior Chamber International (JCI) New York chapter from attending its 50th Induction Ceremony and Presentation of Members.
Those who were inducted include Chapter President - Bel Molina; Executive Vice President - Zultan Bermudez; Individual Development Vice President - Loren San Diego; Community Development Vice President - Mel Rodriguez; Membership Services Vice President - Ria Serrano; International Affairs Vice President - Stevenson Van Derodar; Directors - Geraldine Dacpano, Patrick Lee, Wendy Kwan and Jose Honrado; Treasurer - Margaret Quimosing; Auditor - Almor Dayoan and; Chairman of the Board - Carmencita-Mia Q. Fulgado.
Consul General Mario de Leon, Jr. of the Philippine Consulate General in New York gave his welcome remarks to the attendees. He applauded the chapter, more widely known in the community as the“Jaycees,” for its leadership and excellence in implementing relevant projects and activities for the Filipino-American community.
The chapter was founded in 1963 by a group of idealistic young Filipino men who wanted to serve the civic and social needs of the then-fledgling Filipino-American community in New York. It has since achieved several acclaimed successes via balanced programs in the areas of business, community development, individual development and international affairs.
2013 marks the golden anniversary of the chapter, a feat that very few Filipino-American organizations in the Northeast can boast of.
In her message, President Bel remarked that it becomes a responsibility of JCI Philippine-New York to provide an outstanding example to other organizations. She adds, “With our 50 years of experience in leadership training and community service, we are uniquely positioned to drive ourselves and our community to create more positive change.”
She ended her message with a pledge to continue JCI Philippine-New York’s tradition of leadership and excellence, in line with the chapter’s 2013 theme of “50 Years Onward: A Tradition of Excellence.”
One of the highlights of the event was a candle ceremony during which each of the past presidents and visiting presidents from other Jaycee chapters lighted a candle to symbolize the passing of the torch of leadership from one president to another.The light in itself signifies the continuity of leadership in the chapter and its commitment to the statement in the Jaycee Creed that says – SERVICE TO HUMANITY IS THE BEST WORK OF LIFE.
To make the event’s success even sweeter, a 50thInduction Ceremony cake wasdesigned by “The Adorable Chef,” Adora-Adora Penn, who held a cake-decorating workshop for the chapter two days before the ceremony.
The event was hosted by member Jaime Torrejon, chaired by member Romainne Luis and supervised by Executive Vice President Zultan Bermudez. Key sponsors include Phil-Am Food, The Lewis College, Tax Corner, Jolly Snapper Photo Studio, Vonage, Halstead Property, Payag Restaurant, National Inclusion Project and Phil House Hunters Consulting Services.
JCI Philippine-New York (Jaycees), Inc. is a group of young men and women whose mission is to develop leaders who will create positive change in the local and global community and their own lives through training and networking opportunities. The Junior Chamber International (JCI) isa membership-based nonprofit organization of 200,000 young people ages 18 to 40 in 5,000 communities and more than 100 countries around the world. Although "Philippine" is part of our chapter name, we are not solely a group of Filipinos. Rather, we are an international chapter where everyone is welcome to join. This is our chapter's 50th year anniversary and we invite you to make a difference in your community, your nation, and your world! For more information, please visit:www.philnyjaycees.org
PHOTO 1: President Bel accepting the Presidential Chain containing 50 medallions representing each of the 50 presidents of the JCI Philippine-New York.
PHOTO 2: JCI Philippine-New York’s Team 2013 Standing L-R: Margaret Quimosing, Joe Valdez, Almor Dayoan, Wendy Kwan, Mia Fulgado, Patrick Lee, Geraldine Dacpano, Mel Rodriquez, Reggie Rosales-Torrejon, Drissa Compaore, Stevenson Van Derodar, Addie Guillaume and Jose Honrado. Seated L-R: Ria Serrano, Bel Molina, Loren San Diego and Zultan Bermudez.
PHOTO 3: JCI Philippine-New York inducts new members L-R: Mary Lelina, Edward Michael Cruz, Dennis Mangrobang, Patrick Lee, Wendy Kwan and Carlos Cabrera.
Photo credits: Jude Tan, Loren San Diego and Cynthia Molina