By: Ryan Tejero
Now on its second year, Chicago One World Centennial Lions Club (COW-CLC) celebrates its many accomplishments. The diversity and the increasing number in the membership of this group is the driving force of the organization’s overwhelming success in the past two years. COW-CLC is composed largely of people coming from different socio-economic backgrounds, family structure, educational attainment, professional fields, skills and talents, and visible traits such as race and age. These diversity makes them Godly-unique, and bring each one of them to “COME TOGETHER AS ONE” in pursuing their collective goal, which is TO SERVE. This is a true mark of a Lion – “united to serve the community – the communities that are in need.”
This past two years have proven COW-CLC’s actively rolling down on their motto: “Service R Us.” They work together as a team in helping the less fortunate in the communities in Chicago, other states of America, Philippines, Africa and other countries. They continue with their flagship projects on Diabetes management, protecting and maintaining the environment, stop the hunger advocacies, services to aid for Pediatric Cancer, and promoting good eye sight and vision.
This past summer, COWCLC has partnered with Convoy of Hope on August 25, 2018 at Marquette Park Kedzie Avenue. The members helped in the distribution of free groceries, we assisted with health and dental screenings, feeding program and other service activities. They also packed meals with Feed My Starving Children in Schaumburg IL on July 7, 2018. Together with the other service clubs and individuals, they packed a total of 260 Manna boxes that covers 56, 160 meals. These Manna Pack rice are being distributed to starving children in Africa.
There will still be event celebrations as fund raising activities to take place on the months of October and December of 2018, February of 2019 and the other succeeding months. The chosen recipients and beneficiaries will be given monetary donations contingent on the production of the events. There will be Pizza celebration on Octoberfest, Breakfast with Santa on December and King & Queen of Hearts on February. The members of COWCLC, guests and sponsors not only will enjoy the event celebrations but more importantly are able to help support the civic causes of the club.
Currently acting as the pilot of COW-CLC – is its newly-inducted president, Rommel Ramel Yarcia. Rommel is a graduate nurse with the degree of Bachelor of Science in Nursing at Saint Mary’s University Bayombong, Nueva Vizcaya Philippines. He has been an active leader throughout his academic days. He was the Class Year Organization President for four consecutive years and the President of the Marian Nursing Student Council (MNSC) during his fourth year of the baccalaureate. He graduated with honors and special awards such as the Ramon Magsaysay Leadership Award, Departmental Leadership Award, Likha Award (Creativeness / Innovativeness), Commitment Award, Best Thesis Presenter Award, and Artist of the Year Award. He also received the award “Most Outstanding Alumni and Homecoming King” during the Saint Mary’s University School of Health Sciences Anniversary on December 2009.
He accomplished several professional certifications such as Trauma Nursing Core Course (TNCC), Trauma Nurse Specialist (TNS), Emergency Neurological Life Support (ENLS), Advance Burn Life Support (ABLS), and Non-violent Crisis Intervention Instructor Program (CPI). An active member of the Illinois Emergency Nurses Association (ENA), a member of American Organization of Nurse Executives (AONE), member of Sigma Theta Tau International Gamma Phi Chapter Honor Society of Nursing. Coined by Lion Ben Zoleta, District 1A Region 2 Chairperson, “Rommel has demonstrated good leadership and he is undaunted by the demands of Lion Leadership the Millennial way. No doubt that he and his team will succeed in any endeavors they will have in the service of men and women, our communities in need.” While Yoly Zoleta, District 1A Zone Chairperson 2B have stated, “I commend Rommel for his outstanding leadership, commitment and dedication to Lionism. He and his team is meant to be at the forefront. The world witness the glitter of their actions through community service.”
Growing up, he was called “Pag-asa ng Pamilya at Bayan” (Hope of the Family and Community) by his late father. A philanthropist by heart, he has initiated and founded SEEDS OF HOPE 2016, a non-profit service organization that is geared towards achieving the goal of supporting the children in need who are less fortunate, dissemination of health education, and inspiring the youth of today to achieve their dreams. Seeds of Hope engages with six focus service areas – 1 Health and Safety Education, 2 Provision of Health and School Supplies, 3 Medical and Dental Screenings, 4 Physical Fitness, 5 Celebrating Cultural Diversity through Arts, Dance, Singing, Cultural Games, and 6 Food Sharing / Feeding Program. Rommel and his team is looking forward to the success of the organization’s fourth project activity this December 2018.
Rommel has been recognized as highly esteemed exceptional nurse leader. He started in the field of Nursing Management and Leadership in the year 2014 as an Assistant Manager of Nursing – Emergency Department at St. Bernard Hospital and Health Care Center. Affiliated with FOUR top-tier medical facilities in Illinois, he is currently employed as an on-site administrator and resource clinician during the night & weekend hours as a House Nursing Supervisor at Sinai Health Holy Cross Hospital at Chicago, Illinois and at Amita Health Alexian Brothers Medical Center at Elk Grove Village, Illinois USA. He is an Emergency Room Registered Nurse at Loretto Hospital at Chicago, Illinois. And most recently, he has qualified and given the opportunity to be the new Hospital Operations Administrator of Rush University Medical Center located at West Congress Parkway, Chicago, Illinois.
As his self-day to day reminder, he believes in the common adage that everything is possible with positive thoughts. Great things never come from comfort zones and you must be able to handle the worst, to be the best. One must have the desire to succeed to open the opportunities to personal excellence.
With exceptional leadership and a supportive membership, COW-CLC is destined to deliver more services to humanity. Please contact Rommel to become a member or support the organization’s projects at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Passing the Yoke / Responsibility to Club Lion President Rommel Yarcia from
past chartered Lion President Maritess Wynkoop
Photos during the COWCLC First Year Anniversary (More photos on Page 25)