By: Ryan Tejero
While everybody in America is affected by the COVID 19, Filipino Americans share their unique way of responding to this pandemic. There are individuals and organizations that are genuinely sincere in giving back to the hardworking frontliners who risk their own lives to care for those who were affected by the COVID 19. This past two months, we have witnessed so much compassion from our community organizations. From sending out prayers, well-wishing messages, and to physically stepping out in their shoes to deliver food and safety masks, our fellow Filipino Americans have done it all!
Here in the Midwest, the Chicago Mabuhay Centennial Lions Club (CMCLC) did not waste any opportunity to show what they’re best at – “We Serve.” Newly-created in 2017, CMCLC is one of the most active Lions groups in Chicago. It was chartered right on the 100th Service Anniversary of Lions Club International.
Since its inception, the increasing number in its membership had allowed them to best serve their community. They started to volunteer their time at the Ravenswood Community Service for Seniors by helping to serve dinners every Tuesday of the week, with a number of 100-120 seniors served. CMCLC donated 5 balikbayan boxes of medical supplies and equipment to benefi t a town in Compostela, Davao in 2019.
With the COVID 19 pandemic, CMCLC is all out in recognizing and acknowledging the dedication and hardwork of all healthcare frontliners in taking care of their patients, who were affected by the pandemic. For March and April, the club had already donated free food for the frontliners, who are dubbed as “new heroes” in six Chicago hospitals, namely: Roseland Community Hospital, Advocate Lutheran Hospital, Swedish Covenant Hospital, Norwegian American Hospital and Kindred Hospital.
Donations for this noble initiative poured in from CMCLC members, and they were: Lion Rosa Kazmi, Lion Lilet Mante, Lion Aida Nituda, Lion Lois and Andy Sospizio, Lion Hermie and Reynel Espiritu, Lion Carlota Gronke, Lion Mila Sollosa, Lion Jesse Farrales, Lion Michelle Del Rosario, Lion Chito Jose, Lion Randy Famacion, Lion Rosie Reed, Lion Andy and Raechelle Paik. There were also friends of CMCLC who gave additional donations, and they were: DT Chicagoland Express, William Altwine and Guy J. Cesario Jr.
For the month of May, CMCLC had identifi ed the First Responders, who are the Paramedics and Firefi ghters as the benefi ciary of their free food support.
At the leadership of CMCLC is Reynel Espiritu. He is a graduate of FEATI University in Manila, Philippines, with a degree in B.S. in Electronics and Communications Engineering. Here in the US, he pursued his Radiologic Technology studies at Triton College in River Grove, IL. His affi liations with other professional groups include: Delta Sigma Rho Fraternity, Freemason of Northwest Lodge #271, Silangan Commendery, Chicago Association of Realtors, and the National Association of Realtors. He is an accomplished professional realtor. He was the recipient of Outstanding Sales Achievement Award from Chicago Association of Realtors; Top Residential Producer in 2004 with sales exceeding $3Million, and Sales Person of the Month awarded by C21 Realty in March 2017. At present, Reynel Espiritu is an Associate Real Estate Broker of the ECG Realty Inc.
Reynel is well-respected and recognized in the community for his sincerity, commitment and hardwork as a leader. He said, “Education is not all needed to be a leader but education can teach which leader to follow. The good leader can turn weakness into strength, obstacles into stepping stones, and disaster into triumph. Leaders are ordinary people with extraordinary determination.”
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