TMI Incoming President's Message to Newly Elected Board of Trustees and Officers

oath image February 22, 2015

Dear TMI newly elected Officers and Board of Trustees,

I remember when I used to dream of making an impact in the world and become an agent of change in society. Now, I realize that I am living this, in so many ways, thru TMI!

I’m sure most, if not all of you must have had similar musings. After all, there must be common threads in our individual lives that bind us together. Most of these are the intangible, ethereal ones that we all aspire for: sense of belonging, the desire to serve and care for others, sharing what you’ve learned and your blessings, leaving a lasting legacy, etc.

Contemplating at each of you and your individual life stories makes me feel immeasurably privileged!

I’m reminded of the passage read by our outgoing President, Leonora Douglas, during our last board meeting.

There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit distributes them. There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord. There are different kinds of working, but in all of them and in everyone it is the same God at work. Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good. To one there is given through the Spirit a message of wisdom, to another a message of knowledge by means of the same Spirit, to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by that one Spirit, to another miraculous powers, to another prophecy, to another distinguishing between spirits, to another speaking in different kinds of tongues, and to still another the interpretation of tongues. All these are the work of one and the same Spirit, and he distributes them to each one, just as he determines. (I Cor 12:4-11)

It’s true! Our team’s composition is a paraphrase of the above Scripture. We have a number of educators, the legal minds, the businessmen, and people with backgrounds in public service and civic organization leadership. We have a local lake development expert, a physician, an accountant, a bioethicist and computer literacy proponent. We have somebody whose passion is in medical missions. We have active lay church leaders. We have a person in Science and Technology, in foreign affairs and in active government service. Each one has a gift that will help advance our vision.

I truly believe that as a collective body, by the grace of Providence, we make miracles happen. One “modern” miracle we may have taken for granted is that despite the physical distance, we are able to organize and make things happen for our beloved Mainit.

I would like to specially mention the two new additions to the board, Prof. Peter Sy and Atty. Charlo Paredes. Your contributions will be invaluable to the endeavors of TMI. Welcome aboard!

It’s already 7 years since TMI’s inception. In the next two years, we will build on the work that was already begun. We have been keenly recognized as a key stakeholder by the local government and the community at-large, for our laudable projects and for being one of the few, if not the only SEC-registered non-profit organization in Mainit. We will continue to nurture and build on that earned gravitas.

As the body of the organization has voiced in our previous meetings, we will continue our Scholarship program and will likely expand it. We will continue the Pahinungod for our seniors, the outreach to underserved barangays, and the career guidance program. We will discuss the next phase of projects that will continue embody our vision.

We would obviously need to fund these projects. We need to harness all our energy, creativity and imagination on how to make this happen. I enjoin everyone to think of ideas for new innovative projects and ways to fund these initiatives. I enjoin everyone to put every bright idea, every nugget of wisdom, and every possible solution on the table. We should share all the best practices we have culled from each of our experiences and individual fields of expertise.

In closing, I would like to congratulate all of us for being elected to the Board of TMI for 2015-2017. Padajon! Also, I would like to give a shout out to the two past TMI presidents, the formidable sisters and both doctors of education, Magnita Labrador and Leonora Douglas. I know that I have very large shoes to fill. The work that you have done has catapulted TMI to what it is today. I am so glad that our By-laws do not prohibit you from being re-voted to be part of the board. We are proud to stand side by side working with you for the upliftment of Mainit. This, fully knowing that we are also standing on the solid foundation that was laid down by the all members, partners and volunteers of TMI, with you at the helm.

We will honor you by continuing the good work.

May God bless TMI and bless us all.


JR Gatpolintan
TMI Incoming President