Newly-elected Rotary International District 3780 Governor Melandrew T. Velasco (Contributed photo)

MANILA – Melandrew Velasco, biographer of the family of former President Fidel V. Ramos, was elected the next Rotary International District 3780 Governor.

District Governor Bernandette “BH” Herrera on Wednesday confirmed Velasco’s recent election as governor for Rotary Year 2022-2023.

Herrera said Velasco is currently in the United States.

In a statement posted on his Facebook page, Velasco thanked his fellow Rotarians from the Rotary Club of Cubao West where he once served as Club President.

Velasco became the second Rotarian from Rotary Club Cubao West to be elected District Governor after 17 years.

The first was the late Roberto “Bobby” Viray who served as District Governor for two terms from 2001 to 2003.

Velasco considered Viray as his mentor in the Rotary organization, giving him tips on the various rudiments of Rotary service.

He reached out to his fellow candidates, offering his hand of friendship to fellow district governor candidates.

“In all candor and humility, I am reaching out to the district leaders and to all my fellow DGN candidates, all worthy of respect and commitment to serve the district, and I offer my hand of friendship and appeal to them to rise above politics in the spirit of Unity, Solidarity and Teamwork,” he said.

He also expressed his gratitude to his supporters who believed in his OPLAN ROTARY SMILE, a platform where S stands for Service, Simplicity, and Survey; M for Management, Membership, and Marketing; I for Information, Innovation, and Image/Identity; L for Leadership, Livelihood, and Legacy; and E for Empowerment, Excellence and Environment.

Velasco believes it is through this platform that Rotarians of District 3780 can be relevant during these challenging times.

Chosen as one of the outstanding presidents in District 3780 in 2012, Velasco is also a Paul Harris Society Member and served as Silver President for RY 2011-2012. He is the brains behind RID 3780’s The Rotary Golden Wheel Awards and RCCW’s Heart Matters Rotary Foundation, Inc.

He is also a member of the JCI Senate Philippines where he served last year as National chairman for the annual search of the prestigious The Outstanding Filipino (TOFIL) Awards. (PNA)