I spent practically most of my entire day with Kiwanis Club of Cainta Greenpark last Saturday. It didn’t matter that I wasn’t a member yet, the Kiwanians were surprisingly friendly and accommodating. So how did I end up there? It all started with a choice — a choice to do something meaningful and productive that’s not about me, myself, and I…a choice to join an organization that makes valuable contributions to the community; an organization that positively impacts other people’s lives. I only had one club in mind — KIWANIS INTERNATIONAL. But which chapter should I approach and will they accept me as a member without a referral from a current member? I wouldn’t know until I tried.
With the help of my handy dandy buddy Mr. Google, I searched for Kiwanis Chapters near me. I looked into their meeting places and schedules and the one that appealed to me most, primarily on those grounds, was Kiwanis Club of Cainta Greenpark. I searched for their FB page and sent a message of inquiry and intent to join. Luckily, someone replied to my queries and informed me of their Feeding and Gift-Giving Activity which I could try to check out that Saturday.
To cut to the chase, I went to the event venue despite the nagging apprehension that I might be out-of-place since I didn’t know anyone from there. When I got to the place, I looked for the past president Jojo Figuracion who eventually greeted me with a warm welcome and introduced me to his fellow Kiwanians. All of them exuded positive vibes, notwithstanding that I was a stranger. Their warmth was overwhelming. There wasn’t a moment that I felt I made a wrong decision to go there. In fact, the longer I stayed, the more I loved it.
The said Feeding and Gift-Giving Project benefited the kids of Cainta Greenpark’s tricycle drivers. The Kiwanians distributed food, gifts, and prizes, much to the delight of the kids who also enjoyed the fun games and dancing. It was the club’s second year of organizing such an activity within Cainta Greenpark.
The Kiwanis Club of Cainta Greenpark has been initiating fellowship and outreach projects for 30 years since its inception. The exciting part is that the club is brewing more service-focused activities up ahead, apparently in keeping with what Kiwanis International is known for — serving communities with its motto “Serving the Children of the World.”
I only spent one Saturday with them but the Kiwanians at Cainta Greenpark showed me the value of camaraderie, friendship, charity, humility, and service, among other things. I felt their strong bond as if they’re all brothers and sisters. Looks like I’ve found myself a new family.
And oh, my induction will be next Saturday. Just the thought of it makes me feel like a child anticipating Christmas.