Photos by: Julier Tijones & Mody Olympia
APODCAA Inducts New Set of Officers for 2009-2010
Rockville , MD —The Alpha Phi Omega District of Columbia Alumni Association (APODCAA) held its 4th Biennial Induction of Officers on January 24, 2009 at Far East Restaurant in Rockville , MD. The newly inducted officers included Romy Valle (president), Beth Wong, Jennifer Hona, Santiago Sipin, Lowellyn Terrell, Julier Tijones, Milvie Murray, Irick Peradilla and Sherwin Landicho. The new members of the
Board of Directors included Modesto Olympia (chairman), Ferdinand Gomez (outgoing president), Chito Yabes, Dely Schwab and President Romy Valle. Jun Cristobal, elected for the Auditor’s office, was regretfully unable to attend.
Gracing the event was APO Bro. Joe Eco who traveled all the way from Florida to deliver his keynote speech and to officially induct the new officers and board members. Distinguished guests included Philippine Cultural Attache, Rico Fos with his better half, Myla Fos, from the Philippine Embassy who presented a certificate of recognition to APODCAA for its outstanding service to the Filipino community in the DC Metropolitan area and the Philippines .
Also among the attendees were a host of notable community leaders including those of MHC, PAFC, PNB-RCI, MCPA, UFA , Rotary Club of MD, BIBAK , the Ilocano Society of America, among others. APOGNYAA’s current President, Bro. Ramon Barrameda ,Vic Yambao and a few other brethren from other APO alumni associations in the US were also present.
Highlighted in the induction ceremony was the turning over of APODCAA’s banner and an APO ritual paddle by Bro. Ding Gomez, outgoing president, to new President-elect, Bro. Romy Valle. Awards of appreciation were given to members’ spouses in recognition of their continued support for APODCAA’s cause and to some members who exemplified outstanding performance in the organization.
The Alpha Phi Omega International Collegiate Service Fraternity and Sorority was founded at Lafayette College in Pennsylvania , USA in 1925 and was brought to the Philippines in 1950. The organization continues to foster leadership, friendship and service, and remains true to the basic principles of scouting upon which it was founded. Since its founding, the group has attracted thousands of college men and women, many of which went on to become notable leaders and public servants in the United States of America and in the Philippines . These include US Presidents Bill Clinton, Jimmy Carter, Gerald Ford, Dwight Eisenhower, Harry Truman, the past Philippine President Fidel V. Ramos and the late Gen. Carlos P. Romulo, the first Asian to serve as president to the United Nations General Assembly (1949), to name a few.
While the evening began with a solemn narration of the history of the founding of Alpha Phi Omega, it concluded with hours of fellowship and dancing, the Filipino way.
By: Milvie P. Murray, PRO, APODCAA