It has been my honor and pleasure to serve CLSUIAG, Inc as President for two years. According to Max Dupree, “The first responsibility of a leader is to define reality. The last is to say thank you”. I humbly say that during my administration with the support of the officers and members, we were able to continue to transform the vision of the founders of the organization into reality.
In April 2011, we had good representation at the CLSU Grand Alumni Homecoming at the Science City of Munoz, Nueva Ecija. One memorable event in this gathering was the Hawaiian Night which was hosted and sponsored by CIAG (now CLSUIAG, Inc.) in partnership with CLSUAAI and CLSU.
Briefly, the following summarizes the significant events as well as my accomplishments during my term as the President of the group with the help of the officers and members:
Dr. Fiorello Abenes and Ms. Loretta Santiago-Malonzo each received Gintong Butil (Golden Grain) Award, the highest award that can be given to an alumnus/alumna from the CLSUAAI.
Mr. Val Pascual, Mr. Johnny Campos and Engr. Johnny Raniel each received the Achievement Award from CLSU.
The organization donated substantial amount for the completion of the CLSUAAI hostel project. Also some CLSUIAG, Inc. members donated ($4,000.00 to $5,000.00) for a room named after them. Among these are Engr. Gerry Galinato and his brothers, Damian, Tino and Noli Galinato;
Engr. Johnny Raniel, Mr. Johnny Campos and I, Engr. Rodrigo Dioso.
The first CLSUIAG, Inc. scholarship grant was launched in 2011, initially with two grantees, namely: Jody M. Lagat and Gillianne G. Gantioque. In 2012, another scholarship grant was added and awarded to Mariejoy Gonzales.
Membership and Endowment Fund have significantly increased . In 2012 CLSUIAG grand reunion in Las Vegas, Dr Eliseo Ruiz who was our guest speaker, donated $10,000 towards his $100,000 pledge to the Endowment Fund and promised to donate more in the near future.
We had a good attendance to the CLSUIAG, Inc. 3rd Grand Reunion in Las Vegas on September 21-23, 2012 and we were able to raise substantial funds for our various events and scholarship program.
But most of all, I consider this the most significant project in my administration: the registration of CLSUIAG, Inc. as a non-profit organization in the State of California which enables the organization to conduct more fundraising activities and the approval of CLSUIAG’s 501(c)3 status by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) declaring all contributions to CLSUIAG tax exempt which I believe will encourage more donors to contribute to the Endowment Fund.
Finally, “Thank You”. Special thanks to Engr. Gerry Galinato, Dr. Fiorello Abenes, Engr. Norma (Ohma) Viray, Mr. Floro Gutierrez, Engr. Johnny Raniel, Dr. Edison Cabacungan, Engr. Rob Bugawan, Mr. Johnny Campos, Engr. Lito Viray, and to all officers and members.
RODRIGO A. DIOSO, JR.
President, CLSUIAG, Inc.