Irreplaceable as club president

Pia Traje is still irreplaceable as president of Honda Club of the Philippines but is willing to let another individual lead the club.

Pia Traje is still irreplaceable as president of Honda Club of the Philippines but is willing to let another individual lead the club.

Honda Club of the Philippines (HCP) president Pia Traje has the unenviable task of managing over 800 active members divided into 14 subgroups.

But she said the secret to getting the job done is not just by distributing the workload to her 37 officers.

“In addition to the nine officers of the core group, each subgroup has two officers who I can talk to,” she said. “But for affairs that we can’t handle, I tap sponsors and volunteers.”

Traje said from being the head of the CR-V subgroup, she moved up the ranks of HCP after joining in 2008. When she became a bona fide member a year later, she became vice president for finance in 2010 and became club president in 2014.

“As president, I see to it that we hold a grand eyeball [GEB] every month, as well as organize activities that will benefit the members and sponsors,” she said. “I also gather all the subgroup leaders for a monthly meeting and provide an opportunity for them to exchange ideas and plan club activities.”

Traje also said she implemented programs and policies that not only ensured loyalty to the club, but also improved camaraderie.

“An aspiring member should attend at least five GEBs for the whole year in order to graduate in December,” she said. “It was also during my first year as president that the first and official Honda Club of the Philippines basketball league became a reality. Only bona fide HCP members can play and create a team, which is why we currently have a good number of newbies who are aspiring to be bona fide members because they want to play in the next league.”

But although her term ends in June this year, Traje said there isn’t anyone to succeed her yet.

“The club’s board of directors hasn’t called an election because they think no one is deserving enough to succeed me,” she said. “In a sense, I’m sort of irreplaceable. However, I’d really like to step down because my work is getting in the way of my duties in the club.”

Traje graduated from the Philippine School of Interior Design and has been a practicing interior designer for the past 12 years. Besides her freelance work, she said she also helps run the official Philippine distributor of BioWood, which is an Indonesian brand of environment-friendly reconstituted wood.

But until she finally steps down, Traje said she wants to keep the club as inclusive as possible.

“I see HCP as an organization that is very diverse because of different ideas, perspectives and talents,” she said. “I also want to provide many opportunities for members coming from a variety of backgrounds to contribute to the club.”


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