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Mazda2ners president Daniel Naval wants to expand the club’s membership, and there are members now from as far as Cebu City.

Mazda2ners president Daniel Naval wants to expand the club’s membership, and there are members now from as far as Cebu City.

Mazda2ners president Daniel Naval reveals how he makes the club more cohesive

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Daniel Naval has been an IT (Information Technology) administrator for the past six years, but has only been at the helm of Mazda2ners for half that time.

“I was appointed in late 2013,” he said. “The club was going through some problems at the time and the officers saw that I was active online, asking questions and posting things on the Facebook group. Makulit lang talaga [They were overly active] because I was completely new to the world of Mazda.”

Naval said he had joined the club earlier that year as the owner of a first-generation Mazda2 1.3 hatchback. Since his appointment as president, he said he has been in charge of maintaining and organizing club activities, as well as expanding membership. However, it wasn’t an easy start.

“Inviting members was very difficult, which was compounded by the lack of coordination among the core group of administrators on the direction of the club’s expansion,” he said. “To help address this, I asked members to distribute club flyers to Mazda2 owners to help boost membership. This isn’t a problem now as we have been receiving numerous requests to join Mazda2ners on Facebook.”

In addition, Naval said he implemented policies and tapped people to help make the club more solid and active.

“I had to be stricter with membership, as well as enforced rules on the use of the forums,” he said. “I also appointed two more administrators to help with organizing activities.”

Mazda2ner members said these changes have been instrumental in the club’s future. “Every member and administrator has a voice in the club and Sir Dane [Naval’s nickname] makes efforts to hear us,” said the club’s South coordinator Rey Morales.

“With the expansion of the club, we now have active members in Cebu City,” said club secretary Regina de Ramos. “Our future definitely includes gaining members outside of Luzon like in Iloilo City.”

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