ROTARY CLUB OF CEBU
Club 17102 District 3860
The Rotary Club of Cebu was founded in 1932 and is one of the oldest Rotary clubs in Asia.
Rotary International is the world’s first service club organization, with more than 1.2 million members in 33,000 clubs worldwide. Rotary club members are volunteers who work locally, regionally, and internationally to combat hunger, improve health and sanitation, provide education and job training, promote peace, and eradicate polio under the motto Service Above Self.
Object of Rotary
The Object of Rotary is to encourage and foster the ideal of service as a basis of worthy enterprise and, in particular, to encourage and foster:
FIRST: The development of acquaintance as an opportunity for service;
SECOND: High ethical standards in business and professions; the recognition of the worthiness of all useful occupations; and the dignifying of each Rotarian’s occupation as an opportunity to serve society;
THIRD: The application of the ideal of service in each Rotarian’s personal, business, and community life;
FOURTH: The advancement of international understanding, goodwill, and peace through a world fellowship of business and professional persons united in the ideal of service.
What is Rotary?
Rotary International is a volunteer organization of business and professional leaders who provide humanitarian service, and help to build goodwill and peace in the world. There are approximately 1.2 million Rotary Club members belonging to 33,000 Rotary Clubs in more than 200 countries and geographical areas.
Fellow Rotarians and friends,
The RY2017-2018 Rotary international theme is, Rotary: Making a difference.
I joined this club in June 2012 because I wanted to be part of an organization that gives back to the community in a meaningful way. Not in a stop-gap serialized or no-impact action, but in a coordinated manner that lifts up the spirit of the community and gives it hope.
Action is at the heart of everything we do at the Rotary Club. Action is what sets apart good intentions and actual, positive results.
This Rotary year will primarily be a year of continuity. We have three big projects that need to be completed as of this writing, and another to be started:
• The Paypay National High School rehab, our biggest project funded by a US$245,000 global grant and partnered with RC Evesham (UK) and District 1100, is almost 50% funded.
• The Mobile Blood Collection project benefitting the Regional Blood Center of the Vicente Sotto Memorial Medical Center and funded by a $43,444 Global grant and partnered with three Daegu (Korea) clubs and District 3700 is almost fully disbursed.
• The Don Bosco Liloan School Upgrade project funded by a $57,395 global grant and partnered with RC Mississauga-Streetsville (Toronto) and District 7080 is under bidding.
• The Gift of Life Program, which funds life-saving operations of children with congenital heart defects, is our keystone project this year, even as it is in its 10th year with the club. In addition to funding several simple CHD operations, we will apply for a vocational training team global grant that will bring international specialists to initially familiarize a pedia-cardio surgical team in Cebu in performing the more complicated CHD operations. This will hopefully lead up to our sending locally-based pedia-cardio surgeons for training abroad in another two years and allow Cebu to perform what is now only done in Manila.
We also have relatively small projects that need to be continued or completed: the 4th edition of the Annual Spelling Contest, in cooperation with DepEd Region 7. The continued oversight over ward-boys who are in conflict with the law and housed in a partially Rotary-funded facility. The Tapul WASH project will soon be completed as part of a District Grant approved in RY2016-17. The continuation of the school chairs program, which has been ongoing for two years, will be expanded to allow other Cebu-based clubs to use our manufacturing infrastructure.
The strength of this club is our members’ willingness to fund and participate in the club’s projects. But to complete our goals this year, we invite our brother Rotary clubs from Cebu and Manila, as well as our sister Rotary clubs from Southeast Asia to be our partners on projects and fellowship.
Action through participation. Individually and as a larger whole. That is what it means to act as a Rotarian and MAKE A DIFFERENCE.
Yours in Rotary,
Angel Ruben J. Martinez
Rotary Club of Cebu
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Rotary Club of Cebu Members meet every Thursdays of the week from 12NN to 2PM at the Waterfront Cebu City Hotel.
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2/F CSYGC Bldg.
B. Aranas Extension
Duljo-Fatima, San Nicolas
Phone: +(63) (32) 406-1127
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