All Star President (ASP) Midyear Review was held on January 21-22, 2017 in Clark, Panpanga, Philippines. Since ASP Casey needed to attend the guests from Japan for Rotary’s fundraising and membership recruitment during the period, PP Klaus attended the midyear review on behalf of him.
At midyear review, PP Klaus shared our club’s projects, such as family planning, teenage pregnancy forums, End TB program, and post typhoon Haiyan victimized area research and support trip. Since the venue was close to where indigenous tribe Aetas live, honorary Rotarian Jun and PP Klaus extended their support to them as it is one of our service projects.
In the meantime, ASP Casey succeeded in inviting 10 more new members to RIMM and funding with sales of district raffle tickets.
On January 17, 2017, CP Nito Siassat invited ASP Casey Takayama along with IPP Raymund Balicha and PE Betty Vicedo of RIMM to attend a Radio Talk Show that was sponsored by the governor Ernesto Yuyek. RIMM shared its activities of serving the community and the poor especially its flagship program “Family Planning” to tackle the alarming national population explosion which is the root cause of poverty, hunger, joblessness and environmental destruction.
President Casey was out of country and PP Klaus and IPP Raymund attended the Team Visit meeting on December 7, 2106 at Aloha Hotel in Metro Manila. 5 district officers attended the Team Visit.
The team was supportive of our various community projects ie. End Tuberculosis Program, Teenage Pregnancy Forum, Visual Art Program, etc. in line with Rotary’s 5 areas of focus presented in our reports. The team relayed that we should try to recruit more members to our club. We told them that it had been indeed a great challenge to recruit service-oriented, dedicated and trustworthy new members. However with 13 members with such good traits we are fortunate to have such members presently.
The new Governor’s Visit schedule is set on January 12 (Thursday), 2017 at Aloha Hotel at 11 A.M. District Trainer Karen told that Governor Yuyek preferred to hold the Governor’s Visit in Metro Manila. The previous Governor’s Visit set this month was cancelled due to conflict in the Governor’s schedule.
On May 26, 2016 the members in the Philippines held a club meeting at one of the club member Betty’s house in barangay Sicat, Alfonso, Cavite. She is a good chef and cooked many dishes for our luncheon meeting including tuna sashimi that she hand carried from General Santos, Mindanao.
The topic included the Philippines’ president-elect Rodorigo Duterte’s plan that enforces three children limit per couple. It makes sense to our club whose flagship program is family planning and which deems overpopulation is the root cause of poverty, joblessness, food shortage, lack of education and environment of destruction. Our club has been expecting something as drastic measure as this.
The other issue discussed was about the indigent baby girl who has hemangioma on her left arm. We have been taking her to PGH for many examinations including CT scan eventually to surgically remove the lump from her arm. However, the progress has been prolonged by various circumstances. We have started to feel that some invisible force was preventing the direction. Then Betty suggested to take her to a good Chinese herbal doctor who is highly reputed. Upon confirmation of feasibility with the baby girl and her mother, we made a plan to visit China town next week. The episode will be covered in the next article.
On March 19, 2016, Rotary International President Sakuji Tanaka (2012-13) also attended the WASH (Water, Sanitation & Hygiene) conference in the Philippines where over 800 Rotarians from around the world came together to combine their efforts for promoting meaningful life-giving and life-saving projects focused on WASH.
After the conference a dinner celebration was held in honor of PRIP Tanaka at the City Club in Makati together with representatives of Philippine Rotary districts 3780, 3810, 3820 & 3830. PRIP Tanaka gave an inspiring speech in which he stated that peace is not made country to country but begins with people around you, like family and friends. His Rotary year 2012-2013 theme was “PEACE THROUGH SERVICE”. Past RIMM president Casey Takayama was also a guest at the dinner event. Speaking both Japanese and English fluently, he assisted in translating President Tanaka’s speech.
The dinner event in honor of PRIP Tanaka was co-hosted by PDG’s (Past District Governors) including Dr. Maeng Mercado who was District 3810 Governor during President Tanaka’s term and had strongly supported and encouraged attendance at the three World Peace Conferences organized by PRIP Tanaka (Berlin, Hiroshima, Honolulu). In response, past RIMM president Dr. Radtke attended the Honolulu conference and both he and Treasurer Yoshiko Radtke attended the Hiroshima conference.
Three students of University of the Philippines who were staying at our club member Betty Vicedo’s house for field study visited RIMM (Rotary International Multinational Manila) headquarters. The students wished to know more about our club activities and we explained about our flagship program of family planning and responsible parenthood. The students seemed to have realized that overpopulation is the source of all the problems including joblessness, poverty, hunger and environmental destruction. Many rice fields have been converted to residential subdivision and Philippines will have to rely on other countries for their dietary staple.
Since our club member and a Japanese neurosurgeon Dr. Miki Kanaji attended as well, the other topics included widely spreading tuberculosis, which may soon break out to be a major national health concern.
On January 20, 2016, the DG Obet, DGE Rudy and the other district officials visited RIMM (Rotary International Multinational Manila) headquarters in Alfonso, Cavite. All the RIMM club members including Henry Komorita from United States, Dr. Miki Kanaji from Japan, Ivan Indrisi originally from Holland and Imelda Domingo from Olongapo attended the meeting. Various topics were reported and discussed including RIMM’s flagship program of family planning, teenage pregnancy, Helping Aetas tribes, road safety, indigent support, coordination for volunteer Japanese doctors and nurses at National emergency and health concerns on tuberculosis. Lunch was served at a cafeteria together with the overseas guests of AWH (Academy of World Healing Foundation) that provides its venue to RIMM.
On December 22 & 23, 2015, an Australian Rotarian, Mr. Don Shields from Geelong visited RIMM (Rotary International Multinational Manila) HQ in Alfonso, Cavite. Subsequent day to a flag exchange ceremony, Don joined our community service activity to encourage a widowed indigent husband in barangay Kaysuyot, Alfonso, Cavite providing a sack of rice, canned foods, snacks for children, etc. He also made a monetary donation to RIMM for Christmas giving event in Laurel, Batangas scheduled on the next day (Dec. 24) so RIMM could add more sacks of rice to the giving event.
RIMM is a small club but has very stable members. The board selects quality persons who dedicate themselves in helping others, is stable and project oriented.
Mrs. Betty Vicedo in our town qualifies in such criterion and decided to join RIMM. After orienting her with Rotary member responsibilities as well as RIMM activities and requirements, she was inducted as our new member.
IPP Casey and Rotarian Kimiyo of RIMM visited Rotary Club of Setagaya Central (District 2750) in Tokyo, Japan. IPP was given an opportunity to make a presentation about Philippine’s augmented population. After amicable banner exchange and brief introduction of both clubs and the speaker, a slideshow presentation was given to explain about the status quo of the over-populated country including teenage pregnancy and prevalence of family planning.
The Japanese club members seem to have been shocked to learn that teenage pregnancy starts from age 12 and teenage pregnancy forums at high-schools had to be intensively conducted by a non-government entity like RIMM, as such status rarely exists in Japan.