Monthly Club Meeting with PP Don Shields of Rotary Club of Geelong Central (Australia)

On December 16, 2017 Rotary International Multinational Manila (RIMM) conducted its monthly meeting with a visitor, Past President (PP) Don Shields of Rotary Club of Geelong Central under District 9780 in Australia.

PP Don and his wife Loida committed to participate in our club’s community services as mentioned below:

1. As invited by President Ann San Antonio of Rotary Club of Manila Kalaw we will participate in their club’s community services at Asis Elementary School in Mendez, Cavite. It was originally scheduled on December 18, 2017 but postponed due to rainy weather. Media will cover the event wherein more than 500 public elementary school children along with their parents will be the recipients of the whole day humanitarian event.

RIMM will donate toothpaste and used clothing from Japan (donated by some guests of AWH) for the pupils and their parents. In addition, RIMM President Betty bought toothbrush and cotton earbuds for the event.

2. On December 28, 2017 we will be going to Usting in Luksuhin Ibaba in Alfonso, Cavite to donate rice, canned goods, used clothing including footwear from Japan and firewood for 80 indigent families. Gina of DSWD and Barangay Captain Cynthia of Luksuhin Ibaba will assist us.

PP Don has committed to donate P10,000 to buy needed additional items mentioned above to provide for 80 indigent families. In additional the mother of Rtn. KImiyo donated P8,000. Their monetary donations will be fully used for those 80 indigent families.

President Betty has invited us to join her on December 25, 2017 at her home to celebrate Christmas Day with many indigent families. She is going to prepare healthy sumptuous meals and give out gifts to them. We will also include this event in our club’s Midyear Review Report.

PP Don mentioned that his wife Loida was interested in joining our club. He also conveyed that many 2nd hand items in Australia (ie. remote controlled folding hospital beds, etc.) in good condition can be shipped to the Philippines. He told us to request any items we need from Australia, while customs matters in the Philippines are another issue.

Our neighbor friends donated 72 big bath soaps and 55 pieces of instant noodles. We intend to include these donations to Usting.

2017-18 Team Visit – District 3810

On December 15, 2017 RIMM conducted its Team Visit Meeting (a prerequisite meeting to the Governor’s Visit Meeting) in Mall of Asia in Pasay, Metro Manila represented by President Betty and Rotarians Raymund and Henry.

AG Arlene Gracia presided over the Team Visit Meeting. Raymund reported the substantial increment of RIMM membership from 13 to 23 members. We conveyed that our flagship program is Family Planning and Prevention of Tuberculosis (TB). We outlined many community activities that we have accomplished for current rotary year. AG Arlene was grateful for our upcoming community services we share to the needy during December.

RIMM pledged to donate for the Rice Foundation for Don Bosco street children in Metro Manila as it does every year.

2017 September Monthly Area Meeting

President Betty attend the Monthly Area Meeting on September 4, 2017 held at the Sofitel Hotel in Pasay, Metro Manila:

1. Rotary supports issues on Child Exploitation along with other government agencies. On Nov. 11, 2017 an event called “Pito/Bata Pito/Bata” (Blow your Whistle Child) will be held at the Glorietta Mall in Makati, Metro Manila wherein one million pieces of whistles will be given away to children. They encourage the children to bring their whistles with them at all times & use it when in danger.

2. President Betty plans to recruit two (2) new members join our club before September 30, 2017.

3. Rotary introduced the Department of Health Undersecretary Dr. Eric Tayag as a new member and currently President of a Manila Club.

Club President Betty with Governor Loy, District Secretary Edwin Tiu and other official

Club President Betty with SDG Dolly Aunang

RIMM as Guest Speakers on Family Planning upon the Invitation of RC-Pasay

On May 24, 2017 past president Raymund Balicha and Jun Baurille of Rotary International Multinational Manila (RIMM) along with Liezel Alcazar of Kiwanis Alfonso Chapter attended the weekly meeting of the Rotary Club of Pasay as guest speakers upon the invitation of RC-Pasay club president Marc Martin to share RIMM’s Family Planning programs to his club members. The venue was held at the Manila Polo Club in Forbes Park, Makati, Metro Manila.

IPP Raymund reported providing financial assistance and working with Friendly Care to perform free ligation to hundreds of women in hospitals in Cavite and Tagaytay. He also relayed statistics on high Teenage Pregnancy in the Philippines. Power point presentation showed many photos of ligation activities and Teenage Pregnancy Forums in Alfonso and Tagaytay.

Honorary Member Jun showed photos of his emergency rescue operations involving many vehicular accidents.

Liezel shared her in-dept insights on issues on the high pregnancy rate in the Philippines and her active involvement during our Teenage Pregnancy Forums.

At the end of the event Rotary Club of Manila members told us that it was an eye-opener for them that family planning is key to prevent over population in the Philippines.

Midyear Review 2017

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.

KWBL AM 1242KHz – Rotary Serving Humanity

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.

ASP Team Visit

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.


A Club Meeting

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.

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Rotary International Peace President Sakuji Tanaka

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.

UP Student Visitors

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.

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