Wednesday, February 21, 2018

RY 2017-2018 LOGO

RI President-elect Ian H.S. Riseley’s theme, Rotary: Making a Difference. “Whether we’re building a new playground or a new school, improving medical care or sanitation, training conflict mediators or midwives, we know that the work we do will change people’s lives — in ways large and small — for the better.”

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Rotary Saves Mother Earth

Feb 16, 2018. Rotary Tree Planting. The Rotarians from the three Rotary Clubs of Roxas, Metro Roxas and Metro Roxas Central, D3850 respectively, together with the Rotary Friendship Exchange (RFE) Latvia/Sweden Inbound team of D2410, and in cooperation with the Municipality of Sapian thru the leadership of Mayor Ike Binas (Rotarian 0f RC Roxas), Sapian National High School, Roxas Airport AVSEGroup, and Anya's Volunteers planted earlier today 200 trees at Sitio Busay, Poblacion Sapian, Capiz. 

Rotary International president Ian H.S. Riseley in one of his goals this year during his announcement of the Rotary theme "Making A Difference" last year is about protecting the environment and curbing climate change that is essential to Rotary's goal of sustainable service. This Rotary year 2017-2018 is for each 1.2 millon Rotarians to plant trees and nurture them by going back and visiting them after planting. Each Rotarian is challenged to plant from 1 July and Earth Day on 22 April 2018.

"The results would be far greater than environmental benefit that those about 1.2 million new trees will bring and that every Rotarian will recognize their responsibility not only to the people on our planet, but to the planet itself," Riseley said.

Trees planted were Mahogany, Malunggay, Gemilina, Acacia and Bakayan. Bakayan belongs to the Mahogany family and is mainly used for its timber and also in many medicinal preparations.

Before the event, RFE Latvia/Sweden inbound team made a courtesy call to Mayor Ike Binas of LGU Sapian. Then after the activity, the group were treated to a sumptous lunch hosted by Mayor Ike.

Friday, February 16, 2018

Rotary promotes friendship, goodwill and peace

Rotary Rotary Friendship Exchange is an activity of Rotary International under which Rotarians and their families can carry out reciprocal visits and home stays with Rotarians and their families in other countries. The purpose is to advance international understanding, goodwill and peace through people to people contacts across national boundaries. (

RFE Latvia/Sweden Inbound team D2410 experience genuine cultural exchanges with clubs from Zone 4 - Roxas, Metro Roxas and Metro Roxas Central. RFE visits from Feb 14-16, 2018 was facilitated by D3850 RFE Chair PP Pip Victor Federico Acepcion for RY 2017-2018.

Last month, D3850 Outbound team went to Mumbai, India, where PP Pip is the team leader and Rtn. Maxine Galapon is one of its members. 
Welcome at the airport in Manila 
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RFE Latvia Chair Maija Line during their presentation at the join fellowship dinner

Singing the Latvia/Sweden anthem

Group pictures with RFE Latvia/Sweden and the three clubs in Roxas City

D3850 RFE Chair PP Pip and D2410 Chair Maija

Meet and greet of RFE with Rotary Kalibo before heading to Roxas City 

Sunday, February 11, 2018

Rotary GK Day

“The purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well.” 

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

RFE Outbound 2018 discovers Mumbai, India

by: Rtn. Maxine G.

An ancient Indian proverb says, “Certain things catch your eye, but pursue only those that capture the heart.” We dream about so many things that we forget to prioritize what matters most to us. Being a kid who has always been fascinated by ancient civilizations and world history, I have learned to appreciate their beauty through the words and images of the writers. Setting foot in India was like stepping into a page of history book.

Being a new member inducted only on the 24th of October 2017, I never really expected that I would be a part of an energetic team of the Rotary Friendship Exchange 3850 with Mumbai District 3141 last Jan. 26 to Feb. 6. With me were highly respectable members who are current and past presidents of the club they represent. Being a few of the most humble people I have met, they have enlightened me with many lessons on how it is like to be a Rotarian who choose to both lead and serve in our own respective communities.

The temples and the busy streets of Mumbai had captivating details that would make you want to go back. We were also able to visit where Ghandi used to live, the Mani Bhavan that is now a museum and a library, and his cremation site, the Raj Ghat in Delhi. A trip to India would not be really worth it without visiting the splendid structure, Taj Mahal. Flying from Mumbai to Delhi and reaching Agra by land was a very enjoyable journey with the whole RFE Team Mumbai.

Our host’s place was really filled with warmth. A home that is almost like a Filipino home where grandparents live with them and a lovely dog.

What a colorful India indeed it was! It has intoxicated my heart with its colors, women in their “colorful sarees, the cows on the streets, and the street foods.

They say that there is always a first time. My first district conference as a Rotarian happened in India while I have not yet attended one in my own country. Such experience was worth like diamonds. We also met fellow RFE Team Members from Israel and The Netherlands at the conference.

I hope that my experience would also inspire more millenials to not just be part of a Rotary Club, but most importantly, to help “Make A Difference”, in the field they choose to excel in, to a home they live in, to a community they interact with, and to himself or herself a promise to serve above oneself.

More than the experience, it was an irreplaceable memory of unbreakable friendships!

You are a priceless memory. Bahut dhanyavaad, India!

Friday, December 15, 2017


Rotarians go into the world and do good. Thank you to The Rotary Foundation that has been so effective in managing the Rotarians' contributions. The Rotary clubs and Rotarians are a good match with the foundation because they are willing to do more good and really do good... and even better than good to "Make A Difference." 

In the words of Arch Klumph, "Money alone does little good. Individual service is helpless without money. The two together can be a Godsend to civilization." 

(Dec 15, 2017) Rotary Clubs District 3690 South Korea and Rotary Club Roxas, Distict 3850 turning over Rotary Global Grant 1636706 - Technical Vocational Equipment for Dumalag Central National High School: Tools and Equipments in Automotive Servicing, Dressmaking, Carpentry, Electronics, Electrical installation and maintenance and Beauty Care. Simultaneous turn over of more equipment and engines for CRAAHS Automotive from District 3690 South Korea. 

More contributions, more Global Grants, and more grants approved, more responsibility and accountability. But what is best is the change you bring in the community and its people, and the impact it does in the world. 

For all the overwhelming good things in our club and in our district, thank you ROTARY! 

Thursday, December 14, 2017

PATIYOG - Dec 14-15, 2017

President's Message
by: Megs Lunn

Anyong Haseo South Korea D3690 and RC Incheon Kumdan!

Welcome to our dynamic and generous partners from D3690 IPDG Rho, Kyun-Ho, DRFC An, Hee-Tin, Dist. Trainer Lee, Kyung-Ha; and from RC Incheon Kumdan Pres. Kim, In-Su, AG Han, Sang-Kwang, PP Kang, Jeung-Hoon, PP Lee, Joon-Seok, PRC Shin, Yong-Keun, AC Song, Yu-Chan, SC Choo, Sang-Hoon and Rtn. Kim, Hyun-Woo. 

Your presence is more than a blessing. Your generous contribution to the Rotary in Making A Difference is a manifestation of how Rotarians near and far evolved as missionaries of goodwill and friendship in the community, of peace and harmony among countries, and as instruments of mercy and compassion to the world. 

Special appreciation goes to D3850 Gov. Jundad Legislador and PDG Ronnie Gabalda in joining the RotaGift 2017 activity and the turn over of District Grant (Library Hub) and Global Grant (Dumalag), respectively.  

May each one of us not only enjoy the Christmas songs, carols, gift-giving and parties left and right, but more so to feel the essence of true Christmas within us, the baby Jesus in the manger. With humility and thanksgiving, may what we do give glory to Him. Merry Christmas everyone! 

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Secretary's Message
by: Rtn. Antonette Figueroa

"When asked if my cup is half-full or half-empty, my only response is that...I am thankful I have a cup."

Global Grant Number 1865913 Status - one more authorization.

I am grateful and thankful for the help and assistance of all for pushing and making this project come to life. Truly, it was hard at first but because of pure intentions we are there, just a threadlike away.

Dec 14 - Arrival of Koreans Rotary D3690; Turn over of GG VTT in CRAAHS; Welcome Dinner at San Antonio Resort
Dec 15 - Turn over of Library project at Tanque South Elementary School; RotaGift-Giving 2017 to 200 children of various barangays in City Mall; Dumalag - Turn over of Global Grant. 
Dec 18 - Christmas Party at PP Pip's residence.  Please wear GREEN. 

Merry Christmas everyone!

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by: PDG Mark Anthony Ortiz

Most Rotarians are successful professional and business executives because they hear opportunities knock and take advantage of them. Once a week the opportunity for Rotary fellowship occurs at each club meeting, but not all members hear it knocking.

The weekly club meeting is a special privilege of Rotary membership. It provides the occasion to visit with fellow members, to meet visitors you have not known before, and to share your personal friendship with other members.

Rotary clubs which have a reputation of being "friendly clubs" usually follow a few simple steps: First, members are encouraged to sit in a different seat or at a different table each week. Second, Rotarians are urged to sit with a member they may not know as well as their long-time personal friends. Third, members invite new members or visitors to join their table just by saying: "Come join us, we have an empty chair at this table."

Fourth, members share the conversation around the table rather than merely eating in silence or talking privately to the person next to them. Fifth, Rotarians make a special point of trying to get acquainted with all members of the club by seeking out those they may not know.

When Rotarians follow these five easy steps, an entirely new oppor1tunity for fellowship knocks each week. Soon Rotarians realize that warm and personal friendship is the cornerstone of every great Rotary club.

Source: RC Pico Rivera, CA, USA

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

PATIYOG - DEC 6, 2017

by: Megs Lunn

Congratulations for another approved Global Grant CRAASH III - GG1860338 with RC Jecheon Weolack of Korea, D3740. More GG, more contributions, responsibility and accountability. Cheers Rotarians Mark Jeong and Helen Kim. Kamsahamida!

With sincere appreciation to the City of Roxas thru Mayor Celino and his office for a collaborative event today in the city plaza, and also to IPP Jocelyn Mosquete, for your valuable effort being the Chair in organizing Daigon Contest 2017. To all my fellow Rotarians and HERO Rotaract/HERCOR College led by PN Cris Syching for the ever generous active participation in all our endeavors. You are all continually Making a Difference in our community. Keep it up!

Our 3rd WASH station is now ready for turn over. A never ending gratitude to SAVE-A-SMILE pres Cassidy Mershon and to our other partners in service - Brgy II Capt. Luzminda Dela Cruz & her office on this one. To Banica Elementary School, thank you for the opportunity to be of help. Kudos to Service Director PP Reubin Yap and Service Committee PP Butch Biclar for facilitating. 

To all of you who are in one way or another have helped in the success of our foregoing events this December, thank you graciously! 

Our condolences to Rtn. Maxine & family for your lost. May your Papa rest in peace! 

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Secretary's Message
by: Rtn. Tonette Figueroa

"None has ever become poor by giving."

Status of Grant - GG#1865913

Project Title: Bread & Pastry, Carpentry, Technical-Vocational Equipment for Sapian National High School

Authorized by Gov. Jundad Legislador, D3850 and PDG Oliver Ong, last November 23, 2017.

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by: PDG  Mark Anthony Ortiz


As members of an international organization dedicated to world understanding and peace, it behooves Rotarians to exercise restraint in judging our Rotary friends and citizens from other countries when their behavior seems unusual to us. A Rotary policy has existed for more than half a century relating to this dilemma of international relationships.
The statement, adopted in 1933, says that because it is recognized that some activities and local customs may be legal and customary in some countries and not in others, Rotarians should be guided by this admonition of tolerance:

"Rotarians in all countries should recognize these facts and there should be a thoughtful avoidance of criticism of the laws and customs of one country by the Rotarians of another country." The policy also cautions against "any effort on the part of Rotarians of one country to interfere with the laws or customs of another country."

Source: Steve Garret, District Gov 1994-1995, RC Pico Rivera, CA, USA

Thursday, November 23, 2017


"Service in the Rotarian sense is a mental process. It is an attitude of mind which relates persons and things with action. Thoughtfulness of others is in reality the basis of Rotary service.” - Frank L. Mulholland, 1914-15 Rotary president, in The Rotarian , September 1927 

Nov. 22, 2017. Thank you everyone for a busy Wednesday of Rotary Making A Difference. From MILO shoes distribution to three elementary schools in Roxas City (Tanke, Lawaan and Loctugan) Elem Schools to Rotary Center for the regular meeting. 

GK Day, Nov 19 2017

"What they have in common is that they are ordinary people who cared. They wanted to act, to do something, to make life better for other people—and they have."

They have made a difference and they do it regularly. 

Rotary Club of Roxas and HERO Hercor College Rotaract Club "Making A Difference" at Gawad Kalinga Dinginan Capiz Community. They were joined by other partners in service like Robinson's Bank, San Antonio Resort, BSBA HERCOR College and Roxas City Police Community Relations (PCR) PNP, etc.