A BRIEF HISTORY
By PP Boy Santiago
ROTARY CLUB OF SAN JOSE
Rotary International District 3810
San Jose, Occ. Mindoro
CHARTERED ON AUGUST 10, 1957
CLUB NO. 17004
How did the Rotary Club of San Jose came into existence?
A proposed Rotary Club must be sponsored and organized by an existing Rotary Club. The incumbent District Governor will then appoint a District Governor Special Representative (DGSR) whose task is solely for the purpose of organizing a new club and to assist it in its early years of existence. In the case of the Rotary Club of San Jose, the sponsor is the Rotary Club of Puerto Princesa and the DGSR was its president, Jose G. Flores.
A survey was done by Pres. Jose G. Flores with the assistance of Amado Pio de Roda and Catalino Punzalan on November 5, 1955 and subsequently on September 7, 1956 to determine if the community can sustain a Rotary Club.
On September 23, 1956, Pres. Jose G. Flores organized the Provisional Rotary Club of San Jose. However, before all the charter documents could be processed, the number of charter members fell below the required minum of 25 because of the death of the provisional secretary and the transfer of residences of some provisional members.
A new survey was done by Dist. Gov. Mariano Tinio on March 30, 1957. Now there were some 25 charter members and the Provisional Rotary Club of San Jose was formally organized.
After the charter documents have been processed, they were submitted to Rotary International for approval.
It stands on the records that the Rotary Club of San Jose was admitted as a member of Rotary International on August 10, 1957 with 26 charter members. The Charter President was Amdo Pio de Roda who was also the first Paul Harris Fellow of the club. The Charter Secretary was Felix Gabriel. The Rotary Club of San Jose is the first service organization that was organized in San Jose. The meeting place of the club then, was at the Club Balalaika every Saturday at 7:00 p.m.
To enable the communities to avail of the services and benefits that a Rotary Club may render, the Rotary Club of San Jose, sponsored and organized the Rotary club of Mamburao, which admitted as a member of Rotary International on August 20, 1985, during the term of Past President Rodolfo “Rudy” M. Dris, the Rotary Club of Magsaysay on January 15, 1996, during the term of Past President Eduardo “Ed” G. Apigo.
There are numerous community projects that the Rotary Club of San Jose have undertaken like the donation of police outposts, deworming, medical-dental missions, sponsoring the Alay-Lakad, holding of skills development seminars, AIDS awareness rally and forum, New Generation Conference and the construction of potable water system in Iling and Yapang Resettlement Area.
The Rotary Club of San Jose was also able to construct its won Rotary Center which serves as the venue of Rotary meetings and various seminars. Likewise, to be able to deliver more services, RC San Jose also organized several partners in service like the Interact Clubs, Rotaract Clubs and Rotary Village Corps.
More programs are forthcoming. Some are in the planning stages and some are already in the final stages. All of these programs were conceived and are being implemented by RC San Jose for the benefit of the community it serves.
RC SAN JOSE PAST PRESIDENTS