ORGANIZED: NOVEMBER, 1991
(Updated: May 1, 2013)
The Rotary Club of Cavite Export Processing Zone (RC CEPZ) started as an informal gathering of zone enterprise executives whose common interest was increased productivity and success of their respective companies in terms of volume of efforts and profits. This group also realized the need for a formal organization to bring zone executives together, if only for social reasons. This need was reinforced by the group's desire to better serve their constituents, the workforce of Cavite Economic Zone.
As the person mostly in contact with the community, Hipolito "Pol" Bautista discussed this situation with his outside group of friends which included PP Raymundo "Munding" del Rosario and then DSGR Edwin Fojas, both of Rotary Club of Tanza. It was these two who planted the seed of the idea to convert this informal group into the Rotary Club of Cavite Export Processing Zone, and thereafter, actively courted and brought the original members into the world of Rotary. Their enthusiasm and sincerity were left and appreciated by the CEPZ group, who in an organizational meeting in November, 1991 elected its charter officers. The pursuit for R.I. recognition followed which was spiced with the controversy when RC Rosario contested RC CEPZ's declared territorial limits, claiming that it already belonged to RC Rosario. This problem was smoothed out through the intercession of then District Governor Johnny Aruego, PP Mike Cardenas, and the recognized mother club of RC CEPZ, RC Tanza.
RC CEPZ was officially chartered by Rotary International on February 5, 1992, with District Governor Johnny Aruego handing over the R.I. Membership documents to Charter President Pol Bautista. The formal charter presentation and induction of officers and members was held at the CEZ Administration function room on March 12, 1992. RC CEPZ has 30 charter members, most of whom are still active in the Club, except for a few who have moved out of the zone.
As the declared constituents of RC CEPZ, the workers of the Zone, presently numbering 80,000, are principal beneficiaries of most of the Club's projects. The club has institutionalized the annual search for the 10 Most Outstanding Workers of CEZ (MOWoC Awards), Annual Medical-Dental Missions, Soup Kitchen's Weekly Feeding Program, Pistahan sa CEZ (formerly May Flower Festival), Sports Competitions, Skills Training, and Job Placements Program. Outside RC CEPZ, the club has 2 Interact Clubs: Interact Club of Rosario National High School and Interact Club of Governor Ferrer Memorial National High School (both school based) and 4 Rotaract Clubs: the Rotaract Club of Cavite Economic Zone & Rotaract Club of Sahod-Ulan-Tanza (both community based) and Rotaract Club of Cavite State University-Rosario & Rotaract Club of Cavite State University-Trece Martirez City (both school-based). The Club also conducts annual Christmas Party and Gift Giving to the street children of the community. The Club has also made 2 trips to the Pinatubo area for relief distribution and participated in the relief efforts of District 3810 for the victims of Typhoon Ondoy.
Because of the nature of employment of most RC CEPZ members, membership growth has been a continuing struggle for the Club. As of this date, active club members number only 22. This is despite aggressive membership recruitment of every Club President RC CEPZ had. During all incumbencies of all RC CEPZ Presidents, membership growth is a basic program.