The Rotary Club of Imus-East (RCIE) was organized in January 1996 and formally chartered on June 5, 1996 with 29 charter members registered. RCIE was sponsored by the Rotary Club of Cavite East and Rotary Club of Imus.
Charter President Benjie Lanuza+ was the first to handle the helm.
RCIE has been through the times, good and bad, but it always adheres to Rotary International's Motto - "SERVICE ABOVE SELF" - and its members being true Rotarians with magnanimous hearts to help, the Club is here to stay....
JUNE 05, 1996
RC Imus and RC Cavite East
Rotary Club Secretariat Office
Imus East Rotary
Meets Every Saturday
|RCC (Rotary Community Corps)||:||GreenValley, Molino III, Bacoor, Cavite|
|Rotary Registration Number||:||3 1 6 6 3|
|Number of Active Members||:||17|
|No. of Presidents Who Served||:||12|
|No. of Paul Harris Fellows||:||3|
|No. of ROTARACT CLUBS||:||1|
|No. of INTERACT CLUBS||:||1|
The Birth of RCIE
One Sunday afternoon in January 1996, Ed Santa Cruz invited selected residents of Bahayang Pag-Asa to his residence for a fellowship meeting. The guests were from RC Imus (President Rene Reyes, PP Ruben Anonuevo, and PP Peddy Hayag) and RC Cavite East (DGSR Rodring Camia). The Rotary Movement was introduced and highlighted service to humanity. fellowship, 4-way test and 3t’s (talent, time, and treasure). The regular meetings were moved to St. Benedict Academy every Thursday evening. The Constitution and By-Laws of the.Rotary Club of Imus-East (RCIE) were drafted patterned after the Rotary International constitution and bylaws. The first election of the Board of Directors and Officers resulted in the choice of Benjie Lanuza+ as Charter President, and Ed Santa Cruz as President-Elect. There were 29 charter members.
The Rotary Club of Imus-East was formally chartered in June 5,1996. Its Charter Founding members were: Benjamin Lanuza+ (Charter President 1996-1997), Andres Rustia (Vice President), Rolando Herico (Secretary), PP Roleo Legarda (Asst. Secretary), PP Isidro Dacanay (Treasurer), Paterno Chin (Asst. Treasurer), Felicidad Fernandez (Auditor), Douglas Lacuanan (Business Manager), Veni Sumalde+ (P.R.O.), PP Rodrigo Mapoy (Sgt.-At-Arms), PHF/PP Eduardo Santa Cruz (Dir.-Club Service), PP Edward Villanueva (Director-Community Service), Rodolfo Vasquez (Director-Vocational Service), Othello Bonoan (Director-Youth Service), PP Emelito Licerio (Legal Counsel), PHF/PP George Cabarloc Sr., Wilfredo Abo, PHF/PP Rornulo Alfonso, Jaime Acedillo, Reynaldo Borces, Laila Calaor, Maurino Caparas, Romeo Donayre, Dante Felizarta Sr., Moises Hermosura, Antonio Leosala, Felipe Lopez, Delfin Oro, and Abraham Purruganan.
AREA OF JURISDICTION
East border of Bacoor and Imus, specifically are the Barangays of:
Rotary Community Corps (RCC), Green Valley, Molino-3, Bacoor, Cavite
Barangay Molino-3, Bacoor, Cavite
Barangay Molino-IV, Bacoor, Cavite
Barangay Bagong Silang PH-7, Imus, Cavite
Barangay M. Espeleta I, Imus, Cavite
Barangay M. Espeleta II, Imus, Cavite
Barangay M. Espeleta III, Imus, Cavite
Barangay Pinagbuklod, Imus, Cavite
Barangay Maharlika, Imus, Cavite
Barangay Magdalo, Imus, Cavite
Barangay Pasong Buaya, Imus, Cavite
Barangay Buhay-Na-Tubig, Imus, Cavite
ROTARY CLUB OF IMUS EAST
IS A CIVIC, NON-SECTARIAN AND
NON-PARTISAN ORGANIZATION, ESTABLISHED
TO PROMOTE BETTER UNDERSTANDING AND APPRECIATION
OF THE ROTARY INTERNATIONAL AND ITS WORK, TO FOSTER FRIENDLY
AND HARMONIOUS RELATIONS WITH OTHER CLUBS AND TO ACHIEVE
A YEAR-ROUND CONTINUING PROGRAMS AND ACTIVITIES RESPONSIVE TO
THE NEEDS OF NATIONAL DEVELOPMENT AND INTERNATIONALCOOPERATION
IN CONSULTATION WITH THE SOLID CAVITE CLUBS
AND THE OFFICE OF THE DISTRICT GOVERNOR
AND IN COLLABORATION WITH
THE RI HEADQUARTERS.
IN THE DISSEMINATION
OF INFORMATION ABOUT THE WORKINGS
OF THE ROTARY INTERNATIONAL DESIGNED TO ENHANCE
INTER-CULTURAL UNDERSTANDING WITHIN THE PHILIPPINES AS WELL AS
INTERNATIONAL UNDERSTANDING AND COOPERATION.
The Club's milestones through the years were:
1 – CP BENJAMIN "Benjie" C. LANUZA+
1st Year "Action President" 1996-1997 under PDG Wilfredo "Willy" Segovia and RIPP Luis Vicente Giay. The Chartering and First Induction Ceremonies were held at the Clubhouse of Parkplace on August 24, 1996. The Rotary Year's theme was "Build the Future with Action and Vision”.
CP Benjie+, with his extensive experience in leading civic organizations and supported by the resources of his school, the St. Benedict Academy, managed to boost the charter members with fellowship and community service projects.
Charter members, who were not familiar with each other, became acquainted. Recognizing his excellent service CP Benjie+ was awarded with a plaque of Merjtorious Service Award on June 30, 2001 given to him by PDG Charoy Marquez.
2 – PP EDUARDO "Ed" T. SANTA CRUZ, PHF
2nd Year "Caring President" 1997-1998 under PDG Jocelyn "Jocjoc" Bolante and RIPP Glen Kinross The Rotary Year's theme was "Show That Rotary Cares”. Pres Ed Santa Cruz brought RCIE to the limelight of the District 3810 by participating in the two district raffles, and a district golf tournament held at the Orchard Golf and Country Club.
The Rotaract Club of lmus-East (RACIE) was organized with Bong Gutierrez as Charter President and Mike Dacanay as President-Elect. Most of the "Sangguniang Kabataan" (SK) officers of the barangays in Bahayang Pag-asa became charter members. In RY2005-2006, Ed Santa Cruz became a Paul Harris Fellow (PHF) member.
3- PP ISIDRO "Dax" C. DACANAY
3rd Year "Dream President" 1998-1999 under PDG Herminio "Sonny" Coloma and RIPP James Lacy. The Rotary Year's theme was" Follow Your Rotary Dream”. It was a period when the Asian region economic crisis adversely affected the professions of Rotarians and benefactors. They resolved to observe austerity in performing plans and objectives.
The Joint Induction of the RCIE and RACIE and Chartering of the Inner Wheel Club of Imus East (IWCIE) were held at the St. Benedict Academy on September 25, 1998. The presidents were Dax Dacanay for RCIE, Mike Dacanay for RACIE and Myrna Dacanay for IWCIE.
The praises of. Dream PDG Sonny Coloma during the Induction Ceremonies on the family involvement in the Rotary, Rotaract, and Inner Wheel Club of Imus East stand as the IDENTITY to be upheld. Conducting simultaneous regular meetings in the same venue followed by joint fellowships developed this identity. Rotary and Inner Wheel activities, club and district levels, became family affairs.
The leadership of the Rotary Dream Year under Club President Dax, and signed also by Secretary Noel del Rio during its 4th Induction and Hand-over Ceremonies on 21 August 1999 at Imus Sports Center, presented a Presidential Citation Award to all officers and members acknowledging with appreciation and gratitude for their participation and perseverance throughout the Rotary Year 1998-1999.
4 – PP EMELITO "Lito" A. LICERIO
4th Year "President 2000" 1999-2000 under PDG Francisco "Frankie" Roman and RIPP Carlo Ravizza. The Rotary Year's theme was "Act with Consistency, Credibility and Continuity”. The family involvement in Rotary. Rotaract and Inner Wheel clubs of Imus East became more apparent with President Lito Licerio as the Big Daddy.
The widespread projects on anti-dengue information campaign, garbage cans distribution for environmental sanitation, tree planting and medical missions brought awareness of the existence of RCIE, RACIE, and IWCIE to the residents of Bahayang Pag-Asa Subdivision and neighboring areas especially to the beneficiaries. Participation in a district golf tournament was repeated at the Orchard Golf and Country Club with RC Imus and RC Intramuros as co-hosts. RCIE participated in hosting a GSE Team after the DISCON 2000.
RACIE President Philip Tatad was sent as delegate to the Rotaract District Assembly in Tagaylay City. Rotaractor Maricris Dacanay became member of the Rotaract GSE Team in Davao City and participated in the Rotaract National Conference. RACIE hosted the visiting Rotaractors from RAC Lucban and provided a tour around historic Cavite.
Serving humanity, RCIE humbly received Presidential Citation Award in recognition of its commitment and participation in the Presidential Citation Program signed by PDG Frankie Roman and RIPP Carlo Ravizza. And it also received an Award for Best Environmental Project Category-1. A plaque of appreciation was awarded to President Lito for his valuable contribution in Rotary's campaign for the prevention and control of dengue fever in the Philippines. A practicing lawyer for more than 30 years, President Lito then went on to serve in District-3810 in various capacities.
5 – PP EDWARD "Ed" B.VILLANUEVA
5th Year "Mega President" 2000-2001 under PDG Charoy Marquez and RIPP Frank Devlin. The Rotary Year's theme was "Create Awareness, Take Action”. Mega President Ed Villanueva seared RCIE into international recognition by convincing Rtn. George A. Cabarloc Sr., then a Public Relations Officer to become a Paul Harris Fellow, the first in RCIE. The District recognized the consistent active attendance to District Conferences of RCIE, and the support provided by the spouses through the IWCIE participation in Rotary activities.
The raffle fund raising project provided fund to community projects like the annual anti-rabies, operation circumcision. medical missions, and book donations. Participation in a district golf tournament was held at Club Malarayat. Again. RCIE participated in the hosting of the GSE Team in Cavite.
During the 2nd semester, selected residents of nearby subdivisions of Citta Italia, Barcelona and other areas were invited to join the Rotary fellowships. This phenomenon was brought about by the aggressive membership campaign led by PP Rod Mapoy. Series of meetings were transferred to the establishment of Acting-Secretary Dave Velasco who allowed its use - free of rental charges being in a strategic location, eventually making it as the official address of the club.
Past RACIE President Maricris Dacanay became the District Area Representative for Cavite and
Mindoro; a member of the organizing committee for the RAC DISTAS in Laguna; while Rotaractor Carina Tuazon who represented RCIE won the 1st Price of the Rotaract Solo Singing Contest.
During district's awarding ceremonies on June 30, 2001, RCIE received a plaque for excellence in community service, a Governor's Citation for Medical / Dental Mission activity.
6 – PP RODRIGO "Rod" V. MAPOY
6th Year "Eagle President" 2001-2002 under PDG Rodolfo "Rudy" S. Estrellado and RIPP Richard King. The Rotary Year's theme was `Mankind is Our Business”. Eagle President Rod Mapoy had advanced the club to greater performances. A distinguished NBI Special Operations Section chief of CID, NBI Head Office, President Rod was recognized for his significant contributions to the consolidation of the RCIE and, in particular, for his role in strengthening closer relations among the members.
The club had a two-digit increase in membership, a fulfillment of a Rotary International challenge and it continued to develop its RACIE led by President Sheryl Rosagazo. The Interact Clubs had given full support to the activities of President Rod. A 120-strong Interactors accompanied the RCIE Rotarians and Anns during the Alay-Lakad 2001 that gave RCIE the 2nd place in the number of participants for District 3810.
7 – PP GEORGE "George" A. CABARLOC SR., PHF
7th Year "Loving President" 2002-2003 under PDG Rosie "Rosie" D. Go and RIPP Bhichai Rattakul. The Rotary Year's theme was "Sow the Seeds of Love”. Loving President George Cabarloc, Sr., the 1st Paul Harris Fellow of RCIE gave more prestige to the club by sowing what "love" is all about. A consistent winner in barangay elections and well-loved by his constituents, President George introduced a new kind of service and a way of life that were uniquely club's own.
Incidentally, under President George stewardship, the club secretary Dave Velasco became the club’s ambassador of goodwill to the Rotary International Head Office in Evanston, Chicago, USA in 2002 when he visited, toured its offices and well entertained by its officers. Dave was the first secretary of the club who visited the Rotary One center. For representing the RCIE, Loving President George has added prestige to the club.
Under the guidance of PP Rod Mapoy, President George further increased club membership development by retention and recruitment strategy, increasing a net gain of 16 members for a total of 60 members ending as of June 30, 2003.
During DISCON 2003, RCIE received Certificate of Recognition for sponsoring a new Partner-in-Service — the Rotaract Club of Espeleta-2. Likewise, President George received Certificate of Recognition as Top Gainer in membership recruitment (net gain). Popular for his active fellowship President George was appointed by PDGE Alex Huang as District Deputy Coordinating Chairman for Club Service-1 RY2003-2004, so far the highest position given to a president from RCIE. In another development, PP Lito Licerio was appointed as District Assistant Governor for Cavite area for RY2003-2004.
8 – PP JOEY "Joey" Y. VIBAR
8th Year "Star President" 2003-2004 under PDG Alexander "Alex" Huang and RIPP Jonathan Majiyagbe. The Year's Rotary theme is "Lend A Hand”. Star President Joey Y. Vibar whose business classification is pharmaceutical marketing, had brightened RCIE to greater performances. RCIE continued enlightening its members about TRF through series of upholding high ethical standards, applying the ideal of service and advancing international understanding, goodwill, and peace through the active participation of its members.
Being in the medical business, medical missions were the usual projects undertaken by the club other than vocational programs and international services. President Joey often brought with him his foreign doctor friends along with Rotarian doctors to do medical rounds to several designated squatter areas that the club had already adopted. The summer operation “Tuli” was a unique success during his term.
9 – PP ROLEO ‘Rollie” A. LEGARDA
9th Year “Centennial President” 2004-2005 under PDG Joel Tinitigan and RIPP Glen Estess, Sr. Last year’s Rotary theme is “Celebrate Rotary.” Centennial President Rollie whose business classification is BIR Examiner, brought success in RCIE by receiving a Presidential Citation Award, which is an award of excellence from the Solid Cavite Clubs. He was likewise commended by the PHF/PP President Romy Alfonso (RY2005-06) for his dynamic leadership and exemplary performance as Centennial President.
Centennial President Rollie’s term was pageantry. Being the 100th year of Rotary, the district was all out in support of club activities to celebrate. The DISCON was awesome with a gala fashion show participated by President Rollie and IWCIE member Baby Bonoan, a well-applauded pair in their Noli Hans’ creations. It is not only on fashion he can be counted on, Pres. Rollie spearheaded projects for RCIE with emphasis on feeding programs at our designated RCC.
During President Rollie’s term, Director for Youth Service Emil Licerio established and initiated the projects “Unang Hakbang sa Pag-Aaral” intended for the out-of-school children in a particular squatter area, ages 5 years old up to 12 years old, who have not entered any formal schooling; and the “Botika sa Eskuwela”, where RCIE donated over-the-counter medicines given to students for free in order to minimize the cases of absenteeism and cutting classes. These projects were in cooperation with the Interact Club of Imus-East (IACIE) whose officers and members provided the manpower by acting as volunteer-teachers of the children, and as controllers-pharmacists of the medicines of the Botika project.
10 – PP ROMULO “Romy” A. ALFONSO, PHF
10th Year “101 President” 2005-2006 under PDG Edgardo “Ed” Tumangan and RIPP Carl Stenhammar. 101 President Romy started his term with a bang by hosting an impressive handover and induction ceremonies on 27 August 2005 at Island Cove, Kawit, Cavite. PDG Edgardo “Ed” Tumangan on the spot announced his joining this year’s Paul Harris enrollees together with Past and Caring President Eduardo “Ed” Santa Cruz. They were honored on 29 November 2005 at TRF Dinner Night at Shangrila Hotel with no less than RIPP and TRF Chairman Frank Devlyn giving them the plaque, medallion, pin and Paul Harris bust.
He was conferred the following Awards for the Excellent Performance. Most Outstanding Club and Club President (for Cavite Area), Leadership Award, Presidential Citation, a Performance Award for PAG Emelito “Lito” Licerio, Awards of Merit for participation in 1st Leg Governor’s Cup golf tournament, Oktoberfest, Rotary Information Seminar, RYLA, Community and Vocational Service Awards.
11 – PP EMIL “Emil” A. LICERIO
11th Year “Leader President” 2006-2007 under PDG Lyne “Lyne” Abanilla and RIPP William Boyd. This is the year when the club became very visible in District-3810 with the very able steering of Leader President (LP) Emil, the club was able to hold its own golf tournament, and co-hosting in two (2) more legs of PDG Lyne Abanilla’s Cup. With his electrifying character, he became very popular among his peers and the district, making RCIE a dependable club for initiating projects where groups of Rotary clubs were involved thereby minimizing the expenses while coming up with very worthy community services. With his happy attitude, LP Emil was always requested to do emceeing in district affairs further magnifying RCIE.
His resiliency produced two outstanding outcome, the long awaited souvenir program was released during the induction in September 2007 at Paradiso Terrestre, Molino, Bacoor, Cavite; and the Club was adjudged winner as First Place in the R.I. District 3810 Humanity in Motion 1st Poster Making Contest during the DISCON ‘07 in March 2007 at Manila Hotel. No other than RIPR Julio Sorgus with PDG Lyne Abanilla, and COS Rob Lane presented the prestige award to LP Emil. The club was able to obtain seventeen (17) plaques and certificates during the District Awards and the Solid Cavite Awards.
During his term when lady Rotarians were again accepted into the RCIE, Pres. Emil emphasized their importance in the club’s organization. Spouses of Rotarians and their friends were the initial recruits. He became a District officer during the term of PDG Paco Atayde, holding the positions of New Generation Conference Vice-Chairman for Cavite, successfully holding the September 2007 New Generation Conference in Imus, Cavite. He also became a member of the Friendship Hall Committee for Humanity in Motion Poster Making Contest during the DISCON ’08 of the Sharing Team RY2007-08..
12 – IPP HELEN “Baby” S. BONOAN
12th Year “Sharing President” 2007-2008 under PDG Francisco “Paco” Atayde RIPP Wilfrid Wilkinson. A product of the introduction of lady Rotarian, President Baby Bonoan became the first woman chief executive of RCIE. She was able to come out with flying colors despite of her short exposure to Rotary.
During her term, the club hosted the New Generation Conference for Cavite Clubs with the able assistance of PP Emil Licerio, who is the District’s Cavite Vice Chairman of the New Generation Conference, for which the club was able to receive five (5) district awards. Another award given was the District Simplified Grant for the “Kariton Pangkabuhayan”, that produced another award for Vocational Service project on livelihood program. President Baby also received Presidential Citation and a Leadership Awards.
Legacy President MELCHOR “Mel” C. ARBIS,
RY2008 – 2009
The incumbent leader for Rotary Year 2008-2009 is RCIE Legacy President Melchor “Mel” C. Arbis who will be the 13th President of the club under District Governor Josefina “Josie” Ang and Rotary International President Dong Kurn Lee.
Legacy President Mel is married to Rtn. Josie Arbis, a Revenue Officer and a Past President of IWCIE. They have three children: Marlon, an accountant; Abby, a real estate businesswoman presently the Vice President of Rotaract; and Melvin, an IT consultant. Mel had worked with the Philippine Airlines, and rose from the ranks until he optionally retired as an airport ramp supervisor. He now ventures into the printing business.
At present LP Mel is energizing his colleagues to devote, support and commit themselves to the plans and objectives of the club. With the Light Eternal on his side, he is set to make a big difference for the club in order to make this year’s theme, “Make Dreams Real.”
IN THE YEARS TO COME – DREAMS COME TRUE IN RC IMUS EAST
“I will not allow RCIE to die during my term”. This quote was lifted from the words of PP Ed Villanueva when he assumed his term. Past presidents also did and will not allow that to happen. Each Rotary Year, RCIE is becoming stronger with a new President and another Past President.
A Rotary President has plenty of dreams to perform during his incumbency. Because a year is too short to perform them all, some remain as dreams. Past Presidents should recognize that they could continue to fulfill those dreams in the Presidents to come.
Each committed Rotarian will have his time to become President and dreams to do his best. One need not to aspire, for the sound qualities that a Rotarian himself will make him the next President. As the saying goes, “It’s not the person seeking the position, but it’s the position seeking the man”.
As long as the family stays together in the Rotary, Rotaract, and Interact clubs of Imus East, our dreams shall never die, indeed will always come vibrant and kicking….for coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; and working together is success. So, let’s “MAKE DREAMS REAL.”