by Dinah Ventura
PRESS RELEASE 02: 02809
Refer to: RCDM President
Double anniversaries for Rotary Club of Downtown Manila
The Rotary of Downtown Manila (RCDM) is all set for the club’s week-long 30th Foundation Anniversary, which is also the 25th anniversary of its Free Dental Mission project, an initiative inked with Japanese Rotarians.
Known as “the Club with a Legend” RCDM of RI District 3810, with its Charter President PDG Sonny Ventura, will observe the double anniversary celebrations from February 18 to 21, 2009. The club has timed its activities to coincide with the arrival of more than 100 foreign matched clubs representatives.
RCDM President Alejandro Rodriguez Jr. said as part of the celebrations, a Free Dental Mission will be held at the Plaza Miranda, as chaired by Past President (PP) June Dy Ning.
Past District Governor (PDG) Johnny Aruego, overall chairman of the anniversary committee, said this is one way of showing how “Service Above Self” is translated into action. The club’s different humanitarians projects and activities will be showcased for all guests, local and foreign.
According to PP Peter Kho, club secretary, there will be blessings of several Rotary Foundation matching grant projects, local tours and a golf tournament chaired by PP Willie Yu.
The club is supported by the RCDM Charitable Foundation, Inc. led by its Chairman and Past President Gonzalo “Along” Co . The Foundation is also behind RCDM club projects.
PP Arsenio Ong stated that since its establishment in1979, RCDM has spawned no less than seven extension clubs: RC Manila Midtown, RC Manila East, RC Manila Metro, RC Quiapo Manila, RC United Nations-Manila, RC Lubang Island and RC Maynilad Seafront.
PP Ben Pineda said RCDM currently has a total of 65 Paul Harris Fellows, three Major Gift Donors and 15 multiple Paul Harris Fellows, with a total contribution of $96,752.08. The club has sponsored 293 scholars. It has been honoring high school valedictorians in Metro Manila for the 27 past years in its annual “Tribute to High School Valedictorians.”
PP Willie Yu disclosed that more than 100 golfers will participate, mostly from international matched clubs of the host, RCDM. These include the RC Itako, RC Yao East, RC Iwakuni West, RC Changi, Hongkong, RC Hongkong Island West, Taiwan RC Taipei Yangming and RC Taichung, North East.
The Japanese Rotarians participating in the celebration with their spouses are coordinating with PP Willie Sato for the upcoming events.