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The Rotary Club of Makati.was founded in the mid-60's by the Rotary Club of Pasay at a time when Pasay was a sprawling residential community with a sprinkling of business establishments and Makati a promise waiting to be fulfilled. Most of the members of RC Pasay were residents of neighboring Makati . In the early 1960's there was a clamor among the Makati residents, who made up the majority of RC Pasay members, to change the club's name to Rotary Club of Pasay-Makati, to make it reflective of its composition. The proposal, however, was nixed by Rotary International. After an impassioned exchange of communication that spanned about 4 years, it became clear that the only way to solve the impasse was to found a new club – the Rotary Club of Makati.
Of the 64 RC Pasay members at the time, 46 opted to join the new club. On 12 March 1966 , the Rotary Club of Makati received its charter and was formally admitted into Rotary International in a glittering dinner ceremony at the Manila Polo Club.
The new club met Tuesdays noon at the Capri International atop the Rufino Building on Ayala Avenue until 1967, when it moved to the Sulo Restaurant at the Makati Commercial Center . After 10 years at Sulo, the club moved again, this time to The Peninsula Manila, its home to this day.
RC Makati has much to show for its 39 years.
It is the first club in Makati , “mother” to some 35 other Rotary clubs in the city. With 193 members (as of 15 September 2005 ), it is the largest among the 76 clubs in District 3830 and the second largest in the country after RC Manila, the first Rotary Club in Asia . For 39 years, RC Makati has remained at the forefront of efforts to uplift lives and rescue communities from the grip of poverty with programs in skills training, livelihood generation, formal and informal education, health and nutrition, family planning, and community development. It has also led in efforts at youth development, values formation, and environmental protection, among others.
On its maiden year the club served notice of its birth by establishing the Makati Commercial Center Post Office, its very first major project. The project was significant in that it allowed mail to be brought directly to Makati without passing through the central post office in Manila , thus hastening the posting process.
The club's choice of undertakings through the years reveals a preference for long-term projects that benefit large numbers, instead of one-shot activities that have no lasting effect. This pattern of continuity has been a hallmark of RC Makati service for 39 years.
Books Across the Seas, the club's long-running book distribution project that has distributed over 10 million books to some 41,000 schools throughout the country and benefited over 25 million students, for instance, traces its roots to the mobile library established early on, which gave children in far-flung barrios access to books. The present Heather Kinross Center for vocational training for computer technicians and handymen owes inspiration to the Makati Rotary Training Center of the 80s and 90s, which equipped women and youth with employable skills. The training program for would-be waiters and bartenders in the 90s harked back to a livelihood training program for Guadalupe residents in the late 60s. The feeding program for children in the Centennial Project sites of Kaingin-Gawad Kalinga and Villa Paraiso, as well as in selected communities in Taguig, Pateros and Mandaluyong, recalls the club's Mothercraft project in the 80's, while the integrated community development scheme for the Gawad Kalinga project site in Villa Paraiso, Parañaque City bears similar objectives and programs as those undertaken on Jomalig Island, off the coast of Quezon, in the 70s and in Barangay La Paz in Makati in the 80s.
The 90s' Royale Awards for outstanding community projects in environment preservation was cut along the same lines as the National Awards for Community Service, which honored the best community projects nationwide in the 70's and 80's. And the present TB eradication program, which started as a simple club project but has been adopted by all 10 R.I. districts in the country, is a take-off from the club's TB immunization scheme for school children in the mid-70s and the Anti-TB project for relocated squatters in Dasmariñas, Cavite in the 80's.
RC Makati has manifested its leadership in the district in many ways. Its Makati Research & Development Center , a school for special children that it funded and managed from the 70s to the 80s, has evolved into the Stepping Stone Learning Center , now a district project. The district-wide TB Eradication Program, which has expanded to nationwide coverage with its adoption by all 10 R.I. districts in the country, grew from RC Makati's anti-TB initiative, while its Partnership in Service Program (PSP), with its annual P2M assistance fund for needy clubs, is acknowledged as the local version of the RI matching grants program and has been adopted as a district project too.
Though steeped in a history of service, RC Makati is also very much about fellowship, friendship, family. Makati Rotarians and Anns have a knack for turning every occasion into a celebration, where fun and food, laughter and repartee, become the ties that bind. Demonstrating the validity of RI's service-through-fellowship philosophy, RC Makati has mastered the “art” of turning strangers into acquaintances, acquaintances into friends, friends into family.
Chartered in 1966, the Rotary Club of Makati started off with 46 members, 7 of whom are still in the club's roster. As of the end of October 2005, its membership count stood at 185, the largest club in District 3830 and the second largest in the country.
International Character. RC Makati is in every way “international,” its international character is illustrated in the diversity of cultures represented by the 17 nationalities in its roster. Of the club's 193 members (as of 15 September 2005 ), about 50 are nationals of 16 foreign countries.
Composition. The club is composed of businessmen and professionals representing a wide range of fields. About half of the club are chief executive officers, chief operating officers or chief finance officers of the country's largest corporations, a fourth are heads or senior officers of financial institutions, while the rest are ambassadors, principal officers of multilateral institutions, seasoned businessmen and leading practitioners in the fields of law, medicine, banking, accountancy, engineering, architecture, consultancy and information technology, among others.
Daughter Clubs. RC Makati understands the value of membership extension and appreciates the need to grow the district. It has contributed to spreading Rotary's gospel of service through fellowship by organizing six daughter clubs, the first, RC Makati West, in 1969 and the latest, RC Makati Poblacion, in 2002.
Matched Clubs. The club continues to do its part in promoting international understanding and cooperation. To this end, it has forged and strives to maintain ties with 24 national matched clubs and 17 international matched clubs, and has undertaken joint projects with a number of them.
Honors and Recognition. RC Makati takes singular pride in the quality of the members. Among its present members are a past RI director (Paing Hechanova), and two past district governors (Bert Montinola and Tony Quila). It also boasts of 5 Service Above Self awardees ( Boy Hilvano, Bud Melvin, Rolly Roque, Gov. Tony Quila and PP Robert Kuan), and 3 recipients of the Four Avenues of Service award (PP Puno Peña, PP Ric Librea and Gov. Tony Quila).
The club is proud of the 5 Overall Most Outstanding Club and Overall Most Outstanding Club President twin awards it has won – in 1988-1989, 1994-1995,1996-1997, 2001-2002, and 2002-2003, and its Most Outstanding Club award for RY 2004-2005. The Club has also been honored by Rotary International with two Significant Achievement Awards, the first for establishing its funding arm, the Makati Rotary Club Foundation, Inc., the other for Project Angels, an environmental advocacy program for the youth.
TRF Contributions. The club has consistently been the biggest contributor to The Rotary Foundation in the district, with an impressive per capita contribution of over 175%.Almost everyone in its roster is a Paul Harris Fellow, with at least a third of them multiple PHFs. In addition it has five major TRF donors, one in Level 2, the rest in Level 1.
MRCFI. RC Makati has the distinction of having a well-endowed funding partner, the Makati Rotary Club Foundation, Inc. (MRCFI) that allows it to carry out long-term projects that benefit large numbers of people. In its early years, the Foundation derived funds from rental income from its 3-storey arcade at the Makati Commercial Center .
Today, the Foundation's revenues, in the amount of P20 Million per annum, come from rental payments for two pieces of property it owns, one in Las Piñas, the other in Parañaque. It also owns the property in Guadalupe Viejo, Makati on which stands the 3-storey MRCFI Building which houses the clubhouse, Foundation office and a special school owned and run by the district. It was for establishing the Foundation in 1972 that the club won the first of two RI Significant Achievement Awards.
Club Headquarters . The offices of both the Club and the Foundation are located at the 2 nd and 3 rd floors of its own MRCFI building in Guadalupe Viejo, Makati City , about a block from Rockwell Center . It is manned by a 11-strong staff, 8 for the club and 3 for the foundation.
The building is scheduled for demolition in mid January 2006 to make way for a new 3-storey building that will take about a year to finish. In the meantime, the secretariats of the Club and the Foundation will be moving to a temporary office at the Mile Long Building on Amorsolo St. , Legaspi Village in Makati .
Meeting Date & Venue. RC Makati meets Tuesdays at noon at the Manila Peninsula Hotel on Ayala Avenue in the Central Business District of Makati City.
Rotary Club of Makati :
Tel. Nos. (632) 899-3937 / 729-8986