RC An­ge­les 55, the ‘mother club’

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When I was pres­i­dent of the Ro­tary Club of An­ge­les, I al­ways de­clare af­ter bang­ing the gavel that our club is a pres­ti­gious club. My dec­la­ra­tion is not nec­es­sar­ily to remind the mem­bers but to im­press upon the guests that we are very proud of our or­ga­ni­za­tion. The first in An­ge­les City. The RC An­ge­les is called the ‘Mother Club’. Rightly so be­cause it is the pi­o­neer club in the city. Ro­tar­i­ans in this part of District 3790 can thank Tatang Johnny Uy for he was the main man re­spon­si­ble in bring­ing Ro­tary move­ment in An­ge­les City and over the years branched out to Ma­galang, Ma­bal­a­cat and Clark Freeport.

In the club it was a mixed of in­ter­est­ing peo­ple and cul­ture since we have mem­bers of dif­fer­ent na­tion­al­i­ties. Ex­am­ple, our in­com­ing pres­i­dent, in­ter­na­tional busi­ness­man Ar­jan Groot Baltink is from Am­s­ter­dam and past Pres­i­dent Jeev Singh is from Pun­jab, In­dia. An­other past pres­i­dent, Al­lam Kahil is from Pales­tine. The late Past Pres­i­dent Walt Howard was from the United States. We used to have Buick Ba­hador, the big man from Iran. There are sev­eral Kore­ans also in­ducted in the club. Now women were ac­cepted in the Club and An­drea Go, a suc­cess­ful busi­ness­woman is slated to be pres­i­dent. And the mil­len­ni­als in our ranks led by banker RM Ma­mac looks to­wards the fu­ture and will steer the club in fur­ther ren­der­ing ser­vices.

Here’s our his­tory. The Ro­tary Club of An­ge­les was founded in April 9, 1965, some fifty three years ago. ( Though 1964 it was al­ready for­mal­ized but that in­duc­tion was only held the next year).Dur­ing those years, the young Johnny was run­ning the big­gest su­per­mar­ket in the newly cre­ated An­ge­les City. ( It was a year ear­lier, 1964 when the city was char­tered and Rafael Del Rosario be­came the last town mayor and the first city mayor).

And since there was no Ro­tary club as yet in the city, Tatang Johnny was re­cruited as mem­ber of the Ro­tary Club of San Fer­nando and joined out­stand­ing cit­i­zens of the prov­ince the likes of the late Je­sus Lazatin, Gerry Ro­driguez and An­dres Guan­zon just to name a few.It was only af­ter years of mem­ber­ship that he saw the need of a Ro­tary club in An­ge­les city. Thus, in the sum­mer of 1965 the Ro­tary Club of An­ge­les was born.

It was the ami­able Geromin Ne­po­mu­ceno, then pres­i­dent of Holy An­gel Col­lege who was elected as the first pres­i­dent. To suceed him was An­gelo ‘Loy’David, man­ager then of Pru­den­tial Bank. Many of the lead­ing cit­i­zens of An­ge­les City be­came pres­i­dent of the pres­ti­gious or­ga­ni­za­tion. To date many of them passed away but will long be re­mem­bered by their peers in the Ro­tary or­ga­ni­za­tion.

The ros­ter in­cludes Card­ing Flo­res aka Apung Gundo, long time serv­ing pres­i­dent of Holy An­gel Col­lege, Lawyer Frank Vil­lanueva, busi­ness­man Bud Valdes, Al Wilk­er­son a for­mer Amer­i­can GI who went to mo­tor trad­ing busi­ness, lawyer Aciong Guiao, Dr. Jogar Arceo, Dr.Melo Nar­ciso, gro­cery man Jess Panlilio, Chi­nese busi­ness­man Ben Chu, Ted Suarez of Don Pepe Hen­son en­ter­prise, fur­ni­ture maker Benny Sa­zon, An­ge­les Univer­sity Foun­da­tion Vice Pres­i­dent Tony An­ge­les, busi­ness­man Pete Lansang, (Gen) Ener Lu­man­lan, Ma­hara­jah Ho­tel owner Romy Pas­cual, cer­ti­fied pub­lic ac­coun­tant Cres­cen­cio Galang, busi­ness­man Ed­die An­to­nio of Oa­sis Ho­tel and lawyers Casiano ‘Casik’Sa­bile and Ric Ber­mudo. Their fel­low­ship is now in heaven. RC. An­ge­les has now passed its golden an­niver­sary. It’s a good, great and sat­is­fy­ing of fifty five years of serv­ing com­mu­ni­ties with the guid­ing motto of ‘Ser­vice above Self’.

What draws peo­ple to Ro­tary is the op­por­tu­nity to ren­der in a col­lec­tive man­ner ser­vices needed yet not at­tended or over­looked. The RC An­ge­les over the years al­ready en­deav­ored in serv­ing peo­ple even out­side of the city. The list is a long of kind of ser­vices ren­dered, in­clud­ing med­i­cal mis­sions, feed­ing pro­grams, ca­reer guid­ance sem­i­nars to high stu­dents, free vo­ca­tional cour­ses and many more. My brag­ging rights. I was named most out­stand­ing Rotarian in the district dur­ing the gover­nor­ship of Mark Go, now Con­gress­man rep­re­sent­ing Baguio City. Dur­ing my pres­i­dency at RC An­ge­les I lined up sev­eral projects and high­lighted by giv­ing bus loads of stu­dents from com­ing from sev­eral barangay high schools in the prov­ince and gave them tours in­side Clark Freeport and showed how call cen­ter agents worked on in­ter­net providers. Got them free en­trance To Fon­tana world class swim­ming re­sort and served them food at the park. Many pres­i­dents of the club also marked their pres­i­dency with mean­ing­ful ac­tiv­i­ties.

In Ro­tary what goes hand in hand are friend­ship that de­vel­ops among mem­bers. I could not have joked and laughed with peo­ple like Dante Tim­bol,Dan Di­zon, the late Atty. Ric Ber­mudo, Berty Reyes, Fred Ayson, Ding Roque, Mars Deang, Ed Su­gay, Manny Al­fonso, Jojo Flo­res, Dr. Tony Guz­man, Ray Di­zon, Jun Ton­gol, the late Gus Agustin, Efren Tayag, Romy Pec­son, Ed Panlilio, the late Walt Howard and many more if I have not joined the club which elected me pres­i­dent in 2005.

Life is more be­comes more in­ter­est­ing when you join a Ro­tary or­ga­ni­za­tion. You don’t have to be rich serve your fel­low hu­man be­ings, par­tic­u­larly the marginal­ized.

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