RCZC exemplifies Service Above Self in Rotary District-3850 PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 26 April 2011 08:58

If there’s anything the recent 2011 Rotary District 3850 District Conference can bring to mind, it may well be the renaissance of one of the oldest Rotary Clubs in the Philippines — the Rotary Club of Zamboanga City (RCZC) — or as it is fondly known, the Rotary Mother Club of Zamboanga City.

Going back to its winning ways, the RCZC was named Outstanding Club of Rotary for District 3850 in Rotary Year (RY) 2010-2011 and its president, Sixto “Jun” Kwan Jr., likewise recognized as Outstanding Rotary President for the district in the same year.

The RCZC’s harvest of awards did not stop there — it went on to be adjudged Most Outstanding Club in Public Image and an Outstanding Club in Community Service.  And the club’s glossy weekly magazine, The Vinta, with a long tradition of editorial excellence, once more emerged as the Best Rotary Club Bulletin of the district.

The bumper crop of accolades this year resulted from a very active year for the club which took to heart the Rotary 2010 theme “Building Communities, Bridging Continents” and translated this into a series of projects with impact on the Zamboanga City sectors they served.

RCZC was particularly vigorous in the health front — several free medical-dental clinics in areas as far out as Sta. Cruz Island and barangay Vitali along the east coast; Rotary Contra Dengue to turn the tide against the disease, and its biggest health undertaking Rotary Stop TB Now, not to mention health check-up and feeding programs for street children as well as special and visually impaired children.  Indigent patients of the Zamboanga Medical Center became recipients of RCZC’s Christmas Cheers project and disabled persons received wheelchairs from the club.  A million-peso prosthetic oven was turned over by RCZC to the Tzu Chi Rehabilitation Center for those maimed by disease or accidents.  Barangay health workers toiling away in far-flung communities were also recognized by RCZC in its Luz del Barangay (Light of the Barangay) project.

The Rotary Club of Zamboanga City also gave priority to leadership programs for community and youth leaders.  Its Rotary Youth leadership Award and Leader Within forum with 2009 CNN Hero of the Year Efren Peñaflorida showed the way.

Education also got its fair share of RCZC’s efforts during the year.  The club donated books (Libreng Libro Para Sa Lahat), school supplies, school chairs, a TV and computers to public schools.  It also led the way in repairing classrooms and fixtures, school comfort rooms and even water systems.

All that came to the fore in the 2011 Rotary District Conference, said to be one of the most successful conferences ever, well-attended with thousands of Rotarians as well as political and socio-civic leaders supporting it.

RCZC was also hailed for its valuable environmental project by adopting a mangrove site in Sta. Cruz Island.

RCZC’s recognition in 2011 underscores its rich tradition and heritage of service to Zamboanga City.  From its creation 63 years ago on March 5, 1948, it has made its mark in the history of the city itself. The club counts among its roster of past presidents and members illustrious sons of Zamboanga City like the Father of the Zamboanga Peninsula Province the late Sen. Roseller T. Lim, and three former City Mayors, Nic Valderrosa, Tomas Ferrer and Joaquin Enriquez Jr., and many others who helped shape the city’s growth through the decades.

It continues to mould new leaders among its members today, men all committed to the ideals of Rotary, of truth, integrity, selflessness, and Service Above Self especially for those who have less in life.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 26 April 2011 10:00