Dec 2, 2008

RI president's message: Focus on families in December

December 2008

Dear fellow Rotarians,

As a father of four and grandfather of five, I have been fortunate to have spent many years in the company of children. When raising our own children, my wife, Young, and I worked hard to give them what all children need most: a loving, safe, and stable home. Our children were our first priority, and we made sure that they always had nutritious food, appropriate clothing, quality medical care, and a good education. We knew very well how fortunate we were to be able to do this. We were grateful that we never had to say to our children, “I’m sorry, but there’s nothing to eat tonight,” or “I’m sorry, but we can’t pay your school fees.”

When I was a child, Korea was a poor country, and there were many children who went to bed hungry at night and had no school to go to in the morning. As a Rotarian, I know only too well that there are still far too many children in the world without the absolute essentials: food, clothing, shelter, medical care, and education. And as a Rotarian who is also a father, I consider all of the world’s children to be my responsibility.

When I see my own grandchildren – happy, healthy, and enrolled in good schools – I cannot help but think of the millions of children who do not have so many advantages. I think of the children who have too little to eat and only dirty water to drink. I think of the children who are sick with diseases that could have been prevented and those who will have nowhere safe to sleep tonight. And I think of the children, millions of them every year, who won’t live to see their fifth birthday.

December is Family Month. It is a time to focus on our families, to involve them in our Rotary service, and to challenge ourselves to do even more for those in need. Because there are so many families and so many children waiting for our help, we, as Rotarians, cannot look away. We cannot and will not rest until all children, everywhere, have the chance for a long and healthy life. We will not rest until we Make Dreams Real for every child in every home where there is hunger, sickness, and want. As Rotarians, we can do no less.

Dong Kurn (D.K.) Lee
President, Rotary International

Nov 27, 2008

DGN James Makasiar: Guest of Honor at the Rotary Club of Basilan

The Rotary Club of Basilan celebrated The Rotary Foundation (TRF) Month by inviting DGN James “Mcgyver” Makasiar as Guest of Honor to its regular weekly meeting held last November 25, 2008 at the JJ Twins Pavillion, Isabela City. The Programme was highlighted with the presentation of Paul Harris Fellow Certificate and Medal to PP Danilo “Dan” Bucoy and pinning of the PHF Sustaining Members to President Ray Lintag, Rtn. James Buckly, PP Dodie Bucoy, PP Dave Pamaran and Rtn Bobong Yu. Induction ceremonies were also conducted to two new members in the persons of Arnulfo Dans and Antonio Lojera. Total numbers of Rotatians has now reached 24.

Masters of Ceremony PP Dave Pamaran

Rtn James Buckly introducing our Guest of Honor

DGN James "Mcgyver" Makasiar giving his Message

DGN James Makasiar presenting the PHF Certificate to PP Danilo Bucoy

Pinning of PHF Sustaining Members

Induction of New Members by President Ray Lintag

Antonio Lojera-GS Agriculture

Arnulfo Dans - GS Public Service

President Ray Lintag giving his response and closing remarks

Nov 26, 2008

RC Basilan conducts Dental Mission Project

The Rotary Club of Basilan has conducted a Dental Mission Project at the Basilan National High School, Isabela City last November 18-19, 2008 in connection with the celebration of The Rotary Foundation Month. A total of 118 students has availed of the free dental tooth extraction. Two government dentist in the persons of Dr. Jojo Porras of the Isabela City Government and Dr. Sitti Aisa Alpha, Regional Dentist Supervisor of the DepEd Regional Office 9 has assisted the activity. Mrs. Fe Paras, school nurse of the school, had expected a huge number of students as these were one of the primary health concerns of students reported in her clinic. Main benefactor of this project is Mr. and Mrs. Peter Behringer. This project was also made possible through the generous assistance of Mrs. Marilyn Ceniza-Estur, The BNHS Interact Club, The BNHS Batch ’79, City Government of Isabela, through the Hon. Mayor Cherrylyn Santos-Akbar, and the 1st Marine Brigade. President Ray Lintag has expressed his elation over the successful conduct of the dental mission and extended his heartfelt gratitude to Mr Isa Ibrahim, Principal of the BHNS for his support, the members of the Rotary Club of Basilan, and all those who made this project possible.From left: Pres. Ray Lintag, Isa Ibrahim, BNHS Prtincipal, Rtn. Bobong Dans,
Rtn. Eduardo Tan and Rtn. James Buckly

Nov 13, 2008

Districy Governor's Message

District Governor's Message

Emma M. Nava
District 3850 Governor
RY 2008-2009

October 2008


Vocational Service

One of the ideals of Vocational Service is the recognition of the worthiness to society of all useful occupation, not just one's own or those pursued by Rotarians.


A day in a life of a Day Care Center teacher starts with her own family. She does her household chores, tends to her school-aged children and gives time to her other children, and perhaps too—to her spouse.

The teacher then proceeds to her other wards in the Brgy. Day Care Center where for 2 hours in the morning and another 2 hours in theafternoon, holds classes for children left by their parents. Sometimes, the teacher would fetch those children who are frequently absent from their homes.

In spite of the measly salary of P3,000.00 a month the teacher stays on, truly dedicated in her calling, in her vocation.


Waste reclaiming is a source of income especially for those who live at dumpsites. Everywhere, especially in the cities, dumpsites abound. Unmindful of filth and diseases the waste pickers trudge on, picking and sorting recyclable materials. As an alternative livelihood these waste pickers also help our environment. Non-biodegradable materials are cleaned and sold to recyclers. One such recycling organization is the Calajunan-So-oc-Navais Association (CSN). A short profile of CSN is included in this issue.

For this year, the District is recognizing the vocation of Day Care teachers, the waste pickers and the recyclers (our Discon 2009 kit comes with an all-purpose pouch made of recycled materials – doypacks of juice, tomato and spaghetti sauces – sourced from CSN). These are the people for whom many of us take for granted. But without their care and dedication, our world would indeed be a poorer place.

DG Emma M. Nava


Nov 11, 2008

RI president's message: Celebrate Rotary Foundation Month

November 2008


Dear fellow Rotarians,

The mission of The Rotary Foundation is to enable Rotarians to advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace through the improvement of health, the support of education, and the alleviation of poverty.

It sounds so simple, yet it means so much.

It means so much to every one of the people touched by Foundation-supported programs every year – the children too poor to go to school, the families who have lost everything in a disaster, the communities that lack sanitation, clean water, and medical care.

It means so much to the two billion children now living lives free from polio. Because of the work that the Foundation has helped support, five million cases of paralysis and more than 250,000 deaths from polio have been prevented.

Today, we are in what we hope will be the last stages of the fight against polio. All of you have helped through your support of our Foundation. Through the Foundation, we are able to be part of the day-to-day work of polio eradication by helping supply the transportation, the fliers, the advertisements, and even the lollipops to ensure we reach all children with the essential oral polio vaccine and make each round of immunization a success.

Those of you who have participated in a National Immunization Day know exactly what I’m talking about when I say there’s nothing like it – nothing like knowing you’re being a part of saving lives and making history. And if you can’t be there yourself, then being part of the work through our Foundation is the next best thing.

Why do we have a Foundation? We have a Foundation because our Foundation lifts Rotary up. It lets every club and every district do the most it possibly can. It allows every one of us to be part of all of Rotary’s work, and it brings that work to greater and greater heights.

As we celebrate Rotary Foundation Month, we should all remember that The Rotary Foundation is our Foundation. It’s here for us and because of us; it allows us to do more, to be more, and to bring more hope to the world. The responsibility for keeping our Foundation strong lies with each of us.

Dong Kurn (D.K.) Lee
President, Rotary International

Oct 22, 2008

RC Basilan conducts VOY Impromptu Speaking Competition

The Rotary Club of Basilan conducted the Voice of our Youth 10th National Impromptu Competition 2008-2009 last October 17, 2008 at the Twin’s Ice Cream House and Restaurant, Isabela City, Basilan. A total of six (6) contestants from different high schools participated in the club level competition. Voice of our Youth is an impromptu speaking competition open to Filipino high school students, 14 to 18 years old, from public to private schools nationwide. It seeks to develop the students’ ability to form their point of view on a particular topic within a limited preparation time and to effectively convey their message to an audience in plain English. The competition aims to inspire the Filipino youth to attain world-class proficiency in English communication, in furtherance of universal understanding and cooperation.

The winner of this competition will represent the Rotary Club of Basilan to the District Level competition (Semi-final round) to be held in Bacolod City on November 22, 2008.

Winners of the District Level competition will participate in the National Level Competition (Grand Finals) to be held on February 6, 2009, 2:00 p.m., at the Philamlife Auditorium, United Nations Avenue, Ermita, Manila.

The Winner for the 10th Voice of our Youth Impromptu Speaking Competition Club Level Category is Gadzmin Salisa, a fourth year student of the Basilan National High School (BNHS).

Other contestants to the competition were the following: Mae Ann Tan, 4th year, BNHS; Shiala Kalbi, 4th year, BNHS; Abdul Adhiem Manatad, 3rd year, BNHS; Maila Grace Tura, 3rd year, Claret College of Isabela (CCI), and Arnie Jude Carido, 4th year, CCI.

Board of Judges were, Mrs. Shirley Manzanaris, CCI Instructor; Mrs. Catalina Nabi, Education supervisor, DEPED; and Mrs. Noraini Abduwa, Education Supervisor, DEPED.

RC Basilan supports Mr. and Miss Interact 2008

Mr. and Miss Interact 2008!
Lovey Jeyn Perez and Kristan Dane Domingono

The Basilan National High School (BNHS) Interact Club recently conducted the Mr. and Miss Interact 2008 last October 10, 2008 at 2:00 p.m. at the BNHS Gymnasium, Isabela City, Basilan. “This is part of our fund ra
ising campaign to finance the other interact activities”, Mrs Leila Duplin, Interact Adviser, said. Interact Club is Rotary International’s service club for young people ages 14-18. There are 247,043 Interactors and 10,741 Interact clubs worldwide, sponsored by 8,464 Rotary clubs.There were a total of 8 contestants – 4 males and 4 females. This year’s winner to the Mr and Miss Interact 2008 are Lovey Jeyn Perez and Kristan Dane Domingono.The other contestants for this year’s pageant were Raiyana Alsree and Kenneth Agunid – 1st Runner-Up, Pershida Hasim and John Philip Eijansantos 2nd Runner-Up and Ena Coleen Pamaran and Ralyn Manalastas, Jr. – 3rd Runner-Up. The Board of Judges were, President Raymond Lintag, PP Dick Brown and Rtn Susan Yu all of Rotary Club of Basilan. Dr. Isa L. Ibrahim, the School Principal gave a Message on the significance of club membership for students such as the Interact Club, which serves as venue for future leaders of our society.

Candidates in their Talent Presentation

Mr. Isa L. Ibrahim
Principal, giving his Message

Candidates in their Gown and Barong

Question and Answer portion

From left: PP Dick Brown, Rtn Susan Yu and Pres Ray Lintag
Board of Judges

Board of Tabulators

Members of the BNHS Interact Club