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