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GOVERNOR’s MONTHLY LETTER
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“DAKILANG INA, IKAW NA!”
ROTARY CLUB OF CARMEN VALLEY AND RID 3870 ZONE 1, CLUSTER 2 CELEBRATE THE NEW
ROTARY YEAR WITH MATERNAL HEALTH PROMOTION DAY
By PRES. SUSAN DELAS ALAS-LONKEY
RC Carmen Valley
he Rotary Club of Carmen Valley
and RID 3870 Zone 1, Cluster 2
Rotary clubs—RC West CDO,
RC Bay Area, RC CDO East—under
Assistant Governor Toni Estrella, celebrated the Rotary new year last July
1 at JR Borja Memorial City Hospital
with the theme, Maternal Health Promotion Day, as its opening salvo for the
district-wide new year celebration for
“Dakilang Ina, Ikaw Na!” for Rotary
District Governor Jing dela Calzada led the celebration. Kudos to RID
3870 and DG Jing! The activity was
initiated by AG Toni with his home
club, RC Carmen Valley, as the lead
club led by Pres. Susan Lonkey, and
joined by RC West led by Pres. Erna
Gamones Maagad; RC Bay Area led
by Pres. Teng Austria Sazon II and
VP Noli de la Rita; RC East CDO led
by Pres. Celso Balat. The ever active
Rotaract Club of Carmen Valley, led
by Pres. Jovelyn Quijada Lara, also
joined the activity.
DG Jing dela Calzada, together with
the Rotarians from the four clubs, went
to visit all the mothers and newly born
babies at the four OB/GYN Wards of
the JR Borja Memorial City Hospital
where she delivered lectures on the
importance of taking good care of the
mother’s health, as an important member of the family, as “Ilaw ng Tahanan”
(the light at home). She emphasized the
importance of spacing pregnancy to
keep the mother’s health well, saying it
is important to allow at least three years
before getting pregnant again after delivering a baby. She also reminded the
mothers to consider having at least
three pregnancies as enough, since the
body of a mother weakens every time
she gives birth. It is very important to
keep the mother healthy.
Distribution of Jollibee hamburgers to mothers who have just delivered
their babies, including their watchers,
was also done during the wards’ visit
by the Rotarians.
Thanks to the P2,000 worth of hamburgers courtesy of Massa Foundation,
care of Rtn. Rolando Delfin of RC West
CDO, the Maternal Health Promotion
Day was celebrated also with a feeding
program of yummy burgers.
Congratulations to all the four clubs
for starting the Rotary new year right!
Other clubs in the district also welcomed the new Rotary year by honoring mothers.
DG Jing Dela Calzada, an OB/GYN, delivers lectures on the importance of caring for a mother’s health
at the OB Ward of J.R. Borja Memorial City Hospital on July 1, 2016.
DG Jing Dela Calzada gives advice to one of the mothers on the importance of breastfeeding. Looking
on are Pres. Susan Lonkey of RC Carmen Valley, Pres. Erna Maagad of RC West CDO, PAG/Sec.
Boc Pineda of RC Carmen Valley, and PAG Joey Cabuguas of RC West CDO.
Rtn. Shim Suan, PP Ed Rulona, PP Henry Abrillo, Pres, Erna Maagad, PP Jun Gonzales, DG Jing Dela Calzada, Rtn.
Rolando Delfin,PAG Joey Cabuguas, Pres. Susan Lonkey, PAG Boc Pineda, VP Noli dela Rita, Rtn. Mar Cuarez, Rtn. Joe
Palabao (l-r). Not in photo: Sec. Mai Arada, Rtn. Evan Burgos, Rtn. Marlyn Ybañez, and Rotaract Club of Carmen Valley
Pres. Jovelyn Lara and Fritz Arvin Melody Comonsad.
RC Carmen Valley Pres. Susan Lonkey (left) and Rotaract Club of Carmen
Valley Pres. Jovy Lara with a mother and her baby.
RC West CDO, headed by Pres. Erna Maagad (seated), with nurses and
staff of JR Borja Memorial City Hospital.
The five participating clubs—RC Carmen Valley and RID 3870 Zone 1, Cluster 2’s RC West CDO, RC Bay Area, RC
CDO East, and Rotaract Club of Carmen Valley—with DG Jing dela Calzada (center).
RID 3870 GML July 2016
THE RI PRESIDENT
oday, we look ahead toward a Rotary year that may one day be known as the greatest in our
history: the year that sees the world’s last case of polio. Wild poliovirus caused only 74 cases
of polio in 2015, all of them in Afghanistan and Pakistan. As we continue to work tirelessly
toward our goal of eradication, we must also look beyond it: preparing to leverage our success into
even greater successes to come.
It is tremendously important to Rotary’s future that our role in the eradication of polio be recognized. The more we are known for what we’ve achieved, the more we’ll be able to attract the partners,
the funding, and, most important, the members to achieve even more. We’re working hard at RI headquarters to be sure that Rotary gets that recognition. But it can’t all happen in Evanston. We need you
to get the word out through your clubs and in your communities about what Rotary is and what we do.
We need to be sure that our clubs are ready for the moment when polio is finally eradicated – so that
when people who want to do good see that Rotary is a place where they can change the world, every
Rotary club is ready to give them that opportunity.
We know that if we want to see Rotary Serving Humanity even better in the years ahead, we’ll need more willing hands, more
caring hearts, and more bright minds to move our work forward. We’ll need clubs that are flexible, so that Rotary service will be
attractive to younger members, recent retirees, and working people. We’ll need to seek out new partnerships, opening ourselves
more to collaborative relationships with other organizations.
Looking ahead, we also see a clear need to prioritize continuity in our leadership. We in Rotary are all playing on the same team,
working toward the same goals. If we want to reach those goals together, we all have to move in the same direction – together.
Every day that you serve in Rotary, you have the opportunity to change lives. Everything you do matters; every good work
makes the world better for us all. In this new Rotary year, we all have a new chance to change the world for the better, through
Rotary Serving Humanity.
JOHN F. GERM
Rotary Club of Chattanooga
THE TRUSTEE CHAIR
he start of a new Rotary year is always an exciting time. We have a new inspirational theme,
new club officers, and exciting new projects to work on. In 2016-17, we also have a very
special occasion to celebrate: the 100th anniversary of our Rotary Foundation.
Since 1917, when Arch Klumph proposed an endowment “for the purpose of doing good in
the world,” The Rotary Foundation has grown into a world-class humanitarian organization. Few
other charitable foundations can claim a 100-year history – all the more impressive when you
consider its humble beginning of only $26.50. The fact that our Foundation now has $1 billion
in assets is a testament to the remarkable generosity of Rotarians worldwide. I often wonder just
what our Foundation will look like when all Rotarians, everywhere, give it their sustained support.
I hope each of you will take the time to consider our Foundation’s many successes, achievements we can all be proud of. Over the past century, we have provided $3 billion to tackle a wide
range of problems, large and small, in thousands of communities worldwide. Our global and district grant projects are saving and transforming lives, and we are educating scholars and training
professionals to carry on this vital legacy.
Our centennial offers an ideal opportunity to remind our members – and tell the rest of the world – about our Foundation’s
rich history of humanitarian work. It’s time that everyone knew about our leading role in the battle to end polio, a fight that Bill
Gates and others agree would never have been possible without Rotary’s extraordinary dedication. Let’s also spotlight the many
ways we’re fighting other devastating diseases, providing cleaner and safer drinking water, spreading education by promoting
literacy, and helping local economies grow.
However you celebrate our Foundation’s centennial, I hope you will make that celebration as public as possible. Hold an
event that involves your entire community and showcases The Rotary Foundation’s good work. You’ll find many ideas for centennial celebrations at www.rotary.org/foundation100.
RI President John Germ’s theme, Rotary Serving Humanity, speaks directly to the work of our Foundation, which for years
has enabled Rotarians to embrace humanity and serve those in need. This year, let’s commit to sharing those inspirational stories,
just as we continue to write more and more of them.
Trustee Chair 2016-17
RID 3870 GML July 2016
n July 1, another Rotary year has begun. Perhaps it will be the greatest in the history of Rotary
International because we are celebrating the 100th year of the Rotary Foundation with the
anticipation of totally eradicating polio towards the end of this year. What a privilege to see
it happen during our lifetime, and what a greater privilege to be a part of this most significant gift to
mankind! Together, we will finish the fight against polio.
In District 3870, the Rotary new year was ushered in by most of the clubs simultaneously participating in the celebration of motherhood and womanhood on July 1, 2016. Never in the history of the
district has this been done before and I am very thankful that a lot of women, who belong to the marginalized sector in our communities throughout the district, received health information, free health
and other services, and all kinds of goodies from our kind-hearted Rotarians and partners in service.
“Dakilang Ina, Ikaw Na” focused on the women in society, who, more often than not, receive the least
and the last attention in the family primarily because of their innate love and selflessness. They usually
give priority to the needs of the other members of the family ahead of their own. Many times, these
women would rather spend their last centavo to put food on the table than spend it on themselves even when they desperately
need a health checkup. I hope we will continue to extend to them our services throughout the year, not only for a day.
All the clubs in the district are eager to implement the plans that they have made together with the new set of officers. As I was
going around the clubs in Zone 3, in the southernmost part of the district, my intention was to motivate and inspire the Rotarians.
Ironically, what happened was the other way around. When I learned of what these clubs have done and are doing, when I saw
with my own eyes some of the projects that they are engaged in, when I heard about their efforts at resolving peace and conflict
in their locality, I was tremendously and deeply moved and inspired. This is Rotary in action—Rotary doing good in the world!
I am absolutely certain that in the coming days when I do my rounds with the clubs in the other zones, I will see more Rotarians
meeting the needs of their community and changing lives—perfect examples of Rotary serving humanity.
Today is just the beginning of the many good things that will happen in the clubs, the district, and Rotary International. This
journey of a lifetime starts with a single step, and it starts with every Rotarian giving of himself in service to his fellowmen,
being true to our motto “Service Above Self.” Let us work together as a TEAM, because together, everyone can achieve more.
Teamwork makes the dream work. Let us deliver our promise of a better world. Let us serve joyfully and enjoy every minute of
this journey together.
GO TEAM, GO TEAM, GO, GO, GO!
- DG Jing
MIRIAM RUTH “JING” DELA CALZADA
District Governor 2016-2017
By RTN. LALEVIE C. LUBOS, Rotary Club of Metro Valencia
MIRIAM RUTH “JING” D. DELA CALZADA
District Governor RY 2016-2017
Rotary International District 3870
istrict Governor Miriam Ruth “Jing” dela Calzada
was born in Valencia, Bukidnon as the eldest daughter
among seven siblings. Her family and childhood have
a lot of influence on what she has become now. Coming from a
family whose father is the former mayor of her town, she was
exposed to public service at a very young age. Her people skill
is innate and her talent was evident as she grew.
She has been blessed with two children, Sid Ryan, a registered nurse currently working in the UK and holds a Master’s
Degree in Nursing, and Cyd Chariz, a Nursing student and a
A highly intellectual person, DG Jing has an impressive academic record in the pursuit of her medical profession which
speaks for what kind of practice and work experiences she has
achieved. She was a consistent honor student and graduated
magna cum laude from her pre-medical course in BS Biolo-
gy. She proceeded to take the medical degree at Cebu Doctors’ College of Medicine and finished her residency training
in obstetrics and gynecology at Vicente Sotto Memorial Medical Center in Cebu City where she was awarded Best Resident
of her batch. She then went back to her hometown to practice
her profession to serve her own people. As president/CEO and
medical director in one of the biggest private hospitals in the
province of Bukidnon, she was honed here for greater service.
She is a woman of substance, a woman who doesn’t only know
how to wear high heels and lipstick but above all a woman of
principle and knows how to assert her will.
An achiever, she doesn’t settle for mediocrity in the performance of her functions but in all the endeavors she is engaged
in. Great achievement out of great effort and commitment is
an attribute. She is a Fellow in the Philippine Obstetrical and
Gynecological Society and a Fellow in the Philippine College
of Surgeons. “Doc Jing,” as dearly known to her fellow Rotarians, colleagues and classmates, was also trained in and practices office ultrasound and gynecologic endoscopy as part of the
services she offers to her patients.
RID 3870 GML July 2016
A leader known for her combination of charismatic leadership, servant leadership and situational leadership style, made
DG Jing effective in attaining the mission and objectives of organizations she is leading. Her carrot-and-stick approach drives
members to optimum performance, an embodiment of a leader
who can easily flex with the new generation by the style she is
known for. She had been chosen a leader in her professional
organizations and worked tirelessly to advance the causes she
believed in as president of the Bukidnon Medical Society and
of the Bukidnon Society of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.
A greater calling for service is exemplified in the life of DG
Jing by her involvement in Rotary. Her experience in this organization is a vehicle that drives her towards pursuing her first
ohn F. Germ is board
chair and chief executive officer of Campbell
and Associates Inc., consulting engineers. He joined the
firm as an engineer in 1965
after four years in the U.S.
Air Force. He serves on the
boards of several organizations, including the board
and executive committee of
the Public Education Foundation, Orange Grove Center Inc., and as board chair
of Blood Assurance Inc. He
also is founder and treasurer of the Chattanooga State
Technical Community College Foundation and president of the Tennessee Jaycee Foundation.
He was Tennessee Young
Man of the Year in 1970;
Engineer of the Year, 1986;
Volunteer Fundraiser of the
Year, 1992; and Tennessee
Volunteer of the Year, 2009.
He is a recipient of the Boy
Scouts Silver Beaver Award
and the Arthritis Foundation
Circle of Hope Award. In
2013, the White House recognized him as a Champion
Germ joined Rotary in
1976 and has served Rotary
as vice president, director,
Foundation trustee and vice
chair, aide to the Foundation trustee chair, chair of
JOHN F. GERM
Rotary Club of Chattanooga
Rotary’s US$200 Million
Challenge, RI Board Executive Committee member, RI
president’s aide, Council on
and chair, membership zone
coordinator, chair of numerous committees, area coordinator, RI training leader,
and district governor.
Germ has received RI’s
Service Above Self Award
and The Rotary Foundation’s Citation for Meritorious Service and Distinguished Service Award.
He and his wife, Judy, are
Benefactors and members
of the Arch Klumph Society
of The Rotary Foundation.
They have four children and
love for community service.
As a Rotarian, her stint in Rotary has not been a long one.
She joined Rotary in 2006 and was the charter president of the
Rotary Club of Metro Valencia, a centennial club. A year later,
she was made the District 3870 Rotary Youth Leadership Awards
(RYLA) Chair, and that RYLA event in 2007, held in Central
Mindanao University, has been long remembered as one of the
most successful RYLA in the district. When then District Governor Jaime Semana appointed DG Jing as assistant governor
and member of the District Training Team in RY 2010-2011, she
was adamant, knowing that there were many more experienced
Rotarians who deserved the position better, but she accepted the
challenge and was given the Exemplary Leadership and Service
Award as Assistant Governor in that year. That was also the year
that she became a Paul Harris Fellow.
Subsequently, DG Jing was assigned several appointments
in District 3870 as New Generations Chair (RY 2011-2012),
Polio Plus Chair (RY 2012-2013), Chair for Vocational Scholarship (RY 2013-2014), Chair for Club Extension (RY 20142015) and Promotions Chair for Kota Kinabalu Rotary Institute
in 2014. The most life-changing experience DG Jing had in her
Rotary life, her Rotary moment, was being chosen as leader to
the last batch of GSE team to Brazil in May 2013.
DG Jing is an embodiment of “Service Above Self.” An
advocate whose advocacy is not limited to the practice of her
profession but extended beyond the bounds of her comfort
zone, that’s what DG Jing is. Bringing health services to the
barangays is only one among her advocacies. She is also very
much involved in education, environmental protection, disaster
response, women and children’s health and good public governance. She is a member of the Valencia City Nutrition Council
and Peace and Order Council, Board of Director of the Philippine Red Cross Bukidnon Chapter, and is one of the founding
members and lead convenor of the 1Bukidnon Help Movement,
a disaster and relief action group that helped victims of calamities during typhoons Sendong, Pablo, and Yolanda, and during
the earthquake in Bohol. She believes with all her heart what
Mother Teresa said: “Not all of us can do great things, but we
can do small things with great love.”
DG Miriam Ruth “Jing” dela Calzada with RI President John Germ and Lady
RID 3870 GML July 2016
By PDG SAMUEL “SAM” FONTANILLA
District Rotary Foundation Chair
his Rotary Year 2016-2017, all of Rotary will celebrate Rotary’s 100 years of doing good in the world.
Yes, we shall feat The Rotary Foundation’s centennial; that is, 100 years after its inception and the first $26.50
was contributed to the “Foundation” by the Rotary Club of
To start this year’s centenary right, the District Rotary
Foundation Committee (DRFC) met to craft the District’s
TRF Plan for RY 2016-2017 on June 11, 2016 at Grand
Caprice, Limketkai Center, Cagayan de Oro City. All the
members of the DRFC family attended for an unprecedented hundred-percent attendance. Present were Stewardship
Chair PDG Bing Juarez; Paul Harris Society Coordinator
PDG Manny Along; Vocational Team Training Chair DGE
Linda Deleste; Grants Chair PAG Myra Balandra; PolioPlus
Chair PP Tess Mansilla; Annual Giving Chair Rtn. Mike
Khemani; Zone Coordinators for TRF, PAG Drew Neri, PP
Len Quinones, PAG Larry Santos and PAG Dar Amolata;
Zone Coordinators for Annual Giving, PAG Edong Espiritu,
PAG Weng Buot, PAG Art Zambrano and PAG Tita Teope;
and Zone Coordinators for PolioPlus, PP Mon Labis, PAG
Jinky Matba, PAG Dan Eugenio and PAG Werle Hernandez.
Then DGE, now District Governor, Jing Dela Calzada, and
PDG Rhia Abalos and PDG Tess Navales, both friends of
the DRFC family, graced the event with their most needed
presence and wisdom.
The Plan envisions a much increased financial contribution and energized program participation in the TRF. Giving
flesh and meaning to DG Jing’s TRF goals, the members of
the Team, among others, set the following district goals: at
least $75,000 Annual Giving; $10,000 PolioPlus contribution; 16 EREY Clubs, four New Paul Harris Society members, 12 District Grants; four Global Grants and one Vocational Team Training Exchange Program.
In support of the Plan, DG Jing encourages each Club
to contribute at least $ 1,500 to Annual Giving and $150 to
PolioPlus. She asks every Rotarian to contribute even how
little to TRF. She campaigns that every Rotarian, especially
the Club President, contributes $26.50 to the Annual Giving,
the first amount contributed to the “Foundation.” She wants
Clubs to fundraise to contribute to PolioPlus. By then, our
District shall be a “Zero Non- Contributing Club” District.
For those who want to be Paul Harris Fellows and those
who plan to elevate their Paul Harris Fellow Levels, DG Jing
has ensured that adequate recognition points are available to
match their contributions under the PDG Raffy Garcia Challenge and PDG Robert Kuan TRF Points Sharing Program.
TRF contributors are requested to submit to her a copy of the
BPI deposit slips or electronic copy of the receipts of their
contributions and the DRFC will take care of documenting
and processing the same. She assures that the contributors
will be properly recognized at the right Rotary event.
To cap it all, DG Jing and VTT Chair Linda are closely
working with DG Barbara Tracy and VTT Chair Bill Highland of RI 5180 (Greater Sacramento, California) in developing the first ever Vocation Team Training Exchange Program in both of the two Districts.
Here’s a wish to a productive and fruitful TRF year!
RC COTABATO CITY SOUTH
RC Cotabato City South contributed a total of $5,200 to The Rotary Foundation in
celebration of the TRF’s centennial year of 100 years of doing good in the world.
The following RC Cotabato City South Rotarians were the early contributors in July
Rtn. Manohar “Mike” Khemani (PHF + 8)
PAG Bansawan “Bans” Ibrahim (PHF +8)
PDG Samuel “Sam” Fontanilla (PHF +8)
Rtn. Abdulrauf “Abz” Manalasal (PHF)
Rtn. Ramil “Toh” Masukat, Sr. (PHF)
Rtn. Idiamin “Toy” Abutazil (PHF)
IPP Gabriel “Gabby” Calungsod (PHF)
Pres Bernard “Bernard” Sero (PHF)
PE Amanoding “Ding” Esmail (PHF +2)
PAG Angelo “Biong” Ladub (PHF +1)
PP Sisenio “Dodong” Apostol (PHF)
PN Reynaldo “Rey” Canen (PHF)
Rtn. Sadic “Dex” Batua (PHF)
Rtn. Emmanuel “Emy” Cua (PHF)
PP Arthur “Art” Bueno (PHF SM)
RID 3870 GML July 2016
DISTRICT TEAM TRAINING SEMINAR
Mallberry Suites, Cagayan de Oro
February 27, 2016
Hosted by RC CDO Centerpoint
The District Team for RY 2016-2017
The host Club, RC CDO Centerpoint, with PDG Jimmy Semana, DGN Frank Manga, PDG Ben Vegafria, IPDG
Leo Ochia, DG Jing dela Calzada, District Trainer PDG Manny Along, PDG Rhia Rita Abalos, PDG Tess Navales, DGE Linda Deleste and PDG Sam Fontanilla.
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