The 27th Installation of Officers and Turnover Ceremonies for the Rotary Club WalingWaling Davao (RCWWD) were held last July 22 in a James Bond themed event at Grand Men Seng Hotel, Davao City with Rotary District 3860 Governor Art Tan as inspirational speaker. President Eliza “Elay” Lapina, a lawyer by profession leads this Rotary Year’s officers together with President Elect Marilou “Melot” Baarde, Secretary Maria Luisa “Malou” Jacinto, Treasurer Armi Geralyn “Gigi” Espiritu, Auditor Lorna Llamas, Committee Chairs Cecile “Ces” Diaz (Membership), Elsie Libron (Community Service), Vanessa Madayag (New Generation), Sylvia Austria (Vocational Service), Luna Gaviola (TRF), Evelyn Ong (Club Administration), Lolita Leticia “Letty” Tai (International Service), Teresita “Tess” Yniguez (Public Relations) and Immediate Past President Estela Maribel “Baby” Vilela. Past District Governor (PDG) Honesto “Totoy” Cabarroguis performed the Charging while PDG Boy Reyes administered the Oath of Office for RY 2017-2018 officers with the Rotary theme “Making a Difference”. Both PDGs belong to the Rotary Club of East Davao which sponsored and organized RCWWD, the first all women Rotary Club of District 3860 on January 20, 1992.
The Rotary Club’s Light a Heart Foundation Inc (LAHFI) also inducted its officers for RY 2017-2018 led by Chair Malou Jacinto, Vice Chair Lorna Llamas, Secretary Leonida “Nen” Santos, Treasurer Remedios “Remie” Calaguas and Trustees PP Corina Guerrero, PP Evangeline “Vangie” Schwendener, IPP Baby Vilela, President Elay Lapina and PE Melot Baarde. LAHFI is a non stock non-profit charitable corporation by RCWWD and serves as administrator of all the monies and donated goods entrusted to the club either through donations, World Community Service, Matching Grants or specific fundraising activities.
Two honorary members were also inducted into the Club. Engr. Mario Luis “Louie” Jacinto, a geologist, is the spouse of PP Malou Jacinto while Dr. Dave Vilela is married to IPP Baby Vilela. This brings to five the total honorary members of the Club that includes Mr Abdulah Aquino, Mr Antonio VA Llamas and Engr Efren Abratique. RCWWD has 40 active members coming from different businesses and professions.
Among the highlights of the event was the signing of the Memorandum of Agreement between the Department of Health and Rotary District 3860 represented respectively by ASec Enrique Tayag and Governor Art Tan forming a formal partnership in the delivery of health services for the community.
Outgoing President Baby Vilela turned over the gavel of responsibility to Incoming Prexy Elayza Lapina who delivered a very inspiring acceptance speech. Immediate Past President (IPP) Baby Vilela’s term garnered multiple awards for RCWWD notably Outstanding Club and Most Outstanding President awards. IPP Baby Vilela likewise gave awards of appreciation to all club officers and exemplary members with Past President Corina Guerrero garnering the Rotarian of the Year Award.
Now on its 25th year, RCWWD is widely recognized as one of the top performing clubs of Rotary District 3860 that accomplished 10 Matching grants and 10 combined World Community Service/RC Narashino projects; sponsored nine and hosted 11 Group Study Exchange members; sponsored one and hosted two Rotary Youth Exchange students; hosted five Rotarians on an Individual Friendship Exchange (USA and Canada); forged 15 sisterhood ties with Rotary Clubs in Australia, Canada, USA, India, Malaysia and within the Philippines; organized several Rotary Clubs, Interact and Rotaract Clubs and Rotary Community Corps; and spearheaded Zone and District level activities. Currently, PP Corina Guerrero joined the Vocational Training Team for autism in North Carolina, USA under a Global Grant. RCWWD members hold several District positions namely District Deputy Governor Liza Ponce Enrile, Assistant Governor Baby Vilela, Maternal and Child Health Committee Chair Mae Dolendo and Special Children Committee Chair Corina Guerrero. It spearheads the annual District 3860 Bloodletting activity and its signature project House of Hope has received multiple local and international recognition for the club. With so much accomplishment and history beneath its belt, RCWWD sets out to make a difference at home and beyond various worlds.