Light Up Rotary

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President Marilyn Barredo
Rotary Year 2014-2015

My parents are Leonardo and Encarnacion Peralta. I was born in San Jose Nueva, Ecija, in the Philippines. Elementary in San Jose and Olongapo (skipped the sixth grade). Junior High and High School in San Francisco, California. Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Management through the University of Phoenix, San Francisco Branch.

Had a busy high school life: from vice president of the student body, head pom pom girl, commander of the drill team, member of the dance troupe (which performed in hospitals, high schools, and television programs), leadership team. Graduated number two in the class, and was Outstanding Teenager of America. Read more »


Gratitude Thoughts On Paul Harris

The Rotary Movement is recognized worldwide for the contributions it has made in the lives of many. Its mandate towards Service to Humanity is probably what gives true meaning to Rotary International and what makes many join its local chapters as a member. Many do not know that the (almost complete) worldwide eradication of polio has been made possible through the men and women of Rotary.

The following Gratitude Thoughts on Paul Harris are for the man who started Rotary in 1905…

We who have learned so much from him (by his example/s) should respectfully address him as Meister Paul. Using the word “meister” which is derived from the Latin word for magister– or teacher, is fully appropriate. For indeed, through Rotary, he and those who came after him have taught us how to become better than who we were before we joined Rotary.

The seed that he has planted over a hundred years ago has germinated into what it is today– into a culture of volunteerism, service and goodwill. It has attained full bloom into the systems that are now in place (through Rotary International), as a vehicle for those who are willing to take up the challenge– of giving back to Life– for the many blessings provided to us.

When one is ripe for the opportunity, the chance to serve is granted. Thence, from the simple act of becoming a member of a Rotary club, we are given the potential to be of service to others.

To me, Rotary has become one of my life’s major blessings. Personally having been a member of my Rotary Club of Baguio, RI District 3790, has given me the opportunity to gain a better understanding of what it means to be a servant and leader.

Today, after more than a decade and a half of involvement in our Rotary Club of Baguio (, I thankfully look back to the day I was inducted into Rotary. And likewise to the day Paul Harris invited Meisters Silvester Schiele, Hiram Shorey and Gustavus Loehr to meet in Room 711 of the Unity Building on Dearborn Street, in downtown Chicago. What they did on that first-ever Rotary meeting on Thursday, 23 February 1905, is re-celebrated as we go through the motions of our noontime, weekly Saturday meetings at the Baguio Country Club.

Many believe that people actually never die. That after we leave our present physical body, we all go on into the afterlife, then metamorphose into another being– to continually improve who and what we are, until we attain perfection.

Regardless of what we individually believe, Meister Paul has succeeded in making possible the attainment of personal improvement in those who have become Rotarians.

In behalf of all Rotarians all over the world, we manifest our unending gratitude to Meister Paul.

You too may feel the need to express your gratitude thoughts on someone who has made a difference in your life. Visit for more inspiration and insight into the importance of expressing your thanks.

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The RCB Hymn

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The RCB Diamond Jubilee Logo

The RCB Diamond Jubilee Logo

In line with the celebration of the seventy-fifth charter anniversary of the Rotary Club of Baguio, a commemorative hymn was commissioned and produced. The hymn made its public debut as it was sung by the members of our club during our Diamond Jubilee Night on 23 February 2013. A void (the absence of our very own club song) was finally filled…

The lyrics of the hymn are published here for better appreciation of our commitment, every time we sing it.


The Force of Goodwill
Composed By: Dr. Dennis Flores

We have been summoned by God’s loving call
To follow a great, self-less road
To serve, heart and mind, every trial, stand tall
Unburden a man’s heavy load…

Trained to examine the gifts of the past
Consider the present we bear
To aim for the best of the future we must
Broaden our minds as we care…

We are the force built on Goodwill and Service
Love friend or foe, we embrace this demand
Called to be brave through life’s burning furnace
Rotary Club of Baguio, we stand

The Truth, all actions must certainly yield
To all of our mankind, be fair
For Goodwill and Friendships we constantly build
Forever God’s Goodness we share…

(Repeat Chorus twice)


The RCM Rostrum and The Bell

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In line with RCBaguio’s dictum of looking to the past (Respice..), the following article is lifted from the RCManila (our mother club) website. It is noteworthy that like our RCManila– mother club, they constantly look back at the inspiration derived from the past– and the memory of a past president. Indeed, there is so much to learn from the past… anyone who fails to learn from history is condemned to repeat its mistakes!


Members of the Rotary Club of New York visiting the Rotary Club of Manila (RCM) will be surprised to note the resemblance of RCM’s rostrum to their rostrum in New York. While admiring the rostrum the majority of them would not know that it has a unique history. On one of PP / Justice Malcolm (PP 1937-38) visit to Rotary Club of New York, prior to World War II, he saw the beautiful rostrum used by the club. On his return to the Philippines, he told the members about the New York rostrum, and suggested that RCM have one similar to the New York club’s. One of the members of RCM, records do not mention who it was, wrote to the New York club and requested for the dimensions of the rostrum. In reply, not only were the dimensions given, but photographs of the rostrum were sent. Mrs. Charlotte E. Heilbronn, widow of former member Joseph Heilbronn, donated the beautifully carved Club Memorial Rostrum, which was unfortunately destroyed when the Manila Hotel was partly burnt during the Pacific War. On the occasion of the 20th anniversary of Rotary Club of Manila, Mrs. Heilbronn, graciously and without solicitation, voluntarily offered to replace the rostrum which was destroyed during the war, as a memorial to her husband. It was her desire that this memorial be an exact reproduction of the one originally presented by her to the club on June 13, 1940. The inscription of the silver plaque reads as follows:



Several years later, however, an unknown person stole the original bell which has never been recovered. The bell on the rostrum today us a replica of the original. There is an interesting story of the original bell. On March 1, 1945, American soldiers completed operations which resulted in the retaking of the Manila Hotel. The Fiesta Pavilion where RCM used to hold its weekly meetings has been converted into a fortress, and all the records of the Club including trophies, furniture and the rostrum were completely destroyed. As the soldiers liberated the hotel, an American officer, Lt Col. Cage H. Spies, was attracted by a bright object shinning from the heap of rubbish in the street. He asked a soldier to investigate. The soldier returned immediately with a large bronze bell, dirty and charred. A shell had chipped off a fragment and it was this break that has been reflected by the sun. The officer scrapped off some of the dirt and discovered the words, “ROTARY INTERNATIONAL”. A former Rotarian himself, he instructed the soldier to bring it along as they went to army headquarters. As they crossed the street, the soldier was seriously wounded by a sniper’s bullet and was immediately evacuated to the United States. Later, the bell was returned to the Club, and placed on a replica of the rostrum where it remained until it was stolen. There is also an interesting story to another bell which appears on the New York Club rostrum. Rotarians of London, England and New York will never forget the great attendance contest of 1922 between the two clubs. Attendance averages were cabled after each meeting, and the figures showed that at the end of three months, New York was the winner. The trophy presented by the losing club was a ship’s bell taken from Patrol Bt.20 of the British Auxilliary warships, and the wood mounting for the bell was an oak timber taken from Admiral Nelson’s flagship “Victory”, famous for its victories during the beginning years of the 19th Century. The bell forms part of a beautiful hand-carved rostrum still used by the New York Club from which RCM rostrum was copied.



Vintage Canao images

The following images are lifted from old…old… issues of our RCBaguio Canao; circa 1966.

Appreciating what we had in the past is one thing. But if we can build on the lessons of the past, only then– can we truly claim that we have finally come full-circle with our history. Let us always remember: our older club members have learned from the lessons of the past.

New members are admonished to never ever forget this… even as we look at the agenda of  “re-inventing” what we now have.

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