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: