RI International Convention June 4-15, 2015 Brazil


Heart of America E-Club Programs
February 3, 2015-April 30, 2015

Meeting Time:  Tuesday, 8:00 p.m. CDT: Wednesday, 9:00 a.m. Philippine time.  I made a decision last week to move the time for the meeting ahead 24 hours but then I found out that there are as many conflicts on the Wednesday/Thursday time as the original time SO we are back to our original time!!  


Date Presenter           Title of Presentation
Feb 4 Keith Hooper Navigating the Club WebSite
Feb 17  Katrina Lewis Rotary Peace Scholars
Feb 24 Adi Adepitan A Polio Survivor’s Story
Mar 3 Kelsie Lopatki Cox Supporting Equality through Technology
Mar 10 Tommy Spaulding Changing the World One Relationship at a Time
Mar 17  Brandy Veatch Global Orphan Project
Mar 24 Martin Silink Rotary & the UN Resolution on Diabetes
Mar 31 Community Service Week- No Formal Meeting All
April 7 No Meeting – Michael and Bridgette’s Wedding
April 14 Martin Silink  Rotary & the UN Resolution on Diabetes
April 21
April 28
May 6
May 13
May 20
May 27

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Darlene Ganub

I am a member of the small team that develops e-learning for the Rotary Club of Cebu North serving the underpriviledged in the Philippines.

I work with a team that provides leadership in the strategy, research, design and development of delightful learning experiences using mobile technology; identifying and addressing e-learning design opportunities.

My studies in Management provided me with the skills to create and develop sustainable high-impact projects in environments with limited resources. I have specialized in the creation of programs addressed to basic education and literacy using technology.

I am a researcher, a project manager in the making, and a strong believer in sustainable development and collaborative learning through e-learning. My goal is to mix all of these things together to create social impact and empower communities in the Philippines.

Jerry Chang




Born in Eastern China and majoring in the English language and linguistics, Mr. Chang taught English for a few years before becoming a tour guide at China International Travel Service’s (CITS’s) Nanjing branch in 1978. In 1987 he immigrated to the US.

After more than 20 years of hard work and devotion, Mr. Chang has built JC Pacific Trading Co. and Pacific Holidays from scratch to their current status. JC Pacific Trading Co is a key import/wholesale company for material handling industry based in New Jersey. Pacific Holidays is a major US tour operator for travel to Asia, the South Pacific and Latin America based in New York City.

Having lived through China’s tumultuous years in the ’60s and ’70s, Mr. Chang steadfastly pushes his businesses through the down times and ensures that it thrives during the good times. By now both of his businesses enjoy customer’s satisfaction and industry recognition. His philosophy is: “Putting principles ahead of profits.”



Bridgette Proffitt


Bridgette Proffitt

Bridgette Proffitt is the Manager of Physical Power and Natural Gas for INTL FCStone, Inc. With a background in electricity trading, she is now a procurement consultant and advises companies on how to manage their commodity risk in electricity and natural gas spends. She holds a BBA from Washburn University in Topeka, KS. She resides in Topeka, KS with her eleven year old daughter, Peyton.

Jose Rafael Ferreros



Member, RC Cebu North 2011-Present
Past President, RC Mandaue East RY 1999-2000

Past Subcommittee Grants Chair, D 3860, RY 2004-2010

Past Senior Assistant Governor,
D 3860, RY 2001-03

Business Consultant (Retired)

*Change Management Manager, STRADCOM for LTO IT Project during roll-out of project throughout the 7,106 provinces of the Philippines 2002-2007

*Participated in several other BOT projects in the Philippines and Indonesia

RI President Ron D. Burton


Becoming a Polio Ambassador by Archie Panjabi


Doing Good in Japan


Doing Good in Seattle


Doing Good in Ukraine


Mark Hooper



Mark A. Hooper

Senior Station Manager

 American Red Cross

Service to the Armed Forces

Mr. Mark A. Hooper has worked for the American Red Cross for over 14 years. Since joining the Red Cross, he has served around the world. His first assignment was in Fort Eustis, VA as an Assistant Station Manager in 2000. Subsequently, Mr. Hooper served as Asst. Station Manager in Heidelberg and Schweinfurt Germany. In 2004, Mark was promoted to Red Cross Station Manager and was assigned to Camp Red Cloud, Korea; Darmstadt, Germany and Fort Drum, NY. During his time in Fort Drum, Mr. Hooper worked with the Northern New York Chapter in creating volunteer opportunities for Fort Drum volunteers at an off post hospital in Watertown NY. Also he took the role as Casework trainer for the surrounding Chapter offices in Watertown and Potsdam NY.

In 2010, Mr. Hooper was promoted to Senior Station Manger and assigned to USAG Bavaria. His current duties include direct responsibility for offices in Rose Barracks, Tower Barracks, Hohenfels and oversees the Garmisch area. He also provides management support to the offices of Ansbach and Wiesbaden Germany.

Mr. Hooper has completed numerous conflict deployments which began with a forward deployment in Bosnia in 2001. In 2003, Mr. Hooper was part of the initial American Red Cross Team that deployed into Iraq attached to 3rd Infantry Division. He made a return trip to Iraq in 2004. In 2007-08, he deployed to the Red Cross Bagram Afghanistan office as team lead and returned to Bagram in 2012.

Mr. Hooper has participated in other special American Red Cross assignments. Most notable was his participation in the management teamed assigned in 2010 to the USNS Comfort in support of Operation Unified Response, Haiti.

Mark has been recognized by the US Para-Olympics for his work with the 3-10 Infantry Division (WTB) and their adaptive sports program; received the Commander’s Award for Civilian Service and the NATO Medal.








David Arnoldy







Born: April 4, 1944 in San Diego California

Raised on a farm in north central Kansas.


Work experience includes:


Credentials include:


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Grace Bigcas



Grace Bigcas is involved in philanthropic work in the Philippines founded by Mr. Keith Hooper. She never expected that one day she would be given this wonderful opportunity to help improve the quality of life among Filipino families. Her work experience in McDonalds contributed to her operation management skills, and her ability to develop financial/accounting system. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from Xavier University, Ateneo de Cagayan, and earned her Master’s in Business Administration at Fort Hays State University in Hays Kansas.

Karol Finch


Karol Finch is a retired elementary teacher. She taught for thirty-three years, primarily in first and second grade. She was born in Colby, Kansas and raised in Smith Center, Kansas. She graduated from Kansas State University with a degree in elementary education and received a master’s degree from Colorado College in teaching. Karol enjoys reading, travel and genealogy among many other things (and is adding Rotary to the list).

James Cunningham

Jim Cunningham

James is originally from Scotland but has had an illustrious career in production management with a number of companies worldwide. Jim currently lives part of the year in Talakag, Bukidnon, Philippines and the rest of the year in the United Kingdom. He is married to the former Lulu Santiago and they have 2 adult children.

Ben Finch


Ben Finch is a retired pharmacist. He was born in Winterset, Iowa and grew-up in Missouri. He graduated from Kansas State University with a degree in business and the University of Kansas with a degree in pharmacy. Ben does volunteer pharmacy relief work at a local clinic in Colorado Springs. His spare time activities include genealogy, travel, and “farming”.

Brandy Veatch


Brandy Veatch, Manhattan, Kansas, USA –

I am a married to Laird Veatch and a full-time mom of 4 beautiful kids.  Three daughters and one son.  I have a Bachelor of Science in Social Work from Kansas State University and a Master of Science in Social work from the University of Texas.  I work as an on-call Medical Social Worker at Mercy Regional Health Center in Manhattan, Kansas.  Most of my hospital work includes: crisis intervention and counseling along with death and dying support.

I am very involved in an organization in Kansas City, Missouri called The Global Orphan Project.  It is a group that assists local churches in third world countries in sponsoring orphanages and small local self-sustaining businesses.  I am currently on the advisory board for the GO Exchange ( which is a global marketplace that creates jobs, cares for orphans and changes lives.  With this organization I travel to Haiti and in the near future will travel to Uganda as well.

The welfare and safety of children has always been my passion.  Either close to home or far away.  I am dedicated to the care of orphans and widows and the sustainability of businesses in third world countries.  I believe my true talents lie in assisting families in grief support and crisis management. I am motivated and excited to join the Rotary family and the challenge to make a difference in the lives of others.

Cynthia Elliott


Cynthia Elliott is Assistant Provost for Strategic Partnerships and Dean of Distance Learning at Fort Hays State University (FHSU) in Hays, Kansas. She focuses on policy making, program and partnership development, and maintenance of university, community college, corporate, military and international partnerships. Through these efforts and the hard work of others, the number of enrollments for FHSU has nearly tripled over the past decade. One of her significant achievements has been the establishment of the first jointly run, bachelor’s degree program in mainland China in the year 2000. Today, FHSU has 3,600 Chinese students at two partner universities in China offering five different bachelor’s programs and is expanding with additional partners for study abroad. FHSU was the first American University to be approved by the Minister of Education of the People’s Republic of China to offer a dual bachelor’s degree. Cynthia in active in expanding similar partnership relationships in other parts of the world. Cynthia has her educational background with Southern Illinois University for her bachelor’s degree; Florida International University for her master’s degree; and Harvard University for Management of Lifelong Education program. Prior to this role, Cynthia was Dean of FHSU’s Virtual College; Director of Distance Learning at Florida International University, Miami, Florida; and Manager of Product Development and Distribution at Miami-Dade Community College, Miami, Florida.

From Child Soldier to Peace Soldier by Emmanuel Jal


Raise a Village Project


"Reasons for Hope" by Jane Goodall


Haiyan or Yolanda - Be Happy


Philippines Relief


Haiyan or Yolanda


Paterna (Pat) Bigcas Hooper



Paterna (Pat) Bigcas Hooper was born and raised in the Philippines. Although
her family was poor, she was able to receive a number of academic scholarships
that enabled her to achieve her goal of becoming a teacher. She taught several
years in both private and public schools in the Philippines. In 1968 she married
Keith Hooper and immigrated to the USA where she continued to teach until their
daughter Melanie, was born. In addition to raising three children, she worked in
numerous accounting jobs while her husband was in the military. Throughout
her life, she could not forget the poverty that she experienced as a child. By her
words alone – “there are so many kids that have the “ability” but not the
“opportunity”. She was the driving force behind establishing “The HELP
Melanie Williams


Melanie is currently a stay-at-home mother but her background has been in Hotel/Restaurant
Management and non-profit organizations. She last worked with the American Red Cross in
various places around the world. Currently she is very active in the Spouses Club on Camp
Humphreys which raises money for scholarships and welfare grants. She is also active in the
Community Theater as a music assistant and in the Church.

Matthew Williams


Matthew is a LTC in the US Army currently stationed in Seoul, South Korea. Matt is a logistics officer and been in the military for 27 years and recently commanded a battalion in Korea. He has been stationed in Asia, Europe, various bases around the US, and been deployed to both Iraq and Afghanistan. He originates from Vidalia, GA and plans to retire soon in Huntsville, AL

Keith Hooper


Keith was born in Smith County, Kansas and still lives part time on the farm that
his great grandfather homesteaded in the late 1800’s. After college at Kansas
State University, he served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in the Philippines where
he met and married his wife of 46 years, Paterna. After several successful careers
as a teacher, Army officer, magistrate judge, and rancher, Keith decided to
dedicate the remainder of his life to helping the poor in the Philippines. In 2004,
he and his wife founded The HELP Foundation, which has provided assistance to
thousands of poor Filipinos. Keith has been an active member of Rotary since
1996 and has served in a number of leadership positions, including District
Governor. He has received many military awards including the Army Bronze Star
and the Legion of Merit but his most coveted honor was receiving the Rotary
“Service Above Self” award.

Cindy Tuxhorn


My name is Cindy Tuxhorn I live in Reamsville Kansas, I was born and raised in Brownsville, Pa., a coal miners’ daughter ,the middle child of five. I met my husband, Bret of 26 years come July, in Glenwood Springs Co., where I was a camp cook for an outfitter. I currently own The Curiosity Shop in beautiful, downtown Smith Center, antique & collectable, as well as gifts and floral shop. I have mostly local venders. I enjoy all outdoor activities as well as traveling to historic sites and antique shopping


Michael Hooper


Shelter Box
Katrina Lewis


Katrina Lewis received her Bachelor of Interior Architecture in 1998 and Master of Regional and Community Planning in 2001 from Kansas State University. She has taught design studios at the college level since 1998: at Kansas State University in the Department of Interior Architecture and Product Design, at Chongqing Jinazhu University in the People’s Republic of China for one year, in Afghanistan at Kabul University for two summers, and humanities courses in Bangladesh at the Asian University for Women for a year. Katrina received the honor of being selected as a Rotary Peace Fellowship for professional studies in peace and conflict resolution at Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand from June – August 2012. She earned her Rotary Professional Development Certificate after studies in theories of peace and conflict resolution, analysis and intervention strategies, and application to stakeholders and society. This was a life-changing experience, influencing Katrina’s aspiration to create a strong link between design and peace.