Bylaws of the Rotary

Heart of America Rotary E-Club of District 5670


Article 1 Definitions
1. Board: The Board of Directors of this club.
2. Director: A member of this club’s Board of Directors.
3. Member: A member, other than an honorary member, of this
4. RI: Rotary International
5. Year: The twelve- month period that begins on 1 July.

Article 2 Board
The governing body of this club shall be the board consisting of six (6) members of this club, namely, the president, a member from the Pacific region, a member from the European region, a member from the North America region, the secretary and the treasurer. As the club matures, past presidents and president-elects will also be member of the board. At the discretion of the board, also added can be 2 directors elected in accordance with article 3, section 1 of these bylaws.

Article 3 Election of Directors and Officers
Section 1 – At a regular meeting one month prior to the meeting for election of officers, the presiding officer shall ask for recommendations by members of the club for president, vice-president, secretary, treasurer, and3 board members from the three geographical regions that currently encompass the club. The nominations may be presented by a nominating committee or by members from the geographical regions in question. The candidates for president, vice-president, secretary, and treasurer receiving a majority of the votes shall be declared elected to their respective offices. The 3 candidates for director receiving a majority of the votes shall be declared elected as directors. The candidate for president elected in such balloting shall be the president-nominee. The president- nominee shall take the title of president-elect on the first day of July next following the election, and shall serve as an officer during that year. On 1 July immediately following that year, the president-elect shall assume office as president.

Section 2 -The officers and directors shall constitute the board. Within one week after their election, the directors-elect shall meetvia the website and elect some member of the club to act as sergeant-at-arms.

Section 3 – A vacancy in the board or any office shall be filled by action of the remaining directors.
Section 4- A vacancy in the position of any officer-elect or director-elect shall be filled by action of the remaining directors-elect.

Article 4 – Duties of Officers
Section 1 –President.It shall be the duty of the president to preside at meetings of the club and the board and to perform other duties as ordinarily pertain to the office of president.
Section 2 – * Immediate Past President.It shall be the duty of the immediate past president to serve as a director and to perform such other duties as may be prescribed to the president or the board.
Section 3 -President Elect.It shall be the duty of the president-elect to serve as the director and to perform such other duties as may be prescribed by the president or the board.
Section 4 -Vice President.It shall be the duty of the vice-president to preside at meetings of the club and the board, in the absence of the president and to perform other duties as ordinarily pertains to the office of vice-president.
Section 5 –Secretary.It shall be the duty of the secretary to keep membership records; record attendance at meetings; send out notices of club, board, and committee meetings, record and preserve the minutes of such meetings; report as required to RI, including the semiannual reports of membership on 1 January and 1 July of each year, which shall include per capita dues for all members and prorated dues for active members who have been elected to membership in the club since the start of the July or January semiannual reporting period; report changes in membership; provide the monthly attendance report, which shall be made to the district governor within 15 days of the last meeting of the month; collect and remit RI official magazine subscriptions; and perform other duties as usually pertain to the office of secretary.
Section 6 -Treasurer.It shall be the duty of the treasurer to have custody of all funds, accounting for it to the club annually and at any other time upon demand by the board, and to perform other duties as pertains to the office of treasurer. The treasurer will also have the responsibility of establishing checking/savings for the club. He/she will also be responsible for acquiring an EIN and make the necessary reports to the District, Rotary International, and to the Internal Revenue Service. Upon retirement from office, the treasurer shall turn over to the incoming treasurer or to the president all funds, books of accounts, or any other club property.
Section 7 – Sergeant-at Arms. The duties of the sergeant-at-arms shall be such as are usually prescribed for such office and other duties as may be prescribed by the president or the board.

Article 5 Meetings
Section 1 – Annual Meeting.An annual meeting of this club shall be held during the RI International Convention. If a quorum is not able to attend the annual meeting, said meeting will be held at 23031 60 Road, Lebanon, KS. At that time the election of officers and directors to serve for the ensuing year shall take place.
Section 2 – The regular weekly meetings of this club shall be held on Tuesday at 7:00 p.m. CST. An additional meeting will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday for those members residing in Europe. Due notice of any changes in or canceling of the regular meeting shall be given to all members of the club. All members excepting an honorary member (or members excused pursuant to the standard Rotary club constitution) in good standing in this club, on the day of the regular meeting, must be counted as present or absent, and attendance must be evidenced by the member’s being present for at least sixty (60) percent of the time devoted to the regular meeting, either at this club or at any other Rotary club, or as otherwise provided in the standard Rotary club constitution, article 9, section 1 and 2.
Section 3 – One-third of the membership shall constitute a quorum at the annual and regular meetings of this club.
Section 4 –Regular meetings of the board shall be held on the first Tuesday of every month. Special meetings of the board shall be called by the president, whenever deemed necessary, or upon the request of two (2) directors, due notice having been given.
Section 5 – A majority of the directors shall constitute a quorum of the board.

Article 6 Fees and Dues

Section 1 – The admission fee shall be $15.00 to be paid before the applicant can qualify as a member, except as provided for in the standard Rotary club constitution, article 11.
Section 2 – The membership dues shall be $150.00 per annum, payable semiannually on the first day of July and of January, with the understanding that a portion of each semiannual payment shall be applied to each member’s subscription to the RI official magazine.

Article 7 Method of Voting
The business of this club shall be transacted by viva voce(by way of voice) vote except the election of officers and directors, which shall be by ballot. In the event of ballot voting, the ballot shall be sent by email and the response shall be submitted electronically.

Article 8 Avenues of Service
The Avenues of Service are the philosophical and practical framework for the work of this Rotary club. They are Club Service, Vocational Service, Community Service, International Service, and New Generations Service. This club will be active in each of the Avenues of Service.

Article 9 Committees
Club committees are charged with carrying out the annual and long-range strategic goals of the club. The president-elect, president, and immediate past president should work together to ensure continuity of leadership and succession planning. When feasible, committee members should be appointed to the same committee for three years to ensure consistency. The president-elect is responsible for appointing committee members to fill vacancies, appointing committee chairs, and conducting planning meetings prior to the start of the year in office. It is recommended that the chair has previous experience e as a member of the committee. Standing committees should be appointed as follows:
• Membership This committee should develop and implement a comprehensive plan for the recruitment and retention of members.
• Public Image This committee should develop and implement plans to provide the public with information about Rotary and to promote the club’s service projects and activities.
• Administration This committee should conduct activities associated with the effective operation of the club.
• Service Projects This committee should develop and implement education, humanitarian, and vocational project that address the needs of the community and communities in other countries.
• The Rotary Foundation This committee should develop and implement plans to support The Rotary Foundation through both financial contributions and program participation.
Additional ad hoc committees may be appointed as needed.
a) The president shall be ex officio a member of all committees and, as such, shall have all the privileges of membership thereon.
b) Each committee shall transact its business, as it is delegated to it in these bylaws and such additional business as may be referred to it by the president or the board. Except where special authority is give by the board, such committees shall not take action until a report has been made and approved by the board.
c) Each chair shall be responsible for regular meetings and activities of the committee, shall supervise and coordinate the work of the committee, and shall report to the board on all committee activities.
d) The “Go To Meeting” website ( may be used for any and all committee meetings.

Article 10 Duties of Committees
The duties of all committees shall be established and reviewed by the president for his or her year. In declaring the duties of each, the president shall reference appropriate RI materials and the Avenues of Service when developing plans for the year.
Each committee shall have a specific mandate, clearly defined goals, and action plans established by the beginning of each year for implementation during the course of the year. If shall be the primary responsibility of the president-elect to provide the necessary leadership to prepare a recommendation for club committees, mandates, goals, and plans for presentation to the board in advance of the commencement of the year as noted above.

Article 11 Leave of Absence
Upon written application to the board, setting forth good and sufficient cause, leave of absence may be granted excusing a member from attending the meetings of the club for no longer than twelve (12) months.
Article 12 Finances
Section 1 – Prior to the beginning of each fiscal year, the board shall prepare a budget of estimated income and expenditures for the year, which shall stand as the limit of expenditures for these purposes, unless otherwise ordered by action of the board. The budget shall be broken into two separate parts: one in respect of club operations and one in respect of charitable/service operations.
Section 2 – The treasurer shall deposit all club funds in a bank named by the board to include donations made through “PayPal “. The club funds shall be divided into two separate parts: club operations and service projects.
Section 3 – All bills shall be paid by the treasurer or other authorized officer only when approve3d by two other officers or directors.
Section 4 – A thorough review of all financial transactions by a qualified person shall be made once each year.
Section 5 – Officers having charge or control of club funds shall give bond as required by the board for the safe custody of the funds of the club, cost of bond to be borne by the club.
Section 6 – The fiscal year of this club shall extend from 1 July to 30 June, and for the collection of members’ dues shall be divided into two (2) semiannual periods extending from 1 July to 31 December and from 1 January to 30 June. The payment of per capita dues and RI official magazine subscriptions shall be made on 1 July and 1 January of each year on the basis of the membership of the club on those dates.

Article 13 Method of Electing Members
Section 1 – The name of the prospective member, proposed by an active member of the club, shall be submitted to the board in writing, through the club secretary. A transferring or former member of another club may be proposed to active membership by the former club. The proposal shall be kept confidential except as otherwise provided in this procedure.
Section 2 – The board shall ensure that the proposal meets all the classification and membership requirements of the standard Rotary club constitution.
Section 3 – The board shall approve or disapprove the proposal within 30 days of its submission and shall notify the proposer, through the club secretary, of its decision.
Section 4 – If the decision of the board is favorable, the prospective member shall be informed of the purposes of Rotary and of the privileges and responsibilities of membership, following which the prospective member shall be requested to sign the membership proposal form and to permit his or her name and proposed classification to be published to the club.
Section 5 – If no written objection to the proposal, stating reasons, is received by the board from any member (other than honorary) of the club within seven (7) days following publication of information about the prospective member, that person, upon payment of the admission fee (if not honorary membership), as prescribed in these bylaws, shall be considered to be elected to membership. If any such objection has been filed with the board, it shall vote on this matter at its next meeting. If approved despite the objection, the proposed member, upon payment of the admission fee (if not honorary membership), shall be considered to be elected to membership.
Section 6 – Following the election, the president shall arrange for the new member’s induction, membership card, and new member information to RI and the president will assign a member to assist with the new member’s assimilation to the club as well as assign the new member to a club project or function.
Section 7 – The club may elect, in accordance with the standard Rotary club constitution, honorary members proposed by the board.

Article 14 Resolutions
The club shall not consider any resolution or motion to commit the club on any matter until the board has considered it. Such resolutions or motions, if offered at a club meeting, shall be referred to the board without discussion.

Article 15 Order of Business
Meeting called to order.
Introduction of visitors.
Correspondence, announcements, and Rotary information.
Committee reports if any.
Any unfinished business.
Any new business.
Address or other program features.

Article 16 Amendments
These bylaws may be amended at any regular meeting, a quorum being present, by a two-thirds vote of all members present, provided that notice of such proposed amendment shall have been provided by mail or email to each member at least ten (10) days before such meeting. No amendment or addition to these bylaws can be made which is not in harmony with the standard Rotary club constitution and with the constitution and bylaws of RI.

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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:


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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.