The Constitution

Heart of America Rotary E-Club of District 5670

Article 1 Definitions
As used in this constitution, unless the context otherwise clearly requires, the words in this article shall have the following meanings:
1. Board: The Board of Directors of this Club
2. Bylaws: The bylaws of this club.
3. Director: A member of this club’s Board of Directors
4. Member: A member, other than an honorary member, of this club.
5. RI: Rotary International.
6. Year: The twelve-month period which begins on 1 July.

Article 2
The name of this organization shall be the Rotary E-Club of the Heart of America.

Article 3
The locality of this e-club is worldwide and can be found on the Worldwide Web at:

Article 4 Object
The Object of Rotary is to encourage and foster the ideal of service as a basis of worthy enterprise and, in particular, to encourage and foster:
First: The development of acquaintance as an opportunity for service;
Second: High ethical standards in business and professions; the recognition
of the worthiness of all useful occupations; and the dignifying of
each Rotarian’s occupation as an opportunity to serve society;
Third: The application of the ideal of service in each Rotarian’s personal,
business, and community life;
Fourth: The advancement of international understanding, goodwill, and
peace through a world fellowship of business and professional
persons united in the ideal of service.

Article 5 Five Avenues of Service

Rotary’s Five Avenues of Service are the philosophical and practical framework for the work of this Rotary club.

1. Club Service, the first Avenue of Service, involves action a member should take within this club to help it function successfully.
2. Vocational Service, the second Avenue of Service, has the purpose of promoting high ethical standards in businesses and professions, recognizing the worthiness of all dignified occupations, and fostering the ideal of service in the pursuit of all vocations. The role of members includes conducting themselves and their businesses in accordance with Rotary’s principles.
3. Community Service, the third avenue of Service, comprises varied efforts that members make, sometimes in conjunction with others, to improve the quality of life of those who live within this club’s locality or municipality.
4. International Service, the fourth Avenue of Service, comprises those activities that members do to advance international understanding, goodwill, and peace by fostering acquaintances with people of other countries, their cultures, customs, accomplishments, aspirations, and problems, through reading and correspondence and through cooperation in all club activities and projects designed to help people in other lands.
5. New Generations Service, the fifth Avenue of Service, recognizes the positive change implemented by youth and young adults through leaderhip development activities, involvement in community and international service projects, and exchange programs that enrich and foster world peace and cultural understanding.

Article 6 Meetings
Section 1 – Regular Meetings.
a) Day. This club shall hold a regular meeting once each week by posting an interactive activity on the club’s Web site on the day provided in the bylaws. The meeting shall be considered as held on the day that the interactive activity is to be posted on the Web site.
b) Change of Meeting. For good cause, the board may change a regular meeting to any day during the period commencing with the day following the preceding regular meeting and ending with the day preceding the next regular meeting.
c) Cancellation. The board may cancel a regular meeting if it falls on a legal holiday, including a commonly recognized holiday, or in case of the death of a club member, or of an epidemic or of a disaster affecting the whole community, or of an armed conflict in the community which endangers the lives of the club members. The board may cancel not more than four regular meeting in a year for causes not otherwise specified herein provided that this club does not fail to meet for more than three consecutive meetings.

Section 2 – Annual Meeting. An annual meeting for the election of officers shall be held not later than 31 December as provided by the bylaws.

Article 7 – Membership
Section 1 – General Qualifications. This club shall be composed of adult persons of good character and good business, professional and/or community reputation.

Section 2 – Kinds. This club shall have two kinds of membership, namely: active and honorary.
Section 3 – Active Membership. A person possessing the qualifications set forth in article 5, section 2 of the RI constitution may be elected to active membership in this club.

Section 4 – Transferring or Former Rotarian.
a) Potential Members.A member may propose to active membership a transferring member or former member of a club, if the proposed member is terminating or has terminated such membership in the former club due to no longer being engaged in the formerly assigned classification of business or profession within the locality of the former club or the surrounding area. The transferring of former member of a club being proposed to active membership under this section may also be proposed by the former club. The classification of a transferring or former member of a club shall not preclude election to active membership even if the election results in club membership temporarily exceeding the classification limits. Potential members of this club who are current or former members of another club who have debts to the other club are ineligible for membership in this club. This club may demand that a potential member present written proof that no money is owed to the other club. The admission of a transferring or former Rotarian as an active member pursuant to this section shall be contingent upon receiving a certificate from the board of the previous club confirming the prospective member’s prior membership in that club.
b) Current or Former Members. This club shall provide a statement whether money is owed to this club when requested by another club with respect to a current or former member of this club being considered for membership in the other club.

Section 5 – Dual Membership.No person shall simultaneously hold active membership in this and another club. No person shall simultaneously be a member and an honorary member in this club. No person shall simultaneously hold active membership in this club and membership in a Rotaract club.

Section 6 – Honorary Membership.
a) Eligibility for Honorary Membership.Persons who have distinguished themselves by meritorious service in the furtherance of Rotary ideals and those persons considered friends of Rotary for their permanent support of Rotary’s cause may be elected to honorary membership in this club. The term of such membership shall be as determined by the board. Persons may hold honorary membership in more than one club.
b) Rights and Privileges. Honorary members shall be exempt from the payment of admission fees and dues, shall have no vote, and shall not be eligible to hold any office in this club. Such members shall not hold classifications, but shall be entitled to attend all meetings and enjoy all the other privileges of this club. No honorary member of this club is entitled to any rights and privileges in any other club, except for the right to visit other clubs without being the guest of a Rotarian.
Section 7 – Holders of Public Office. Persons elected or appointed to public office for a specified time shall not be eligible to active membership in this club under the classification of such office. This restriction shall not apply to persons holding positions or offices in schools, colleges, or other institutions of learning or to persons who are elected or appointed to the judiciary. Members who are elected or appointed to public office for a specified period may continue as such members in their existing classifications during the period in which they hold such office.

Section 8 – Rotary International Employment.This club may retain in its membership any member employed by RI.

Article 8– Classifications
Section 1 – General Provisions.
a) Principal Activity.Each member shall be classified in accordance with the member’s business, profession, or type of community service. The classification shall be that which describes the principal and recognized activity of the firm, company, or institution with which the member is connected or that which describes the member’s principal and recognized business or professional activity or that which describes the nature of the member’s community service activity.
b) Correction or Adjustment. If the circumstances warrant, the board may correct or adjust the classification of any member. Notice of a proposed correction or adjustment shall be provided to the member and the member shall be allowed a hearing thereon.

Section 2 – Limitations. This club shall not elect a person to active membership from a classification if the club already has five or more members from that classification, unless the club has more than 50 members, in which case, the club may elect a person to active membership in a classification so long as it will not result in the classification making up more than 10 percent of the club’s active membership. Members who are retired shall not be included in the total number of members in a classification. The classification of a transferring or former member of a club, or a Rotary Foundation alumnus as defined by the board of directors of RI, shall not preclude election to active membership even if the election results in club membership temporarily exceeding the above limitations. If a member changes classification, the club may continue the member’s membership under the new classification notwithstanding these limitations.

Article 9 – Attendance
Section 1 – General Provisions.Each member should attend this club’s regular meetings. A member shall be counted as attending a regular meeting if the member participates in the regular meeting posted on the club’s Web site with one week following its posting, or makes up a missed meeting in any of the following ways:

a) 14 Days Before or After the Meeting.If, within fourteen (14) days before or after the regular time for that meeting, the member
1) attends at least 60 percent of the regular meeting of another club or of a provisional club; or
2) attends a regular meeting of a Rotaract or Interact club, Rotary Community Corps, or Rotary Fellowship or of a provisional Rotaract or Interact club, Rotary Community Corps, or Rotary Fellowship; or
3) attends a convention of RI, a council on legislation, an international assembly, a Rotary institute for past and present officers of RI, a Rotary Institute for past, present, and incoming officers of RI, or any other meeting convened with the approval of the board of directors of RI or the president of RI acting on behalf of the board of directors of RI, any district committee meeting held by direction of the district governor, or a regularly announced intercity meeting of Rotary clubs; or
4) is present at the usual time and place of a regularly meeting of another club for the purpose of attending such meeting, but that club is not meeting at that time or place; or
5) attends and participates in a club service project or a club-sponsored community event or meeting authorized by the board; or
6) attends a board meeting or, if authorized by the board, a meeting of a service committee to which the member is assigned; or
7) participates through a club Web site in an interactive activity requiring an average of 30 minutes of participation.

When a member is outside the member’s country of residence for more than fourteen (14) days, the time restriction shall not be imposed so that the member may attend meetings in another country at any time during the travel period, and each such attendance shall count as a valid make-up for any regular meeting missed during the member’s time abroad.
b) At the Time of the Meeting.If, at the time of the meeting, the member is
1) Traveling with reasonable directness to or from one of the meetings specified in sub-section (a)(3) of this section; or
2) Serving as an officer or member of a committee of RI or a trustee of The Rotary Foundation; or
3) Serving as the special representative of the district governor in the formation of a new club; or
4) On Rotary business in the employ of RI; or
5) Directly and actively engaged in a district-sponsored or RI-or Rotary Foundation-sponsored service project in a remote area where making up attendance is impossible; or
6) Engaged in Rotary business duly authorized by the board, which precludes attendance at the meeting.
Section 2 – Extended Absence on Outposted Assignment.If a member will be working on an outposted assignment for an extended period of time, attendance at the meetings of a designated club at the site of the assignment will replace attendance at the regular meetings of the member’s club, provided there is a mutual agreement between the two clubs.

Section 2 –Extended Absence on Outposted Assignment.If a member will be working on an outposted assignment for an extended period of time, attendance at the meetings of a designated club at the site of the assignment will replace attendance at the regular meeting of the member’s club, provided there is a mutual agreement between the two clubs. However, regardless of where the member is assigned, he/she is expected to attend meetings on the e-club Web site, if Internet is available.

Section 3-Excused Absences. A member’s absence shall be excused if
a) the absence complies with the conditions and under circumstances approved by the board. The board may excuse a member’s absence for reasons which it considers to be good and sufficient. Such excused absences shall not extend for longer than twelve (12) months.
b) The age of the member is 65 and above and the aggregate of the member’s years of age and years of membership in one or more clubs is 85 years or more and the member has notified the club secretary in writing of the member’s desire to be excused from attendance and the board has approved.
Section 4–RI Officers’ Absences.A member’s absence shall be excused if the member is a current officer of RI.

Section 5 –Attendance Records.In the event that a member whose absences are excused under the provisions of subsection 3(b) or section 4 of this article attends a club meeting, the member and the member’s attendance shall be included in the membership and attendance figures used to compute this club’s attendance.

Article 10 Directors and Officers
Section 1 – Governing Body.The governing body of this cub shall be the board constituted as the bylaws may provide.
Section2 –Authority.The board shall have general control over all officers and committees and, for good cause, may declare any office vacant.
Section 3 – Board Action Final.The decision of the board in al club matters is final, subject only to an appeal to the club. However, as to a decision to terminate membership, a member, pursuant to article 12, section 6, may appeal to the club, request mediation, or request arbitration. If appealed, a decision of the board shall be reversed only by a two-thirds vote of the members present, at a regular meeting specified by the board, provided a quorum is present and notice of the appeal has been given by the secretary to each member at least five (5) days prior to the meeting. If an appeal is taken, the action taken by the club shall be final.
Section 4 –Officers.The club officers shall be a president, the immediate past president, a president-elect, and one or more vice-presidents, all of whom shall be members of the board, and a secretary, a treasurer, and a sergeant-at-arms, who may or may not be members of the board as the bylaws shall provide.

Section 5 –Election of Officers.
a) Terms of Officers other than President.Each officer shall be elected as provided in the bylaws. Except for the president, each officer shall take office on 1 July immediately following election and shall serve for the term of office or until a successor has been duly elected and qualified.
b) Term of the President. The president shall be elected as provided in the bylaws, not more than two (2) years but not less than eighteen (18) months prior to the day of taking office and shall serve as president-nominee upon election, the nominee shall take the title of president-elect on 1 July in the year prior to taking office as president. The president shall take office on 1 July and shall serve a period of one (1) year or until a successor has been duly elected and qualified.
c) Qualification. Each officer and director shall be a member in good standing of this club. The president-elect shall attend the district president-elect training seminar and the district assembly unless excused by the governor-elect. If so excused, the president-elect shall send a designated club representative who shall report back to the president-elect or, if so excused does not send a designated club representative to such meetings, the president-elect shall not be able to serve as club president. In such event, the current president shall continue to serve until a successor who has attend a presidents-elect training seminar and the district assembly or training deemed sufficient by the governor-elect has been duly elected.

Article 11 Admission Fees and Dues
Every member shall pay an admission fee and annual dues as prescribed in the bylaws, except that any transferring or former of another club who is accepted into membership of this club pursuant to article 7, section 4(a) shall not be required to pay a second admission fee. A Rotaractor who ceased to be a member of Rotaract within the preceding two years, who is accepted into membership of this club, shall not be required to pay an admission fee.

Article 12 Duration of Membership
Section 1 – Period. Membership shall continue during the existence of this club unless terminated as hereinafter provided.
Section 2– Automatic Termination.
a) Membership Qualification. Membership shall automatically terminate when a member no longer meets the membership qualifications, except that
1) The board may grant a member moving from the locality of this club or the surrounding area a special leave of absence not to exceed one (1) year to enable the member to visit and become known to a Rotary club in the new community if the member continues to meet all conditions of club membership;
2) The board may allow a member moving from the locality of this club or the surrounding area to retain membership if the member continues to meet all conditions of club membership.
b) How to Rejoin. When the membership of a member has terminated as provided in subsection (a) of this section, such person, provided such person’s membership was in good standing at the time of termination, may make new application for membership, under the same or another classification. A second admission shall not be required.
c) Termination of Honorary Membership. Honorary membership shall automatically terminate at the end of the term for such membership as determined by the board. However, the board may extend an honorary membership for an additional period. The board may revoke an honorary membership at any time.
Section 3 – Termination- Non-payment of Dues.
a) Process. Any member failing to pay dues within thirty (30) days after the prescribed time shall be notified in writing by the secretary at the member’s last known address. If the dues are not paid on or before ten (10) days of the debt notification, membership may terminate, subject to the discretion of the board.
b) Reinstatement. The board may reinstate the former member to membership upon the former member’s petition and payment of all indebtedness to this club. However, no former member may be reinstated to active membership if the former member’s classification is in conflict with article 8, section 2.

Section 4 – Termination – Non-attendance.
a) Attendance Percentages. A member must
1) Attend or make up at least 50 percent of club regular meetings in each half of the year;
2) Attend at least 30 percent of this club’s regular meetings in each half of the year (assistant governors, as defined by the board of directors of RI, shall be excused from this requirement).
If a member fails to attend as required, the member’s membership shall be subject to termination unless the board consents to such non-attendance for good cause.

b) Consecutive Absences. Unless otherwise excused by the board for good and sufficient reason or pursuant to article 9, sections 3 or 4, each member who fails to attend or make up four consecutive regular meetings shall be informed by the board that the member’s non-attendance may be considered a request to terminate membership in this club. Thereafter, the board, by a majority vote, may terminate the member’s membership.

Section 5 – Termination – Other Causes.
a) Good Cause.The board may terminate the membership of any member who ceases to have the qualifications for membership in this club or for any good cause by a vote of not less than two-thirds of the board members, at a meeting called for that purpose. The guiding principles for this meeting shall be article 7, section 1; The Four-Way Test; and the high ethical standards that one should hold as a Rotary club member.
b) Notice. Prior to taking any action under subsection (a) of this section, the member shall be given at least ten (10) days’ written notification of such pending action and an opportunity to submit a written answer to the board. The member shall have the right to appear before the board to state the member’s case. Notice shall be by personal delivery or by registered letter to the member’s last known address.
c) Filing Classification. When the board has terminated the membership of a member as provided for in this section, this club shall not elect a new member under the former member’s classification until the time for hearing any appeal has expired and the decision of this club or of the arbitrators has been announced. However, this provision shall not apply if, by election of a new member, the number of members under the said classification would remain within provided limitations even if the board’s decision regarding termination is reversed.

Section 6 – Right to Appeal, Mediate or Arbitrate Termination.
a) Notice.Within seven (7) days after the date of the board’s decision to terminate membership, the secretary shall give written notice of the decision to the member. Within fourteen (14) days after the date of the notice, the member may give written notice to the secretary of the intention to appeal to the club, request mediation, or to arbitrate as provided in Article 16.
b) Date for Hearing of Appeal. In the event of an appeal, the board shall set a date for the hearing of the appeal at a regular club meeting to be held within twenty-one (21) days after the receipt of the notice of appeal. At least five (5) days’ written notice of the meeting and its special business shall be given to every member. Only members shall be present when the appeal is heard.
c) Mediation or Arbitration. The procedure utilized for mediation or arbitration shall be as provided in article 16.
d) Appeal. If an appeal is taken, the action of the club shall be final and binding on all parties and shall not be subject to arbitration.
e) Decision of Arbitrators or Umpire. If arbitration is requested, the decision reached by the arbitrators or, if they disagree, by the umpire shall be final and binding on all parties and shall not be subject to appeal.
f) Unsuccessful Mediation. If mediation is requested but is unsuccessful, the member may appeal to the club or arbitrate as provided in subsection (a) of this section.

Section 7– Board Action Final. Board action shall be final if no appeal to this club is taken and no arbitration is requested.

Section 8 –Resignation.The resignation of any member from this club shall be in writing, addressed to the president or secretary. The resignation shall be accepted by the board if the member has no indebtedness to this club.
Section 9– Forfeiture of Property Interest.Any person whose club membership has been terminated in any manner shall forfeit all interest in any funds or other property belonging to this club if, under local laws, the member may have acquired any right to them upon joining the club.

Section 10 – Temporary Suspension. Notwithstanding any provision of this constitution, if in the opinion of the board
a) Credible accusations have been made that a member has refused or neglected to comply with this constitution, or has been guilty of conduct unbecoming a member or prejudicial to the interest of the club; and
b) Those accusations, if proved, constitute good cause for terminating the membership of the member; and
c) It is desirable that no action should be taken in respect of the membership of the member pending the outcome of a matter or an event that the board considers should properly occur before such action is taken by the board; and
d) That in the best interests of the club and without any vote being taken as to his or her membership, the member’s membership should be temporarily suspended and the member should be excluded from attendance at meetings and other activities of this club and from any office or position the member holds within the club. For the purposes of this clause, the member shall be excused from fulfilling attendance responsibilities
The board may, by a vote of not less than two-thirds of the board, temporarily suspend the member as aforesaid for such period and on such further conditions as the board determines, albeit for a period no longer than is reasonably necessary in all the circumstances.

Article 13 Community, National, and International Affairs
Section 1- Proper subjects. The merits of any public question involving the general welfare of the community, the nation, and the world are of concern to the members of this club and shall be proper subjects of fair and informed study and discussion at a club meeting for the enlightenment of its members in forming their individual opinions. However, this club shall not express an opinion on any pending controversial public measure.
Section 2– No Endorsements. This club shall not endorse or recommend any candidate for public office and shall not discuss at any club meeting the merits or demerits of any such candidate.
Section 3 –Non-Political.
a) Resolutions and Opinions. This club shall neither adopt nor circulate resolutions or opinions, and shall not take action dealing with the world affairs or international policies of a political nature.
b) Appeals.This club shall not direct appeals to clubs, peoples, or governments, or circulate letters, speeches, or proposed plans for the solution of specific international problems of a political nature.

Section 4 –Recognizing Rotary’s Beginning. The week of the anniversary of Rotary’s founding (23 February) shall be known as World Understanding and Peace Week. During this week, this club will celebrate Rotary service, reflect upon past achievements, and focus on programs of peace, understanding, and goodwill in the community and throughout the world.

Article 14 Rotary Magazines
Section 1– Mandatory Subscription.Unless, in accordance with the bylaws of RI, this club is excused by the board of directors of RI from complying with the provisions of this article, each member shall, for the duration of membership, subscribe to the official magazine or to the magazine approved and prescribed for this club by the board of directors of RI. Two Rotarians residing at the same address have the option to subscribe jointly to the official magazine. The subscription shall be paid in six (6) month periods for the duration of membership in in this club and to the end of any six (6) month period during which membership may terminate.
Section 2– Subscription Collection.The subscription shall be collected by this club from each member semiannually in advance and remitted to the Secretariat of RI or to the office of such regional publications as may be determined by the board of directors of RI.

Article 15
Acceptance of Object and Compliance with Constitution and Bylaws.
Section 1 – Disputes.Should any dispute, other than as to a decision of the board, arise between any current or former member(s) and this club, any club officer or the board, on any account whatsoever which cannot be settled under the procedure already provided for such purpose, the dispute shall, upon a request to the secretary by any of the disputants, either be resolved by mediation or settled by arbitration.
Section 2 – Date for Mediation or Arbitration. In the event of mediation or arbitration, the board shall set a date for the mediation or arbitration, in consultation with disputant, to be held within twenty-one (21) days after receipt of the request for mediation or arbitration.
Section 3–Mediation The procedure for such mediation shall be that recognized by an appropriate authority with national or state jurisdiction or be that recommended by a competent professional body whose recognized expertise covers alternative dispute resolution or be that recommended by way of documented guidelines determined by the board of RI or the trustees of The Rotary Foundation. Only a member of a Rotary club may be appointed as mediator(s). The club may request the district governor or the governor’s representative to appoint a mediator who is a member of a Rotary club and who has appropriate mediation skills and experience.
a) Mediation Outcomes.The outcomes or decisions agreed between the parties as a result of mediation shall be recorded and copies held by each party, the mediator(s) and one copy given to the board and to be held by the secretary. A summary statement of outcomes acceptable to the parties involved shall beprepared for the information of the club. Either party, through the president or secretary, may call for further mediation if either party has retracted significantly from the mediated position.
b) Unsuccessful Mediation. If mediation is requested but is unsuccessful, any disputant may request arbitration as provided in section 1 of this article.

Section 4 – Arbitration. In the event of a request for arbitration, each party shall appoint an arbitrator and the arbitrators shall appoint an umpire. Only a member of a Rotary club may be appointed as umpire or as arbitrator.

Section 5 – Decision of Arbitrators or Umpire. If arbitration is requested, the decision reached by the arbitrators or, if they disagree, by the umpire shall be final and binding on all parties and shall not be subject to appeal.

Article 17 Bylaws
This club shall adopt bylaws not inconsistent with the constitution and bylaws of RI, with the rules of procedure for an administrative territorial unit where established by RI and with this constitution, embodying additional provisions for the government of this club. Such bylaws may be amended from time to time as therein provided.

Article 18 Interpretation
Throughout this constitution, the terminology “mail,”, “mailing’”, and “ballot-by-mail” will include utilization of electronic mail (e-mail) and internet technology to reduce cost and increase responsiveness.

Article 19 Amendments
Section 1 – Manner of Amending.Except as provided in section 2 of this article, this constitution may be amended only by the council on legislation in the same manner as is established in the bylaws of RI for the amendment of its bylaws.

Section 2 – Amending Article 2 and Article 3.Article 2 (Name) and Article 3 (Locality of the Club) of thethe constitution shall be amended at any regular meeting of this club, aquorum being present, by the affirmative vote of not less than two-thirds of all voting members present and voting, provided that notice of such proposed amendment shall have been mailed to each member and to the governor at least ten (10) days before such meeting, and provided further, that such amendment shall be submitted to the board of directors of RI for its approval and shall become effective only when so approved. The governor may offer an opinion to the board of directors of RI regarding the proposed amendment.

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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.


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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.