The Rotary Club of Makati was chartered on March 12, 1966. It started off with a member count of 46 members, five of whom are still in the club’s roster. As of the end of May 2016, the Club had 154 members, the largest club in District 3830 and the second largest in the country.
RC Makati has contributed to spreading Rotary’s gospel of service through fellowship by organizing nine daughter clubs, including four organized in RY 2013-2014.
The club is composed of businessmen and professionals representing a wide range of fields. About half of the club are chief executive officers, chief operating officers or chief finance officers of the country’s largest corporations; a fourth are heads or senior officers of financial institutions, while the rest are principal officers of multilateral institutions, seasoned businessmen and leading practitioners in the fields of law, medicine, banking, accountancy, engineering, architecture, consultancy and information technology, among others.
The club has forged ties with 18 national matched clubs and 12 international matched clubs, and has undertaken joint projects with a number of them.
RC Makati takes singular pride in the quality of the members. Among its present members are a past RI director (Paing Hechanova), four past district governors (Bert Montinola, Tony Quila, Sid Garcia, Robert Kuan) and incumbent District Governor Pepito Bengzon. It also boasts of six Service Above Self awardees (Boy Hilvano, Bud Melvin, Rolly Roque, PDG Tony Quila, PDG Robert Kuan and PP Freddie Borromeo), and 3 recipients of the Four Avenues of Service award (PP Puno Peña, PP Ric Librea and PDG Tony Quila).
The club has consistently been the biggest contributor to The Rotary Foundation in the district, with an impressive all-time giving of $1,938,231.64 and $13,746.32 per capita against a member count of 141 active members. It is the only Club in the country credited with four members of the Arch Klumph Society of Major donors. It also has 14 other Major donors. On its 50thanniversary year, it enlisted a record-setting 100 Paul Harris Fellows, including 3 babies less than a year old.
RC Makati has the distinction of having a well-endowed funding partner, the Makati Rotary Club Foundation, Inc. (MRCFI) that allows it to carry out long-term projects that benefit large numbers of people. In its early years, the Foundation derived funds from rental income from its 3-storey arcade at the Makati Commercial Center .
The offices of both the Club and the Foundation are housed at the 3-storey MRCFI building in Guadalupe Viejo, Makati City , about a block from Rockwell Center . It is manned by a 6-strong staff, 4 for the club and 2 for the foundation.