Two new projects were started under the watch of Pres. Juan Carlos “Carlos” del Rosario. ‘
The Mobile Eye Clinic was a medical facility on wheels equipped with state-of-the-art machines and tools to perform surgery on eye patients. Funded by a US$50,000 matching grant from The Rotary Foundation, it was a container van transformed into an operating room with everything needed by an eye doctor to perform surgical procedures to correct cataract and glaucoma. The Club also took part in Oplan Alis Disease, a nationwide campaign against diseases that can be prevented with immunization.
The year saw the inception of a new advocacy at the instance of PP Cesar Campos: Teaching the Deaf to Speak. It is actually a means of support to the Philippine Institute for the Deaf, a school that pioneered the method of teaching hearing-impaired children how to communicate through the spoken word instead of through the traditional hand signals.
The BATS book distribution project received a much-needed financial boost–one, a donation of P1million from Allied Bank, which also made available to the project rent-free use of a huge warehouse in Novaliches for storing and sorting books prior to release; two, a matching grant of US$12,000 from The Rotary Foundation to step up operations so that more books can reach more schools and libraries in the country. The Allied Bank donation served as a back-up fund for BATS, while the warehouse is still being used by the project as storage facility for books.
The Club also hosted two district events--the District RYLA Seminar and the District Family Olympics and was able to raise close to P950,000 from the Christmas Bazaar.
Inked during the year were Brother Club ties with RC Kuala Lumpur-Diraja in Malaysia and RC Bangkok in Thailand, and a Sister Club Pact with RC Sarasota, Florida, USA.
The year also marked the setting of two records—one, for the 40 Paul Harris Fellows enlisted; and two, the induction of an impressive 34 new members and a net gain of 11.
The Club enjoyed a flood of honors from the district including the two most prized ones--Most Outstanding Club Overall and Most Outstanding Club President Overall. The Club also received awards for Most Outstanding Club in Club Service and Most Outstanding Club in The Rotary Foundation contributions, as well as for Best Matching Grant Project for the Mobile Eye Clinic and Best Youth Development Project for its staging of the RYLA seminar.