Chartered in 1999
Inspired by the spirit of service to the community and armed with knowledge acquired through the years in Rotary, a group of enthusiastic and dynamic Rotarians — led by Pilar Mynthia Vicente and Arleen Aportadera — envisioned the idea of establishing a new Rotary Club in April 1998. Having been exposed to the remarkable community projects of the Rotary Club of Quezon City North, and encouraged by its Charter President Lore Veneracion, the group wanted to emulate these achievements. Plans were laid out and put into action with the help of then DGN Raoul Hilario, PP Bobby Soriano, and PP Roger Antalan, to name a few. By August 1998, this core group was able to secure the approval of the Rotary Club of Downtown Davao to sponsor the new club.
“Pag-asa” is a Filipino word which means “hope” - a special word that provides optimism to the needy and a possible chance for the indigent to better themselves. “Pag-asa” is also the name given to an endangered Philippine eagle found in the forest of Davao City. With these in mind, the core group decided to call the new club the Rotary Club of Pag-Asa Davao, to signify the club’s mission to provide hope for the poor, fight hunger and illiteracy, and to help eliminate the destruction of the environment.
The Provisional Rotary Club of Pag-Asa Davao held its first organizational meeting on August 21, 1998 at the Garden Oases Restaurant, Davao City, with 14 proposed members in attendance. Activities followed and meetings were held every Friday evening at the Apo View Hotel, with distinguished guest speakers, Rotarian and non-Rotarian alike, who provided the growing membership valuable Rotary information and relevant issues. Club projects and fundraising activities fostered fellowship and a sense of teamwork.
With 22 charter members, the Rotary Club of Pag-Asa Davao officially became a member of Rotary International on January 20, 1999.
It has now been 20 years and together with its partners-in-service and sister clubs, RCPD continues to soar high by taking on opportunities that magnify and amplify their service to others. Simply put, they commit themselves to the communities they serve and projects they take on.
Our 2019-2020 Board