On Tuesday April 26, 2002 at Nais
Restaurant in Gran Plaza, Puerta Parada, being 8:00p.m.; we where invited to a
reunion in which we were going to explore the possibility to form a new Rotary
Club, among the 8 guest were Jorge Vallendor, John Bennet, Romeo Recinos and
Renato Villalobos, that to date form part of our Club. Luis Felipe
Valenzuela, Paul Daugherty both past Governors from former District 424 talk
about the wonders of Rotary, Raul Gonzalez President of the Guatemala Sur Club
our sponsor, was sergeant at arms.
After the third meeting we decided
that breakfast was better
and move the meetings to Tuesday 7:30 at the same place, in
provitional board was formed, being elected
Villalobos as President
as Vice President
Busto as Secretary
Chávez as Treasure
as Sergeant at Arms
We were them
13 Members, guided as always by Raúl González.
meeting of the Board was at Alvaro Del Busto's home and there it was decided
that the Club meetings will be at
On July were
addressed all the Committees of Service, being the first project the Emergency
Aid to the Survivors of a mud slade in El Paraíso, San Lucas Tolimán, Sololá,
our Club was the first one to assist the victims and Francisco Arias, Community
Service Chair, drove a truck full of clothes, food and other supplies to the
Village, 150 Km from Guatemala City. That's why our
President was invited to join the Emergency Committee, formed by Rotarians and
Private Foundations, since then he and our Club, have an active role in it.
started the "food for the needy" Project, in wish we collect and distribute food for foster homes and elderly
homes, 1500 people in total, The first reunion of the wives
Committee was held on June and they pick up the good work and continues the
project to date with the help from our Rotaract Club.
On August the
forms were sent to RI with 21 members, and in October Jorge Aufranc Governor
elect, inform us that since OCTOBER 8 WE WERE OFFICIALLY MEMBERS OF ROTARY
26 in a special ceremony Juan Ramón Sarmiento accompanied by his wife
Judith, hand us the Constitution Letter in the presence of several past
governors, Guatemala Sur Club members and their wives, and all of our members
and our wives.
Enrique Segarra becomes our First Paul Harris fellow and also we receive the
visit of a Dental Team from District 5100, Oregon and carry out visits to two
different Villages with the equipment They donned us, since we have an active
Dental Program, run by Dr. Claudia de Erben and Dr. Claudia de Nuñez from
the Wives Committee.
regular meetings, we have the first Tuesday of each month for Club Assembly, the
second and third we have guest speakers and the fourth is for friendship among
the members. Hope you will visit us soon!!!