Jan 21, 2019 8:00 PM
RI Director Raffy Garcia

Rotarian Raffy Garcia joined D3800 when it was still D380 as the first non-charter member of the Rotary Club of Pasig in 1971.

For 35 years, he was a RINO (Rotarian In Name Only) until he was elected club president during one of his frequent absences in 2005 to serve in 2006-2007.

During his term as club president, he built 159 houses for informal settlers in the RC Pasig GK Village in Barangay Pinagbuhatan, Sitio Caliuag, Pasig City, the largest Rotary assisted housing project for informal settlers in the Philippines. He was the Most Outstanding Club President for RY 2006-2007 and RC Pasig was chosen as the Most Outstanding Club winning 37 District Awards and a Four Avenues of Service award from Rotary International.

In 2009, he ran un-opposed and was elected as the District Governor for D3800 for RY 2011-2012.

He joined the Arch C. Klumph Society Trustee Circle in 2012 and stepped up to the Chair’s Circle in 2013 shortly before he was appointed to be one of the first 42 Senior Rotarians to become Endowment & Major Gifts Advisers around the world.

He was then appointed as the 16th Filipino Training Leader to the 2014 International Assembly, the first and only Training Leader from D3800.

He was then elected in 2015 as Chairman of the Philippine College of Rotary Governors serving in RY 2015-2016 and as Chairman of the Philippine Rotary Magazine Foundation serving in RY 2016-2017

On September 30, 2015, he was unanimously nominated as Rotary International Director for RY 2018-2020 by a Zone 7a Nominating Committee, only the ninth Filipino ever elected to the position.

In 2016, he was appointed as Coordinator, Cadre of Technical Advisers serving in RY 2016-2019.

Earlier this year, he was appointed as a member of the Basic Education and Literacy - Major Gifts Initiative serving in RY 2017-2018, and a member of the International Polio Plus Committee for RY 2018-2019

He has served as Vice-Chair, 2013 Taipei Institute, General Program Trainer, 2014 Kota Kinabalu Institute, and Training Leader (DTTS/GETS/GNTS), 2015 Manila Institute. He is a Training Leader for GNTS at the 2017 Taipei Rotary Institute, and the convener for the 2018 Yogyakarta Rotary Institute, and the 2019 Manila Rotary Institute.

In 2017, he started construction of the four story RC Pasig Rotary Center on a 600 sqm lot adjacent to the RC Pasig GK Village to serve the community in Barangay Pinagbuhatan with the following services: Lying-In and Birthing Clinic, Ambulatory Clinic, Human Milk Bank, Dialysis Center, clinical laboratory, minor operating room for cleft palate and other minor surgeries, day care center, livelihood center, feeding center and MicroFinance Cooperative. It will be the largest Rotary Center serving the medical care needs of a community in the Philippines.