RY 1980-1981 was a year of firsts.
It saw the launch of the harelip/cleft palate project that offered surgical correction of said facial deformities among children from families of little means. A club member—Dr. Jorge Neri, a noted plastic surgeon at the Makati Medical Center-- volunteered to perform the surgery pro bono. On this, its initial year, Dr. Neri successfully operated on seven harelip and two cleft palate cases.
In tandem with RC Panday Pira, the Club initiated a project aimed at helping agricultural sector workers augment their incomes. Together the two clubs put up a carabao dispersal project that allowed farmers in Llanera, Nueva Ecija to make interest- and collateral-free loans for the purchase of carabaos, with a repayment period of 30 months.
On the international service front, Pres. Froily led a delegation of RC Makati Rotarians on goodwill caravan through Northern Luzon on a route that took them to Tarlac in Tarlac province, Baguio City, San Fernando in La Union and Dagupan in Pangasinan. The caravan, the first such trip for the Club, became the precursor of similar trips in the future.
The Club also kicked off three new projects—“Wheelchairs for Zambia,” which was recognized as an Outstanding International Project at the district awards, the “Search for Model Employees,” which was named Most Outstanding Vocational Service Project, and “Ipil-Ipil Seedlings for Korea.”
The interest of international service was served with the inking of sister-club ties with the Rotary Club of Itako-Japan,which grew to become one of the Club’s most fruitful such relationships, and organized a new club, the Rotary Club of Makati East, its third daughter club.
Though an initiator of new projects, Pres. Froily also saw it fit to sustain established ones. He presided over the enlargement of the single-floor MRDC building with the addition of two floors that housed a clinic and an outdoor stage for school programs. The physical expansion allowed the Center to increase the coverage of its community health program and for the school to experiment with new instructional methods and create new curricular modules.
Also given another run was the “National Awards for Barangay Service” which was adjudged the Most Outstanding National Community Program at the district awards program. The Club also won the Best Bulletin award.