As part of the Rotary International never ending drive to invigorate the world of Rotary. Past RI Pres. Herbert G. Brown throw down a challenge to bring in 85,000 new members and 949 new clubs during RY 1995-96. PDG Danny Yu tasked the District Extension Committee under the Chairmanship of PDG Herman Gamboa to study and make the corresponding recommendations for the extension of new clubs in the district. New clubs were recommended to be organized in the following areas: Quiapo, San Miguel, Binondo, Sampaloc, San Nicholas, Santa Cruz, Divisoria, Paco, Ermtia, Malate and Tondo.
To implement the said recommendation, PDG Danny Yu appointed PDG Sonny T. Ventura, Charter President of the Rotary Club of Downtown Manila as the District Governor’s Special Representative and his club to be the sponsoring club. On the 8th of September 1995, during a regular club meeting, a consensus was taken to undertook that great task. On the following week, the Board of Directors passed a resolution appointing Past Secretary/Director Alex Yu Huang, a young, dynamic and dedicated Rotarian then as Chairman of the Club’s Extension Committee. A survey on the proposed areas to be covered was made and the results justified the formation of a new club.
PDG/CP Alex Y. Huang carried the burden of enticing his friends and associates doing business and/or practicing their professions in the proposed area to attend the pre-organizational Rotary Information and orientation meetings. Through the leadership of PDG/DGSR/CP Sonny T. Ventura and the support of the pillars of RCDM: PDG Johnny Aruego, Past Presidents Caloy Rosales, Winnie Abulencia, Along Co, Willie Yu, Johnny T.K. Cheng, Jr., Mar Sandoval and Johnny Blanco-Antillon, an intensive Rotary information and inspirational talks were given at five (5) consecutive preliminary and informative orientation meetings held at the Century Park Hotel.
Kind words fell upon to the majority of the prospective candidates who later signified their willingness to become part of the worldwide movement called “ROTARY.”
PDG Johnny Aruego suggested the name THE ROTARY CLUB OF MANILA METRO. It was eventually approved and the new club was conceptualized. The regular weekly meeting place and time was set at 7:30 PM at Century Park Hotel, Manila. The coat of arms, banner and bannerettes of the club were designed and created.
On October 10, 1995 the new club was formally organized as a provisional club through the concerted efforts of DGSR Sonny Ventura and the Council of Advisers. The charter of the Rotary Club of Manila Metro was approved by Rotary International on the 14th of November 1995, in a record time of just four working days.
With the enthusiasm of the outstanding leadership of its Charter President, officers and the full support of the sponsoring club and the District, the Rotary Club of Manila Metro general membership assured to be a good disciples of the Rotary’s motto “Service Above Self.” Through the years, the club continuously shines by rendering selfless and untiring support to the less fortunate people of the society. The club’s regular meeting place is now at ALOHA Hotel, Malate, Manila. The club milestones:
RY1995-1996 Charter Presentation of the Rotary Club of Manila Metro with Alexander Y. Huang as its Charter President;
RY1996-1997, a full term Rotary year of CP Alexander Y. Huang;
RY1997-1998, The club hosted the 3-days World Community Service projects together with D2770, Japan held in Manila, Pampanga and Cavite under the leadership of Caring President Joseph Ang;
RY1998-1999, A 20-man delegation together with spouses attended the RI Convention and visited friendly clubs in Japan under the leadership of Dream President Anthony S. Chua;
RY1999-2000 Another 3-days World Community Service medical/dental mission was held in Pampanga, Manila and Cavite under the leadership of Millenium President Hector Y. Uy+;
RY2000-2001, The “Walk for Life” Prosthesis project started under the leadership of Mega President Yolanda Concepcion in cooperation with the National Vocational Rehabilitation Center (NVRC), DSWD-NCR;
RY2001-2002, The Anti-Dengue Campaign was introduced at the different public elementary schools in Manila under the leadership of Eagle President Lilong L. Chua;
RY2002-2003, Donated two (2) Gawad Kalinga houses in Tondo, Manila under the leadership of Loving President Reynaldo L. Saludares;
RY2003-2004, The club hosted the 2nd-day of DISCON which is the raffling of showcases under the leadership of Star President Maxim C. Ong;
RY2004-2005, The Manila Northwest Firetruck was implemented thru a Matching Grant under Centennial President Itong Concepcion;
RY2005-2006, Provided a computer classroom “RC Manila Metro Computer Learning Center at the City College of Manila under the leadership of 101 President George Y. Ng;
RY2006-2007, Sponsored and extended the Rotary Club of Imus Independencia under the leadership of Leader President Manuel L. Wong;
RY2007-2008, a Matching Grant #63986 project was implemented with the installation of an ICU Room complete with medical equipment at the Surgery Department, Ospital ng Maynila Medical Center under the leadership of Sharing President Carlos J. Chianpian;
RY2008-2009, Provided twelve (12) Gawad Kalinga houses in Alapan, Imus, Cavite and the approval of MG# 72500-Braille Embosser. Recognized and awarded as the over-all most outstanding club and over-all most outstanding club President was Legacy President Bernard Flour;
RY2009-2010, The first Inbound YEP from Taiwan club was conceptualized under the leadership of Visionary President Peter Ngo;
RY2010-2011, The club started and provided 15 beneficiaries of the “Hulog Boundary” sidecars in Tondo, Manila. RCMM was adjudged the Overall Most Outstanding Club and Outstanding President was Global President George Chong;
RY2011-2012, Donated Mobile X-Ray Machines to Philippine General Hospital and Baguio General Hospital thru a Global Grant# 526020 under the leadership of Changemaker President Benny A. Baladad+;
RY2012-2013, Over-all most outstanding club and over-all most outstanding club President under the leadership of Peacebuilder President George Ang;
RY2013-2014, Back-to-back over-all most outstanding club and over-all most outstanding club President under the leadership of First Class President Andy A. Te. Implemented GG# 26155 “Manila Metro e-LearningVan Aralan,” a 40-footer van equipped with 20 complete sets of personal computer moving to places and accepting out-of-school youth and get trained of the basic computer operations.
RY2014-2015 Under the leadership of its 2nd lady president, Best Class President Dick Du-Baladad, the club was geared towards a year of keeping the flame burning with its RY theme “Light Up Rotary”. RCMM managed to have another club extension I.e. RC Metro Escolta. Initiated and secured the approval of GG# 1422282 “Seaweeds Rehabilitation and Livelihood project for Antique’s Panagatan Island.
RY 2015-2016 World Class President George K.S. Tan implemented a total of 5 Global Grants projects namely: three (3) sets X-Ray Mobile Machines, one (1) set X-Ray Mobile Processor and the phase 2 of Adopt an Island Seaweeds Rehabilitation;
RY2016-2017 All Star President James C. Tan has successfully implemented Global Grant #1639792, fixed the computer laboratory and then turned over the 100 sets of personal computer to Universidad de Manila;
RY2017-2018 Great President Cleo A. Du, the 3rd lady president of the club has completed GG#1422282 – Adopt an Island – A Seaweed Rehabilitation Project in the province of Antique, signed a friendly club agreement with RC Gyeongju, South Korea, D-3630, and accomplished an inter-district friendly club joint project WASH together with RC Zamboanga West;
RY2018-2019, Under the leadership of Inspiring President Marc T. Lim, RCMM managed to complete projects in all of the 6 Areas of Focus. During this RY the approval of GG# 1866168 was secured “Portable Ultrasound Machine” Initiated another global project I.e. 60 sets of computer sets intended for the indigenous people of Sablayan, Occidental Mindoro. Recognized and awarded as an outstanding club President due to increased in membership following the formation of a new club as part of Governor’s challenge i.e. RC Tondo Metro.