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THE DISTRICT 3810 HISTORY

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Rotary District 3810

The Philippine’s Premier Rotary District, it’s beginning...

District 3810 is not a new district as others may think. It is an old district with a relatively new number, although with a much reduced area coverage; composed of the cities of Manila and Pasay; and the provinces of Cavite and Occidental Mindoro.

History...

The history of District 3810 can not be told if we don’t trace back the History in the Philippines because the very first club in Asia belong to the district.  It was in RY 1918-1919 when the 1st Rotary club in the Philippines and in Asia was chartered – The Rotary Club of Manila on June 1, 1919. When Rotary International adopted a general redistricting in RY 1936-37, District 81 was created for the Philippines, Mainland China and Hongkong.

After a year, District 81 was changed to District 96 with the Governor coming from RC Shanghai, R.O.C., and the position for the third vice president of R.I. going to Carlos P. Romulo of the Philippines. However, during the RY 1938-39, R.I. created District 81 once again for the Philippines Clubs with PP George Malcolm of RC Manila as District Governor and again Carlos P. Romulo serving as R.I. Director.

During RY 1950-51, the Philippines District number was change to District 48 and in 1957, District 48 was again changed to District 385 with total of 37 Clubs. Because Philippines Rotary kept on growing, District 385 was divided during RY 1964-65 creating District 380 for Luzon and Palawan, and District 385 for Visayas, Mindoro and Mindanao. The first Governor of District 380 was PP M.A.T. Caparas of Rotary Club of Caloocan.

In 1977-78, District 380 to split into Districts 380 and 382. Eight years later, the redistricting of District 382 took into effect with the Bicol region, Laguna, Batangas and Oriental Mindoro belonging to District 382, while Manila, Makati, Pasay, and its suburban areas and the provinces of Cavite, Palawan and Occidental Mindoro comprising 30 clubs in District 381 with PP Juanito “Sonny” T. Ventura of RC Downtown Manila as the first Governor.

The last Governor to administer over 113 clubs of the district was Governor Sonny Coloma of RC University District Manila, and the first to govern a reduced territorial jurisdiction with 56 clubs was Governor Frankie Roman of RC Manila. As of June 30, 2002, at the termination of DG Rudy Estrellado’s term of office, District 3810 has grown back to 82 Rotary clubs.

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