Most of those Rotarians who have been in the club long enough to remember when Phil was President will recall the “throw down crackers”, but it was during PP Phil’s term that the Rotary Club of Guam inaugurated the Interact Club at the John F. Kennedy High School as described in the April 2, 1967 issue of the Guam Daily News, which reads:
THE INTERACT CLUB OF JFK
The charter was presented to Craigh Trammell, club president, by Honorary Rotarian Governor Manuel F. L. Guerrero.
Sponsored by the Rotary, Interact clubs are being organized all over the world at the rate of almost two a day. Their purpose is to work together in world fellowship, dedicated to service and international understanding. At present there are more than 1,600 Interact clubs in 57 countries and on six continents.
Chairman of the Rotary’s Interact Committee, Rotarians Carl Snodgrass, principal of John F. Kennedy High School, along with Rotarian Warren Wolfe were the two key figures in bringing the Interact Club to John F. Kennnedy High School. Its club is the first to be organized in a U.S. territory.
In presenting the charter, Governor Guerrero expressed the hope that George Washington High School would be able to organized Guam’s next Interact Club.
The newly-elected officers of the J.F.K. club are Craig Trammel, president; Rick Duck, vice-president; John Leon Guerrero, secretary; and John Taitano, treasurer.
Other charter members include Al Lamorena, Francis Mendiola, Carl Dominguez, Tony Borja, Pedro Atilig, Vidal Manglona, Richard Andersen, Euugene Ramsey, Vicente Sian, Victor Gamble, James Basham, Geovane Camacho, Francisco Castro, Vincent M. Duenas, Robert Rasalan, Dwight Schwartz, James Daniel, Anthony Gill, Eric Jump, Rober Speidel, William Smith, Larry Crumliss, Robert T. Held, Jesus Luazan, William Means, Kerry Sullivan, Larry Turner. Henry Flores, Joseph Torre, Joseph Mendiola, and Joaquin Torre.
These students were chose because of their demonstrated qualities of character, and leadership potential, as well as for superior achievement in academic and extra-curricular activities. As members of an Internet Club, they will engage in projects designed to served their school and community and to promote international understanding.
Just how much these students gained from their experience in Interact is not known, but it is known that Al Lamorena, Eugene Ramsey and others are now key figures in Guam; It is hoped that “Interact” can be rejuvenated in this area.
One hardly suspects that so much could achieved for youth in one administration but that PP Phil was a true leader in this field is demonstrated time and again by an article appearing in the Guam Daily News on April 14, 1967.
ROTARY OFFERS GRANTS TO COLLEGE STUDENTS
Scholarship achievement awards and scholarship are being offered annually by the Rotary Club of Guam to fulltime students pursuing a bachelor’s degree at the college of Guam.
L. Lee Burklund, Rotary Scholarship Committee chairman, said in a letter to College President Antonio C. Yamashita:
“The Rotary Club of Guam is happy to provide this assistance in making higher education available to worthy students.”
The achievement award consists of a $100 U.S. Savings Bond and a Certificate of Achievement. It will be presented at the end of each school year to the highest ranking student in each class.
The scholarships are for two juniors and two seniors who have maintained a cumulative grade average of at least 2.5 and who are recommended for financial assistance by the College Scholarship Committee. Each recipient will receive $500.
Further information may be obtained from the Scholarship and Loan Officer in Building A at the College.