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  • Rotarian Jose M. Torres, one of Guam's oldest residents and its top musician, plays several numbers for guests at the banquet celebrating the official reopening of the Guam Rotary Club which had been closed up for three years during the Japanese occupation paper were perfected and the application for membership was sent to Rotary International in Chicago by Pan American Clipper.
  • Guamanian children, sons and daughters of members of the newly-formed Guam Rotary Club serenade their elder at charter presentation ceremonies.
  • March 1945 issue of "The Rotarian"
  • B.J. Bordallo expressing his greetings to the host. On his immediate right is Pedro Martinez - Businessman and stock raiser. On the right of Martinez is Simon A. Sanchez, Superintendent of Schools. The background is a CB orchestra.
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  • Charter Presentation (1945)
  • Charter Presentation (1945)
  • These "Rotary Annes." Daughter of Guam Rotary Club members. serenade guests at t banquet at which the Guam Rotary Club was re-created after having been temporarily wiped out during the Japanese occupation on the American Possession
  • Scene at the Speakers' table a banquet hold to celebrate the official re-chartering of the Guam Rotary Club. The club has "gone out of business" during the Japanese three years occupation, In Rear, 1 to r. are: Colonel Victor F.Bleasdale USMC, deputy chief military government officer; Mrs. B.J. Bordallo, president of the Guam Rotary Club; Major General Henry L. Larsen, USMC, Guam Island Commander; Mrs. Pedro Martinez; and Navy Lieutenant Commander Ben Hardin, international representative of the Rotary Club.
  • A quarter composed of (1to r.) Mrs. B.J. Bordallo(wife of the president of the Guam Rotary Club, Miss Nancy Underwood, Mrs. Rosalie Langford and Miss Rose Underwood, serenade guests at a banquet held to celebrate the official re-opening of the Guam Rotary Club recently.

Post War Re-Opening of the Rotary Club of Guam

On 20 December 1944, a meeting was held, attended by Messrs. B.J. Bordallo, V.P. Herrero, E. T. Calvo, R. M Sablan, MD., Pedro Martinez, Jose G. Eustaquio, J. M. Torres, T. T. Calvo, V. P. Martinez, Simon Sanchez, ten Rotarians who were active in the club at the time of the occupation, and Rtn. Lt. Cmdr. Ben F. Hardin, and on 28 February 1945, a list of 18 proposed charter members was submitted to Rotary International with the object of forming a provisional Rotary Club of Guam to reactivate this important institution. It is interesting to note at that time, Past President Carl C. Butler and Rtn. Marcelo Sgambelluri were still prisoners of war in Japan.

Rotarian Jose M. Torres, one of Guam's oldest residents and its top musician, plays several numbers for guests at the banquet celebrating the official reopening of the Guam Rotary Club which had been closed up for three years during the Japanese occupation paper were perfected and the application for membership was sent to Rotary International in Chicago by Pan American Clipper.

Rotarian Jose M. Torres, one of Guam’s oldest residents and its top musician, plays several numbers for guests at the banquet celebrating the official reopening of the Guam Rotary Club which had been closed up for three years during the Japanese occupation paper were perfected and the application for membership was sent to Rotary International in Chicago by Pan American Clipper.

Guamanian children, sons and daughters of members of the newly-formed Guam Rotary Club serenade their elder at charter presentation ceremonies.

Guamanian children, sons and daughters of members of the newly-formed Guam Rotary Club serenade their elder at charter presentation ceremonies.


March 1945 issue of "The Rotarian"

March 1945 issue of “The Rotarian”


Close on the heels of this meeting, the following article appeared in the March 1945 issue of “The Rotarian”: “Rotary Wheel Turns on Guam”.

“Unofficially, Rotary wheels are again turning on the island of Guam – for the first time in three year. Recently ten of the 29 former members of the island Club assembled at the officer’s mess of a naval shore unit (see cut), at the invitation of Lieutenant Commander Ben F. Hardin, a member of the Rotary Club of Butte, Mont. A service orchestra played, and the meeting marked the first time the men had enjoyed each other’s fellowship since the Japanese invasion in 1941. Their eagerness to reorganize is a tribute to the indoctrination work performed there by Past Vice-President Carlos P. Romulo. Further meetings are contemplated, and while the group is not yet recognized as a Rotary Club, the Commission for the Organization of Clubs in the Far East is favorable to its organization, and is proceeding to have it established as such.”

B.J. Bordallo expressing his greetings to the host. On his immediate right is Pedro Martinez - Businessman and stock raiser. On the right of Martinez is Simon A. Sanchez, Superintendent of Schools. The background is a CB orchestra.

B.J. Bordallo expressing his greetings to the host. On his immediate right is Pedro Martinez – Businessman and stock raiser. On the right of Martinez is Simon A. Sanchez, Superintendent of Schools. The background is a CB orchestra.

Charter Presentation (1945)PROGRAM
1. Invocation by: Most Rev. Bishop Angel Olano
2. Song – “God Bless America” by Audience
3. Welcome Remarks by: B.J. Bordallo, President,
Guam Rotary Club
INTERMISSION
4. Musical Program:
a. Vocal number – Joaquin Manibusan
b. Guam favorite songs – Group of “Junior”
Rotarians & Sisters
c. Chamorro songs – Rotary Annes Junior League
d. Spanish songs – Rotarian J.M. Torres & Company
5. President of Charter – Ben Hardin,
Representation Rotary International
6. Acceptance of Charter – B.J. Bordallo, President – Rotary Club in Guam
7. Song – “Auld Lang Syne” – Rotarians & Guests
OFFICERS
B.J. Bordallo, President
Pedro Martinez, Vice President
Jose C. Manibusan, Secretary
Vicente B Martinez, Treasurer
Vicente P. Herrero, Sergeant-at-arms
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
B. J. Bordallo – T. T. Calvo
Pedro Martinez – A. T. Bordallo
Jose C. Manibusan – Jose M. Torres
R. M. Sablan – E. T. Calvo
CHARTER MEMBERS
B. J. Bordallo – Pedro Martinez
Jose C. Manibusan – T. T. Calvo
Vicente B. Martinez – Jose M. Torres
James B. Butler – Josef M. Ada
Vicente P. Herrero – Jose Salas
A. T. Bordallo – Jose G Eustiquio
E. T. Calvo – R. M. Sablan
GUEST OF HONOR
Chester W. Nimitz, Fleet Admiral, U. S. Navy – Military Governor of Guam
J. H. Hoover, Vice-Admiral, U. S. Navy – Commander, Marianas
Henry L. Larsen, Major General, U. S. M. C. – Island Commander
Victor F. Bleasdale, Colonel, U. S. M. C. – Deputy Chief Military Government Officer
Miguel Angel Olano, D. D. – Bishop of Guam
Ben Hardin, – Rotary International Representative
GUESTS
Vicente P. Camacho – A. McDermid
Rev. Oscar L. Calvo – Jose C. Torres
B.P. Carbullido – Vicente C. Aflague
J. J. Underwood – Vicente U. Zafra


MENU (served that occasion)
NUTS – RELISH
FRUIT COCKTAIL - Spirit of Canada
CHICKEN SOUP – Polynesian
FRIED CHICKEN - Guam Style
PORK ROAST – Raisin dressing
POTATO – Julienne
Rice a la Valenciana
PARKER House Rolls
SALAD - Heart of Palm
TUTTI FRUTI SUNDAE – JELLY ROLLS
CAFÉ’ au lait
CIGARS – CIGARETTES


Letter Transcript

Lt. Comdr. Ben F. Hardin, USNR
U. S. Naval Barracks No. 2
Naval Supply Depot
Navy No. 926, c/o Fleet Post Officer
San Francisco, California
Dear Ben:

Thanks ever so much for your fine letter of the 6th of July with the program of the charter presentation of Guam in the Marianas.

We have made a digest of this letter and of the program for the Secretary’s Letter which is being mailed this afternoon, and a copy is enclosed for your information.

We have written to the Marine Bureau of Information in Washington to get copies of the pictures because I have noted that you want additional copies of the pictures, and we’ll make them for you and send them along to B.J.

You have done a grand job, and we are very, very grateful to you for your interest!

Sincerely yours,
Philip Lovejoy
Secretary


 These "Rotary Annes." Daughter of Guam Rotary Club members. serenade guests at t banquet at which the Guam Rotary Club was re-created after having been temporarily wiped out during the Japanese occupation on the American Possession

These “Rotary Annes.” Daughter of Guam Rotary Club members. serenade guests at t banquet at which the Guam Rotary Club was re-created after having been temporarily wiped out during the Japanese occupation on the American Possession


Scene at the Speakers' table a banquet hold to celebrate the official re-chartering of the Guam Rotary Club. The club has "gone out of business" during the Japanese three years occupation, In Rear, 1 to r. are: Colonel Victor F.Bleasdale USMC, deputy chief military government officer; Mrs. B.J. Bordallo, president of the Guam Rotary Club; Major General Henry L. Larsen, USMC, Guam Island Commander; Mrs. Pedro Martinez; and Navy Lieutenant Commander Ben Hardin, international representative of the Rotary Club.

Scene at the Speakers’ table a banquet hold to celebrate the official re-chartering of the Guam Rotary Club. The club has “gone out of business” during the Japanese three years occupation, In Rear, 1 to r. are: Colonel Victor F.Bleasdale USMC, deputy chief military government officer; Mrs. B.J. Bordallo, president of the Guam Rotary Club; Major General Henry L. Larsen, USMC, Guam Island Commander; Mrs. Pedro Martinez; and Navy Lieutenant Commander Ben Hardin, international representative of the Rotary Club.


A quarter composed of (1to r.) Mrs. B.J. Bordallo(wife of the president of the Guam Rotary Club, Miss Nancy Underwood, Mrs. Rosalie Langford and Miss Rose Underwood, serenade guests at a banquet held to celebrate the official re-opening of the Guam Rotary Club recently.

A quarter composed of (1to r.) Mrs. B.J. Bordallo(wife of the president of the Guam Rotary Club, Miss Nancy Underwood, Mrs. Rosalie Langford and Miss Rose Underwood, serenade guests at a banquet held to celebrate the official re-opening of the Guam Rotary Club recently.

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