Who We Are: Filipino Americans in service

 History of Kalipunan

Kalipunan- a Tagalog word for "tribal gathering"  or association, was conceived by Alma Mariano, a Filipino-American resident of Clinton, Iowa. With her friends, Amelia de Vera Sales, a resident of Rock Island, Illinois and Aida Millare, a resident of Moline, Illinois, she envisioned a group of Filipino- Americans gathering, not only for socialization, but a gathering with a purpose to the community, giving back to their adoptive country and the Philippines. 

 Kalipunan officially became a non- profit organization registered in the state of Iowa on February 2005 with a humble number of volunteers. Today, Kalipunan thrives not on its size, but its volunteers' hard work, perseverance, and dedication to serve the community. Kalipunan doesn't exact membership fees. Our projects are supported by generous donors, friends and active volunteers who generously give financial support, their gifts of labor, of time and talents.

In 2015, Kalipunan became a federally registered 501c3 charitable organization by the IRS.

 Kalipunan Fact:

The word "Pilipino" is used in the official name of the organization because the letter "F" doesn't exist in the original Filipino alphabet.

  Current Elected Officers 2019- 2020

 Immediate Past President: Rosemarie Magbual Ancheta

President: Sarah Galvezo Smith 

President-Elect: Amelia De Vera Sales

Secretary: Socorro Morris

Treasurer: Maria Cristina McNeal


  Current Board of Directors

Michael Smith 2017- 2019

Lulu Nelson 2018- 2020 

Alan Packard 2018- 2020

Noemi Marilim 2019- 2021

Eileen Roethler 2019- 2021


 Active Volunteers

Betty Hackett

Alma Mariano (Founder)

Aida Millare (Co-Founder)

Vilma Packard

Luningning Schwartzhoff

Gabby Smith

Vania Wang 


Special Committees

Fundraising:  Open

Volunteer Coordination: Open

Social:  Open

  Consider becoming volunteers of Kalipunan and serve on the Board or Office, or simply become an Active Volunteer. Service is your best gift to humanity.


Current Office address: 1315 Crow Creek Road, Bettendorf, Iowa 52722

Email: kalipunanqca@yahoo.com