The RI Board of Directors officially adopted the RCC program in 1988, following its introduction in 1985 by M.A.T. Caparas from the Philippines, who was then RI President-Elect. The RCC was envisioned as an organization of community members who wish to improve the places where they live or work. Until 1999, RCCs were referred to as either Rotary Village Corps or Rotary Community Service Corps.