January is the start of another new year which we all hope will be a much less traumatic one than the last. As I previously mentioned in the December issue, sent out in January, a pandemic could at any time take a turn to the worse and make things much more difficult for everyone. Our district activities had been greatly affected.
I hope all Rotarians have already taken at least one dose of vaccination if not two, or even three, to make certain we have the best protection, for ourselves and our loved ones and colleagues. Omicron is highly contagious and its spread can still become considerably greater in coming weeks.
As we are moving through this 5th wave of the pandemic, I hope you will all take every precaution to avoid face to face gatherings as much as possible in order to ensure that yourselves and your families will not be infected with Covid. As leaders of the society, we should set an example of responsibility in doing everything we can to avoid helping the spread of the disease due to any of our activities, meetings or gatherings.
As we are moving through February, it has already become clear that the 5th Wave is creating a very serious situation in Hong Kong. We are being regularly warned that social gatherings could greatly increase the number of infections, thereby creating an unbearable burden on an already stressed public health system, and even raising the possibility of the collapse of the medical system. Myself and all district officers and dignitaries are all agreed that without control of social gatherings and without a high vaccination rate, more people will be infected by the virus, and the fatality rate will consequently rise, especially among the elderly. Vigilance, care and firm efforts are called for from everyone.
The month of January marked a milestone in the election of our DGND with all clubs submitting the ballot by a secure email method. I must thank the committee led by PDG Peter Wan, PDG Belinda Yeung and PDG YC Ho and the rest of the district officers who handled the preparations, and who took charge of the final tallying of the votes from all the clubs.
The election ran smoothly with the diligent efforts of the oversight committee ensuring that all ballots were carefully scrutinized and checked.
The result was that DGND Nigel Lo received a solid majority of the cast votes and will therefore be our District Governor in RY2024-25.
We are delighted to congratulate DGND Nigel Lo on his election, and trust he will bring new insights and ambitions to our District.
I would like to thank all the clubs and their members who submitted the votes in time, so the process could be handled smoothly without any issues. However, in future we hope to give the clubs more guidelines on how to make certain their votes would be valid and not voided due to any technical issues.
地區總監提名指定人羅承益 (DGND Nigel Lo)將會成為3450地區2024/25 年度扶輪地區總監。
Covid-19 vaccination campaign
Several vaccination campaigns have been held in the community, circulating in Wong Tai Sin, Sham Shui Po, Sheung Shui, Sai Kung and Tsz Wan Shan. Rotarians who are registered doctors volunteered to provide medical advice to elderly.
Our frontline medical practitioners have stressed that vaccination is the best weapon against Covid-19 and have been actively passing this message to the public. We were impressed to meet a centenarian who has just received her third dose. ACT NOW to protect yourselves and your beloved ones!
The project definitely is meaningful and, with the surging numbers of cases, we hope more of the elderly will get vaccinated. There must also be other NGOs who are working with the elderly on a regular basis. Perhaps some of our medical professional Rotarians could identify such NGOs and ask if they would be able to arrange for volunteers to help bring elderly, especially the unvaccinated, to call on you, so that you could explain things to them. This could be one way to carry on the campaign with less risk than meeting with the elderly in groups.
Metro Radio – Rotary ‘Serve to Change Lives’ Radio Program Series
These programs present engaging stories about Services by Rotarians, sharing their expertise and experience within the community. The programs serve as a promotion of Rotary District 3450 to the general public and are also a good introduction to Rotary for new potential members.
CONNECT to GROW; SHARE to CONNECT;
LEARN from SHARE; GROW by LEARN
THE ONE Humanitarian Awards – PDG David Harilela/ PDG Eugene Fong/ PDG HW Fung
無名英雄人道奬 #前地區總監夏大衛 #前地區總監方奕展 #前地區總監馮興宏
THE ONE HK無名英雄最深刻的得獎者故事？
介紹THE ONE 人道主義奬
THE ONE INTERNATIONAL未來發展方向？-
Peace Building & Conflict Prevention – PDG Peter Pang/ DGN Andy Li
調解衝突以及建構和平 #前地區總監彭志宏 #地區總監提名人李兆民
Foundation & Global Grant Projects – PDG Belinda Yeung/ IPDG Eric Chak
扶輪基金及全球獎助金跨地區配對計劃 #前地區總監楊碧瑤 #甫卸任前總監翟慶聰
介紹 Rotary Foundation 背後有什麼故事和理念？
PDG Belinda 及 IPDG Eric 分享多年服務經歷
Vocational Services – PP Raymond Fan/ PP Francis Chan/ PP Winnie Ng
職業服務 #前社長范永樂 #前社長伍永賢 #前社長陳志雄
Growing different forms of Membership – PDG Eric Chin/ Chair Mark Li/ Chair Ariel Lai
多樣化的扶輪社員發展 #前地區總監錢樹楷 #黎凱怡 #李文達
PDG Eric, Rotarian Mark 簡介地區社員發展委員會
扶輪小知識根除小兒麻痹 Rotarian Ariel 大談全女班衛星社
The District Directory and Pocket Planners are now available at our RIC offices. You may pick up the Directory during office hours.
RIC Booking, Special Measures during Epidemic
Following HKSAR Government’s latest social distancing measures, bookings of RIC after normal office hours will be suspended until further notice.
During the office hours (Monday to Friday 9:30am-6:30pm, excluding public holidays), the maximum capacity of the meeting room should NOT be more than EIGHT. Please make sure you have had prior communication with RIC staff. All Rotarians visiting RIC are asked to please take extra care and to have your masks on at all times during your visits. Please avoid drinking or eating on the premises, so as to protect the welfare of the staff.
For all visitors entering RIC, you are requested to:
1. Measure your body temperature
2. Scan the Leave Home Safe QR code
3. Always wear surgical mask
4. Avoid drinking or eating
Anyone who has travelled outside of Hong Kong in the last 14 days, prior to the visit, or who is waiting for COVID-19 test results, MUST NOT visit RIC.
Meetings by zoom are highly encouraged.
任何最近14天離港人士或正等候COVID -19 核酸測試結果者，一律謝絕探訪。
Online seminar about Covid-19 vaccine
I had attended two informative seminars about COVID-19 vaccines. Various medical and healthcare professions were invited to share their insights and views on the vaccines. The purpose was to enhance public awareness of the COVID-19 vaccine programs.
Feel free to view recorded versions (shown below) of these seminars on Youtube and to share this with your family members and colleagues.
1. Choose a safe and effective Covid-19 vaccine for adults as well as for children.
2. How to arrange for children aged 5-11 to be vaccinated against the COVID-19.如何安排5-11歲兒童接種新冠疫苗? (26&28/01/2022)
Youtube Q&A playlist問答環節重温:
Area of the Month – January
Let’s see how Area 5 get together to serve the community.