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The saying goes that “Time flies”. Already a month has passed of Rotary Year RY 2021-22, leaving only 11 months for us to fulfill our hopes and goals. I have had the great pleasure of settling into my new role as Rotary DG, but I remain nervous and excited about the challenges and the prospects before us, as District 3450 begins its recovery from the trauma of Covid during the past 18 months.
Membership Month – August
As I stated in my District Installation speech, we need to think about understanding the strengths and weaknesses of our Clubs, and then how to take advantage of the strengths to overcome the weaknesses. In this ‘Month of Membership’, I would hope to call on each of our member to personally promote the mission of ‘Each One Bring One’; to actually put it into action by bringing a friend, a relative, a colleague, a business associate, or members of another organization you are related to, to your Rotary meeting. Let them understand the good work your Club is doing within our community, take part in the enjoyment of fellowship among members, and experience firsthand the Rotary ethos, striving for a better world through our joint efforts.
Without the growth of membership, Clubs would become less efficient and moribund. By admitting new or potential members to meetings and projects, we can motivate more capable and suitable people to join the Rotary’s force for good, bring in fresh ideas and enthusiasm, and bring out the best in all our members. As per this year’s theme/motto, when you introduce a new member to your Club, you are serving to change lives, because becoming a Rotarian is a life changing experience. The Rotary platform allows so many of us to strive to be better human beings, excel in bringing meaningful projects that can benefit all sectors of the community. The same applies to members’ contributions to the Rotary Foundation which increases the funding for all avenues of Rotary International’s efforts into the coming century.
Show to your friends, why becoming a Rotarian brings life changing experience to us, even though we are in the most difficult times that the world has experienced within our life-times. Through it all, we can find moral support among fellow members, as well as finding common cause to help our community and to bring light to the needy ones in the society.
Let them know, they are not alone, there are people who care, and Rotary Clubs of District 3450, are striving to give back even during the hard times. There is a saying that ‘giving means taking’, because whatever we seemingly give away, we all gain something that fulfills us with the caring of humanity, and that is what Rotary is all about.
We urge all Presidents and Membership Directors to set a target for the number of people that members should try to bring in to meetings, for the 1st quarter of the Rotary Year, followed by a review of the results, to assess how we can keep moving forward and improving. Bringing in new members is a measurement of our commitment to the cause of Rotary, because, with growth, comes greater opportunities.
We also would strongly hope that all Club Presidents would lead by example by bringing at least one friend within the coming months to attend your meetings. The personal example is always strongest motivation and inspiration – leading from the front. The same applies to District Officers, because no matter what committee you are in, I’m sure you all understand the urgency and the significance of introducing new potential members to join the Rotary work. Even if some guests do not follow on by actually joining the Club, they will carry the message of Rotary’s good work, its fellowship and hospitality with them back out into the community. It is all valuable work in Rotary’s cause, and that means humanity’s cause.
Summary of activities : June to August
As one of my first duties, it was my great honour to attend the District Installation ceremony at the HKCEC on July 10 2021, in fellowship with 650 Rotarians and guests, as well as numerous others who joined us online. I would like to thank everyone who took part for their enormous work in making the event memorable in the true spirit of Rotary.
B. Club Installation
The month starting on 31st May, 2021 was also a very busy one for me, as I was able to attend 63 Club installations. It was a privilege and pleasure to meet so many fellow Rotarians at the start of the new Rotary year, and I hope to see everyone again as we all dive into the projects and plans for the forthcoming year.
C. District Membership Seminar
On the 24th of July, 135 fellow Rotarians participated in the District Membership Seminar, held at CCC Kwei Wah Shan College. The Seminar was attended by over 60 Clubs represented by their Presidents, Club Membership Chairs, and PEs.
Attending Rotarians No.: 135
b. Club Presidents No.: 45 (including 2 Satellite Club Chairs)
c. Club Membership Chairs: 32
d. President Elects and Members: 73
e. District Officers: 10
f. DG,PDGs and Future DGs: 7
g. No. of Clubs: 67
This year we have welcomed and registered one new Rotaract Club, 7 Interact Clubs as well as 1 Satellite Club, as per the table below:
We have thus started the year off on a high note, but this leaves no room for complacency, and should only inspire us to even greater efforts in the months ahead.
D. District Learning and Development Academy (DLDA)
Date: 28 Aug 2021
Time: 2pm to 5pm
Venue: Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre
Youth Policies of Rotary International
PP Menza Chu, President Kenix Yuen,
PP WH Fok & DRR Luffy Chan,
The Digitalisation of RMB
• Rtn. Paul Pong(龐寶林先生)
• Rtn. Jacky Luk(陸振球先生)
• Pro. Emil Chan (陳家豪教授)
Additionally we need to identify outstanding Rotarians of District 3450 who would be able to act as (guest) speakers.
We should also suggest further topics which would be of interest to fellow Rotarians
• District Dementia Project (扶輪健腦樂同行) -Mid-Nov 2021
•Blood Donation Week (扶輪扶青捐血) -Early 2022
•CPR/ AED Education Project (心肺復甦及去顫法教育計劃) -Mid-Nov 2021
•Organ Donation Week (扶輪扶青器官捐贈週) -Late Sept 2021
•Rotary Vaccinated Club project (扶輪疫苗推廣計劃) -Ongoing
F. The Rotary Foundation
The District has always supported The Rotary Foundation. I would like to express my heartfelt gratitude to President Samuel Poon and the members of Rotary Club of Hong Kong Harbour for their generosity of donating US$250,000.