Dear All Rotarians,
Time flies that almost half of the Rotary Year has almost past like in a minute.
In this first half of Rotary Year, we have experienced with excitement in many new endeavours hoping to have succeeded to lay down some concrete foundation for the second half of Rotary Year and beyond.
A. District Learning and Development Academy has completed its first Semester with altogether more than 200 attendants covering topics in Rotary knowledge and in personal elevation. Based on this we will proceed to sessions serving Rotaractors, Macau Rotarians and English speaking Rotarians.
Later we will proceed to another Semester to those imminent potential club leaders hoping that they will lead our clubs no longer being empty handed.
B. We have reinstated the concept of the need to work harder to make our Rotaractors the vital force in Rotary. We have re-emphasized the importance of understanding Rotary knowledge among Rotaractors, the need to strengthen Professional Development in Rotaract Clubs and the prospect of the succession from Rotaractors to Rotarians.
Further work is needed and hence a coming Task Force working group will be established to continue the endeavor of reinstating Rotaract value from RI for our future District Rotaract Policy.
In this aspect, further initiatives include the establishment of a special Fund: Rotaract Support Fund with the three targets:
—sponsoring 3 Rotaractors to join RI Convention every year. We have just selected 3 successful Rotaractors from 12 applicants. Congratulate them.
—to develop platform for strengthening their vocational strengths,
—to support Rotary Club formed from Rotaractors.
Thank to CP Patrick Poon and DS Kent Lau who have contributed in addition to me also into this fund.
C. Furthermore, District Vocational Service Cmt has adopted an additional motive to organize vocational supports to our Rotaractors this year. Thank PDG Belinda.
In this aspect, we have extended the scope of vocational perspectives to including the bigger bay area.
D. In the first half year, we have witnessed another major shift in Public Image from simply passive Public Image correction to proactive Branding initiatives by both our District PI & Branding Cmt and individual clubs. Thank to PDG Eric and his team that many innovative measures to proactively bringing our Branding message to media both conventional and social that we now have witnessed many media coverage of our major multi-clubs service projects and our major District events.
Moreover, clubs are now aware of the need to bring our Mark of Excellence in big banner with Rotary Branding message to the service venue that we have now Brought Rotary into Public Awareness with the notion that We Rotary mean to Serve making the World a Better Place to live.
This is only the first step. We need to keep on this Branding initiative before our Public can associate Rotary with what Rotary means. Ahead of us is a long long road that withers as a long and winding road for many many years’ endeavour before we become succeeded.
E. Internally, we have reached a record high of total donation to TRF at more than 1.1 million US dollars in about 6 months’ time, thanks to both all Major amount donors and those in every level. Notably, we must thank CP Patrick Poon to become the highest level of donation at Foundation Level of AKS.
Not only this year we have contributed, but we have also laid down a continual donation to TRF in coming few years as there will be constant continual influx of major amount of contributions from divided payments of some of the new AKS Donors.
For all levels of donations, among which we have 66 EREY Clubs, almost 2/3 of total clubs, and 48 PHFs contributed from current Club Presidents, another high record among recent years. Again thank every club President.
Not only just to give, but we have also reached about 60 District grants projects that the awareness among clubs to use our donation to support service projects again has strided a bigger step forward.
F. We have organized two ever the first initiatives this year concerning the Selection of Future Governor, namely the Briefing on The Methodology of the Nominating Committee, and the District Forum on the topic of District Role and Function. Each has attracted more than 60 participants that District owes its duty to these passionate Rotarians furtherance to motivate their engagement in promoting a better District and a more enthusiastic selection of our future leader.
F. So far we have a net gain of 128 new members in total and most of them are in existing clubs. The maneuver of further promotion of membership growth never stops and here I would like to ask for a unified action among All Rotarians to keep on this move as it was initiated in the beginning of Rotary Year: that is:
To achieve Net Gain in each club; and
To make our club a family among members by firstly “Be There” Always!
There is nothing as the Best, but only the better and better as we stride forward!
There are many things ahead of us in front that we dare not pause even a while but keep united as a single task force for achieving the delegated targets and expectations from our Rotarians that have selected and entrusted us to serve them, and for the yearly Strategic Focus delegated from RI in terms of membership, Public Awareness, humanity services and to engage Rotaractors as our successors.
Time flies like a sparkling flash that we have to concentrate our efforts towards those remaining tasks that lie ahead of us especially within:—
—In membership growth,
—In Rotaractors values reinstatement,
—In laying more concrete foundational works for the strategic sustainability of our District to stride forward.
Only Together we can achieve and Only Together we Can mobilize more and more passionate Rotarians together to achieve further the above three Targets for the Sustainable Long termed Future Good of Our District and Rotary.
Thank here every one of our PDGs, everyone of our District Team, everyone of our District Committee members, everyone of our Club Presidents, everyone of our club leaders, and everyone of our RIC Staff.
Your humbly Serving District Governor,
28 December 2018.