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6-7The First Chinese Director of Rotary International Dr. Fong Foo-Sec and the Business of Teaching English By Herbert K. Lau () (Rotary China Historian)1 June 2014Dr. Fong Foo-Sec (), B.A.(UCBerkeley); M.A., M.Ed.(Columbia); LL.D.(Pomona), (1869-1938), a Guangdong native, joined the Shanghai Rotary Club () on 4 April 1922(Classification: Books Publishing), was the first Chinese who served as a director of Rotary International in 1933-1934, but very exceptionally not a past district governor. Other than that, Fong held a smart record of services to Rotary as the Shanghai Rotary Club President 1931-1932; Chinas representative to the first Council on Legislation in 1934; Rotary International District 81 Governor 1936-1937; District 96-97-98 Governor 1937-1938; and finally, District 97-98 Governor 1 July 1938 until3 October 1938when he passed away in office after two months of illness.In June 1922, Fong, a fresh member to Rotary, was the only Chinas delegate attended the 13th Rotary International Convention at Los...

-Tong Yuen-Cham The First Chinese Rotarian in HistoryBy Herbert K. Lau () (Rotary China Historian)1 July2014I consider my membership in Rotary as the only Chinese representative one of the greatest honors that I have ever received, and I am truly grateful that I have the good fortune to be a member of an organization where such a spirit of good fellowship prevails. There is that atmosphere of push and jovial intimacy which cannot but make for the best in the movement for internationalism which is now fast growing in all countries. In no other city in the world is there such a field for the international aims and ambitions of Rotary as in Shanghai, and no other country offers greater possibilities for the expression of the true Rotary spirit than China. China is standing on the threshold of internationalism, and looking out for the first time in her history for the better...

()201971Rotary International leaders from the Republic of China in the 100 YearsBy Herbert K. Lau(Rotary China Historian)1 July 20191919720197100100Rotary in China began in July of 1919 when the first Rotary Club of Shanghai was established in the Shanghai International Settlement, The Republic of China. July in 2019 marks the 100 years of Rotary movement in Greater China. During these 100 years, there has been a number of eminent leaders from the Republic of China sit on the Board of Directors of Rotary International.1933-1934Rotary International DirectorFong Foo-SecShanghai Rotary Club 21941-1942Rotary International DirectorYen Te-ChingNanking Rotary Club1944-1946Rotary International Director1945-1946Rotary International 2nd Vice PresidentChengting Thomas WangChungking Rotary Club 32000-2002Rotary International Director2001-2002Rotary International Vice President2014-2015Rotary International PresidentGary C. K. HuangTaipeiRotary Club2008-2010Rotary International DirectorJackson S. L. HsiehTaipeiSunrise Rotary Club 42015-2017Rotary International Director2016-2017Rotary International TreasurerFrederick LinTaipeiTung Teh Rotary Club2020-2022Rotary International DirectorNomineeLiu Chi-TienYangmei Rotary Club

Some Famous Firsts in Rotary by Herbert K. Lau () (Rotary China Historian)1 January 2015 Was Paul Harris the first president of a Rotary Club? NO Was Paul Harris the first president of Rotary International? YES There is an easy explanation to this apparent contradiction. Although Paul Harris was the founder and organizer of the first Rotary Club in Chicago in 1905, the man selected to be the first club president was one of the other founding members, Silvester Schiele. By August 1910, there were 16 Rotary clubs, which formed an organization called the National Association of Rotary Clubs in America. Two years later, the name was changed to the International Association of Rotary Clubs to reflect the additionof clubs in Canada, England, Ireland, and Scotland. In 1922, the name was shortened to Rotary International.When the first organization of Rotary clubs was created in 1910, Paul Harris was selected as the...

Dr. Li Shu-Fan -Governor of the 96th District 1947-1948 Conducted the First-Ever Rotary District Conference in Hong Kong By Herbert K. Lau () (Rotary China Historian)1 February2016 One of the main philosophic convictions of my life has been the desire to leave the world a little richer than when I found it.~~ Li Shu-FanDespite difficulties after the Pacific War (a chapter of the World War II)ended in 1945, Rotary continuedto progress in the Far East. The Rotary clubs in China were again in their stride of progress, so badly interfered with by the last War. More than half of the suspendedclubs have been re-established, with ten more to be revived. There were 18 Rotary clubs survived functioning in China as on 1 March 1947.Notable Rotary progress was indicated for the various districts in China, if District Conferences could be used as measuring sticks. Dr. Li Shu-Fan ()(Medical Services), of Hong...

Flag and Banner of Rotary InternationalBy Herbert K. Lau () (Rotary China Historian)1 September2013The Old FashionAn official flag was formally adopted by Rotary International at the 1929 InternationalConvention in Dallas, Texas, United States. The Rotary flag consists of white field with the official wheel emblem emblazoned in gold in the center of the field. The four depressed spaces on the rim of the Rotary wheel are colored royal blue. The name Rotary Internationalprinted at the top and bottom depressions on the wheel rim are also gold. The shaft in the hub and the keyway of the wheel are white.Rotarys official flag,designed by a commercial artist named Alvin Schepp, was first flown in Kansas City, Missouri, U.S.A., at 11 oclock on the early morning of 14 January 1915, from the roof of the Baltimore Hotel as a group of Rotarians and their wives looked on. (see photo below)Why Kansas City? ...

Golden Anniversary of Rotary International in 1955 By Herbert K. Lau () (Rotary China Historian) 23 February 2015 Today is the 110th Anniversary of Rotary International since its inception in 1905. Certainly, 60 years ago today, there was the Golden Anniversary. Commencing the year of 1954-1955, Golden Anniversary congratulatory messages from heads of State flew in Rotary International from all parts of the earth. Excerpted here are some of the messages: President Chiang Kai-Shek, Republic of China () A handsome scroll from General Chiang Kai-Shek, President of the Republic of China, bears a message in brushed ideographs. It says the objective of Rotary International may be likened to the ideal of universal brotherliness which has long been cherished by the Chinese people ... ... My best wishes. Winston Churchill, Prime Minister of The Great Britain All thinking men recognize the moral and spiritual value of Rotary. There...

End Polio NowThe First National Immunization Days in China 1993-94By Herbert K. Lau () (Rotary China Historian)1 October 2016 October 24 is Rotarys World Polio Day 2016. Twenty plus years ago, there were the first National Polio Immunization Days in China, which made China reached 100 million children in historic immunization campaign. On December 5, 1993, the Peoples Republic of China launched the worlds largest NationalImmunization Day (NID) by then. In a 24-hour period, the worlds most populous country immunized more children than in all of Asia and Africa. An estimated 100 million children received two doses each of oral polio vaccine at local immunization posts and health centers. Chinese President Jiang Zemin () and several state leaders attended immunization sessions in Beijing, as well as in some cities ofother provinces. According to a statement 1994 issued by the World Health Organizations (WHO) regional office in Manila: The support from...

Rotary in Hong Kong and Kowloon in 1952By Herbert K. Lau () (Rotary China Historian)1 December 2015This is the cover of the April 1952 Issue ofThe Rotarianmagazine, and this was the first time the beautiful Victoria Harbourscene used on the cover of this global magazine with pictorial story telling Rotarians world-wide how the then British Crown Colony Hong Kong was recovering from the hard time of 3 years and 8 months during the Pacific War (1941-1945). The story also tells the effort and leadership of Dr. Arthur W. Woo (), O.B.E., J.P., on leading the Rotary Club of Hong Kong () to be re-admitted in 1946to the membership of Rotary International(R.I.); the development of Rotary in Kowloon Peninsular and their service projects. The entire article is affixed herewith on Pages 3-6.Some vital information about the Rotary World in that month: There were 7,447 clubs and an estimated 353,000 Rotarians. New and...

I was about to turn 40 when I joined Rotary. The timing was perfect. Id wandered into a profession, computer software development, where I was disconnected from any community.I was developing a somewhat complex database program for betting on horse races, based on 70 variables for each horse that enabled me and my colleagues to determine its true odds of winning in any race, once we entered all the data and did our modeling. But we had to key the information into our Kaypro computers this was way back when, and there were no available online racing databases in the mid-80s.My interaction was entirely with a computer screen. We didnt have customers or clients, so I had little opportunity to connect with other humans. And I was living in Hong Kong, a long way from Pittsburgh, my home. There were far fewer horses racing in Hong Kong than anywhere else, I discovered, so...

General History of Rotary InternationalBy Herbert K. Lau () (Rotary China Historian)1 January2017 In its early years, Rotary clubs served as a respite for their members from the rampant corruption and fraud of the day. After a few years of conducting business with their fellow club members, Rotarians understood that one of the organizations great strengths was the unusually high ethical standards of its members. Many believed that those standards should be embedded in Rotarys identity.The earliest Rotarians really had no choice but to make business ethics a priority. They joined the Rotary clubs for two reasons: to make friends and to make business contacts. If their business practices left anything to be desired, they were not likely to keep many of those friends for long. Todays Rotarians maintain those principles, but with higher goals in mind.The Seed of the Idea and the First Rotary ClubLet us rewind the scene...

n 1951, seeing the post-war refugee stream in the British Crown Colony Hong Kong, and striving to help assimilate them, the Rotary Club of Hong Kong () took a special interest in the children huddled in rude homes and rarely eating all they want and looked for ways to help them.The way soon appeared.Raising some money of HK$200,000 (roughly rated US$34,000 at the time: US$1 = 16bottles of Coca Cola), the Clubacquired some land at Silvermine Bay on Lantau Island (now the southeast side over the hill of The Hong Kong International Airport), and on it built Holiday Camp for the Hong Kong children.There in the dining hall, play rooms, and dormitories, and on sunny sea-fresh playgrounds, on the beach and in the water, thousands of youngsters gain (even until today) healthy pounds and a new belief in tomorrow. On the 3rd anniversary of the Camp, the 108-man Rotarians of Hong Kong invited 30...

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