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William Ngartse Thomas Tam The First Rotarian Chairman of Po Leung Kuk By Herbert K. Lau () (Rotary China Historian) 1February 2016 7-12 The Honourable William Ngartse Thomas Tam(), O.B.E.,J.P., was a charter member 1930 of The Rotary Club of Hong Kong (), and later served Club President in 1936-1937. During the same year, concurrently, Tam was elected to serve as Chairman of Po Leung Kuk (). Literally, the name Po Leung Kuk in Chinese means the Society for the Protection of Women and Children.Simultaneously, Tam was also appointed one of the firstUnofficial Membersof the Urban Council () by the Hong Kong Governor Sir Andrew Caldecott().Sitting in the same Council was another Rotarian colleague, Benjamin Wong-Tape (),J.P., Charter Secretary of Hong Kong Rotary Club 1930-1932.It is interesting to know that, Sir Andrew Caldecott, G.C.M.G.,C.B.E.,K.St.J.,F.R.A.S.,F.R.S.A.,was also a former Rotarian---the Charter President 1929-1930 of The Rotary Club of Kuala Lumpur(known nowadays as Kuala Lumpur...

Shanghai Rotarian David Kwok From Textile Industrialist to Deputy Provincial Governor By Herbert K. Lau () (Rotary China Historian) 11-19-- 1 January2019 Rotarian David Kwok () Dave, a textile industrialist who was the last guardian of the Shanghai Rotary Club (), though it was terminated on 16 October 1951, until 1958 he moved to Guangdong Province () and accepted the appointment by the Central Government to serve as Deputy Governor, Guangdong Province, The Peoples Republic of China(). Dave first joined the Shanghai Rotary Club on 25 June 1930 (Classification: Cotton Factory Cotton Goods Weaving). During that era, he was the Sub-Manager of the Wing On Textile Manufacturing Co., Ltd.() which was one of the largest textile mills in the country. Though Dave had never been a president of the Club, he maintained his constant dedication to the First Avenue Club Service throughout his membership with Rotary though there had been various difficult...

6-9The Honourable KWOK Chan, CBE, KStJ, JPThe 17th President of The Rotary Club of Hong KongBy Herbert K. Lau () (Rotary China Historian) 1March2016 The Honourable KWOK Chan (), C.B.E., K.St.J., J.P. (1904-1967), was the 17th President of The Rotary Club of Hong Kong in 1951-1952. Following the footsteps of his fellow Rotarian seniors, he served also a lawmaker, the Police Reserve, St. John Ambulance, Hong Kong Football, as well as the Asian Football Confederation, etc.Early Education KWOK Chan, an ethnic Chinese of Kwangtung Sam Shui (), was born in the British Crown Colony Hong Kong in 1904, and was the second son of Mr. Kwok Siu-Lau (//), J.P., who was the Chief Compradorof the Banque de lIndochine(), Hong Kong, in 1894-1906.Kwok had his secondary education in the Diocesan Boys School (), Bonham Road (), followed by commercial training at The University of Hong Kong. 2Prominent BusinessmanKwokjoined the Banque de lIndochine in...

7-9--Hong Kong Rotarian David W. K. AuCo-Founder of Chung Chi College By Herbert K. Lau () (Rotary China Historian)1 January 2018Co-Founder & the First Chairman of the College Board of Governors 1951-1955In the name of Christ, there were 3 Christians initiated to establish the Chung Chi College () in Hong Kong in 1951: (1) The Right Reverend Ronald Owen Hall, Bishop of the Victoria Diocese and South China Mission, Chung HuaSheng Kung Hui (i.e. The Anglican Church in China) (); (2) Mr. David W. K. Au (), Representative of the Board of Regents of St. Johns University of Shanghai (); and (3) Dr. Lee Ying-Lin (), President 1938-1948 of Lingnan University in Canton (1938-1948).Among them, there were 2 Rotarians: Au was an Active Member of Hong Kong Rotary Club () while Lee was Charter Member 1931 of the former Canton Rotary Club (), and later Club Secretary in 1937-1938. 2In the beginning of the...

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Peter K. P. Hall Dedicated Youth Service through Scouting By Herbert K. Lau () (Rotary China Historian)1 January 2017 Affectionately called Uncle Peter by most of his fellows, Peter K. P. Hall () (1925-2016), of the Rotary Club of Hong Kong Island East (), was elected the 22nd Rotary International District 345 Governor in 1981-1982 when the District was compiled with clubs in the northern portion of the Chinese Province Taiwan (), the British Crown Colony Hong Kong () and the Portuguese Territory Macao ().Peter was the second district governor provided by the Club since its inception on 6 April 1954.His senior was John Yuen (), the 14th Governor in 1973-1974.After the completion of oneyear of service as a Director 1960-1961 of the Tung Wah Group of Hospitals (), Peter was invited to join the Hong Kong Island East Rotary Club.According to a casual talk between Peter and the author, he was given a...

Many FIRSTs in the Rotary Club of Hong Kong By Herbert K. Lau () (Rotary China Historian) 1 July 2020 The British Crown Colony Hong Kong located at the south China coast was the first prospect of Rotary International to extend Rotary landing on the continent of Asia. The story has to be dated back to June 1918. In his annual report to the Board of Directors of International Association of Rotary Clubs(forerunner of Rotary International), Secretary Chesley R. Perry wrote: We have recently received word that the Rotary Club of Hong Kong, China, has been organized through the efforts of Mr. Coombes of Calcutta, who when in Chicago recently accepted the assignment to organize a Rotary Club in Calcutta. However, failure reports were received after several attempts not until the visit by Jim to Hong Kong in 1930 the last goal of his Far East Rotary Extension Mission in two and a...

Dr. The Honourable Sir M. K. Lo, KT, CBE, LLD, JPCo-founder and First President of Asian Football ConfederationBy Herbert K. Lau () (Rotary China Historian)15 September 2017Dr. The Honourable Sir M. K. Lo(), Kt., C.B.E., LL.D., J.P., an ethnic Eurasian solicitor, was President 1934-1935 of the Rotary Club of Hong Kong () after he had served one year of Vice-President. He was the fourth president of the Club.Lo was a football lover who was already the Vice President of the Hong Kong Football Association () in 1939.The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) () is one of the 6continental confederations within International Federation of Association Football (FIFA)and is the governing body of association football in Asia and Australia. The proposal to establish the AFC could be traced back to1952 Helsinki Olympics. To the Asian Games in Manila, The Philippines,two years later, the establishment of AFC was finally raised for decision by representatives of 12Asian nations...

18-26 Dr. The Honourable Tso Seen-Wan, CBE, LLD, JP The First Legislative Councillor served Rotary Club President By Herbert K. Lau () (Rotary China Historian) 1 September 2015 Tso Seen-Wan (), LL.D., J.P., was appointed by Hong Kong Governor Sir Cecil Clementi () to serve as Unofficial Member of theHong Kong Legislative Council () in 1929-1937, while simultaneously, serving as the Honorary Commissioner of the Hong Kong Police Reserve () in 1920-1939, which was the forerunner of the Hong Kong Auxiliary Police Force () today. In 1930, invited by the then Hong Kong Governor Sir William Peel (), Tso joined the organizing of the first Rotary Club The Rotary Club of Hong Kong () and was elected to serve as the Charter Vice-President on 8 December 1930. Later, he was elected to serve as Club President in 1932-1933. With such a position held, Tso made the historical record...

Sir William Edward Leonard Shenton Charter Member & Director of Hong Kong Rotary Club in 1930 By Herbert K. Lau () (Rotary China Historian) 1 February 2015 Birth of The Rotary Club of Hong Kong The British Crown Colony Hong Kong located at the south China coast was the first prospect of Rotary International to extend Rotary landing on the continent of Asia. The story has to be dated back to June 1918. However, failure reports were received after several attempts not until the visit of Jim to Hong Kong in 1930 the last goal of his Far East Rotary Extension Mission in two and a half years. The birth of the Rotary Club of Hong Kong () was given by the voluntary mission of Past President Jim James Wheeler Davidson of Calgary Rotary Club, Alberta, Canada, and who was the 3rd Vice-President of Rotary International in 1926-1927, with the assistance of his...

Secure a public relations professional from your club to publicize activities. > Make sure your club’s projects are relevant to your community. > Use Web sites and the Internet in your public rela tions efforts.R.I. President Carlo Ravizza exchanges ideas with conference participants in Hong Kong. > In addition to local media, talk to different community groups and local youth about Rotary. > Use Group Study Exchange team members to talk to your community and youth, rather than sending out only Rotarians. In his keynote address, Rotary Foundation Trustee Chairman Bill Huntley discussed the relevance of the Foundation as Rotary approaches its 100th anniver sary. In particular, he out lined the new Rotary Centers for International Studies, a program involving seven universities around the globe, where 70 “World Peace Scholars” will study on a two-year basis to earn Master’s degrees. “You should feel very me proud that The Rotary Foundation can go forward this way in peace,” Chair man Huntley said. He also discussed what comes after PolioPlus. “Have we reached our peak?” Chairman Huntley asked the audience. “My answer is a big ‘no.’ We’re just beginning to realize what we can do. Whatever comes next, we’ll be confi dent because we’re not step ping out into the unknown. PolioPlus has shown us our strength, our power and our possibilities.” Continuing with the theme, regional PolioPlus Committee Chairman and Past R.I. Treasurer/Director Brian Knowles reviewed polio eradication efforts in Southeast Asia and the Western Pacific. “The ulti- mate success of polio eradi cation hinges on Asia and Africa,” said Chairman Knowles, who also reported that India, with the highest number of polio cases worldwide, has seen a dra matic reduction in the past several years in its south and central regions. “India is the key to our goal of eradica tion in Southeast Asia,” he said. “The strategy of National Immunization Days, targeting all children up to the age of five, is obviously working,” said Chairman Knowles. “If we are to see final eradication, not only in Southeast Asia but in other polio-endemic regions, this strategy must continue. “He concluded that Rotary and its partners are on target to reach the goal of global polio eradication by 2005, the 100th anniver- sary of Rotary International. On the conference’s final day, several Rotarians shared their insight and experience regarding the many service opportunities in non-Rotary countries. “None of this work is easy-but it’s certainly very rewarding,” said Tony Castley, past president of the Rotary Club of Epping, Sydney, Australia, and cur rent chairman of the three district China Australia Friendship Exchange, repre- senting districts 9680, 9690 and 9750. Among the pro jects the group tackled was constructing water-pumping stations and storage tanks in remote Chinese villages. The stations and tanks have become larger and more elaborate, said Rotarian Castley. The group also helped renovate schools that had only dirt floors and no windows. “What we have shown is that it is possible for non Chinese-speaking Rotary clubs from other countries to have very successful and rewarding projects in China, even though Rotary isn’t there to help supervise,” he said. However, he warned, clubs must ensure that the type of aid offered is appro- i priate for the country. They also should work in con junction with a reliable China aid organization, with its own people on site where the project is being conducted, to facilitate communication. In his opening address on the first day of the confer ence, Past District Governor Wong remarked to Rotari ans: “I hope you will enjoy these two days, make a lot of friends and go home more motivated and better equipped than before.” Without a doubt, Rotarians left the conference with those wishes fulfilled. O • Anne Stein is associate editor of THE ROTARIAN. THE ROTARIAN/JUNE 2000 Hong Kong by Anne Stein 25-27 FEBRUARY 2000 TOP PHOTOS BY PETER H.S. TSE; SCENIC BY ANNE STEIN **/ ?> Presidential Conference 2000 Below: Keynote speaker the Honorable C.Y. Leung, convenor of the Executive Council of Hong Kong, S.A.R., spoke on the impact of the regional economy on community service. Right: Past district governors Raymond Wong (left) and Charles Loh address a group discussion session. 4:2000 PRETAT, COTE 000 With the clang of a traditional gong, Past District Governor Raymond Wong convened Presidential Conference 2000: Hong Kong, attended by 460 Rotarians from 19 nations, on 25-27 February. The future of Rotary is in Asia," said R.I. President Carlo Ravizza in his opening remarks at the conference, which was co-sponsored by The Rotary Foundation of R.I. "Twenty years ago, Asia membership was 14.6 per- cent of Rotary membership; today it is 25 percent. Dramatic changes have marked Hong Kong as well; on 30 June 1997, the world witnessed China's resump- tion of sovereignty over Hong Kong. Soon after, eco- nomic pressures kicked in and many...

The Green Great Wall Centennial Community Project jointly by Rotary Korea and Mongolia Herbert K. Lau (), Founder and Honorary Member Niislel Rotary Club, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia 1 November 2008 Sometimes global problems seem so, well, global, especially when it comes to the environment. It can get downright overwhelming when you are constantly bombarded with headlines that scream, EU Warns of Global Climate Chaos (The Guardian) and, Pollution in China out of Control (Edmonton Journal). And then there are all the alarming statistics: The World Bank projected that, on average, 1.8 million people would die each year between 2001 and 2020 because of air pollution.What the desertification problem means for Mongolia is 140,000sq.km.of unusable territory, 683 streams that have dried up in recent years and a 10% reduction in cliffs compared to 1940. As a matter of fact, the yellow sandstorm is a major health and environmental hazard for the Yellow Dust alert...

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