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The District Governors Father and Son George Ernest Marden & John Louis Marden of The Rotary Club of Hong Kong by Herbert K. Lau () (Rotary China Historian) 1 July 2015 George Ernest Marden () (1892-1966) George Ernest Marden, affectionately known as Gem in Rotary, was the first Hong Kong citizen served Rotary International as Director in 1951-1952, and concurrently the Chairman of The Rotary Foundation Fellowships (i.e. scholarships). In the early 1920s, Gem joined the Shanghai Rotary Club (), and later was elected Club President in 1928-1929. After the World War II, he moved to Hong Kong and joined the Hong Kong Rotary Club () as a Senior Active Member (). In 1949-1950, Gem was elected Governor of the 57th District of Rotary International -- the territories composed of South China (the portion of the provinces of Taiwan , Fukien (Fujian) , Kwangtung (Guangdong) , Kwangsi (Guangxi) , Kweichow (Guizhou) , Yunnan ); and the British...

Sir Kenneth Fung Ping-Fan A Prominent Rotarian of the Rotary Centennial by Herbert K. Lau () (Rotary China Historian) 1 May 2014 Dr. The Honorable Sir Kenneth Fung Ping-Fan (), Kt, K.St.J., C.B.E., O.B.E., LL.D., D.S.Sc., J.P., (1911-2002), a prominent politician and businessman, was selected by Rotary International A Prominent Rotarian of the Centennial representing the Hong Kong SAR of China. That was the Rotary Centennial in the Year 2004-2005. In recognizing Rotarys 100 years of services, Rotary International selected a list of prominent Rotarians, representing various fields and professions, including individuals who were or had been active or honorary members of Rotary clubs around the world. Kenneth was, by far, the youngest Rotarian in the Rotary Hong Kong history. He joined The Rotary Club of Hong Kong () at the age of 23. He served the Club as President in 1949-1950, and later was elected District 345 Governor in 1961-1962. He participated in the election of Rotary...

7-11 --Kowloon West Rotarian Dr. Raymond Wu, GBS, OBE, FRCP, JP Cardiologist Advocated 40 Years Psychiatric Rehabilitation By Herbert K. Lau () (Rotary China Historian) 3 October 2016 Dr. Raymond Wu (), G.B.S., O.B.E., F.R.C.P., J.P. (1937-2006), President 1980-1981 of Kowloon West Rotary Club () in Hong Kong, was the first Chairman 1966- 2006 of The New Life Psychiatric Rehabilitation Association (). Wu, a cardiologist by profession, chaired the Executive Committee of the Association consecutively for 40 years. He had been a staunch advocate of community psychiatric rehabilitation services in Hong Kong. Wus elder uncle (), Wu Ts-Chien (), a lawyer and pastor who was a founder of the Leper Mission of China, was a member of Shanghai Rotary Club () and later in 1948 charter member of Shanghai West Rotary Club (). Kowloon West Rotary Club was organized on 23 August 1961, and then was admitted to Rotary International on November 20 the same...

George Ernest Marden, affectionately known as Gem in Rotary, was the first Hong Kong citizen served Rotary International as Director in 1951-1952, and concurrently the Chairman of The Rotary Foundation Fellowships (i.e. scholarships). In the early 1920s, Gem joined the Shanghai Rotary Club (), and later was elected Club President in 1928-1929. After the World War II, he moved to Hong Kong and joined the Hong Kong Rotary Club () as a Senior Active Member (). In 1949-1950, Gem was elected Governor of the 57th District of Rotary International -- the territories composed of South China (the portion of the provinces of Taiwan , Fukien (Fujian) , Kwangtung (Guangdong) , Kwangsi (Guangxi) , Kweichow (Guizhou) , Yunnan ); and the British Crown Colony Hong Kong as well as the Portuguese Territory Macao . In late 1951, all of the 3 Rotary districts 57-58-59 in China were dissolved by Rotary International. To supervise the remained...

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In China's Du'an Yao Autonomous County, villagers have a saying: Ten percent land, the other ninety rocks." I'm traveling through the "three goats area its name describes the flinty creatures, the rugged territory and, in particular, the stubbornness of its people - with Li Wei, a minister in the Du'an government, and Stella Kan, a past president of the Rotary Club of Macau who has made this trip in southern China many times in the last decade. We're on our way to Yong Ping Primary School, situated an hour and a half from Du'an County Town, at the end of a rutted red-dirt road. Led by the Macau club, Rotarians have adopted and re- built eight schools in this county of 676,000. Some of- the graduates attend China's best universities.Education is a challenge, says Li, who serves as a liaisonbetween foreign nongovernmental organizations and the Communist Party. In China, nine years of basic...

Hong Kong Rotarians joint fight against SARS - 2003 By Herbert K. Lau () (Rotary China Historian) 1 March, 2017 The months of March to June in 2003 was the unforgettable hard time of the entire Hong Kong population, economically and socially, due to the outbreak of SARS which led to the discouragement of public gatherings resulting many of the Rotary clubs had to reluctantly suspend their regular weekly meetings. SARS, Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome, is a viral respiratory disease of zoonotic origin. Between November 2002 and July 2003, the outbreak of SARS in southern China caused an eventual 8,098 cases, resulting in 774 deaths reported in 37 countries, with the majority of cases in Hong Kong (9.6% fatality rate) according to the World Health Organization (WHO). Herbert K. Lau, the then Deputy Information Coordinator of District 3450, liaised Vukoni Lupa- Lasaga of Rotary International Media Office to write a brief report on how the Hong Kong...

10-16 -- Kowloon West Rotarian Dr. Wong Po-Yan, GBM, CBE, DBA, DSSc, JP The First Chairman of Airport Authority Hong Kong By Herbert K. Lau () (Rotary China Historian) 15 August 2019 Dr. The Honorable Wong Po-Yan (), G.B.M., C.B.E., D.B,A., D.S.Sc., J.P. (1923-2019), the first Chairman 1995-1999 of The Airport Authority Hong Kong (), was President 1974-1975 of Kowloon West Rotary Club () in Hong Kong. Kowloon West Rotary Club was organized on 23 August 1961, and then was admitted to Rotary International on November 20 the same year. Kowloon West Rotary Club is the second Guangdong language speaking club in the Rotary World History, and the Club is well known as the home of many eminent community leaders, including but not limit to: chairmen of Tung Wah Group of Hospitals (), The Lok Sin Tong Benevolent Society Kowloon ( ), The Scout Association of Hong Kong (), The New Life Psychiatric Rehabilitation Association...

The original purposes of Rotary By Herbert K. Lau () (Rotary China Historian)23 February 2014.In 1930, the Rotary Club of Chicago ---The Rotary Club Number One--- has a committee at work in the endeavor to prepare a history of the Club. An examination was made of all the available literature of the early days of the Club. It was decided to report first a statement as to what was The purpose of the Club or the Character of the Club at the time of its founding and immediately thereafter. The report when made was wholly subscribed to by a majority of the committee and of the 1905 members (see photo on Page 3). It was submitted to the Chicago Rotary Club and adopted by the Club as a correct and fair statement as to the character of the Club at its founding and immediately thereafter. Here below is the full text of...

by Rotarian Jim Pringle Last updated: 18-06-1998 Rtn Bob Wilson, of RC Hong Kong South, could hardly believe his eyes. He had been visiting a home on Hong Kong’s posh Peak to look at furniture and artifacts that were on sale, and had not found anything of interest. Then, on his way out, he glanced […]

by Hermann G. Heid Last updated: 24-10-1998 I am grateful to all of you affording me this opportunity to discuss a topic which has fascinated me for some 3 years now: the history of the RC Peking. The old Shanghai and Peking Rotary Clubs were closely intertwined; as a matter of fact all Chinese Clubs […]

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