Category: 28/02/2014


Dear Club Presidents, Secretaries and District Leaders,

On behalf of the Organising Committee of the 54th District Conference I wish to thank you for your huge support for the District Conference. Your support over the year and participation have been instrumental in making the District Conference a success and to a large extend the kind compliments and accolades from the Rotary International President’s Personal Representative RIDE Guillar Tumangan.

I would like to extend my heartfelt gratitude and thanks to all who have participated in and contributed to the District Conference Program as moderators, speakers, presenters, panelists, SAA, helpers and other roles. My gratitude also goes to all the club presidents and secretaries who have mustered their club members to register for the District Conference without whose participation the District Conference programme would be rather futile.

The House of Friendship, Rotary Day Service Program, Rotary Family Carnival and the Classic Car Parade all involved much planning and meticulous execution in terms of participants, logistics and manpower. Much appreciation and thanks are due to the coordinators, organisers and contributors of these side events from various clubs. I am thankful to all the Rotarian spouses who participated in and gave their support at the District Conference, and the Rotaractors who volunteered their time to assist at the weekend.

Last but not least, we extend our deep appreciation and thanks to the Rotarian Sponsors who supported through cash and material donations, and the advertisers in our programme book.

We are happy to share the following statistics with you:

Overall Registration:                                  590

Overall turn Up:                                         568 (96.3%)

No of Areas participation:                       9

No. of Club Participation:                        60

Yours in Rotary

Peter Chu


Organising Committee

The 54th Rotary International District 3450 Annual Conference was successfully held over two days on the 22nd and 23rd February 2014 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Tseung Kwan O, Kowloon.

A total of 590 Rotarian, Spouses and guests registered for the two day conference, with Rotarians coming from Philippines, Korea, and Australia as well as from Hong Kong, Macau and Mongolia in our own District. We were honoured by the presence of Rotary International President’s Personal Representative Rotary International Director Elect Guiller Tumangan and Mrs. Letty Tumangan from The Philippines and also visiting District Governor Bae Jeong Wan and spouse Hee Jung from District 3750, Korea.

Our Guest of Honour, The Honourable Mr. Justice Kemal Bokhary GBM, Non Permanent Judge of The Court of Final Appeal, HKSAR, gave his keynote address on ‘The Law’s Role in Promoting Human Dignity’. This was followed by Dr. Aron Harilela who spoke on ‘My Entrepreneurial and Philanthropic Experiences’, while Professor Sophia Chan delivered her address on ‘ Health Protection Scheme in Hong Kong’ on the second day of the Conference.

The breakout sessions were very well attended with standing room only for the “Youth’ session, while the “Rotary in China’ and ‘Innovation, The Future of Hong Kong’ sessions were well supported with almost full attendance and enthusiastic discussions.

In line with our RI year theme to ‘Engage Rotary, Change Lives’ and our District Conference theme to “Discover and Reconnect” with Rotary we launched the Rotary Service Day Program on 23rd February with a great performance by the Marching Band of the Correctional Services Department. More than 350 service volunteers lead by RIDE Guiller and our District Leaders and supported by nineteen Rotary Clubs and one Rotaract Club partnered with fourteen NGOs for sixteen service projects.

The House of Friendship was well set up with ten Rotary related projects and four NGOs showcasing their service work, including the Leprosy Project, Guide Dogs for the Blind, Crossroads Foundation, Art for The Disabled and the Springboard Project. All were well supported by Rotarians and visitors.

The Rotary Family Carnival and the Classic Car Parade gave us an opportunity to connect with the public and to promote the work of Rotary to children and adults alike.

We celebrated the 109th Anniversary of Rotary with a Dinner Ball on the evening of 22nd February where fellowship and entertainment were enjoyed by more than 540 Rotarians and guests who attended.

Peter Chu

Chairman of Organising Committee


Dear Rotary leaders and fellow Rotarians,

Thank you so much for all your support in the successful delivery of our District’s first Rotary Day Service Program.

Very happy to report that on 23 February 2014, a Sunday, District 3450 collaborated with 14 NGO’s in simultaneously delivering 16 service projects. An estimate of more than 300 Rotarians/Rotaractors and friends had participated to serve the community.

We were honoured that Commissioner of Correctional Services, Mr. Sin Yat Kin, CSDSM, was the officiating guest at our launching ceremony. Representatives of all the 14 NGO’s, and two teams of students, from VTC and Hong Kong Polytechnic University, joined the ceremony. Our service teams marched out to the invigorating music by Cape Collinson Marching Band.

To Area 4, my DAG’s and Presidents, Rotarians and friends, I must thank you for your effort as the coordinating Area.

To the 21 Rotary and Rotaract Clubs who have sponsored Rotary Day service projects, I salute to you. You have shown the true spirit of Rotary — of not only donating money, but also hands-on participation.

To District Conference Chair, PP Peter Chu, and his OC team, I must thank everyone for helping to make the launching ceremony successful.

The Rotary Day 2014 T-shirts are a hot topic. Thanks for PDG David Harilela’s team and P Francis Au for the design.

I am sure there are a lot of people that I have not begun to thank.

Last but not least, I must thank DG Eugene for entrusting me with this meaningful task. All of the hard work is worthwhile as I listen to Rotarians talking about their experience on that afternoon, of how the joy of those they served touched them, and of how they and their family feel blessed for having the chance to serve.

It was a blessing that we could “Engage Rotary and Change Lives.”

Yours in Rotary,

Alice Tsang

Chairman, Rotary Day Service Program 2014

Assistant Governor (Area 4)

Rotary International District 3450

(Hong Kong/ Macau/ Mongolia/ People’s Republic of China – Guangdong Province)

Dear Fellow Rotarians,

The Rotary International Convention 2014 is getting closer everyday.  District would like to take this opportunity to remind you about the hotel accommodation in Sydney.  As you may either make your hotel room reservation thru the RI Convention Hotel Accommodation website or if you would like to join DG Eugene to stay at the same hotel,  you may consider to join this group reservation and send me an email on or before 28 Feb. with the following information:-

A.  Your full name(s) if you have two people

B.  Room type:  ( SINGLE,  TWIN or DOUBLE)

C.  Date:  Check-in , check-out

D.  Your arrival & departure flight details

FYI, the updated group hotel list with cost as follows:-

RI Group Reservation office only allow to pick max. 7 hotels as our choices and only one hotel will be assigned once they receive our request.  The 7 hotel choices I would recommend as follows:-

1. Shangri-la Hotel Sydney,

2. Park Royal Parramatta

3. Four Points by Sheraton

4. Hotel Ibis King Street

5. Pullman at Hyde Park

6. Menzies Sydney Hotel

7. Rydges Parramatta

Once the group reservation is confirmed, RI Group reservation office will require payment within 1 week and is non-refundable. Please note group reservation requires a min. of 15 rooms, if less than 15 rooms requested from our members by 28 Feb.,  I shall inform you to make your reservation with RI directly.  If you have any further questions on making individual or group reservation, please feel free to contact me anytime.

Yours in Rotary,



Rotary Club of Hong Kong Island East

Suite 1403 Chinachem Tower

34-37 Connaught Road Central

Hong Kong

TEL: (852) 2869 8383



“I never thought the people here were so welcoming, so warm and so humble.  This is not what I was told to believe.  This is turning out to be a great tour and a wonderful eye-opening experience.  Is there any way we can come back here and find out more about this country and its culture ?”

Very few people have had the opportunity to visit the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, commonly known as North Korea, but in November 2011 a Rotary delegation undertook a two-day trip to this relatively unknown country.  This pioneering delegation was treated to a number of cultural and historical excursions around the capital city, Pyongyang, including a visit to the Arch of Triumph and the Kumsusan Palace of the Sun.  We visited an orphanage as well as a secondary school, whose students treated their guests to a wonderful musical performance.

It was clear during the visit that our presence offered a unique chance not only to have a cultural exchange with our hosts and with the people we met throughout our stay, but also to show our hosts that many people ‘on the outside’ take an interest in the culture and the people of the DPRK.  Bonds were made.

Our short sneak preview into the society and the culture quickly led to a deeper interest, and since then a few more Rotarians have ventured into North Korea, at their own leisure and out of cultural and natural interest.  Meanwhile, further opportunities to really get a better insight into this fascinating country have availed themselves.

by Ronny

Bio : Ronny Mintjens is a linguist, an international educator, a football coach and a relentless traveler.  To date he has visited over 85 countries, and he is in constant pursuit of new horizons, new discoveries and new understandings.  He has a particular interest in opening up destinations where few have been before, and he dares to speak on behalf of those whose voices are not usually heard.  He believes that education is the greatest catalyst for international understanding, progress and change.  His wish is to help create a bit more peace and cultural tolerance in the world. Ronny has been visiting the DPRK regularly since 2007, and revels in the opportunity to bring this fascinating country to the attention of a global audience.  He speaks a myriad of languages, but chose to use visual imagery as the lingua that best shows the essence of North Korea in his recent publication, “A Journey through North Korea”.  He can often be found offering audiovisual presentations to Rotary Clubs around the city, where he shares his experiences from North Korea as well as from the fifteen years he spent in African football. – For more photos, please refer to the below link.

In observance of International Women’s Day this March, the Organising Committee of Rotary Women’s Vocation Seminar are proud to bring you “The Success and Challenge of Women in Hong Kong” – a special conference that examines gender issues in Hong Kong’s professional climate and guest speakers offering their own career experiences. We aim to explore the difficulties women face in today’s professional world and to showcase some of the women who overcame these challenges. Our goal is to encourage young women to pursue more diversified career paths rather than yield to social or family pressure of going into more traditionally female-dominated fields.

We are delighted to have guest speakers:
• Dr. Zola Tam, CEO and founder of Whole Person Development Institute;
• Dr. Caryle Tsui BBS MBE JP, CEO, Hong Kong Institite of Directors; and,
• Ms. Catherine Wong, Clinical Education Manager, Hospital Authority Lions Eye Bank.

We hope to attract individuals interested in women’s welfare and encourage everyone to invite your friends or colleagues to attend this worthwhile and meaningful event.

The event will be held on Saturday, the 1st of March 2014, at the Cityview, from 2pm to 5:15pm.

This is an opportunity to be better acquainted with members of the community and a networking opportunity with people who are concerned with similar issues. Don’t miss out on this unique and affordable opportunity!

Time: 1:30pm Registration Opens, 2:00pm to 5:15 pm (w/ tea break)
Venue: 5/F, Diamond Room, The CityView, 23 Waterloo Rd., Kowloon (MTR: Yau Ma Tay, Exit A2)

Language: Chinese
Fee: $100 (Pay at the Door, RSVP

We look forward to your participation!

Yours in Rotary,
Bonnie B. Wong, Chairlady, Organising Committee

– PP Sally Ho (Chair, Program), PP Helen Or, PP Wendy Mung, P Joyce Lau, PP Mitzi Leung
– PP Angela Hui (Chair, Logistic), PP Grace Yen, Rtn. Dennie Yuen, PP Lau Suet Ting
– PP Wendy Lee (Chair, Promotion), PP Estella Sung, P Rosemary Brynes
– Cecilia Lee (Honorary Treasurer)
– PDG Ada Cheng (Advisor)

Dear Club Presidents,

Paul Harris Society Evening – Monday 10 March 2014

Let me first wish you good health and happiness in the Year of the Horse. As in last year, we have planned a Paul Harris Society Evening at a Regular Meeting of the Rotary Club of Kingspark Hong Kong, specifically on Monday 10 March 2014.

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