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Rotarians Headed The Red Cross In Hong Kong / In Macao / In Mongolia By Herbert K. Lau () (Rotary China Historian) 25 December 2020 In the District 3450 of Rotary International, there have been 3 prominent Rotarians served as the top leaders of the Red Cross in their respective countries. They were, in the chronological order of their years: (1) The British Crown Colony Hong Kong () Run Run Shaw (), Kowloon Rotary Club (); (2) The Portuguese Colonial Macao ( ) Nuno Maria Roque Jorge (), Hou Kuong Rotary Club (); (3) Mongolia () () -- Rabdan Samdandobji ( ), Ulaanbaatar Rotary Club ( ) (). The International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement The International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement is a global humanitarian network of 80 million people that helps those facing disaster, conflict and health and social problems. It consists of the...

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When and How Mongolia was grouped into R.I. District 3450? By Herbert K. Lau () (Rotary China Historian) 1 February 2015 January 2015 marked the 20th year of Rotary in the democratic nation Mongolia( ). However, for the first 5 years, the only Rotary Club in this country---The Rotary Club of Ulaanbaatar ( )---was non-districted. Until 1 July 2000, this land-locked country was grouped into Rotary International District 3450, and the Club became the 49th member in the District.Twenty years ago in the fall of 1994, the Shatin Rotary Club () in the British Territory Hong Kong initiated to sponsor and to organize the ever first Rotary Club in the capital city Ulaanbaatar of Mongolia. Few months later, the Rotary Club of Ulaanbaatarwas admitted to Rotary International on 10 January 1995. However, the new Club was not yet grouped under any district as determined by Rotary International. Without...

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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...

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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...

Rotary in Formosa – The early years of Rotary Taiwan 1931 1960

The early years of Rotary Taiwan 1931-1960 By Herbert K. Lau () (Rotary China Historian) 1 January 2017 The early history of Rotary in Formosa or Taiwan () can be described in 2 separate and different era: (1) When the territory was in full sovereignty of the Japanese Empire 1895-1945; and (2) when Taiwan became a province of The Republic of China () commencing 1945

The Hong Kong Workshop Preparing for the return of Rotary 1994

SPECIAL REPORT The Hong Kong Workshop Preparing for the return of Rotary T s the R.I. Board of Directors and adjacent non-Rotary countries." able to the Hong Kong Workshop. reviewed the notable prog A second key difference was the ress made to date in extend other goals: to design a comprehen- political stance of governments. The ing Rotary to all parts of the world, sive vision of how Rotary might Vienna participants were experienc its attention was inevitably drawn grow in China; to analyze the diffi- ing new or restored governments to the People's Republic of China culties that might be encountered that were, to varying degrees, very (PRC), by far the largest single non in bringing Rotary to the PRC; to interested in expanding their con Rotary country. Because of its vast discuss the steps that should be tacts at all levels and in all forms size, huge population, rich culture, taken in...

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