Posts Tagged ‘Newsletter 2017-2018’

Dear Fellow Rotarians, June 2018, the last month of RY2017-18, was a special month commencing with the District Conference (2-3 June 2018) and ending with the RI Convention in Toronto (23-27 June 2018). Both are important events where Rotarians review what has been done in the past year and what to look forward to in the coming year, one at the district level, and the other at the global level.

Dear Fellow Rotarians, While May 2018 was the second last month of Rotary Year 2017-18, the tempo of Rotary activities in D3450 continued to be as fast and the content as fabulous as ever. Rotary Foundation Trustee Chair Paul Netzel arrived in Hong Kong on 30 April. He made a site visit on 1st May to the Po Leung Kuk Youth Centre in the Cheung Hong public housing estate, where a Global Grant project was completed. He was impressed by how the project has provided opportunities for under-privileged young people to learn how to use the computer and even to develop computer programmes with useful applications. As the Trustee Chair, he was pleased to see that Global Grant allocations have been put to good use in our district.

Dear Fellow Rotarians, A number of significant events took place in the month of April 2018. We started the month of April with the completion of an important project. On 1st of April 2018, Sunday, we concluded our tree planting activities for RY2017-18 by having a closing ceremony officiated by the Secretary for Environment of the HKSAR Government, the Hon Wong Kam Shing at the Fung Yuen Butterfly Reserve. With the concerted efforts of Rotarians in our District, a series of tree planting activities was organised over 10 weekends with the participation of more than 1,000 Rotarians, Rotaractors, Interactors and their family members and friends. A total of 3,508 trees were planted, the majority of which (2,400 trees) were planted in the Fung Yuen Butterfly Reserve located in Taipo.

Dear Fellow Rotarians, The month of March started with an exciting mega-event of Rotary. The fourth round of the Rotary Hong Kong Ultra-marathon took place on 4 March 2018, Sunday. This mega-event, started in Rotary Year 2014-15 by the then Governor Belinda, has become a signature community activity of Rotary District 3450. Sponsored by District 3450, the event attracted more than 1,500 participants from various sectors in Hong Kong, including participants from corporates, NGOs, besides Rotarians, Rotaractors and their families. Several new features were introduced in this Rotary Year which has made the event even more fabulous and vibrant .

Dear Fellow Rotarians,February 2018 was also the month of the Chinese New Year. Naturally we exchanged numerous New Year greetings during the month. More importantly, our Rotarians have not spared a minute in organising and implementing their services/projects while celebrating the Chinese New Year vacation.The month was started with the establishment of the District Rotary Alumni Association on 1st February, which targeted at covering the alumni of all Rotary related programmes, whether the programmes are organised by D3450, or a rotary club, a rotaract club or an interact club within D3450. The charter dinner event was honored by the presence of Prof Sophia Chan, Secretary for Food & Health, who is a Rotary scholar and an alumna of D3450.

Time flies and this message marks the completion of half of my year of Governorship. I would like to take this opportunity to thank all club presidents and district officers who have given me unfailing support, especially those of you who have organised very exciting and meaningful service projects and activities for me and other Rotarians in our district to participate and enjoy. January is the month of vocational service. Two most relevant events have been organized during the month. One is the District Vocational Service Seminar led by the Rotary Club of Peninsula and held in mid-January, in which the Convener of the HKSAR Executive Council, the Honorable Bernard Chan, was invited to be the speaker.

Dear Fellow Rotarians,The month of December started with the Rotary Institute which took place in Taipei during 1-3 Dec 2017. Our future leaders (DGE YC Ho and DGN Wilson Cheng) attended training seminars tailored for DGEs and DGNs which were held just before the Institute. The event was well attended by more than 1,400 Rotarians from various Districts in three zones, in which latest developments and experience in various Rotary issues such as membership, foundation, service projects and leadership were discussed and shared.

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