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