District Conference in South Korea
PP Wendy Mung (Rotary Club of Happy Valley)
District Governor Eugene Fong was invited by DG J.W. Bae of Rotary International District 3750 in South Korea to attend the 27th District Conference from 27th to 28th November 2013. It was my great honor and privilege to be invited to join this 2-Day special occasion.
DG Eugene and I arrived the Incheon International Airport in Seoul at about 5 a.m. in the early morning with chilly weather of -2 degree Celsius on 27th November. A special coach was arranged by 2 Rotarians who drove for more than 2 hours to take us to the Hotel Castle. In which, the Opening Ceremony of the 27th District Conference had been taken place at 11 a.m. We were affably received by DG Bae and his fellow Rotarians. Rotary International President’s Representative Young Park had already been there and chatted with DG Eugene warmly. Together with other District Governors and their delegations whom came from Japan, Philippines, Thailand and Taiwan, DG Eugene and I were properly introduced by DG Bae to all the participants at the beginning of the District Conference.
All participants enjoyed a sumptuous luncheon with Rotary Foundation Donors. Then, the first day programs officially kicked off with various activities, reports and presentations of magnificent service projects from Five Avenues of Service etc.
During the Dinner with RI President’s Representative, DG Eugene exchanged gift with the host and was invited to be on stage for cake cutting and toast. The strong leadership of DG Eugene had fully enhanced service and fellowship as he was very well liked among his fellow DGs and their delegates, with diversity from different nations.
On Day 2, formal programs continued and awards were presented accordingly. It was noticed that in both days, after having introduced Rotary dignitaries at the beginning of the programs, Object of Rotary and The Four-Way Test were refreshed in addition to observing a moment of silence to the late Rotarians who had significantly contributed to their District before.
In the District Conference, we met Rotarians who came to Hong Kong for Interact IU Trip and Friendship Exchange in August this year. They missed our Interactors very much especially those who had home-stay with them. In the afternoon, DG Eugene and I had been guided for sight-seeing before leaving Seoul.
I was inspired by this 2-Day District Conference which enriched my knowledge of cultures and enticed the international relationship with friend exchange, “Engage Rotary, Change Lives”.