This event took place from 9:00am to 4:30pm on 9 November 2013 at The Hong Kong Football Club. Shirley Kong (Past President 2008-2009 of Rotary Club of Mid-level and District Foundation Seminar Chair 2013-2014) was the Chairperson of the Organizing Committee for this event. It was well attended by 109 Rotarians, many of whom were senior District 3450 leaders and current/future Club leaders.

Senior District 3450 leaders and Area 5 current/future leaders

PP Shirley Kong reminded us weeks before this event that the attendance of at least one future leader (P, PE or Foundation Chair) from each Club would be a qualification requirement for participation in any Rotary Foundation grants in 2014-2015. Hence, non-attending clubs would automatically be disqualified from application for Foundation Grants in the coming Rotary Year.

This year’s combined The Rotary Foundation (“TRF”) seminar and Grant Management Seminar was certainly “not a walk in the park”. We focused on a number of topics including the RI aims for the year and the RI TRF Project, and we obtained the latest updates on the Foundation Future Vision, Peace Centers and Foundation Grants. It was certainly an event that anyone planning to apply for a Foundation Grant would want to attend. Useful tips were offered on how to apply for TRF District Grants, TRF Global Grants, Humanitarian Grants and Stewardship and Qualification.

The speakers (which included DRFC PDG Peter Wan) were very high-calibre and well-prepared. Peace Scholar Spencer Leung flew in from Thailand to give an eye-opening presentation on how he benefited from TRF as a Peace Scholar. There were insightful breakout and group discussion sessions presented by PDG Ada Cheng, PDG Peter Wong and PDG Peter Wan, and facilitated by PP Joyce Mak, PP Wilson Lam and PP Wendy Lee, respectively.

Rotary Club of City Northwest Hong Kong’s Treasurer Frederick Wong, President Ronald Kwok and Secretary Michael Lai posing with PP Shirley Kong

The task now falls on the attendees to digest what they had learnt about the Rotary Foundation and share such useful information with members of their respective clubs. As such sharing increases, more clubs and more services in the six areas of focus would be able to benefit from Rotary grants.

All in all, I am sure that those who attended this event had benefited immensely and what they had learnt would better enable them to do good to the world in the coming Rotary Year!

Yours in Rotary,
Ronald Kwok
President 2013-14
Rotary Club of City Northwest Hong Kong (Area 5)