Luncheon with Secretary for Home Affairs (SHA)
As District Governor Eugene’s initiative to develop new projects closely with the Hong Kong Government, a luncheon was held on 17th October 2013 as arranged through Past District Governor Joseph Lee chairing the District Government Relations Committee. The luncheon was held in a restaurant near the Central Government Office. Mr. Tsang Tak Sing (SHA) and his Political Assistant Mr. Casper Tsui attended the lunch meeting with nearly 30 Rotarians comprising DG Eugene Fong, future DGs, PDGs, District Officers, Club Presidents, Rotarians and Rotaractors.
Mr. Tsang Tak Sing was pleased to meet with representatives of Rotary International District 3450. He was glad to see his friends and acquaintances who were also members of the Rotary family present at the lunch meeting. He was aware of the good work undertaken by many Rotary Clubs in Hong Kong which had contributed to the development and harmony of our community.
The SHA was willing to consider how his Bureau could facilitate the work of Rotary in promoting good causes in community development. DG Eugene introduced to him the Rotary family which included the Rotary, Rotaract and Interact Clubs and our main services. He also told SHA that our Rotaractors would organize a large scale event: the Asia-Pacific Regional Rotaract Conference (APRRC) in Hong Kong in July 2014. The event had received financial sponsorship from the Commission on Youth under the purview of Home Affairs Bureau. The event would attract a lot of youngsters from different cities in the Asia-Pacific Region. This event would help enhance communication between Hong Kong youths and their counterparts from other Asia-Pacific cities.
The SHA expressed willingness to assist our Rotaractors in the organization of the APRRC, e.g. the use of government venues. We also told him that our District had established a ‘New Generation Centre’ for the use of our Rotaractors in the Youth Square in Chai Wan (the Square is under the purview of Home Affairs Bureau).
In our relaxed conversations over lunch, SHA also mentioned about the China-Russia Youth Year of Friendly Exchanges in 2014 to 2015. There would be a lot of cultural and other exchanges programmes between youths of the two countries. We told SHA about the Rotary network with Rotarians and Rotaractors in Russia and that our Rotaractors would be pleased to take part in the exchange programmes between China and Russia.
DGN Peter Pang and DS Gary Yeung
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