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             “In the final analysis, Rotary exists for the purpose of developing the individual member and thereby increasing his capacity to serve.” (Rotary Club of Buffalo, 1922)

         I remember not too long ago in August 2007, I was introduced to join Rotary Club of Hong Kong Sunrise, a dinner-club, through a friend of mine who was a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar. From there onwards, I have actively participated in the service project as offered by my Club, fulfilling my role as a Rotarian. Life is somewhat different in the way like creating joy for others, sharing what we have for the comfort of mankind, bringing hopes, love and care to those who are in need. The Club is promulgating the internal value of happiness are for those who do the most for others. In no less than a year in June 2008, there came a drop of water into my happiness pond when I was offered to be the Incoming President-Elect. At that moment, I was conscious of my relative inexperience as a Rotarian. To keep my story short, with enormous strong emotional support from Club members, I became the President of Rotary of Hong Kong Sunrise in 2009-2010 under the theme “The Future of Rotary is in your hands.”

         During my presidential year from 2009 -2010, I have been able to practice leadership not so much in words as in attitude and in actions. It’s recorded in my mind a fruitful year culminated with services project both in the local community of Hong Kong and in Mainland China. All in all, I have been able to see the positive outcome of fellowship between the Rotarians in my Club and amongst the Presidents in Rotary International District 3450 including Hong Kong, Macau and Mongolia. As the saying goes, “Pleasure in the jobs puts perfection in the work”. It was an honor to obtain the RI Significant Achievement Award for 2009 – 2010 recognizing the Rotary Club of Hong Kong Sunrise on the service project of “Student Ambassadors Scheme” involving 39 Secondary Schools and 210 Secondary School Students in Yuen Long, New Territories, Hong Kong. Here I quote in a letter from the then RIP, 2009-2010, John Kenny in his letter “Your project represents the very best work in your district and the Rotary world. The efforts of the Rotary Club of Hong Kong Sunrise guarantee that Rotary’s tradition of dedicated service will long continue.”

          Last but not least, I must thank ROTARY for giving me the platform to serve and a group of dedicated ROTARIANS in my Club for motivating me to address the needs of the community.

 Charlie Yip
District Secretary (DG Support) 2013 – 2014

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