Rotary Club of HK Island West – The Joy of Reminiscing the Past Glory of 60 years
The Joy of Reminiscing the Past Glory of 60 yearsEdited by PP Peter Chau Rotary Club of Hong Kong Island West
This evening, the 12th of April 2014, we celebrate our 60th Anniversary.
Being one of the senior clubs in the District, the Rotary Club of Hong Kong Island West is proud of, but not complacent with, our outstanding contributions and services to the community in the past 60 years, which could only be achieved through the efforts and cooperation of our members by adhering to the Four-Way Test in the four avenues of Rotary service. We strive to further improve and refine in the fulfillment of the Rotary aims.
In November 1953, during an official visit of R.I. President Joaquin Saratossa Cibilis to Hong Kong, he found that there were only two Rotary Clubs in Hong Kong, namely, the Rotary Club of Hong Kong and the Rotary Club of Kowloon. Immediately President Cibilis suggested to the Rotary Club of Hong Kong to sponsor two new clubs, one in each of the Western and Eastern districts of Hong Kong, and two extension committees for the new clubs were appointed. For the Western district, after a few months’ work of the committee, a new club emerged under the name of the Rotary Club of Hong Kong Island West which held its inaugural meeting on Friday, 26th March 1954. Its application for Rotary International membership was soon approved. The first regular Club meeting was held on Friday 2nd April 1954 at the Golden Dragon Restaurant, officiated by the late Charter President Fung Hong-chu, while a charter was issued by R.I. to the Club on 12th April 1954.
On 28th May 1954, a joint charter night was held by the Hong Kong Island West and East Clubs at the Ritz Ballroom, during which Rtn. T.F. Wei, acting on behalf of R.I. Administrative Advisor G.E. Mardne, formally presented the Rotary Charters to the two new clubs, and a birth certificate to each and every charter member of the two clubs. This marked the birth of twins in the same city, the first time in Rotary history. The Rotary Club of Hong Kong Island West was the first in the world to conduct its meeting in Cantonese.
In the year 1979 when we sponsored the Rotary Club of Hong Kong Northwest and subsequently when the Northwest Club sponsored the City Northwest and the Mid-Level Clubs, we allowed them to share our territories but without further relinquishment. In 1993 we sponsored our latest extension Club of The Peak, making a total of five Clubs in our big family.
The Club started with 30 charter members. To date,2 charter members remain with the Club.They are PP Lee Hung-tong and PP Daniel S.C. Koo. Throughout the years, the membership grew steadily with some minor fluctuations at times. At present, we have 53 members.
CLUB MEETINGS & CLUB INFORMATION
The Rotary Club of Hong Kong Island West has been holding its regular weekly club meetings on every Friday of the week except for public holidays since its formation in 1954, although the meeting places have been changed from the Golden Dragon Restaurant to Hong Kong Hilton, subsequently to Ritz Carlton Hotel and at present to Banker’s Club at 1:00 p.m., with a 15-minute fellowship session prior to the meeting. At present we have our website : www.rchkiw.org.hk for information and communication.
PROJECTS & PROGRAMMES
During the past 60 years, our Club set a number of records in R.I. and won a number of R.I. and District awards. In addition, our members were recognized for their outstanding contribution to the Rotary International.
- Our Club was the first Rotary Club in the world to conduct its meetings in Cantonese, a local Southern Chinese dialect.
- Our Club was the first in the world to achieve a total number of the Paul Harris Fellows exceeding its membership. The Chairman of the Trustees of the Rotary Foundation presented a citation to our Club in March 1975 to recognize our Club for this distinguished achievement.
- In 1972, PP Wong Chung-man was presented with the Arch Klumph Award by the Rotary Foundation for his outstanding service to the Foundation. Since the establishment of the Arch Klumph Award in May 1969, only 30 odd Rotarians were bestowed such honour, and PP Wong Chung-man was the only recipient who was neither an R.I. official nor a PDG. Later, the Rotary Foundation discontinued the Arch Klumph Award.
- In the year 1973/1974, our Club was the first in District 3450 to have 3 generations present in the same Rotary Club. In that year, PP Jeffery YEH together with his father Kang-Nin and son V-Nee were all members of our Club.
- In 1976, PP Wai Kee-yiu became the 118th recipient in the world to receive the Rotary Foundation Citation for Meritorious Service.
- PP LEE Hong Tong of 1978/1979 is a Charter Member of our Club and his attendance record has been at least 90% for the past 54 years. Since the establishment of the Club, PP LEE Hong Tong has also been the lead singer of the birthday song for all the Club members in every meeting in his presence.
- PP Liu Lit-Mo was District Governor District 3450 for the year 1994/1995.
- PP Peter Chau was appointed DGGR for the years 1995/1996 and 1996/1997 and Assistant Governor for the years 1997/1998 and 2000/2001. Moreover, PP Peter was the Chairman of the District Conference 2002 and District Installation Convenor in 2003. PP Peter received R.I. President’s Presidential Citation for his outstanding efforts in the 4 Avenues of Service.
- PP Thomas WONG received R.I. President’s Presidential Citation for his outstanding efforts in the 4 Avenues of Services. He was appointed Assistant Governor for the year 2003/2004, subsequently being District Treasurer.
- PP Ernest CHIU received R.I. President’s Presidential Citation for his outstanding efforts in the 4 Avenues of Service.
- Our Club has organized a number of outstanding projects, both local and international, in the 4 Avenues of Service and has won both District Awards and R.I. President’s Presidential Citation since 1994.The following are some projects worth mentioning :
a. 1980/1981 (PP LAW Tin Kwai)：Our Club sponsored the opening of the Rotary Club of Hong Kong Island West Hong Chi Morninghope School and has been supporting this school annually since then.
b. 1986/1987 (PP George FUNG) ：Our Club inducted 9 new members – the highest new membership growth in our Club history.
c. 1991/1992 (PP LIU Lit Mo)：PP Lit-Mo was District Governor for the year 1994/1995, the only District Governor in our Club.
d. 1994/1995 (PP Peter CHAU) ：Our Club successfully launched the first Matching Grant Project with the Rotary Club of Ortigas, Q.C., Philippines in District 3780.Specifically, we matched US$8,000 for a meaningful food project valued at US$24,000 for underprivileged students of 20 local public schools.
In the same year, our Club worked with the China Red Cross to deliver 75 metric tons of rice valued at US$19,400 to China flood victims. This project won the Best International Service Award from the District.
e. 1995/1996 (PP Steve LAU)：Our Club launched a long-term project with the Home Affairs Department to support their Story Telling Competition. We have supported this meaningful event since then.
f. 1996/1997 (PP Pedro CHING) ：Our Club contributed HK$150,000 to the China Red Cross to build a new clinic in YunNan and build new schools in SanYen.
In memory of the Late Charter President FUNG Hon-chu, Mrs. Fung donated HK$500,000 to WWF to build 2 birdwatching hides in the Mai Po Reserve.
g. 2000/2001 (PP Thomas WONG) ：Our Club organized the Learning2Give Website Creation Competition for Hong Kong secondary school students to develop websites for NGOs in Hong Kong. This project was recognized by the District for its best achievement in Creating Awareness. The Learning2Give project has been our Club’s community service project of the last few years.
Our club had donated HK$80,000 toward relief of the snow victims of Inner Mongolia and the earthquake victims in China.
h. 2001/2002 (PP Ernest CHIU)：Our Club received 2 District Awards－The Rotary Online Recruitment Website won The Best Vocational Service Award and the Youth Forum Project wonThe Best Community Service Award.
i. 2002/2003 (PP Victor LIM) ：During this Rotary Year, the highly infectious and deadly SARS struck Hong Kong and almost brought social life to a standstill. However, our club functioned normally and conducted regular weekly meetings without a break, but with members wearing masks and greeting each other without handshakes. Fortunately, Hong Kong was declared free of SARS before the end of June, 2003.
j. 2003/2004 (PP Joseph LU) ：Conducted a Rotary Club Centennial Community Project with the Rotary Clubs in Area 5 to renovate a centre for carrying out community wetland education and public awareness programmes in the Mai Po Reserve. The centre was named the Rotary Centennial Institute for Wetland Conservation. He set up a new community-based Rotaract Club – the Rotaract Club of Hong Kong Island West. He was awarded with the significant Achievement Award of the year.
k. 2004/2005 (PP Lawrence CHAN) ：Our Club sponsored the Biliteracy and Trilingualism Composition and Speech Competition with the Hong Kong Federation of Education Workers in order to raise the level of awareness in local school of the importance of becoming trilingual in Cantonese, English and Mandarin.
l. 2005/2006 (PP Allan AW) ：Our Club obtained a District Simplified Grant in order to develop, sponsor and participate in a Blind Appreciation Program for the Blind and Visually Impaired. We also supported our sister club, Rotary Club of Petaling Jaya for a Golden Child project in Kuala Lumpur arranging meaningful and fun activities for the terminally ill children.
m. 2006/2007 (PP Allen AU) ：Continue with the Blind Appreciation Program for the Blind and Visually Impaired and also the 3rd Biliteracy and Trilingualism Composition and Speech Competition. He set up the Nature Program for the Intellectually-disabled Children. He sponsored a new Interact Club – the Interact Club of St. Louis School. He received the R.I. Presidential Citation of the year.
n. 2007/2008 (PP Tony YUE) ：A very successful community program of Turn off Idling Engine and Healthy Living and also staged the World Water Monitoring Day, which achieved the R.I. Public Relation Award of the year.
o. 2008/2009 President Jeff NG：Conducted a Reach For the Sky Project with Interactors, Rotaractors, Parents and Teachers and Students of “Suen Mei Speech & Hearing Centre”. Continue with the Bilingualism and Triliterarcy Composition and Speech Competition and also the Golden Child Project with PJ, Malaysia.
p. 2009/10 (PP Edward CHOW) ：Continued to sponsor the Biliteracy and Trilingualism Composition and Speech Competition with the Hong Kong Federation of Education Workers — it became an important project in District 3450.
q. 2010/2011 (PP Felix LI) ：Being a specialist in Nephrology, he successfully opened a patient resource and data center with the Hong Kong Dialysis Centre at Wah Fu Estate, for the benefit of dialysis patients in Hong Kong. Our Club has three past presidents holding District positions in that Rotary year, namely PP Allen Au as Chief District Secretary, PP Joseph Lu as Assistant Governor (Area 5) and PP Lawrence Chan as Deputy Assistant Governor (Area 5).
r. 2011/2012 (PP Norman YEUNG) ：Through the excellent work led by PP Norman in the Avenues of Service, our club was recognized as one of the 3 winners of the 2011/12 Changemaker Award of Zone 10B (>700 clubs including D3450 in Hong Kong, Macau, Mongolia, D3460, 3470, 3480, 3490, 3500, 3510 & 3520 in Taiwan). Our service work included a Rotary Matching Grant with the Rotary Club of Shanghai to provide life saving open heart surgeries to children born with congenital heart defect in China; increased public awareness of the symptoms & prevention of colon rectal cancer through CD distribution with Hong Kong Stoma Association; elderly care service work with the Little Sisters of the Poor; training and support to hearing impaired children at Suen Mei Speech & Hearing Centre; and Hong Kong Island West Hong Chi Morninghope School for autistic children. PP Allen Au was the Assistant Governor (Area 5) during the year.
s. 2012/13 (PP Andy KWOK) ：With participation of over 520 students from 92 schools. Echoing RI’s year theme “Peace through Service”, Conflict Management Workshops were organised with LPC United World College to plant the seeds of peace in ethnic minorities and under-privileged students. Our members and rotaractors also enjoyed good fun collecting bread, while promoting nutritional and food saving awareness, in DSG project: “Feeding Hong Kong”. Over 1000 trees were planted in Shanxi yellow soil plateau to help preserve water and soil in the “Tree Plantation Project”.
t. 2013/14 (President Barton LEE) ：Continue to support Rotary Club of HKIW Hong Chi Morninghope School and donated $132,000.00 this year for special school funding. Held the 10th Biliteracy and Trilingualism Composition andSpeech Competition — this project is widely accepted in our community and obtain matching grant by District 3450. Staged a “Walkathon” on 19/1/2014 with DG leading the start and fully supported by our members, Rotaract and Interact Clubs to raise funds for future community projects.
In addition, PP Steve LAU was awarded with the Silver Bauhinia Star. Rtn Vincent LEUNG was awarded with the Hong Kong Humanity Award 2012 and 10 most loving heart in Hong Kong 2013.Both have achieved significant contributions to the community and public services.
As mentioned in our Club History, we have four ‘Extension Clubs’ making a total of Five Clubs in our Big Family :
|Rotary Club of Hong Kong Northwest||18th June, 1979|
|Rotary Club of City Northwest, Hong Kong||26th April, 1988|
|Rotary Club of Mid-Level||13th March, 1992|
|Rotary Club of The Peak||24th September, 1993|
To better world understanding, our Club has established sisterhood with the following Rotary Clubs :
|Rotary Club of Kiryu South, Japan||21st May 1970|
|Rotary Club of Honolulu West, Hawaii, U.S.A.||6th February 1981|
|Rotary Club of Pataling Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia||10th March 1986|
|Rotary Club of Taipei West, Taiwan||24th October 1987|
|Rotary Club of Downtown Manila, Philippines||29th June 1990|
ROTARACT / INTERACT CLUBS
The Rotary Club of Hong Kong Island West hasSponsored two Rotaract and two Interact Clubs :
|Rotaract Club of Hong Kong Island West (Community based)|
|Rotaract Club of United College, Chinese University|
|Interact Club of Lingnan Secondary School|
|Interact Club of St. Louis Secondary School|
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