Rotary Landmarks of Excellence
by AG Florence Hui
According to the MAPGAZINE published by our District in 2007, 8 Rotary Landmarks have been erected within Hong Kong and Macau to promote Rotary Image in the past 82 years.
I was privileged to pay homage to two of them in Hong Kong with 97/98 Governor Jason Yeung who has initiated the idea of producing the said publication together with 05/06 Governor Peter Wan. Having listened to the stories behind, I realised PDG Jason Yeung and his Club, Rotary Club of Kowloon West had lent a hand in the construction of many of them.
Preserve Planet Earth (PPE) Sculpture at Shatin Central Park is a masterpiece of famous Hong Kong sculptor, Van Lau （文樓）. It was built as a testimony of the Rotarians commitment to preserve our environment.
Preserve Planet Earth Ecology Program was implemented by 90/91 Rotary International President Paulo V.C. Costa, who said “We are the creator’s masterpiece. It is He who made us guardians of the earth. This planet is our heritage as well as our legacy. It is our mission to preserve it“.
Led by the District Preserve Planet Earth Committee and sponsored by 26 Rotary Clubs, it was officially unveiled on 12 May 1993 by renowned Cliff L Dochterman, 92/93 Rotary International President as well as author of the booklet “The ABCs of Rotary”, which has been translated into more languages than any other Rotary publication.
Rotary Courtesy Sculpture at Park Lane of Nathan Road in Tsim Sha Tsui was a collaboration of Rotary Club of Kowloon West and Radio Television Hong Kong (RTHK).
To support the public campaign to promote courtesy as local custom (禮貌運動) in the 80’s, Past Governor Jason Yeung who was Club’s Service Chair in 1988, carried out the collective decision of the board of RC Kowloon West to collaborate with Radio Televison Hong Kong.
With the persistence of Past Governor Jason Yeung and the connections of Rotary, he has liaised with all kinds of government departments that one could name of: Lands Department, Highways Department, Urban Council, Fire Services, Hong Kong Police Force and Mass Transit Railway Corporation by then.
At first, it was suggested to erect the statue at the end of the road. However, Rotary Club of Kowloon West applied for the current location, opposite to the entrance of Kowloon Park. The official government rental was HKD$1.00 annually.
Finally, the statute foundation was installed by Rotarian Kwok Man Tai and unveiled on 18 Aug 1989 by Sir Rogerio Hyndman Lobo, Head of Hong Kong Broadcasting Authority, Cheung Man-yee, Director of Broadcasting and Head of RTHK and 88/89 President Lee Yeung Chuen of Rotary Club of Kowloon West.
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“Perfection is not attainable, but if we chase perfection we can catch excellence.”
Said Vince Lombardi the famous American football coach. If Rotary tells people too many HOW in the past, our Landmarks of Excellence certainly tell us WHY.