Speech for Sir Run Run Shaw
In 1966, I was invited by my late Brother-In-Law Past President George Harilela to join The Rotary Club of Kowloon.
And so, on 17th Nov 1966 at the age of 29, I became the youngest member of The Rotary Club of Kowloon. Sir Run Run Shaw was our President in that year but on the day of my induction was absent and Vice President Ken Thornton of the YMCA inducted me into the Club.
In those days The Rotary Club of Kowloon had 80 members and its membership list looked like a Who’s Who of Kowloon business and Government personalities.
I still retain and treasure the bulletin “The Tower” of the day I was inducted.
It was an incredible personal experience to see the remarkable leadership of Sir Run Run and his Board and the way they managed the Club’s affairs with professionalism and fun.
Sir Run Run Shaw was very generous in his personal contributions to the Club both financially and with his personal time. It became a tradition that he would bring along to our annual fund raising events a number of movie actresses. I remember making a contribution of HK$500 to the Club’s Community Fund to be able to kiss a movie star’s cheek. (At 29, you can do those things).
With its tradition of fines for members appearing in the news media our Club was quite blessed with Sir Run Run as President. I remember he made a hefty contribution to our Community Fund for appearing in an article in Life Magazine entitled, “The World of Run Run Shaw”.
Sir Run Run would often host after show films at his Clearwater Bay Studio/ Home following by a lavish dinner. Many times members of our Club were invited to those events.
Sir Run Run left us as President with a very hard act to follow. But the strength and compassion displayed by Sir Run Run served as a model for later presidents and The Rotary Club of Kowloon has gone on from strength to strength to this day. I believe the strong foundations I had seen from those days continue to form the basis of our Club’s culture.
I must add The Rotary Club of Kowloon currently has a very strong Foundation with nearly eight million dollars in an Endowment Fund and a building in Kowloon named after The Rotary Club of Kowloon. It is Rotarians like Sir Run Run Shaw who have served to make a better place for us all.
Sir Run Run Shaw, Past President of The Rotary Club of Kowloon, we will miss you.
PP Larry Parmanand
Rotary Club of Kowloon
Please further refer to news clippings of Sir Run Run Shaw from the below link: