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Bulletin 48 34

  1. 1. 26th Mar. 2012CROSSROADSRotary Club of Singapore Vol. 48 / 34 “Sok Sabay, helping to shape the future of Cambodia” SPEAKER: Ms. Joyce Billington Lunch meeting of the 21st March 2012 Find your bulletin on the Facebook page of “Rotary Club of Singapore” Joke of the week – about maids ! “ Mistress : Alice, did you clean the refrigerator today ? Alice : yes, Ma’am, and everything was delicious.” From the book of Humour compiled by Rewa Mirpuri HAVE MANY LAUGHS AND HELP THE NEEDY http://www.rotary.org.sg/bookofhumour.html 1
  2. 2. Introductory remarks ToastPresident Tapan Rao warmly welcomed Prior to extending the toast to Rotary Club ofmembers, our Speaker, Ms. Joyce Billington and Osaka Semba and to Rotary International, PP Stanthe visiting Rotarians from our two sister clubs Low made a presentation of the Club’s last visit tofrom Japan – Rotary Clubs of Osaka Semba and Rotary Club of Osaka Semba as well as to theKobe East. members’ visit to the disaster-stricken areas of Fukushima/Sendai. His presentation showed members’ participation in unloading donatedEschange of banners furniture to families as well as the clearing of a children’s playground to ensure a safe environment for the children.President Tapan presented a club banner and aSingapore Rotary pin to President Akimatsu Happy BirthdayKoyama. Banner exchanges were also made withRtns. Frederick Wong (Rotary Club of City NorthWest, Hong Kong) and Rtn. Shingo Muramoto President Tapan was pleased to extend birthdayfrom sister club Kobe East. greetings to Rtn. K. K. Tan, who was requested to cut the birthday cake on behalf of the other birthday celebrants. 2
  3. 3. Welcome of visiting Speaker of the week In her speech, Ms. Billington stated that through theRotarians and guests programmes at Sok Sabah, the children have gained muchPP Paliath Mohandas welcomed PP Dr. Oliver Hennedige confidence in their dealings withour guests and visiting Rotarians introduced the speaker, Ms. the world and with other people. Joyce Billington who is the Present with Ms. Billington, was- Guests : Senior Consultant of NoLimits her god-daughter, Ms. Neang AunMs. Jasbir Koh Pte. Ltd. However, Ms. Svong, who briefly informedMs. Neang Aun Svong Billington was addressing the members of her life at Sok SabayMs. Sabine Wenter Club in her capacity as a and of her aspirations. PresidentMr. Antero Makinen volunteer of Sok Sabay, a Tapan called upon Rtn. KeizoMr. Shankar children’s refuge in Cambodia. Fujitake to translate Ms.Mr. Sanjay Banerjee PP Oliver advised that the Club Billington’s and Ms. Neang’s talkMr. Dennis Lee had supported Sok Sabay, many for the benefit of our visitors years ago, adding that he had from Japan. PP Oliver also cameVisiting Rotarians : taken a group of 25 to 30 forward to appeal on behalf ofPDG Kenneth Chew, Rtn. Mohan students for community work Ms. Marie Cammal for the Club– Pandan Valley there. and sister clubs’ support for thisPresident & Mrs. Akimatsu Ms. Billington gave an overview worthy cause.Koyama, VP Kiyokazu of the work undertaken by Sok Rtn. Colin Miles extended theShimizu, Rtn. & Mrs. Hideo Sabay, which was founded 15 Club’s vote of thanks to Ms.Fujino, Rtn. & Mrs. Kazuo years ago by a nurse, Ms. Marie Billington for telling membersHiguchi, Rtn. & Mrs. Tsuneo Cammal, She advised that Sok about Sok Sabay. He added thatKojima, Rtn. & Mrs. Hironobu Sabay’s objective was to save he had visited Ms. Marie CammalMatsutani, Rtn. & Mrs. Noboru lives and focussed on healthcare who was already struggling evenNegoro, Rtn. Akio and education in order for the then to provide for the SokShiojiri, Rtn. Teruo Shinkawa, Rtn. children to give back to the Sabay’s children.Kiyokazu Ito, Rtn. Hori – Osaka Cambodian society. She addedSemba that currently Sok Sabay saw toRtn. Shingo Muramoto – Kobe the needs of 66 children. Ms.East, Japan Billington spoke of herRtn. Frederick Wong – City North involvement with Sok Sabay,West, Hong Kong first, as a godparent and sponsor to the children, and later, her role as a mentor. She informed members of Sok Sabay’s fund raising events so that more could be done pastorally and morally for the children. 3
  4. 4. Sunshine Box Collection SPEECH BY PRESIDENT Our Rotary Club was established AKIMATSU KOYAMA in May 1988, and in 1995 we concluded a sister club agreement with your club thanksPresident Tapan announced that Following is the speech made by to the initiative of your Rotarianour sister club, Rotary Club of President Akimatsu Koyama Shoichi Ishizaki. Exactly 15 yearsOsaka Semba had generously from our sister club, Rotary Club ago, in March 1997, we camedonated 60,000 yen to the of Osaka Semba, at the weekly here on our first official visit. WeSunshine Box. Subsequent to the meeting of Wednesday, 21st all still remember the graciousmeeting, visiting Rtn. Shingo March 2012 (kindly translated welcome you extended to us, asMuramoto from sister by Rtn. Roland Jossi): if it was yesterday.club, Rotary Club of Kobe My name is Akimatsu Koyama On May 19, 2008, we held ourEast, gave a handsome donation and I am the president of the Rotary Club’s 20th anniversaryof S$100 to the Sunshine Box as Rotary Club of Semba in Osaka, ceremony, and we werewell. in Rotary District 2660. honoured by the attendance of your president at that time, Peter A long time has passed since our Tan and his wife. I would like to club’s last official visit to your thank PP Peter Tan for his warm club, which was during the congratulations on that occasion. Annual Convention of Rotary Our Rotary Club is located in the International hosted by you, in “Semba” District, the commercial 1999. Including our family center of Osaka. We support members, we are 17 people to activities such as the visit you this time. revitalisation of the local economy which is really in a very I would like to express my depressed state, the deepest gratitude to your club development of the youth and a members who came to Japan in dental care project in the October last year for their Republic of Vanuatu among many volunteer activities to assist the others. We would also like to use victims of the Great East Japan this visit as an opportunity to ask Earthquake. Please accept our for a closer cooperation, such as apologies for not being able to some joint international service support you more at that time. projects with your club in the The reconstruction will still take future. I have also heard that your a long time, but thanks to the club is planning another visit to overwhelming support from Japan some time later this year. I overseas, including your club, would like to invite you to visit together with the strong spirit of our club at that occasion. We the Japanese people, the look forward to welcoming you reconstruction is advancing from the bottom of our hearts. steadily. Thank you very much for your warm hospitality during this visit. 4
  5. 5. The Guide to Daily LivingMARK YOUR DIARY Before doing the things we COMING ROTARY EVENTSBirthday celebrants want to do, consider first, theRC wishes Happy Birthday to precept of the guide. Ask Aprilcelebrant this week: ourselves these 4 questions Magazine MonthMarch 30 – VP Ashi Sarwal and act upon them:Anniversary Celebrants First: Have I spent some time in self-examination? MayRC sends best wishes to Community Service Month Second: Have I spent qualityWedding Anniversary time with my family?celebrants: Third: Have I given my best to May 6th – 9thMarch 27 – Dr. Sanjay & Harmin my work? Rotary InternationalNalachandran Fourth: Have I given someMarch 31 – PP Bhagwan & Laj Convention in Bangkok time to someone near andMelwani far?April 1 – Michael & Gilberte King The Guide, in fact, June encompasses the 4 parts of Rotary Fellowships MonthThis week the Object of Rotary.March 28th 2012 June 30th Next week Installation DinnerReception Desk duty: PP Dr.Yap Lip Kee, Wilson Widjaja April 4th 2012Sunshine Box duty: VP Ashi The Four-Way TestSarwal, Noshir Mistri Reception Desk duty: Dr. Of the Things we think, saySpeaker: Mr. James Ekkehard Wiek, N “Subbu” or do:Quek, Executive Director of Subramanian * Is it the truth? Sunshine Box duty: PP Tan * Is it fair to all concerned?World Vision Singapore Chin Ngiap, Kavita Singh * Will it build goodwill andTopic: “The hole in the brain” better friendship? Speaker: Ms. Cathryn Berger * Will it be beneficial to allNew Generations Service Kaye, Educational consultant concerned?Date: Thursday, 29th March on Service Learning andTime: 7.30pm Keynote Speaker for MOE-NIE Queries, comments andVenue: Pool Terrace, The Conference 2011. articles request can bePines, 30 Stevens Road Topic: “In Youth We Trust” sent toS257840 Jean-Philippe Lionnet Community ServiceHosts: Rtn. Paul Phua bulletin@rotary.org.sg Date: To be advised Venue: To be advised 5