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Bulletin 48 37

  1. 1. 16th April 2012CROSSROADSRotary Club of Singapore Vol. 48 / 37 “Kampung Culture = Sustainable Future = Happier Life” SPEAKER: Mr. Tay Lai Hock, Founder and President of Ground Lunch meeting of the 11th April 2012 Find your bulletin on the Facebook page of “Rotary Club of Singapore” Joke of the week ! “At Church : come early if you want a back seat.” 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 called the meeting to order Toastmaster, Rtn. Jamshid Medora was pleased toand noting that April was designated by Rotary call upon Rtn. Ulrike Hauser-Hirth from the RotaryInternational (RI) as “Magazine Month”, and the Club of Stuttgart International. Rtn. JamshidClub has an award-winning bulletin, that this was advised that Rtn. Ulrike is married to our formerenough reason to celebrate Magazine month. member, Rtn. Dr. Sascha Hirth, whom members would remember for his quirky sense of humour. Rtn Ulrike stated that she was very pleased to beHappy Birthday ! at the meeting and for the warm welcome. She recalled how she enjoyed the warmth andPresident Tapan invited Rtn. Paul Phua to cut the fellowship when attending the Club’s eveningbirthday cake on behalf of the other birthday meetings with Rtn. Sascha. Rtn. Ulrike advisedcelebrants who were not present at the meeting. that there were many international companies in Stuttgart and there was a need for the foreigners to join a Rotary Club which conducts the meetings in English, thus her club was formed a year ago. She added that there were 34 members, half of whom were foreigners. Rtn. Ulrike advised that she would be most happy to receive members to her club should they be visiting Stuttgart. 2
  3. 3. Welcome of visiting Speaker of the week Mr. Tay spoke of the Kampung Spirit which powered a diversityRotarians and guests of activities — organic farming, appropriate technologies, artsRtn. Ronald Wong welcomed our President Tapan called upon Rtn. and culture, social andguests and visiting Rotarians Joseph Chia to introduce the humanitarian projects. Through Guest Speaker, Mr. Tay Lai Hock. it, Mr. Tay added, GUI fostered- Guests : Mr. Tay shared how a Singapore beautiful connections amongMr. Tay Lai Hock model of 21st Century Kampung members, volunteers and the Ms. Tan Chia Chia Culture was creating connected many other people it touches,Mr. Tai Xu Hong (GUI) communities and nurturing from children to CEOs. PerhapsMrs. Lillie Wong grounded leaders to tackle some more importantly, Mr. Tay of the biggest global advised, it was nurturing Visiting Rotarians : challenges. He was pleased to social entrepreneurship byCP Albert Wong – Tanjong Pagar advise that the story of Ground- transforming a small but growingUlrike Hauser-Hirth – Stuttgart Up Initiative (G.U.I.) has community that was learning toInternational, Germany travelled afar and made many sit care more deeply about humanityPeter Clements – Melbourne, up to reconsider their current and the Earth.Australia approach to a sustainable Mr. Tay graciously answered future. He gave a summary of questions posed by members and the volunteer-driven non-profit invited members to participate inVisit community beliefs in the visit to the Kampung which a sustainable future which must was being organized by Rtn.Rtn. Joseph reminded members of include a Kampung Culture Joseph. (For more informationthe visit to the Heritage Kampung honed for the 21st Century. He on the Heritage Kampung,at the Bottle Tree Park, Yishun on spoke of GUI redefining the members are invited to view theirSunday, April 22nd at 11.30am, relevance of Kampung Culture websitefollowed by lunch at 12.30pm. as it shapes its Sustainable www.heritagekampung.com) Living Kampung (SL Kampung) in President Tapan invited Director Bottle Tree Park, Yishun, which Rtn. Peter-Paul Nijsten to extend has physically grown more the Club’s vote of thanks to Mr. than 12 times since it started in Tay. April 2009. Mr. Tay elaborated on GUI’s expansion of programmes aimed at tackling modern challenges in our fast changing world through a hands-on approach, teamwork and active leadership. He added that this developed creative problem solving, personal responsibility and social accountability. 3
  4. 4. Exchange of banners Club announcements Major ProjectPresident Tapan exchanged Sergeant-at-Arms, Rtn. Gerald President called upon Majorbanners with Rtn. Ulrike. He Abeyawardena reminded Project Chairman, Rtn. Josephpresented the Club’s banners to members of the final Club Chia to brief members on theCharter President (CP) Albert Assembly which would be held Club’s major projectWong from the District’s newly on Thursday, 12th April at the for the Rotary Year. Rtn. Josephformed Rotary Club of Tanjong Holiday Inn Singapore Orchard advised that the beneficiary wasPagar, and to Rtn. Peter City Centre. Boys’ Town, which the Club hasClements, from Rotary Club of He further reminded members supported for many yearsMelbourne. Rtn. Peter took the of the coming Rotary through the Patrick Hernonopportunity to remind members International Convention which Trust Fund. He advised that theto contact him should they be would be held in Bangkok from Club has negotiated for theinterested in his club’s projects in 6th to 9th May 2012. President funding of a gym, amounting toEast Timor. Tapan added that about 40 approximately S$100,000 which members would be attending would give it naming rights. He this RI Convention and would be called on members to donate staying at the Grand Mercure towards the Major Project and Fortune Hotel. Should members advised that the Club would be interested to participate, welcome partners as well. please contact PE Jimmy Ooi, President Tapan advised that the however registration for the Board has accepted the Boys’ Convention should be made Town as the Club’s Major Project directly with RI. for the members’ approval. He advised that there were already pledges for the Major Project and was calling members to make their donations. He added that there were two partners for the Major Project – the Patrickv Hernon Trust and Allianz SE Reinsurance. 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 Aprilcelebrants this week: ourselves these 4 questions Magazine MonthApril 17 – Shalini Sharma and act upon them:April 18 – Robert Craiu First: Have I spent some time in self-examination? April 19thApril 19 – Dr. Kevin ChuaApril 21 – Dr. Melvin Tan & Matei Second: Have I spent quality NGS Briefing Session atIurascu time with my family? 7.15pm at The Tanglin Club Third: Have I given my best toAnniversary Celebrants my work? MayRC sends best wishes to Fourth: Have I given some Community Service MonthWedding Anniversary time to someone near and far?celebrants this week May 6th – 9th The Guide, in fact,April 20– Vijai & Kala Parwani encompasses the 4 parts of Rotary InternationalApril 21 – PP Dr. Winston & Julia the Object of Rotary. Convention in BangkokOhThis week Next week JuneApril 18th 2012 April 25th 2012 Rotary Fellowships MonthReception Desk duty: Joseph Reception Desk duty: Haider June 30thChia, Dr. Thomas Perkmann Nawaz, Perlita Tiro Installation DinnerSunshine Box duty: Noshir Sunshine Box duty: Kavita The Four-Way TestMistri, Suresh Hathiramani Of the Things we think, say Singh, Zahidi Abd Rahman or do: * Is it the truth?Speaker: Ms. So-Young Kang, Speaker: Mr. Simon Kahn * Is it fair to all concerned?Catalyst/CEO from Awaken CMO of Marketing, Asia * Will it build goodwill andGroup Pacific, Google better friendship?Topic: ‘How to design Topic: ‘Transition from * Will it be beneficial to allinnovative solutions?’ concerned? traditional to digital marketing” Queries, comments and articles request can be Committee Meetings sent to Jean-Philippe Lionnet There are no Committee Meetings for the month of April bulletin@rotary.org.sg in view of the final Club Assembly held on April 12th 2012 5