21st May 2012CROSSROADSRotary Club of Singapore Vol. 48 / 42 “Remarks about Israel’s economy and beyond” Speaker : Her Excellency (H.E.) Mrs. Amira Arnon, Ambassador of Israel to the Republic of Singapore Lunch meeting of the 16th May 2012 Find your bulletin on the Facebook page of “Rotary Club of Singapore” Joke of the week ! “How is business ? Asked the boss. “Fifty-fifty” replied the manager. “in the morning, we get orders. In the afternoon they are cancelled” From the book of Humour compiled by Rewa Mirpuri HAVE MANY LAUGHS AND HELP THE NEEDY http://www.rotary.org.sg/bookofhumour.html 1
Introductory remarks ToastPresident Tapan Rao called the 42nd Club meetingto order and called on members to join him in Sergeant-at-Arms, Rtn. Robert Craiu noted that itwelcoming Honorary Members, Her Excellency was customary for the Club to raise a toast to aMrs. Amira Arnon Ambassador of Israel and His Rotary Club coupled with a toast to RotaryExcellency Mr. Antony Phillipson, British High International. He invited visiting Rotarian,Commissioner. President Elect Jim Young to address the Club. We learnt that the Rotary Club of Richmond was inHonorary members District 5160, formed in 1920 and had 68 members. PE Jim thanked members for the warmPresident Tapan was pleased to present to H.E. Mr. reception and spoke of his town’s involvement inAntony Phillipson with a Rotary/Singapore pin, a ending the World War II conflict by the building ofClub banner and a copy of the “80 Years & all ships used during that period.Beyond…Service Above Self” book, and invitedHigh Commissioner Phillipson to say a few words.High Commissioner Phillipson added that it was apleasure to visit the Club again, the last time he didso was about six months ago, and he thankedmembers for the hospitality and warm welcome.High Commissioner mentioned that he would beaddressing the Club at the weekly meeting of 11th 2July.
Welcome of visiting She was appointed Ambassador of Israel to Singapore in August 2009. VP Brigitte Holtschneider warmly thanked Ambassador Arnon for herRotarians and guests Rtn. Haider noted Ambassador talk which gave an excellent insight Arnon’s vast professional experience of Israel and to the mindset of herRtn. Dr. Thomas Perkmann and stated that it was indeed an people. She called uponwelcomed our guests and visiting honour to have her speak to the Ambassador Arnon to come forwardRotarians Club. to receive the Club’s mementos. Ambassador Arnon advised that she- Guests : would steer away from controversialHonorary Member, H.E. Mrs. topics and speak on Israel’sAmira Arnon economic successes which turnedHonorary Member, H.E. Mr. the country into one of the biggestAntony Phillipson hubs of innovations and highlyMr. Nico Francken (Rtn. Irina’s developed technology. She sharedhusband) some facts and figures about IsraelsMr. David Wynne economy and its standing within the global economic picture.Visiting Rotarians : Ambassador Arnon, noted that itPE James & Linda Young – was not easy to identify any oneRichmond, USA reason for the country’s economicProf. Dr. Randolf Hanke – Furth, miracle, however, she gave fewGermany answers to why Israel became such an economic miracle. One of theSpeaker of the week answers, Ambassador Arnon cited was Government policies. She further explained the significance ofThe privilege and honour of Israel’s Defence Forces whichintroducing H.E. Ambassador Arnon became an engine behindfell to Rtn. Haider Nawaz. He innovations. As an example ofadvised that Ambassador Amira military service and civilian life,Arnon received her BA, Ambassador Arnon introduced andInternational Relations and further distributed samples for members’Graduate studies, Young Diplomats viewing, of the PillCam- thespecial program on Middle Eastern endoscopy capsule- invented by anAffairs from the Hebrew University Israeli company named "Givenin Jerusalem. She also graduated Imaging" – which was a pill thatwith honour from the Military replaced invasive endoscopy.College for National Defense-Israel Ambassador Arnon continued herand completed her obligatory talk, highlighting the Jewishmilitary service in the Israel education and Israeli character. SheDefense Forces Air Force. HE also gave an overview of the IsraeliAmbassador Amira Arnon joined banking system, and concluded herthe Ministry of Foreign Affairs in talk with a few words on Israel-1970, and has served in many Singapore relations. (A copy ofcountries including Norway, Nepal, Ambassador Arnon’s speech isTurkey and USA. available from the Secretariat.) 3
Highlights of the RI New memberconventionPresident Tapan gave some President Tapan was pleased tohighlights of the Rotary induct a new member to theInternational Convention held in Club. He invited PP Dr. OliverBangkok from 6th – 9th May 2012. Hennedige to introduce hisHe advised that about 40,000 candidate, Rtn. Dr. RupeshRotarians attended the Agrawal, who is anConvention. President Tapan ophthalmologist at Tan Tockadded that he was only in the Seng Hospital. PP Oliver notedregistration line for 2 minutes to that Rtn. Rupesh was passionateregister, which showed the about cricket and eye missions,fantastic arrangements made. which was a good thing for theAs of 4th May, President Tapan Club, as we conduct several suchwas pleased to announce that missions. PP Oliver added thatRotarians and supporters have during the short time that Rtn.raised US$215.7 million for the Rupesh has been in Singapore,US$350 million matching grant he was already bestowed withfrom the Bill & Melinda Gates the “Health Care HumanityFoundation. He added that this Award for selfless service fromchallenge runs through June. previous President S R Nathan.President Tapan was also pleased Rtn. Rupesh’s classification isto advise that World Health “Medicine: Ophthalmologist”.Organization (WHO) has takenIndia off the list of Polio endemic Upon his induction, Presidentcountries. He noted that with this Tapan invited Rtn. Rupesh toannouncement, 99% of the world address the Club. Rtn. Rupeshis free from the deadly disease of warmly thanked PP Oliver forPolio. But actually, President the honour and privilege ofTapan added that no part of the becoming a member of theworld is free from Polio when Club. He added that Rotary wasthere were still Polio cases in not new to him, he was asome countries. He noted that treasurer of the Rotary Club ofthe last 1% is estimated to be the Jalna, and he felt good beingmost difficult to eradicate and the united once again to his family,Global Polio Eradication Initiative which was what Rotary was towas facing a significant funding him. Rtn Rupesh hoped to liveshortfall for 2012 and beyond. up to the expectations placedLastly, President Tapan advised on him, and to do good forthat next year’s RI President society and the needy, throughwould be Sakuji Tanaka from Rotary as a platform.Rotary Club of Yashio, Saitama,Japan and his theme was “PEACETHROUGH SERVICE”. 4
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