5th Dec. 2011CROSSROADSRotary Club of Singapore                                              Vol. 48 / 21                 ...
Introductory remarks                              Trees of the world Light-upPresident Tapan Rao welcomed members to the  ...
Welcome of visiting                 Beyond the Quake                     H.E. Mr. Suzuki spoke of the strong              ...
PP Dr. Yap Lip Kee expressed theClub’s thanks to H.E. Mr. Suzuki                                      New memberfor his ta...
FUKUSHIMA / SENDAIThe photographs show the teamunloading donatedfurniture, making children’splayground safe and playableag...
The Guide to Daily LivingMARK YOUR DIARY                   Before doing the things we        COMING ROTARY EVENTSBirthday ...
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Bulletin 48 21

  1. 1. 5th Dec. 2011CROSSROADSRotary Club of Singapore Vol. 48 / 21 “Beyond the Quake” SPEAKER: His Excellency (H.E.) Mr. Yoichi Suzuki, Japanese Ambassador to Singapore Lunch meeting of the 30th November 2011 Find Your bulletin on facebook – and you can download it Joke of the week “children in backseats cause accidents Accidents in backseats cause children” 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 Trees of the world Light-upPresident Tapan Rao welcomed members to the Rtn. Jeff Rajeck briefly informed members that the21st meeting of the Rotary Year, and extended a Club would participate in the “Trees of the World”warm welcome to the Club’s Honorary light-up at the Singapore Botanic Garden. He addedMember, His Excellency (H.E.) Mr. Yoichi that members were invited to help decorate theSuzuki, the Japanese Ambassador to Singapore Club’s tree on Friday, 3rd December 2011 at 4.00pm.and Mrs. Suzuki. Fukushima / Sendai mission PP Stan Low made a presentation of the International Service Committee Project of Rotary Volunteers to disaster-stricken areas of Fukushima/Sendai which was made by members from October 2nd to 8th 2011. Highlights of the presentation to be found further in the bulletin. 2
  3. 3. Welcome of visiting Beyond the Quake H.E. Mr. Suzuki spoke of the strong impact on the psyche of theRotarians and guests Japanese people following the triple disaster of an earthquakeRtn. Robert Craiu welcomed our Rtn. Keizo Fujitake was given the that triggered a tsunami that alsoguests and visiting rotarians. honour of introducing H.E. knocked out a nuclear power Ambassador Suzuki, who is a plant. He added that many- Guests : Honorary Member of the Club. Japanese people were not soMrs. Kimie Ishizaki H.E. Mr. Suzuki became the connected to the world, but sinceMs. Saadia Awan Japanese Ambassador to the disaster, assistance andMs. Bushraafzal Singapore since October 2010. support came from around theMr. Joseph Cheng Before that, he was the Director- world which changed how theMr. Julian Chu General, Economic Affairs Japanese perspective of theMr. Matei Iurascu Bureau, Ministry of Foreign international community. HeCol. (Retd.) Lim Theam Poh (Red Affairs, Japan, and Japan’s G8 added the country has had toCross) Foreign Affairs Sous Sherpa from relook at its energy sources withDr. Sanjay January 2009. Previously, he the people wanting to be lessMr. Yashiki-san served as Consul General of dependent on nuclear. He notedVisitors : Japan in Boston (2005- that the decontaminated from theRon Carroll – Geelong 2008), Deputy Director nuclear accident would take a longEast, Australia General, Economic Affairs time and the people affected Bureau, Ministry of Foreign would not be able to go to theirToast Affairs (2002-2005), and Deputy homes for decades. Many Permanent Representative of people, H.E. Mr. Suzuki Japan to the WTO in Geneva commented, have adopted aRtn. Dr. Thomas Perkmann called (1997-2002). He has long different lifestyle to save energy.upon visiting Rtn. Ron Carrol to experience in international trade H.E. Mr. Suzuki highlighted theaddress the Club. Rtn. Ron negotiations with his challenges facing Japan. He addedadvised that the town of Geelong appointments as Director of the that there was a need to adapt towas about 60 miles from APEC, EU and WTO Divisions of the ageing society without addingMelbourne and popular for its the Japanese Foreign Ministry. stresses to the youngersurfing and beach life. He added He received a law generation. He noted that thethat he was in Singapore to degree, LL.B, from Hitotsubashi country could not live somewhatpurchase rubber for his footwear University, Tokyo and also is a detached from the outside worldcompany. Members joined Rtn. graduate from the Ecole and would have to open up to beThomas in raising a toast to the Nationale d’Administration of more aligned with the globalRotary Club of Gelong East France (MA in Public system. He also spoke of thecoupled with the toast to Rotary Administration). He has taught country’s energy issues andInternational. Club banners were briefly at the Institut National solutions. H.E. Mr. Suzuki notedexchanged with the Rotary Club des Langues et Civilizations that perhaps in the process ofof Geelong East as well. Orientales, Paris. rebuilding the communities, Japan could be set as a model for other Asian countries, a new lifestyle for the future. 3
  4. 4. PP Dr. Yap Lip Kee expressed theClub’s thanks to H.E. Mr. Suzuki New memberfor his talk. He also took the President Tapan was given theopportunity to advise on the pleasant task of inductingassistance rendered with the another member to the Club.Club’s contributions and the PDG Dr. Philbert ChinSMS Donation drive initiated by introduced his candidate, Rtn.Rtn. Colin Miles, which collected Louis Lim, who was also a goodabout S$750,000 on behalf of friend of PE Jimmy Ooi. Rtn.the Singapore Red Cross Society. Louis’s classification is “Law : 2011 Rotarian photo contestHe added that more than S$34 Litigation”.million was collected for the Red Upon becoming a member, Rtn. The Rotarian s 2011 photoCross Japan Disaster Relief Fund Louis was invited to say a few contest is now underway. Entergave a listing of the items words. Rtn. Louis noted that the up to three photos that illustratecontributed towards and last time he addressed the Club the spirit of Rotary. The bestamounts sent as follows: was in 1988 when he was an photos will appear in the June Interactor. He added that 2011 issue of the magazine.Relief Items sent to Japanese because of his involvement in Each entrant may submit up toGovernment and Japan Red the Interact Clubs, he wished to three digital photos to TheCross – S$2.16 million continue with community Rotarian photo contest. Please2 cars for Yamada work, and he called on the fill out a separate form for eachOtsuchi, Kamaishi, Tona and Rotary Secretariat where he was entry. The deadline forOfunato Cities – S$0.21 million advised to join the Rotaract submissions is 29 FebruaryTaro Support Centre in Club, which he did! Upon 2012.Miyako, Iwate Prefecture – reaching 30 years, he retiredS$1.1 million from the Rotaract Note: The photographer mustMulti-purpose hall at movement, and Rtn. Louis be a Rotarian, honoraryRikuzentakata, Iwate Prefecture added that PE Jimmy had been Rotarian, or a participant or– S$11.0 million communicating with him to join alumnus of an official RI orShichigahama Toyama Nursery the Club. Rtn. Louis stated that Rotary Foundation program.School in Miyagi Prefecture – he felt that being a Rotarian Photographers also can be theS$5.5 million meant that one had reached a spouses or children of Rotarians.Project at Fukushima Prefecture certain status and held a Photographer must be 14 or– S$5.5 million position in society and he felt older. Photographers ages 14-17Projects with Japan Red Cross – that he was still a “work in must include the parent or legalS$8.9 million progress”. However, PDG guardians name and contact Philbert was more forceful in information in the submission persuading him to join the Club! form below. A higher-resolution image may be requested if the photo is chosen to appear in the magazine. http://www.rotary.org/en/Medi aAndNews/TheRotarian/Pages/T ermsandConditions.aspx 4
  5. 5. FUKUSHIMA / SENDAIThe photographs show the teamunloading donatedfurniture, making children’splayground safe and playableagain. There were also visits toour Sister Club from Osaka –Rotary Club of Osaka-Semba aswell as joint meetings of RCSendai, RC Osaka-Semba, andRC Singapore. In attendancewas Rotary Int’l District 25202011-2012 District GovernorKazuhiro Sugawara.Ending the visit on a Happy Note- Onsen, Kaiseki, Kirin, Sake, andCigars Rotary Volunteers toFukushima/Sendai President Tapan Rao led ateam of 17 Rotarians andAnns, • Mission wasorganised by Rtn KawasumiMasamitsu in Tokyo and RtnKeizo Fujitake in Singapore.• Chef-de-Mission:- RtnShoichi Ishizaki• Rotary Anns:-Prabha, Rachael, Gwen & Kimie• Rotarians: Gary Goh, PP DrYap Lip Kee, Goh Bock Seng, K KTan, Hadi Kakalim, RolandJossi, Haider Nawaz, Yap ShiWen, PP Stan Low 5
  6. 6. 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 Decembercelebrants: ourselves these 4 questions Family MonthDecember 7 – PP Tan Chin Ngiap and act upon them:December 11 – PP Murli Chanrai First: Have I spent some time in self-examination? December 9thAnniversary Celebrants Second: Have I spent quality Visit to Boys’ Town at 3.00pm time with my family?RC sends best wishes to Third: Have I given my best to December 15thWedding Anniversary my work?celebrants: Christmas Fellowship Dinner Fourth: Have I given someDecember 8 – Dr. Albert & Anne time to someone near andWee, Gary Goh & Lim Lee far? JanuaryDecember 11 – Robert & Jenny The Guide, in Rotary Awareness MonthChien fact, encompasses the 4 partsDecember 12 – Rewa & Geeta of the Object of Rotary. January 19thMirpuri Club AssemblyThis week Next weekDecember 7th 2011 December 14th 2011 February World Understanding MonthReception Desk duty: PP Reception Desk duty: Dr.Peter Tan, Jim Pollock Albert Wee, Wilson Widjaja February 23rdSunshine Box duty: Jean- Sunshine Box duty: Noshir World Understanding andPhilippe Lionnet, C H Tan Mistri, Roland Jossi Peace Day The Four-Way TestSpeaker: Ms. Jean Elizabeth Speaker: Ms. Jutta Of the Things we think, say Odenwaelder or do:Lee, writer and film director * Is it the truth?Topic: Gathering Support for Topic: Emotional Intelligence * Is it fair to all concerned?a wonderful short and Creativity Training in * Will it build goodwill andfilm, "Cahaya" Modern Life better friendship? * Will it be beneficial to all concerned? COMMITTEE MEETINGS Meetings of the Community, Vocational, International Queries, comments and & New Generations Service Committees will be held on articles request can be Thursday, 15 December 2011, at 41 Chee Hoon sent to Avenue, S299762 at 6.00 p.m. sharp, after Jean-Philippe Lionnet which, members will adjourn for the Annual Christmas bulletin@rotary.org.sg Fellowship dinner. 6