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Rcbks bulletin vol 18 no 31

  1. 1. Vol 18 Number 31 SELAMAT PAGI 3 April 2010 From the Editor President’s Message “Mankind has probably done more damage to the earth in the 20th century What Can I Do For You Today? than in all of previous human history.” This week is a time for reflection and remembering. - Jacques Cousteau The Chinese remember the dearly departed by observing “Cheng Ming” or all souls day. All filial children would make their way to the final resting place of their “Earth Hour started in 2007 in Sydney, ancestors to pay their annual respects. The living take the opportunity to clean Australia when 2.2 million homes and up the grave and give their offerings to the dead; to show filial piety and respect. businesses turned their lights off for Many will burn paper versions of assets and worldly goods - luxury cars, one hour to make their stand against electrical appliances, clothing and of course the ever popular gold and silver climate change. Only a year later and ingots. All these are done with the fervent hope that the dead will be able to Earth Hour had become a global possess these goods and enjoy a comfortable afterlife. sustainability movement with more than 50 million people across 35 countries My brother and his kids, my parents and uncles will usually pre-agree on the participating. Global landmarks such date to carry out this duty. My paternal grandparents have their final resting place as the, Sydney Harbour Bridge, The CN in Johor so it is a long overnight trip for the troop. The actual prayers are Tower in Toronto, The Golden Gate normally done just at the break of dawn, to beat both the hot sun and the large Bridge in San Francisco, and Rome’s crowds doing their rites. So it is no mean feat to carry out the Cheng Ming Colosseum, all stood in darkness, as tradition. symbols of hope for a cause that grows more urgent by the hour” (from Many of my Catholic friends will fast during the 40 days to Lent and during the www.earthhour.org) final week of the holy week, many more jump on the bandwagon to cleanse their souls by eating no meat and staying clear of all mortal sins such as drinking This year’s Earth Hour was observed etc. Another university friend who does not attend church service throughout the on March 27th coinciding with our group year makes it a habit to take leave to commemorate Good Friday and to be near 9 intercity meeting at eco-green his Creator on this day. (appropriately chosen). All these acts and practices are excellent as they draw out the God-fearing side Back in the 60s which some described of humankind and press the pause button on the remote control of Life. And as the “golden age” of Malaysia, in my while at the same time help to preserve the age-old cultural practices and primary years, we were taught many traditions for the generations to come. things – mostly about things outside the country. Understandable as there was Wouldn’t it be wonderful if the compassionate and good side of humankind can not much by way of school curricula rise to the frontline everyday instead of only at such sporadic occasions? written in the country about the country. Wouldn’t it be great to live everyday to the fullest and enrich the lives of your Instead we learnt about the 3 little pigs, loved ones and shower them with the gifts you can afford while they are alive? the bears and goldilocks. The world So approach life and living like it’s your last day on Earth and ask your loved population then was hardly 4 billion. ones; “What Can I Do For You Today”? 40 years later, the world population as we know it has climbed to 6 billion. We do not need to be overly worried about Yours in Rotary, the Malthusian catastrophe – but the question is still valid: “how many more Frances people can this earth support” – before the waste and depletion that consump- tion creates and leaves behind kill us through if not climate change, then disease or famine. .continue on next page
  2. 2. ATTENDANCE INTERCITY MEETING Guests: - 27 March 2010 Abdul Ghafoor,guest of James Cheong AG, guest of Graham A Group 9 Intercity meeting was held Ann Kim, guest of Kong last Saturday at Eco Green, TTDI. The participating Rotary Clubs were Pudu Attendance: 39% Fines: - (host), Ampang, Bukit Kiara Sunrise and Sri Petaling. A total of 60 mem- bers and guests attended the meeting Announcements After the club presidents have made their announcments, dinner was served. This was followed by a - Medical camp, a joint project with RC birthday celebration for all the March Shah Alam will be heid on 9 May'10. President Frances making 'babies' . To commemorate Earth More details to follow. announcements at the meeting Hour that evening, lights were - Incoming Board members are switched off for 15 mins. President encouraged to attend the District Robin from RC Pudu organised a Assembly from 16 - 18 April'10 at fellowship game - Q & A on Rotary Sunway Resort Hotel. For registration knowledge. This was a good ice forms, see PE Poay Lim. breaker as everyone were put into five teams in their respective colours. The winning team received a bottle District NEWS of white wine sponsored by AG Veiven. Integrity Night A Joint Project Between Balai Ikthisas Rotarians enjoying the evening Malaysia & Rotary District 3300 Sunday 11 April2010 To complete the evening, the final event Venue: Selangor Club, Dataran Merdeka was a karaoke session. Some Rotarians Cost : RM80 per pax took the opportunity to show their hidden talent and kept the rest of us entertained! RI District 3300 and BIM has been Drinks from the 'bar' were free flowing until organizing the Integrity Night since RY we had to vacate the restaurant at 11.30pm. 2007-2008 and this year is the 3rd year Everyone enjoyed the meeting and the running. fellowship. Guest Abdul Ghafoor together with District Leadership Seminar President Frances and DG Leslie The objective of the seminar is to provide leadership training to Rotarians, particularly Past Presidents, to prepare them for further leadership roles at the District level and beyond. CLUB MEETING This is in line with the objective of the - 20 March 2010 Club Leadership Plan (CLP). Date: 23 May 2010 RYLA Awardees Gerard Lim Venue: Kelab Shah Alam & Siew Rong Qin Host Club: RC Shah Alam - Experiences at RYLA 2010 Cost: $35 At the regular club meeting on Saturday, RYLA Awardees Gerard and Rong Qin shared their experiences at RYLA 2010 which Happy was held at Eagle's Ranch, Port Dickson from 4 - 7 March'10. The Easter awardees received their certifi- cates from President Frances.
  3. 3. Today's Programme NEXT CHANGE Mohan & Gina 10 April (Sat) 7.30am 'Living in Saudi Arabia' Speaker: Tbc 17 April (Sat) 7.30am MEMBERSHIP Speaker: Ezra Zaid DEVELOPMENT Topic: Publishing in Malaysia How to recruit more young professionals 24 April (Sat) 7.30am Business meeting With more than two-thirds of all Rotarians over the age of 50, many Rotary clubs are trying to bring more qualified young professionals into the fold. But what’s the best approach to take? Here are some strategies for success: CALENDER of EVENTS Family-friendly activities Board meeting RC Baguio Sunrise, Benguet,Philippines, works to keep its meetings innovative Date: 8 April 2010 and fun, says past club president Rey Abellada, now assistant governor of Venue: Sri Wangsaria Condo @ 7.15pm District 3790. The club holds meetings with themes such as New Year’s and Halloween, inviting family members and asking everyone to dress for the 76th District Assembly occasion. Other meetings feature demonstrations of new technologies like the Date: 16 - 18 April 2010 Nintendo Wii. Young members plan the meetings to ensure they’re appealing to Venue: Sunway Resort Hotel a younger crowd. The result? Young professionals compose about half of the Baguio Sunrise club. Fireside chat@ Tanjung Malim Date: 1 May 2010 A club within a club Venue: PP Elsie's residence Cost : $20 (BBQ dinner) When Dale Roberts joined RC Fairview, Alberta, Canada, at 23,he was in a cohort of about 10 younger members. “Because we had a group of people who were the Medical Camp same age, we were able to not feel like the odd man out,” says Roberts, past Date: 9 May 2010 president of the Rotary Club of Comox, British Columbia, and current assistant Venue: Shah Alam governor of District 5020 (part of British Columbia and Washington, USA). Roberts’s wife, Maureen,currentComox club president and past district membership development chair, promotes building a club within a club: Invite April Celebration prospective members to an introductory meeting to find out more about Rotary and, as new members, have them continue with informal gatherings to learn Happy Birthday about such topics as The Rotary Foundation. Sunny 18 April Community-oriented projects Kate 19 April Yau 21 April RC Cupertino, California,USA, set out to recruit members who reflected the community’s Asian demographic, and ultimately achieved a net growth of 3-12 members annually,says Don Allen, past club president and past district governor. One strategy was tweaking the annual club fundraiser to benefit schools in China Duty Roster and eye care in India. “If you want to have younger members, you will have to look 3 April (Club Service) at activities younger members are interested in — more family oriented, probably somewhat more community oriented — because you can include kids, wives, Sargeant-at-arms James Lau and husbands,” Allen says. .... extract from The Rotary World Desk Duty Karen Introducer Poay Lim Thank Speaker Cecelia From the Editor Fines Frankie ..... continue 10 April (Vocational Service) Short of a war of biblical proportion, there is still a way mankind can be put at risk – natural disaster. I don’t know if ala 2012 but I do know the world has very little to gain from infinite growth. Sargeant-at-arms CY Desk Duty Thomas So with rotary at the forefront of community work like fighting hunger, polio Introducer Kong eradication, perhaps we should also be influencing the process through our Thank Speaker James Cheong own decisions – consume less, consume smart and educate and do Fines Yau more about sustainability. Else, the next hour of darkness may not happen again Visit our Blog @ induced, at night, at our will or from which we http:// rotaryclubbks. may not emerge. PP James Lau blogspot.com
  4. 4. Board of Directors 2009/10 Around the Rotary World President Frances Po 21731618(0) Guide to Daily Living President Elect Tan Poay Lim 77277127(0) In addition to the Four Way Test, District 3310 has adopted The Guide to remind Rotarians of their priorities when doing Service Above Self and their Immediate Past President/PR obligation to advance The Object of Rotary. Elsie Low 77281807(0) Before doing the things, we want to do, consider first, the precept of the guide. Ask ourselves 4 questions and act upon them: Vice President/Membership Director Dr Sanjay Doshi First : Have I spent some time in self-examination? 23008030(0) Second : Have I spent quality time with my family? Honorary Secretary Third : Have I given my best to my work? Cecelia Matuya 56342870(0) Fourth : Have I given some time to someone near and far? Honorary Treasurer The first question prompts us to evaluate ourselves and our ability to serve. PP Graham Bennett 012-2918619 The second question reinforces our commitment to the family – our “Intimate Community of Life and Love”. Club Service Director PP Karen Chong The third person requests us to commit ourselves to work excellence and the 012-2893380 practice of high ethical standards. Vocational Service Director The fourth question reminds us of our duty to Lend a Hand, rendering PP CY Fong compassionate service and world peace. 78032276(0) The Guide, in fact encompasses the 4 parts of the Object of Rotary. Community Service Director Ho Ee Lay 019-3395688 International Service Director District 3300 Sister Clubs Susan Lim 012-2325860 District Governor Leslie Salehuddin RC Bugis Junction [D 3310] 03-61424628 (0) 03-61424058(Fax) Saturday, 08:00 am New Generation Director dgles0910@gmail.com Hotel Inter-Continental Ghaurry 80 Middle Road, Singapore 23003757(O) Assistant Governor Veiven Goon 03-79805529(0) 03-79813514(Fax) RC ChiangmaiThinthaingam[D 3360] Rotary Foundation Chairman vgoon@streamyx.com Thursday, 12.00 noon PP Sunny Khoo International Center Rotary Clubs in Group 9 22849089(O) Chiangmai University, Thailand Ampang Bukit Kiara Sunrise Bulletin Committee KL West RC Chungli Chung Shing [D 3500] Thursday, 12.00 noon Pudu James Lau/ Karen (Editor/Production) No 4, Ln 10, Gwo-Ti Street Sri Petaling Poay Lim (Speaker’s Programme) Chungli, Taiwan