historyofrotary What would it take to change the world? Rotary’s 1.2 million members believe it starts with a commitment to Service Above Self. In more than 34,000 clubs worldwide, Rotarians volunteer in communities at home and abroad to support education and job training, provide clean water, combat hunger, improve health and sanitation, and eradicate polio. There’s something that all Rotary club members have in common: We take action. As community volunteers, we reach out to neighbours in need. We build, support, and organise. We save lives. We work locally and globally. Around the world and around the corner, the 1.2 million men and women of Rotary • Get involved in their communities • Connect with other professionals • Share their time and experience with young people • Support global causes, such as eradicating polio • Use their skills to help others
The History of Rotary The world’s first service club, the Rotary Club of Chicago, was formed on February 23, 1905 by Paul P. Harris, an attorney who wished to capture in a professional club the same friendly spirit he had felt in the small towns of his youth. The Rotary name derived from the early practice of rotating meetings among members’ offices. Rotary’s popularity spread, and within a decade, clubs were chartered from San Francisco to New York to Winnipeg, Canada. By 1921, Rotary clubs had been formed on six continents. The organisation adopted the Rotary International name a year later. As Rotary grew, its mission expanded beyond serving club members’ professional and social interests. Rotarians began
pooling their resources and contributing their talents to help serve communities in need. The organisation’s dedication to this ideal is best expressed in its motto: Service Above Self. By July 1925, Rotary had grown to more than 2,000 clubs and an estimated 108,000 members. The organisation’s distinguished reputation attracted presidents, prime ministers, and a host of other luminaries to its ranks — among them author Thomas Mann, diplomat Carlos P. Romulo, humanitarian Albert Schweitzer, and composer Jean Sibelius. Today, Rotary International is the world’s first service club organisation, with more than 1.2 million members in 34,000 clubs worldwide. Rotary club members are volunteers who work locally, regionally, and internationally to combat hunger, improve health and sanitation, provide education and job training, promote peace, and eradicate polio under the motto — Service Above Self.
Mission The mission of Rotary International is to provide service to others, promote integrity, and advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace through its fellowship of business, professional, and community leaders.
Diversity and Rotary Rotary International recognises the value of diversity within individual clubs. Rotary encourages clubs to assess those in their communities who are eligible for membership, under existing membership guidelines, and to endeavor to include the appropriate range of individuals in their clubs. A club that reflects its community with regard to professional and business classification, gender, age, religion, and ethnicity is a club with the key to its future.
objectofrotary The Rotary Club of Pandan Valley belongs to a worldwide network of inspired individuals who translate their passions into relevant social causes to change lives in communities. We provide service to others, promote integrity, and advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace through our fellowship of business, professional, and community leaders. Our core values are Service, Fellowship, Diversity, Integrity and Leadership. The object of Rotary is to encourage and foster the ideal of service as a basis of worthy enterprise and in particular to encourage and foster: 1. The development of acquaintance as an opportunity for service; 2. High ethical standards in business and professions: the recognition of the worthiness of all useful occupations; and the dignifying of each Rotarian’s occupation as an opportunity to serve society; 3. The application of the ideal of service in each Rotarian’s personal, business, and community life. 4. The advancement of international understanding, goodwill and peace through a world fellowship of business and professional persons united in the ideal of service.
Avenues of Service Based on the Object of Rotary, the Avenues of Service are Rotary’s philosophical cornerstone and the foundation on which club activity is based: • Club Service focuses on strengthening fellowship and ensuring the effective functioning of the club. • Vocational Service encourages Rotarians to serve others through their vocations and to practice high ethical standards. • Community Service covers the projects and activities the club undertakes to
improve life in its community. • International Service encompasses actions taken to expand Rotary’s humanitarian reach around the globe and to promote world understanding and peace. • New Generations Service recognises the positive change implemented by youth and young adults through leadership development activities, service projects, and exchange programmes.
The Four-Way Test The test, which has been translated into more than 100 languages, asks the following questions: Of the things we think, say or do 1. Is it the truth? 2. Is it fair to all concerned? 3. Will it build goodwill and better friendships? 4. Will it be beneficial to all concerned?
The Guide to Daily Living Before doing the things we do, Rotarians should reflect on the following: 1. Have I spent some time in self-examination? 2. Have I spent some time with my family? 3. Have I given my best to my work? 4. Have I given some time to someone near and far? The first question prompts us to evaluate ourselves and our ability to serve. The second question reinforces our commitment to the family — our “Intimate Community of Life and Love” The third question requests us to commit ourselves to work excellence and to practice high ethical standards. The fourth question reminds us of our duty to lend a hand rendering compassionate service and working for world peace. The Guide, therefore encompasses the four parts of the Object of Rotary.
message Message from President of Rotary International Dear District 3310 club officers, Congratulations on your installation as 2013-14 Club Officers. I am confident you will have a busy and rewarding year. At every stage in our lives, Rotary has something for each of us. From the moment we became Rotarians, the world of Rotary service was open to us â€” and it became our obligation to choose how best to serve. In this Rotary year, you have taken on the commitment of holding a Rotary office. You have decided to take the next step in your Rotary service, and accepted the privilege and the responsibility that come with that decision. How successful your year in office will be, will depend on you: On your planning, your enthusiasm, your dedication, and your hard work. In Rotary, as in so much else in life, the more you invest, the better your return. It is an incredibly exciting year to be a Rotarian, and to be a Rotary officer. The challenge for Rotary leaders, at every level, is to help every Rotarian realize the potential that lies before us: As we finish the job of polio eradication, and move forward in a new era for our Rotary Foundation. The more Rotarians are engaged in Rotary service, the more we all realise what we can achieve through Rotary â€” and our
potential knows no limits. I wish you a wonderful year of successful service as we work together to Engage Rotary, Change Lives. Sincerely,
Ron D. Burton
Congratulations to President Mohan And your Board of Directors For Rotary Year 2013/2014 Best Wishes for another year of great fellowship and meaningful service From: The Happy Life Project Making Life Better across ASEAN and Beyond www.happylifeproject.info PP Lim Eng Hai & Rotarian Alice Yim
Message from District Governor Dear Incoming President, Each year at about this time, Rotary Clubs all around the world mark the changing of guards. The outgoing officers give way to the incoming ones. The Rotary year officially begins on July 1st with new aspirations and new dreams. I would like to congratulate your outgoing team for a successful year. No doubt they have done well. My best wishes are also extended to you as the Incoming President and your Board Members for the new Rotary year. Rotary International President Ron Burton’s theme for this Rotary year is “Engage Rotary, Change Lives” He wants us to make sure that every single Rotarian has the same feeling about Rotary. Each Rotarian should have a meaningful role to play. All members should be engaged in Rotary, inspired by Rotary and use the power of Rotary to change lives. Ensure that every one of your members has a meaningful role to play in your club, a role that actually makes a difference to their own life, life of the club and the community. When they do something meaningful in Rotary, Rotary becomes meaningful to them. During the President Elects Training Seminar and District Assembly that was held in Johor Bahru in March, I asked the
questions: What kind of legacy would you want to leave behind?; What would you like to be remembered for? Most people have only one chance in a life-time to be President of a Rotary Club. I urge you to make the best of it. Let your year as the leader of your club, be a meaningful one as you bring your club to the next level. I wish you every success as we Engage Rotary, Change Lives. Chew Ghim Bok District Governor 2013-14 Rotary District 3310
Congratulations and best wishes to President Mohan and his board RY2013/2014 From Ben Chua
Message from Charter President Honoured Guests, Rotary Members and Ladies and Gentlemen. â€œThe Members of the Rotary Club of Pandan Valley are proud to accept this Charter and the challenges and responsibilities it entailsâ€? These were my very words on Charter Night thirty years ago. The results RCPV records for service to the community has been exemplary, its commitment to the principles of Rotary faultless, our membership has been maintained and expanded, we have had the privilege of having an active relationship with our matched-club Rotary Club of ChiangRai North, Thailand and chartering the Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD) Rotaract Club, Northbrooks(NB) and Saint Joseph International Institute (SJII) Interact Clubs. Best of all, we have enjoyed every moment of it. May I congratulate Outgoing President Wah Yuan and all members for a very successful year. Your major project for the year raising S$185,00 for St. Andrews Autsim Centre and Singapore Hospice Council is worthy of my congratulation. In addition, winning four District Awards for your projects are indeed commendable. As Charter President I could not have wished for more and I would like to take this opportunity to thank all members, past and present, for their dedication to the club and its objectives, with a special word
of thanks to our Past District Governor Philbert S S Chin without whose help Pandan Valley Rotary Club might never have existed. To Incoming President Mohan and his Board of Directors, may I wish you every success for the Rotary Year 2013-2014 as you Engage Rotary, Change Lives. Ours is a great Club which we can all say that we are proud to be part of it. Jane and I are deeply sorry we cannot be with you tonight but our thoughts will be with you. May you have a meaningful and joyous evening celebrating 30 years of Service. Michael W Haines Charter President
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Congratulations President Mohan and his board RY2013/2014. With compliments and best wishes from Cynthia Tan
Message from Honorary member Thank you for asking me to pen a few words on this happy occasion. 30 years of doing “Service above Self”, each year better than the one before, is a significant milestone — worthy of celebration. Congratulations. In the coming Rotary year, Rotarian Rajamohan Munisamy and his team will be called on to take on the unenviable task of bringing your Club to the next level in serving the needs of other. We salute them for their generosity in giving. Although your Club is among the best in the District, there are still difficult challenges to be met. For one, some members are Rotarians, and yet, not Rotarians at the same time. They subscribe to the form rather than the spirit of Rotary. The spirit of Rotary is the very essence of Rotary. Let me share with you what the late Canon Alan P. Salford, former member of the Rotary Club of Montreal, Canada said. “The spirit of Rotary is invisible, intangible, indefinable. It changes casual contacts into glowing friendships; transform dull duties into inspiring privileges.” The spirit of Rotary sets us free from the bondage of prejudice and bigotry, and binds us all together in the ties of brotherhood.
The spirit of Rotary is like the gentle rain. It cleans away selfishness, melts down the barriers that separate man, dissolve discords into harmony, change competition into corporation, reveals the beauty of life and the inherent nobility of every man. The challenge for Mohan is to imbue in every member the spirit of Rotary, so that together, you may continue to do good — better. “Engage Rotary, change lives” God Bless.
Dr Philbert Chin Past District Governor
With compliments and best wishes to President Mohan and his new board for RY2013/2014. From Francis Xavier SC
Congratulations President Mohan and his board RY2013/2014. With compliments and best wishes from Peng Chye and Lilian
Message from Immediate Past President Dear Fellow Rotarians of RCPV and Guests, It has been a great year! Serving as the 29th President of Rotary Club of Pandan Valley was an exhilarating experience. Every member seems to put in so much passion, enthusiasm and hard work to ensure the year ended with a high note and hence another great Rotary year. I have all the members of my very capable Board of Directors to thank. Many board members were really busy with work, yet they put Rotary above self and ensured that all projects were undertaken and completed to perfection. Also, I like to thank all club members for staying engaged, being present, and contributing wherever you could. Fellowship levels in the club were very high during the entire year and members participated actively and contributed generously to all club projects. In the Rotary Year 2012/13, the Rotary Club of Pandan Valley took on the RI theme, “Peace through Service” literally. We embarked on projects in the local community as well as crossing international border into Thailand and Laos. The major project for the year was the “Swing for a Good Cause” Golf Charity in aid of St. Andrews Autism Centre and Singapore Hospice Council. Because of the tremendous support from club members and friends, the project raised a total of S$185,000, another new heights attained through the hard work of the Organizing Committee. Another successful Community Service project was the annual Chinese New Year food distribution project at Redhill Close bringing cheers to the poor and destitutes living in poor environment. We continued to support the Red Cross Home for the severely handicaps bringing them much needed food
supplements and clean diapers. Internationally, we partnered our matched club, ChiangRai North Rotary Club to install a water filtration plant in a school in ChiangRai. For the first time, we ventured across the northern Thai border, on the other side of Mekong River, into Bokeo, Laos. In Bokeo, we installed the second water filtration plant for Houeixay High School. With the filtration systems, the students now could enjoy clean water. We have not forgotten the New Generation and our proudest moment was to be closely involved with Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD), Northbrooks Secondary School (NBSS) and St Joseph International Institute (SJII). Participating in the Career Talk in SJII and supporting the Go Green project in NBSS brought up the best in our members. It has been many years since our community based Rotaract Club was closed due to many reasons. It was heartwarming that we succeeded in chartering the Rotaract Club of SUTD this Rotary year, something the Club has always wanted to do. Guiding and mentoring the SUTD Rotaractors in its formative stage and helping to stabilize the Club required much effort from some members of RCPV. The “young” Rotaractors even organized a very successful SUTD Technovation Forum where the speakers were all internationally well-known technoprenuers and entrepreneurs. Through the year, we reached out to people representing various vocations through our ever-packed lunch-time speaker series. The guest speakers were eminent leaders in their respective professions and we had a great time listening and learning of the great things
they did in their work. That expands our minds and hearts about the potential for service through the vocations. Our activities through the year won accolades and recognition at District level. We received silver award for Best International Service Project and bronze awards for Best Project with Public Relations Content, Best Rotaract Project (SUTD) and Best Interact Project (NBSS). All these would not be possible without the Directors and members. Another good year has ended and we walk with our heads high that our service to the communities, both locally and internationally, have spread love and bring about peace. Finally, my congratulations go to incoming President Mohan for taking up the mantle. I am sure he and his Board will lead our Club to even greater heights in the coming Rotary year to Engage Rotary, Change Lives. Yours in Rotary, Tan Wah Yuan President, Rotary Year 2012/13 Peace Through Service
Join Me In The Missing Piece With compliments and best wishes from Tan Wah Yuan
With compliments and best wishes to President Mohan and his new board for RY2013/2014. From Michael Loh and Judy Loh
Message from The President My heartfelt congratulations to Outgoing President Tan Wah Yuan and his Board of Directors for a great job in bringing Rotary Club of Pandan Valley to greater heights. It must also be noted that many accolades were won by the club with the support of our members under the leadership of President Tan Wah Yuan. Well done. The only time I got into trouble having a nice glass of whisky in my hand was in 30th September 2011. It was our club assembly and DG visit at The Republic of Singapore Yacht Club. I was stormed suddenly by a group of senior core members with one “cheers” and the rest is history. At that time, July 2013 looked very far away and I didn’t give too much thought to it. However trepidation started setting in as time went by and here I am with my turn to preside the club for the Rotary year 2013/2014 in a blink of an eye. Joining Rotary was a calling for me. I had no idea about Rotary until late 2007 when I was in my prime. Having benefited from a good social system the time had come for me to give back and Rotary’s objective in service in the community, in the workplace and around the globe gave the perfect platform for me to do that. What made it more special and fulfilling is to be part of the right club. Charter President Michael Haines once wrote that when The Rotary Club of Pandan Valley was formed, it was agreed that the Club’s motto should be “Enjoy Rotary” and this maxim has been the cornerstone of the members approach to Rotary over the last 30 years. I am proud and blessed to be part of this club in enjoying Rotary and at the same time be of service. I am honored and privileged to be chosen as the President of this eminent club and I thank all the members for trusting me and giving me the opportunity to be your servant leader in the coming Rotary year. This is made even more special as this year coincides with the club’s 30th Anniversary of charter. My special thanks and appreciation to the 16 dedicated members who has graciously accepted to be in the board. Among them we have 10 distinguished Past Presidents whose
experience and counsel I can count on. The theme for the coming Rotary year is “Engage Rotary Change Lives”. When I engaged Rotary in 2009, it changed my life and together with the competent board of directors and all members, we can do our part to change the lives of the needy who are not as fortunate as us. In the new Rotary year, we do not have any plans for major projects or major fund raising but we shall continue to do something for the needy in our own altruistic way. The Rotary Club of Pandan Valley has lost a great man and an exemplary Rotarian, Charter Member Lawrence H Da Silva. In one article he wrote “the one defining element has been joyful service in the company of good Rotary friends as such my dearest wish for the Club is that sincere Fellowship will always be its core value and service to others its fruit.” We can be proud that our club has been true to his wish. In the coming year, the emphasis will be on fellowship and we shall continue to build on our cohesive and vibrant club culture. With the help of the Board of Directors and all members, I am looking forward to be of service to the club. I am sure we can make the coming Rotary year enjoyable and meaningful. Let’s wish ourselves Happy 30th Anniversary.
Yours sincerely, Rajamohan Munisamy (Mohan) President, Rotary Club of Pandan Valley (2013-2014)
RajaMohan Munisamy President
PP Eric Lee Vice President
Tan Wah Yuan Immediate Past President
Elsie Chua President Elect
Dave Wee Hon Secretary
PP Peter Yap Hon Treasurer
PP Tony Tng Director, Club Rotary Foundation
PP Lim Cheng Kooi Director, Membership
Judy Loh Director, Community Service
PP Cynthia Tan Director, Vocational Service
Director, Club Service
PP Pang Boon Seng Director, International Service
Tan Ying Lan Director, Service to New Generation (SUTD)
PP Michael Loh Director, Service to New Generation (SJII)
PP Lim Eng Hai Director, Service to New Generation (NBSS)
PP Choe Peng Sum Director, Public Relations
Dennis Wee Sergeant at Arms
PDG Philbert Chin (Dr) General Practitioner Retired
Changaroth, Anil Law - Construction Arbitration
Chan Siew Yoke, Catherine Pharmaceutical Ship Supply
Cheo, Patrick Education Administration
PDG Chew Mei Kwang, Kenneth Investment Holding
Chiang Boon Kong, David Insurance Human capital
Chua Beng Heng, Ben Trading - General
Foo Ah Nak, Arthur Consumer Products Distribution
Goh Wan Ping Internet Retail Distribution
Govindasamy, Shiamala Government Agency Administration
PP Guan, Richard (Dr) Medicine Hepotology
PP Koh Kok Huat, Andrew Engineering Thermal Insulation
PP Lee Gee Aik Accountancy - Service
Leong Kam Seng, Stephen Imaging - Operations
Leong Sai Fan (Dr) Consultancy Development and Training
Leung, John Digital Media Marketing
PP Lim Soon Hock Corporate Advisory & Investment
PP Loo Leong Peow, Leonard Insurance - Brokerage
Marcelo, Philip Insurance - Life
Ong, Daniel Consultancy Hospitality Training
PP Seow K B, Jeffrey (Dr) Dentistry - General
PP Soh, Benedict Interior & Exhibition Services
Tan H H, Steven Building Interior Decorating
Tan,T C Consultancy Corporate Coaching
PP Xavier, Francis SC Law - Litigation
Yim, Alice Internet - Retailing
Chinese New Year 2013 with aged in Redhill Club members, family members and friends, interactors from Northbrooks Secondary School, and rotaract club members from SUTD participated in this yearâ€™s ang pow and food distribution to the needy residents at Redhill on 16 February 2013.
Congratulations to Mohan and his new board of directors in The Rotary Club of Pandan Valley 2013/2014. With compliments and best wishes from Arthur Foo
Spreading Love through music and sports
THROUGH SPORTS, SWING FOR CHARITY…. The Rotary Club of Pandan Valley raised over $189,000 through a charity golf event that took place on Oct 5 at the Laguna Golf and Country Club for two causes this year: St Andrews Autism Centre and the Singapore Hospice Council. The event which attracted 100 participants and several corporate and individual donors, has also raised public awareness for the Rotary movement. Over 80% of the 100 participants were
non Rotarians. More than 50% of the club member attended the dinner with friends and family members. A show case of RCPV’s work and purpose during the dinner party has provided all our non-Rotary friends and supporters a good understanding of Rotary’s service to the community. This amount was given out to both causes at the dinner by the guest-of-honour, Michael Palmer, Speaker of Parliament and President Tan Wah Yuan of the Rotary Club of Pandan Valley to representatives from both St Andrews Autism Centre and the Singapore Hospice Council.
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THROUGH MUSIC, ROTARY ROCKS AGAIN…. Besides the fund raising effort, The Rotary Club of Pandan Valley also partnered with the SPH Arts Fund to cheer the needy through community outreach programs. Through the Singapore Hospice Council, performances by musician Jess Wang Zhu reached out to patients in hospices like Dover Park and Bright Vision Hospital. On Oct 4, Jess Wang Zhu performed on the keyboard at the Bright Vision Hospital with his original compositions from the Rotary Rocks! album “Reach within to embrace humanity” and sang popular hit
songs like “What a Wonderful World “ to some 30 patients there. He was joined by Rotarians of Pandan Valley with President Tan Wah Yuan on stage to sing “Happy Birthday” and the original composition in the Rotary Rocks! album “Spreading Love” to residents as well. The one hour performance to lift the spirits of the sick and needy, was wrapped up with a gift for all patients at the event. These 2 events garnered significant reach to the community with coverage in both mass media from press reports in The New Paper, Lianhe Wanbao, Lianhe Zaobao, Tabla to social media in Facebook and YouTube.
Congratulations to Mohan and his new board of directors in The Rotary Club of Pandan Valley 2013/2014. With compliments and best wishes from Andrew Koh
vocationalservice Project “SJII Interact Club’s Career Day” Rotary Year 2012/2013
On 26th January 2013, the SJII Interact Club hosted the school’s first ever Careers Day in conjunction with the Rotary Club of Pandan Valley. The key aim of the event was to answer the queries and doubts that students held about their dream careers. These included questions pertaining to the necessary qualities one should possess in a certain field, what the rewards and lesser-known downsides are of a seemingly lucrative career, how to prepare oneself for a rewarding career during your secondary school days and much more. For students still uncertain of their path, this day offered a glimpse into a multitude of careers ranging from Medicine, Dentistry, and Law to Architecture, Entrepreneurship and even Hospitality. The 7 prominent guest speakers from the Rotary Club of Pandan Valley shared their knowledge and insight into their specialties through a mixture of both light-hearted moments and critical
inputs. Although time was short, thereby preventing students and parents alike from mingling further with the panellists, precise and educated questions were posed by the two moderators and this addressed many queries. Representing Law was Mr Anil Changaroth, a former officer in the Singapore Armed Forces, who is now a Partner in Aequitas LLP. He spoke about his experience in civil and corporate litigation and international arbitration. He also discussed the different aspects of the work of lawyers such as barristers, solicitors and judges. Mr. Choe Peng Sum, the CEO of Frasers Hospitality, represented the field of Hospitality. As many students do not know much about this area, Mr. Choe outlined the possible careers in Hospitality and stressed the importance of starting small and working up the ranks in order to succeed in the business. One of the more popular, if not, the
most, career paths students aim for is Banking and Finance. Ms. Cynthia Tan, the Executive Vice President of OCBC Bank’s Human Resources Group spoke about how banking is highly sought after among university students yet only a few manage to stay employed for a long time. One of the reasons suggested by Ms. Tan is the lack of understanding of the jobs in banking. She highlighted the basics of banking calling her talk “Banking 101”. The medical field was represented by Dr. Richard Guan, a Gastroenterologist who openly shared his know-how’s in the practice of medicine. Aside from becoming a private doctor or a clinician, Dr. Guan opened up other opportunities one could explore after becoming a licensed doctor. The career choices include research, teaching in the academia, public health and administration. Dentistry was represented by Dr. Jeffrey Seow who kept all the participants’ (students and parents) attention. Through his concise and succinct presentation, he showed the important role of dentist. When asked about whether
the perception, “a dentist’s life is very comfortable”, is true, Dr. Seow was quick to respond that it is not always the case. Meanwhile, the curiosities of aspirant architects and designers were answered by Architect Mr Lim Cheng Kooi, the founder of AR43 Architects. He talked about his life as an architect and about the possible routes one can take in order to become a full-fledged architect. Apart from designing landmarks and picturesque edifices, he suggested other opportunities for graduates of architecture who want to do something else aside from sketching floor plans. Such career prospects include industrial design and product design, to name a few. Mr Benedict Soh, the Executive Chairman of Kingsmen Creative gave priceless insights in the competitive world of an entrepreneur. The students learned that they need to be creative and be able to think out of the box and that they need to provide and sustain excellent service and to distinguish their products from others’ in order to survive in a stressful economy. Mr Soh inspired the students to start to take initiatives by becoming actively
Congratulations to President Mohan and best wishes from Dave Wee
involved in social events and to take on leadership positions and to develop open minds to be ready for a great job in the future. It is important that students prepare themselves well for their potential careers. The students felt that the renowned speakers were very sincere and their recommendations made the students able to get closer to their ideal career and goal. All attendees found the Career Day 2013 useful and informative.
Congratulations to President Mohan and Board of Directors. Warmest regards, CK Lim and family.
clubservice Talks and Luncheons
It had been an activity packed year with talks by an array of external and internal speakers during club luncheons and assemblies. We kick started the year with a talk by our very own PDG Philbert Chin on Rotary fellowship and service and this was followed by external speakers from St Andrews Autism Centre,
Mr Dennis Ang and Dr Seet Ai Mee from the Singapore Hospice Council. A fireside chat by Nicole Seah followed during the first Club Assembly. Topics were diverse ranging from the different views and perspectives of Singaporeans on culture, local issues and business.
PDG Philbert Chin
Rotary Fellowship & Service
Mr Dennis Ang, Chairman of St Andrew’s Autism Centre
Andrew’s Autism Centre
Dr Seet Ai Mee, Singapore Hospice Council
Singapore Hospice Council
Nicole Seah, National Solidarity Party
PP Eric Lee, Membership Director
Mr. Lyndon Yeo
Firefly project (Fundraising)
Mr Francis Wong, CEO, Centre for Non-Profit Leadership (CNPL)
Centre for Non-Profit Leadership
Interactors from Northbrooks Secondary School
Update RCPV on their activities
Ms Morene Sim, Executive Director, Students Care Service
Students Care Service
Ms Laurence Vandenborre, Founder of The Red Pencil
Corporate Coaching Through Art
PP June Jonet
Future Vision Plan
Rtn Rewa Mirpuri
Rotary’s 4 way test - Is it foolproof?
PDG Kenneth Chew
Peace Forum on “Resolving of Conflicts”
Dr Richard Guan
Knowing your Fats & Liver
Mr Patrick Bowers, MD/CEO of Laguna National Golf Country Club
A Global Golf Development Journey
Update on Q1 2013 — Legacy Planning
Ms Chua Beng Hwee, Executive Director, CASE
Building a Case for Support of Education
Ms Chew Soon Gek, Credit Suisse
2013 Asian Economy & Markets
Dr Leslie Kuek
Mr. Douglas Brennan (Design Director of Project Lighting Design)
District Governor Elect Chew Ghim Bok
Rotary Challenges in District 3310
Assistant Governor Teo Pok Zin
Dr Low Cze Hong
Topic: Catarats/ Prevention/ Treatment Options
Dr. Douglas Foo (Owner of Sakae Holdings)
Shobhit Shukula (Adnear)
Ms. Eileen Chew (M.S., BCBA, LMHC)
Mr. Dorjee Sun -CEO of Carbon Conservation
Fellowship The Rotary Club of Pandan Valley is filled with fun and laughter from members who are well bonded together through club events, community activities, overseas trips and other social activities.
With compliments and best wishes from Kenneth Chew.
internationalservice Clean Water Project
An international Project by the Rotary Club of Pandan Valley for Rotary Year 2012/2013 for Houeixay School in Laos & Maelaowittayakom School in ChiangRai The theme for Rotary Club of Pandan Valley International project was “Clean Water”. The aim of this project was to provide clean water to schools in rural areas in SEA countries. The club has a plan to adopt “water” as it’s main theme for all future International projects. It starts with Rotary year 2012/2013. The target was to provide 2 water filtration systems to 2 schools — one in Chiangrai and one in Laos. THE NEED: Everyday most of the young girls and boys from the two schools — Maelaowittayakom School in Chiangrai and Houeixay School, in Laos attend school with no promise of good clean water. Those who are able to afford brought their own bottled water to school. The poorer students depended on water that is piped in from the nearby well. The project was planned 2 months prior to our visit to Laos and Chiangrai. With the help of our sister club, Rotary club
of Chiangrai North, we were able to research into various rural schools to identify the need. An advanced party from RCPV visited the schools and had the experience of watching the students drink the only available water from the well. Although over time they have become immune to the quality of water, there are still many cases where students fell sick. It was not a sustainable way to go forward as their longterm health would be severely affected by the lack of clean water. THE PROJECT: The funds for the two water filtration systems was sponsored by members of the club The cost of each water filtration was in the region of S$5000 — S$6000 depending on the extent of work required. Our Sister Club, the Rotary Club of Chiangrai North also donated a small sum in partnership for this project. Houeixay School is a village school tugged away in the hills along the border of Laos and Thailand. The students came from various parts of Laos and many lived in the compound of the school in self-built rudimentary huts. There were about 500 students of various ages and education
was very basic. However the discipline was exemplary and the students appreciated the basic conditions that learning take place. Construction work for the systems was supervised by the members of our sister club. In November 24, the President led a contingent of more than 30 members, families and 3 Rotaractors to witness the launch of the two new filtration systems for the schools. The new water system was officially opened by our President at Houeixay School. The other clean water project was at Maelao District in Chiangrai Province. The school selected was Maelaowittayakom School. This was a big school where there were over 600 students. We had the privilege of being welcomed by District 3360 Governor Anurak Napauan and the Chief of Maelao District at the launch of the new water system for the school. Finally, students of Maelaowittayakom School were able to taste clean water directly from the tap. The system supports the various water points in the school and these were constructed to make clean water easily accessible to the 600 students.
Congratulations to President Mohan and best wishes from Eric Lee.
Trip to Arkha Village
Club Members made a trip to Arkha village, ChiangRai on 24 November 2012 to visit the stateless hilltribe children. The engagement was filled with special moments with singing and guitar sessions being carried out while another team of Rotarians set out to prepare a hamburger set meal for lunch from freshly
bought ingredients at a local supermarket. All kids had a wonderful meal and were treated with ice cream for dessert. Thanks to a contribution from KFC Singapore, we distributed back packs and books as giveaways to each child at the end of our engagement with them.
Congratulations and best wishes to President Mohan and his Board of Directors. From TC Tan and family.
Congratulations to President Mohan and best wishes from Jeffrey Seow.
newgenerationservice Northbrooks Secondary School Project Kaleidoscope is a three-in-one fundraising project initiated by the Interactors from Northbrooks Secondary School to 1) help the needy students in our school; 2) help to raise fund for improvement of school facilities (with the most immediate need to raise fund for the school PA system) and 3) to play an active role in promoting ‘Green’ awareness’.
importance of social entrepreneurship by contributing to the fund-raising of school improvement fund and needy pupils’ fund. • To develop our Interactors to become effective communicators in public speaking. • To inculcate in our Interactors and the community the importance of being active and concerned citizens to care for the environment via recycling.
In the course of this project, interactors would benefit as the project serves the following objectives: • To inculcate in Interactors the
WHERE THE ROTARY CLUB OF PANDAN VALLEY COMES IN (i) SEED money for Recyclart book On 13 April 2012, RCPV provided the
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With compliments and best wishes from Patrick Cheo.
With compliments and best wishes from Tan Yinglan.
newgenerationservice Interactors a platform to present their ideas of publishing a recyclart book at the luncheon meeting. This provided the platform for the Interactors to harness on real life experience to practice skills in effective communication. RCPV generously sponsored the SEED money (S$3500) to fund the production of the recyclart book. The Interactors compiled creative craft ideas for turning trash into Art in a booklet to inspire innovation and to encourage the spirit of conservation and recycling. Its contents were presented as a kaleidoscope of colourful ideas for recyclart. The recyclart book was launched in March and the Interactors brainstormed on ideas on how to sell the book. The experience of selling their creations also encouraged the students to adopt a self-reliant mindset in life. (ii) Go Green Week @ Northbrooks 2012 The Interact Green Club worked in partnership with NEA and Nee Soon East on the event. RCPV supported the event and generously sponsored the prizes
for the winner ‘Go Green’ ideas of the students in Project Work and the donation of unwanted items for the garage sale. The interactors raised a total amount of S$355 for the Needy Pupils’ Fund from the garage sale. (iii) Stained Glass Auction Sale On 21 September 2012, RCPV provided an opportunity for the Interactors to carry out Stained Glass auction sale at their luncheon meeting. Through the auction, the Interactors raised a total of S$8480 for this project. All the proceeds from the sale of the recyclart book, Stained Glass auction and Go Green event were channeled to the needy pupils’ fund and the replacement of the hall facilities in particular the PA system which cost about S$30,000. The funds were also be ploughed back into a “green fund” to help other students attend workshops and enrichment classes. The experience of producing a book, conducting training and selling encouraged the Interactors to adopt a self-reliant mindset in life.
Congratulations to President Mohan and best wishes from Anil Changaroth.
With compliments and best wishes from Anne Quek.
Rotaract Club of The Singapore University of Technology and Design, SUTD
The Rotary Club of Pandan Valley sponsored a new Rotaract Club of The Singapore University of Technology and Design, SUTD. Rotaract@SUTD board of directors led by their President Ow Yam Huo was installed by DG Lee Kong Hwee on Nov 2, 2012. The SUTD rotaractors also unveiled their new logo at the event. President Tan Wah Yuan said, “As the sponsoring Rotary Club, RCPV looks forward to working closely with Rotaract@ SUTD as partners-in-service, to better the lives of the less fortunate, marginalized and physically-challenged in our community.” The purpose of Rotaract is to provide an opportunity for young men and women to enhance the knowledge and skills that will assist them in personal development, to address the physical and social needs of their communities, and to promote better relations between all people worldwide through a framework of friendship and service. The goals of Rotaract are: 1. To develop professional and leadership skills; 2. To emphasize respect for the rights of others, and to promote ethical standards and the dignity of all useful occupations; 3. To provide opportunities for young people to address the needs and concerns of the community and our world;
4. To provide opportunities for working in cooperation with sponsoring Rotary clubs; 5. To motivate young people for eventual membership in Rotary. Rotaractors in SUTD subsequently organised an educational trail through the Southern Ridges for underprivileged children in the Southwest Development Council. Event provided a creative experience outside of the beneficiaries’ classrooms to learn about science, nature and architecture. The Rotaractors interaction with these children had hopefully inspired and motivated them further in their academic pursuits.
Photo taken with DG Lee Kong Hwee.
During the District Conference, we were presented with the following four District Awards: Best International Service Project, Silver Award;Â Best Project with Public Relations Content, Bronze Award; Best Rotaract Project, Bronze Award (Singapore University of Technology & Design); Best Interact Project, Bronze Award (Northbrooks Secondary School).
With compliments and best wishes from Steven Tan.
Photo taken with Past RI President Bhichai Rattakul.
Lawrence Da Silva — a tribute In all my 60 plus years of life, I cannot recall knowing a man like Lawrence Henry Da Silva. That’s why I feel most honoured, ladies and gentlemen and fellow Rotarians, to have been asked to give a tribute to this great man tonight. I can speak for hours but the time allocated is no more than 7 minutes, and I shall do so within this time. I first met Lawrence in 1997 when I re-joined Rotary after a long break. Right from the beginning, I could see he was special. He always had a warm smile, a quick wit and a great sense humour. He rarely had an ill word about anyone – unless he knew that person very well, and when his opinion was asked. Even then, he chose his words carefully, preferring to give that person the benefit of the doubt. But this didn’t mean that he was easily fooled. He was an excellent judge of character. For Lawrence, Rotary always had a special place in his heart. He epitomizes the best in Rotary, minus the officious, the pomp and the protocol. As a Charter Member of RCPV, he often spoke fondly of the many memorable moments in the 30 years he was in the Club. His memory and recall were outstanding, and he became our unofficial Club historian. Lawrence was a very simple man. He did not crave recognition, preferring always to stay in the background. He preferred not to be publicly recognized for his many financial contributions. But he was always ready to contribute generously. Yes, Lawrence had a very big, sharing heart. He had great compassion for the poor and needy. When one knows his humble background, one appreciates him even more. Born in 1938, he was barely 3.5 years old
when war broke out, and he lived in a camp for prisoners of war. He lost his father who was a volunteer machine gunner in the war. Life was extremely hard then. He joined school late after the war, and experienced the pangs of hunger of attending school on an empty stomach, and unable to pay school fees. Fortunately, this school St Joseph’s Institution, helped him and he never forgot the kindness shown to him by the Brothers of the school. He learnt the importance of giving hope to those who struggled, and those who were in need. He never wavered in his faith in God. Even at that tender age, he was determined never to feel sorry for himself. Instead, he resolved to excel. And he did. He was awarded a bursary through university, and obtained a BA (Hons) degree in Economics through a government scholarship.
After completing the government bond, his first introduction to education was as an Asst Registrar at the Singapore Polytechnic. He was invited to join the United World College South East Asia in 1971 as Director of Administration & Finance. He was the pioneer in setting up the school. During his tenure there, he was fondly remembered by all staff, from the most senior to the cooks in the kitchen, and security guards of the school. When he retired in 2002, he left a lasting imprint among the staff and students. All this time, he was very active in the Lasallian schools in Singapore. He gave more than 20 years of his life to the service of these schools, serving as a board member of SJI, and also in the Christian Brothers Schools (CBS) as its Chairman. He was also invited to be the Founding Chairman of SJI International in 2006. His long-
term objective was that this Lasallian school would represent a global Lasallian family, and that more scholarships would established so that even non-Singaporeans would have an opportunity to study in an international Lasallian establishment. With his vast experience in education, following his retirement from UWCSEA, he joined a group of venture capitalists in an education business in Perth. It quickly grew into a very successful network of more than 21 institutes in Australia and other parts of the world. He stepped down recently but did very well in this investment. He also set up a personal business and property investment in Perth which also did well. But from all the wealth he had created, he gave back most generously. Clearly, Lawrence never forgot how he was helped and blessed when he was a young boy starting school at SJI. In recognition of his more than two decades of service and contributions to
the Lasallian schools, and of the close and special relationship he had with the Christian Brothers, he was posthumously conferred the very rare honour of the title of Affiliated Member of the De La Salle Christian Brothers during the memorial service for him on April 19 this year. His name will be permanently engraved in their Official Register in Rome. I know that before Lawrence left us, God arranged everything such that he would leave this world surrounded by his loved ones, with his mission largely completed. Lawrence was a champion athlete in his school days. But in the most important race he ran — the race of life — he finished well, very, very well. It is still difficult to accept that he is no longer with us today. Lawrence, we love you and miss you terribly. But we know that one day, we will see you again. Until then, we thank you once again for your big heart, your generosity,
your warmth, your humility, your friendship, your sincerity, your kindness, your care, and your love. Lawrence, you are now in a much better place. Tonight, we know you would have loved to be here in person. Yet, you are probably looking down from above, seeing what’s going on, and smiling in your most charming, almost cheeky, way. Lawrence, it is our prayer tonight that all the good you have done for so many in Singapore — and beyond — will be long remembered. We pray that the all the good work you have done will be carried on by your beloved wife Elsie, your children, grandchildren, your friends in Rotary, students of the Lasallian schools, the beneficiaries of your numerous donations, and by all who have experienced your touch. Such a legacy must be continued. Let us now stand a drink a tribute to a truly great human being — to Lawrence Henry Da Silva. PP ERIC LEE
PP Lim Cheng Kooi
Incoming President Rajamohan Munisamy
PP Dr Tony Tng PP Dr Richard Guan PP Choe Peng Sum
Ticket Sales & Fund Raising
PP Cynthia Tan
Rtn Dave Wee Rtn Anne Quek
Banquet Co-ordinator Floor Manager
Master of Ceremony Publication & PR
PP Eric Lee PP Michael Loh
PP Peter Yap Sergent-At-Arms
PP Pang Boon Seng Rtn Dennis Wee
PP Pang Boon Seng
Incoming President Elect Elsie Chua Rtn Steve Leong PP Peter Yap
Rtn Judy Loh
RCPV wishes to thank Board of Directors, Organising Committee, Members & Spouses and Sponsors for their contributions towards the Celebration of this Installation Dinner. Special thanks to Rtn Arthur Foo for his generous contribution of wine.
Congratulations to President Mohan and best wishes from Lee Gee Aik.
Our Sister Clubs, Fellow 3310 Rotary Clubs, Principal of Northbrooks Sec School, Principal of SJII, Principal of SUTD, Teachers, Interactors and Rotaractors for their precious time to grace our Celebration with their presence.
Published on Jun 28, 2013