DG Newsletter – March

23rd February 2024 is a big day for all Rotarians! On that day, we celebrated the 119th Anniversary of Rotary International. On 23 February 1905, Rotary Club of Chicago, the first-ever Rotary Club in the world, was established, so professionals with diverse backgrounds could exchange ideas and form lifelong friendships. Over time, Rotarians span the globe, working to solve some of our world’s most challenging problems.

2024年2月23日乃全體扶輪社友的大日子!當日,社友皆以不同的方式歡慶國際扶輪成立119周年記念。國際扶輪的成立可追塑至1905年2月23日,全球首個扶輪社芝加哥扶輪社正式成立,讓不同背景的專業人士相互交流,建立長久的友誼。隨着時間流逝,扶輪社友已遍佈全球,社友們攜手解決全球各色各樣的難題。

“Whatever Rotary may mean to us, to the world it will be known by the results it achieves.  ” – Paul P. Harris (Founder of Rotary).

扶輪創始人保羅·哈里斯(Paul P. Harris)曾表示:「無論扶輪對社友的意義為何,世人只能憑社友的服務成果定義扶輪。」

We dream big, we make bold goals, and we Create Hope in The World.

我們擁有遠大的夢想,訂立崇高的目標,只為為世界創造希望。

DTTS 2024 was successfully held on 24 February. Incoming District officers gathered to learn more about goals that Incoming RI President Stephanie A. Urchick

set for RY2024-25. Incoming District Governor Nigel also shared his focuses and scheduled work.

2024年度地區團隊訓練研討會已於本月24日順利舉行。來屆的地區職員齊聚一堂,虛心領受來屆國際扶輪社長歐琦珂 ( RIPE Stephanie A. Urchick)為2024-25扶輪年度所定下的目標。來屆地區總監羅承益亦分享來年的焦點工作及活動時間表。

My best wishes to Incoming District Governor Nigel and his team. With the lead of IDG Nigel, and with the support from incoming District officers, we can work “The Magic of Rotary”.

祝願來屆地區總監羅承益與他的團隊一切順利,我深信在未來總監的領導和地區團隊的協助下,3450地區定能實踐「神奇扶輪」的理念。

February could be said to be a month for celebration and fellowship. Other than celebrating Rotary’s anniversary, we also celebrate the Lunar New Year. Fellow Rotarians gathered at different occasions to celebrate the first-ever Year of Loong. Wishing you good fortune, health and happiness in the Year of Loong!

二月是慶祝與團聚的月份。 除慶祝扶輪社周年紀念外,亦歡度農曆新年。社友們舉辦不同的活動迎接龍年。謹此祝各社友龍年吉祥、身體健康、闔家幸福!

Over 40 District officers and Presidents turned up on 20 February 2024. After sharing the latest updates, we caught up further with each other.  We all had a good time.

逾40名地區職員於2024年2月20日聚首一堂。在匯報地區最新情況後,眾人放下嚴肅一面,同賀新歲,熱鬧非常。

What an incredible day at the Rotary Centenary Challenge Cup last month! This annual horse racing event, attended by over 200 Rotarians and friends, has been a tradition since 19 years ago.This event not only fosters fellowship among Rotarians but also serves as a fantastic platform for Rotary’s Public Image, being broadcasted on media such as TV and social media.

上月舉行的扶輪百周年紀念盃真的精彩絕倫!今年的賽事已是第19屆,當日逾200社友和親友入場觀賽。是次賽事不僅讓社友共享相聚一刻,同渡歡愉時光,同時亦得到電視和社交媒體的轉播,推廣扶輪社。

Thank you Chair PP KL Cheng from Rotary Club of Kwai Chung and his team for organising this annual event.

衷心感謝葵涌扶輪社前社長KL Cheng和其團隊,竭力籌辦如此盛大的年度活動。

On 1 February 2024, fellow Rotarians from Area 2 showed up at Rosedale Hotel HK to celebrate the coming of the Lunar New Year. The sumptuous meal brought 75 Rotarians and friends together.That night was vibrant, heart-warming, and filled with moreish.

第二區域社友於2月首日齊集香港珀麗酒店,共同迎接農曆新年的到來。當晚氣氛既熱鬧又窩心,75名社友皆盡興而歸,酣暢淋漓。

On 17 February 2024, several Presidents and  I also shared love and laughter while enjoying the Chi Lin Vegetarian. Under the peaceful atmosphere of Nanlian Garden, we calmed our mind gradually, cleared our thoughts, and recharged ourselves to serve more in the following six months.

2024年2月17日,我與社長們前往志蓮靜院享用素食佳餚。志蓮靜院恬靜的氛圍使人靜下心來,安定思緒,讓身心稍作休息後重新出發,在接下來的半年作更多的服務。

17 February 2024 was also the District Tennis Day. Over 20 Rotarians gathered at Hong Kong Country Club to deliver their best serves in the games. We all have to serve well in our service projects.

同日,地區亦舉行網球友誼賽,逾20名社友於香港鄉村俱樂部對壘,眾人揮灑自如,希望各位在服務項目中皆能像擊球般得心應手。

14th Hong Kong Bowling Tournament for all cum 13th Hong Kong Blind Bowling Tournament was organised on 25 February 2024 at South China Athletic Association Bowling Centre to facilitate equal participation in society of the visually impaired.This year, a total of 59 teams joined the game, reaching a record high since the tournaments were co-organised by District 3450 over the decade.

第十四屆香港共融之樂保齡球比賽暨第十三屆香港盲人保齡球錦標賽於2024年2月25日假南華體育會保齡球場圓滿結束,以促進視障人士平等參與社交活動。今年合共59支隊伍參賽,創下3450地區協辦賽事十年來的新高。

54 visually impaired from our service partner, Hong Kong Blind Sports Federation, showed their confidence despite their disabilities. A blind fold game was also held. It was fun, exciting and heartening. Thank you chair PP Frank Chan, Rotary Club of Kwai Chung and Rotaract Club of Kwai Chung for organising such a meaningful event. Thank you Rotary Club of Kwai Tsing for volunteering as event helpers. It is easier said than done. Thank you all participating Rotarians for facilitating inclusiveness with your actions.

54名來自服務夥伴香港盲人體育總會的視障人士突破身體限制,自信上場展現他們的球技。當日亦舉行蒙眼保齡球賽,過程笑聲不斷,深徹體會視障人士的不便。感謝活動主席前社長Frank Chan、葵涌扶輪社及葵涌扶輪青年服務社組織如此有意義的活動。感謝葵青扶輪社協助現場工作。知易行難,感謝所有參與的扶輪社友身體力行,致力促進平等包容。

Mindful Charity Walk organised by Rotary Club of Star Avenue was held on 3 February 2024 afternoon to raise public awareness on mental health issues, a pressing concern in our society, affecting individuals of all ages and backgrounds. Rotarians, families and friends walked along the harbour front from Central to Wanchai.The fund raised will be used in projects such as 星光愛同行鬆一鬆:第一站 – 身心放鬆 愛旅行 and 第二站 – 同您鬆。愛DIY手作體驗坊, projects co-organize with Hong Kong Sheng Kung Hui Welfare Council for 2 projects.

星光大道扶輪社於2024年2月3日下午舉辦正念慈善步行籌款。社會精神疾病日趨嚴重,不同年齡背景的人皆有機會受其苦,此活動致在喚起公眾關注精神健康,召集一眾社友親朋一同沿中環海濱步行至灣仔。所籌得的資金將用於星光愛同行鬆一鬆:第一站 – 身心放鬆及第二站 – 同您鬆。愛DIY手作體驗坊等與香港聖公會福利協會合辦的項目。

Mental health is recognizable and treatable. Let’s echo with RI President Gordon R. McInally’s call to transform District 3450 into a commonplace where we can address, show up for and take care of one’s body and mind.

精神疾病是可以診治的。響應國際扶輪社長歌頓·麥金納利的號召,攜手完善 3450地區,讓有需要人士可坦誠從容面對自身的心理狀況,支持並關注各人的身心健康。

Together with PP Wilson, the Organizing Committee Chair, I was interviewed by HK01 on the Rotary Hong Kong Ultramarathon (RHKUM) that is going to be held on 5 May 2024 at Tseung Kwan O, a brand new route for RHKUM.

我與扶輪香港超級馬拉松籌委會主席前社長Wilson接受香港01的訪問,今年的賽事將於2024年5月5日於將軍澳盛大舉行,期盼全新的路徑能給予參賽者耳目一新的感受。

This year, there will be 50k run for individual and team races, and 3K run for individual and parent-child teams, attracting more participants to take part in the meaningful race even though they may not be a running expert.

今年賽事設有多個項目,50公里跑將設有個人和隊制接力賽,更增設3公里個人及親子跑,讓更多人即便不是專業跑手也能參與此盛事。

The seventh Virtual Vocational Exchange was organised on 3 February 2024 with District 9213 Uganda to promote international understanding. It also facilitates international friendship and understanding of Rotary.

地區與9213地區烏幹達於2024年2月3日聯合舉辦第七期VVE,促進青年人對國際的了解,同時促進國際間的友誼,加深對扶輪社的認識。

Health and well-being is an important issue in youth development. We care for our youth’s mental health.

健康和福祉對青少年發展同等重要。 我們關心青少年的心理健康。

This is the second year of Mental Health Day Camp of Rotary Club of Mid-Level co-organized with YMCA and Positive Education Hong Kong. Over 130 students from over 10 secondary schools gathered at Tsim Sha Tsui YMCA for the day camp. The event aimed to equip students skills and knowledge to feel good, to function well and to contribute positively to the community.

半山區扶輪社與香港基督教青年會及香港正向教育第二度合辦精神健康教育一日營。逾10所中學130多位學生齊聚尖沙咀香港基督教青年會參加日間營。活動旨在培育學生的技能和知識,讓他們擁抱正向情緒,穩定發揮,貢獻社會。

We don’t have to be positive 24-7. It’s okay to feel sad, angry and frustrated. What we need is to learn how to relax when we are stressed. Broaden our horizon; consolidate our faith; and forge forward with confidence.

我們並不需要時刻保持正向,傷感、憤怒、挫敗乃人之常情。我們需要的是學如何與之共存,放鬆心情。擴闊視野,堅定信念,勇往直前。

Organised by Gifted Education Foundation and co-organised by Rotary Club of Kowloon West and The Hong Kong Paediatric Foundation, the 13th “Shining Star” Talent Development Scholarship Award was successfully held on 21 February 2024 at The Mira Hong Kong. This year, a total of 191 talented secondary and primary students from 124 schools were nominated. After a series of assessments, 26 students who have extraordinary performance in language, literature, STEM, leadership, arts, conduct and commitment etc. were awarded with a scholarship of HK$6,000 respectively.

由資優教育基金主辦、九龍西區扶輪社及香港兒科基金會協辦的第十三屆「閃耀之星」才華拓展獎學金頒獎典禮於2024年2月21日假香港美麗華酒店順利舉行。今年共有來自124所學校的191名優秀中小學生獲提名。經過評估,26名在語文、文學、STEM、領導力、藝術、品行及社區貢獻等方面皆表現優異的學生分別獲頒6,000港元獎學金。

Other than Rotary Club of Kowloon West, eight Rotary Clubs were generous to support the award. The awardees may be gifted, but they won’t be able to make a place on the stage without hard work and training.

除九龍西區扶輪社外,亦有八個扶輪社慷慨解囊,支持該獎學金計劃。「一分天才,九十九分努力」,斷不能忽視得獎學生的在背後所作的努力。

I was deeply impressed by the winners of the International Youth Talent Musician Competition. Hosted by Rotary Club of Abacus Hong Kong, the winners’ concert was held at the concert hall of Pooi To Primary School on 18 February 2024. What’s behind their supreme instrument skills is numerous years of practice. Music can heal one’s heart and soul. What an exceptional musical journey!

環球傑出青年音樂家精英大匯演的得獎者讓我留下深刻印象。 由香港精算扶輪社主辦的得獎者大匯演於2024年2月18日在九龍城培道小學演奏廳舉行。他們精湛的樂器技巧背後是多年的練習。 音樂可以治癒一個人的心靈。多麼非凡的音樂之旅啊!

I am glad to welcome the Junioract Club of ELCHK Hung Hom Lutheran Primary School to join the Rotary family. With the help of the mother club, Rotary Club of Star Avenue, around 250 Junioractors joined the leads in serving the community after the installation ceremony on 6 February. I am looking forward to meeting them all again on different occasions.

我謹代表3450地區歡迎基督教香港信義會紅磡信義學校扶雋團加入這個大家庭。我深信在母社星光大道扶輪社的支援下,該團約250名扶雋團團員在2月6日皊交職典禮後加入回饋社會之列。我期待稍後於不同的服務與各位同學再次見面。

There is an old Chinese saying, ‘love others’ elderly as you would love your own; care others’ children as you would care your own.’

古語有云:「老吾老以及人之老,幼吾幼以及人之幼。」

Due to the pandemic last year, the Elderly Information Funfair organized by Rotary Club of Kowloon Central was put on hold. This year, with the sponsor from Tsimshatsui District Office, the two-day event took place on 24th-25th February 2024 at the Roman Square, Kowloon Park. The funfair was as successful as those in the past decade, attracting around 6,000 visitors. We delivered important messages concerning old aged living. We also distributed 6,000 gifts containing daily necessities, wishing them good health in the Year of Loong.

去年鑑於疫情關係,九龍中扶輪社舉辦的關愛長者資訊嘉年華最後不得不取消。今年,在尖沙咀區議會的支持下,再次選址九龍公園於2024年2月24-25日一連兩日舉行關愛長者資訊嘉年華。一如既往,嘉年華十分成功,吸引約6,000人士參與。社友們向現場長者,傳遞邁入高齡生活的重要資訊,並派發6,000日用品福袋,願他們龍年身體康健。

Co-organized by the Shamshuipo District Elderly Community Centre, The Neighbourhood Advice-Action Council and Rotary Club of Peninsula East, a luncheon was held together with 100 elderies. I am pleased to have conversations with the seniors. Their life is just like a fiction. Everyone has their own stories.

由深水埗區長者社區中心、鄰舍輔導會及半島東扶輪社合辦的百耆午宴,與一百位長者齊聚一堂。 很高興能和長者交談,傾聽他們精彩的人生故事。

我們需要關心那些曾經關心過我們的人。 這是我們的責任,也是我們的榮幸。

We need to care for those who once cared for us. It is our responsibility. It is also our honor.

PDG Peter Wan, PDG Peter Pang, DGND Jimmy Lau and PP Pi Leung took part in the shooting of the 12th episode of Governor’s Kitchen. Watch the episode and who knows what inspiration you may gain from their Rotary stories.

PDG Peter Wan、PDG Peter Pang、DGND Jimmy Lau及PP Pi Leung亮相第12集總監廚房,敬請密切留意,或許你會從他們的扶輪故事中得到啟發。