Our Club returned to physical lunch meeting at Regal Hong Kong Hotel after two months of virtual meetings on Zoom. To ensure proper social distancing, Regal has given us a large room, with 4-person tables separated by ample spaces. In a first for our Club, we tried a physical+online meeting, whereby the physical meeting was broadcasted live via Zoom to those unable to travel to Causeway Bay or currently out of town.
The meeting began with President Mark giving some updates about our Club and our District. Rotarian Eliza, checking in via Zoom from New Zealand, gave updates on District beach cleaning and details about green club qualifications. Thereafter, the floor was yielded to President Elect Sam, who began to conduct his first Club Assembly. Directors took turns to give updates about aspects of our Club. Past President Angela unveiled a casual Zoom gathering, whereby members discuss anything and everything. The only rule: no Rotary business is to be discussed. Past President Angela also said that as soon as gathering restrictions become more relaxed, fun yet safe fellowship will be planned accordingly. President Mark reported, on behalf of International Service Director Past President Dora, updates about Nicole Au, our Rotary Scholar in the UK, and our Global Grant project with Rotary Club of Pudu in Malaysia. Rotarian Jason reported on our emergency grants to our service partners, our biweekly volunteering at Holy Cafe, and our current Food Aid project with Caritas. President Elect Sam gave updates about Scouts walkathon, future fundraising, and our Club’s upcoming AGM (tentatively scheduled on December 17), and reported, on Treasurer Barry’s behalf, our Club’s current and quite healthy financial position.
Overall, 17 members attended, of which 13 were at Regal in person and 4 connected via Zoom. 2 spouses also attended and enjoyed our first physical meeting in over two months.