On June 12, President Sam, President Elect Eliza and 8 members of the Interact Club of King’s College participated in the tournament at the Bowling Centre of South China Athletic Association. Our Honorary Member Vivien was a guest of honor of the tournament. Vivien jumped in and gave tips to our novice bowlers. Even though our three teams did not win any prizes, our Interactors had a fun-filled morning and gained valuable experience competing together with bowlers from the Hong Kong Blind Sports Federation.
On May 12, District Governor Keith Chow, Past District Governor Ada Cheng, Immediate Past District Governor Eric Chak and District Governor Elect Norman from District leadership joined our luncheon. From Rotary Club of Hong Kong Island East, our “mother club”, President Bernard Lee, Past President William Wong, and President Elect Rico Fung joined. Other guests included District Secretary Elizabete Fong, Mr. Kevin Chuc (a former speaker) and Winnie (Past President Dora’s guest). Our Honorary Member Vivien Lau introduced our speaker, the Honorable Kenneth Fok, a member of Hong Kong Legislative Council. Kenneth’s talk on “The Role of Sports in Social Development” was an extension of his talk at the 61st District Conference in 2021. Sports is more than sports. Over the course of the last 50 years of Chinese history, sports played a role in opening China to the world. In challenging political times, it is always best to keep sports and cultural exchange open among nations. In the Q&A session we learned a bit more about Kenneth. His grandfather’s involvement in sports development in Hong Kong and China was critical to his choice of profession. Just elected to the 7th Legislative Council, Kenneth seeks to support sports, arts, culture…
This week, we welcomed our speaker Mr. Kevin Chuc and Charter President Patrick’s guest, Professor Heiwai Tang of the University of Hong Kong Business School. President Sam gave a summary of postponed and cancelled District events due to the pandemic. Sergeant-at-Arms Past President Dora congratulated Past President Ricky on his business expansion. Our Club’s introduction of the speaker was given by Honorary Member Vivien, while vote of thanks was given by Past President Dora.
On June 21, our Board met for the 12th and final time in RY2020-21. Board members mainly made sure that handover to the incoming Board would be smooth, and that all lingering issues were dealt with. Thereafter, a small dinner gathering was held. Quite a few members and their spouses attended, including Honorary Member Vivien Lau, as well as our new Honorary Member Professor MF Yuen. President Elect Sam brought to the occasion 3 bottles of whisky with a varied flavor profile. Others brought wines, ranging from classic French Margaux and St. Emilion, to a Chinese cabernet from Yunnan, China.
On May 23, our Club sent one team of Interactors to 11th Hong Kong Bowling Tournament for all x 10th Hong Kong Blind Bowling Tournament. President Mark, Past President Grace, President Elect Sam, and Grace’s sister Joyce went to cheer our team of Interactors from King’s College. Also in attendance was Dr. Kelvin Siu, our speaker from last week, and his colleague Mr. Ricky Chan (not to be confused with our most cheerful Past President Ricky). Both are innovators who are passionate about supporting the disabled through technological innovation. We also managed to catch Honorary Member Vivien, who was the event’s Guest of Honor.
Charter President Patrick nominated, and our Board has duly considered and approved Professor MF Yuen, a world-class clinician researcher and teacher at HKU, to be our Club’s third Honorary Member, after Honorary Members Vivien Lau and Professor Tim Tong. Welcome Professor Yuen to the world of Rotary!
On October 8, our Club met for lunch at our usual meeting venue, Regal Hong Kong Hotel. To ensure proper social distancing, Regal has given us a large room, with 4-person tables separated by ample spaces. The meeting began with President Mark giving some updates about our Club and our District. Past President WT also summarized two consecutive weeks of delivering hot meals to the elderly and to sanitation workers. Before the speaker program, our members also celebrated the happy news that our Honorary Member Vivien Lau was awarded Silver Bauhinia Star by the Chief Executive on October 1. A cake was prepared by Regal for the occasion and shared by all at the end of the meeting. Our speaker of the day was Mr. Jackson Lam, an automotive consultant who has worked in marketing and corporate strategy for some of the largest auto manufacturers and their distributors in the world. Jackson shared with us the latest and greatest advances in autonomous transport, the prerequisite of which is a stable electric-based system and sensor technologies. Jackson noted that China is at or near the forefront of autonomous driving, mainly because provincial and local governments have been very accommodative towards the…
Our Honorary Member Vivien Lau was awarded Silver Bauhinia Star (“SBS”) by the Chief Executive on October 1. Congratulations Hon. Member Vivien! Here’s the citation for her lifelong dedication to sports in Hong Kong: Ms LAU is awarded SBS in recognition of her meritorious public and community service over the years, in particular her significant contribution to the promotion and development of sports in Hong Kong. Under her leadership, the Hong Kong Tenpin Bowling Congress has successfully developed tenpin bowling into one of the elite sports, with athletes winning numerous medals at various international competitions. Since 1996, Ms LAU has been elected as the Vice President of the Sports Federation and Olympic Committee of Hong Kong, China. She led delegations of Hong Kong athletes to participate in various international multi-sports events with remarkable achievements.
District Blind Bowling Tournament was held at South China Athletic Association on January 12. 12 Interactors from St. Clare’s and 5 Interactors from King’s joined President Mark, Past President Webster and Webster’s two sons to participate in this meaningful event, where Interactors learned to appreciate what we usually take for granted (eye-sight) and the perseverance and determination of those who have lost theirs. President Mark showed a real talent for throwing gutter balls and consistently missing standing pins; his scoring contribution for the day: 0. The event was of course not possible without the full support of Hong Kong’s most well-known bowler, our very own Honorary Member Vivien Lau, who was the guest of honor of the event.