Thursday, January 19, 2012

Getting To Know Rotary

Each club is a link in the chain of Rotary. When one club does a service for its community, every club glows with the reflected radiance - Chesley R Perry 1957 ( extract from The Rotary Life of Chesley Reynolds Perry, ROTARY/One Foundation 2006)

Rotary clubs under the banner of G7 City Group organised a Rotary Carnival for the public to gain valuable insight and information into the kind of work Rotary does locally and abroad with the support of  Citta Mall, the venue sponsor on 14 January, 11 am - 7 pm. NGOs  like The Silent Teddies, United Voice, Challenges, The Sunshine Group, Anak SayangKu  were invited to showcase their activism and  raise funds for their respective cause.

Rotarians from the different clubs of  Pantai Valley, Bandar Sunway, Bukit Kiara  Sunrise, Central Damansara and Tropicana showcased their  core work as well as secondary projects . For example, providing artificial legs in  Limbs for The Limbless, upliftment for youths from the lower income groups to better their education, the right to clean water to eliminate water borne diseases locally and internationally, activity centre in low cost flats to facilitate community-based learning and programmes, focus on youth issues etc. Not least the End Polio Now programme of which Rotary  and its partners - WHO, UNICEF and the U S Centres for Disease Control and Prevention are responsible for polio cases plummet by more than 99 percent preventing 5 million instances of child paralysis and 250, 000 deaths.

Passion for Rotary binds Rotarians as a family worldwide . Every Rotarian proudly wears the Rotary Wheel pin that says Rotary International.

If we all have the fortitude to see this effort through to the end, then we will eradicate polio - Bill Gates

Rotary took on the cause of eradicating polio in 1985. Recently Rotary is working with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to help raise much needed funds to eradicate this vaccine - preventable disease.

Mother Teresa said, 'Without that drop, the ocean will never be full.' That is why I am a Rotarian - Carl Wilhelm Stenhammar, RI President 2005 -2006, Member of The Rotary Club of Goteborg, Sweden

Rotary Club of Bukit Kiara Sunrise's Education Fund nurtures youths to become good members of society

I believe we can change the world, one life at a time. No project is too small or insignificant, especially to those who benefit. My hope is that these seeds of service will blossom and live on for countless generations to come - RI President 2002 -2003 Bhichai  Rattakul

Rotary Club of Bandar Sunway's Limb for The Limbless gifts the recipients with artificial limbs. Also, they hope to bring the experts from India to transfer technology to Malaysians at Hospital Tengku Ampuan Rahimah, Klang (HTAR) so that the artificial legs can be manufactured locally. 

If we can train our youth properly, we need not have any fear as to the future of the world - Inaugural  Address, 1949 Rotary Convention, New York , USA

Children of Rotarians singing for The Agape Centre Library

There is nothing intangible about Rotary. It is reality in itself. To give is to receive, to lose oneself is to find oneself, to be happy is to serve. These are old truths for the individual  and the mass, whether application be in the exchange of goods, toil, knowledge or love - The Meaning of Rotary, The Rotarian Nov 1921

The Silent Teddies Bakery of The Community Service Centre for Deaf  (CSCD) teaches the young hearing impaired children to be self -sufficient and equip them with entrepreneurial skills.

Smiles are the badges of friendliness. There are plenty of them within you. Do not hold them captive. Set them free at right times and places and their beneficient effects will carry to the very gates of eternity - The Road I Have Travelled by Paul P Harris in The Rotarian, Feb 1934

The volunteers of The Sunshine Group, a voluntary support of Selangor Cheshire Home  full of smiles among the bric a brac, cakes, cookies and books.

On 7 January, The Rotary Club of Pantai Valley organised  a joint community event with The Bukit Damansara House Owners' Assoc  to target youths  and introduce them to the Rotary Ambassadorial programme. It is heartening to hear from the recipients of the programme how Rotary has impacted their lives.

Ms Cheryl Teh, chairperson/director of choir of The Philharmonic Society of Selangor is thankful that through Rotary she obtained a scholarship to represent Malaysia in 1988 to embark on a Music Exchange Programme (PRIME) in Sydney. Henceforth she continued her studies there where she broadened her outlook. Her helming the Community Choir is  a way of giving  back to society the tremendous benefits which Rotary has given her for life. The Choir  brings together youths and senior citizens in the joy of making music and spreading goodwill and understanding. May they continue to make waves in the community.

Ann Marie Larquier, an Ambassadorial Scholar  from Alaska may find the  the tropical heat overpowering but that does not deter her from harnessing the spirit of peace and goodwill as she learns about the  different cultures in Malaysia. After her one year term she will head for Anchorage, her home and share with Rotarians and individuals her wealth of Malaysian experiences. Such is the beauty of Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarship which The Rotary Foundation plays a very important role in promoting.

Rotary's weapons against warfare are all contained within The Rotary Foundation - Peace Scholarships, Local and International Service Projects, Educational and Cultural Exchanges - Calum Thomson RGHF Chairman, D-1020 Scotland

Ms. Ann Marie Larquier at the presentation with the Rotary Club of Pantai Valley and The Bukit Damansara House Owners' Association
Rotary is of great value. It changes the course of the human life. It changes the life of every Rotary beneficiary, as well as the life of the Rotarian - An Uncommon Man, The Rotarian July 2001.

Ms Cheryl Teh, chairperson/music director of The Phil

The foundation upon which Rotary is built is friendship, on no less firm foundation could it have stood - Paul P Harris 1935, The Rotarian Age

Ann Marie,Cheryl Teh, Rotarians with Interactors  and PDG, Dato' Jimmy Lim


  1. Gong Xi Fa Cai to you and may the Year of Dragon bring lots of good stuff and happiness for you and your family.

  2. Great series of shots. I like how you get involved with various activities.

  3. Hello! I agree with Indriani...I am very glad to see Your comments in my blog...Thanks!

  4. You are such a good example of kindness and service. You inspire me!

  5. This is very informative Keats, help me understand many things that I was completely unaware of even though I've heard of the Rotary Club. Actually that was all I knew, Rotary Club.

    I came by to wish you Happy New Year, when I should be calling you or texting you! Happy New Year Keats and family.

  6. What a great organization. Keep up the great work!

  7. Thank you so much for stopping by TNS and commenting.
    The Rotary is such a wonderful organization. Unfortunatly where I moved, there are no chapters. The closest is 150 miles away. Keep up the good work.

  8. We need to support such organisations in all possible ways

  9. We have Rotaries in Finland too.
    It's great you support their good work!

  10. Sounds really nice. It looks like you had a nice turn out. I like how the whole community was involved especially the youth.


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