2016 Men’s Jazz collection by Paloma Sanchez

Rotary and Paloma

The 2016 Men’s Jazz collection by Paloma Sanchez called on some of our “handsome” (?) Rotarians for a photo shoot that seemed to have been fun. See some of the relaxed moment of that session.
See about here her and Rotary briefly:

Beijing Rotary AGM in Johnnie Walker House: http://www.beijing1980.com/2016/12/12/beijing-rotary-agm-in-johnnie-walker-house/

The Jazz collection by Paloma Sanchez

I show here a few of the articles of the collection, I made a very personal choice as, well, I ended buying up one item. Macho vanity or gentleman’s elegance? It is a birthday gift to myself! What convinced me? The unique and careful design and the use of gemstones – I love stones. My choice went for black hematite, black jade, rock crystal quartz and more.

See the website: http://www.palomasanchez.com/

Her own introduction:
“My name is Paloma Sanchez. I am a Gemological Institute of America (GIA-accredited) Gemologist and Jewelry Designer who starts in the mines and countries where spectacular gemstones are created by Mother Nature.  I consider each stone I select to be unique, and I create a one-of-a-kind jewelry to showcase its individual personality.”
And for the Jazz Collection:
http://www.palomasanchez.com/jazz-men-2016/
(And… my item is soooo special it is not on her website!)

Beijing Rotary and Rotaract closing the year

Last “official” lunch of the Beijing Rotary Club

Beijing Rotary and Rotaract closing the year, first with Rotaract having the last lunch at Kempinski before everyone disappears to celebrate the holidays, in Beijing or in the home country.

Rtn Wei presented a banner he had received from RC Baden-Baden Merkur.
Visiting Rtn Bjorn exchanged a banner with PE Russell.
Visiting Rtn Thibaud presented his club of Discovery Bay, Hong Kong. New club and no banner yet.
Rtn Didier was awarded a Paul Harris Fellowship by the club while he was away from China. It was to acknowledge his outstanding contribution towards club events. Rtn Gilbert has kept Didier’s certificate and finally passed it on to him to him.

Rotaract Social Night

As the Winter Ball had to be cancelled – not enough tickets sold – our Rotaractors held a “Social Night” at Legend Beer in the evening of Friday 16 December. We got a great deal at Legend Beer so that we went home, let’s say “pretty happy”.

Nice mix of Rotaractors and Rotarians, see here some of the happy participants.

Beijing Rotary AGM in Johnnie Walker House

Our Beijing Rotary Annual General Meeting

On 29 November Our Club held its AGM in Johnnie Walker House near Qianmen. I visited the House earlier, see:
The Johnnie Walker House in Beijing: simply impressive http://www.beijing1980.com/2015/05/05/the-johnnie-walker-house-in-beijing-simply-impressive/

So I did not join the tour with the others.
Fifteen members attended thus ensuring the required quorum. The amendments to the club bylaws were approved unanimously. President and incoming board members 2017/18 were also elected:

President             Russell B.
IPP                      Daniel R.
President Elect    Martin G.
Secretary             (position open)
Service                 Lucy M.
Foundation           Jens H.
Membership         Daniel A.
Treasurer             Rene S.
Youth                   Sven H.

(pics provided c/o Rtn Lucy)

A busy evening for our AGM in Johnnie Walker House

Ms. Paloma Sanchez donated a ring to the club for auction during our upcoming Ball on 25 February 2017.
The auction of three whiskeys donated by Johnnie Walker was a big success!
As speaker we had the Swiss Ambassador Dr. de Dardel on the topic of Innovation.
Ambassador de Dardel spoke about innovation in China and Switzerland. Ranking on top of innovative countries, Switzerland has always emphasized innovation with a view of improving people’s livelihood. China and Switzerland have established a cooperation in the field of innovation.

President Daniel R performed the induction of Aish K. who transferred from RC Shanghai.
Rtn Eli K. was made honorary member of our club in acknowledgement of his dedication and continuous support to the club.
Thanks to Rtn Eli for arranging the venue.

2016 BCIS Christmas Bazaar

Beijing City International School

On 3 December the 2016 BCIS Christmas Bazaar was held again in Shuangjing. Proceeds for the Migrant Children Foundation (MCF) of our Rotarian Helen.
Great job Helen!See: http://mcfchina.org/

Rotaract and Rotary both present

This 2016 BCIS Christmas Bazaar both Rotary Club of Beijing and our Rotaractors were present with a table.
Rotaract sold crafts that were handmade by the kids of MCF school. They raised over 2000 RMB.
Great job by our volunteers Julia, Peter, Vasko, Péha, Elaine, Yvonne and others.

District SR Frank Yih at Rotary Beijing

Our special guest(s)

On 15 November District SR Frank Yih (Special Representative) joined the Beijing Rotary lunch at the Kempinski Hotel, along with other delegates from Shanghai.
SR Frank started his presentation with a video of RIP John Germ’s speech about this year’s theme – Rotary Serving Humanity. Frank then explained the Presidential Citation and the status of our clubs. There are 15 clubs and 5 provisional clubs in Mainland China as of today; there are 7 Rotaract clubs and 11 Interact clubs, see the slides. Frank also presented the district structure, finance and plans. The current District Service Projects are Gift of Life (GOL) and Save Kids Lives (SKL). SR Frank also invited fellow Rotarians to join him in the RI Convention Atlanta on June 10-14, 2017.

Our Gift of Life Program

One of our key project, now gradually the task is taken over by other organizations.
Congenital Heart Defects in China:
The incidence rate of CHD is about 0.7% to 1.1% based on the national data, and in the higher elevation regions the rate is increased to 1.37% to 2.5%.
More than 150,000 born with CHD per year.
About 1/3 died in one month due to the serious CHD or complex malformation
Another 1/3 died in very young age due to the exacerbation or delay of the surgery.
What we have achieved:
Over 20 million RMB raised by Rotary Club of Shanghai, Beijing & Chengdu;
More than 1,000 children from poor family operated.

Visiting Rtn James presented Save Kids Lives Project (SKL).

As few people know. the leading cause of death in China for children under 14 are traffic accidents, another major cause being drowning.
Ever seen kids sitting in the front seat, or back seat, without protection? Adults in the back seat without a safety belt? Those are major causes of death. Chinese totally ignore the terrible risks. In European countries those attitudes are punishable by law. In case of any accidents the kids simply fly through the front window, normally with instant death.
SKL promotes awareness of the danger, with the government and all concerned.

PP Piper explains DDF

PP Piper gave a presentation on the Fund Drive 2016: District Designated Fund (DDF) and the global Impact of Rotary Work.
The mission of The Rotary Foundation is to enable Rotary members to advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace through the improvement of health, the support of education, and the alleviation of poverty. The Foundation is a not-for-profit corporation supported solely by voluntary contributions from Rotary members and friends of the Foundation who share its vision of a better world. This support is essential to make possible projects, funded with Foundation grants, that bring sustainable improvement to communities in need.

Thanks  District SR Frank Yih for the visit and the presentations!