Kempinski Hotel 1 June
Beijing Rotary in June started on 1 June with a lunch for members and potential members only, to discuss internal issues.
Rotary 2021-22 President Didier opened the meeting by welcoming the club guests and introduced his team of 2021-22. In presenting his vision and course of action, he first emphasized diversity as the guiding principle in growing the club membership. He further stressed Service as an integral part of the Rotary spirit and the driving force for achieving that spirit: Fellowship and Programs. To put them in order it is Fellowship, Service, and Engagement.
Didier also referred to the briefing he organized in his residence on 23 May (see the pics) for present and future board members and committee chairs.
Several of the directors and chairs briefed us about their activities.
Encuentro dinner 8 June
I have been a few times to Encuentro, the new place replacing Red Rose, see https://www.beijing1980.com/2021/06/13/exploring-encuentro-replacing-red-rose/
The Rotary Club of Beijing has held several dinners there to the general satisfaction, see also this post: https://www.beijing1980.com/2021/04/30/rotary-club-of-beijing-in-april/
Iris Bula, a friend of Rotary who attended several of our meetings is the new chef! She prepared for us an excellent buffet all included with wine, beers and other drinks. We had a large private room, very convenient.
Our speaker was John Sze Ming Khor, the President of the Shanghai Rotary Club Lujiazui who is on a visit to Beijing. He talked to us about the start of his Education company after being a volunteer teacher and exploring in particular the poor rural areas. He is the founder and CEO of KERU – Shanghai, a social enterprise that provides consulting services to companies in the social sector and offers educational experiences for ambitious student leaders.
He has an impressive background both professionally and for community service.
More about his company: https://www.keruknowledge.com/
Rtn Piper thanked the speaker for his well-received talk.
Foundation Project Update – Hypospadias
From April 7th to 9th, the Rotary/Hebei Children’s medical van made the trips to Xingtai, Neiqiu, and Shahe counties, to provide free checkups to rural children, and training to the county doctors. This was the first such medical mission since the lockdown in Shijiazhuang late last year and the travel restrictions imposed after the lockdown. This Rotary/Hebei Children outreach program transports medical experts to the rural counties, from where to reach the provincial capital of Shijiazhuang often involves all day journeys and lost work and wages for the rural families.
With the medical mission resuming, the Shijiazhuang urology experts were able to examine and provide diagnosis to the rural children again. In recent months, 10 Hypospadias surgeries from the current grant have been performed. The pandemic has caused delays and sometimes stoppage to the grant surgeries.
About Hypospadias: https://www.beijing1980.com/2017/04/13/hypospadias-surgeries-need-support/