Rotary in Beijing


Note: this is not the official website, just a personal recap by Rtn. Gilbert.
updated 27 Jan 15

Rotary Club of Beijing (RCB)

District 0052 – Club Number: 60724 – District Governor Randall Eastman

The Rotary Club of Beijing was first established on 30 August 1924 as the third club in China. Rotary had established a total of 32 clubs across the country but it had to discontinue its activities after the change of government system in China in 1949. Rotary came to a stop during the years that followed 1949.The club was re-introduced as a fellowship group in Beijing in 1996, by a group of Rotary Hong Kong expatriates working in Beijing. In June 2001, Rotary International formally recognized the Club and granted it provisional status. The Club was chartered on 8 February 2006.
Later the date was changed to “First Chartered: 30 August 1924”.
The Club has a total of 48 members, Our club has: male 68% and female 32%, Average age is 48; 15 nationalities. According to Chinese rules, only foreign passport holders (including Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macau) can be members. Membership fee is RMB 2,400 per six months, along with other financial obligations.
RCB contact: Club Administrator: Celine Lin, admin[at]

Weekly meetings in Beijing:
Kempinski Hotel, 50 Liangmaqiao Road, 100016 Beijing, 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm
The hotel is in the Lufthansa Complex, behind the “Yansha Shopping Center” on the East 3rd Ring Road. The cost of the lunch is RMB 210.

Rotaract Club of Beijing

As one of Rotary’s most significant and fastest-growing service programs, with more than 7,000 clubs in about 163 countries and geographical areas, Rotaract has become a worldwide phenomenon.
Rotaract is the “youth” Club of Rotary and is a Rotary-sponsored service club for young men and women ages 18 to 30. The purpose is to bring young students and professionals together to do good in their own community, broaden their network and develop their leadership skills. Rotaract is either a community or university based club.
Rotaract Beijing is community based one, which was founded in 2009. They are sponsored by a local Rotary club, here RCB. This makes them true “partners in service” and key members of the family of Rotary.
Rotary International certified the Beijing Rotaract Club on 31 July 2009 with the official set-up date of 8 June 2009.
The club welcomes new members of all nationality. Mainland China passport holders cannot be on the board but can join as Friends of Rotaract.
Membership fee is RMB 100 per 6 months.
Rotaract normally meets at The Bookworm, Mondays at 8.00 pm.
President 2014-15: Johanna Chen.
Rtn. Gilbert is the Liaison with the Beijing Rotaract.
The club now also has an Official WeChat Account.

RCB past, present and future projects

Major Fundraising Projects of the Club: sales of Moon Cake, the annual Christmas Bazaar, the annual Ball

Gift of Life (GOL)
Children’s heart surgery program (congenital heart disease) for underprivileged children. More than 400 surgeries have been done since 2000 by the Club.
Donation of a medical bus to Zhengzhou No. 7 Hospital, Henan and a medical van to Hebei Children’s hospital for screening countryside children. Since 2011, the GOL outreach program has screened more than 1800 children in Henan province on average a year and provided over 800 surgeries of which more than 50 surgeries received financial sponsorship from the Rotary Club. In 2013 using the cardiac sonogram equipment and medical van donated, the Hebei Shijiazhuang Children’s Hospital screened 3055 children in 42 counties and identified 564 children who needed surgery. In 2014, Hebei has screened even more children and diagnosed more children with heart defects that need surgeries.

Rural Village Education Program
Assisting with the educational expenses of rural families; 240 families have been supported to date. Luan Ping Ping project is going strong with 20 students funded in 2012-13.

Wheelchair Project
During 2005-2007, Rotary Beijing provided over 2,000 new wheelchairs to the needy people in China.

Library Project for Rural and Urban Schools
Over48,000 books provided to 168 of China’s western rural schools, in cooperation with the Library Project.
Gansu Wenxian: donation of 7,847 books to six schools.
Joint Library Project with the China Soong Ching Ling Foundation (CSCLF) for rebuilt schools in

Sichuan Earthquake Relief
In conjunction with Rotary International, provided temporary homes for 50,000 victims; including 4,400 tents and 800 emergency shelter boxes; 1,400 tins of imported milk powder were distributed to the earthquake victims.

Sponsoring studies
Support of a Thai Student to attend university in Beijing.
Tibetan Schools – funded a number of projects in Tibet e.g. blind people’s school in Lhasa.

Maple Project
Continued support of the Maple Women’s Psychological Counseling Center (call center offering consulting services to help women with domestic problems)

Living Hope (artificial limb donation)
Pilot program continuing.

TRF (The Rotary Foundation)
The goal for the Fund Drive of US$18,000 achieved for 2012-13
End Polio – participate the Rotary Foundation (TRF) End Polio.

Beijing Sun Children’s Village
Supporting the NGO to help provide a safe haven for children of imprisoned parents.

Morning Tears
Supporting the NGO to help provide a safe haven for children of imprisoned parents.

Stars & Rain
Supporting the NGO that helps children with autism and their families

Rima – Qinghai
In 2007, Rotary Beijing provided a water well, latrines, medical equipment and an ambulance to Rima Clinic and Yushu County Hospital in Qinghai.

Interact Projects
Cambodia House Building, Beacons of Hope (migrant children health check)

Rotaract Projects
Speed Dating, Art Jamming, Clothing Drive, Roundabout cooperation, RYLA, Shelterbox, cooperation with the Migrant Children Foundation, and more.

RCB Board

The RCB Board 2014-15

President – Piper Tseng
President Elect – Daniel Albrecht
Vice President/Membership – Benno von Canstein
Immediate Past President – Ruby Chang
Secretary/Club Administration Dr. Martin Glatz
Treasurer – Rene Schmitt
Foundation – Stefan Albrecht
Youth Services – Henriette Deking
Community Service – Cornelia Anderer
Sergeant-at-arms – (James Donaldson) acting Didier Boon
Other: Speakers program – Joerg Wuttke; Rotaract Liaison – Gilbert Van Kerckhove

 The upcoming RCB team 2015-16

President – Daniel Albrecht
Vice President – Rene Schmidt
President Elect – Daniel Rötting
Secretary – Dr. Martin Glatz
Treasurer – Rene Schmidt
Immediate Past President – Piper Tseng
Stefan Albrecht – Foundation
Cornelia Anderer – Service
Christine Stroem – Membership
Jose Acosta – Youth Service
Other: Rotaract Liaison – Gilbert Van Kerckhove

RCB Past Presidents

2005/6 Carll-Ludwig Dörwald (Charter President)
2006/7 Michael Furst
2007/8 Mike Ma
2008/9 Kevin Fong
2009/10 John Barnes
2010/11 Peter Humphrey
2011/12 Jens Dreier
2012/13 David van Meerendonk
2013/14 Ruby Chang

RCB Sister Clubs

Rotary Club of Shanghai
Rotary Club of Hong Kong
Rotary Club of Hong Kong Metropolitan
Rotary Club of Hong Kong South
Rotary Club of Copenhagen (Denmark)
Rotary Club of Great Neck (NY – USA)
Rotary Club of Del Mar (California – USA)
Rotary Club of Cupertino (USA)

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