Rotary Beijing Club lunch 11 April

Kempinski as usual

Our Rotary Beijing Club lunch 11 April was of course in Kempinski Hotel. Personally I am pretty happy with their food, creative and varied. My only complaint: I always end up eating too much.
Those who complain about the food are mostly those who have a very narrow culinary experience.
Our Rotaractor Max also joined.

Speaker: Mr. Ted Plafker

Ted Plafker is currently the correspondent with the Economist. He is well known and respected.
He has been reporting on China since 1989 for a variety of publications including the South China Morning Post, the Washington Post, the International Herald Tribune, the Boston Globe and, most recently, the Economist. He is the author of the book ‘Doing Business in China: How to Profit in the World’s Fastest Growing Market.’ In his speech, he drew on his rich experience and gave a stimulating tour d’horizon of the current economic and political situation.

Hypospadias surgeries need support

Our Club as a pioneer

Hypospadias surgeries need support but funding is still far away. Here a short introduction. We welcome any suggestion from individuals, companies and organizations.
Rotary in China has always strived to be a pioneer in tackling health and social issues, when Chinese society was still reluctant or unable to deal with the issues, sometimes for reasons of stigma, indifference and lack of public and private interest.
Once government and society take the right measures, Rotary then leaves it to the local entities to continue the good work.
One of those major programs started time ago is GOL, the Gift of Life.

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 our 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.

Hypospadias and its stigma

Hypospadias surgeries need support, see here an insight into the disease, what it is and the situation in Hebei Province in particular.
Please note the content of the presentation is graphic and not suitable for sensitive souls. It is one of the reasons the disease suffers from the stigma – people don’t want to even talk about it..

Hypospadias_GOL

Hypospadias forms a male organ that not only doesn’t work well but also doesn’t look normal.
See also: Hypospadias – Wikipedia
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hypospadias

What is Hypospadias

Rising Incidences of Hypospadias Defects

  • About 50,000 boys are born each year with hypospadias defects.
  • The rate is 1/300 and rising.
  • Chinese boys are often inflicted with the more severe type III or IV of the defects.

Those children:

  • Wet their pants and have to urinate squatting down.
  • Can’t marry or procreate.

As a result, many are,

  • Abandoned by parents.
  • Growing up they are often marginalized or ridiculed.
  • Have low self-esteem and many committed suicide.

Causes for the rising epidemics are:

  • Environmental factors including rampant use of pesticide, DDT and hormone.
  • Over 3000 boys are born with defect each year in Hebei, a major agricultural province.

Current Situation,

  • Multiple and specialized surgeries are required.
  • 70% of the first surgery cost is covered by the rural co-op health plan but only 30% of the second or further surgeries is covered.
  • No charity or foundations cover this type of defects because of cultural inhibitions.
  • Inexperienced or sub-standard surgeries make worse an already difficult phenomena.
  • Surgeries are best performed between age 18 months to 3 years of age, before they start schooling.
  • Treatment often involves multiple surgeries and can cause complications,

Hebei Shijiazhuang Pediatric Hospital will include hypospadias in the GOL outreach program by:

  • Sending pediatric urologist surgeons to the rural areas to examine children with the defects.
  • Educating families about seeking medical treatment and from experts.
  • Providing clinical training to rural county surgeons.

Our Rotary Club of Beijing is now looking how it can assist in the matter.

Beijing Rotary Club early 2017

Some activities of Beijing Rotary Club early 2017

See the pics with their respective dates, Beijing Rotary Club early 2017 has been pretty busy and this is only a limited overview of our activities.

Lunch 24 January in Kempinski: speaker Bernhard Weber

The European Chamber Nanjing Chapter Chair Mr. Bernhard Weber gave a sneak view on the upcoming Local Position paper, which he will launch on 21 February. The Nanjing Chapter was founded in 2004, and currently has almost 100 member companies based in Nanjing, Changzhou, Suzhou, Wuxi, Zhenjiang and Xuzhou. The chapter is devoted to helping its members address their concerns to the local authorities at both senior and working levels through various meetings and events. While the Thirteenth Five-Year Economic and Social Development Plan of Jiangsu (FYP) attempts to further much of the success that Jiangsu has experienced in recent years, it includes several components that concern European business. These concerns fall into one of two general categories: content and implementation. The Nanjing Chapter holds serious concerns about how the FYP will be transformed from words into actions, having grown accustomed to hearing promises and grand plans in the past, but seeing limited action actually taken. The FYP therefore provides an opportunity for the government to demonstrate their resolve to further open up to the world, allow market forces to act freely and provide fair and equal enforcement of the law.

Dinner 31 January in Opposite House: a social get-together in Sureño Restaurant

See the pics.

Lunch 14 February in Kempinski

See the pics
Rtn Sven announced the mentoring and training initiative for our Rotaractors.

Lunch 21 February in Kempinski: speaker Joerg Wuttke, president European Chamber

On 7th March, 2017, the European Chamber of Commerce in China will release a major study on the China Manufacturing 2025 (CM2025) industrial policy initiative that officially commenced in 2015. Titled China Manufacturing 2025: Trying to Plan What the Market Should Decide, the report provides a detailed examination of the focus and goals of the initiative for upgrading China’s industrial base and moving to the forefront in ten industries that the Chinese authorities have identified as future drivers of the economy. It also evaluates the initiative’s ramifications for European business, both in China, Europe and third-country markets. Recommendations for adjusting and responding to the initiative are also provided for the Chinese Government, European Union authorities and Member States’ governments, and European business.
It is available here: http://www.europeanchamber.com.cn/en/european-chamber-publications

Lunch 14 March in Kempinski: Gilbert introducing his book

Gilbert is the founder and president of a Beijing-based management consulting company that provides strategy guidance to foreign and Chinese clients. He was deeply involved in the building of the 2008 Olympic venues and as a result got the highest decorations from the Chinese government.
His talk focused on how the idea of his book “Toxic Capitalism” was born, on the challenges of researching and compiling data and then on his experience with publishing.
Toxic Capitalism – The orgy of consumerism and waste: Are we the last generation on earth?
Gilbert elaborated on the theme by shedding light on consumerism and the consequences of too much waste.
Living in China since 1980 Gilbert became alarmed by the dramatic pollution levels in Beijing and the trends of overconsumption and waste around the world.
As an engineer he delved into the data to better understand the seriousness of the situation, the reasons why it had come to all that and what we can do about it.

Lunch 28 March in Kempinski

Speaker Dr. Michal Meidan, Asia Analyst, Energy Aspects (London), on oil and gas market in China.
Over the past decade, as China’s crude oil imports surged from 2.5 mb/d in 2005 to 6.7 mb/d in 2015, the country has become increasingly concerned with the economic and strategic vulnerabilities associated with import dependence. Beijing has sought to hedge against supply disruptions and ensure a steady flow of oil supplies by supporting its national oil companies’ (NOCs) investments in oil and gas fields overseas, as well as by offering loans to producer countries which are repaid with oil. Often, the two have gone hand in hand: Chinese policy banks have awarded credit lines to recipient countries that they have used for infrastructure development in return for exports of crude to China. Similarly, the NOCs, which had limited access to capital during their initial outbound investments in the late 1990s and early 2000s, developed new project financing structures whereby the loans to finance their upstream investments were secured by equity from these assets.
As a result, by 2015, Chinese NOCs’ participation in overseas production reached 1.7 mb/d, and oil-backed loans generated an additional estimated 1.4-1.6 mb/d of crude that is available to Chinese traders. To be sure, not all these barrels make their way directly back to China, and China’s upstream investments are under a number of different contract structures, leading to varying volumes of oil supplies made available to them, but from Beijing’s perspective, its supply situation is looking less precarious.

 

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: https://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.