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Welcome to the Rotary Club of Raffles City

The Rotary Club of Raffles City meets every Tuesday at the premises of the Singapore Cricket Club, The Padang, Singapore at 7 pm on the first 2 Tuesdays of each month and at 12.45 pm on the other Tuesdays.

Club meeting on Tuesday 15 May 2018

The RC Raffles City club meeting on Tuesday 15 May 2018 will be a lunch meeting commencing at 12.45 pm. The venue will be the Gilmour Room of the Singapore Cricket club.

For this meeting we will have a guest speaker. He is Mr John Jackson Bentley III who was VP Jeffrey Chan's law professor at the then University of Singapore in 1969. After his stint as a law professor he went on to practice law in a Los Angeles law firm. Shortly after that he took on an appointment with the UNDP as a legal consultant, firstly to Egypt and then to Vietnam. He was the first legal consultant appointed by the United Nations to the then just established Ministry of Justice of Vietnam. He helped in setting up the Vietnam legal system after Vietnam opened up. After his retirement from the United Nations he was appointed as the Chief Legal Advisor to the US-STAR project which seeks to assist Vietnam in complying with its obligations under the US-Vietnam FTA.

John has lived in Vietnam for more than 20 years and is married to a Vietnamese lady. He had an accident recently and is handicapped. He comes to Singapore regularly for his medical treatment and other checks. He will speak to us about his experiences as an American whose home is Vietnam and has completely acclimatized to present Vietnamese culture and society.


Rotary Foundation has just awarded RC Raffles City it’s first Global Grant. This is for a vocational training team to provide training on new techniques of endoscopy to detect inflammatory bowel disease at a medical symposium in Singapore. The award is in the amount of $61,523. The application for the Global Grant was made by RC Raffles City with the support ofour Sister Club, RC Peninsula, Kowloon.

RC Raffles City has previously financially supported other overseas Rotary Clubs for their global grant applications. But a reluctance to undertake the paperwork for global grant applications had in the past deterred our club from applying for Global Grants for our own projects. This was notwithstanding that RC Raffles City is one of the highest contributors in our District to the Rotary Foundation.

Our congratulations must go to PP Nidhi Swarup for embarking on this initiative and undertaking the work to obtain for our club our first Global Grant. This will surely encourage our club to launch substantial projects that can have long term benefits for our community,


The Navjeean Centre is a school for children of Mumbai sex-workers established by the Mar Thoma Church in India. PP George Abraham has liaised with the Rotary Club of Kalyan, which is near Mumbai, to apply for a Global Grant from the Rotary Foundation to construct a water pond and purchase a vehicle for this Centre. PP George has also obtained the RCRC Board's approval for RCRC's participation in this project.

The estimated cost of this project will be around US$35000. R C Kalyan will contribute US$2500 and RCRC will contribute SGD$5000 or more. The rest of the funding will come from RI's Global Grant and also the District Dedicated Funds of District 3142 (RC Kalyqn) and District 3310 (RCRC).

The following from RCRC have made pledges to fund this project: President Kesapany; PE Brian Tan; PP Vincent Chen; PP George Abraham; PP Jeffrey Chan and Rtn Gina Teo. Additionally, the RCRC Board has approved the release of $1000 from the Sunshine Box Fund for the purposes of this project.

President's Message

Welcome to the Website of the Rotary Club of Raffles City, or RCRC.

RCRC was established in 1980 which makes us one of the most established Rotary Club in Singapore. Our present membership comprise 52 professionals and businessmen of different races and nationalities and very much a reflection of Singapore society. Our members have diverse backgrounds which include Public Service, finance and investments, medicine, law, accountancy, property and logistics.

RCRC is a part of Rotary International District 3310. Our members together with Rotarians of our District as well as the other 1.2 million Rotarians all over the world join in the Rotary commitment of "Service Before Self". To this end we have over the years undertaken numerous programmes in Rotary's avenues of service, namely Vocational Service, Community Service, International Service, Youth Service and Club Service.

Our significant achievements include the establishment of the Dyslexia Association of Singapore, the Crohn and Colitis Scuety of Singapore and the building of a lift for the former Red Criss Home for the Disabled. Outside Singapore we have collaborated with our Sister Rotary Clubs in numerous projects in the Philippines, China, Taiwan, Malaysia and Cambodia. Domestically we have regular programme to bring cheer to the underprivileged and needy and we have collectively made substantial contributions to various charitable causes.

Our Club's theme for this Rotary Year 2017-2018 is "OUR ASEAN", this year being the 50th Anniversary of ASEAN. Our intention is to feature ASEAN in our programmes and activities for this year. In this way we hope to contribute to the Social-Cultural Pillar of the ASEAN Community.

You are all welcome to join us at our regular lunch and Dinner Meetings at the Singapore Cricket Club. Details are given on this website.

Of course we will be most happy if you would join us in our activities and in providing Service Before Self.

K Kesavapany
President 2017-18
Rotary Club of Raffles City

Weekly Meetings and Schedule of Events

  • The Club lunch meeting on 20 February is cancelled as it is during the Chinese New Year.  Members are encouraged to make up at the Rotary World and Understanding and Peace Day (WUPD) Commemoration on Friday, 23 February 2018.

  • The commemoration of the Rotary World Understanding and Peace Day (WUPD)  organised by the Joint Presidents 2017-18 will be held on Friday 23 February 2018 at the Holiday Inn Singapore Atrium Hotel,  317 Outram Road, commencing at 7 pm. RCRC has taken more than a table. Members who have not signed up and who wish to attend kindly inform Vice-President Jeffrey Chan. Please turn up in Rotary Dress. The Guest Speaker is the British High Commissioner to Singapore. Cost: $85 per person.

  • The RCRC Chinese New Year Fellowship for 2018 will be held on Sunday 25 February 2018 at the Eagle Room of the Seletar Country Club commencing at 7 pm. Address is 101 Seletar Club Road. Members wishing to attend please contact Club Service Director Geoff Hogg. Each member is allowed to bring a spouse/partner and 2 guests. Attendance at this Chinese New Year Fellowship will be recorded as a make-up for the Club meeting scheduled for 27 February. 

  • The Club meeting on 27 February 2018, which is a lunch meeting, is cancelled on account of the Club's Chinese New Year Fellowship on 25 February. 

  • The next Club Meeting will be on 6 March 2018 at 7 pm. The speaker will be  our new member Namratha Lakshmi who will be delivering her Classification Talk.

  • The Club Meeting on 13 March, which is a dinner meeting commencing at 6.45 pm is a special meeting. The venue will at the the outdoor patio of Stumps, the sports bar of the Singapore Cricket Club. Entrance is through a staircase from the verandah at the rear of the club in between the squash courts. Given the venue, this will be a very informal event focused on pure fellowship. 

  • The speaker for our lunch meeting on 20 March 2018 is Ms Sarah Tan, Executive Director of the Foundation of Rotary Clubs of Singapore (FRCS). Her topics is "The FRCS Connection". Given the speaker and the topic, Rotarians from other clubs are encouraged to join us in this meeting. Cost payable to the Cricket Club: $30 per person inclusive of lunch.

  • The Rotary District 3310 PETS and District Training Assembly will be held from 15-18 March 2018 at the Holiday Villa Hotel, Johor Baru, Malaysia. All incoming Board Members, new members and members who have not attended a DISTAS previously are strongly encouraged to attend. More details are available at the District 3310 Website. Registration is through the website:  < www.rotarydistrict3310.com >

  • The Rotary District 3310 Conference 2018 (DISCON) will be held from 11-13 May 2018 at the Magellan Sutera Harbour Resort in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, East Malaysia. The DISCON is both a fellowship as well as a Rotary learning event. All members, especially Board Members, are strongly encouraged to attend. More details are available at the District 3310 Website. Registration is through the website: <www.rotarydistrict3310.com >

3 Oct 2017
Dinner Meeting @ Victoria Room
Singapore Cricket Club (SCC)

10 Oct 2017
cancelled due to conflicting engagement

17 Oct 2017
Lunch Meeting @ Gilmour Room SCC

24 Oct 2017
Dinner Meeting @ Victoria Room SCC

31 Oct 2017
Lunch Meeting @ Gilmour Room SCC
Birthdays In October 2017
16 Oct- Rtn Schwarzl Rene
21 Oct - PP Shee Ping Fatt Alfred
23 Oct - Rtn Tan Lay Suan Judy
23 Oct - Rtn Varshney Mohit
31 Oct - PP Lee Kay Tuan David
Anniversaries In October 2017
15 Oct- Rtn Chng Weng Wah Eddie
28 Oct - Rtn Anoop Sonpar
30 Oct - PP Lim Eugene

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