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Dear RCRC friends,

Hope you're enjoying a restful weekend. Our club just hosted the Christian Outreach for the Handicapped visit to Gardens By The Bay. Read the attached bulletin to find out more about this event & other recent events that took place in the past week.
Forthcoming events are also listed for your attention.

Kindly note that next Tues we do not have our weekly lunch meeting due to the Hari Raya Haji public holiday.

There will be no bulletin for the coming week due to the cancellation of lunch meeting.

With best regards.

TC Phua
Bulletin Editor 2013-2014

Time: 7:00 PM Meeting/8:00 Dinner
Venue: Esmirada Restaurant in Orchard Hotel (the host is Vocational Service Director Dirk Lenz)

Please confirm your attendance by Friday, 4th of October.  Thank you.

The agenda will be as follows:

1. Confirmation of Minutes of Meeting of 2nd of September 2013
2. Matters Arising
3. Treasurer’s Report
4. Club Major Project
5. Directors’ Reports
  • Vocational Service
  • Community Service
  • Membership
  • Rotary Foundation
  • Publicity
  • International Service
  • Youth Service
6. Date of Club’s Annual General Meeting (in December 2013)
  • Nomination of Club President-Elect
7. Date, time and host of the next Board Meeting
8. Any other Matters.
  • Cancellation of Club Meetings on  24 & 31 December


"Ambassador K.Kesavapany and Dr. William Wan will be sharing their concerns about the state of our nation's cleanliness next Tuesday, Sept 10. This issue should be of special concern to all of us because we are not truly a first world city if our standards of public cleanliness remain those of the third world. There are many serious health and hygiene consequences too awful to contemplate. This will be compounded by the shortage of cleaners in the days to come. But thankfully, we as responsible residents can do something about it."

Foreign Green Bird in Little India

On a recent Sunday afternoon, my friend Teng Lit and I joined up with a group of Japanese residents who called themselves the Green Bird.  Green Bird, according to their website, is a Non-Profit Organization founded in Harajku and Omote-sando.  Their motto is “A clean town also makes people’s hearts and minds cleaned.”  Their primary activity is trash-picking “to clean the towns we live and love.”Junko, a young Japanese businesswoman, is the leader of the group. Norie, a Japanese volunteer at our Kindness Gallery, introduced us.  There were 6 other Green Birds all ready to don on the green vest and gloves.  Armed with a litter-picker and litterbags, we fanned out into Little India for 90 minutes. We returned with our bags full of litter.

Along the way, we were looked upon with curiosity and amazement. A few stopped to find out who we are, and I never failed to tell them that foreigners are helping us to keep Singapore clean, ending with a question, “Will you join us?” Some said, “Thanks!” and walked away. I take that to mean “Thanks, and no thanks!”A couple of them came to show appreciation and admiration. They said they will certainly participate and make a difference. I thanked them and trust that they will do so.We passed LAGNAA, “...the barefoot dinning.” I had a chat with Shanti who is an associate there. She expressed appreciation for our efforts and said that she is doing her part. I thanked her. As I left to continue my litter-picking, I heard someone calling after me. I turned around and there was Kaesavan, also from LAGNAA. He invited us to have a cool drink with his compliments. I thanked him and said we will take that up after our rounds.When we returned, Shanti was there, welcoming us with a broad smile. We were sweaty and clearly in need of a long cool drink. We were about to take a seat on the ground floor when she said, “Please come upstairs. I have turned on the air-conditioning. It is more comfortable up there.” This is kindness in action, very thoughtful hospitality. We enjoyed the lassi and the coke. Feeling very refreshed and encouraged, we took our leave with much gratitude. My friend Teng Lit offered a tip for the waiter but Shanti said, “No need to, if you insist, I will give it to charity.”

What did I take away from this experience?First, we cannot stereotype foreigners and play the blame-game. The state of cleanliness in our city is not caused by foreigners – it is the result of litter-bugs who have no sense of pride and civic responsibility – and it has little to do with being a foreigner or local.Second, every trip we make to do our rounds of litter-picking reiterates the reality that we are not a clean city. We are not even a cleaned city. Is cleanliness an issue in Singapore?? You must be kidding!

Is Cleanliness an Issue in Singapore?

Third, most people appreciate what we do.  They resonate with our action.  But when will they stop appreciating on the sideline, and start getting involved and do their part to make the difference?  We can only hope that our example will inspire them – one at a time.And finally, there are kind people everywhere.  Kaesavan and Shanti are but two of them.  I want them to know that their act of hospitality to total strangers like us make a great difference.  They encouraged us by their thoughtfulness and generosity.  Because of people like them, we press on in what we do and trust that our kindness to the environment will continue to inspire acts of kindness in others.  Each act of kindness when conjoined will be like trees planted on both sides of a wide boulevard, providing shade and safety for all to enjoy.This is the vision of a Singapore we want to see.

Posted by William Wan at 12:13 PM   on Wan of a Kind - http//:wan.kindness.sg

Speaker for RCRC Meeting on 17 Sept 2013: Talk on Youth Engagement

Chua Seng Lee has been volunteering actively and inspiring numerous youths by giving talks, providing counseling and leadership in various projects both locally and internationally since 1985.

He has served as a Council Member of the 9th and 10th National Youth Council (NYC), the national co-ordinating body for youth affairs in Singapore and actively promotes overseas youth exchanges, mentorship, youth development and the youth voice.

In 2008, he was appointed as Chairman, National Youth Mentoring Steering Committee, by NYC, to roll out the testbed and pilot phases of the mentoring plan. The plan is completed in 2013. A formal report would be published for public learning.

Currently he is the program director of Bethesda Care and Counselling Services Centre. He has also authored a book on "My Voice: Overcoming" to highlight the state of depression in Singapore.

Dear DG, PDGs, Fellow Presidents and fellow Rotarians,

We are pleased to inform that Dr Serge Besanger, Honorary Member of RotaryClub of Shenton, now based in France, is in town and he will speak at the upcoming Joint Club Evening Meeting.

Title of his presentation is : *Hypertrends: AsiaSynopsis*

Hypertrends are long-term, sustained and global forces that impact everyaspect of business, society, and personal lives. In Asia-Pacific, these trends will center around the 7 "hyper-forces" of : Hyperdevelopment, Hyperconnectivity, Hyperselves, Hyperwomen, Hyperleadership, Hyperenergy, and Hypersecurity. Dr Besanger will develop each of these seven hyper-forces that will alter our lives. He will then present some mid-term scenario for regional currencies and commodities.

*Dr Serge Besanger*
is the award winning author of several reference books on Business Strategy and Asia. A former Managing Director with Emerson, he served as acting director of the IMF Institute in Singapore, senior expert with the IMF and WTO, and senior advisor to Asian central banks and governments. He is a current/former board member of several East Asian and European corporations and institutions, including France's National Council of Foreign Trade Advisors.

Please plan to join us for this interesting educational talk as well as fellowship amongst Rotarians and guests of various participating Rotary Clubs.

Venue Orchard Hotel, Jupiter Room (level 2)
Date 22 August 2013 (Thursday)
Time 7 - 9pm
Cost $30/- nett for Buffet Spread

For purpose of seating and food catering arrangements, kindly drop us a note to advise on the number of attendees from your club.

Click here to view Speech by President on the occasion of Raffles City’s Charter Night and DG Visit, 13 Aug 2013, Raffles Room, Tanglin Club

Dear Rotarians,

Our DVS regional seminar programs for each location are now confirmed. All the agenda for 4 locations are of same format and flow. Please refer to the flyer designed by PP Michael Yee, the seminar planner.

5th October (sat) KK
12th October (sat) Kuching
19th October (sat) Kulai
26th October (sat) Singapore

The signature feature of the seminar is the two panel discussions moderated by PDG Dr. Philbert Chin for all four locations. I have to thank PDG Philbert for his commitment, devotion and dedication to vocational service activities and Rotary in general.

I am sure your AG and Club President have already talked to you of this seminar. There will be survey to have self reflection and then participate and share your experience. It is a unique forum, not the standard one.

I personally invite all of you to participate this unique seminar which could make a difference in your Rotary life, whether you are new or veteran Rotarian. It is about Engage Rotary; Change Lives :
Committing Rotarians to Vocational Service
Transforming Lives through Vocational Service

Look forward to your support and see all of you in October 2013.

PP Alex Eow
District Chair -- Vocational Service 2013-14


Raffles City will be commemorating Singapore's National Day on Tuesday 06 August, which is during National Day Week. We will begin with an observance ceremony when we will sing the National Anthem.

As with previous National Day meetings, we try to have a VIP speaker to speak on matters pertinent to Singapore as a nation.

It is my pleasure to announce that for  our 2013 National Day Meeting, our VIP  speaker will be none other than our own member, Rtn K Kesavapany.

Pany, as we all know him, is one of the most senior member of Singapore's  Foerign Service. Prior to his retirement, he was the
Ambassador to numerous countries and is perhaps best remembered for his stint as our High Commissioner to Malaysia during some the most difficult years of our relationship with that neighbour. After his retirement, he undertook the responsibilities of the Executive Director of the Institute of South East Asian Studies, one of our leading think-tanks. Since retiring from that post, he is now our roving Ambassador to the Kingdom of Jordan.

Pany will speak on the topic : "Musings of a Singapore Ambassador".

Governor's Newsletter July

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District Newsletter July

Dr. Harminder Singh Dua, 2012-13 Rotary Foundation Global Alumni Service to
Humanity Award winner makes a great discovery.

Harminder Dua, professor of ophthalmology and visual sciences at the University of Nottingham in England

Dr. Dua will be receiving the Rotary Foundation Global Alumni Service to Humanity Award at the 2013 RI Convention on 25 June, 2013
By: Live Science Staff 
Published: 06/12/2013 07:13 AM EDT on LiveScience

Scientists have discovered a previously unknown layer lurking in the human eye. The newfound body part, dubbed Dua's layer, is a skinny but tough structure measuring just 15 microns thick, where one micron is one-millionth of a meter and more than 25,000 microns equal an inch. It sits at the back of the cornea, the sensitive, transparent tissue at the very front of the human eye that helps to focus incoming light, researchers say.

The feature is named for its discoverer, Harminder Dua, a professor of ophthalmology and visual sciences at the University of Nottingham. Dua said in a statement that the finding will not only change what ophthalmologists know about human eye anatomy, but it will also make operations safer and simpler for patients with an injury in this layer

Dua's layer adds to the five previously known layers of the cornea: the corneal epithelium at the very front, followed by Bowman's layer, the corneal stroma, Descemet's membrane and the corneal endothelium at the very back.

President Tanaka's May Message

Dear fellow Rotarians,

From the moment I was nominated as Rotary International president, I knew I would choose a theme that would focus on peace. This is why I planned three peace forums – to give Rotarians an opportunity to think about peace, to talk about peace, and to share their ideas on building peace together. The final Rotary Global Peace Forum takes place this month in Hiroshima, Japan.

We hear the word peace every day. But most of us spend little time thinking about what peace is. On its simplest level, we can define peace by what it is not. It is a state of no war, no violence, and no fear. It means that you are not in danger of hunger, or persecution, or the suffering of poverty.

But we can also define peace by what it is, and by what it can be. Peace can mean freedom of thought and of speech, freedom of opinion and of choice, and the ability for self-determination. It can mean security, confidence in the future – a life and home in a stable society. On a more abstract level, peace can mean a sense of happiness, of inner serenity, of calm.

However we use the word, however we understand peace, Rotary can help us to achieve it. Rotary helps us to meet the basic needs of others – to provide health care, sanitation, food, and education when and where they are most needed. It helps to meet the inner needs as well, for friendship, connection, and caring. And Rotary helps us to build peace in its most traditional sense, by reducing the causes of conflict. It builds bridges of friendship and tolerance among people and nations. It helps us to understand one another.

However we define peace, whatever peace means to us, we can bring it closer through service. Peace, in all of the ways that we can understand it, is a real goal, and a realistic goal for Rotary. Peace is not something that can only be achieved through treaties, by governments, or through heroic struggles. It is something that we can find, and that we can achieve – every day, and in many simple ways.

And so I thank you for your commitment to Peace Through Service – and to a Rotary goal of a more peaceful world.

Sakuji Tanaka (of Japan)
President, Rotary International

In Lisbon, visit RGHF at booth 2109, 22-26 June

Click here for PDF then please click on the month, next to the "new" icon, for the current PDF issue. Past issues are also found here.

PDG Eddie Blender,
RGHF Founding Member,
and Publisher of Our Foundation Newsletter


I edited my high school newspaper and yearbook from 1949 to 1950 and was a newspaper reporter through college and then edited my dental school yearbook in 1958.

I edited newsletters in most every organization to which I belonged and when I was invited to join Rotary, in 1992, I was asked to and I wrote the club and district newsletter.

TRF Trustee Lynn Hammond asked that I write a Rotary Foundation Newsletter when he was elected an RI Director in 1999 and that monthly publication eventually morphed into the "Our Foundation Newsletter". This is issue #135 (over 12 years) of Our Foundation.

Editors have to be prolific readers of lots of material and by virtue of that editing responsibility they acquire (indirectly) a lot of - in this case Rotary knowledge. I believe that led to many of the great RI appointments that were offered to me.

Would you like to teach the nuances of Rotary and educate your newer Rotarians? Appoint them to be in charge of the club's newsletter.

As always this issue #135 was a pleasure to put together. I hope you enjoy it as much I enjoyed writing it.

Very truly yours

Eddie Blender, Publisher

Visit www.ourfoundation.info for the current issue (in pdf format), please click on the month, next to the "new" icon.


Dear Fellow Rotarians,

Last month at the meeting on 19 March, I had intended to provide aReport on the PETS and the 23rd District Assembly which took place from 14-17 Mar 2013. I could not do so because of lack of time. So below is a short report on the significant features and learnings derived from this District Assembly.


The 23rd District Assembly (DA) was held at the Zon Regency Hyatt Hotel in Johore Baru. It was organised by the Rotary Club of Bugis Junction and attended by nearly 400 Rotarians, spouses and guests. This was on record the biggest ever DA for Rotary District 3310. It was also superbly organised by Rotary Club of Bugis Junction. The Rotary Club of Bugis Junction has only 35 members but nearly every member signed up and attended together their spouses and other family members. So they all paid registration fees to do very substantial work for all of us. Their effort was an example of true Rotarian spirit and an inspiration to us all.


This was held from 14-15 Mar. P.E. Jeffrey Chan was the only attendee from Raffles City. 98% of all the 62 PEs in our District
attended this PETS. The trainers were all Rotarians who volunteered to do the training. A new feature of this year’s PETS was the DISC Personality Profiling that was applied to all who participated. It was said that this will enable all of us to understand ourselves and others better and facilitate working in teams.

The training programme was helmed by DGN1 Andre Suharto who is the District Trainer. The training provided in the PETS covered a wide range of subjects. There were 2 areas of emphasis, viz. the new Rotary Structures and Rotary’s Future Vision Plan.


It is not known to many in our Club that in 2010, the Council on Legislation, which is the Rotary Parliament, made a substantial
amendments to the Rotary bible, i.e. the Manual of Procedure (MOP). Major changes were introduced to club structures. The previous structure whereby Rotary Clubs have committees each devoted to one of the 5 avenues of service no longer applies. Instead, the committees of Rotary Clubs are the following: Administration, Membership Development, Service Projects, Rotary Foundation and Public Relations.

There is an option to establish a separate New Generations Committee. This means that the present Club structure of Raffles City is not aligned with what is now prescribed as the structure for Rotary Clubs. Our Board will have to address whether or not to amend our Constitution. Several of the Clubs have expressed that they do not intend to amend their Constitution but would appoint members to take charge of each of these areas. Since this may cause overlaps with those holding offices under the present structure, this must be very carefully thought through.


PDG Fong Hoe Beng had earlier spoken to our Club about this. There is a bit of grandiose puffs surrounding this but to put it simply, the present system of matching grants from the Rotary Foundation is to be discontinued. Instead all monies raised by the Rotary Foundation will be channelled into 2 funds, viz. District Designated Fund (DDF) and the World Fund (WF). DDFs are for Clubs to respond to immediate needs or to plan projects with clubs locally or in other countries. WFs are for larger, international projects which are sustainable and have high-impact outcomes.

The Rules are very technical and require a far bit of training. In order to be eligible for funding, Clubs are required to sign a
legally-binding MOU with the District. Our Board has decided that we will sign this MOU and President Cze Hong, myself as the PE and Corina as the PN will shortly be signing this. All 3 need to sign because projects now are required to be substantial and which can have a positive impact on the community. This translates into long-term projects that will last for at least 3 years.

Additionally, clubs who apply for such funding from the Rotary Foundation may have to show that they have made financial
contributions to the Rotary Foundation. The District has drawn up a formula for this. The quid pro quo is that once approved, the Rotary Foundation will fund the project in full, subject to conditions and the premise that the applying club will exercise governance over the project and ensure its integrity.

There another category of projects that Rotary Clubs can undertake. There are large major projects, which are international in nature, undertaken in collaboration with an international organisation (IO) or a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO). These can be fully funded by that IO or NGO. But in practice, I envisage that there wil be an element of co-funding.


Another important new development is the introduction of the Club Leadership Plan or “CLP”. All Rotary Clubs are now to be re-organise to align with the new Rotary structure as described above. One important new development is that clubs will have to have 2 President Nominees for successive years, i.e. PN1 and PN 2. This is to ensure continuity of the major community projects.

I should add that much of the changes are driven by the fact that many Rotary projects at present are small and do not have much impact on society. There are also instances of suspected fraudulent applications for grants from the Rotary Foundation for such projects (details of one such project involving our District which is under investigation by Rotary International were provided to all the PEs at the PETS).

The challenge for our club now is to come up with substantial projects that will have an impact on our society and our community. We can then put these up to the District or to Rotary International for funding under the Future Vision Plan, Just raising funds for
charitable causes or VWOs no longer suffices. Such substantial projects which can be long-term, can be either community service, international service or vocational service projects. Here the respective Directors in our club have a wide field to put their dreams into reality.

Best Wishes.
Jeffrey Chan, PE

Welcome dinner on 11 April - PP Lim Eng Ho, Russi, Aaron, Eugene & Beng Chai.

What Paul Harris Said
RGHF History Day
Make your own history

Coming to Lisbon? Visit RGHF at booth 2109 in the House of Friendship, IC13. 22-26 June.

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What Paul Harris Said, a feature of RGHF since December 2001.

Paul P. Harris, Founder of Rotary 23 February 1905
19 April 2013 will be the 145th birthday of Paul Harris.

"The first child of the union of George and Cornelia was named Cecil; the second Paul, who was born April 19, 1868. They played together and also with the boys of the neighborhood, Cecil generally having the frequently intractable Paul in charge. They often strayed from home down the steep river bank to the railroad and on such occasions the task of dragging Paul up the bank called for most of the boy power of the neighborhood.

To Paul the middle of the street was the best of all playgrounds." Read, in this own words, about his beginnings.

RGHF since 11 October 2000

What Paul Harris Said, is our longest running feature, started in December of 2001. His writings are timeless and speak to Rotary leaders and visitors at www.whatpaulharriswrote.org

The Global History of Rotary and RGHF is always at www.historyfan.org

History Day at RGHF, honoring the First 100 Clubs of Rotary

Dayton #47 "1910-1919

On May 27, 1912, 16 Daytonians met with Russell Geiner, President of the Kansas City Club in the ballroom of the Dayton Club. Among them were Scott Pierce to become the Club's first President (and a near relative of Barbara Bush) and James Woodhull whose legacy initiated the endowment fund for our club.
The Provisional Club received its full membership as Club No. 47 in the International Association of Rotary Clubs with proper charter presentation ceremonies on June 2, 1913."

For more information on our fellowship and to see our private Facebook groups, please join us at www.joinrghf.org

Answer a one question survey: "We must find a handful of Rotarians who will dedicate their lives to 'history,' so that thousands more might dedicate their lives to Rotary." RGHF annual meeting - Montreal. From RGHF.org (this poll will remain open indefinitely)

Continue the conversation, with your comments, on our public Facebook page at www.historyfan.org


This past year was one of major accomplishments for Rotary and your Rotary Foundation.

Extraordinary progress was made toward the eradication of polio. We made history when India was removed from the list of polio-endemic countries - leaving just Afghanistan, Nigeria, and Pakistan. A difficult road lies ahead, but thanks to the commitment and generosity of Rotarians and friends, we are confident that Rotary will lead the way toward a polio-free world.

We also expanded Rotary’s reach in new and effective ways by entering into partnerships with Mercy Ships and UNESCO-IHE. And we built on our record of humanitarian service by continuing our strong relationships with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, USAID, Aga Khan University, Oikocredit and the Rotary Peace Centers.

Over half a million young people worldwide participated in our New Generations programs. Their involvement in Rotary Youth Exchange, Rotaract and Interact clubs, and RYLA events helped them develop skills that they’ll need to become service-minded community and global leaders - and future Rotarians.

In 2012, The Rotary Foundation also earned top marks from several independent charity evaluators, including the American Institute of Philanthropy, Charity Navigator and the Wise Giving Alliance.

As we look ahead, we can be proud of all that Rotarians have accomplished. I am pleased to share the digital version of the »2011-12 Rotary International and Rotary Foundation Annual Report, which offers a firsthand look at how Rotarians are working to improve the lives of people in need. I encourage you to review our annual report carefully, and to share it with others who may be interested in joining, partnering with, or donating to Rotary.

Thank you for helping Rotary achieve lasting change in your community and around the world. 



P.S.:  Through the generous financial support of individuals like you, Rotary funds sustainable projects that help address the world’s greatest needs.  Every gift makes a real and lasting difference!

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