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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.

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

Final Community Service Event for Rotary Year 2017-18

Final community service event for Rotary Year 2017-18: annual visit to the Tong Kheng Senior Citizens Activity Centre on 23 June 2018. Together with the Rotaractors of the Rotaract Club of Raffles City

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PE Brian speaking to the clients
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May and happy clients
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RCRC Rotarians bringing cheer to the underprivileged seniors
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Celebrating everyone's birthday
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Vincent and May with happy clients

RC Raffles City is now the only service organisation that regularly renders service at this centre for underprivileged seniors.

Final Club Meeting of Rotary Year 2017-18

The final club meeting of the Rotary Club of Raffles City for Rotary Year 2017-18 was held on Tuesday 26 June 2018. A small gathering of members joined by some guests enjoyed the fellowship and delicious North Indian food laid out by the Cricket Club. President Pany presided and ensured the success of the fellowship by providing several bottles of excellent red wine which was consumed with great appreciation by all present.

Brian Tan reported on the recent final community service project for this Rotary Year which was the annual visit to the Tong Kheng Seniors Activity Centre on Sat 23 June. This was undertaken together with the Rotaractors of the Rotaract Club of Raffles City. The clients of this Centre are all from the nearby one and two-room flats and every year look forward to this visit by RCRC. There are 150 clients of this centre and apart from engaging them in various activities, there was a collective birthday celebration for all those there. Apart from PE Brian, others from RCRC who participated in this event were AG Shirin, PP Russi, PP Low Cze Hong, PP Vincent and spouse May. PE Brian hopes that more members would join in for next year's visit. A visiting Rotarian from the Rotary Club of Bangalore made a short presentation about his club and the many large scale projects that the club currently carries out in India. These include hospitals, dialysis centers, 100 "happy" schools as well as numerous other community projects. He looked forward to collaborations by Singapore clubs on these projects, not in terms of financing but in terms of other support.

At President Pany's invitation, VP Jeffrey Chan spoke about his recent vacation in Mongolia and PP Vincent spoke about his recent safari in Tanzania. They both agreed to share photos of their trips at a later meeting.

The highlight of the meeting was President Pany's unscheduled talk about the recent statement by Prime Minister Dr Mahathir of Malaysia to revive discussion on the 1961 Water Agreement between Malaysia and Singapore. This agreement is an international treaty registered with the UN. But Dr Mahathir had always taken the view that the price for the water supplied by Johore to Singapore was too low. During the 1997 financial crisis, which took place when Pany was Singapore's High Commissioner to Malaysia, Singapore was prepared to pay more for the water as part of a package deal to assist Malaysia which was then in great financial difficulty. But Mahathir kept changing the price upwards until agreement was no longer possible. So it was decided to KIV this issue until the next leader takes office in Malaysia. The leaders following Dr Mahathir i.e. Abdullah Badawi and Najib Razak both did not raise this issue. But now that Mahathir is back in office, he is taking this up again.

President Pany mentioned that he has many insights on this issue and has laid all these out in his autobiography which he is writing.

President Pany's final gesture was to announce a final collection for the Sunshine Box. With his encouragement, a total of President Pany, a total of $170 was raised.

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