Message from President

July 20th, 2018 | Posted by admin in Message - (0 Comments)

Dear Rotarians, Spouses and Friends of Rotary,

It is truly an honour and privilege to be elected as the 33rd President of Rotary Club of Kuching Central. I have been part of the Rotary family for over 20 years, starting as an Interactor; joining Rotaract Club of Kuching before becoming a member of this vibrant Rotary club in 2013. I wish to thank PP Leslie Phuan and PP Thomas Ngu for encouraging me to join Rotary Club of Kuching Central.


RI President Barry Rassin’s Presidential theme for this Rotary Year is “Be The Inspiration”. As the club president, I will always be inspired to lead and continue the good work of my predecessors. We will continue with our signature project; Prevention of Blindness with greater intensity this year, thanks to a most successful fund raising effort from our Rotary Charity Run 2018-Gift of Sight. In addition, water and sanitation projects under Rotary’s core areas of focus will also be undertaken.


Rotary Club of Kuching Central has a well-established Youth program with 5 Interact & 2 Rotaract Clubs under our care. We have always emphasized on our Youth Development and will undertake to organise I-Quiz Sarawak regional competition for the 4th consecutive year. We also plan to organise a RYLA camp in Kuching in December 2018. We will endeavour to undertake more joint projects between Rotary and our Youth Clubs.


District Governor Henry has selected RC Kuching Central to be the host club for 30th Pan Borneo meet in Kuching from 2-4 November, 2018. Please join us for this event which will feature interesting programs and great fellowship.


We will continue to enhance our relationship with sister clubs, friendship & partner clubs. I will work towards undertaking more joint projects with them.


Dear RC Kuching Central members; besides service to our community, I will endeavour to create more fellowship gatherings among our members and to continue our Club’s unique inclusion of family members in all our activities.


Tohether We Serve & Enjoy Rotary.


Jong Kiam Ngee
President 2018-19
Rotary Club of Kuching Central

Dear fellow Rotarians,


One year ago, your Rotary International Board of Directors adopted a new vision statement, reflecting our aspirations for our organization and its future. It reads, “Together, we see a world where people unite and take action to create lasting change – across the globe, in our communities, and in ourselves.”


That simple sentence distills so much of what is essential about Rotary. We unite, because we know that we are far stronger together than we could ever be alone. We take action, because we are not dreamers, but doers. We work to create lasting change that will endure long after our involvement has ended – across the globe and in our communities. And perhaps most important of all, we work to create change in ourselves – not just building a better world around us, but becoming better people ourselves.


A quotation attributed to French writer Antoine de Saint-Exupéry goes: “If you want to build a boat, don’t begin by collecting wood, cutting boards, or assigning tasks. Begin by awakening in the souls of your workers a longing for the vast and boundless sea.” Each of us came to Rotary because we had a longing – to have an impact, to make a difference, to be part of something larger than ourselves. That desire, that vision for a better world and our role in building it, is what drives us in Rotary. It’s what made us become members, it’s what motivates us to serve, and it’s what led me to choose our theme for this Rotary year: Be the Inspiration.


I want to see Rotary Be the Inspiration for our communities by doing work with a transformational impact. It’s time to start moving forward, by removing the barriers that are holding us back. Let’s make it easier to make adjustments in our clubs or start new clubs that suit different needs. Let’s work to strengthen Rotaract and smooth the transition from Rotaract clubs into Rotary. Let’s give all Rotarians the flexibility to serve in the ways that work best for them, so that every Rotarian finds enduring value in Rotary membership.


Truly sustainable service, the kind of service we strive for in Rotary, means looking at everything we do as part of a larger global ecology. This year, I ask all of you to Be the Inspiration for sustainable service by addressing the impact of environmental issues on our work. The environment plays a key role in all six of our areas of focus, and that role is only becoming greater as the impact of climate change unfolds. It’s time to move past seeing the environment as somehow separate from those six areas. Clean air, water, and land are essential for healthy communities – and essential for the better, healthier future we strive for.


Be the Inspiration – and together we can, and we will, inspire the world.


President, Rotary International

My warmest greetings to all of you as we start a new Rotary year 2018-19. As your District Governor for this new Rotary Year, I will be your friend, your partner and your supporter in all that you do in the name of Rotary. I sincerely want to work with all Rotarians and Rotary clubs to write a new chapter of our Rotary story – a story that can inspire others to become Rotarians.


The Rotary movement worldwide now stands at a cross-road. Our members are aging. In addition to this, we live in a world with rapid technological changes especially in the areas of IT and social media and these changes can be disrupting. Even as we try to bring in new members there is a widening of values and perception between the ageing Rotarian and the younger ones. Given all these changes, a new class and a new set of values will emerge within the Rotary movement in a matter of time.


Whether we can move forward from this crossroad to a bright future depends a lot on whether we have the boldness to choose the right path and the right plan. RI President Barry Rassin has pointed to us such a path and plan. He wants us to “Be the Inspiration” and come together to “create lasting change – across the globe, in our communities, and in ourselves”.


To move forward, we need to go back to basics on one hand and also we to embrace change on the other hand. Let me explain this seemingly contradictory terms.


Going back to basics means recognising the importance of membership growth. Rotary is a membership organisation. Our assets are actually our members. As an organisation and a world-wide movement, we can either thrive or fade away depending on whether we want to use our collective ability to grow our membership. If we fail to bring in new and younger members into our fold to tackle our aging structure then we will fade away and forfeit our important role in serving humanity.


Therefore, I encourage all clubs to go all out to attract new members especially younger members. Younger Rotarians will inject a fresh perspectives of the world and new ways of doing things into our midst.


One available pool of young people to tap are our own Rotaractors. We must engage and prepare them to become Rotarians.


We also need to go beyond mere numbers. It is important that we become not only committed but knowledgeable and up-to-date Rotarians. This means that we Rotarians must equip and update ourselves with the latest Rotary information and knowledge. We can achieve this by attending Rotary seminars, District Assembly, District Conferences, by accessing our Rotary IT platform (My Rotary), by inviting experienced Rotarians as speakers, etc.


Going back to basics also means that we must build strong Rotary clubs. We must actively engage members to reduce attrition rate. There is also a need for the District to help smaller clubs to grow in membership.


Another important area to consider is our our mindset. The world has changed dramatically in the 113 years since Paul Harris and his three friends held the first Rotary meeting. To stay relevant to our societies and to create lasting change we have to renew our thinking. Be open to new ideas and new ways of doing Rotary work and activities. Be ready to use social media to attract members especially younger ones.


Be united to do bigger things. We must think of ourselves as Rotarians first, not just isolated members of a particular Rotary club that has no relationship or dealing with other clubs.


Be willing to look beyond your own clubs and see what we can do together as a family of Rotary. No clubs can be perfect in all things. They can be strong in certain areas and weak in other areas. By working together, one club’s weaknesses can be overcome by the strengths of other clubs.


By working together we can take on bigger projects. This in turn will help raise the image of Rotary in our communities.


There are three ways in which we can come together to build stronger clubs and at the same time help the smaller clubs in our District.


First, bigger clubs can work with smaller clubs to organise joint-programmes to promote membership and to raise greater public awareness of Rotary.


Secondly, I encourage some of our clubs, whether big or small, to take the lead to come together to hold joint-fellowship events on a regular basis. On my part I will be working with the Governor’s Special Representatives and the Assistant Governors to help kick-start these joint-club events.


Thirdly, we have to find ways to help smaller clubs seek out strategic partners and stakeholders so that they can enter into a long-term partnership with them to serve the communities. By so doing, small clubs can keep their members engaged in meaningful projects, widen their network and help them to look out for those non-Rotarians who are keen in community work to become members.


Imagine how strong Rotary would be if we can unite among ourselves, work together, work with non-Rotary partners, take on bigger scale projects and in the process help to create meaningful and lasting impact on our communities.


Together, let’s write a new chapter in this Rotary year, a chapter that will inspire others. A chapter that people will want to read over-and-over again.


D3310 District Governor RY 2018-19

Dear Rotarian Benjamin,

Congratulations on your installation to the office of 2017-18 club president.
There can be no Rotary without the more than 35,000 clubs that are dedicated to enhancing communities and improving lives right around the globe. What makes each club successful is the strong and inspiring team that leads it. You are now a part of that team, which will help strengthen your club by welcoming new and engaged members, and planning service projects that will have the most impact. Your club has already done so much for so many as a club officer; you can help your club do even more.

There’s a lot to look forward to during this coming year and I know that by working together, we will achieve great things as we continue to serve local and global communities through Rotary Making A Difference. Congratulations again on your new position.


Ian H.S. Riseley
President, Rotary International 2017-18

Message from President 2017 – 2018

August 15th, 2017 | Posted by admin in Message - (0 Comments)

Greetings to my fellow Rotarians, Spouses and Friends.

When I was first introduced to Rotary Club of Kuching Central by PP Leslie Phuan in the year 2012, I felt very small. I was doe-eyed young chap who had never seen a brotherhood such as this. I felt welcomed and accepted immediately. It was your confidence, candour, and good faith that fascinated me in the beginning. I never thought there would be an organization such as Rotary, where members come together to do genuine good work to make a difference in the community we live in.

While I am extremely honoured to be handed the reins to this distinguished club, I am also deeply humbled by this appointment. It is not a position and an appointment that I take lightly.

The on-going programmes such as the Rotary Brings Vision Project, and the Rotary Charity run will be reinforced this year with more corporate sponsors and participants so that we could reach out to more people who could benefit from our Avoidable Blindness and Cataract Project.

As your new President, I also hope to move us in line with this year’s presidential theme: Making a Difference. As the Rotary International President Ian H.S Riseley has said, protecting the environment and curbing climate change are essential to Rotary’s goal of sustainable service. There is no threat to the environment that is greater than human behaviour. Our environmental sustainability starts with us and we can do more together to impact the world.

This is why the Rotary Club of Kuching Central will be undertaking an environmental project this year to make a difference starting from the community we are living in. It may be on step at a time, but together we can achieve more. I appeal to all our members to join in on this drive for environmental sustainability.

Last but not least, I wish to address an issue that I hope will be eradicated in the near future Officially Rotary’s Council on Legislation permanently ended Rotary’s status as a men-only organization in year 1989. 28 years on, we have more than 35,000 clubs in the world and only 22% of our members are women. Hence, it is one of my goals this year to attract and engage a more diversified membership. We also need to start bringing in younger members, and appeal to them with the ways of a Rotarian. In a nutshell, we need men and women from all backgrounds, ages and professions. The better our club reflects our community, the better we can serve.

I know in my heart that this year is going to be incredible and it will be a year of growth for both myself and the Club that I now represent, I look forward to your support and encouragement in this journey. I have faith in Rotary and in Rotarians. We will be Making a Difference to make our world a better place because of Rotary Serving Humanity.

Benjamin Lo
President 2017-18
Rotary Club of Kuching Central

Message From District Governor 2017/2018

August 15th, 2017 | Posted by admin in Message - (0 Comments)

I wish to congratulate President Benjamin Lo and you Board of Directors on your installation tonight to serve in the Rotary year 2017-2018.

Naomi and myself are grateful and indeed very honoured to have been invited by your club to attend this Installation Night Dinner.

All of you have been elected by your club members to continue carrying out the good work of your club over the years. President Ben, a young and energetic Rotarian has gone through the Pre-PETS and PETS training and is ready to lead your club to greater heights with your full support.

The last Rotary year has been a year where Rotarians have been encouraged to “Server Humanity”. This year, RI President Ian Riseley has chosen the theme “Rotary: Making A Difference”.

The Rotary Club of Kuching Central is a very active and vibrant club over the years where Rotarians have been working together to serve humanity in need and making a difference in their lives by bringing much needed medical aids, cataract operations, solar and clean water amongst others to the rural communities as well as in the urban centres, especially schools.

RI President Ian wants his District Governors to support and strengthen clubs through further membership growth with more female members in particular, to focus and increase humanitarian service which your club is already a champion of, and to enhance Rotary’s public image and awareness, where most of your service projects and activities are reported in the local news media throughout the year. I have no doubt Kuching Central Rotarians will be able to carry out these goals without much difficulty and achieve the Presidential citation.

Besides, I hope your club members will continue to support and contribute generously to the Rotary Foundation as your AG Dato’ Thomas Ngu is the Annual Fund and Endowment Chair for the Rotary year.

Your club has successfully carried out service projects with the aid of the DDF and Global Grant in the past. This year, a big scale eye screening and cataract operation will be carried through a Global Grant in Sarawak spearheaded by your club. This will further boost the Rotary image and awareness in Sarawak.

I personally see a great potential for the growth of more Rotary clubs in Sarawak with more lady Rotarians if our Rotarians set in as their goals to achieve this challenge. If we have more members, we can plan and carry out more service projects for the benefit of your communities in need, thereby making a difference to their lives.

Let us all work towards this goal in this Rotary year and in the years ahead.

Datuk Lee Chuen Wan JP
District Governor 2017-18
Rotary District 3310
Singapore, Parts of Malaysia, Brunei Darussalam

Message from President 2016 – 2017

July 1st, 2016 | Posted by admin in Message - (0 Comments)

Dear Fellow Rotarians, Spouses, and Friends,

Rotary’s founder, Paul Harris, believed that serving humanity is ‘the most worthwhile thing a person can do,’ RI President 2016-17 John F. Germ said, and that being a part of Rotary is a “great opportunity” to make that happen. “I believe everyone recognizes the opportunity to serve Rotary for what it truly is: not a small opportunity, but a great one; an opportunity of a lifetime to change the world for the better, forever through Rotary’s service to humanity,” said Germ when he unveiled the annual Presidential theme for Rotary year 2016-17, Rotary Serving Humanity.

I am proud to say the organization we are in today, Rotary International, leads the world in volunteer service.  Rotarians are dedicated to serve Humanity with the common goal of ‘Service Above Self’. We are an inspiration to others. Let us live up to our goal to always do good in the world by serving Humanity.

It is indeed a great honour for me to have been given the opportunity to be the 31st president of this dynamic service club that has carried out a number of significant projects over the past three decades that has benefited numerous underprivileged and needy people

I would like to congratulate our World Class Outgoing President Ng Yaw Hua and his team of office bearers for an outstanding year, and for achieving the Gold-Level Rotary International Presidential Citation. To President Yaw Hua, thank you from the bottom of my heart for your commitment and unseen dedication in leading the club with great distinction. Your commitment to excellence has inspired others. I will endeavour to continue your goodwork, although you will be a hard act to follow.

I wish to extend my sincere appreciation to Past District Governor Haji Andre Suharto for introducing Rotary to me and for his encouragement for me to take this role on, a decision I didn’t make lightly.

As I look forward to the new Rotary year, I am excited about the possibilities.  I believe all leaders are nothing without a great team,and I know that I will have the greatest club with the best club officers, and directors standing behind me. Not forgetting the excellent Rotary Family spirit that we always enjoy by including our families in our fellowships and service events. We are very proud of this unique tradition.

This year marks an important milestone for our club as we will be celebrating our club’s 30th anniversary.  I would like to take this opportunity to pay tribute to all our charter members, past presidents, and members for their hard work and tireless efforts to carry out so many humanitarian projects over the years. May RCKC continue on its quest to serving humanity to the best of its abilities.

On behalf of the Rotary Club of Kuching Central, I wish to express our sincere gratitude to our distinguished Guest of Honour District Governor Michael Yee for gracing our installation dinner.
Special thanks to Organising Chairman PE Benjamin Lo and his committee for their efforts to make this event a success. I also wish to express my appreciation to our guests, friends, supporters and families of Rotary for your contribution, attendance, and tremendous support.

Yours in Rotary,

Clarence Yong
President 2016-17
Rotary Club of Kuching Central





Rotary International has since October 2014 recognized membership as our organization’s top internal priority. The eradication of polio remains Rotary’s top external priority. Thus membership growth is the goal of every Rotarian and club. As the incoming club president and club officers, collectively you are leaders charged with making your club attractive to prospective Rotarians. This is your great opportunity to rise to the demands and challenges of leadership and to leave a lasting legacy of developing more club leaders, strong membership growth, and a vibrant club.
A good leader has a leadership mindset, is charged up with leadership motivation, and demonstrates leadership behavior. The leadership mindset has several characteristics: the need for achievement, a preference for challenge, and an acceptance of personal responsibility for outcomes. Leadership motivation is initiated, energized, and maintained by goal-directed behavior. Leadership mindset and motivation can only translate into action if leadership behaviors exist, some of these being confidence, risk, interpersonal skills, and social capital.
Social capital is incredibly valuable to leaders. The rise of the sharing economy – think of Facebook, LinkedIn, Airbnb, eBay, Uber – and collaborative consumption have energized the idea of social networks. Rotary is the world’s first service organization and also probably its first social network. We want to enlarge our membership and bring the benefits of Rotary’s social capital to more people to help us realize Rotary Serving Humanity.
Rotary can serve humanity only if we have more Rotarians, not less. The Object of Rotary isn’t mentioned a lot nowadays but it’s in realizing that it describes who we are that enables us to realize our mission: “to encourage and foster the ideal of service as a basis of worthy enterprise.” We are asked to expand our social network for “the development of acquaintance as an opportunity for service.”
Therefore, all clubs must embrace this movement toward the goal of membership. We move toward this goal at our own pace and rhythm. Leaders cannot assume everyone is on the same pace. Membership development is not a “one size fits all” process. There must be a movement toward one another. We were not meant to walk our Rotary journey alone but with the Rotary community. There must be a movement toward mission. We have enjoyed the benefits of Rotary membership and now it is time to give it away and share it with more people. Such things take time. Membership development is a hard and lengthy process. It takes a lot of time and deliberate effort from us leaders to invest in building relationships and increasing our social capital.
Think about the following questions: What is your current membership development strategy? How are you measuring membership growth in your club? What opportunities are you offering members to live out what they are learning? What is your current strategy for bringing new people into your club? Is it effective?
Many of the changes that clubs need to start experiencing growth are small and incremental. They donot require tons of capital or excessive energy. They often require just a change of perspective. You need to see people as your most important resource. You need to choose who you are trying to reach. You need a plan for how you will reach them. And you need to always be looking for opportunities.
You are the All Star Team of new club leaders. Your club is now under new management. You are the new front door. Break the old rules. Implement new ways to get the best out of yourself and your club. Make leadership your calling. The power of calling – or vocation – can beneficially shape individuals, organizations, and society as a whole. It can shape your club and members. It will shape Rotary Serving Humanity in our Rotary Foundation Centennial and beyond, “doing good in the world.”
I wish you a successful and meaningful year of service to your members and your community.
Michael Yee Yik Fah
District Governor 2016-17