KUCHING: Rotary Club of Kuching Central undertakes to provide clean portable water to improve health and sanitation, basic solar power to illuminate dwellings, rebuilding communal hall in small communities and sourcing funds to carry out screening to prevent blindness operation.


Incoming Rotary Club President Ng Yaw Hua said this during his speech in conjunction with the 30th Installation Dinner held at Riverside Majestic Hotel last Saturday night.


“We will also seek to partner other ships that sail further afield to extend our reach to assist those less fortunate in distant land.


“We also want to thank especially Rotary Club of Singapore, Rotary Club Bandung and Rotary Club Bandar Seri Begawan for continuing to give us opportunities to join their project,” Ng added.


Ng said aboard this ship were six crew members who had donated generously by becoming Major Donor. They were those that contributed at least US$ 10,000 to Rotary Foundation.


Ng said they would strive to maintain their proud record of every member contributing to and averaging at least US$100 per member to Rotary Foundation every year, over the next 12 months.


“We may bid farewell to some crew members. However we aim to increase our complement crew by 20% from current 41 in line with District membership master plan.


“This will include plans to take on board our very first female crew members to provide diversity to our membership base,” Ng pointed out.


Source: New Sarawak Tribune

RI President Message

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September 2015


There was once a strong young man who was offered a job as a woodcutter. He set about his task with energy: The first week, he turned 18 trees into firewood. The second week, he worked just as hard, but was surprised to find he had chopped only 11 trees. The third week, despite working nonstop from morning till night, the number was six, and he went despairingly to the foreman to offer his resignation. “I am losing my strength. I can no longer cut as many trees as I once could.”


The foreman looked at the young man, who seemed to him in fine health. “Have you thought of sharpening your ax?” he asked.


“Sharpen my ax? Who has time to sharpen an ax?” the young man asked indignantly. “I have been too busy chopping wood!”


When we aren’t making the kind of progress we feel we should be making, the natural response is to redouble our efforts. Sometimes, though, the better response is not to work harder, but to work smarter. Look at your tools. Analyze your processes. Are you directing your resources in the most effective ways? Or are you pouring all your strength into chopping wood with a dull ax?


For the last 20 years, we have relentlessly beaten the drum of membership in Rotary. We set goals and launch campaigns, all focused on bringing in more and more members. And yet, our overall numbers remain the same.


It is time to sharpen our tools. Instead of focusing on the question, “How can we bring more members into Rotary?” we should be asking ourselves, “How can we add more value to Rotary membership, so that more will join and fewer will leave?”


One way we are doing that is with the new Rotary Global Rewards program, which launched in July. This innovative program allows Rotarians to connect with, and receive discounts and concessions from, businesses and service providers around the world. Individual Rotarians may submit their own business to be included alongside those with which Rotary has already negotiated relationships; the most appropriate offers will be added to the listings. We have also created the option of allowing businesses to return a percentage of their profit on each transaction to our Rotary Foundation, and several companies have already been locked into this part of the scheme. Each month we will update the list with additional offers that we may receive. I urge all of you to try it out by signing up on My Rotary at Rotary.org now. The more Rotarians participate, the stronger, and more beneficial, the program will be.


Much more than another loyalty program, Rotary Global Rewards is a new way to benefit from being a Rotarian, and being part of the Rotary network. It is another way to combine business and service. And it is yet another way to add value to Rotary membership. We cannot forget that our potential members will be asking themselves, “What’s in it for me?” We need to demonstrate the value of Rotary by showing that becoming a Rotarian will enrich their lives, as it has ours.


K.R. Ravindran

2015-16 President, Rotary International








Greetings to my fellow Rotarian friends and Friends of Rotary.


A big thank you to members of RC Kuching Central for putting their confidence in yours truly to lead a most vibrant Rotary Club for Rotary Year 2015-2016. It is my fervent wish to continue the good work that had been carried out by my predecessors and ensure the Club is on same or even better footing at the end of my tenor.


RCKC will carry on with our signature projects of providing clean portable water and basic solar lighting to enhance the living standards of our Sarawak rural indigenous residents through Global Grant and Yayasan Rakyat 1 Malaysia funding. Community based projects to improve the lives of the less fortunate in our Society will continue to be carried out. District events and projects will be fully supported as numerous RCKC members are serving in District Chairs and District Committee member posts. Worked with other Clubs on joint projects to build inter-club relationships. Maintained our Club’s well established fellowship and family of Rotary tradition. Our Youths will not be neglected with advanced plans to hold the inaugural iQuiz Sarawak regional competition, a RYLA camp in Kuching and a cultural exchange between our two Rotaract Clubs and a South Korean one.


We will coordinate with AG Frankie Ong (Group 14) to achieve DG Philip District membership growth and Rotary Foundation fund raising goals. Target a 20% membership growth from the current 41 members, focusing on inducting our first female members. We continue our commitment to Rotary Foundation with 3 of our members pledging to join our current list of 6 Major Donors, maintain our Every Rotarian Every Year (EREY) status and will strive to be a 100% PHF Club.


RCKC & its members will “Be a Gift to the World” by doing good in the world we all share


Ng Yaw Hua
President 2015-2016
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