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