Message from President 2017 – 2018

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


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