RIVP Gary, 2001~02
(2003 Singapore Institute)
Dear R.I. President-elect Glenn & Mary Estess, RIPP Richard &
Cherie King, RIPP Bhichai Rattakul, all Current, Past and Future R.I. Officers,
Fellow Rotarians, Ladies & Gentlemen:
As Convenor of this 2003 Singapore Rotary Institute, I have the high honor and great pleasure to welcome all of you to this wonderful city of Singapore. Some of you were here for the 1999 R.I. Convention, “welcome back !” Many of you have come here this time from a great distance. According to Confucius, “having friends came from far away” is one of pure joys in life. Your presence here is indeed very much appreciated, and I trust that your full participation will make this Singapore Rotary Institute a truly successful and memorable one.
Under the inspiring leadership of our President Jonathan Majiyagbe, our Rotary theme this year is to “Lend a Hand”. We, the Rotarians, are sensitive to all the social needs around us. Critical help is needed in many areas, as President Jonathan has reminded us, such to combat poverty, illiteracy and disease, in addition to the natural disasters. Through our many Rotarians service projects, our 1.2 million fellow Rotarians can and indeed do make significant contributions in this world. How to “Lend a Hand” with a meaningful impact with great efficiency and effectiveness becomes our challenge. The Rotary Institute provides us with a wonderful opportunity for timely reassessment of our goal and aspirations, our strategical planning, and the refocusing and the rededication of our efforts and commitments in our global outreaches and services, besides the perennial issue of membership growth and development.
On behalf of all the Rotarians here for this Institute, I would like to thank most heartily the members of the organizing Committee and its Chairman PDG Fong Hoe Beng for their extraordinary efforts in making all the arrangements for this Institute. I am sure that the 2003 Singapore Rotary Institute will have a very fruitful outcome.
Chairman PDG Fong Hoe Beng and his committee members have been working hard to arrange everything for you, including Instant Interpretation, entertainment, and music during the Institute. Of course, some performers are our own Rotarians who flown in from Manila and Taiwan, to add the highlight of this event.
（讓我們用一次 “愛的鼓勵” 來互相勉勵！！）
Apart from fine fellowship, the Institute is a venue to learn more about Rotary and in addition, to listen to the speech of our RIPE Glenn Estess, a most important leader in the history of Rotary. We are fortunate that he is with us here today and we will be hearing from him later. Fellow Rotarians, please joint me to give Glenn and Mary another warmest welcome !
Please do not forget to meet and talk to our RI Staff support in persons of Miss Ladda Tammy Duckworth from Evanston and Mr. James L. Robinson the Representative of Rotary Foundation from Chicago. They are all very friendly and are here to assist you.
Last but not less, I would like to take this opportunity to express my special thanks to a good friend, who is a member of my home club, the Rotary club of Taipei. He was recently assigned to serve as the R.O.C.’s Representative in Singapore.
Through his help, I able to know the Director General C.T. Sue of the Taiwan Tourism Bureau & China Airlines Vice President, Passenger Sales, Mr. Alex N. H. Liu and EVA general manager. They know we will have the 2005 Taipei Presidential Celebration on May 7th, 2005, so they willing to support and welcome you to go to Taipei. After this opening ceremony, we will have a cocktail party at the hotel riverside which is sponsored by them. Ladies and gentlemen, please joint me to welcome the
Ambassador, Roy Wu of Taiwan, R.O.C.
Regional Director S.E. & South Asia Taiwan Tourism Bureau Mr. Philip K.S. Chao
China Airlines Vice President, Passenger Sales, Mr. Alex N. H. Liu
Also I would like to welcome a very important guest, he is one of the richest person in Taiwan, my good friend and golf partner, please welcome from Taipei the UMC chairman Mr. Robert H.C. Tsao
Fellow Rotarians, on behalf of the 2003 Singapore Rotary Institute and Organizing Committee, I welcome all of you again. I hope you enjoy your stay in Singapore. It’s a beautiful city, growing rapidly, with some of the best that Singapore has to offer in entertainment, food, and culture. I look forward to meeting each and every one of you at this Institute, as we strive to find ways to “Lend a Hand”. And I wish you all have a very happy stay in Singapore. Thank you !