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Vol.49 No 25 - the Rotary Club of Singapore

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December 24 th , 2012

Volume 49 Issue No.25

e-bulletin published by Rotary Club of Singapore

Proud of our Heritage , Committed to our Future

Chartered in 1930

In Focus Last Week Mark your Diary

A Christmas Message Last Week Report on our

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Wed, Dec19 th Meeting.

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Mark Your Diary

What’s ahead? Don’t

miss the forthcoming

events and Birthday /

Anniversary

celebrants and more ….


In Focus

A CHRISTMAS MESSAGE

By PP Raymon Huang at the weekly meeting of December 19 th , 2012

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Those of us who are of the Christian faith will be

aware that the Christian year contains two Cycles

– the CHRISTMAS CYCLE, which covers the Advent,

Christmas, and Epiphany seasons; and the EASTER CY-

CLE, which covers Lent, Easter, and Pentecost.

We are now in the season of Advent, a word derived from a Latin word

meaning “coming” or “arrival” – ie a season preparing for the festival of the

birth of Christ. Following this is of course Christmastide which includes New

Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day.

All this occurs in the month of December and just after. December is thus a month of

celebration. Indeed, it is a month of much merry-making, of greetings and gifts; of lovely

lights and buntings; good eating and drinking; and lots of laughter and gaiety. Which is good.

This month alone there have been four film festivals held around the world; not to mention the recent

two-day non-stop revelry at Siloso Beach, in Sentosa.

Sometimes, however – often, in fact – in our seemingly unending merry-making, we forget the real significance,

the real meaning, and the real reason, of Christmas. We tend to miss the point.

Two days ago, December 17, exactly 109 years ago, the Wright Brothers flew the first airplane ever. They could

fly. They were air-borne albeit for only 120 feet. It was historic. So they wrote to their sister, saying, “We are

coming home for Christmas. We just flew like a bird.” The sister showed the letter to the Editor of the local

daily in Kittyhawk. He looked at the letter, and said to her, “They are coming home for Christmas. That’s nice.

Convey my greetings!” How he missed the whole point – that history-making point.

Remember the oft-quoted “5 Cs” Singaporeans love? “Cash, Car, Condo, Country-club; and …..” What was

the fifth “C”? I forget. Actually there is nothing wrong with material well-being. We all need it. It is not right

when we allow it to over-ride other equally or more important values in life. Moral values and faith are often

inseparable, even in politics.

May I then suggest another set of “3 Cs” – being CONNECTED more with God and the family; being COU-

RAGEOUS enough to get out of the box of 5 Cs; and being more COMPASSIONATE.

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Many of us have so much more than so many others. We could do well to care more and share more, show

more compassion. Indeed, this was Rotary’s starting point – “to do good in the world.” Rotarians do that.

Some going that proverbial “extra mile” routinely. That is why we have such wonderful community service

projects at home and abroad.

In our daily life, we are generally good and law-abiding – we try to do less wrong. But what is really needed

in many instances is not just doing less wrong, but doing more good. Every religion teaches us this. And we

are asked to be more contributing and compassionate. So as we celebrate no end this December month and

Christmas, let us not forget the real significance – the celebration of the birth of Christ, the Saviour. As one

of the Gospels says, “It is a time for the celebration of the Incarnation.”

The traditional Christmas Message is “Peace on Earth and Goodwill Toward Men”. But, in so many places

in this fractured world there is so much ill-will, hate, and violence. We are thankful there is so much peace in

our land.

As Christmas comes and the year closes, may I suggest we practise three good “Looks”

- let us look back and reflect, and thank God;

- let us look forward and trust God;

- let us look around and serve God.

To do that, we must know God.

So I put these questions to you, to us - “What is your Singapore Christmas like?” and:

- What or who is uppermost in your mind?

- As Rotarians, is your primary intention “to do good in this world?”

I am sure you have made some very good New Year Resolutions.

I take this opportunity to wish everyone Merry Christmas and a terrific 2013. I am confident my wishes and

your resolutions will hold, despite the Mayan prediction that the end of the world, Doomsday, the Armageddon,

will come upon us in two days’ time, on December 21st!

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Last Week – Report on the Wednesday Meeting – December 19 th , 2012

INTRODUCTORY REMARKS

In opening the meeting, President Jimmy welcomed members to the last weekly meeting for 2012. He was pleased to

see some members who have been absent for a while and warmly welcomed them back.

President Jimmy apologized for the delay in the circulation of the weekly bulletin, but hoped that members got a chance

to read his sharing on the Family of Rotary and invited members to share their stories.

President Jimmy reminded members who have not collected the Rotary calendars for 2013, to kindly do so and to contribute

$10.00 to the Sunshine Box. He added that the calendars were donated by PP Dr. Yap Lip Kee and that part of

the funds collected would go towards the Vocational Service Committee projects such as recognizing helpful citizens.

He further advised that the Community Service Committee were planning to host a Christmas durian party for the residents

of the Society for the Aged Sick on December 22nd, and called on members to spend some time with the residents

who looked forward to emotional support.

WITH DEEPEST CONDOLENCES

Sadly, President Jimmy informed members that Mrs. Nirmala Chanrai, beloved wife of PP Murli Chanrai,

passed away on December 16th 2012. He advised that a condolence meeting for Mrs. Chanrai would be held

at the RELC Auditorium on December 19 th 2012

WELCOME OF GUESTS

Duty of welcoming Guests of members and Visiting Rotarians fell to Rtn. James Lee:

Guests:

Ms. Swetha Gopalan

Ms. Debra Shram

Mr. Nico Francken

Mr. Nasir Haji

Visiting Rotarians:

Valerie Fricker-Hampton & Victor Michael Attenborough – London, UK

Caroline Doyen-Tiger – Garches Aarnes Vaucresson, France

Ray Wong – Almaden Valley, USA

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Rtn James Lee welcoming guests & visiting

Rotarians

Club Toast: Rtn Ray Wong of Almaden

Valley, California

Speaker: Mr. Anthony A. Rose

TOAST

Rtn. Sean Twomey invited visiting Rotarian Ray Wong to say a few

words about his club, the Rotary Club of Almaden Valley. We learnt

that the club has 45 members, most of whom were retirees. The club

was about 50 years old and was located in San Jose, south of San

Francisco in the heart of Silicon Valley. Rtn. Sean called on members

to join him in raising a toast to the Rotary Club of Almaden Valley

coupled with the toast to Rotary International.

Toastmaster Rtn Sean Twomey

NOTICE OF NOMINATIONS

President Jimmy reminded members that nominations for the positions of the Board of Directors for 2013-

2014 and President for Rotary year 2014-2015 were called for on 7th November. Nominations of the Board for

2013-2014 were announced at the weekly meeting of 21st November and the closing date for nominations for

President (2014/2015) was extended till 5th December 2012.

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President Jimmy called for the formal adoption of the following nominations for the Board of Directors for

Rotary year 2013/2014, which was adopted by members:

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Position

President Elect

Vice President

Vice President

Honorary Secretary

Honorary Treasurer

ISC Director

CSC Director

VSC Director

NGS Director

Director

Name

Rtn Perlita Tiro

Rtn Suresh Hathiramani

Rtn Shamin Vaswani

Rtn Louis Lim

Rtn Garry Taylor

Rtn Ashi Sarwal

Rtn Ronald Wong

Rtn James Lee

Rtn Sean Twomey

Rtn Winston Khoo

The abovementioned Board of Directors will be led by President (2013/2014) Dr. Shahul Hameed and President

Jimmy will serve as Immediate Past President.

CHRISTMAS MESSAGE

President Jimmy invited PP Raymon Huang to address the Club with his “Christmas Message” – an extract of

which can be found in this week’s bulletin.

To conclude his message, PP Raymon called upon the Club’s “tenors” – Rtns. Uttam Kripalani and Joseph

Chia to lead members in singing “We Wish You a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year”!

Our Xmas Tenors

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‘HELP THE CHILDREN” PROJECT

President Jimmy advised that he learnt from PE Shahul that $1,000 was raised for the “Help the Children”

project from the sale of books about PP Dr. Winston Oh’s paintings. We thank PP Winston for donating the

books to the Club for this fund-raiser.

ROTARY CALENDARS - “SUNSHINE BOX” FUND-RAISER

PP Dr. Yap Lip Kee informed members that the calendars were conceived

as a greeting from his family and with extra purchases was able

to donate the calendars to the Club. He added that the calendars were

in Rotary colours with the permission of President Jimmy and were

designed by Rtn. Xavier Sanjiman. He advised that there were 2,000

calendars available and The Tanglin Club was unable to store them on

behalf of the Club. PP Lip Kee called on members to take the calendars

and to add their contributions to the Sunshine Box.

President Jimmy extended a vote of thanks to PP Lip Kee for his generosity

in donating the calendars once again. Those who missed out

on the calendars can collect at the next club meeting on 09 Jan.

PP Lip Kee

ROTARY CLUB OF RAFFLES CITY FUND RAISER

Rtn. Uttam Kripalani reminded members of the film premiere

of “Les Miserables” in aid of the Sunlove Home and the Crohn’s

and Colitis Society, which would be screened on December 28th

2012. There were 5 tickets left at $50.00 each, and Rtn. Uttam

requested members to contact him should they wish to purchase

tickets.

Rtn Uttam

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SPEAKER : Mr. Anthony A. Rose, Vice President, Corporate Affairs, Walmart Asia

TOPIC: “The Power of Purpose”

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Rtn. Vijai Parwani advised that the Speaker, Mr. Anthony Rose was at the meeting at his invitation, after he had read

about him in the November 18th article in the Straits Times, which he found very interesting. Rtn. Vijai added that Mr.

Rose was based in Hong Kong, and he only just met him in the morning over a cup of coffee.

Mr. Rose spoke of his life experiences starting with his limited time with his father in hospital where they reminisced

about their family and his growing up years. In response to his father’s question on his purpose in life, Mr. Rose decided

to use his communication skills for good and wrote a book “Daddy’s Logic” with all royalties to benefi t Habitat for Humanity.

He spoke of the diffi culties encountered to get his book published and recounted the help and good happenings

experienced when contributing towards others’ needs. At the end of his talk, Mr. Rose was pleased to answer some

questions posed to him by members.

Rtn. Jeff Rajeck noted after listening to PP Raymon’s message and to the Speaker, Mr. Rose, of the similarities in their

talks of the “3 Cs” - Connections, Courage and Compassion. He warmly thanked Mr. Rose for his talk and sharing the

wisdom of his father.

We would also like to thank Rtn. Vijai for his gifts of Mr. Rose’s book “Daddy’s Logic” which he presented to members

at the meeting.

Rtn Vijai

Mr. Anthony A.

Rtn Jeff

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Dear

FELLOW ROTARIANS

NEED YOUR HELP

Our Book of Humour has helped the less fortunate and the needy in disaster

stricken countries, far and near. With over 125,000 copies sold, much needed

funds have been raised. Please help to promote the Book of Humour to your network

of friends and families by following the simple steps below

Please go to your Facebook and type “Books of Humour” in search box and click

the link to the page.

Please “Like” this page and share it with your friends and invite them to “Like” it

too.

THANK YOU FOR HELPING A GOOD CAUSE

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Humour of The Week

The 3 Hymns…

The Sunday before Christmas, a pastor appealed to his congregaon to

donate a lile extra money to the church fund. He said that whoever

gave the most would be able to pick out 3 hymns. Aer the collecon,

the pastor noced that someone had donated $1000.

He was so excited that he announced he’d like to personally thank the

person for the generous donaon. A very quiet, elderly, saintly looking

lady all the way in the back shyly raised her hand. The pastor asked her

to come to the front to pick out the three hymns. Her eyes brightened

as she looked over the congregaon, pointed to the three most handsome

men in the pews and said, “I’ll take him and him and him!!!”

Quote of the Week

Source: Book of Humour

When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would

say to me, “Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.”

To this day, especially in mes of disaster, I remember my mother’s words and I

am always comforted by realizing that there are sll so many helpers

- so many caring people in this world

Fred ‘McFeely’ Rogers, 1928-2003,

American Educator, Author and Television Host

Courtesy of Rtn Uttam Kripalani

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Mark Your Diary!

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Birthday Celebrants

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RC wishes Happy Birthday to celebrants

this week:

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December 27 th - Xavier Sanjiman

January 4 th

– PPs Alfred Wong & P

Balachandran

January 5 th – Erich Vosshage

January 6 th – Roland Jossi

January 7 th – Laveen Daryani

January 8 th – PP Peter Tan

January 9 th – Suresh Hathiramani &

Nobuhiro Kawata

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This Week

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Next Week

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December 26 th 2012

Weekly meeng is cancelled in

view of the Holiday Season

January2 nd 2013

Weekly meeng is cancelled in

view of the Holiday Season

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Anniversary Celebrants

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RC sends best wishes to Wedding

Anniversary celebrants this week:

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December 26 th

– PDG Dr. Philbert &

Mary Chin

December 28 th

– Keith & Rachel

Harrison

January 1 st – Ashi & Amita Sarwal,

Robert & Agnes Schlesinger, Dirk

Haas & Yan Wang, Louis & Amabel

Lim

January 6 th – K K Tan & Gwen

January 13 th – Willi & Hannelore

Hess

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New Generations Service

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December 27 th 2012

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Meeng is cancelled in view of the

Holiday Season

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Coming Rotary Events

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December

Family Month

It’s family time as we welcome the

new year. Have a blessed festive

season

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January

Rotary Awareness Month

January 2 nd

Weekly meeng is cancelled in view of

the New Year fesvies

January 9 th

1st weekly meeng of 2013

January 17 th

3rd Club Assembly for Rotary Year

2012/13

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Queries, comments and articles

request can be sent to

bulletin@rotary.org.sg

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The Four-Way Test

Of the things we think, say or do:

* Is it the truth?

* Is it fair to all concerned?

* Will it build goodwill and better friendship?

* Will it be beneficial to all concerned?

Before doing the things we want to do, consider first, the precept

of the guide. Ask ourselves these 4 questions and act upon them:

First: Have I spent some time in self-examination?

Second: Have I spent quality time with my family?

Third: Have I given my best to my work?

Fourth: Have I given some time to someone near and far?

The Guide, in fact, encompasses the 4 parts of the Object of

Rotary.

Peace

Through Service

Board of Directors 2012/13

President

Immediate Past President

President Elect

Vice President

Vice President

Hon. Secretary

Hon. Treasurer

Jimmy Ooi

Tapan Rao

Dr. Shahul Hameed

Koh Juay Meng (Public Relations)

Dinesh Sharma (Membership)

Noshir Mistri (Administration)

Dr. Mark Eger (Finance)

Directors

Chair, The Rotary Foundation

Robert Craiu

Chair, Community Service Sirish Kumar

Chair, Vocational Service

Shalini K Sharma

Chair, International Service Dr. Irina Francken

Chair, New Generations Service Shamin Vaswani

“ Service Above Self ”

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