THE FIRST TEN
YEARS The Rotary years 1948-49 through 1958-59 were years of
"firsts." Dr. Ton So-Kim, our Club's candidate, was awarded the first
(in Taiwan) Rotary Foundation Fellowship in RY1949-50. In December 1950
our Club held its first Charity Ball at Kwang Fu Hall in Taipei. TYPHOON
made its first appearance in July 1951, with ET as its first editor. The
intercollegiate English oratorical contest was started in RY 1956-57.
A delegation of
Taipei Rotarians and Rotary Anns attended the Inter-City Forum of Rotary
clubs of Taiwan. Hong Kong and Macau in Hong Kong in March 1952, and in
April 1953 we sent its first two delegates to attend the Rotary
International Convention in Seattle.
Ten other Rotary
clubs were formed in Taiwan during our Club's first ten year. With our
Club as sponsor, the Rotary Clubs of Keelung and Tainan were chartered
in November 1953, and the Rotary Club of Kaohsiung in the same Rotary
Year. These were followed by the Rotary Clubs of Hsinchu, Pingtung,
Chiayi, Taipei West, Ilan and Taichung, all chartered in RY 1954-55, and
the Rotary Club of Taipei North chartered in March 1959.
underprivileged children were among the first beneficiaries of our
Club's charity contributions. In October 1951, our Club helped install a
tap water system for the Peitou Orphanage and an enclosing wall for the
Ai Ai Liau Orphanage. A free evening school for underprivileged children
was opened at the Wanhua YMCA in June 1954, and the I Kiang Children's
Garden, equipped by our Club, was opened in June 1956. Our Club also
gave provisions to the crew of the junk, "Free China," that sailed
across the Pacific in March 1955, and established an emergency fund at
the Taiwan University Hospital in January 1957.
activities of Our Club during its first ten years included a Courtesy
Contest held in January 1950, a "one-price movement" started in February
1957, the dedication of 3 Rotary cabins at the YMCA Fu Lung Camp in
August 1957, and a "Rotacom" basketball tournament held at the
International House in June 1958.
Two RI Presidents
visited Taiwan in that period A. Z. Baker in December 1955, and Clifford
A. Randall, with his wife, in November 1958. Rotary International
celebrated its Golden Anniversary in February 1955; the late President
Chiang Kai-shek of the Republic of China sent greetings.
YEARS - RY 1959-60 saw the birth of District 345; in June 1960, the
Rotary Clubs of Taiwan and Hong Kong and Macau were given District
status. In April of the same year, the Chinese Rotarian Quarterly
magazine made its first appearance. In May 1961, the first District
Conference was held in Taipei; and the Chinese Rotarian Quarterly was
later recognized by Rotary International as the official regional
publication of District 345.
The years that
followed, particularly the following ten years from RE 1968-69, are
years of fast growth and expansion, not only of our Club but of the
Rotary movement all over the country and in District 345. Our growth is
measured not so much by the increase in the number of our members, but
by the international composition of our Club's membership and by the
multiplication of our activities and the increase in amounts of funds
that we were able to donate to charity, and by the expansion of our
services to both our Club and members and the community at large, and by
our increased participation in District and International Conventions.
continuously increased our contributions to the Rotary Foundation, and
the number of Paul Harris Fellows among our members and some of their
Rotary Anns. We have not stopped aiding the orphanages and
underprivileged children who were among the first beneficiaries of our
charity work. On the contrary, we have expanded these activities to also
include the aged, the handicapped, and other needy persons.
Our Rotary Anns
have continuously and very ably assisted the aged for many years. The
Women's Community Service Committee has expanded its projects to assist
the handicapped and orphans as well. Aside from the traditional
Christmas or New Year Party that w hold for underprivileged and crippled
children, we also sponsored in 1981-82 a garden party for children
patients at Cheng Hsin Medical & Rehabilitation Center.
community service projects, which are supported form contributions
received during our annual charity drive, were indeed major projects for
the community. In RY 1980-81, we supported the Taipei Life Line, in RY
1981-82, the Children's Cardiac Foundation. With funds of almost NT$2
million from the 1982 Charity Ball, we supported two major projects in
RY 1982-83; the Rota-car Project to be administered by the Salvation
Army, and the Chen Kuang Activity Center (join project with the Rotary
Club of Taipei Ta-an). The funds collected in the 1983 charity drive
were used to help the home for unwed mothers and the home for retarded
with other Rotary Clubs in Taipei, and as our contribution to the 3-H
program, we donated US$50,000 to build water tanks for refugees in
Thailand in RY 1980-81. In RY 1981-82, in line with the year's theme,
World Understanding and Peace Through Rotary, we prepared slides
depicting Rotary in the Republic of China and the activities of our
club, for distribution to other clubs in other countries. We also
visited and donated to the community service projects of our sister
clubs in the Philippines.
our Club signed sister club agreements with the Rotary Club of
Chicago and the Rotary Club of Westmount. Our other international
service activities were the Thanksgiving Party for International
StudeClub had the honor to have several heavyweight ministers of the ROC
to address the Club: Minister of Foreign Affairs-Dr. Fredrick Chien,
Minister of Economic Affairs-Mr. Vincent Siew , Minister of National
Defense-Mr. Li-an Chen....