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Archive | Letters Written as DG (2000-2001)

A new millennium?

My Dear Rotarians and friends, in particular my Action Presidents, I will remind you upfront that my last letter in this series was written on New Year’s Eve, or eight weeks ago. I can also confirm that it is the longest break between letters, and I am glad I received occasional reminders in person and […]

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Christmas 2000

My Dear Rotarians and friends, in particular my Action Presidents, The Year 2000 will almost certainly go down in the family annals as an eventful and unforgettable one. We coped with my mother’s death, Rosita’s cancer relapse, the son going abroad to study, our training at Anaheim, my becoming District Governor, my three visits to […]

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Its Mongolia once more

My Dear Rotarians and friends, in particular my Action Presidents, Edmond Chan (Channel Islands) looked at my Hong Kong Special Administrative Region People’s Republic of China Passport and said, “John, this is your special passport to Mongolia.” Edmond Chan of course is District Secretary (Returns). He and Herbert Lau (Tolo Harbour) accompanied me to visit […]

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STS Bebinca

My Dear Rotarians and Friends, in particular my Action Presidents, I cannot recall when we last had an approach in November by a severe tropical storm that resulted in the Royal Observatory having to hoist typhoon signals. I was expecting air movements and cooler weather; maybe a little rain; that would make me sleep better. […]

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Stirrup Dram

My Dear Rotarians and Friends, in particular my Action Presidents, After I despatched my last letter, I received a message under the subject of “Friends” from a friend who often sent me messages, pictures and jokes he picked up from God knows where. The message was about a father-and-son dialogue over anger and 37 nails […]

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They Smiled as they Sweated

My Dear Rotarians and Friends, in particular my Action Presidents, I returned home from dinner last night and by reflex flipped the remote control through the network channels. Gosh, the Olympic Games were over. There were no more live broadcasts, commentaries, flashbacks, announcements and results. Somehow, I felt lost. Already, the withdrawal symptoms, the post […]

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