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Rotary E-Club of 3310 – Our Story

3 April 2017 219 views No Comment

The whole is greater than the sum of its parts – That is the philosophy of Rotary E-Club of 3310 since its charter as a prototype cyberclub. 

Rotary E-Club of 3310 came up with several innovative firsts. On 15 June 2004, we began our journey as the very first hybrid club. We inducted 2 “Associate” Rotarians (former Rotaractors) when we were a prototype cyberclub. In 2010, we initiated the 1st Advanced RYLA with ITE College East which has now become the norm in District 3310. 

Like others, we went through our phases with changes in leadership. However, we have been doing self renewals. For the current term, we have inducted 7 new Rotarians and our membership strength is now a healthy 24! 

What have we done differently to make the transformation? I believe it is a change in outlook. Happy people are 31% more productive than when negative, neutral or stressed. Indeed, a club is vibrant when it has engaged members, meaningful projects, flexibility, fun, new ideas, community awareness, and an unique identity. 

We began this Rotary year by visiting Hopehaven in Melaka to witness first hand our contributions to the underprivileged children. Travels tend to bond groups fairly quickly. We were able to identity the leadership succession immediately. 

We embraced and engaged our newer members. Working with Family of Rotary Chair, PP Dolly Yeap, we got newly inducted member, Rtn Patrick Wan, a professional ventroloquist and magician, to conduct two Magic of Rotary Workshops to equip participants with hands-on simple skills which they could use to entertain beneficiaries while doing community service work. The proceeds collected were channelled to purchase schoolbags for disaster-struck children in Nepal.     

PP Vicky Soo went to England to bring Action for Happiness course to Singapore. The course teaches happiness lifeskills to 30 participants to cope with stressful working lifestyle in our local environment. CP Chew Ban Seng was the main facilitator. As a result, we went on to create a Happier Corner where members of the public could come on Wednesday at lunch time to meet like-minded positive people. 

Our monthly physical meetings is at Chinatown Point. However, during Chinese New Year Fellowship, we held our celebration @BigStreet where members and friends enjoyed a relaxing time over beer and food. We were updated on our projects including “close up” magic performance by our own Rotarian.   

No man is an island – We work with other partners-in-service to create “win-win” strategies. 

Take World Spoeech Day Singapore 2017, for example. Making full use of sponsored venue at YMCA of Singapore, we carved out 3 timeslots for Rotary, namely, Rotary Avoidable Blindness Seminar 2017, Youth Speakers Showcase and Rotary Hour. For Rotary Avoidable Blindness Seminar, we featured 5 medical specialists to share their expertise. Youth Speakers Showcase saw ITE College students lent their voice to speak of their vision for A Better World. Rotary Hour included Rotarians and our Rotary Youth Ambassador AJ Loy who spoke about their causes. 

Rtn Bryan Loh was the man of the hour. As Chief Operating Officer of Rings Live, the whole 12-hour World Speech Day Singapore 2017 event was recorded and “live-streamed” to a global audience. As you can see, Rotary E-Club 3310 embrace technology to engage our members. “TeamApp”, a software application, helps us to connect, stays engage, keeps meeting schedules and records attendance. 

For our Nepal Medical Mission in mid-November 2017 to do 1000 Cataract eye surgeries, we work with various partners and other Rotary Clubs and Districts to secure necessary funding via Global Grant. We also used United Nations' International Day of Happiness on 20 March 2017 as one of the platforms to fund raise and create awareness of our “Gift of Sight” project.   

We do what we do best – by building co-operation and “win-win” synergies to bring out the best in all parties involved. By staying engaged with our Rotarians, we have become a more vibrant club! 

 

Chew Ban Seng
Charter President 
Rotary E-Club of 3310

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