The Four Way Test - in Ostfriesisch

Here is the latest update (in Ostfriesisch) for our tiny project to collect 100 (minimum) translations of the Rotary Four-Way Test. Oft cited as having been translated into more than 100 languages we could never find more than a few - so we set out to make it happen ourselves.


Veer wegen Test

Over de Dingen wi Denken, Seggen of Doon:

  1. Is dat de wahrheid?
  2. Is dat gerecht för all de dat angeiht?
  3. Werd dat goden Will un Fründskupp upboen?
  4. Worden all de dat was angeiht even Vördel dart winnen?

contributed by Sonja Wagner-Hebel via Peter Humphrey, Past President, Rotary Club of Beijing


Learn more about this project - and how you can contribute - here

And you can download the latest version here.

RIBI reports on Rotary in China and DPRK

A few of the facts may need tweaking but otherwise this is a nice article in the RIBI (Rotary International Great Britain and Ireland) magazine about Rotary's growth in China and our activities in the DPRK (North Korea) over that past 15 years.

Ending the year with 18 Clubs

Attached is an updated presentation showing the status of our Rotary China presence as of June 2016. 

We now have 18 Rotary clubs, 6 chartered Rotaract clubs (+ 2 on the way) and 11 Interact clubs.

Incoming Special Representative Frank plans to double this - so keep following this space. Exciting things are happening in mainland China!

Yours in Rotary service,


12 is a lucky number for us

Dear Fellows,

I am pleased to announce that as of 4 December our 12th club is officially recognized (by Rotary International) in China, the Provisional Rotary Club of Chongqing.

Led by Charter Club President Steve Mockbee, Chongqing club meets Monday nights in the Intercontinental Hotel.

For more details (or to say congratulations) contact President Steve Mockbee at: or +86 159-0934-6033.

Experience RYLA - the first in China

The first ever RYLA conducted in PR China!

Beginning with a weekend seminar in Shanghai in October and culminating in 3 day session in Moganshan, we conducted the first Rotary Youth Leadership Awards held in the People's Republic of China.

For those of us who were NOT present - we missed a truly amazing experience. You can get a glimpse of what it was like from the above video.

Nangchukja at the UN

Dear Rotarian Supporters in China and Massachusetts, 

I am delighted to let you know that i had the opportunity to attend Rotary Day at the United Nations yesterday. It was a wonderful place to be to listen, observe, network, and get inspired. This is a conference that i met so many Rotarians at one place and attended so many inspiring sessions of workshop. I also had the opportunity to present myself briefly to president Ravi of Rotary International and took a picture. The theme of this event was Rotary’s Global Women’s Action, which has a direct relation with my master’s paper topic of women’s empowerment. Some photos from the conference are attached here.

Once again, this has not been possible without your support and trust.

Thank you!


Nangchukja (Robert) 

Our 11th Club is Born in China

We are pleased to announce that our 11th club has been launched in China - the Rotary Club of Beijing Chaoyang (Provisional).

This club meets every Thursday evening, 18:15-19:00 for a fellowship cocktail and then 19:00-20:00 for dinner.

Venue: 2nd Floor, Guanghua Lu, (west of China World III)
Chaoyang District, Beijing
北京光华路 诺安基金大厦2层(佳美口腔)


Ruby Chang, Past President, Rotary Club of Beijing
RI Extension Representative to China 

This is our second club in Beijing, our second Chinese speaking club, and the first Chinese speaking club ever established in the history of Beijing. It has members from 5 Chinese speaking countries and regions and is more than 50% ladies - so it is bound for success!

Pay them a visit!

Nigeria Polio Milestone

Nigeria reaches polio 'milestone'


Fergus Walsh BBC

Nigeria has been removed from the list of polio endemic countries in what is being regarded as a "milestone" on the quest to eradicate the disease.

The announcement by the World Health Organization (WHO), was made at a meeting of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) in New York.

It follows Nigeria going more than a year without a case of wild - naturally occurring - polio.

Three years without cases are required before it can be declared polio free.

The decision means there are just two endemic countries - Pakistan and Afghanistan - where transmission of the paralysing virus has never been interrupted.

Jean Gough, Unicef country representative in Nigeria, told me: "This is an important milestone, but it is too early to celebrate. We need to continue the efforts at every level if polio is to be eradicated."

Polio is spread by poor sanitation and contaminated water and usually affects children.

The virus attacks the nervous system and can cause irreversible paralysis - usually of the legs - within hours.

GPEI was established in 1988 when tens of thousands of children in more than 125 countries were paralysed by polio each year.

Partner organisations include the WHO, Rotary International and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.


Nigeria's progress against polio has been hard-fought.

In 2003, some northern states boycotted the oral polio vaccine for nearly a year after scare stories that it caused sterilisation.

It led to the virus spreading to many countries that had been declared polio free.

In 2013 nine vaccinators were shot dead in Kano. But instead of being a deterrent, it galvanised support at every level.

The Nigerian government declared polio a national health emergency and greatly increased the number of vaccinators.

And community and religious leaders voiced their support.

As a result, the number of families refusing to have their children immunised has decreased sharply.

Boko Haram

The success has come despite the Islamist militant insurgency in north-east Nigeria.

Earlier this month Unicef said half a million children had fled attacks by Boko Haram over the past five months.

Vaccine teams have been focussing attention on displaced families who have moved elsewhere in Nigeria, as well as fleeing to neighbouring countries like Cameroon, Chad and Niger.

I last visited Kano in northern Nigeria in 2005 and met Aminu Ahmed, and his son Umar - both of whom have been paralysed by polio.

Like other children, Umar did not get the drops of polio vaccine and was infected, partially paralysing his right leg.

His father - who runs a charity making hand-operated tricycles for polio sufferers - has become a campaigner for polio immunisation.

I went back to meet the family. Umar is doing well at school and he now joins his father in persuading families to be immunised.

Aminu Ahmed told me: "Ten years ago, it was very common to see families saying no to the vaccine - now they all want it.

"We say you do not want your children to be unable to walk, like me."

Polio progress

Image caption By 1988, polio had disappeared from the US, UK, Australia and much of Europe but remained prevalent in more than 125 countries. The same year, the World Health Assembly adopted a resolution to eradicate the disease completely by the year 2000.

Image caption In 2015, polio remains endemic in only two countries - Pakistan and Afghanistan. No new cases have been reported in Africa for the past year.

Wild polio

Nigeria, like the rest of the world, is switching from the oral polio vaccine, given in two drops into the mouth, to an injectable, inactivated form of polio vaccine (IPV).

The oral vaccine, which contains a weakened vaccine virus, can in extremely rare cases, cause a form of polio - circulation vaccine-derived poliovirus (cVDPV).

There has been one case of cVDPV in Nigeria this year.

I met the family of the last child to be infected with wild polio.

Isau was 16 months old when he was infected in July 2014.

His right arm lies lifeless at his side - the muscles have withered and he cannot use them.

His mother, Kanduwa Ahmadu, has just given birth to another boy. She told me: "I will make sure my baby son gets all the doses of polio vaccine he needs. I know that life will be very hard for Isau."

It's more than a year since there has been a case of wild polio in Africa.

Eradicating the disease from the continent would be a huge achievement.

But health officials fear a resurgence of the disease unless efforts are continued to immunise every child.

India was declared polio free last year.

So far this year there have been 41 cases of wild polio worldwide, compared to 200 at the same point last year.