ASR Ruby has just passed on this positive note from the Headmaster and Head Girl at Dulwich College Beijing regarding the recent visit by RI President Gary to speak to the Interact Club. This Interact club reached 153 members last year and is targeting 200 this year - more than the total number of Rotarians we currently have in China!
Message from the Headmaster
This week we were privileged to welcome the Global President of Rotary International. Mr Huang and his party, including Ruby Chang, who runs Rotary in Beijing and who liaises closely with our Interact team, were impressed by the students' welcome and accounts of the activities undertaken by Interact at DCB – we have over 150 members. Many thanks to Alex Pineda, Thale Herbertson, and Interact Chair Brian Chiew for their work on this and to Simon Herbert for his hosting of the event.
Student Report on President Gary's Visit
Rotary International President Visits Dulwich Interact Club
Last Thursday, the Interact Members had the honour of meeting Mr. Huang, newly designated President of Rotary International. Mr. Huang being the first Chinese President in the past 109 years of Rotary existence, it was very enlightening to follow his journey characterized with much perseverance andcourage in order to become what he is today. In 1976, Mr. Huang joined the Rotary Club of Taipei, and despite having a busy career, and family, he made time for his club: "I wanted to continue my work in Rotary no matter what." We had the opportunity to talk with him in smaller groups, and he gave us some insight into what motivated him to strive for this position, and truly inspired us to not give up. In the bigger context of things, Mr Huanginsisted on the ‘3 key values to have in life’ which consisted of: being positive, being active, and being a friend. He emphasized the importance ofbeing a friend to everyone we meet, and highlighted the ability of Rotary to unite people from around the world, with different backgrounds and careers to become friends in striving for the same goals. He addressed the Y13 Interacters who will soon graduate, by encouraging them to not give up on Interact, butjoin Rotaract (Rotary Club for Young Adults) at their respective universities or setting one up if there isn’t any. Overall, a very memorable experience, with a very memorable person.
Capucine Brunet, Head Girl