Na­tion’s only fe­male Ro­tary dis­trict chief makes waves

The China Post - - LOCAL -

Af­ter tak­ing the helm of Ro­tary In­ter­na­tional Dis­trict 3480 last July, Naomi Lin ( ), the only fe­male dis­trict gover­nor in Tai­wan, is over­see­ing the great­est num­ber of clubs while rais­ing the largest dona­tions in a given year.

There are cur­rently 114 Ro­tary clubs un­der Dis­trict 3480, and Lin has set the goal of es­tab­lish­ing 15 more clubs along with 15 new satel­lite clubs by the end of her ten­ure in June. Six of them have al­ready been ap­proved.

There are nearly 5,000 mem­bers in Dis­trict 3480, and Lin has the am­bi­tion to notch it up by an­other 1,000 or so dur­ing her ten­ure.

The ex­pan­sion ef­fort goes in tan­dem with a tar­get set by Ro­tary In­ter­na­tional Pres­i­dent Gary C.K. Huang ( ), the first eth­nic Chi­nese pres­i­dent in the or­ga­ni­za­tion’s his­tory. Huang, who was in­au­gu­rated at the same time as Lin last July, wants to see Ro­tary’s mem­bers grow to 1.3 mil­lion world­wide.

It is not an easy task, since a Ro­tary mem­ber is usu­ally re­quired to give both a sub­stan­tial time com­mit­ment and mon­e­tary dona­tions. But Lin is up for the chal­lenge. Un­der her gov­er­nor­ship, about US$1.5 mil­lion has been raised in Dis­trict 3480.

Membership head count and the num­ber of dona­tions go hand in hand. A se­ries of ac­tiv­i­ties has been held by Dis­trict 3480 to raise public aware­ness of Ro­tary. Shortly af­ter tak­ing of­fice, Lin spon­sored Ro­tary Day on July 5, 2014 — a car­ni­val event at Chi­ang Kai-shek Me­mo­rial Hall.

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As Ro­tary In­ter­na­tional’s mis- sion fo­cuses on so­cial con­tri­bu­tion, Dis­trict 3480 or­ga­nized a marathon in Taipei last Au­gust and raised NT$1.2 mil­lion for char­ity.

Lin also chaired the “End Po­lio Cy­cling Tour” in Oc­to­ber last year. Un­der the catch­phrase “one dollar per kilo­me­ter rid­den,” Ro­tary mem­bers biked around the is­land and raised a to­tal of US$200,000 ded­i­cated to fight­ing po­lio. The goal is to erad­i­cate the dis­ease from the planet by 2018, stressed Lin.

Ro­tary did not stand by when gas ex­plo­sions wrecked Kaoh­si­ung City last year. Dis­trict 3480 rushed NT$3 mil­lion to the scene quickly and later do­nated a chem­i­cal fire­fight­ing truck worth NT$12 mil­lion to the city gov­ern­ment.

Chiu Jung-Kuang ( ) from the Ro­tary Club of Taipei Hakka, un­der Dis­trict 3480, stressed that the mon­e­tary dona­tions were des­ig­nated to house­holds with win­dows and doors blasted apart by the ex­plo­sions. The im­me­di­ate re­pair pro­vided a sense of se­cu­rity, he said.

Also, six infrared ther­mog­ra­phy in­stru­ments that will help pro­tect fire­fight­ers will be de­liv­ered to Taoyuan Mayor Cheng Wen Tsan ( ) at Dis­trict 3480’s an­nual meet­ing on April 18. Last Jan­uary six fire­fight­ers lost their lives while try­ing to put out a fire in­side a bowl­ing al­ley in Taoyuan. The new in­stru­ments will help pre­vent such dis­as­ters from hap­pen­ing again.

A land­mark achieve­ment was made last year when Ro­tary In­ter­na­tional rec­og­nized Man­darin Chi­nese as one of its sup­port­ing of­fi­cial lan­guages. It was the re­sult of 10 years of hard ef­fort. The pro­mo­tion of Ro­tary will see fewer bar­ri­ers in the fu­ture, Lin said.

Cour­tesy of Ro­tary In­ter­na­tional Dis­trict 3480

Naomi Lin ( ), dis­trict gover­nor of Ro­tary In­ter­na­tional Dis­trict 3480, poses for a photo with her hus­band Louis Hsu in Taipei on March 10. Their ges­ture in the pic­ture stands for: “We are this close to end­ing po­lio.”

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