Rotary International is clearly a very successful and rewarding “fellowship”! It is also one that is well-known by many expats, many of whom have been actively involved in the club and in its activities in their home countries. So it is welcome news that Rotary International has been “revived” again in?Ningbo. We say “revived” because what you may not know is that Ningbo previously had a Rotary Club from 1936 to 1952. We are therefore very fortunate that early in 2016, a group of dedicated people worked together to revive the idea of the Rotary International fellowship in Ningbo and bring its beneficial?fellowship to us as a community.
Andrea Cavagnini, who comes from Italy, is one of the founding members who has worked diligently to ensure its revival.
“Since my childhood, I’ve always been very fond of Rotary Club, a name and a symbol known in the north of Italy for its leading and inspiring role in serving local communities with a global perspective. Therefore, it came as pleasant news that a group of highly committed people was working on establishing a Rotary chapter in Ningbo as part of a wider plan to set up more chapters across Mainland China.”
Andrea tells me that in her experience, Rotary offers a unique international environment with an extended link of clubs covering almost every country, formed by people motivated to leave a positive mark in their community starting from global projects like the ambitious goal to eradicate polio from the world, to service to local communities such as education projects in schools or support for a more comfortable life for the elderly. Our newly established Rotary Ningbo Service Projects Committee is already evaluating ideas and proposals that could suit the specific needs of the community in which we are living and working and could raise awareness of Rotary in Ningbo and in the whole of Zhejiang Province.
Eckhard Goessl and Evelyn Groemminger of Pylon International, long-term residents of Ningbo and co-founders of the new Rotary Club, are pleased to see their hard work and diligence pay off with the successful reestablishment of the club in Ningbo. When asked what impressed him most about Rotary, Eckhard said “the core idea of Rotary is the commitment made by all Rotarians to ‘do good.’” He tells me that it’s widely known that the Rotary Foundation is one of the key sponsors for Polio eradication around the world and sponsors a variety of other projects and activities to help those in need.
Rotarian’s are part of a club with more than 1.3 Million active members worldwide with a history spanning over 100 years. Since the establishment of the Ningbo chapter, the club is entering its provisional stage until it becomes fully chartered. The club has been meeting regularly each Wednesday night in the Shangri-La Hotel to actively discuss and prepare the charter of the chapter.
Thanks to a change in attitudes around China and a new charge towards volunteerism, RC is growing again and will soon be able to provide service to the Ningbo community.
Eckhard tells me that among Rotarians, the concept of truth and friendship connects everywhere. Members are always welcome at any Rotary location and are always invited to participate in meetings and events. The club is diverse, accepting of all backgrounds, nationalities, and beliefs.
It is evident that part of the reason many expatriates have become involved in Rotary is because of the “Good” that they have seen in their societies. On a recent trip to the Philippines, I noticed that in nearly every small town we travelled through, there was a sign indicating that Rotary and Rotarians were actively participating in local projects. It was refreshing to see that they were helping local people to build schools, hospitals and also working in supporting Green projects. It is no wonder that mentioning Rotary brings forth such a positive response in people.
Such good has been witnessed by another founding member, Nimral Patel of India, who often saw the good deeds Rotary carried out in his home country. “In 1945, Rotary was recognized by the World Health Organization as a non-governmental organization working in the field of international help, and in the same year they launched Polio-Plus, a 20-year commitment program to eradicate polio.”
Nimral explained that Rotary has played a major role in helping the Indian government’s efforts to stunt the prevalence of polio in the country. In 1999, more than 100,000 Indian Rotary members and their
families joined the government to immunize more than 130 million children on one day, making it the largest public health event in the world. In January 2014, Rotary celebrated a major milestone, noting that no cases of polio had been observed since January 13th, 2011. India was finally certified as a polio-free?country in March 2014 thanks to Rotary’s efforts.
So, with a small group of faithful and dedicated expatriates, we have managed to once again revive a club that has altruism central in their activities. This is welcome news as Ningbo starts to come of age and become a truly mature and civilized city!
派龙国际有限公司的联合创始人及宁波常住居民Eckhard Goessl和Evelyn Groemminger 非常高兴能够看到他们在成功重建扶轮宁波分社的过程中的辛苦付出和努力终于结出丰硕的成果。当被问及对扶轮社印象最深的是什么时，Eckhard是这样说的：
据另外一位来自印度的创始成员Nirmal Patel所说，扶轮社广在印度为人知且相当活 跃。他对扶轮社大力推崇，并且从他所分享的内容来看，这种态度毫不让人意外。他说：
“1999年，10多万扶轮社印度社友以及他们的家人与印度政府协力，在一天之内为超过1.3亿儿童注射疫苗，被称为世界上有史以来最大型的公共卫生事件。2014年1月，国际扶轮社迎来了一个重大里程碑，即自2011年1月13日发现最后一例小儿麻痹症后，在随后的3年内再无新案例。2014年3月，世界卫生组织也已经核实印度成为一个无小儿麻痹症的国家。为了纪念这个历史性的胜利，扶轮社点亮了全国各地的标志性建筑物并打上四个简单有力的英文单词——India is polio free（印度已无小儿麻痹症）。
The Ningbo Rotary club meets every Wednesday in the Shangri-La Hotel in Jiangdong.
To find out how you can join or more information on meetings, contact them here