Rotary Club of Belait (RCB) members marked the association’s 55th anniversary on Saturday.
Over 300 attendees comprising members from RCB, Rotary Club of Bandar Seri Begawan (BSB) and Miri, as well as Friends of Rotary, supporters and sponsors were present.
Former District Governor Jeff Yong Teck Chin was welcomed by RCB President Henrietta Hiew on arrival. Rotary Club of Miri Past President Jenny Liew, AG Jimmy Chung, and Rotary Club of BSB President Betty Wong, the first woman president of the club were present.
The organising chairperson and Club Admin Helen Tang commenced the celebration with a toast to mark the occasion. This was followed by a speech by the president, who explained how the association is a service organisation established by the rules of Rotary International to promote professional exchanges and provide social services.
“I believe everyone knows that managing a public welfare or charity service group is not easy. I would like to thank the previous presidents and members of the community for the charity service and efforts rendered towards our club all these years.”
She hoped that with continued support, the club can expand its charitable project as she plans to launch a single-parent family assistance programme.
Jeff Yong noted how established back in 1905, Rotary represents one of the world’s oldest service organisations with over 117 years of history in aiding the communities across the world.
“Rotarians carry out humanitarian projects to improve health, providing quality education, improving the environment, and alleviating poverty within their community,” he said.
The celebration continued with the cutting of the cake by the guest of honour and special guests.
The celebration was also marked with a presentation of special awards, one of which included the long service award. Among the recipients were Vice President Loo Soon Nin and Helen Tang, who served in RCB for 55 years and 11 years of service.