Rotary Club of Kowloon Golden Mile

Chartered 25 February 1987 - Web site launched 9 June 1997


The liveliest & friendliest Rotary Club in Hong Kong
(OK, so we're a little crazy too but, hey, it gets pretty hot & humid in these parts !!)

(If you don't have a sense of humour, you better try this before proceeding)

We meet at 12:30 p.m.
(Big hand on Mickey, little hand on Donald)
every Wednesday
(except public holidays)
at the

Holiday Inn Golden Mile,
50 Nathan Road (corner Mody Road),
Tsimshatsui, Kowloon,
Hong Kong.

Want to try telling the taxi driver the address in Cantonese ?? Just say:
"Chim Sar Choy, Gum Wick Gar Yat Jow Dim"

(The driver should stop laughing in about 5 minutes, after which he will probably drive
you to Mongolia. While you're there, we highly recommend the Yak gumbo!)

(Click on the speaker Audio File: Proper Cantonese hear how it's supposed to sound!)

So, you never ask for directions, huh ? OK, tough guy, here's a map !

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~~ The Cast of Characters ~~

President: Maki Wan (Audio)
Vice-President: Gautam Daswani (Audio)
Secretary: Olaf Vogee (Audio)
Treasurer: Richard Albuquerque
President-Elect: Miranda Kong (Audio)

Other Club Directors: Jean-Marc Champagne, PP Carola Chard,
PP Elissa Cohen, PP Sunny Dass, PP Raju Daswani, IPP Jean-Francois Destexhe,
Brian Hodgson, PP Nanu Lachman, PP Cassidy Lam, PP Vincent Lam,
Norman Liu,
Sonia Samtani, PP Silva Yeung

(See a photo and a video taken at a typical Bored, er sorry, Board meeting, or see
a photo of our beloved President, taken during her early years !)

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Sergeant-At-Arms (and Director):
David van Meerendonk      (Audio)

(See photos of our Sergeant with his assistants in action, as babies and today,
or see some of the punishment subjected upon our members!)

Other Members:
PP Dave Andrews,  Terrence Annamunthodo, Alfonso Ballesteros,
Michela Bardotti, Romu Bellani,
Hans Brasseler, Simon Castley, Balu Chainrai,
Seenny Chan, Geoffrey Cheng, Diana Chou,
Vishal Daswani, Pico Dialdas,
Christian Foddis, PDG David Harilela,
Martin Kleinschmidt, Daniel Krayl,
PP Joseph Kwan, Jackson Lam, Susannah Lam, June Liau,
Andy Mahtani,
Poonam Mehta,
PP Thomas Mo, Jagdish Pursram, PP M.V. Ramadasan,
Anisha Ramanathan, Kumar Ramanathan, Benny Ratnani,
Kevin Rosich,
PDG Dipo Sani,
Aaron Shea, Kenneth So, Mark Staudenmann,
PP Neerja Sujanani,
PP Mazhar Sultana, Chris Tan, Notan Tolani,
PP C.K. Tsang, PP Ebe Tung,
Diana Yeung.

Current Active Membership: 60

Prospective Members: Positions Vacant!

Honorary Members: Sir David Akers-Jones,
CP Chandru Parmanand, Purvis Shroff, Rusy Shroff, PP Louis Thomas.

Club Advisor: PP Larry Parmanand (Rotary Club of Kowloon)  (Audio)

Club Shrinks: Dr. Ruth, Dr. Hannibal Lecter and Dr. Strangelove.

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~~ Past Presidents ~~
(a.k.a. "The Rogues Gallery" !)

Charter President
Chandru Parmanand

1988/89 Robin Ching 1989/90 Emmanuel Samuel
1990/91 Dipo Sani 1991/92 Hans Schult (RIP)
1992/93 Louis Thomas 1993/94 Vince Pinto
1994/95 C.K.Tsang 1995/96 Irene O'Shea (RIP)
1996/97 Joseph Kwan 1997/98 Bryan Van Dale
1998/99 Raju Daswani 1999/00 M.V. Ramadasan
2000/01 Cassidy Lam 2001/02 Ebe Tung
2002/03 Nanu Lachman 2003/04 Patricia Blair
2004/05 Silva Yeung 2005/06 Elissa Cohen
2006/07 David Harilela 2007/08 Carola Chard
2008/09 Vincent Lam 2009/10 John Hirsch
2010/11 Neerja Sujanani 2011/12 Thomas Mo
2012/13 Jochen Krug 2013/14 Edwin Poon (RIP)
2014/15 Mazhar Sultana 2015/16 Sunny Dass
2016/17 David Andrews 2017/18 Jean-Francois Destexhe

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~~ Our Meetings ~~

(Remember we meet 12:30 p.m. Wednesdays at the Holiday Inn Golden Mile)

We conduct our meetings in English (with a heavy French accent!), but
our members speak Cantonese, Mandarin, Banana, Indian (Hindi,
Sindhi & Apache), German, French, Spanish, Danish, Australian,
Klingon, Um-Foo-Foo and Swahili.

(OK, so we lied about the Swahili!)

Our club has a balanced percentage of Chinese, Indian and Western
members, and we are extremely proud that 30% of our membership
are ladies.

(We had to say that, OK? Anyway, somebody has to keep the guys in line !!)

The "Westerners" include some Australians, Englishmen, Scotsmen
and Canadians but, since we're such tolerant people, we even allowed
some Germans, Americans, an Irishman and other people with terrible
dress sense and silly dances to join, but we accept absolutely no
responsibility for their unruly behaviour !

By the way, the average age of our members is 50, but if we don't count PP Louis, it's only 35 !

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Lunch is only HK$350 (US$45) per person (cash, major credit cards, baseball
cards and food stamps accepted), for a 3 course meal (regular, vegetarian
or intravenous menu).

This low price includes one standard drink (beer, wine, popular spirits,
soft drinks, Mad Dog 20/20, rocket fuel, castor oil and something which
looks remarkably like grandma's hooch, but without all those endearing
lumpy bits).

Great guest speakers every week (OK, OK, not counting those rare times
when we let PP Louis Thomas tell corny jokes, which nobody ever understands!).

We meet right in the heart of the Golden Mile shopping area, directly
above Tsimshatsui MTR station, and we have no enforced dress code !

So, what are you waiting for, huh??

Take some Prozac, then come on down!

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Warning sign Hong Kong Government Health Warning Warning sign

Sticking chopsticks in your nose like Mister Bean, or mentioning Charlie Chan
at our meetings is hazardous to your health.

(Our President knows Kung Fu and 7 more Chinese words! Be afraid. Be very afraid !)

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~~ Invitation ~~

Visiting Rotarians and their guests are most welcome to attend our
meetings, but don't say you haven't been warned. Bring a tin-foil hat,
just in case!!

Hear comments from previous visitors to our club: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10 | 11 | 12

Although we certainly do not want to unduly influence your decision
to visit our club, especially the red-blooded males out there, we thought
you might like to take a peek at our Welcome Committee !!

(OK ladies, we didn't forget about you. There's something special for you too!)

Want to join KGM? Take our 6 part aptitude test (50% pass rate): A | B | C | D | E | F |

If you pass our grueling test, why not complete our on-line
Membership Information Form?

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~~ Our Club Motto ~~

"Let's really help the needy in our community but, hey,
there's no reason why we can't have a truck-load of fun
while we're doing it!"

By the way, since our club is fairly small, we only have a 3-Way Test:

1) Is it cheap ?
2) Is it fun ?
3) Will anybody find out ?

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~~ What's On ~~

Next Speaker:
No Speaker
12:30 p.m. Wednesday 23 January 2019


Next Fellowship: TBA
6:30pm Saturday ?? January 2019
Venue: TBA


Next Major Event: Annual Fund-Raising Ball
6:30pm Saturday 23 March 2019
Venue: Ritz Carlton Hotel

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~~ Vox Populi ~~
(For the Latin impaired, this means "Voice of the People"!)

Questions, comments, insults or death threats
about this web site?

E-mail our Webmaster PP Vince Pinto who will be happy to respond.
(After he takes his medication and the authorities release him!)

If you prefer, you can leave a voice message.

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Our snail mail address: (for the dinosaurs out there without e-mail!)

The Rotary Club of Kowloon Golden Mile,
P.O. Box 98129 Tsimshatsui,
Hong Kong.

(Um, but if they don't have internet access, how will they know ?? Duh !)

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~~ Inspiration ~~

"Work like you don't need the money, love like you've never
been hurt, and dance like nobody's watching !"

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~~ Special Disclaimer ~~

1. No animals, trees, children or elderly folk were harmed in producing
 this web site.

(However four boisterous cats were temporarily sedated and paw-cuffed to each other !)

2. Opinions expressed herein are not necessarily those of Club Directors,
Members or anybody else from this solar system.

(The Webmaster is from the Planet Fubar!)

3. Any resemblance of images to actual persons living, dead or possibly
just comatose is entirely intentional !

Standard Disclaimer

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~~ Our Fearless Webmaster ~~
(We call him Web Monster behind his back, but don't tell him, OK ?)

Do you feel lucky, punk ? Well, do ya ?? Click on the image to hear the Webmaster speak.

(Click on the image for a sound bite!)

Please don't mess with the Webmaster, 'coz he knows Kung-Fu and
seven more Chinese words!

Hear comments about our Webmaster: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6

(Read the Webmaster's Philosophy)   (See an important warning from the FBI!)

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~~ Our Webmaster Has Annoyed ~~


Visitors since 9 June 1997

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~~ Stuff Nobody Reads ~~

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(1997-2017 for the Roman numeral impaired.)

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