Service Above Self!
The Rotary Club of Taipei is a member of Rotary International. District 3480 is composed of clubs in Northern Taiwan Republic of China in Rotary Zone 10.
The Rotary Club of Taipei was the first Rotary Club established on the island of Taiwan with a charter date of October 9, 1948. Our Charter President was C.K. Yen, who is also a past President of the Republic of China (Taiwan). The club was founded just three years after the end of World War II, and only one year before Taipei was made the provisional capital of the Republic of China upon the withdrawal of the Nationalist government in mainland China to Taiwan.
The Early Days
The main emphasis of our club was on assisting orphanages and underprivileged children amid the difficult economic circumstances in those days. This included installation of a tap water system at the Peitou Orphanage and an enclosing wall for the Ai Ai Liau Orphanage. A free evening school for underprivileged children was opened at the Wanhua YMCA in June 1954, and the I Kiang Children’s Garden, equipped by our Club, was opened in June 1956. Our club continues to support the underprivileged in Taiwan, as well as disaster victims, the aged and the handicapped.
Our bulletin, the Typhoon, made its first appearance in July 1951 under the guidance of editor Rotarian ET.
During Rotary Year (RY) 1956-57, our club sponsored its first Intercollegiate English Speech Contest to provide college students in Taiwan an opportunity to hone their English skills. Since that time, we have sponsored many overseas trips for top finishers in these contests, including trips to the US, Europe and Australia.
In the 1980s, the Rotary Club of Taipei began to expand its support of worthwhile causes in the Asia-Pacific region. In cooperation with other Rotary Clubs in the Taipei area, we donated US$50,000 to build water tanks for refugees in Thailand in RY 1980-81.
Societal Contributions—Avenues of Service
Since those early years, our club has continued to provide substantial monetary and human support to important causes both within Taiwan and in the Asia-Pacific region. Although Taiwan’s economy has grown substantially since the 1940s when our club was founded, significant needs still exist among the underprivileged in our society, victims of natural disasters, the young, the aged and the physically challenged. Within Asia, we continue to work to improve healthcare and address other challenges.
- English Speech Contest providing trips abroad to winners
- 33,000 TWD for Syin-Lu Foundation 2013
- Defensive Driving Award 2014
- Safety Checks 592 vehicles checked 2014
- $50,000USD for water tanks for Thailand refugees 1980-81
- Clean drinking water for 6 schools in Winan City, Shaaxi Province, China 2014
- SOK Orphanage suport 12,000 NTD
Between 1953-55, the Rotary Club of Taipei sponsored nine other Rotary Clubs in Taiwan, namely the Rotary Clubs of Keelung, Tainan, Kaohsiung, Hsinchu, Pingtung, Chiayi, Taipei West, Ilan and Taichung.
- Clubs sponsored
- Taipei American School Interact Club
- Taipei Rotaract Club
|1948-1949 Chia-Kan Yen||1949-1950 James I Dickson|
|1950-1951 Joseph TF Wang||1951-1952 Joseph TF Wang||1952-1953 Keh-Ti Kuo||1953-1954 Manuel A Adeva||1954-1955 R. C. Chen|
|1955-1956 E. T. Chu||1956-1957 S. Auman Rajadhon||1957-1958 James M Lee/Georogs YI Wu||1958-1959 Shen-Fu Chang||1959-1960 Pete BT Change|
|1960-1961 S. T. Lee||1961-1962 Kenneth H.Fu||1962-1963 Calvin C. Chang||1963-1964 Dan Saint-Rossy||1964-1965 Benjamin SJ Chang|
|1965-1966 T. S. Pai||1966-1967 Sueling Lee||1967-1968 H. F. O. Noether||1968-1969 T. I. Yen||1969-1970 Scott E Payne|
|1970-1971 Hien-Chee Fang||1971-1972 Robert W Bolt||1972-1973 Arthur CC Chang||1972-1973 Alson AM Lee||1973-1974 Dale Holmgren|
|1975-1976 James KM Wang||1976-1977 H. G. Peabody||1977-1978 Raymong DF Chen||1978-1979 Thomas S Chou||1979-1980 Robert Appledoom|
|1980-1981 Frank Lee||1981-1982 James A Smith||1982-1983 V. G. Perez||1983-1984 Gary CK Huang||1984-1985 Ian Lin|
|1985-1986 Paul C Tsai||1986-1987 Nicola Bou Saba||1987-1988 Tai-Sheng Lin||1988-1989 Philip Roy Lee Paxton||1989-1990 Jwe-Son Kuo|
|1990-1991 Gary L Ritzman/She-Fu Lian||1991-1992 Peter Shen||1992-1993 Pierre Y Aboukhater||1993-1994 Edward Y Way||1994-1995 Richard Zi|
|1995-1996 James L. Mehren||1996-1997 Victor S Hallock||1997-1998 Henry HC Wun||1998-1999 Andre Ley||1999-2000 Jackson T Cheng|
|2000-2001 Michael S. Hallock||2001-2002 Nicholas Wu||2002-2003 Mark Ohlson||2003-2004 Bernd-Josef Franz||2004-2005 roger S. Dong|
|2005-2006 William Ka-Lu Choi||2006-2007 Pi-Song Tsai||2007-2008 Dennis Liao||2008-2009 David Lin||2009-2010 Ming C. Wen|
|2010-2011 Ampo Tsai||2011-2012 Koji Lee||2012-2013 Mark Hsieh||2013-2014 Jan Rossmeyer||2014-2015|
Meetings and Information
Please join us at our weekly meeting!
Thursday of each week at 12:00 pm
4/F Formosa Room
Caesar Park Hotel Taipei
No 38 Sec 1 Zhongxiao West Rd Taipei, 10041 Taiwan, ROC
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