21 Jan 2010

Preserving Hong Kong's biodiversity. Also: prize presentation for our Write-up competition on: Our Needs (我門的需要)

Dr. Roger Kendrick, Senior Conservation Officer at Kadoorie Farms, gave a detailed presentation on Hong Kong’s diverse and fragile ecosystems. Starting from pre-human times, Dr. Kendrick’s lecture touched on many historical and legislative events that have helped shape or destroy Hong Kong’s natural heritage. Of particular concern to Dr Kendrick was how little consideration government gives to the impact of new development on Hong Kong’s biodiversity. Hong Kong’s county parks, for example, are isolated from one another, often cut off by development, resulting in loss of genetic flow for species within those areas. One of the goals of Kadoorie Farms and Botanic Garden is to help create natural bridges to county parks to ensure biodiversity.

Samples of the order lepidoptera (butterflies) were also on hand to enjoy.


President Peter and Rtn Michael presented award certificates to: English Essay Winners: Ngan Kwan Yi (Level One, St. Marks School), Mak Hoi Kay Esther (Level Two, St. Paul’s Co-educational College), Christopher Wong (Level Three, St. Paul’s Coeducational College). Chinese Essay Winners: Nam Wah Yeung (Hong Kong True Light College), Cheung Lik Lik (St. Mark’s School), Lo Wai Yi (St. Mark’s School). Each winner and his or her respective schools’ libraries were awarded gift certificates for books.

 

GUESTS
Rtn Martin came with Ms. Gerhild Hornbanger, Rtn Mireya came with Ms. Beatriz Tanckok, PP Tobi brought Patrick and his friend, and proposed new member Lorenzo. IPP Francesco came with his wife, Eugenia, PE Stephen came with his wife, Tanny; Rtn Michael came with his wife Tracy and two sons. Also, we invited the winners of the Chinese and English Write-Up Competition and their parents and teachers. The birthdays of PP Peter, PP George, Rtn Ernie and Rtn Michael were celebrated with song and bottles of wine as gifts.


ANNOUNCEMENTS

We wish PP Nick a quick recovery and return to our meetings and fellowship.

Rotary Club of Yokohama Midori has invited us to join their 40th year anniversary celebration on 19 March at Yokohama, Japan.

The Robin De Morgan Putting Competition will be held on 4th Feb at Golf Club at 11:00am, before our meeting.

Club 888 Lucky Draw will be held on 22 May 2010.

The 50th District Conference will be held on 17 & 18 April 2010 at Hong Kong Disneyland, please register online.

The raffle and fines of the day will be donated to Shelterbox.

Today, we welcomed the induction of a new member Mr. Lorenzo Scazziga, who was proposed by PP Tobi. His classification is Industrial Design.

 

 

Mr. Roger Kendricks of Kadoorie Farms on preserving Hong Kong’s biodiversity.


President Peter presents new Rotarian Lorenzo Scazziga with a lapel pin. Sponsor PP Tobi at right.



Essay contest winner.  Rtn Michael on the left; President Peter on the right.