Foundation honors eight Taiwanese couples
(From left) RI President Ray Klinginsmith and Rotary Foundation Trustee Chair Carl-Wilhelm Stenhammar with Woo Sun Kei-Chou Wu and his wife, Chun-Yu Chang, during the Arch C. Klumph induction ceremony 4 November. Rotary Images/Monika Lozinska-Lee
E ight Taiwanese couples were inducted 4 November into the Arch C. Klumph Society, which recognizes people who give US$250,000 or more to The Rotary Foundation.
The inductees honored during a ceremony at RI World Headquarters in Evanston, Illinois, USA, were Woo Sun Kei-Chou Wu and his wife, Chun-Yu Chang; Surgeon Chi-Tien Liu and his wife, Grace Hsui-Jung Ying; Victor Cheng-Shu Lai and his wife, Angela Tsz-Jiou Lai Tseng; Antonio I-Tson Soo and his wife, Addie Y. Tsao; Plastic Ray Ching Chang and his wife, Linda Shu-Chen; Kega Chi-Jea Yao and his wife, Jade Chen; Carbon Shue-Liang Hong and his wife, Shu-Yun Hong Wang; and Bruce Chih-Chiang Lin and his wife, Michelle Su-Hui Cheng. Their portraits now hang in the Arch C. Klumph Gallery.
District Governor Woo Sun Kei-Chou Wu has perfect attendance as a member of the Rotary Club of Yuanlin, which he helped charter in 1977. He is president of Moosun Food Corporation and served as director-general of the Sauce and Processing Association of Changhua.
Wu has participated in more than 65 World Community Service projects and helped facilitate exchanges for over 75 Rotary Youth Exchange students.
He and his wife, Chun-Yu, support the Annual Programs Fund and PolioPlus.
District Governor Surgeon Chi-Tien Liu joined the Rotary Club of Yangmei in 1997. A physician, Liu is the founder, chair, and dean of Yee-Zen Hospital. He served as president of the Taoyuan Medical Association.
His Rotary service projects, focused on underprivileged schoolchildren, include setting up computers in classrooms and libraries and providing drinking water for students.
He and his wife, Grace, support the Annual Programs Fund and PolioPlus, and have established the Surgeon Liu Chi-Tien and Grace Liu Yin Hsiu-Jung Endowed Fund within the Permanent Fund.
District Governor Victor Cheng-Shu Lai has been a member of the Rotary Club of Panchiao since 1979. He serves as chief executive officer of National Petroleum Co. Ltd., which has 125 branches across Taiwan.
Lai has made two World Community Service project trips: a 2004 visit to Malawi and Swaziland to provide funds and food to the needy, and a trip this year to Nepal to help build 12 classrooms and set up medical services and water purification facilities at an orphanage.
He and his wife, Angela, support the Annual Programs Fund, Matching Grants, and PolioPlus, and have established the Victor Lai Cheng Shi and Angela Lai Tseng Tsz-Jiou Endowed Fund.
District Governor Antonio I-Tson Soo joined the Rotary Club of Taipei Shilin in 1993. A writer and entrepreneur, he has served as chair for Hotai Development Co. and Hoan Insurance Agency Co.
He has served as assistant governor, district community service committee chair, convener of the district conference, and district youth service resource coordinator.
He has been married to his wife, Addie, for more than 45 years. They support the Annual Programs Fund, Matching Grants, PolioPlus, and the Antonio Addie Soo Ambassadorial Scholarship.
Plastic Ray Ching Chang joined the Rotary Club of Kaohsiung West in 1977. He is founder and chair of the Wah Lee Industrial Group, which supplies high technology materials for computer electronics and green energy industries.
He has served RI as district governor and as Health and Hunger Resource Group coordinator for Zone 10B, working with seven districts to assist victims of a devastating flood.
He and his wife, Linda, support the Rotary Peace Centers, Annual Programs Fund, and PolioPlus, and have established the Plastic Ray-Ching Chang and Linda Shu-Chen Change Endowed Fund.
Kega Chi-Jea Yao, a member of the Rotary Club of Lu Chou since 1989, is the owner of Sun Chain Group, a leader in the furniture fitting and cabinet hardware business.
He currently serves his district as Rotary Foundation committee chair. During his year as district governor, the district completed 12 Matching Grants, which provided medicine and medical supplies to a village in a forest region in Sabah, Malaysia.
He and his wife, Jade, support the Rotary Peace Centers, Annual Programs Fund, and PolioPlus, and have created the Kega Chi-Jea and Jade Yao Endowed Fund.
Carbon Shue-Liang Hong joined the Rotary Club of Panchiao in 1968. A chemist, Hong founded Taipei Chemical Industry Co. Ltd., a manufacturer of activated carbon.
He has served as district governor and representative to the Council on Legislation. He has participated in World Community Service projects that donated medical equipment to clinics providing relief to typhoon victims.
He and his wife, Shu-Yun, support the Annual Programs Fund and PolioPlus and have established the Shue-Liang Hong and Shu-Yung Hong Wang Endowed Fund.
Bruce Chih-Chiang Lin joined the Rotary Club of Taipei Harvest in 2001, and his wife, Michelle Su-Hui Cheng, joined the Rotary Club of Taipei Da-Jen in 2008. The couple are cofounders of Aceway Metrotec Co. Ltd., a leading supplier of CDs and DVD production equipment. Lin also serves as founder and chief executive officer of Suntek Precision Co. Ltd., an optical media technology company.
A past club president, Lin has sponsored the Taiwan Fund for Children and Families since 1992. He also serves as director for the Music Foundation for the Blind in Taipei.
The couple support the Rotary Peace Centers and Annual Programs Fund and have established the Bruce Chih-Chiang and Michelle Lin Endowed Fund.
Stuart Schisgall contributed to this article.