Taiwanese Rotarians inducted into Arch C. Klumph Society
Arch C. Klumph Society inductees, family, and friends gather with Rotary Foundation Trustee Chair William B. Boyd (front, fourth from left) and RI President Kalyan Banerjee (front, fifth from left) during a ceremony in Evanston, Illinois, USA, on 23 September. Rotary Images/Alyce Henson
T he Rotary Foundation recently inducted eight couples and individuals from Taiwan into the Arch C. Klumph Society, which honors people who give at least US$250,000 to the Foundation.
The induction ceremony is the third in three years to honor multiple Rotarians from Taiwan. Taiwanese Rotarians have generously supported the Foundation’s work, and Taiwan has the second-largest number of Arch C. Klumph Society members in the world.
"Taiwan is setting an example for the rest of the Rotary world," said Foundation Trustee Chair William B. Boyd, noting that Rotarians in the relatively small area have made a big contribution. "The Foundation accepts the responsibility to use these gifts to do good in the world."
Trustee Jackson San-Lien Hsieh, of Taiwan, said the induction ceremonies have indicated Taiwanese Rotarians’ depth of commitment to the Foundation. "Each time we have gathered for a Taiwan Day celebration, we have honored club presidents, district governors, past district governors, and future district governors who have exhibited strong leadership not only through their gifts but also through their hands-on involvement. Today is no exception."
The inductees at the 23 September ceremony were:
Computer Chiu-Lin and Jasmine Chiu
Computer, CEO of Unixtar Technology Inc., a manufacturer of computer cables, joined the Rotary Club of Feitsui in 1996. He served as 1996-97 club president, and will serve as district governor in 2013-14. He is passionate about world peace, and hopes that Rotary one day will help promote peace between Taiwan and China. The couple support the Foundation through the Computer Chiu-Lin and Jasmine Chiu Rotary Peace Center Fewlloship Endowment Fund.
Dato’ Ng Kim-Poh Amko and Lucille Huang
Amko is chairman of Amko Industrial, a manufacturer of metal and rubber parts, and of Amko Solara, a manufacturer of energy-efficient lighting. He joined the Rotary Club of Taipei Southgate in 1991 and served as club president in 2001-02. He will serve as district governor in 2013-14. Amko has represented his Rotary club through many international Matching Grant projects that have provided aid to children, and he has chaired numerous committees, most recently the district community service committee.
Henry Hsi-Shih Chang and Jolly Li-Yueh Ku
Henry’s background in biotechnology research and development led to a career in contact lens production, and he established a partnership with Jing Hua Xue Co. Ltd. in 1986. A member of the Rotary Club of Taipei An Ho since 1983, Henry served as club president in 2003-04 and assistant governor in 2007-08. He is dedicated to helping struggling communities and low-income families through Rotary club projects. Henry and Jolly support the Foundation through the Henry Hsi-Shih and Jolly Chang Rotary Peace Centers Fellowship.
Rubber Ying-Chuan Chang and Kiko Pi-Yun Lin
Rubber, CEO of Tai Yue Rubber Industrial Co. Ltd., a producer of rubber components for machinery and electrical equipment, has been a member of the Rotary Club of Taipei West since 1988. Rubber served as club president in 2002-03 and has chaired two district committees. His favorite projects include holding a three-month training program for unemployed women to help them develop the skills they need to work as elderly care attendants. The couple support the Foundation through the Rubber Ying-Chuan Chang and Kiko Lin Endowed Rotary Peace Fellowship.
Matt Ming-Hung Chen and Susan Hu
Matt, chairman of Yumark Enterprises Corporation, joined the Rotary Club of Taipei Castle in 2004 and became active in his club's community service initiatives. His favorite projects include providing educational support to newly arrived immigrant families, working with the Christian Friends Foundation Center to help disadvantaged children, sponsoring the Republic of China Vocalist Association, and working to protect wetlands.
Angela Ming-Chu Lu Lee and Steve Chen-Tai Lee
Angela works in the construction and land-development field, and has developed almost 30 office and residential buildings in downtown Taipei. She is a member of the Rotary Club of Taipei Chang An and served as its charter president in 2003-04. Her favorite Foundation programs are those involving education. Angela finds that working with Rotary clubs overseas not only offers opportunities for service but also helps enhance communication between countries.
May Chin-Mei Lu
May, a longtime employee of Fortune Motors Co. Ltd., the largest Mitsubishi dealership in Taiwan, worked in several areas, including service, human resources, and marketing. She also served as a board member. A charter member of the first all-female Rotary club in District 3480, May has been active in Rotary, serving as 2003-04 club president and 2011-12 chair of the District 3480 Conference. She supports the Foundation through the Chin-Mei (“May”) Lu Rotary Peace Fellowship.
Paul Chung-Ho Chen and Yun-Li Wang
Paul has built a successful career based on the international trading of synthetic rubber and chemicals. He joined the Rotary Club of Taipei Swanshie in 1991 and served as club president in 2001-02. His favorite club projects are those involving the Garden of Hope Foundation. Paul and Yun-Li support the Permanent Fund through the Paul Chung-Ho Chen and Yun-Li Wang Rotary Peace Centers Fellowship.
Six other couples were inducted into the Arch C. Klumph Society during a ceremony 22 September: James R. and Janice E. Heinrich, of the Rotary Club of St. Marys, Ohio, USA; Lawrence W. and Linda R. Jubie, of the Rotary Club of Marysville, Washington, USA; Patrick W. and Janet R. Carlton, of the Rotary clubs of Las Vegas and Las Vegas West, Nevada, USA; R. Lee and Judith A. Harman, of the Rotary Club of Arlington, Washington, USA; Frank H. and Judith H. Rothermel, of the Rotary Club of Knoxville, Tennessee, USA; and Jayendra Babubhai and Marlene Kamdar, of the Rotary Club of Madras, Tamil Nadu, India.