Message from President

Message from Rotary Club of Queenstown President 2020-21
Sanford Chee, MD

Dear friends and fellow Rotarians: 

Our normal way of life has changed due to COVID-19. Beyond just adjusting to Circuit Breaker measures, this pandemic has threatened the health of people in our community, taken lives and caused much economic hardship. There are people in grief and suffering amongst us. This is a call to action for us, and I am encouraged and grateful that as Rotarians, we have come together to offer help and make a difference. 

Our Rotary Club (RCQ) worked together with Beyond Social Services, a community service organization. They have identified at-risk families living in low-income HDB rental flats – actual case profiles such as: single parent office cleaners who have to support their children and elderly parents, but have lost their jobs when offices were shut; daily-rated odd job workers with kids struggling for daily essentials because their daily income have dropped due to a drastic reduction in demand for their work; canteen stall helpers that have lost their only source of income when schools shut etc, etc. For this, RCQ donated $9,000 to support 10 such at-risk families. As Rotarians, we do what we can to spread a little bit of Sunshine in these difficult times. 

RCQ has also contributed to our District’s effort to provide reuseable masks - distributing masks to Beyond Social Services, St Luke’s and to Simei Care Centre. 

To show our appreciation to frontline medical workers, we collaborated with GSS Energy’s community outreach effort to distribute goodie bags at Tan Tock Seng Hospital. 

The elderly are particularly vulnerable to COVID-19, RCQ worked together with the Foundation of Rotary Clubs Singapore (FRCS) to build from ground zero our 1st of its kind 10 Rotary Eldercare & Caregiver Centre. I’ll touch on this in my report on RCQ’s Major Project. 

Clearly, we have been active as a Club. As Rotarians, we have been people of purpose, coming together to foster the ideals of service. This is the opportunity for us. Hence this year’s Rotary theme: Rotary Opens Opportunities. For this, we must all be thankful to our outgoing President Sissy Park for her excellent leadership and enthusiasm. Her boundless energy and creative ideas is an inspiration for us at RCQ. 

As a club, we have adapted well. Our RCQ virtual meetings are engaging, fun and well attended. Not only did we initiate our 1st virtual Club Meetings, we also had our 1st virtual induction with Rtn Hannes Feldhusen. We may perhaps even have our 1st virtual induction depending on government guidance with respect to social gatherings. 

I am both honoured and humbled, to take over the baton of leadership from President Sissy. There is much for us to do as Rotarians. 

Join us and invite your friendsfor our 1st virtual Rotary Charity Concert organized by VP Agnes together with Temasek Polytechnic on July 17. I am grateful for the support from our Board of Directors as well as from each and every Rotarian at the Rotary Club of Queenstown. 

On a personal note, I am blessed to share that I married Rtn Stella Kim in February just before the imposition of the Circuit Breaker measures. I can’t think of anyone more fun to spend the current lockdown period at home with than with my loving wife and fellow Rotarian, Stella. Rotary Opens Opportunities. 


Sanford Chee President, 
Rotary Club of Queenstown Singapore 2020-21

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