About Our Club

Rotarians visiting or living in China:


Rotary in the World.

Rotary is a worldwide organization of business and professional leaders that provides humanitarian service, encourages high ethical standards in all vocations, and helps build goodwill and peace in the world. Over 1.2 million Rotarians belong to more than 33,000 Rotary clubs in over 200 countries and geographic areas. But we also have 270,000 Interactors, 170,000 Rotaractors, 150,000 Rotary Community Corps members. Rotary club membership represents a cross-section of the community’s business and professional men and women. The world’s Rotary clubs meet weekly and are non-political, nonreligious, and open to all cultures, races, and creeds.

The main objective of Rotary is service – in the community, in the workplace, and throughout the world. Rotarians develop community service projects that address many of today’s most critical issues, such as children at risk, poverty and hunger, the environment, illiteracy, and violence. They also support programs for youth, educational opportunities and international exchanges for students, teachers, and other professionals, and vocational and career development. During and after World War II, Rotarians became increasingly involved in promoting international understanding. In 1945, 49 Rotary members served in 29 delegations to the United Nations Charter Conference. Rotary still actively participates in UN conferences by sending observers to major meetings and promoting the United Nations in Rotary publications. In the area of medicine, Rotary has been in the forefront of the campaign to eradicate polio from the world.


Rotary in China

Rotary in China has a long history dating back to 1919 that reflects the turbulent times of Chinese history over the past century. Since the beginning however the focus of the Rotary clubs, the Rotarians and their good works in China have been focused on providing meaningful community service and espousing strong business ethics in the marketplace.

By rough estimate, Rotarians globally and within China have contributed more than $170 million to projects benefiting Chinese citizens throughout the country, including:

  • providing life-saving heart surgeries to children with congenital heart disease
  • distributing wheelchairs to the disabled
  • providing vocational training to migrant workers to help the elderly
  • facilitating emergency disaster relief with strategic partners like Shelterbox

Currently Rotary has chartered clubs in four cities: Beijing, Chengdu, Shanghai and Suzhou and “provisional” clubs in Dalian, Nanning and Tianjin. These clubs are composed of foreign passport holders (“expatriates”) or Chinese “compatriots” (citizens of Hong Kong, Macau or Taiwan) and meet weekly. These clubs in turn sponsor several Interact (high school based) and Rotaract (young professionals and university students) clubs.

At the moment although we are too small to become a district, because of China’s unique characteristics we have been treated by Rotary since 2006 like a small de-facto district under the leadership of a Rotary International Special Representative to China, who is our de-facto District Governor. The current Special Representative is Mr. Randal Eastman, Past President of the Rotary Club of Shanghai.

Note that for practical reasons, Guangdong province that is adjacent to Hong Kong and where Cantonese is the language commonly spoken, has been placed under the care of Rotary District 3450 (Hong Kong, Mongolia, Macau and Guangdong Province of the PRC) since July 2013. There are no clubs formally registered yet in Guangdong but d3450 team members are actively working towards this.

The Rotary China Team has a lean district structure and focuses primarily on training activities to support the current clubs membership, and to encourage new club development via informal Fellowship groups that may grow at their own pace into fully chartered clubs.

We are actively looking for former Rotarians living and working in China to join us – either within our existing clubs or within new fellowships in other locations so that Rotary can increase its service impact on the ground in China.


Rotary Club of Beijing

District 0052 – Club Number: 60724 

District Special Representative Frank Yih and Ruby Chang

The Rotary Club of Beijing was first established on 30 August 1924 as the third club in China. Rotary had established a total of 32 clubs across the country but it had to discontinue its activities after the change of government system in China in 1949. Rotary came to a stop during the years that followed 1949.The club was re-introduced as a fellowship group in Beijing in 1996, by a group of Rotary Hong Kong expatriates working in Beijing. In June 2001, Rotary International formally recognized the Club and granted it provisional status. The Club was chartered on 8 February 2006.
Later the date was changed to “First Chartered: 30 August 1924”.
The Club has a total of 36 members, Our club has: male 68% and female 32%, Average age is 48; 15 nationalities. According to Chinese rules, only foreign passport holders (including Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macau) can be members. Membership fee is RMB 3000 per six months, along with other financial obligations.
RCB contact: Club Administrator: Celine Lin, admin[at]rotaryclub-beijing.org

Weekly meetings in Beijing:
Kempinski Hotel, 50 Liangmaqiao Road, 100016 Beijing, 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm
The hotel is in the Lufthansa Complex, behind the “Yansha Shopping Center” on the East 3rd Ring Road. The cost of the lunch is RMB 220.

Past Presidents

2005/06           Carl-Ludwig Dőrwald(Charter President)

2006/07           Michael Furst

2007/08           Mike Ma

2008/09           Kevin Fong

2009/10           John Barnes

2010/11           Peter Humphrey

2011/12           Jens Dreier

2012/13           David van Meerendonk

2013/14            Ruby Chang

2014/15            Piper Tseng

2015/16           Daniel Albrecht

2016/17           Daniel Roetting


RCB past, present and future projects

Gift of Life (GOL)
Children’s heart surgery program (congenital heart disease) for underprivileged children. More than 400 surgeries have been done since 2000 by the Club.
Donation of a medical bus to Zhengzhou No. 7 Hospital, Henan and a medical van to Hebei Children’s hospital for screening countryside children. Since 2011, the GOL outreach program has screened more than 1800 children in Henan province on average a year and provided over 800 surgeries of which more than 50 surgeries received financial sponsorship from the Rotary Club. In 2013 using the cardiac sonogram equipment and medical van donated, the Hebei Shijiazhuang Children’s Hospital screened 3055 children in 42 counties and identified 564 children who needed surgery. In 2014, Hebei has screened even more children and diagnosed more children with heart defects that need surgeries.

Rural Village Education Program
Assisting with the educational expenses of rural families; 240 families have been supported to date. Luan Ping Ping project is going strong with 20 students funded in 2012-13.

Wheelchair Project
During 2005-2007, Rotary Beijing provided over 2,000 new wheelchairs to the needy people in China.

Library Project for Rural and Urban Schools
Over48,000 books provided to 168 of China’s western rural schools, in cooperation with the Library Project.
Gansu Wenxian: donation of 7,847 books to six schools.
Joint Library Project with the China Soong Ching Ling Foundation (CSCLF) for rebuilt schools in

Sichuan Earthquake Relief
In conjunction with Rotary International, provided temporary homes for 50,000 victims; including 4,400 tents and 800 emergency shelter boxes; 1,400 tins of imported milk powder were distributed to the earthquake victims.

Sponsoring studies
Support of a Thai Student to attend university in Beijing.
Tibetan Schools – funded a number of projects in Tibet e.g. blind people’s school in Lhasa.

Maple Project
Continued support of the Maple Women’s Psychological Counseling Center (call center offering consulting services to help women with domestic problems)

Living Hope (artificial limb donation)
Pilot program continuing.

TRF (The Rotary Foundation)
The goal for the Fund Drive of US$18,000 achieved for 2012-13
End Polio – participate the Rotary Foundation (TRF) End Polio.

Beijing Sun Children’s Village
Supporting the NGO to help provide a safe haven for children of imprisoned parents.

Morning Tears
Supporting the NGO to help provide a safe haven for children of imprisoned parents.

Stars & Rain
Supporting the NGO that helps children with autism and their families

Rima – Qinghai
In 2007, Rotary Beijing provided a water well, latrines, medical equipment and an ambulance to Rima Clinic and Yushu County Hospital in Qinghai.

Interact Projects
Cambodia House Building, Beacons of Hope (migrant children health check)

Rotaract Projects
Speed Dating, Art Jamming, Clothing Drive, Roundabout cooperation, RYLA, Shelterbox, cooperation with the Migrant Children Foundation, and more.

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Rotary Club of Beijing

Regular Meetings
Tuesday 12.30~14.00
Kempinski Hotel
Celine Lin
Club Administrator
+86 159 0121 4070