Charles Loh
1992-1993

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CAREER

Charles was born in Shanghai, China. He graduated from the National Fu-Tan University in Shanghai in Western Literature. He worked in the pharmaceutical field before he joined Standard-Vacuum Oil Co. in Hankow, Chungking and Taiwan. From 1950 to 1961, he was the Executive Vice President of Forward Worsted Mill in Taipei, Taiwan. In 1961, he joined Amcot Ltd.'s group and represented cotton producers of U.S.A in Southeast Asia with sales offices in almost every country in that region. Meanwhile, he formed an investment corporation and became the President of Amerasia International Ltd. in Texas, Hong Kong and Korea.

In 1974, Charles migrated with his family to Vancouver and had been in real estate sales and investment before retirement in 1992.

ROTARY

Charles joined Rotary in Taipei in 1960 and later was a member of Hong Kong Club, Vancouver South Club and Vancouver Club. In 1981, he organized Vancouver Chinatown Club and was the Charter President. He was honoured by Club in 1982 as a Paul Harris Fellow. His wife, Carol, is also a Paul Harris Fellow; so, are two of his three sons. They both are Rotary Foundation Benefactors. They have five grandchildren. In addition to Rotary services, Charles is also actively involved in serving as a member of the Board of Directors of B.C. Rehabilitation Society.

DISTRICT GOVERNOR YEAR

During the year of 1992/1993, following achievements were recorded:

Awards from R.I. - (1) Significant hievement Award for Rotary Club of Vancouver South for the unique project of HERITAGE FOREST, (2) SERVICE ABOVE SELF Awards for Rotarians Anup Jubbal and Michael Cruise, (3) 11 Presidential Citation Awards for various clubs, and (4) Special recogni­tion to Charles & Carol Loh for their major donations to Foundation.

Cruise Conference - More than 520 people attended this 1st time conference ever in District 5040 and also the last cruise conference allowed by RI including participation of 41 clubs and Lt. Governor David Lam and Her Honour Dorothy Lam.

Contribution to Foundation - Total contribution was US$412,324.16 which was the highest, so far, in the history of this District. Final figures are not available yet, it is expected that District 5040 will be one of the forerunners in top districts in the Rotary world.

Foundation Dinners - 4 dinners were held in different places in November.

Membership Increase - From 2,073 up to 2,194 with net gain of 121.

Rotaract - With revival of Vancouver Rotaract Club, there are now four Rotaract Clubs.

INTERACT: A new club was formed by Sechelt Club. There are now two Interact Clubs.

Rotary Scholarship - A new Scholarship has been established with the new University of Northern B.C. (UNBC) in Prince George by Prince George Club and Prince George Nechako Club with 100% matched grant from the provincial Government of B.C. but is named as ROTARY SCHOLARSHIP.

Drug Awareness - A very strong program has been implemented throughout t­he District.

Rotarian Magazine - A special booklet of 52 pages covering condensed Manager's Memos from the ROTARIAN magazine was published in tribute to the Magazine month of April 1993 and to commemorate District's cruise conference on May 10 - 14, 1993.

Bosnia/Croatia Relief  Fund - The District raised US$14,000 and sent 'to the Fund via Rotary International.

Assistant to the Foundation - In November 1992, Charles took a special trip to Hong Kong and Taipei for assisting Foundation Trustee and staff to raise fund for the Foundation during Foundation month.

Ambassadorial Scholarship - Program has been very successfully carried out with two outbound scholars and 14 inbound scholars.

Loh's Ambassadorial Scholarships - Three (3) scholarships have been set up by Charles and Carol for exchange of medical scholars between China and B. C. Canada under Rotary's Ambassadorial Scholarship Program.

Extension of New Clubs - 3 New Clubs: (1) New Westminster Royal City, (2) Fort St. James and (3) Vancouver Fraserview were chartered.

With all above major achievements, Charles fulfilled ,and exemplified himself in compliance with the District's focus: UNITY IS OUR STRENGTH, also R. I. President Clifford Dochterman"s theme:REAL HAPPINESS IS -­ HELPING OTHERS which could only be accomplished with the cooperation and supp6rt of his fellow Rotarians and his family.