Issue 118

Grassroots with passion • 7

1 In which year were you invited to be in The Grassroots’ Club (TGC) Management Committee? I started serving on the TGC Management Committee in 2012. I was then appointed Honorary Secretary in 2014 and Club President in 2018. 2 What are the significant changes at The Grassroots’ Club that you have seen since the first day when you started to be in the Management Committee? The significant changes would probably be the major upgrading of the Club House, especially the addition of escalators and the renovation of the Health Centre. We continuously look for new facilities for members to enjoy, such as the prawn- fishing opened at the end of 2019 and the upcoming alfresco dining. 3 What was the main challenge then for these changes to take place? The main challenge of TGC’s upgrading project was to maintain an intricate balance between cost and results. Many hours were spent on brainstorming, meetings and discussions to draw up design concepts and to ensure that we got the best value for the money spent on the upgrading. 4 What is your vision and goal for The Grassroots’ Club? My vision for TGC is to further develop it into a Club that all Grassroots Leaders (GRLs) can identify with and will feel proud to be a member. My primary goal would be to increase the Club’s membership and to further improve on the Club’s facilities for members to enjoy. 5 As the President of TGC, what is the most memorable thing that had happened? There were a few memorable events during my term as President. I still remember the TGC 20th Anniversary celebration held in late 2018, the Annual General Meeting (AGM) in 2019 which I first chaired, the Chinese New Year dinners and our first online AGM held last year due to COVID-19. However, the one that left the deepest impression is leading the Management Committee and the Management through this pandemic period, and making sure that the Club remains relevant.

6 Lastly, what message would you like to convey to the Club Members? I would like to reassure members that the Club will continue to function (as per SMM guidelines) during this current pandemic. I hope that members continue to abide by the safe management measures, stay safe and be socially responsible so that we we can get through this difficult time as a nation soon. My committee and I look forward to welcome all members back to our first event after the pandemic. I wish everyone the best of health!

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