Our Member Johnny gave a introduction about himself and his relationship to Rotary last Wednesday 
 
I joined Rotary in 2019, thank you for Jennie & Donald and my mum for the connection.
 
Family Immigrate Move to NZ in 1995, have 1 elder sister(psychologist in Sydney) and younger brother (engineer in Singapore).
Always grew up in the east, went to pigeon mountain primary , Bucklands Beach intermediate and Macleans college.
 
Always enthusiastic about sport, specially soccer. As I still play once to twice a week. At one stage,  I received a professional contact from a soccer club. But as an Asian family, this won’t happened. I chose going into university of Auckland and study bachelor of commerce.
 
I went back to Hong Kong in 2005. As growing up in a textile garment manufacturing family.   I entered my father’s company and work for 1 year.  And soon I transfer to a bigger company outside and work as a merchandiser for 4 years. This was a big change in my life, I really worked hard and know about the whole process of the clothing/ garment world.   we were the main manufacturer of j.crew,   (just file for bankruptcy in April, now in Chapter 11).
 
In the 5 years, I spent time living in Hong Kong, Macau, New York and China. I learn a lot about life and see many different types of politics/games in big and small companies from customers to supplier.
 
In 2011,  at that time, I thought I had enough of the merchandising role. (boring) Not long after I started my own company acting as a trading company. Where I connected with different brands in New York and manufacture with my supplier in China. However after 2-3 years, the world has completely changed in the garment world.  China has open so much at that time. Most of the brands will go directly to factories.  As my business ideas is not working well. It was a down time for me.  And I didn’t want to get involve with garments and clothings.  At that time I do miss NZ life very much, and my mum and brother were still in NZ. Then I’ve decided to come back to NZ and restart.
 
First thing I thought of NZ was food (because I love food very much).  I started exporting seafood back into Asia.
However we all know NZ is a small market that limited in supply and demand. 
 
And  eventually I have connected with my Asian network.  And these few years I got into food business between Singapore and NZ.    And also became a distributor for the world’s largest truffle brand from Italy Sabatino for NZ, Singapore and Maldives.
 
Enough of work.
 
At the time living in Hong Kong, in my spare time,  I always involve with some volunteer and charity work when I have free time, such as YMCA, retirement home etc.  Helping different people with different needs.  And some charity work for some school fundraising.
We could not get into Rotary or Lions club in HK, as you all know, you need to pay a lot to help with charity work.    But now I have a chance to volunteer in some charity work .
 
And recently I just found out Rotary is heavily involve with Polio.   Because my father has Polio when he was very young, before 10 years old I think.   He was very poor back in the days, he grew up in a village with my aunt in Hong Kong. He has to come out and work before graduating primary to pay for hospital bill..   He always told me the hospital save his life. Since then he donates a certain amount to the hospital.
 
My father is my role model, he certainly not well educated. But us learn so much from him,  from his manner, way to treat people, his kind hearted , his business skills and so much more.   He started his printing and textile factory when he was 17, and still running now.