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Farewell to our General Manager Didier

 

Farewell to our General Manager Didier
      
Dear Members,
By now you may have heard the news that our skilled and accomplished General Manager Didier Saugy will be leaving us to take up an exciting new position as Executive Director of the National Press Club in Washington D.C.
Over the last five years, Didier has helped steer the Club through probably the most challenging times in our recent history, including the last three years dominated by ever-changing government pandemic regulations, early closing hours, uncertainty over our building lease and the departure from Hong Kong of so many longtime members, friends and colleagues. Throughout it all, and with his calm and unflappable demeanour, Didier has kept the Club on an even keel.
Since I took over as President in January 2021, I’ve come to know Didier as a partner, confidante and friend. I want to extend to Didier my personal thanks and best wishes for his new adventure in my old stomping grounds, Washington D.C. Our loss is the National Press Club’s gain.
Didier will be with us through the end of May and our Annual General Meeting. The Board at the upcoming Saturday meeting will be naming a current member of Didier’s executive management team as interim club manager while a designated search committee conducts a search for a new general manager. The next Board to take office in May after the AGM will be responsible for confirming the new general manager. We want to ensure you there will be a seamless transition. You should not notice any disruption to Club activities.
In the meantime, let’s raise a glass to Didier in thanks for helping get the Club through these tough times. And let’s wish him and his family the best as he leaves behind the Lion Rock for the wonders of Rock Creek Park.
Excelsior!
Keith

FCC Nomination for the Board of Governors 2023–2024

FCC Nomination for the Board of Governors
2023 – 2024
      
Dear Members,
The FCC Annual Nomination Meeting will be held on Wednesday, 12 April 2023 for the purpose of accepting oral nominations for the Board of Governors for the 2023 – 2024 Term.
Under the provisions of the Articles of Association, nominations may also be made in writing.
For those who wish to make a written nomination or nominations, please use the form(s) we are sending to you by mail or you can ask from the office. The written nominations should be delivered to the Club office, either in person or by registered letter, no later than 6pm on Wednesday, 12 April 2023.
Nominations are invited for the following positions:

A President who shall be a Correspondent Member. The nomination must be made and seconded by Correspondent Members.

A First Vice-President who shall be a Correspondent Member. The nomination must be made and seconded by Correspondent Members.

A Second Vice-President who may be a Journalist Member or an Associate Member. The nominations may be made and seconded by Correspondent Members, Journalist Members or Associate Members.

Eight (8) Correspondent Member Governors who shall be Correspondent Members. The nominations must be made and seconded by Correspondent Members.

Two (2) Journalist Member Governors who shall be Journalist Members. The nominations may be made and seconded by Correspondent Members or Journalist Members.

Four (4) Associate Member Governors who shall be Associate Members. The nominations may be made and seconded by any Voting Member.

A Member being nominated does not mean that he or she is elected a Club Officer. An election by mail ballot will be held subsequently and the mail ballot papers together with a list of candidates accepted will be sent to all Members of the Club one week after the Nomination Meeting.
A candidate for election to the Board of Governors can accept nomination for only one position on the Board of Governors.
By order of the Board of Governors,
Keith Richburg
President

Temporary Suspension of Club Service on Monday March 13 from 9am to 9:30am

Mask-wearing policy (finally) lifted!

Mask-wearing policy (finally) lifted!
      
Dear Members,
Liberation Day has arrived! Maskless March is here!
The Government has finally announced that masks will no longer be required, starting from today, 1 March. That means member and guests are no longer required to wear a face mask anywhere on Club premises. It’s been 959 long days since we’ve been wearing face masks. This welcome change could not have come soon enough.
You are all free to wear or not to wear your face mask in all areas of the Club. Our staff will no longer remind any member or guest about wearing the mask.
What a long journey it’s been but we have finally arrived on the other side.
I look forward to seeing your unmasked faces around the Club. Let’s have a drink and celebrate this return to normalcy, better late than never!
Keith Richburg
President
1 March 2023

A Friendly Reminder: Mask-wearing still applies!

A Friendly Reminder: Mask-wearing still applies!
      
Dear Members,
The Government has just extended the mask-wearing requirement for 14 more days, or until March 8. That means masks must still be worn inside the Club, except when members and guests are seated at the dining tables or at the bar. Masks must be worn when entering the Club, passing through the stairways to restaurants and visiting the restrooms. Please remember to respect this remaining Government pandemic regulation.
I look forward to seeing you around the Club.
Keith Richburg
President
24 February 2023

The Club’s Early Closure on Chinese New Year’s Eve and Staff Party

The Club’s Early Closure on Chinese New Year’s Eve and Staff Party
      
Dear Members,
Happy Chinese New Year!
I am thrilled to see the Club getting busy after the government’s covid restrictions were lifted. However I would like to remind all members and their guests that masks must still be worn inside the Club, except when at the dining tables. Masks must also be worn when entering the Club. Let’s all please remember to follow this last remaining covid rule.
And following our regular tradition, the Club will close early on Chinese New Year’s Eve, which falls on Saturday, 21 January 2023 at 1600 (4:00 pm) so our staff can leave early for this important holiday.
At all other times during the Chinese New Year week, the Club will remain open. Feel free to visit here for detailed opening hours.
Also, the Club is excited to finally be able to relaunch our Annual Staff Party which has been postponed since 2020. The event will be held on Saturday, 11 February 2023, and the Club will also close early at 4:00pm for the party.
We would like to take this opportunity to invite all members who wish for their voluntary sponsorship of the staff party, either by providing gift vouchers or other items. All the sponsorship gifts will be used as the Grand Prizes of our Lucky Draw part of the party. I am sure our staff will be super appreciative of any gifts you can provide, and your contributions will make the staff party a more fun and memorable one. Again, gift contributions are totally voluntary. Feel free to contact with Joanne Chung at [email protected] for more details.
I look forward to seeing you at the Club in 2023 and the upcoming Year of the Rabbit.
Keith Richburg
President
17 January 2023

A Celebration of Life for David Lawrence

The Club’s operations return to normal, but mask-wearing still applies!

The Club’s operations return to normal, but mask-wearing still applies!
      
Dear Members,
I am thrilled to bring you some good news and good cheer for the New Year.
From December 29, the Government has eased all the social distancing measures, with the exception of mask wearing.
This means there will be no longer any Vaccine Pass and RAT test requirements to enter the Club. The 12 person per table rule, and the requirement to keep 1.5m distance between tables, have been scrapped. Starting now, we can return to full seating in all our outlets.
There is one “BUT.” Masks must still be worn inside the Club, except when members and guests are at the dining tables. Masks must also be worn when entering the Club. Please remember to respect this one remaining Government regulation.
All our club facilities can now resume as normal. The sauna and steam room in Health Club will be reopen starting from today. Pre-registration is recommended with the gym attendant at 2844 2849.
Once again, I want to thank all the Members for your ongoing patience in the past 3 years. Your understanding and support has been crucial during these challenging times.
I also want to thank our loyal staff, who have had the tough job of implementing these constantly changing Government rules. When you are next at the Club, please take a moment and say thank you to the staff members, especially those you see at the entry and the reception desk who have been at the front lines of explaining and implementing these often-confusing rules, and assisting members with questions or problems. It has been a thankless and challenging job for them, and they would appreciate hearing a “thanks” from each of you. They deserve our praise for their tireless efforts over these last three years.
I would like to wish you and your loved ones a very Happy New Year and I look forward to seeing you at the Club in 2023 and the coming Year of the Rabbit.
Now let’s party!
Keith Richburg
President
30 December 2022

Further relaxation of social distancing measures

Further relaxation of social distancing measures
      
Dear Members,
The Government has announced that with effect from today, 22 December 2022, members and their guests are no longer required to take a RAT test before attending a private function or club event. However the Vaccine Pass with a blue code is still required and must be scanned or presented when you enter the Club. Our staff will be actively checking the Vaccine Passes at the entrance, so kindly also remind your guests.
Also please be reminded that mask wearing is still required inside the Club, except when members and guests are at the dining tables. That also means masks must be worn when entering the Club.
Once again, I want to thank all Members for your ongoing patience as we continue to adjust to these new measures. Your understanding and support has been crucial during these often challenging last months and years.
Wishing you a Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah and a Happy New Year!
Keith Richburg
President
22 December 2022

LeaveHomeSafe App is now lifted, however Vaccine Pass still applies

LeaveHomeSafe App is now lifted, however Vaccine Pass still applies
      
Dear Members,
The Government has announced that with effect from today, 14 December 2022, members and their guests are no longer required to scan the LeaveHomeSafe app before entering the Club. However the Vaccine Pass with a blue code is still required to present to our staff.
We can show your Vaccine Pass QR code through:
     • The LeaveHomeSafe app
     • The iAM Smart app
     • The e-Health app
     • A paper copy/ screenshots in mobile phone of your vaccination record
In case you or your guest is returning to HK and holding an overseas COVID 19 vaccination, please visit here to obtain the QR code for use in fulfilling the relevant requirements under the local “Vaccine Pass”.

Other Club restrictions will remain in place. Feel free to visit here for more information.

Once again, I want to thank all Members for your continued patience, understanding and your support.
Wishing you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
Keith Richburg
President
14 December 2022

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