• Lighthouse Club Asia Pacific Region Committee Meeting, Kuala Lumpur, 19th August 2017

    29 December 2017

    Once again, a mixed bag of Engineers, Quantity Surveyors, Project Managers and Lawyers etc managed to combine work with Lighthouse Club duties and were able to meet in KL on a Saturday morning. Those who were in town a couple of days earlier were invited to Rod & Joan Noble’s residence for an evening drinks “do” on the Thursday; and a further treat was in store on the Friday evening when the ever-increasing group attended the Master Builders Association Malaysia Annual Dinner. However, due to the visit at the dinner by Dato’ Sri Haji Mohammad Najib bin Tun Haji Abdul Razak, aka the current Prime Minister of Malaysia, the group was rather horror-struck to be told that the dinner would be a “dry” do… It wasn’t all bad news though – after the departure of the PM, the beer suddenly appeared and all was well!

    The meeting on Saturday morning took place at the KL Regional Centre for Arbitration (KLRCA), a very attractive building with well-appointed meeting room facilities. Breakfast was provided as well as tea and coffee and the main issue, that of the change from Asia Pacific Region to International, was discussed at length with only a few changes to be made to the draft constitution. At the next meeting, to take place on 4th November in Manila, we will be in a position to approve the constitution at an EGM and proceed with the administrative actions necessary to put Lighthouse Club International in place for 1st January 2018. This is an important step in the evolution of the Lighthouse Club and one which we hope will encourage the establishment of many more Branches and/or Members all around the world.

    Other items raised at the meeting included Regional Fund-Raising activities, Membership and the Magazine. There is, as always, a lot of work to be done. After an excellent authentic Indian curry lunch at a local restaurant, courtesy of HT Ong, the assembled group returned to their various hotels to prepare for the evening’s entertainment: KL’s Annual Party, back at the KLRCA. Fortunately, the monsoon behaved, doing its 4pm daily duty, so that the evening was dry and quite fresh – although those gents in jackets soon felt the need to retire to the indoor air-conditioning.

    We had a thoroughly splendid time in KL – nobody missed trains, ‘planes or automobiles, nobody left anything anywhere. John Battersby did acquire a new suit but that is a story only he will tell..!

    The next meeting of the Asia Pacific Region and, probably, the last under the “APR” banner, will be on the 4th November 2017 in Manila. In the meantime, hearty thanks to the crew in KL for their hospitality and organization. 




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