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Rotary International president addresses graduates during winter commencement

Published February 24, 2015

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Gary C. K. Huang

Gary C. K. Huang

Hard work, dedication to family and an Eastern Michigan University education were keys to success for Gary C. K. Huang (Wong), the 2014 president of Rotary International, a world-wide service organization with more than 1.2 million members.

Huang, a 1972 EMU graduate and first Chinese Rotarian president, passed on his tips for success when he spoke at EMU’s winter commencement in December 2014.

He shared this advice: "Go out and experience the bigger world."

"The U.S. has one of the best education systems in the world," Huang said, "but at the same time - as the world is changing - Americans need to step up and learn from others, such as in Asia and Latin America where economies are developing fast."

"At Eastern Michigan University, our motto is 'education first.' Please remember your education is about more than preparing you for a career. It is really about preparing for a life," Huang said.

He was also awarded an honorary degree (Doctor of Business) during the ceremony.

Huang is an adviser for Wah Lee Industrial Corporation and the Bank of Panhsin (Taiwan), and is director of Federal Corp., a manufacturer of rubber products primarily for motorsports, and Sunty Development Co. Ltd., a Taiwan-based, property development business.

A Rotarian since 1976, Huang has served in numerous leadership positions, including vice president, foundation trustee and international assembly group discussion leader.

He wrote about his experiences in business and Rotary in his book, "Finding Solutions, Not Excuses."

Huang has been instrumental in recruiting members throughout Asia. As a Rotary Foundation trustee for the 110-year-old organization, Huang set the goal of recruiting 100 new major donors in Taiwan to celebrate Rotary's centennial. The result was the addition of 206 major donors over a two-year period that contributed a total of $2 million to the Foundation's Annual Fund.

A recipient of the Rotary International highest honor, Service Above Self Award, Huang also was presented with Rotary’s Presidential Citation, The Rotary Foundation's Citation for Meritorious Service and its Distinguished Service Award.

He received the Civic Service Award by the Federation of Non-Profit Associations, and the Outstanding Community Service Award from Taiwan's Ministry of the Interior.

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