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PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE ISSUE 10

By January 9, 2024 No Comments

THE DAYS BEHIND US DETERMINE THE DAYS AHEAD

Happy New Year Family and Friends of Rotary!

We are six months and counting into serving as one in creating hope in the world. We have managed to stay on course in our District’s strategic plan around the four action points, namely; expanding our reach, enhancing our participant engagement, increasing our impact and improving our fundraising.

In staying on course with the strategic plan, we draw from our past experiences, celebrate the impact we have made, the lives we have touched and the challenges we have managed to overcome. Each situation is a story shared to ignite inspiration.

To remind us of the immense power we have to create hope and effect change. Just as the days behind us help determine and define where we are today. The way we cope and react and respond to our situation and circumstances today will determine our future.

As people of action, RC Hurlingham with its partners have created a positive change at Kikopey area, in Gilgil. The Kikopey Dispensary is a major milestone project for our Club. We had the privilege of hosting our District 9212 Governor, Leonard Ithau on the 24th October 2023 – World Polio Day – for our DG Cluster Project Visit. The cluster comprised of Nairobi West Region 6 and 7 Rotary Clubs; RC Hurlingham, RC Nairobi South, RC Nairobi Parklands, RC Ngong Road, RC Nairobi East and RC Milimani.

I must commend the efforts and commitment of my club members, other Rotarians and guests who made this project visit a success, where we were able to showcase the true spirit of Rotary in the Kikopey community and highlight the commitment to Service Above Self. In his speech, District Governor Leonard Ithau, urged us to leave an enduring legacy of improving people’s lives. With each project, we need to be able to measure our impact, the meaningful difference we have made in our communities and beyond. To be able to show others how we’ve made a significant and sustainable impact.

DG Ithau also oversaw the Polio Vaccination to tens of children who graced the ceremony, as the project visit coincided with the World Polio Day. Thank you to everyone who joined us for the DG’s Cluster Project Visit.

The following day we had our DG Cluster Clubs Visit. The venue was Goan Gymkhana. The cluster Presidents and our President Elects had a pre-fellowship meeting with DG Leonard Ithau, DGE Joe Kamau, DGN Wairimu Njagi, respective clubs AGs and Regional Cordinator, the Country Chair, District Trainer and other District officials, where we gave our respective club updates as well as the challenges we have faced since we took oath of office on 1st of July 2023.

Polio eradication is Rotary’s top philanthropic priority. Rotary launched the Polio Plus program in 1985. The cluster Presidents through our respective clubs, collectively contributed and donated more than $3,000 towards DG Ithau’s District 9212 target to raise USD 50,000 for the Polio Fund. DG Ithau encouraged everyone to continue to donate to the Polio Fund, whether large or small, it makes a significant impact.

Remember, all donations are matched 2:1 by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, tripling your impact. He urged us to also donate our voice. “Let’s spread the message about the End Polio Now Campaign, as we continue to advocate for the eradication of this crippling disease,” DG Ithau quipped.
District 9212 in partnership with Lifebouy, through various clubs marked the Global Handwashing Day at different locations. RC Hurlingham marked the day at two schools, Karakuta Primary School and St Joseph The Worker High School, both in Mangu Ward, Gatundu North Constituency.

It was our maiden visit at Karakuta Primary School. We were warmly received by the Headmistress and after the formal introductions, we were given a tour of the school and had a mentorship session with the standard eight candidates who were soon going to be sitting for the final primary school exams, KCPE. We then had the important sensitization talk on the importance and proper way of washing our hands.
At St Joseph The Worker High School, we first had a meeting with the School Principal and Interact Patrons to discuss about the formation of an Interact Club. We then handed the patrons a hard copy of the Interact Handbook for their perusal and understanding before we go back to charter the club. We later joined the school in an assembly in marking the handwashing day. We also wished the form four candidates the best in their exams.

What does it mean to be a Rotarian? Being a Rotarian means to be actively involved in the affairs and service projects of one’s club. Rotarians look for ways to get involved. Being a Rotarian is a way of life and can be a satisfying lifelong adventure for those who are willing to give of themselves to enjoy and benefit from all that Rotary has to offer. It is in this Rotary spirit that RC Hurlingham had its Member Series Edition 2.

The panelists comprised of Past Presidents Ken Idwasi, and Gatwiri Kirimi, and Rotarian Penina Kinyanjui, who engaged in a lively discussion moderated by Rotarian Zeba Siaanoi. They shared their personal Rotary journeys since joining the club, presenting their insights on their membership experiences, each through different timeframes.
The aim of the Member Series is to convey the inspiring narrative of Rotary to prospective members, the belief that joining Rotary means becoming part of an organization with a profound legacy of effecting positive global transformations.

We are proud to have extended the benefits of Rotary by growing our membership number to 55. With over one million Rotarians worldwide, the Happy Club inducted five new members, Rotarians Bridget Njoroge, Bildad Okwama, Barach Magdalene, Doris Bota and Mike Gitonga to the Happy Club of RC Hurlingham which was officiated by our District Governor Elect, Joe Kamau. We were encouraged to continuously engage our prospective members as volunteers, donors, or simply friends of our club, so as to create a positive Rotary experience for them. We should also strive to involve existing and new members in mentorship, club leadership, decisions, and activities so that every member feels connected to the club and as a result, have higher retention rates.

Hurlingham Mambo Issue 10

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~President Mejumaa Mbaruku