Fellow Rotarians of D9400, we’re in our second month in the new Rotary Year 2021-22, and a lot has already happened! Club visits are ongoing full-swing, and I have had the privilege to have visited more than twenty clubs in our District. I must admit that in spite of the challenges all clubs are facing due to COVID-19, most of those I have visited are doing remarkably well. We are showing the resilience and determination that are truly hallmarks of the Rotarian spirit, and our embrace of innovation (virtual meetings and novel ways to fundraise) is enabling us to continue to serve to change lives! Our heartfelt condolences go to clubs and families who have lost loved ones during this month, and our sympathies go to AG Jean Bernardo whose husband, PP Jerry, succumbed to COVID-19.

August is Membership and New Club Development month, and it is heart-warming to hear of all the new members being inducted into Rotary since July 2021. We are truly heeding the clarion call of RI President, Shekhar Mehta, to grow membership (Each1, Bring1). It is therefore with pleasure that I share the good news that from 1 July -31 July 2021, we increased from 1 166 to 1 203 members.

That number will be a lot higher at the end of August, because inductions steadily increased this Membership month, and a couple of new satellite clubs have been registered, including the Satellite Club of RC Pretoria West UHURU. This is also Women’s month in South Africa, and it is a delight to note that majority of the inductees into Rotary have been women. We also want to celebrate RI President Elect, Jennifer E. Jones, Rotary Club of Windsor-Roseland, Ontario, Canada, who will take office on 1 July 2022 as the 1st female RI President since 1905! Bravo! Jennifer Jones has been a Rotary member since 1997, and has served Rotary as RI vice president, director, training leader, committee chair, moderator, and district governor. She and her husband, Nick Krayacich, are members of The Rotary Foundation’s Arch Klumph Society, Paul Harris Society, and the Bequest Society. September is Basic Education & Literacy month, and this theme ties in neatly with RI President’s initiative on Empowering Girls. We look forward to projects that will enhance education and literacy for girls in all the countries of our District, especially now that Assistant Ambassadors have been nominated in each of the countries, to support our IPDG Annemarie Mostert, the Zone22, Region 28 Ambassador for Empowering Girls (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.). Best of luck to the team.

We will all continue to strive to serve to change lives!

Read more in the District 9400 DG Newsletter August-September 2021 Issue

Tapping into decades of experience in bringing polio to the brink of eradication, Rotary members worldwide are helping health authorities communicate lifesaving information about COVID-19 and vaccination, combatting misinformation, supporting fair and equal access to vaccines, and curbing the spread of the virus by donating protective gear and other supplies to clinics and hospitals that are under strain.

DG D9400 Dr. Stella Anyangwe and Carl 
 
“Serve to change lives” is the clarion call that we, the CHANGE-MAKER team of Rotary leaders for 2021-22, received from our team leader, RI President Shekhar Mehta. So, on 1July 2021, we hit the ground running in District 9400, with the Change-Maker team of District Chairs, AGs, Club Officials and all Rotarians, to answer that clarion call.
Our District goals are no different from RI goals for this year: grow membership, give more to the Rotary Foundation, improve service.
The catchy phrases to remind us of these goals are:
  • “Each one, bring one”
  • “Give more, grow more”
  • “Grow more to do more”
  • “We have the power and the magic to change lives”
Our District’s and my goals for the year are the following”
  • Grow our membership to at least 1,300 members
  • Ensure that ALL CLUBS donate to the Rotary Foundation (Annual Fund and PolioPlus), so that there are NO NON-GIVING CLUBS in our District.
  • Enthuse clubs and Rotarians to serve with joy and mirth: “Enjoy Rotary!”.
The RI President’s Initiatives for the year 2021-22 are the following:
  • Empowerment of Girls
  • Rotary Days
  • Presidential Conferences

Our very own IPDG, Annemarie Mostert, has been selected by President Shekhar to be the Ambassador for the Empowerment of Girls initiative for Region 28 (7 Districts) of Rotary Zone 22. Hearty congratulations to her, and we look forward to details on how our District will support her in carrying out this initiative. My wish is that all clubs use 23rd Feb 2022, the Rotary anniversary, to carry out Rotary awareness in our communities, in all ways possible. The District must showcase Rotary this year, as “Rotary Days”. We are also proud to announce that our District was selected to host one of the six Presidential conferences this Rotary Year. Maputo, Mozambique is the venue for the Presidential Conference, on 5-6 March, 2022, and whose theme is “Environment, Economy and Peace”. PDG Kobla Quashie (RC Manzini) is the Convener of that conference, for which a Local Organizing Committee is already hard at work. My visits to Clubs have started full-swing, albeit virtually, due to COVIC-19 restrictions. How we long for the time when we can once again have physical visits. Our heartfelt condolences go to Clubs and families that have lost loved ones to COVID. Stay well and safe!

We Will Make A Formidable Team Together!

Read more in the District 9400 DG Newsletter July 2021 Issue

 

Women in Rotary is a Global Rotary Radio (GRR) programme that showcases Female Rotarians to the world.

This is an avenue for them to share their Rotary stories and much more inspiring stories.

Below is an audio recording with SG Stella Anyangwe of Rotary E55, take time and listen.