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.
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.
- “Each one, bring one”
- “Give more, grow more”
- “Grow more to do more”
- “We have the power and the magic to change lives”
- 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!”.
- 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.
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