DG Stella and DGA Marilyn at Ann's District Conference, 21 May 2022

Fellow Rotarians, Rotaractors and Friends of Rotary, May is the penultimate month in the Rotary Year, and it has been truly hectic! We continued to carry out routine Rotary duties, even as we kept up with support for flood-ravaged KZN Province in D9370.

A shout out to RC Johannesburg North Central for sponsoring yet another Interact club this month, in addition to the one sponsored last month! The much-awaited Building Better Businesses Symposium (BBB) of the Townships Project was a huge success, with dozens of young entrepreneurs from various townships gaining knowledge and mentorship from seasoned Rotarians and others. Our trusted international partner, Martha Deacon, was of great support, as were several Rotary Clubs in the District. Kudos to them all. Training was carried out, and successfully too. RLI training for Parts 1,2,3 and A, B, C were very well attended, and thanks go to District Trainer Wendy and her Team.

The first-ever POETS in Portuguese also took place in Maputo, in collaboration with D9210, with whom D9400 shares Mozambique. Now all incoming Presidents and Officers of Rotary clubs in D9400 have received a thorough briefing on the year of service that they will be starting on 1st July 2022. Bravo to DGE Koekie and her counterpart of D9210 for making this a possibility.

DG Stella with the Anns from Mozambique

It is sad news indeed that this month, another wild polio virus case surfaced in Tete Province, Central Mozambique, and linked to the case in Malawi, and both traced to a case in Pakistan thousands of kilometers away. We therefore continue to warn the world that if one country still has circulating wild polio virus, all countries are at risk. The only answer is wide scale vaccination against polio.

My visit to the Rotary clubs in Botswana (25th-28th May) was a huge success, and during which I visited some amazing projects undertaken by Rotary and Rotaract clubs. I also attended the 50th anniversary celebrations of the RC Gaborone, in the presence of a Friendship Exchange group from the USA that was visiting the club. It was indeed a memorable occasion.

Our D9400 District Conference is around the corner, and we are good to go. I encourage our Rotarians and, Rotaractors that haven’t yet done so to register, especially now that we’ve reduced the full registration fee for Rotaractors to R1,000, and that the Forever Resorts have offered a 20% reduction in room rates for all. To protect yourself and others, remember to get vaccinated and boosted against COVID-19. We will enforce strict COVID-19 prevention protocols at the venue during the conference. It is our moral and social duty to do so, to protect ourselves and others. It is the truth; it is fair to all concerned; it will build goodwill and better friendships; it is beneficial to all concerned. Let’s live by our Rotary 4-way Test.

Read more in the District 9400 DG Newsletter May 2022 Issue