April 2022 - Fellow Rotarians, Rotaractors and Friends of Rotary, there’s been a hive of activities in D9400 this month of April! We were swarmed with requests to support our sister D9370 in providing relief to the flood-stricken communities in KZN province, and we’ve responded generously! Many thanks to all for the donations in cash and kind sent to D9370, either through their District coffers, through specific Rotary clubs or through other humanitarian organizations working in that District. Disasters remind Rotarians that we must strive to be involved in the various aspects of the disaster risk management cycle, namely risk assessment, prevention/mitigation, preparedness, response, reconstruction and recovery. At present, it seems we mainly focus all our energies on disaster response. Let’s also be involved in prevention and preparedness efforts.

With the ongoing crisis in Ukraine, Rotary has created a Disaster Response Grant to support Ukraine and other Districts with Disasters. It is unfortunate that the Disaster Response Grant tendered by D9370 didn’t receive any funding because the Global Fund had already been depleted.

Our Membership is still growing well, and at present the total number of Rotarians in our District is 1,271 an increase of 105 members since 1 July 2021. Let’s make “each one, bring one” a personal challenge before the year ends on 30 June 2022.

A new Interact club has been sponsored by RC Johannesburg North Central, and another Rotary Community Corps (RCC) has also been launched in Breyten, MP, and sponsored by RC Middelburg. Bravo to these sponsor Rotary Clubs!

The last session of POETS successfully took place, and now all incoming Presidents and Officers of Rotary clubs in D9400 can look forward to their year of tenure. Bravo to DGE Koekie and the District training team led by PAG Wendy.

Regarding my training as the incoming Region 28 EPNC (End Polio Now Coordinator), I attended the final session of the Rotary Leadership Global Institute this month. I now look forward to my tenure as EPNC from 1 July, for three years.

We had two very important commemorations in April. World Malaria Day on 24th April, and we are praying for the successful implementation of the US$2million Global Grant for malaria elimination in neighbouring D9210 that includes part of Mozambique. World Immunization Week was celebrated on 24-29 April; all Rotarians must encourage their communities and networks to promote immunization because vaccination saves lives. Polio will only be eradicated if vaccination is continued. The appearance of one case of imported WPV in Malawi in February 2022 led to mass immunization campaigns of children across Malawi and its neighbours (Mozambique, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe), from then till present. This month also saw the resurgence of one new case of wild polio virus infection in Pakistan, a country that had been WPV-free for years. If one country still has circulating wild polio virus, all countries are at risk.

Our D9400 District Conference is less than two months away. I encourage our Rotarians, Rotaractors and Rotary Anns to massively register to attend this very first in-person Discon since 2019. The array of speakers and the exciting programme, in a top-range resort such as Forever Resort, Bela Bela, should have everyone scrambling to register. We will have lots of fun. Remember to get vaccinated and boosted against COVID-19, to decrease our chances of an outbreak during Discon. 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 our Rotary 4-way test.

 Read more in the District 9400 DG Newsletter April 2022 Issue

The first-ever Women’s Day was established in 1909 and now, as we celebrate International Women's Day, let's continue to tell the stories of women on whose shoulders we stood.  Let's not forget to mentor and take the girls along with us and support their incredible journeys.  This year's theme is #BreakTheBias which focuses on creating a world free of bias, stereotypes and discrimination, and creating gender equality in workplaces, communities, schools and more.
The 8th of March was a beautiful day at the Wanderers Club,  filled with mentoring, wisdom, laughter and dedicated empowerment of young women on the International Women’s Day Mentoring event, hosted by Rotary E-Club Southern Africa of D9400.

The event served various entrepreneurs with the space to network and learn from some of our countries’ most successful women in business.
In the heart of paying it forward, the event also raised over R23 000 toward the launch of the Mental Health programme of the Rotary E-Club Southern Africa of D9400.  The first project aiming to serve schools in South Africa with a Roadshow and Mentorship intervention around identifying and dealing through anxiety in children.

International Women's Day March 8, 2016 | Rotary Club of North Penn

Here attached the recognition on the screen in the room and below are the links to the gallery on the photographer’s website which took pics at International Women’s Day:

http://www.igola.co.za/proofing/international-womens-day

This is the Dropbox link to download the pictures to your computer:

https://www.dropbox.com/sh/szzuu6tzs1vf0a2/AADOP1RtlTv7TWbey20gRBIla?dl=0

 

On Saturday 12 February 2022, we lost a friend, colleague, Rotarian and peacemaker. 
 
It is with sincere sadness that D9400 acknowledges the passing of one of our members, Dr Martin Rupiya, a peacemaker. 
 
Late Prof Rupiya
 
Prof Rupiya was the Executive Director of Dag Hammarskjold Peace & Conflict Studies Institute at Kitwe Zambia. Before moving to Zambia and taking up this position, Professor Martin Revayi Rupiya, PhD was the Innovation and Training Manager with ACCORD. He was also the Co-Editor of the African Journal on Conflict Resolution after joining ACCORD from a background of teaching, research, analysis and extensive publications on Africa’s peace and security challenges. Prof Rupiya had a PhD in History & Military Studies (University of Zimbabwe (UZ) 2001; a Masters in War & Strategic Studies, Kings College London (1989-90); a BA Honours in Economics & History (1987-89); and a (Merit) Diploma in War & Strategic Studies (UZ), 1983-4).
 
During ROTARY AFRICA CENTENNIAL in April 2021 Prof Martin Rupiya was one of our speakers - Accord/ARCoM.
 
In his working career, Prof Rupiya had also been associated with the following institutions: The Institute for African Renaissance Studies (IARS), University of South Africa (UNISA) as a Visiting Fellow and Associate Professor, (2014-2018); Visiting Professor, Institute for Peace & Security Studies, University of Addis Ababa (2012-2015); Director of Research Africa, Centre for Security Sector Management, Cranfield University, United Kingdom (2008-9); Senior Researcher/MILAIDS Project Manager, Institute for Security Studies (ISS), Pretoria (2003-2008); Assoc Prof, Department of International Relations, Witwatersrand University (2002-03); Director, Centre for Defence Studies & Senior Lecturer, Department of History, UZ (1990-2002).
 
Martin was born on 1 April 1953 in Chinhoyi, Zimbabwe. He was married to Prisca (nee Sibusiso Nyathi) and they had three children.
 
Our thoughts and prayers are with Prisca and their family. May his soul rest in eternal peace.