Without a doubt, without members, there can’t be a club. Membership development remains key in ensuring that there is not only continuity of the club in terms of numbers but also continuity of club projects through active participation of the entire membership of the club. Going by Rotary’s 2013/14 Theme ‘Engage Rotary Change Lives’, it is by Engaging Members that they find value of their time and resources dedicated to the club and in the process of them being engaged, they are transformed hence the change in their lives.
The club continued employing different strategies for attracting new members as well as keeping the old members involved. The year ends with an active membership of 32 with a participation in club meetings and activities standing at an all time high of 78%. The meetings of the club had a great turn out for the year. The consistency in high turn out for the meetings is attributed to the improved visibility that the club has had during the year, embracing and utilizing all avenues and media of communication especially on social media platforms. PR & Fundraising Directors Charles Mwakio ensured the group’s Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn profiles remained vibrant and have witnessed a massive increase of our audience on these social media platforms. The facebook page also witnessed an increase in the number of group members to over 1,500 and all events, project activities and reports were communicated.
Strategies aside, 2013/14 is the year 9 new members were inducted into the Rotaract Club of Nairobi Central to what is perhaps the longest and most elaborate induction ceremony ever conducted by a president of the club. Perhaps what the inductees will dare not forget for the rest of their Rotaract Lives is President Norman Kuria’s stern warning “Membership can be revoked and the lapel pin recalled”. The ceremony was conducted at a home hospitality hosted by 2 of the inductees Swabra Swaleh and her brother Swaleh Habib who together with Nkatha Obung’u, Wanja Ndegwa, Charles Muthui, Nathan Mwangi, Sylvia Karanja, and Kelvin Mulla are the latest additions to the RCNC family. Rtr. Caleb Ontieri from the Rotaract Club of Malindi was also transfered into the club.
As RCNC received new members and in line with Rotaract’s fifth goal, 5 long serving members transitioned to Rotary. The club send off members Alvin Kimani, Wangari Mwaniki and Njiiri Kimani to Rotary Club of Madaraka; Nicholas Njeru to the Rotary Club of Kiambu and Immediate Past President Irinah Wandera to our sponsoring club Rotary Club of Nairobi. Alumni Rahab Gachango also did find a club and joined the family of Rotary at Muthaiga. As rightly put by the president of the mother club Rtn. David Hastie, “Rotaractors are the future of our Rotary”.
The Club Service committee continued engaging members and providing opportunity for more interaction by organizing different activities. From taking part in various marathons including the Standard Chartered Marathon and the UAP Ndakaine marathon, to the frequent Uji Sessions, to the now famous Uhuru Park Tujuane Sessions to Home Hospitality at members Swabra Swaleh’s, Fredrick Ouko, Irinah Wandera, Maria Gaichiri and Huma Kaseu’s homes, members and guests continued to celebrate our graduations, birthdays, new borns but more importantly, our friendships. The installation of the 36th Board of Directors remains a major highlight of the club service docket and preparations are in top gear for the next installation that takes place from 5th – 6th July 2014.