The first quarter of the Rotary Year 2012/13 ended well for the club having successfully undertaken most of the projects planned for the month. The main highlights of the quarter were the successful installation ceremony; launch of an international cultural exchange project; a well attended alumni dinner and the continuation of the A Girl A K A Year sanitary towels distribution project. The club’s main objective for the coming quarter is to fundraise for its main community service projects i.e. the construction of a peace and cultural centre in the Maai Mahiu area of Kenya and raising sustainable pool of resources to support the A Girl A K A Year sanitary project with 500 girls earmarked to benefit from the project each year for the entire time they will be in school from the time their menses commence to the time they finish their tertiary education. The club is fundraising both locally and internationally.
9 guest speakers visited at made presentations at the club’s fortnight meetings at the Laico Regency. Among the speakers for the quarter were:
Fred Gituku (Chief HR Officer, Orange Telkom) – Career Choices
Debarl Inea (NTV Breakfast Show Presenter & TPF 3 Finalist) – Media & Communication in Kenya
Katelyn Winslow (HEART, Kenya Intern Coordinator) – Ndoto ya Afrika
Mwai Kihu (Chairman, Kenya Association of Investment Groups) – Investment Opportunities for Young People in Kenya
Olar Tor, Katarzyna Kruciwoska, Maryja Szalejska, Kubej Jaroszewski (Polish Research Students) – Journey through Poland & Polonez reloaded
The PD committee continued to ensure that members’ presentation and public skills were enhanced by having some of the members make presentation at the meetings as resident speakers. Members who presented during the first quarter were:
Felista Wangari (Nation Group Journalist) – Media and Communication in Kenya
Caroline Njoki, Eric Mungai, Dennis Munene, Grace Mbogo, Victor Nyadimo – Local Tourism & RCNC Travel Teams
Wangari Mwaniki – Club PR & Branding
The members were also instrumental in running our interact clubs as well as facilitating a successful career day at Brydges Centre Children’s Home.
Members who participated in mentorship sessions with the Interact Clubs at Kenya High School were Caroline Njoki, Lucy Mwangi, Norman Kuria & guest Yvonne Askari
Career sessions and mentorship at Brydges Centre Children’s Home, Isinya – 21 members & 7 guests participated in the half day session.
CLUB SERVICE & MEMBERSHIP DEVELOPMENT
Active Membership – 36
New Members & Transfers – Dennis Munene, Jackie Macharia, Charles, Fred Ouko, Catherine Muema, Simon Kisse, Godfrey Mageto, Mahinda Githaiga, Dickson Njuguna, Marylene Mumbua and Martha Nzisa
Average membership meetings & events participation – 70%
New Year Party & Home Hospitality at Alvin Kimani’s house – 35 in attendance
Installation Party & Jungle Affair Culture Fest – 81 in attendance representing 8 nations (Kenya, USA, Nigeria, Ethiopia, Poland, Italy, France, Maldives)
Alumni Dinner – 66 in attendance
A Girl A K A Year – Distribution of a year’s supply of sanitary ware to 40 girls from the Jomo Kenyatta Foundation Scholarship Program in different schools and 2 girls from the Olerai Community in Kajiado
1st Quarter birthdays and visit to Brydges Centre Children’s Home in Isinya – donated foodstuff, text books and clothes
The club hosted 4 Polish research students – Karcia, Ola, Kubej & Magda for 2 months. The 4 participated in various activities including the Installation Party, New Year Party, Jomo Kenyatta Foundation sanitary ware distribution, were guest speakers and organized a mini Polish exhibition, quiz, dance and a home hospitality for a few of the club members.
Tribe 360 International online Cultural Exchange project to run for 1 year was launched at the installation ceremony and is on going.
9 Members participated and donated towards Rotaract Kenya and Nairobi Global Shapers Tree Planting at Ngong Forest Sanctuary.
The club was the host club to Rotaract Kenya during the RI President Tanaka Sakuji visit to Kenya
Eric Mungai joined other Kenyan and Ugandan Rotaractors for a courtesy call to Rotaract Tanzania.
Club Ambassadors to other clubs included: Norman Kuria,, Valerie Okwenda, Lucy Wanjau, Wangari Mwaniki, Irinah Wandera, Grace Mbogo
Clubs visited included Rct UoN, USIU, Nairobi North, Milimani, Muthaiga, Nairobi East
Regular visiting Rotaractors to the club include: Trish Nkiro, Hassan Mwinyi, Steve Odwesso, Victor Owele, Calvin Abondo, Kepha Mwangi, Fred Bishop, Purity Wahinya
PR & FUNDRAISING
RCNC Productions – Jungle Affair Installation Ceremony DVD, Alumni Dinner DVD, Tribe 360 Banner Trailer on You Tube and other social networks