Reporter: CECILIA OGEZI
Rotary club of Abuja Sapphire District 9125, has recently held her valedictory speech, community women empowernment , induction ,fund raising and award night as part of the various activities to end the rotary year.
The president of the club Rotarian Chinyere Ezenwokike in her valedictory speech lauded the efforts of club members who according to her have been outstanding in their support to her and the club.
She noted that the plan for the rotary year as it concerns projects has largely been acted upon, and either completed or work in progress and as such the four programs combined together was necessary to mark the end of rotary year which ends on the 30th of June
The president disclosed that the fund raising intended to build a water borehole in Durumi community 3, the club’s adopted community for Rotary Year 2020/2021. While also stressing that about 21 new members were inducted to contribute to rotary’s humanitarian services.
She added that a select women in Durumi community (I) who were trained on skill acquisition have been given start up grants in cash to support their businesses.
She thanked the club for giving her opportunity to serve as president while explaining her journey heading the club the whole of theRotary year which afforded her opportunity to come in contact with so many beautiful people who impacted meaningfully to the club.
President elect, Rotarian Festus Nwadike while speaking explained that as the president was rounding up the rotary year it is important to combine these programs for this season.
He added that the fund raising was geared towards providing potable water for adopted community noting that to achieve this the club members had to come together to provide support for the president.
The eventful night also saw over 10 members awarded for various efforts through the year in appreciation for the roles they played.
One of the awardees Dr. Brenda Max- Nduaguibe who was awarded leadership and humanitarian service as a Paul Harry Fellow who contributed to rotary foundation in appreciation to the club explained that it feels good to be recognized for her efforts as a provider of humanitarian service to impact people’s lives and make it better in the society.
“we are not doing it for reward but when rotary club international recognizes you for that it gives you satisfaction. She explained that humanitarian service has been part of her life as a founder of a non government organization(NGO)Purplehands Empowerment Initiative which caters to women and children by stimulating opportunities for them to work in one community at a time we work in rural areas” she said.
Another awardee, Dr. Eleanor Nwadinobi, president of Medical Women International Association, who presides over 50 countries and who has been a medical personnel for about 40 years, expressing her joy for being awarded for excellent service award, noted that it is exhilarating to be recognized for years of service.