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The family of Rotary Month in December comes
at a time when all are looking forward to the
festivities associated with the end of year.
As you look forward to the holidays, I would like you
to also take time to review your effectiveness as a
club and as a leader in the roles and responsibilities
entrusted to you.
The recently released first quarter rankings shows
areas of growth that you as a Rotaractor can provoke
your club to aspire to. Based on the feedback from
the first quarter reporting, the District Team has
reviewed the content of the second quarter Reporting
Template to incorporate learning experiences in the
four avenues of service. I urge all clubs to ensure
that their second quarter reports are handed-in. This
will determine the winner of the Best Rotaract Club
since the District Team would like to see a winner that
has shown persistence in sharing their approaches to
service and resilient performance.

The family of Rotary Month in December comes
at a time when all are looking forward to the
festivities associated with the end of year.
As you look forward to the holidays, I would like you
to also take time to review your effectiveness as a
club and as a leader in the roles and responsibilities
entrusted to you.
The recently released first quarter rankings shows
areas of growth that you as a Rotaractor can provoke
your club to aspire to. Based on the feedback from
the first quarter reporting, the District Team has
reviewed the content of the second quarter Reporting
Template to incorporate learning experiences in the
four avenues of service. I urge all clubs to ensure
that their second quarter reports are handed-in. This
will determine the winner of the Best Rotaract Club
since the District Team would like to see a winner that
has shown persistence in sharing their approaches to
service and resilient performance.

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  1. 1. T he family of Rotary Month in December comes at a time when all are looking forward to the festivities associated with the end of year. As you look forward to the holidays, I would like you to also take time to review your effectiveness as a club and as a leader in the roles and responsibilities entrusted to you. The recently released first quarter rankings shows areas of growth that you as a Rotaractor can provoke your club to aspire to. Based on the feedback from the first quarter reporting, the District Team has reviewed the content of the second quarter Reporting Template to incorporate learning experiences in the four avenues of service. I urge all clubs to ensure that their second quarter reports are handed-in. This will determine the winner of the Best Rotaract Club since the District Team would like to see a winner that has shown persistence in sharing their approaches to service and resilient performance. I would also like to urge all Rotaractors to start saving up for the District Conference (if you haven’t yet). I have been given a glimpse of what is in store including the evening sessions, beach activities and a tour of Bagamoyo. I can’t wait for this! The Conference Team has secured the best venue for us at Palm Beach Hotel see www.paradiseresort.net Registration is open now, so make your bookings by downloading and filling the forms www.rotary9200dca. org/registration.html . Make payments through the country Onto-Conference Chairs. The District Secretary will be sending the DRR –N (Nomination criteria) for your clubs deliberation. Nominations should be sent back in by 31st December 2007. All nominating clubs should have paid their dues so as to participate in this process. Ensure that your club is compliant for the sake of the future leadership. And finally, as you brace yourself for the holidays and plan parties for the various homes and institutions that you support, do not forget to treat yourself. I do not have plans yet…… and am looking for the best party. I am open for suggestions if you have a party lined-up with more than twenty Rotaractors in attendance…….. Let me know. - Lawi Sultan district round-up by IPDRR/ District Trainer Jingo Allan, Rotaract Lukuli-Nanganda WorldAids day is commemorated the world over on 1st December.As part of the Rotary emphases, Rotaract clubs are encouraged to take part in activities that promote the awareness and prevention of the spread of the pandemic. As is often said, the fight against HIV/ AIDS starts with you. Below are a few examples of service projects by clubs in d9200. Ethiopia: RotaractAbugida “Big Brother Big Sister” had Rotaractors act as role models to HIV/AIDS orphans; Rotaract Mella: “Timret le Hiwot HIV/AIDS network” project involved giving regular support to 20 households of HIV patients by visiting them on holidays; “PEFAN orphanage” gave support to HIV/ AIDS orphans Kenya: Rotaract Muthaiga “Aqua Privy Rugby project” was a joint project between the club and Coca Cola in which both sponsored HIV/AIDS orphans who had graduated from primary to secondary level. Uganda: Rotaract Mbarara community: “World AIDS day walk” was initiated in 2002 by IPDRR Jingo Allan and it incorporates business, government agencies and NGOS in annual walk within Mbarara town and culminates in public addresses by affected and infected persons on the theme. World AIDS day drr column 1 rotaract calendar 2 up front 4 A Bulletin of the Rotaract District D9200 Newsletter issue 6 december 2007 more than words 3 drr nominations 8 message from drre hudson 5 christmas facts 11 district round-up 6 feature: rotary protocol 10 rotary news 9
  2. 2. 1: ROTS Arua. Departure: Friday 30th November - Return: 2nd Dec. Contact IPDRR/ District Trainer Jingo ( +256772575680). Rotaract Kwanza HIV/ Aids Voluntary Vocational Counselling and Testing. 3: Rotaract Mulago New member Induction Rotaract Mulago Gift Exchange 4t Joint fellowship between Rotaract Kampala City, Rotaract Mulago, Rotaract Lukuli, Rotaract Kampala Ssese Islands, Rotaract Makindye Rotaract Buganda Royal Institute. Talk: Family of Rotary and My Experience as the First lady of D9200 - PP P.H.F Rose Mutalya Rotaract Kampala City Induction Choosing Friend of the year. 4-7: Rotaract Kampala City BOD visit to Rotaract Kampala CORE 7: Rotaract USIU Community service at USIU (to be confirmed) Rotaract Kwanza Get Together 8: Rotaract Nairobi Central Annual Dancing Competition at the Crooked Q, Rooftop, Westlands. Charges: Kshs 300. Contact Rayhab Gachango - 0722 466 958) Rotaract Mulago KIN Intiative Project at Ganda Nansana Rotaract Mulago Club outing to Zanzi Bar (Kiwatule) and Club Cascades Rotaract Nsamizi (provisional) Half day training seminar from 2 pm onwards. Contact IPDRR/ District Trainer Jingo ( +256772575680). 11: Rotaract Kampala City Acupuncture - Doctor from Double Life Chinese Health Club and Voting of Office Bearers for RY 2008/2009. Rotaract Nairobi Central End year Gift Exchange. Grand Regency Hotel from 6.00 pm. Theme: How romantic are you on a budget of Shs 250 11 -16: Rotaract Kampala City X-mas party for the Katanga orphanage 15: Rotaract Nairobi Central Annual Thogoto Home Chrismas Party and 2nd Quarter birthdays. (Details to be communicated) Rotaract Kwanza Ocean Road Cancer Institute Clean up Campaign 18: Rotaract Kampala City Friend of Year Gift Exchange 19: Rotaract Kampala City BOD visit to Rotaract Club of Ntinda 20: Rotaract Kampala City BOD meeting. 25: Rotaract Kampala City Public Holiday (Christmas) 31: Rotaract Kampala City Pyjama Party hosted by the buddy groups (Coyotes Hyenas) 0: Number of DRRs from Tanzania and Ethiopia 0: Number of clubs in Eritrea, D9200 1: A total of 35 countries across the world have only one Rotaract club 4: number of Rotaract clubs in Tanzania 5: Number of countries comprising D9200 7: Number of Rotaract clubs in Ethiopia 8: Number of DRRs contributed by Kenyan clubs 17: Number of District governors since 1991 for D9200 19: Total number of DRRs for our district from 1988 to 2006 27: Number of Rotaract clubs in Kenya 46: Number of Rotaract clubs in Uganda 82: Number of Rotaract clubs in D9200 108: Number of Rotary clubs in D9200 112: Number of Interact clubs in D9200 158: Number of countries with Rotaract clubs 227: Number of Rotaract clubs on Nigeria, highest in Africa 518: Number of Rotary districts that have Rotaract clubs FACTS FIGURESHabari .. Amawulire .. Zena Rotaract Calendar for December 2007 December is Family Month Promote a family literacy project which emphasizes parents reading to their children, raise awareness of child abuse prevention programs in your community, volunteer at a shelter for homeless families, assist the elderly in nursing homes with simple crafts that they can give as gifts to their families, provide materials and support to a daycare facility or orphanage.
  3. 3. December is a strange month in which we slow down and speed up at the same time. We are weary after twelve months of toil, but excited at our plans for the holiday season; sad when we are reminded of what we have failed to achieve but happy at the thought of the fresh beginnings that the New Year will bring. But, most of all, December is a month spent thinking about what has passed and what is yet to come; about who we have been and who we hope to become. But in Rotary, December is just the halfway point. There are still six empty months out there, unknown, unchartered and unwritten - ready to be filled with our imaginations and our enthusiasm, with our hopes and our dreams. And so as we simultaneously wind down and gear up for the Holiday Season, let’s keep our identity as Rotaractors foremost in our minds when we plan for the coming year. Let’s make a renewed dedication to Fellowship through Service, to helping the less fortunate in society, to advancing our own skills in order to strengthen our communities, and to giving more not in the hope of receiving something back, but just for the sake of giving. In keeping with the nostalgia of the old year and the hope promised by the new year, therefore, this month’s Bulletin offers an amalgamation of articles that look at the year past and the year to come. A message from the IPDRR/ District Trainer (page 3) on the Rotary Family Month Up Front (page 4) featuring Hudson Mutalya, the DRRE together with his letter to District presidents (page 5), offers an insight into the leadership we can look forward to in 2008/09. District Round-Up (pages 6-7) brings you up to date with activities across our district Aword of advice from IPDRR Jingo on DRR Nominations (page 8) as the deadline draws near. Rotary News (page 9), and Rotary Protocol, the first of our Feature articles (page 10- 12) on how to observe protocol during Rotary/ Rotaract events. Let me close with one last thought. I read somewhere that we all have stories to tell and experiences to share and that we are searching for ways and people to tell them to. As Rotaractors you are privileged as few others are. If there is a story that you want to share, this Bulletin is the way to do it. Send it to drr9200_7_8@yahoo.com. On behalf of the District Committee 2007-08, I wish you a wonderful Holiday Season. • • • • • • More than words ... A column by DBO Aamena December is designated, as the “Family of Rotary” month for Rotary worldwide is an organization of people who care – about their work, homes, communities and each other. Akey idea about the family of Rotary is that it encompasses every one involved and related to Rotary – from our spouses, widows and widowers of deceased members, children, parents, Rotaractors, Interactors, RCCs, friends and our workmates. In effect, it helps to eliminate the notion of having “strangers with a common interest” within each club. It is recognized that the passion and enthusiasm that we attach to Rotaract can be a drain on the time, energy and resources to be shared between ourselves and the family and work to which we have responsibility. This balancing act can easily hide the unique aspects that Rotaract offers to members – issues such as fellowship, grooming of civic minded and responsible citizens, and creation of value to the lives of the communities in which we operate. Activities that clubs can carry out in the month of December: Have a person host a home hospitality where club members can bring their families or a family day out Dedicate one club meeting to a topic or presentation about our families Invite family members to a club meeting, project or outing. Prepare a club or profile and let each member take it home and discuss it with their family, how they can contribute to the Rotaract program or use it to understand your individual involvement. Invite a family member to make a presentation at the club. Keep tabs on the families of members’ by recognizing anniversaries or contributeing towards key events of club members’ e.g. weddings, burials and other special occasions. So as we come to a conclusion of this Calendar year, ask your self, how well do my “family” members know about my involvement in Rotary? - IPDRR/ District Trainer Jingo • • • • • •
  4. 4. My proudest achievement- Buying Land. My most humbling moment- Nominated as DRR My life won’t be complete until- I achieve Financial Freedom. The book currently on my night stand - None at the moment. But a few months ago I read a Richard Branson Quick read series, It was inspirational. From then on I discovered that I love reading quick reads. They are small books and easy to understand. My favorite part of every Rotaract meeting- Guest Speaker When I tell people I am in Rotaract, they say - “Oh that club for the rich” No body in my club knows that- My family is from a poor background. A famous person, living or dead, I’d like to meet- None.   My friends think I’m- Proud If I could be any animal, I’d be - a Giraffe. My earliest memory- Invitation from my parents to watch them dancing. The three things I would want with me on a deserted island- Inspirational books or items. The most impulsive thing I have ever done- Slapped a friend. The disc currently in my CD player- Tusker Jazz. Three words that best describe me- Fun loving guy. How did you first become involved in Rotaract- Formation of Rotaract in Tanzania How do you view your role as a Rotaractor- It means a lot especially its purpose and more so its inclination towards personal development. (Note to reader: Most Rotaractors do not understand that through value-addition activities, club programs, sense of self development and teamwork, individuals become better placed to help others.) How does Rotaract inspire you- The more you are together the happier you are. Who have been your greatest influence- Family. What do you feel are Rotaract’s greatest strengths - Sense of fun and networking. UP FRONT Up Front is a monthly feature in the D9200 Rotaract Newsletter, which will recognise Rotaractors in the District who have made outstanding contributions to the Rotaract community. This month, we feature Hudson Mutalya, DRRE in a sneak preview to the leadership of the Rotaract District in 2008/09. With over 7978 Rotaract clubs worldwide, the communication between clubs has greatly improved thanks to the internet. The greatest concentration of clubs is seen in the least developed world with India topping with 2149! The coordination of Rotaract clubs is effected through the RI Rotaract committee comprising of Rotarians and Rotaractors (all past DRRs) appointed by the RI President. Great use has been made of websites and mailing lists which help to promote ideas between clubs worldwide. Rotaractors in D9200 should make use of some of the following websites: www.rotary.org/rotaract and www.rotaract9200.org, both of which offer numerous links to individual and regional club websites. Mailing lists which enable the regular exchange of emails are also available to join. Rules on how to join, send and receive mail vary depending on the group. It shoud be noted some mailing lists allow either the use of one or several languages. The following mailing lists can be accessed by Rotaractors in D9200 from the yahoo website; www.groups.yahoo.com/groups/Rotaractnet (most commonly used by over 3500 rotaractors) www.groups.yahoo.com/groups/d9200 (most commonly used by over 400 rotaractors in D9200) The Global Identity of Rotaract
  5. 5. Message from DRRE Hudson My Friends Presidents First and foremost allow me take this opportunity to congratulate you on the leadership and the continuity you are providing your clubs. As you might be aware, in May this year you nominated me to be your DRR next year. I was humbled and I accepted this responsibility with humility. I am indeed honored and am already looking forward to serving you come the next Rotary year. Friends, the DCA in Muyonyo was a momentous occasion in our district. It was an occasion which not only symbolized the continuation of leadership in our district, but more so, it was an occasion for my Club, for we were able to fulfill one of our club’s obligations, of contributing to the leadership of our district. It was an occasion which we not only celebrated, but endorsed as reflecting our continued commitment to the district. It reassured us, as individuals and as a club, of our commitment to the continued sustenance of our district, its management and overall leadership. Rotaract is a breeding ground for you and me. It is a ground for future leaders of our communities. We replenish ourselves from its values and ideals. It is not only a ground that allows us to grow into responsible people of our societies, but it is a ground that prepares us for the even greater responsibilities in life. It is where we learn more about how to become professionals and good leaders through the enhancement of our skills. It is where we all come together to share more of ourselves, our talents, our abilities in order to understand the needs and problems of others in our communities, through a framework of friendship and good fellowship. In other words; Rotaract is not about fun, but rather fun with a purpose. This is the reason why I am proud to be in Rotaract and it is the reason is why most of us choose to stay. It is my conviction that there can never be successful action in a district without the networking and involvement of its clubs. So in pursuit of these values, I encourage us all to engage and apply ourselves more. I would like to request your clubs to contribute and participate in our district. Contribute not only because it is an obligation, but because you care for your district. Contribution is imperative to the development, management and sustained leadership of our district. So as clubs in our district, we need to forge ahead and work together if our district is to be vibrant through leadership. My Friends, December, as you might be aware is the month that clubs start planning for the following Rotary year. It usually commences with identifying club leadership. But as you identify your club leaders, I would like you to also participate in identifying district leaders. The planning committee set up by myself has already initiated the process and a call for nomination has been sent to you. I therefore would like to encourage you participate by nominating your own members for the various leadership positions in the district. Let me add that our district is indeed a unique one, the only one of its kind, covering five countries with over 84 clubs. It is such diversity that presents us with unique challenges, problems and unique obligations. The list goes on. My friends, it is this uniqueness that you and I inherit today and as Presidents and Leaders of Rotaract clubs, it is important that your club participates in the affairs of the district. Have it at heart, wherever you go, wherever you are, wherever you will be. Borrowing from the words of President Kennedy, “Ask not what your country can do for you, but rather what you can do for your country”. In the same way, I beseech you, as clubs; to ask not what your district can do for you, but rather what your club can do for your district. Collectively as clubs, the district is our priority and it should always be. In doing so, your club will have participated, but most importantly greater communication will be facilitated across the clubs in the district. My friends, I believe this will forever make Rotaract in D9200 vibrant through the synergies created in the networking of peers, friends, clubs and the district, as a whole. DRRE Hudson Mutalya 2008/2009
  6. 6. District Round-up Clubs represented: Rotaract Nakuru - Twenty Members, including all nine officials, Rotaract Egerton University Njoro Campus - Eight members, including five officials, Rotaract Naivasha - Four members, including three officials, Rotaract Kisumu - Three members - all officials, Rotaract Victoria Kisumu City - One member, ADRR-Kenya, and Rotary Nakuru - Four Members, AG Edward Wahome, President Kanti and Chauhan, Rotaract Officer Rtn Vitalice Kahenda and Interact Chair Rtn Nelly Muthui Question and Answer Session: 1. Can a Rotaract Club have more than one mother club and how can this be done? Yes, This is very Possible. As a Rotaract Club you need to ask yourselves first why you need another Sponsor club. As a rotaract Club you also need to agree as a board that you are willing to ask or accept a proposal from another Rotary Club that they are willing to sponsor you. This should apprear in the minutes of the meeting.Then you will need to speak or write to your mother club stating your intentions. upon approval, The three clubs ( Rotaract Club, Mother club and co-sponsor Rotary Club) shall have a meeting to officially declare that your club now has two sponsor clubs. Please note that there has to be documentation to state this for future reference. Your Club president should then send a copy of this documentation to ADRR or country co-ordinator, DRR and District Secretary. 2. If a club is undertaking a long term project and is not completed by the current year can it be entered into the Rotaract Citation form? I am afraid not. It is clearly stated in the Presidential Citation form that Rotaract Clubs should have COMPLETED all projects for them to be included in the Citation form. If you refer to the form, there is a place for your Mother Club President to sign the form( Which is mandatory) stating that you have successfully completed the projects listed. 3. Where can Rotaract Lapel pins be found? I am afraid to say that your last chance to buy Rotaract Lapel pins was at the RI Rotaract Zone institute. The only other chance that would be available would be at the District Conference in Tanzania. If your Club has representatives that shall be present you could send them to buy them for you. They would cost about Kshs 200-300 at the conference. another alternative would be to place a bulk order from the gentleman who sells them from India, You could contact me for his contacts for those who wish to buy them directly from him. Special thanks to AG Edward Wahome, President Rotaract Club of Nakuru Rtr. Rahab; Kang’ethe and President Kanti Chauhan and everyone who participated in the organisation of the ROTS Session; All the facilitators for presenting on short notice; and all the participants including those who travelled from Njoro, Naivasha and Kisumu. by ADRR Karyna Okwaro, Rotaract Kisumu 17th Nov 2007: ROTS Western Kenya (Egerton University Town campus) Clubs represented: Rotaract Mubende NTC (which has existed for 4 years though only revived last Rotary year), Rotaract Kabarole (which is nursing the proposed clubs at two new universities i.e Mountains of the moon and Uganda Pentecostal University), Rotaract Kichwamba UTC (this was the first club in the region though is in a stage of revival), Interact Fort Portal SS and Interact St. Maria Gorretes. This was the second phase of ROTS targeting clubs in Western Uganda. Rotaract clubs in Western Uganda are coordinated by Rtr Agnes Nantale of Kabarole club. The training venue was set at the former colonial officers administration during the pre independence days (now the Tooro Golf Course club). It is my hope that we made them love Rotaract as the next step in their Rotary journey. Overall we had an attendance of more than 40 participants including 2 Rotarians from Rotary Kabarole. Special thanks to Rtr Ronnie Mutalya of Kyambogo in Kampala who was one of the facilitators. The next training in Uganda is aimed at the Rotaract Arua in the west Nile region on 1st December, which has been provisional for two years. by IPDRR/ District Trainer Jingo Allan, Rotaract Lukuli-Nanganda 10th Nov 2007: ROTS Western Uganda (Tooro Golf Course Club) Rotaract Officer Training Seminar is an officially sanctioned training event for all clubs in D9200. Coming up-January 2008: RYLA Uganda; February 2008: RYLA Kenya.
  7. 7. The V.K.C food fare was a huge success!!!!! Thank you to all 86 participants from the following individuals, organisations and clubs: Rotary Vihiga, Rotary Kisumu, Rotary Winam Kisumu, Rotaract RIAT College, Rotaract Victoria Kisumu City, Rotaract Muthaiga, Lions Kisumu Host, Staff, Patrons and Members of the Interact Migingo Girls Secondary School, Staff, Patrons and Members of the Interact Otieno Oyoo High School, Administration Kisumu Rotary Youth Training Centre, Nakumatt Nyanza, Barclay card Kisumu Branch, Maseno Cooks and District Treasurer Boniface Khama Rotaract Muthaiga It was an honour to meet, interact and fellowship with you; and I cannot forget the great dancing. Thank you epecially to all those who travelled from as far as Nairobi, Vihiga, Ahero and RIAT. Looking forward to seeing you all at the next VKC Food fare soon! Would u dare miss out this time??? Watch out for pictures and highlights in the next VKC Weekly! On the 22/09/07, The Rotaract Club of Kampala City made a Vocational Tour to Ugarose Flowers Ltd, a family business of a member of the Club. Ugarose Flowers Ltd is the 2nd largest Rose growing farm in Uganda, after Rosebud Ltd. The 11.4 hectare farm was started in January 1998 with only 4 acres of land and over the years, it has grown to become one of the largest exporters of Roses in Uganda. The deals in Roses only and they are entirely for export. Members and guests were treated to a tour around the farm by one of the managers. We were taken through the various stages and processes the roses go through before they are finally declared top quality and taken to the airport for export. The types of roses grown at Ugarose Flowers Ltd include: Type Colour Lambada Orange (small head) Calypso Pure red Valentino Yellow Pearl pink Pink Safari Light brown (small head) jamila Dark pink Frisco Yellow (small head) Dream Combination of yellow, red and pink. VKC Food Fare Vocational Tour to Ugarose Flowers by Ethel Mamawi, Rotaract Kampala City Lessons: There are 3 types of Rose heads (Tight, Medium Open and Open). Roses are classified in 2 categories (small heads and big heads) The best soil for growing roses is black soil. Rain water is not good for roses. Temperatures in the Green houses should be 33 degrees Centigrade. The breeders give the names to the roses. Yellow is the best selling colour. • • • • • • • by Steve Ogutu, Rotaract Victoria Kisumu City The Rotaract District Conference 2007/08 will be held at the Paradise Holiday Resort, Bagamoyo from 14th- 17th May 2008. The theme for the conference is “Alleviating Poverty through Rural Development”. Registration is USD 75 and registration forms can be downloaded from the district website. Contact: Winnie Mafuru, Rotaract Conference Chair, Tanzania. (njwinnie@yahoo.com; +255 784 810 347) Rotaract District Conference May 2007/08
  8. 8. Rotaract clubs, like Rotary clubs, are considered to be effective if they can achieve 3 of 4 things; Sustain and grow membership; Implement successful service projects and Develop club leaders beyond the club level. (Rotarians have a fourth which is to Support the Rotary foundation.) Rotaract D9200 covers 4 of 5 countries with over 80 clubs being either registered or provisional. The administration and coordination of all these clubs with varying cultures and economic social prospects can be a daunting challenge as there is need to coordinate issues such as communication, leadership and professional development. One cannot forget that as of July 2007, 45 out of 105 Rotary clubs do not sponsor a Rotaract club. As per district resolutions set in the Dar conference 2002, all nominations for the position of DRR for Rotary year 2009/10 need to be submitted to the District Rotaract Secretary Eric by 31st December 2007. Only approved nominees shall be voted upon at the next District Conference and Assembly at Bagamoyo in May 2008. The position of District Rotaract Representative carries with it great honour as well as responsibility. A DRR is elected by clubs in good standing to coordinate communication across the District and with Rotary International. DRRs are selected for their leadership ability, their thorough knowledge base and unquestioned commitment to Rotaract. In short, they are elected to steer the way for Rotaract’s future sustainability. The following publications may ease fears and concerns that arise from such a responsibility: DRR training manual: an RI publication that looks at role definition, district meetings and organization structure, goals, preparation of work plan for the year, growth of Rotaract in the district; Rotaract–District leaders guide: a publication that covers similar topics to the DRR training manual but in a more interactive manner. Leadership and the DRR: a pull out from the Rotaract handbook that gives detailed guidance on preparation for the position of DRR. It is very interactive in approach and is structured around the six months prior to the commencement of term of office; D9200 DRR Dossier: a localized version of the above documents specific to D9200 which emphasises preparation for nominations to post, preparation for office upon being elected as DRR nominee, execution of tenure and hand over, balance between engagements outside of Rotaract. This publication is at first draft and further editions shall be released; D9200 Rotaract resolutions: arising from previous District assemblies regarding the qualification criteria and procedures of nomination and election for this position. Any Rotaractor’s decision to run for this post cannot be made in casually. It is important to consider how compatible the roles of the position are with the work, education and social life engagements. At the same time, your club’s contribution to district leadership cannot be over emphasized. All of us shall not have the opportunity to serve as DRR, but our clubs can compensate by having representatives serve on the District Committee headed by the DRR for it is an extension of the concept of creating and nurturing district leadership. It’s DRR Nomination Time by IPDRR/ District Trainer Jingo Allan, Rotaract Lukuli-Nanganda
  9. 9. News from Rotary On 26 November, 2007, Rotary International announced a partnership with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation that will inject US$200 million into the global campaign to eradicate polio, a crippling and sometimes fatal disease that still paralyzes children in parts of Africa, Asia and the Middle East and threatens children everywhere.  The Rotary Foundation has received a $100-million Gates Foundation grant, which Rotary will raise funds to match, dollar-for-dollar, over three years. The Evanston-based volunteer service organization will spend the initial $100 million within one year in direct support of immunization activities carried out by the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI), a partnership spearheaded by the World Health Organization (WHO), Rotary International, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and UNICEF. “The extraordinary dedication of Rotary members has played a critical role in bringing polio to the brink of eradication,” says Bill Gates, co-chair of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. “Eradicating polio will be one of the most significant public health accomplishments in history, and we are committed to helping reach that goal.” The polio eradication grant is the largest grant received by Rotary in its 102-year history. Polio eradication has been Rotary’s top priority since 1985. Since then, Rotary has contributed $633 million to the eradication effort. RI President Wilfrid Wilkinson added, “This endorsement of Rotary’s polio eradication efforts by the Bill Melinda Gates Foundation is just the catalyst and challenge Rotary members need to keep our promise to the children of the world that polio will be eradicated.” GPEI has succeeded in slashing the number of polio cases by 99 percent over the past two decades but the wild poliovirus still persists in Afghanistan, India, Nigeria and Pakistan. Last month, WHO released data confirming that all four remaining polio-endemic countries are on track to achieve eradication. In particular, significant progress has been made in India and Nigeria, which together account for 85 percent of the world’s polio cases. Most of the initial $100 million will be spent in support of mass immunization campaigns in polio- affected countries, poliovirus surveillance activities and community education and outreach. The grant will also support an expanded research agenda on ways to halt the spread of the poliovirus. Rotary will distribute the funds through grants to WHO and UNICEF. RI and Gates Foundation commit $200m to eradicate polio Your photo could be featured in an award-winning issue of The Rotarian. The annual photo contest is under way, so send your best shot from 2007-08 that illustrates Service Above Self. The deadline for entries is 1 March 2008. Visit http://www.rotary.org/en for more information Rotarian photo contest now open! District leaders have until 1 December to send Rotary Foundation staff their nominations of candidates for the July session of the Rotary Peace and Conflict Studies Program in Bangkok, Thailand. The program is for professionals working in the corporate sector, government, and nongovernmental organizations. Graduates are expected to return to their jobs and apply the skills they’ve learned. Two three-month sessions, beginning in January and July, are offered each year. The customized curriculum balances theoretical and practical learning. Participants examine case studies, learn to diagnose the causes of conflicts, and acquire skills to mediate and negotiate effectively. Graduates of the program are awarded a certificate in peace and conflict studies from the Foundation and Chulalongkorn University. Peace and Conflict Studies Program Source: Rotary.org (above) Rotarian Dave Fowler won the 2006-07 contest by capturing the emotion of a two-week trip to China, where surgeons repaired children’s cleft lips.
  10. 10. 10 by Past ADRR Ethel Mamawi Many a times, we don’t seem to know what is expected or what to do when it comes to observing Protocol in Rotary. Allow me to share something on the same and I believe that if even half of these steps are followed, we will be on the way to doing right as far as Protocol is concerned. Instances in focus: 1. Addressing a Rotary, Rotaract or Interact gathering This would apply to all Rotary functions starting from R.I right down to the District and Clubs. R.I President (or President’s Representative) President –elect Vice President Treasurer Other Directors Past Presidents (in order of seniority) Trustees (led by chair) General Secretary President-Nominee Past Directors (in order of seniority) Past Trustees (in order of seniority) Past General Secretaries (in order of seniority) Directors – elect Governors (and other RI Officers) Directors – nominees Past Governors (in order of seniority) Incoming Trustees Governors-elect Assistant Governors District and Country Officers District Rotaract Representative Assistant District Rotaract Representative Rotarians Inner Wheelers Rotaractors Interactors Ladies and Gentlemen. (Most functions in our District require the ones in bold but you never know!!!) At Rotary functions, officers should be addressed according to protocol only once. The Officers’ current position shall take precedence over future positions; past positions shall take precedence over future positions; individuals holding more then one position shall be ranked by the highest office. Accompanying spouses have the same rank. 2. Addressing Rotary Seniors in an email The way we as Rotaractors may address Rotary Seniors in an email will greatly depend on the kind of rapport we share with the concerned Rotarians, whether it is about something formal or informal. In some cases, we may not be acquainted with the Rotarian, therefore it’s important that we introduce ourselves first, mention the club we belong to and then state the issue at hand. However – Dear Rotarians, A good morning/evening to you Rotarian(s) would suffice. If the Rotarian holds a position in Rotary, then it is wise to include that too; e.g. DG Chris Mutalya, DRO Aggrey etc. Some Rotarians, generally have a way they prefer to be referred to and this makes it a lot easier to address them. The best example I can give in this case is PDG Tusu – who has always preferred that short version to Rtn. Dr. Tusubira now PDG etc. FEATURE: Rotary Protocol
  11. 11. 11 All in all, by the time you send an email to a Rotarian, think about whether you share good acquaintance with the said Rotarian or not. That will help you know how to address your email. 3. During Events, who sits at the High Table and who sits next to them or with them? The most frequent events for us are Installations and probablyAnniversary celebrations. During installations, the High Table should be occupied by the Guest of Honour, the out-going President, the In-coming President and their spouses. It is important that the spouses sit with them so that they are also recognized in their own right! In some instances where there is both a Guest of Honour and Chief Guest, they should all sit at the High Table. Usually, G.O.H sits in the middle and the Presidents on either side (The out-going President on the right and the in-coming President on the left). They change seats once the new president is installed. The spouses should sit where the presidents will be seated by the end of the function (Spouse of out-going to sit with the In-coming and vice versa). That way, it’s only the presidents who will have to change seats after the Installation of the new president. 4. How to recognize Past Officers in a meeting This has proved to be a quagmire to many of us, whether during the regular fellowship/meeting or at functions but it can be easily done in the following ways: If it is a member of the Club, he or she can be referred to by the title whenever he/she is being addressed. I know of a Club that has a PDG, and he has got a permanent seat at the high table during their fellowships. That is one sure way of recognizing them without necessarily mentioning it all the time. Special recognition during a Roll Call of Clubs (in the case of functions). During Official visits of the DG or DRR. Individually as they arrive or as the MC or President may deem fit. 5. Use of the Podium during Events Depending on the kind of event, a podium may be needed. However, in the event that there is a podium in a room where you are to address people, especially if it has a functional microphone, it is advisable that you use the podium. One advantage of using the podium is if you are nervous, you can easily hide the shaking of your hands by putting the papers on the podium and resting your hands on it. That way, the fact that you are nervous will not be easily noticed. TIP: Whenever you are meant to address people and there is a podium, USE IT!!! It is there for a reason. The excuse of “I CAN BE HEARD FROM WHERE I’M STANDING” and the like, defeats the purpose. 6. Should a speaker address a gathering when seated or standing…….. What are the expectations….? AT ALL TIMES, a Speaker should address a gathering while standing up!! This helps with voice projection especially if it is a big gathering, and in order to capture the attention of the audience. Most importantly – it is a sign that you respect the people you are addressing. Sitting and pocketing while addressing a gathering are significant indications of disrespect for the audience. Those of you who are familiar with the ART OF PUBLIC SPEAKING will agree with me!! However, there may be exceptions when one may be seated while addressing a gathering and if this is the case, it is important to seek permission to do so while stating why. That alone will make them feel empathy for your condition. 7. Additional pointers I would also like to make reference to a few other cases (especially in Rotaract) where we do not follow procedure or do things the way we are supposed to, simply because its the way those before us were doing them and we probably do not know better. I. During fellowships – The Secretary should always sit at the right hand of the President. After all, the Secretary is the President’s right hand “man”. . 2. 3. 4. FEATURE
  12. 12. 12 II. All Official Communication (written) on behalf of the Club MUST be done by the Secretary. The Club President does not write letters on behalf of the Club. He/She can only sign them when the need arises. III. VOTE OF THANKS – Always to be given. During events like installations and when you expect a District or Country Official, assign someone who will move the VOT before the time allocated for it so that they have an opportunity to get the basics right. IV. If a function or fellowship starts late, always remember to apologize for the delay. This also applies to fellowships stretching beyond the agreed time. Request for a few more minutes to finish whatever is happening. This portrays respect for guests as opposed to taking them for granted. V. “SENIOR ROTARACTORS” This is a common phrase that is used notably all over the District. Up until a couple of years back, the term SENIOR ROTARIAN was used in Rotary. It was a culture in Rotary that if a Rotarian had been in Rotary for 15 years, he/she would be given the title SENIOR ACTIVE, thereby being called a senior Rotarian and a new member would be inducted to fill up that vacant classification. This is a term that Rotaractors have continued using over the past years without knowing how it came about. Band wagon effect? Ideally, no Rotaractor can be a member of a Rotaract Club for 15 years! So where does the seniority come in? You will realize that this has led to groupings in Rotaract that are NOT supposed to be there. These simple and interesting insights into the organization that we are all part of is one of the things that makes Rotary and Rotaract dynamic!! There is always something new to learn if you search for this information. The term has since been revised by R.I and the policy now is that all Rotarians remain with their classifications. Parting Shot!!! A glance into The ART OF PUBLIC SPEAKING At one time or another, each one of us will be called to address a gathering. Here are a few tips to guide you along. Public Speaking is generally a talent. It can be subdivided into 4 parts: Introduction First Impression Dress code Posture and stance Audience Right topic for the right group Know your audience PLAN Presentation of package Give a summary on what you are going to talk about. Eye contact Avoid too much movement Gestures!! Avoid fillers (You know. Okay. You see. Ah!!) Pause to draw attention (technique) Decide on your position (sit or stand) Seek permission Body language (smiling, frowning, twisting your fingers etc) Content Is it the right topic for the right audience? Proper language Use visual aids Always remember – YOU DO NOT DEMAND RESPECT, YOU EARN IT! I hope we will all pick something important from this to better our lives and Rotaract. For the good cause that we are all a part of, LETS KEEP WALKING!!! • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • FEATURE
  13. 13. 13 MerryChristmasandHappyNewYear A Christmas Diet If you eat something and no one sees you eat it, it has no calories. If you drink a diet soda with a chocolate, the calories in the chocolate are cancelled out by the diet soda. When you eat with someone else, calories don’t count if you do not eat more than they do. If you fatten up everyone else around you then you look thinner. Cookie pieces contain no calories. The process of breaking the cookie causes calorie leakage. Things licked off knives and spoons have no calories if you are in the process of preparing something. Foods that have the same color have the same number of calories. Examples are: spinach and pistachio ice cream; mushrooms and mashed potatoes. Chocolate is a universal color and may be substituted for any other food color. Anything consumed while standing has no calories. This is due to gravity and the density of the caloric mass. Anything consumed from someone else’s plate has no calories since the calories rightfully belong to the other person and will cling to his/her plate. • • • • • • • • • • According to a 1995 survey, 7 out of 10 British dogs get Christmas gifts from their doting owners. Christmas trees are edible. Many parts of pines, spruces, and firs can be eaten. The needles are a good source of vitamin C. Pine nuts, or pine cones, are also a good source of nutrition. During the Christmas buying season, Visa cards alone are used an average of 5,340 times every minute in the United States. There are two Christmas Islands. The Christmas Island in the Pacific Ocean (formerly called Kiritimati) and Christma Island in the Indian Ocean. If traveling in France during the Christmas season, it is interesting to note how different dishes and dining traditions reign in popularity in different parts of the country. In south France, for instance, a Christmas loaf (pain calendeau) is cut crosswise and is eaten only after the first part has been given to a poor person. In Brittany, buckwheat cakes and sour cream is the most popular main dish. In Britain, the Holy Days and Fasting DaysAct of 1551, which has not yet been repealed, states that every citizen must attend a Christian church service on Christmas Day, and must not use any kind of vehicle to get to the service. In Finland and Sweden an old tradition prevails, where the twelve days of Christmas are declared to be time of civil peace by law. It used to be that a person committing crimes during this time would be liable to a stiffer sentence than normal. In France, Christmas is called Noel. This is derived from the French phrase “les bonnes nouvelles,” which means literally “the good news” and refers to the gospel. In Guatemala, Christmas Day is celebrated on December 25; however, Guatemalan adults do not exchange gifts until New Year’s Day. Children get theirs (from the Christ Child) on Christmas morning. The abbreviation of Xmas for Christmas is not irreligious. The first letter of the word Christ in Greek is chi, which is identical to our X. The real St. Nicholas lived in Turkey, where he was bishop of the town of Myra, in the early 4th century. It was the Dutch who first made him into a Christmas gift-giver, and Dutch settlers brought him to America where his name eventually became the familiar Santa Claus. The tradition of Christmas lights dates back to when Christians were persecuted for saying Mass. A simple candle in the window meant that Mass would be celebrated there that night. • • • • • • • • • • • •

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