How is the new Rotary year treating everyone? In the Buffalo Nation, we cannot catch a break of how much awesome this Rotary Year is going to be. One thing is a given, “We have the right President. How, you ask? It is custom for the Queen’s language to escape the President’s vocabulary and this has already carried on from Martin to Nicholas. His disrespect for the language hits a new peak per seating. How lucky we are!”
Earlier in the week, Tuesday to be exact, we had a board meeting, in the presence of our ADRR Noah Nyabwana hosted at Royal Business Center on Nakasero Hill Road, Plot 48. At this meeting, the President, Nicholas, made known his plans for the year, for which the seating appreciated and hoped to discuss with the rest of the club at the Assembly a few days later.
Fast forward to fellowship, Thursday, the day that the Lord made. Nicholas was chairing his maiden fellowship and he chose to have something he knew would go a long way to spice his entire reign, from reporting to branding, relevant photography. Moshen Pipes aka Kreative Adikt from Ugandan Tourism Storytellers – Kafunda Kreativ, was the main act, with the support roles going to MGP Alex Mukwaya of Rotaract Club Of Kololo and ASP Adrian of Rotaract Club Of Kampala Central. Moshen is a perfect embodiment of the adage “Do what you love” and his address was centered about the fact that he does photography and design as a hobby, rather than as a profession. He insinuated the fact that his craft is driven by capturing the moments in which he lives and surrounds him. Relating this to Rotary, we are advised to have in our reports and on media, photographs and pictures depicting a service delivered – close to what Moshen called moments, rather than having people pose for the photos. Adrian and Alex later came on, only to show off with their technical knowledge of cameras and the entire trade of photography and videography leaving the entire audience astounded, with many having to recollect their dropped jaws after the brief sessions. After fellowship was filled with the clickety-clack of the camera as people were taking photos, needless to mention, Atukunda Prima, the birthday girl, served cake.
On Saturday, we had the first club assembly at Food Platz over a wonderful buffet. Resolutions from the board were passed onto the entire club attendance of which many were welcomed. Others, obviously, were subject to debate after which the most suitable alternatives were chosen. This being our 25th year of constant, active and impactful service, the world should expect what discotheque regulars call “BANGER” because that is what the club is going to be about for at least the next 12 months. The rest shall be determined and communicated after Nicholas’s presidency.
On a sad note, on Friday, 14th July, we were informed of the untimely passing of Rotary International President Elect Sam Frobisher Owori that occurred due to post surgery complications. The Late Sam Owori’s RI Presidency was to start on 1st July 2018, being only the second African to be RI President, and no one was looking forward to that reign more than Rotaractors in District 9211. The world lost a great servant. Rotary International lost a pillar. District 9211 lost a guardian. Uganda lost a father, brother, elder and friend. May his soul rest in eternal peace.