2018 has been the year of blessings and triumphs. It has been the year for RCKC I must say. Let’s look at our 2018 journey in a nutshell.
Spelling Bee 2018, I must say was the best ever spelling bee event ever organised by the Rotaract Club of Kigali City since it’s pilot one 3 years ago. Well organised and prepared under the leadership or one might say chair of the Spelling Bee 2018, Current President Gisele with the support of the committee and the most crucial one, the guidance of Patrice Dorrall, Director White Dove Girl’s School. We recognise the sponsorship & partnership of Rotary Club of Kigali Virunga (sponsoring mother club), Rotary Club of Kigali, Imagine We, White Dove Girl’s School, Excella Academy. Oh!! And the awesome catering services that provided us with lunch. The energy poised by the young talent of students from the different schools was amazing. Never have I seen passionate people than those kids that day. Spelling is not a joke. Second year running another take home trophy for Riviera High School. Not forgetting the brilliant students from St Vincent Pallooti. And to the hosting school Excella Academy, we thank you.
2018/2019 Rotary Year President Installation, Where does one even start from, on this one? The most anticipated installation ever in the history of Rotaract & Rotary Rwanda, I must say, had the members not calm at all. Everyone was so excited to witness this event by the ‘beach’ as IPP Roger gets to handover the mantle to Inspirational President Gisele. A year of leadership & service from Roger and was rewarded by the members with an awesome package of appreciation. The event was graced by also the presence of members from Rotary Club of Kigali Virunga, Rotaract Club of SFB Kigali, Rotaract Club of KIE Kigali, Rotaract Club of Kampala North, Rotaract Club of Kampala North Musical & friends of friends. This would not have been a success without their support. None shall ever forget the 5 hour journey to Gisenyi, only the bus people know what am talking about.
Talk about the dress code of the event that Saturday evening! WOW! Credit goes to the fashion designers we have in the club. The maroon club T-shirts had the members looking all photogenic. This one of a kind installation with installing 6 new members into the club and 3 of those part of the incoming board to serve under the leadership of President Gisele. Isn’t that just amazing…to the fundraising session by the VP Dennis, the after installation games (balloon bursting, egg race, spin & run challenge) – team work at its best. The dinner itself was awesome especially the chicken and chapatti and thereafter we all retired back to the guest house for the greater part of the evening and night. One might think that was the end of it but think not, Sunday we treated ourselves to some beach volley ball and slaying at the open beach at Gisenyi. Boy!! Don’t we have some slay kings & queens? Till we meet again in June 2019, just watch our space for the next installation invite.
RCKC Picnic, What better way than to start the new Rotary year with some fun and bonding moments with the closest friends we have amongst ourselves? Home-made chapatti from Chef Hashim, Pancakes straight from Eldoret & the chapatis (if you know you know). Drinks were just enough to energise everyone present for the next games that have been planned by ‘Sonshine’. A recap of Gisenyi and we never fail to disappoint. Wonders were made on that day and memories created.
RCKC Board Training, with the new officers for the year 2018/2019 having been installed, the need for a training of the board members was called for. A time and opportunity used by members from the board to enrich themselves with their duties and responsibilities as well of their fellows, in order to have an idea of what each is entitled to do and offer help where needed. Teamwork is all I can say is the main goal of the training. A special recognition to the hosts Landmark Suites Hotel for hosting us and the very delicious snacks we had.
#KibuliKigaliMtoto Project, First project of the Rotary year 2018/2019 was a joint project in Kampala with the Rotaract Club of Kampala Kibuli. At Abubaker Sudwiq Secondary school in Kyanja. Some of the items provided were school desks, books and also talks on various subjects from investment to sex education.
I must say the trip to Kampala was oddly quiet one; thanks to seating arrangement from whoever booked us tickets. But the trip back to Kigali on Sunday was one to not forget with the theatrical snoring from one of the passengers to the meat aka chewing gum at Mbarara. If you know you know.
UN Rotary Day Summit, It was awesome to have been represented by the very inspirational President Gisele in Nairobi, who shared with the members the very enlightening moment she had from speeches especially The RI President Barry Hassin.
Kabale Referral Hospital project, Next project in line was yet another joint project with our neighbouring sister club from Kabale, The Rotaract Club of Kabale Community. A visit to Kabale referral hospital to families living positive with HIV. A time to sit with them and listen to their stories and letting know that there’s hope for a better tomorrow, shared with them some clothing and food. I commend the partnership between the Rotaract Cub and the Hospital for sustaining this project and let’s keep doing this. Later, in the evening, the after project was a tour to Lake Bunyonyi which was a fantastic one.
Rotaract Africa Summit, whenever this was mentioned, all that the 6 representatives from Rotaract Rwanda could hear was ZANZIBAR. Excitement all through as everyone going was excited about this trip more than the summit itself. Well, who could blame them? If you ever want to be tired, take a road trip to Dar.
Christmas Project, with one of the district goals being having to have a Christmas themed project, we were all excited to do one as RCKC. Under the theme “sharing is caring”, we paid a visit to one of the families that leave down below in Gishushu. We bought them some food, clothing. It was awesome seeing such beautiful smiles on their faces and the blessing received are unimaginable. A few games with the children and stories were the main agenda of the day and closed with some delicious cake cutting.
As evening knocked on the door, we set off for the last home hospitality of the year, hosted by VP Dennis. And whenever you here hospitality at Dennis, you know there’s always ihene. And he disappoint this time too. Plenty of drinks, a full goat, various games and dancing coupled with some great cooking from our chefs of the night, truly a blessing to have them in the club.
Home Hospitalities, Last year’s hospitalities were the best of all time, no doubt. Great games, crafty cooking, dreadful dances, caring conversations and loud laughters were the order of all hospitalities. All thanks to all hosts of the year for their sacrifice; Angel Fortunate, Halima Mohamed & Angel Gabriel, Meshack Amwata and lastly VP Dennis Otangocinje. You guys were awesome and let’s do it again and again.
Friday Fellowships, The weekly Friday meetups at Popconn is what creates the bond among members of RCKC. A lot is shared and created during these times every Friday evening after work or school. The creativity of all buddy groups with their very engaging and fun fellowship with exciting agendas is one we ought to treasure. We really can’t for what’s planned for this year’s fellowships. Some memorable fellowships; fundraiser, karaoke night, dunda night, quiz night, debate night, riddles, tongue twisters, teasers but a few to be mentioned. Also all those fellowships that were graced by our Rotarians from Rotary Kigali, Rotary Gasabo & Rotary Kigali Virunga. Recognition to buddy groups (trophy winners); Team Power & Team Winners. Applause and love to buddy groups; Team Cohesion & Team Inspiration for the great team work and healthy competition.
As we say in RCKC, “Service is Honourable”.
HAPPY NEW YEAR!
9th Feb – Nyacyonga Primary School Project (Joint partnership with Rotaract Nairobi Parklands)
May – Spelling Bee 2019
21st-23rd June – 8th Installation Party (Weekend Getaway)
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