It’s been quite sometime since news last broke out that our charter- as the Rotaract Club of Kigali City (RCKC community based) was going down in District 9150, so forgive the delay in updates.
See, heads are still spinning from all the action, surprises and fun and no one wants a fun drunk read perhaps so i had to insert my head into the refrigerator six hours a day for the last five days before i could sober up (yeah sobering from fun, i didn’t touch a bad drink despite the emcee’s persistence) well enough to take you through what went down but first, someone asked for a commercial break.
You probably noticed from those photos how seriously Rotaractors took the occasion. Many guys were thinking fast, which is a good sign of things to come next Rotary year.
The guests who braced our charter & induction included the Past Assistant District 9150 Governor, Rotarian Ndoba Mugunga as well as the District Governor Elect, Rotarian Runuya. Also present was the President Elect of our sponsor club- the Rotary Club of Kigali- Virunga (Binu), Paul Harris Fellow Rotarian Raaj accompanied by Rotarians from the Rotary Family of Rwanda, as well as Rotary Peace Fellow Waradas Thiyagara from Sri-Lanka and Philipp Schulz from Sweden! The guest list rarely ever beats that but then again, a fast rising club needs all the support it can get. We may never get to fully say thanks to everyone who made it a memorable occasion but thank you Rotaract Entebbe Sesse, Rotaract Kyambogo, SFB, KIE and every single guest who made the time.
The night itself was as planned. Beginning with the Four way test, the usual Rotary procedure was followed, speeches from important people (don’t flinch, read George Orwell books if your arguing) were made, live entertainment from music artistes followed and there were even feeble attempts by the President of Rotaract Club of SFB-Kigali, Jimmy to pull my dance moves instead of making speeches. Lucky for him, first aid was at a nearby counter so we didn’t have to rush him to a health center. He’s currently on bed rest, as advised by the doctor.
After the entertainment break came the second most important issue of the night. Some ladies and Gents had started yawning, and looking like peacocks without their beautiful tails instead of clapping and inspiring guest musicians to hit the high notes so when the emcee- also RYLA Rwanda chair- Vumi announced a meal break, people sprinted to the self service area- Ladies fast…sorry, first as expected followed by Rotarians, Rotaractors and then myself. It was a game of Chess there, where somehow the biggest pieces of you-know-what seemed to have vanished in protest as soon as the Rotaractors came around. Whoever ate first- but i shall resist the urge to point fingers at the fastest people off the blocks. By the time the main agenda of the day had rolled by, people were searching for where they left their suit jackets and handbags but before that, there was the small matter of awarding the most active Rotaractor;-
When the CP Norryn Busingye stepped forth with a swollen brown envelope, she called over Robinah Mukantabana, better known as Gift for reasons yet unexplained to announce to the rest of us the results of our club votes regarding the most active Rotaractor 2012/ 2013. Gift stood up, and kept us in suspense (even going to serve herself another round of food) before announcing the person who would win the Gift (Not her, i love the irony) that Norryn was holding.
When Gift was done with what she was doing, she announced the winner and Norryn herself was surprised that she had won what she was holding. I guess she expected to be the one to present the award, that’s why she had kept it with her and so now, she didn’t have to be given it, so she just opened the envelope shyly, peeped inside and announced what it was. We didn’t get to take photos of it but we later just saw her holding a clock with the inscriptions; “Most active RCKC 2012/2013”. Nuff said!
After all the speeches, entertainment, tripping, drinking and eating, the big moment finally arrived and 24 members were inducted into the newly chartered Rotaract Club of Kigali City, a one time dream had been realized. Joy was in the air as Rotaractors engaged in warm embraces to crown the evening- i.e, the speeches and suits part of the evening. There were things that would follow….
…but there was no time to switch attention to projects just yet though. Instead, after seeing off our guests, the Rotaractors opted to take random photos, posing with their shiny Rotaract pins before hitting the night life. We told the Rotarians that we were going to sleep like the rest of them, then after they were carefully tucked in their beds, we disappeared into the Kigali night to do what Rotaractors occasionally do, especially after listening to speeches. Details of what went down are still scanty, but suffice to say, people woke up with spinning heads in the morning. Some are still on bed rest, while others are drinking much- all these being doctors’ orders. They will be fine though, it’s okay to eat, drink and grow.
After this week, we will be back to reality, doing projects even better than before. We need to grow our membership, organize and participate in more projects and mentor a few Interact clubs. We might even help to open another club outside Kigali. We are Rotary in Action- the community based chapter. You might have noticed that we have a spanking new club logo and motto, it’s all part of a branding to be explained later. For now, heads are still spinning like they are rolling on the Rotaract wheel so while i rest, enjoy the backstage action.
Peter King Oloo