As you all strive to be better Rotaractors than you have ever been through 2015-2016, keep this in mind; like everyone else, your time on earth is finite and just may turn out shorter than you expected(Now, don’t say I didn’t warn you). So, in whatever you think, say or do strive to be the best you can be, at least to some one else.
The Rotary International President, K.R Ravindran made it loud and clear enough when he unveiled this year’s Rotary theme as, “Be a gift to the world”, probably the best theme that has come along in the recent past. I am voting it the best because unlike the other themes, this one seems to want to bring out the best in everyone, in their own way. He has also reminded the Rotary fraternity that being a Rotarian (or in this case Rotaractor), is a commitment that goes beyond the regular weekly meetings to looking at the world and consider our role in it, and then work to serve that. It means taking the initiative to always chose to do what is right and well deserving instead of looking at what is just easy for us.
He has also reminded the Rotary fraternity that being a Rotarian (or in this case Rotaractor), is a commitment that goes beyond the regular weekly meetings to looking at the world and considering our role in it. It means taking the initiative to always chose to do what is right and well deserving instead of looking at what is just easy for us.
Sure thing, each one of us, regardless of who we are, what we do, or which position we occupy in life, has something to give; be it our efforts, abilities, knowledge,commitment, time, talents, to mention just a few. What Rotaract and Rotary does is to give us a platform to use what we have been given to be the beginning of the change we want to see around us, the kind of change that tomorrow needs. By so doing, we come out to make a genuine impact in the lives of those around us and the entire world.
As a reminder, none of us is going to be remembered for the struggles we went through to become more successful, richer or rise to a higher status, making their own lives better. This maybe even harder but not even a single soul will remember you for the car you drove, the house you lived in, the clothes you wore, the kind of office you sat in day-in-day-out, or even the titles you held through your lifetime. At the end of time, your worth will only be measured by how much you gave away, rather than how much you acquired.
So, why not resolve to put what you have to the best use so that someone else’ life could be made simpler? Rotary has given each of us a special chance to leave a legacy behind us, to leave something real that will even last longer than many of the other things that swallow our time. Our job for now is to strive to touch as many lives as we can, in the simplest way we can.
The Rotaract Club of Kigali City along with the entire Rotary family aims to achieve its goals through the main core values of Rotary; Service, Fellowship, Integrity, Leadership and Diversity.When one brings these values into their everyday life, that’s when they start to find the inspiration and power to change lives. The activities to uphold these core values stretch from community service to professional development of our members, and for this they can testify.
In this Rotary year, most but not all of our efforts will be channeled towards our flagship project; kicking Diabetes out of Rwanda through our continued support to the kids at the Mwulire Diabetes Center, Rwamagana (the Eastern part of the country). Through this, we have so far realized that it doesn’t really cost us so much to make any of those kids smile. More often, the time we give to them, listening to them, and sharing a little meal with them have left them in a whole new world. But then we have also been left contented and proud of the impact. Just like in the other aspects of life, the more we have put in this noble cause of service above self, is the more we have got out of it.
As we continue in the same spirit of being a gift to the world, I am certain the RI President will be proud of what we are now and with our current President, we are going places. We are committed to putting smiles to as many faces as we can.