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World Polio Day: Bringing Polio Eradication Under Focus
Poliomyelitis known as polio is an infectious disease caused by the polio virus. The polio virus invades the nervous system and can cause total paralysis in a matter of hours.
 
Polio mainly affects children under the age of five. Although polio is incurable, it is completely vaccine-preventable. Sadly, this paralyzing and potentially fatal disease still threatens children in some parts of the world.
 
The first efficient attempts to fight the virus were made by Jonas Salk, who led the first team to develop a vaccine against poliomyelitis in 1955. The use of Salk’s vaccine and subsequent use of the oral polio virus, developed by Albert Sabin, helped saved thousands of children and led to the establishment of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative in 1988.
 
October 24 of every year is the “World Polio Day” set aside by Rotary International over a decade ago in observance of polio eradication initiatives. The choice of date was established to commemorate the birth of Jonas Salk.
 
Rotary launched PolioPlus in 1985 and spearheaded the Global Polio Eradication Initiative, which today includes the World Health Organization, U.S. Centre for Disease Control and Prevention, UNICEF and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to immunize the children of the world against polio.
 
In 2007, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation joined Rotary in its commitment to end polio. Since 2013, the Gates Foundation has matched every $1 Rotary commits to polio eradication 2-to-1, up to $35 million per year.
 
Since Rotary and its partners launched the Global Polio Eradication Initiative 29 years ago, the incidence of polio has plummeted by more than 99.9 percent, from about 350,000 cases a year to just 37 cases in 2016.
 
The polio cases represented by the remaining one percent are the most difficult to prevent, due to factors including geographical isolation, poor public infrastructure, armed conflict and cultural barriers. Until polio is eradicated, all countries remain at risk of outbreaks.
 
Rotarians in Rotary International, District 9110, Nigeria are among millions reaching out on World Polio Day to raise awareness, funds and support to end polio – a vaccine preventable disease that still threatens children in parts of the world today. 
 
To sustain this progress, and further protect all children from polio, Rotary has committed to raising US$50 million per year over the next three years -an additional $150 million, which, if realized, will be tripled by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation for a total of up to $450 million.
 
These funds help to provide much-needed operational support, medical personnel, laboratory equipment, and educational materials for health workers and parents. Governments, corporations and private individuals all play a crucial role in funding.
 
 
In 1985, Rotary launched its PolioPlus programme, the first initiative to tackle global polio eradication through the mass vaccination of children. Rotary has contributed more than $1.7 billion and countless volunteer hours to immunize more than 2.5 billion children in 122 countries.
 
In addition, Rotary’s advocacy efforts have played a role in decisions by donor governments to contribute more than $7.2 billion to the effort. Without full funding and political commitment, this paralyzing disease could return to previously polio-free countries, putting children everywhere at risk.
 
Rotarians have played a key role in bringing the world to the brink of polio eradication. Their efforts have not only ended polio in 122 countries, but also created a system for tackling a myriad of other health priorities.
 
Rotarians in Rotary International, District 9110, Nigeria are among millions reaching out on World Polio Day to raise awareness, funds and support to end polio – a vaccine preventable disease that still threatens children in parts of the world today. 
 
In 2011, 2012, and 2013, India witnessed three straight years without a new case caused by the wild polio virus, and in 2014, the World Health Organization certified the South-East Asia region, including India polio-free.
 
In 2013, Polio outbreaks in Central Africa and the Middle East paralysed hundreds of children. The Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) developed strategies to deliver vaccines and stop the virus, even when access seemed impossible. All three of these outbreaks were put to an end just a year later.
 
Nigeria was on the verge of making history, following the disappearance of polio for two years (2014 & 2015) and just when Nigerians were about to start celebrating its exit, the deadly polio virus struck again in 2016, attacking four children in the insecure and inaccessible areas of Borno state.
 
GPEI is constantly developing new strategies to put an end to polio in the remaining polio endemic countries- Afghanistan, Nigeria and Pakistan. The world however, stands on the threshold of eradicating the disease.
More than one million Rotary members have donated their time and personal resources to end polio. Every year, hundreds of Rotary members work side-by-side with health workers to vaccinate children in polio-affected countries.
 
Rotary members work with UNICEF and other partners to prepare and distribute mass communication tools to reach people in areas isolated by conflict, geography, or poverty. Rotary members also recruit fellow volunteers, assist with transporting the vaccine, and provide other logistical support.
 
Rotary has a growing roster of public figures and celebrities participating in its “This Close” public awareness campaign, including Bill Gates, co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation; actresses Kristen Bell and Archie Panjabi; WWE superstar John Cena; supermodel Isabeli Fontana; Nobel Peace Prize laureate Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu.
 
Others include action movie star Jackie Chan; boxing great Manny Pacquiao; pop star Psy; golf legend Jack Nicklaus; conservationist Jane Goodall; premier violinist Itzhak Perlman; Grammy Award winners A.R. Rahman; Angelique Kidjo and Ziggy Marley; and peace advocate Queen Noor of Jordan.
 
These ambassadors help educate the public about polio through public service announcements, social media and public appearances.
 
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Rotary Club of Longbridge Welcomes DG Ogunbadejo to Maiden Fellowship
The Rotary Club of Longbridge (Provisional) in Rotary District 9110 has welcomed the District Governor, Rotary International District 9110, Nigeria, Rotarian Dr. Wale Ogubadejo to its maiden fellowship held on October 5, 2017.
 
The Governor, who was accompanied on the visit by the District Secretary, Rotarian Segun Adewakun and some other district leaders was received by Rotarian Henry Akinyele, the District Governor Special Representative (DGSR) for the club and some of the prospective members of the club.
 
Rotarian Akinyele, while acknowledging the presence of the Governor, disclosed that the idea of establishing the club which currently has about 27 prospective members, was initiated due to the lack of a Rotary club in Arepo, the neighbourhood where the club venue is located.
 
He also disclosed that the club, which is being sponsored by Rotary Club of Maryland, successfully participated in the “Rotary Family Health Days” exercise, held recently by Rotary Clubs in District 9110.
 
Rotarian Akinyele explained that the club only carried out the exercise for one day out of the three days that was scheduled for the exercise by the District. The reason for making it a one-day exercise was to make it less stressful for the prospective club members, since that was their first experience.
 
According to Rotarian Akinyele, during the one-day exercise, the club was able to register over 150 children and also a large number of adults. The Oba of Arepo was also present at the venue of the exercise, after which the club paid him a courtesy visit.
 
In his address to the prospective members of Rotary Club of Longbridge (Provisional), DG Ogunbadejo explained to them that “Rotarians are adults with a known source of livelihood, integrity, and a reputable character, both in their vocation and in their neighborhood and they must also have the heart to give. To be a Rotarian, you must have leadership qualities and service.”
 
According to the District Governor, “whatever community a club finds itself, that club is meant to serve the community and beyond. Our core values include diversity. Rotary is not a one tribe or one religion affair.”
 
According to the District Governor, “whatever community a club finds itself, that club is meant to serve the community and beyond. Our core values include diversity. Rotary is not a one tribe or one religion affair.”
 
He advised the club to make their club meetings as short and as interesting as possible. “You should spend 30 minutes for fellowship and one hour for meetings.”
The DG also advised that “as the first club in this area, we hope that in years to come, you will give birth to other clubs. So, be ready to serve. The future of Rotary in this area is resting on the palms of all of you. You must all come together to choose your leaders.
 
“Your charter (first) president and leaders are very important. So, there should be no sentiments in choosing them. I have high hope in this club and I hope all of you will live up to my expectation.”
 
Rotarian George Ikpekhia, the president of Rotary Club of Maryland, who was also present with some of his club members, encouraged the prospective members not to allow the zeal with which they have started to die.
 
“As the DG has rightly stated, you are ambassadors of Rotary in this community. Let that show in your conduct. This is what we have been doing and you are coming to join us. Rotary Club of Maryland will always be there to support you whenever you need a shoulder to lean on”, Rotarian Ikpekhia said.
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“Knowledge is Key in Rotary”, DG Ogunbadejo Tells Rotarians
Rotarian Dr. Wale Ogunbadejo, the District Governor of Rotary International, District 9110, Nigeria, has told Rotarians to develop a reading culture so as to acquire more knowledge as “knowledge is key in Rotary.”
 
The District Governor made this statement in his opening remark at the multi-club zonal meeting, held at the District Centre on Wednesday, October 4, 2017. The meeting which brought together Rotarians from Rotary Clubs in District 9110, Zones 4 and 5, was focused on training the Rotarians on various topics related to Rotary.
 
While addressing Rotarians at the training, the District Governor noted that in the past, “Rotarians attend meetings like this just to have fun, but when we realised that Rotarians need knowledge, we decided to change the format of this meeting to make it more value-adding.”
 
While addressing Rotarians at the training, the District Governor noted that in the past, “Rotarians attend meetings like this just to have fun, but when we realised that Rotarians need knowledge, we decided to change the format of this meeting to make it more value-adding.”
 
According to DG Ogunbadejo, “Going round the clubs, I have noticed the dearth of knowledge. Even in the scripture, we are told that ‘my people perish for lack of knowledge’ and truly, Rotarians can drown without knowledge. Knowledge is key in Rotary. For our clubs to be effective, we need knowledge.”
 
He also advised attendees at the training that, “if you don’t have knowledge on a particular area in Rotary, how will you be able to tell people about it?”
 
DG encouraged members of Rotary clubs to always read Rotary-related materials that are available either on the Rotary website or offline.
 
They also need to always take note and download materials from trainings like this so they can transmit the knowledge to other members of the club that couldn’t attend the training, the District Governor said.
 
Some other speakers at the training includes Rotarian Adeniji Raji, Past District Governor, who spoke on District Resource Network; Rotarian Dehinde Shoga, Past District Governor, and Rotarian Samuel Ayetutu, Assistant Rotary Public Image Co-ordinator (Zone 20A Africa English Speaking).
 
Other district leaders at the training include Rotarian Patrick Ikheloa, the Immediate Past District Governor, Rotarian Kola Sodipo, District Governor Elect, among others.
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Rotary Club of Ikate Donates to Pacelli School for the Blind

The Rotary Club of Ikate in District 9110, Nigeria has donated computers, food items and toiletries to the Pacelli School for the Blind and Partially Sighted Children in Surulere, Lagos State.
 
Rotarian Ikechukwu Nwaohiri, the club president, some past presidents, and some other members of the club, visited the school with Rotarian Dr. Wale Ogunbadejo, the District Governor, Rotary International, District 9110, Nigeria. Members of the entourage included the District Secretary, Rotarian Segun Adewakun and District leaders during the Governor’s visit to the club on Tuesday, October 3, 2017.
 
Being told you have a visual impairment that can't be treated can be difficult to come to terms with.  Some people go through a process similar to bereavement, where they experience a range of emotions including shock, anger, and denial, before eventually coming to terms with their condition.
 
A full sighted person can never understand what it is like to live every day with little or no sight, neither will they understand what these traumatized children in Pacelli School for the Blind and Partially Sighted go through every day, praying and hoping they would fully recover their sight some day.
 
DG Ogunbadejo encouraged the children never to feel inferior to anyone saying charging them that “being visually-challenged is not the end of your life. Always remember that you can achieve whatever you want to achieve. Don’t let anyone knock you down. You are not inferior to anybody.”
 
The least anyone could do for these children is to make them feel a sense of belonging, rather than feeling dejected and rejected by the society.
 
 
This is exactly what the Rotary Club of Ikate did on that fateful day. Some of the items donated by the club include three desktop computers and monitor sets, an all-in-one personal computer, cartons of Macaroni and toilet papers.
 
Sister Jane Onyeneri, the school principal, while addressing the club and also the district leaders, said that “Rotarians have been a great support to the school. Companies and individuals also support us and that is how we raise our funds and pay our staff. We also raise funds through the fundraising ceremonies that we organise.
 
She said that “in the past, the government used to support us but since the Catholic Church decided to take over the school, the government stopped supporting us. But last year, Governor Ambode gave us a Coaster bus and he has also promised to help us solve our problem of flooding which has been a major issue here.
 
“Our children are doing excellently well academically. We also learn extra curricular activities such as computer training (typing) and crafts. We are very happy to take care of them. We work with passion”, she said, calling on Rotarians and members of the public to support the school individually.
 
DG Ogunbadejo encouraged the children never to feel inferior to anyone saying charging them that “being visually-challenged is not the end of your life. Always remember that you can achieve whatever you want to achieve. Don’t let anyone knock you down. You are not inferior to anybody.”
 
According to the District Governor, “there are children who are roaming about the streets, not knowing where their next meal will come from. You are still privileged. You have wonderful people taking care of you here. So, don’t ever see yourself as underprivileged.”
 
During the visit, the children sang joyfully in appreciation to Rotary. The District Governor, in his generosity made the occasion a memorable one by announcing a scholarship award for one of the Primary six students named Precious Omodia. This commendable act by the Rotarian Ogunbadejo came as a surprise to the school staff and children as they never saw it coming.
 
Meanwhile, while going through the workbook of Rotary Club of Ikate at the board meeting, the District Governor commended members of the club, especially those who did their best in keeping the club alive at a time when it seemed the club would go into extinction.
 
He encouraged the club to bring in more female members and also advised the board members to tread the same path as the Rotary Club of Ikoyi by making a handbook which will contain the clubs value-adding weekly activities for a particular Rotary year available to all members of the club. This, according to the DG, will make the members always look forward to attending the club meetings.
 
The DG inducted two new members into the club, during which he advised the club to always bring in people of integrity, dignity and value, and not people that will tarnish the club’s image.
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DG Ogunbadejo Commissions the 4-way Test at Rotary Club of Ikorodu Golden
 
Rotarian Dr. Wale Ogunbadejo, District Governor of Rotary International District 9110, Nigeria has commissioned the 4-Way Test of Rotary at the Rotary Club of Ikorodu Golden, during his visit to the club on Saturday, September 30, 2017.
 
The Governor, who was accompanied on the visit by the District Secretary, Rotarian Segun Adewakun and several other district leaders, was received by the president of the Rotary Club of Ikorodu Golden, Rotarian Bunmi Adegoke, past president, board members and some other members of the club at the club’s meeting venue.
 
The 4-Way test of the things we think, say or do” was adopted by Rotary as an ethical guide to be used by Rotarians all over the world in their personal and professional relationships.
 
The 4-Way test can be applied profitably in relations with others in the home, community, business, national and international life; particularly to proposed plans, policies, statements and advising in business and the professionals; to proposed legislation in government, to relations between teachers and students in the school.
 
The 4-Way test of the things we think, say or do includes the following:
 
-Is it the Truth?
-Is it Fair to all concerned?
-Will it build Goodwill and Better Friendships?
-Will it be Beneficial to all concerned?
 
"The 4-Way test can be applied profitably in relations with others in the home, community, business, national and international life; particularly to proposed plans, policies, statements and advising in business and the professionals; to proposed legislation in government, to relations between teachers and students in the school."
 
 
DG Ogunbadejo, while commissioning the 4-Way Test at the club meeting venue, admonished the club leaders and members, not just to display the 4-Way Test on the walls of their meeting venue, homes and offices, but to live according to the test, manifesting it in all they do.
 
He urged the board members to cultivate the habit of reading, especially Rotary-related materials so as to gain more knowledge on Rotary.
 
According to DG Ogunbadejo, reading helps to acquire knowledge, which in turn, develops human capacity. Reading Rotary-related materials and attending Rotary trainings will equip club leaders with the knowledge to effectively run the activities of the club, foster club membership and general growth and also enable them to groom their new members and pass the knowledge across to them.
 
The Governor however, commended the club president’s willingness to learn and encouraged the leaders and members of the club which is just in its second year of existence, to co-operate with the president and with one another in order to move the club to greater heights.
 
A new member was inducted by the Governor into the Rotary Club of Ikorodu Golden family.
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District Governor Lays Foundation for Vocational Training Centre in Ikorodu
All is now set for the construction of a new vocational centre at Igbogbo in Ikorodu, Lagos State, following the foundation-laying ceremony performed by the District Governor, Rotary International, District 9110, Nigeria, Rotarian Dr. Wale Ogunbadejo.
 
The new vocational centre is being built by Rotary District 9110, Nigeria, as part of its effort towards providing economic empowerment and entrepreneurship for the community, and the foundation-laying was flagged off by the District Governor on Wednesday, October 11, 2017.
 
At the ceremony, which was held at the building site, DG Ogunbadejo thanked Asiwaju Olorunfunmi Bashorun, a community leader who made the land available to the club. He also thanked Senator Gbenga Bareehu Ashafa, representing Lagos East for establishing the link between the District and Baba Bashorun.
 
The DG in his opening address, explained that after being told about Igbogbo, “we met with Baba Asiwaju, who then took us to his royal majesty. His royal majesty invited the local government authorities and we got a resounding yes from all quarters.
 
“We then went further to ask the youths what kind of skills they will like to acquire and they gave us a list which is in our possession”, he said, adding that Mrs. Kalesanwo Oluwakemi Yetunde, the Director, Lagos State Agency for Mass Literacy, who also happens to be an indigene of Igbogbo, also agreed to partner with the District on the project.
 
“On our part, we have Rotary International District 9110 as the main financier; we also have District 9110 Educational and Welfare Endowment Fund (DEWEF), Rotary Club of Ikorodu Metro, as well as Rotary Club of Ikorodu Golden”, DG Ogunbadejo further explained.
 
With this very strong coalition of both public and private partners, DG Ogunbadejo said he is reassured that of the sustainability into the future. “I hope it will become a model for public-private partnership ventures in the vocational area in the future.”
 
According to the District Governor, “the main building is designed such that it has seven labs/classrooms, admin offices, storage and restrooms. A small hall that can accommodate at least 100 people is also attached to the main building. The hall can help where the class is bigger than the space in the lab or can also be used as a commercial venture towards sustenance of the project in the future.”
 
He also explained that, “we also hope to have a micro credit scheme attached to the projects so that graduates of the school can be helped with a little token to kick-start their trade.”
 
According to DG Ogunbadejo, “all these will however be possible in future, if this project is well handled by the community. That it will be the test this community must pass. Rotary exists to make impacts in communities, thus; making a difference in the lives of its inhabitants.”
 
The DG expressed his excitement and that of the entire district leaders present at the ceremony, to witness the enthusiasm and joy with which the youths have partnered with the district on this project saying, “We pray that this collaboration will get stronger with time”, he concluded.
 
In his keynote address, Comrade Olusesan Daini, the Chairman of Igbogbo/Bayeku Local Council Development Area who was represented by Titilola Adegboyega, the Vice Chairman expressed appreciation to Rotary for the community development programme saying that “this project is really welcome. It keys into our own programme for the youth.”
 
According to the LCDA Chair, “we have some youths that are not really educated but they need something to keep them going. We have been thinking of that but Rotary club has made it fast and easy for us. We assure you that this project is not going to die. It has come to stay.”
 
Oduntan Taiwo, the Secretary, Igbogbo Youth Coalition, expressed his excitement, on behalf of Igbogbo youths. “We know that in Nigeria today, our certificate does not matter anymore. What matters are our skills and we are happy that you are providing us with the needed skills.”
 
According to him, “I am happy that we have all the stakeholders concerned. It is an assurance that this project is going to stand the test of time. We, the youths, assure you that we are going to take care of this project. It is our vision that in the near future, Igbogbo will be a hub of a particular produce, owing to this project.”
 
Other dignitaries present at the foundation-laying ceremony include Asiwaju Olorunfunmi Bashorun, Mrs. Titilola Adegboyega, who represented Mrs. Kalesanwo Oluwakemi Yetunde, the Director, Lagos State Agency for Mass Literacy, a representative of HRH Oba Semiudeen Orimadegun Kasali Emugoriade 1, the Adeboruwa of Igbogbo, leaders and members of Igbogbo youths Coalition, District Governor Elect, Past District Governors, District Secretary, Club Presidents and several other district leaders.
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Rotary Club of Satellite Town Provides Medical Care for Ibeshe Community
The Rotary Club of Satellite Town in District 9110, has provided a three-day medical care for people residing in Ibeshe community in Ori-ade Local Council Development Area of Lagos State.
 
The three-day medical care peogramme is part of the ongoing “Rotary Family Health Days”, flagged of by a Rotary Action group, Rotarians for Family Health and AIDS Prevention (RFHA) which commenced on Thursday, September 27, 2017 and ended Saturday, September 30, 2017.
 
The club president, Rotarian Obikah Chito, the Assistant Governor to the club, and some other members of the club, led the District Governor, Rotarian Dr. Wale Ogunbadejo to Ibeshe community, during his official visit to the club on Saturday, September 30, 2017 to witness the final day of the club’s “Rotary Family Health Days” exercise.
 
 
DG Ogunbadejo, who was accompanied on the visit by the District Secretary, Rotarian Segun Adewakun and some other district leaders, paid a courtesy visit to Ovori of Ibeshe Kingdom, Oba Garusu Alani Rasak, upon his arrival at the community.
 
The DG was led to the venue for the medical exercise where various medical screenings were being carried out.  Some of the screenings include HIV screening, malaria screening, pregnancy test, checking of blood pressure, among others.
 
Drugs such as Vitamin C, Multivitamins, Paracetamol, anti-malaria and malaria drugs, and also drugs for de-worming were administered to those who are required to take them. Sanitary pads, family planning aids and mosquito nets were also given out to the people.
 
 

 

The Governor, while addressing the people, encouraged the parents present to use the mosquito nets for their children also. “The nets are well-treated against mosquitoes. They prevent mosquitoes from biting your children, and that in turn, prevents them from malaria. You will also be tested for malaria and those suffering from malaria will be given malaria drugs.
 
“We only do this once in a year. So, don’t always wait for that once in a year when we come before you go for medical check-up. Ensure you go for medical check-ups regularly. Also, observe your children and when you discover any irregularity in them, consult a professional health personal. Avoid suggestions given to you by unprofessional”, DG Ogunbadejo advised them.
 
 
The Governor, while addressing the people, encouraged the parents present to use the mosquito nets for their children also. “The nets are well-treated against mosquitoes. They prevent mosquitoes from biting your children, and that in turn, prevents them from malaria. You will also be tested for malaria and those suffering from malaria will be given malaria drugs.
 
“We only do this once in a year. So, don’t always wait for that once in a year when we come before you go for medical check-up. Ensure you go for medical check-ups regularly. Also, observe your children and when you discover any irregularity in them, consult a professional health personal. Avoid suggestions given to you by unprofessional”, DG Ogunbadejo advised them.
 
The Governor, upon his arrival at the club meeting venue, commended the club for the choice of venue, which he describes as “very conducive”. He explained that a club’s meeting venue is a very crucial factor that encourages and/or discourages people from attending club meetings.
 
He also commended the club for including the club’s weekly activities for the 2017/2018 Rotary year in its workbook. He however, advised them to make it available to all members of the club. The Governor also advised the club to review its history and make corrections where necessary, in order to prevent passing across wrong impression to younger generations of the club.
 
Noting that the major problem with the club is membership, the DG encouraged the club to try as much as possible to make its club meetings fun and interesting so as to attract new members and also retain its existing members.
 
The Governor was pleased to award two scholarships to two senior secondary school students on behalf of the club. He also inducted one new member into the Rotary Club of Satellite Town.
 
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DG Mourns Loss of Past President of Rotary Club of Maryland
District Governor, Rotary District 9110, Nigeria, Rotarian Dr. Adewale Ogunbadejo, has joined the Rotary family to mourn the demise of late Rotarian Rosemary Agbochenu, the Past President of Rotary Club of Maryland.
 
The District Governor paid tribute to the “wonderful Rotarian” for her services to humanity in a message to all Rotarians across the District pasted below:
 
With heavy heart but total submission to the will of God, we write to announce the sudden demise of our wonderful Rotarian PAST PRESIDENT, ROSEMARY AGBOCHENU which sad event occurred on Saturday, 30thSeptember, 2017.
 
Until her death, she was a very active Rotarian both at the Club and the District Level. She served as the 11th President and the 1st Female President of the Rotary Club of Maryland in 2012-2013 Rotary year and Chair, District Youth Exchange Committee for 2017-2018 Rotary Year.
 
We pray that Almighty God in His infinite mercies grant her family and entire Rotarians in District 9110 the courage, fortitude and large heart to bear this great loss.
 
The burial arrangements will be communicated to you as soon as the District is notified.
May her soul enjoy a smooth ascent to the bosom of God.( Amen.)
 
Thank you as we continue in  Rotary: Making a Difference. 
 
Yours in Rotary Service,
 
Adewale Ogunbadejo
District Governor 2017-18
Rotary International District 9110, Nigeria
Rotary Centre
Tel: +234802 314 0773, +234806 693 4824
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Rotary Club of Iponri Unveils District Governor’s Official Website
Rotary Club of Iponri, District 9110, has unveiled an official website and email address on the Nigerian .ng Internet space for Rotarian Dr. Wale Ogunbadejo, District Governor, Rotary International District 9110, Nigeria, during his official visit to the club on Wednesday, September 27, 2017.
 
The new website, www.ogunbadejo.ng, which was designed and hosted by Rotary Club of Iponri was unveiled during a courtesy visit to the custodian and manager of the .ng domain name, Nigeria Internet Registration Association (NIRA). The website was unveiled at the NIRA office complex where the Governor and members of his entourage were received.
 
The Governor, accompanied by some of the district leaders, was received by the president of the Rotary Club of Iponri, Rotarian Shina Badaru, past presidents of the club including Rotarian Segun Adewakun, who is also the District Secretary, Mr Adebiyi Oladipo, Executive Board Member of NIRA, Mrs. Edith Udeagu, Chief Operating Officer of NIRA, and some other members of the club.
 
According to the DG, “We need to let people know about this. It’s a hidden secret. I think NIRA need to do a lot on public awareness. People need to know about you and what they will benefit from using your facility. I thank everyone who have come together to arrange the domain name.”
 
 
 
Rotarian Shina, who announced the DG’s new website, ogunbadejo.ng and the official email address, wale@ogunbadejo.ng, stated, “We are here today to lay the foundation for ‘Digital Literacy 101’ which is aimed at extending the frontiers of all that we do, to help Rotarians understand how to use the Internet to spread the good deeds of Rotary around our country Nigeria and across the world.”
 
Mrs. Udeagu, while addressing the DG and members of his entourage, said, “We know that Rotary is into providing humanitarian services, this is also what we do at NIRA. We also know that this month is Rotary’s month of basic education and literacy. We have the NIRA Academy that covers literacy and empowerment programmes.
 
“We have people who come here, rent our hall and conduct trainings on skill acquisition and capacity building for people, free of charge, to bridge the gap in literacy level”, she explains.
 
NIRA highlighted the benefits of using the .ng domain name to individuals and corporate bodies. They include greater brand recognition awareness, cheaper domain name costs, target sales, easy to register, among others. She also explained that the domain names are localized and support is closer while opening long-term investment opportunity, provision of employment opportunities, and also increases global presence.
 
NIRA further highlighted the benefits of the .ng domain name to Nigeria. They include increase in GDP, retain foreign exchange and naira protection, opening of the local online space, priority for trademark owners, and also better education and training.
 
Mr Adebiyi Oladipo of NIRA told the Governor and members of his entourage saying that “Our commitment is to a better society and to make Nigeria better than what it is. There are only two sides to this life; the good side and the bad side. Rotary is on the good side, so is NIRA. What you have seen is just a little. There are still so many opportunities for Nigerians on the .ng domain and we will work together to achieve this.”
 
DG Ogunbadejo, expressed his gratitude to the club and also to NIRA, “I must say that I am truly enthused about this visit because I didn’t know what to expect. I think NIRA has not done enough for public awareness. I think more Nigerians need to know about this. Every Nigerian should really have a .ng address provided the opportunity is there and that is the job of NIRA, but we will help you with that.”
 
According to the DG, “We need to let people know about this. It’s a hidden secret. I think NIRA need to do a lot on public awareness. People need to know about you and what they will benefit from using your facility. I thank everyone who have come together to arrange the domain name.”
 
At the club’s board meeting, the Governor commended the club’s work book, describing it as “the best so far”, especially the accounts section. He however advised the club to organise trainings for its new members in order to fast-track their knowledge to catch up with that of the old members who have been with the club for a longer period of time.
 
He also advised the club to make sure that knowledge acquired at trainings is “downloaded” and shared by those who attended to those who didn’t attend. The DG also commended the club for the number of members between the age brackets of 40 and below, describing it as “huge”. He further commended the club for achieving its target for RYLA participation for the year.
 
The Governor shared fellows with the club members during which three new members were inducted into the Rotary Club of Iponri family.
 
Funds were also raised towards the eradication of polio, through raffle tickets sales. A raffle draw was carried out and three winners carted away mouth watering prizes of an air conditioner, microwave and standing fan.
 
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DG Performs Tree Planting with Rotary Club of Magodo Central
In a bid to contribute its quota to Rotary International’s effort to preserve and sustain planet earth, Rotary Club of Magodo Central undertook a tree planting exercise during the official visit of Rotarian Dr. Wale Ogunbadejo, the District Governor, Rotary International District 9110, Nigeria, to the club on Saturday 23rd, 2017.
 
Earlier in this 2017/2018 Rotary year, the President of Rotary International, Ian Riseley, underscored the need for preservation and sustenance of planet earth through the symbolic planting of at least one tree by each Rotarian, between the July 1st, 2017 and April 22nd, 2018, as one of his major priorities.
 
DG Ogunbadejo, upon his arrival at the club’s fellowship venue, was received and led by the president of Rotary Club of Magodo Central, Rotarian Oluwaolorunlanke Olaleye and his board members including the club’s charter president, to the location where the tree planting exercise was carried out.
 
The Governor, who was accompanied by the District Secretary, Rotarian Segun Adewakun, and some other District leaders, was very delighted to partake in the tree planting exercise.  Also present was the environmental officer for Magodo Estate, Mrs. Kemi Omotosho. The DG Ogunbadejo, Rotarian Adewakun, Mrs. Omotosho, Rotarian Olaleye and some other club and district leaders all performed in the exercise.
 
“Without trees, we are all dead. Flooding kills many and renders many homeless. An example is the one that happened recently in Benue state. Trees can help to reduce the effect of flooding. As a symbolic gesture, we have decided that every Rotarian will plant a tree.”
 
In an interview with Television Continental (TVC) crew at the location where the trees were planted, DG Ogunbadejo explains the significance of the exercise thus: “Without trees, we are all dead. Flooding kills many and renders many homeless. An example is the one that happened recently in Benue state. Trees can help to reduce the effect of flooding. As a symbolic gesture, we have decided that every Rotarian will plant a tree.”
 
Rotarian Olaleye also spoke to TVC crew. According to him, “Based on the ecological effect of the sun and the degradation of the environment, we are trying to make sure that oxygen is renewed, as you know that plants produce oxygen. A lot of things are happening around the world. One of them is what is currently happening in Mexico. All these are results of environmental degradation. So, we are trying to sustain the environment.”
 
At the club’s board meeting which took place immediately after the tree planting exercise, the DG advised the club, which is just in its second year, on the rudiments of the sustainability of members. As a new club, he advised the club members on what they need to know about mentorship adding that, “A mentor should be someone who attends club meetings regularly and punctually and also someone who leads by example in other areas.”
 
The Governor however commended the club on the number of members between the age brackets of 40 and below, as well as the number of female members in the club which is almost the same as the number of male members.
 
He also commended the zeal and enthusiasm that the club members have, despite the fact that the club is just in its second year. The DG was delighted to induct two new members who are below the age of 40 into the Rotary Club of Magodo Central.
 
The DG also inaugurated the Rotary Club of Magodo Central Community Corp and a new member was also inducted into the corp. As it is customary to Rotary, the new members were present with some members of their families and friends.
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Rotary Club of Lagos Mainland Provides Environmental Safety for Destitute
 
The Rotary Club of Lagos Mainland, a member of the District 9110 family, has extended its hands of love to destitute in Okobaba, Ebute Metta area of Lagos State to keep their home environmentally-safe.
 
The club president, Rotarian Oguntade Akeem Adesina, some past presidents, board members, and some other members of the club, Rotarian Dr. Wale Ogunbadejo, the District Governor of Rotary International District 9110, Nigeria, to the home during his official visit to the club on Tuesday, September 26, 2017.
 
DG Ogunbadejo, who was accompanied on the visit by the District Secretary, Rotarian Segun Adewakun, and several other district leaders, personally participated in the fumigation exercise during the humanitarian outreach to the home. The destitute were seen jubilating upon the arrival of the Governor and other members of the group.
 
Every year, the Rotary Club of Lagos Mainland sponsors the fumigation of the home and this year was no different. The exercise started on Monday, September 25, 2017 and as at the day of the visit, all the rooms, numbering 250, and batchers, about 300 in number, have been thoroughly fumigated.
 
One of the leaders of the home thanked the Governor, Rotary Club of Lagos Mainland, and also the entire Rotary Clubs in Nigeria for coming to their rescue.
 
The club leaders and members also led the DG and his entourage on a courtesy visit to the home of Honourable Chief M.A.K. Lawal, Baale of Ago-Ijebu Ijero Ebute-Metta (West) of Lagos Mainland Local Government Area of Lagos.
 
Rotarian Akeem Sunmonu, a past president of the club, who is also the special assistant to the District Governor, while addressing the group, said that the “Baale has been very supportive to our club, both financially and in other aspects. Hardly have we executed any project without Baba’s support and consistent follow up on the projects executed. Even when we refuse, he will insist.”
 
While responding, the Baale, also said that, “I remember when I was honoured by Rotary Club, at the time when the club came to drill a borehole. I was even given the fight against polio pin, although I forgot to come out with it. I pray that as you continue in your good deeds, God will continue to lift you all up. I will continue to support to the club.”
 
The Baale also stated that he is an active member of the Glaucoma Patients Care Initiative of Nigeria.
 
The Governor commended the Baale’s participation in the Glaucoma initiative, adding that a lot of people don’t even know about Glaucoma. He encouraged the Baale not to relent in his support for Rotary Club and also for the Glaucoma Initiative.
“If we have people like you everywhere, it will be easy for us to execute projects and be sure there is someone who will properly look after them”, the DG said, while stressing the importance of a community corps for the club, to help complement the Baale’s effort in looking after projects executed by the club. The DG also honoured and designed the Baale with his own Rotary polio pin.
 
At the club’s board meeting, the DG commended the club’s account, describing it as “well prepared” and “very easy to follow”. He however urged the club to look into corporate or associate membership, and also bring in more honorary members. According to him, these members may not be able to attend club meetings regularly, but they will render the needed support to the club when executing projects.
 
Mrs. Ogunnaike, representing Arts and Craft Centre, Ojo-Oniyun was present at the club fellowship to appreciate the club for its support for the centre. She also presented some items designed by students of the Centre. The items include a raffia bag designed by a nine-year-old boy.
Six new members were also inducted into the Rotary Club of Lagos Mainland by the District Governor.
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At Independence Day, DG asks Nigerians to Imbibe Rotary 4-Way Test

 

Nigerians should imbibe the timeless words of Rotary 4-Way Test in their personal and community relationships, Rotarian Dr Wale Ogunbade, District Governor of Rotary International District 9110, Nigeria, has said in a special Independence Day message.
 
“As a people, we have collectively walked a chequered road where we have experienced a broad gamut all that is now part of our history as a nation” in a special message to mark Nigeria’s 57th Independence Day celebrated October 1, across Nigeria.
 
"The Rotary Four-Way Test of the things we think, say or do, which was scripted by Herbert J. Taylor (who later served as RI president) an American from Chicago as he set out to save the Club Aluminum Products Distribution Company from bankruptcy, was later adopted by Rotary International."
 
The Rotary Four-Way Test of the things we think, say or do, which was scripted by Herbert J. Taylor (who later served as RI president) an American from Chicago as he set out to save the Club Aluminum Products Distribution Company from bankruptcy, was later adopted by Rotary International.
 
The 24 timeless words of The Four Way Test reads as follows:
 
  1. Is it the truth?
  2. Is it fair to all concerned?
  3. Will it build goodwill and better friendships?
  4. Will it be beneficial to all concerned?
According to the District Governor, Nigerians should adopt The Four Way Test as yardstick across all their private and community lives in the Independence Day 2017 message below:
 
Fellow Rotarians,
 
It's another 1st October and a moment to pause and reflect over the past 57 years of our experiencing as a nation called Nigeria.
 
As a people, we have collectively walked a chequered road where we have experienced a broad gamut all that is now part of our history as a nation.
 
Sometimes the future may appear bleak, but when you look deep into the psyche of the average Nigerian, you know it will be good ultimately because we don't give up.
 
For our government, we need re-orientation, restructuring and a virtual complete moral rebirth across all levels.
 
This is also why this milestone Independence Day offers us an opportunity for sober reflection.
 
It is also when The Rotary 4-Way Test becomes important as a yardstick for all human behaviours and we as Rotarians should be the example for others to follow. But are we or can we try? Mahatma Gandhi taught us to be the change we want to see around us. But are we ready or willing?
 
For our trajectory as a nation to change however, that is the inevitable route for us all to travel.
 
Each of us must determine to be the agent of change for us “To make a Difference” in our personal and communal existence.
 
I wish all Nigerians a Happy and Peaceful 57th Independence Anniversary.
 
Wale Ogunbadejo
District Governor,
Rotary International District 9110, Nigeria
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DG Ogunbadejo Inducts Jakande, Others into Rotary Club of Ilupeju Central
Three new members including Alhaji Lateef Kayode Jakande, former and first civilian Governor of Lagos State were inducted by the District Governor, Rotary International, District 9110, Nigeria, Rotarian Dr. Wale Ogunbadejo during his official visit to the club on Friday 22, September, 2017.
 
It was an activity-filled day for leaders and members of Rotary Club of Ilupeju Central as the club inducted three new members into the Rotary family.
 
The three new members which include Alhaji Lateef Kayode Jakande, past and first civilian governor of Lagos state and Mrs. Agatha Amata, Founder of Inside-Out Media Limited.
 
The Governor, accompanied by the District Secretary, Rotarian Segun Adewakun and several other District leaders were received by the President of the club, Rotarian Olawale Oriowo, past presidents of the club, some of the board members and other members of the Rotary Club of Ilupeju Central. 
 
DG Ogunbadejo, while inducting Alhaji Jakande in his Lagos home, got very emotional. Everyone present in the sitting room where the induction was taking place tried to get a grip of their emotions as they all got engulfed in the mood of the moment.
 
In an emotion-laden tone, the District Governor went down memory lane describing Alhaji Jakande as one of the pioneers of housing and educational development in Lagos State.
 
“Before the coming of Baba Jakande, Lagos state was poor but when Baba came in, he built so many public schools within one year of his tenure. Sir, we are not politicians. We are your children. We know who you are and we have come to appreciate you. Rotary consists of people who help our community and you have done your part in helping our people. So, we have come to induct you as a honorary member of this amiable club”, the DG said.
 
Alhaji Jakande, who was touched by the DG’s speech, appreciated and prayed for the club. “I am overwhelmed by what you have done. I thank God for everything. I thank you for creating time to come here to give me this honour. I pray that you grow more and more in every aspect of your lives. All the plans and projects that you have in mind, I pray that you will make a success of them all”, the former Lagos State Governor told the Rotary District Governor.
 
“Before the coming of Baba Jakande, Lagos state was poor but when Baba came in, he built so many public schools within one year of his tenure. Sir, we are not politicians. We are your children. We know who you are and we have come to appreciate you. Rotary consists of people who help our community and you have done your part in helping our people. So, we have come to induct you as a honorary member of this amiable club”, the DG said.
 
The DG, his entourage, as well as leaders and members of Rotary Club of Ilupeju Central, proceeded to Mrs. Amata’s office complex where she was also inducted by the Governor as a honorary member of the club.
 
It was an excited Mrs Amata that said that “my father used to be a very strong Rotarian. I grew up knowing the 4-way test. Although he died when I was in form 2, we used to go to a lot of Rotary activities. My father will be very proud wherever he is now.”
 
Next, was a courtesy visit to the Chairman of Odi-Olowo/Ojuwoye Local Council Development Area, Honourable Taofeek Ajala, where a Nurse was also inducted by the DG as a honorary member of the club.
Honourable Ajala, who is also a honorary member of the club, thanked the club for its effort so far which complements the effort of the government. “I appreciate your support towards enhancing the standard of living of our people to the greater good of our community.”
 
According to him, “the Government as an institution cannot do it all alone. We are also ready to partner with you. I want you to rest assured that we always support whatever has to do with quality service delivery for the good of our community which is what Rotary stands for.”
 
The DG and other members of the group thereafter, proceeded to the venue for the club’s board meeting and fellowship. At the board meeting, the DG areas where the club is lagging behind and also commended them on areas where they have performed well.
 
He also urged members of Rotary Club of Ilupeju Central  to co-operate with the President of the club who is still very young and also collaborate by sharing their knowledge and experience towards the growth of the club.
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Rotary Club of Oregun Donates Hospital Items to Oregun Primary Health Centre
Rotary Clubs worldwide are touching the lives of people in their community, from rural areas to urban areas, and Rotary Club of Oregun in Rotary International District 9110, Nigeria is not left out as it has donated some hospital items to Oregun Primary Health Centre.
 
The District Governor, Rotary International District 9110, Nigeria, Rotarian Dr. Wale Ogunbadejo was given the honour to hand over the items the health centre during his official visit to the club on Thursday, September 21, 2017.
 
He commended the club members for their consistency in donating to the health centre and encouraged them not to relent in their efforts as this is what Rotary stands for.
 
Speaking at the health centre, the President, Rotary Club of Oregun, Rotarian Opeoluwa Odulere revealed that the club has adopted Oregun Health Centre as its signature project centre. “Before now, we have given the health centre air conditions, fans among other hospital equipments. We come here to ask for their needs and we try as much as possible to provide them”, Rotarian Odulere said.
 
Mrs. Adetileto, who represented the matron in charge of the health centre, disclosed that the health centre provides comprehensive healthcare including child healthcare, maternal healthcare, dental care, OPD, as well as optical care, adding that a woman has just been delivered of a bouncing baby boy weighing 3.5kg at the facility.
 
The items donated to the health centre include cotton wools, methylated spirits, drip bags, cartons of noodles, detergents, among other items.
 
After the donation of the items at the health centre, the club president, with some of the club board members and other members of the club, led the District Governor who was accompanied by the District Secretary, Rotarian Segun Adewakun and several other District leaders to Airport Hotel in Ikeja where the club holds its board meetings and fellowships.
 
During the board meeting, the board members disclosed that in the coming weeks, the club plans to erect windows and doors at Olusosun Health Centre in Oregun and also donate library books to Oregun Senior High School.
 
Rotarian Mufutau Adelotan, one of the past presidents of the club, also disclosed that the club is making efforts to enhance its public image by bringing in at least, one media personnel into the club as active members.
 
The DG, while going through the club’s history, described it as “very rich” and “one which other clubs should envy in terms of those who started the club”.
 
He encouraged Rotary Club of Oregun to increase its membership recruitment and retention efforts, while stating that some of the club’s founding father and early members are still alive but are no longer members of the club.
 
“You have to contact those old members that are gone. You can make them Honorary members or invite their children”, the DG advised.
 
Quoting Paul Harris, Founder of Rotary, the District Governor said that, “What brings us together is fellowship and what binds us together is tolerance. Let’s always settle our differences amicably and fellowship in love. Don’t allow any human being, no matter what happens, to deter you from doing what you ought to do”, the Governor said, while advising club members to avoid anything that will cause them to lose their members.
 
 
Quoting Paul Harris, Founder of Rotary, the District Governor said that, “What brings us together is fellowship and what binds us together is tolerance. Let’s always settle our differences amicably and fellowship in love. Don’t allow any human being, no matter what happens, to deter you from doing what you ought to do”, the Governor said, while advising club members to avoid anything that will cause them to lose their members.
 
“We must strengthen our clubs in terms of membership and in terms of knowledge. The essence of my coming is to make this club greater than it is now. I am happy you have agreed to move the club to greater heights and I promise to be with you all the way”, DG Ogunbadejo said at the event.
 
The Governor also shared fellows with members of the club, during which he inducted one new member into the Rotary Club of Oregun and Rotary family worldwide.
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“An Evening with the DG” Holds Friday to Raise Funds for Polio
In line with the drive to make Nigeria polio free and Rotary International’s mandate to make polio the second epidemic disease to be completely eradicated after small pox, Rotary International District 9110, Nigeria, under the leadership of the District Governor, Rotarian Dr. Wale Ogunbadejo is set to hold a fundraising event with the theme: “An Evening with the DG.”
 
Rotary International, a body which comprises business men and women around the world, offering selfless service to humanity, continues her fight to completely eradicate polio despite the massive achievement of 99.9% reduction in cases of polio and a drastic fall from about 350, 000 cases to just 37 cases in 2016.
 
At the Rotary International Convention held in June, 2017 in Atlanta, it was revealed that in 2016, the world recorded few cases of polio in only three countries which includes Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Nigeria. Nigeria recorded 4 cases of polio virus in Borno State, and this was a major blow to the country which as this was a resurgence of the polio virus after a two-year absence.
 
“An evening with the DG”, is the first public fund-raising event to be carried out by the District in this 2017/2018 Rotary year but it will precede subsequent events that will be dedicated to polio eradication. The District will also look at other ways of raising funds towards the eradication of polio and they will be unfolded as the year rolls on.
 
“An Evening with the DG” holds on Friday, September 29, at the District office located at 8 Ladoke Akintola Street, G.R.A, Ikeja in Lagos State. The event is scheduled to commence at 3.00 pm prompt and is open to both members and non members of the Rotary Club.
 
The fight against the polio virus and the effort of Rotary Club towards completely eradicating the polio virus is not new. Various Rotary Clubs under the Rotary International District 9110, Nigeria have carried out several fund-raising activities towards the eradication of polio in Nigeria in the past and some other fund-raising and public awareness activities are currently ongoing.
 
The District Secretary, Rotarian Segun Adewakun, announced that the event which is aimed at raising funds towards the cause of eradicating the polio virus, will also serve as a platform for the Rotary International District 9110, Nigeria to be a benefactor of the Bill and Melinda Gates “World’s Greatest Meal” Initiative, which focuses on doubling any amount generated by clubs towards polio eradication.
 
Rotarian Adewakun explained that various Rotary clubs have their owned designated ways and strategies of raising funds for this great cause. Among this strategies include that of Rotary Club of Maryland where the club members in partnership with the Ikeja Airport authorities, positioned First Aid boxes at strategic places around the Airport in which people can drop their contributions towards the eradication of the polio virus.
 
“Each club is expected to raise $1500 for the next three years. As at today, the responses from the clubs are not so bad. I know that clubs are responding. What the District is doing right now is to raise the bar. We expect that Rotarians and even non-Rotarians will be able to understand the need to make the world a polio-free world and get our country out of this”
 
Some clubs’ strategy involve going on road walks wearing T-shirts with polio eradication campaigns; trying to create public awareness and encouraging people to donate. Some other clubs dedicate a certain percentage of the total amount raised at their meetings to the eradication of polio in Nigeria through the Rotary polio foundation, the District Secretary further reveals.
 
“Each club is expected to raise $1500 for the next three years. As at today, the responses from the clubs are not so bad. I know that clubs are responding. What the District is doing right now is to raise the bar. We expect that Rotarians and even non-Rotarians will be able to understand the need to make the world a polio-free world and get our country out of this”, Rotarian Adewakun said.
 
“As a person; in life, some things must drive you. Whether you are a Rotarian or not, you will see that there is emptiness in you if you do not give to humanity. When we give to the cause of polio, we are not doing it for any self-praise.
 
“When you are fully committed to a cause like this, be sure that posterity will judge you right. I strongly believe in the saying: What you sow, you will reap”, Rotarian Adewakun added, while urging members and non members alike to commit to the cause of eradicating polio virus.
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Rotary club of Surulere South visits Hearts of Gold Children’s Hospice

Rotary Clubs in Rotary International District 9110, comprising Lagos and Ogun State, will constantly visit and make contributions to the Hearts of Gold Children’s Hospice where needed, the District Governor, Rotarian Dr Wale Ogunbadejo, has assured.

The District Governor, who is also a medical doctor, was on a visit to the hospice with members of the Rotary Club of Surulere South during his official visit to the club.

The Hearts of Gold children's hospice is a home for children who have special needs ranging from cerebral palsy to other life-threatening diseases. These are children who have been dumped or abandoned by their parents who were probably not able to cope due to one reason or the other.

Members of Rotary club of Surulere South together with the District Governor 9110, donated food items, disposable diapers among others to the children in the home.

Dr Ogunbadejo who  went round the wards visiting these children with special needs commended the care givers for their time and dedication towards the welfare of the children, saying the care they gave is similar to Rotary’s vision.

“I thank you all for your work here and I commend all your efforts. I strongly believe it is only God who can reward you for your hard work and dedication towards these children because it cannot be easy. It is only because you are dedicated to the well-being and plight of these children that you remain here and not because of how much or how little your salary is”, the District Governor said to them.

He also assured the organisation that “Rotary will make it a duty to visit the home from time to time and make contributions were needed."

During the club meeting, the District Governor told members of the club that they have to do more about membership so the club will not die.

According to him, “membership is key. And in Rotary, it is only when you have more members in a club that your club becomes vibrant and new people are happy to be a part of you. If I walk into a club and see just 6-8 members, I will not be encouraged to return back to that club in fellowship.”

“Having more members in a club also takes the financial strain off your shoulders because when you have more members paying towards a project, the burden becomes lighter for everybody in the club.”

The District Governor also explained that “Rotary has made it easy for us to scout for new members in our communities with the classification survey but still yet a lot of clubs do not use it. The classification survey is meant to help the club go into communities to partner with them, that way you will get to know the new members of the community and new organizations who just moved into the community.”

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DISTRICT GOVERNOR: ‘OUR  POLIO STORY’
 
By Rotarian Dr Wale Ogunbadejo,
District Governor,
Rotary International District 9110, Nigeria.
 
 
  • 1979 – Multi year 3-H Grant to immunize 6 million children in Phillipines was granted.
  • 1985 – Based on the success achieved in the Phillipines. Polio Plus was launched and was initially called Polio 2005.
  • 1988 – GPEI was formed with CDC, UNICEF and WHO. As at then Polio was endemic in 125 Countries and was affecting about 350,000 children yearly.
As at today, Polio is endemic in only three countries and affects less that 100 children yearly. We have achieved about 99.9% success so far. World Governments, Corporate organizations, individuals and other NGOs especially Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation later  joined the coalition over the years. Most of these collaboration occurred through Rotary’s advocacy.
 
As at 2015, Rotary has contributed more than $1.5B, lost some  volunteers while our advocacy has resulted in more than $9 Billion contribution from World Governments.
 
At the last Rotary International Convention in  Atlanta, the need for  $1.5B was raised and a pledge of $1.2B made by Rotary international, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation , other NGOs and Governments, including our Government. This is the End Game Pledge as our hope is the eradication of Polio within the next three years from the surface of the Earth.
 
OUR CURRENT STATE
Lagos and Ogun States which is our geographical jurisdiction out of 36 States of the Federation constitute  the economic backbone of Nigeria, despite the preponderant position of Petrochemicals in the Nigerian Financial situation.
 
These two states have enjoyed a long period of zero incidence of Polio which has led to complacency among the populace and even Rotarians but the incidence of August last year became a wake-up call and has jolted all of us to the reality of continued Advocacy, Physical participation in NIDs and SNIDs  and increased contribution to Polio Plus Fund.
 
In the past two years though, more Rotarians have returned to the field to help with immunization, more clubs have active Polio plus committees and because of our physical contiguity with the Polio Office, our District Polio Plus committee works closely with the NNPPC.
 
As a demonstration of our Total commitment to Polio eradication, 20% of our DDF has already been donated to The Polio Fund this year.
 
In order to motivate Rotarians, as part of the DG’s Assessment of clubs, contribution to Polio fund and participation in Polio activities will form part of the assessment.
 
The Most Active Rotarian in Polio Plus activities will also be identified and rewarded at the District Conference.
 
The need for Clubs to donate at least $1,500.00 to the Polio Fund this year and the next two Rotary years, in order for us to fulfil our $50M pledge, has been emphasized at club visits and various innovative ideas towards achieving this also offered.
 
On Sept 29th 2017, as part of an interactive meeting with Rotarians and also to celebrate my Birthday, A World Greatest Meal event will take place here  and we hope to raise a substantial amount towards polio eradication. I again plead for all Rotarians coming  for that event, to please remember to bring whatever they can afford as donation to this very worthy cause.
 
Other events towards fund-raising are being planned, including a football match, involving Two Major teams in our local league . We are working hard at this . Part of the income from our Annual Dance and Dinner Fund-raising event will also be dedicated to Polio Fund.
 
The eradication of  Polio in Nigeria and the whole World is a task that must be done and according to the End Game plan.
 
We thank you Mike and Carol for your dedication and selfless service to the cause of Polio eradication and all others who though far from areas where Polio is endemic but put their lives and funds on the line to help those few who are still on the war front.
 
We wish you journey mercies as you go through our Country and on your way back to your Country.
 
Thanks so much for your patience Ladies and Gentlemen.
 
 
*District Governor Wale Ogunbadejo delivered this presentation today at the Rotary International District 9110, Nigeria in Lagos, during the visit by Michael McGovern, Chair, International PolioPlus Committee (IPPC) & Carol Pandak, Director PolioPlus Division of Rotary International to the Nigeria National PolioPlus Committee (NNPC).
21ST AUGUST 2017
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DISTRICT GOVERNOR'S MESSAGE FOR SEPTEMBER 2017
My Dear Brothers and Sisters,
 
I welcome you all to the month of September, the Ninth month in the Gregorian Calendar but the third month in the Rotary year, my month of birth. A month dedicated to “Basic Education and Literacy”, one of the Six Areas of Focus of our organisation.
 
I wish to thank all the clubs that hosted my entourage and I in the past one month for their hospitality and willingness to listen to what we had to say towards making their Clubs Better, Bolder and Bigger. It has been very educative and motivating for me, to see clubs at close quarters, with each demonstrating its own uniqueness, strengths and weaknesses. For us to Make a Difference this year, we MUST be innovative and be ready to go through the uncharted paths in our volition to serve our communities and beyond.
 
On your behalf, I hereby congratulate Rotary Club of Ikeja, one of the Grandfather Clubs in the District as they attained the Golden Age on 31st August 2017. May the next fifty years be more fulfilling and fruitful in the Service to Humanity.
 
We also wish to place on record, the passing of PDG Bob Ogbuagu who served in  1983-84 Rotary year with the Theme “Share Rotary…Serve People.” He was a very wonderful spirit, a Humble, jolly good fellow who served Rotary till the end. He will be sorely missed by all those who had the opportunity to have come across his path in life. May his path upwards be blessed and May he be permitted eternal, joyful existence in the Realms Above. A condolence Register has been opened at the Rotary Centre in his memory, while our flags will fly at half-mast till his remains are interred.  
Now to the Theme of the Month “Basic Education and Literacy.” Why is Basic Education and Literacy a priority for Rotary International?
 
What is Literacy? Literacy is traditionally understood as The Ability to read, write and use arithmetic while a higher definition says, “Literacy is the ability, confidence and willingness to engage with language to acquire, construct and communicate meaningfully in all aspects of daily living.” 
 
What it all boils down to, is that an illiterate person or one who is unable to read, write and do some arithmetic is severely and grossly disadvantaged among others in same community, more so in this technology-driven age. His illiteracy may also affect his/her children thus further deepening the problem in the community.
 
The higher the illiteracy rate in a community therefore, the more the possibility of Poverty, Higher incidence of illnesses, Reduced economic productivity, Higher Maternal and Child Mortality, the proclivity for minor issues escalating into major crises, higher level of superstitious beliefs, criminal activities like Money Rituals etc based on Non-existent or factually-inconsistent beliefs and so many other things that retards societal progress. 
 
In Nigeria, our Literacy level according to CIA World Facts is as follows :  Male  : 69.2%, Females : 49.7% with an average of 59.6%. We can therefore say by inference that our Illiteracy Rate stands at about 40%, which translates to about 60 Million illiterate people above age 15 years in our population of about 150 Million people.  We must all accept that this is a Huge number and explains all that we are going through presently especially in the Northern part of the country. It also partly explains why the Polio virus is still present in Nigeria.
 
It is therefore our responsibility as Rotarians to assist by helping to improve the infrastructure in our Public Schools, to help in improving the knowledge and skills of the Teachers, to improve the self-esteem of pupils by donating some basic needs and amenities to them. To be Role models to these pupils through setting up Interact clubs in secondary schools.
For the adults who for one reason or the other missed being educated and wish to be educated, we must provide Adult Literacy Classes for them.
 
The higher the literacy level in a community, the better for all of us as we can all speak with some kind of understanding on issues and ideas and no one can then befuddle others and lead us to unnecessary crises. Economic productivity is increased, the adult literacy graduant has an improved self-esteem and earns more respect from their children, peace and goodwill is also improved and the community progresses.
 
Global Grant projects on Basic Education and Literacy are few while the needs in our schools are humongous. Let us do more projects in this Area of Focus of The Rotary Foundation.
 
There will be a Basic Education and Literacy Seminar on Thursday, 7th September 2017 at the District Centre by 10.00 am. Presidents, Service Project Chairs and all Clubs with Adult Education Classes and those desirous of starting one, should please attend as Major personalities in the Education Ministries of Lagos and Ogun States will be available for interactive discussions. All Clubs with graduants who are yet to be awarded certificates can also come with such candidates for a joint award at the Seminar.
 
Thanks so much Ladies and Gentlemen.
 
May Rotary Friends and Rotary Ways help us to serve Our Creator All our Days . Amen.  
 
WALE OGUNBADEJO
District Governor, 
Rotary International District 9110, Nigeria.
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DG Ogunbadejo Inducts 13 New Members at Rotary Club of Surulere North-East
It was all smiles on the faces of members of Rotary Club of Surulere North-East as they welcomed the District Governor, Rotarian Dr. Wale Ogunbadejo to their board meeting and induction of new members during his official visit on Monday, September 18, 2017.
 
The District Governor, who was accompanied on the official visit by the District Secretary, Rotarian Segun Adewakun and some other District leaders, was received by the President of the Rotary Club of Surulere North-East, Rotarian Joel Adekunle Ogunlade, past Presidents, Board members and other members of the club.
 
In his assessment of the club’s report, the DG commended Rotary Club of Surulere North-East on the number of membership ranging between the age brackets of 40 and below.
 
He also pointed out that the club’s total number of membership could be improved and urged them to bring in new members, especially female members and those within the age brackets of 40 and below.
 
The Governor stated the need for the club to devise new ways of making their meeting activities fun and interesting as this will not only attract young and new members, but will also help to retain existing members.
 
He also advised that meeting sessions should not be complicated. Rather, meeting sessions should be an avenue for the club members to deliberate on topics in details.
 
Citing an example with the Rotary Club of Ikeja’s membership handbook which contains the club’s weekly activities, the Governor encouraged the Rotary Club of Surulere North East’s board members to tread the same path by making such kind of handbook available for members.
 
Noting that mentorship is an essential tool used in retaining new members, he further encouraged the club mentors to set good examples for the new members to emulate and keep their enthusiasm for the club alive.
 
According to the DG, “Membership is key in Rotary. Without members, Rotary is gone. If we must do what Rotary wants us to do, then we must increase membership.” The impact of membership in fulfilling Rotary’s mandate is vital, he further told the club members.
 
The DG also explained that low membership leads to lesser amount of funds and ideas to be generated, thereby limiting the number of projects to be executed.
 
Responding to the District Governor’s observation, the board members of the Rotary Club of Surulere North-East promised to work together on membership, targeted towards young and vibrant members.
 
The high point of the DG’s visit to the Rotary Club of Surulere North-East was the induction of 13 new members into the Rotary family.
 
While inducting the new members, the DG commended the club for the membership growth and also advised the new members to make their presence felt in their community by helping to fill the gap created by government.
 
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‘What Rotary means to the community matters a lot’, DG tells Rotary Club of Victoria Island East
 
“Whatever Rotary may mean to us, what it means to the community is what matters a lot”, Pacesetter District Governor, Rotary International District 9110, Nigeria, Rotarian Dr. Wale Ogunbadejo has inspired members of the Rotary Club of Victoria Island East.
 
The District Governor commended the Rotary Club of Victoria Island East on the donations and the laudable projects the club has executed so far during his official visit to the club on Tuesday, September 20, 2017.
 
Rotarian Ogunbadejo made the commendation on his visit to the club’s board meeting and induction of new members, where he was joyfully received by the board members, past Presidents, and other club members, lead by the President, Rotarian Tayo Adebiyi.
 
DG Ogunbadejo, who was accompanied by the District Secretary, Rotarian Segun Adewakun and some other District leaders, while going through the club’s report, described the efforts Rotary Club of Victoria Island East in the area of service programmes as “so much.”
 
“Whatever Rotary may mean to us, what it means to the community is what matters a lot”, the Governor told Rotary Club of Victoria Island East members noting that the club has extensively impacted on the life of people in its immediate community through several meaningful projects.
 
The DG cited some of the projects to include the provision of public toilets at Eleko Beach and refurbishment of Victoria Island Primary School, among other projects that the club has successfully executed, even without global or district grant.
 
However, he advised the club to apply for grants as this will add to their internally generated funds which will then enable them execute bigger projects.
 
The Governor also encouraged them to do more in terms of donations, especially to the Rotary Foundation. They should think out of the box and innovate various ways of generating funds in contribution to the Rotary Polio Foundation from both members and non-members of the club, the DG said.
 
DG Ogunbadejo also identified the major challenge of the club to be membership, while pointing out the need for the club to bring in new members who are professionals in various fields such as Doctors, Lawyers, etc, as this will help to provide the needed expertise in executing projects across various fields of human endeavour.
 
He further encouraged the club to leverage technologies like Skype in engaging members who, for one reason or the other, couldn’t be physically present at meetings.
 
For potential members who may say they are too busy to be active members of the club, the Governor advised the existing members of the club to make the potential members understand that they can join the club as Honorary Rotarians who don’t have to attend meetings but can become corporate partners with the club.
 
According to DG Ogunbadejo, these Honorary Rotarians can attend meetings once in a while and can eventually become active members after some time. He explained that the District has witnessed such situations in some of its clubs including the Rotary Club of Gbagada.
 
The Governor also identified the stagnant number of female members and urged the club to put in more effort in other to bridge the gender gap and also increase the number of members that are between the age brackets of 40 and below.
 
This feat, he said, can only be achieved by bringing in new members and devising new ways of retaining them. “The future of Rotary is in Africa because this is where we have people who are relatively young”, DG Ogunbadejo charged members of Rotary Club of Victoria Island East.
 
Responding to the Governor’s observation, the board members revealed that the club is currently focusing on bringing in new and younger members who wouldn’t have to pay as much as older members, but will have the much needed time for the club activities.
 
The Governor’s visit ended after he shared fellows with the club members, during which he inducted two new and younger members into the Rotary Club of Victoria Island East family.
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