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Rotary Club of Anthony Metropolitan Provides Health Care and Economic Empowerment for Community
 
Rotary Club of Anthony Metropolitan, District 9110 has provided health care and economic empowerment for indigent members of its community.
 
The club, under the leadership of the club president, Rotarian Okechukwu Onyi, gave out insecticide-treated nets to members of Anthony community during the official visit of the District Governor, Rotarian Dr. Adewale Ogunbadejo to the club on Sunday, December 10, 2017.
 
The club also gave out brand new grinding machines and a sewing machine to three beneficiaries. 
 
DG Ogunbadejo, who was accompanied on the visit by members of his entourage including the District Secretary, Rotarian Segun Adewakun, stated the importance of the treated nets for the prevention of Malaria.
 
“In Africa, Malaria kills far more than HIV/AIDS and Tuberculosis and the set of people mostly affected are children, pregnant women and the elderly people”, the Governor said, while presenting the treated nets to members of the community, on behalf of the club.
 
The Governor, during the club assembly, advised the club to adopt online meeting system during which those who are not members of the club can also be part of. 
 
“For a club to do big things, you need more members; their time, money, talent, etc, and this is one of the ways through which the club can attract new members”, he said.
 
The DG further stated the need for continuous education of its members, especially the new ones, through seminars. “Rotary is a knowledge based organisation. It keeps revolving so we have to keep in touch with it.”
 
He pointed out the Zonal Institute as a platform where Rotarians can acquire Rotary knowledge, adding that the Institute is now open to all Rotarians.
 
During the club fellowship, Tope Obaniyi, a young girl who is an orphan was presented by the club to the DG, as one of its projects, having provided her with an artificial arm and also assisted her through secondary school. The club revealed that it plans to further assist her through her higher institution.
 
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Message from 
Ian Riseley
President, Rotary International
Dear Fellow Rotarians,
 
Together, we are setting in motion our global effort to help the world better understand who we are: people of action, driven by a desire to strengthen communities, mobilize problem solvers, and find solutions to the tough challenges that affect people around the world.
 
Starting now, you can visit the Brand Center to download new People of Action templates for social media posts and print ads. You can also download the video public service announcements that debuted at the Atlanta convention, as well as guidelines and tips on using the campaign. Use all of these to tell your own stories about how your club and district are taking action and bringing leaders together to make an impact in your community. 
 
We are very proud of this new campaign and the opportunity it gives us to tell a consistent, compelling story about what makes Rotarians people of action. In the coming months, we’ll add more resources to the Brand Center. We hope that you take advantage of these materials, because they’ll help you to get the full benefit of the campaign by promoting both your club and Rotary in your community. Join us and bring the People of Action campaign to life by visiting the Brand Center today. The more we build awareness of Rotary, the easier it will be to make an impact in our communities right across the world.
 
Ian Riseley
President, Rotary International
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DG Ogunbadejo, District Leaders Meet Prospective Rotarians
 
The District Governor, Rotary International, District 9110, Nigeria, Rotarian Dr. Wale Ogunbadejo has held an inaugural meeting with prospective Rotarians of the district.
 
District leaders including the District Governor-Elect, Rotarian Kola Sodipo, the District Governor Nominee, Rotarian Dr. Jide Akeredolu and Past District Governor, Rotarian Bola Onabadejo were also present at the meeting which was held on Sunday, December 10, 2017.
 
The prospective Rotarians had indicated their interest to join a Rotary club on Rotary International’s website www.rotary.org as well as the district’s website www.rotary9110.org. They were referred to the district which then invited them for a chat at the District Rotary Centre in Ikeja GRA area of Lagos state.
 
Also present at the meeting were the District Secretary, Rotarian Segun Adewakun, Past Assistant Governors, some district leaders, some club leaders, as well as Rotarians. 
 
DG Ogunbadejo explained what it takes to be a Rotarian in his address to the attendees when he said that, “you must be a man with a reliable source of livelihood to be one of us. We exist as Rotarians, only to serve. We exist to make a positive impact in the lives of others.”
 
According to him, as Rotarinas, “we also network and help each other, but we are in Rotary basically, to serve others. The government cannot do it all, so we need more people to close the gap.”
 
DGE Sodipo, while addressing the guests also adds that, “as Rotarians, in our quest to make the world a better place to live in, we help fight social causes. One of such is polio. Rotarians all over the world are working together to ensure that no child below the age of 5 is crippled by this polio virus.
 
“Whether you are a friend of Rotary or a member, your donation and advocacy in the support of eradicating polio will go a long way”, DGE Sodipo added.
 
Omoh Paul, one of the prospective Rotarians, in his remark, stated that there are three categories of people. “The first category is those who give their money, the second category is those who give their talent and the third category is those who give their time. I will give my money, talent and time”, he assured.
 
Another prospective Rotarian, Adesanwo Oluwagbemiga said although he was discouraged by a lot of people not to attend the meeting but on getting to the meeting and having been a part of it, “I believe am on the right path.”
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“Rotary Has Influenced Me Positively”, says Interact Representative
Rotary International is indeed giving back to Rotary club members all around the world, who dedicate their time and resources to selfless humanitarian services, while touching the lives of the people in their communities.
 
This impact Rotary has on its members is not limited to Rotarians alone but also extends to Rotary International’s sponsored organization for teenagers- The Interact Club.  
 
In this interview with The Governor’s Newsletter, the District Interact Representative 2017/2018, Rotary International, District 9110, Nigeria, Fausiat Ibrahim, a SS2 student of Community Senior High School, Wasimi in Maryland area of Lagos state tells us how Rotary, through the Interact Club of her school, has touched her life. 
 
Why did you join the Interact club?
My sister is also a member of the Interact club. She joined before me. She was actually the one who motivated me to join the club through her lifestyle. Also, when I was in primary school, I had some friends in secondary school that were members of the Interact Club and they used to tell me whenever they participated in any End Polio Now activity, quiz and some other Rotary activities. 
 
Then, I started getting inquisitive to know what polio is all about. Before then, I used to wonder if polio is the same as Apollo (burning, itching and swelling of the eyes). Rotary helped me to know what polio is all about. The club has also helped me to be abreast with current happenings in Nigeria and around the world. 
 
Since my primary school days, I have been hearing about Rotary. I used to see the projects they executed in my school, such as donation of school bags, sandals and some other school items. Although I didn’t know much about Rotary then but when I got into Junior Secondary School and my school’s Interact Club was certified two years ago, I became the charter (first) president of the club.
 
What have you been benefiting from the club since you joined?
Rotary, through the Interact Club has really influenced me positively. I have been able to build my self confidence and determination. I used to be a shy person before I joined the Interact Club. I get scared whenever I am being called upon to speak in public but when I joined the club, all that changed. 
 
Also, I used to get angry easily but I have been able to learn how to calm myself as a good leader. I used to be addicted to watching movies. I spent most of my leisure time watching movies but when I joined the club, I started developing interest in news broadcasts. Interact club is ideal for young people like me. The club benefits members in the area of knowledge, exposure, among other areas.
 
I want to say a very big thank you to Rotary Club of Maryland. I am very grateful that my school is privileged to have an Interact club which may not have been made possible without the support of Rotary Club of Maryland.
 
What areas has Rotary club been helping the Interact club in your school?
Rotary has equipped my school library, refurbished the school’s toilet facility, the sick bay which used to be in an awful state has also been refurbished and equipped. The club has donated exercise books among other items to my school and also provided some gaming facilities in my school. 
 
All we need now is for them to always send Rotarians to attend our meetings so as to guide us and provide us with adequate knowledge on the club and how to move the club forward, and also to encourage new and existing members of the club, making them know why they must remain with the club. 
 
Right now, I know am determined to learn more about the Interact Club and Rotary but if there is nobody to motivate me, I may eventually lose interest in the club and give up.
 
For instance, I have some friends who only attend our meetings whenever a snack will be distributed. So whenever I go to invite them for our meeting, they will ask me if they will be given biscuit, sweet, etc. We need them to know that they don’t need biscuits and sweets to attend the club meetings because the impact the club will have on them is far more than those snacks.
 
Do your parents know that you are a member of the Interact Club?
Yes, they do.
 
How have your parents reacted to you and your sister becoming members of the club?
Well, I missed last year’s edition of Rotary Youth Leadership Award (RYLA) because my mum didn’t know much about Rotary or Interact then. I was still new in the club then. I also didn’t know much about the club but now that she knows, she knows the projects Rotary Club has been executing in my school. 
 
My mum knows my weak point. She knows I used to be a shy person. Before I joined, I made her understand that the club will help me build my self esteem and she agreed. My dad doesn’t really know much because he is a military man. He doesn’t stay at home often but he also knows about it. Insha Allah, I will attend this year’s edition of RYLA. 
 
Why do you want to attend the forthcoming edition of Rotary Youth Leadership Award (RYLA)?
The experiences past RYLA participants narrate whenever they return, such as their experience with the water, the fun activities, the unexpected way a participant can be called upon to carry out a task, the military training, the exposure, the challenges because they will help to bring out the best in me.
 
Many of the past participants that I have come across always have this self confidence that I admire a lot. I have a senior in school whose name is senior Ibrahim. I know he already had a certain level of self confidence in him but after he participated in RYLA, he became more self confident. I want to be like him. I want to be able to address people without any fear.
 
Your testimonies so far imply that in future, when you have your own children, you will encourage them to join the Interact Club?
Yes, I will love them to join the Interact club. 
 
Would you like to become a Rotarian in the near future?
For sure, I will.
 
What is your message to your fellow Interactors out there?
My message to my fellow Interactors is that they should be determined to achieve whatever they set their mind to achieve. They should be focused in life. They should not look back when people mock them. 
 
If they want to organise any programme for instance, and the programme eventually couldn’t hold for some reasons, they should not feel bad. They should participate actively in their club activities. Also, in their various schools, they should strive to be among the best students.
 
What do you have to say to your peers who are not members of the Interact club?
All I want to tell them is that they should join the Interact club in their schools because the club will help them to be the best even among the best. They need to join so that they can be as happy and as successful as I am today. 
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“Make Good Use of This Opportunity”, DG tells RYLA 2017 Participants 
 
 
Rotarian Dr. Wale Ogunbadejo, the District Governor, Rotary International, District 9110, Nigeria, has encouraged Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) 2017 participants to make good use of the opportunity to prepare themselves for the future.
 
He stated this in his address at the opening ceremony of the RYLA 2017 which was held on Sunday, November 26, 2017. The Governor, who attended the event alongside his wife, Rotary Ann Funmi Ogunbadejo and other district leaders urged the participants not to see the programme as a joke.
 
According to DG Ogunbadejo, “To my beautiful and handsome Rylarians, I wish you all the best as you commence this journey to self discovery. Please, use this opportunity very well. Don’t take it as a joke please. It can be a life changer for some of you”.
 
The Governor explained the purpose of the programme saying, “Why are we investing so much in this programme? These ones seated here are our future leaders and it is in our own interest to look after these future leaders. These are the ones who will take decisions in future that will impact positively or negatively on our lives. We would then be helpless to do anything about it. 
 
The Governor explained the purpose of the programme saying, “Why are we investing so much in this programme? These ones seated here are our future leaders and it is in our own interest to look after these future leaders. These are the ones who will take decisions in future that will impact positively or negatively on our lives. We would then be helpless to do anything about it. 
 
 
“Our country, Nigeria in particular, suffers from the dearth of committed selfless leadership. We need a complete orientation in our leaders and we hope that by this, we will help to teach our youths, the right concept of leadership and also to build a better future for our country”. 
 
Underscoring the activities the participants will engage in during the programme, he said, “the most physically tasking of all will be the trek to Tarkwa Bay, that’s about a 20km walk to and fro and some of you will do things that might seemed impossible to you. It is therefore going to boost your inner strength. You will however experience this if you participate in all the activities.
 
“If you keep hiding behind others, you will be short-changing yourself. It’s only in participation that benefits will come. No matter how hard, play your part and learn from the experience. You also never know what fate will take to your path in future so make use of the opportunities and learn”.
 
Speaking further, the DG said, “These exercises will improve your self confidence, your self esteem and as I said earlier, bring out the real you. Only when a man understands himself can he progress in life. You must know yourself so that others won’t keep dictating your path for you. You must also make as many friends as you can because you never know where you will meet yourselves in future.
 
“However, especially for the younger ones, do not allow yourselves to be bullied, lured or tempted into any wrong act which you may regret later. Let the older ones look after the younger ones and mentor them too with the right principles and actions. 
 
“Your safety is the highest priority for us. We have had previous editions without any mishap. We know that this is the biggest so far but we are not expecting any mishap but you all must listen to our instructions and do all you are asked to do. You will never be asked to do anything that is dangerous to your health and safety”, he added.
 
Also present at the opening ceremony was Mr. Mustapha Oludare, the Sea School Cordinator, a representative of Honourable Ramotallahi Olanrewaju Akinola-Hassan the Chairperson, Oriade Local Council Development Area.
 
Comedian Alibaba was also present at the opening ceremony where he motivated the participants with his success story.
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Rotary Club of Abule-Egba Metropolitan Donates to Health Care Centre, Schools and Widows
 
Rotary Club of Abule-Egba Metropolitan in District 9110, has donated some items to Ojokoro Primary Health Care Centre, New Oko-Oba Primary School, Community Primary School, and some widows in Abule-Egba community.
 
The club, under the leadership of the club president, Rotarian Samuel Adenekan, leveraged the official visit of the District Governor, Rotarian Dr. Wale Ogunbadejo to the club on Sunday, November 19, 2017, to carry out the donations.
 
The club donated some medical items, benches, ceiling fan and a generator set to Ojokoro Primary Health Care Centre. The medical items donated include stethoscopes, adult weighing scales and cuscus.
 
The club President, while presenting the items to the District Governor, explained that the club decided to provide the items to the centre, following the needs assessment that was carried out by the club in the centre to ascertain what the centre really needs.
 
Rotarian Adenekan further explained that one of the club members visited the hospital and met one of the pregnant women on maternity check up sweating profusely due to power outage so three of the club members decided to donate the brand new generator set to the centre.
 
“This donation touches two of our areas of focus. I thank you the club, especially those who came here, noticed the heat, and decided to provide the generator set”, the Governor said in his remark, while urging the management of the centre to ensure that the items are properly maintained.
 
Mrs Ajibola Oludoyin, the Principal Nursing Officer for the centre, who received the items, thanked the club members for their generosity, while stating that “the items came at a time when the hospital needed it more.”
The club also donated also donated exercise books, drum sets, office tables and chairs to both New Oko-Oba Primary School and Community Primary School in Abule- Egba.
 
Also present at the donation ceremony was Mr. Ige Samson, H.O.S. Special Duties, representing the Educational Secretary. In his remark, he said, “I thank the Rotary club of Abule-Egba Metropolitan for their effort. Like the DG has said, the government cannot do it all. What you have supplied so far, I am saying it emphatically that there will be good usage and maintenance”.
 
The head teachers, some of the pupils, and also some staff of the two schools were also present at the donation ceremony. The club also led the DG on a courtesy visit to the Oba of Ojokoro land, H. R. M. Oba Rilwan Oluwalambe Taiwo (JP), Akeja Oniyanru Akanbiogun (1st).
 
The Governor presented some food items to some of the widows in the community, on behalf club. The items presented to the widows include rice and groundnut oil. The DG shared fellowship with members of the club.
 
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Rotary Club of Ewutuntun Provides Potable Water for Ewutuntun Community
Rotary is known for its impact in the community and even more commendable is the consistency at which these impacts are being felt by the people in communities where Rotary clubs exist. 
 
Rotary Club of Ewutuntun, District 9110 has once again impacted greatly in the lives of people in Ewutuntun community through its recently commissioned multiple projects, one of which is the provision of potable water.
 
The club leveraged the official visit of the District Governor, Rotarian Dr. Wale Ogunbadejo to the club on Saturday, November 11, 2017 to commission the projects.
 
DG Ogunbadejo and members of his entourage, including the District Secretary, Rotarian Segun Adewakun, was received by the club president, Rotarian Olutade Victor Olowo, and some other leaders and members of the club.
 
The club led the DG and members of his entourage to Arewa Street in Ewutuntun Area of Lagos State where the water project was commissioned. 
 
DG Ogunbadejo, while commissioning the water project, pointed out that the club should ensure there is a planned strategy on how the project will be maintained to avoid revisiting the project and maintaining it with funds that should be used for new projects.
 
Chief Ololade Agoro, a landlord in the street and also a representative of the CDA, who was present at the project commissioning, thanked the club on behalf of the community and assured the club that the project will be properly maintained.
 
The group then proceeded to Ayoni Primary Health Care Centre in Oshodi – Isolo Local Government Area which was renovated by the club. The club president, while disclosing the areas that were renovated at the centre said, “We have four health centres within Oshodi. Every year, we pick one based on their needs assessment.”
 
The President further disclosed that the club decided to change the face of the health centre by renovating the roof which was in bad shape, renewed the painting and also the plumbing work.
 
Mrs. Adele Yewande, the Assistant Chief Community Health Practitioners who was also present, gave the club kudos for the lots of work which it has done for the health centre so far.
 
The club also presented some educational items which includes marker board, plastic chairs, markers and marker board cleaners to “Eko n’ Keko” Adult Education Programme in Ewutuntun, an initiative of Lagos State Government. The items were presented by the DG, on behalf of the club, to Alhaji Idris Ayinde, the Programme Facilitator.
 
Alhaji Ayinde thanked the club for its effort when he said that, “Rotary is complementing the effort of the government and they are trying all over the world. We are very grateful for their kind gesture towards us.”
 
DG Ogunbadejo also joined the club in its tree planting exercise which was carried out within the premises of the health centre. Thereafter, the group proceeded on a courtesy visit to the palace of H. R. M. Oba Shakirudeen Adeshina Kuti (Erufa 1), the Elewu of Ewu land.
 
The DG shared fellowship with members of the club during which the club donated 50 pieces of life jackets to the Nigerian Police Force. The life jackets were presented by the DG to the Shogunle police Division on behalf of the club. One new member was also inducted into the club by the DG.
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Rotary Club of Ota Donates Food Items to Ijamido Children Home, Ota
Rotary Club of Ota in District 9110, under the leadership of the Pacesetter President, Rotarian Gboyega Semiu Bakreen has reached out to Ijamido Children Home, Ota in Ogun State by donating some food items to them.
 
The District Governor, Rotary International District 9110, Nigeria, Rotarian Dr. Wale Ogunbadejo was led to the Home by Rotarian Gboyega and some other Club members and was given the honour to hand over the items to the home on behalf of the club, during his official visit to the club on Saturday, October 14, 2017.
 
The Governor, who was accompanied on the visit by the District Secretary, Rotarian Segun Adewakun and some other district leaders, commended the club for reaching out to the home.
 
DG Ogunbadejo sang with the children at the home and encouraged them not to feel inferior to anyone. “Nothing is lost. You can be whatever you want to be. Some children, even with their parents, don’t have what you have”, he said, while addressing the children. 
 
The Governor went further to say that, “They don’t have the love they give you here; they don’t have the kind of food that you eat here; they don’t have the kind of environment you have here, yet they are with their parents. Don’t ever let it register in your head that there is anything wrong with you. You are good”. 
 
The District Governor advised that, “what you should do is to maximise the opportunity you are given here to make your life better. Ensure that you use the opportunity here please, don’t waste the opportunity.”
 
The DG, while going through the club’s work book during the club’s board meeting, pointed out areas where the club is lagging behind and provided measures through which the club can be improved. He also shared fellowship with members of the club.
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Rotary Club of Isolo Golden Renovates Anthony Village Senior High School
Rotary Club of Isolo Golden in District 9110, is about to change the face of Anthony Village Senior High School in Anthony area of Lagos state as the club is currently renovating the school.
 
The President of Rotary Club of Isolo Golden, Rotarian Akinjide Akinlabi, charter president and some other members of the club led the District Governor, Rotarian Dr. Wale Ogunbadejo to the school to witness the work in progress, during his official visit to the club on Saturday, November 18, 2017.
 
Rotarian Akinlabi explained that the club noticed the dilapidated state of the former structure during the club’s courtesy visit to the school principal, “We noticed the former structure and decided to take it up as a star project to modernize the structure”, he said, adding that the club will subsequently take up other projects in the school.
 
The Governor who was accompanied on the visit by members of his entourage, including the District Secretary, Rotarian Segun Adewakun and some other district leaders commended the club which is in its second year of existence, for taking up the renovation project. 
“It’s a great job. I’m very happy to be here to commission it on behalf of Rotary Club of Isolo Golden but I hope that when next I will be here, it will be to commission the newly-completed building” the District Governor said. DG Ogunbadejo also joined the club in its tree planting exercise within the school premises.
 
During the board meeting, the Governor explained that the main purpose of his visit to clubs is to deliberate with members of the clubs on how to make the clubs more effective. He however advised the club to encourage its members who have relocated to other parts of the country to transfer their membership to the Rotary clubs near them so as not to lose them totally.
 
DG Ogunbadejo further advised the club members to adopt virtual meeting system where they leverage technologies like Skype to engage members who are not physically present at club meetings.
 
“Let’s imbibe technology. We are in a technology-driven world. If you don’t have computer knowledge these days, you are seen as an illiterate so don’t let us be seen as illiterates. You can also have virtual meetings. It mustn’t be physical meetings all the time”, he advised the club members.
 
“Rotary is a knowledge-based organisation. If you don’t have the knowledge, then you are not a Rotarian”, he further stating, while encouraging the club members to always use the Rotary website to equip themselves with knowledge.
 
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Rotary Club of Lagos Island Partners Tolaram Foundation on Artificial Limb Donation Project 
Rotary Club of Lagos Island in District 9110 has partnered ISHK Prosthetic Limb Centre, an initiative of Tolaram Foundation, for its artificial limb donation project.
 
The project to be launched on December 3, 2017 followed its just-concluded Vision 2020; Right to Sight Project in Kano where 436 free eye operations were carried out. 
 
The Rotary Club of Lagos Island has ventured into yet another laudable project but this time around, in the area of artificial limb donation.
 
To realise this goal, the club has entered a long term partnership with Tolaram Foundation’s ISHK Limb Centre to donate 1400 free artificial limbs to the underprivileged.
 
The club which is in its second year of formation, has undoubtedly impacted greatly in the lives of people in its community and beyond through the already executed projects as well as the soon to be executed projects in the 2017/2018 Rotary year.
 
The long term projects by the club this Rotary year include over 200 free eye operations in the Lagos edition of the Vision 2020; Right to Sight Project, Abhiyan Ile Iwe; upgrading of 2 schools, Haryali Project on Environmental Protection with over 100 plants already planted, Rotopink Walkathon Project on Breast Cancer Awareness with an awareness walk in Lekki axis.
 
Others include Blood Donation Project with over 80 pints of blood collected; Polio Awareness Plan with a polio awareness walk in Lekki market; Free Vocational Training for the underprivileged with the first round recording over 200 beneficiaries; Formation of Interact Club of British International School.
 
The club president, Rotarian Sanjeev Tandon, charter president, and some other members of the club led District Governor of Rotary International, Disctrict 9110, Nigeria, Dr Wale Ogunbadejo on a courtesy visit to Tolaram Foundation during his official visit to the club on Saturday, November 11, 2017.
 
The Governor who was accompanied on the visit by the District Secretary, Rotarian Segun Adewakun and several other district leaders, while addressing the group at the Foundation board room said, “Those of us who have limbs may not understand or appreciate this.
 
“Rotary expects to have strategic partnerships with people like you and we have Rotary Club of Lagos Island doing that for us. We say thank you”, he added.
 
Neha Mehra, the Project Head, Tolaram Foundation, in her presentation thanked DG Ogunbadejo and members of his entourage saying, “We are very grateful to you for coming to see our facility”.
 
The Governor, during the club’s board meeting, commended the club’s selfless services to humanity in its short period of existence, describing the club’s record this Rotary year ‘phenomenal’. He also commended the club’s family membership strategy which has helped to grow the club’s number of membership tremendously.
 
Two new members were inducted by the DG into the Rotary Club of Lagos Island family.
 
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ROTARY | OUR FOUNDATION, OUR FUTURE
The month of November is the month of our FOUNDATION, THE ROTARY FOUNDATION, THE HEART BEAT OF ROTARY.
 
When Arch C. Klumph proposed the foundation of an endowment for ‘Doing Good in the World’ in 1917 no one could have imagined how far-reaching this dream would be fulfilled and also its impact all over the world.
 
This is the Heartbeat of Rotary, our Philanthropic arm that gave us the confidence to confront the dreaded Poliomyehtis disease and with the collaboration of our Partners in the GPEI and the governments of the world, we are 99.9% through with the job.
 
The end-game in the war against Polio is estimated to cost about $1.5billion over the next three years but we still have a shortfall of $300million despite all pledges by Rotary, our partners, The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and governments of the world.
 
During the past 100 years, the FUND has spent $3billion on life sustainable projects with the POLIO war taking about $1.7billion of the sum.
 
MISSION OF THE ROTARY FOUNDATION
To enable Rotarians advance World Understanding, Goodwill and Peace through the improvement of health, the support of education and the alleviation of poverty.
 
OUR AREAS OF FOCUS
Distilling from the activities of thousands of Clubs and millions of Rotarians as volunteers over the past 100 years we have six areas of focus for our humanitarian, educational and cultural projects –
 
  • Peace and Conflict Prevention/Resolution
  • Disease Prevention and Treatment
  • Water and Sanitation
  • Maternal and Child Health
  • Basic Education and Literacy
  • Economic and Community Development
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35,000 Clubs all over the world addressing the needs of their communities and communities beyond their borders, carrying out projects in these Areas of Focus all year round.
 
Our Foundation therefore transforms your gifts into service projects that change the lives of people both close to home and around the world.
 
HOW DO WE RAISE THE FUNDS?
From Rotarians, Friends, Corporate Organizations, Governments and Non-Governmental Organizations (NGO). One NGO that has particularly been of great assistance, especially in the fight against POLIO is The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. For every $1.0 Rotary contributes, The Gates Foundation doubles it.
 
WHY SHOULD YOU DONATE?
Your donation makes a difference to those who need our help most. More than 90% of donations go directly to supporting our service projects around the world. The Rotary Foundation has been consistently rated as the most prudent and charity-rating organisation.
 
HOW DO WE USE YOUR DONATION?
Over 35,000 Rotary Clubs in more than 200 countries carry out sustainable service projects that support our six areas of focus. With donations like yours, we have combated 99.9% of all Polio cases. Your donation can train Peace Scholars, supports clean water and strengthen local economies.
 
A donation of $0.60 can protect a child from Polio.
 
TYPES OF DONATION
Annual Programs Fund
Endowment Fund
PolioPlus Fund
 
Your donations can be in these three categories.
 
While the first category is spent wholly within three years on service projects all over the world.
 
The second category is endowment ‘in perpetuity’ as only the interests will be spent. They therefore stand as our bulwarks against vagaries of time and as modes of sustaining the Fund.
 
The PolioPlus fund is self explanatory. This is strictly for fighting the Polio war globally.
 
CONCLUSION
The end-game in the war against Polio is estimated to cost about $1.5billion over the next three years but we still have a shortfall of $300million despite all pledges by Rotary, our partners, The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and governments of the world.
 
We therefore need your support. Our country is one of the three countries left with Polio endemicity and we must show our commitment to this war. A case of Polio anywhere is a risk to the whole world.
 
Our Foundation needs your support and we ask for your generous donation to it.
 
Should you be interested, please call me now on +2348023140773 and we shall facilitate the payment to the Foundation.
 
For my fellow Rotarians our commitment to the Foundation must be constant, Every Rotary, Every Year (EREY) should be the least donation by any Rotarian while our mega goal of $1m donation to the Foundation this year is a task we must achieve together.
 
I wish all of us a great FOUNDATION Month as we organize seminars, fund-raisers and Awareness Campaign to stimulate interest in the Foundation and encourage our generous donors.
 
Yours in Service to Humanity,
Wale Ogunbadejo

 
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Rotary Club of Maryland Refurbishes Community Primary School in Wasimi 
Rotary Club of Maryland, District 9110, has refurbished the toilet facility at Community Primary School, Wasimi in Maryland area of Lagos state and also provided the school with books and potable tap water.
 
The club which also mounted a Rotary cenotaph at Maryland bus stop, leveraged the official visit of the District Governor, Rotarian Dr. Wale Ogunbadejo and members of his entourage, including the District Secretary, Rotarian Segun Adewakun, to the club on Friday, October 20, 2017, to commission these multiple projects.
 
The president of the club, Rotarian George Ikpekhia, who presented the projects to the DG, also said while addressing the school management that, “we hope that the school can maintain it, not just for us to do it because we are going to hand it over to the school.” 
 
Rotarian Ikpekhia said that “we want the school to maintain it, to ensure that the toilet and water facilities are in good shape so that children that come here will continuously benefit from what Rotary has done. It’s all about Rotary. It’s all about giving back to the community and that’s what we have done in Rotary Club of Maryland.”
 
DG Ogunbadejo said that “we know that if every human being lives in accordance of this four-way test, this world will be a very peaceful place for all of us to be. So, we want everybody to imbibe that four-way test. That’s why we put it at Maryland junction because that’s a major public place. As people pass, we hope they will keep reading it and hopefully, they will start living it just like we are living it." 

 

 
DG Ogunbadejo on his part commended the Rotary Club of Maryland for a job well done. He however called for a hand hygiene training session to be organized for the children. “Not just providing this toilet. Please, let us think of adding a hand-washing training programme for this children to it so that they will know exactly what they need to do to after using this toilet.”
 
DG Ogunbadejo told attendees at the event that “what they don’t know at home, they will not really know except somebody else adds up to it. In every project that Rotary does, sustainability is key. We must find a way of sustaining this project so that in years to come, we will come and still be happy. It’s a wonderful project and I really applaud Rotary Club of Maryland.”
 
A staff representative of the school promised the club, on behalf of the entire staff, to maintain the projects, saying, “On behalf of the entire staff of this school, I say we are really grateful. We really appreciate the work done here. Before now, the situation has been calling for help and by the time Rotary club answered us, we were so happy. Now that it has been completed, we promise the club that we will not let them down in maintenance. 
 
Continuing, she said that “we know sustainability would be somehow difficult but we want to assure that on our part, we will try as hard as we can because on our little part, we should be Rotarians too so we will not relent in our effort to ensure that the place is kept clean all the time and see that the use is controlled and we will not allow certain things that will cause early dilapidation to be done.”
 
DG Ogunbadejo and some members of his entourage also joined the club to perform a tree planting exercise inside the school compound.
 
DG Ogunbadejo, while speaking to the press at the sidelines of the event, explained the significance of the projects executed by the Rotary club of Maryland. “The Cenotaph at Maryland serves so many purposes. One, the four-way test is the guideline of Rotary. That’s what guides us as Rotarians in what we think, what we say or what we do.
 
“We know that if every human being lives in accordance of this four-way test, this world will be a very peaceful place for all of us to be. So, we want everybody to imbibe that four-way test. That’s why we put it at Maryland junction because that’s a major public place. As people pass, we hope they will keep reading it and hopefully, they will start living it just like we are living it. 
 
“Secondly, there are also some traffic rules and guidelines on that cenotaph. That is to help Nigerians behave properly on the road, to respect each other, to respect the rules and therefore, to have less accidents and less deaths on our roads.”
 
According to the DG, “It is also a form of beautification of the environment. It stands there in beauty, standing there forever and if maintained by the Rotary Club of Maryland, it’s also another addition to the beautiful Lagos which the government is trying to do with what they are doing all over.
 
“We have gone to the school to see the water and the sanitation facilities provided for the children of this school. Rotary has six areas of focus which are peace and conflict resolution and prevention, water and sanitation, maternal and child health, prevention of diseases and treatments, basic literacy and education and then economic and community empowerment.”
 
The District Governor explained further that the project “conforms to one of these six areas of focus. That is water and sanitation. These children never had potable water; they never had facilities to ease themselves when the need arises. Just now, we saw a child who had already messed up the ground, that’s what they are used to. 
 
“But they now know there is a water facility they can make use of, flush and clean themselves. There is now water for them whenever they need water for any purposes. They now know they need to wash their hands if they are going to be taught so that everything they do, they must wash their hands, so that we can reduce the likes of water-borne diseases”, he said. 
 
The Governor explained that the tree planting exercise carried out is symbolic, noting that “the current Rotary International President wants Rotarians to focus on planet earth, that we have degraded it. We have insulted it; the earth is going through a lot of crises, that’s why we see all these heating of the environment, the rising of the oceans, the flooding and all that. 
 
“So, he said let each Rotarian, this year, plant a tree. We are 1.2 million Rotarians all over the world. If each Rotarian plants at least one tree, we will have 1.2 million trees which will give us oxygen to breathe; help us reduce the temperature of our environment and also help us stem the flooding and the destruction of some houses in some areas where flood occur. So, we are trying to add our own bits to environmental sustainability”, he concluded.
 
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Rotary Club of Gowon Estate Donates Wheelchairs to the Physically Challenged
The Rotary Club of Gowon Estate, District 9110 has donated wheelchairs to the physically challenged in its community, during the visit of the District Governor, Rotarian Dr. Wale Ogunbadejo to the club on Saturday, October 21, 2017.
 
The Governor, who was accompanied on the visit by members of his entourage which includes the District Secretary, Rotarian Segun Adewakun and some other district leaders, was received by the club president Rotarian George Eromosele, the Immediate Past District Governor (IPDG), Rotarian Patrick Ikheloa, and some other leaders and members of the club. 
 
At the donation venue which also serves as the club’s meeting venue, DG Ogunbadejo congratulated the benefactor and also commended members of the club for the donation project which he described as a very significant one, while encouraging them not to relent in their service to humanity.
 
The benefactor, Mrs. Funmilayo Okesola who was present with her husband, Mr. Gabriel Okesola, narrated how she met the lady Rotarian, a member of the Rotary Club of Gowon Estate, who made it possible for her to receive one of the wheelchairs being donated by the club.  “During my visits to my aunt’s place, I met this lady Rotarian who had compassion on me. She linked me with the club and the club considered my condition and decided to give me one of the wheelchairs”, she said.
 
“Thank you all. God will bless you all and enrich your pockets”, Mrs Okesola heartily prayed for the club members for such a huge favour granted to her by the club. Her husband who had his smiles on all through the donation exercise was equally overwhelmed by the club’s gesture towards his wife. The club however noted that it is currently on the lookout for another benefactor who will receive the remaining wheelchair. 
 
DG Ogunbadejo also joined the club in its tree planting exercise along 2nd Avenue Road in Gowon Estate.
 
The benefactor, Mrs. Funmilayo Okesola who was present with her husband, Mr. Gabriel Okesola, narrated how she met the lady Rotarian, a member of the Rotary Club of Gowon Estate, who made it possible for her to receive one of the wheelchairs being donated by the club.  “During my visits to my aunt’s place, I met this lady Rotarian who had compassion on me. She linked me with the club and the club considered my condition and decided to give me one of the wheelchairs”, she said.
 
On membership growth, the DG advised the club to always care for one another, check up on one another and encourage one another to attend meeting. A member can even offer to give another member a ride to the meeting venue sometimes. This, according to the DG, will make members to feel a sense of love and belonging, therefore, retaining them in the club. He however, urged the club members to bring in new members, especially younger ones so as to prevent the club from going into extinction.
 
DG Ogunbadejo encouraged the club strive to produce another district governor, following IPDG Patrick Ikheloa. Three new members were inducted into the club by the DG.
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Polio: Relationship is Key to Effective Social Mobilisation, Rotarians Told
Rotarian Gbenga Olayiwole, the Field Co-ordinator, Polio South West, has charged Rotarians to build result oriented relationships in the course of their participation in polio immunization exercises as “relationship is key to effective social mobilization”.
 
Rotarian Olayiwole stated this while addressing Rotarians at the Polioplus Training Seminar for Rotary International, District 9110, held at Abeokuta in Ogun state on Wednesday, October 18, 2017.
 
The seminar which was organized by the district polio plus committee had in attendance Rotarian Dr. Jide Akeredolu, the District Governor Nominee, who represented Rotarian Dr. Wale Ogunbadejo, the District Governor; Rotarian Segun Adewakun, the District Secretary, and several other district leaders and Rotarians.
 
Rotarian Olayiwole explained that relationship helps to break down the barrier of inaccessibility, therefore, in social mobilization, it is important for participants to relate and communicate with key players and stake holders at all level.
 
He further explained that communication and mobilization help to maintain strong support from key players and stake holders such as government (political players), religious authorities, traditional leaders, civil societies, global community leaders and donors, as well as all members of the local community.
 
“They also help to correct misconceptions and wrong believes around vaccination and vaccines; create demand and ownership of the programme for sustenance; build trust in the communities (it helps them to trust the services provided, trust the service provider, trust the service promoter, and also trust the outcome of service provided)”, he added.
 
According to Rotarian Olayiwole, “To achieve polio eradication, the last child should be reached with the OPV vaccine. To reach the last child, everyone has to sustain strong contribution and participation. To sustain the gain, Rotary International services should be strengthened”.
 
 
 
Noting the current situation in some parts of southern Nigeria where vaccines are being rejected, Rotarian Olayiwole explained that the Nigeria military does not carry out polio vaccination in southern Nigeria so any news linking the situation with Rotary polio vaccination exercise is misinformation.
 
“Vaccination there is carried out by the local government team. Nigeria military does not even have access to vaccines. For them to have access to vaccines, they have to go to the local government. If they are carrying out any vaccination at all, then it is not polio”, he said.
 
According to Rotarian Olayiwole, “To achieve polio eradication, the last child should be reached with the OPV vaccine. To reach the last child, everyone has to sustain strong contribution and participation. To sustain the gain, Rotary International services should be strengthened”.
 
He however charged the Rotarians present that as they leave the seminar, going back to their various clubs, to try as much as possible, to connect with their local governments, raise funds for polio eradication, as well as volunteer and recruit volunteers for polio eradication.
 
 
 
 
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Rotary Club of Apapa Donates Sewing Machines to Three Beneficiaries
 
As part of its empowerment programme for its community, the Rotary Club of Apapa, District 9110 has donated three domestic sewing machines to three beneficiaries.
 
The club leveraged on the official visit of the District Governor, Rotarian Dr. Wale Ogunbadejo to the club on Thursday, October 19, 2017, to carry out the donation exercise.
 
The Governor who was accompanied on the visit by the District Secretary, Rotarian Segun Adwewakun and some other district leaders, was warmly welcomed by the club president, Rotarian Djevwudu Riakporhe, the assistant governor to the club, Rotarian Toby Okoroafo, past presidents and some other members of the club.
 
One of the founding members of the club, Rotarian Dr. Michael Omolayole and some other elders of the 44-year-old club, who no longer attend club meetings regularly due to ageing, were present at the meeting to honour DG Ogunbadejo, who was once an Assistant Governor to the club.
 
The benefactors namely Mrs. Edith Aizebeokhai, Mrs. Rosemary N. Ekpo, and Oziegbe Emmanuel were full of smiles as they joyfully received their gifts, which were handed over to them by the DG on behalf of the club.
 
During the club assembly, the DG encouraged the club to improve its membership. He said that the club has what it takes to grow its membership, such as a rich history and a comfortable club venue. He encouraged the club members to bring in their spouses and family members, as well as friends but more especially, younger members.
 
According to the Governor, the younger members will help to follow up the club’s Rotaract and Interact clubs, which requires youthful energy. He also encouraged the club to organise training sessions for its members and invite district leaders to train them on the rudiments of club growth.
 
 
Rotarian Dr. Omolayole noted the stagnant number of Rotarians worldwide which has remained 1.2 million for “too long”, without any significant growth in the number of members between the age brackets of 40 and below. According to him, the reason for this is not alien to the fact that in a country like Nigeria for instance, many young people graduate from the higher institution and complete their National Youth Service at almost the age of 30. After service, a lot of them don’t get employed for a long time and even the ones that are employed don’t receive as much pay as they ought to.
 
 
The DG further advised the club members to invite people who live within Apapa where the club meeting venue is located so as to avoid excuses of traffic jam and distance by potential members.
 
DG Ogunbadejo however commended the club, describing it as one of the few clubs that are making use of the updated version of the constitution.
 
The club president, while responding to the DG’s observation revealed that the club has undertaken plans to integrate its Rotaract and Interact clubs into the system as they have been neglected for a couple of years now.
 
Rotarian Dr. Omolayole welcomed the DG to the club, explaining that inasmuch as he no longer attends club meetings regularly, he decided to honour the DG in recognition of the part he played in the club when he was the Assistant Governor to the club, by making himself present, although his presence was made possible through the help of Rotarian Dr. Ezekiel Aiabe, a fellow Rotarian of the club.
 
Rotarian Dr. Omolayole noted the stagnant number of Rotarians worldwide which has remained 1.2 million for “too long”, without any significant growth in the number of members between the age brackets of 40 and below.
 
According to him, the reason for this is not alien to the fact that in a country like Nigeria for instance, many young people graduate from the higher institution and complete their National Youth Service at almost the age of 30. After service, a lot of them don’t get employed for a long time and even the ones that are employed don’t receive as much pay as they ought to.
 
“If they are offered N50, 000 as monthly salary, they are happy”, he said, while explaining that because of the dues members are required to pay in Rotary, these young ones may not be financially buoyant enough to join. He urged Rotary to do something about that in order to grow its members, especially with the youths.
 
The Governor responded to Rotarian Dr. Omolayole’s observation, “In Rotary, we have associate members who are young people. They don’t pay anything but they attend club meetings and contribute to club activities”, he said.
 
He further explained that the club can decide to make one of its club meetings a social gathering, hold the meeting outside its usual meeting venue and also make it more fun and interesting. This, according to the DG, will attract new and younger members to the club.
 
He added that a Rotaractor can also be a Rotarian at the same time; it all depends on the club, but this must be stated in the club’s bye-laws because the club must practice what is in its bye-laws.
 
The club board members appreciated the DG’s intervention. Rotarian Dr. Omolayole presented a song which was composed by him to the club. He revealed that he got the inspiration to write the song during his last fellowship with the club three weeks ago.
 
The song reads thus:
We are better together; we are bigger together (Stanza One)
We are stronger together; we are safer together (Stanza Two)
We are abler together; we are fuller together (Stanza Three)
We are richer together; we are greater together (Stanza Four)
 
The DG, on request by a member of the club, promised the club to present the song to Rotary International to consider including it as part of Rotary songs, after proper preparations.
 
The club celebrated the wedding anniversary of one of its past presidents, Rotarian Matthew I. Udoffa, by presenting him a wedding anniversary card. The club also celebrated the assistant governor’s birthday by presenting him a birthday card.
 
The cards were presented to the celebrants by DG Ogunbadejo, on behalf of the club. Five intending Rotarians of the club were also identified and presented to the Governor.                    
 
 
 
 
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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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