Posted by Ify Ejezie on Apr 01, 2024

 

Dear District Leaders, and Fellow Rotarians,

 

I welcome you to the month of April which begins the last quarter of our Hope Rotary year and the month dedicated to Environment by Rotary International.

 

Rotarians are urged to take care of their environment and address our world's environmental challenges. We hope to promote environmental sustainability and protect our planet through innovative initiatives.

 

I thank many of our Clubs that have done projects in this area of focus, and may I appeal to those who are yet to doto still stand up to get counted.

 

Beyond Environmental month, we are gradually moving to the end of this Rotary year.

 

For our Clubs, this is the time to complete, commission and handover all humanitarian projects executed this year. It is also time to upload all necessary information on My Rotary and qualify your Club for the Rotary International Presidential Citation.

We must equally let all these be reported and showcased to our communities to enable them to appreciate our good works, enhance public image of our organisation and attract more volunteers to join us in this business of doing good in the world.

 

You have all done well and inspired our communities with various humanitarian projects and I thank My Hope Presidents for the leadership provided for their clubs since the beginning of this Rotary year.

 

How did we fare in March?

 

CLUB VISITS

As at the end of March, I am pleased to inform you that a total of 110 (One Hundred and Ten) Clubs have been visited. I thank the Presidents and members of the various clubs that have received me and my team. I congratulate you all on the various life-touching projects that we are doing in our communities.

 

The District Executive Secretary has sent anupdated itinerary, particularly for the attention of Clubs yet to be visited. For those who will still receive the DG, the dates have been firmed up with you and for those that will be “visiting” the DG instead, a date has equally been set aside for you to have the meetings with me in my office with your workbooks and accompanied by your Assistant Governors. I will appreciate , if these dates are kept free for these visits.

 

MEMBERSHIP

Apart from the reports of inductions being carried out by Clubs, I equally have had the privilege of personally inducting so many quality members into Rotary. I wish to appeal once again that the Clubs should register such members inducted on Rotary Club Central immediately. In the same vein, I will still continue to plead with our Clubs to please stop these massive deletions to enable us conclude our Districting with good membership status.

 

As reported by Clubs in the Rotary Club Central we had another net loss of 69 members as at end of March due to an upsurge in deletion by Clubs. Meaning that all the newly inducted members were wiped off with the deletions.

 

I still have no doubt however that in the last two (2) months remaining, we shall deliver on the 20% minimum membership growth for the Rotary year, if only we can stop or reduce these massive deletions, and attract more quality members.

 

THE ROTARY FOUNDATION

I wish to appreciate Rotarians for your generous contributions to The Rotary Foundation in the last nine (9) months of the Hope year. However, let your donations keep rolling in as we are still far behind our Goals for the Foundation. May I also use this medium to plead with those who are yet to fulfil their pledges made during my visits to please take advantage of the RI rates for April to redeem their pledges. The Finance department will be reaching out shortly to Rotarians with outstanding pledges for redemption. 

 

As at the end of March our total contribution to the Foundation for Polio is $78,686.77 while our total contribution to the Foundation is $449,404.60. This is a far cry from our target for the Rotary year! Please donate generously to support our Foundation.

 

For the few Clubs yet to be visited, please do not wait until my visit to your Clubs before donating generously to our Rotary Foundation. Club Presidents should please pay up the 10-dollar challenge for all its members and the 1500 dollars as a Club to the Foundation. I thank you all in advance and pray for abundance of blessings on us all.

 

PUBLIC IMAGE

The sixth in the series of the planned DG Speaks for this Rotary year was held on Wednesday, 6th March, 2024 and it was a huge success, with a good number of Rotarians in attendance and District Leaders joining to listen, interacting with me and asking relevant questions as it affects their Clubs. 

 

Let me thank the District Public Image Committee chaired by ARPIC/DPIC Michael Effiong for their wonderful work and commitment. I will like to personally recognise and appreciate Rotarian Temitayo Ayorinde of the Rotary club of Lekki Golden for a good anchoring of the program.

 

The seventh in the series will hold on Wednesday, 3rd April, 2024. The Committee will provide further information on the virtual meeting.

 

Once again, let me congratulate all our Club Presidents and their members for the overwhelming publicity drive being undertaken at all levels. Our stories are all over the social media space, print media, Radio and Television stations. 

 

Please do not relent on your efforts, LET’S KEEP TELLING OUR COMPELLING STORIES AT ALL TIMES. Thank you all.

 

ROTARY WEEK OF SERVICE

From 4th – 7th March, 2024 was observed as Rotary Week of Service. The week provided opportunity for Clubs to unite and collaborate to have greater impact in their communities, build long-term partnerships in service, increase interest in membership, and improve Rotary's image. Clubs took advantage of the week to Cleanup the Market Places with their Rotary T-shirts which enhanced visibility that can translate to membership attraction and growth. 

 

Clubs were zoned by the District Rotary Week of Service Committee to execute a project for the week. Rotarians really proved themselves as People of Action as they came out in large numbers to clean up street and also advocate healthy and cleaner environment. The District Committee was not left out as the Flag of to commemorate the weektook place on Tuesday, 5th March, 2024 at the Immaculate heart Junior and Senior Comprehensive High School, Maryland while the Closing Ceremony + the donation of Borehole was held at the Destitute Home Okobaba, Lagos on Thursday, 7th March, 2024.

 

I wish to thank Rotarian Kayode Oladipo Adeniran and his committee members for a job welldone.God bless you all.

 

ROTARY SPORTS FESTIVAL (ROSFEST)

The much awaited final of the Sports Activities, a total of 12 games that started with Zonal competitions and different indoors activities,got to a peak on Friday, 1st March, 2024 with the One day Golf Tournaments on the Ikoyi Club 1938 Golf Course . I had the priviledge of teeing off at the first and last Rotary District 9110 ROSFEST Golf tournament. It was followed by a prize giving evening to recognise the winners and all our partners.

 

The final/Closing event was held at Mobolaji Johnson Stadium Onikan on Saturday, 9th march, 2024 with a Football Final between Team Ogun and Team Lagos. Ogun team won with 4 goals to 1 after an intense and highly competitive 90 minutes match.

 

I wish to at this point appreciate our partners and sponsors for a very good relationship.

-Lagos Sports Commision under the leadership of the Director-Genral Mr Lekan Fatodu

-RESSA Project Nigeria Ltd

-Brilla Media Group and the Chairman Dr Larry Izamuje

-Ikoyi Club 1938

- M .I .Okoro and Associates 

-UfitFly

-KKF

-Ello Table Water

-MTN Nigeria Communications

-Munro

-Rites Foods

-All the Pillar of Sports

 

My regard goes to the Committee Chairman PP Alozie Nsirimobi and all his team members for the hard work put into this.  It is almost impossible that this is actually a maiden edition with the near-perfection of the planning and execution.

God bless you all.

 

No doubts,the Rotary Sports Festival(ROSEFEST) achieved its objectives and all the attendant benefits well harnessed. I am hoping that as we district into districts 9111 and 9112 come July 2024, the two new districts  will take ROSFEST on board.

 

WOMEN IN ROTARY MEDICAL OUTREACH

The District Women in Rotary Committee carried out a Medical Outreach on Wednesday, 13th March, 2024 at the Rotary Centre where over 100 men and women were screened for the following:

 

- Hepatitis B
- BMI
- BP

 

A special thank you to the Committee Chairperson PP Vivian Ohiaeri and her Team Members for a job well done.

 

THE BIRTH OF NEW ROTARY CLUB – ROTARY CLUB OF IJOKO PREMIER

Rotary Club of Ijoko Premier which was sponsored by Rotary Club of Ijoko was admitted to Rotary International on Friday, 15th March, 2024 with Rotarian Olubamike Kassim as the Charter President and AG Niyi Adedokun as the New Club Adviser (NCA). The new Club has 20 members at Charter 

 

The Club meets on Thursdays at 7.00pm at Ganni-Ola House, 17, Nascon Road, Alasia, Ijoko, Ota, Ogun State.

RI PRESIDENT R. GORDON R. MCLNALLY VISIT TO NIGERIA

The visit of the Rotary International President – R. Gordon R. Mclnally and his spouse Heather to Nigeria was successful.. 

 

The RI President and his spouse arrive Nigeria on Friday, 15th March and was welcomed by the four (4) DGs in Nigeria , together with other District leaders from the 4 districts in Nigeria. He also was accompanied by us to visit the number one citizen of Nigeria, President Bola AhmedTinubu, and the meeting was very beneficial as we had the opportunity to discuss the past and future needs of Rotary with President Tinubu while creating the necessary awareness needed with the Government of Nigeria .

He also had the opportunity to address the press in Aso rock .

We had a Gala Night on Saturday, 16th March, 2024, while his visit was rounded off on Sunday the 17th with an interaction with Rotarians and the 4 district governors , as well as paying a condolence visit to the widow of our PRIP Jonathan Majiagbe .

It was indeed a memorable event to the RI President and his spouse.

 

I say a big Thank you to our District Coordinator PAG Chinedu Ebo of Rotary Club of Victoria Island East for his publicity and ensuring that our District was not left out in terms of participation.

 

PIONEER DISTRICTS 9111 AND 9112 LEARNING SEMINARS

The statutory training for the two Districts has commenced.

 

The DTTS for 2024-2025 for the two Districts has been held successfully. The PETS for District 9112 has also been done. The last which is the District Training Assembly (DTA) hold from 13th – 14th April, 2024 at Orchid Hotel, Lekki, Lagos.

 

For District 9111, we have two (2) more trainings to go – PETS between 5th – 7th April, 2024 and DTA between 19th – 20th April, 2024 both at Orchid Hotel, Lekki.

 

Kudos to the District Learning Teams of the two new districts for the seamless way they have conducted the trainings so far.

 

DISTRICT TRANSITION COMMITTEE 

The Committee headed by PDG Yomi Adewunmi of the Rotary Club of Gbagada and PDG Somo Omoniyi of Rotary Club of Agege as Vice Chairman have submitted their final report.

 

I urged you to stay tuned in the next few weeks for a report from me to all Rotarians on the Transition of District 9110 into the new two (2) Districts 9111 and 9112.

 

ON-TO-SINGAPORE

The Committee is rounding off the Screening exercise and submission to the embassy will start by week 1 of April.Please ensure you have submitted all the required documents to the Committee.

 

DISTRICT CONFERENCE

The momentum for the 2023-2024 District Conference tagged “Actualisation Conference” is on the rise and no doubts Rotarians are up for a Conference like never before. If you have not registered, please do so today! As the Committee headed by PAG Chiedozie Mba will give us a Conference full with lots of fun, entertainment, motivational speakers and interesting activities. 

 

CONCLUSION

Thank you, Rotarians, for remaining steadfast and for being supportive in the District activities in the last nine months. 

 

Please note that donations to the Rotary Foundation and growing our membership remain the two focal points of Rotary International.

 

Serving Humanity is our commitment. Let us all continue to do this as we Create Hope in our various communities.

 

Thank you.

 

 

 

Rotarian Ifeyinwa Ejezie FCS, CRM

District Governor 2023-2024