The excitement of 1500+ people in attendance was palpable from the comfort of anyone watching the Grand dinner hosted for the Rotary International President Shekhar Mehta in Nairobi, early September.
For the 107 Rotarians who were officially being welcomed to the global family, this day could go down as historic, with Rotary Club of Nairobi-Lang’ata’s ‘Incredible 9’ maintaining the club’s position as one of the biggest in District 9212. Who are the incredible 9?
Jimmy Kibati (Aviation), who has already taken flight as a Paul Harris Fellow is on a mission to uplift Grace Nanana Education Centre, a girl’s rescue centre from the harmful traditional practices the girls experience in Kajiado County. With Rotarians as the wind beneath his wings, he hopes to install water storage tanks and pump, install a solar energy project, drip irrigation for subsistence farming to sustain their livelihood.
Timothy Mung’oma (ICT) reckons that his love for travel will gel with Rotary activities. He would be an incredible asset to bringing the Digital Literacy project to life, starting back home in Western Kenya, through an NGO he has helped his mother run over the last two decades. He hopes that through the power of Rotary connections, the remote schools in Western Kenya will be empowered with digital connectivity.
Elizabeth Muturi (sales and marketing) prides herself in being meticulous at planning. Like clockwork, she and her son feed the homeless on Sundays, but as she aspires to streamline that delivery system, she challenges her new Rotary family to participate in activities to get better acquainted, whether at socials or projects.
The self- driven Joy Mbatia (financial services) has held various high-ranking positions in different organizations, and her passion to prosper, innovative and analytical skills will surely add to the blend of RCL family.
John Thirima (civil engineering) is a decorated engineer with a passion for traveling, reading and swimming. We look forward to benefiting from his interpersonal skills some of which were evident during the pinning session that took place the weekend after their induction.
Christine Obino (customer experience) is an avid traveler with Jungles and Sands travel Company and on her bucket list is to visit the Jade sea and the desert sands of Lake Turkana. Even with the fun of exploring the cradle of mankind, her heart bleeds at the dire drought situation. She believes that through Rotary partnerships with local and international partners, there will be a more sustainable solution to the perennial hunger situation.
Yvonne Della (Marketing) who loves reading informative books and participating in community service, is dedicated and resourceful, with a lot of experience in project planning.
Olivia Rachier (law) is a decorated lawyer and advocate of the High court, who would do her sponsor, Rtn. Janet Lavuna proud for bringing her analytical skills to support Rotary projects.
Loretta Ogana (law) has joined the Family of Rotary Committee, hoping to influence more Rotarians to enjoy athletics and outdoor activities.
The District has set a target to have 4000 new members in the Rotary Year 2021/22. RI President shared the strategy of bringing one person to join Rotary every year. We celebrate the Incredible Nine’s sponsors, Rtn. Immediate Past President Sarah Migwi, Rtn. Joe Waweru, Rtn. Janet Lavuna, Rtn. Sheila Maingi, Rtn. Doreen Banda, Rtn. Winnie Opuch, Rtn. Tabitha Wangari, for leading by example, and Membership Director Rtn. Wanjiku Wairia for edging us on!
Kudos to the District Membership Committee Director Rtn. Maina Gichohi for a stellar job in growing the Rotary family at District level.