Year in Review: Reflections from the Vocational Services Committee

The month of June marks the end of the Rotary Year 2020/21 and provides an opportunity to reminisce on the year’s events. During the year, the world continued to grapple with the Corona virus and its impact on the social-economic lives. The virus did not break the Rotary spirit of changing lives through acts of service.
Through the Vocational Services Committee, the club has had an eventful year. The club conducted mentorship sessions in 6 public primary schools based in Nairobi, Nakuru, Kisumu, Kajiado, Muranga and Kiambu counties. Through these sessions, the club managed to reach out to over 500 students, teachers and parents. The mentorship sessions were welcome in open arms since they were conducted at a time when schools were closed as a measure to constrain the spread of the Covid-19 virus.
Further, the club has been sponsoring 30 students through their high school education. Three of the students undertook their Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) exams in 2020 and recorded exemplary results. The club aims to support more students attain high school education and is calling upon sponsors and well-wishers to contribute funds towards the education endowment kitty.
To encourage knowledge and skills sharing amongst club members, the Committee set up 9 professional Clusters. Each club member was assigned their respective Cluster. During the year, five Clusters hosted panel discussions on various pertinent issues affecting club members; the Finance Cluster educated members on the new tax rules, the Marketing Cluster educated members on how to market in the digital age, the Legal Cluster shared ideas on how to overcome legal hurdles, the Insurance Cluster demystified key areas in insurance, while the Environment Cluster shared tips on homeownership.

Recognizing the need to engage Rotaractors and to help them navigate various life challenges, the committee initiated a mentorship drive targeting Rotaractors from the Rotaract Club of Lang’ata. Club members were assigned a specific group of Rotaractors whom they would mentor on various matters including relationships, careers and money management.
Speaking during the last Vocational Services Committee meeting held on 19th June 2021, Ms. Caroline Mburu, the outgoing committee Chairperson, thanked the committee members for their active support which helped record an exemplary performance.
“Am grateful to all the committee members who have played an active role in achieving the set targets. Rotarians have also supported the dream through their time, sweat and financial contributions.”

On her part, outgoing President Sarah Migwi, expressed her gratitude to the committee for their role in steering club members towards serving communities through vocational experience.
“During the year we’ve witnessed club members use their professional skills to build each other, our Rotaractors and make an impact in the communities we’ve visited”.

Mr. Tony Wachira is the incoming committee chairperson and is expected to carry on the various initiatives and to steer the committee to new heights. Ms. Carol Mburu will
take over a new role as the Services Projects Chairperson.
The club will be under the leadership of President Kizito Makatiani during the 2021/22 Rotary Year.

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