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The state of something is tested when it is at its worst. Corona Virus(Covid-19) is a disease that causes respiratory illness (like the flu) with symptoms such as a cough, fever, and in more severe cases, difficulty in breathing.
The Virus has proved itself a riddle and has brought the world to a standstill.
Various Aspects of our day to day lives have been brought to a test.
Ordinary such as handwashing and use of sanitizers now sweep across the glove like a new wave that has never been seen before.
People who are now staying indoors without jobs and those who have been ejected from their houses now grasp the sad picture that majority of unemployed youths face in our country.
The Virus has come as a test to mankind. It has created an awakening in the mind to notice our surroundings and be aware of them.
Remember, the true nature of something is exposed when put to the test or under pressure to give results.
In Kenya, the government expenditure for this financial year is 2.8 Trillion, out of which 47.8 Billion is set aside providing universal health coverage to guarantee quality and affordable healthcare to all Kenyans.
Well wishers and Rotarians have gone out of their way to offer assistance to the less fortunate and the general public by setting up handwashing stations and distributing sanitary products.
People are often distracted by their daily activities and do not really know what is going on around them until something stops in their tracks and makes them aware.
The virus might be a disaster; but maybe it is also the wake up call that we all need.
How do you spend your funds when paid your monthly salary? Do you save so that if you were to stay indoors for a month or two you would survive? Do you now realise how important youth employment is?
How much has the government invested in our healthcare that we can trust them with our health during this moment?
ROTARY REBIRTization first. If we want to achieve the goals we’ve set for ourselves, we need to put membership first. All of us have a responsibility to take membership seriously, not only by inviting prospective members, but also by making sure new members are welcomed into clubs that offer them something of value.” Barry Rassin R.I President 2018-19.
Over the few years we have seen a massive growth of Rotaract clubs, Youths transiting from Interacts joining Community and institution based clubs. The latter has not been experienced within Rotary. Where do Rotaractors go after the age of 30 years? We have over 9000 registered and active Rotaract clubs across the globe with atleast 300,000 members. The paradigm shift came on 10th to 15th April 2016 during the Council Legislation (CoL) which was held in Chicago with 522 representatives present out the 537 districts. Among the enactments passed were; Rotaractors were allowed to be active members of Rotary. The Dual membership was a well calculated move to recruit young blood to rejuvenate Rotary-I call it “Rotary Rebirth”. We were given a chance to nurture and mentor future leaders, further have an opportunity to see them take charge in their different leadership roles.
Many Rotaractors who have served all the way up to District and Multidistrict committee level in different leadership capacities; feel that they need a break or have given it all. At the age of 30 there are a lot of changes; career wise and young families getting started. Eventually we lose them; in other instances if lucky they come back in their forties unable to account for their absentia. Every Rotary Club inducts approximately three (3) members annually on the higher side – I mean we can do better than this. We have a cohort which has been exposed to all the norms, etiquette and traditions what it requires is a welcoming hand. Much energy and attention has been diverted to inviting and recruiting new members and while turning a blind eye on the abundant resources we have at hand.
Club membership, membership retention, connecting to prospective members, good public relation, quality projects which are self-sustainable; is what is characterized with active clubs, but it’s only attainable with quality members who know what Rotary entails and have the passion to serve. Ever imagined where we would be standing right now if every Club would induct 3 Rotaractors annually with dual membership status? Since 2016 we have been losing potential members because we have never taken advantage of the Chicago resolution.
It’s all about membership, unless we get it right our status quo will remain with over 7 billion people on mother earth “Our membership has hovered around the same 1.2
million mark for 20 years. We aren’t growing, and our membership is getting older.” Barry Rassin R.I President 2018-19. People are talking about us but it’s only when we physically reach out, the same people will talk to us. As I wrap up, I would like to say membership should not be a monthly thing but we ought to make it the main agenda in our day to day meetings and events as put by DG Jeff Bamford 2018-2019
“During the 18 official club visits I have carried out, plus the many installation events that I have attended, my opening subject has inevitably been membership as it is an important component of our District 9212 vision. Our strategic plan envisages a 25% growth in overall membership.”
CLUB SERVICE DIRECTOR, ROTARY CLUB OF MALINDI (2018-2019),
IMMEDIATE PAST PRESIDENT ROTARACT CLUB OF MALINDI.
Just the other day, on a Tuesday night at 9:10pm. It was on 15th/10/19 when the unexpected happened. I was coming from a meeting excited about our deliberations and resolutions. Just around the corner, I decided to look through the window, I saw many vehicles parked outside the police station. What might have happened? I wondered. This was something uncommon to me but may be common to many. On a positive side, I could identify and attach some of the vehicles to prominent personalities in the area. So I had some relief that possibly there was a security meeting taking place but lo and behold! You can’t believe this. A famous quote from Mahatma Gandhi that stated “We may never be strong enough to be entirely nonviolent in thought, word and deed. But we must keep nonviolence as our goal and make strong progress towards it” This quote run through my mind. As far as I could remember, I knew very well without doubt that, nonviolence means avoiding not only external violence of the body but also internal violence of spirit. That’s why Martin Luther King, Jr. once said, “You not only refuse to shoot a man, but you refuse to hate him” In Malindi sub county, this was not the case as there was unlawful gathering for a rival for the Ganda ward by-election which was interrupted by supports of the opponent which led to the killing of a 48yr old man. That can be seen as hijacking or curtailing destiny and talent. This is the one million dollar question? For how long will we continue with the belief that violence will cure our challenges? Why not embrace service to humanity over power above fellow humans? If we are to learn from our past, Nelson Mandela sat in a South African prison for 27 years. He was nonviolent. He negotiated his way out of jail. His honor and suffering of 27 years in a South African prison is really ultimately what brought about the freedom of South Africa. That is a concept of nonviolence according to Coretta Scott King. Why then should we fire gunshots before an election on ward affairs? This is not to imply that it’s right for gunshots to be fired during the same and even in our national electoral affairs. As we Approach voting tomorrow for Ganda ward, this is my message to you, Nonviolence is the way with tools, and positive means to oppose and stop wars and preparations for war, to resist violence, to struggle against political, racial, sexual and economic discrimination and to seek social justice and genuine democracy for Malindians, those in and around Kibera and throughout the world. In regards to this, I call upon my fellow youths to resist any form of bribe geared at starting or propagating violence in our societies because your vote is your SECRET and the POWER in your HAND to make the world a better place.