Be a Gift to the World..
Rotary Stories will be told for centuries to come..
Kiran Sirah speaks at the International Assembly 22 January. Photo by Alyce Henson/Rotary International
Kiran Sirah is the executive director of the International Storytelling Center in Jonesborough, Tennessee. He graduated from the Rotary Peace Center at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2013 with a Master of Arts in Folklore. The following is a excerpt from his speech 22 January at the International Assembly, a training event for incoming leaders in San Diego, California, USA.
There is a saying: The world is like a book, and those who do not travel will only ever have read the first page. For me storytelling is a way of traveling the world. Why? Because it enables us to be inspired, to follow our dreams, and to realize that our stories belong to a world full of stories just waiting to unfold.
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A Great year it is… 2015 is here with us and its time to kick start our service projects for this last half of our Rotaract Year.
We are half way the Rotary Year 2014-2015, and so far so good.
Though the times have been tough, we have made it through and impacted lives in the best way possible.
As we drown ourselves into the remaining half of our Rotaract Year, may our spirits be gear up to making the perfect finish of year plans, and we can only Promise to be even much more better than the last half and impact more lives in an efficient sustained way.
Happy New Year 2015 #TeamRCLimuru .
What happened during the first half..??
It all started with the Ultimate Installation Party at Thayu Roundvales in Tigoni, Limuru where we had the Installation of the new 2014-2015 Board which was elected in one highly contested election. The new Board had the following in office-
• Mwangi Francis-President
• Ann Njeri – Vice president
• Sarah Njeri-Club secretly
• Simon N Muturi-Finance Director
• Yvette Kiratu-Community Service Director
• Chui Munga -Club Service Director
• Joshua Muregi -International Service Director
• Priscilla Njuguna-Publicity (Public Relation)
• Judy Wamaitha -Professional Development Director.
The Newly Installed President, Francis Mwangi having served in the board as a community service Director in the Year 2013-2014 was all ready to steer the club in a higher level with support from the Immediate Past President (IPP) Mr. Patrick Wangari and the members in the Group.
Every Director in the various committees had to have a a good plan of the projects and events they hoped to organise
in order to achieve the Rotary Goals and Objectives.
After the Ultimate Meltdown Installation Party, the Club had to roll up its sleeves and get down to business.
Over the first half of the year 2014/2015 the club has held quite a number of Community Service projects, Club Service Projects, International Service Projects and Professional service events all with a notable success report.
Club service Projects headed by one able Club Service Director Mr. Chui Munga had projects ranging from great fellowships to fundraising within the club for our projects especially the ROTAREAD CAMPAIGN which involved selling of well crafted, edited, composed Poetic phrases hybridized to what we call a POEM.
Club service events not to forget the Ultimate Meltdown Bush camp at the Aberdares were events that can never be erased from the minds of anyone who participated.
The Professional service team was also on its high gear as we had a rich circulation of speakers and most notably from within the club. Inspirational, emotional, motivational talks from our Vice President #AnnAnneNjeri #ChuiMunga and talks from Rotarians the likes of Paula Nzisa from the Rotary Club of Karen and Marium Wangui from the Rotary Club of Milimani and Rotaractors from other clubs, has made the first half of the year have meetings that were not just about meeting as a group, but Fellowships that meant both professional and career growth for members.
This has also created a strong bond between members as we get to understand each other much more deeply.
Professional growth is not a one sided sword, apart from getting knowledge from our seniors, we also “sambazad” our knowledge to those younger than us through our Mentorship programs in schools.
Visits to Ngenia High School and Ngarariga Sec. School both in Limuru for mentorship were avenues through which our talented, gifted team of speakers and motivators had a chance to share their life experiences, and offer guidance to the students in their studies and in their Life after school.
Rotaract Club of Limuru has always worked in partnership with Rotary Clubs, other Rotaract Clubs and even with other Youth groups with the same objective of community service. Our mother Club, the Rotary Club of Karen has been our greatest stronghold for support in our projects, their constant visits to our club, their talks to us and support has always kept us going. Other Rotary clubs notably the Rotary Clubs of Milimani, Muthaiga and Kikuyu, have also been our great partners in service. Their efforts to have their members visit us in our fellowships and our events, and their immense support, have always made us have a success story to write.
The strong bond and understanding between the Rotaract Club of Limuru and the Rotary Clubs has seen our dream of spear heading the formation of the Rotary Club of Limuru come to reality.
With the strides made so far, its our believe we will have the Rotary Club of Limuru-in Formation Chartered before the end of the year 2014-2015.
The End Polio Campaign was our main International Service project and the RCLimuru team was surely on point to make it a success. And as the world aims for Zero cases of Polio in the world, we will surely be part of the great team to celebrate the success.
Our Community Service team, led by the lovely, soft spoken Yvette Kiratu as the director, would undoubtedly be one of the greatest team we ever had. Their devotion to organising great, fun filled service projects has always be remarkable. Their great contribution to the #ROTAReadCampaign to donate books, and other school stationery and food stuff to children at St Edwins Childrens Home in Kimende made this project reach its highest top notch.
n Limuru, we have found one great sister in Service, FRIENDS OF CHILD KENYA (FOCK). this is a group which has its main objective as community Service. With them we have managed to win a Gold Medal where we were meant to get a Silver medal. They have been our teachers in service projects, joining in their events has made us learn great lessons from them and also has made our year of service such a colorful one. Their visits to Seth Children’s Home and more recently to Msamaria Mwema Children’s Home were events we were honored to partner with this great team.
To FOCK, we surely appreciate for your partnership and really look forward to more and greater events even in years to come.
Our long term Community Service project as a club initiated by the current Community Service Committe is the sponsorship of two pupils in Limuru.
The two are from a humble background and with our support they have manged to attend school without any hiccups and we haope this will continue for as long as they need our help. With the start of this sponsorship we hope to sponsor even more kids to school in the coming years.
Rotaract is obviously never just about the soo called “Serious Stuff” Nooo.. We are young minds who want to take every opportunity we get and have the maximum fun in it.
Our Fellowships and events are about socializing, having fun, getting to know each other and creating networks meant to last for centuries to come.
In this last half, we get ready to have a new board getting polished up for the
Rotary Year 2015/2016 in the horizon.
As we settle in to the last half of the year, so much still awaits. Our fellowship room is still not full to Capacity, we need more and more members to join us in both Rotary and Rotaract.
We need fresh ideas, we need hybridized opinions and above all committed members to join this group of Professionals ready to grow and develop as they serve their Community.
If you are interested in joining the ROTARACT CLUB OF LIMURU or get more details on the Club and our events, you are welcomed to our meetings or give this team a call and they will guide you through.
Rtr Mwangi Francis 0703 845 250
Simon N. Muturi 0724 223 189
Chui Munga 0720 037 499
Thank You for for Being Part of us. Its because of each one of that we made it this Far. The journey is still not yet to the end, but we are sure we will get there. We are always Blessed to have you, and if you are yet to join our great team, dont be left Out as We Light Up Rotary 2014/2015.
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By Pammy Godoy, Rotary Club of Mandaluyong-Pasig-San Juan, Metro Manila, Philippines
In 2006, I took part in a Group Study Exchange (GSE) to Argentina. It was a unique cultural and vocational exchange opportunity funded by Rotary International which allowed me to travel outside of the Philippines for the first time, learn about Argentinian culture, and interact with Argentinian youth about their issues in relation to relationships, sexuality, and teen pregnancies.
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Shoes collected during the drive.
By Anit Thapaliya, president of the Rotaract Club of Pashupati Kathmandu, Nepal
We collected more than 1,100 pairs of used shoes to be recycled and reused as part of our project “Yes Dear, You Change Before the Climate.” It proved that we can teach others to change their behaviors before our climate changes, for the worse.
We set out with the help of Working Hands, a local nongovernmental organization, to convince people to give us their old shoes
instead of throwing them away. Shoes take
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Monica Kinyua (right) and her sister, Jane Wanjiru, founded the Children’s Peace Initiative Kenya. Read more about them in our roundup on Flipboard.
By Rotary Voices staff
Check out our latest roundup of news and feature stories from Rotary News and The Rotarian magazine on Flipboard. You’ll discover how Rotary members in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India, gathered 40,000 people to make the world’s largest human national flag as a tribute to India being polio-free; how a Rotary Scholar is building peace among pastoral tribes in northern Kenya; why Matt Damon is using his star power to bring safe drinking water to those who lack it, and more. Get up to date on Rotary news by reading the roundup.
I Loved every phrase in It. Its Service Above Self, but it ends up being the best Moments in Rotary
By Evan Burrell, a member of the Rotary Club of Turramurra, New South Wales
I’ve been volunteering with Rotary ever since I was a kid. Well, since I was 18. Originally, I joined for my own selfish reasons. I wanted to meet new people and find a girlfriend. I didn’t join because of some great desire to help change the world. I hadn’t had much experience with that at the time. But I soon realized what a difference I was making.
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