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RC Kololo presidentFellow Rotarians, Ladies and Gentlemen. Greetings to you all.

I wish to heartily thank all of you who made the time to attend our installation fellowship on 25th June 2019. We cherish your friendship.

It is an honour for me to serve as the 32nd President of the Rotary Club of Kololo. I applaud all our past presidents and members who are so committed to making this club shine.

During this rotary year, my highest priority will be enhancing member experience and engagement. This won’t be a difficult task, judging from the overwhelming participation that I saw when we were fundraising for the installation fellowship. 93% of the members made a contribution, shattering our previous record of 75% for the Bukomansimbi medical camp that was held early this year. These are enviable levels of participation by any standards. Thank you!

Going forward, we hope to achieve the same enthusiasm in physical presence at club activities and events, as we connect and strengthen our bond. The Club Administration committee chaired by Rtn Emmanuel Okware working closely with the Family of Rotary Committee chaired by Rtn Marina Namugwe, and the Membership committee chaired by Rtn Florence Butegwa have already worked out the necessary strategies. Let us be involved. As we do this, our club will become stronger and more attractive to new members.

Rotarians are people of action. Since our first service project as a club, which was a bus stop shelter on Jinja Road way back in 1989, our club has implemented many projects that have transformed lives. We will use our past successes as a spring board to bigger and bolder projects. Our service projects committee chaired by Rtn Alex Muhwezi has put in place a special sub-committee headed by PCC Sam Farouk whose duty is to support members to prepare and churn out bankable Global Grant projects. Kololo is capable of implementing multiple projects worth hundreds of thousands of dollars, and we shall live to this challenge. We hope to start implementation of 2 new Global Grants that are due for approval, namely the Hearing Aid Project, GG1866567 (approx. USD 130,000), and North Kigezi Maternal Health Project GG 1985386 (approx. USD 78,000). We will also pursue all our other service projects that are at different stages of preparation.

During the installation fellowship I launched a fundraising drive for improvement of a classroom block at Kisaabwa primary school, Bukomansimbi district. Members that attended the medical camp early this year saw the sorry state of this classroom block. It has an earth floor, no windows, no doors…. The dusty floor is clearly a breeding ground for jiggers, as the pupils do not have shoes. The open windows leave the children vulnerable especially when there are heavy rain storms. The school management made an appeal to us for assistance to complete this classroom block. Their budget is about ugx 21m. We can do this. My family will raise 10% of the cost. I request each one of you to donate generously to this cause. Together, we will change the school experience of these children.

Kololo has a good reputation in giving to The Rotary Foundation. We were one of the first 100% PHF clubs in the District. Today at least 53% of our members are multiple PHFs. We have 7 Major Donors, and we are still counting. This year the our TRF Committee chaired by Rtn Anne Gamurorwa has new strategies for Kololo to continue to excel in giving to The Rotary Foundation, and we will do it.

There is a lot more we plan to achieve this Rotary Year. Our installation souvenir magazine has the details. A copy is uploaded on our club website. Please read it.

I wish all of you a happy new rotary year 2019-20, and we connect the world through service.

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