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1. How long have you been in Rotaract and what made you join?
I have been a member of Rotaract Club of Muthaiga since 2011 having been referred to the club by my friend. At the time, I was looking for a group of people with shared interests and pursuing common objective. I’m really glad that I found what I was looking for. I have made so many new
friends ever since and also dragged a bunch of close friends to the club as well. It gives you an opportunity to polish your professional and leadership skills…and oohh yes you network a lot.
2. What are some of your more memorable experiences in the society?
I have participated in very many projects in the country. The experiences are memorable. They range from mentoring young ones in high school through career talks to participating in community service projects in Kenya and Uganda. The key thing I like about Rotaract members is the ingenuity of members. We have no social classes at Rotaract. Everyone is equal. Through the club I have met very many notable figures in the society. We do all these activities to engage Rotaract and change lives but the most important lesson I have learnt and live by is what we like calling the ‘four way test’ – Of the things we think, say or do, is it the truth? Is it fair to all concerned? Will it build goodwill and better friendships? Will it be beneficial to all concerned? This has really changed my life I must say.
3. What benefits does being a member offer to an individual and to society?
Being a Rotaractor means serving your community, networking, making friends, and building international relationships. Rotaractors support each other in any part of the world and I have seen this through the friends I have made in Uganda and Ethiopia through Rotaract. But the greatest lesson is leadership. For example, as the President, I’m now expected to deliver through volunteers. It’s very different from being a boss at work. You have to learn and master the art of inspiring leadership in everything you do. I also expect to deliver value to the club members especially through the different avenues of service at the club – Professional Development, Community Service, Club Service and International Service.
4. You are the president of Rotaract Club of Muthaiga. Were you elected and how does it work in that organization?
A Rotaract Club President serves for one year. The year starts in July to June 30 the next year and elections are held before November 30th are encouraged to go through so as to be ready for Presidency. Before I became President, I was the Vice President and before then served as a Club secretary. That way, I also got to. There is a rotational system that members learn through other people’s leadership style and this has prepared me to lead volunteers as I appreciate the demands.
5. Now that you are president what are your plans for the club on your term?
In Rotaract, our motto is Service Above Self. It conveys the humanitarian spirit of our members. Therefore, I need to help my club fulfill strong service to our community and also build themselves professionally. This is through partnering with other Rotaract Clubs, and corporates where possible, to implement at least two notable projects to change lives.
In addition, I have a great opportunity to let people know about Rotaract. I’ll keep sharing what Rotaract is all about so as to help people understand it better. We intend to partner with other Rotary Clubs to implement several community service projects.