Fri. Jul 12th, 2024

From TCNEWS

The immediate past president of Rotary Club of Umuahia North District 9142, Rotarian Jonathan Ibiloye, has said that his administration rolled out and achieved sustainable programmes in seven areas of focus for 2023-2024 Rotary calendar, all targeted at creating hope for humanity and the society, despite the economic challenges ravaging the society.

Speaking shortly before he handed over to his successor and the 9th President of the Club, Rotarian Uchechukwu Udeji (Nwa Ghana) in Umuahia, Abia State during the Club’s in-house handover fellowship, Ibiloye lauded his Club’s dexterity and boldness in the face of the escalating exchange rate, which negatively affected most Clubs.

“When we saw the challenges, we didn’t sit down to start crying but we braved it up with positive solutions.

“We had a retreat for the first time and it offered us the avenue to discuss, strategize and fashion out ways to overcome the challenges. We were able to come up with solutions that prepared and equipped us to have a successful Rotary year. I am happy to inform you that among all the clubs in Umuahia zone, Rotary Club of Umuahia North, which is a digital Club, carried out projects that affected all the seven focus areas of Rotary”, Ibiloye disclosed.

He encouraged his successor to open himself to learning and consult his predecessors where and when necessary and also carry members along for him to have a hitch free Rotary year.

Pix: Rotarian Jonathan Ibiloye (left) handing over to Rotarian Uchechukwu Udeji.

He promised to give the necessary support needed by his successor to succeed.

“I won’t leave my successor. I am a Rotarian and I will continue to be a Rotarian and Rotary Club of Umuahia North will always continue to have my support”, the immediate past president assured.

Speaking also, a Past Assistant Governor in the District, Rotarian Martin Uchenna Kalu, who pointed out that Rotary International gives its leadership a year to serve, appreciated Rotarian Jonathan Ibiloye for serving the Club effectively and efficiently.

He expressed confidence that his successor, Rotarian Uchechukwu Udeji, has been equipped with leadership capacity to steer the affairs of the club.

In his maiden speech, the new president of the Club, Rotarian Uchechukwu Udeji, appreciated the sterling performance of his predecessor and assured members that his administration will alleviate their burden.

This he said would be achieved by mapping out viable strategies to subsidize their financial expenses.

His words, “The challenges faced by most Clubs revolves around finance and as a digital Club we have mapped out strategies to subsidize our expenses when it comes to attending Rotary District functions, participating financially in projects, among others. We will also roll out a platform to ensure that our club members will not suffer much financial expenses in this very difficult period”.

He said his administration will go-a-fishing,  scouting for new members and also inculcating in them the spirit of brotherhood that is existing in the Club.

Former Rotary International District Governor, Rotarian Grace Okaro; former District Secretary, Rotarian Ekele Ochiabuto, Past Assistant Governors, Past Rotary Presidents, Rotarians, Rotaractors and guests were present.

By NWAMARA

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