President's Message for the Month of August

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My dear Rotarians and friends,

With great joy and admiration, I welcome you to the month of August. ‘Just like yesterday, the Rotary year started on July 1 with every of our member sharing their vision for this new Rotary year. It was a great opportunity for me to
take up the leadership challenge of serving my club as President.
 It was a hard decision for me to make owing to the fact that few weeks before then, precisely on May 5th, 2018, I accepted to serve as Board President of International Institute for Global Leadership, USA (IIGL, USA). A nonprofit organization with the vision to train heart centered and conscious leaders that will become transformational change agents in their communities. The programe is open to any person anywhere in the world.
It may interest you to know that IIGL USA has produced 26 graduates from our rigorous, thought-provoking, and life transforming self-paced leadership studies from 10 countries, which I am one of the graduates, with over 400 students in 35 countries which cut across 6 continents.  My joy at this period is that both organizations ( Rotary and IIGL) are close to my heart and they have inspired me with the rudiments of quality leadership principles that will be highly beneficial not just to my self, but to my community and the world at large.

Rotary has prepared me ahead of time during President Elect training seminar, by installing in me prerequisite erudite leadership qualities and that was why accepting to serve as Rotary President at this time of my professional career will help me to become more inspired, bond more with people, inspire my community, as I strive to donate my time, talent and treasures for the service of God and Humanity. I see this new office as a call to selfless service, a call to continue to be a gift of myself to others, a call to serve and not to be served.

 I wish to specially thank our immediate past President, Chukwuma Anyaoha and to all the Board members, and members of my Club for their unalloyed dedication, sacrifices and selfless services that made last Rotary year a successful one. History is a synthesis of thesis and antithesis and overtly a biography of great men.

It is awesome to know that during the last Rotary year, our club won Rotary International Citation for the first time in our 10 years of existence. This was made possible as a result of our collective efforts.  
I was happy to have served in that great team as Secretary. I wish to quickly charge each and every one of us to keep on living as we profess in Rotary. Together, we will become bigger, bolder and happier. Let us not rest in our oars, because our challenge has just begun.

Why Membership is Essential in Rotary
August is a month of membership and new club development in the Rotary family. Membership is very important to our organization. The more the members, the more we can successfully do quality projects together, the more the members, the less the burden on each other.

 Rotarians all over the world commit their wherewithal both material and immaterial to put smiles on the faces of people who they may never meet, and perhaps may never even want to meet, not to talk of those people coming back to say ‘thank you’.

The job to serve humanity is indeed big, but drivers of this change are few. We must do everything humanly possible to get more quality members especially from younger generation of less than 40 years to join the Rotary family.

While we need more members, let us not forget that those to be invited must be of sound reputation, integrity, honesty, transparency, and must have willing hands and willing hearts. We must look for quality members whose lives are in line with Rotary’s core values, especially INTEGRITY.

For us to be the inspiration and make a huge difference in our communities, we must strengthen the work of Rotary in our clubs, zones, and districts in membership, both in quality and quantity, develop a value-adding strategies that will retain members’ enthusiasm and commitment in clubs.

We must improve our selfless service oriented activities because as the Rotary father Paul Harris said, ‘whatever Rotary may mean to us, people will only judge us based on our impact in the society we live in’. With quality members who will be aflame with the work of Rotary, we will carry out great projects that will truly create a transformational impact both in our immediate communities and in the hearts and minds of human historicity.

On July 31st, 2018 we had our first joint fellowship in zones 21 and 22 which comprised of the six Rotary Clubs in Imo State. The event was hosted by Rotary Club of Owerri. This was a collective vision of the ‘Be the Inspiration’ team of the two zones. My club is in zone 21. The vision is to unite us, inspire us to become bigger, bolder and better so that we can carry out quality projects that will transform our communities. We are hopeful that in few years, the fruits of this joint fellowship will start to manifest in our communities.

Once again, I welcome you to this great month of August, and wish all of us the ennoblement, wisdom, strength, and God’s unending love and the Grace to be true Rotarians that will continue to inspire our communities for good.
Yours in Rotary Service,
 Ethelbert Obinna Umeh
President, Rotary Club of Owerri Metropolitan, district 9142 Nigeria
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