I have the pleasure and honor to announce the election of Rotary International Director, Yinka Babalola of Rotary Club of Trans-Amadi, District 9141, Nigeria as 2019-2020 Vice President of Rotary International.
‘Yinka is a registered Engineer, Member Nigerian Society of Engineers, Fellowof Nigerian Institute of safety Professionals (NISP) and member International Association of Change management Practitioners (ACMP).
He is a Safety Management system Auditor. He worked forShell oil in various senior positions retiring after 24 years in 2014 to pursue his other interests.
He is the lead coach and facilitator at Lead and Change Consulting, an Executive/ leadership coaching, organization performance and behavior transformation advisory group.
Yinka started his Rotary journey as a Rotaractor in 1983. A Rotarian since 1993, Yinka is a member of the Rotary club of Trans Amadi, Port Harcourt District 9141, Nigeria.
As club President in 2002-03, he won the Rotary International Global quest Award for highest percentage net membership gain worldwide and was recognized onstage at the Brisbane convention. The club with the sustained growth now has a membership of 85 and is the biggest in the district.
Yinka has served Rotary as Governor, raising over a million US dollars from an area normally considered as disadvantaged and growing membership by a net gain of over 650. The district 9140 under his leadership emerged one of the Top three performing district in the world and was so recognized at the Bangkok convention.
The membership growth he inspired as not only endured, it laid the foundation for the split of the district into two effective 1st July 2017. He has served Rotary as Assistant Rotary coordinator, EndPolio ZoneCoordinator for English speaking Africa, theRotary International Reach out To Africa (ROTA) water and sanitation coordinator, member of the Sao Paulo 2015 International Convention promotion committee, Nigeria National Poliopluscommittee,Regional Rotary Foundation coordinator (English speaking Africa, Zone 20A) and Endowment/Major Gift Adviser.
He has served as RI President’s personal representative at District conferences, GETS training leaderand International Assembly training leader.He currently serves as a Vice Chair of the Rotary International End Polio now Countdown committee, andhasbeen elected to serve on the Rotary International board of Directors for the years 2018-2020.
Rotarian Yinka is a Director of the Safeblood Africa project – A multi district Rotary initiative with a mission to improve the safety and expand the availability of blood in hospitals throughout Nigeria at the first instance and the rest of Africa.He is a faculty member and the foundation Registrar of the Nigerian Division of the Rotary Leadership Institute.
He is a recipient of the Rotary Service Above self-award – the highest recognition that can be given to a Rotarian by Rotary International.
Other Rotary International recognitions include the Four avenues of service citation, Club Builder award, Regional polio service award and The Rotary foundation Citation for Meritorious service. He is also a recipient of several club and district level recognitions. Yinka, is an Arch klumph society member, and a Rotary foundation benefactor.
He has attended several local Rotary seminars and conferences, Zoneand international institutes, and 20 international conventions. Yinka is married to Precy and the union is blessed with children’ Source: https://lagosrotaryinstitute2018.org/en/speaker/rid-yinka-babalola/
Congratulations and best wishes to you, Yinka. Your election is well deserved. This is a call to a greater service to God and humanity.
Accept my congratulations and the goodwill of members of Rotary Club of Owerri Metropolitan, district 9142 Nigeria.
Yours in Service,
Ethelbert Obinna Umeh,
President, Rotary Club of Owerri Metropolitan, 2018-2019
January 23, 2019.