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A Clarion Call to Embrace Rotaract’s Irresistible Spirit

Dearest Fellow Rotaractors,

As the sun rises on July 1st, 2024, a new chapter unfolds for Rotaract in the vibrant nations of Uganda and Tanzania. It is with immense pride and humility that I officially assume my role, embarking on a journey that promises to be filled with magic, inspiration, and transformative impact.

Today, we stand at the precipice of an extraordinary year, guided by the theme “The Magic of Rotary.” This theme resonates deeply within me, for it encapsulates the very essence of our movement – the power to create lasting change, the ability to inspire hope, and the unwavering belief that together, we can achieve the extraordinary.

As I reflect on the path that has led us here, I am filled with gratitude for the countless Rotaractors who have paved the way, dedicating their time, energy, and passion to serving their communities. Your unwavering commitment has been the driving force behind our collective success, and it is upon this foundation that we will build our future.

In the year ahead, we will embark on three transformative initiatives that will amplify the magic of Rotaract and leave an indelible mark on the world around us.

The Path Finder’s Program will empower our members with the professional and leadership skills they need to thrive, equipping them with the tools to tackle societal challenges and drive positive change. Through mentorship, training, and skill-building workshops, we will cultivate a generation of confident and competent leaders, ready to make a profound impact.

The Magic of Rotaract Tour will be a celebration of our collective achievements, showcasing the diverse projects and impactful initiatives undertaken by our clubs. Through engaging multimedia presentations and interactive events, we will captivate hearts and minds, inspiring others to join our movement and fostering cross-cultural understanding and collaboration.

Furthermore, the Island Impact Initiatives will extend our reach to island communities, addressing their unique challenges and empowering them with sustainable solutions. Together, we will foster resilience, environmental conservation, and access to essential resources, creating a lasting positive change in these often-overlooked regions.

As we embark on this incredible journey, I call upon each and every one of you to embrace the irresistible magic of Rotaract. Let us unite in our shared passion for service, our commitment to leadership, and our unwavering belief in the power of fellowship.

Together, we will create a tapestry of hope, woven with the threads of compassion, determination, and the unwavering belief that together, we can make a difference. Let us be the catalysts of change, the beacons of hope, and the ambassadors of the magic that Rotaract brings to the world.

With love, gratitude, and unwavering determination,

Joseph B. Ssengooba
District Rotaract Representative 

District 9214 Uganda and Tanzania

Rotary District 9214 Celebrates Basic Education and Literacy at 99th District Conference and Assembly

Speke Resort Munyonyo, Uganda – April 24, 2024

Rotary District 9214, spanning across Uganda and Tanzania, kicked off the 99th District Conference and Assembly with a vibrant celebration dedicated to Basic Education and Literacy. Themed know my school uniform, the night, which unfolded at the Speke Resort Munyonyo, was a testament to Rotary’s unwavering commitment to educational empowerment.

Distinguished guests and delegates poured into the venue, adorned in their school uniforms, paying homage to the essence of education. The atmosphere brimmed with enthusiasm and a shared dedication to Rotary’s noble causes. The conference was opened by the Chair of the District Conference and Assembly (DCA), Christine Kyeyune Kawooya, who extended her heartfelt gratitude to the attendees for their overwhelming presence and adherence to the dress code. She warmly welcomed guests from beyond Uganda’s boarders, underscoring the spirit of friendship that defines Rotary.

The address by the District Rotaract Representative (DRR), Prudence Asobola, struck a poignant chord as she appeared clad in an “End Polio” t-shirt. Asobola implored all delegates to reflect on the plight of children affected by polio, emphasizing the critical link between health and education. She urged the assembly to rally behind initiatives aimed at ensuring access to education for all, echoing Rotary’s enduring commitment to eradicating polio and promoting literacy hand in hand.

District Rotaract Representative (DRR), Prudence Asobola

District Governor Francisco Ssemwanga took center stage to unveil the district’s flagship project for the rotary year 2023 – 2024: Basic Education and Literacy. Ssemwanga underscored the transformative power of education in shaping the future and lauded clubs for their unwavering dedication to projects aligned with this pivotal cause. He highlighted the numerous initiatives undertaken by clubs throughout the district, each was evidence to Rotary’s ethos of service above self.

District Governor Francisco Ssemwanga

The night culminated in a spirited debate between representatives from Uganda and Tanzania, engaging in a friendly exchange of Rotary knowledge. The debate not only showcased the intellectual prowess of the participants but also fostered a sense of unity and collaboration across borders.

As the night drew to a close, echoes of friendship and dedication lingered in the air, in celebration of the joint contribution and impact in enabling basic education and literacy in communities far and wide. The 99th District Conference and Assembly’s opening night served as a touching reminder of Rotary’s unwavering resolve to create a world where every individual has the opportunity to learn, grow, and thrive.


New Year’s Greetings to Rotarians, Rotaractors, Interactors, and friends of Rotary,

As we stand at the threshold of a new year, I am filled with immense pride and gratitude for the incredible work our Rotaractors have accomplished in the past. I am even more excited about the positive impact we can create together in the upcoming year.

The year 2023 was a testament to our collective commitment to service, compassion, and making the world a better place. Despite the challenges we faced, our dedication shone through as we engaged in meaningful community projects, touched lives, and spread joy where it was needed the most.

As we usher in 2024, let us continue to embrace the theme guiding our endeavors this Rotary year: “Creating Hope in the World.” In a world that often presents us with uncertainties, our mission remains steadfast – to be beacons of hope, catalysts for positive change, and champions of compassion.

Hope is a powerful force. It has the ability to inspire, uplift, and transform lives. This year, let us channel our energy and passion into projects that not only address the immediate needs of our communities but also sow the seeds of hope for a brighter and more resilient future.

I encourage each Rotaractor to dream big, to envision the positive change they wish to see, and to take bold steps towards making those dreams a reality. Whether supporting education, promoting health and well-being, or fostering sustainable development, every action we take has the potential to create ripples of hope that extend far beyond our immediate reach.

Let us also remember the power of collaboration and partnership. Together, we are a force that can break down barriers, overcome challenges, and bring about lasting change. As we embark on this new year, let us strengthen our bonds of friendship and partnership, knowing that our collective efforts are greater than the sum of our individual contributions.

May the spirit of hope guide us in all our endeavors, and may our actions inspire hope in the hearts of those we serve. I am confident that, with your passion, dedication, and the spirit of Rotaract, we will create a year filled with positive impact, meaningful connections, and lasting hope.

Wishing you all a Happy New Year filled with purpose, joy, and the fulfillment that comes from making a difference in the lives of others.



As a DRR, I often get Rotarians asking me if they should give money to Rotaractors who approach them with project funding requests. In this Ubuntu issue, I will address the big question of whether to give or not to give.

Every Rotarian needs to understand that Rotaractors are partners in service. To be a partner, there must be a certain level of understanding between the two parties. During my official visits to Rotaractors, I have laid key emphasis on the different approaches we can use to foster meaningful relationships/partnerships with Rotarians. I have further encouraged Rotaractors to draft and sign MOUs for each partnership reached and to develop a culture of accountability for any financial or in-kind assistance rendered by Rotarians or external donors. Therefore, for a partnership to be valid, each party must bring something to the table.

For every partnership request, there should be clear understanding of what roles are to be played by the parties and what benefits are to be attained. After roles/contributions have been clearly stated with deadlines and any other mandates, then drafting MOUs and signing them can proceed.

It goes without say that Rotarians and Rotaractors are generous people. Whereas giving is a way of life for us, I recommend that we give with caution and with a purpose. We should give when fully aware to whom and to what we are giving towards. Only then will our giving be meaningful. For each time we give, let us be fully aware the project or cause that we are giving towards and let’s ask for accountability for funds

Let us take a moment to think, how many times have you been issued a receipt when you make a contribution towards a project? Or how many times have you taken off time to review an MOU that is presented to you before signing it off? Do you take off time to ask what percentage of the budget is the other party covering or what contribution they will be making towards that particular project?

Yes, we should give, but let us give with caution. We should give with full understanding of what we are giving towards, ask for accountability and follow up to make sure your funds are channelled towards the intended cause. As we give, let us give generously because when done right, our giving creates hope in the world.

Prudence Asobola
District Rotaract Representative
Rotary International District 9214
(Uganda and Tanzania)

Transformative Island Project CaptivatesHearts:Restoring Hope on Bufumira Island

Bufumira Island – A heartwarming initiative took root on the weekend of 11- 13 August 2023 when the Rotaract and Rotary Club of Bwebajja in collaboration with the Rotaract Clubs of Bwerenga, Garuga, Bunga, Kawempe, and the Rotary Club of Nalumunye embarked on the second phase of the Adopt Bufumira Island project. This remarkable effort has rekindled hope and greatly improved the lives of the islanders.

With an unwavering commitment to the common good, the Adopt Bufumira Island project addressed critical aspects of life and left a profound impact on every corner of the island. Rotary’s five core areas disease prevention and treatment, water hygiene and sanitation, basic education and literacy, maternal health, and environmental protection were at the forefront of this transformative mission. The project started with a health camp that provided a lifeline to nearly 300 individuals on the island. In addition to essential medical care, the camp served as an educational platform that spread valuable knowledge about health. HIV, malaria, and cancer testing services were carried out, bringing the gift of early detection and care.

The embrace of the project extended further, mothers-to-be were gifted with mama kits, each household with mosquito nets, and girls at school
with reusable pads. Adding a touch of sustainability, the planting of fruit trees at a local school underscored the project’s commitment to nurturing both the mind and the environment. The highlight of this encouraging venture was the commissioning of the island’s first bio-digester
toilet, two life-giving boreholes, and a renovated classroom block for Bufumira Primary School. The ceremony was graced by Rtr. Joseph B. Ssengooba, District Rotaract Representative-Elect, exuded a sense of promise for the island’s future. Ssengooba’s impassioned words made clear his determination to direct similar transformational efforts to other islands during the coming Rotary year with the aspiration of extending this lifeline to at least 10 other islands across Uganda.

In a deeply emotional moment, Grace Nakato, a resident of Bufumira Island, shared her thoughts: “The medical camp was a lifeline for us. Not only did we receive medical care, but we also gained invaluable knowledge on how to maintain our health. Mosquito nets and mama kits are a real blessing, which will undoubtedly improve our lives.” John Ssempala, a parent and dedicated community member, echoed this sentiment: “The new classroom block resonates with our hopes for a brighter future for our children. Boreholes bring us clean water, a basic necessity that now ensures the health and prosperity of our families.”

Prossy Namubiru, a schoolgirl, wore a bright smile as she exclaimed, “The reusable pads have lifted the weight off our shoulders and enabled us to go to school with confidence every day. Moreover, the newly planted fruit trees at our school have transformed the landscape into
a haven of delight.” The Adopt Bufumira Island project is a testament to the remarkable results that can be achieved through joint
efforts. It not only touches lives but also ignites the flame of hope in hearts. As ripples of the project continue to spread, Rtn. Annie Ninyesiga, President of the Rotary Club of Bwebajja, expresses her sincere gratitude to all who contributed to this triumph. This included Rotary
Family Health Days, TASO Entebbe, and Kisubi Hospital.

A special mention goes to international benefactors – Salmon HVAC, Green Collective, and Salmon Electric – for their role in helping to improve water and sanitation levels on the island. The transformation stories from Bufumira Island are not just anecdotes; they are a testament to the resilience, unity, and profound impact that compassionate efforts can have.

RAC Kigo’s Dual Impact:Clean Water and Medical Care for Kakoola Community

In a dynamic display of commitment and service, the Rotaract Club of Kigo embarked on two transformative projects that illuminated the power of unity and compassion within the community of Kakoola-Makindye Sabagabo. These initiatives, carried out on the 12th and 19th of August 2023, resounded with the essence of Rotaract’s core values.

The first endeavor, the “Bulungi Bwansi” project, resonated with Rotary’s focus on water and sanitation. With unwavering dedication, the
Rotaractors collaborated with partners such as Meridian Mediation Services, community leaders, and the Kakoola residents themselves.
The community’s main water source underwent a remarkable transformation, as it was cleansed and revitalized to provide clean water, elevating
the community’s overall well-being. A symphony of hands united once again on the 19th of August, when the Rotaract Club of Kigo orchestrated the “Meridian Medical Camp.”

This medical initiative aligned seamlessly with Rotary’s yearlong theme of ending polio and focused on maternal health. Collaborating with Meridian Medical Services and Kampala School of Health Sciences, the camp extended a healing touch to over 400 patients. The scope of care was comprehensive, ranging from dental services, immunizations, and health education to counseling, general check-ups, and laboratory tests. A noteworthy feat emerged from the camp—a collection of 45 units of life-saving blood, a testament to the depth of impact the initiative had on both donors and recipients.

The Rotaract Club of Kigo, composed of dedicated individuals with a shared vision, ensured that every facet of these projects bore the imprint of hope, care, and positive change. With a landscape that mirrored their own, the Kakoola community was touched by this vibrant spirit, experiencing the embrace of support from its neighbors. Both projects illuminated the essence of Rotaract— bringing together diverse talents, expertise, and compassion for the betterment of humanity. The projects were an embodiment of “Service Above Self,” a living testament to the ethos of Rotary and Rotaract.

As the Rotaract Club of Kigo fostered an environment of hope, it also breathed life into the core ideals of Rotary’s humanitarian pursuits. Through these initiatives, they have set a remarkable example, proving that through collective action, even the seemingly insurmountable challenges can be overcome, radiating optimism and creating a ripple effect of change.

Navigating Membership Dynamics:Unraveling Rotaract Club Attrition

Rotaract Clubs, with their vibrant community engagement and commitment to service, have long served as a platform for young individuals to make a positive impact. However, the challenge of sustaining membership levels persists, prompting a closer examination of the factors that lead members to leave. Throughout the month of August, I had the privilege of visiting numerous Rotaract Clubs, engaging in insightful conversations
about membership attraction, retention, and engagement. This article delves into the reasons behind membership attrition and proposes
strategies to foster lasting connections.

Membership Attraction:
Attracting new members is the first step in maintaining a healthy and dynamic Rotaract Club. During my visits, I observed that clubs
that effectively communicated their missions, activities, and impact tended to draw more interest. However, some clubs struggled to
articulate their value proposition, leading to a lack of enthusiasm among potential members. To counter this, clubs could focus on showcasing
success stories and tangible outcomes of their projects, thereby sparking interest and resonating with prospective members.

Membership Retention:
While attracting new members is crucial, retaining them is equally important. The discussions revealed that one common reason for members
leaving was a mismatch between expectations and reality. Some members joined with grand visions of immediate, large-scale projects, but became disillusioned when confronted with the practical challenges of implementation. By setting clear expectations during the onboarding
process and providing mentorship, clubs can mitigate such discrepancies and foster a sense of belonging.

Engagement emerges as a cornerstone of member retention. Clubs that actively involved members in decision-making and project planning
demonstrated higher levels of commitment. Conversely, clubs that relegated new members to passive roles risked their disengagement over time. To enhance engagement, clubs should promote open dialogue, encourage diverse participation, and create opportunities for members to take ownership of projects that resonate with their interests and skills.

Challenges Faced:
Several common challenges emerged as factors contributing to membership attrition. Time constraints were a recurring theme, with members
citing demanding academic and professional commitments. To address this, clubs could consider flexible meeting schedules and online
participation options to accommodate varying schedules. Another challenge was the lack of a sense of belonging, often stemming from
inadequate integration of new members into the club’s social fabric. Regular social events, teambuilding activities, and mentorship initiatives can
help bridge this gap.

Communication Breakdown:

Effective communication plays a pivotal role in member retention. A lack of consistent and transparent communication about club activities, decisions, and opportunities often left members feeling disconnected. Utilizing various communication channels, including social media,
newsletters, and group chats, can help keep members informed and engaged. Moreover, seeking regular feedback from members and
actively addressing their concerns fosters a sense of ownership and involvement. Navigating the ebb and flow of Rotaract Club
memberships requires a comprehensive approach that addresses attraction, retention, and engagement. As observed during my August
visits, the clubs that thrived were those that tackled membership challenges head-on, fostering an environment of inclusivity, meaningful
participation, and clear communication. By aligning member expectations, providing avenues for meaningful engagement, and
adapting to the evolving needs of young individuals, Rotaract Clubs can establish themselves as enduring platforms for social
change and personal growth.

By Rtr. Muhamada Kyadondo
New Club Devopment’s Chair

The Radiance of Hope:Illuminating Lives and Shaping Futures

In a world that can often seem shrouded in uncertainty and adversity, the significance of instilling hope in people’s lives cannot be overstated. It is a beacon that pierces through the darkest clouds, offering solace, strength, and the promise of a better tomorrow. As we stand on the threshold of a new Rotary year, the mantle of spreading hope has been bestowed upon us as our noble cause, a mission that resonates deeply and underscores our commitment to a brighter world.

Hope is not merely an abstract concept; it’s a life altering force that possesses the power to transform destinies. When we kindle hope within individuals, we empower them to navigate challenges with unwavering determination. It fuels the resilience that propels them forward, even when faced with daunting obstacles. It fosters a sense of purpose, igniting the spirit to strive for greater heights. At the heart of our Rotary movement lies the fervent belief that every life we touch can be a canvas of hope. It’s about reaching out to those who have been weathered by the storms of life, extending a helping hand to uplift and inspire. By sowing the seeds of hope, we nurture a garden of possibilities where
dreams can flourish, and aspirations can come to fruition.

This year, as we embrace hope as our primary mission, we channel our collective energy and resources toward cultivating a world where optimism thrives. We understand that hope is not a fleeting sentiment; it’s a catalyst for sustainable change. When individuals are infused with hope, communities thrive, and societies prosper. Our commitment to creating hope is a testament to our unwavering dedication to
be architects of positive transformation. Through our concerted efforts, we can spark a ripple effect of hope that reverberates far beyond our
immediate reach. The impact of our actions has the potential to cascade through generations, inspiring future leaders, and change-makers. By embodying hope, we epitomize the very essence of Rotary’s ethos – Service Above Self.

As we embark on this profound journey of illuminating lives and shaping futures, let us stand united in our purpose. Let us be the conduits through which hope flows, enveloping our world in its radiant embrace. Together, we can forge a legacy of hope that transcends boundaries, empowers communities, and leaves an indelible mark on the annals of time.

By PE Steven Bugembe
Rotaract Club of Makindye West

Inspiring Change and Growth:DG Francisco ‘s Impactful Visit to Western Uganda

On the 19th of August 2023, an aura of enthusiasm and purpose enveloped the Western Zone 2, 3, and 4 Rotaract clubs as they had the distinct honor of hosting District Governor Rtn. Francisco Ssemwanga from D9214. The significance of this visit was profound, as it marked not only a meeting with dedicated Rotaractors but also the launch of the REI Ntungamo edition in the western region.

The visit kicked off with a poignant tree planting initiative across three different locations: Children Peace Park CPP, Ntare School, and Innovation
Village. A total of 100 trees were planted, symbolizing the deep-rooted commitment of Rotaractors to environmental sustainability and community betterment.

An enlightening symposium centered around environmental issues was the highlight of the day, coinciding with the celebration of International Youth Day. This session, expertly led by Innovation Village, delved into the pressing matters concerning our environment and engaged young minds in meaningful discussions about their role in its preservation.

During his impactful speech, DG Rtn. Francisco Ssemwanga urged club presidents to proactively seek district grants, fostering sustainable initiatives that resonate with Rotaract’s core values. He emphasized the significance of encouraging Rotaractors to actively participate in district activities such as DCA, REI, and the Western Meger Fellowship. The importance of the district’s focus on polio eradication was reiterated, with an impassioned call to comprehend and align with the district’s goals.

A sage piece of advice was dispensed to all present: the notion that decisions made today hold the power to shape the future. This resonated deeply, reminding Rotaractors that their actions today pave the path for impactful tomorrows. The visit culminated in a final tree planting ceremony at Innovation Village, encapsulating the essence of growth, sustainability, and collective responsibility. In closing, a heartfelt acknowledgment was extended to Rtn. Sankara, representing Innovation Village, for graciously hosting DG Rtn. Francisco Ssemwanga’s visit. The gratitude expressed encapsulated the spirit of unity and appreciation that thrives within Rotaract circles.

By Rtr. Namulondo Zulaika,
ADRR Western Zone 2

Embrace the Journey:Unveiling the Global Impact of Rotaract

Rotaract is not just an organization; it’s a global movement that ignites the passion of young adults who are determined to make a lasting impact. It’s a journey that we embark upon with the shared purpose of service, professional development, and leadership. As you step into the world of Rotaract, you’re becoming part of something bigger than yourself—a network of change-makers who are committed to shaping a better future for all. At its core, Rotaract is a testament to the power of collaboration, innovation, and compassion. It’s a platform where ideas take root, friendships blossom, and meaningful projects come to life.

Through Rotaract, you’ll have the opportunity to channel your enthusiasm and energy into projects that tackle real-world challenges, leaving behind a trail of positivity and progress. Being part of Rotaract means connecting with like-minded individuals from diverse backgrounds,
cultures, and experiences. It’s an invitation to explore new perspectives, learn from one another, and embrace the rich tapestry of humanity that
makes our world so vibrant. Together, we’re not just members of a club; we’re members of a global family united by our shared values and aspirations.

Your journey in Rotaract is a multifaceted one. It’s about more than just meetings and events; it’s about personal growth, skill development,
and transformation. You’ll find yourself honing leadership abilities, sharpening communication skills, and unlocking your potential as a change
agent. The challenges you face and the triumphs you achieve will contribute to your growth as a well rounded individual with a strong sense of purpose.

But beyond the individual, Rotaract is about community. It’s about identifying needs within our societies and working collectively to address them. Whether it’s organizing a health camp, advocating for environmental sustainability, or promoting literacy, each project we undertake is a step toward a brighter, more inclusive world. Together, we amplify our impact and bring about change that resonates far beyond our club meetings.

As you take your first steps into the world of Rotaract, remember that you’re not just joining a club; you’re becoming part of a legacy that spans
borders and generations. You’re embracing the opportunity to create ripples of change, leaving a mark that will inspire others to follow in your
footsteps. Welcome to Rotaract—a global movement that empowers you to lead, to serve, and to shape a better tomorrow. Your journey starts now, and the possibilities are endless.

DRRE Joseph B. Ssengooba