Dear Rotary Family,
 
July was a whirlwind of activities for me as I visited 40 Rotary Clubs in the Kampala, Central and Western regions. While I greatly enjoyed making acquaintance with the different clubs and Rotarians, I was saddened by the missed opportunity to meet many of you due to the need to observe the COVID-19 Standard Operating Procedures. Nonetheless, I believe we shall meet some time soon.
One of my preliminary observations has been the variance between clubs in terms of culture and traditions.  While some clubs are formal and traditional, others are a hybrid.  I believe that in this fast changing world, we need to continuously embrace change, including our meeting formats in order to remain responsive to the needs and character of our membership.  There are no fixed rules of what is right or wrong in terms of Rotary rituals and traditions as long as the Rotary values are upheld.  Infact the more diverse our clubs are, the more opportunities we create for people from diverse backgrounds to join our clubs; and the more opportunities we create for Rotary service.
Now, more than ever is the time to reflect on our purpose and continued relevance in a dynamic world.  August is designated as the Membership and Club Development Month to enable us critically assess internal and external membership issues relating to growth and continuity.  Because membership is the lifeblood of Rotary, no club can afford to remain stagnant. We must grow Rotary in order to survive and expand our humanitarian service. That requires us to be flexible and innovative in our approach; as well as open to new partnerships that will enable us carry out impactful and projects.  But sustainability is also critical.
 As we seek new members, we must ensure that we retain our current members – hence the focus on membership engagement.  Rotary has adopted a Diversity, Equity and Inclusion policy.  But the question I put to you is: how is your club operationalizing this policy? To what extent are these principles reflected in your membership?  How accessible is your club to the type of members that you would like to attract? To what extent is your club promoting a culture of inclusiveness so that every member enjoys a sense of belonging? To what extent does your club practice inclusion and diversity in your composition, in your day-to-day planning, decision making and execution of tasks?  Keeping each and every member engaged is important because every person brings on board new and enriching experiences and perspectives.
Membership engagement also entails adding value to our members, both at the personal and professional level. In this vein, I thank you for attending the launch of the Fitness and Nutrition (FAN) campaign, and I encourage you to embrace the program activities. It is important that we make fitness and proper nutrition a daily habit rather than an occasional event. This initiative is not only aimed at reducing non-communicable diseases (NCDs) within our membership and the broader society, but also seeks to inject more fun into our Rotary life. The healthier and merrier we are, the better our Rotary service will be.
Lastly, I am excited that this month, we are launching the Rotary Roses Program aimed at enhancing female recruitment, engagement and service. This program is another avenue we shall use to give our female members, and non-Rotarians a positive and impactful experience. I encourage all female Rotarians and non-Rotarians to join, together let us open more opportunities to serve humanity. 
 
Rosetti Nayenga
District Governor 2020 - 21
Rotary International District 9211