Soon after I became Governor Nominee – I began considering ways in which I could make a difference during my tour of duty. While many ideas came up, none had the novelty I was looking for, however, a few months down the road and after a bad period when we lost a number of Rotarians in quick succession to non-communicable diseases, it occurred to me that Rotarians were in need of help. And that my friends, was the genesis of the Fitness and Nutrition (FAN) Initiative that we launched at the beginning of this Rotary year. I strongly believe that you cannot give what you don’t have; and that it makes no sense to wear ourselves out caring for everybody else’s health, except our own!  And therefore as we commemorate the Disease Prevention and Treatment month, I applaud all the clubs and Rotarians in D9211 that have actively adopted FAN; and those that have made healthy food, regular hydration, fresh air, adequate sleep, fitness, and exercise a part of their routine.
I must admit that when I conjured the FAN initiative –I had no idea of how it would pan out or how many would embrace it.  At a time when the world is battling the COVID-19 pandemic, and at a time when we are mourning the loss of many dear ones, we are yet again reminded of the great risks associated with non-communicable diseases or comorbidities in today’s speak.  And so I urge you once again, to remain vigilant and take extra precaution. Your good health matters – not just to you and your immediate family, it matters to Rotary, and it matters to the communities we serve.
That aside, I would like you to join me in warmly welcoming over 200 Rotary leaders who are in Kampala this week to attend the 2nd All Africa Zone 22 Institute. I also invite you to join me in thanking the organising team led by our very able Past District Governors – Emmanuel Katongole, and Ken Mugisha. Whereas the standard operating procedures have put limits on the numbers that can converge in Munyonyo, I encourage you to register for virtual participation so that you can commune with our guests.
Apart from the opportunity of meeting old friends and making new ones, one of the wonderful things about the Zone Institute is the continental perspective that participants bring to the discussions.  The Institute theme: “Peace, People, and Planet” resonates with the key challenges being experienced on our African continent. And whereas we in D9211 are seemingly ahead of others – on account of our Mission Green programme and the Makerere University Rotary Peace Centre, I am still looking forward to learning, to being challenged, and to being inspired by the guest speakers on innovative ways of addressing issues of conflict, and the environment.
The Institute will also tackle membership, TRF, public image, and club leadership issues. And although we are halfway through this Rotary year, I hope that the Opportunity leaders, and Opportunity Presidents in particular, will pick some lessons and good practices from Munyonyo and take them back to their clubs. The half way mark is always a good time to stop, pause and reflect. I hope you will use the rest of this month to review your club goals, strategies and results. Be brave and willing to discard whatever is not working for your club; and be open to trying out new ideas.
Finally, since I may not meet you all soon, let me take this opportunity to wish you and your families - a happy, healthy and peaceful Christmas season. Thank you for your hard work and dedication to Rotary; and I look forward to working with you in the coming year and creating opportunities for our members and our communities.
Rosetti Nayenga
District Governor 2020 - 21
Rotary International District 9211