Posted by Sharmila Bhatt on Oct 01, 2018

My journey so far has taken me to 69 Rotary clubs, many Rotaract, Interact clubs and project visits which has made me richer in understanding the work of Rotarians, Rotaractors and Interactors the Rotary family in our district. Rotarians in clubs I visited had one common desire and that is to provide service to communities which is the very reason of our existence as Rotary clubs.

Today nearly 800 million people live on less than $1.90 a day and hence when we address and solve issues and empower people to be self-sufficient greater equity will arise.  Our Rotary theme this month is “Growing local Economies“  and I had the fortune of meeting Rotarians who were so passionate about providing sustainable solutions to poverty. Teaching school girls are taught vertical vegetable growing as land is now scarce and fish farming by St Kizito Interactors; A a sewing and crafts center for women at the Nakivalle Refugee settlement; metered clean water provided to villagers where a little amount is paid by the users for upkeep of equipment; Rabbit rearing and piggery projects for upkeep of families. As a district I believe if, as a district,  clubs could deliver more such good projects at a larger scale we will have happier communities. 

On Oct 14th the Dar Rotarians welcome all of you to take part in the 10th anniversary of the Rotary Dar Marathon.

Today, only two countries, Afghanistan and Pakistan – harbor the world's final reservoir of endemic poliovirus.  The scale of this achievement can hardly be overstated. Polio has existed for millennia; it has plagued humanity since our earliest civilizations. Today, because of Rotary's work and that of our partners, the end is in sight. We are counting down.

And yet, our success is as fragile as it is monumental. We are moving forward, slowly, steadily, inexorably – thanks to colossal efforts that never cease. The sheer scale of the effort – the coordination, the cost, and the commitment – boggles the mind.

Some ask why such high levels of immunization and surveillance are still needed to combat a disease that is almost gone. The answer is simple: It is the only way forward. If we did anything less – if we allowed the virus any quarter – years of work would be undone. We need your strength to help fight this war until we have won. So, keep your weekly polio collections weekly going strong in your clubs.

On 24 October, we mark World Polio Day. I hope that on that day, all of you will take part in some way in our work to eradicate polio. I know that many of you intend to publicize this event on the club level; for those who have not yet made plans, there are still many ways to participate.  This war of ours – which started as a war against polio but is also a war against hatred, against ignorance, against fear – this war will be won. It will be won soon. And when it is won, all of Rotary will have a story to tell – to the children, and your grandchildren. I ask you all to write it well – so that the story you will one day tell is one which you will be proud off.