Dear Family of Rotary
 
This is my last monthly newsletter as District Governor. How time flies and what a year it has been!  Nobody could have predicted how this year has gone, but I am proud of how Rotarians in this District 9211 have coped and adapted so ably to changes that have been forced upon us. 
 
Next month, District Governors Elect John Magezi Ndamira (D9213) and Young Kimaro (D9214) will take over the reins, so in many ways it is appropriate that this is Fellowship Month.  We have managed to keep fellowship, in its many meanings during the period of lockdown. Zoom meetings have abounded, newsletters have continued, and the love and concern shown to the more vulnerable amongst our number has been outstanding. As we move closer to being able to recommence physical meetings again, the fellowship will be close to our hearts as we re-connect in person with friends and Rotary colleagues. A word of caution though – whilst we all want to get back to physical meetings – we need to do this carefully and slowly.  As we move towards the “New Normal”, I encourage each one of you to take a few minutes to look back and think through what we have learnt, both the good and bad, and embrace the positive learnings into our daily lives. If we just go back to the “Old Normal” these learnings will be lost.
It has been an honour and privilege to be your District Governor over the last 12 months. I have been blown away with the welcome and kindness experienced during my various visits around the District. District 9211 grew tremendously. Under DGEs John and Young’s leadership, I know that the new Districts will continue to go from strength to strength.  Each of us owes an incredible debt of gratitude!
 
First and foremost, the Opportunity Presidents: It has been an honour to serve with you this year. I have learnt a lot from you and I am privileged to have been given the opportunity to “look inside” your clubs at what makes this incredible giant called Rotary so successful.  Each of your clubs are totally different as are your needs and passions and those you serve.  That is one of the best parts of Rotary. You have taken chances to effect change and energise your clubs and even though it may have not been as successful as you had wished…at least you tried and set the stage for the future.
 
The Assistant Governors: No District Governor could have asked for a more professional, dedicated, and supportive team of Assistant Governors – EVER.  You inspired and motivated one another including me.  You have been my “eyes and ears” where I failed to be. I thank each one of you from the bottom of my heart.
 
District Committees and the Advisory Council of Past District Governors:  You have worked hard to support us, our projects and activities this year with a level of dedication and commitment that helped to keep our district at the forefront of all we do.  I thank you for your leadership and guidance.  I am indebted to each one of you. 
 
Lastly, to every Rotarian who made someone’s life better, gave others a reason to hope and some a reason to believe in a future. And you did it through every Avenue of Service imaginable and even some that haven’t even been thought of yet!  That is your legacy as Rotarians.
 
To my successors John and Young, we are all looking forward to you guiding us as you “Serve to Change Lives”. Adieu D9211, as we welcome D9213 and D9214. 
 
Thank you!
 
Rosetti Nayenga
District Governor 2020 - 21
Rotary International District 9211