Posted by Sharmila Bhatt on Feb 05, 2019

It was with profound sadness that we received the news of the passing of PDG Hatim Karimjee on 12th January, 2019 at the age of 73, in London, England. For many of us Hatim was our guiding light to all things in Rotary and he provided us with 100% solidarity. Rotary in District 9211 mourns this tremendous loss. To keep his beacon of light shining  we shall walk in his footsteps to grow Rotary stronger. 

On January 27th, my club the oldest in the district, Rotary club of Dar es Salaam celebrated its milestone birthday ie. 70 years. A club that has stayed relevant and evolved many times over to service humanity. 


The month of February as Rotary clubs we give attention to understanding our theme “Peace and conflict resolution” better. Through our service projects, peace fellowships, and scholarships, our members are taking action to address the underlying causes of conflict, including poverty, inequality, ethnic tension, lack of access to education, and unequal distribution of resources.


Rotary has risen to so many challenges in its 113 years. We’ve answered conflict with peace, and poverty with education. We’ve responded to a lack of basic health care with projects large and small, from equipping clinics in tiny villages to eradicating polio across the globe. 


We will never know how different the world would have been if Rotary had never been founded; if any one Rotary club had never been chartered.


But I will say, with absolute faith and complete confidence, that the world is a far, far better place now than it would have been without Rotary and that Rotary itself is stronger because of every one of you. 


The world needs Rotary more than ever. It needs our courage, our optimism, and our idealism. It needs the voice of tolerance, cooperation, and hope that we can offer. It needs the example of an organization that has proven that the citizens of all countries can work together successfully, gladly, and in friendship. 


This month I travelled across Tanzania to see the impact of our actions by visiting many service projects. None of us ever knows the full impact of our actions. None of us knows the effects that will ripple out from the things we do and say, the decisions we make, the opportunities we seize, and those we let pass. But I think we all know that when we choose to do good, good will follow; and that when we choose Service Above Self as our life’s path, the direction it will take us will be a good one. 


Read the January edition of The Wave Newsletter online: