Posted by Flavia Serugo on Apr 03, 2019
The Fourth edition of Women in Rotary – Uganda Chapter hosted by the Rotary Club of Kampala Naalya was not only a success but highlighted more the relevance and the role women play in community service. The overall objective of Women in Rotary event is to promote the participation women in Rotary in addition to recognizing excellence in leadership.
The event that started from humble beginnings and with an audience of less than 150 has event has now tripled in size and going by this year’s attendance, it promises to get bigger and better in the coming years. This year’s event held on 9th March at Kampala Serena Hotel was graced by the Her Royal Highness Nnabagereka Sylvia Nagginda (Queen of Buganda Kingdom) who hailed Rotarians for their contribution to socio economic development in Uganda.  She further noted that addressing social challenges requires selfless leaders who are guided by principles of service above self. Other notable speakers included Carolyn Musyoka, District Governor D9211 Sharmila Bhatt and a panel of seasoned women led by Uganda Women’s Network Executive director- Rita Aciro; Charter President RC Kampala Impala- Hon Victoria Sekitoleko and Past Assistant Governor Phyllis Kwesiga. Guests were also treated to entertainment by Ivuga band and the highlight of the ceremony were the awards that recognized inspirational women who through their vocations are transforming communities. The awards were open to both Rotarians and Non-Rotarians and the winners in the three categories were: -PAG Ruth Kavuma- Leadership Award, Ms. Gerry Opoka- Innovation Award and Ms. Vivian Kityo- for Community service award. Our District Governor Sharmila was also recognized as the first female district governor for District 9211.
Despite the fact that the March calendar and in particular that week Rotary in Uganda had back to back events, the turn up was coincidentally overwhelming but thanks to Serena and the organizing team for handling the emergencies aptly. In attendance were over 450 participants: -  44 rotary clubs, 1 inner wheel club, 3 Rotaract clubs and 157 guests. Rotary leaders present included past District Governors- Emmanuel Katongole and Stephen Mwanje, DGE Xavier Sentamu, DGN Rosette Nabbumba, District Secretary Ronald Kawaddwa, our very own Country Chair Anne Nkutu, Assistant Governors, Inspirational presidents and guests from the Rotary Foundation. The Katikiro of Buganda Charles Peter Mayiga was also graced the occasion.
In his remarks the Inspirational President of RC Naalya –Dennis Jjuuko commended the women for their contribution to Rotary in spite of the many challenges faced. He also thanked the guests and sponsors for the support rendered towards the event. The proceeds of the event went towards RCK Naalya’s Adopt a Village Project in Akwang, Agago district.
By PP Flavia Serugo
Chair Organizing Committee- Women in Rotary 2019
RC Kampala Naalya