ROTARY Club of Awka, Nnamdi Azikiwe University, in Distinct 9142, Rotary International, Tuesday, marked the 116 years anniversary of Rotary, cut a cake for their founder, Paul Harris and three other Rotarians that formed Rotary.
The anniversary was held at the Finotel Classic Hotel, Awka, in Awka South LGA, Anambra State, in line with the government directives on COVID-19 protocols.
Rotarians at the gathering were the past District Governor, Rtn. Emman Ude AKPEH, District Chair, Membership, Rtn. A.U. Nonyelu, past club presidents, members and guests.
Speaking during the celebration, the club president, Rtn. Abuchi Nwozor said it was a remarkable day in the history of Rotary to celebrate their founders who came together to form friendship, adding that the cake was designed in honour of Paul Harris.
“Rotary is 116 years today. A commentary was read at ABS, organised by myself. Rotary is not a social club but a place you will make friends, have a positive change in your behaviour as you receive numerous teachings to enable you in transforming others”, he said.
He urged Rotarians to preach about Rotary and portray good behaviours towards others even as their Rotary identity speaks volume about them.
Rtn Nwozor further stated that series of trees have been planted to prevent erosion within some environments, adding that other Rotary objectives include polio eradication, disease control, climate change among others.
In his presentation, the past District Governor, Rtn. Emman Ude AKPEH, described Rotarians as those who help to bring hope to the hopeless through their vocations as a means to serve humanity and change people’s lives in their local communities.
He said: “When Rotarians attend meetings and think about making difference in the lives of people, they are making the world a better place for others. It is an opportunity for self development. They learn from one another. We want persons who maintain high integrity, good character, those who are leaders in their homes, communities as well as their professions”.
He further advised members to avoid negative mindset of what they will gain but get involved in joint fellowship to enable them learn and have in mind to do things according to the Rotary 4-Way Test.