…….Inducts New Member
Rotary Club of Ikeja has marked the foundation month with dinner hosted by a Past Assistant Governor of the District (9110), Rotarian Dipo Onabanjo with a number of members of the club and their spouses in attendance.
Speaking at the event tagged Rotary Foundation/ Paul Harris Fellow Dinner, the President of the Club, Rotarian Olumuyiwa Fagbola disclosed that the dinner was to commemorate the Rotary Foundation month of November as designated by Rotary International.
“We are having a PHF/SPOUSE evening through home fellowship meeting at the residence of our dear PAG and it also an avenue for our invited friends to contribute towards the Rotary Foundation.
“In line with RI’s calendar, November is the month of Rotary Foundation which was proposed by Arc. C. Klumphand started as an endowment fund in 1917 and later renamed “The Rotary Foundation” in 1928.
“The fund was conceived for the purpose of “Doing Good in the World” and has recorded great success by touching all facets of lives ranging from health, education, security, promoting peace in the world among others.”
Fagbola also explained that the Rotary foundation is the avenue where the club use money globally to support international projects; “that is why my sole aim upon assumption of office in the new rotary year was to grow membership and when you have membership increase in numbers, more people will pay their dues and pay money into the rotary foundation, which foundation also dovetail into projects for the community.”
He thanked the host and his wife for accepting to host members in their residence and for a very warm reception they gave to members and their guests.
The District Governor, Dr. Rotn Jide Akeredolu in his remarks at the event commended the club for their enthusiasm in growing the club as well as their supports towards the Rotary projects.
He explained that Rotary Foundation is huge part of the club and was created in order to have reservoir and the major area the fund is going to is the eradication of polio.
According to him; “Polio eradication is consuming the bulk of the money from Rotary Foundation, we took it up in 1985 and now it is at zero level in most countries including Nigeria except Pakistan and Afghanistan.”
The host Rotarian Dipo Onabanjo responding said it is a privilege to host the club adding that Rotary has always been at the forefront of anything he does because it is an avenue to help the needy especially when government is not doing much.
He advised Nigerians to always be their brother’s keeper, “it is not only when you belong to Rotary that you help others, helping people should be our way of life.”
A new member, Mr. Segun Adebowale was inducted at the event having achieved the feat of a major donor status with other members awarded Paul Harris membership certificate for maintaining membership of the fellow.
In his remark, the new inductee said he had always wanted to join the club before now but upon attaining the age of 50 years he realized the time has come to become a member “and not just to be a member alone but to contribute my own quota to the development of mankind and communities.”