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Rotary Club Fajara inaugurates new president, inducts new member

Jul 17, 2012, 1:52 PM | Article By: Abdou Rahman Sallah

Fajara Rotary Club on 14 July 2012 inaugurates their new president and witnessed the induction of a new member by the name Baboucarr Jobe as Rotarian in the club, in a colorful ceremony held in Kololi.

Speaking at the ceremony, Dr Batch Faye, Chartered president of Fajara Rotary Club, said Rotary Club of Fajara (RCF) would celebrate its 12th anniversary in August 2012.

As is customary of Rotary International, the governing body of all Rotary clubs, a theme is selected every year to indicate the area of focus of Rotary in its mission to achieve its global mandate. 

The Rotary theme for 2011/12 is “Reach within to Embrace Humanity.”  The theme is a reflection of the commitment of Rotarians around the world to the cause of humanity. 

As is emblematic of the logo, which depicts the theme, every Rotarian is challenged to draw upon their inner strength to accomplish great things in their communities and around the world.

The theme epitomizes the need to build our communities by serving others, especially those that are needy and worthy of help. 

As Kalyan Banerjee, Rotary International (RI) president for this Rotary year, puts it: “The communities we live in are not built of individual people but of families -- families living in homes together, sharing their lives and their resources and their common destinies. Good families lead to good neighborhoods, and good neighborhoods build good communities.”

For his part, Benjamin Robert, the immediate past president of Rotary Club Fajara, said the Rotary Club of Fajara, in partnership with the Priori Lake Rotary Club of Minnesota, implemented four Water & Garden Projects worth over US$32,000 in 2011-12 in the villages of Banni, Yeida, Wellingara, and Karantaba; all villages in the Central River Region. 

Equally, the RCF has undertaken to sustain projects of the past in Njawara Lower Basic School, Jiborokuta, Bansang, Tanka Tanka Mental Health Centre, Royal Victoria Hospital, Basse Health Centre, and Brikama Lower Basic School.

The Report of the Independent Monitoring Board of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative, published in February 2012 indicated that there are now 4 polio endemic countries around the world. 

In The Gambia a lot of progress has been achieved in the fight against polio.  The Gambia was declared Polio-free in 2004 by the World Health Organization (WHO) and there has been no importation of wild poliovirus into the country since.

“We continue to have high immunization coverage with 3 doses of the Oral Polio Vaccine with 95% coverage in 2011,” he said, adding that The Gambia holds its National Immunization Day in March and April with RI sponsorships through WHO and UNICEF of about US$38,000 annually.

Foday Sillah, incoming president of the club, stated that to be a Rotarian is actually meant to contribute to the welfare of humanity, to change the lives of others, to give hope to the hopeless, to give chance to the least privileged, to excel in life, to nurture talents; it means bringing about peace and harmony worldwide, bringing about development, helping the sick, and giving better life to generations to come.

He promised that during his tenure of office, he would prioritize improving the image of rotary, increase membership and support to the RVTH and the health sector in general, promote science and technology education, and provision of clean drinking water among others.

He added that during the rotary year 2012/13, they will diversify and by collaborating with other institutions such as civil society organizations, business institutions and the Government of The Gambia to implement more projects.

He thanked their honorary chief patron, President Yahya Jammeh and fellow Rotarians for having the trust and confidence in him while assuring them that he would live up to expectations.