What is Rotary?
Rotary is an international membership organization made up of people who share a passion for and commitment to enhancing communities and improving lives across the world. Rotary clubs exist in almost every country.
For 115 years, Rotary members have been addressing challenges around the world. It started with the vision of one man — Paul Harris.
The Chicago attorney formed the Rotary Club of Chicago on 23 February 1905, so professionals with diverse backgrounds could exchange ideas, form meaningful, lifelong friendships, and give back to their communities. Rotary’s name came from the group’s early practice of rotating meetings among the offices of its members.
Through volunteering, the over 1.2 million Rotary members take action and make a difference.
In the process lifelong friendships that transcend political and cultural boundaries and foster global understanding and respect are formed. In addition to the over 35,000 clubs, Rotary also offers expanded service opportunities including:
Interact clubs bring together young people ages 12-18 to develop leadership skills while discovering the power of Service Above Self. There are more than 20,300 Interact clubs in 159 countries.
Rotaract clubs bring together young adults, starting at age 18, to exchange ideas with leaders in the community, develop leadership and professional skills, and have fun through service. Solving real problems takes real commitment and vision.
Each year, Rotary members invest hundreds of millions of dollars and countless volunteer hours to promote health, peace and prosperity in communities across the globe. Rotary members take action by providing access to clean water and sanitation, supporting education, preventing and treating disease, saving mothers and children and growing local economies.
Our Club History
The Rotary Club of Ngong Hills (RCNH) got admission into the membership of the Rotary International (RI) in June, 2012. Since then the club has continued to be active in the implementation of the Rotary Club objectives/activities through various club committees.
At the time of admission to RI, the club had twenty-seven (27) charter members and four inducted members. Club members have varied classifications as follows; accounting, International development, engineering, legal, education, counselling and health, based on their professions that integrate very well in fulfilling the club’s goals and objectives. The club now has 18 members, seven (7) of whom are Paul Harris Fellows (PHF), that are actively involved in the club’s activities.
RCNH works closely with its Ngong Rotaract club that has 16 members and 4 Interact clubs with a membership of 160 students. The interact clubs of Huruma and Calvary were chartered in 2018 while the Interact clubs of Kenswed and Joram G all in Ngong were chartered in 2019.
RCNH held weekly in-person meetings at the Karen village, along Ngong Road till March 2019. However, due to the COVID– 19 pandemic members have been meeting virtually.
In the past years the club has achieved some milestones and partnered with other clubs to implement district and international programs e.g. Polio Plus Kenya Smile project, annual Sunshine Rally etc.
The club has always participated in both district and international events for example, international conventions, district conferences and seminars, Polio walk etc. The club continues to enhance partnership with other clubs to develop and implement global grants projects.
Our Areas of Focus
The Rotary Club of Ngong Hills (RCNH) has developed a Strategic Plan (SP 2020 – 2023) that outlines the club’s strategic direction for the next 3 years. The SP further identifies the club’s areas of focus and aligns them to the Rotary International’s six focus areas namely: peace and conflict prevention/resolution; disease prevention and treatment; water and sanitation; maternal and child health; basic education and literacy; economic and community to maximize impact.
Thus the RCNH will make environment conservation, health, literacy, environment and sanitation service projects a priority in this strategic plan. This will complement the County and National government’s efforts in addressing the issues identified above. Specifically we will focus on:
Mitigate the COVID-19 impact through collaboration with other like-minded organisations to mobilise resources, distribute food, sanitizers, masks, hand washing equipment and offer education on the same. We will partner with Rotaractors County/National Government institutions; Faith based institutions to achieve this Goal.
We will engage the Ngong Sub-county Hospital to identify needs and encourage Rotarians to support and address the need. We shall assist in organising free medical/surgical camps.
Address low literacy levels due to school drop-outs by establishing a bursary/scholarship fund to cater for needy students in primary and secondary schools and tertiary institutions. We shall seek external and internal resources to realize this.
Address environmental degradation through planting at least 5,000 trees in partnership with the sister Rotary and Rotaract Clubs, the Kenya Forestry Service, Kenya Wildlife Service, the business community, faith based organisations, the county government and other partners.