The Rotary Club of Clarke International University (CIU) has been in existence since 2013 and it has continued to make an impact on students’ lives and various communities. Although it is an institution based club, it subscribes to the larger Rotary organization which 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. The name “Rotary” came from the group’s early practice of rotating meetings among the offices of its members. Today, this organization has over 1.2M members across the globe.
On 28th August 2018, CIU’s Rotary Club will have a new President installed by the Vice Chancellor Dr. Rose Clarke Nanyonga. The incoming president, Naema Yussrah Feisal, is currently a student at CIU pursuing Diploma in Clinical Medicine and she is in her final year. The commitment to service displayed by the then rotary club members inspired her to join the club.
“I joined Rotary in my first year as a student and I was attracted by the outstanding work they were doing,” Feisal narrated, “that specific year we went to Mitoma district in partnership with many other organizations like El Bueneo and I got interested to keep engaging in such activities.” Feisal explained
Students interested in joining the club can access the club’s guest WhatsApp page and receive mentorship from an already existing club member. Later on, a specific day is chosen and all the individuals who have successfully undergone mentorship are inducted into the club. It is an institution based club and very affordable to join.
“Entry membership fee is 15,000 Ugandan Shillings and each rotary year, each member is required to pay membership fee of 15,000 Ugandan Shillings,” Feisal said.
Feisal narrates her experience with the club over the years as both challenging and fun. The different case scenarios which the club deals with on a daily basis have turned into a remarkable mentoring experience. Last year, rotary club members under the leadership of President Prudence were able to hold a medical camp in Namuwongo where they provided free health care services to the residents.
“For this year, our major goal is to adopt a village in Gayaza and develop it so that it becomes our tradition as Rotary club of CIU to continuously develop that village,” Feisal revealed, “Right now we are planning to go to a school and paint it, fix water tanks and pipes and we’ll have a medical camp as well so that the residents come and get treatment,” She explained further.
When asked about the “rich people mindset” that people have about the rotary club, Feisal said Rotary club is a non-profitable NGO.
“As members, we are basically committed to helping people and developing our professional networks through meeting new people, it is not about money as most people think,” She emphasized.
CIU has many students offering health science programs which makes the club’s activities highly beneficial. From the medical camps which are annually organized, students get even more opportunity to practice what they have learnt.
Feisal is quoted to have said, “We get exposure to different scenarios and also learn how to deal with them, the whole experience adds onto the knowledge and training we receive from class, we also get to make friends.”
After completion of studies at CIU, students are encouraged to carry on their rotary memberships by joining regional rotary clubs.