By Julie Kamuzze-Musoke, Rotary Club of Kasangati, Uganda
On Saturday, October 11, our club held a Rotary Day at Kaggo Ssaza Grounds, an outdoor public venue in Kasangati, Uganda. This special event coincided with our club’s 12th charter anniversary. We were inspired by RI President Gary Huang’s call for clubs to Light Up Rotary by engaging non-Rotarians and encouraging them to consider membership in Rotary.
We organized the day in partnership with local authorities and organizations, including Centenary Bank Limited, Equity Bank, UgaChick, Shell Gayaza, Gifted Hands, Peter’s, and TTB Investments. Unlike our normal charter celebrations, which feature a nighttime bazaar, this year we added a variety of daytime activities including a bicycle race, a community march, football and netball matches, children’s entertainment, and public induction of new members.
The day started off with a bicycle race which was flagged off by our own President Florence Kanyike. The Red Cross Band then led Rotarians and other community members to a 5 kilometer march around the community. The footballers and netballers warmed up for their matches accompanied by Rotary music. Our Interactors manned the bazaar which offered used but usable items at fair prices. The guest of honor was Assistant Governor Fabian Kaasi from the Rotary Club of Kiwatule and the Managing Director of Centenary Bank Limited. In his remarks AG Kaasi applauded our club for setting the record number of Rotary activities hosted in a Ugandan Rotary Day event. Several participants walked away with special prizes.
Later in the day, our club celebrated its charter night graced by IPDG Emmanuel Katongole, who congratulated our club for the day’s activities. He also inducted two new members into our club.
With all these fun activities, our Rotary Day will be a day to remember for everyone who participated. Enjoy these pictures of our successes as we continue to Light Up Rotary.