005 – My Rotary Story by Rotarian Amalu Tochi
This is about a great woman, a Leader and a Mentor. Many may wonder how I became close to this woman, which made her to be explicitly a mother and part of my family. Sometimes I wonder when people approach me to say, TOCHI HOW DID YOU BECOME CLOSE TO THIS WOMAN. I ALWAYS LAUGH…
In 2014 while I was serving as District Rotaract Representative and I sent her an invitation to grace the Grand Commissioning of the Two-Room Toilet facility, built at the School of the Virtually impaired in Umuahia. This invitation was not really directly from me but through my Rota Cultural Fiesta Chairman (Now the Visionary President of RC Umuahia North) Rtn Emeka U Sopuruchi. YOU KNOW WHY, I WAS TRULY SCARED OF THE CHARISMA SHE RADIATES WHICH I ADMIRE AND ONLY THE BOLD THEN CAN FACE.
This Leader is Rotarian Grace Chiboagui Okaro Chibby Oak (The District Governor Elect of our District 9142). She not only honoured my invitation but also ensured the supply of Toiletries for the good Sustainability of the Project. From then we became close friends.
Dear Friends this lady was the first to believe in me in delivering a Printed Flex to United Kingdom. Oh! E shock you? My dear that’s true. My dear I got a contract to deliver the full branding of a Birthday party in UK which till date the connection blossoms. From 2018 till date, DGE Grace have continuously showered me with lots of love by connecting me to lots of BRAND COMPANIES AND GOVERNMENT PARASTERTAL both in Umuahia and in Abuja and Nasarawa State respectively.
The mind blowing event was in 2019/2020 during the Rotary Connects the World Rotary year. While I was serving as the Master of Ceremony (M.C) at the Installation of Rtn Obidigbo of Rotary club of Awka Nnamdi Azikiwe University, I got a call and it goes thus;
ONWA, HOW ARE YOU? CAN YOU TALK WHERE YOU ARE?
My reply was yes. Please ma, let me step out from the hall.
She continued…. “A YOU EMPLOYED APART FROM THE PRINTING JOB YOU DO?” I said No.
She continued.. “OKAY. PLEASE SEND YOUR C.V TO A MAIL I WILL SEND YOU NOW AND WITH DIRECTIVE ON THE JOB SPECIFICATION I WILL ALSO SEND TO YOU. THEIR DIRECTOR TOLD ME OF THE RECRUITMENT AND I NEEDED TO FIELD YOU AS A ROTARIAN/ROTARACTOR I RESPECT AND CAN ATTEST FOR. BE READY TO RELOCATE TO UMUAHIA OR LAGOS IF IT HAPPENS.”
I was filled with joy and immediately I did as directed and returned back to the event happily. The firm is an Agency of Federal Government and they scheduled me for an interview afterwards. Though I couldn’t go further because of the Job I got afterwards, but I can not stop appreciating such gesture from a Rotary Leader.
From then till now, we are more than just Rotarians, we are family, I appreciate all she has also done for my wife ever since we got married till date.
Thank you My Leader who believes in the growth of the young Rotarians.
Thank you Rotary International
Thank you Rotarian Grace.
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