My Rotary Story by Rotarian Chinonye Nwachukwu
Often, I heard about Rotary but didn’t know what the organization was about. There happen to be a client of mine I admire a lot, I regularly visit her Social media handles (WhatsAPP status inclusive) to view Rotary activities which I find very attractive. Interestingly, this client of mine is Mrs Ijeoma Ajawara (Spouse of the Inspiration DG – Dan Ajawara)
One day, I decided to ask her what Rotary is about, before providing the needed answer, she said “Nonye, do you know that you’re a Rotary material? Come and join us”. Shortly after our discussion, I joined her to Rotary meetings and later enrolled as a member of the Rotary Club of Enugu City Centre. Outstandingly, I was inducted into Rotary by the 2018/19 Rotary International President, Barry Rassin, during his visit to D9142.
Unknown to most people, I was a very shy person but Rotary has helped me handle my shyness. A particular event broke the yoke. It was my first Rotary programme outside Enugu, specifically, the MidYear Assembly. During the dinner, PAG Onyinye Ralph-Nwachukwu called me on stage to share my Rotary Story. At that point I felt like the ground should open up and swallow me. Well, that was just a wish which never came true, so I summed courage and walked up the stage to share my Rotary story. Unfortunately the presentation did not go well because I was overwhelmed with shyness. Fast-forward to my present state . . . I am a Visionary President of the Rotary Club of Enugu City Centre, I preside over meetings; I conduct interviews; I approach personalities and talk to them about Rotary and causes of humanity; I am a different me, a bolder and confident version of my former self.
Rotary has afforded me excellent opportunities to connect, wine and dine with personalities. It has opened connections I never thought possible. It has improved my business network, sharpened my leadership skills and afforded me the privilege of having friends who see me as an extension of themselves. My commitments in Rotary have reshaped my being and perception about life. The friendship in Rotary is incomparable, it is top notch!
I am a Rotarian for life!
Join the Rotary family today. If you reside in Enugu, kindly connect with the Rotary Club of Enugu City Centre. We meet every Thursdays by 5:30pm at Predia Hotels and Suites, Enugu State, Nigeria.