ROTARIAN INENGIYE IGOSIARIKONMA O.(IGOSI.) PHF – MY ROTARY STORY
Happy Weekend Dear Friends.
You will agree with me that over the years, alot of people have different impressions about Law Enforcement Officers in our dear Country, Nigeria. This, most times is primarily because of their personal encounters. But as Rotarians, no matter the nature of our vocation(s), We try to be outstanding! Rotarian Inengiye Igosi affirms this on #MyRotaryStorySeries
ROTARIAN INENGIYE IGOSIARIKONMA O.(IGOSI.) PHF.
CLASSIFICATION: LAW ENFORCEMENT.
My Rotary story dates back to 1993 while in Ignatius Ajuru University, Port Harcourt. As an introvert 🤭, I was deliberate about the people I associated with. Now, the lifestyle of a particular senior, Tams David, attracted me to him. He was two years ahead of me in the Department of Accounting.
I realised he was a Rotaractor and that explained his composure, deportment and calm nature. My friend invited me to the Rotaract Club of Ndele Campus, then a Campus of the University, chartered by Rotary Club of Port Harcourt in the then D9140. What struck me and I couldn’t help but admire, were the vibrant young men and women I saw. They were always well dressed and stood out on campus, calm yet bold and outspoken. Kind and caring. Above all, they were closely knitted in love and always stood up to defend one another as though they were blood relatives. On one particular occasion, a Rotaractor had to tell his blood brother to step down for his club member to win a Departmental election🤨🤨😲😲.
Having mixed up with my friend’s “people”, I realized that my almost withdrawn lifestyle wasn’t going to be good for me. I told myself, “this is the place” that I belong and after the mandatory observation period I was inducted a Rotaractor🥰🥰🥰.
As a Rotratctor, I was guided by the Four Way Test and my Public Speaking/composure and Leadership skills were developed🥳🥳🥰🥰😁.
My unreserved interest and active involvement in Rotaract functions was not hidden. In my penultimate year, I became the Secretary of my Club and soon after I was installed as the Rotaract President in the 94/95 Rotary year with the theme “BE A FRIEND”. I could successfully preside over joint fellowships with our mother Rotary Club; had handshakes with dignitaries and the “creme” of the society in Rivers State. I travelled and got positively influenced and exposed, etc🙌🙌🥰💞.
Here I was, a bookworm, a well above average student, very shy, an introvert, with an almost withdrawn personality. Now, I enjoyed a special place in the school, to the point where I had a room to myself, so eloquent was I that I got invited to speak to fellow students whenever some form of “action” was envisaged. All thanks to Rotary. On graduation, solo effort to march on in life and for relevance, i temporarily pulled body and mind from active Rotary activities.
A notable Rotarian once said, “not all the rich can make a good Rotarian, and that Rotarians MUST not be wealthy, seeing the need to give, and giving freely is a thing of the heart. Giving is a virtue. To my mind Rotarians are born and Rotary is a way of life. I am a proud member of this global group of changemakers in the lives of people in need in every area of living🙌🙌🥰🥰❤️.
Now, as a Police Officer, I have always consciously remembered to apply “the 4-Way Test of the things we think, Say or Do” in my career wherever I find myself. This, i believe endeared me to my sponsor, Rotarian Jonathan Unegbu of Rotary Club of Uyo, after our first meeting at my office, at the Anti Kidnapping Squad office of the Nigerian Police Force, Akwa Ibom State Command HQs. He simply mentioned Rotary to me and that was it. The spirit got rekindled and I was inducted in 2019/20 Rotary Year. Here I am, a ROTARIAN, with an enhanced social life and friends across board, and in all professions and discipline💃💃🥰🥰🙌🙌🙌🥂🥂.
My Rotary story will not be complete without the mention of great Rotarians like Rotarian Billy Etuk and the Connect President, Rotarian Idongesit Domingo-Inyang. What about the District Governor Nominee, Rotarian Akan Emah? He was instrumental to my becoming a Paul Harris Fellow(PHF) the same year I joined Rotary. I give a shout-out to Rotarian Idara Inwang, who also charmed me by paying the price for me to win the prize of a full bunch of plantain in a spectacular American auction, during one of my “Guesting” days. They are my mentors and have been my source of inspiration and motivation🥰🥰🥰🥂🥂.
Colleaugues, Friends, Family members and my Club Members can attest to the fact that I am a humble but proud Police Officer with a DIFFERENCE, as I live by the Ideals of Rotary, while still making my marks as a “Tactical Commander” in the specialized area of my classification🙌🙌🙌🥰🥰.
Being a Rotarian has blessed me in ways unimaginable. It’s such an amazing level of the world’s largest charity Organisation to belong to where lives are not only changed but smiles are placed on the faces of people. Food is provided to the hungry and good healthcare is provided to those who can not afford same. Even the inanimate environment is positively affected for the ultimate good of society. “It profits most who serves the best” and so at every opportunity I get, I invite quality friends to join this great Family 👪 ❤️🥰💞.
I still share the Best Pathfinder Membership Champion Award with Rotarian Kennedy Ekong in Rotary Club of Uyo as we co-won the prize from last Rotary Year for introducing/sponsoring the highest number of Rotarians into the ever expanding Mother Club, Rotary Club of Uyo!
I am tagging you in my Rotary story because I know you, and that you will even do better than me in Rotary, as one who is freer, open minded and generous.
Come to Rotary and join like minds to #ServeToChangeLives.