By Obeten Godfrey
The Rotary Club of Calabar-Tinapa District 9142 has inaugurated its tenth President, in the person of Rotarian Aniekan Ben Assam to pilot it’s affairs for the 2018/2019 Rotary year.
The installation ceremony which took place at the Municipal Gardens, Calabar Municipality recently, witnessed a handful of Rotarians, partners, family, colleagues and associates who trooped out in their numbers to grace the event.
The event which also coincided with the ten year anniversary of the Club witnessed the inauguration of its Board of Trustees, and fund raising to service outstanding projects.
Speaking after the event, the newly installed President, Mr. Ben Assam, expressed delight over his emergence as the 10th President of the Rotary Club of Calabar-Tinapa.
His words: “Two years ago, I was nominated and trained to serve as President Nominee and President Elect. Today am installed as Club President. I’m grateful to God who has made this day a reality, and my family who stood by me throughout this period.
“My gratitude goes to all past Presidents and entire members of Rotary Club of Calabar-Tinapa for your support and encouragement. The feeling that my installation as the 10th President coincided with the ten years anniversary of our great organization makes it more unique.
“I am inspired by the extraordinary work of Rotarians who are committed to achieving a world where no child again is paralyzed by polio; no child sits on the floor to study in our schools, orphaned children have a shelter.” He said.
Mr. Assam said Rotary is known for its humanitarian service all over the world, and promised to build on the gains of the club in carrying out humanitarian services for which the organization is known for; with focus on Basic Education Literacy, Water and Sanitation, Disease Prevention and Treatment, Maternal and Child Health, Economic empowerment, community development, as well as conflict resolution.
He solicited for the support, time, talent and treasure of all and sundry to enable the organization carry out its community service projects.
“Service is the rent we pay for the life we live. “Be the Inspiration” is not just a theme but a call to serve. I humbly seek for your financial support as we carry out these life impacting projects. Be the inspiration the world needs in action and deeds,” the merchant Navy said.
Until his installation as President of Rotary Club of Calabar-Tinapa, Mr. Assam has respectively served in different capacities between the period of 2016 and 2018, as President Nominee, Zonal Rep Oral Health, Sergeant at Arms, Chair Polio Plus, as well as President Elect.
Rotary Club of Calabar-Tinapa is the third Rotary Club in Calabar, and was founded in 2009 as a diverse group of business and professional leaders providing humanitarian service and encouraging high ethical standards in all vocations.
High points of the event was the induction of new Rotarians, Conferment of Paul Harris Fellowship Awards for humanitarian service, cutting of anniversary cake as well as presentation of certificate to new inductees.
Rotary International was founded in 1095 by Paul Percy Harris. It is the world’s oldest service club organization headquartered in Evanston, Illinois, USA; and comprises roughly 33,000 clubs in more than 165 countries, with 1.2 million members who form a global network of business and professional leaders who volunteer their time and talents to serve their communities and the world.
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