New president for Steenberg Rotaract

2018-05-15 06:01
The Steenberg Rotaract held their induction in Retreat on Friday. From left: Mollen Danota (vice-president), Taahirah Galant (treasurer), Kauthar Abrahams (deputy-treasurer), Chadwin Petersen (president), Epiphane Furaha (project co-ordinator), Barbara Shutcha (media and marketing) and Kelly-Anne Damons.

The Steenberg Rotaract held their induction in Retreat on Friday. From left: Mollen Danota (vice-president), Taahirah Galant (treasurer), Kauthar Abrahams (deputy-treasurer), Chadwin Petersen (president), Epiphane Furaha (project co-ordinator), Barbara Shutcha (media and marketing) and Kelly-Anne Damons.

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The Steenberg Rotaract inducted Chadwin Petersen as its newest president at the Every Nation Church in Retreat Road in Cafda Village on Friday night.

Petersen says the purpose of Rotaract is to provide an opportunity for young men and women to enhance their knowledge and gain skills which will assist them in personal development­.

These skills are gained in order to address the physical and social needs of their respective communities, and to promote better relations between all people worldwide through the framework of friendship and service.

Petersen says that his passion to serve the community began during his time at Heathfield High School. Having done over 400 hours of community service, Petersen brought young people together to develop leadership skills whilst discovering the motto of “Service above Self”.

“I had the opportunity to participate in fun and meaningful projects, demonstrating the purpose of service and promoting goodwill. As they say ‘all good things must come to an end’. Little did I know that I’d be standing here as the incoming president of a Rotaract Club. I definitely know that we don’t have the resources to immediately change the world, but it ultimately starts with the person right next to you, doing it one step at a time.

“One of the most important words I’ve come across since my first official Rotary meeting with Wynberg has been structure - to get this right we have a blueprint to effectively run our club. Our vision is to foster and develop strong leaders capable of building service and goodwill and goals: to successfully run our “It bothers me campaign” “Increase our membership” “Attempt the Rotaract Citation,” Petersen said in his acceptance speech.

Meanwhile, incoming district Rotaract representative Dennis Makofi wished Petersen well on his journey.

“Because our organisation is so big, to enable it to be more manageable we are divided into districts - geographical locations across the world. My commitment to you as your representative for the Rotaract District 9350 in the coming year is I will always be there to listen and my team and I are there to serve you.

“It is you the individual clubs who make up the district and the district is part of the Rotary International jigsaw puzzle, without you the puzzle will be incomplete,” he said.

Makofi added that opportunities for the Steenberg Rotaract to expand its network will present themselves in coming weeks.

“To the members of Steenberg I say, please do not pass the opportunity to celebrate the victories you have in the coming year, no matter how small. This will keep the momentum going and before you know it, you will be celebrating the biggest of victories,” he added.

He urged Petersen to involve those around him and not to take the task of leading the organisation on his own.

“To conclude let me say pay particular attention to Rotary’s Four Way Test in all the things you think, say or do, this ethical standard bearer is universal and is echoed in all the world’s religions. In all this please do not lose your way, the way, and to make sure of this one of our own clubs has propagated a fifth test, ‘is it fun?’ I wish you all the best and may you, as our Rotary theme for this year says ‘Be the inspiration.”

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