Rotary Club of Monrovia to Commit US$1,000 for Ebola Fight

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The Rotary Club of Monrovia has vowed to commit US$1,000 to help Government battle the deadly Ebola virus that has claimed more lives in the country.

The club’s commitment to provide the amount was announced last Friday by its newly inducted incoming president, Madam Victoria Cooper-Enchia.

Madam Cooper-Enchia said the amount will be used to purchase gloves for healthcare workers that handle cases of Ebola.

At the end of the induction program, the amount was raised among the members.

Another project Madam Coper-Enchia disclosed in her statement was the construction of a public library where students will be able to go and read to improve their learning.

The expected donation to be made by the organization is part of its activities in consonance with its motto, “Service Above Self.”

Speaking in an exclusive interview following the induction, Mrs. Victoria Cooper-Enchia explained that as a worldwide organization, Rotary comprises people with professional backgrounds who converge and discuss issues and are guided by high ethical standards in their respective professions and offices.

“Wherever a Rotary member works, whether the person is a carpenter, an entrepreneur, minister or director, he/she is guided by a high ethical standard,” she noted.

She admitted that though they are not an NGO group, a lot of Rotary members in Monrovia are working and operating their own businesses and can meaningfully contribute their quotas to the organization to sustain it and to meet its humanitarian obligations to communities.

In order to identify a Rotarian among other people in public places, the newly inducted president said a Rotarian will always demonstrate the necessary values associated with Rotary.

Also speaking, outgoing president Milton Weeks said as organization engaged in humanitarian work, Monrovia Rotary has identified with people in many communities in Monrovia by providing hand pumps and other services.

He said during his tenure they brought some members to the organization and were able to establish internet café in Saclepea, Nimba County.

Besides Monrovia where they are based, they are making Rotary popular in other counties including Harper, Maryland County, he said.

 Although he they are doing their best as an organization to impact the lives of others, he said not many people know Rotary because there has not been much publicity about the organization.

Though out of the leadership position now, he will still work with the current leadership to help enhance the activities of Rotary Club of Monrovia through publicity.

The keynote speaker of the occasion, USAID Deputy Mission Director Barbara Dickerson energized members with motivating words to continue the humanitarian work and achieve goals in line with purpose and meaning of Rotary.

She provided some philosophical statements of some earliest Rotarians including Paul Harris whose statement says, “Whatever Rotary may mean to us, to the world it will be known by the results it achieves.”

Rotary was started by Paul P. Harris in Chicago, USA on February 23, 1905. It is intended to bring together professionals of diverse backgrounds to exchange ideas and form meaningful, lifelong friendship.

The name “Rotary” came from the group’s early practice of rotating meetings among the offices of each member.  It has over 1.2 million members worldwide.

The Rotary Club of Monrovia was founded on January 24, 1964 as the first Rotary Club.  It has over the years used resources, knowledge and professions to serve their communities in Monrovia and across the country.

Some notable projects the club has undertaken are the construction and furnishing of a school block comprising 6 classrooms, latrine and well in Ben Town, Schefflin, sponsoring three Liberians as ambassadorial scholars to Rotary’s Peace and Conflict Studies Program in Bangkok, and over 40 wells and hand pumps for communities in and around Monrovia.

It is also engaged in training teachers in sign language and enrolling deaf children in school as well as providing US$25,000 funding for micro-credit program implemented by the Foundation for Women.

At the end of the induction ceremony on July 4, Liberian politician and former g­overnment official, David Fahart was admitted to the Club as a new member.

For outstanding supports given the club, Euphemia Weeks, Loris Mardia Shannon and Nathaniel Richardson, members of RCM were given the Paul Harris Award.

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