US$200K Oxygen Plant for ELWA Hospital Finally Underway

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Rotary Club of Monrovia outgoing president, Monique Cooper, welcomes incoming president, Philip C. Parker, IV

-New Rotary Club of Monrovia President Philip C. Parker Promises Completion within Rotarian Year

A medical oxygen plant, also known as hospital oxygen plant, a set of machineries which generate pure oxygen gas in surplus quantity for respiration, is finally set to be constructed at the ELWA Hospital in Paynesville, after three months of ground breaking.

The cost of the ELWA Hospital Plant is about US$200,000.00.

The newly installed president of the Rotary Club of Monrovia, Rotarian (Rtn) Philip C. Parker IV, said as part of the Rotarian way to help make the health system resilient, his administration will complete the Oxygen Plant Project at the ELWA Hospital.

He made the confirmations on Friday, July 13 at a local resort, during the Induction of Officers and Directors of the Rotary Club of Monrovia, for this Rotary year 2018/2019. The tenure of a Rotarian year or leadership runs from July 1 to the 30th of June of the following year.

Rtn. Parker said that other projects he might develop and commence during his tenure will be completed by future presidents.

“That’s the Rotary way.  We now plan to do our part and pass on,” Rtn. Parker said.

The Monrovia Rotary Club president’s promise to complete the US$200,000 oxygen plant followed a report from Rtn Monique Cooper-Liverpool, the immediate past president, that the Oxygen Plant Project at the ELWA Hospital was involved after nearly four years of grant development, partner identification and fund raising.

“I read somewhere in Rotary chronicles that Rotary leadership is like running a relay race:  One person passing the baton to another to finally reach a joint victory,” Rtn Parker stated.

Rtn Parker also said, he might also complete the Water Project at the Lott Carey Mission School in Brewerville. The cost is not disclosed.

He however encouraged his colleagues that, as they grab hold of the baton and run into Rotary year 2018/2019, it will behoove them to not run blindly without any strategy or plan.

“That is why, at our last Club Assembly, we spent a lot of time brainstorming: determining our strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats for the club.  We then evaluated the collected information and used same to determine where we want to see the Rotary Club of Monrovia going. All this information we now will use to finalize the Club’s 3 year Strategic Plan within,” Rtn. Parker noted.

He stressed that while the strategic plan looks long-term, in the short-term it is necessary to develop goals that can be achieved within his current term of office and be aligned with those of the Rotary International Board, which have three priority areas, including support and strengthen clubs; focus and increase humanitarian service and to enhance public image and awareness.

“Most of the goals set are related to supporting and strengthening our club and we feel by making members more knowledgeable of Rotary will allow them to take advantage of a lot more of the benefits of Rotary membership, in addition making fellowships more personal and fun, will definitely strengthen our club,” Parker said.

He added: “Sharing a meal at meetings are a great start, but beach outings, game nights and home visits can extend the bonds on even more personal levels. I truly believe with more social activities mixed in with service projects, we should have better success increasing membership, retaining current members and bringing back former Rotarians.”

“With a strengthened, vibrant club, the other goals of the remaining priority areas will fall into place,” he said.

Dedication

The Monrovia Rotary Club President recognized and paid homage to several Liberians who helped or contribute to his self-less and service above self attitudes. They include his mother Mrs. Clavenda Bright Parker and former Chief Justice and Past RCM President, His Honor Henry Reed Cooper.

Team Effort

Rtn President Parker extended his thanks and appreciation to members of the RCM for the confidence put in him by electing him serve for the Rotarian year.

“I can assure you that with the help and support of our officers, board and club members, our year will be a productive and fun one,” he said.

“To our newly elected officers and directors, the baton is now in our hands. Our fellow club members have entrusted us to steer the path of our club for this Rotary year. I am confident that as you have accepted and been inducted to your various positions, we will work diligently together fulfilling each of our respective responsibilities.”

He added: “For this year to be successful, we must have a team effort including all club members; all 50-something of us working together towards the goals we have set to measure our success.

“This Rotary Year 2018/2019, the President of Rotary International Mr. Barry Rassin has selected the theme, ‘Be the Inspiration’.”

Officers and Directors

Those who were also inducted over the weekend are: Rtn. Wilson Idahor (President-elect 2019/2020); Rtn. Francis Karpeh (Vice President); Rtn. Wede Brownell (Secretary);  Rtn. Robert Smallwood (Treasurer) and Rtn. Veda Simpson (Sergeant-at-arms).

The Board of Directors include Rtn. Monique Cooper-Liverpool (Immediate Past President); Rtn. Debey Saynedee (Club Service); Rtn. Foday Keita (Service Projects); Rtn. William Dennis (Youth Service); Rtn. Jemel Liverpool (Membership); Past President T. Michael Weah (Public Relations) and Past President Victoria Cooper-Enchia (Rotary Foundation).

Former Governor of the Central Bank of Liberia (CBL), Milton A. Weeks, served as the Induction Officer;

Also in attendance were former Chief Justice Henry Reed Cooper; former Foreign Affairs and Commerce Minister Olubanke King Akerele; and former Monrovia City Mayor Ophelia Hoff Saytumah.

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