Sunday, Oct. 22, 2017
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ROTARY REMINISCENCES
GREETINGS TO
DG GEETA MANEK
AND ROTARIANS OF DISTRICT 9200
(In Conference in Mombasa – April 2013))
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FROM
PDG AMEER JANMOHAMED
(District 220 – 1969/70)
Thank you for inviting me to share some District history with you. As it happens there is an incredible connection between the new configuration of your District and one particular event during my District Conference, which was held in Mauritius in June 1970. The event was the election of DG Nominee for 1972/73 (made two years ahead as usual).

There was a consensus that Rtn Phan Ntende, the incumbent President of the Kampala Rotary Club should be nominated for the post. He was regarded as the ideal candidate – charismatic, personable and a keen Rotarian. If nominated he would also have the distinction of being the first ever indigenous African Rotarian to be nominated as a Rotary District Governor in Africa south of the Sahara (that is excluding North and West Africa)

Problem was that Phan was not sure if he ought to accept the nomination. He was torn between his political aspirations in Uganda and his dedication to Rotary. Happily, with help from some senior Rotarians in the District who were present in Mauritius, I was able to persuade him to allow his name to go forward as DG Nominee 1972/73.
DG NOMINEE PHAN NTENDE ACCEPTS “HOME CLUB OF THE DG NOMINEE” BANNER
ON BEHALF OF THE KAMPALA ROTARY CLUB.
That turned out to be a fateful decision. For this brought him in line to become the District Governor during 1972/73, the year that the events of 1972 began to unfold in Uganda. Membership in Rotary was predominantly European and Asian at the time. (Following picture illustrates the racial mix of Rotary in the District in 1971). The question in everybody’s mind was what would happen to Rotary if there was an exodus of expatriates from Uganda?
Contrary to expectations, Rotary not only survived but began to thrive. I would suggest that this happened because the District had its FIRST BLACK AFRICAN GOVERNOR in office at that critical time. During my year 1969/70 there were three Rotary clubs in Uganda: Kampala, Jinja and Mbale. Now there are sixty plus! Likewise there were four Clubs in Tanzania in my time: Daressalam, Tanga, Moshi and Arusha. Now I believe there are twenty-five! It is clear that the District would not have needed Re-Districting if it had not expanded so spectacularly.
Historical footnote: President Idi Amin being presented to Senior Rotarians at Kampala Conference in 1971.
I was also privileged to present Charters to three new Rotary Clubs in District 220 as it was then known during 1969/70.. They were Lilongwe in Malawi, Tananarive-Anosy in Madagascar and the Rotary Club of Kampala West. Hereunder some memories of the Kampala-West Charter presentation:
I was also invited to lay the foundation stone of the Hostel for Spastic Children at the Mengo Hospital in Kampala. Rtn Phan Ntende can be seen in right
background.
A Major occasion during my term of office was the completion of a World Community Service project, which was handing over of an air-plane ambulance, a Cessna 206, to the Flying Doctor Service of Tanzania. Project had been initiated by Rotary Clubs of Moshi and Arusha
Pictures show the Minister for Health in the Tanzania Government, Miss Lucy Lameck, being received at Moshi airport and the Cessna 206 air ambulance which was handed over to the African Medical Research Foundation. It was called “The Spirit of Rotary”.
AN HISTORICAL PHOTOGRAPH – WHEN DISTRICT 220 WAS AT ITS MOST INTERNATIONAL. SMILING AND CHEERFUL ROTARIANS AND SPOUSES FROM KENYA, UGANDA, TANZANIA, MALAWI, ZAMBIA. MADAGASCAR, MAURITIUS, LA REUNION, THE COMMORES, SEYCHELLES AND SOUTH AFRICA PARTICIPATED IN THIS CONFERENCE IN MAURITIUS IN JUNE 1970. MALAWI LEFT DISTRICT FOLLOWING YEAR TO JOIN SOUTHERN DISTRICT.
 
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