My first Rotaract meeting with the Rotaract Club of Accra-East

My first Rotaract meeting with the Rotaract Club of Accra-East

     Of all the Rotary Clubs I’ve interacted with so far, the Rotaract Club of Accra-East has definitely been the liveliest.  Last week, this small, but exuberant club welcomed me with open arms, had a million questions for me after my presentation, and made me feel right at home.  Here’s a look at my time with the Rotaract Club of Accra-East.

Preparation for the meeting, February 10, 2015

          I first met the President of the Rotaract Club of Accra-East, Samuel Deho, at a presentation I gave last year to his parent club, the Rotary Club of Accra-East.  He introduced himself after the meeting, took my card, and promised to stay in touch.  He did just that and invited me out for a club meeting as early as I could attend.  Knowing that school work was accumulating in the first semester, I told him I’d prefer to come out ot the club in January when I would be refreshed fully ready to address the club.  He agreed and together, we set February 10th as the date for my presentation.

My presentation to the club, February 10, 2015
   The meeting was held at Barclays Bank Clubhouse.  I was familiar with the clubhouse as I had been there before to take part in a Rotary service project last year.  Shortly after I arrived, I met the past president, current president, and some of the other members.  The meeting was originally supposed to take place in a room without a projector; lucky for us, the Lions Club wasn’t meeting that day and we were able to snag the room with the projector, view of the tennis court, and lush leather couches.  

          After getting set up the meeting began.  Typically one of the first activities includes singing a couple of songs from the Rotary songbook.  I expected this.  What I didn’t expect was for the club to sing a special song for me!  President Deho urged the club members to make the song especially lively so I could get a real feel of how much fun they have—needless to say I was impressed!  There was clapping, singing, and lots of smiles.  
Laughing at a joke about something, February 10, 2015

          Everyone was extremely attentive during the meeting.  They were very interested in my experiences back home and abroad.  As with the clubs I’ve presented to, one member commented that I have been to more regions of the country than she herself had been to.  At the end of the meeting, I was presented with a lovely certificate of participation.
Receiving the club certificate, February 10, 2015
Hugs from a Rotaractor, February 15, 2015

        After the meeting, I was able to get some details on a service project to the Western Region, coming up next month.  This would be my first service project in an actual community so I am hoping I will be able to take part and lend a hand.

        I left the Barclays Bank Clubhouse that evening feeling so enriched.  This club was so lively, so fun, so warm, and so welcoming.  Perhaps because they are all around my age, I am able to relate to them in unique ways.  I’m looking forward to getting involved in their projects and getting to know more of their club members. 
Group photo!  February 15, 2015
****Music Segment****
The great side of Ghanaian music is that it’s so rich and different.  The down side is that usually when I hear a song I love, I don’t know what it’s called so it’s hard to search for it.  Fortunately, a friend plans to make a mixed CD for me next week with lots of local songs.  I hope to pull from it next week for the music segment.  Stay tuned!
****End of Music Segment****
This ends this weeks posting.  Next week, I’ll discuss giving a presentation to the Rotary Club of Accra-Achimota!
They called this one a group selfie!  February 10, 2015

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