thumbnail of DG Magazine February 2017Dear Beloved Rotarian,

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Kindly find attached February 2017 DG e-Magazine.

Months are flying and as usual we are on the move Serving Humanity through Rotary.

The Rotary leadership and I are enjoying every bit of service and more importantly making every day a Rotary day!

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Happy to be your 2016/17 DG,

Richard Omwela





By PP Mike Eldon

In 1978, our Rotary Club partnered with International Computers Ltd, the British computer multinational whose General Manager for Kenya I was at the time, and also with the Nation as the media partner, to launch a National Business Management Game. It was very popular, with many teams participating, and each contributing a subscription fee. The Nation provided space for publicising the contest, and also for weekly reports on the succeeding weekly rounds, all the way to the exciting final.

From Kalonzo Musyoka’s memoirs “Against All Odds”, published in 1978.

The Chairman of our Club that year was Phil Grammenopoulos, the founder of Westlands Motors – the first to be appointed to import Japanese cars, Datsuns. He also became the first Honorary Consul for Cyprus, and through that connection obtained a scholarship to the Cyprus-based Mediterranean Institute of Management, for its one-year post-graduate programme. So while the tuition fees were covered, it was the subscriptions from the participants in the Business Game that funded the other associated costs.

Phil and I were the judges who selected the recipient of the scholarship, and we chose “Young Steve” as we called him then. On his return Kalonzo joined our club as a member, and was recruited by Kaplan & Stratton, whose Senior Partner Stewart Thompson was our member and Past President (in 1973-4).  As Kalonzo describes in his book, he was later head-hunted by Manu Chandaria, to become a legal manager in his Comcraft company.

From Kalonzo Musyoka’s memoirs “Against All Odds”, published in 1978.

A few years later “Young Steve” joined politics as an MP, and it became too hard for him to keep up his attendance (we were much stricter then!) so he resigned. But he has always kept a warm place in his heart for Rotary, from time to time gracing our big functions, and he always speaks glowingly about the strong formative influence we have had on his life.

At its January 2017 meeting, the Rotary International Board of Directors adopted a new zone structure for Rotary clubs.

Rotary bylaws require the Board to complete a comprehensive review of the 34 Rotary zones no less often than every eight years to ensure that each zone has an approximately equal number of Rotarians. The Board’s previous review of the zones occurred in 2008.

The Board earlier approved the creation of three regional workgroups to develop rezoning proposals for Asia, Europe/Africa, and the Americas. These workgroups comprised one representative (either a current director, incoming director, or immediate past director) from each zone in the region. The regional workgroups submitted their proposals to the Zones Review Committee, chaired by past Rotary Vice President Michael K. McGovern, which consolidated them into a single, worldwide plan for the Board’s consideration.

“I think the regional workgroups did a great job,” says Rotary President John F. Germ. “Rezoning is always an emotional subject for some Rotarians, but the workgroups and Board acted courageously in an effort to be fair to all concerned.”

The Board will consider other zone-related issues such as sectioning, pairing, and director election rotation at its June 2017 meeting.

New Zone Structure*
RI Board Decision 94, January 2017
1 Bangladesh, Indonesia, Japan (northern), Pakistan
2 Guam, Japan (central), Micronesia, Northern Marianas, Palau
3 Japan (southern)
4 India (western and northern)
5 India (southern), Maldives, Sri Lanka
6 Bhutan, India (eastern), Nepal
7 India (central and southern)
8 Australia, New Zealand, Pacific Islands
9 China, Hong Kong, Macau, Mongolia, Taiwan
10 Brunei, Cambodia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand
11 South Korea (northern)
12 South Korea (southern)
13 Andorra, Belgium, France, Luxembourg, Monaco
14 Italy, Malta, San Marino
15 Germany (northern and central)
16 Germany (southern), Israel, Switzerland
17 Aland Islands, Estonia, Finland, Latvia, Russia (western), Sweden (northern)
18 Denmark, Faroe Islands, Greenland, Iceland, Lithuania, Norway, Poland, Sweden (southern)
19 England (northern), Ireland, Isle of Man, Northern Ireland, Scotland, Wales
20 England (southern), Portugal, Spain, The Netherlands
21 Austria, Eastern Europe, Middle East
22 Africa
23 Central America, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Mexico, USA (TX), Venezuela
24 Brazil (central and northern)
25 Antarctica, Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil (southern), Chile, Ecuador, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay
26 Canada, Russia (eastern), St. Pierre & Miquelon, USA (AK, ME, MI, NY, WA)
27 USA (CA, CO, ID, MT, NE, NV, OR, UT, WA, WY)
28 USA (AZ, CA, CO, HI, NM, NV, TX)
29 USA (IA, IL, KS, MI, MN, ND, NE, OK, SD, WI)
30 USA (AL, IN, KY, MS, OH, TN)
31 USA (AR, IL, KS, LA, MO, MS, OK, TN, TX)
32 Bermuda, Canada, USA (CT, MA, ME, NH, NJ, NY, PA, RI, VT)
33 USA (D.C., DE, MD, NC, PA, SC, TN, VA, WV)
34 The Caribbean, French Guiana, Guyana, Puerto Rico, Suriname, USA (FL, GA, SC)
* Zone numbers subject to change; sectioning and pairings to be approved by the RI Board at its June 2017 meeting.
Source: Rotary International