Rotary

The Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarshipis an undergraduate and postgraduate one year study-abroad and cultural-sharing abroad award.  I will be visiting Rotary Clubs in the region and identifying matching grant projects.  If you belong to Rotary and are interested in matching grants or other Rotary projects send me an email: grahamsowa *at* gmail *dot* com

I am a guest of the Gaborone Rotary Club in Botswana which is part of Rotary District 9250.

I will be updating this page with a running list of Rotary Clubs I have visited and potential international-partnership projects.

Gaborone Club

The Gaborone Rotary Club was founded in 1972, has 44 members, and meets Friday at 12:30 at the Gaborone Sun Hotel.  The meeting started with a clanking of wine glasses as we toasted the President of Botswana His Excellency Lieutenant General Sir Seretse Khama Ian Khama.  It was somewhat an ironic toast, as this was the same day that His Excellency had declared a 70% tax on all alcohol to curb consumption.  But toast we did, and then proceeded on to the business of the day.  The two ongoing club projects are blankets and wheelchairs.  The club has also had group study exchange in the past, but I believe Rafa and I are the first Ambassadorial Scholars of recent memory.  Other agenda items were: membership month and recruitment, next wheelchair project, committee meetings, and a raffle.  The club is international with China, India, Argentina, Australia, Germany, Zimbabwe, South Africa, Zambia, the United States, Pakistan, the United Kingdom and of course Botswana all represented.  It seemed like everyone was from somewhere else.  Of course the Brits, Scots, and Irish exchanged works throughout the meeting, and there was much talk at my table of the crisis in Zim (short for Zimbabwe). 

Behind the camera are 5 round 10 person tables with the club members.

Behind the camera are 5 round 10 person tables with the club members.

 Gaborone-Tirelo

The Gaborone-Tirelo Rotary Club meets on Monday for dinner at the Grand Palm Hotel Casino Convention Center.  The website does not do it any justice what-so-ever.  The club is around 20 members and was founded in 1990 which makes it young by Rotary standards.  Past projects include wheelchairs for Mahalapye, sponsoring debate tournaments, building a day-care center for kids who don’t have a guardian at home, feeding program, christmas gifts for poor kids, and blanket distributions.  Rafa and I hope to include both of the clubs in the same Rotary Foundation Matching Grant.

Rafa with some club members.  The Rotarian seated in the foreground is my offical Rotary host in Botswana.  Kay Raseroka is the Director of the Univ. Botswana Library.

Rafa with some club members. The Rotarian seated in the foreground is my offical Rotary host in Botswana. Kay Raseroka is the Director of the Univ. Botswana Library.

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6 responses to “Rotary

  1. Ah…to toast w/ the Scotts. There is a lesson to be learned there.

  2. Graham,
    So good to read your report and blog.
    Keep up the great work. You can make a difference!

  3. Daniel Liles

    Hello! I am in the process of applying for the Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarship this year. One of the possible countries I want to list is Botswana. Did you know the native language or find that Rotary required you too before you left?

    Danny

  4. I am a registered dietician and currently working in Botswana. I want to do my Masters degree in HIV/AIDS and Nutrition and was hoping that you can please help me with a sponsorship for my Masters Degree.

  5. Iam in the process of applying for a scholarship rotary world peace fellowship,help me locate the rotary club in my area iam staying in Maun in BOTSWANA

  6. hello..
    Im Kutlwano from Botswana
    and I am in the process of applying to university in london(undergraduate level)
    Is it possible to give me a grant of 50 % of the fees?
    I plan on persuing international relations

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