I congratulate you, fellow Rotarians, on completion of the first quarter of RY2021-22. It has been a learning experience, but also gratifying for me on my official visits to clubs. I have experienced amazing projects that change lives in our communities, the joy of inducting new members, and celebration for Rotarians recognized for the generous gifts to the Rotary Foundation.  My gratitude to Change Maker Presidents, Assistant Governors and Area Support officers who have contributed to the attainment of these accomplishments. In the remaining nine months ahead of us, I encourage each one of you to Do More and Grow More as we lay a firm foundation for D9213. I implore you to keep up the positive energy that you have so far exhibited, as you work towards accomplishing your goals.  

 
I further congratulate you on successfully hosting the Rotary International President Shekhar Mehta and First Lady Rashi. I remain indebted to the Chairs of the projects that showcased activities namely Sam Owori Rotary Vijana Poa Village, RI - USAID WASH Program, Rotary Centenary Bank Cancer Center, Maternal and Child Health Program, Empower Girls Initiative, Rotary Mengo Hospital Blood Bank, and Rotary Peace Center-Makerere University. I applaud the efforts of the Rotary and Rotaract Clubs that admitted 140 and 115 new members respectively; and the Rotarians and Rotaractors that were recognized for generous gifts to the Rotary Foundation. I am also indebted to the generosity of Indian Association and Ruparelia Group for the warm reception to President Shekhar. I appreciate the Organizing Committee led by PDG Robert Waggwa Nsibirwa for the unrivalled team spirit, passion, and talent that made the visit of the RI President a memorable one.
Our theme in October is Economic and Community Development. The work of Rotary is in the community, and every community has its own unique needs and concerns. The disparity in our community‚Äôs needs and the capacity to meet them is quite appalling. The ability to generate personal income and contribute to community wellbeing is simply a dream that looks so distant for many people. Unemployment and underemployment, along with a lack of economic opportunity, appropriate training, and social services, are key concerns particularly in our communities.
 
As people of action, who are called to serve and change lives, I encourage you to come up with effective interventions and create that impact that will leave a positive mark in our footsteps. I encourage clubs to undertake projects that generate a skilled and productive workforce and create more opportunities for entrepreneurship. At such a time when Covid-19 pandemic has changed the way we live and work, we should support our communities to change and adapt to new ways of work in their day-to-day lives to suit the changing times. 
 
Polio eradication has been the top priority program for Rotary International since 1985 with an aim of eradicating polio from the globe, and we are very close to eradicating only the second ever human disease, after small pox. I encourage all clubs to join the rest of the world to celebrate World Polio Day on the 24thOctober 2021 and to renew our commitment to undertake more awareness campaigns and routine immunization to counter the threat of new cases.
 

COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy is real in our communities and WHO tells us that getting the vaccine protects us from falling seriously sick when we get exposed to the virus. For now, we are not sure when the pandemic will be over, but every person who gets protection from the coronavirus by getting a vaccination helps us move closer to in-person meetings and events. I therefore encourage each one of you, working with friends and family, to promote observance of SOPs by Ministry of Health and to go for vaccination against COVID-19; for you and I are eager to get back to in-person fellowships and engagements with communities as we Serve to Change Lives.