September 2020

Meet President Elect Rutendo Mawoyo

PR: Tell us how you came to know about Rotary and how many years have you been a member.

PE: I knew about Rotary from my cousin studying Medicine in South Africa and had lived in USA for some time. He informed that it was a network worth exploring. At a British Council Management Meeting called Management Express Forum (MEX), l overhead PP Tember discussing Rotary with Maynard Chipangura who runs MEX. I enquired and he invited me for the meeting. I met the criteria and was inducted on 1st July 2016.

PR: Can you tell us briefly about yourself.

PE: I come from a family of six, being the only son and three sisters. We recently lost our Mother, Mrs. Josephine Mawoyo nee Jangano. I am a father of 1 and married to Fadzayi. l am a banker by profession although I have ventured into entrepreneurship and exploring Ambulance Coordination through a company called Axstarz Trading (Pvt) Ltd. It is a new concept we are trying to introduce into the market. I  have been Projects Chair, the heart of Rotary and now  I am the club’s Treasurer. Having been a banker I have naturally taken up the role with assistance and inputs from other club members. The dynamic of this economy make it a challenging assignment for us but we remain committed.

PR: Can you share with us what motivates you.

PE: What motivates me to be a  Rotarian is the networking and the work l find myself doing which has a huge impact on the lives of a lot of people. Generally l am motivated by doing things that put a smile on people’s faces.

PR: Which projects have you attended and been involved in and how were you impacted?

PE: I have done – Wheelchair, Book and Triashill handovers. I have basically done 90% of all that happened since l became a Rotarian. The beneficiaries could not withhold their joy and this gave me the highest degree of satisfaction. The dancing , ululation, singing and clapping all humbled me and gave me a lot of joy.

PR: Would you recommend Rotary and why?

PE: I would recommend Rotary because it gives you the opportunity to apply your vocation to help a community in need, there is networking, there is fun, your small donation can be multiplied into something  bigger to do projects in communities and a lot of other good things.

Meet Our Current Immediate Past President Theresa Buluzi

PR: Tell us how you came to know about Rotary and how many years have you been a member.

IPP: I knew about Rotary through a friend  whom l had shared on some charity projects that l was carrying out in my personal capacity. I started attending Rotary meetings in 2013 & was inducted in 2014 where l won my maiden Rotary Award of Rookie of the Year in June 2014! l have been a member of RCHC for 6 years and counting…

 PR: Can you tell us briefly about yourself.

IPP: I am a God-fearing Christian, mother of 3 handsome boys and a banker by profession who loves travelling around the world.I was an active member of the service projects for a year thereafter becoming  Chair of the committee, this committee is the lifeline of Rotary & it brings with it so much satisfaction of being a Rotarian through the service that one provides and changing lives in the communities in which we serve. From there on l served as New Generations Chair and thoroughly enjoyed working with Interactors and Rotaractors. I presided over the enrolment of Makumbi Interact club where the club partnered with Makumbi Mission on projects at the Mission Hospital and the Orphanage Home. In 2018/19 I became Admin Chair serving as President Elect. This committee helped me understand more on club administration in preparation for my year as President. Currently l am the 47th President of the RCHC and I have thoroughly enjoyed serving the club with the overwhelming support from amazing members of my Rotary club “Yakarongeka” (very organized)

PR: Can you share with us what motivates you.

IPP: I am motivated by changing people’s lives, nothing beats that pleasure when you see smiles coming from grateful people whom you would have helped to improve their lives to overcome life challenges. It always drives me to do even more.

PR: Which projects have you attended and been involved in and how were you impacted?

IPP: I have attended several projects too numerous to mention and all were amazing. However, the project that impacted on me the most was a project where the club donated a borehole at a rural school in Chimanimani more than 450km from Harare. Everything about the trip & the project was unique and remains etched in my great memories of life as a Rotarian.

PR: Would you recommend Rotary and why?

IPP: I would definitely recommend Rotary to my friends & relatives because Rotary impacts positively on humanity. As a Christian l also see Rotary as another avenue to serve the Lord, in action and not just by words. 

Meet Rotarian Mabel Hungwe

PR: Tell us how you came to know about Rotary and how many years have you been a member.

Rtn: I came to know about Rotary when I was a student in the USA – the chapter in Minneapolis used to invite me regularly to speak to them about Zimbabwe. I even fundraised for a local charity based in my home town of Gweru for school supplies but that was in the late 80’s! I never thought of becoming a Rotarian until my childhood friend, Rotarian Sane invited me for meetings and I officially joined in November 2017.

Rtn: I am married to Vincent and we are blessed with three children (now adults): Muku, Tana and Yemu.  I work all over the world in development as a specialist. I love working with marginalised communities that is why it has been easy to transition into Rotarian life. I am in the Rotary Foundation Committee. This has given me an opportunity to work with PP Tember who has been kind enough to mentor me and push me when I fall short! It has been great as I believe that this is the heart and soul of Rotary to start projects, look for partnerships and then hand over the work to others – such a joy!

PR: Can you share with us what motivates you.

Rtn:The current work I am extremely excited about is working with the renowned Dr Tererai Trent in Mutau. We have visited the high schools and talked to the communities who will benefit and we are super excited that we will get a skills programme going in a very remote part of our country. I am also enthusiastic about Rtn Collin’s clinic project and how an individual initiative will have a far greater impact on a rural community. As a country we have continuously faced the adverse effects of malaria. It is one area that we as a committee will be pushing to ensure that we can support communities affected. We really have an exciting Committee that believes in visioning and planning ahead in terms of future work for our club. As I travel internationally I also get to visit and look into potential partnerships for our club. I have visited Matter in USA who have an interest in partnering with us on their hospital upgrades projects

PR: Which projects have you attended and been involved in and how were you impacted?

Rtn: . I have participated at wheelchair handover ceremonies which allow us to see how the work that starts at Foundation ultimately leads to communities being provided with the means to be mobile and empowered.

PR: Would you recommend Rotary and why?

Rtn: I recommend anyone with a passion to make a change in communities to join Rotary. It humbles you dedicating just an hour of your time a week for the less fortunate and the power of that one hour in changing lives!

Meet Rtn Gilbert Chiminya

PR: Tell us how you came to know about Rotary and how many years have you been a member.

Rtn: I joined Interact in 2007 and then Rotaract in 2015, and served on various committees. I was elected President of Rotaract Club of Harare Central for the 2017-2018 Rotary year. I am currently serving in Rotaract as Assistant District Rotaract Representative. On 14 February 2019 I became a Rotarian and now serve both Rotaract and Rotary.

PR: Can you tell us briefly about yourself.

Rtn: I am a single young entrepreneur who is into mining, infrastructure development and farming. I am currently studying MBA degree with the University of Zimbabwe. I am serving in the Service Projects, Rotary Foundation and New Generations. These committees give me an opportunity to breathe hope to our communities.

PR: Can you share with us what motivates you.

Rtn: I subscribe to the saying: while it is nice to be important, it is more important to be nice.

PR: Which projects have you attended and been involved in and how were you impacted?

Rtn: I have been involved in the Wheelchair handover and Larche Children home visits (Rotaract) and when recipients express their joy it gives me self-fulfilment.

PR: Would you recommend Rotary and why?

Rtn: I highly recommend Rotary to any young person who is looking to develop a deeper connection to the   community as it provides an opportunity of spreading love to the whole world. I also commend the contacts within Rotary that provide everyone with a chance to learn and network.