Harare, Zimbabwe

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Service Above Self!

The Early Years[edit]

The Rotary Club of Harare, Zimbabwe which was chartered in 1930, was sponsored by the Rotary Club of Johannesburg, South Africa as one of the first Rotary Clubs in Africa outside the Union of South Africa. At that time the country was called Rhodesia after Cecil Rhodes who had an ambition to build a railway line from Cape to Cairo and to develop the hinterland economically. With the coming of Independence from Britain in 1980, the country's name changed to Zimbabwe and a few years later, the capital city's name was changed from Salisbury to Harare. The city remains the capital and economic hub of Zimbabwe. The International Directory lists six Rotary Clubs in Harare.

Up to June 1997 the country formed part of Rotary District 9250 but at present is one of the four countries of Rotary District 9210. Previously the Kingdom of Swaziland and the northern and eastern parts of the then province of Transvaal in South Africa were part of the District.

Now the District encompasses Malawi, Zambia and the northern half of Mozambique in addition to the whole of Zimbabwe. This covers a large area of sub-equatorial Africa. So the District Governor annually has a daunting task to visit all the Clubs in this large District.

At the time of redistricting there was disappointment at not being able to meet annually close Rotarian friends from Swaziland and South Africa at future assemblies and conferences. However it has created opportunities for further friendships with Rotarians in less developed neighbouring countries in Southern Africa and provided almost unlimited opportunities for service.

Like the club which sponsored the formation of RC of Harare more than seven decades ago, the Johannesburg Rotary Club, the first on the African continent, the average age of membership continues to be the highest in RI District 9210. Because of this, the club has a goodly number of members now in retirement, so steps continue to be taken to induct younger members. The weekly luncheon attendance by the 70s plus age group, however, remains regular. Their wise counsel on the service committees particularly, based on their experience with major projects many initiated by them in earlier days, is much appreciated and where possible these 'old timers' continue to support the ongoing ones. Membership in general of course realizes that there is the continuous need for an inflow of new younger members to maintain the dynamism for which the club is so well known.


Current president is Jefta Mugweni. but one of the younger members Immanuel Banza, who joined the club in September 1998 was President in Rotary's centenary year, which was also the seventy-fifth anniversary of the RC of Harare.

Societal Contributions[edit]

Although and because of the club's age, it can claim many more past major projects, at the same time members are mindful of the extensive projects being undertaken by other Rotary Clubs in Zimbabwe and in the other three countries of RI District 9210, in fields such as medical service provision and the undertaking of surgical operations by local and overseas Rotarians, particularly in dentistry and improving eyesight in remote rural areas. In this connection and where possible, the RC of Harare supports service initiatives by those other clubs.

Community Service[edit]

Notable among past and present major projects of the club (many continuous and some with the cooperation and input by other service clubs including Lions and Round Table among others) are:

  • The Children's Home
  • Fairways Home for the Aged
  • Athol Evans Hospital Home
  • Bumhudzo Home and Hospital for Aged Destitutes (the club's 50th year Anniversary Project) Braille Library (serving the whole country with financial assistance from Rotary Clubs abroad)
  • Providing guidance for school leavers to choose a career
  • Upgrading of rural water wells and installation of naturally ventilated pit latrines, a major project that has and continues to attract support from Rotary Clubs in USA, United Kingdom, Canada, Sweden, Holland and Spain

Youth Service[edit]

A focus of Rotary worldwide, one that the RC of Harare strongly supports, has for decades been on youth development. In this regard RC of Harare Club spearheaded the introduction of Interact Clubs in the District and is presently overseeing no less than six active Interact Clubs at schools within Harare.

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  • Harare International School Interact Club
  • Highfield Secondary School Interact Club
  • Girls' High School Interact Club
  • College of Health Sciences Rotaract Club
  • Churchill High School Interact Club
  • Roosevel Girls High School Interact Club
  • Prince Edward Girls' High School Interact Club

Vocational Service[edit]

The RC of Harare boasts of having provided no less than seven District Governors. Membership is largely drawn from amongst the ranks of business and professional leaders within the city, individuals who have over the decades made significant contribution towards the development of Zimbabwe.

Presidents[edit]

1930-1931 1931-1932 1932-1933 1933-1934 1934-1935
1935-1936 1936-1937 1937-1938 1938-1939 1939-1940
1940-1941 1941-1942 1942-1943 1943-1944 1944-1945
1945-1946 1946-1947 1947-1948 1948-1949 1949-1950
1950-1951 1951-1952 1952-1953 1953-1954 1954-1955
1955-1956 1956-1957 1957-1958 1958-1959 1959-1960
1960-1961 1961-1962 1962-1963 1963-1964 1964-1965
1965-1966 1966-1967 1967-1968 1968-1969 1969-1970
1970-1971 1971-1972 1972-1973 1972-1973 1973-1974
1975-1976 1976-1977 1977-1978 1978-1979 1979-1980
1980-1981 1981-1982 1982-1983 1983-1984 1984-1985
1985-1986 1986-1987 1987-1988 1988-1989 1989-1990
1990-1991 1991-1992 1992-1993 1993-1994 1994-1995 Danny Meyer
1995-1996 1996-1997 1997-1998 1998-1999 1999-2000
2000-2001 2001-2002 2002-2003 2003-2004 2004-2005
2005-2006 2006-2007 2007-2008 2008-2009 2009-2010
2010-2011 2011-2012 Jim Henry 2012-2013 2013-2014 2014-2015

Member Service[edit]

This account was prepared by past president (1994-95) Danny Meyer of the Rotary Club of Harare, for the author of the 'History of Rotary' book, which was published to coincide with the centenary year of Rotary. Members of the club are acknowledged and thanked for their input. Danny Meyer, Harare, Zimbabwe

Meetings and Information[edit]

Please join us at our weekly meeting! Thursday of each week at 12:30 pm
Rotary Centre
60 Colquhoun St. at Fife Ave.
Harare
Zimbabwe

District[edit]

District 9210

Club Virtual Presence[edit]

Club Website

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