The atmosphere at St Georges Beit hall was electric on Sunday 6 March as Rotary New Generations awaited for the arrival of Rotary International President Ravi Ravindran.
President Ravi Ravindran who was in Zimbabwe for a two day visit was going to meet, hear presentations and address the young members of Rotary.
When asked at a press conference the day before why he had requested to meet New Generations, President Ravindran said “New Generations are the future and if you can talk to them, inspire them, motivate and encourage them, then you can influence the future”. He also highlighted that with Africa having the youngest population globally now was the time to mentor the youth of this continent as they were the innovators and leaders of a new world.
On arrival President Ravindran was welcomed by a Rotary guard of honour which comprised of Interact Club Presidents, Youth Exchange Students and Rotaract Club Presidents.
This kicked off what would be an energetic and informal session where President Ravindran was able to hear from the New Generations themselves about the work they were doing in their various communities. He also heard about how much they benefitted from being a part of Rotary.
In his presentation President Ravindran said “My wife and I are very impressed by the work you are doing and wish we could go back in time and join Interact.” He also said “Remember as you are now you have shown greatness in all that you have done,” emphasising the value and importance of the work that the various members of Rotary New Generations had done and continue to do.
In closing his presentation President Ravindran talked about the six lessons that he had learnt in life and ended by encouraging everyone to be a Gift to the World to take the risk to share their time for you will not be poorer for doing so.
New Generations is the term used in Rotary for their Youth programmes which include Interact (for 14 – 18 year olds), Rotaract (18- 30 year olds), Youth Study Exchange (16- 18 year olds), Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) among others. The most famous of these being Interact which is in over a thousand schools in Zimbabwe