Bolaji Odunuga Makes History as the 70th and First Black President of Rotary Club of Crawley, Creating Hope in the World

by Joseph Omoniyi
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Publisher of Duchess and Duke International Magazines, Bolaji Odunuga has achieved a historic milestone as she was officially installed as the 70th President of the Rotary Club of Crawley, last Saturday. Bolaji’s appointment as the first black President in the club’s history marks a moment of celebration and progress, reflecting the spirit of unity and inclusivity that defines the essence of Rotary.

The installation ceremony witnessed a remarkable show of love, cheers, trust, and support from esteemed Rotarians, honorary Rotarians, friends of Rotary, and leaders from diverse backgrounds, both near and far. The attendance of past, present, and future district leadership, including the District Governor Annmarie Allen, immediate past District Governor Roger Stent, and District Governor Nominee Tunji Leye, added to the significance of the occasion.

One of the notable guests present was the immediate past president of the Rotary Club of Crawley, Kenneth Harris, who showed his support for Bolaji’s appointment. Also, distinguished guests like Cllr Richard Biggs, leader of the council in Reigate and Banstead, and Cllr Yetunde Juliet Adeshile, Deputy Mayor of Basildon, graced the event with their presence.

The installation ceremony also welcomed new members Adebayo Olaegbe, Lilian Kamau, and Agnes Gathoni, who were inducted into the Rotary Club of Crawley, strengthening the club’s commitment to service and humanitarian aid.

In her opening speech, Bolaji Odunuga set the tone for her presidency with the theme “Create Hope in the World.” In a world often filled with challenges and uncertainties, Bolaji emphasized Rotary’s role as a beacon of hope. She highlighted the active force of hope, driving Rotarians to collaborate with various organizations, schools, and communities to make a positive difference.

Bolaji emphasized the importance of unity and inclusivity in Rotary’s mission, inviting everyone to join hands and collaborate in creating hope for communities and the world at large. With her leadership, she aims to make Rotary more engaging, inclusive, and impactful, fostering a sense of camaraderie and excitement among members.

Acknowledging the presence and support of distinguished guests, Bolaji expressed her gratitude to Cllr Richard Biggs, Cllr Yetunde Juliet Adeshile, and others for their belief in the transformative power of service. She also extended appreciation to the District Governor for their guidance and support, as well as to the immediate past president and the organizing committee for ensuring a resounding success of the installation ceremony.

As the Organisation Lead for Africa Community in Surrey & Sussex and the founder of Duchess International Magazine, Bolaji has consistently been a driving force for positive change.

The Rotary Club of Crawley, with its rich history of community service since 1953, warmly welcomes Bolaji Odunuga as its President and looks forward to her transformative initiatives and impactful projects.

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