‘Service before self’

Fulton Rotary helps establish chapter in Kibungo

Westminster College senior Jenna Teter with the charter members of the Kibungo Rotary Club. The Fulton Rotary Club is helping sponsor the group in hopes of helping create a focus on community and community service.

Westminster College senior Jenna Teter with the charter members of the Kibungo Rotary Club. The Fulton Rotary Club is helping sponsor the group in hopes of helping create a focus on community and community service.

One of Fulton’s service organizations is working to expand that service into the city’s sister community in Kibungo.

Along with a Rotary chapter in the Rwandan capitol of Kigali, the Fulton Rotary Club is sponsoring and helping establish the Ngoma Rotary Club in the Ngoma District capital of Kibungo.

Rwanda Community Partnership organizer Bob Hansen said the idea was prompted by Mike Beahon, a past Rotary president and upcoming district governor.

“Mike Beahon went (to Kibungo) with me in 2009 and then he took over a group in 2010,” Hansen said, noting those excursions both included meeting with local leaders. “He planted a seed there on that first trip about the benefits of having a Rotary Club.”

To Beahon the reasoning behind bringing Rotary to Kibungo is simple.

“Since our Rotary Club here is heavily involved (in the community partnership), it just made sense to have a partner club there,” Beahon said.

In recent months, Westminster College senior Jenna Teter has helped make that idea a reality, performing the legwork to get the new chapter started, including recruiting the necessary 25 charter members. Among those charter members are Ernest Mahoro and his wife, Claire Nyirabagenzi, who both have visited Fulton in recent years, and Ngoma District Mayor Aphrodis Nambaje.

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