Director [Zone 22] - Patrick D. Chisanga

Congratulations from all in D9400 to Past District Governor Patrick D Chisanga (Charter member of the Rotary Club of Nkwazi) whose confirmation as Rotary International Director (Zone 22) for 2022-24 was announced at the Kampala Instutute.

RIDN Chisanga had this to say on the momentous occasion of his nomination to the Board of Directors of Rotary International as the Africa Zone Representative - Rotary International is the only service club with a Permanent Representative at the United Nations:

In June 2011, the then RI President Ray Klinginsmith invited me to speak to a capacity attendance of some 35,000 Rotarians, spouses, and friends of Rotary who assembled in New Orleans at the largest gathering of Rotarians globally in 2011.

RI President Ray had invited me to speak on the Subject "Rotary's role in Africa". At the conclusion of my 25 minute speech, I was totally humbled by the thunderous standing ovation that followed.

Looking back now in hindsight, I have begun to develop the thought that probably, my journey towards being nominated to the Board of Directors of Rotary International, to represent the African Zone, most likely germinated from that date!

I have therefore accepted the nomination with absolute humility. I am determined to utilise this rare opportunity to take Rotary in Africa, to another level. I am fully conscious of the fact that one can never successfully undertake an assignment of this magnitude alone. I am therefore going to rely upon the support and participation of all my fellow Rotary leaders and ordinary Rotarians alike, in every corner of our great continent, the majority of whom are already personal friends of mine.

Let me also take the opportunity to express my deepest gratitude to all my friends across the globe for the heartwarming messages of congratulations and goodwill that I continue to receive since my nomination.

I promise not to let you down!”