11 AMAZING facts about Kisumu City you most likely do NOT know

11 AMAZING facts about Kisumu City you most likely do NOT know

Kisumu City will be hosting the 92nd Rotary District Conference and Assembly (DCA), scheduled for 20th to 23rd April, 2017. I fished out (pun intended) some amazing facts that I bet you did not know. 

1. Kisumu hosted the first air flight in East and Central Africa; an inaugural mail flight from Kisumu to England in 1931.

2. In October 1900, the 62-ton ship SS William Mackinnon was reassembled and registered in Kisumu and made its maiden voyage to Entebbe. The SS Winifred (1901) and the SS Sybil (1901) were later added to the fleet in 1902 and 1904 respectively.

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3. Grace Onyango was elected as mayor of Kisumu town in 1965. She become the first woman mayor in Africa.

4. New Nyanza Provincial Hospital is locally referred to as a ‘Russia’ because it was built with funding from the Soviet government in the 1960’s.

Kisumu came from the Luo word “sumo” which literally means “a place of barter trade”.

Kisumu came from the Luo word “sumo” which literally means “a place of barter trade”.

5. Winston Churchill visited Kisumu in 1907.

6. Kondele shopping centre arguably boasts one of the highest number of bars and drinking places per kilometer in Kenya ( if not Africa).

8. The first skeleton plan for Kisumu was prepared in 1899. Another plan was later prepared in May, 1900.

READ ALSO: 6 reasons why you MUST attend the 2017 District Conference & Assembly in Kisumu

9. The famous town clock on Oginga Odinga street was unveiled on 19 August 1938 by the then Governor of Kenya Sir Robert Brooke-Popham.

10. The Huduma Centre building is the tallest in Kisumu.

11. Some of the white settlers actually believed, erroneously that it derived its name from ‘sumu’ – a Swahili word meaning poison because of the dangerous malaria-carrying mosquitoes in the area.

It was first named Port Florence after Florence Preston, the wife of the senior railways engineer.

Kisumu was first named Port Florence after Florence Preston, the wife of the senior railways engineer.

 

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Wow! These are the TOP 10 Rotary Clubs in DCA registrations

Wow! These are the TOP 10 Rotary Clubs in DCA registrations

The Rotary District Conference & Assembly (DCA) is very important in the Rotary calendar. With less than 100 days to go, the clock is ticking.

The DCA 9212 Registration committee has released a list of the TOP ten clubs with the highest registration. Is your Club in this list?

  1. RC Nairobi East – 26
  2. RC Karen – 15
  3. RC Milimani – 15
  4. RC Nairobi – 12
  5. RC Muthaiga – 10
  6. RC Langata – 9
  7. RC Westlands – 9
  8. RC Hurlingham – 8
  9. RC Machakos – 8
  10. RC Kikuyu – 7

READ ALSO: 6 reasons why you MUST attend the 2017 District Conference & Assembly in Kisumu 

Kisumu has as of this date 79 hotels with five star luxurious hotels within the reach of the Conference and and boasts of its unique manmade canoes used for fun fishing and rides to the islands within. The weather is undoubtedly the most accommodating for all types of visitors who include conference tourists, family and your young ones.

What are you waiting for? Register HERE!

Purpose of a DCA

The purpose of the district conference is to provide opportunities for networking, inspirational addresses, and discussions of Rotary-related matters. The event should recognize the service programs, projects, and public relations achievements in the district in order to inspire Rotarians to become more involved in service.

The conference should also give Rotarians and clubs a vision of Rotary beyond the club level and provide a memorable fellowship experience. Many Rotarians have said that they were never truly enthusiastic about Rotary until they saw an inspirational presentation at a district conference.

What to expect

At a minimum, your district conference program/itinerary should address the following:

  1. Schedule the RI president’s representative’s two conference addresses and the brief remarks at the end of the conference.
  2. Discuss and adopt the audited financial statement from the previous Rotary year.
  3. Approve the district levy, if it was not approved at the district assembly or presidentselect training seminar.
  4. Elect the district’s representative to the Council on Legislation, during the Rotary year two years before the Council meets, if the district chooses not to use the nominating committee procedure.
  5. Elect the member of the nominating committee for the RI Board of Directors, as appropriate for your zone.