CLUB OF LIMBE - HISTORY
Rotary Club of Limbe was chartered on the 23rd September,
1968 and became the third oldest club in the country
after the RC Yaounde and Douala. In the late sixties,
the opportunity for service was foreign but the concept
of sharing which is African facilitated the growth of
Rotary in the district. Although chartered as the Rotary
Club of Victoria, the dynaqmism of its members that came
from all the major towns in Fako division saw a crowd
at a Rotary International Convention in 1972 where almost
8 members and some spouses attended. This huge attendance
was repeated almost twenty years after when 6 rotarians
and some spouses attended the centennial celebrations
in Chicago last year. Charitable works for the communities
of Buea and Limbe were hallmarks e.g the famous taxi
stand at the gates of the Limbe Provincial Hospital.
This started the development of huge projects and in
1992, a toilet block was constructed in the Hospital
premises. Though it was never completed, the idea prompted
Rotarians to harness efforts in furnishing the Hospital
with modern surgical beds. Before this group of “old
Rotarians left the scene, a Rotaract Club was born. They
emphatically assisted Rotarians in most of their projects
since they were community based and as it should normally
happen, some Rotarians today were members of this Rotaract
club. Through the Rotary Club of Guelph (Canada) the
club engaged in the construction of Choko Ovens, a traditional
Ghanaian method of fish smoking to assist fishing communities
like Batoke, Wovia, Mbonjo etc.
The clubs membership strength was threatened in 1992
when it fell to less than 8 members for over three years.
Notwithstanding the drop in membership, some major projects
were achieved e.g. the creation of the Rotary club of
Kumba. The endeavour to retain old members as well as
introduce new ones was a collective effort. The club
exchanged visits to other clubs within the country especially
RC Douala Doyen and out of the country; Makurdi (Nigeria).
Note should be mentioned of the famous trip to Makurdi
where a statement made by the Club president from Limbe
appeared in the headlines of a local newspaper.
the event of developing the ideals of Rotary and sustaining
membership, the club organized a successful
Inter City Forum in 1996. With the waning participation
of Rotary clubs in Cameroon especially at District conferences
and RI conventions, the RC Limbe is planning to organize
another Inter City Forum in Limbe in November 2006 to
inform Rotarians on the zeal for growth in Rotary.
keeping with tradition, each incoming RI president
unveils a theme for the year which is usually a brief,
easily remembered call-to-action. This year, Richard
Boyd has called Rotarians the world over to lead the
way> The Rotary club of Limbe has elected to lead
the way for Rotary in Cameroon. This, in the light of
Bill Boyd, is Rotary’s ability to mobilize people
and get things done.