Lieutenant Catherine K Ngaine addressing participants during the “Flying through the Glass Ceiling”
Rotaract stands for “Rotary in Action” and originally began as a Rotary International youth program in 1968 in the United States of America. Rotaract’s focus on development of young adults as professionals and leaders in their communities and workplaces.
The Rotary Club of Muthaiga sponsors the Rotaract Club. The Club was founded in 1999 and boasts of a diverse membership of mainly young professionals and students who have a passion for service. It also boasts of a strong female membership status in the 18-30-age bracket. With this in consideration, the Professional Leadership and Development Committee decided to have a Women Empowerment Month where the club would invite strong and established women to speak on the Professional Leadership and Development during the October meeting. The month’s theme “Flying Through the Glass Ceiling”, motivated the Club to invite female pilots from the Kenya Air Force who fit well within the theme and Rotaract’s age demographic to be guest speakers at the event. Captain Sally Sabala, Lieutenant Catherine Ngaine and Lieutenant Alice Orina graced the occasion. The three female officers shared their experiences of working in a field dominated by men and also their professional journey all the way from Cadet School to Flying School. They have travelled different paths, no matter the course there’s always one constant: each cultivated her own success. They emphasized on the need to be responsible for our own success, champions of our ideas and landscapers of our careers as ladies. When women take their success into their own hands, when they take ownership of their achievement, development and ambition, there is no limit to what they can accomplish. But women can’t become truly unstoppable force for good unless they shake off an old shadow that holds them back: how harsh they can be to one another. Women can’t afford to fall back into outdated, destructive ways: when you hold one woman back, you hold all women back. And when women empower and support each other they all go big. The world is calling on women to go big. From the speakers’ professional journey it was clear that what sets them apart and how they achieved their success was through perseverance and confidence in their abilities and themselves. “Life is a Do it Yourself Project”.
Captain Sally Sabala addressing participants during the “Flying Through the Glass Ceiling” event
Lieutenant Alice Orina addressing participants during the “Flying through the Glass Ceiling” event
Lieutenant Alice Orina, Captain Sally Sabala and Lieutenant Catherine Ngaine poses for a photo with Tim Dagori President of Rotaract Rotary Club
Sylivia Githongo present certificate to Lieutenant Orina
Hillary Cheruyiot present certificate to Captain Sabala
Barbara Nyawira present certificate to Lieutenant Ngaine
L-R Captain Sally Sabala, Lieutenant Catherine Ngaine, Tim Dagori President of Rotaract Rotary Club and Lieutenant Alice Orina during the Rotaract Rotary event