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New York
The Penn Club
30 West 44th Street
btw 5th & 6th Aves.
New York, NY  10036
United States of America
BREAKS ARE OVER: Return Meeting Sep 12
Back Together Again
Our seasonal time-outs are over  for this year. beginning with our Sep 12 Luncheon meeting. We look forward to resuming our camaraderie and productive activities.
We'll Be Hearing Two Speakers Today
Grace Agwaru, the first recipient of a Gift of Life Heart surgery,.. and District Governor 2019-20, Mahbub Ahmad.

About DG Mahbub Ahmad

Mahbub Ahmad, is the District Governor for the Rotary Year 2019-20. For 2017-19, he was the District's Technology Director, tasked with assessing and improving the level and usage of technology among the Clubs and the District. He was the President of the Rotary Club of Yonkers-East Yonkers for 2016-17 and under his Presidency, the Club achieved the highest Rotary Honor - the Presidential Citation for 2016-17 - an honor shared with only 2 of the 43 Clubs in the District. He has been the Club and District's Webmaster. and Co-Chaired the 2018 District Conference Committee. He has facilitated a number of technology-related seminars in the District.

Mahbub was an International Civil Servant at UN Headquarters in New York for 30 years, retiring as Chief, UN Web Services in 2012. He is credited with many innovations at the UN, the foremost being creation of the multilingual UN Website in 1995. He began his UN career as a broadcaster and has prepared and produced many programs for UN Radio and TV, including multi-part Radio series on Human Rights, Children and the Environment, and TV episodes on UN topics broadcast on CNN. He has widely traveled to attend UN Conferences on the Middle-East, Population, Development, Information Technology, among others, and was Spokesperson for the UN General Assembly President. He received the prestigious "UN21" Award for exceptional service from 2 UN Secretaries-General - Kofi Annan and Ban Ki-Moon.

He is a member of the Paul Harris Society and along with his wife, fellow Rotarian Bina Ahmad are Major Donors to the RI Foundation. After 18 years raising their 2 sons in Scarsdale they now are residents of Yonkers.

Mahbub graduated with distinction with a Master's Degree in International Law & Organization from Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, in 1978.


About Grace Agwaru

Grace Agwaru was the first recipient of Gift of Life Heart surgery in 1975 when she was 5 years old. Her surgery was sponsored by the Rotary Clubs of Kampala, Uganda and Manhasset, NY and took place at St Francis hospital, Long Island.

Grace owes her achievements and inspiration to Rotary, Gift of Life, as well as to her parents who from early days talked about her life story with GOL and encouraged her to achieve her best and also give back.

Professionally, Grace is an Agricultural economist from Makerere University in Uganda. She spent her initial career working with rural communities in her hometown - Soroti; teaching them to be self-sufficient. This was her childhood dream to get a job and give back to GOL and Rotary by working close to the needy. Later Joining Rotary and GOLI made this dream more real.

In 2004 Grace together with her father and a few friends founded the Rotary club of Soroti Central and in 2009 she joined the GOLI family as a Gift of Life International Global Ambassador.