District Governor Dominique Venere Official Visit to Saint Lucia July 2018
Every Official visit to Saint Lucia starts with a relaxing meal, on this occasion it was lunch at the Pink Plantation House where she received her initial briefing from Assistant Governor Lisle.

Visit to Rotary South

Then on to Vieux Fort to meet Chair of the Rotary Satellite Club of Gros Islet, Melisa Agdomar and Rtn. Carina (Small Fry) Snaggs, standing in for Service projects chair Shermie James-Darcheville.
The meeting took place at the grounds of the Town Hall where the club plans to create a toy library. 
 From there to Bruce Ville where the plan is to create a playground for the under-privileged children. 
After a quick trip to the Moule À Chique lighthouse which is situated on the southernmost tip of the island, we moved on to L' Escape gest house at Laborie where the DG met the board of the Satellite Club  and then the members.
DG Dominique listened with interest at the energetic and thoughtful plans of the club and pinned three new members.  She was also pleased to pin two Rotaractors from Rotaract South Saint Lucia with "Be the Inspiration" theme pins.  

Board Meeting and Pinning Ceremony


Friday morning we had a fascinating visit with the Governor General Sir Emmanuel Neville Cenac.  His Excellency spoke extensively on the history of Saint Lucia and on his vision for a better tomorrow.  He spoke passionately on the need for better education for all children.  We were all impressed by the the Governor General's knowledge of the work of Rotary.
The DG then fellowshipped with the Rotary Club of Saint Lucia at their regular lunch meeting at Sandals Halcyon.  The highlight of that meeting was the pinning of three new Paul Harris Fellows by the DG.  Photograph provided by PP Konrad.
An excellent meeting followed with the board of the RCSL - no photographs available. 
On to Calabash Cove Hotel where the RCGI board met with the DG and presented their plans for the year.  Another excellent meeting with plans a plenty.
No Friday is complete in Saint Lucia without a visit to the Gros Islet Street Party.
Saturday morning saw the presidents taking DG Dominique to the Plateau area to acquaint her with our largest ever Rotary Foundation Grant project 
I was not able to persuade them to climb to the top as they were not wearing appropriate shoes!
Then the highlight of DG Dominique's visit, a visit to the Early Act Club at the Dame Pearlette Louisy Primary School.
The young people sited as their number one priority, the fixing of the playground for the younger children.  They also showed off their hard work on the painting of the lunch tables.  Truly special young people.  Big congratulations to Miss james of the Dame Pearlette Louisy Primary School and to the Rotary Club of Saint Lucia for this excellent project that is EarlyAct!
Without pause we whisked the DG off to the Pastoral Center where she met the Rotaract Clubs and Interact Clubs. RCSL has five Interact Clubs with about 250 members.  They also have two Rotaract Clubs including South Saint Lucia. All clubs were represented.  The gathering included the Rotaract Club of Gros Islet and DG Dominique was asked to pin three new members and the new president, Curtley Stephen, who took over from now PP Robin Branford.
the Rotaract clubs are working hard to build membership while the Interact clubs are thriving.  Rotarians are called upon to make a massive effort to support the Rotaract movement.  
Saturday night we moved on to the home of Rotarian Mary Dix (Lewis)  What a party Mary put on for us.  Live music, good food and plenty to drink.  Members of Rotary and Rotaract joined in fellowship. Sadly I have no pictures to share with you.
Sunday, a visit to the Rotary Bus  This is a project of RCSL.  Great project which serves the young people by providing mobile clinics and counselling services.
After a relaxing lunch at Jambe de Bois on Pigeon Point we returned our District Governor to the airport.  A busy but successful visit.
Let us all make a special effort to attend the District Conference in Guadeloupe in April next year!