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Rotary's Vision:
"Together we see a world where people unite and take action, to create lasting change - across the globe, in our communities, and in ourselves".

Object of Rotary

The Object of Rotary is to encourage and foster the ideal of service as a basis of worthy enterprise and, in particular, to encourage and foster:

  • FIRST: The development of acquaintance as an opportunity for service;
  • SECOND: High ethical standards in business and professions; the recognition of the worthiness of all useful occupations; and the dignifying of each Rotarian’s occupation as an opportunity to serve society;
  • THIRD: The application of the ideal of service in each Rotarian’s personal, business, and community life;
  • FOURTH: The advancement of international understanding, goodwill, and peace through a world fellowship of business and professional persons united in the ideal of service.

The Four-Way Test

The Four-Way Test is a nonpartisan and nonsectarian ethical guide for Rotarians to use for their personal and professional relationships. The test has been translated into more than 100 languages, and Rotarians recite it at club meetings:
Of the things we think, say or do

  1. Is it the TRUTH?
  2. Is it FAIR to all concerned?
  4. Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?
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Jun 20, 2019
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Jul 18, 2019
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Aug 01, 2019 5:30 PM
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Aug 15, 2019
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Member Birthdays
Chuck MacCarthy
June 25
Bernard Rattray
June 26
Anela Jean-Marc
June 27
Ramachandra Thippaiah
June 29
Tonia Albert
July 23
Gene Lawrence
Katherine Lawrence
June 8
Herms Danzie-Vitalis
Big Chief Vitalis
June 13
Maria Thom
July 10
Join Date
Lyndell Walker
June 1, 1993
26 years
Matt Render
June 1, 2005
14 years
Dahlia Garia
June 29, 2012
7 years
Tom Alexander
July 1, 1979
40 years
Michael Walker
July 13, 1995
24 years
Anela Jean-Marc
July 26, 2018
1 year
Sanique Prospere
July 26, 2018
1 year
Tonia Albert
July 26, 2018
1 year
Photo Albums
Hampers for the Needy 2018
Rotary Plates for Peace
District Governor Dominique VENERE's Official Visit
2017 Hampers for the Needy
Hand over of Playground & GoTo Inserts for Wheel Chairs
Tree Planting & River Picnic
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Wind Down with Rotary Flair
As the Rotary year comes to a close in two short weeks, we are reminded that we still have loads of fun and fellowship on the agenda.  While we focus on the fun and fellowship, take a moment to think of:
PHF Simone Mondesir who is making steady progress in her fight against breast cancer.  She is scheduled to travel to Martinique in July to undergo radiation therapy.  Keep Simone in your thoughts and prayers.
Rotaractor Clint Walker who continues his fight against Leukemia.  He is back from Colombia where he received excellent care and although in remission, he continues to deal with medical expenses and follow up care.  Clint still needs our help and your prayers.
The Shipment of Wheel chairs arrive on June 22nd.  PP Konrad will communicate further on this.
June 22nd is the official hand over from DG Dominique Venere to DG Trevor Blake, in Basseterre St., Kitts
We have two regular meetings left this year, and we have a Trivia evening planned for June 28th at Harmony Hotel
June 29th is the RC Saint Lucia Hand over event
June 30, yours truly steps down as Assistant Governor and PP Charlie Serieux takes over on July 1st. I wish Charlie all the very best in this challenging role.  Rotarians are reminded that the Assistant Governor is in effect the Governor on island.  Please give Charlie your utmost respect and cooperation.
On July 1st Yours truly becomes District Governor Elect with one short year before taking office.  We have much to do as a team as we come together to lead our District.  Of course we wish DG Trevor Blake all the best as he assumes his role as DG on July 1st.  Let us all work together to make our District the best it can be.
July 2nd President Lenita will hand over to President Joel at Sandals Golf Club.
Meeting of June 11th 2019
We conducted the formal process of finding a replacement for the vacancy on the board.  Secretary Trudy O. Glasgow will be president for the year 2020/2021.  Congratulations to Trudy - let the hard work begin.  
Congratulations to PE Joel who was recognized as PHF X 2  Joel has contributed to the Rotary Foundation and the combined recognition points exceed 3,000.  Thank you Joel for supporting OUR Rotary Foundation
Last chance to get Polio Plus Fund over the $50,000,000 for this Rotary year.  Once the $50 Million in Rotarians Donations is reached this will trigger the matching donation from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation of $100 Million towards the eradication of Polio.  If you can donate anything please do so before the end of the month.
Your editor has been missing in action for the past three weeks and so much has happened in that time.  Let us begin with the induction of our three new members on May 28th.  The following was contributed by President Lenita:

Tuesday 28th May, 2019 was a busy day / evening for the Rotary Club of Gros Islet. There were a number of guests including Rupert Lay, guest of Secretary Trudy, and Terrence Elliott, guest of P. Lenita. We also welcomed PP. Albert Daniel of the Rotary Club of Saint Lucia.


First on the agenda was the induction of three new members.  We were very pleased to welcome Jenna Flavien, Zanique Edwards and Rachel Thwaites-Williams.  Jenna is a Procurement and Contract Management Analyst with the Department of Economic Development, Transport and Civil Aviation; Zanique works as a Special Education Teacher and Head of the Dunnottar Multiple Disability Centre and Rachel is a Family Practitioner and Teacher at AIMU.  The Rotary Club of Gros Islet is very excited about our new, young and energetic members and look forward being inspired!


Special, invited guests to the induction were Rachel's husband (Christopher) and daughter (Charlotte), and friend of Zanique (Monty Emmanuel).


P. Lenita encouraged the inductees to be committed, responsible and engaged members of the Rotary Club of Gros Islet, always upholding the principles, values and dignity of being a Rotarian.  She invited them to be worthy representatives of their vocations and to translate the ideals of Rotary into action.


Members were also treated to a brief but thought provoking presentation from personnel of the Inland Revenue Department namely, Mrs. Marcia Vité, Acting Comptroller and Mr. Cleveland Emanus, Assistant Comptroller (Audit). Topics covered included Property Tax, Income Tax, Insurance Premium Tax (unheard of!), Value Added Tax (VAT), Passenger Facility Fee and Travel and Stamp Duties. While the foregoing were mostly applicable to registered businesses, there were very robust discussions on tax obligations, what the legislation prescribed the Comptroller to "consider reasonable"  and why religious institutions were exempt from paying taxes! (Rtn. Ernest seemed quite troubled...)


Rtn. Ty and PP Astrid closed off the Q&A with the burning question - "Why does it take so long to get our refunds?" There were a variety of responses, but these two may resonate, depending on which side of the tax bracket you're on - 1. There is only so much given in the budget for refunds per annum, usually less than what is required. Or 2. It depends on whether the Comptroller considers your request for a refund "reasonable"! Either way, you're in for a long wait!


The meeting ended with a sumptuous meal (Rtn. Lenny does not disappoint!) and partaking in an absolutely sinful chocolate cake à la Astrid, post Birthday. There was a hasty attempt on her part to blow out the candles, lest the fire alarms went off!


And just when we thought the merriment was over, the after party drifted poolside at Windjammer to sample the floor show, fire eating and limbo dancing.  What sent everyone scurrying for home was the terrifying prospect of being selected to participate  in the limbo dance!


It was a wonderful evening of fellowship and good vibes and we look forward to more of the same.


Welcome Rotarians Jenna, Zanique and Rachel!"


On May 31st your editor attended the Peace Symposium in Hamburg which was an eye opener.  The tremendous work that Rotary does worldwide hits one in the face as you sit and listen to some amazing human beings. Sitting with PDG Haresh Ramchandani, D7020 (Jamaica) in the Peace Symposium.  President of RI Barry Rassin addressing the Peace SymposiumSome statistics.  Thanks to the work of the Institute for Economics and Peace we are now able to measure Peace - think about that for a moment.


We met truly inspiring people who are engaged in the partnership between Rotary and the Institute for Economics & Peace.  We learned that we have no idea really how fortunate we, and in particular, women, are to live in a part of the world where the rights of women are more or less respected.  This is absolutely not the case in many countries of the world and we signed the petition to the UN to create a Treaty to end violence against women and girls.  You are invited to visit to sign the petition.

Key Statistics

Despite progress, violence against women is a global crisis.

1 in 3 women worldwide have experienced sexual assault or intimate partner violence. Source: World Health Organization

Globally, as many as 38% of female murders are committed by a male intimate partner. Source: World Health Organization

700 million women alive today were child brides. Source: UNICEF

79% of human trafficking victims are women and girls. Source: UN Office on Drugs and Crime

There is much, much more to share but as we were told, Rotarians attention span is no more than seven minutes.  Happy to discuss further; maybe include another snippet in the next issue.

Rotary Fellowships
June is the month that focuses our attention on Fellowships.  What exactly are Rotary fellowships?

Rotary Fellowships are groups of Rotarians, Rotarian spouses, and Rotaractors who join together to

·       Share a common interest in worthwhile recreational activities (sports, hobbies, etc.)

·       Further their vocational development through acquaintance with others of the same profession

·       Make new friends around the world

·       Explore new opportunities for service

·       Have fun and enhance their experience in Rotary

Examples of Rotary Fellowships
Marathon Running, Scuba Diving, Flying, Canoeing.  
How Rotary Fellowships Operate
·       Each fellowship is operated independently of Rotary International, with its own rules, dues requirements, and administrative structure.
·       Membership in fellowships is open to Rotarians, spouses of Rotarians, and Rotaractors.
·       Fellowships must be international in nature with active members in at least three countries.
·       Each fellowship elects at least three officers to oversee the group’s administration.
·       Fellowships are expected to facilitate communication among their members and maintain regular communication with RI.
Some Benefits of Rotary Fellowships
·       Fellowships provide opportunities for Rotarians to make lasting friendships outside of their own club, district, or country.
·       Fellowships contribute to the advancement of world understanding and peace.
·       Fellowships serve as an incentive for attracting new members to Rotary and retaining existing ones.
Join a Fellowship
Interested in a particular Rotary Fellowship?  While in Hamburg, Rtn. Maggie joined the fellowship of Rotarian Musicians, your editor has been a member of the fellowship of Rotarians on the Internet for many years and I have made some lifelong friends whom I have only ever met on the internet.  I was encouraged to join the Tennis fellowship  They thought I might need some help!  Not that I play tennis at this time, but may return to it (under lights) - never say never !!
Start a New Fellowship
If your recreational or vocational interest isn’t represented by an existing fellowship, contact RI staff to learn how
you can start a prospective Rotary Fellowship.
Related RI publications
Contact RI staff:
Programs & Presidential Initiatives Section (PD210)
Fax: 1-847-556-2182
Embracing Change
Why I love evening meetings...
by Trudy O. Glasgow, Secretary, RCGI 2018-2019
June is Fellowship month and so it is the perfect time to talk about our evening meetings. President Lenita Joseph initiated this in
February or March 2019. After board and membership approval, it was agreed to experiment with evening meetings alternating every

At first, members had to get used to the new venue and time. Parking isn't the best and meetings didn't start promptly at 6pm as there was
no way to gauge the traffic from the north or town to get to Windjammer.

As the weeks rolled by, more members attended the evening meetings than the lunch meetings. They even stayed on after the
evening meetings were concluded for fellowship and fun. The atmosphere is less rushed because we don't have to think about
rushing back to the office for appointments or meetings. It is the end of the day, so we sit back and relax a little longer.

It turns out the location proved more central for most. I am not shy about stating that the Sandals golf club is more convenient for me as
I live and work nearby. However, once I have navigated the traffic and got to Windjammer early enough to secure a parking spot, I settle in
and enjoy the evening.

The buffet started as light finger foods and now replaces dinner. There are drinks available, and the staff are on hand willing to help.
So do evening meetings get my vote? Absolutely! I have noted an improvement and attendance from members and a clear preference
by most. Our new Rotarians have indicated that it is easier to attend meetings at the end of the day, rather than in the middle of it. If we
are serious about attracting more members, we must embrace change and consider making evening meetings a permanent fixture for our
Wheel Chairs 2019
The shipment of wheel chairs purchased by The Tourism Development Fund is scheduled to arrive in Castries on June 22nd.  The photo above was taken in 2016 when we received a shipment of wheel chairs donated by the Rotary Club of Pleasanton California in association with the Wine for Wheels Foundation.  We are scheduled to receive over 250 wheel chairs, some are designed for special needs recipients.  PP Konrad Wagner has been the point Rotarian coordinating the shipment and I take my hat off to him, as the process has not been without frustration.
Rotarians are asked to contact PP Konrad with names and particulars of persons in need of new wheel chairs.
I know that every effort will be made to distribute as many of the chairs as possible before the end of this Rotary year on June 30th.

Be the Inspiration as Rotary Connects the World

Changing of the Guard

On July 1st, 2019 we will say goodbye to our truly inspirational leader, Barry Rassin from the Rotary Club of East Nassau, Bahamas and his wife Esther.  Barry and Esther have done an outstanding job at the helm of our organization and represented the Caribbean with distinction.  Barrie stepped up when then RI President Elect Sam Owori died unexpectedly on July 13th 2017.  He has served with humility and he and Esther are the embodiment of Service Above Self.  They are much loved across the Rotary world, which thanks to his efforts, now includes Rotaract.
On July 1st Mark D Maloney takes over the helm.  He is a member of the Rotary Club of Decatur, Alabama, USA.

“The clubs are where Rotary happens,” says Maloney, an attorney. He aims to support and strengthen clubs at the community level, preserve Rotary’s culture as a service-oriented membership organization, and test new regional approaches for growth.

“With the eradication of polio, recognition for Rotary will be great and the opportunities will be many,” he says. “We have the potential to become the global powerhouse for doing good.”

Maloney is a principal in the law firm of Blackburn, Maloney, and Schuppert LLC, with a focus on taxation, estate planning, and agricultural law. He represents large farming operations in the Southeastern and Midwestern United States, and has chaired the American Bar Association’s Committee on Agriculture in the section of taxation. He is a member of the American Bar Association, Alabama State Bar Association, and the Alabama Law Institute.

He has been active in Decatur’s religious community, chairing his church’s finance council and a local Catholic school board. He has also served as president of the Community Foundation of Greater Decatur, chair of Morgan County Meals on Wheels, and director of the United Way of Morgan County and the Decatur-Morgan County Chamber of Commerce.

A Rotarian since 1980, Maloney has served as an RI director; Foundation trustee and vice chair; and aide to 2003-04 RI President Jonathan Majiyagbe. He also has participated in the Council on Legislation as chair, vice chair, parliamentarian, and trainer. He was an adviser to the 2004 Osaka Convention Committee and chaired the 2014 Sydney Convention Committee.

Prior to serving as a district governor, Maloney led a Group Study Exchange to Nigeria. He also served as Future Vision Committee vice chair; Foundation training institute moderator; Foundation permanent fund national adviser; member of the Peace Centers Committee; and adviser to the Foundation’s Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene in Schools Target Challenge Committee.

Maloney’s wife, Gay, is an attorney in the same law firm, and a member and past president of the Rotary Club of Decatur Daybreak, Alabama, USA. Both Mark and Gay are Paul Harris Fellows, Major Donors, and Bequest Society members.

Rotary - The Vision; The Strategic Pillars 2019

Together, we see a world where people unite and take action to create lasting change — across the globe, in our communities, and in ourselves.



·       Eradicate polio and leverage the legacy

·       Focus our programs and offerings

·       Improve our ability to achieve and measure impact



·       Grow and diversify our membership and participation

·       Create new channels into Rotary

·       Increase Rotary’s openness and appeal

·       Build awareness of our impact and brand



·       Support clubs to better engage their members

·       Develop a participant-centered approach to deliver value

·       Offer new opportunities for personal and professional connection

·       Provide leadership development and skills training



  • Build a culture of research, innovation, and willingness to take risks
  • Streamline governance, structure, and processes

·       Review governance to foster more diverse perspectives in decision making