Rotarian Dr. Roger Hosein, member of RC Point a Pierre, South Trinidad -  Addressing RC Gros Islet

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"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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District Conference Next Week
Last minute, you can still make it.  Flights are getting difficult but you can get the ferry for a whole lot less!  Six members of Rotary Satellite South will be there - where will you be??
April 24th to 27th - Guadeloupe!
Two weeks in Review
Last week, we were unable to publish our eBulletin as our website mysteriously disappeared.  This was rescued by PP Matt shortly after the week end but alas it was too late to produce this eagerly sought after publication.  
At our lunch meeting on April 2nd we were delighted to welcome Dr. Rachel Thwaites Williams, a lecturer at AMU which is a medical university based here in Saint Lucia.  Rachel is a Jamaican who has relocated to Saint Lucia, having married a Saint Lucian.Seen here next to Rtn. Dr. Becky Jno. Baptiste, Rachel was the winner of the raffle prize this week.  We were also pleased to welcome PP Peter Douch  (RC Wimborne, UK) and his wife Josaphine, both regular visitors to our club.  PP Peter is a regular visitor to both Rotary clubs in Saint Lucia and also the Satellite club in the South. By circumstance, yours truly chaired the meeting and we had some lively and mostly constructive discussion. 
On April 9th we met at Windjammer Landing for our by-weekly evening meeting.  This week we had an interesting guest speaker in the person of Rotarian, Dr. Roger Hosein (headline photograph).  Rtn. Roger is a senior lecturer at University of the West Indies, and a member of Point a Pierre Rotary club, South Trinidad.  He is working on a project for the CDB on renewable energy and gave an enlightening address on the subject.   Roger pointed to the transformational discoveries of crude oil deposits in the Caribbean region which will inevitably drive the cost of crude lower, but cautioned that the region should consider increasing exponentially, the renewable energy capability in order to reduce the strain on balance of payments from importation of fuel.  Renewable energy also assists in creating climate change resilience.  The approach by the local electricity company was lamented by many as there is no incentive for citizens to invest in renewable energy.  It is hoped that the government will come on board and make investment is alternative energy more attractive.
In spite of a low turn out by members, we had reasonable attendance due to a number of visitors.  We were delighted to welcome Dr. Rachel Thwaites- Williams again, along with Noella Sankar from Good News; PP Sheila Breitenstein (formerly a member of RCGI now living in the US); Perdita Royer who found us through Membership leads on the Rotary International website; President Nominee Richard Spalding (RC Winchester, UK) - also a regular visitor; Jena Flavien - a regular visitor and prospective member; and Rtn. Mary Dix our dear friend from RC Saint Lucia.
PN Richard gave us an update on what is happening in his club.  Evidently Rotary is going through considerable change in the UK and specifically in RC Winchester.  By all accounts the club is an extremely active and progressive one and we are lucky to be on their radar, thanks in large measure to Rtn. Richard.  
We got a brief update on the Prosthetic limb project.  RC Winchester donated £2,000 to the project and collected and shipped a number of used prosthetic limbs , which arrived in Saint Lucia the previous week.  These were consigned to the Ministry of Health on behalf of the National Society for Persons with Disabilities.  RCGI paid for the training of technicians, themselves amputees, with a view to making prosthetic limbs available more widely on island.  The provision of this service will assist amputees to live a more productive life with  greater dignity.


Membership Engagement
Are you engaged as  Rotarian?  I found the following graphic when I was contemplating the subject and thought I would use it to frame the discussion in todays bulletin.
I particularly noticed the nomenclature of "barely logged in" as it reminded me of myself when my younger friends, when visiting, stay past my bedtime and I am accused of "buffering" as I participate intermittently in the conversation while resting my eyelids.  
Is your engagement on autopilot? Or are you transformative in your engagement?
Consider if you will, the following simple definition of engagement:  – When people invest time/ energy/ money in exchange for value - they are engaged.  This definition presumes that one gets value in exchange for investment of time, energy and/or money.  That begs the question - what is your perception of value?  Do you get value out of your membership in Rotary, and in particular from your membership in your Rotary club?  How does your membership bring value to you?  What is your expectation and has that expectation been met and surpassed as a result your investment?
Do you share the vision of Rotary International - We see a world where people unite and take action to create lasting change - across the globe, in our communities, and in ourselves ?  If you do, does your club live this vision? Are we together and are we united?  Are we taking action to create lasting change?
The good news is that once we are prepared to be engaged, we can be the change agents that will create the change that we want to see.  We all joined Rotary for a reason, but we did not all join for the same reason.  This is really good news as it is the very diversity of thought that makes Rotary such a dynamic organization.  Every Rotarian has strengths and weaknesses, it is the job of our leaders to amplify the strengths and recognize the weaknesses.  As a united team, we work together to support each other, not to promote self to patronize belittle others.  This is what true engagement is all about.
Rotary Connects the World.  What does this mean to you?  RI President Elect is clear that this is the essence of engagement.  The very connection will create deep and lasting friendships if we are true to the spirit of Rotary, if we are Rotarians at heart.  There is nothing to be gained from being a member of Rotary, without being engaged, being a true Rotarian.  So join the discussion, if you align your vision, your purpose, with the vision of Rotary, you will, arrive at the point of engagement.
With just over two months left to run in the current Rotary year, we pause to consider Rotary International President Elect Mark D. Maloney's theme for 2019/2020.

Maloney believes that connection is at the heart of the Rotary experience.

“(Rotary) allows us to connect with each other, in deep and meaningful ways, across our differences,” Maloney said. “It connects us to people we would never otherwise have met, who are more like us than we ever could have known. It connects us to our communities, to professional opportunities, and to the people who need our help.”

“Through Rotary, we connect to the incredible diversity of humanity on a truly unique footing, forging deep and lasting ties in pursuit of a common goal,” he added. “In this ever more divided world, Rotary connects us all.”

District Conference 2019
April 24th to 28th sees District PETS and Conference in Guadeloupe.  So why should you care?  Why spend money to go to yet another conference or convention, it is just after Easter after all and you really do not know many people who will be there.  What do you have to gain, you may have been to one or two already?
Your President Elect and your Secretary Elect are obliged to go, so they will be there, failing some unforeseen hinderance.  PETS is where the incoming officers have a chance to rub shoulders with their counterparts from across the District, and discuss common issues that they will face in the year ahead of them.  They will have a chance to meet the District leaders and to meet the Rotary international staff as well as the RI President's special Representative.  Any issue that they can possibly imagine, has been faced by one ort more of these people and there is always an answer.
If you are not a PE or SE you can attend the Conference starting on Friday Morning, the 26th April.  So accommodation is less expensive.  You will come in for the opening ceremony on the Thursday and start to meet people of like mind, people who you will become friends with by the time you leave for home on Sunday.  You will also have the chance to meet the Rotary International staff and the District leaders.  But nothing beats the fellowship that you will experience.
Rotary is so much more that being a member of your club.  You owe it to yourself to expand your personal, professional and service horizons, to see what Rotary is truly all about.   Make the District Conference part of your  f your personal development plan.  Take the opportunity to learn about yourself and expand your vision and understanding of the way of life that is Rotary.  
Come to the conference to understand more fully, the vision of the incoming RI President Mark Maloney. Ge the insight into his theme Listen to inspiring addresses from Rotarians and others who, combined connect the dots for you in so many ways. For the cynical who may have been to conferences and think they know all there is to know, let me assure you - you don't.  Rotary changes and what held true yesterday may well have been challenged and improved upon today.
Come and join us in Guadeloupe.  
Maternal and Child Health

  • What Can We Do?
  • Address the issue of Mal nutrition’s in Children and Pregnant Women
  • Develop a Hygiene Education program for school going children
  • Conduct Awareness Seminars
  • Provide Low-income, Underinsured women with the knowledge, skills and opportunities to improve their diet, physical activity, and other life habits to prevent, delay, or control chronic diseases
  • Promote School Health
  • Promote the adoption of physical activity in early child care centres, schools and work sites
Rotary Citation 2018/2019
Do you know what we are talking about when we say " we received a presidential citation"?  The term is now changed to a Rotary Citation and now we can receive a Rotary Citation with Presidential Distinction.
Every year, the president of RI sets a number of criteria, based on the theme for the year and the RI strategic plan, that encourage Rotary clubs to think strategically. I have taken extracts from this year's criteria to share with you, so that you will understand the strategic direction that the board has identified this year.  You will also be able to identify with the progress toward these strategic initiatives.
In Reviewing the following initiatives consider what role you have played in making it happen.  Are you engaged?  The good news is that we have two and a half months to the end of this Rotary year so there is time if we share the vision!
Achieve at least 3 of the following goals:
·     Achieve a net gain of 1 member   
·     Maintain or improve your club’s retention of current and new members:
o  Improve your club’s retention rate by 1 percentage point
o  If your club’s retention rate was 90 percent or more in 2017-18, maintain it 
·     Achieve a net gain in female members  
·     Have at least 60 percent of club members report their birth dates through My Rotary
·     Sponsor or co-sponsor a new Rotary club
·     Conduct a classification study of your members’ occupations, and work to align your membership with the mix of businesses and professions in your community
Achieve at least 3 of the following goals:
·     Sponsor a Rotary Community Corps
·     Sponsor or co-sponsor an Interact or Rotaract club  
·     Contribute at least $100 per capita to the Annual Fund
·     Increase the number of members involved in service projects
·     Hold an event to raise funds for, or to increase awareness of, Rotary’s work toward polio eradication
·     Conduct a significant local or international service project in one of Rotary’s six areas of focus  
Achieve at least 3 of the following goals:
·     Post successful club projects, with details about activities, volunteer hours, and funds raised, on Rotary Showcase
·     Use Rotary’s brand guidelines, templates, People of Action campaign materials, and related resources  
·     Arrange for the club’s members to talk with the media to tell your club’s, and Rotary’s, story  
·     Host an event for Rotary alumni, and highlight Rotary’s networking opportunities
·     Continue or establish a partnership with a corporate, governmental, or nongovernmental entity and work on a project together  
·     Sponsor a Youth Exchange student or RYLA participant
If we want a citation with distinction we would add the following:
Achieve these goals in addition to earning the Rotary Citation to receive SILVER (1 goal), GOLD (2 goals), or PLATINUM (3 goals) distinction
·    Achieve a net gain of 5 or more members
·    Show how your club’s members are People of Action by promoting your club and its service activities on social media at least 4 times per month
Initiate or continue a leadership, personal, or professional development program to enhance members’ skills and the value of their membership
There are separate criterion for Rotaract and Interact clubs.  Let me know if you are interested and I will either send to you privately or if possible in the next bulletin.
Rotary Connecting the World

2019-20 RI president announces his presidential theme

Rotary International President-elect Mark Daniel Maloney explained his vision for building a stronger Rotary, calling on leaders to expand connections to their communities and to embrace innovative membership models.

Maloney, a member of the Rotary Club of Decatur, Alabama, USA, unveiled the 2019-20 presidential theme, Rotary Connects the World, to incoming district governors at Rotary’s annual training event, the International Assembly, in San Diego, California, USA, on Monday.

“The first emphasis is to grow Rotary — to grow our service, to grow the impact of our projects, but most importantly, to grow our membership so that we can achieve more,” Maloney said.

Maloney believes that connection is at the heart of the Rotary experience.

“(Rotary) allows us to connect with each other, in deep and meaningful ways, across our differences,” Maloney said. “It connects us to people we would never otherwise have met, who are more like us than we ever could have known. It connects us to our communities, to professional opportunities, and to the people who need our help.”

Maloney also called on every Rotary and Rotaract club to identify segments of their community not represented in their club by creating a membership committee with diverse members.  

“Through Rotary, we connect to the incredible diversity of humanity on a truly unique footing, forging deep and lasting ties in pursuit of a common goal,” he added. “In this ever more divided world, Rotary connects us all.”

Maloney urged leaders to offer alternative meeting experiences and service opportunities to make it easier for busy professionals and people with many family obligations to serve in leadership roles.

“We need to foster a culture where Rotary does not compete with the family, but rather complements it,” Maloney said. “That means taking real, practical steps to change the existing culture: being realistic in our expectations, considerate in our scheduling, and welcoming of children at Rotary events on every level.”

Maloney said many of the barriers that prevent people from serving as leaders in Rotary are based on expectations that are no longer relevant.

“It is time to adapt, to change our culture, and to convey the message that you can be a great district governor without visiting every club individually, and a great president without doing everything yourself.”

Relationship with the United Nations

During 2019-20, Rotary will host a series of presidential conferences around the world, focusing on Rotary’s relationship with the United Nations and the UN’s sustainable development goals that many Rotary service projects support. More information will be available in July.

In 2020, the United Nations will celebrate the 75th anniversary of its charter and its mission of promoting peace. Rotary was one of 42 organizations the United States invited to serve as consultants to its delegation at the 1945 San Francisco conference, which led to the UN’s charter. For decades, Rotary has worked alongside the United Nations to address humanitarian issues around the world. Today, Rotary holds the highest consultative status that the UN offers to nongovernmental organizations.

“Rotary shares the United Nations’ enduring commitment to a healthier, more peaceful, and more sustainable world,” Maloney said. “And Rotary offers something no other organization can match: an existing infrastructure that allows people from all over the world to connect in a spirit of service and peace and take meaningful action toward that goal.”