Half Way Through Youth Service Month - What Have YOU Done for the YOUTH this Month?

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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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Becky Jno-Baptiste
May 2
Maria Thom
May 28
Chuck MacCarthy
June 25
Bernard Rattray
June 26
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June 27
Ramachandra Thippaiah
June 29
Gene Lawrence
Katherine Lawrence
June 8
Herms Danzie-Vitalis
Big Chief Vitalis
June 13
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Joel Crocker
May 6, 2014
5 years
Herms Danzie-Vitalis
May 24, 2016
3 years
Annice Jn. Panel
May 26, 2018
1 year
Vernette Edward
May 26, 2018
1 year
Lyndell Walker
June 1, 1993
26 years
Matt Render
June 1, 2005
14 years
Dahlia Garia
June 29, 2012
7 years
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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Gros Islet Rotarians Participate in Doctors in Action Project
UltraMart joined forces with Rotary Club of Saint Lucia to stage the Doctors in Action service project on May 18th.  This was a well organized, outward facing event where the public not only received free medical consultations, but were exposed to Rotary and Rotarians like they probably have never been before.  Secretary Elect Rotarian Dr.  Becky Jno Baptiste of RC Gros Islet was in charge of the Triage station, ably assisted by Interactors from St. Joseph's Convent.  President Elect Joel Crocker of RCGI was invaluable in the set up and break down of the venue. and Yours truly, donated very valuable blood!!
The event ran from about 10.30 am and the public were still being seen at 5.00 pm.  There were many valuable screening stations including for Diabetes and Hypertension.  There were stations that told the Rotary story and the story of Polio and Rotary's role in the fight against this crippling disease.
As we do as Rotarians, we always look for the fun in every circumstance, and PE Joel is especially adept at doing this.  The following photo was taken to emphasize that in dealing with health, there is always a different perspective 
Hats off to RC Saint Lucia for galvanizing the family of Rotary into People of Action.  Interact, Rotaract, Satellite Club RC St. Lucia and RCGI all came together to make this an exceptional event in the Rotary year.
Rotary Club of Saint Lucia - Club of the Year in District 7030
President Soraya Sharing the Honour with PE Leevie
At the closing ceremony at the District Conference in Guadeloupe, District Governor Dominique Venere announced that Rotary Club of Saint Lucia had won Club of the Year.  What an honour, and a well deserved one at that.  Although your editor is not privy to the precise criteria that was used, he is in a position to know how the DG received information on the clubs in the District, and in particular on RC Saint Lucia.  The DG asked all of her AGs to provide information in the clubs under their purview if they wished to recommend a club for this honour.  For the sake of transparency, I will set out the information that I furnished the DG with, as the AG for Saint Lucia.
Of the clubs under my purview, I recommended RC Saint Lucia for this award based on the following:
In addition to maintaining excellent fellowship at regular meetings (from personal observation) the club held a nine distinct fellowship activities including Lunch on a cruise ship; social with the DG; poetry & comedy night; sunset cruise; brunch with visitors from the newly formed RC Coeur Caraibes, with a Twinning Agreement being finalized; viewing party for Polio; as well as two vocational outings to projects of significance.  There were more activities but this alone is impressive and speaks to a club that is truly vibrant in our District
The Club has successfully hosted the Wine and Cheese Fiesta; the Calabashers music concert; and the Treasure Hunt is being revived and will take place on June16th.
Service Projects
The club has excelled this year with a total of nineteen projects, and a Twinning.  Of these the focus for the year has clearly been on youth but this is not exclusive.
A very successful Youth Symposium was held in September at the Financial Complex at Point Seraphine; Tree planting (over 1,000 trees) with Interact; 4 Way Test Speech Competition; Formation of a Satellite Club with 26 members (grew membership of RCSL by 60%); Lady Gordon Library refurbishment plus 823 new books – Literacy Project – Special Needs School – District Grant Funded;  Rotary Training Day – All new Satellite Members/Rotarians;  Environmental Project – Partnership with Greening the Caribbean and Marchand Combined School – to teach children about recycling and proper waste disposal; Feeding the Poor - three activations; Christmas Hamper Drive - over 100 families; Career Guidance talks at 10 schools; Rotaract Leadership Symposium (Replaced RYLA); Doctors in Action Program – Health Fair providing free health services led by our Rotarian Doctors - included booth on Polio – (Highly Successful Project); Annual Luncheon / Outing with Special Needs School; Partnership with Canadian Firm – Computer Lab donation to the Upton Garden Girls School ; Interact Model UN Activity – Sponsor of 2 Interactors to Trinidad.  There were other smaller activities and the Satellite Club activities are taken into account.  The latter helped the Rose hill fire victims; Hamper donations to Cornerstone home for the indigent and made presentation at the Balata school.
The club has surpassed all of its goals for 2018/2019 Rotary year and earned a Rotary Citation with Presidential Distinction.  
I am extremely proud of RC Saint Lucia and commend President Soraya for doing an exceptional job as club president.  They have set the bar high and it is for the rest of us to emulate their shining example.
District Conference 2021 - Saint Lucia
The Conference Planning Committee under the chairmanship of PP Konrad Wagner has started to define roles and responsibilities for home based Rotarians.  Given the enormity of the task at hand, the committee sent out an email to every Rotarian in Saint Lucia, defining a number of areas of responsibility, seeking volunteers to own various roles.   The list is not exhaustive but every role, no matter how small needs an owner who will deliver without fail and on time in order for us to deliver a District Conference that attendees will enjoy and gain maximum benefit from.
Please refer to the list below and contact Konrad at We need Rotarians to plan to take some time off work for the period of the conference in April 2021.  April 19th to 25th  This is going to be an ALL HANDS ON DECK period for us.
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

Rotary Club of New Providence, Nassau, Bahamas
I was privileged to visit the Rotary Club of New Providence, Nassau on Tuesday May 14th, along with District 7020 DGN Charles Sealy  of RC East Nassau.  President Moreno Hamilton and my fellow Rotarians made me feel extraordinarily welcome and I was even asked to speak, which I did - briefly.
The meeting opened in familiar fashion but President Moreno focused members attention on the Global vision of Rotary in his opening remarks - nice touch.  The 4Way Test has become the five way test with the final question being - Is it FUN.
Being Youth Service Month, members of the Rotaract club of New Providence were in attendance.   The speaker was a young man named Joey  Gaskins.  He was provocative and entertaining as he stood in defense of Millennials, who he posited are being given a bad rap by the old people.  The older generation he maintains, has failed the youth by ignoring key factors such as climate change and ensuring that the youth have access to education regardless of economic background.  He maintains that all those over 58 years of age have lost their right to vote as they have demonstrated such poor judgement in their lives.  All this delivered in a cordial atmosphere, drew applause and many questions.  The quality of the presentation was valuable. 
That was a Rotary meeting that we all left feeling that we got great value in exchange for our time.
Thoughts for this week
Provided by PP Malcolm Charles - Thank you for sharing PP Malcolm
Whatever your opinion of Sir. Richard Branson, you cannot dispute that he has been hugely successful.  The advice that he shares with you is nothing new but often we need to remind ourselves of what it takes to succeed in life.  I have extracted the elements of Rotary's 4Way Test from the advice above - not a stretch to realize that the values that Rotarians hold dear, are the values for success.
Rotary and Youth

Why does Rotary see the youth as such an important avenue of our service?  Simple, youth are the future and if we can help young people to make positive changes in their lives through service, we are positively impacting peace in our world.  Youth programs are impactful and create lasting change.  It is the youth of today that will be the Rotarians of tomorrow; they will also be our leaders.

In the month of May Rotarians focus our attention on the Youth and in particular service to the youth.   Rotary’s Youth Service Programs develop leaders by providing learning and leadership opportunities as well as health care, aimed at improving the lives of young people who may, without our support, be at risk of deviating from a path to a better life. Rotary’s youth programs are geared toward waging positive peace in a world where conflict threatens to destroy the lives of so many.  By inculcating the ideals of Service, Diversity, Integrity, Friendship and Leadership, all through Fellowship, we make a difference, we are the inspiration and we truly connect the world.

Why does Rotary see the youth as such an important avenue of our service?  Simple, youth are the future and if we can help young people to make positive changes in their lives through service, we are positively impacting peace in our world.  Youth programs are impactful and create lasting change.  It is the youth of today that will be the Rotarians of tomorrow; they will also be our leaders.

Youth Service is Rotary’s 5th Avenue of Service and includes programs for young people from primary school age up to the age of 30.  Service to youth includes scholarships; leadership programs and service clubs for the youth.  In our Rotary District which runs from the ABC Islands, through the Guianas to Trinidad and all the way north to Antigua, we support the following youth services:

·       Rotaract for young people aged 18 to 30

·       Interact you those from age 12 to 18

·       Early Act for primary school children up to age 12

·       RotaKids which is similar to EarlyAct but community based not school based

·       Rotary Youth Exchange which sees young people travel to other Districts to become immersed in different cultures

·       RYLA or Rotary Youth Leadership Awards , where young people are exposed to leadership training in a camp like environment

And in Saint Lucia we support Grow Well, Centre for Adolescent Renewal and Education (CARE) and a number of secondary schools through vocational talks and mentorship programs, as well as hosting Youth Symposiums and training.

Both RI President Barry Rassin and RI President Elect Mark D. Maloney have made Youth a priority.  District Governor Dominique

Vénéré set Literacy as her priority for the current Rotary year and District Governor Elect for our District (7030), Trevor Blake has, as his two service priorities for 2019/2020 Rotary year: youth at risk, and Diabetes. 

As Rotarians, we must be engaged with the youth, if you have not been engaged through Rotary, I urge you to engage now.  Remember this is our future.