A contingent from Saint Lucia gathered to take a photograph when the conference drew to a close.
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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
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Anela Jean-Marc
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Ramachandra Thippaiah
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Big Chief Vitalis
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May 6, 2014
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May 24, 2016
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May 26, 2018
1 year
Vernette Edward
May 26, 2018
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Lyndell Walker
June 1, 1993
26 years
Matt Render
June 1, 2005
14 years
Dahlia Garia
June 29, 2012
7 years
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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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Message from Rotaractor Clint Walker
I am 26 year old Clint Walker. I am employed as a teacher at the Entrepot Secondary school where I currently instruct students in Mathematics and Physics, both at the lower level and at CSEC level. In early December of 2018 I was diagnosed with Acute Promyelocytic Leukemia. I flew out to seek treatment in Colombia on December 24th and remained there for four months.
In march 2019, we received good news that the cancer was in remission indicating positive response to treatment. I completed the consolidation phase of treatment in late April. Currently, we are in the maintenance phase of treatment which will be done at home. My health has improved significantly and I am thankful for all you continued support.
Rotarians , let us rally behind Clint, he still needs our support.
RCGI Meeting April 30th 2019

Fifth Tuesday Fun and Fellowship

President Lenita Pins PP Angela with her Paul Harris Fellowship Recognition.
Partner in Service Ravina, PP Matt, PP Tim Moffat (RCSL) & PP Konrad (RCSL).  Great to see Rtn. Timmy - long time no see at our meetings bro!
PP Konrad won the Raffle Prize
Rtn. Marie; Rtn Becky & Rtn Maggie
Sec. Trudy counting the cash; Pres. Lenita checking her bag; PE Joel making a proclamation; and Visitor Jenna completely bemused.
Pres. Lenita hands over the 2017/2018 Rotary citation to PP Angela while Rtn Lenny bombs the photo.

Members and Guests Enjoying the Fellowship

Rtn Lenny; PP Angela's Daughter Tuscina; PP Angela; Rtn Ty; Rtn. Marie all having a laugh at whatever it was that Pres. Lenita was up to.
PP Angela's granddaughter visited to see granny receive her PHF
Secretary Trudy's guest Rupert Lay beside Rtn. Trudy (still counting the cash) and Pres Lenita (still carrying out an inspection of her bag).
Dr. Rachel Thwaites Williams (guest of PP Lisle) & Rtn. Dr. Becky Jno. Baptiste share a moment of levity and fellowship.
On this occasion, Pres. Lenita rolled out a Rotary knowledge BINGO which proved to be quite fun (if you did not take yourself too seriously).
After members of the club who were in Guadeloupe gave brief accounts of their experiences at the conference, which were both amusing and informative, Pres Lenita issued "BINGO cards" to everyone.  On the cards were past RI themes and the first round was to guess the year that these applied to.  The second Round was a BINGO with the President drawing themes from a hat and we had two winners in the persons of Jenna and Tuscina (I think)  their grand prize was a bottle of water that they were asked to share!
President Richard Spalding of Winchester Rotary (Club), on his final visit with us for this trip, was his usual buoyant self  and we were pleased to welcome Rtn Ernest back after his vacation.  Sitting next to Rtn. Ernest is President Curtly of Rotaract club of Gros Islet.  We wish PN Richard safe travels and speedy return.  Many thanks again for the support of Winchester Rotary (Club) which has assisted with supports for children with muscular issues; a wheel chair for Kevin Jn. Baptiste and used prosthetic limbs for the project in support of the prosthetic limb workshop .
Excellent evening of fellowship.  Remember that evening meetings start at 6.00pm with half an hour of fellowship.  The fifth Tuesday is intended to be a special activity that will run longer than the usual hour and a half.
Big thank you to Rtn. Lenny and the staff of Windjammer for an outstanding supper.
Rotary District 7030 PETS & Conference 2019
DG Dominique and Rotary Team Guadeloupe went all out to make every Rotarian welcome and to put on leadership training and conference that they can be proud of.

Digital in the Service of Humanity

Part of the crowd at the Conference
RID Yinka Babalola speaking on The Rotary Foundation. In the foreground, the back of DGE Trevor and RI staffers Marni Nixon and Rebecca Hollaway.
Some of the Saint Lucia contingent
Team RCGI - President Lenita was presented with the Presidential Citation for Rotary Year 2017/2018 
PETS opened up on Wednesday with DGE Trevor presenting on the RI President Elect Mark D. Malony's theme - 
He laid out the new Strategic thinking and blended in Maloney's strategic focus and the goals to achieve that focus.  DGE Trevor Blake then went on to outline the District's strategy and goals for 2019/2020.   In addition to growing membership by 3.5% focused on under 40s and female members, it is the District's goal to end the next Rotary year with every club (currently 72) in the District having at least one Rotaract Club, one Interact Club or one EarlyAct Club. With regard to the Rotary Foundation, DGE Trevor aims to raise the District's giving to US$400,000.  To achieve this he has challenged every Rotarian to give a minimum of US$100 to the Foundation.  Clubs are required to find one new Paul Harris Society member (US$1,000 per year) and to donate a minimum of US$1,500 to Polio Plus. Clubs are asked to pay particular attention to Public Image in the coming year with a reference to the "People of Action" campaign.  DGE Trevor has asked clubs to focus on Youth at Risk and Diabetes in the coming year.
There were many informative presentations throughout PETS and we were treated to the story telling genius of the RI President's Representative, RID Olayinka (Yinka) Hakeem Babalola and he is an act, hard to follow.  PETS came to a close on Thursday afternoon and the conference got under weigh that evening with the usual flag ceremony. 
The Flag and Anthem of Rotary International
The venue was The Memorial Act museum and we were treated to the most incredible voice of Guadeloupe's own opera singer Leila Bredent - outstanding.  Maurice Saad, the MC for the entire conference was outstanding. 
 The Flag of Saint Lucia - The Anthem was sung in French and English which is not strictly correct, but the French are sending us a message of friendship! Ours was the only non French Anthem to get this "special" treatment.  The gesture was accepted in the true spirit of Rotary friendship!
RID Yinka presented on The Rotary Foundation(TRF) and revealed that the Caribbean has donated about US$3.5 million to the Foundation over the last five years.  He told us that this went into the "magic box" and the Caribbean received over US$23 million over the same period.  The take away is that there is no better way to contribute to the work of Rotary than to do so through TRF.  The work of Rotary is magic and Rotarians are magicians he said after painting a picture of children watching water come out of a Rotary well for the first time - in their eyes, he saw magic!  The Caribbean has truly benefitted over the years, receiving nearly seven times what we have donated!
On Saturday, PDG Tony Watkins presented a summary of the rulings by the Council on Legislation (the summary was published in the bulletin and included below for those who may have missed it - also on website), and of course we ratified the appointment of Sonya Alleyne as DG for the year 2021/2022 The future of D7030 is in good hands!  Saint Kitts gave us a snapshot of what to expect when we visit for the Conference in 2020 where we will "arrive as visitors and leave as locals"
And President Lenita presented a short video on the Prosthetic Limb project which was well received.
The parties were great fun with a very French flavour as one would expect.  At the closing party, DG Dominique honoured her team and gave out some recognition to the clubs and Rotarians in the District that merited mention.  We are immensely proud of RC Saint Lucia under the leadership pf President Soraya as they deservedly won Club of the Year as well as the award for the largest percentage membership growth.
DG Dominique with Conference MC Maurice at the closing party  
PDG Roger Bose enjoying the moment with DG Dominique and Rebecca 

Some More Memories

PP Lisle & Rtn. Maggie presenting RID Yinka with the banner of RCGI
Fellowship before we took leave of our friends. from Left to right: PE Becky, Pres. Soraya, PE Joel, PDG Milton, PP Lisle, PDG Steven Ramroop's wife Joanna, Rt. Maggie, PE. Shirley Sowma and PDG Waddy Sowma.
Part of Team Saint Lucia sitting at the back of the hall. on Day 3.
RID Yinka - Rotary is Magic and Rotarians are the Magicians
Not to forget George the pet who was sadly refused entry to PETS for non payment of registration.
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.

Council on Legislation 2019
The 2019 Council on Legislation may not have made as many dramatic changes as the Council three years ago did, but it made several decisions that will shape the future of Rotary.

Among the most important, the Council elevated the status of Rotaract clubs, allowing them to join Rotary International the way that Rotary clubs do. The change is intended to increase the support that Rotaract clubs receive from RI and to enhance their ability to serve.

“We need to be an inspiration to our young partners, so they will continue doing the great service that they do,” said RI President Barry Rassin when he presented the measure. “This sends a strong message that they are truly our partners in service.”

In many ways, the Rotaract experience will not change. Rotary clubs will still charter and sponsor Rotaract clubs. Rotaract clubs will still have their own standard constitution and their own unique club experience. And members of a Rotaract club will not be called Rotarians. The measure simply expands the definition of membership in Rotary International to include both Rotary and Rotaract clubs.

Every three years, representatives from Rotary districts around the world meet in Chicago, Illinois, USA, to consider changes to the constitutional documents that govern Rotary International. This year’s Council considered more than 100 proposals.

Representatives authorized the Board to pursue changing RI’s charitable status to a section 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization under the U.S. Internal Revenue Code. It is presently a 501(c)(4). A task force has been studying the possible change for 18 months and says it will offer benefits that include tax reductions and vendor discounts that will reduce expenses.

Dues increase

As for dues, the Council approved a modest increase of $1 a year for each of three years, beginning in 2020-21. The previous Council set dues for 2019-20 at $34 per half year.

With the increase, the dues that clubs pay to RI per member will increase to $34.50 per half year in 2020-21, $35 per half year in 2021-22, and $35.50 per half year in 2022-23. The dues will not be raised again until a future Council votes to change it.

The Council also changed the name of the General Surplus Fund to RI Reserve, because that more accurately reflects the purpose of the fund. In another vote, the Council approved calling the general secretary a chief executive officer (CEO) in circles outside Rotary, to increase his stature in dealings with other intergovernmental organizations.

A seemingly small but intensely debated action will reduce the number of nonvoting members at future Councils, by removing past RI presidents and allowing only one RI Board director to attend but not vote.

But in some respects, the Council defined itself as much by what it did not do. 

This year’s representatives resisted pressure to limit some of the flexibility that the 2016 Council granted clubs, rejecting several measures that would have placed restrictions on clubs. One unsuccessful measure would have required clubs to meet at least 40 times each year. 

Many clubs have been using the innovative and flexible club formats to attract new members and meet their current members’ needs.

Representatives also rejected proposals to make it optional for members to subscribe to an official Rotary magazine and to reduce the size of the Council by half and have it meet every two years.

See some of the Resolutions that you may find of interest, and the outcome:

Note that Attendance requirements continue but Make ups no longer restricted to 14 days before and after a meeting date.

Restrictions based on Classifications has been removed.

19-20To remove committees from the Standard Rotary Club Constitution115396Rejected
19-21To require that key club committee chairs be board members238269Rejected
19-22To amend the term of the club president279225Adopted
19-24To require the presentation of a budget and an annual report at the club’s annual meeting408102Adopted as amended
19-25To replace the requirement for attendance reports with a report on service240268Rejected
19-26To lengthen the notice period for changing a club’s name or locality39896Adopted
19-27To allow a club not to use “club” as part of its name255252
See Below for more enactments
19-29To amend the satellite club reporting procedure42378Adopted
19-30To move the provisions allowing for flexibility in meetings and attendance336174Adopted
19-31To remove the provisions allowing for flexibility in meetings and attendance  Withdrawn
19-32To remove the provisions allowing for flexibility in meetings and attendance  Withdrawn
19-33To provide that clubs shall meet at least 40 times per year122384Rejected
19-34To amend the provisions for counting attendance at a club meeting162348Rejected
19-35To amend the provisions for making up an absence286217Adopted 14 Day 
19-36To amend the provisions for making up an absence115392Rejected
19-37To amend the provisions regarding membership in clubs380125Adopted
19-38To amend the qualifications for membership120376Rejected
19-39To amend the composition of clubs and to remove classification limitations403108Adopted
19-72To admit Rotaract clubs to RI membership381134Adopted as amended
19-82To increase per capita dues333174Adopted
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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.”