May -  Youth Service Month - What Have YOU Done for the YOUTH this Month?

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We Meet on1st & 3rd Tuesday of Month 12.30pm @ Sandals Golf Club, Cap Estate; On 2nd & 4th Tuesday of Month 6.00pm @ Windjammer Landing Hotel Conference Room; 5th Tuesday Special Event - Check Website
Sandal Golf Club & Windjammer Landing Hotel
Cap Estate & Labrilotte Bay
Gros Islet/ Castries,  lc
Saint Lucia
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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?
Upcoming Events
RCGI Satellite Club Meeting
Coconut Bay Resort
Jun 06, 2019 5:30 PM
RCGI Satellite Club Meeting
Coconut Bay Resort
Jun 20, 2019
RCGI Satellite Club Meeting
Coconut Bay Resort
Jul 04, 2019 5:30 PM
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Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays
Becky Jno-Baptiste
May 2
Maria Thom
May 28
Chuck MacCarthy
June 25
Bernard Rattray
June 26
Anela Jean-Marc
June 27
Ramachandra Thippaiah
June 29
Gene Lawrence
Katherine Lawrence
June 8
Herms Danzie-Vitalis
Big Chief Vitalis
June 13
Join Date
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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Birthday Greetings
PP Astrid Mondesir May 26
PP Maria Thom May 28th
Welcome, Welcome, Welcome
On Tuesday May 28th we have the honour of inducting three new Rotarians in to our Club.  Our new members bring a wonderful variety of skills and talent to enrich our membership.  Instead of a butcher, a baker, a candlestick maker, we welcome a doctor, a teacher, a program analyst.  But our doctor was an Interactor and brings creative skills and a passion for "kiddie bumpkins"; our teacher brings alumni status through our diabetes youth camp as well as special education and work with inter alia, cerebral palsy, one of our programs in years past; while our analyst brings financial skills as well as a passion to give back.
Please meet and welcome

Zanique Edwards

Zanique holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Education with Specialization in Social Studies from the University of the West Indies Mona . She also holds a BSc. In Psychology from the University of the West Indies St. Augustine.


She is a Special Education Teacher for the past 8 years and the Head of Department to the Dunnottar Multiple Disability Center. This department caters to the needs of children with multiple disabilities primarily children with Cerebral Palsy. Though she is a teacher, her job does not entail the regular teaching in a classroom setting. She provides students with basic therapy that helps them become more physically independent and make their environment more accessible while living with their disability.  Zanique is also the point teacher for the Dunnottar School which allows her to assist children who are subject to abuse or neglect,  by providing guidance to them and their parents in such sensitive cases. 


Recipient of the National Teacher's Award for Outstanding Performance in Special Education 2016- 2017.


President of the Saint Lucia Diabetes Foundation for Youth which allows her to provide psychosocial support to young persons living with Diabetes as well as support to parents or caregivers to children with disabilities .  


Zanique was also the Young Leader in Diabetes  representative for the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) for Saint Lucia in 2017.  


Jenna Flavien

Jenna is a Procurement and Contract Management Analyst within the Department of Economic Development, Transport and Civil Aviation.  Her unit is tasked with coordinating World Bank funded projects geared to improving climate resilience and energy efficiency, reducing disaster vulnerability and advancing tourism competitiveness. 
Given her experience in executing these projects and lessons learned, Jenna hopes to make a valuable contribution to the Rotary Club of Gros Islet.




Rachel Thwaites-Williams

Rachel, seen here with the love of her life Charlotte, her daughter aged three.
Dr Rachel Thwaites is a Family Practitioner, here in St Lucia, who also teaches physiology at AIMU. She is also a certified Rescue Scuba Diver, and the owner of Baby Charlotte's a small business that makes floral hairpieces for special occasions. She is also a children's book author and carnival Tuesday wear designer. She is dedicated to her family, friends and her professional pursuits. 
1,2,3 - Leader, Coming, Ready or Not
Being President of a Rotary club is a privilege and at the same time, a responsibility that has nothing to do with one's CV but with a desire to make a positive difference to the long term success of the club.  It is not about it being "My Year", it is about the desire, knowledge and ability to galvanize a group of leaders (who are all volunteers) into action, action that is structured towards achieving the goals that have been set before you take office, in support of the long term strategic plan that has been developed by the team, designed to take the club to a place within a  predetermined  time. 
In other words, being president is about being a knowledgeable leader with a desire to serve your club and your community.  It is about being prepared to work really hard and to give the necessary time to planning every aspect of the club's existence and being an integral part of the execution of the plans.  As a leader the president needs to know the entire team, know what motivates the individuals and what will have the opposite effect.  The leader must be aware of who is available, willing and able to support the work of the club in the time period, failure to know this can cause failure, and no one wants the club to fail.  Note I said the club, not the president as it is the club that will suffer not so much the individual.
As leader of a Rotary club you are the "Brand" manager; brand Rotary that is.  If you know the brand and live the brand, you can manage it because every Rotarian is a "Brand" ambassador requiring your guidance on the single, unified message that your club will transmit, both internally and externally.  Effective communication is vital to skill-set that every leader should possess.  Brand cannot be communicated without personal interaction.  Sending copious WhatsApp or email messages are likely to create barriers in the vital communication chain.  
Members will realize that this topic is being addressed now, because our club is faced with choosing a replacement for the President Elect 2020/2021.  Members are encouraged to read and understand the process for selecting the replacement President Elect as set out in the communication from PE Joel who assumes office as president on July 1st this year.  The Board Elect has the responsibility of appointing a replacement for a Director Elect who for whatever reason, is unavailable to serve in the Rotary year for which they are elected.  The President Elect in the Rotary Year 2019/2020 is unavailable to become president on July 1st.  2020.  The Board Elect has agreed to poll the members for their opinion on filling the vacancy.  The result of the poll will inform the Board elect of the opinions of the members.  
The process of seeking nominations has commenced and will end on June 4th.  The Board Elect will review the nominations and if there is more than one nominee who, in the opinion of the board elect, qualifies for the position, then a ballot will be cast for the members choice of President 2020/2021.  The Board elect will make the final determination based on the Bye-Laws.
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.

Thought for the End of May 2019
Provided by PP Malcolm Charles
Much to take away from this, think about it.
Rotary Disaster Response Grants

Rotary Disaster Response Grants

supports disaster relief and recovery efforts through grants from the .

What Rotary disaster response grants support

Districts that have been affected by a disaster can use Rotary disaster response grants to launch their own projects or work with established relief organizations to help their communities recover. Districts should work closely with local officials and groups to ensure that the funding will meet a specific community need.

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The Rotary Foundation also offers funding to support long-term disaster recovery efforts through global grants. .

Who can apply for a disaster response grant

Once for Rotary grants, districts in an affected area or country may apply for a maximum grant of $25,000, based on the availability of funds. A district may apply for subsequent grants after it successfully reports outcomes from previous grants.


How to apply

The district governor and district Rotary Foundation chair complete the and send it to .

Resources & reference

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