Rotary International President Jennifer Jones

Presidential Initiatives

Jennifer Jones

Initiatives Overview

Rotary International President Jennifer Jones imagines a Rotary where members act to make their dreams become reality and make the most of their club experiences. During her year, Jones will focus on four presidential initiatives that Imagine Rotary: advancing our commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI); creating a welcoming club experience; empowering girls; and expanding our reach.

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The Wheelchairs Have Arrived


"Old Muscle Better than No Muscle"

When PP Bobby heard PP Leathan's less than charitable comment about the average age of the Rotarians who came out to help offload the container, he jovially retorted that "old muscle was better than no muscle".  Now I am not sure if PP Bobby was suggesting that PP Leathan was either old, or had no muscle, but between us we had a great time and supported by Young President Leevie Harelle and Rtn.Sean Devaux (borderline PP Konrad) and a couple of  "young " men sent by PP Joe to take his place, the older (not by any means old) guard got the job done in an impressive three hours.
Saturday July 13th a troop of Rotarians, including your editor, showed up at the Rodney Bay Boat Yard to destuff the 40 foot container of wheelchairs.  These chairs were purchased by the Hotel & Tourism Association's Tourism Enhancement Fund   The World Wheelchair Foundation  provided logistical support and ensured that the best price was obtained while the Rotary Clubs on the island will ensure that the chairs are distributed to those who need them most.
Wednesday July 17th there will be a formal presentation ceremony at St. James Club at 10.00 am.  Rotarians are invited to attend.
This is a great example of partnerships for the benefit of the community.  This is exactly what Rotary has been encouraging as we recognize that we cannot make the deep impact that we know  is required, without the support of others who share the same objectives as we do.  Together we see a world where people unite and take action to create lasting change...
We owe a debt of gratitude to Rodney Bay Boat Yard for allowing us to destuff the container in their secure yard and for storing a large number of the wheelchairs in a storage container in the yard.  Thanks go the Boat Yard manager Milton Mc Kensey  for assisting us to open the container and for driving the forklift.
Thanks also go to Rtn. Dahlia and Ramco Plastics for storing approximately half of the wheelchairs.  Partnerships again!
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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.

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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.
1,2,3 - Leader, Coming, Ready or Not 2019-05-25 04:00:00Z 0

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. 
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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 Creole and English which is not strictly correct, but the French are sending us a message of friendship! Ours was the only 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.
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RI President's Message - World Rotaract Week


Rotary is powerful. Together with Rotaract, it is unstoppable. Working side by side, we have the potential to Be the Inspiration in every part of society, to every person we meet.

Dear fellow Rotarians,

One of the things I appreciate most about serving as president of Rotary International is the people I get to meet. Much of my time is spent traveling and visiting Rotary clubs around the world. A Rotarian welcome is something quite special. But let me tell you, there’s nothing so warm as the welcomes that have been rolled out for me by Rotaractors. These are young people who are committed to Rotary ideals, who are pouring their hearts into service, and who, in the process, don’t forget to have fun.

One of the highlights of my recent travels was a trip to Ghana, where I visited a district that boasts some 60 Rotaract clubs. They aren’t satisfied with that number, though — in fact, they’re excited about a plan to double it. They’ll do it, too.

Rotaractors are vaccinating children against polio. They’re donating blood where the supply is dangerously low. They’re providing handwashing facilities to schools where children previously had no way to get clean. In short, they’re all about transformational service: carrying out projects that make a real difference in their communities.

In Nakivale, Uganda, one special Rotaract club is making a difference in its community — which happens to be a refugee settlement. These young leaders are turning what others might see as disadvantages into opportunities for service, building community and opening up new possibilities to those who are most in need of them.

In Turkey, Rotaractors are visiting children in the hospital every Wednesday to lift their spirits by playing games with them. They also are mentoring new students at their university and teaching them leadership skills.

Rotaractors are blazing the path for Rotary to be more relevant in this new century of service. And World Rotaract Week, which we’re celebrating 11-17 March, is the perfect opportunity to get to know your local Rotaractors and talk to them about how your clubs can work together. If your Rotary club doesn’t already sponsor a Rotaract club, know that you don’t need to be near a college or university to do it: Community-based Rotaract clubs are a great option. And remember that Rotaractors are part of the Rotary family.

When Rotaractors are ready to leave their Rotaract club, we don’t want them to leave that Rotary family behind. I’m asking all Rotarians to help them make the transition into a Rotary club or to start a new one: I’m happy to charter as many new clubs as we need to give everyone a place where they feel at home while making the world a little better. Service should be fun, it should be inspirational, and it should be open to all.

If there’s one thing Rotary has always excelled at, it’s diversity. In the past, that often meant diversity of profession, nationality, and outlook. We’ve made great strides when it comes to diversity of age and gender, and as we welcome more Rotaractors into our organization, we’ll become even stronger.

Rotary is powerful. Together with Rotaract, it is unstoppable. Working side by side, we have the potential to Be the Inspiration in every part of society, to every person we meet.



RI President's Message - World Rotaract Week 2019-03-02 04:00:00Z 0

Club Assembly February 19th 2019

On Tuesday 19th February the club held the second Clun Assembly for the year.  At the commencement of the Assembly, three new Rotarians were inducted: Ernest Noeline, Simone Skinner and Sheldon Michel.  We warmly welcome our new members and encourage them to get involved in club activities, make suggestions to improve all aspects of service and fellowship, and enjoy Rotary.
The major decision taken at the assembly was to introduce evening meetings as it is felt that in order to attract younger members, we need to be prepared to accommodate their work commitments.  Noted that most young persons are unable to take time off in the middle of the working day to attend Rotary lunch.  Also, the traffic now makes the travel time to and from meetings, unpredictable but generally much too long.
To this end, effective March 5th, meetings will alternate between Lunch and evening.  1st and 3rd Tuesdays will be lunch meetings; 2nd and 4th Tuesdays will be evening meetings starting at 6.00pm.  The venue remains the Sandals Golf Club.  When there is a 5th Tuesday in the month, we will organize a special event.  Check the website for details.
President Lenita went through the club's achievements for the year to date and advised members that much has been achieved but that there is still much to do before the year closes out.

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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.” 

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Week ended February 16th 2019

Now who remembers this scene?  
Like the chap said ...Ill be back...  And so it is, your editor is indeed back.  Wonderful visit with my sister in the deep south of the globe  Just two of my favourite images of South Island, New Zealand.  Sunrise on the Southern Ocean and  iconic Mount Cook.
So on to our meeting on Tuesday February 12th...
We were delighted to welcome Simone Skinner and Sheldon Michel, both of whom are scheduled to be inducted at the Club Assembly on Tuesday February 19th.  Don't forget the Assembly is for members only (so they will be inducted first, along with Ernest Noeline), and the Assembly starts at 6.00 pm , at Harmony Suites @$30 per head.
We learned that PP Maria had a crush on Clint Eastward when she was a girl, and Rtn Ty's favourite city is Paris, except it is not, it is New Orleans wink
President Lenita enlightened us on the Prosthetic Limb project, a full article is included in this edition for those who were not at lunch.  Essentially this is a project providing assistance in training technicians to produce and fit prosthetic legs.  Winchester Rotary, through the advocacy of Rot. President Nominee Richard Spalding have provided £2,000 for a Diabetic education Camp as well as a shipment of used limbs to support those who cannot afford to pay for limbs.
This week's Raffle prize winner was none other than our secretary, Trudy O. Glasgow 
The agenda for the Assembly includes a vote on the proposal to change the meeting time given the serious challenges that many Rotarians face in getting through the traffic to get to lunch and also getting back to work after lunch.  Rotarians need to be clear in their thinking on this as it is not something that a club commits to lightly.
We will also review progress to date toward our stated goals for the year.
Week ended February 16th 2019 2019-02-17 04:00:00Z 0

It is Golf Time Again

This year, due to the refurbishing of the golf course, the Annual Charity Golf Tournament will be played on a minimum of nine fairways.  For this reason, we will limit the number of teams in the tournament, in order to ensure that the Tee Boxes are not over crowded.
The rules for this year's tournament are:
·       Teams of 3 players.   Each Player must have a minimum of 4 Drives.
·       After all 3 players have driven on each hole the team selects one of the drives.   The player who played the selected drive must mark the ball and pick it up and the other two players then play from the position of the marked ball.   The team then selects one of these two shots and the player who played this shot marks the ball and picks it up.   The other two players then play the next shot.   Play continues with only 2 players playing each shot after the initial drive  on each hole till a ball is selected ON THE GREEN and from that point all 3 players putt till one player holes the ball.   No tap ins – first ball in the hole counts.
·       If you cannot logistically better a ball already in play from your team you don’t have to play a shot.   This is particularly important when players have already had their 4 drives selected.   Moves play along!!
·       AUDI CAR FOR HOLE IN ONE PRIZE   #18 for All Players
·       CLOSEST TO THE PIN PRIZE   #5 for All Players
·       Please make sure you start marking the card on the correct hole!
·       The Marker must enter the GROSS score on each hole under the name of the player whose drive has been selected (minimum of FOUR drives per player).   NO POINTS – NOT A STABLEFORD.
·       The Marker must enter his/her own Team’s hole by hole score under Column D (Marker) with the score for the hole under SCORE  and the initial of the person whose drive was selected under Pts/+/-
·       Card must be signed by a Player and the Marker and handed in to the Pro Shop office without any delay.
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End of Year Thoughts 2018-12-30 04:00:00Z 0

Rotary Club of Gros Islet and Satellite South Bring Good Cheer at Christmas

On the weekend before Christmas, Rotary elves in the North, accompanied by friends and Rotaractors, and in the South of Saint Lucia packed and delivered food hampers for persons who are most in need.  Rotarians reported that giving brought them more joy than they can express in words.  Rtn. Jenny Chicot-Louisy said "this reminded me of why I joined Rotary"

Hamper Packing



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RI President Barry Rassin's Message

RI President's Message - January 2019


Vocational service can be hard to define, but it is easy to describe: It is simply the point where our Rotary lives and our professional lives intersect. When we put our Rotary ideals to work through our work, that is vocational service.


When I returned to the Bahamas after many years working in health care administration abroad, I realized that my country badly needed a modern health care facility. The resources we had at the time were out of date and inadequate, and people who were unable to travel abroad for care often did not receive the care they needed. Without the experience I had gained in the United States, I could have done nothing to change the status quo. But since I did have that experience, I was in a unique position to have an impact. I knew I could turn my professional path to good and make a career out of improving Bahamian health care.


As Rotary became part of my journey, I discovered that the words of Paul Harris that became the basis of Rotary — that shared effort knows no limitations — were also true for my vocation. I could not bring modern health care to the Bahamas alone. But through partnership, both with the doctors who eventually became my partners in Doctors Hospital and with all the dedicated staff members who worked in the hospital over the years, we could change everything. My goal became a shared goal — and then it became reality.


Rotary emphasizes the dignity of every vocation and the worth of every calling. Remember that the four founding members included no doctors or peacemakers — just an attorney, a mining engineer, a coal dealer, and a printer. From the beginning, the diversity of those vocations gave Rotary a special strength. And that diversity is reflected in our classification system, which aims to ensure that each club represents the full range of businesses and professions that serve each community.


Paul Harris put it this way: "Each Rotarian is the connecting link between the idealism of Rotary and his trade or profession." It was true when he said it and should be equally true now. We only spend an hour or two a week at our Rotary meetings, but most of us spend most of our waking time at work. Through Rotary, those hours are also an opportunity for service: a chance to Be the Inspiration to those we work with, those who work for us, and the communities we serve.


Barry Rassin

President 2018-19

RI President Barry Rassin's Message 2018-12-23 04:00:00Z 0

Rotary District 7030 Grant -  Mobile Dental Unit

On Wednesday, December 5th, 2018, members of the Rotary Club of Gros Islet handed over a mobile dental unit to the Department of Health and Wellness.  At a brief ceremony at The Boys Training Centre at Massade, Gros Islet, where the unit will be located initially, Past President Matt Render, who is the current Rotary Foundation Chair for the Rotary Club of Gros Islet, officially handed the unit over to Minister for Health and Wellness, Senator, the Honourable Mary Isaac and Dr. Sherry Ephraim-LeCompte, Senior Dental Surgeon.  The hand over was attended by Mr. Wang Sonson, Manager of the Boys’ Training Centre, staff and trainees.  Also in attendance were members of the Government Information Service, Hot FM Television, and DBS. 

Past President Matt said that the unit was purchased through a District Grant which meant that the money came from The Rotary Foundation.  This unit replaces a mobile unit that Rotary Gros Islet had purchased through an earlier Grant, but which had been destroyed by floods some years earlier.  The Foundation is funded by Rotarians worldwide and Rotary Gros Islet has received Grants from the Foundation well in excess of what Local Rotarians have contributed. 

Past President Matt cited the last major project which was a 150,000-gallon water tank at Plateau Babonneau which currently provides water to approximately six thousand persons in the surrounding area.  The value of this project exceeded $500,000 with Rotary in the District funding a mere $15,000 approximately, the remainder coming from Rotary in Florida/Georgia USA, and the Rotary Foundation.

Minister Isaac for her part expressed the gratitude of her government for the support that Rotary has provided to the communities in Saint Lucia and in particular for this latest donation valued at US$9,000.

The mobile dental unit allows the Department of Health and Wellness to deploy dental technicians to schools in the North and carry out preventative procedures to promote good dental health.  In the past, the deployment of the earlier unit, assisted the Health Services to reduce the incidence of cavities in school children significantly.  The Rotary Club of Gros islet also paid for the dental treatments out of its’ own resourses.

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Farewell to Charter Member PP Jonathan Everett

Gone but not Forgotten
PP Jonathan Greeting Rotary International President Kalyan Banergee.
In Photograph - PP Gayapersad Beharry (deceased) RC Falicity Charliville, Trinidad, left; PP Jonathan and back of RI President Kaylan.
Seen here with Rtn. Adrian Theobalds at the site of  project With Rotarians from RC Pleasanton California as we transported wheel chairs to Soufriere.   With Past member Sue Reed enjoying a Heineken.  2011 Board
At a dignified funeral service on Wednesday December 28th November, Rotarians, past and present, from both the RC Gros Islet and RC Saint Lucia, gathered to say farewell to our friend and outstanding Rotarian, Jonathan Everett.  On Friday November 30th, his ashes were scattered at sea in accordance with his wishes.  Later that evening friends gathered at the Saint Lucia Yacht Club to reminisce and comfort each other.
PP Jonathan, MPHF, was critically involved in all of RC Gros Islet's most impactful projects over the past twenty five years.  He was a vocal advocate for scholarships for trainees at the Centre for Adult Renewal and Education (CARE), which gives young adults a second chance at receiving  vocational training and teaches vital life skills.  He was a trustee for Grow Well for many years; an organization set up by RC Gros Islet to provide children in Gros Islet with a safe place to go between school and when parents returned from work.  This organization is a fine example of a sustainable project that is now largely under the control of the community with Gros Islet Rotary providing monetary and advisory support.  These two projects alone, have made an immeasurable impact on the lives of many young people in Saint Lucia.
PP Jonathan loved to be hands on and could be found, paint brush in hand painting schools and bell towers.  Always game for adventure, he would travel all over the island with wheel chairs and food hampers in support of club projects.  Always up for a bit of fellowship, he would be at every social function, whether in Laborie, Vieux Fort, Soufriere or Cap Estate, with Heineken in hand.
A great Rotarian, an outstanding humanitarian, a loving husband and father.  We will all miss his wise council but we will not forget him.  May his soul rest in peace.
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RCGI Meeting 6th November 2018


Vocational Talk - Rtn Dr. Becky Jno. Baptiste

Rtn Richard Kennedy, RC Barbados South and his guest Tonya Grahame - Left
Rtn. Dr Becky Jno. Baptiste delivering a Vocational talk on anesthesiology.
Rtn. Lenny obviously has a weak stomach as he seemed unable to eat once he heard some of the gory detail concerning surgery without anesthetic.   Not to mention that his projector did not talk to Becky's MacBook!!
It was great to welcome Rtn. Richard and his guest Tonya to our lunch on Tuesday.   In spite of a low turn out, we were treated to a quality presentation by Rtn. Becky.  She traced the history of her profession back to the bad old days when people were nocked senseless before surgery all the way up to today where patients are assessed with a view to ascertaining the best drug to use given certain critical factors.
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OUR Rotary Foundation

What is The Rotary Foundation and why do we as Rotarians support our foundation, and what do we get in return?  For many years, no one took the time to explain the facts to me as a young Rotarian.  I went about my Rotary life, with a somewhat myopic view of  Rotary  and focused my attention on the projects that had local impact, those projects that I could see the outcome and feel the gratification from observing the gratitude of those whom we helped.
I joined Rotary in 1983 at the back end of the now virtually forgotten "Laundry Shower Unit" project where Rotary, through a Matching Grant with counterpart funds from CIDA, now defunct, built a number of these units all over the island providing the population with an alternative to using the rivers for washing cloths and self.  The worm that was infected with the schistosomiasis lives in the rivers and infected hundreds if not thousands of Saint Lucians at the time.  The sponsoring club was a the Rotary Club of Guelph, Ontario and the host Rotary club was the Rotary Club of Saint Lucia.  Not being involved in the project, I was aware of it but did not make it my own. 
Later in my Rotary life I would come to marvel at the power of the Rotary Foundation, and to recognize what we as Rotarians get from our contributions to support the Foundation.  Rotary Gros Islet has been involved in a number of projects that received Grant funding, but perhaps the largest was the water tank project at Plateau, Babonneau with a project cost of approximately US$200,000.  We brought water to approximately 6,000 people who had previously not had potable water near to their homes.  The impact on those persons in terms of improved Maternal and Child Health, Disease Prevention and Treatment, and Economic and Community Development was real and we were a part of it.  The educational programme that formed part of the project reached communities far away from the actual site, creating a lasting positive impact on the entire community regarding water conservation. Our contribution was less than US$2,000.
Read about the Rotary Foundation, it is the heart and soul of Rotary.  Donate what you can, your contribution goes further than you can imagine, nothing is too small!

During the past 100 years, the Foundation has spent $3 billion on life-changing, sustainable projects.

With your help, we can make lives better in your community and around the world.

Our mission

The mission of The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International is to enable Rotarians to advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace through the improvement of health, the support of education, and the alleviation of poverty.

Why should I donate to The Rotary Foundation?

Your donation makes a difference to those who need our help most. More than 90 percent of donations go directly to supporting our service projects around the world.

How does The Rotary Foundation use donations?

Our 35,000 clubs carry out sustainable service projects that support our six causes. With donations like yours, we’ve wiped out 99.9 percent of all polio cases. Your donation also trains future peacemakers, supports clean water, and strengthens local economies.

What impact can one donation have?

It can save a life. A child can be protected from polio with as little as 60 cents. Our partners make your donation go even further. For every $1 Rotary commits to polio eradication, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has committed $2.

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News - 

It is Election time again.  Nominations for President Nominee (2020/2021) are due by Friday, 9th November.  Please send your nominations to The Secretary, Rotary Club of Gros Islet
Update on PP Jonathan.  He remains in hospital where the doctors are working on building back up his platelet count in order that he can travel to the UK as soon as possible.  He is very appreciative of all the well wishes and askes for our understanding that he just does not feel up to visitors. He also asked me to express his sincerest gratitude to everyone who has given blood in his name.  Jonathan remains in need of platelets therefore your help in finding blood donors is very much appreciated.
Membership has kicked it up a notch by producing a membership video and a new brochure.  A symposium is planned for the first week in December targeted at prospective members and new Rotarians.  
School Feeding has recommenced
Donations to PHF Simone Mondesir were handed over on November 1st.  Simone looks strong and asked me to convey her heart felt gratitude to the club and the individual members who contributed toward the cost of her medical treatment.
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School Feeding Returns

Posted by Len Joseph on Nov 04, 2018

Gros Islet Primary School - Breakfast Programme

In the photo: Rotarian Richard Spalding, Mrs. Paula St. Luce - Principal, President Lenita Joseph and two students of the Gros Islet Primary School.
Breakfast has always been touted to be the most important meal of the day.  It is even more important when it is served to young children who come from disadvantaged families who can scarcely afford to send these children to school, let alone feed them a wholesome, nutritious meal.
The Rotary Club of Gros Islet for a number of years, has been attempting to meet that need by sponsoring the feeding programmes at a number of schools including the Desbarras Primary School, Marchand Combined School, Balata Primary School and Vide Bouteille Secondary School.  Over the last year, the Gros Islet Primary School was added to that list and the sponsorship continues into this academic year.  The Programme facilitates the purchase of a number of food items such as eggs, cheese, sausages, milk, tea, chocolate drink, cornmeal, oats,  tuna and fruits and serves between 40 to 50 students monthly.  While the Programme is targeted at the children of the Primary School, some students at the Infant School also benefit when they accompany their siblings to school.
The Principal, Mrs. Paula St. Luce, has continued to express tremendous gratitude to the Rotary Club of Gros Islet for this initiative which, according to her, has contributed significantly to the academic improvements of a number of children.  The children are now more regular and punctual in their attendance and are more attentive in class, not distracted by starving stomachs.
On Friday 2nd November, 2018, President Lenita, accompanied by Rotarian Richard Spalding of Winchester Rotary shopped for and delivered food items to the Gros Islet Primary School where there were well received and welcomed by staff and students.
The Rotary Club of Gros Islet is pleased to be part of this initiative and hope it inspires others to reach out and make a difference in their communities also.
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Rtn. Richard to the Rescue

Winchester Rotary - Spare Parts for Kevin's Wheel Chair

In August 2017 The Winchester Rotary, through a past member, Karen McCleery, donated a motorized wheel chair to Kevin Jn. Baptiste who travels three miles every day, to and from work.
Due to Kevin, being somewhat over weight, the chair is in need of new wheels.
When Rtn Richard heard of this situation, he set in motion a rescue plan as any well oiled Navy Captain would.  He isolated the parts needed, shopped the internet, found the parts and then secured the funding.
Huge THANK YOU to Rtn. Richard and Winchester Rotary for their continued support for those in need in Saint Lucia
With parts in Hand, Richard arrived in Saint Lucia, late on Tuesday ready to hand over the parts immediately.  Due to your editor's unavailability, we only managed to get the parts to Kevin on Friday.
Kevin was truly grateful to receive the parts as he had been unable to make it to work without his chair being functional.
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Rotary Quotes 27th October 2018

Richard D. King, Rotary International President 2001-02, Offers 20 Reasons to be a Rotarian:
1. Friendship: In an increasingly complex world, Rotary provides one of the most basic human needs: the need for friendship and fellowship. It is one of two reasons why Rotary began in 1905.
2. Business Development: The second original reason for Rotary's beginning is business development. Everyone needs to network. Rotary consists of a cross section of every business community. Its members come from all walks of life. Rotarians help each other and collectively help others.
3. Personal Growth and Development: Membership in Rotary continues one’s growth and education in human relations and personal development.
4. Leadership Development: Rotary is an organization of leaders and successful people. Serving in Rotary positions is like a college education. Leadership: - learning how to motivate, influence, and lead leaders.
more next time!
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The Future of Peace

Posted by Geoffrey Johnson

The future of peace

In its work with the United Nations and other international organizations, the Rotary Representative Network advances a century-old tradition of fostering global harmony

By Geoffrey Johnson Illustrations by Greg Clarke

In October 1991, after a 26-year career with the U.S. Foreign Service, T. Patrick Killough delivered a speech before the Rotary Club of Black Mountain in western North Carolina. The speech’s title captured his provocative premise: “The United Nations: Made in USA by Rotarians.”

To support that assertion, Killough marshaled an array of historical facts. He noted that Cordell Hull — President Franklin Roosevelt’s secretary of state, a Nobel Peace Prize laureate, and the “father of the United Nations” — and several other key players in the creation of the UN had Rotary connections. What’s more, Rotarians had organized the 1942 conference in London that inspired the creation of UNESCO and, as early as 1943, had advocated for a “central world organization.” Rotary had also published and distributed pamphlets, papers, and books to educate its members about, and tacitly encourage their support of, the fledgling United Nations. 


“The UN is, beyond question, a thoroughly American, a thoroughly Rotarian product from beginning to end,” Killough concluded. “The United Nations is our own child.”

A member of the Black Mountain club until his death in 2014, Killough dated Rotary’s involvement with global peacebuilding to 1939. But this commitment to peace is almost as old as Rotary itself. In 1914, as war broke out in Europe, Chesley Perry, acknowledged today as Rotary’s first general secretary, wrote, “Let Rotary make International Peace and Good Will its mission as an international organization.” And in 1921 at its 12th annual convention, in Edinburgh, Scotland, Rotary vowed “to aid in the advancement of international peace” when it amended the objects, or goals, of the organization. 

"Rotary was instrumental in ... creating the United Nations.

the first dean of the Rotary Representative Network


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Global Polio Eradication Initiative 

Posted by Ryan Hyland

Rotary and GPEI have put polio on the brink of global eradication

By Ryan Hyland Photos by Monika  Lozinska

After 30 years of bold action, historic achievements, and sometimes discouraging setbacks, Rotary and its partners in the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) have nearly brought polio to an end. 

This groundbreaking public-private partnership and its innovative strategies were celebrated Wednesday during Rotary’s 6th annual World Polio Day event, held in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA, at the College of Physicians of Philadelphia

Dr. Ujala Nayyar, left, a WHO surveillance officer in Pakistan, discussed with Alex Witt about how thorough tracking of the wild polio virus will help eradicate the disease. 

Hundreds of people attended in person, including representatives of all five GPEI partners, and thousands more worldwide watched it live online. Cable news journalists Ashleigh Banfield, host of HLN’s “Crime and Justice,” and Alex Witt, host of “MSNBC’s “Weekends Live With Alex Witt,” moderated the event. 

Rotary Foundation Trustee Chair Ron Burton began the program by noting that Philadelphia is where Rotary announced, at its international convention in 1988, that it doubled its fundraising goal of $120 million and raised $247 million.

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Grow Well October 2018

ummer 2018 was a blast at Grow Well! We held 4 successful camps for children between the ages of 5 -18 years and it is safe to say that all our attendees enjoyed their summer at our centre! We were also extremely proud to provide 26 scholarships to needy students from Gros Islet!

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Remedial Reading Camp

Our annual Remedial Reading camp was held for two weeks for 18 remedial readers between the ages of 5 to 12 years. Students participated in activities involving word building through puzzles, word bingo, storytelling, and story-time. They also worked on different craft activities and went on field trips!






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Rotary Plates for Peace

Posted by Shermie James-Darcheville on Oct 21, 2018

Rotary Plates for Peace : A True Opportunity to Serve!

Do you remember the showers of rainfall we had on Friday evening?  Well, during those incessant showers, a small group of faithful servants-  Rotarians  were busy doing the prep work for a healthy meal for  under privileged children from the community of  Vieux- Fort and Surrounding areas. True Commitment is the backbone of any service organization and these Rotarians proved that in the midst of all the bad weather.

The afternoon of Saturday October 20th, the Vieux-Fort Primary School came alive with excitement from children and Rotarians alike!  This Project, dubbed “ Rotary Plates for Peace” (name coined by Rotarian Precious) was a merger of a soup kitchen and games afternoon for underprivileged children in the Vieux-Fort community and surrounding areas.

The Objectives of this project were:

1.       To provide underprivileged children with a healthy meal

2.       To provide play and play materials to children in a guided free play context.

3.       To provide children with conflict resolution skills and strategies during the play context.

4.       To develop positive interactional and cooperative  attitudes  in children in order to contribute toward conflict prevention  in the wider society

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Economic and Community Development


Our impact on local economies

Rotary members train people to become resources for their community, offering networking activities, advice on new business development, and mathematics and financial management training.

Rotarians make amazing things happen, like:

Breaking the cycle of poverty for women: Most of the women living in rural Guatemala do not have the collateral to get loans from regulated financial institutions. The Rotary Club of Guatemala de la Ermita helped 400 local women complete financial literacy courses so they could pool their money and fund their own microlending program.

$89.82 mil

The amount The Rotary Foundation has spent to grow local economies and reduce poverty last year

Skills development, business training: In Esmeraldas, Ecuador, Rotary members helped grant more than 250 microloans and train more than 270 community members in sewing, baking, plumbing, microcredit, business management, and leadership.
Sustainable farming: In west Cameroon, soil erosion and loss of soil fertility have significantly reduced farmers’ harvests. Rotary members gave farmers the skills they needed to improve soil fertility, control soil erosion, and market their produce. The results: increased crop yields and profits.
Micro Credit
In Saint Lucia, The Rotary Club of Gros Islet gave farmers micro credit loans to assist with recovery after devastating storm systems.  Some farmers purchased seed to re-plant crops that had been washed away, some purchased pumps that had been lost and others used the funds to diversify their crops to include some more climate resilient crops. Farmers were in desperate need and were unable to access government or bank finance.  The result that those farmers were able to use the funds to restore their livelihoods and support their families. 

795 mil

people — or 1 in 9 people in the world — do not have enough to eat


of the world’s hungry people are women and girls


of the world’s poorest people live in rural areas and depend on agriculture and related activities for their livelihood

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Message from RI President Barry Rassin on Polio

"The only way to finish the job is to give it everything we have, all at once. Yes, it’s expensive. Yes, it’s difficult. Yes, it is a task of breathtaking ambition and scope. But thanks to you--we are doing it".
"My dear friends and fellow Rotary leaders,

24 October is just a couple weeks away, and I hope all of you are busy planning for how your club will mark this year’s World Polio Day. It’s just fantastic to see how many clubs and districts have already registered events at, and how much thought and creativity has gone into their planning. There will be lectures, concerts, polio walks, polio rides, and of course, livestream viewing parties. Many clubs are also taking advantage of the virtual reality films now available and incorporating a virtual reality experience in their World Polio Day activities.

If you haven’t yet, be sure to head over to
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World Polio Day October 24th

I am from a generation who has witnessed the devastating effects of polio. When I discovered how close we were to eradicating polio, I was very motivated to be a part of this movement. It is so rare when you can accomplish something so spectacular.
Angelique Kidjo, singer-songwriter
Let's do something to raise awareness in Saint Lucia of Rotary's Amazing Effort to End Polio Worldwide
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Rotary Club of Saint Lucia Youth Symposium

Inaugural 2018 Rotary Youth Symposium

On Sunday 16th September 2018, the Rotary Club of Saint Lucia held its Inaugural Youth Symposium, under the theme “Inspiring our Youth to Serve “, hosting 200 young Leaders. 
The symposium was a Rotary exposition for their sponsored Youth Service Clubs, Interact and Rotaract, exposing the young members to Rotary’s Guiding Principles and its ideal of service through its six selected Areas of Focus – Peace and Conflict Resolution; Disease Prevention and Treatment; Water and Sanitation; Maternal and Child Health; Basic Education and Literacy and Economic and Community Development.
Through its youth programs, Rotary encourages responsible citizenship and understands the importance of ensuring that its young citizens grasp the concept of humanitarianism from an early age, as they are the future and the next generation of Rotary Leaders. They are the change Agents in the schools and in the communities.  Rotary’s motto “Service above Self” is engrained in all of its members. With a strong emphasis on Service, the Symposium therefore provided the opportunity for Rotary’s young members to collaborate and explore bold and audacious ideas for serving and improving their various Communities and School environments. 
The Rotary Club of Saint Lucia and the Rotary Club of Gros Islet collectively have three sponsored Community based Rotaract Clubs and five sponsored School based Interact Clubs, namely Sir Arthur Lewis Community College, St Joseph’s Convent, Saint Mary’s College, Castries Comprehensive Secondary School and the Babonneau Secondary School with an aggregate membership of over 200 students.  Interact Clubs are designed for young persons aged 12 to 18, while Rotaract caters to the age group 18 to 30. Both cubs encourage a focus on service, leadership development and the promotion of international understanding.
This is effectively a Rotary Family and the Rotary Club of Saint Lucia is particularly proud of its Early Act Club at the Dame Pearlette Louisy Primary School.  Early Act is Rotary’s service club for children between the ages of 5 and 12, and was created in 2016. It is currently the only Primary School based Club on the island.
In an On-Camera interview at the Symposium, the Youth Services Director of the Rotary Club of Saint Lucia, Kurt Augustin had this to say” The youth symposium was designed to bring our youth clubs together using exciting and interactive presentations, videos and ideation. The youth clubs as well as the parent club took part in various ice breaker and breakout sessions which surely intensified the passion for service to our communities amongst our members”. 
The President of the Rotary Club of Saint Lucia, Soraya Warner-Gustave, further noted that “The symposium was a huge success. It was well received by the young members who demonstrated an uninhibited passion for service that was heartwarming.  They have a real understanding of the social issues plaguing our societies and want to help, they want to serve in a meaningful and impactful way.  Our Rotary theme this year is - Be the Inspiration - and our young members truly are an inspiration!”.
This Inaugural Rotary Youth Symposium was graciously sponsored in part by the Finance Administrative Centre, Lucelec Trust, Peter & Company Distribution, Massy Stores and Blue Waters (St Lucia) Ltd. The Rotary Club of Saint Lucia extends its gratitude for this magnanimous show of support.
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Basic Education & Literacy - DG Patrick E. Adizua

Basic Education and Literacy - a District 7020 Perspective

Dr. Patrick E. Adizua and Lesline Adizua
Dr. Partick E. Adizua is District Governor of District 7020 this Rotary year.  

Dr Patrick E. Adizua, medical doctor, graduated from “El Insituto Superior De Ciencias Medicas-Santiago De Cuba” in 1987 with honors and has a diploma in Spanish Language (with Distinction). He is a resident doctor in Ob-Gyn at the Mandeville regional hospital and has a general practice at Las Palmas medical complex. Most recently, he has added to his portfolio, Managing Director of Regies Fine Dining Restaurant.

District Governor 2018-2019, Patrick, is a member of the Rotary Club of Mandeville. His classification is “Medical” and he uses his vocation and passion for service to make a difference in his home country, Jamaica. He became a Rotarian in 1996, served as a director of his club in his first year of Membership and has not looked back since!

I was surfing the web for interesting articles on Basic Education and Literacy so that I could share with you, my few enthusiastic Rotarians and friends.  I took a look at our neighboring District 7020, which encompasses the Northern Caribbean, as I frequently do, and read the District Governor's message for September.  I share this message with you as it is focused on the theme for this month which is one of The Rotary Foundation's Six Areas of Focus: Basic Education and Literacy.

DG Patrick writes:

Dear fellow Rotarians,

Our beloved Rotary provides us with an array of resources that ensures that our service to humanity, not only makes a difference but inspires those that we serve. In September, Rotarians place emphasis on the importance and value of basic education, literacy and our young generation.

In the words of Nobel Prize Laureate Malala Yousafzai:

“One Child, one teacher, one pen and one book can change the world"

It is estimated that one billion people-one sixth of the world’s population – are unable to read. Illiteracy among adults and children is a global concern in both highly industrialized nations and developing countries. The tragedy of illiteracy is that those who cannot read are denied personal independence and they become victims of unscrupulous manipulation, poverty and the loss of human dignity. Illiteracy is demeaning, it is a major obstacle to achieving economic, political, social, and personal development and is a barrier to international understanding, cooperation and global peace.

Many Rotary clubs are thoughtfully surveying the needs of their community for literacy training. Some clubs provide basic books for reading instruction. Others establish and support reading and language clinics, provide volunteer tutorial assistance and purchase reading materials.

Rotarians can play a vitally important role in and around their communities and in developing countries, by promoting projects to facilitate opportunities that are derived with the ability to read. For example, Australian Rotarians developed the “Lighthouses for Literacy” projects in four schools in Thailand. This innovative teaching method proved so successful that the Thai government adopted it in all the nation’s schools. Other Rotary clubs have used this model to develop literacy projects in Bangladesh, South Africa, Brazil and other countries.


  • An additional 1.7 million teachers are needed worldwide to meet the goal of universal primary education.
  • 57 million children worldwide, are not in school
  • 781 million people over the age of 15 - 60 percent of them women - are illiterate

However, we have young and vibrant members of our Rotary family that are equipped with the tools to help us establish strategic and enriching projects across our communities.

Recently, I had the opportunity to visit transformative projects being carried out by Rotarians and Rotaractors in Grand Cayman, B.V.I and St Croix, where they are providing life-changing literacy experiences throughout their communities. This year more than ever before, our emphasis must be to empower our young generations, by fully embracing them in project concept, design and development for all our activities.

Past RI President Luis Vincente Giay at the 1996 Convention in Calgary, Alberta, Canada said:

“Our vision for the future, now more than ever, is the difference between success and failure.
The New Generations are our investment in the future.
Let us begin to build that future today”

Countless Rotaractors have undertaken innovative and creative literacy projects which we could easily tap into by partnering with them, to help us tackle these issues in our communities. Therefore, let us share our love for Rotary, by empowering our new generations, so that together we can inspire positive change globally.

“When love is infused into our actions, we do not stop to question the time or money we are sacrificing. We are inspired to do more, to give more. Love is the motivating force behind all of Rotary’s best work.”

-Carlo Ravizza 1999-2000

DG Patrick

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September is Basic Education & Literacy Month

Education Breaks the Cycle of Modern Slavery

More than 775 million people over the age of 15 are illiterate. That’s 17 percent of the world’s adult population. 

Our goal is to strengthen the capacity of communities to support basic education and literacy, reduce gender disparity in education, and increase adult literacy. We support education for all children and literacy for children and adults.





While many people would like to think that slavery was a tragedy of the past, the truth is that it still exists today, with up to 46 million people enslaved worldwide.

The Rotarian Action Group Against Slavery (RAGAS) has a strategy for fighting this horrible problem, working at the local level. 

“It’s this Rotarian attitude – you give them a problem and instead of throwing their hands up in dismay, they start chipping away at it piece by piece,” says Carol Hart Metzker, a member of the action group. “Maybe slavery won’t be solved in my lifetime, but in two more years, we’re going to have a whole hamlet free.”


The students learn to use a computer, which is also used to document the project.   Article continues - read more

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Membership and New Club Development Month Finale

Be the Inspiration

As we round out August, Membership and New Club Development Month, there is no better way to conclude than to consider the words of the leaders of our great organization.  I have extracted parts of RIPE Sam Owori (deceased) and President Barry's speeches and discussions on Membership to share with you.

Sam Owori on Membership

There are many places which need Rotary and numerous potential members who have never been invited. The problem is Rotarians who got in and closed the doors.

Rotary International President-elect Sam F. Owori died unexpectedly on 13 July 2017 due to complications from surgery. Sam was a member of the Rotary Club Kampala, Uganda, for 38 years. 






Sam and Norah Owori

RI President Barry Rassin said : “Those who know what good Rotary clubs do will want to be a part of it, and we must find new models for membership that allow all interested in our mission to participate,” he says. “With Rotary more in the public eye, we will attract more individuals who want to be part of and support a membership organization that accomplishes so much good around the world.”

Although RCGI took the initiative of starting a Satellite club in the south thereby "finding new models for membership", we perhaps need to look inward to analyze what makes the club less than attractive to young professionals.  I am delighted to see that RC Saint Lucia will launch a Satellite club within weeks with membership largely comprising past Rotaract members. Saint Lucia is likely to have two new Rotary clubs within this Rotary year where the new clubs are drawn from different demographics than the existing clubs.  This is exactly what President Barry and the RI Membership committee  have been promoting.

President Barry frequently refers to 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" when he speaks of the value proposition for Rotarians. He says "That simple sentence distills so much of what is essential about Rotary. We unite, because we know that we are far stronger together than we could ever be alone. We take action, because we are not dreamers, but doers. We work to create lasting change that will endure long after our involvement has ended – across the globe and in our communities. And perhaps most important of all, we work to create change in ourselves – not just building a better world around us, but becoming better people ourselves".

He continues: "A quotation attributed to French writer Antoine de Saint-Exupéry goes: “If you want to build a boat, don’t begin by collecting wood, cutting boards, or assigning tasks. Begin by awakening in the souls of your workers a longing for the vast and boundless sea.” Each of us came to Rotary because we had a longing – to have an impact, to make a difference, to be part of something larger than ourselves. That desire, that vision for a better world and our role in building it, is what drives us in Rotary. It’s what made us become members, it’s what motivates us to serve, and it’s what led me to choose our theme for this Rotary year: Be the Inspiration.

I want to see Rotary Be the Inspiration for our communities by doing work with a transformational impact. It’s time to start moving forward, by removing the barriers that are holding us back. Let’s make it easier to make adjustments in our clubs or start new clubs that suit different needs. Let’s work to strengthen Rotaract and smooth the transition from Rotaract clubs into Rotary. Let’s give all Rotarians the flexibility to serve in the ways that work best for them, so that every Rotarian finds enduring value in Rotary membership". 

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Week ended August 25th 2018

Rotary International Flag Flies Proudly at our Meeting Venue, Sandals Golf Club
As August, the second month of our Rotary year draws to a close, the meeting on the 21st welcomed members of the Interact Club of Babonneau Secondary School accompanied by the Interact coordinator Miss Kimisha Mathurin.  This is part of the initiative taken by Youth Service Lead, PP Judy Deterville as she works towards more fully integrating Interact into our Rotary family.

Welcome Interact


Left to Right: Interactor Kayler Jules; Vice President Kenzie Daniel and Coordinator Kimisha Mathurin


In the foreground to the Right, Youth Service Lead PP Judy Deterville and on the left, Service Projects Director Rtn. Jacqueline Thedore



Both Interactors will start school in September having graduated to Form Four.  Both said that they did reasonably well in their end of year (Form Three) exams but that they hope to improve their performance over the next year.  I noted that there was a significant discipline displayed by the young ladies and a great deal of respect for their coordinator.
This was a Business Meeting and President Lenita reported on the plans of her board for the remaining ten months of the year.
The Service Projects Committee met on Thursday 23rd and the we await the report thereon.
Friday 24th Cricket Fellowship - Saint Lucia Stars beat Guyana Amazon Warriors and PP Astrid claims to be the Stars lucky charm! 
Saturday 25th August - Final Cricket match for this season in Saint Lucia - This time the Stars were without their lucky charm, PP Astrid with the result being another loss!  A few of us showed up to support, but alas, without PP Astrid, it all came to naught!
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Rotary International President Barry Rassin and his Wife Esther Visit District 7030

Barry and Esther visited Guadeloupe, Dominica and Antigua on a whirlwind tour of three territories that fall in District 7030.  The visit to Guadeloupe, the home of District Governor, Dominique Vénéré coincided with a banquet to raise funds for The Rotary Foundation.  The visit to Dominica was dedicated to visiting projects and meeting Rotarians, Rotaractors and Interactors, all of whom had both suffered loss as a result of Hurricane Maria, last September, and who have made a huge effort to assist the less fortunate in Dominica to recover from the devastation.  The visit was hugely significant to Rotarians in 7030 and especially Rotarians in Dominica who have borne the brunt of the hardship in District 7030 resulting from Hurricane Maria.

They visited the "Cover a Home" Project

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Rotary Satellite Club Inducts New Members

District Governor Dominique Venere Inducts three new members 

July 26th 2018

Tonia Albert in the classification of Fire Service Administration being pinned by District Governor Dominique Venere and welcomed into the family of Rotary


Sanique Prospere in the classification of IT Administration also inducted and pinned by DG Dominique


Anela Jean Marc flanked by Chair Elect Eyan St. Helen and DG Dominique on the left and Chair Melisa Agdomar on the right shortly after being pinned as the newest member of the Satellite Club


Members of the Satellite club as well as two Rotaractors from South Saint Lucia joined DG Dominique, Assistant Governor Lisle Chase and Rotarian Maggitha Jaganath from RC Gros Islet

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District Governor Dominique Venere Visited Saint Lucia July 26th to 29th 2018

District Governor Dominique Venere Official Visit to Saint Lucia July 2018
Every Official visit to Saint Lucia starts with a relaxing meal, on this occasion it was lunch at the Pink Plantation House where she received her initial briefing from Assistant Governor Lisle.

Visit to Rotary South

Then on to Vieux Fort to meet Chair of the Rotary Satellite Club of Gros Islet, Melisa Agdomar and Rtn. Carina (Small Fry) Snaggs, standing in for Service projects chair Shermie James-Darcheville.
The meeting took place at the grounds of the Town Hall where the club plans to create a toy library. 
 From there to Bruce Ville where the plan is to create a playground for the under-privileged children. 
After a quick trip to the Moule À Chique lighthouse which is situated on the southernmost tip of the island, we moved on to L' Escape gest house at Laborie where the DG met the board of the Satellite Club  and then the members.
DG Dominique listened with interest at the energetic and thoughtful plans of the club and pinned three new members.  She was also pleased to pin two Rotaractors from Rotaract South Saint Lucia with "Be the Inspiration" theme pins.  

Board Meeting and Pinning Ceremony


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Barry Rassin Rotary International President

Rassin’s 2018-19 presidential theme is Be the Inspiration. He stressed the importance of building sustainability in every project and initiative Rotary clubs and districts conduct. “We need to look at all our areas of focus and every one of our projects through the lens of sustainability,” he said.
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May is Youth Service Month

Suriname Interact Clubs at the Opening Ceremony of the 2018 District Conference
Creativity, Elegance, Magnificence, Youth Service taken to a whole new level.  
Magnificent setting, truly wonderful people!
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Grow Well Junior Golfers  Make us Proud

Rotary Club of Gros Islet is Proud of Grow Well and applaud the Grow Well Junior Golfers on their performance in Trinidad.
Grow Well is the longest running project of the Rotary Club of Gros Islet, founded some twenty four years ago. 
We take no credit for the fantastic job that Coleen Newman and her team are doing but we are immensely proud of them.  RCGI remains ready to lend a hand with the work of Grow Well as we, together make a difference in the lives of these amazing young people.
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Celebrate 50 Years of Rotaract

Together let's serve, celebrate, and share 50 years of Rotaract

On 13 March 2018 we’re celebrating 50 years of taking action, leading communities, and changing the world. Join the celebration and share the global impact of Rotaract.

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Water & Sanitation

Clean water and sanitation is a human right. When people, especially children, have access to clean water, sanitation, and hygiene, they lead healthier and more successful lives.
We don’t just build wells and walk away. Rotary members integrate water, sanitation, and hygiene into education projects. When children learn about disease transmission and practice good hygiene, they miss less school. And they can take those lessons home to their families, expanding our impact.

How Rotary makes help happen

Rotary has issued a global challenge to its members, asking them to work collectively to improve education quality and access — particularly for girls — by working with communities to improve teacher training, curriculum, and water, sanitation, and hygiene facilities.

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Report on Rotary's Role in Dominica Recovery

Posted by Hans Schilders - RC Portsmouth
Rotary District Governor and Rotary International Director visit Dominica
Left to right: RC Portsmouth Foundation Chair Anne Winn, Past District Governor David Edwards, Rotary District Governor Waddy Sowma, Rotary International Director Ron Ferrill, Acting Assistant Governor for Dominica Haynes Jacob, RC Portsmouth Secretary Sari Prosper
Rotary International Director Ron Ferrill, from Virginia, along with Rotary District Governor Waddy Sowma, from Suriname, and Past District Governor David Edwards, from Barbados visited Dominica from January 29th – 30th, 2018. The high ranking Rotary officials came to assess the damage caused by Hurricane Maria and visit the recovery projects being undertaken by the local Rotary clubs to determine how they can assist with funding at the District and International level.
Upon their arrival on Monday January 29th they visited homes in Marigot, Woodford Hill, and Calibishie which have had their roofs repaired by the Rotary Club of Portsmouth following Hurricane Maria. The club intends to repair a total of fifteen homes that suffered roof damage in the north.
Report on Rotary's Role in Dominica Recovery Hans Schilders - RC Portsmouth 2018-02-24 04:00:00Z 0

Peace and Conflict Prevention and Resolution Part 2

Conflict and violence displace millions of people each year. Half of those killed in conflict are children, and 90 percent are civilians. 

We refuse to accept conflict as a way of life. Rotary projects provide training that fosters understanding and provides communities with the skills to resolve conflicts.

How Rotary makes help happen

Through our service projects, peace fellowships, and scholarships, our members are taking action to address the underlying causes of conflict, including poverty, inequality, ethnic tension, lack of access to education, and unequal distribution of resources.

We are not alone in this fight, in fact we are joined by some of the most influential people on the planet who have made peace a priority in their life.  In the read more section, you will find a fascinating interview with President Jimmy Carter who has dedicated his life and his power since demitting the office of President of the United States, to waging peace.  I encourage you to take the five minutes it will take, to read the interview below - well worth the read.

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PIPE Barry Rassin - RCGI Meeting 6th February 2018

On Tuesday February 6th RCGI turned out yet another excellent meeting.  PP and VP Jonathan Everett took the chair as we welcomed a number of visiting Rotarians and guests.
Past President Malcolm (RCSL) brought PP June Snowdon (Visiting) who received a banner from VP Jonathan
While our friend Linda Norris from Southhampton also exchanged bannersGregg and Vi Jongeling from RC Brookings, South Dakota joined in the fun and also exchanged banners IPP Astrid introduced her guest, Dr. Becky JnBaptiste and PP Lisle introduced his guests, Natalie and Amory Jervis, Jamaicans living and working in Saint Lucia
The meeting was treated to a screening of RIPE Barry Rassin's address to the incoming District Governors in San Diego.  RIPE Barry introduced his theme for 2018/2019 which is 
RIPE Barry invited the Governors Elect to: engage in Love - embracing Rotarians and their families and the community, remembering always that Rotarians are the engine of Rotary and should be treated with respect and given the tools to do their work; Bring Energy and enthusiasm to the table as these elements are essential if they are to inspire ; he also called on them to be Audacious and to believe that nothing is impossible; and finally  show Proof  - Lead by example.  He referred to this as the LEAP to leadership.
Rotarians are leaders. Strong , knowledgeable and fair leadership is critical to attracting and maintaining quality members in Rotary.
The full speech can be watched on YouTube
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February is Peace and Conflict Resolution and Prevention Month


One of the six areas of focus of Rotary we don’t seem to talk about as much is peace and conflict resolution and prevention, which happens to be the theme for the month of February.   It is often, however, the conflicts that occur throughout the world that are the root causes of poverty, despair, economic hardship and poor health.  

Take for instance the major deterrent to polio eradication: the difficulty in vaccinating children in war torn countries.   We see these conflicts as well occurring in some form within our own communities with the same results.  Rotary International as an organization understands this relationship and therefore is deeply invested in supporting individuals and programs that will develop leaders who are committed to seeking ways toward peace.  The path toward peace begins with understanding and respect for the differences that make us unique.

These are the same types of values that are studied in the peace centers supported by Rotary International in association with several major universities across the globe.  The mission of these centers is to “empowers, educates, and increases the capacity of peace builders through rigorous academic training, practice, and global networking opportunities.

These Fellows develop the skills needed to act as “leaders and catalysts for peace and conflict resolution both in their communities and around the globe.”  As Rotarians we should all be similarly committed to understanding the conflicts that exist in our own society, to speak out when necessary, and to seek solutions that reflect the values of Rotary.

And so it continues - See how Conflict affects our Polio Eradication efforts - read more


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Rotary Leadership Institute Graduate Level - Part 3

On Saturday February 3rd 2018, Rotarians from Rotary Clubs of Antigua, Barbados, Gros Islet, Rotary Satellite Club of Gros Islet South, Saint Lucia and Saint Vincent South graduated from the RLI Program which was facilitated by DG Waddy Sowma, DG Elect Dominique Venere and PDG Hervé Honore.
The final session focused attendees on the History of Rotary with a fun filled competitive game.  The second session was focused on Leadership, which as we know is critical to maintaining stability in clubs.  Effective leaders must knowledgeable in Rotary as well as skilled in the techniques of leadership.  From there we were refocused on the Rotary Foundation, it's purpose and it's programs including Grants.  We looked at the International Service Avenue of Service which is the embodiment of the 4th part of the Object of Rotary - 

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.

Rotarians will note that the 4th part (the Object of Rotary is an object with 4 distinct parts) of the Object of Rotary ties right into the earlier story - February is Peace and Conflict Resolution and Prevention Month

What are we doing in February to highlight this most significant avenue of service in our clubs?

A BIG THANKYOU to our District Leadership team for taking the time to fly into Saint Lucia to facilitate this session.

A HUGE THANKYOU to AG Konrad and Kris for hosting the event at Villa Capris.  The facility worked extremely well for our day of Rotary fellowship and learning.


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Our Values

Core Values

Rotary’s core values represent the guiding principles of the organization’s culture, including what guides members’ priorities and actions within the organization. Values are an increasingly important component in strategic planning because they drive the intent and direction of the organization’s leadership.


We believe that our service activities and programs bring about greater world understanding and peace. Service is a major element of our mission. Through the plans and actions of individual clubs, we create a culture of service throughout our organization that provides unparalleled satisfaction for those who serve.


We believe that individual efforts focus on individual needs, but combined efforts serve humanity. The power of combined efforts knows no limitation, multiplies resources, and broadens our lives and perspectives. Fellowship leads to tolerance and transcends racial, national, and other boundaries.


We believe Rotary unifies all people internationally behind the ideal of service. We encourage diversity of vocations within our membership and in our activities and service work. A club that reflects its business and professional community is a club with a key to its future.


We are committed to and expect accountability from our leaders and fellow members, both in the results of our efforts and in the processes we use to accomplish our goals. We adhere to high ethical and professional standards in our work and personal relationships. We are fair and respectful in our interactions, and we conscientiously steward the resources entrusted to us.


We are a global fellowship of individuals who are leaders in their fields of endeavor. We believe in the importance of leadership development and in leadership as a quality of our members. As Rotarians, we are leaders in implementing our core values.

All of these core values are reflected in the Object of Rotary and The Four-Way Test, which we use in our daily lives. They inspire us to foster and support the ideal of service for developing and maintaining integrity in human relations.
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Rotary Club of Gros Islet Members Sponsor Youth Team

Rotary Club of Gros Islet members are proud to sponsor yet another team of Juniors from Grow Well to play in the Club's Annual Charity Golf Tournament which takes place on January 27th 2018. The last tournament was in November 2016 and the Grow Well team also sponsored by members of the Club, placed second - an absolutely fantastic result for them and for the sport of Golf.

Upon receiving the news that a team would be sponsored again this year, Coleen Newman, Director of Grow Well and leader of the Golf program said: "Grow Well junior golfers are very, very excited about this opportunity, especially the three who will form the Youth Team representing RCGI.
They are:
Quain Jones,17, who captained last year’s Youth Team. Quain is the Grow 2017 Golf Champion.
Rayshorn Joseph, 17. Rayshorn is the 2017 Winner of the coveted Grow Well Cup, presented for the best combination of stellar golf, helpfulness and most promising leadership qualities.
Celina Lubin, 12. Celina is in her last year at the Gros Islet Primary School and was very much involved in the extraordinary 1000 Tins for Dominica Grow Well Youth Project. She is the runner up for the 2017 Grow Well Girls Championship.

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People of Action - Celebrate

At this time of year we take time off to give thanks for the many blessings we have received in the course of our lives and in particular in the last year.  We are mindful that while we celebrate, there is so much more to be done and we cannot truly rest until those whom we serve celebrate with us.

Hampers for the Needy

Rotary Gros Islet deliveres food hampers to the less fortunate each December.  Our area of focus is from Canaries on the West coast to Vieux Fort in the South.  Rotarians from Gros Islet and South Saint Lucia team up to bring a modicum of good cheer to families  identified as truly in need.  Toys are also distributed to children who would otherwise not receive a gift this Christmas. 
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World Polio Day October 24th  2017


Since Rotary and its partners launched the Global Polio Eradication Initiative nearly 30 years ago, the incidence of polio has plummeted by more than 99.9 percent, from about 350,000 cases a year to just 37 cases in 2016. To sustain this progress, and protect all children from polio, Rotary has committed to raising US$50 million per year over the next three years in support of global polio eradication efforts. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation will match Rotary’s commitment 2:1. Without full funding and political commitment, this paralyzing disease could return to previously polio-free countries, putting children everywhere at risk.  

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Happening Week Ended 9th September 2017

On Tuesday September 5th RCGI enjoyed an "off site" lunch at the Sandals Saint Lucia Golf Club.
Wonderful to welcome Rtn. Julie Bonnet from RCSL and Rtn. Lenny Cumberbatch from RC Nassau Sunrise.  President Angela's guest was Mrs. Paulene Medar .  PP Judy brought along the remnants of her Birthday cake and we sang happy belated birthday to her.  Rtn. Vana Prewitt joined us to make her the first member of Rotary Satellite Club of Gros Islet South, Saint Lucia to attend our meeting.  She is of course a member of RCGI which is the peculiarity of the Satellite Club.  Great to see Vana and we hope to see more of our southern family in the near future.
On Thursday September 9th The Rotary Satellite Club of Gros islet South held its first meeting after formation.
They are planning their first fundraiser for September 30th in the form of a Flea Market with entertainment and sale of food and drink.  Please let Chair Shermie or Rtn. Melissa know what you can donate to the sale.  You can log on to Club Runner and find all of the contact details there.
Lots of great fellowship after the meeting and an official photo shoot!
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Rotary Satellite Club of Gros Islet South, Saint Lucia

Rotary Satellite Club of Gros Islet South, Saint Lucia was recognized by Rotary International on August 30th 2017

Welcome to our Rotarian family in the South

It has been a fun filled, few months working with great people to make this club a reality.  We have been tested and together we have succeeded in realizing our ambition to have the Satellite Club established before the end of Membership and New Club Development month.  We have a team of thirteen signed up members with a few who just missed the formation date but who we expect to join us within the next month or so.

So what does this mean to Rotary in Saint Lucia?  Well we have added thirteen, dynamic and interesting people to the total number of Rotarians on the island, an increase of 20%.  We have a blend of youthful exuberance and experience that make up our club.  We are not constrained by any convention, rather we are respectful of the great legacy that Rotary South established and we are determined to add to that with our own brand within the family of Rotary. 

The Rotary movement is alive and well in the South and we are excited about working with our fellow Rotarians to make a difference in this our first year as part of the Rotary family.

The executive of the club is:

Shermie James-Darchiville – Chair Person

Eyan St. Helen – Vice Chair Person and President Elect for 2018/2019

Jenny Chicot-Louisy – Secretary

Lana Baptiste – Treasurer

Richard Isaac – Chair Person – Club Administration

Cadley Peterson – Chair Person – Service Projects


The Club meets every 1st and 3rd Thursday of the Month at 5.30pm at the Laborie Administrative Building.

images of Rotary Satellite Club of Gros Islet South, Saint lucia

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Quotes for Week Ended August 19th 2017 2017-08-19 04:00:00Z 0

Mark D. Maloney Picked as Nominee for RI President 2019/2020

Mark D Maloney is the choice of Nominating Committee as 2019-20 RI President.



Mark Daniel Maloney, of the Rotary Club of Decatur, Alabama, USA, is the selection of the Nominating Committee for President of Rotary International for 2019-20. He will be declared the president-nominee on 1 October if no challenging candidates have been suggested.

“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.


Mark D. Maloney Picked as Nominee for RI President 2019/2020 2017-08-08 04:00:00Z 0


Remember to visit the Rotary Club of Gros Islet Website for up to date news.
Thanks largely to the unwavering support of Rtn. Richard Spalding and the RC Winchester, the wheelchair for Kevin Jn.Baptiste and the GoTo supports for CDGC arrive on Monday August 14th.  Members are asked to stand by for a call at short notice to assist with a Press Conference and clearance of the items off of the Dock.  There will be a presentation shortly after the clearance.  We hope to have officials from the GOSL there.

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Message from DG Waddy Sowma

District 7030 Governor 2017/2018 - Waddy Sowma

Dear fellow Rotarians,

At the beginning of a new year we like to look back at what the past year has brought us: being it lessons learned and our accomplishments.

But also we like to look ahead: make new plans to reach new goals.


The theme for 2017-18 is: Rotary: Making a Difference

In the words of RI President Ian Riseley 17-18 we will answer the question “What is Rotary” with the theme

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District 7030 Changing of the Guard

The Handover Ceremony of Rotary District 7030

Posted by Margriet van Dijk - Nouh Chaia on Jun 30, 2017
DG Waddy Sowma-Left & PDG Roger Bose
The Handover Ceremony of Rotary District 7030 took place on June 24th 2017 in the Royal Ballroom of Hotel Torarica in Suriname.
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RI President Ian Risely Message

Presidential message

Ian H.S. Riseley - Rotary International President-elect 2016-17

Ian H.S. Riseley

President 2017-18

July 2017

There are as many reasons to come to Rotary as there are Rotarians – maybe even a few more. But each of us has stayed in Rotary because it adds something to our own lives. Through Rotary, we are Making a Difference in the world; and the more involved we become, the more of a difference Rotary makes to each of us. Rotary challenges us to become better people: to become ambitious in the ways that matter, to strive for higher goals, and to incorporate Service Above Self into our daily lives.

What kind of difference Rotary clubs and individual Rotarians make through their service will always be their own decision. As an organization, we are guided by the three strategic priorities our Board has set in our strategic plan: 

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Rotary & Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation $450 Million to End Polio

Rotary and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation announce $450 million commitment to end polio

ATLANTA, Ga. (June 12, 2017) – Today in Atlanta Rotary President John Germ and Bill Gates, co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, announced a commitment of up to $450 million to support the eradication of polio.

To an audience of nearly 40,000 Rotary members attending the humanitarian organization’s annual convention, Rotary and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation renewed their longstanding support for ending polio – a paralyzing, life-altering scourge on the verge of becoming the second human disease ever to be eliminated. Rotary committed to raise $50 million per year over the next three years, with every dollar to be matched with two additional dollars from the Gates Foundation. This expanded agreement will translate into $450 million for polio eradication activities, including immunization and surveillance over the next three years. This critical funding helps ensure countries around the world remain polio-free and that polio is ended in the remaining three endemic countries: Afghanistan, Nigeria, and Pakistan.

Bill Gates, co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and RI President John Germ announce new pledges toward the polio eradication effort at the Rotary Convention in Atlanta. 



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President of Rotary International 2016/2017- John F. Germ

RI President

John F. Germ

John F. Germ

President 2016-17

Rotary Club of Chattanooga

Tennessee, USA

John F. Germ is board chair and chief executive officer of Campbell and Associates Inc., consulting engineers. He joined the firm as an engineer in 1965 after four years in the U.S. Air Force. He serves on the boards of several organizations, including the board and executive committee of the Public Education Foundation, Orange Grove Center Inc., and as board chair of Blood Assurance Inc. He also is founder and treasurer of the Chattanooga State Technical Community College Foundation and president of the Tennessee Jaycee Foundation.

He was Tennessee Young Man of the Year in 1970; Engineer of the Year, 1986; Volunteer Fundraiser of the Year, 1992; and Tennessee Community Organizations Volunteer of the Year, 2009. He is a recipient of the Boy Scouts Silver Beaver Award and the Arthritis Foundation Circle of Hope Award. In 2013, the White House recognized him as a Champion of Change.

Germ joined Rotary in 1976 and has served Rotary as vice president, director, Foundation trustee and vice chair, aide to the Foundation trustee chair, chair of Rotary’s US$200 Million Challenge, RI Board Executive Committee member, RI president’s aide, Council on Legislation representative and chair, membership zone coordinator, chair of numerous committees, area coordinator, RI training leader, and district governor.

Germ has received RI’s Service Above Self Award and The Rotary Foundation’s Citation for Meritorious Service and Distinguished Service Award. He and his wife, Judy, are Benefactors and members of the Arch Klumph Society of The Rotary Foundation. They have four children and six grandchildren.

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End Polio Now - Zero Cases - Pass The Torch !


In order to increase awareness and giving to PolioPlus Rotary is rolling out a new Social Media campaign to coincide with the End Polio Now torch arriving at the International Convention in June. The torches were started as a project of the Rotary Club of Madras who has overseen the travel through multiple countries, clubs, and the past two International Conventions, raising awareness and funds to end polio. This year ...
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Sam Owori is RI President Nominee 2018/2019

Sam Owori is selected to be 2018-19 Rotary president

Samuel “Sam” Owori


The 2016-17 Nominating Committee for President of Rotary International has unanimously nominated Samuel Frobisher Owori, of the Rotary Club of Kampala, Uganda, to be the president of Rotary International in 2018-19.

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Happy 38th Anniversary of Saint Lucia's Independence

February 22nd marks the 38th anniversary of nationhood for our tiny island state.  38 years ago on that day, the late Sir John George Melvin Compton, then just John Compton, presided over Saint Lucia's independence from Great Britain.  We have travelled the bumpy road of nationhood enduring the constant pain that accompanies our small size and held our heads high.  Today we reflect on our achievements and resolve to learn from our mistakes.  Today we resolve to come together as one and to cast aside the divisions of politics, for it is only as one that we will achieve our full potential.
May God bless our nation and our people.

See our National Anthem and our National Pledge by reading more.
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Rotaract Club of Gros Islet on the Move


On Thursday February 9th, the Rotaract Club of Gros Islet inducted five new members. The new members are: Brittany James, Clint Walker, Dervon Amedee, Miguel Charles and Vallin Popo.

At a brief but jovial ceremony held at the Gros Islet Constituency Council Office, the Rotaract Club of Gros Islet welcomed five (5) new members to its family. There were a number of Rotarians representing the Rotary Club of Gros Islet in attendance including President Astrid Mondesir, Secretar...y Joel Crocker, Service Projects Director/ New Generations Chair Lenita Joseph, visiting Rotarian Peter Douch and prospective Rotarian Dr. Marie Antoinette Murray.

The proceedings were presided over by Rotaract Vice President Robin Branford who welcomed the various speakers in turn including Rotaract President Carlyn Joseph, District Rotaract Representative Everistus Jn. Marie and President of the Rotary Club of Gros Islet, Astrid Mondesir.

President Astrid's remarks were as follows:

"Fellow Rotaractors and Rotarians

This is indeed an immense pleasure to be here with you this evening to welcome new members to the Rotary family. Rotary and Rotaract are service organisations which encourage individual contributions to a common need to persons and causes that help to develop our communities one person and one project at a time. Every spoke in the Rotary wheel is vital. You as proposed members will become important cogs in that wheel.

As members of the Rotaract Club of Gros Islet, let your membership count. Every meeting, every workshop, every project is an opportunity to make life better for someone else, including your team members. Let that be the focus of your relationship with your fellow members. Serve humanity and have fun doing it.

I wish you all a very productive, impactful membership in your Rotaract Club. I wish to assure you of the commitment of your sponsoring Rotary Club, as is evident by the attendance here this evening.

On behalf of the Rotary Club of Gros Islet, I want to welcome you all into the Rotary family!"

An then on February 16th:

Shanelle Julian - that is the name of the newest addition to the Rotaract family.  On Thursday 16 February, 2017, Shanelle was inducted into the Rotaract Club of Gros Islet by New Generations Chair and Service Projects Director of the Rotary Club of Gros Islet, Rotarian Lenita Joseph.

This was just the beginning of the evening as the vital function of election of officers for the upcoming Rotary year had to be conducted.  The election proceedings were overseen by Rotarians Lenita Joseph, Joel Crocker (Secretary) and later President Astrid Mondesir.

It is therefore with great pleasure that we introduce the new executive of the Rotaract Club of Gros Islet for the year 2017/2018:

President - Robin Branford
Vice President/Immediate Past President - Carlyn Joseph
Secretary - Brittany James
Treasurer - Shanelle Julian
Professional Development - Robin Branford
International Service - Minerva Gustave
Club Service - Clint Walker
Community Service - Carlyn Joseph

We are very proud of and encouraged by the steps take to build the capacity of the Club. To that end, Rtn. Lenita has committed to providing leadership training to the incoming executive on their roles and responsibilities.

Bravo! Rotaract Club of Gros Islet!!"

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Snippets - Week ending 11th February 2017

1919-20 Albert S. Adams (real estate), Rotary Club of Atlanta, Georgia, USA.
Rotary vision: To make Rotary friendship and fellowship a living force in the world at large.
“Friendship…the craving for which brought Rotary into existence is the thing that will keep Rotary a living, vital force in the world for all time, the very foundation of our organization.”
— Address to 1920 Rotary Convention, Atlantic City, New Jersey, USA
The above snippet was taken from a post on ROTI (Rotarians on the Internet).  It speaks to the heart of the primary issue being experienced by Rotary clubs in our district - Friendship.  Friendship, or lack thereof will either cement the members of a club together as an effective force for doing good in the world, or the converse will be true where there is a lack of friendship.  Worth thinking about this my friends in Rotary.
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R I President  Ian Riseley Theme

Ian and Juliet Riseley

The 2017/2018 Rotary International President Elect's Theme

In 2017-18, we’ll answer the question “What is Rotary?” with RI President-elect Ian H.S. Riseley’s theme, Rotary: Making a Difference. “Whether we’re building a new playground or a new school, improving medical care or sanitation, training conflict mediators or midwives, we know that the work we do will change people’s lives — in ways large and small — for the better.”

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Charity Golf Tournament Raffle Winners

The Winners of the 2016 Charity Raffle are:
1st Prize - A 125cc YAMAHA Motorcycle - Shane Wells
2nd Prize - Trip for 2 to New York - Kyrian Regis
2rd Prize - Trip for 2 to Miami - M.L. Mathurin
4th Prize - 40" Smart TV - Kenneth Louis
Many thanks to all who supported the Raffle and we look forward to your support next year.
To our Sponsors, YAMAHA Saint Lucia for the donation of the magnificent motorcycle;
Courts/Unicomer for the donation of the 40" TV; and
Budget Travel fot part sponsorship of the Air Tickets to New York and Miami,
We say a HUGE THANK YOU for your sponsorship.
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Gros Islet Rotary - Charity Golf Tournament

Susan Guillaume with the 2015 winning team from Sandals

The 2016 Challenge for the Claude guillaume memorial trophy

This year promises to provide Sponsors and Players with yet another fun filled event.  With an early start to the preparatory work, there is excitement in the air at the Golf Club.  The links to the left on this page will be updated regularly as more sponsors come on board and teams sign up.
This year we have an exciting raffle with four wonderful prizes.  1st Prize is a YAMAHA Trail motor cycle.  The 2nd & 3rd prizes are return trips for two to New York and Miami partly sponsored by Budget Travel while the 4th prize is a 40" flat screen TV kindly sponsored by Courts/Unicomer.
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Grow Well Summer Golf Camp

Quain Jones of Riviere Mitan celebrates as 2016 Golf Camp Champion.

Golf Camp Champion Quain Jones, right,  with rival Rayshorn Jones

Lisa Daniel (right) repeats as Champion, turning away a strong challenge from Jowen Smith. Claire Nardoni, Golf Camp sponsor, congratulates both Gros Islet residents.

Twenty Grow Well junior golfers compete at Golf Summer Camp

Grow Well is a Project of the Rotary Club of Gros Islet.  The Golf Program is sponsored and run by Mrs. Claire Nardoni  assisted by Mrs. Coleen Newman. 

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Message from DG Roger Bose



District Governor Roger Bose
The new Rotary year has begun and the feeling of excitement is overwhelming.
The upcoming year is full of special celebrations, landmark events, experimentation with recent Council of Legislation (COL) changes, and a renewed focus on membership that begins with each of us as individual Rotarians.
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RCGI's 25th Anniversary March 5th 2018

Posted by Joel Crocker
On Tuesday July 12th, Sec. Joel presented the idea that our 25th anniversary as a Rotary Club would fall within the next Rotary year and that it would be a good idea to start to think about a meaningful project to carry out in that year.  This he suggested should commence the planning by January 2017.  This was his segue to present on the Roatry Foundation's six areas of focus and in his presentation he highlighted the process for successfully applying for Grants from TRF.  For those who could not make lunch that day, the presentation follows.

RCGI's 25th Anniversary March 5th 2018 Joel Crocker 2016-07-12 04:00:00Z 0

RI President 2016 2017 John F. Germ Message

Presidential message

John F. Germ

President 2016-17

July 2016

Today, we look ahead toward a Rotary year that may one day be known as the greatest in our history: the year that sees the world's last case of polio. Wild poliovirus caused only 74 cases of polio in 2015, all of them in Afghanistan and Pakistan. As we continue to work tirelessly toward our goal of eradication, we must also look beyond it: preparing to leverage our success into even greater successes to come.


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RI President Ravindran Personal Story Re: Polio

Ravindran moves audience with personal story

RI President K.R. Ravindran shares a personal story of triumph over polio at the closing session of the 107th Rotary convention.
Photo Credit: SJ Cho

RI President K.R. Ravindran closed the convention in Korea on Wednesday, 1 June, with a poignant story about his mother's fight to survive polio at age 30.


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Global Movement Needed to Reverse Water Crisis

Posted by RI on May 29, 2016

Global movement needed to reverse water crisis

Gary White, chief executive and co-founder of, explains his organization’s microfinance program to attendees at the World Water Summit in Seoul on Friday, 27 May.

This year's on 27 May in Seoul highlighted the progress being made:

  • Over the last 25 years, more than 2.5 billion people gained access to improved drinking water, and 2 billion who didn't have adequate sanitation now do.
  • Child deaths from water-related diseases dropped from 1.5 million to just over 600,000.
  • The UN Millennium Development Goals' target for clean drinking water was met five years ahead of schedule.

But for the 1.8 billion people whose drinking water remains contaminated and the 2.4 billion without access to proper sanitation, progress is still too slow, said Vanessa Tobin, director of and one of the event's main speakers.


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Wheel Chair Donation from Behring - Wine for Wheels Foundation and Rotary Club of Pleasanton, California 2016-05-21 04:00:00Z 0

Pope Francis meets RI President Ravi

Pope Francis greets Rotary International President K.R. Ravindran at a Jubilee audience at the Vatican on 30 April, where 9,000 Rotary members were special guests of the pontiff.
Photo Credit: Courtesy of the Vatican

Thousands of Rotary members, motivated by a special invitation from Pope Francis, gathered at the Vatican in Rome on Saturday to celebrate a message of compassion, inclusiveness, and service to humanity.


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Past RI President Richard King was the Keynote Speaker at District 7030 Conference

PRIP Richard King
I was so impressed with PRIP Richard that I found this web post on the RC Greater Chino Hills (District 5300) website and include here for your thought.
Rotary develops character and brings out the best of the human spirit. It teaches people ethics, humanity, cultural awareness, people skills and the desire and ability to serve. Rotary creates a more positive environment for promoting world understanding and peace.
Rotary always benefits two people. The child who is sick, who is hungry, who is thirsty, who has no clothes, no shelter, no education, no future, no hope . . .that child is the beneficiary of Rotary’s outreach. That child is Rotary’s business.
But another benefit comes to the Rotarian, the one actually providing the service. The Rotarian grows and fulfils the real reason for his or her existence, which is to serve others. The Rotarian becomes an emotionally and spiritually healthier person, a better professional, a better parent, a better citizen, a better human being. Yet there are millions of men and women around the world who are Rotarians at heart but who have never joined because of one simple reason – they haven’t been asked. We must ask them now!
One night I sat wondering why I was a Rotarian. I came up with 20 answers to the question Why join Rotary? They are:
· Friendship: In an increasingly complex world, Rotary provides one of the most basic human needs – the need for friends and fellowship.
· Business development: Rotary consists of a cross-section of every business community.
· Personal growth and development: Membership in Rotary continues one’s growth in human relations and personal development.
· Leadership development: Rotary is an organization of leaders and successful people. Serving in Rotary positions is like a college education in leadership.
· Citizenship in the community: The average Rotary club consists of the most active citizens of any community.
· Continuing education: Each week at Rotary there is a program designed to keep people informed as to what is going on in the world.
· Fun: Rotary provides fellowship, social activities, and fun in service.
· Public speaking skills: Rotary develops confidence and skill in public communication.
· World citizenship: There are few places without a Rotary club, which means friends around the world. Assistance when travelling: Rotarians who travel can quickly find a doctor, lawyer, hotel, dentist, etc., through Rotary’s network.
· Entertainment: Rotary offers conferences, conventions, assemblies and institutes that provide entertainment in addition to Rotary information, education and service. Development of social skills:
Every week, members have an opportunity to develop their people skills through Rotary activities.
· Family programs: Rotary provides one of the world’s largest Youth Exchange programs, opportunities for spouses and activities to assist family members in the development of values.
· Vocational skills: Every Rotarian is expected to contribute to the development of his or her vocation.
· Development of ethics: Rotarians practice The 4-Way Test, which governs one’s ethical standards. Rotarians are expected to be ethical in business and personal relationships.
· Cultural awareness: Virtually every country, culture, religion, race, creed, political persuasion, language, color, and ethnic identity is found in Rotary. Prestige: Rotary is the oldest and most prestigious service club in the world. Its ranks include people who influence policy.
· Nice People: Rotarians, above all, are nice people. They are important people who believe in the adage that while it is nice to be important, it is more important to be nice.
· Absence of Official Creed: Rotary has no secret rituals. It is an open society of people who believe in helping others.
· Opportunity to Serve: Rotary’s business is mankind and its product is service. This is perhaps the best reason for becoming a Rotarian – the chance to do something for somebody else while experiencing self-fulfillment in the process.
- See more at:
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Rotaract District Conference

On Tuesday April 19th, in the absence of the large number of Rotarians who traveled to Barbados for the District Conference and PETS, PP Jonathan, acting President handed over a cheque for $8,500 to the President of the Rotaract Club of Saint Lucia, Keisha Alfred and the Conference Chair, Vernel Flavien.
Members of RCGI posed for a picture with the Rotaract team.

Keisha joined the Rotaract leaders at the District Conference and she and Rotaractor Everest JnMarie  were very much part of Team Saint Lucia at the conference.  They can be seen in a number of the photographs on the District website.  Everest is the incoming District Rotaract Representtive (DRR).
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History of The Rotary Foundation

History of The Rotary Foundation

At the 1917 convention, outgoing RI President Arch C. Klumph proposed to set up an endowment “for the purpose of doing good in the world.” In 1928, it was renamed The Rotary Foundation, and it became a distinct entity within Rotary International.

Growth of the Foundation

In 1929, the Foundation made its first gift of $500 to the International Society for Crippled Children. The organization, created by Rotarian Edgar F. “Daddy” Allen, later grew into Easter Seals.

When Rotary founder Paul Harris died in 1947, contributions began pouring in to Rotary International, and the Paul Harris Memorial Fund was created to build the Foundation.

Evolution of Foundation programs

1947: The Foundation established its first program, Fellowships for Advance Study, later known as Ambassadorial Scholarships.

1965-66: Three programs were launched: Group Study Exchange, Awards for Technical Training, and Grants for Activities in Keeping with the Objective of The Rotary Foundation, which was later called Matching Grants.

1978: Rotary introduced the Health, Hunger and Humanity (3-H) Grants. The first 3-H Grant funded a project to immunize 6 million Philippine children against polio.

1985: The was launched to eradicate polio worldwide.

1987-88: The first peace forums were held, leading to .

2013: New enable Rotarians around the world to respond to the world’s greatest needs.

Since the first donation of $26.50 in 1917, the Foundation has received contributions totaling more than $1 billion.

Resources & reference

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The Rotary Foundation 100 Years Old in 2016/2017 Year

A century of doing good

"We should not live for ourselves alone, but for the joy in doing good for others."

Arch C. Klumph, letter to Rotary club presidents, 5 February 1929

Rotarian Sonia Martins with students at the Deputado Manoel Costa school in Belo Horizonte, Brazil.

The seed for The Rotary Foundation was planted by Rotary President Arch Klumph at the Atlanta Convention in 1917. From the first gift of $26.50, the Foundation's assets have grown significantly, and more than $3 billion has been spent on programs and projects — transforming millions of lives around the globe.

The Rotary Foundation 100 Years Old in 2016/2017 Year 2016-04-17 04:00:00Z 0

Impact of Council on Legislation Decisions

Posted by Joel Crocker on Apr 17, 2016

The Rotary International “Council on Legislation” is a legislative body made up of one representative from each of the over 500 Rotary Districts, which meets once every 3 years to review, debate and vote on proposed amendments to the constitution and bylaws of Rotary International. Last week, from April 10th through 15th, the Council on Legislation met in downtown Chicago, Illinois. Up for consideration were 181 proposed enactments and resolutions affecting the legislation which governs how Rotary International and Rotary Clubs worldwide function.

Although many of these proposals were either rejected or withdrawn by the end of the week, a significant number of major proposals were approved and are expected to be implemented in the coming Rotary year. The following is an overview of the major changes approved this past week by the Council, which will impact us directly as Rotarians and the way our club operates:


Impact of Council on Legislation Decisions Joel Crocker 2016-04-17 04:00:00Z 0

The Circle of Life

On Tuesday April 5th the regular meeting of RCGI was honoured to welcome Marie Andrew Piazza as our guest speaker.  Marie is a specialist in training people, focused on women over forty, how to get the best out of themselves and how to live healthy fulfilling lives.  At the time of writing I have been unable to access a copy of the presentation but highly recommend that you check in with Marie - "I am ready world" for a free consultation.  I have managed to extract a post from Marie's Linked in page that appears below if you "Read More".
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History of Women in Rotary

Posted by Trudy Glasgow

On Tuesday March 29th. Rtn. Trydy delivered the following well researched presentation on the history of women in Rotary.  It was particularly interesting to your editor who, as sitting president in 1988/89 (Rotary Club of Saint Lucia) was responsible for advising the press that Rotary District 7030 had voted against admitting women into Rotary in the District.  Yours truly was vilified by the press across the District and beyond. 
Significantly, the Rotary Club of Gros Islet was formed in 1993 with a number of women and these were the first women in Rotary in Saint Lucia.
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February is Peace and Conflict Prevention/Resolution Month

Rotary members are committed to creating a peaceful world

By Azka Asif, RI Programs Staff

Millions of people all over the world are currently displaced by armed conflict or persecution. In fact, 90% of casualties in armed conflicts are civilians, half of which are children. Through service projects and Rotary programs, the Rotary family is committed to pursuing projects that address the structural causes of conflict, including poverty, inequality, ethnic tension, lack of access to education, and unequal distribution of resources.

Read on by clicking on Read More below - it is a great read...

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Club Meeting February 16th 2016

Members warmly welcomed PP Malcolm Charles from the RC Saint Lucia and Marie Piazza, guest of Rtn. Trudy.  We had a fun filled meeting, so much so that yours truly forgot to take the pictures of our guests!
PP Malcolm took the opportunity to inform the meeting that the RC Saint Lucia will be celebrating 50 years of service to those in need in Saint Lucia.  There will be a church service at the Castries Methodist Church on July 3rd 2016 commencing at 8.30 am (he recommends that we make it for 9.00 am as there will be non related activity at the church before this) to mark the opening of the 50th year and afterwards we are invited to a breakfast in the Wesley Hall, next to the church.  Don't say you got late notice!
PP Malcolm went to great length to emphasize that all activities for the 50th year will be to celebrate all branches of Rotary, not just RC Saint Lucia.  He mentioned their flagship project which is the soup kitchen (which he gave a very politically correct name to but which I cannot remember) and the intention to commence an Early Act club, which completes the life cycle of Rotarians.  The idea is to catch youngsters at the earliest age through Early Act, channel them into Interact, then Rotaract, on to Community Corps and finally Rotary.  Sounds like we will be breeding the future RI President if we can succeed at keeping them engaged all the way! 
Secretary Angela reminded members that Rotary celebrates 111 years of service to humanity on February 23rd 2016.  As this coincides with the regular meeting of the club President Dahlia promised to bring wine to mark the occasion.  PP Malcolm will suggest to his members that they join us.
Finally, Marie let it slip that she had been involved with Rotary when she lived in San Diago many years ago.  At the very least, we have a great friend of Rotary and who knows???
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From The Rotarian - of Interest Re: Children with Disabilities 2016-02-14 04:00:00Z 0

Child Development & Guidance Centre Official Opening

The Rotary Club of Gros Islet proudly supports the CDGC
CDGC moves into its new home
In 1998 CDGC operated out of one room in a special education school. Over the last 17 years there has been
a steady increase of referrals, children requiring intervention, and the number of staff members. 

In December of 2014 the Organisation was able to secure funding to purchase a new facility, and later, in May 2015, the funding required to renovate the purchased property. The new location is wheelchair accessible, has multiple therapy rooms, and potential for a training room and conference centre and an indoor/outdoor sensory space.  To date, while for the most part renovations are complete, work is still ongoing on the playground. The Rotary Club of Gros Islet is pleased to assist with this initiative by providing funding for the outdoor sensory space, also known as the Playground.
After months of negotiation followed by an intense period of renovation and construction, the CDGC has officially declared the new facility open. The ribbon cutting ceremony took place on Friday February 12th 2016 much to the delight of Her Excellency Dame Pearlette Louisy, Prime Minister Dr. The Honourable Kenny D. Anthony and a host of donor partners, friends, family members, students, children and well-wishers.  
The Rotary Club of Gros Islet is pleased to congratulate the New CDGC on this major achievement which will serve the needs of Saint Lucia’s children well into the future.
Her Excellency Dame Pearlette Louisy Cutting the Ribbon
Dr. Brigitte Schuling, Founder of CDGC with James Wadham, Trustee for the Pinnacle Trust

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Rotary Club of Saint Vincent & th Grenadines

RC SVG Meeting 28/01/2016

I had the privilage of attending the first business meeting of the RC SVG on Thursday January 28th.  Firstly it was great to catch up with Rotarians whom I knew from Saint Lucia days: first in your picture is the indomitable Robert (Bob) Haydock who looks just as young as when he left Saint Lucia and whos jokes remain as risque as then; next, at the other end of the table in your picture is Joseph (Joe) Sheridan who, though not a Rotarin while in Saint Lucia, had similarly poor jokes! 
This was a business meeting and one of the significant projects being planned was the Rotary Village Doctor project whereby the entire club inclusive of doctors, join forces with other medical practitioners and set up an all day clinic in a remote location.  The project is entirely funded by the club with sponsorrship from the business community.  This month the clinic will be on the island of Mayreau.  The members will hire a catamaran and set off early Sunday morning.  The clinic will serve approximately 400 patients.  This is an excellent hands on project and our Rotarian friends in SVG should take a bow at initiatiating this wonderful project.
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The Language Around Wheelchair Users

Considering the impending delivery of 270 wheelchairs from the Bhering Wine for Wheels Foundation and the Rotary Club of Pleasanton, California, your editor thought that the following interview from The Rotarian was highly relevant and very interesting.  I hope you agree!
Member interview: Michael Scannell on wheelchairs and word choice
From the January 2016 issue of The Rotarian
Michael Scannell, a small-business consultant and past president of the Rotary Club of North Reading, Mass., is a lifelong wheelchair user, and he’s tired of hearing well-meaning people describe someone with a disability as “crippled,” “deformed,” or worse. A proud supporter of Rotary’s fight to end polio, Scannell, who has cerebral palsy, works to raise awareness around language that hurts instead of heals.
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Saint Lucia's Citizenship by Investment Programme

On Tuesday January 26th 2016, Ms. Cindy McLean, the Chief Executive Officer of the Citizenship by Investment Unit, was the guest speaker at the RCGI regular luncheon meeting.  She articulated the basic philosophy of the programme and what are perceived to be the differentiating features.  The basic philosophy is that the jurisdiction must gain economically from every citizenship granted.
  • The scheme targets the elite – minimum net worth of US$3 million
  • There are four routes by which persons can invest for the purposes of obtaining citizenship where other programmes have two or three
  • There are currently five licensed Authorised Agents – who are the only ones who can submit applications for citizenship by investment.The Unit will continue to consider applications for authorised agents.
  • Three internationally accepted due diligence investigators are randomly assigned to conduct due diligence background checks on all applicants over the age of 16.
  • Applicants and their dependents including parents considered under one application
  • Cabinet grants citizenship on recommendation of the CIP board
  • Process takes three months
The first route to acquiring citizenship is a donation of US$200,000 to the Economic Development Fund.  This the simplest and likely to be the most common route;
Secondly an applicant can purchase $500,000 worth of zero coupon Government of Saint Lucia Bonds which must be held for a minimum of five years;
Third, Approved Real Estate Project such as high end hotels or properties that will be utilized for the economic development of Saint Lucia including generating employment.  An investment of a minimum of US$300 thousand is required.  These funds may be placed in an escrow account for the protection of the investor; and
Finally there is the Approved Enterprise Project where the minimum is again US$3.5 million or US$6 million if the investment is by an individual.
For the purposes of marketing the jurisdiction, the world had been segmented as follows:
Middle East and North Africa
Russia/ CIS
Far East
The rest of the world.
Marketing agents have been appointed for two of the three identified markets and they will pay a licence fee but they will also get commissions on each completed application.
Fees will be paid by the applicants for both the application processing fees and for the due diligence.  Government will also receive fees from Real Estate Investment and Enterprise Investment projects.
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Child Development and Guidance Centre

The New Home of the CDGC at LaClery.


From an earlier story, readers were informed that the RCGI has approved a project valued at EC$100,000 to provide a specialized playground for the children at the CDGC.  This project is now kicking into gear and we expect to purchase the equipment within the next few days.  The playground includes a musical wall which will enable the trined professionals to use music as a form of therapy, something that has not been possible before now in Saint Lucia.

To learn a bit about what the CDGC does, click on READ MORE below.  Visit their website for even more information

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Rotary International President-elect John F. Germ announces his presidential theme

RI President-elect John F. Germ chose Rotary Serving Humanity as his theme for 2016-17. Noting Rotary’s unique ability to bring together committed professionals to achieve remarkable goals, Germ believes that “now is the time to capitalize on our success: as we complete the eradication of polio, and catapult Rotary forward to be an even greater force for good in the world.”
Rotary International President-elect John F. Germ announces his presidential theme 2016-01-24 04:00:00Z 0

Membership - The Future

The future of membership
Former Interact and Rotaract member, and current Rotarian, Mitty Chang urges Rotary members to think creatively about engaging young professionals. “It is time once again that Rotary clubs embrace the spirit of innovation.” Hear why he believes social media and online engagement is the key to keeping Rotary relevant and engaging a whole new generation through service.
Membership - The Future 2016-01-24 04:00:00Z 0

What do we mean by vocation?

What do we mean by vocation, anyway?
January is Vocational Service Month. But what does that even mean? According to Evan, it’s not really what you do to earn a living, but “a calling,” a strong desire to spend your life doing a certain kind of work.  Read more about why he believes finding your calling—and developing it through Rotary—can help you reach your full potential.
What do we mean by vocation? 2016-01-24 04:00:00Z 0

Young Leaders in Action

Young Leaders in Action
January 2016 | Engaging the next generation of Rotary leaders
This year Interact clubs from 25 different countries submitted videos showing how they learn leadership and share the magic of Interact. They showed the world how they make a difference in communities locally and globally. The award for “Best Video” went to the Interact Clubs of Aquinas, Central, Logan, Holmen and West Salem for their video, “iFeed.” These five Interact clubs, usually fierce competitors in sports, united a community to help end hunger. The judges also recognized three runners-up—The Interact Clubs of Geethaanjali, Hugh Boyd Secondary, and North Balwyn—for sharing their inspiring stories.
Watch all the finalist’s videos and learn how to get a head start on recording a video for next year’s campaign.
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RCGI Meeting 19 01 2016

At the club’s lunch meeting on January 19th the newest member of the Rotary Club of Gros Islet was inducted by President Dahlia. Descartes Blackwood, whose vocational category is Security Services, was warmly welcomed by all members present. Secretary Angela presented Rtn Descartes with his Rotary pin, membership card and other Rotary items. Rtn. Descartes was proposed by Rtn. Joseph, and his induction brings the active membership of the club to 22.


Also in attendance at the meeting was Pamela Dolor, wife (and guest) of Rtn. Joseph. Pamela was celebrating her birthday and she and Rtn Joseph were celebrating their 9th anniversary. The club members present, led by PP Gene, sang Happy Birthday to Pamela, and congratulated the couple on their anniversary.

Board members also reported to the membership, on decisions that were made at the last board meeting.

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Register for the District Conference Now

District 7030 Annual PETS (President Elect Training Seminar) and Conference Takes Place in Barbados Between April 20th and 23rd 2016.
Early bird registration extended to February 15th so the Registration remains at US$300 per Rotarian until then-  Go to the Conference Website to Register Now.
Attendance at District and International conferences is a stated objective of your Membership Committee as we work toward inculcating the spirit of Rotary into our members, new and ... not so new!  The links are also to be found on our website Rotary Club of Gros Islet
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Upton Gardens Girls Centre - The Future - No Future?

 "My hope is that we can stimulate a broad community conversation about Upton Gardens Girls’ Centre, beginning with a conversation among a group of influential women in the community – women who know and support the mission of the Girls’ Centre, and agree that it should be a residential facility for girls in need of care and protection.  Women in the various service clubs in St. Lucia, and women in the new, “One Hundred Women for Good” organization, could serve as a good audience to enlarge the conversation.  When the needs of Upton Gardens become better known, other funding sources may come forward with support that would decrease the burden on government"

The story is compelling, I urge you to click on READ MORE below to get the full impact of Dr. Charles Mc Carrthy's appeal for help to save the very institution that is the Upton Gardens Girls Centre. 

Upton Gardens Girls Centre - The Future - No Future? 2016-01-17 04:00:00Z 0

Rotarian Lenita Addressed RC Saint Lucia

On Friday 15th January, 2016, Rotarian Lenita Joseph, Rotary Club of Gros Islet, in her capacity as Chief Transport Officer in the Transport Department, Ministry of Infrastructure, Port Services and Transport made a presentation to the Rotary Club of Saint Lucia.

The PowerPoint presentation was a statistical review of Road Fatalities in Saint Lucia from 2002 to 2015. It was startlingly clear from the graphs and charts that young males are at great risk.

Rotarian Lenita highlighted that the majority of road fatalities in Saint Lucia are males. For the year 2015, 92% of road fatalities were males most of whom were between the ages of 21 - 40. Data was also presented on fatalities by vehicle type and road user.

Of most significance was the high number of young males candidates for oral driving theory examinations, most of whom were between the ages of 17 and 45. This has implications for the level of literacy among young males. There is a theory that there may be a correlation between the number of fatalities and the literacy level of candidates.

Based on these statistics, members of the Rotary Club if Saint Lucia agreed that these young males who are already marginalized by crime and violence, substance abuse and other social ills now also need interventions in road safety. This was seen as an opportunity for Rotary Clubs in Saint Lucia to engage young persons, especially males, in more youth centered social development activities.

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Last Tuesday was PP Gene's ??th Birthday and he brought along a special guest to help him celebrate plus he brought the cake!  RCGI was delighted to to welcome Gene's wife Katherine and to wish Gene a very happy birthday and many more to come.
We also extend special Birthday greetings to Len who turned ?? on January 1st; Franklyn who celebrated his birthday somewhere in the world on the 6th; PP Mike Thom - January 10th along with PP Ken Lalsingh on the same day; and Hon. Rotarian Chuck who will celebrate his birthday on the 12th.  We wish you all many more very happy and healthy birthdays.
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Farewell to Richard & Yvonne Spalding

Richard & Yvonne Spalding

Richard and Yvonne Spalding have spent several months each year in beautiful Saint Lucia since Richard retired from the British navy a couple of years ago.  Richard joined the Rotary Club of Winchester recently but he visits us at Rotary Club of Gros Islet regularly when they are in Saint Lucia.
On their last trip, which ended on December 17th, Richard was working with International Service Chair, Lisle Chase to identify a project that might be of interest to his home club as an International Service project.  A number of possibilities hve been identified and the board of RCGI has agreed to present a proposal to the RC Winchester through Rtn. Richard in the coming weeks.
Richard and Yvonne have been active participants in RCGI's projects including the Golf Tournament and the Chistmas party for the children at the Marchand Combined School.
We wish them all the very best for the Christmas season and look forward to their return in the Spring of 2016.
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Fellowship with Rotary Club of Saint Lucia on SS Saga Sapphire

Posted by Len Joseph


On Tuesday 22nd December, 2015, members of the Rotary Club of Gros Islet and Rotary Club of Saint Lucia, along with spouses and guests, met on board the cruise ship "Saga Sapphire" for a joint lunch meeting.  The ship, which was docked at Pointe Seraphine in Castries, previously hosted a joint Christmas lunch last year.
After the usual Rotary introductions and greetings, the vibrant group was treated to a sumptuous 4 course lunch served by very friendly and efficient staff.
Rotarian and Calabasher Chester Hinkson roused the group with renditions of "We wish you a Merry Christmas".  Special thanks to AG Konrad for once again arranging this very special event!
All told, it was a very relaxing lunch with good food, delicious wine and great friends! May the warm and joyous spirit continue with all of us as we celebrate Christmas and the new year. Happy Holidays to all
Fellowship with Rotary Club of Saint Lucia on SS Saga Sapphire Len Joseph 2015-12-27 04:00:00Z 0

Christmas Message from President Dahlia

Posted by Dahlia Garia
Sending you warm wishes for a happy holiday season and all the best in the coming year.
 Fellow Rotarians, I would like to take this opportunity to say Thank You for your support through the first half of this Rotary year, to those who contributed to Rotary foundation, as well as those who contributed to Club, and those who gave of their time to successfully execute the Golf Tournament with our Title Sponsors: Bank of St. Lucia and Bank of St. Lucia International, to further support our communities and a special Thank You to those who came out to deliver that Christmas Cheer to the elderly and disabled, to hear first hand the expression of gratitude from the recipients, and the warmth and smiles of the children as they received gifts. 
I look forward to your support in 2016, as we continue to change lives in our community and communities world wide, and welcome all of you to share in the Rotary Passion, as we continue to be a gift to the world.  I wish you good health, happiness, and success in your various Vocations . May God's Blessings be with you always.
Dahlia V Garia
President 2015-16
Rotary Club of Gros-Islet
Christmas Message from President Dahlia Dahlia Garia 2015-12-27 04:00:00Z 0
Hampers for the Homes for the Elderly in Castries Maria Thom 2015-12-27 04:00:00Z 0

Grow Well Christmas Party Supported in Part by Rotary Club of Gros Islet

Posted by Coleen Newman
Thursday December 17 – Grow Well’s Annual Christmas Party at the Centre saw a packed hall and a packed library of 50 happily masked Santa elves. The Christmas party was first held in 2006, shortly after Grow Well’s new library was formed. Its purpose was to encourage Gros Islet youngsters to enjoy the Centre rather than the Street as an afterschool activity.
Grow Well Christmas Party Supported in Part by Rotary Club of Gros Islet Coleen Newman 2015-12-22 04:00:00Z 0

Christmas Message from your Editor

Posted on Dec 21, 2015

The season of plenty - for some

My friends in Rotary, this is once again the time of year where we go out and buy good food and quality drink to entertain ourselves and our friends, and so it should be for we are celebrating.  Rotary Club of Gros Islet has done its bit over the week end by delivering thirty five hampers to those who would otherwise have very little, plus we left quantities of left over supplies with Paul Harris Fellow Simone Mondesir to distribute as the greatest needs are presented.
It is our turn now friends, as we think about that turkey, ham or stew beef, to stretch out our hand to those who will have none of the above this Christmas.  I encourage all of us to share our celebration with someone who could not even dream of such a celebration.  I have told this little story before but to me it has special meaning and exemplifies the humility associated with Rotarians.  My dad always said to me when we saw a poor or indigent soul, "son, there but for the grace of God go I".  He died when I was fourteen but those words resonated with me, not then but as I became more aware in later life.
I wish you all a blessed and peaceful Christmas.  Have fun my friends - carpe diem.
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District governor milton inniss presents immediate past president judy deterville with the rotary foundation recognition for being the no. 1 club in district 7030 for per-capita contribution to the rotary foundation IN ROTARY YEAR 2014/2015

This recognition came on the day that two of the Club's members were recognized as having reached Major Donor status in the current Rotary year.
2015/2016 The honour goes to Guadeloupe  but we are hot on their heals!
ROTARY CLUB OF GROS ISLET #1 IN DISTRICT 7030 2015-12-15 04:00:00Z 0

California Based Wheelchair Foundationand The Rotary Club of Pleasanton, California Bring 270 Wheelchairs to Saint Lucia

The California based Wheelchair Foundation, and the Rotary Club of Pleasanton California partner to bring wheelchairs to Saint Lucia for those in need.  They will be working through The Ministry of Health
Sponsored by the Wheelchair Foundation's Wine for Wheels program and the Rotary Club of Pleasanton California, and working with the Saint Lucia Ministry of Health, Rotary Club of Gros Islet, Saint Lucia and The Rotary Club of Saint Lucia,  a container of 270 wheelchairs will be distributed to those in need beginning in the spring of 2016.
California Based Wheelchair Foundationand The Rotary Club of Pleasanton, California Bring 270 Wheelchairs to Saint Lucia 2015-12-13 04:00:00Z 0

District Governor Milton Inniss Visit to Saint Lucia December 14 to 16

district governor milton inniss

Milton is a Quantity Surveyor by profession, having qualified with a BSc (Hons.) in Quantity Surveying from the University of Reading in 1984.  He is the Commercial Director/General Manager at Moorjani Caribbean Ltd.  Milton is a Barbadian and a member and Past President of the Rotary Club of Barbados West.  At the start of this Rotary year DG Milton sent us the following message:

Dear Fellow Rotarians,

I wish to extend greetings to you as we start this new Rotary Year.  To all Club and District officers, I wish to extend heartiest congratulations on your appointments and wish you every success during your year.  This year, as we strive to “Be A Gift to the World”, let us renew our commitment to Rotary and its ideals. 
I have set six areas of focus for this year – Foundation, Membership, Public Relations, Rotaract & Interact, Training and Dyslexia. 
District Governor Milton Inniss Visit to Saint Lucia December 14 to 16 2015-12-13 04:00:00Z 0

Marchand Combined School Christmas Party 09th December 2015

50 children received gifts and had a party with members of the rotary club of gros islet

Led by Secretary Angela, Rotarians from the Rotary Club of Gros Islet including IPP Judy Deterville, Rtn. Jackie Theodore, Rtn. Lenita Joseph, PE Astrid Mondesir and Visiting Rotarian Richard Spalding took the party to Marchand at 12.00pm on Wednesday December 9th.  These are the children for whom RCGI provides monthly breakfast supplies throughout the year.  Thanks go out to all members who assisted in making this event a success with special thank you to Rotarian Ian Harris who did a sterling Job as Santa and PHF Maggie Jaganath who baked three cakes for the party.
This is the first of a number of events that RCGI will engage in to make Christmas just a bit happier for hundreds of less fortunate people in Saint Lucia this year.
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2016/2017 Board Elected on December 8th

President Elect 2016/2017 - Astrid Mondesir
President Elect 2017/2018 - Angela Clarke
Vice President - PP Jonathan Everett
Secretary - Joel Crocker
Treasurer - Lisle Chase
Lenita Joseph
Angela Clarke
Judy Deterville
Adrian Theobalds
2016/2017 Board Elected on December 8th 2015-12-13 04:00:00Z 0

Editors Guide to Website and eBulletin users/readers

As many of you (or at least some of you) are not very experienced in the use of websites and the way they work, I have taken the liberty of providing some basic tips to hopefully make the experience more rewarding.  Forgive me if you are already way ahead of me on this.
Please use your pointer (mouse) to hover over all links.  If the pointer turns to a hand with a finger pointing at the link or simply shows a different colour, usually underlined, you can click on the link and it will take you to a relevant page.  To return to where you were simply X the URL at the top of your screen that is active.  For example: on the events link for DG visit, (see it is blue and underlined when you hover your pointer over the link) if you click on this you will go to a page that gives you the name and picture of the DG (Milton Inness from Barbados) and there you will see the programme for his visit.  Further, if you see "read more"  you can click on this and it will take you to a page with the whole story.
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Posted by Len Joseph on Dec 06, 2015
The e-learning website is

All courses are valuable in broadening members understanding of Rotary but for starters we recommend:

1. Rotary Foundation Basics - this course allows the participant to learn more the Rotary Foundation, it's programmes, grants and funds;

2. Rotary's Strategic Plan - this course provides vital information on Rotary's Strategic Plan and gives ideas on how your Club can implement that Plan;

3. Rotary's Areas of Focus - participants can learn more about the six (6) areas of focus, the purpose and goals of each. Active examples of each area being implemented are also provided.

On successful completion, Rotarians are issued with an e-certificate which can be printed. 
Follow the link below and watch the video.  This will give you step by step instruction on how to get to the Rotary Learning Centre and how to participate in the courses available.
KNOWLEDGE IS POWER - E-LEARNING Len Joseph 2015-12-06 04:00:00Z 0


Posted by Coleen Newman

Colleen Newman,  Director of the Program with Mary Sidoine, Susan Guillaume,  Liz Skeete, Claire Nardoni and Christina Jules
The Grow Well golf program is in its 5th successful year. More than 100 Grow Well boys and girls throughout the Gros Islet District have had the opportunity to be introduced to this sport free of charge, as a result of major sponsorships and commitment by very generous individuals and institutions.  Thanks to the Rotary Club of Gros Islet, this year four of Grow Well’s best juniors competed in the event of the year -- The Rotary Club of Gros Islet’s Charity Golf Tournament. Grow Well is especially proud because RCGI is the founder and principal supporter of Grow Well and our many programs to support youth at risk in the Gros Islet community.


GROW WELL GOLF PROGRAM Coleen Newman 2015-11-28 04:00:00Z 0

Happy Thanksgiving

Posted on Nov 26, 2015


Its Turkey season folks.  The spirit of Rotary, that spirit of giving and sharing is in the air.  This is when we dig deep while we remember those less fortunate than ourselves, those who have no family of their own to turn to and for whom we can extend our Rotary family.  This is where our time valued motto is put to the test:  SERVICE ABOVE SELF. 
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Rotary at a Glance




Rotary brings together a global network of volunteers who dedicate their time and talent to tackle the world’s most pressing humanitarian challenges. Rotary connects 1.2 million members from more than 200 countries and geographical areas. Their work impacts lives at both the local and international levels, from helping families in need in their own communities to working toward a

polio-free world.


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We have said it before and we will continue to say THANK YOU to all of our sponsors for the 2015 Charity Golf Tournament.  It is your sponsorship that makes us possible to carry out our projects each year.  You are the reason that so many people have been helped over the past twenty two years.  The complete list of our sponsors this year follows:

Interact Club of Babonneau

Chair of the Interact committee, Rotarian Joseph Dolor has advised that the Interact Club of Babonneau will commence the refurbishment of the Babonneau Secondary School lunch tables within the next few days.  We will get some before and after photographs for the next few issues of the bulletin.  This will be the first project for this Rotary year and Rotarians are encouraged to contact Rotarian Joseph to see how they can assist.
Interact Club of Babonneau 2015-11-22 04:00:00Z 0

Meeting of November 17th 2015

Charity Golf Tournament Report

Golf Chair, Cornelius Sidonie (pictured above)  gave a summary of the tournament.  From all accounts this year's tournament went off smoothly starting with the cocktail reception on Friday 13th and ending with the prize giving at 2.30 pm on Saturday 14th. 
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Meeting of November 10th 2015

Pres launch for the rotary club of gros islet/bank of saint lucia & bank of saint lucia international charity golf tournament

President Dahlia Garia thanking the Sponsors and Press at the Press Launch for the Rotary Club of Gros Islet 23rd Annual Charity Golf Tournament

Gold Sponsor, Digicel presenting their Sponsorship cheque

Gold Sponsor Ernst & Young (EY)  presenting President Dalia with Sponsorship cheque

Dimond Sponsor, Courts/Unicomer presenting Sponsorship Cheque

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RCGI / BOSL & BOSLIL Charity Golf Tournament Won by Team Sandals LaToc

Congratulations to the Winners - team sandals la toc

Team Sandals La Toc members: A. Dhanpaul, A. Felicien and L. Francis with a net 59
Paul Haris Felow Susan Guillaume presenting the Claude Guillaume Memorial Trophy to Team Sandals La Toc.  Also in picture is President Dahlia Gaia of RC Gros Islet.
Team Le Sport Body Holiday: H. Joseph, E. Edwin and D. King with Net 60.  Second place decided on count back.  Pictured with Rotarian Joseph Dolor RC Gros Islet
Team Rotary Club of Port of Spain West: R. Amar, R. Deonarine and D'Hil Mauricette also with a net of 60 took third place.
Also in picture, Past President Jonathan Everett and President Dahlia Garia
It was a magnificent day for golf with clear blue sky punctuated with puffy white clouds and a cooling breeze.  After breakfast and the mandatory team photographs, the twenty four teams set out to their designated tee boxes for the shotgun start at 8.30 am.
RCGI / BOSL & BOSLIL Charity Golf Tournament Won by Team Sandals LaToc 2015-11-14 04:00:00Z 0
Charity Golf Tournament - BOSL & BOSLIL Hand over Title Sponsor Cheques 2015-11-08 04:00:00Z 0

Meeting of November 3rd 2015

The meeting was presided over by President Elect Astrid as President Dahlia was off island.  We welcomed two visiting Rotarians in the persons of Richard Spalding from the Rotary Club of Winchester and Rtn. John Williams from the Rotary Club of Edinburgh.  Also, our Honorary Rotarian Chuck McCarthy from Good News Foundation popped in to update us on the work of the Foundation both in Saint Lucia and in Hurricane ravaged Dominica.

Rtn. Richard (above),  Rtn. John (below) & Hon. Rtn. Dr. Charles (Chuck) McCarthy

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Election of 2016/2017 Board

According to the By-Laws of the Rotary Club of Gros Islet, our Annual meeting of members to elect the board for the following Rotary year takes place in the first week of December of each year.  The system that we have employed to date is that there is a Nominating Committee for the position of President Elect.  At the current time we have a President Elect in the person of Rt. Astrid Mondesir (President for 2016/2017) - not open for vote at this election,  and a Nominee for President (2017/2018) in the person of Rtn. Angela Clarke.  The following positions on the Board for 2016/2017 will be up for election:
President Elect 2017/2018  This may be challenged but will require notice to the Secretary
President Nominee 2018/2019
Vice President
Seven Directors:
Service Projects
Club Administration
Public Relations
International Service
The Rotary Foundation
Youth Services
Other Board appointed positions include Community Service, Vocational Service and Sergeant at Arms
Election of 2016/2017 Board 2015-11-08 04:00:00Z 0

RCGI World Polio Day

The Rotary Club of Gros Islet commemorated International Polio Day by bringing the message of Polio to students and teachers of the Dame Pearlette Louisy Primary School. Students were happy to share in the knowledge that the world is very close to ridding itself it this dreadful condition. The good news is that none of the children have ever met anyone with Polio. This is a very good sign, as Polio has been eradicated from the Caribbean for many years.
RCGI World Polio Day 2015-11-01 04:00:00Z 0

Copy of RCGI Charity Golf Tournament Update


Bank of Saint Lucia and Bank of Saint Lucia International - title sponsor

Courts/Unicomer - Diamond Sponsor

JQ Motors- Diamond Sponsor

Ernst & Young - Gold Sponsor

Digicel - Gold Sponsor

silver sponsors:

1st National Bank
Adco Inc
Innovative Business Solutions
Le Sport Body Holiday
CGM Gallagher Insurance Brokers
Crown Foods
Sandals La Toc
Ramco Plastics Ltd.
Theobalds Consulting
Rider Levett Bucknell
Rotary Club of Gros Islet
Saint Lucia Golf & Country Club
Windward & Leeward Brewery/Heineken
Sagicor Life Inc
Harris Paints
Saint Lucia International Financial Centre
Concept Holdings
Appletons Estate
Saint Lucia Golf & Country Club

prize sponsors:

Cap Maison
Ans Chastanet/Jade Mountain
Harmony Suits
Royal by Rex Resorts

Other Sponsors:

Caribbean Cinemas
Blue Waters
June's Catering
Columbus Business Solutions (Flow)
Embssy of The Republic of China on Taiwan
Saint Lucia Distillers


The results are in and can be viewed in detail at  Select the RCGI Tournament.
The Golf Raffle runs alongside the Tournament and tickets are available from members at the cost of $25 each.  1st Prize - an Ashley Furniture Living Room Suite donated by Courts/Unicomer.  The 2nd Prize is a Samsung Galaxy 6 edge Smartphone donated by LIME, and the 3rd Prize is a half hour helicopter tour for two donated by Saint Lucia Helicopters.
Tickets are still available as the draw was postponed as a few ticket books had not been returned.  The Draw will be publicized within the next few days. 


Copy of RCGI Charity Golf Tournament Update 2015-10-31 04:00:00Z 0

RCGI Charity Golf Tournament Update


Bank of Saint Lucia and Bank of Saint Lucia International - title sponsor

Courts/Unicomer - Diamond Sponsor

JQ Motors- Diamond Sponsor

Ernst & Young - Gold Sponsor

Digicel - Gold Sponsor

silver sponsors:

1st National Bank
Adco Inc
Innovative Business Solutions
Le Sport Body Holiday
CGM Gallagher Insurance Brokers
Crown Foods
Sandals La Toc
Ramco Plastics Ltd.
Theobalds Consulting
Rider Levett Bucknell
Rotary Club of Gros Islet
Saint Lucia Golf & Country Club
Windward & Leeward Brewery/Heineken
Sagicor Life Inc
Harris Paints
Saint Lucia International Financial Centre
Concept Holdings
Appletons Estate
Saint Lucia Golf & Country Club

prize sponsors:

Cap Maison
Ans Chastanet/Jade Mountain
Harmony Suits
Royal by Rex Resorts

Other Sponsors:

Caribbean Cinemas
Blue Waters
June's Catering
Columbus Business Solutions (Flow)
Embssy of The Republic of China on Tiawan


The final preparations are in train for what it is expected will be the 23rd successful staging of this major tournament in the Saint Lucia Golf calendar.  Sponsors and players alike are anticipating two days of fun commencing with the cocktail party and Team Auction on Friday 13th November to be held at the showroom at JQ Motors, next to the Audi building.  The tournament will tee off on Saturday the 14th November at 8.00 am.  In addition to the many great prizes for the teams, there is the "Hole in one" prize of a Mercedes car from JQ Motors.
The Golf Raffle runs alongside the Tournament and tickets are available from members at the cost of $25 each.  1st Prizeis an Ashley Furniture Living Room Suite donated by Courts/Unicomer.  The 2nd Prize is a Samsung Galaxy 6 edge Smartphone donated by LIME, and the 3rd Prize is a half hour helicopter tour for two donated by Saint Lucia Helicopters.


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Grow Well Samedi Kweyol

Posted by Len Joseph on Oct 18, 2015

On Saturday 17 October, 2015, Grow Well presented "Samedi Kweyol".


This cultural event celebrated Saint Lucia's food, music, fashion and other elements of our local heritage. The day's activity took place on the Rodney Bay Strip for the entire day, the proceeds of which go towards supporting the Grow Well Centre.

Grow Well, a voluntary organisation, has been one of the longest and most impactful projects supported by the Rotary Club of Gros Islet. Hundreds of disadvantaged youth have benefited from its educational and vocational training programmes and have in turn become positive role models for other youth.

Grow Well Samedi Kweyol Len Joseph 2015-10-18 04:00:00Z 0

Interact Club of Babonneau Secondary School


On Thursday 15th October Members of the New Generations Committee visited the Babonneau Secondary School Interact Club to establish the annual plan for the club. 

The first project for this year will be the repainting of the lunch tables.

Interact Club of Babonneau Secondary School 2015-10-17 04:00:00Z 0

Club Meeting of October 13th 2015


from top left:

Crystal Lucien   Secretary to National Vision Commission   

Chris Lubin         Owner of FDL Pest Control Service

Gilbert Fontinard  Engineer

Atinas Botev      Generl Manager, The Body Holiday   

Descartes Blackwood     General Manager Secure Services                                                    

Thanks to Rotarian Cornelius who had three guests, we were able to share fellowship with seven visitors in all. 
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Bank of Saint Lucia & Bank of Saint Lucia International Title Sponsor for Charity Golf Tournament 2015 2015-10-11 04:00:00Z 0

Autism Awareness Conference - October 17th 2015

The Rotary Club of Gros Islet  sponsored the air fare of the keynote speaker for the  Autism Awareness Conference that took place on October 17th.


Dr. Delia Samuel, Promoter of the conference and President Dahlia Garia of the Rotary Club of Gros Islet

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District Assistance for Bahamas

District 7030 has come to the assistance or Rotary in the Bahamas as that territory struggles to cope with the utter devastation caused by Hurricane Joaquin late last month.  Our source disclosed that an amount has been sent to Rotary Bahamas form the District Disaster Fund.
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Assistance for Flood Victims in Dominica

Members make personal donations towards assisting the victims of Tropical Storm Erika that left hundreds homeless.  Stand by as PDG David Edwards is spearheading a major relief project  for Dominica at the Zone level.  We are standing by to lend our support to this initiative.
Assistance for Flood Victims in Dominica 2015-09-23 04:00:00Z 0

Youth Services in Action

The New Generations segment of the Youth Services Committee report that the Rotaract Club of Gros Islet kicked off their fundraising to assist the victims of Tropical Storm Erika in Dominica.  The second leg of the project takes place this week end.
The committee will meet with the teacher/coordinator for the Interact Club at Babonneau within the next few days to chart the course for the club for the academic year.
We are in the selection phase for RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Awards) which takes place in Grenada in November.  RCGI is committed to sending two young people to help train them as future leaders.
The committee is investigating whether the computer lab that we donated to the Boys Training Centre is functional.  A report will follow.
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India celebrates three years without polio

Throughout India and around the world, Rotary clubs are celebrating a major milestone: India has gone three years without a new case of polio. The last reported case was a two-year-old girl in West Bengal on 13 January 2011. To mark this historic triumph, Rotary clubs illuminated landmarks and iconic structures throughout the country with four simple but powerful words, "India is polio free."
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Saving lives in Ghana

What is it like taking a large team to Africa?  It has probably been one of the most rewarding experiences in my life. In mid February, I began leading Rotary members from all over the East Coast of the United States through Ghana. I’ve tried to give the team a warm Ghanaian welcome like I’ve received on my earlier trips. A large trip is a real blessing because each person sees Ghana and our work in a different way.
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