President Soraya Sharing the Honour with PE Leevie
 
At the closing ceremony at the District Conference in Guadeloupe, District Governor Dominique Venere announced that Rotary Club of Saint Lucia had won Club of the Year.  What an honour, and a well deserved one at that.  Although your editor is not privy to the precise criteria that was used, he is in a position to know how the DG received information on the clubs in the District, and in particular on RC Saint Lucia.  The DG asked all of her AGs to provide information in the clubs under their purview if they wished to recommend a club for this honour.  For the sake of transparency, I will set out the information that I furnished the DG with, as the AG for Saint Lucia.
 
Of the clubs under my purview, I recommended RC Saint Lucia for this award based on the following:
 
Fellowship:
In addition to maintaining excellent fellowship at regular meetings (from personal observation) the club held a nine distinct fellowship activities including Lunch on a cruise ship; social with the DG; poetry & comedy night; sunset cruise; brunch with visitors from the newly formed RC Coeur Caraibes, with a Twinning Agreement being finalized; viewing party for Polio; as well as two vocational outings to projects of significance.  There were more activities but this alone is impressive and speaks to a club that is truly vibrant in our District
Fundraising:
The Club has successfully hosted the Wine and Cheese Fiesta; the Calabashers music concert; and the Treasure Hunt is being revived and will take place on June16th.
Service Projects
The club has excelled this year with a total of nineteen projects, and a Twinning.  Of these the focus for the year has clearly been on youth but this is not exclusive.
A very successful Youth Symposium was held in September at the Financial Complex at Point Seraphine; Tree planting (over 1,000 trees) with Interact; 4 Way Test Speech Competition; Formation of a Satellite Club with 26 members (grew membership of RCSL by 60%); Lady Gordon Library refurbishment plus 823 new books – Literacy Project – Special Needs School – District Grant Funded;  Rotary Training Day – All new Satellite Members/Rotarians;  Environmental Project – Partnership with Greening the Caribbean and Marchand Combined School – to teach children about recycling and proper waste disposal; Feeding the Poor - three activations; Christmas Hamper Drive - over 100 families; Career Guidance talks at 10 schools; Rotaract Leadership Symposium (Replaced RYLA); Doctors in Action Program – Health Fair providing free health services led by our Rotarian Doctors - included booth on Polio – (Highly Successful Project); Annual Luncheon / Outing with Special Needs School; Partnership with Canadian Firm – Computer Lab donation to the Upton Garden Girls School ; Interact Model UN Activity – Sponsor of 2 Interactors to Trinidad.  There were other smaller activities and the Satellite Club activities are taken into account.  The latter helped the Rose hill fire victims; Hamper donations to Cornerstone home for the indigent and made presentation at the Balata school.
The club has surpassed all of its goals for 2018/2019 Rotary year and earned a Rotary Citation with Presidential Distinction.  
 
I am extremely proud of RC Saint Lucia and commend President Soraya for doing an exceptional job as club president.  They have set the bar high and it is for the rest of us to emulate their shining example.