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Service Above Self

1st & 3rd Thurs - Cancer Society
Cancer Society Wellness Centre
Queen's Highway, Palmetto Point
2nd & 4th Thurs -EACC,Tarpum Bay
Eleuthera,  0000
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President Elect
Immediate Past President
Director Membership
Director Public Relations
Director Club Administration
Youth Service Chair
Director Service Projects
Club Service Chair
Vocational Service Chair
International Service Chair
Community Projects Chair
Training Chair
Family of Rotary/Club Wellness Chair
Disaster Relief Co Chair
Disaster Relief Chair
Fellowship Chair
Director The Rotary Foundation


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Our Club Welcomes You....
Rotarian Robert Hall, Youth Service Chair (YSC), made a presentation at the weekly club meeting to introduce plans for New Generations/Basic Education & Literacy Month and to solicit participation for the planned programs. Rotarians were challenged to become more engaged and to assist with lending support in the community.  He was presented with a Certificate of Appreciation by Rotaract Club President Clarke for his dynamic charge and encouragement.

During the weekly club meeting, RCOE hosted a forum for service partners and academia to discuss spin off consequences of poor student reading performance, e.g. unemployment, crime, discouraged teachers, and much more. Discussions further focused on how partnerships can be forged to make learning a joint effort among educators and community stakeholders.   Rotaractors, Interactors and Earlyactors attended this joint meeting.


Rotarian Robert  Hall provided support for a Coastal Cleanup organized by the Rotaract Club in partnership with Bahamas Plastic Movement. Bahamas Plastic Movement focuses its efforts on educating young people around the issue of plastic pollution to inspire them to push for the cultural and political changes needed to end plastic dependence and pollution. 


Rotarian & Superintendent of Police, Christopher Wright, gave a ‘pep talk’ to students of Centre for Training and Innovation (CTI) to reiterate the importance of being good citizens.  Many of the students enrolled in the program were previously involved in antisocial behavior and already many have started to make great strides to turn their lives around. The Centre for Training and Innovation is a Rotary Partner whose initial program offering provides vocational and personal development training to students who may not have another opportunity to pursue higher education. 
Ms. LaShanta Stuart (in blueshirt - center), student of Centre for Training and Innovation (CTI) made a presentation to the club meeting on the impact CTI has made on her and how the program has inspired her to continue to aspire to her higher education goals.  


On September 8th, 2016, World Literacy Day, the club launched the Primary School Literacy Program for all Preschools, Public and Private Primary Schools in North, Central and South Eleuthera and on Harbour Island. The Program’s aim is to read to every preschool or primary school aged child on Eleuthera, to encourage them to explore the joy of reading.  Rotarians, Rotaractors and Community Partners are all participants in this ongoing program.
Rotarian Maisie Thompson read to preschool students at Miss Libby’s Preschool and at Sherry’s Preschool, Tarpum Bay. Rotarian Deborah Young read to K4, 1st and 2nd grade students at Emma Cooper Primary School. President Elect Nurse Sherrin Cooper read ‘The King with Dirty Feet’ at the Emma Cooper Primary School in Palmetto Point and also for the students at the Centre for Exceptional Learners, Governors Harbour. 
Rotarian Nora Knowles read Dr. Seuss’ ‘The Foot Book’ to 1st graders at Tarpum Bay Primary School. Rotarian Glenda Johnson read to 5th and 6th grade students at the Emma Cooper Primary School. Rotarian Robert read to 5th grade students at Green Castle Primary School, Rotarian Sandra Ingraham read ‘Hop on Pop’ to 2nd grade students at Tarpum Bay Primary School.
PP Ian Carey and Rotarian Sandrs read ‘Mr. Brown Can Moo’ to primary school students at Tarpum Bay Primary School. Rotarian Maxwell Leary read to students at Wemyss Bight Primary School. Rotarian Nicholette Duncombe read to 2nd, 3rd and 4th graders at Emma Cooper Primary School. Each book that was read provided a great opportunity for Rotarians to interact with the students and to teach them the depicted life lesson. 


Haresh L. Ramchandani, District Governor for Rotary District 7020, challenged the Eleuthera ‘Family of Rotary’ (Rotary, Rotaract, Interact and EarlyAct Clubs) at the weekly RCOE meeting held during his visit to “do all that we can do to be the change and to serve humanity”. What an incredible gathering of folks from across the island - who all left reenergized to join forces to create partnerships to improve local communities and the world through service. 
DG Haresh participated fully in the planned activities for New Generations/Basic Education and Literacy Month. He visited Emma Cooper Primary, Central Eleuthera High and Preston Albury High Schools during his trip. DG Haresh used the opportunity to speak to each group of students on the importance of committing themselves to being a part of changing the world for good. DG Haresh also read to students in recognition of New Generations/Basic Education and Literacy Month. The book chosen was ‘Don’t Be Scared Little Cub’ for students at the Centre for Exceptional Learners.


There will be free signup for new members to One Eleuthera Cooperative Credit Union..
Please join us as we share the good work of Credit Unions through“ People helping people to help themselves”

L-R: Rotarian Glenda Johnson, President Colin Moss, Sup. of Police Rotarian Christopher Wright and Past President Jacqueline Gibson 
In recognition of  International Peace Day on Wednesday 21st September, four Rotarians joined in a WALK FOR PEACE departing from the Ministry of Tourism  to Police Headquarters/Workers House in Governor's Harbour Eleuthera. 


Sickle Cell Anemia was one of the highlights of our recent meeting featuring Alva Culmer, who is the mother of a child who suffers from Sickle Cell Anemia. Alva's quest is to educate the public about the disease and to begin a support network for persons with the disease and their families. At our meeting, PP Ian Carey purchased a ribbon for everyone in attendance in support.


Today is International Peace Day & you are invited to join in a WALK FOR PEACE departing from 2 locations Police Headquarters/Workers House in Governor's Harbour on Wednesday @ 5:15 pm SHARP heading SOUTH or from the Ministry of Tourism heading NORTH. 
For more information please call Rotarians Debbie Young, Glenda Johnson or Jacqueline Gibson 332-2145. Please bring along the entire family, this is a family of Rotary event in solidarity with our fellow Rotarians in Nassau#roadtopeace#unitedforpeace #crimeaffectsusall



Rotary Club of Eleuthera - WINNER IN MEDIUM CLUB!!

Membership & Partnership Month
On behalf of Governor Haresh Ramchandani,
Our congratulations to the winners of Club of the Month
Small Club Winners………. PORTMORE
Medium Club Winners…….ELEUTHERA
Large Club Winners……… ROADTOWN
Second Place:
Third Place:


Congratulations Rotaract club of Eleuthera on 5 year Rotaversay!!! Five years of service, hard work, partnership, dedication, fellowship, fun and doing good for our community. Although young in years, the passion that members have for Rotaract exceeds age. Cheers to many more great years in Rotaract!





My Fellow Rotarians,

On this the 50 Anniversary of International Literacy Day, observed since 1966 by United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization UNESCO, under the Theme: Reading The Past Writing The Future. 

I encourage all Rotarians to join  in making this month dedicated to Basic Education & Literacy  memorable by making reading part of your daily task. As we embark on a month long reading marathon and schedule, let us engage Teachers, Students, adults, children, workers, volunteers bystanders and onlookers in our efforts to ensure a generation that is able to read, write and add fully, one that is literate and having the ability to count.

While statistics worldwide indicate 1 in 8 persons are unable to read or write, with our efforts and that of our partners, we will be doing our part to contribute to a steady decline when we get involved. I welcome your efforts, energy and enthusiasm as we launch what will be a exciting campaign to Reading The Past Writing The Future in Eleuthera and beyond.


President Colin Moss


The Rotary Club of Eleuthera was please to invite a solid contingent of Rotarians from the Rotary club of Old Fort Nassau. Nine members and two prospective members traveled to assist in service activities and fellowship events.  The Kiwanis Club and Toastmasters Club on the island also joined the partnership. All groups worked towards a common goal of making our community a better place.


The Rotary Club of Eleuthera presented the Kiwanis Club of Eleuthera with 100% of the funds raised from an in-house auction at our weekly meeting.  This money will be used to purchase healthcare/hygienic kits for needy school age children.  The club also decided to donate all of the happy dollars collected for the night to go towards this worthy cause.


In Photo: Rotaract President Shepreka Clarke presents Director of Membership Rotarian Glenda Johnson with a Certificate of appreciation.
Good evening Rotaractors, it is a pleasure for me to be among you this evening and fellowship with you.  My name is Glenda Johnson and I am responsible for membership in the Rotary Club of Eleuthera.  This month is dubbed membership month and I am here in support of same.
I am not here to bring a long speech, but to let you know that we (the Rotary Club of Eleuthera) are here to partner with you and to increase opportunities to
collaborate.  We are all a part of one great organization that is represented around the world and let us continue in our efforts to remain a part of
greatness.  When I first was invited to be a part of Rotary, I didn’t give it a second thought, because I love people and I love serving.  I’ve made valuable friendships and feel good about Rotary and the work we’re doing to make the world a better place.  It is just so amazing how Rotary connects leaders to make a positive change.

The club commenced celebration of members with a special occasion cake in recognition of (L-R): Rotarian Maise Thompson (Birthday), Rotarians Sandra & Shaun Ingraham (Wedding Anniversary), and Rotarian Sherrin Cooper (Birthday)




John F. Germ




Forty years ago, a man named George Campbell, the owner of the company I worked for, invited me to join Rotary. Back then, that was a common practice in the United States. Your boss invited you to join Rotary because he thought it would be good for business and good for the community, and you said yes. It’s not surprising that our membership surged during that period.

George warned me not to use Rotary as an excuse to slack off at work. Even so, I always had time to attend lunch meetings and serve on committees. I never had to worry that taking a long lunch once a week would hurt my advancement, or what my boss would think about the occasional Rotary phone call at work.

Today, things are different. Companies are less generous about time, and not every manager looks favorably on community service. It’s hard to enjoy a Rotary meeting when you’ve got emails piling up on your phone. It’s harder than ever to balance work with Rotary – and the model that gave us so much growth a few decades ago is part of what’s holding back our growth now.




President Colin Moss and a team from One Eleuthera Cooperative Credit Union (OECCU) presented on the newly formed Credit Union "Benefits of joining a Credit Union" to Rotarians. The OECCU is a non-profit cooperative society in the savings and loan business. It is owned and operated by people who have joined together to save regularly and lend money to each other.

The OECCU is compliant with regulations set by the Central Bank of The Bahamas and works in the same capacity as a regular bank except it is owned and managed by the members of the Credit Union.

The aim of the Credit Union is to assist with empowering residents of Eleuthera by promoting savings, shareholdings, financial services and counseling, and encouraging Eleutherans to become owners and operators of their own financial institution. The bank is managed by Eleuthera Rotarian Walter Carey.



Jacqueline J. Heyliger, District Disaster Chair 2016/2017 is presented at the Rotary Club of Eleuthera via Skype. This Rotarian is an expert in the field of Disaster Preparedness and she will help you to devise a plan and to get prepared!
We are delighted to have the Rotary Club of Providenciales (President Petagay Carla Blake) and Rotarian Larry Gregory from St. Maarten.


Happy Independence Bahamas!
"Good Morning Fellow Rotarians. Happy Independence to All! May we go forth in a spirit of freedom, Goodness and the intent that what we do for others, we ultimately do for ourselves"....President Colin Moss



THE FIRST CLUB ASSEMBLY FOR THE NEW ROTARY YEAR (2016/17), under the leadership of President Colin Moss commenced on a high note. President Colin shared his vision in keeping with the theme ROTARY SERVING HUMANITY - BE THE CHANGE. Members were given the opportunity to contribute to the way forward for the club. Members who attained 100% attendance were recognized and awarded certificates and Rotary theme pins.



JULY 2016

Being Rotarian's photo.

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.

It is tremendously important to Rotary's future that our role in the eradication of polio be recognized. The more we are known for what we've achieved, the more we'll be able to attract the partners, the funding, and, most important, the members to achieve even more. We're working hard at RI headquarters to be sure that Rotary gets that recognition. But it can't all happen in Evanston. We need you to get the word out through your clubs and in your communities about what Rotary is and what we do. We need to be sure that our clubs are ready for the moment when polio is finally eradicated – so that when people who want to do good see that Rotary is a place where they can change the world, every Rotary club is ready to give them that opportunity.

We know that if we want to see Rotary Serving Humanity even better in the years ahead, we'll need more willing hands, more caring hearts, and more bright minds to move our work forward. We'll need clubs that are flexible, so that Rotary service will be attractive to younger members, recent retirees, and working people. We'll need to seek out new partnerships, opening ourselves more to collaborative relationships with other organizations.

Looking ahead, we also see a clear need to prioritize continuity in our leadership. We in Rotary are all playing on the same team, working toward the same goals. If we want to reach those goals together, we all have to move in the same direction – together.

Every day that you serve in Rotary, you have the opportunity to change lives. Everything you do matters; every good work makes the world better for us all. In this new Rotary year, we all have a new chance to change the world for the better, through Rotary Serving Humanity.






Happy Rotary New Year my fellow Rotarians and the family of Rotary! 

Can you believe the new Rotary Year is already upon us. I'm excited. And I hope you are too. 

It's going to be a great year ahead. I want to thank Immediate Past District Governor Felix and his lovely wife Carla for stellar leadership this past year. They've worked hard for Rotary, and for our clubs. 

Many of you may have already had your installations, changeovers or change of boards, and many will be having them shortly. I'm wishing you the very best for the year ahead. I congratulate the 2015-2016 leadership team for Being Gifts to the World and encourage them to assist and support the 2016-2017 #Allstars team. 

What you do this year my friends will resonate for generations to come. You are the custodians of Rotary's legacy. Respect this honour. Respect this responsibilty. 

It is an exciting time for Rotary, and an exciting time for our Diverse District. This Rotary Year is possibly going to be the one with the most changes in Rotary’s 111 years. There are lots of ideas, tools, and plans revolves that around change & flexibility – and as the year unfolds expect some new thinking, & new ways of doing things. As The General Secretary John Hewko said “Everything is on the table regarding change”.

But change isn’t something that just happens – it begins with me, with you – with us all – we need to embrace change – And you,– the club leaders – Change begins with you. So I enjoin you to BE THE CHANGE as we take ROTARY into greater relevance, better value, an even more amazing experience.




My Dear Friends,
As I think back on these last 12 months, the words of British writer and Royal Air Force pilot Roald Dahl come to mind. An avid photographer who amassed a collection of over hundreds of images, Dahl spoke of his memories as being far more vivid than his photographs could ever reflect. So many events and experiences, he said, were simply impossible to capture; they could not be adequately conveyed in images or words.
Language may fail, and photographs fade, minds are fallible, and details are lost. But some experiences, as Dahl said, never dim; they stand out in our memories, even after decades, as a wall of flame. They rear up forever over the landscape of our past, dividing our lives into what came before and what came after.
When I look back on my travels and experiences from this past year, I see a bright kaleidoscope of images cascading before my eyes, day after day, week after week. The meeting at the UN when we celebrated Rotary’s women of worth. The bright flags of Nepal fluttering over an entire village that had been rebuilt after the devastating earthquake. The feeling of awe in St. Peter’s Square at the Jubilee of Rotarians celebrated by Pope Francis. Joyful gatherings around the world, in so many countries, in so many languages- with friends I had never before met, my brothers and sisters in Rotary. 

Thanks to a $4,000 grant from Rotary District 7020, President Juanita Pinder was able to present a cadre of essential equipment to the Eleuthera Division of the Royal Bahamas Police Force.  This gift will enhance the capacity of the Police on the island of Eleuthera.
L-R (front) in photo: Inspector Nigel Rolle, Rotarian Jacquie Gibson, President Juanita Pinder, and Sup. Christopher Wright


President Junaita Pinder awarded graduating EarlyActors of the Emma Cooper Primary School with Certificates of Membership, at their School Graduation. These students will moving on to Central Eleuthera High School in the fall.
President Juanita also attended the graduation ceremony of the Deep Creek Middle School, where certificates were also presented to graduating Earlyactors. All 5 graduates will be attending boarding schools abroad on scholarships.  Best wishes to all of them.



Jacqueline Gibson is Rotarian of the Year

At the Rotary Club of Eleuthera’s Changeover Event held on Friday, 24th June, 2016 at the Centre for Training & Innovation (CTI) in Rock Sound, PP Jacqueline Gibson was awarded the honour of being selected ROTARIAN OF THE YEAR 2015/2016 by her club President Juanita Pinder.

This lady is a Rotarian at heart with a spirit of excellence and is always willing to go the extra mile to make sure things are done. President Juanita Pinder bestowed this honour upon PP Jacquie as she has offered wholehearted supported the Club with a "SERVICE ABOVE SELF" attitude. “I can count on her no matter what time, day or night because she makes herself available to assist in any way possible. Our club is so much better because she is a part of it.” says President Juanita. Past President 2012/2013, Rotarian Jacquie is a Charter Member of the Rotary Club of Eleuthera and has served as Membership Chair. She currently serves as Public Relations/Image Chair 2015/2016.


President Kenwood Cartwright (L), awards Rotarian Sandra Ingraham with their FAVORITE ROTARIAN AWARD, in recognition of all of her hard work and assistance to his club during the year.  (R) is Ronald Carey, the (2015-2015) Rotaractor of the year recipient. 

Congratulations to the Rotaract club of Eleuthera, for receiving the DRR PLATINUM AWARD!! This was a great accomplishment for the club. Other awards were also received at the Rotaract Conference held in Cayman Islands. 
Great job club members, keep up the good work!



Incoming President (2016-17),  Shapreka Clarke and incoming Secretary/VP Ashley Hall, are representing Eleuthera at Rotaract District Conference in Cayman


Youth Service is the Fifth Avenue of Service on which our service activity is based



2015-16 RI President K.R. "Ravi" Ravindran



JUNE 2016

British writer and Royal Air Force pilot Roald Dahl was also an avid photographer who carried his beloved Zeiss camera on his many adventures. At a time when each photograph had to be laboriously developed by hand, on film or glass plate negatives, he amassed a collection of hundreds of images. In later years, these photographs served as a visual record of his travels, a way to document his experiences and share them with others. Yet he always spoke of his memories as being far more vivid than the photographs could ever reflect. So many events and experiences, he said, were simply impossible to capture; they could not be adequately conveyed in images or words.

Language may fail, and photographs fade; minds are fallible, and details are lost. But some experiences, as Dahl said, never dim; they stand out in our memories, even after decades, as a wall of flame. They rear up forever over the landscape of our past, dividing our lives into what came before and what came after.

That metaphor has stayed with me throughout the past year as I have traveled the world for Rotary. For indeed, this entire year has stood, and will always stand, as a wall of flame in my mind, dividing my life into before and after.



District Governor Message for May, 2016

Dear Fellow Rotarians,
"Train up a child in the way he should go and when he is old, he will not depart from it."
This biblical pronouncement is practical time-tested sound advice regardless of one's beliefs. May is Youth Service month in the Rotary World.  Youth Service is the Fifth Avenue of Service on which our service activity is based.  When this avenue of service was introduced in 2010, it was envisaged that Rotarians could positively affect the youth through "leadership development activities, involvement in community and international service projects, and exchange programs that enrich and foster world peace and cultural understanding."* Many programmes exist in our District such as Rotaract,Interact, Earlyact, Rotary Youth Leadership Awards, andRotary Youth Exchange
In my official visits to our territories, I particularly enjoyed the time spent with our youth.  I watched their earnestness in conducting their meetings and planning and executing projects.  They clearly had community values instilled in them that they will not depart from.  This Rotary year, our youth groups had the opportunity to write songs about the Four-Way Test and to make videos encouraging Peace and Conflict Resolution for two District contests.  Their work was both inspiring and thought-provoking.  I recall meeting 10 year-old, Jaleel Cameron, Earlyactor in Tortola, BVI, who was motivated to raise  money for a hospital which did not have the equipment he needed to treat his illness.  Jamaal did not complain or sulk.  He took action.  He sold water and raised USD$27,000! 10 years old!
I am confident that Rotarians in our District are ensuring that our communities have a bright future and that our youth will aim for peaceful interactions and co-existence in our world. It is important that our Rotary Clubs remain committed to mentoring our youth, involving them in our service projects and providing the resources needed to support them.
May is also the month of District Conference in our beautiful District!   Carla and I, along with your Rotary family of The Bahamas, are ready to welcome you to the 42nd Annual PETS, Assembly and Conference of Rotary District 7020.  We are excited that RI President Ravi and his wife, Vanathy, will join us.  However, we are mindful that not all of our Rotary family will there.   For the first time in our District, we will have an integrated "IT Smart" Conference.  Everyone can download our own mobile app to see what is happening each day as well as access information on the speakers and sessions.  Download the app here:https://guidebook.com/g/d7020bahamas2016/   Additionally, some of the sessions, including the Opening Ceremony, will be streamed live so that everyone in our District can take part. 
My Rotary family, thank you for all that you do.  Continue to move from Success to Significance.  Be a role model for our youth and others and Be a Gift to the World
Felix N. Stubbs
District Governor 2016 - 2017



Dear Family of Rotary
As Carla and I sit here at the Rotary International Convention 2016 in Seoul, South Korea, in the company of Rotarians from across the Caribbean and the rest of the World, I cannot help but reflect that this is Fellowship month.  Fellowship was one of the reasons Rotary was established.  Fellowship is enshrined in the First Object of Rotary as “the development of acquaintance as an opportunity for service.”  Fellowship, camaraderie and relationships are what make all the good we do possible.  FELLOWSHIP IS THE GLUE AND THE NUTRIENT FOR SERVICE.
Just last month, we had the pleasure of hosting over 600 of you at our District Conference.  Your feedback indicates that you had a wonderful time.  I am grateful for the efforts of my Conference Committee – for their outstanding job in taking care of you while you were in Nassau.
As this Rotary year draws to a close, DISTRICT 7020 ROTARIANS SHOULD REFLECT WITH PRIDE ON THE GOOD WE DID IN THE WORLD.  WE HAD A SUCCESSFUL YEAR, BUT MORE IMPORTANTLY, A SIGNIFICANT YEAR.  This year we continued to tackle and execute impactful projects involving all areas of focus – water and sanitation projects, literacy programmes, health initiatives, feeding programmes for families and children at risk, economic and community development  undertakings, peace and conflict resolution endeavours and  disaster management and response schemes.   We executed sustainable projects that are important and significant for our several communities.

Rotaract and Rotary Volunteers for Telemeedicine meet outside Convention Hall at Kintex Plaza
TelemedicineTeam manned booth along with Alice Kimwaa, President Nominee for Rotary Club of Rancho Cotati



Visiting Rotarians Corey and Tracey Amend from Broomfield Colorado visited our club on May 18th.  Club trading Banners were exchanged.

Visiting Rotarian Bill Geiger from Club 6030 along with his wife kate from Indiana PA exchanged trading banners with President Juanita.


Congratulations to the Road to Peace Committee on the unveiling of the monument by RI President Ravi during the District Conference. This is an initiative of the Rotary Clubs of The Bahamas. Our very own  Rotarian CP Shaun Ingraham (second left),  served as a member of this committee in its early stages of development. Here is photo are members of the Rotary Club of Eleuthera posing with a replica of the monument


Rotarians PP Jacquie Gibson, President Juanita Pinder, PE Colin Moss, PN Sherrin Cooper, Maisie Thompson, PAG Dawn Johnson and Rotarian Spouse Roderick Pinder took part in the Cancer Society of the Bahamas  Stride For Life FUN, RUN, WALK during the District Conference to bring awareness to cancer


The Rotary and Rotaract Clubs of Eleuthera received numerous awards, including gold status at both the District (7020), and Zone (33/34) levels.
Eleuthera was also among the top three (3) clubs in the District for outstanding performance and participation in the Club of the month competitions. The  Rotaract Club received the People's Choice Award for the District video/song competition.


Source - Evan Burrell - Rotarian
Thank you Evan Burrell for your continued inspiration!



The delegation from our club, along with our AG Tim Ingraham took a few moments to take a photo together before one of the dynamic open sessions

 Club members presented District Governor Felix Stubbs, and Our District First Lady Carla Card-Stubbs with a gift of a special photo of themselves, in recognition of their official visit to our club.  This custom framed photo was signed with good wishes from all club members.  The reverse side is one of our collector's item, limited edition club billboards with the old Rotary logo.  

Susanne Rea attended the conference.  She brought with her the World's Greatest Meal Torch that had been taken to many countries around the world.  President Juanita Pinder(center), and District Foundation Chair Lindsey Cansino (right), gets to hold the Torch with Ms. Rea (Left)

President Elect Colin Moss, and President Juanita Pinder (Incoming Secretary), participates in Training Sessions


Registration team is in place! Registration begun at the Coral Towers Lobby, The Atlantis hotel. Personalized service, great information and awesome goodies await all attendees and guests! Wow!




Some years ago, in the Kano plains of Kenya, a well-meaning development agency took on the task of improving water availability to a rural community. Committees were formed, meetings were held, and the local people were consulted. The main need the community identified was improved delivery of water for irrigation and livestock. A plan to meet this need was created, and the work was soon begun, exactly as the community representatives had requested.
Yet once construction began, it was met by immediate protest from groups of community women, who came to the site and physically blocked workers from building diversion channels. Upon further investigation, the agency realized that the water it was diverting for farming came from the only source, for dozens of families, of water for cooking, drinking, and washing. The entire project had to be scrapped.
Why? Because it had never occurred to a single member of the all-male team in charge to consult the local women. At every stage, it was assumed that the men knew the needs, spoke for the community, and were able to represent it. Clearly, this was far from the case. The women knew the needs of the community, and its resources, far better – but their opinion was never sought.
We have had women in Rotary for only the last quarter of our history, and it is no coincidence that those years have been by far our most productive. In 1995, only 1 in 20 Rotarians were women; today, that number has risen to 1 in 5. It is progress, but it is not enough. It is only common sense that if we want to represent our communities, we must reflect our communities, and if we want to serve our communities fully, we must be sure that our communities are fully represented in Rotary.
Rotary’s policy on gender equality is absolutely clear. Yet nearly one-fifth of our clubs still refuse to admit women, usually by claiming that they simply cannot find women who are qualified for membership. I would say that any Rotarian who makes this argument, or believes it, himself lacks the two most basic qualifications for Rotary membership: honesty and good sense.
A club that shuts out women shuts out much more than half the talent, half the ability, and half the connections it should have. It closes out the perspectives that are essential to serving families and communities effectively. It damages not only its own service but our entire organization, by reinforcing the stereotypes that limit us the most. It leads our partners to take us less seriously, and it makes all of Rotary less attractive to potential members, especially the young people who are so crucial to our future.
To tolerate discrimination against women is to doom our organization to irrelevance. We cannot pretend that we still live in Paul Harris’ time, nor would he ever want us to. For, as he said, “The story of Rotary will have to be written again and again.” Let us see to it that the story we write in Rotary is one of which he would be proud.







The Rotary Club of Eleuthera, along with partners One Eleuthera Foundation, and Ministry of Tourism Eleuthera and Eleuthera Cancer Society, hosted The Anglican Church Men Council of the Diocese of the Bahamas & the Turks and Caicos Islands, led by Bishop Laish Boyd,  to a Mix & Mingle Reception, it was a wonderful evening of fellowship. Rotary President Juanita Pinder, Ministry of Tourism GM & Cancer Society President  Jacqueline Gibson, and ACM Council coordinator Rotarian Sup. Christopher Wright welcomed the enthusiastic 100 men. Gifts were presented to Bishop Boyd and leadership team with gifts. The Men were on the island for their 43rd annual ACM Conference, hosted by the St. Patrick's Parish, Governor's Harbour Eleuthera.


President Torii Knowles shared his views at their meeting this morning. He stressed to the group the importance of knowing the Four Way Test and that each student should live by it. Rotarian Deborah Y, who visited the club, reported that the meeting was well attended with eager students


L-R PP Jacquie Gibson, PDG Randy Rawiszer(facilitator) and Rotarian Susan Culmer
L-R Rotarian Susan Culmer, PP Carla Stubbs and Rotarian Maisie Thompson

Three Rotarians traveled to Nassau to attend Rotary Learning Institute (RLI) training. All three Eleuthera ladies were successful in completing the TRF Course


The Rotary Club of Eleuthera took to the beach for a great cause! Club members combed the beaches for several hours in search of driftwood, that was cleaned and recycled for use in center pieces at the district conference decor, a truck load of different types of wood was sized, and shipped via the mail boat to the Nation's capital (Nassau) New Providence. Sheila Bethel Zone 34 ARPIC will organize the design process of elegant center pieces.

To our awesome District Governor Felix Stubbs, a dedicated confidant,  visionary  leader  HAPPY BIRTHDAY! We wish you many blessings, and the best of health!

The Rotary Club of Eleuthera (RCE), under the leadership of President Shaun Ingraham, was chartered on April 9th. The club celebrated with a grand Charter Banquet on  Friday, 24th July, 2009.  The Guest Speaker for this grand occasion was will be the Past District (7020) Governor, Errol Alberga of Jamaica.
Rotarians meet at the Dolphin Blow hole to toast and fellowship this 7th milestone!


Congratulations to Torii Knowles -Student of the Year at Emma E. Cooper Primary School. Torii is Charter President of the Emma Cooper Primary School Early Act Club.



Dear fellow Rotarians,

Greetings! Each day I am reminded of what a privilege and an obligation it is to serveas a Rotarian. WE MUST NEVER UNDERESTIMATE THE IMPACT THAT OUR SERVICE HAS ON INDIVIDUALS AND IN OUR COMMUNITIES.

In April, we put focus on matters of Maternal and Child Health. The World Health Organization reports that last year, about 830 women died due to complications of pregnancy and child birth each day. Each day, every day! The report noted that "most could have been prevented." (Source: http://www.who.int/gho/maternal_health/en/) As Rotarians, we do not look at such statistics and turn away. The health of mothers, babies and children is an important public health goal for our region. We know that our communities' quality of life, infant mortality rate, the health of the work force, the toll on health care systems and the well-being of the family are all impacted by the nature of care available to pregnant women and mothers of young babies. As Rotarians, we can render service through the projects we do by providing medical equipment, facilitating medical care and distributing necessary food and supplies to mothers, infants and children, as examples. We can also play a role by our advocacy of these issues and by funding scholarships for health care workers. I am proud of the work that our clubs do in District 7020 to ensure the future health of their communities.



Rotarian Kathy Coleman and he husband Bob treated the students to a pizza and ice cream party at Tippy's Restaurant. Rotarian Kathy holds a special place in her heart for these special children. For the past 3 years, she gives Yoga Classes each Monday to the delight of the school populace. 
President Juanita Pinder, along with several Rotarians were on hand to assist Rotarian Kathy with serving the goodies.  In recognition of World Water month, bottled water was also served, and President Juanita took time out to explain to the students the importance of fresh clean water globally. 




My Fellow Rotarians,
Life Depends on Water! But for those who don't have safe access to safe water, life becomes a huge burden. Education, health and economic development lose priority, or even disregarded.
What can we do about it?
March 22 is World Water Day but for us Rotarians, Water and Sanitation is one of our most pressing Areas of Focus.
Our club along with Rotaractors donated water to several schools for the school sports meet.  That was a very kind and important gesture!  To further bring awareness, please consider joining the Water and Sanitation Rotary Action Group by logging on to www.rotary.org and follow the link to join.  These are sure ways to Take Action, advance Rotary water efforts and Do Good in the World.


Juanita J. Pinder

President 2015/2016


It' official! The OECCU is a reality!  Members of the Rotary Club of Eleuthera attended the historic 1st Annual General Meeting to officially launch this first ever Credit Union for Eleuthera. Rotarians were among the first to sign up of membership!


Rotarians and Rotaracts enjoyed a relaxing Sunday on the beautiful Winding Bay Beach for a cleanup wrapping up a busy Rotary week.


Rotarians and Rotaracts in a joint Water Project gifted Tarpum Bay Primary School and the  All Eleuthera Primary School Sports Day with drinking water.


                Wesley Methodist Church - Tarpum Bay
Rotaractors celebrated World Rotaract Day by attending church. Rotaractors where joined by Rotarian's from the Rotary Club of Eleuthera. President Kenwood and PE and Secretary Shapreka were able to take part in Divine Worship. 


Rotarians and Rotaracts of Eleuthera joined in a Fellowship celebrating World Rotaract Week and the wonderful relationship we share! Rotaracts challenged Rotarians to a match of volley ball (Old vs Young). They never imagined what the outcome would be! Rotarians got the bragging rights under their belt!!



CTI Apprentices have completed their orientation and are getting into their fields of study by working on actual job sites where they will acquire new or develop existing skills in the areas they chose. Each week Apprentices are split into groups and alternate between their chosen field of study and life skills courses. Current training areas include landscaping, farming, housekeeping, carpentry and plumbing. In future,CTI's Apprentice Program will expand to include disciplines like culinary arts, hospitality management, business, computer science and beekeeping among other subject areas.
Source: OEF


President Kenwood and his team of Rotaractors attended Rotary Club Boars meeting as part of activities for World Rotaract Week.

1.  The Club Provisional President was a a woman?
2.  The First President led the club to Platinum status at the district level was a woman?
3.  3 of 6 Club Presidents are women?
4.  Women represent 58% of club membership?
                      ...............................go to next page for validation!


Dear fellow Rotarians,
Carla and I were near the end of our second visit to Haiti when early one morning, we drove with AG Dawn Johnson and St. Marc Rotarians to a water filtration facility and then to a water purification plant.  Both were commendable projects and we could see how beneficial they were in rural Haiti where neighborhoods were scattered far and wide.  We then set out to visit another water purification plant.  It was a long drive along dusty roads.  As we passed acres of farm land suffering from drought conditions, I overheard AG Dawn and Carla having an animated conversation about the harmful effects of Global Warming.  Water is life and here, a peoples' livelihood, a country's economy, was facing devastation.
We passed irrigation channels with very little water and then channels where there seemed to be more water.  However, this water was brown. As we drove further, I thought about the men and women who had undertaken these projects.  It would have been no easy feat for them to drive all of this distance, on dusty unpaved roads, from their homes and work places, week after week, day after day, to work on projects to deliver clean, safe drinking water to people who they knew only in passing. I also thought about the partners worldwide who donated their money to a cause they believed in but for a people they had not met.

Rotarians and residents of our island were privileged to have as our Guest Speaker - Acting Commodore Captain Tellis Bethel of the Royal Bahamas Defense Force make a presentation at Rotary meeting on the role that his organization play in maintaining peace in our country.  He also shared the plans for the Defence Force has the “Decentralize” its efforts and to create support bases in strategic locations around our country as a proactive approach to poaching, illegal migrants gaining access to our shores and trafficking in illegal weapons and drugs.  Acting Commodore gave attendees and opportunity to ask questions and a spirited and lively question and answer period ensued.
Photo credit: The Eleuthera News


Young EarlyActors & Rotaracts Shine At Rotary Meeting – The youth arm of Rotary made quite an impression as Rotaracts and Earlyacts attended and participated in our Club meeting. The enthusiastic group took part in our meeting as President Torii (Earlyact Club) led the 4 Way Test, President Kenwood (Rotaract Club) led in the Loyal Toast.  The lively meeting was the perfect setting for the family of Rotary to intermingle and get to know each other.  

“Let there Be Peace on Earth & Let it Begin With Me” - Earlyact Club members shared the 4 Way Test and a stirring rendition of the song “Let there Be Peace on Earth” at their Charter & Pinning Ceremony at the school.  These students pledged to do their part in being peacemakers and civic minded individuals. 




Monday 15th February, 2016, was a Red Letter Day for the Emma Cooper Primary school, Palmetto Point, Eleuthera, when the first EarlyAct Club in the Eleuthera Public School system (second for the island), was officially inducted by Rotary club of Eleuthera President Juanita Pinder, at school Assembly.  Receiving the official 'Charter' Certificate, was EarlyAct President Torii Knowles.  
President Knowles proudly introduced his Board of Directors, and his school advisors Mrs. LaDonna Major, and Karen Culmer. Thirty Eight (38) students were officially pinned as EarlyActors by President Junaita, assisted by Rotarians Sherrin Cooper, Sandra Ingraham, Deborah Young and Sup. Christopher Wright. Principal of the School Karen Crane also received an official pin. The students were given their charge by Superintendent  Rotarian Wright, who focused some of his remarks on PEACE & CONFLICT RESOLUTION. 


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