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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
District Site
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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Past President Robyn Curry

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Past President Robyn Curry is a Charter member of the Rotary Club of Eleuthera and has served in various positions, Community Service Chair, International Service Chair, President 2013 – 14, Rotary Foundation Chair & District 7020 Foundation Team.
She continues to be committed  providing support to  Rotaract, Interact and Earlyact clubs all in keeping with the Rotary District 7020 theme  during her tenure as President -“Engage Rotary, Change Lives.”
As a Retired Commercial Banker, PP Robyn was also instrumental in assisting with the establishment of (OECCU) One Eleuthera Foundation Cooperative Credit Union 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.


ROTARIAN IN THE SPOTLIGHT - President Elect Sherrin Cooper

Celebrating 30 years of Women in Rotary

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WE SALUTE Rotarian Sherrin Cooper, a Retired Senior Nursing Officer, has been a member of the Rotary Club of Eleuthera for the past eight (8) years. She has served with distinction in the capacity of Secretary and is presently our President Elect (2017-18). Although retired, her classification of Nurse/Health Care professional, permit her the opportunity to serve the community of Eleuthera in preventative care, which includes health education and Cancer society of Eleuthera Volunteer
As a Rotarian, she continues to submit her expertise in the health care in any program that our club is involved in. Rotarian Sherrin freely gives advice on matters related to health care and is always willing to render “Service Above Self”. She was awarded a Paul Harris Fellow as a result of her selfless service. This diligent, hardworking Rotarian inspires and motivates the next generation. PE Sherrin will be the 4th female Present of the Rotary Club of Eleuthera!


ROTARIAN IN THE SPOTLIGHT - President Nominee Sandra Ingraham

Celebrating 30 years of Women in Rotary

Rotarian Sandra Ingraham, served as Provisional President in 2009, and as a result of distinguished service, was awarded a Paul Harris Fellow and Rotarian of the Year in 2011.  She has served as Club Secretary for 3 years (2013/2014, 2014/2015, 2015/2016).   This hard working and diligent lady, comes to our club with a wealth of experience in the banking field, having served in this arena for eighteen (18) years.  She is currently employed as the Chief Financial Officer of The One Eleuthera Foundation, South Eleuthera Emergency Partner and Island Journeys, all non-profit organizations.  Having been involved with non-profits for many years, Rotarian Sandra has a great understanding of how these work and pays particular attention to being accountable to donors. 
This action oriented woman, has a knack for details and is very focused on getting the job done, above board every single time!  As a result of her classification and the job title that she holds, Rotarian Sandra is always willing to assist the community in the form of financial assistance given to non-profits.  No doubt her skills have been utilized in our club in the many positions that she has held including Club Administration.  Rotarian Sandra is a woman of integrity and exhibits professionalism in her vocation and has earned the respect of the community and her colleagues.
This Dynamic lady is elected to become President of the club (2018-2019)

Leading ladies of the Rotary Club of Eleuthera were pleased to welcome VP Jennifer Jones to our meeting. As we celebrate 30 years of WOMEN IN ROTARY, VP Jones brought much  excitement and cheer  with a dynamic overview of Rotarian Woman...Past,  Present  and our amazing future in Rotary!

L-R in photo: Immediate Past President Juanita Pinder, Provisional/President Nominee Sandra  Ingraham, Vice President Rotary Club of Windsor - Roseland, Ontario & RI Director Jennifer Jones, Past President Jacquie Gibson, President Elect Sherrin Cooper, Past President Robyn Curry


Currently, there are no mammogram machines on the island of Eleuthera. Women need to travel to New Providence for a scan at an average travel cost of $500. A needs assessment completed by Emory University's Global Health Institute indicated that there are 3,000 women over the age of 30 on Eleuthera who should be screened yearly. Due to underemployment, 57% are not able to afford to travel to New Providence for a scan. The Rotary Club of Eleuthera (RCE) has been working in partnership with One Eleuthera Foundation (OEF) and Cancer Society Eleuthera to secure a mammogram machine to be located in the Cancer Society Wellness Center (CSWC) on Eleuthera. Delivery of a machine, which was donated to the Bahamian Government by US Northcom, is tentatively scheduled to arrive at CSWC within the next few months. The mammogram machine will be the main component of OEF’s Eleuthera Imaging Program (EIP), which also includes securing an ultrasound machine.
Rotary Club of Eleuthera would like to partner with other rotary clubs in The Bahamas to help Rotary Club of Eleuthera  and One Eleuthera Foundation  achieve their funding goals for the BCOP portion of the EIP project. Suggested donation is $5,000 from each club that would like to participate.

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Celebrating Women in Rotary - Rotary Club of Eleuthera welcomes Jennifer E. Jones, VP, Rotary Int'l. Our Ms. Jones was engaging, dynamic  speaker at our meeting.  She laid a solid foundation for to club to build upon in recognition of RCE Women.

Rotarian Nicholette Duncombe  gave an enlightening presentation and vocational service to our Rotaract Club. Rotarian Nicholette reminded Rotaractors about the importance of ethical standards in our work place as well as our everyday life. The connect between vocational service and Rotary was also enlightened.

Rotarians and guests launched VOCATIONAL SERVICES Month with a dynamic young man Deangelo Pratt, Landscaping student of CTI, Rock Sound. This young man inspired the audience with his story on how being a student of CTI has given him a new lease on life. 
For the occassion, Rotarian Nicholette Duncombe conducted a talk show style session, “On the Set with Nich”, Mr. Pratt’s family and friends. Audience members interacted enthusiastically with Mr. Pratt and participated fully in the at times teary interview. It was heart-warming to hear Mr. Pratt share how being given the opportunity to pursue a vocation (landscaping) has changed his life and the lives of his family for the better. Mr. Pratt plans to start a landscaping company after his tenure at CTI. It is riveting to witness in action the truth of Rotary’s guiding principles which emphasize the importance of work

Attorney Bethel presented on how the legal profession and Rotary’s ethical standards align. She spoke on the principles of fairness, truth and integrity in vocational service at the third club meeting of the month. She is presented with a certificate of Appreciation by Rotarian Sherry Fax (R)

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President Colin Moss attended the School Assembly at Central High School, to make a check presentation to Principal, Mrs. Marie Galanis, Advisors and Interact Club Board of Directors headed by President Goshon Rahming. The funds will be used to purchase materials for Lunch Benches for the School. The The CEH Interact Club is excited and can't wait to commence the bench construction, for the benefit of their entire student population.

Twelve (12) newest members of Earlyact Club of Deep Creek Middle School (DCMS) were welcomed to the Rotary family in a Pinning Ceremony and Certificate Presentation. RCE acknowledges and appreciates the ongoing leadership and support by advisors, parents and guardians of DCMS!

President Colin Moss attended the School Assembly at Central High School, to make a check presentation to the Principal, Mrs. Marie Galanis, Advisors and Interact Club Board of Directors headed by President Goshon Rahming.  The funds will be used to purchase materials for Lunch Benches for the School.  The CEH Interact Club is excited and can't wait to commence the bench construction, for the benefit of their entire student population.

Happy New Year my Fellow Rotarians,
2016 really flew by quick. We’re now into a new year and like every new year it brings hope and dreams and goals. I truly wish you and your loved ones an amazing 2017.
By the end of 2016 I was also able to complete all the club visits and got home to spend time with my family.
We’re now into the second half of the Rotary year. A big shout out to the Club of the Month winners for December – Rotary Clubs of St Croix, St Maarten Midisle, and East Nassau. Great stuff!
January is Vocational Service Month. And it is also when we also recognize Rotary Fellowships. I am quite passionate about both Vocational Service in Rotary and the various fellowships that Rotary has for all of us.
I love the fact that we are all classified into Rotary – I love the fact we all bring something to the table – we are all good at something – we all have some skillset we can use to help those less fortunate through Rotary Projects.
The founder of Rotary, Paul Harris, said, “Of all the one hundred and one ways in which men can make themselves useful to society, undoubtedly the most available and often the most effective are within the spheres of their own occupations.” Vocational Service is the means for Rotary to develop and support Rotarians as they apply the ideal of service in their occupations. Vocation is the essence of Rotary. This is why Vocational Service is referred as the bedrock and the shining principle of Rotary”
I often use this analogy to describe the avenues of service and more specifically to explain the importance of Vocational Service:
So Think of a Tree. A Rotary Tree - the root is Club Service, the trunk is Vocational Service, the branches and leaves are Community Service and International Service, and the flowers and fruits is The Rotary Foundation & Youth Service.

In an interactive presentation, Rotarian Nicholette Duncombe, drew meeting attendees into learning more about diabetes statistics, risk factors and prevention. Rotarian Nicholette was able to share a lot of valuable information with Rotarians during her dynamic interactive presentation.

L-R: Rotarian Sherry Fax, PP Robyn Curry, PN Sandra Igraham, CP Shaun Ingraham, Rotarian Sue Culmer, PP Jacqueline Gibson and IPP Juanita Pinder.
These Rotarians took time out for a photo moment after the event.
RCE partner the Cancer Society of Eleuthera’s began the festive season on the island with Annual Music in the Garden and Tree Lighting. Rotarians, Rotaractors, Interactors and EarlyActors were all in attendance to celebrate and support cancer prevention, and celebrate our many survivors 

Cancer society Administrator Chinnici McDonald
Pres. Shapreka Clarke
Guest speakers at a Rotary meeting were Rotaract President & One Eleuthera Foundation Community Outreach Assistant Shapreka Clarke and Cancer Society of Eleuthera Administrator Chinnici McDonald. In their presentations, they dispelled myths and educated the club’s membership on the causes, prevalence and healthy living for the prevention of breast cancer. With The Bahamas having a higher prevalence of breast cancer, lower age at diagnosis and more advanced stage at diagnosis than the US.


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President Elect  Nurse Sherrin Cooper, lead Rotarian on the month's activities under DISEASE PREVENTION AND TREATMENT - Speaking on WORLD AIDS DAY "Ending HIV/AIDS by 2030"
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An essay competition was held among three of the High Schools on the Island on the topic HIV/AIDS Preventation & Treatment. Jerrimia Seymour, Interactor,  and student of Central Eleuthera High School, winner of the competition on HIV/AIDS - Presenting her winning entry to Rotarians at the club meeting.

Rotaract Club of Eleuthera Presentation - World AIDS Day

Today is World AIDS Day. Today is an opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV, show their support for people living with HIV and to commemorate people who have died.

There are currently 36.7 million people living with HIV today.

For more information about this day and how you can help go to the website: https://www.aids.gov/news-an…/awareness-days/world-aids-day/


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The newest member of our club, Rotaractor Andrew Hall, inducted as a Rotarian by Membership Chair, Rotarian Glenda Johnson and proposed by his brother, Rotarian Robert Hall. His wife, Rotaractor Ashley Hall, President Elect of the Rotaract Club of Eleuthera and President Shapreka Clarke and members support. Andrew became the youngest member of the Rotary Club of Eleuthera, and is the first to hold membership as Rotarian and Rotaractor.  This dynamic young man has plans to be the greatest supporter of his wife Ashley when she takes over as President of the rotaract Club for 2017-18!

The month of December, focus is on Disease Prevention and Treatment. As part of the month of activities, The club partnered with other stakeholders to stage a series of Health Fairs on the island, as it has become a matter of concern for the government that one in three Bahamians suffers from one or more chronic diseases, such as hypertension, ischemic heart disease and diabetes.  Free medical screening and health consultations was available to the general public.
The prevention of disease today is one of the most important factors in line of human endeavor….Charles Mayo

The Rotary Club of Eleuthera, presents a generous donation to pay for a shipment of building materials to aid in the restoration of the island of Andros, an area in the Bahamas hard hit by Hurricane Matthew. L-R in presentation photo: Rotarian Sheryl Fax, President Colin Moss, Businessman Addison Cooper, President Elect Sherrin Cooper and Club Treasurer Rotarian Susan Culmer.

A free breast cancer screening programme for thousands of at-risk women on Eleuthera, Cat Island, Long Island and Exuma will launch in early 2017. The programme is a partnership between One Eleuthera Foundation, Cancer Society of The Bahamas, Cancer Society of Eleuthera, and Rotary Club of Eleuthera. It will provide mammography and ultrasound screening, Cancer Society of Eleuthera is leading the programme and screenings will take place weekly at their Wellness Centre in Palmetto Point. 
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You are encouraged to give generously to the Foundation
Rotarians and Rotaractors and their families supported a fundraiser for South Eleuthera Emergency Partners (SEEP). SEEP is a Rotary/Rotaract partner which is the sole provider of emergency services for South Eleuthera. The event raised $1,800 with Rotarians making pledges after the event to bring the total raised to $2,000!

Interactors participated in a debate competition for high school students across the island under the theme “The Free Movement of People from Throughout the Caribbean will be beneficial for the economic, social and cultural development of The Bahamas”. Interact President Elect  Jerrimia Seymour(2nd R) stole the show and won the event’s first place prize!

Foundation Director Robyn led the Club in a spirited game of “Foundation Jeopardy”. It was Team Juanita against Team Sherrin under the auspices of Secretary & IPP Juanita Pinder and PE Sherrin Cooper respectively. The Teams competed in the following Foundation related categories: Polio, Foundation History, Grants and Foundation Giving, with Team Juanita snagging the win in a very close battle!

EarlyActors from Emma Cooper Primary School, Palmetto Point, organized a service activity to provide dinners to fifteen (15) elderly
residents in need in their community. 

Rotaract President Shapreka Clarke and Rotaract IPP Kenwood Cartwright were sponsored by the Rotary Club of Rancho Cotati to visit Nigeria for ten (10) days in October. During our Club meeting, they regaled us with details of their trip to participate in the first West Africa Project Fair (WAPF) and shared a video depicting their activities including West African performances they enjoyed while in Nigeria!



Four-Way Test cards with Island School Students and Central Eleuthera High School Work Study Student, Katlin Walker and visiting students from the Island School. Membership Director Glenda Johnson also presented Four-Way Test cards to staff of the Governor’s Harbor Airport and Rotarian Deborah Young distributed Four-Way Test cards to  Ministry of Tourism BahamaHost as a means of displaying honesty and fair play to students wherever they go.


L-R:  Charter President Shuan Ingraham with Past Past President Julian Carey (Humanitarian Honoree) receiving his award from District Governor Haresh at Government house Gala
In celebration of his local and international service and giving,Past Club President Julian  is this year’s Rotary Clubs of The Bahamas Humanitarian Honoree. He was recognized at the annual Rotary Clubs of The Bahamas Gala Reception at Government House. PP Julian’s giving includes an exceptional donation which enabled thousands of children to be immunized against polio worldwide.

100 Years Rotary Foundation - HOPE IS ALIVE!
We welcomed two visiting Rotarians in the persons of Dr. Michael Schulte, President of the Rotary Club of Luedenscheid Germany, and Dr. Viola Stenser-Schulte, President of the Rotary Club of Luedenscheld-Zeppelin. They are Presidents of the oldest and youngest Rotary Clubs in their city of Luedenscheid (respectively)

Rotary Clubs of the Bahamas is offering you the opportunity to purchase a unique, limited edition crystal paperweight, in celebration of the Rotary Foundation's 100th Anniversary. We are only producing 100 and they are selling fast - 100th Anniversary/100 people/$100.


Looking back at the momentous 1917 Rotary Convention in Atlanta, it is difficult to see what could have been contentious about the words of then-President Arch C. Klumph: “It seems eminently proper that we should accept endowments for the purpose of doing good in the world.” Yet, at the time, support for the idea was far from unanimous. Some thought an endowment fund would create more trouble than it was worth. But Klumph’s idea received the support it most needed in the form of an initial donation of $26.50 from the Rotary Club of Kansas City, Mo.
Nearly 100 years later, we recognize Klumph’s idea as not only visionary, but revolutionary: It set in place the mechanism that allowed Rotary to become the vast force for “doing good in the world” that it is today.
In many ways, our Rotary Foundation is the foundation of Rotary as we know it. It has created a mechanism for cooperation and partnership among clubs and between Rotary and other organizations; it has enabled us to be ever more ambitious in our work and to reach for goals of historic proportions, such as the eradication of polio. It is impossible to quantify the good that has been done over the last century as a result of The Rotary Foundation. All we can know for sure is that Arch Klumph, if he could see it, would be proud.
Central Eleuthera High School (CEHS) partnered with RCE to conduct a half-day seminar under the theme, “Character Counts… Everywhere, All the Time” for its junior (7th, 8th & 9th grade) and senior (10th, 11th & 12th) students. President Colin presented on “Conduct”; PE Nurse Sherrin presented on “Stress Management”; Rotarian Nicholette presented on “Self-Image, Self-Esteem & Self-Care”; and Rotaractor Embri presented on “Conflict Resolution”. Rotarian & Superintendent of Police Christopher Wright organized for members of the Royal Bahamas Police Force (RBPF) to present on “Bullying”. Rotarians led spirited discussions and had students participate in related activities to ensure full engagement in the seminar.

In partnership with the Cancer Society of Eleuthera, Rotarians supported the planning & execution of “Walk for a Cure” in support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Rotarians and Rotaractors also participated in the early morning event intended raise funds and galvanize community support around those affected by cancer.

CP Shaun Ingraham (center), President Elect Julia and President Bill McNeil (Rotary Club of Springfield Southeast)

Interact Club of Eleuthera President Goshen Rahming, makes a presentation to Cancer Society of Eleuthera.
Interactors sport Cancer Awareness Shirts in support of the cause


Rotarians Jacqueline Gibson and Juanita Pinder, along with Friend of Rotary/Former Rotarian Elizabeth Bryan were judges for Eleuthera High School Debate. The topic was “Social Media and Social Networking Sites Have Had a Negative Effect in our Community,” They were presented with gifts of appreciation from the Preston Albury High School Debate Team.

Rotaract President Shapreka Clarke and Rotaract IPP Kenwood Cartwright travelled to Nigeria with a contingent of thirty-two (32) other Rotarians and Rotaractors from the US for ten (10) days to participate in the “West Africa Project Fair”. They participated in polio immunization activities as Nigeria is one of the last places on earth where polio remains endemic.


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. 

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