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Welcome to our Club!

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
Immediate Past President
Director of Membership
Director The Rotary Foundation
Director of Public Relations
Director Club Administration
Youth Service Chair
Director Service Projects
Youth Service Co Chair
Club Service Chair
International Service Chair
Training Chair
Disaster Relief Chair
Fellowship Chair
Sargent-at- Arms
Family of Rotary/Wellness Chair


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Our Club Welcomes You....
It was an honour to have spent a short time with two dynamic Rotarians in the persons of the Late Sir Durward Knowles and Sheila Bethel a while back. I will forever treasure this special moment! On behalf of President Sherrin Cooper and the Rotary Club of Eleuthera, we extend our sincerest condolences to the family of Sir Durward, The Rotary Club of East Nassau, and extended family of Rotary Clubs of the Bahamas! Sir Durward Knowles was truly great Rotarian and a national hero... May His Soul Rest In Peace.

L-R: PP Jacquie Gibson, The Late Sir Duward Knowles, and Sheila Bethel, Zone 34 Public Image Coordinator

Dear Fellow Rotarians,
Rosa and I have visited most of the clubs in our District and at the beginning of February we will meet with the Rotarians in St. Martin Nord, St Maarten, St Barts, Anguilla and the E Club of the Caribbean and believe me, it has been an unbelievable experience. Meeting with Rotarians and Rotaractors and seeing the amazing projects we visited, made us proud of leading District 7020 as it works to Grow Stronger in Rotary to Serve Better and continues Making a Difference in our communities.
The month of February emphasizes Peace and Conflict Resolutions and as we go through the District, many Clubs are doing projects that address the underlying causes of conflict, including poverty, lack of access to education, and unequal distribution of resources. 
Rotary members are tackling this issue through projects that improve schools, give vocational training to high risk youth groups which would otherwise not have a chance to learn a skill.   We visited clubs where Rotarians and Rotaractors together organized a Peace and Conflict Resolution Seminar. They aimed to educate young men and women and create an awareness that they are in control of their own lives by making good choices allowing them to deal with situations that can become a conflict. Micro Credit is being used by clubs to help in Community Development and giving hope. We participated in the hand painting of a Peace Wall in Negril where Both Rosa and I left our hand prints among all the others as part of this beautiful and meaningful wall. Peace Gardens are something that not only beautify our communities but provide a green and peaceful areas in which to meet. A Soup Kitchen and meal distributions that we saw impressed us. Without a meal, children can become volatile. Assuring at least a one meal gives PEACE.

Five Rotary Club of Eleuthera Rotarians participated in Rotary Leadership Institute - Sunshine Division sessions held in Nassau! on 20th January 2018 at BVI. Rotarian Chinnici McDonald completed level 1, President-Elect Sandra Ingraham levels 1 & 2, President Sherrin Cooper, had previously completed all 3 levels in addition to the Public mageI graduate level, also completed the Foundation training (graduate level), Past President Jacquie Gibson and President Nominee Sue Culmer participated in the Discussion Leader training.RLI was a rewarding experience for all 5 Eleuthera ladies

Image result for rotary international president 2018-19 BARRY AND ESTHER RASSIN
Barry Rassin, of the Rotary Club of East Nassau, New Providence, Bahamas, is the selection of the Nominating Committee for President of Rotary International for 2018-19. He will be declared the president-elect on 1 September if no challenging candidates have been suggested.
As president, Rassin aims to strengthen our public image and our use of digital tools to maximize Rotary’s reach.
“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.”
Rassin earned an MBA in health and hospital administration from the University of Florida and is the first fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives in the Bahamas. He recently retired after 37 years as president of Doctors Hospital Health System, where he continues to serve as an adviser. He is a lifetime member of the American Hospital Association and has served on several boards, including the Quality Council of the Bahamas, Health Education Council, and Employer’s Confederation.
A Rotarian since 1980, Rassin has served Rotary as director and is vice chair of The Rotary Foundation Board of Trustees. He was an RI training leader and the aide to 2015-16 RI President K.R. Ravindran.
Rassin received Rotary's highest honor, the Service Above Self Award, as well as other humanitarian awards for his work leading Rotary’s relief efforts in Haiti after the 2010 earthquake there. He and his wife, Esther, are Major Donors and Benefactors of The Rotary Foundation.
Rassin’s nomination follows Sam F. Owori’s death in July, just two weeks into his term as Rotary International president-elect.

The club hosted an interactive and enjoyable Vocations presentation led by Rotarian Deborah Fox!  She started with a twist of Rotary Table Topics focusing on in-house vocations, the 4 Way Test, and Rotary Code of Ethics.  Spontaneous questions were thrown out to each Rotarian in the room to encourage each person to speak off the cuff and to have fun doing so.  This exercise was fun and delightful!

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Rotarian Dellarice Young-Fox Vocations coordinator addressed the club

The focus of the month is to give attention to and celebrate the varied vocations of members.  The meeting ended with a presentation by business owner PP Juanita Pinder who gave a dynamic presentation on her journey from the legal field to ownership of a successful office supply store.

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Past President Juanita Pinder

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Past President Robyn Curry (being pinned in photo below) was awarded her third multiple Paul Harris pin in recognition of her ongoing support to the Rotary Foundation. IPP Colin Moss (center top photo), was also awarded w Paul Harris recognition compliments of the club for his support and dedication to Rotary
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Ms. Denise Hinds-Jordan has over 20 years’ experience in Financial Regulation, Development Economics, Public Policy and project management. She was instrumental in the drafting of the National Development Plan (NDP) where she focused primarily on Economic Development, Education, Health, and some aspects of infrastructural development.  In addition to her work on the NDP, Denise is a coordinator for Component 1 of the Public Financial Management/ Performance Monitoring Reform project, where she utilised her project management and strategic governance skills to design the program for the introduction of a Delivery Unit (based on the approach introduced by Sir Michael Barber during the Tony Blair administration) as well as the design for the study on the Strengthening of the Bahamas Investment Authority.  She has a MSc in Money Banking and Finance, a MA in Public Policy and a BSc in Economics and Accounting and is a Certified International Project Manager (CIPM) and Certified Project Risk Manager (CPRM). In addition to her academic achievements she has had significant professional training in organisational re-engineering, strategic management and operational risk, financial risk management and governance. Her primary areas of interest include community banking, microfinance, governance and strategic planning, and entrepreneurship.  She has been a volunteer with the One Eleuthera Foundation since December 2016.
Fellow Rotarians,
Every year Rotary dedicates the month of January for Vocational Service. This is the month where I ask all Clubs to increase their promotion of our 4 Way Test. The Test guides us and orientates us in the things we think, say and do and it is our responsibility to spread it as a positive message in our communities.
This is the month when we “recognize all useful occupations as worthy of respect” and when we can use our “work as an opportunity to serve society”, remembering the Second Object of Rotary: “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”.
During this month I encourage Rotarians to focus more on this important Avenue of Service. It is the month where I suggest the following activities:
1) Review the Classification List in your Club. Rotary’s unique classification system assures that each club has among its members a cross-section of a community’s business and professional population.
2) During a meeting, read and analyze “The Rotary Code of Conduct” formerly known as The Declaration of Rotarians in Business and Professions. Many members are not aware of its existence. Adopted by the Rotary International Council of Legislation in 1989 it provides more specific guidelines for the high ethical standards called for in the Object of Rotary.
3) Ask members in your Club to give 5 to 10 minute talk on their vocation, or past vocation. Doing this it will give a better understanding of the diverse vocational talents of our fellow members.
4)  Present a Vocational Award to someone in the community who has exemplified outstanding professional achievement while maintaining very high ethical standards. Invite your local media to cover this event. The community, in particular the new generation, needs models to follow and this is a good way to promote and shine the spotlight on these positive models.
5) Organize a career fair for young students; explain the 4 Way Test and the importance of Vocational Service and Vocational Month to Rotary.
Let’s continue to Grow Stronger Serve Better by celebrating Vocational Service month, paying more attention to this important Avenue of Service, so we can be part of Rotary:Making A Difference in our communities.
DG Robert Leger
7020 District Governor 2017 - 2018
As part of the Department of Public Health island wide Mantoux screening (The Mantoux tuberculin skin test (TST) is the standard method of determining whether a person has been in contact with Mycobacterium tuberculosis), President (Retired Nurse) Sherrin Cooper, along with Rotarian Nurse Douglas hit the pavement for a few days by visiting business establishments and homes to test residents that did not or were unable to visit the local clinic for testing. They were successful in testing dozens with the Mantoux test.
My Fellow Rotarians,
As we continue to enjoy the Christmas season, let us remember the reason we celebrate. The coming of our Saviour in this world. It is a time of giving to those who are less fortunate but I am happy to say that RCOE gives all during the year. 

I would like to thank you all for being so generous with your time, talents and monetary gifts. 'Service above Self' is truly demonstrated. Let us continue to 'Make a Difference' in our communities and in the world.
President Sherrin
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In recognition of Disease Prevention month our guest speaker at our weekly meeting was Dr. Arlington Lightbourne a Bahamian General Practice and Emergency Physician with advanced training in Nutrition, Lifestyle Medicine, and Obesity & Weight Management. He is the founder and president of Bahamas Wellness Clinic, whose mission is to reduce lifestyle-related death and disease in the Bahamas through physician-directed interventions with patients. Dr. Lightbourne and his team have had tremendous success in its medical weight loss and diabetes reversal programs which have become its signatures services. 
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Rotarian Nurse Douglas was on hand to offer free health screenings and counseling, and Rotarian Sheryl Fax prepared onsite healthy food for Rotarians.  She also displayed edible plants as options for Rotarians to consider planting in the backyard gardens.
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A family of Rotary Party in the Backyard of Past President Julian Carey. Rotarian Audrey Carey was awarded Paul Harris honors for her unselfish dedication to Community Service. She (along with twin brother Rotarian Audley ) cut and shared their birthday cake with Rotarians, family and friends

Congratulations to our President Retired Nurse Sherrin Cooper, on receiving a national award for her dedicated years of outstanding service in the field of nursing! We are so proud of our President!

The month of December is dedicated to Disease Prevention and Treatment and this can take on many forms. From supporting studies to helping immunize people to improving drinking water and the sanitation infrastructure, disease results in misery, pain, and poverty for millions of people worldwide. That’s why treating and preventing disease is so important to us”.
Rosa and I have already visited 63 out of the 83 clubs in our District and it has been a wonderful and humbling experience seeing the outstanding projects our Rotarians are doing in their communities in all the Areas of Focus. Our Rotarians are so warm and welcoming that our experience has always been special in every club we have visited and we are looking forward to visiting the remaining twenty clubs.

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Rotary Club of Eleuthera and the Rotaract Club of Eleuthera jointly held a successful networking event under the theme, “Communicate, Collaborate, Connect!”. It was an opportunity for Rotarians, Rotaractors and Business Professionals to connect in a relaxed environment. The event also served as a 'World's Greatest Meal' fundraiser for the 'End Polio Now' initiative.
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The Rotary Club of Eleuthera sponsored a MINI RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Awards)  during the visit of District Governor Robert and Past Assistant Governor Rosa Leger on Saturday 11th November. Close to 60 young leaders from the Interact Club of Central Eleuthera High School, Earlyact Clubs of Deep Creek Middle School, Emma E. Cooper Primary. Also attending and receiving their charted documents from DG Robert was the Governor's Harbour Primary School, as well as the Hatchet Bay Primary School that is in the process of forming the first ever after school club. The youngsters were addressed by DG, and were challenged to develop their skills as our future leaders while having fun doing so.  The energy was high among the participants throughout the event.


Who is your special Rotary mentor? ...by PAG T. Murry Forde

Past presidents and members of the Rotary Club of East Nassau. T. Murray Forde standing second from left.

By T. Murray Forde, Past Assistant Governor of District 7020 and Past President of Rotary Club of East Nassau     

Part of what makes Rotary so special are the connections you make with fellow members and the impact that has on your life.

I first met Sir Durward Knowles in 1963 when I was dating his niece (now my wife). He was well known in sailing circles both locally and internationally.  I remember with pride going to the airport with the family in 1964 to welcome him home from the Olympics in Tokyo. He had won the first-ever Olympic gold medal for the Bahamas, and is now the oldest living Olympic gold medalist in the world.

The Knowles family after his Olympic Gold Medal.

Durward brought me into the Rotary Club of East Nassau in July 1975 when he was incoming club president. I knew a little bit about Rotary, but through Durward I was able to learn even more and get involved. Looking back, I realize the positive influence he’s had on my life and how his mentoring helped shape who I am. Durward was an outstanding example of what it meant to encompass vocational service by leading with integrity and contributing his expertise to the problems and needs of society.

During his year as president, Durward led his club to achieve great things. As president, he really stressed engagement and introduced new projects that encouraged fellowship, which in turn led to an increase in membership. Growth happened naturally as the club became more involved in fundraising, community service, and gained publicity from inspiring guest speakers.

He also got the club thinking big, doing larger community service projects and collaborating with other charitable organizations. His favorite charity is the Bahamas Association for the Physically Disabled. He spearheaded fundraising projects to finance construction of a building for the association. Following his lead, the Rotary Club of East Nassau has since financed the construction of other buildings.

Durward, who just celebrated his 100th birthday on 2 November, continues to be highly respected in Rotary and our community. A great Rotarian, sailor and humanitarian – I am grateful that Durward introduced me to Rotary


L-R: PAG Rosa Leger, AG Bryan Knowles, Newest Multiple PHFs Past President Jacqueline Gibson, and President Sherrin Cooper, District Governor Robert Leger and Foundation Chair Past President Robyn Curry
President Sherrin Cooper and Past President Jacqueline Gibson received their Paul Harris award  (one sapphire) from District Governor Robert Leger during his official visit to the club. The Paul Harris Fellow recognition acknowledges individuals who contribute, or who have contributions made in their name, of US$1,000 to The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International. To date, more than 60% of club membership are Paul Harris Fellows


The Governor's Harbour Primary School is the third school on Eleuthera to form an EarlyAct Club under the sponsorship of the Rotary Club of Eleuthera! District Governor Robert Leger presented school principal Mrs. Tanya Mcphee-Pinder with the official EarlyAct document on Saturday 11th November, 2017 at the Rotary mini RYLA. The charter club president is Jade Thompson.

President Sherrin Cooper along with Rotarians Carl Ramnerine and Jacqueline Gibson joined Principal Marie Galanis, Interact President Jeremia Seymour and her Executive team for a tree planting exercise of guava trees on the school campus. President Cooper gave a talk to the Interactors on the tree planting challenge given by RI President Risley.  The Interactors pledged to care for these trees.

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Rotarian Sandra Ingraham
President Elect 2017 - 2018

PE Sandra is the club’s Provisional President (2009) and a Charter Member. She has attended PETS & Assembly in BVI, GrandCayman and Montego Bay JA. She is a Multiple Paul Harris Society member x 2 Rotarian of the Year 2014 – 2015 and voted Favorite Rotarian by the Rotaract Club 2015 – 2016. Positions Held in the club include Director of Club Service x 3 years Secretary x 3 years and presently serving as Club Administrator and Treasurer. This dynamic lady is already in the process of laying a strong foundation for her presidency and had built already build a strong leadership team of directors to assist her in the continuation of the movement of the club to higher heights!
Congratulations Rotarian Sandra!


The club hosted a Careers Fair at Central Eleuthera High School, the home school of our Interact Club on 23rd October. 300 students attended.  The following vocations participated:

1) Hospitality Industry - Ministry of Tourism – Ms. Jacqueline Gibson, Manager (Eleuthera)

2) Professional Nurse - Nurse Velleicia Rose – Douglas RN, DPH, Gov. Harbour Clinic

3) Educator – Mrs. Karen Crean, Retired School Principal

4) Business Entrepreneur – Mrs. Juanita Pinder, Proprietress Office General

5) Business Entrepreneur – Managing Non Profits – Mr. Shaun Ingraham, CEO, One Eleuthera Foundation

6) Accountancy / Auditor – Ms. Susan Culmer, Finance Manager (CTI)

7) Electrical - CTI

8) Plumbing - CTI

9) Agriculture – CTI

10) Carpentry - CTI

11) IT – Paultera Johnson

12) Law Enforcement – Chief Superintendent Stephen Adderly, OIC RBPF, Eleuthera

13) Law – Ms. Ronique Carey, Attorney at Law

A careers Expo was also hosted at the South Eleuthera Mission on Saturday 21st October.  The 12th graders from Preston Albury High School attended and were also exposed a variety of professions. The Expo was a smashing success!


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The club was pleased for the partnership opportunities with the Rotary clubs of Old Fort and South-East Nassau for a weekend of fellowship and community projects. Rotarians attended the Fish Fry street event for the End Polio Now promotion.  Work projects were carried out at the South Eleuthera Mission including the construction of tables and benches for the Bannerman Town Community Centre.  Sessions were planned for "Developing Business Plans", Careers Expo and fellowship opportunities in the backyard of PP Ju.  It was an exciting weekend!


Rotarian Susan Culmer


Rotarian Susan Culmer joined RCOE in 2012. Since joining, Rotarian Susan has completed all levels of RLI training including training at the Foundation Graduate level. She has also gained vast Rotary experience because of her attendance and participation in District Conferences in Cayman Islands, Montego Bay, Jamaica, Atlantis Paradise Island, and the PETS/Conference Cruise last year.

She also attended the Rotary International Convention in Atlanta earlier this year, exposing her to a vast knowledge of the organization from a global perspective. She also had the opportunity to work as a RI volunteer, and was among only a few hundred  persons at the RI Convention to attend the Great Women In Rotary event, where she had the opportunity to spend time with Sylvia Whitlock, the first ever female Rotarian (and first female President), who made it possible for women to legally take their rightful place in Rotary 30 years ago. She is a member of the Paul Harris Society.

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President Sherrin Cooper (center) welcomed Martha "Marty" Roloson (left), who was visiting the island with Rotarian Mary Graves from our sister club the Rotary Club Rancho Catarti California. Marty is from Kansas where her late husband was a member of the Rotary Club of Lenexa Kansas. She started a scholarship in his memory for Eleuthera Rotaractors to attend Rotary International Conferences. President Sherrin with the aid of Rotarian Mary (R) presented Marty with an RCE Trading Banner
Despite the losses that Rotarian Mary has endured as a result of the fire In California, she manages to pull a smile as Past President Ian Carey (Sgt. at arms) presents a donation of on behalf of the club. 



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Message Month of November

Dear Fellow Rotarians,

In many ways, The Rotary Foundation is an invisible presence in our clubs. Most of what we do in our clubs and our districts, on a weekly basis, we do without the active involvement of the Foundation. But our Foundation is invisible in our clubs in the same way the foundation of a building is invisible when you’re in it: Just because you don’t see it doesn’t mean it’s not holding you up.

The Foundation that enabled Rotary to take on polio is, in many ways, the foundation upon which our Rotary service is built. For 100 years, since it came into existence with a first donation of $26.50, the Foundation has supported and strengthened our service, enabled our ambitions, and allowed us to be the organization that we are. Because of the Foundation, Rotarians know that if we have the ambition and put in the work, very little is truly beyond us.

It is an incredibly effective model that we have here in Rotary, one that no other organization can match. We are completely local and completely global: We have local skills, connections, and knowledge in over 35,000 clubs, in nearly every country of the world. We have a deserved reputation for transparency, effectiveness, and good business practices, and because we are highly skilled professionals as well as volunteers, we achieve a level of efficiency that very few other organizations can approach.

To put it simply, a dollar given to The Rotary Foundation has a great deal more muscle than a dollar given to most charities. If you want to spend a dollar on Doing Good in the World, you can’t do better than to spend it with the Foundation. That is not just me speaking out of pride; it is verifiably true and is reflected in our rankings by independent organizations.

In the Foundation’s centennial year, Rotarians surpassed our goal of raising $300 million. If you were part of that achievement, you have been part of something tremendous. Somewhere in the world, someplace you have probably never been, people you may never meet will lead better lives because of you. Ultimately, it is our Foundation that lets us make good on our core beliefs: that we can make a difference, that we have an obligation to do so, and that working together, as well and as efficiently as we can, is the only way to effect real and lasting change.


President, Rotary International


President Sherrin Cooper administering Polio Drops to a child in India earlier this year! She extends an invitation for you to join her at 5:30 pm this evening (Tuesday 24th), to view the live End Polio Now live feed … BE A PART OF THE COUNTDOWN TO HISTORY at the Cancer Society, Palmetto Point Eleuthera. Light refreshments will be served. END POLIO NOW DONATION - $5.00
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Past Presidents Julian Carey and Robyn Curry going hard to support the eradication of Polio. The END POLIO NOW CAMPAIGN WAS OFFICIALLY LAUNCHED! Left in photo PP Julian Carey​ shows the End Polio coin drop cans, PP Robyn Curry​ shows off the End Polio Now shirt to be worn by Rotarians, and President Sherrin shows her ends full of the POLIO SUCKS stick candies to be sold to the public for the cause.
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Louis Butler, Director of the Bahamas Maritime Authority (BMA) is the Managing Partner of Louis Butler & Associates. Mr. Butler has more than twenty-five years of public practice experience in the audits of banks and trusts, shipping, estate planning, Vat and tax consulting, business license, investment companies, mutual funds, and retail businesses. Butler is also a consultant in the International accounting firm Moore Stephens Bahamas. Prior to his current position, Mr. Butler served as Director of Finance for an International Trust Company, Financial Controller of a publicly traded company, and was the Senior Manager of Moore Stephens Butler & Taylor. Mr. Butler is a licensed member of the Bahamas Institute of Chartered Accountants (BICA), and was member of CGA Canada now CPA Canada, Past President of CGA Bahamas, Past Council member of BICA, and former member of CGA Canada International Forum Committee. In 2005, Mr. Butler was awarded The Fellowship Award by CGA Canada in recognition for his exemplary service to the Association, the profession, the public, and community.

L-R: Rotarians Juanita Pinder, Maisie Thompson, SDusan Culmer, Rotaractor Shapreka Clarke, Rotarian Jacqueline Gibson, and Rotaractor (President) Ashley Hall
The Rotary Club of Eleuthera Family were well represented at the First Caribbean Bank International Walk for a Cure for Breast Cancer event on Saturday 14th September. 

October is Economic and Community Development Month

The month of October is dedicated for Economic and Community Development. Projects that will help to make a difference in this area of focus are encouraged

“Rotary supports investment in people to create measurable and enduring economic improvements in their lives and communities”.

Rotary’s Goals:
- Building the capacity of entrepreneurs, community leaders, local organizations and community networks to support economic development in impoverished communities
- Developing opportunities for productive work
- Reducing poverty in underserved communities
- Supporting studies for career-minded professionals related to economic and community development


Projects that will help make a difference in this area of focus are encouraged. In our district, many clubs have already done projects and are participating in helping people help themselves.


Early registration recommended

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On 1 September, RI President Ian H.S. Riseley declared Barry Rassin Rotary International's president-elect.

The Nominating Committee for President of Rotary International selected Rassin, a member of the Rotary Club of East Nassau, New Providence, Bahamas, in August. He will be officially elected at the 2018 RI Convention in Toronto, Canada, and will become president on 1 July 2018.

http://www.riconvention.org/en (for convention information and registration)


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Ginger Horton, Asst. Manager of the One Eleuthera Cooperative Credit Union made a very informative presentation on joining the credit union  to Rotarians at the club weekly meeting on Thursday 12th October. On June 13, 2016, the One Eleuthera Cooperative Credit Union accepted their first deposit. This monumental step is the first of many towards making OECCU one of the best full service banking institutions in the Bahamas. The OECCU is now accepting deposits from its members. The aim of the Credit Union is to assist with empowering residents of Eleuthera by promoting savings, shareholdings, financial services and counselling, and encouraging Eleutherans to become owners and operators of their own financial institution.

The future of the Credit union is bright as they plan to be able to offer term deposits within the next quarter. They also will be able to offer small business loans within the next two quarters. Ms. Horton encourages everyone to bank with OECCU.

 Persons interested in becoming members of One Eleuthera Cooperative Credit Union or seeking more information are asked to visit The South Eleuthera Mission building in Rock Sound or call 242.334.2948.


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Alfred Sears, newly published author, former Minister of Education and Attorney General visited Central Eleuthera  on his Book Tour. “A Community Life”, a memoir describing his compelling and inspiring life story, having gone from reform school to a successful public life.  He was accompanied on tour to schools throughout Central/North Eleuthera by Rotarians. He received awesome interaction with the Faculty and students was well received by all that he came in contact with, including a book signing at a community meeting a hosted by Rotary.

L-R: Jerrimia Seymour,  Interact President - Central Eleuthera High School, Rotarian Sherrin Cooper, President - RCE,  Aretha Culmer, EarlyAct President - Emma Cooper Primary School, Thomas Sands III, President - Deep Creek Middle School, and Ashley Hall, President - Rotaract Club of Eleuthera.

The 'Open House' event which was hosted by RCE was a smashing success!  A very motivated group of young people young leaders who are focused on achieving their goals and maximizing their potential were enlightened on the ideals of Rotary in general. President Sherrin Cooper congratulated them as RCE  looks forward to a great year working with and mentoring them. President Sherrin also thanks to PP Juanita Pinder, Director of Youth Services for organizing the open house for youth clubs, advisors, teachers, parents and the public.
"Such a great turn out!   We look forward to mentoring and working with our young people.." President Sherrin
Charter President Rotarian Shaun D Ingraham is a presenter.  He  will speak on, “One Eleuthera Foundation: A Model For Socio Economic Development.” Moderator for the Business Outlook 2017 will be Past President Jacqueline Gibson.

A Message from District Governor Robert and the District 7020 Disaster Committee
In response to the devastation caused by Category 5 Hurricane Irma throughout District 7020’s communities, the District has set up a Disaster Recovery Fund.
The fund will be managed by Rotary’s DNA-RAG Rotarian Action Group (http://www.dna-rag.com/), a 501(c)3, in cooperation with District 7020’s Disaster Relief Committee.
To contribute please wire funds to:
Name of Account:  Disaster Network of Assistance - Rotarian Action Group, Inc. dba “DNA-RAG”
Account #: 12 1682 8928
Swift Code: PNCCUS33
Physical address of Bank:  PNC Bank, 9033 Glades Rd, Boca Raton, FL  33433
Contact: PDG Phil Lustig, Vice Chair, Tel: 1 561 212 6554   Email: phil.lustig3@gmail.com
Ensure payee instructions entered for: “District 7020 Hurricane Irma Fund”
For further information contact:
District 7020 Disaster Chair: Jacqueline Heyliger
Email: jjheyliger7020@hotmail.com  Tel: +1 340 277 3201
Past District Governor Jeremy Hurst
Email: jeremyhurst7020@gmail.com  Tel: +1 345 525 9900
The District is also setting up a special committee to assess the needs of our communities and recommend how the funds donated will be spent. We will provide more details of this process shortly.
To those of you still in Irma's path and to those of you that have just come through it, stay safe and know that the District's prayers and thoughts are with you as we look to support you in the future in every way we can. To those of you lucky enough to have been out of Irma's track, please do what you can to support those who've been hit by one of the worst disasters in our region's history.
Yours in Rotary Service,
District Governor Robert Leger
District Disaster Chair Jacqueline Heyliger

If you can read this post, you are fortunate that you can read but there are many persons in the world today who cannot read. The Rotary club of Eleuthera will conduct reading sessions in the schools on Eleuthera this month.
International Literacy Day History
The International Literacy Day was decided by the UNESCO at 7th of November in the year 1965 to celebrate it 8th of September every year which was celebrated first time in the year 1966. It was started celebrating all over the world to emphasize the great importance of the literacy to the individuals, society and communities. The day is celebrated specially to rememorize the status of the literacy and adult education to the international community.

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The Rotary Club of Eleuthera does it again! The Construction team built a deck and seating for students of Central Eleuthera High School on Saturday, right in time for Back to School

Dear Fellow Rotarians,
As of August 25th Rosa and I have had the pleasure to visit 36 Clubs in our District. What a
wonderful experience! Most of the Clubs we have visited have at least one project in the
education area which I consider very positive.
More than 775 million people over the age of 15, sixty per cent of them women, are illiterate.
That is 17% of the world’s adult population. Fifty seven million children worldwide are not in
In our Rotary calendar the month of September is Basic Education and Literacy. Let’s continue
doing good in our communities but focusing this month through our actions on:
1) Providing school materials for children in need
2) Providing teacher training and needed classroom supplies
3) Volunteer in a classroom
4) Offering an after-school program
5) Promote student enrollment and prevent health related absences by sponsoring school
meal programs and providing safe drinking water and sanitation facilities
6) Develop an adult literacy program
Our goal in Rotary is to strengthen the capacity of communities to support basic education and
literacy, reduce gender disparity in education, increase adult literacy. The Rotary calendar year
is to guide Rotarians and such educational actions should be promoted and continued
throughout the school year and if possible with a long term project.
We need to remember that education plays a vital role in shaping tomorrows’ leaders.
Education is one of the cornerstones of sustainable development.
DG Robert Leger
District Governor 2017 - 2018

L-R: Membership Director Rotarian Glenda Johnson, Newest Rotarian Barbara Carey, and sponsor  Rotarian Nora Knowles

The Rotary Club of Eleuthera is pleased to welcome our newest Rotarian Barbara Carey. Her installation took place during the
grand finale activities for Membership Month.

L-R: Rotarians Glenda Johnson, Jacqueline Gibson, Rotarian of the Month President Sherrin Cooper and Rotarian Deborah Fox
As part of the Grand Finale events for Membership and Partnership month, Rotarians voted by secret ballot their choice for the "People's Choice" Rotarian of the month. President Sherrin received the most votes to her surprise! The Membership Month Committee presented her with a gift. The first runner-up for this award was our Membership Director Rotarian Glenda Johnson.

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This past weekend was a busy one for members of the Eleuthera Rotary Family (Sat Aug 26th & Sunday Aug 27th). Saturday 10am - Distribution of back to school supplies at the South Eleuthera Mission, also at 10 am, our Rotaract Club held a Thrift Shop fundraiser at South Eleuthera Emergency Partners, 10:45 am distribution of school backpacks at the Methodist Church Tarpum Bay, 11am, Rotarians attended the funeral for the sister of fellow Rotarian Errol McPhee, 3pm the club partnered for a big back to school jamboree at Wesley Methodist church.
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Rotarians offered free health screenings to dozens of back to children of the community, 7pm PP Julian hosted a fellowship event at the Dolphin Blow hole for Rotarians wishing to watch a boxing match.  On Sunday at 11 am, Rotarians and a representative from the Interact Club (PP Earlyact club), worshiped with President Sherrin at Wesley Methodist Church.  During the service, the club presented the church with a cash gift to assist with their community back to school initiative. Immediately following the service, President hosted members of the RotaFam to a delicious luncheon.

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Her Excellency Dame Marguerite Pindling, Governor General, received Members of Bahamas Rotary Clubs at Government House on Wednesday, August 23, 2017. Our President, Rotarian Sherrin Cooper (standing - 5th back row in yellow), traveled from Eleuthera to Nassau especially for this grand occasion.

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Charter President Shaun Ingraham addressed Rotarians, Rotarators and invited guest on the history of the Rotary Club of Eleuthera, with focus on involvement at country, district and international levels.  It was concluded that such information be compiled in an official document, with updates on events of significance as they occur. His interactive informative presentation was part of activities scheduled for Membership Month.
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As we celebrate Membership month, It is an honor to present a second a Paul Harris award  (one sapphire), to Rotarian Cynthia Cartwright (Charter Member).
Rotarian Cynthia was awarded her first Paul Harris pin by the club in 2015 by Past President Julian Carey.

Mr. Aterio Mitchell, President of Bahamas Striping, presented President Sherrin Cooper with a supply of Back Packs to be presented to students in preparation for a Back to School Drive.  Mr. Mitchell and his team were also on the island to replace a number of existing cats eyes with a more modern solar powered version.  This company was in South Eleuthera several months ago when the commenced strategically located street and road markings.  President Sherrin told Mitchell that she was delighted for the partnership and admired Bahamas striping for continually giving back to communities all over the Bahamas. She was delighted to assist with the Cats Eyes placement in the area called Charlotte's Bend.  On hand for the occasion were Rotarians Past President Jacqueline Gibson, President Elect Sandra Ingraham, Club Secretary Susan Culmer, and Membership Chair Glenda Johnson.

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Rotary International President Ian Riseley has challenged every Rotary club to make a difference this year by planting a tree for each of its members

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Each Friday during the month of August, Rotarians were challenged to capture themselves displaying and promoting Rotary by wearing their Rotary/Rotaract pins and displaying ANYTHING Rotary! 
Photo Collage created by Rotarian/Rotaractor Andrew Hall & Rotaract Club President Ashley Hall 

President Sherrin Cooper and The Rotary Club of Eleuthera congratulates Barry Rassin on being selected as 2018-2019 Rotary President
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Barry Rassin, of the Rotary Club of East Nassau, New Providence, Bahamas, is the selection of the Nominating Committee for President of Rotary International for 2018-19. He will be declared the president-elect on 1 September if no challenging candidates have been suggested.

As president, Rassin aims to strengthen our public image and our use of digital tools to maximize Rotary’s reach.

“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.”



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President Sherrin hosted the club to a grand Shindig affair! The club celebrated Membership & Partnership month with fun rota-activities and give-aways, member birthday celebrations and team member building. Our Partner,  Elizabeth Bryan proprietor of the Eleuthera News was presented with appreciation in recognition  of their assisting in spreading the Rotary message throughout our communities and beyond
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Left is Elizabeth Bryan Eleuthera News receiving recognition from President Sherrin Cooper

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