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.
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.
We are delighted to have the Rotary Club of Providenciales (President Petagay Carla Blake) and Rotarian Larry Gregory from St. Maarten.
"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.
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.
JOHN F. GERM
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.
A FINAL MESSAGE FROM RI PRESIDENT RAVI
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.
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
DISTRICT GOVERNOR MESSAGE FOR JUNE, 2016
Visiting Rotarians Corey and Tracey Amend from Broomfield Colorado visited our club on May 18th. Club trading Banners were exchanged.
DISTRICT CONFERENCE 2016 - NASSAU BAHAMAS
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
PRESIDENTIAL MESSAGE, MAY 2016
Rotary International President
DISTRICT CONFERENCE OPPORTUNITIES
DG FELIX MESSAGE FOR APRIL 2016
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.
RECOGNIZING WORLD WATER DAY
Juanita J. Pinder
DISTRICT GOVERNOR MESSAGE FOR MARCH, 2016
PEACE AND CONFLICT PREVENTION/RESOLUTION MONTH
Superintendent of Police (officer-in-charge) for the island, Rotarian Christopher Wright presented Rotaractor Embri with a certificate of Appreciation for her great presentation, and looked forward to working closely with her in the future.
Doing Good in the World
For almost 100 years, The Rotary Foundation has lived its motto: Doing Good in the World. See the global impact of the Foundation’s financial support.