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ROTARY CLUB OF ELEUTHERA CLUB DIRECTORS
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Secretary
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Treasurer
President Elect
Club Membership Chair
Service Projects Chair
Club Public Image Chair
The Rotary Foundation
Disaster Relief Chair
Assist. Disaster Relief Chair
Youth Services
 
 
 

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Dear 7020 Rotarians,

Our beloved Rotary provides us with an array of resources that ensures that our service to humanity, not only makes a difference but inspires those that we serve.

In September, Rotarians place emphasis on the importance and value of basic education, literacy and our young generation.

In the words of Nobel Prize Laureate Malala Yousafzai:

“One Child, one teacher, one pen and one book can change the world” 

RI President's Message - August 2018

A well-known saying goes, "If you want to change the world, go home and love your family." That doesn't mean people should ignore the needs outside their own homes; instead, they should pay attention to the needs within.

It can be tempting, when our priority is service, to focus only on the things that look like service: the projects, the planning, the work that yields a visible benefit to those who need it. But to do that work effectively, we need to keep our own house in order. In Rotary, that means conducting ourselves in accordance with the principles of Rotary, treating others with respect, and following The Four-Way Test. It means maximizing our impact by planning carefully and stewarding our resources wisely. And it means looking after the long-term health of our organization by ensuring that our membership is strong, engaged, and healthy.

Our membership has hovered around the same 1.2 million mark for 20 years. We aren't growing, and our membership is getting older. We have too many clubs that don't have the knowledge or motivation to have an impact: clubs that don't know what we're doing on a global level, clubs that don't know about our programs or our Foundation, that don't even know how to get involved. And with a membership that is still mostly male, we clearly aren't doing enough to become the organization of choice for women who are seeking to serve.

We are a membership organization first. If we want to achieve the goals we've set for ourselves, we need to put membership first. All of us have a responsibility to take membership seriously, not only by inviting prospective members, but also by making sure new members are welcomed into clubs that offer them something of value. If you see someone walk into a meeting and hesitate, be sure that person has a place to sit and is part of the conversation. If you're enthusiastic about a Rotary program, make sure your club knows about it and knows how to get involved. If you see a need in your community, talk about it at this week's meeting. If we want to be part of an organization that's strong, that's active, that's having an impact – start at home, and Be the Inspiration in Rotary.

Barry Rassin
President 2018-19


 
ROTARY CLUB OF ELEUTHERA PRE RI CONVENTION CELEBRATION IN HONOUR OF RIPE BARRY & ESTHER RASSIN!
Our weekly meeting will commence celebrations with a FRESH CONCH SALAD TRUCK and BACKYARD BARBECUE! Come celebrate with us!

Rotaract Club of Eleuthera President Ashley Hall presented A Year in Review of her Club and highlighted projects and ongoing partnership with the Rotary Club of Eleuthera and other community partners. In photo President Sherrin Cooper presents the Zone 34 Public   Image Citation to President Ashley.
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ELEUTHERA PROUDLY WEARS THE DISTRICT GOVERNOR SUPER CLUB AWARD (COTM) FOR DISTRICT 7020 IN THE MED. CLUB CATEGORY!
Additionally, our ROTAFAM also celebrates two Zone 34 Public Image Citations (Rotary and Rotaract). Well done Rotarians and Rotaractors on sharing our Eleuthera Rotary stories with the world. Kudos to our Presidents Sherrin Cooper and Ashley Hall on their extraordinary leadership!
 

 

About 50 Youth Club Members, Rotarians and parents participate the first annual Rotary Club Road to Peace Walk/Run.  I was such an exciting event!. It began with exercise/warm-ups and presentation of our two newest EarlyAct Clubs (Emma Cooper and Governor's Harbour Primary Schools) with their club banners by RCE Director of youth Rotarian Juanita Pinder and Sherrin Cooper. The energetic group departed Police Headquarters for the Governor's Harbour Primary school promptly at 6:30am.

CP Shaun Ingraham, COE One Eleuthera Foundation along with President Sherrin Cooper presented the President of the Governor's Harbour Primary School EarlyAct President Jade Thompson and her School Principal Mrs. Tanya Pinder with the International Peace Flag.  CP Shaun addressed the young people with focus on the Five Peace Actions that define world citizen
  1. SEEK peace within yourself and others
  2. REACH OUT in service
  3. PROTECT the environment
  4. RESPECT diversity
  5. BE a responsible citizen of the world

The OEF and Rotary Club had made a commitment to establish Peace sites at all of the

The event was organized by newly appointed Road to Peace member Rotarian Jacquie Gibson

 
The Rotaract Club of Eleuthera hosted its first Rotaract Roundtrip where they invited Rotaractors from all over the world to spend 7 days on the island of Eleuthera. This kind of exchange was the first of its kind for the Bahamas as well as Rotary District (7020) at large.
Three lucky Rotaractors, Alexandre, Franziska and Areli were selected from France, Germany and Mexico, respectively, to share in the Eleuthera experience.  On arrival, the Rotaractors were formally welcomed with a reception at Charter President Shaun and President Elect Sandra Ingraham’s home. Great music, food and fellowship were the order of the night. Once the Rotaractors received their island style welcome, the remainder of the week was set
for touring and fun.
While the trip was meant to be touristic, the guest Rotaractors were still given the opportunity to foster the Rotary spirit by participating in a community service project in Tarpum Bay as well as volunteering at The Centre for Training and Innovation by rendering their service in their respective areas of expertise.
Alexandre, Franziska, Areli and host Rotaractors topped off the week with a celebration at Rotarian Julian Carey’s (the king of fellowship) home, where at evening’s end they were gifted with handmade local gifts to take back home to their respective countries.

 
 
Rotary Club of Eleuthera extends congratulations to Past President of the Interact Club of Central Eleuthera High School, Tiara Bethel on her graduation from the University of Tampa.  We are so proud of her!
 

HAPPY BIRTHDAY ROTARY CLUB OF ELEUTHERA!!
The Rotary Club of Eleuthera (RCE), under the leadership of President Shaun Ingraham, was chartered 8th April, 2009. The charter banquet was staged in grand style on Friday, 24th July, 2009 at Workers House, Governor’s Harbour, Eleuthera. The Guest Speaker was Past District Governor, Errol Alberga of Jamaica. Our Charter  The evening was grand! We also celebrate our Provisional President Sandra who was elected by the club to serve as the club President for the period 2018-2019.
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Immediate Past President Deacon Colin Moss (second left in blue shirt) says opening prayer and prayer blessing for the machine at the handover ceremony
 
We were so pleased welcome  Rotarians Dr. Michael Schulte, Past President of the Rotary Club of Luedenscheid Germany, and Dr. Viola Stenser-Schulte, Past President of the Rotary Club of Luedenscheld-Zeppelin. They are Past Presidents of the oldest and youngest Rotary Clubs in their city of Luedenscheid (respectively). The arrived on the island of Eleuthera on Monday 2nd April, 2018 bearing a gift of a portable Ultra Sound Machine as a result of a grant from their Rotary District 1900. They were met at the North Eleuthera International Airport by newly elected Vice President of the Eleuthera Cancer Society Ms. Suzette Kemp.  The welcoming party also included Rotary club of Eleuthera President Sherrin Cooper along with Past President Jacqueline Gibson.
These two awesome German Rotarians visited our club during the summer of 2016.  After hearing our needs, Rotarian Viola promised that she will seek into assisting the Imaging Program for the island with an Ultra Sound Machine!  she delivered!

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Above: North Eleuthera International Airport Arrival L-R: Past President Jacquie Gibson, CSE Vice President Suzette Kemp, President Sherrin Cooper, PPs Dr. Michael and Viola Schutle (notice the backpack worn by Rotarian Viola...IT'S THE PORTABLE ULRASOUND MACHINE!!)
 

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Dear Fellow Rotarians,

Our Rotary Foundation has set up the 6 Areas of Focus to encourage us to do projects in the areas
needed in our community. Many times one Area of Focus helps and can enter into another.
Last month was Water and Sanitation which also helps prevent diseases in pregnant mothers and children.

This month is dedicated to MATERNAL AND CHILD HEALTH and having done projects in last month’s theme, and providing clean water, sanitation and hygiene efforts we maximise child 
nutrition and at the same time we are already working on this theme as well. Each year 6.3 million children under the age of five die from diseases, malnutrition, poor health care and inadequate sanitation. More than 200 million women who would prefer to delay or avoid childbearing lack 
access to safe and effective contraception.

Let’s take action this month :

-Supporting or developing programs that provide immunizations
-Promoting good nutrition and also encouraging breastfeeding for most infants
-Supporting or developing programs to provide access and information about contraceptives.
-Supporting training programs for health professionals such as midwives

Rotarians serve their communities and are always ready to help Make a Difference in people’s lives including the little ones and the mothers.

DG Robert Leger
District Governor D7020

 



2017 - 2018

 

PRESENTATION ON HEALTHY FOOD AND BEVERAGE CHOICES SOLD AT SCHOOLS’ TUCK SHOPS
Continuing with our efforts to promote healthier food and beverage choices, Nurse Sherrin Cooper addressed the PTA on ‘What is Being Sold in the Schools’ Tuck Shop’.  One of the recommendations was to stop the sale of sweet drinks to the students and promote more water consumption. The benefits of drinking water were emphasized by Nurse Cooper
 

 
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PARTNERED WITH EARLY-ACT CLUB TO HAVE NEW BATHROOM FACILITIES INSTALLED AT SCHOOL 
The kindergarten class at Emma E. Cooper Primary School were challenged because of the distance between the classroom and the bathrooms. In a joint project, Rotary Club of Eleuthera and the Early-Act
club, financed the construction of a bathroom and installation of a new toilet and basin. President Sherrin presents a cheque on behalf of the club to Principal Butler. Looking on are Earlyact Executives and advisors
 
HAND WASHING AND DISEASE PREVENTION AWARENESS!
 President Sherrin led this discussion with the Early-Act club. The focus of the discussion was the role of hand washing in disease prevention. The proper handwashing technique was demonstrated. 
 
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The focus of Water & Sanitation was addressed by Heidi Johnson, Manager of the Leon Levy Native Plant Preserve, she gave tips on the role of water conservation as it relates to plants. Ms. Johnson did an excellent job of enlightening our members on the topic of water conservation and plant preservation.
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Ms. Johnson also shared information on native plants that are indigenous to The Bahamas some of which has medicinal qualities
 
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Rotarians and Rotaractors participating in a New Member Training.  All aspects of Rotary was touched on for a very interactive day of training.
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Guest speaker Water & Sewerage Manager, Cade Darling spoke about the challenges of providing adequate water supply to residents of Eleuthera. Joining us via GoTo Meeting were members of the Rotary Club of East Nassau.

 
THE ROTARY CLUB OF ELEUTHER SURPASSES TREE PLANTING CHALLENGE...Rotary International President Ian Riseley has challenged all 1.2 million Rotarians to plant a tree before Earth Day on April 22, 2018. ELEUTHERA Rotarians planted more than 32 edible fruit/vegetable trees at schools, public spaces as well as on the properties of some Rotarians. This was a fulfilling fun exercise for the family of Rotary (Earlyact/Interact/Rotaract)

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.
 
YiR,
 
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!
 

DISEASE PREVENTION AND TREATMENT
 
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
 
MULTIPLE PAUL HARRIS ROTARIANS PINNED BY DISTRICT GOVERNOR ROBERT LEGER 
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

PRESIDENT NOMINEE 2019-2020

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.

IAN H.S. RISELEY

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 A. BUTLER, FCGA, CA

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)

 


 
 
2018-2019 Theme:
"Be The Inspiration"
 

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.

 
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