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the Southern Caribbean — st. Kitts to French Guiana

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2017 District 7030 PETS & Conference

26th – 29TH April 2017, TRINIDAD





Countdown To ABC Clubs Joining District 7030

District 7030 News & Stories

On Sunday 16th October 2016, the Rotary Club of San Fernando hosted its first Medical Outreach for the Rotary year at the Williamsville Community Center. From 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon, doctors and nurses accommodated about 90 individuals from the area, running several common health tests and general checkups on all present.
CR and Social Media
Does your club make effective use of social media? Social media has revolutionized the way we connect with our friends, family and acquaintances in our network. Through their pictures and online posts, we can tap into their likes and dislikes, which effectively can have an impact on you. It has become a portal of advocacy - a way to get the word out, and often, we even see viral trends. It isn't as simple as just having a presence however. 
At the 2016 Zone 33/34 Institute which took place from 13th thru 16th October 2016 in Charlotte, North Carolina, District 7030 was recognized for having contributed more than twenty percent (20%) of its District Designated Fund to END POLIO NOW (the Rotary Foundation's PolioPlus Program) during the 2015-2016 Rotary year. Immediate Past District Governor Milton Inniss received the certificate on behalf of the District with DG Roger Bose, DGE Waddy Sowma and many other Past District Governors attending the event and representing D7030 to the fullest.
On Saturday 17th September 2016, as part of International Coastal Clean Up Day, the Rotary Club of Maracas/St. Joseph joined with Coosal’s Construction Limited and other volunteers from The St. Joseph Interact Club (St. Joseph), Hillview College Interact Club, Members of the Llunego Village Council, Members of the Acono Village Council, the MVCC Environmental Team and the Maracas Valley Action Committee. Charged with a total of 63 volunteers comprising 11 teams, the Rotary Club’s clean up exercise commenced as early as 8.30 am and finished at approximately 12.00 noon.
In a concerted effort to inspire “Service Above Self” amongst youths, the Rotary Club of Maracas/St. Joseph is leveraging the power of 3D printing. The pilot project, known as eNABLE INTERACT, will see the Rotary Youth Interact Clubs of Hillview College and St. Joseph’s  Convent, St. Joseph collaborate with an international  organization known as the enable Community Foundation (ECF). The latter is a global network of passionate volunteers using 3D printers to create prosthetic, mechanical hands for persons in need.
RC Stabroek President Anand Harrilall (left) hands over the charter certificate to Stabroek Rotaract President Tofina Felix (right)
On September 3rd, 2016, Stabroek Rotary chartered the Rotaract Club of Stabroek which is an organization of young adults (between the age of 18 and 30) in the Rotary International structure. The club was formed based on increased demands from past and current interactors of Stabroek Rotary’s Interact Club of St. Joseph’s High School which targets students from age 12 -18.
Club President Robert Qui (2nd from left) presenting students with scholarships
The Rotary Club of San Fernando, Trinidad, is off to a great start this Rotary year! With several service projects already under their belt, the club is leading the way forward in their community. In July, the Club distributed scholarships to six (6) students from Pointe-A-Pierre Government Primary School and Mon Repos RC Primary School who were successful in their secondary school entrance examinations. Worth TT $500 each, these scholarships were to assist these young persons in purchasing school supplies.
Geeta Boodhoo and three of her children with members of the Rotary and Rotaract Clubs of Stabroek
On August 13, 2016, members of the Rotary Club of Stabroek provided Geeta Boodhoo and her children with much needed supplies. After reading Boodhoo’s story in the Sunday Stabroek, Immediate Past President of the Club, Luana Falconer, contacted Stabroek News to find out how to offer assistance to Boodhoo. Falconer and Rotarian Marcia Marcus then visited Boodhoo to conduct a needs assessment. Humbled by the conditions under which Geeta and her children were living, the Rotarians sought to do more that fulfill the back-to-school needs of the children.
How we as Rotary Clubs share our story with the world is vital to our future. through a unified Rotary look and clear and compelling voice, we are enhancing our legacy as one of the most widely recognized and respected organizations in the world. Every Rotary year, clubs who have distinguished themselves by meeting the high standards in Public Image and Relations are recognized and awarded by Rotary Zone 33/34 with the Zone Public Image Citation. Last year (2015-2016), nine clubs in District 7030 received recognition and we think that we can do even better in 2016-2017.
The 2017 Rotary Has Heart program is a Community Service Program which is a continuation from last year’s program, originally initiated by PRID Anne L. Matthews and expanded by PRID Robert Hall and now continued by RID Joe Mulkerrin.  Zones 33-34 want all of its approximately 1600 clubs in the 29 districts to do a community service project in the 1st quarter of 2016 and let the community be aware of what Rotary is doing.  In so doing, we as Rotarians, can help those in need and improve Rotary’s image in each of our communities at the same time.  The Rotary Foundation Trustees and RI Board consider this awareness a critical element in our membership strategy which is key to Rotary’s future.  This is especially important in Zones 33-34.  Therefore, publicity is a key requirement for Rotary Has Heart.
Clubs in Zones 33/34 are invited to create a video about the implementation in your club of the 2016-17 theme: "Rotary Serving Humanity". Several prizes will be awarded in both Rotarians Choice and Judges Choice categories. All winning videos will be featured on Zone websites, Facebook pages and YouTube channels.
Rotary Ideas helps clubs seeking volunteers,partnerships, and in-kind donations, as well as funding, connect with one another. More than 1,220 projects have been posted on the platform since it was launched in August 2013. And unlike other crowdfunding sites, Rotary Ideas emphasizes partnerships over dollars. Rotary Ideas allows Rotary clubs to post projects, seek resources, or contribute to an existing project. Here's how one club in the Caribbean used Rotary Ideas to make a difference...
Since the launch of Rotary Global Rewards on 1 July 2015, over 100,000 members have visited the site! Rotary Global Rewards would like to thank you for supporting the program by spreading awareness of it among your district and clubs.  If you have not visited Rotary Global Rewards recently, there are now over 1,500 offers worldwide.
DG Roger and DS Ann-Marie with T&T North Club Presidents
DG Roger began his visits to Clubs in District 7030 and is off to a rousing start. Completing his rounds so far to the Trinidad and Martinique Clubs, DG Roger and his Assistance Governors have met with the respective Club Boards and discussed Clubs' plans for the 2016-2017 Rotary year, while also seeking to address any pertinent Club issues to which the District may lend support.
The English version of the 2016 Manual of Procedure has been released! Print versions will be available for purchase in the coming weeks, and translated versions are expected in the coming months.
Rotary’s World Polio Day event looks ahead to ending the disease for good
While the fight to eradicate polio suffered a blow this year when the virus re-emerged in Nigeria, Rotary leaders and top health experts focused Monday on the big picture: the global presence  of the paralyzing disease has never been smaller. The headquarters of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta, Georgia, USA, served as the site of Rotary’s fourth annual World Polio Day event. Some of the biggest names in the polio eradication campaign were there to reflect on the year’s progress and discuss what’s needed to end the disease for good. More than 200 people...
Virtual reality films bring new dimension to polio fight
At this year’s World Polio Day celebration in Atlanta, Rotary is harnessing the power of virtual reality technology to build empathy and inspire action in our fight to eradicate polio. Rotary, with support from the U.S. Fund for UNICEF, produced a virtual reality film that tells the story of Alokita, a young adult who suffered paralysis from polio as a child growing up in India, which has been polio-free since 2011. “When you open your eyes and see a different environment around you, you relate to the subject on a visceral, personal level,” says Vincent Vernet, direct of digital and...
Rotary Day at UN highlights role of business in building a better world
From the United Nations’ earliest days in the aftermath of World War II, the organization’s humanitarian mission has always dovetailed with Rotary’s efforts to administer aid and build peace. This year’s Rotary Day at the United Nations, 12 November, will highlight the role businesses can play in that collaboration as we work toward a more just and equitable world. The theme of this year’s gathering at UN headquarters in New York City, “Responsible Business, Resilient Societies,” recognizes Rotary’s role at the intersection of commerce and cause. As leaders in their professions and...
ShelterBox prepares for Mosul refugees
Today marked the start of the battle to take control of Mosul back from the Islamic State group, also known as ISIS. The city is the group's last major stronghold in Iraq. But humanitarian aid agencies have known about the military offensive, giving them an unusual opportunity to prepare for the crisis. "It is rare for the world to get early warning of a vast human catastrophe," says Chris Warham, chief executive of ShelterBox. "The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees issued a paper in July saying this would likely be the biggest humanitarian crisis of the year — and we better get...
Skydivers raise thousands for polio eradication
The first time Noel Jackson jumped out of a plane at 14,000 feet, it had nothing to do with raising money for polio eradication. The Michigan dentist had received a gift certificate to go skydiving from his staff because they knew he was into adventure. “It is definitely a defining moment,” says Jackson, a member of the Rotary Club of Trenton, Michigan, USA, of that first jump, done in tandem strapped to a professional skydiver. “The rush of the free fall is beyond anything I have ever experienced before. Just the speed and acceleration is unbelievable. You don’t even have time to figure out...