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Tropical Storm Erika devastated Dominica on August 27th, 2015, triggering floods and huge landslides which destroyed buildings and infrastructure and caused many deaths.   Fourteen (14) people were confirmed dead, 16 are still missing and 1034 evacuated.  The Rotary Club of Dominica partnered with two organizations and the Ministry of Education to develop and implement Education projects.
In the wake of Tropical Storm Erika, the Rotary Club of Dominica set up a Relief Fund which received generous donations from Rotary Clubs, Rotaract Clubs, organizations, businesses and individuals locally, regionally and internationally.
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Come celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the Rotary Foundation in Atlanta...Special registration rates soon to be offered.

Check out all the highlights from this year's District PETS & Conference in Barbados here. You can find pictures from all the spectacular events as well as copies of all the wonderful presentations made over the three days. Special congratulations to the Conference Committee and, in particular, Conference Chair Sonya Alleyne, for a great experience and lasting memories with great friends - it was indeed the epitome of Fun, Food & Fellowship!

Rotary Clubs of District 7910, Massachusetts, USA and of Georgetown, Guyana partnered to renovate the play facility at the David Rose Special Needs School in Georgetown Guyana during the 19th to 25th February 2016. The partnership of the project was initiated when the Past District Governor (PDG) Richard Manelis indicated his group’s intention to visit Guyana for the purpose of working on a project.
On March 5th 2016, through the initiative of the Rotary Club of Cayenne, Rotarians and members of the Inner Wheel of Cayenne organised a "ROTARY DAY" event centred on a theme of promoting Autism awareness. 
The “Chess in Schools” project started as the idea of Past President Raymond Aaron of the Rotary Club of Point Fortin in Trinidad, West Indies (District 7030) and along with project co-coordinator Jo-Anne Sewlal and committee member Tessa Solomon (Secretary) was made a reality this year. This project mainly targets primary schools rather than secondary schools, as there are competing interests such as football, cricket and extra academic lessons at the secondary school level. Some benefits of introducing chess in schools include helping students with fundamental subjects like Mathematics and English. It also helps children recognize patterns. Chess also builds crucial social skills such as, respecting authority, rules and each other. Although all students will want to win, there is always a loser, but loss should be accepted with grace, thus cultivating sportsmanship. However, the value of chess in schools in terms of these advantages is not widely recognized in Trinidad and Tobago or in the Caribbean as it is perhaps in developed countries.
The Rotary Club of Demerara under President Renata Chuck-A-Sang this year joined the campaign to end gender-based violence in Guyana. Domestic violence within the communities of Guyana has increased over the years, with statistics from the Guyana Police Force showing that domestic violence has also contributed to increases in overall national death tolls. The campaign focused on creating advocacy messages against domestic violence targeting both women and children, as well as, sharing with them that help can be accessed and directing them to where help can be accessed.
From Left: Assistant District Governor Marcel Gaskin, Ms. Dias and Club President Renata Chuck-A-Sang
Ms Denise Dias was Rotary Club of Demerara Vocational Service awardee for 2015-2016. Who is Ms. Dias? She is the co-founder and chair of Help & Shelter, an NGO that provides services to women and children who are abused in Guyana. This organization provides FREE counseling, FREE accommodation, a 24-hour hotline for abused clients and their children, and public education.
Clara Montanez attends a reception in 2013 for the Champions of Change honorees at the White House in Washington D.C.
Photo Credit: Rotary Images
When Clara Montanez was a student, she never heard the word mentoring. The idea of having a role model help you pursue your ambitions was unfamiliar to her. "You basically chose your career based on personal interest and hoped you could find a job," says Montanez, senior director of investment for Oppenheimer & Co., Inc. "I went the route of getting married and having children first, and started my career later in life. I had no model for how to do that." That changed for Montanez the day a friend invited her to join Rotary.
Advancing peace brings Rotary, U.S. Olympic athletes together
On an evening in April, more than 50 representatives from the Rotary Peace Centers and members of the U.S. Olympic Committee who had gathered for an event in Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA, were treated to a surprise: a pre-dinner performance by the U.S. men's Olympic gymnastics team. "They showcased their prowess in tumbling, the high bar, and the pommel horse. It was stunning!" says Rotary International Director Jennifer Jones, who served as the emcee for the April event at the U.S. Olympic Training Center. Sponsored by The Rotary Foundation, 1972 Olympic decathlon competitor Barry King,...
Follow our full convention coverage
Korea is playing host to Rotary's largest event of the year, its annual convention. More than 42,000 Rotary members from over 100 countries will come together this month to celebrate service, exchange ideas, and relax among friends at unforgettable concerts and social events. The convention runs from 28 May to 1 June. Attendees will hear from renowned experts in areas of peace, global health, and human rights. Our full coverage will include photos, videos, a live blog, and social media pages World Water Summit Immediately before the convention, the Water and Sanitation Rotarian Action Group...
Rotaract Outstanding Project Award recognizes innovative programs
Though they were a long way from home, members of the Rotaract Club of Bugolobi, Uganda, felt confident they could tackle problems in rural Kanabulemu during their annual 1000 Smiles project. Their original plan focused on curtailing the spread of HIV/AIDS. It's in the Rakai District, where the first case of AIDS in Uganda was uncovered in 1982 and about 12 percent of the population has been infected with HIV in recent years. But the Rotaractors discovered that problems in the village extended far beyond the disease. "The community lacked water, the school was in a sorry state, and the...
Pope welcomes Rotary to Jubilee audience
Thousands of Rotary members, motivated by a special invitation from Pope Francis, gathered at the Vatican in Rome on Saturday to celebrate a message of compassion, inclusiveness, and service to humanity. At midmorning, the group -- numbering some 9,000 members from 80 countries -- made its way through the congested streets of Rome, past the tight security surrounding St. Peter's Square, and settled into the area reserved for Rotary in front of St. Peter's Basilica for the Jubilee audience. Francis, a 79-year-old Argentine, urged the crowd of more than 100,000, which included members of the...
What millennials love about Rotary
From the May 2016 issue of The Rotarian If there is one absolute truth about millennials, it is this: Anyone who says there is an absolute truth about millennials risks being subjected to their collective eye roll. Millennials are individuals, and fiercely so. According to the Pew Research Center, most of them don’t even like being called “millennials,” let alone hearing generalizations about their shared attitudes and behaviors. Case in point: Christa Papavasiliou, 31, recoils at the notion that older folks see her generation as a bunch of selfie-snapping smartphone addicts. “I’m the...