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RC Barbados Charter Anniversary
Mar 07, 2020
2020 District 7030 P.E.T.S.
St. Kitts
Apr 22, 2020 8:00 AM –
Apr 23, 2020 4:30 PM
2020 District 7030 Conference & Assembly
St. Kitts
Apr 23, 2020 – Apr 25, 2020
RC Bonaire Charter Anniversary
Apr 26, 2020
RC Antigua-Sundown Charter Anniversary
Jun 02, 2020 Ends: 11:59 PM
2020 RI Convention
Jun 06, 2020 – Jun 10, 2020
DG Visit - Barbados
Jul 07, 2020 – Jul 10, 2020
DG Visit - St. Lucia
St. Lucia
Jul 14, 2020 – Jul 17, 2020
DG Visit - Grenada
Jul 22, 2020 – Jul 24, 2020
DG Visit - Dominica
Jul 28, 2020 – Jul 31, 2020
DG Visit - Montserrat
Aug 03, 2020 – Aug 05, 2020
DG Visit - Antigua
Aug 05, 2020 – Aug 07, 2020
RC Basse Terre Charter Anniversary
Aug 06, 2020
DG Visit - St. Kitts
St. Kitts
Aug 11, 2020 – Aug 13, 2020
RC Barbados West Charter Anniversary
Aug 14, 2020
DG Visit - Trinidad Central
Trinidad Central
Aug 16, 2020 – Aug 19, 2020
DG Visit - Trinidad North
Trinidad North
Aug 19, 2020 – Aug 23, 2020
DG Visit - St. Vincent
St. Vincent
Aug 25, 2020 – Aug 28, 2020
RC Aruba Charter Anniversary
Aug 29, 2020
DG Visit - Tobago
Sep 06, 2020 – Sep 08, 2020
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2016 DG Visit - Martinique Clubs
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2016 HandOver Ceremonies
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2016 Barbados - Conference Opening Ceremony
2016 PETS - Barbados
District Updates
Handing over Ceremony
 Wonderful District 7030 handing over ceremony in Basse Terre, Guadeloupe, the home town of our District Governor 2018-19 Dominique Vénéré. 
Zone Seminars/Sessions
Dear Rotarians,
The Zone Seminar is this weekend, June 9/10. Attached is the Zoom access info for the Public Image sessions.
The other sessions (Foundation & Membership) are NOT being Zoomed this year.
Also below is the link to the online programme for the weekend.
Join from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android:
Or iPhone one-tap : US: +16468769923,,218816190#  or +16699006833,,218816190#
Or Telephone:
   Dial(for higher quality, dial a number based on your current location):
       US: +1 646 876 9923  or +1 669 900 6833
   Meeting ID: 218 816 190
   International numbers available: 34 SEMINAR - PUBLIC IMAGE ZOOM SCHEDULE:
12:40 - 1:40pm
APPS AND TOOLS:  ARPICs Marshall Butler & Kelsey Mitchell
Realtime demos; video newsletter; SM apps; advanced SM tips & tricks; websites
1:50 - 2:50pm
MY ROTARY STORY: ARPICs Susan Courter & Kelsey Mitchell
How to; 2-3 minute videos; ah-ha moments; hands-on workshop
3:00 - 4:00pm
Why? Statistics, tis & tricks; action workshop; vlogs; events; projects
4:10 - 5:10pm
PUBLIC IMAGE FOR EVENTS & PROJECTS: ARPICs Susan Courter & Kelsey Mitchell
Organize; publIcize; monetize!
SATURDAY JUNE 9 1:50pm UNTIL 5:30pm
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        US: +1 669 900 6833 or +1 646 876 9923
    Meeting ID: 777 245 389
    International numbers available:
1:50 - 2:50pm
PI STRATEGY & PLANNING: RPIC Sheila Bethel & ARPIC Marshall Butler
Citation; Be the Inspiration; People of Action; monthly themes; PI Plan
4:10 - 5:10pm
What is good content? How to do it and how to preserve it 
Time: Jun 10, 2018 9:00 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada)Join from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android: iPhone one-tap :
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Or Telephone:
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       US: +1 646 876 9923  or +1 669 900 6833
   Meeting ID: 182 705 330
   International numbers available:
9:00 - 10:00am
Time-lapse; event videos; end of year video recap; video invitations/promotions;
types of videos
10:10 - 11:00am
#HASHTAGS & MORE: ARPICs Marshall Butler/Susan Courter
How to use them; what they are; why are they important; understanding
how SM works; hands-on workshop
Zone 34 Club Video Contest Deadline is May 30th
RI President Ian Riseley visit Suriname 
Unveiling Name Sign Australian Tree Jacaranda Filicifolia by RI President Ian Riseley
Unveiling of the Name Sign of the Australian 'Jacaranda Filicifolia' tree, which was planted approximately 100 years ago in the Cultuurtuin forest. The Jacaranda Filicifolia was planted approximately 100 years ago in the Cultuurtuin forest and belongs to the Bignoniaceae family.
RI President Ian Riseley visit Suriname 
Presentation Joint Project Rotaract- Blood Drive
RI President Ian Riseley Visits Suriname 
RI President Ian Riseley in Suriname
Ryla 2018
Launch of the International Fellowship of Cricket Loving Rotarians West Indies Chapter in Trinidad
Saturday 05th May 2018 was a historic day for cricket loving Rotarians of the West Indies and spectators who gathered at the Queen’s Park Oval Port of Spain for the Launch of the International Fellowship of Cricket Loving Rotarians West Indies Chapter (“IFCR-Windies”).  
The IFCR-Windies will comprise Rotarians of the West Indies (Rotary District 7030) who are passionate about the game of cricket and are interested in its promotion throughout the District. The charter certificate was presented to the local board by Chairman of IFCR- World, Rotarian Bob Brigden of Australia and Secretary of IFCR-World, Rotarian KR Parthasarathy of India.   
The Board of the IFCR-Windies comprising Rotarians Gary Williams (Chairman), Imtiaz Seepersad (Vice Chairman), Debbie Roopchand (Secretary) and Vernessa Sankar (Treasurer) was sworn in for a period of three years.
After the official ceremony the spectators were treated to two T-20 cricket matches.
The first cricket match of the day involved cricket loving Rotarians who had travelled from Australia, Sri Lanka, India and England playing against local Rotarians in a fun filled match that ended in a draw. 
The second match of the day involved a combination of the International Rotarians and local Rotarians playing against the local team of Lawyers & Judges captained by Justice Joseph Tam.  This match was won by the Lawyers & Judges.
The Carib Stand was filled with the sounds of soca music, live steel pan, live commentary and enthusiastic cheers from spectators who viewed the matches while enjoying a variety of local dishes and beverages. 
The day ended with an official prize giving ceremony involving the award of Man of the Match Trophies and medals to participants.
In special attendance at the event was Rotary District 7030 Governor Mr. Waddy Sowma, President of the Queen’s Park Cricket Club (QPCC) Mr. Ken Gordon, QPCC Management Committee member Colin Murray, Former West Indies Cricket team member Mr. Deryck Murray, Representative of High Commissioner of India to the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago Mr. Aniruddha Das amongst other specially invited guests.
The Board of the IFCR-Windies having received its charter is committed to promoting cricket and increasing its membership with Rotarians from the West Indies who share a passion for cricket.
More photos can be found by clicking the following link:
New Material on Brand Center for People of Action Campaign
Joining forces for new mammogrophy device Foundation Prevention
May 8, 2018
Joining forces for new mammogrophy device Foundation Prevention
WILLEMSTAD – Rotary Clubs announced their support for a new mammography device for the Prevention Foundation or Fundashon Prevenshon (FP)yesterday, during the start of the Rotary Walking Dinner.
Joining Forces
Orco Bank, both Rotary Club of Willemstad & Curaçao, the Princess Wilhelmina Fund against Cancer (PWF), The Rotary Foundation and a number of other sponsors will join forces to help Fundashon Prevenshon to create a new mammograph. After almost 9 years, the current mammography device has reached the end of it’s life-cycle and FP wishes to make use of new innovative technologies available.
3D mammography
The wish of FP is to acquire a Digital Breast Tomosynthesis (tomo) device, also known as 3D mammography. This revolutionary technology allows for faster and more accurate mammographies with less exposure to radation in comparrison to a 2D mammogram. The device is also safer and less invasive for customers.
Rotary Walking Dinner
On Tuesday May 8th, Rotary Club Willemstad (RCW) held her 4th annual Walking Dinner. An estimated 450 people particapted in this culinary fundraiser. The evening started from the historic Octagon Square at the Avila Beach Hotel, where all participants were treated to a glass of bubbly and an appetizer. After an official kick-off, everyone received their personal dinner route to the various restaurants in the Pietermaai of Willemstad. The Walking Dinner finish was at City Beach 88 were a Pink Lady cocktail and a commemerative token of appreciation were received by all. With this unique fundraiser, RCW contributed more than US$ 20,000 to the 3D mammography device.
Masha Danki! Thank you! Merci!
Rotary Club Willemstad wishes to extend a heartfelt thanks all sponsors, participants and restaurants that have made this wonderful evening possible. If you, or your company, wish to received more information on how you can help to complete this project, please send an email to for more information.
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zone 34 video contest
Disrict Assembly & Conference
District Conference 
PETS, Assembly & Conference  Suriname 2018, 25th - 28th April
PETS, Assembly & Conference  Suriname 2018, 25th - 28th April
Four Ways Your Club Can Celebrate
World Immunization Week

World Immunization Week, 24-30 April, is a great opportunity to help spread the word that #VaccinesWork and are critical to preventing and ending diseases, like polio.

Immunizations can save as many as 3 million lives a year and is one the most cost-effective healthcare tools, according to the World Health Organization. Vaccines help people all over the world live healthy lives.

Here are four ways your club can support global immunization during World Immunization Week:

1. Learn

Did you know that through immunization Rotary and its partners have helped protect more than 2.5 billion children worldwide from polio? In addition, the “plus” in PolioPlus helps support a range of additional health and humanitarian interventions for other disease initiatives, such as measles and tuberculosis. Use this article at your next meeting to discuss how your club can get more involved in Rotary’s global priority. Encourage your members to follow End Polio Now on  Facebook and  Twitter for the latest polio eradication news.

2.  Get involved

World Polio Day may seem far away, but it’s never too early to begin planning your activity for 24 October! Last year, a record number of Rotary clubs registered their events, and we are planning an even bigger splash for 2018. Looking for inspiration? Visit the Resource Center for videos, educational materials, and event tools to get started. Virtual reality (VR), Rotary’s latest club resource, is a great tool to add to your World Polio Day event. Through VR, viewers can see firsthand how together we end polio. Rotary is developing a suite of resources to help clubs integrate VR into a club event, but in the meantime, experience VR for yourself. Download the Rotary VR app to your smartphone device from the Apple App Store or Google Play

3. Donate

Donations to PolioPlus support vaccinations, surveillance, and outbreak response — three key elements to helping end this disease for good. Thanks to your generosity, we are working to raise $50 million per year over the next three years in order to unlock a 2-to-1 match from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, announced last year at the Rotary International Convention. Rotary clubs are encouraged to give $1,500 or more to polio each year. Districts can also allocate 20% of their funds to the cause through District Designated Funds (DDF). And here’s how to give as an individual. 

4. Share the news

Show how your Rotary club is a part of a global effort to immunize the world’s children by using #endpolio and #vaccineswork in your social media posts. Use these templates to tailor your social media messages. Reach out to local media during World Immunization Week to share your club’s involvement in the fight against polio. If you need help starting this conversation, talk to your regional public image coordinator. Be sure to tell us about what your club is doing to help end polio so we can share your work with readers around the world.

Antigua joint tree planting project
Rotary Club of Port of Spain
Rotary Club of Port of Spain
Report on Media Covered Event
Date: March 13th 2018
Location: Goodwill Industries, Port of Spain (Regular meeting place of RCPOS)
Meeting Topic: Media launch of ‘Rotary Games’
The Rotary Club of Port of Spain (RCPOS), in conjunction with the Ministry of Education, Government of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, hosts an annual athletics meet for students of Primary Schools in the Port of Spain educational district.
This year was RCPOS’s 30th anniversary of hosting the games. Many national level athletes were scouted at these games over the years including Olympians Michelle Lee-Ahye and Jehue Gordon.
Prior to the games, RCPOS hosts a media launch to introduce the games to the media to help drive coverage of the actual event and to raise awareness of the young athletes of our community and the country.
At this year’s launch, hosted during our weekly luncheon at Goodwill Industries, RCPOS had media from many of Trinidad’s media houses including the Guardian Media Group and Newsday newspapers.
RCPOS spoke extensively at this event about the Club’s longstanding relationship with the games and the role that athletics plays in shaping the young persons of the country. We also spoke about Rotary as a whole and explained some of the Rotary traditions for our sponsors and media in attendance.
The event and the games themselves generated significant press coverage in Trinidad’s 3 daily newspapers. Examples of this coverage can be found below.
RC Antigua - bringing awareness to Polio
kakemono d'image publique RC Remire - Montjoly
No beach to clean up
Princes Town Secondary School Interactors Annual Beach Clean in collaboration with the Prince of Moruga and Princes Town Rotary Club
Public Image Citation
St. Augustine Rotary club makes hearts beat
Rotary aid for heart patients

Rotary aid for heart patients

THE Rotary Club of St Augustine has saved the lives of more than 1,200 heart patients in TT over the past 32 years, says immediate past president Gary Williams.

Of that figure, he said, 549 of those medical cases were attended to between July 2016 and July 2017, under the banner of the club’s two flagship projects: the Regional Distribution Centre (RDC) and Heart Beat International Trinidad and Tobago (HBITT ).

While both projects sourced pacemakers from manufacturers across the globe at no cost, the Heart Beat International initiative also secured the services of surgeons pro-bono, said a media release. Williams recently disclosed this success at the 49th Handing Over Ceremony to mark the 2017-2018 Rotary term at the Teaching and Learning Centre, The University of the West Indies, St Augustine.

“From inception in 1985 to 2017 altogether 1,500 lives have been saved in TT alone; whilst another 1,594 devices have been distributed to other HBI Heart Centres around the world in places like India, Philippines, Paraguay, Honduras and Dominican Republic. In effect our Rotary Club has saved 3,094 lives from 1985 to 2017,” Williams said while reporting on his 2016-2017 stewardship.

The Heart Beat International initiative was a joint project with other organisations, inclusive of other Rotary Clubs. Williams, who has taken up the post of assistant district governor with responsibility for four clubs in east Trinidad, as well as those in Tobago.

During the Rotary year 2016-2017, he said, the club combined with the individual efforts of members made donations to the Rotary Foundation estimated at more than US$9,000.

Locally, donations were made to several causes including The Dyslexia Association the sponsoring of a teacher to become certified in diagnosing dyslexia.

In the aftermath of tropical Storm Bret which caused flooding in several parts of Trinidad, the club rallied its members to assist the affected citizens in Caparo.

The club then partnered with insurer Sagicor and the Rotary Club of Piarco to provide similar relief to the Piarco/St Helena community, and assisted similar efforts in south.

In addressing the club’s future, Williams noted new members were being recruited through the Interact and Rotaract systems.

Since 2003, the club has been sponsoring and supporting the Rotaract Club of St Augustine which caters for people ages 18- 30.

In 2014, the club began supporting the Interact Club of St Augustine Girls’ High School which recruits member’s ages 12-18.

Zone 34 seminar
spouse program 2018
RI Request
Rotary International is requesting the names and contact information of the incoming club officers entered into their database.                                                                 
Shirt options
People of Action video contest
Rotary has Heart
Be the Inspiration

2018-19 RI President Barry Rassin wants Rotary members to Be the Inspiration

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Rotary International President-elect Barry Rassin laid out his vision for the future of the organization on Sunday, calling on leaders to work for a sustainable future and to inspire Rotarians and the community at large.

Rassin, a member of the Rotary Club of East Nassau, New Providence, Bahamas, unveiled the 2018-19 presidential theme, Be the Inspiration, to incoming district governors at Rotary’s International Assembly in San Diego, California, USA. “I want you to inspire in your clubs, your Rotarians, that desire for something greater. The drive to do more, to be more, to create something that will live beyond each of us.”

Rassin stressed the power of Rotary’s new vision statement, “Together, we see a world where people unite and take action to create lasting change — across the globe, in our communities, and in ourselves.” This describes the Rotary that leaders must help build, he said.

To achieve this vision, the president-elect said, Rotarians must take care of the organization: “We are a membership organization first. And if we want to be able to serve, if we want to succeed in our goals — we have to take care of our members first.”

Rassin asked the incoming district governors to “inspire the club presidents, and the Rotarians in your districts, to want to change. To want to do more. To want to reach their own potential. It’s your job to motivate them — and help them find their own way forward.”

Progress on polio


Rassin noted that one source of inspiration has been Rotary’s work to eradicate polio. He described the incredible progress made over the past three decades. In 1988, an estimated 350,000 people were paralyzed by the wild poliovirus; just 20 cases were reported in 2017 as of 27 December. “We are at an incredibly exciting time for polio eradication,” he said, “a point at which each new case of polio could very well be the last.”

He emphasized that even when that last case of polio is recorded, the work won’t be finished. “Polio won’t be over, until the certifying commission says it’s over—when not one poliovirus has been found, in a river, in a sewer, or in a paralyzed child, for at least three years,” he said. “Until then, we have to keep doing everything we’re doing now.” He urged continued dedication to immunization and disease surveillance programs.

Sustaining the environment

Rotary has focused heavily on sustainability in its humanitarian work in recent years. Now, Rassin said, Rotarians must acknowledge some hard realities about pollution, environmental degradation, and climate change. He noted that 80 percent of his own country is within one meter of sea level. With sea levels projected to rise two meters by 2100, he said, “my country is going to be gone in 50 years, along with most of the islands in the Caribbean and coastal cities and low-lying areas all over the world.”

Rassin urged leaders to look at all of Rotary’s service as part of a larger global system. He said that this means the incoming district governors must be an inspiration not only to clubs, but also to their communities. “We want the good we do to last. We want to make the world a better place. Not just here, not just for us, but everywhere, for everyone, for generations.”

Rotary Club of POS - Star Wars: The Last Jedi
The Rotary Club of Port of Spain (RCPOS) together with DeciBel Entertainment is pleased to announce:
Star Wars: The Last Jedi — a charity event and early film screening 
Wednesday, December 13th 2017 at 10:00 pm at the CinemaONE Lobby & Theatres (IMAX & GEMSTONE), located at One Woodbrook Place, Port of Spain.
With incredible food, drinks, games, giveaways and atmosphere included, this exclusive engagement promises to be one that provides a most memorable experience filled with both wonder and whimsy for all fans of Star Wars - both old and new! Not to mention that everyone in attendance will be the first in the Caribbean to see the film!
To add some more thrills to the evening, the event will also include a CosPlay competition with some of the best costumed characters from Star Wars vying for top honors. Everyone attending is also invited to come dressed in their Star Wars gear or as their favorite character.
Tickets are $250 for IMAX Reserved Seating and $350 for GEMSTONE VIP Reserved Seating and are available via the CinemaONE Box Office or online.
Private theatres for group purchases are available upon request.
Please bear in mind to book your tickets early as there is limited seating and already significant demand. 
All proceeds raised by this event will go towards the continued support of the Rotary Foundation and of the Club's various humanitarian and community service projects in Trinidad & Toabgo which are aimed at assisting the differently-abled and disadvantaged in our community and include: the International Institute for Healthcare & Human Development and its Wheelchair Bus Service; the Peter Knaggs Children's Dental Clinic; and, the Princess Elizabeth Centre.
For more information on the event, please check it out on Facebook.
For group purchases or event inquiries please contact us via email: or via phone: (868) 687-2339.
Feel free to spread the word among your organization, friends, family and colleagues.
Remember: It's not just a's an experience!
Your support is greatly appreciated!
Fort De France
Interview with WaddySowma, RI District 7030 Governor, from Rotary Club of Panamaribo Residence, Suriname.
What is the outcome of your stay in Martinique?
As Governor of district 7030, this includes the southern Caribbean from Antigua to Trinidad, French Guiana and Suriname, I had to visit the seven Rotary Clubs of Martinique, as well as the two Rotaract and Inner Wheel Clubs, with my efficient and remarkable assistant Thierry D' AbadiedeLurbe. I have reviewed their goals and objectives for the year to see if they are in agreement with Rotary International and the district, and provide advice and recommendations. And of course, for me this year, the added value of my visit to Martinique is the celebration of the 60th anniversary of the Rotary Club of Fort de France (hereafter called Dean)!
It was the first French-speaking club in the Caribbean created in August 1957 and received its charter from the Rotary Club of Paris (the oldest club in France) and its bell from the Rotary Club of Hollywood in Florida. It was the island's only club for 13 years and then spread by sponsoring other Rotary Clubs and allowed the expansion of the Rotary family in Martinique, with theClub of Saint Pierre in 1970, then that of Fort de France Sud in 1975 etc.... It has been a driving force and continues to be very dynamic. We owe them the 60 years of Rotary presence in Martinique, which was the theme of last Saturday's gala evening in my honour.
Each club has its own DNA, its own specificities. I've seen some very good service, and I've met many enthusiastic Rotarians, Rotarians, Rotaractors, and Rotaractors. I encouraged them to take advantage of the training and education offered by the Rotary Leadership Institute (RLI) so that they could perform even better and play a role in Martinique society and contribute funds to The Rotary Foundation, giving them more flexibility for their projects.
With HervéHonoré, who is in charge of The Rotary Foundation in our district, I spent the entire day on Saturday in Dominica with our Rotarian friends there and met with Prime Minister Skerrit to discuss medium- and long-term reconstruction projects with him. There is a lot to do and the situation is disastrous. We will play our full part in the reconstruction efforts. First of all, we must identify the projects that we will be able to support effectively.
What can you tell us about the Rotary Club of Fort de France (dean) after your second visit to this club in 8 days?
It's an underage club: 60 years old! Very proactive, I told them: you're not close to retirement! You're 20 years old! I had the pleasure of meeting them, I felt "positive and inspiring waves" during my first visit last Monday at lunch and that's why I decided to go back there a second time before leaving. I wanted to show them my friendship.
It is a club that has marked Rotary's history in Martinique with remarkable service projects. It is still in line with Rotary International's focus on service, empathy and friendliness. It is also online on the notion of leadership and knowledge promotion with conferences twice a month with very high level speakers from all spheres of society. It is a club that continues to play a major role in the public image of the district and Zone 34. For example, with Archbishop Monseigneur Macaire as an honorary member and with two of their future flagship projects on the occasion of their sixtieth anniversary:
A 45-minute film about Rotary's 60th anniversary in Martinique, directed by one of their members Samuel Marie-Louise, was screened at a conference and debated in January. The film was given to the Rotary Club of Martinique to serve the Rotary community and beyond. Oh, that's wonderful. I think it's a great idea to work to promote Rotary.
Fundraising for illiteracy with a VIP dictation to be given in the first quarter. Once again, the club always plays a very positive role in promoting the public image of Rotary in Martinique.
And then I also noted its openness to the international scene with a willingness to continue twinning with other Rotary Clubs in Europe, North Africa, United States etc. and that's very positive!
I wished them to remain as enterprising as ever and gave them an appointment in 60 years.
Joint Disaster Relief 
“Glow in the Dark—End Polio Walk”
Model United  Nations 2018
Fundraising for Hurricane Vicitms
Rotary Club of Grenada East celebrating their 40th anniversary
The Rotary Club of Grenada East is celebrating their 40th anniversary with weeklong celebratory events.
 Starting with a church service and communal breakfast with Rotarians as well as friends of Rotary at our Rotary House (Leslie’s home).
Rotarians party with DG Sowma
Cry for help
Donation Options D7030 Disaster Fund
Perisur global grant project
why education changes the world
Why education changes the world
By Isma Seetal, Rotary Global Grant Scholar
“Education is the best way to change one’s standard of living.”
My mother would repeat this phrase over and over. I was lucky to have been brought up by a hard-working, single, mother, who empowered my brother and me to climb the socio-economic ladder by giving us the best education she possibly could. Other children from broken families like mine did not have the same fortune. My unwavering drive to give back and improve my community led me to join the Rotaract club of Port-Louis, Mauritius in July 2012. 
 “Driiiing! Driiing!”  My alarm rang out on a Saturday morning. My mind and body knew it was the weekend, and ganged up on me so that I had to crawl sluggishly out of bed. But the reason for my early wake-up soon dawned on me. It was the day of Lolo’s follow-up doctor’s appointment.
Lolo is an eight-year-old boy, living in a poverty-stricken area of the island, whom I had met during a health-related Rotaract project. His mother was convinced that he was suffering from cognitive disabilities, which she blamed for his poor grades, and for the fact that he was constantly bullied at school. However, the diagnosis the doctor gave us that day was different from what the mother had thought: hearing impairment. Lolo was not mentally challenged. He just couldn’t hear properly!
Many doctor appointments later, I visited Lolo. My heart filled up as he ran up to my friend and me, sporting the widest smile. Thanks to a hearing device, Lolo could now hear his teachers in class. He had changed from a sullen, withdrawn little boy, to a cheerful child with glowing and hopeful eyes. I discovered a passion: community service. I went on to become a Rotaract board member and then the president of the club in 2013-14.
Through this project and many others, it became increasingly clear to me that the reason there were so many children roaming the streets was much more complex than I had thought. Some are the dropouts of an archaic education system, others are the victims of poverty and abuse, yet others are caught in their parents’ web of drugs and alcoholism.
Back then, during one of the long discussions I had with my husband-to-be about the societal ills which continue to pervade our country, we came to one conclusion: we needed to build our skills and knowledge further to make a difference on an even larger scale. Though I am from a small island of 1.3 million, thanks to a Rotary global grant, I am now studying in California for a doctorate in Educational Leadership, gorging on new knowledge and making the best of the international exposure. I am delving more into educational reforms and the principles of leadership, and I am eager to return to my country to bring about positive changes in education.
I continue to volunteer here for the Newport-Irvine Rotary Club, my hosts. The ties with Rotary are life-long! Long live Rotary!
Chokha Fest 2017 Press 
PI Citation
Rotary District 7030 Group Study Exchange 2017-2018
Zone 34 Regional Rotary Seminar Agenda
Rotary Global Rewards - Updates
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.
Rotary Has Heart 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.
Rotary Ideas - Are You Connected?
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...
2017 Zone 33/34 Club Video Contest Announced
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.
2017 Zone 34 Public Image Citation
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.
RC Stabroek Donates 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.
RC San Fernando: Leading The Way In The Community
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.
RC Stabroek Charters New Rotaract Club
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.
RC Maracas/St. Joseph Engages 3D Printing To Create Digital Humanitarians
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.
Rotary & ShelterBox On The Ground In Haiti
ShelterBox and UN World Food Programme staff unload a delivery of ShelterBox supplies at Les Cayes harbor in Haiti
Even as parts of Haiti were still recovering from a catastrophic 2010 earthquake, Hurricane Matthew tore through the impoverished island country 4 October, leaving hundreds dead and many more homeless. A ShelterBox response team of volunteers from Canada, England, New Zealand, and the United States traveled to Port-au-Prince, Haiti's capital, last week to assess the damage and decide how best to help people. ShelterBox, an independent charity, is Rotary's project partner for disaster relief.
RC Maracas/St. Joseph: "Please Take All Your Garbage With You"
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.
D7030 Recognized At 2016 Zone Institute
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.
Tactical Ways To Use Social Media To Promote Rotary
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. 
2016 World Interact Week
Interact is Rotary International’s service club for young people ages 12 to 18. Interact clubs are sponsored by Rotary clubs, which provide support and guidance, but they are self-governing and self-supporting. As one of the most significant and fastest-growing programs of Rotary service, with more than 18,000 clubs in over 150 countries and geographical areas, Interact has become a worldwide phenomenon. Over 400,000 young people are involved in Interact. From 31 October to 6 November, Show the world how your Interact Club makes a difference in your local community...
RC San Fernando: Williamsville Medical Outreach Programme

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.
World Polio Day 2016 Review
How close are we to ending polio? Watch an update on Rotary's progress toward creating a polio-free world. Top global health experts and Rotary's polio ambassadors gathered at the headquarters of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, Georgia, on World Polio Day, 24 October, to hail progress made by Rotary and its partners. For more info:  EndPolioNow 
RC Antigua Sundown Receives Major Sponsorship For Signature Fete
Photo – (L) Siman Jallow KCL Rep. and Herald Rolland RCAS President
St. John’s Antigua, October 28, 2016 – Kennedy’s Club Ltd. (KCL) recently donated over Twenty-Thousand Eastern Caribbean Dollars (US $8253) towards the "Signature Fete" - one of Rotary Club of Antigua Sundown’s largest annual fundraisers. The fete which will be held at the Antigua Athletic Club will take place on December 10th, 2016.
2016 COL Decisions: A Quick Video Review
The 2016 Council on Legislation may well be remembered as one of the most progressive in Rotary history. Not only did this Council grant clubs more freedom in determining their meeting schedule and membership, it also approved an increase in per capita dues of $4 a year for three years. The increase will be used to enhance Rotary’s website, improve online tools, and add programs and services to help clubs increase membership. The RI Board put forth two proposals that increase flexibility. The first measure allows clubs to decide to vary their meeting times, whether to meet online or in person, and when to cancel a meeting, as long as they meet at least twice a month. The second allows clubs flexibility in choosing their membership rules and requirements. Both passed. Representatives also approved removing six membership criteria from the RI Constitution and replacing them with a simple requirement that a member be a person of good character who has a good reputation in their business or community and is willing to serve the community.
Submit A Video Now For The 2016 Interact Video Awards
2016 Interact Video Awards
Interactors, Rotary wants you to show the world your club in action for the 8th annual Interact Video Awards! The “Best Video” will be awarded US$500 toward their next service project. Create a video that shows how Interactors have fun while making a difference and be recognized.
RC Princes Town: Diwali Celebrations
In October 2016, RC Princes Town set the bar in celebrating Diwali - the Hindu festival of lights - in the best Rotary traditions and demonstrated to other clubs in the District how to best work alongside and support your community.
Interact Club of Princes Town: Beach Cleanup
On Saturday 5th November 2016, in celebration of World Interact Week, students of the Interact Club of Princes Town West Secondary School, under the leadership of their Club President Alyssa Francis, engaged in a beach cleanup exercise at Moruga Beach, Trinidad.
RC Princes Town: Continuing Work With The Cerebral Palsy Society of T&T
On Saturday 5th November 2016, under the leadership of President Debbie Roopchand, RC Princes Town continued to strive to fulfill this year's theme of "Rotary Serving Humanity" by conducting its third distribution of basic monthly supplies to the children of the Cerebral Palsy Society of Trinidad and Tobago.
The Rotary Foundation & District 7030
November is Rotary Foundation Month. In District 7030, District Rotary Foundation Chair, PDG Hervé Honoré, would like D7030 Club and Rotarians to take a few minutes and genuinely reflect on what the Foundation really their their community...and to the world.
Instant Gratification: Online Giving Benefits You & TRF



Online Giving Benefits You and The Rotary Foundation
If you’ve ever waited … and waited … and waited for a check to arrive by mail, you know how excruciating it can be. Worse yet is when the check never arrives, lost in transit or delivered to the wrong address. One of the benefits of online charitable giving is that the wait time is virtually eliminated: You receive confirmation of the donation immediately and the nonprofit can start using your gift more quickly. Not surprisingly, the practice is growing.
Rotary Foundation Named World's Outstanding Foundation For 2016
The Association of Fundraising Professionals has recognized The Rotary Foundation with its annual Award for Outstanding Foundation. The award honors organizations that show philanthropic commitment and leadership through financial support, innovation, encouragement of others, and involvement in public affairs.
RC Aruba Donates New Bus To FAVI
The Rotary Club of Aruba, together with other service clubs on Aruba, has donated the necessary funds to the foundation FAVI (Fundacion Arubano die esnan Visualmente Incapacita) in order to acquire a new bus. President Stanley Looman (second from left) was present at the delivery of this new bus. FAVI is a foundation that helps and guides the visually impaired and the blind.
2017 International Convention – Atlanta – Register Now
Come celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the Rotary Foundation in Atlanta.
Special registration rates are still being offered.
First Interact Club of Aruba Chartered & Installed
On Friday 25th November, the first Interact Club of Aruba was installed!! A total of 21 members were pinned by former Rotary International Director Mrs. Julia Phelps. The Interact Club of Aruba was chartered on October 3rd, 2016.
2016 Give Back Tuesday –  An End to TRF Month
November 29th, 2016 is carded as Rotary's 'Give Back Tuesday' - a day we as Rotarians should all take account of our contributions to the The Rotary Foundation (TRF) and the work it does. To end the TRF month of November, PDG David Edwards – District 7030 TRF Fundraising Chair – has produced some inspiring and relevant information on contributing towards TRF. Many Rotarians may not be aware of how the TRF systems work either at an international or district level and are encouraged to review the material herein.
RC Princes Town Grants TT $75K In Student Scholarships
On Wednesday 23rd November 2016, at a joint meeting with the Rotary Club of Pointe-a-Pierre and with District Governor Roger Bose in attendance, the Rotary Club of Princes Town awarded a total of TT $75,000 (over US $11,000) to 9 students towards assisting them in pursuing their tertiary level studies. The students were past students of schools which fall under the Club’s jurisdiction - Biche High School, Tableland High School, Moruga Secondary School, Princes Town West Secondary School, Cowen Hamilton Secondary School and St. Stephen's College.
2017 RYLA Announced
RC Princes Town Christmas Cheer
On 4th December 2016, on a small playing field in Moruga, Trinidad, the Rotary Club of Princes Town conducted its annual Christmas treat at Samuel Cooper Trace.  The Club distributed toys and treat bags to 191 children and hampers to 12 residents. 
RC Stabroek: Boys Camp In Bagotville
Peace Corps Volunteer Anthony Skow (middle front) attached to the Bagotville Primary poses with the participants
During late November 2016, the Rotary Club of Stabroek partnered with the Peace Corps Guyana to host Bagotville's first CAMP BRO project at the Bagotville Community Centre. The concept of Camp Bro developed by Peace Corps Guyana is a project to develop character in young boys and was initially implemented as a one day camp for boys aged 9 to 14 year old and geared to make significant impact in their social lives.
RC Maracas/St. Joseph: Maracas Valley Community Center Seniors Luncheon
For the third consecutive year the Rotary Club of Maracas/St. Joseph (RCMSJ), in partnership with the Interact Clubs of Hillview College and St. Joseph Convent, St. Joseph, was host to an exquisite Christmas Style Gala Luncheon for the Senior Citizens of the Maracas, St. Joseph community. The event was held on Dec 10th 2016 at the Maracas Valley Community Center and was favourably supported by several Community Councils in the Valley namely the Lluengo Community Council, Acono Community Council, Maracas Valley Community Council and the La Seiva Community Council, to this end they were all equally responsible for inviting the Seniors Citizens and ensuring maximum participation and attendance to the event.
RC St. Lucia: New Library For Micoud Secondary School
On December 7, 2016 the library at the Micoud Secondary School was officially opened providing the nearly 700 students with a beautiful, modern, fully-stocked resource of the newest and best in reference, fiction, and non-fiction titles.
HRH Prince Harry Visits With Rotarians In St. Lucia
During his official visit to Saint Lucia in November 2016,  His Royal Highness, Prince Harry of Wales, met with 8 local community organizations, including a group comprised of over 30 Rotarians, Rotaractors and Interactors.
RC Remire Montjoly: Arbre de Noël
On 14th December 2016, RC Remire Montjoly held its annual Arbre de Noël event which consists of distributing gifts and a cheer to the children of a school French Guiana. 
« Arbre de Noël »  du ROTARY CLUB de REMIRE MONTJOLY (Guyane Française) du 14 décembre 2016. Cette action qui est reproduite chaque année consiste à distribuer de cadeaux et un gouter aux enfants d’une école de la commune de REMIRE MONTJOLY (Guyane Française).
RC Princes Town: Bringing Christmas Cheer to Princes Town
On Thursday 15th December 2016, the Rotary Club of Princes Town hosted a 3-hour Christmas concert at the Triangle, Princes Town. The concert started a little after 4:00 p.m. and President Debbie Roopchand who chaired the concert spoke of the Club’s delight in being able to put together the show at no cost to the members of the public in an effort to bring them Christmas cheer.
2017 D7030 RYLA Update
The early registration deadline for RYLA 2017 is quickly approaching <January 11th 2017>. Clubs are encouraged to register their participants as soon as possible to take advantage of the discounted price. Please remember this year's age range of 14-30 when selecting your participants from Rotaract and Interact.
RC St. Lucia: 2016 Children's Christmas Treat
On 19th December 2016, the long standing St. Lucia Rotary tradition of hosting a Children's Christmas party for primary school kids continued in Augier, in south Saint Lucia. Once again members of the St. Lucia Rotary and Rotaract Clubs teamed up to deliver Christmas cheers to school children who were engaged in singing and playing before Santa Claus delivered presents to each of the 88 students.
D7030 Officially Welcomes The ABC Clubs
It's Official!! The ABC Islands have joined District 7030!! 
As of January 1st, 2017, the culmination of a process that began several years ago is now upon us. It is very rare for a District to “adopt” 3 new countries and 4 new clubs into its fold, but that’s exactly the event about which District 7030 is so ecstatic.
2017 International Convention – Atlanta – Updates
Are you ready for the 2017 RI Convention in Atlanta? Have your registered, paid and made arrangements for accommodations? Our District is well on its way to be being well should join those already set to go. Click here for more information on the Atlanta Convention

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Rotary District 7030 Quarterly Bulletin - Jan 2017