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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
2016 DG Visit - East T&T Clubs
2016 DG Visit - South T&T Clubs
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2016 HandOver Ceremonies
2016 Barbados - Closing Ceremony
2016 Barbados - Hospitality @ Harrison's Caves
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
Join from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android:
Or iPhone one-tap :
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Or Telephone:
    Dial(for higher quality, dial a number based on your current location):
        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 :
   US: +16468769923,,182705330#  or +16699006833,,182705330#
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: 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 
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.
Presentation Joint Project Rotaract- Blood Drive
RI President Ian Riseley in Suriname
RI President Ian Riseley Visits 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.
Join the Zone 34 Training Seminar
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.

spouse program 2018
Zone 34 seminar
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RI Request
Rotary International is requesting the names and contact information of the incoming club officers entered into their database.                                                                 
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.”

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.
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!
Joint Disaster Relief 
Model United  Nations 2018
“Glow in the Dark—End Polio Walk”
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
Perisur global grant project
Donation Options D7030 Disaster Fund
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
Eight Ways to Reduce the Cost of Rotary Membership


Ken Solo
District Governor, 2015-2016
Rotary International
District 7620
Growing the membership of your Rotary club is all about the value you provide for prospective members.  The value equation is relatively simple and looks something like this: local and community service + networking and business development + professional growth and leadership opportunities + fellowship + fun / cost of membership = Value of Rotary.  We tend to focus on the numerator in this equation all of the time. ( er…the numerator was all the stuff before the divisor “/” sign.)  Today we are going to focus on the denominator, for the good reasons of  1) cost of membership is cold and lonely and we just don’t talk about it enough, and 2) it is the quickest way to improve the value equation.
Strengthening Rotary's Image


Sheila Bethel
District 7020 Public Image Chair
Zone 34 Assistant Rotary Public Image Coordinator
For years, we described Rotary by the numbers: 1,220,115 members in 34,558 clubs in 200 countries and regions. Impressive figures, for sure, but they only tell part of our story. What numbers can't convey is the essence of Rotary –- what sets us apart and inspires people to get involved.
Public Relations Cheat Sheet
Quick Tips for an Effective Rotary Year
Have You Added Your Projects to Rotary Showcase?
Rotary Showcase is an opportunity to show the world the  exceptional projects clubs are carrying out or have completed.
Are you on-board?
Understanding The Big Picture of Rotary
Reinventing Membership: The New Dynamics
Check out this most informative webinar video taking new perspectives on membership in Rotary
Have You Visited the Rotary Learning Center?
Whether you're a new or veteran Rotarian, take advantage of a wealth of training materials designed to help you learn new skills and become more successful in what you do in your Club and be of greater service.
The Rotary Learning Center allows us all to enhance our understanding and practice in several areas, including: Goal Setting,, Membership, Professional Development, Rotary Grants, Rotary's Strategic Plan, Service Projects and The Rotary Foundation.
Maximizing Your Online Presence
One of the most common areas of concern and, unfortunately, causes for some frustration in our District, deals with a Club's online presence. Some clubs are pretty adept at sharing their information and updates via the web and social media; while others find it hard to produce the information necessary or committ the time needed or sustain the personnel responsible.
Information provided here tackles how you can enhance your club (or district’s) online presence with topics ranging from "Why creating a digital communications strategy can help Rotary", to "How to get the most out of social media" and "Quick fixes to enhance your website".
What You Should Know About Rotary Grants
What do we as Rotarians really know and understand about grants in Rotary? Most members in our District are unaware of the what grants are available to their club and how to go about applying for grants.
Membership Matters
Check out some recent ideas on why membership matters and new ways of approaching and thinking about membership and innovative tactics to address changes in people’s attitudes towards joining clubs.
Rotary Publications - Are You Subscribed?

Having Problems Receiving The Rotarian?

Many of us currently subscribed to receive a copy of Rotary International's monthly magazine publication - The Rotarian. However,  for the last year or so, nearly all of us in District 7030 are experiencing either a delay in receiving our print copy each month or, in many cases, not receiving it at all! In this article, we shall explore some easy and readily available options for members regarding alternative digital solutions, including other publications available for free from RI.
2017 International Convention – Atlanta
Come celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the Rotary Foundation in Atlanta...Special registration rates soon to be offered.
Using Social Media In Rotary
Why Use ClubRunner?
Club & District Membership Leads: A How-To Video
D7030 Launches Club Officer & Committee Resource Section
Prior to the start of a new Rotary year, the District PR Team is happy to announce that the Club Officer & Committee Resource Section of the District Website is now available. This section contains a comprehensive listing and links to helpful and guiding materials for the various personnel in your clubs.
How Will You Celebrate The Rotary Foundation’s Centennial?
The Rotary Foundation is turning 100, and that’s definitely something worth celebrating. Visit the Centennial website to see what’s being planned, pick up ideas for your own celebration, and brush up on your Foundation history in our interactive timeline. 
Foundation’s Achievements And Future
The Rotary Foundation has been improving lives since 1917. Learn about its work and help celebrate 100 years of doing good in the world.
In his address to convention attendees on Tuesday, 31 May, Trustee Chair Ray Klinginsmith proclaimed that The Rotary Foundation has never been stronger than it is today. Bolstered by generous contributions from members and robust programs like PolioPlus and the Rotary Peace Centers, the Foundation's good work is drawing public notice, Klinginsmith said: CNBC, a leading consumer and business news outlet in the U.S., ranked Rotary No. 5 among the top 10 charities changing the world in 2015.
Why Is Learning Transfer So Hard?
Learning transfer refers to the degree to which an individual applies previously learned knowledge and skills to new situations. It is the primary reason for formal learning interventions—like courses, as well as informal interventions—explaining how to perform a task at a meeting.
D7030 Public Image Citation Recipients
Every 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. This year a total of nine (9) clubs from District 7030 have achieved the Zone 33/34 Public Image Citation and we are most proud to share their accomplishment with all.
2016 HandOver Ceremonies Around District 7030
Over the last few weeks, Clubs across District 7030 have been conducting their respective handover ceremonies with dignity and flair. Many clubs have shared some of the highlights of their handovers and the District is pleased to display just a sample of some of them.
Getting To Know Your District Committees
How many of us really know about the various committees maintained by District 7030 and established to assist clubs and members? Do we know who are part of these committees or even what each is charged with or responsible for each Rotary year? Your District PR Team is pleased to announce a new section of the website dedicated to informing club leaders and Rotarians in general about the specific district committees in 7030 and to help you connect with them to better assist your clubs in meeting its goals and objectives.
D7030 Clubs Receive 2015/16 Presidential Citation
The Presidential Citation recognizes Rotary clubs for achieving an array of accomplishments that help them become stronger, deliver more effective service, and enhance their public image. In 2015-2016, the Presidential Citation recognized Rotary clubs that took action to increase their membership, enhance their service impact, expand their network and enhance their public image. By qualifying for the Presidential Citation, clubs contribute to Rotary’s organizational goals and multiply the impact of their good work through the collective focus of 34,000 Rotary clubs worldwide. A total of ten (10) Rotary clubs and ten (10) Rotaract clubs from District 7030 achieved the 2015-2016 Presidential Citation and we are most proud to share their accomplishment with all.
2016-2017 District Governor Club Visits Announced
District Governor Roger Bose shall begin visiting D7030 clubs starting in August. A tentative schedule of dates has been added to the District Calendar. Clubs are advised to liaise with their respective Assistant Governors to note the dates and begin planning for the DG's visit.
RC Stabroek Commences School Improvements
Rotary Club of Stabroek President Anand Harrilall (right) making the donation to St. Joseph’s High School Principal Nathram Raghubansi.
On 20th July 2016, the Rotary Club of Stabroek commenced its school improvement project at the St Joseph’s High School with a donation of school desks and bookshelves obtained through a partnership with Food for the Poor.
RC Point Fortin: Free Dental Clinic
From Monday 25th July 2016 to Thursday 28th July 2016, the Rotary Club of Point Fortin jointly hosted a Free Dental Clinic in Point Fortin, Trinidad.
RC Central Port of Spain: All In One Child Development Centre's Graduation
Member of the Rotary Club of Central Port of Spain gathered on Saturday 9th July for the All in One Child Development Centre School's graduation in the Beetham Estate. It was a great occasion in the lives of all the 24 graduating children. Recognition was given for the outstanding work by the staff.
2017-2018 DG Message
     2017-2018 DISTRICT 7030
JULY 2017
Dear fellow Rotarians,   
At the beginning of a new year we like to look back at what the past year has brought us: being it lessons learned and our accomplishments.
But also we like to look ahead: make new plans to reach new goals.
The theme for 2017-18 is: Rotary: Making a Difference
In the words of RI President Ian Riseley 17-18 we will answer the question “What is Rotary” with the theme Rotary: Making a Difference. “However each of us chooses to serve, we do it because we know our service makes a difference in the lives of others,….. we know that the work we do will change people’s lives- in ways large and small- for the better”.
The best way we in District 7030 can give meaning to the theme of President Ian is by
achieving the Presidential Citation and to focus on the District Goals.
We have set District goals that are aligned with the Presidential Citation Goals.
Our first priority is to build stronger clubs, with more members, that are engage and with more Rotary knowledge. Clubs which are vibrant and were we have fun; clubs which attract members but above all, retain members; Clubs which through their service show what Rotary is and that indeed Rotary is making a difference.
Stronger clubs will lead to more humanitarian service, the second goal of the district. Not only more, but more high impact projects for the community, in cooperation with the community and sustained by the community.
The 3rd goal is for the clubs to show the world our Rotary, our service to the community of which we believe will finally lead to peace.
But by doing all this we must not forget the heart of our funding system: our one-hundred-year-old Rotary Foundation. I encourage you to contribute more than ever to the Rotary Foundation. You should know, we and I mean the clubs in District 7030, received 3 times more from TRF through grants than the amount we have contributed.
In 2017-18: The focus of the District is EDUCATION
Through education we can build a world where everyone is given equal opportunities. Education is an indispensable condition if we want to do away with the existing differences between social classes and genders.  It opens a whole world of opportunities for the less fortunate so that they may have an equal shot at well-paying jobs. Through education we can help others realizing their dreams and build peace!
 Like the Chinese teacher and philosopher Confucius stated:
“Education breeds confidence. Confidence breeds hope. Hope breeds peace.”
So for District 7030 we twisted the International Theme a little bit to reflect our focus: ROTARY: Making A Difference through EDUCATION
Today as District Governor I pledge to all the clubs in D7030 being it Rotary, Rotaract, or Interact, my dedication and commitment to work with you. I strongly believe that only together, as a team, we can and will make a more impactful and sustainable difference in the lives of those we serve. 
My fellow Rotarians a happy and fruitful rotary year, let’s go to work and do what we do best ”Service above Self”.
Ideas To Develop Membership Retention & Recruitment Strategies
August is membership and club development month, a time to focus on and appreciate your members, celebrate their devotion to the club and the impact they have made. It's also a time to think about developing strategies around growing your membership. The reason why Rotary is such a successful organization is because it is full of members that have one trait in common - the passion to make a difference in the world. All of us share this passion and it's what drives us to work together.
RC Antigua Sundown: Pediatric Village Helps Students Get Ready For School Year
Scenes from the Pediatric Village
St. John’s – The recently held Rotary Club of Antigua Sundown (RCAS) Pediatric Village offered a free health screening to over one hundred and forty (140) children in preparation of the new school year. Free eye and dental exams were among the services available at the event held on Saturday 27th August at the University of the West Indies Open Campus (UWIOC) Antigua.
RC Princes Town: 23rd Annual Choka Fest Fundraiser
The Rotary Club of Princes Town's 23rd Annual "Chokha Fest" took place at the scenic San Fernando Hill on the 27th August 2016.
RC Antigua Sundown Supports Back To School/Back Pack Project
St. John’s Antigua, September 2016 – The Rotary Club of Antigua Sundown (RCAS) and several of its members contributed 23 back packs and supplies to the Back to School/Back Pack Project. Also joining RCAS were representatives of Royal Bank of Canada (RBC) with another 6 filled back packs.
RC Barbados West Awards 2016/2017 Rotary West Scholarships
The Rotary Club of Barbados West has announced it has awarded the Rotary West 2016/2017 to Miss Shaneanoh Carter and Miss Chloe Thompson. Miss Carter is pursuing the BSc Chemistry degree at the Faculty of Science & Technology at the University of the West Indies, Cave Hill Campus and is currently enrolled in the final year of the four year programme. While Miss Thompson is pursuing BSc in Medicine at the Faculty of Science & Technology at the University of the West Indies, Cave Hill Campus.
RC Antigua Sundown Assists Fire Victims
St. John’s Antigua, September 4, 2016 – The Rotary Club of Antigua Sundown (RCAS) recently donated gift certificates to the family of Bernadine Richards Grays Hill, who recently lost their home in a fire.
RI 2016 Manual of Procedure Released
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.
2016 District Governor Club Visits Underway
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.
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 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...
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.
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.

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Rotary District 7030 Quarterly Bulletin - Jan 2017