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The new Rotary year has begun and the feeling of excitement is overwhelming.
The upcoming year is full of special celebrations, landmark events, experimentation with recent Council of Legislation (COL) changes, and a renewed focus on membership that begins with each of us as individual Rotarians.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
To All Fellow Rotarians and Guests: Please note that the Rotary Club of San Fernando will be hosting a joint Handover "President's Handover, Awards Presentation and District Governor Installation Gala", on Saturday 25th June 2016 from 6:00 p.m. at The Calypso Room, Radisson Hotel, Trinidad.
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.
From left: Christa Papavasiliou, Jermaine Ee, and Yvonne Kwan.
If there is one absolute truth about millennials, it is this: Anyone who says there is an absolute truth about millennials risks being subjected to their collective eye roll. Millennials are individuals, and fiercely so. According to the Pew Research Center, most of them don’t even like being called “millennials,” let alone hearing generalizations about their shared attitudes and behaviors.
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.
On 11th & 12th June 2016, Zone 34 will be hosting its annual Zone Seminar at the Hyatt Regency, Jacksonville, Florida. Designed for incoming District Foundation, Membership & Public Image committee members, DGs, DGEs, DGNs, DGNDs, PDGS, Assistant Governors, Club Presidents, Secretaries, Incoming Officers, Foundation & Membership Advocates; but any Rotarian is invited to participate.
ShelterBox and Rotary clubs take action following earthquake in Italy
A 6.2-magnitude earthquake struck central Italy early Wednesday, killing more than 120 people and trapping an unknown number beneath rubble. Tremors were felt as far away as Rome, 100 km (65 miles) southwest of the quake's epicenter. International disaster relief agency and Rotary International project partner ShelterBox is sending a response team from its headquarters in the United Kingdom to the remote mountainous area of Italy where the destruction is most severe. The response team will arrive Friday, 26 August, to assess the area's needs. Luca Della Volta, president of ShelterBox Italia,...
Hall of Fame singer Donovan becomes a Rotary polio ambassador
Legendary singer and polio survivor Donovan Leitch, better known simply as Donovan, has joined Rotary in its fight to eradicate the paralyzing disease that afflicted him during much of his childhood. Donovan contracted polio at age three in Glasgow, Scotland. The disease weakened his right leg and left it thinner and shorter than the other. Confined to his bed for much of his childhood, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame singer said his father would read him poetry. In a recent interview with the Daily Express, Donovan said that listening to poetry piqued his interest in creative writing. “If I...
World Polio Day toolkit available — start planning now
Rotary's fourth World Polio Day celebration, on 24 October, will highlight extraordinary progress in the eradication campaign and emphasize the work that remains before we wipe out the virus for good. With the number of new cases worldwide nearly halved from this time last year, we have the opportunity to rally our resources and see the last case of polio this year. Health officials and Rotary's celebrity polio ambassadors will head to Atlanta, Georgia, USA, for the event, the first to be held at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). It will be streamed live and then will...
Young member uses leadership positions to promote diversity, inclusion
The way Rotary member Todd Jenkins puts it, he's the first generation in his family "to do everything": first to go to college, first to fly on a plane, first to visit another country, and the first to live across state lines. Jenkins, 28, grew up in a low-income neighborhood in Columbia, South Carolina, USA. His family worked hard just to make ends meet. So travel and college seemed out of reach. The eldest of ten children, Jenkins says his goal was to break out of the family status quo and set a positive example for his siblings. He credits his mother with helping him avoid falling into the...
Rotary recommits to ending polio in Nigeria
The World Health Organization has confirmed two cases of wild poliovirus type 1 (WPV1) in Nigeria, the first cases in the country since July 2014. After passing a year without a case of the wild poliovirus, Nigeria was removed from the list of polio-endemic countries in September 2015. These cases – from two local government areas of Borno state – occurred in July 2016. The Government of Nigeria – in partnership with the Global Polio Eradication Initiative – will take immediate steps to respond quickly to the outbreak to prevent further spread of the disease. This response will include...