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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 
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!
PI Citation
Chokha Fest 2017 Press 
Rotary District 7030 Group Study Exchange 2017-2018
Zone 34 Regional Rotary Seminar Agenda
2015-2016 DG Welcome Message

Dear Fellow Rotarians,

I wish to extend greetings to you as we start this new Rotary Year.  To all Club and District officers, I wish to extend heartiest congratulations on your appointments and wish you every success during your year.  This year, as we strive to “Be A Gift to the World”, let us renew our commitment to Rotary and its ideals. 
I have set six areas of focus for this year – Foundation, Membership, Public Relations, Rotaract & Interact, Training and Dyslexia. 
2015-2016 DG Message De Bienvenue
Chers amis Rotariens,
Au début de cette nouvelle année Rotarienne, je désire vous transmettre mes salutations.  À tous ceux qui entre en poste de district, je vous félicite sincèrement pour cette nomination et je vous souhaite bon succès pour cette année.  En faisant tout notre possible pour “faire don de soi au monde”, renouvelons notre engagement au Rotary et ses idéaux.
J’ai six domaines d’intérêt particulier à cette année  -  Fondation;  l’effectif;  relations publique;  Rotaract & Interact; formation;  la dyslexie. 
2016 District 7030 PETS & Conference
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Early Registration discount ends December 2015.
For more information, contact Conference Chair - Sonya Alleyne
2015 District Governor Club Visits Underway
DG Milton began his visits to Clubs in District 7030 and is off to a rousing start.
2015 TEACCH Opening with DG Milton - POS, Trinidad
DG Milton on hand for the official opening of the TEACCH Programme in Port of Spain, Trinidad.
2015/16 Zone 33/34 Public Relations Citation
Please check more information on how your club can earn a Rotary Public Image citation at
Rotary Clubs Aid Dominica in Aftermath of TS Erika
Basseterre, St. Kitts – The Rotary Club of Liamuiga and Rotary Club of St. Kitts extend their sincerest thanks and appreciation to all persons who assisted, donated and volunteered to aid Dominica.
On Saturday August 29, 2015, both Rotary Clubs spearheaded a relief aid effort for the Commonwealth of Dominica in the aftermath of the destruction that island suffered following the passage of Tropical Storm Erika on August 27, 2015.
2015 District 7030 Presidents' Meeting
The Annual Rotary District 7030 Presidents' Meeting will be held in Antigua on Saturday 19th September 2015 at the Trade Winds Hotel. 2015 marks the 3rd consecutive year that Club Presidents and District personnel will be meeting to discuss matters of import and concern both to the District as well as to Clubs in general. 
2015 District 7030 RYLA
Positioning Tomorrow’s Leaders Today
5th to 7th November 2015 - RYLA returns to Grenada!
RI New Member Sponsor Recognition Program
Sponsor a new member and you'll not only strengthen your club, you'll also get recognized for your efforts. Through the New Member Sponsor Recognition program, sponsors will now receive a specially designed Rotary pin and recognition on Rotary's website.
Rotary Global Rewards
The good you do comes back to you.
Rotary members can enjoy discounts on travel, hotels, dining, entertainment, and more through Rotary Global Rewards, a new member benefit program that began 1st July 2015. Anyone can view the offers, but only Rotary members who sign in to their My Rotary accounts can redeem the discounts.
2015-2016 New Rotary Calendar
The Rotary Months designations have changed for 2015-2016! A new calendar with updated dates and deadlines was effected on 1st July 2015. Visit this calendar throughout the year to find award deadlines and convention and event information. Develop meeting agendas, projects, or public image campaigns based on these special occasions. Use them at your regular meetings to promote Rotary's involvement in these activities.
2015 RLI (Part 1) Training in Antigua


Part One held in Antigua
Sunday 20th September 2015 
PDG Lara Quentrall-Thomas
District 7030 RLI Director
In-keeping with our commitment to improved training, District 7030 held it’s first RLI training for the new Rotary year in beautiful Antigua on Sunday 20th September 2015. It was also the very first time our District has facilitated an RLI with ‘home grown’ discussion leaders, namely PDG Hervé Honore, DGE Roger Bose, DGN Waddy Sowma, AG Dominique Venere and PP Sonya Alleyne. They all very kindly gave up their time to spend the weekend with 20 enthusiastic Rotarians from clubs in Antigua, Trinidad, St Kitts and Guyana.
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
2016 RI Convention
Connect with Korea – Touch the World
The Rotary International Convention travels to Seoul, 28 May-1 June 2016. Explore this world-class city and discover the rich culture that connects the latest trends with time-honored traditions. Taste eclectic cuisine and shop for the newest fashions and electronics. Meet new friends, share ideas, and interact with new technology at this dynamic, unforgettable convention. Connect with the thousands of Rotarians who will come together in friendship and peace.
Register Now and Save!
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Be sure to register before 15 December for early registration savings.
For more information, please visit convention website - - or click here  
ShelterBox & Rotary


To rapidly provide emergency shelter and vital aid to stabilise, protect and support communities overwhelmed by disaster and humanitarian crisis.
2015/16 RI Presidential Citation
Is Your Club Working Towards a 2015/16 Presidential Citation?
World Polio Day 2015


How close are we to a polio-free world? What’s needed to finish the job? Can we make history together?

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