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QUARTERLY BULLETIN - JANUARY 2017
 
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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 He had changed from a sullen, withdrawn little boy, to a cheerful child with glowing and hopeful eyes.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.
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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.
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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...
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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.
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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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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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. 
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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...
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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.
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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 
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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 means...to them...to their club...to their community...and to the world.
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Instant Gratification: Online Giving Benefits You & TRF

INSTANT

GRATIFICATION

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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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2017 RYLA Announced
 
STAY TUNED FOR MORE INFORMATION!
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. 
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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).
 
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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 represented...you should join those already set to go. Click here for more information on the Atlanta Convention
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