DG Dominique visits St Lucia JULY 2018
Every Official visit to Saint Lucia starts with a relaxing meal and on this occasion it was lunch at the Pink Plantation House where the DG received her initial briefing from AG Lisle.
 
The DG then went to Vieux Fort to meet Chair of the Rotary Satellite Club of Gros Islet, Melisa Agdomar and Rtn. Carina (Small Fry) Snaggs, standing in for Service projects chair Shermie James-Darcheville.
 
The meeting took place at the grounds of the Town Hall where the club plans to create a toy library.  They then travelled to Bruce Ville where the plan is to create a playground for the under-privileged children.
 
After a quick trip to the Moule À Chique lighthouse which is situated on the southernmost tip of the island, we moved on to L' Escape gest house at Laborie where the DG met the board of the Satellite Club and then the members. DG Dominique listened with interest at the energetic and thoughtful plans of the club and pinned 3 new members.  She was also pleased to pin two Rotaractors from Rotaract South Saint Lucia with "Be the Inspiration" theme pins.  
 
On Friday morning we had a fascinating visit with the Governor General Sir Emmanuel Neville Cenac.  His Excellency spoke extensively on the history of Saint Lucia and on his vision for a better tomorrow.  He spoke passionately on the need for better education for all children and we were all impressed by the Governor General's knowledge of the work of Rotary.
 
The DG then fellowshipped with the Rotary Club of St Lucia at their lunch meeting at Sandals Halcyon.  The highlight of that meeting was the pinning of 3 new Paul Harris Fellows by the DG. 
Photograph provided by PP Konrad.
 
An excellent meeting followed with the board of the RCSL - no photographs available. 
 
On to Calabash Cove Hotel where the RCGI board met with the DG and presented their plans for the year.  Another excellent meeting with plans a plenty.
 
On Saturday morning the Club Presidents took DG Dominique to the Plateau area to acquaint her with our largest ever Rotary Foundation Grant project. I was not able to persuade them to climb to the top as they were not wearing appropriate shoes!
 
Then the highlight of DG Dominique's trip - a visit to the Early Act Club at the Dame Pearlette Louisy Primary School.The young people cited as their number one priority the fixing of the playground for the younger children.  They also showed off their hard work on the painting of the lunch tables.  Truly special young people.  Big congratulations to Miss James of the Dame Pearlette Louisy Primary School and to the Rotary Club of St Lucia for this excellent project.
 
Without pause we whisked the DG off to the Pastoral Center where she met the Rotaract and Interact Clubs.RCSL has five Interact Clubs with about 250 members and 2 Rotaract Clubs including South Saint Lucia. All clubs were represented. 
 
The gathering included the Rotaract Club of Gros Islet and DG Dominique was asked to pin three new members and the new president, Curtley Stephen, who took over from PP Robin Branford. The Rotaract clubs are working hard to build membership while the Interact clubs
are thriving, and Rotarians are called upon to make a massive effort to support the Rotaract movement.
 
On Saturday night we moved on to the home of Rotarian Mary Dix (Lewis) and what a party Mary put on for us .. live music, good food and plenty to drink.  Members of Rotary and Rotaract joined in fellowship. Sadly I have no pictures to share with you.
 
On Sunday the DG visited the Rotary Bus project of RCSL which serves the young people by providing mobile clinics and counselling services. After a relaxing lunch at Jambe de Bois on Pigeon Point we returned our District Governor to the airport.  A busy but successful visit.
 
Submitted by AG Lisle Chase