Posted by Sean Paddy on Jun 27, 2017
2017-2018 Rotary Club of Antigua President Diana Browne
St. John’s Antigua, June 25, 2017 – The Rotary Club of Antigua Sundown (RCAS) held its annual Handover Dinner on Saturday 23rd June at East restaurant at the Carlisle Bay Hotel.  The event was a wonderful mix of festive cheer, a summation of the past year’s community service projects and a call out for even greater performance of Rotary Projects by the new incoming President and Board.
Outgoing Club President Herald Rolland, formally passed the proverbial ‘Presidential baton’ over to Diana Browne. Mr. Rolland summed up the past year’s activities with an impressive listing of fundraising and community projects that totaled over $100,000. He said: “The Rotary Club of Antigua Sundown has a good track record in fund-raising and I’m happy that I had the honor of serving as President.” He added:  “Service in the community is very important to our Club and one particular initiative which for me, was the highlight of my year, was the completion of our School Backup Water Supply project.  It was a large project, very impactful...and with water and sanitation being one of the six focus areas for Rotary International globally we were very proud.”
Ms. Browne followed that up with a pledge to see the Club meet and exceed the record levels of funded projects that the previous year had just accomplished. “Rotarians are community champions who stand up for our communities,” said Ms. Browne. “We support those who need help, we strive to improve lives and we bring about positive change in our neighborhoods. Every event, initiative or project that we run is rooted in the notion of community. This is because we believe that society works better when communities work together. I am looking forward to the challenge ahead and to leading the Club forward to another successful year.” 
Awards and congratulations are always passed out at this event and the evening saw Past District Governor Malcolm Edwards, Past President Ken Kentish, Past President Stephen Shoul and Rotarian Frank Henry all awarded with a Lifetime Service Award in recognition of their outstanding contribution and service to Rotary in Antigua.
Other awards went to: Reverend Angela Roberts (Community Service Award) and Kennedy's Club (Corporate Sponsor Award).
Patricia Gyger, Swiss Honorary Consul for Antigua and Barbuda, was pinned as Honorary Member of the Club. Ms. Gyger played an instrumental role in the School Backup Water Supply project which was funded by the Swiss Embassy.
The Board of the Rotary Club of Antigua Sundown was also recognized and the many individuals who worked hard to raise funds and organize projects were individually noticed.  Club members who were behind the perennially successful major fundraising events – The Signature Fete, Autism Walk and Annual Golf Tournament – were once again congratulated and all promised to try and raise the bar in the incoming year.
A new club project, an Earlyact Club was announced for the new year. EarlyAct is a school-wide service club for elementary students from ages 5 to 13. This would be the first EarlyAct Club in Antigua & Barbuda.
Overall, the Handover event was one of heart felt goodwill for past accomplishment and one of great promise for the upcoming year.