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Can you challenge yourself or get a team together to take on the pedal 2 the point? On the 22nd November there is a 75km fun challenge from the Turtle Farm in West Bay all the way to Rum point. Amazing Medals for those that finish and prizes for First Male, First Female and First relay team to the Point! Plus special prize for the most sponsorship raised by an individual or team. Sponsored by Silver Wheaton all entrance fee's go to Rotary and the Six 4 Hospice campaign. Red Sail also providing a party at the point with Ferries back to Safe Haven! Its a great day out for all in support of an amazing cause.
We can all make a difference so please sign up and support! If you can't take part we need volunteers and Marshals on the day please contact Dir Chris Bailey 916 8277 for more details.
A wonderful afternoon was spent at Grand Old House enjoying the best of fellowship. The event marked the end of Presidents Stephanie's wonderful successful year and Mark the Year of President Brian. Who promised to turn the club green to reflect his Irish roots!
Recognition was given to various Rotarians for their service throughout the year but special mention goes to Rotarian, now Director, Rob Martin for receiving the "Rookie" of the year award. PP Alan Roffey was a clear favorite to receive the Rotarian of the year award and the crowd was not disappointed. PP Alan did a remarkable job organizing a hugely successful Rotary District conference which is going to be a hard act to follow when we light up Jamaica next year!
The 2014/15 board was introduced and the drinks did flow. It only goes to demonstrate what a wonderful Rotary family we have. Enjoy the pics :)
The Rotary Round-Up Auction
Saturday, May 24, 2014
Festival Greens at Camana Bay
See you there!
Derek Haines successfully finished the first of his six marathons this year on Sunday as he bids to raise $1 million to build a new facility for Cayman HospiceCare.
Derek’s first run took place at the Paris marathon and he completed the 26.2 mile course in 4 hours, 3 minutes, 33 seconds. Support Derek by visiting www.six4hospice.com – London is next up this weekend!!!! Good Luck!!!
YOUR HELP allows us to continue to support the following projects and others in Cayman and Internationally: Christmas Tree Lighting, Cayman Hurricane Fund, Guatemala Literacy project, Cayman Islands Crisis Center, John Gray School CCTV, Bridge Foundation, Hurricane Relief Philippines, Yarnell Water project, Roteract Club, CI Community Collage, East End Primary School, CINSA, Junior Achievement, Special Olympics, Lighthouse School, CCMI, Hospice Care, Bosnia Grant, Early Intervention Program, Polio Plus, Savannah Primary, St Ignatius, Senior Citizens Dinner.
The Derek Haines 6 Marathon Challenge had a reception hosted by Her Excellency the Governor Helen Kirkpatrick last night. As ever our hugely popular Rotarian had a great turn out showing a great start to the support he needs. Derek’s goal is to raise $1million and he will need all our support to get there.
BUILD A HOSPICE
Derek is running over 156 miles of marathons in just 8 months at 65 years young. He's doing this to inspire you to help him raise $1million for Cayman HospiceCare. Get inspired and get involved,
Please, please visit:
Its here and we have entered a team but we need your help to ensure we win!!!!
First build is tonight! - The construction of our Bed for the Bed Race starts this evening (Thursday 6th March) at 6PM. Please join us at Camana Bay, the empty unit next to Audi.
We hope to complete the axles, wheels and frame.
Thanks and feel free to call me on 916 8076 if you have any questions or need more information.
Mr. Haines is embarking on his most demanding year ever with six 26.1 mile runs spread between Cayman, America, Asia and Europe.
He already has about a third of that sum pledged and is confident that by the end of the year, when he completes the series with the Cayman Islands Marathon on Dec. 7, that magic figure will be achieved. Motivation to complete all these arduous runs will not be a problem because the celebrated fund-raiser has already raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for various worthy Cayman Islands causes. Under the patronage of Governor Helen Kilpatrick, Mr. Haines accepted the challenge to raise funds for a new purpose-built hospice building that will include a new inpatient care unit. The governor has also agreed to host a reception at her residence in March to officially launch the appeal. Mr. Haines’s first challenge will be the Paris marathon on Apr. 6, swiftly followed by the London marathon a week later. “I’m a bit worried about doing them back to back but I’m sure I’ll find a way,” he said.
Mr. Haines has also applied to enter the New York marathon, is considering Chicago and is hoping that his daughter Lizzy can join him on another one in the Pacific basin in late June. Then it’s a well-earned rest, recharging of batteries and cranking up again for the Cayman marathon, which he usually runs in just over four hours.
All travel costs and registration fees will be self-funded by Mr. Haines and the Rotary Club of Grand Cayman is donating $2,800 to the British Hospice Society to guarantee his entry into the London race.
Rotary Club treasurer Chris Johnson is opening a dedicated bank account to accommodate donations towards the appeal.
He said, “Every dollar that is donated to this appeal will be used for completing this new hospice facility. There will be no administrative costs or other expenses paid from it and I think this is very important for donors to understand.” Please help in any way you can to assist “our” Derek in raising the required funds!
Excellent board meeting with President Stephanie and the Rotary Club of Grant Cayman, followed by a wonderful official club visit combined with our Charter Night celebration. Honoured to present my remarks in the context of the Grand Cayman Club's 48th birthday! The evening included the induction of the club's newest Rotarian and the presentation of a Major Donor Paul Harris Fellow to PAG Joey on behalf of Cynthia and himself. The club is very well balanced with members ranging from the "well-seasoned" to the relatively youthful and is doing great projects such as supporting the Frances Bodden's Girls Home which the club built in he eighties. Great to be able to spend time with my home club again marking my 77th Official visit with only 7 more to go starting in BVI next and then finally onto TCI. As they say, there's no place like home but this year home has been the 10 countries, 16 islands and 84 clubs that make up our tremendous district!
Congratulation both and welcome to our club!
To all friends and visiting Rotarians tonight (23/1/14) is our club "Charter Night" and in lou of our regular meeting we are having a dinner at Luca.
Should you wish to join us please email our fellowship director Brad Watts (firstname.lastname@example.org) and he will let you know if it is possible for you to attend.
Boxing Day, December 26th, 2013
The Rotary Club of Grand Cayman (RCGC) invites all senior citizens to attend their Annual Senior Citizens Christmas Lunch / Party on Boxing Day, December 26, 2013. The event will run from 3 pm to 6 pm at the First Baptist Church Hall on Grand Cayman (opposite the Lions Center).
There will be lots of food, entertainment, prizes, and gift bags for the senior citizens in attendance.
Transportation will be provided by bus from the districts of North Side, East End, Bodden Town, and West Bay. There will be no bus transportation from George Town, but family members and friends are encouraged to bring the senior citizens and also to collect them from the event.
The following is the bus collection schedule:
· Grape Tree Point down from - 1:15 pm
· North Side Civic Centre from - 1:30 pm
2. EAST END
· Morritts Tortuga Club down from 1:45 pm
· Main pick up across from East End United Church
3. BODDEN TOWN
· Bodden Town Civic Centre from 2:00 pm
· Foster's Countryside Centre from 2:30 pm
· West Bay Town Hall from 1:30 pm
· West Bay 4-way stop from 1:45 pm
· Foster's Republix from 2:00 pm
Here's a wonderful way to support Rotary! Vote early and often to help Rotary win up to 10 million United Airlines travel miles! It won't cost you a penny - and the miles will be used to help numerous Rotary projects.
All you have to do is go to http://10millioncharitymiles.com and vote for Rotary International. You can vote every day until December 25th. Rotary is neck and neck with the Shriners - your vote may just make the difference!
In the past Charity Miles have provided transportation for Rotary International's Gift of Life surgical teams. Teams have traveled to Haiti and El Salvador, where volunteer doctors and nurses from the United States performed life-saving heart surgery on many children and provided important training for local doctors. Charity Miles have also helped Rotary International transport Iraqi children with birth defects to U.S. hospitals for treatments they cannot receive at home.
Charity Miles are also used to send volunteers to help immunize children during National Immunization Days. And, Charity Miles provide airfare for financially disadvantaged Rotary youth exchange students so they may live and study overseas for one school year, enabling 8,000 secondary school students to study abroad in 80 countries around the world.
And don't just vote yourself! Share this message with your network of friends. If you are a Facebooker, a Twitterer or a Texter - get cracking
We are so excited to be organizing a Rotary Christmas Giving event for the Lighthouse School at the Dark Part, South Sound, December 21, 2013 at 10:00am to 12:00pm.
Here is where we need your Rotary Spirit : We are asking each Rotarian to bring a gift for a student on Thursday, December 12 or Thursday, December 19 valuing $25 or more and Betty and myself will store the gifts. Please see the list attached to this RotaryCay and your clubrunner email for the name of your student including sex, age and gift idea.
Furthermore, we will need your financial contributions at the luncheon raffle Thursday, December 12th as we are hoping to raise enough money to pay for the food and entertainment at this exciting event!
Finally, we are looking forward to you supporting this Christmas Giving on Saturday, December 21 by greeting and socializing with the Lighthouse School Family.
YIR, Katherine and Betty Rotary Club of Grand Cayman
Another stella performance from our resident iron man PP Derek Haines, his agent was quoted saying: “He was delighted to have finished the marathon in 4.18.26. A tad slower than the sub 4 hours he hoped for but severe cramp hit at 22 miles so it took him 56 minutes to get home from there.”
Derek praised the supported and 'encouragement' he received during the last 5 miles by PP / Treasurer Chris and Rotarian Rob who encouraged him to carry a Rotary banner to the finish line.
The pledged funds for Feed our Future are rolling in and we ought to surpass our target of CI$30K when all collected.
If you have made a pledge, or indeed wish to do so, I will be grateful if you can let me have the funds at Rotary this Thursday or in the near future. Cheques can be made to the RCGC please.
Amazing Derek Well Done!
- Saturday, November 30th Christmas tree Lighting Set up
- Monday, December 2nd Christmas Tree Lighting
- Saturday, December 7th Parade of lights
- Thursday, December 19th Family of Rotary Christmas Luncheon
- Thursday December 26th Senior Citizens Christmas lunch
All events require Rotarian support please let the various organising committees know your intent to help.
On Saturday Rotarians were out in good form carrying out community work in Bodden Town. We had around 9 Rotarians and some of their family members painting a section of the property. We also tidied up the grounds and spread sand in preparation for upcoming events at the area. Rotarians were also provided with a tour of this unique cultural property. Thanks to everyone who attended!
The Westin are unable to accommodate us this week so the meeting is moved to the Wharf. Please try to get there a little early as parking can be tight :)
It's November and that means Foundation Month has started!
This month, we would like to focus on the Endowment Fund in particular (formerly the Permanent Fund) and how we can support it for future generations to benefit from the great work we do through Our Foundation. The Endowment Fund is supported in a number of ways including outright donations currently as we do with the Annual Fund, but the most common way to support it is through two vehicles; becoming either a Benefactor (committing $1000 in your will to the Endowment Fund) or a Bequest Society member (committing $10,000 in your will to the Endowment Fund).
Forms for both are attached for your consideration and also a flyer on the upcoming Million Dollar Dinner taking place next February in Florida. DG Jeremy has set a goal for D7020 to raise $200,000 from our district primarily through new commitments to the Bequest Society and we are already off to a good start with several new commitments made even before this communication so I suspect we will easily achieve this goal.
If it possible for you to consider joining the Bequest Society, you can join RI President Ron Burton at the Million Dollar Dinner in Sarasota Florida next February (for more, go to http://www.rotaryzone34milliondollardinner.org/) AND a special Major Donor event to be help during our upcoming District Conference in Cayman next May which will be hosted by DG Jeremy.
I would also like to take this opportunity to stress the importance of getting any commitments to the Annual Programs Fund or Polio Plus into the Foundation and this is the perfect month to do it if you haven't already. DG Jeremy also has the ambition to make sure that 100% of the clubs in our district give something to the Foundation this Rotary year. We have not done this before but surely we can get it done this year. Remember that on average, as a district we get back 10 times in project funding from that Foundation than we donate each year. It is only right that we all support such a great benefactor with some level of contribution, no matter how small, is it not?Have a great Foundation Month and remember that it is your financial support that allows Our Foundation to keep Doing Good in the World.
We had queues down the street last year over 1000 people went through the house over 3 nights! This year is even better even scarier and even bigger!!
Thank to the donation of an amazing space in Camana Bay the house will go ahead on Halloween night 31st October and continue for 2 further nights until Saturday 2nd November. Entrance is ci$10 please start spreading the word.
With an event this size we need volunteers in the following areas:
House scarer's (Zombies, ghost, ghouls and anything else you can think of!)
Front of house operations
We cannot do this without volunteers so please please ask around and lend your support :) Its the most fun to be had on Halloween!
THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU - its over, the last sale was held this past Saturday and Director Tim would like to say a huge thank you to all who turned up week in week out to do their bit to raise funds and sell the furniture! The total amount raised is significant and Director Tim will provide a further update. David Kirkcaldy and MASSIVE your generosity in providing the box truck and driver every week was a god send, again to the Saturday morning regulars and the fellowship committee for ensuring all were well provider for thank you does not cover it.
Last weeks meeting had a change of venue and menu in what was a packed house at Karma. The Lionfish and chips were excellent and the staff catered for us well.
Another year and the tradition of gathering at the Fosters residence in Cayman Kai lives on.... Mucho's beverages and food were consumed, cigars broke out as did dancing and singing well into the evening. A superb fellowship event thank you to all who attended.
Yes its a boy!!
Congratulations to President Stephanie and family on the safe arrival of Tai Anthony Ian Wight weighing in at 8lb 6oz. He has already made his first public appearances and is winning the hearts of the Cayman people. Sources close to the family said they were thrilled and are expecting great things from the future District Govenor.
The Cayman Islands squash team selected to represent Cayman at the Island Games in Bermuda this week got a much needed boost to its funds thanks to the support of the Rotary Club of Grand Cayman. Chris Bailey, one of the directors of the rotary club and board member of the South Sound squash club, is pictured presenting the $2000 cheque to Janet Sairsingh director of CINSA and organiser of the Island Games team. The team has good chances of bringing home some medals and will be strongly supported by all at SSSC and Rotary.
The individuals representing Cayman had to raise over $15,000 in funds to pay for flights, accomodation and training which they did with the support of the other junior members of the SSSC. Just as we were going to press we were informed that the squash team has won at least 3 Gold medals!!! Congratulations team Cayman!
Four Rotarians from the Rotary Club of Grand Cayman will be traveling to
Three Rotarians from our club have just returned from