Rotary Club of Road Town

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Road Town

Service Above Self

We meet Wednesdays at 6:00 PM
Moorings Mariner Inn Conference Room
Wickhams Cay II
P.O Box 2372
Road Town, Tortola  VG1110
British Virgin Islands
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Fail Your Kidneys and They Will Fail You

Kidney disease often is not on our medical radar when we consider the state of our health.  Instead we focus on diseases such as cancer, AIDS, heart disease, high blood pressure and diabetes.  All these are relevant and deserving of attention.  But so is the health status of our kidneys. 
On Wednesday 29 July Dr. June Samuel (Director of Medical Services) and Dr. Chrisel Bovell (Medical Specialist-Internist)  of the BVI Health Services Authority spoke to the Rotary Club of Road Town on the importance of kidney health. 
Healthy kidneys are essential to the efficient functioning of our bodies.  Our kidneys filter wastes, toxins and excess fluids from our blood, which are then excreted in our urine.  They also release hormones that regulate blood pressure, produce an active form of vitamin D that promotes strong healthy bones and control the production of red blood cells.   When chronic kidney disease reaches an advanced stage, dangerous levels of fluid, electrolytes and wastes can build up in the body.
In the BVI  kidney disease is a major health concern with a disproportionate percentage of the population diagnosed with, and being treated for, chronic kidney disease.    
Common lifestyle factors can harm the kidneys.  Individuals who smoke are  obese or had diets high in red and processed meats, sugar-sweetened drinks and sodium, but low in fruit, legumes, nuts, whole grains and low-fat dairy are more likely to develop kidney disease .
Obesity alone can double a person’s risk of developing kidney disease and an unhealthy diet may still raise the risk even when weight and other lifestyle factors are taken into account.
In general people of African descent tend to be at greater risk.  Especially those with diabetes, high blood pressure or a family history of kidney disease.  Add to that an unhealthy diet high in processed sugars, red meat and fast food and the risk increases.
The Health Services Authority is now examining the alarming trend of increasing cases of kidney failure and seeking to shift the focus from managing chronic kidney disease to preventing it. 
Chronic kidney disease is irreversible.   It cannot be cured.   Persons who are diagnosed are left with the options of dialysis for life or a kidney transplant.   Both are expensive options and take a toll on the patient’s quality of life. 
Reduce your risk significantly by making simple changes to lifestyle such as controlling diabetes, high blood pressure, exercising and engaging in physical activity, maintaining a healthy weigh, consuming a healthy diet and quit smoking.  
Individuals should also get tested regularly as early detection will allow for treatments which can slow or halt the disease before it becomes chronic.
Take care of your kidneys today and they will take care of you for a lifetime.


Polio Free Africa

Africa Polio Milestone

They said it couldn’t be done. But we have reached one year without a case of polio in Africa. Thanks to our members who contribute time & energy to immunize children in Africa. Find out how we reached this milestone:

Posted by Rotary International on Tuesday, August 11, 2015

August 11, 2015 marks one year without a case of wild polio in  Africa. We still have work to do and you can help us end polio forever. Get involved:




Rotary BVI Celebrates Emancipation


The BVI Family of Rotary showed its support for the territory’s cultural heritage by participating in the Emancipation Celebration on Monday 3rd August 2015.

The ever present Rotary Floupe (Float and Troupe) that has become a regular in the annual emancipation parade made its way up the Waterfront Drive distributing refreshments and Rotary paraphernalia to spectators along the route.  

Members donning white fedoras and tees in the bright
colours of Rotary reveled behind the float and treated the judges to a dance performance before completing the route to the festival village.  The entry was deemed an enjoyable success by participants and spectators alike.  

The BVI Family of Rotary is proud to provide ongoing support to this important cultural event.  



Kiddies Festivities and Fun 2015


The Rotary Club of Road Town heralded in the BVI’s 2015 Emancipation Festival celebrations with its Kiddies Fiesta on 25 July 2015.

Young fun seekers turned out at the Althea Scatliffe School Grounds to enjoy a day of rides, games, slides and more.

 New attractions included go-karts, a mechanical bull and a mega Jurassic Park bouncer.  There was in addition lots to eat and drink. 

Thank you to the big name entertainers Primetime, Vibe and Showtime who set the tone and kept the music flowing.

The Rotary Club of Road Town also thanks the public for making the event a memorable one, our volunteers for their invaluable assistance and our sponsors for their ongoing support.

Visit our Facebook Page for photos of the event.



President Ryan Takes the Helm 

President Ryan (center) flanked by Treasurer Dany (left)  and Past Assistant District Governor Ron Potter right)

In an atmosphere of Caribbean elegance, defined in the Rotary palette of colours, and preceded by a breezy evening sunset,  Ryan Geluk was sworn in to serve as the Rotary Club of Road Town’s 25th president for the 2015/2016 Rotary year.  The ceremony took place at the Club’s annual Installation Dinner and Awards Ceremony held at Long Bay Beach Club on 4thJuly 2015. 

Standing heads above the crowd, President Ryan who is no stranger to community service and hard work, outlined his plans for the new Rotary year which will take place under the theme “Be a Gift to the World.” 

Focusing on Education, the Club will adopt programmes to strengthen the capacity of the community to support basic education and literacy, reduce gender disparity in literacy and increase adult literacy.   The Club will also be undertaking several service projects in Rotary's other Areas of Focus which are peace and conflict prevention /resolution, disease prevention and treatment, water and sanitation , maternal and child health, economic and community development.   “I am reaching out to the Community to assist the Rotary Club of Road Town in succeeding with these goals and being a part of our success” stated the newly installed President.  "We want you to work along side with us and we extend this invitation under our 2015/2016 slogan - "Engage Your Community Remember Your Passion”  

The guest speaker for the evening was Dr John Button, Kiwnis International President 2014/2015 and the Master of Ceremonies was Past President Elvis Harrigan.  The installation dinner and ceremony was followed by an evening of dancing to the sounds of DJ Carley. 

The Rotary Club of Road Town’s Board members for the 2015/2016 year comprise:

President – Ryan Geluk
Vice President – Sonia Webster
Secretary – Anthony Clarke
Treasurer -  Dany Katra
President Elect – Nelcia St. Jean
Immediate Past President – Shan Mohamed
Membership Director – Jacqueline Daley-Aspinall
Public Image Director – Lavina Liburd
Club Administration Director – Elvis Harrigan
Service Projects Director – Charles Benjamin
Youth Services Director – Everette Frazer
Fundraising Director – Geraldeen Johnson
Foundation Director – Vance Lewis
Sargeant-at-Arms – Vincent Wheatley






Winning Ticket, Winning Bond!


Twas the night before Christmas, and a crowd eagerly amassed at Delta Gas Station in Pasea, with a vague air of expectancy to await the Rotary Club of Road Town’s raffle drawing for a new 2015 Nissan Xtrail.  In that moment, everything else had been put on hold.   Family, friends, frolicking, and a mountain of “things” still to be done.   Rotarians on site sought to accommodate many hopefuls who showed up  seeking to purchase tickets before the raffle drum was closed.  DJ push pop set the mood with a mix of Caribbean and Christmas music that kept things lively.

When ticket sales were closed off, the last of the ticket stubs were folded and put into the drum which was closed and locked. The mounting anticipation was almost tangible.  The formalities and the speeches were duly dispensed with, as was the awarding of two other valuable prizes donated by major sponsor Delta Petroleum.

Then the drum was spun, and spun again by Treasurer Elvis, using the best of what remained from his old days in the gym.   The atmosphere grew tense as a young lady, who had been randomly selected from the spectators to draw the winning ticket, reached into the drum.  Stirred its contents around with her hand.  And dug in deeply before proudly pulling out a ticket and handing it to the waiting officials.

Pause. Uncertainty. More Pause. Suspense.    A winning ticket… with an undecipherable name.    “We have a winner of the new 2015 Nissan Xtrail.” announced Lime representative Kareem Nelson Hull.  He then read the winning number and waited for the lucky ticket holder to be identified.

As ticket holders in attendance and across the airwaves were still anxiously consulting their ticket numbers,  Mr. Jamieson Hopkins broke into an impromptu dance and chant.  “My car” he shouted, “Mine!” “Gimme my car, it's mine!”  as he jigged across the compound.  It was only after he had calmed down sufficiently that the raffle officials were able to verify his win.

But Jamieson Hopkins dramatic win would not end there.  While members of the crowd silently nursed their disappointment at not winning, Mr. Hopkins next move was one that captured everyone’s attention and respect.   He whipped out his cell phone and hurriedly called his mother.  “Mommy” he shouted, “I just won a car and I am giving it to you!”  “I love you and merry Christmas.  Get down here fast cause  I’m  giving it to you.”  And in case a little incentive was needed, he added ...“Hurry up before I change my mind and sell it.”

In that instant, Jamieson Hopkins demonstrated selflessness by giving back to someone who had giving him so much.   The members of the crowd dispersed, not with a new car, as they had hoped but with a wonderful story of Christmas giving to share.

President Shan, the board and members of the Rotary Club of Road Town salute Mr. Hopkins for his wonderful gesture and thank our wonderful partners, LIME, NAGICO Insurances and Delta Petroleum. We especially thank the community for their generous support of the raffle, proceeds from which are going right back into the community through various projects next year.



From Our Family To Yours

Photo Credit:Ravi Maywahlal



Early Christmas Cheer!


Congratulations to Mr. St. Clair Woodley for winning the second early bird prize of $1,500 in this year's grand car raffle. The draw took place on December 8 at Riteway, Pasea.

Mr. Woodley was extremely delighted when he accepted the prize during our weekly dinner meeting on Wednesday.

Up next is the big draw on December 24, Christmas Eve at Delta Petroleum Service Station at Pasea.

A lucky winner will drive home a spanking new 2015 Nissan XTrail. Will it be you? No ticket, no chance. Increase your chances of winning by purchasing more tickets.

Tickets are selling fast and can be purchased at LIME, NAGICO Insurances, D' Best Cup next to Scotiabank, Captain Mulligans or from any member of the Rotary Club of Road Town.
All proceeds benefit the community.

We sincerely thank the public for their continued support and our partners on the raffle, LIME, NAGICO Insurances and Delta Petroleum.



Honorary, Honorable Mrs Eileen Parsons

The Rotary Club of Road Town had the distinction of inducting Mrs Eileen Parsons as an honorary member of our club.  Mrs Parsons, a former legislator,  has a long and distinguished record of public service and is well known for her ceaseless promotion of BVI culture, love of our national pastime, softball and passion for politics.

Mrs Parsons received her Rotary pin from former colleague (and current member) of the legislature,  Charter President of Rotary Club of Road Town and avid Rotarian PP Ronnie.   Read more about Mrs Parson’s induction on Platinum News Here.




New Members November 2014

The Rotary Club of Road Town is pleased to welcome two new members.   Local hotelier, Ms Lorna Christopher and former Rotaract President, Brian Liverpool Jr. were inducted on 26 November 2014.  Welcome to the Fun Club!





DG visits Projects and Gets “This Close”


It was a busy week for District Governor Dr Paul Brown and First Lady Kay.   In between the meetings, speeches, dinners, social events, and ferry rides the district governor undertook the well anticipated tour of the clubs' community projects.

We were pleased to showcase two of our projects 'The Hovis House Project' situated close to the Peebles Hospital and 'The Barker House Project' in Purcell.  Both houses underwent extensive repair and renovation work at the hands of Rotarians, who, as a bonus, cleaned the surrounding yards and added gardens.

DG Paul also found time to visit our Polio Mural in Fish bay and was photographed doing his version of the End Polio Now “this Close” commercial.   We hope the DG and First Lady enjoyed their visit to the BVI, we certainly enjoyed having them.



Spotlight on Rotary 


The Rotary Clubs of the BVI working together to enlighten residents about Rotary and the Rotary Foundation on JTV Spotlight, a live television program.

The mission of The Rotary Foundation is to enable Rotarians to advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace with contributions that improve health,  support education and alleviate poverty.

To learn more about the Foundation and how your contributions are used around the globe click Here.




A Rotary Fairytale

Members of the Rotary Club of Road Town, displayed both talent and range when they participated in the Enis Adams Primary School’s 'Great Stories and Rhymes Come Alive’ event on Sunday 23 November. The cast of five, decked out in full costume and supported by props, delivered a crowd pleasing performance of Goldilocks and the Three Bears.

While the young attendees delighted in seeing this well known fairytale take shape on stage, the more discerning members of the audience marveled at baby bear’s stockings and suspenders and our narrator’s trousers which were both fitting in theme and pause worthy.  In the end, it was difficult to say who enjoyed the performance more, the young audience or the onstage talent.   Other popular stories were performed during the evening by various groups.

The Rotary Club of Road Town was pleased to support this innovative approach to promoting literacy.  We congratulate our sponsored school, Enis Adams Primary, on an excellent event which raised awareness of the importance of reading and literacy among children.



Be a Winner!




Weekend Well Spent

Barker House Project
Our Rotary Crew was busy this weekend (Saturday 30 August)  with two projects.  Members were up early on Saturday morning to continue the work started on Mrs Barker's house in Purcell Estate.  We were able to get much of the painting done and will be returning on 6 September to continue with other much needed tasks. 

A Big thank you to our Corporate partners from Nagico who braved the early morning hours showing up bright eyed, bushy tailed and ready to work!!  Looking forwarding to seeing you again next week.



Food Drive For Families in Need 
Elsewhere members were busy assisting with the Rotary Club of Tortola's sponsored Food Drive for the Family Support Network.   Some dedicated Rotarians did double duty by joining the Food Drive outside major supermarkets after spending a long morning painting.   Rotarians at their BEST.


See related story on Virgin Islands News Online HERE





Governor Duncan OBE Visits


The Rotary Club of Road Town was pleased to host His Excellency, Governor John Duncan, OBE and wife, Anne Marie on September 3. It was the Governor's first official address to Rotarians since being sworn in on August 15. After his address and a few questions, he was presented with a special photograph captured by Phillip Fenty at the pond on Beef Island near the Terrance B Lettsome International Airport.




NAGICO Partners With Rotary Club of Road Town


NAGICO Insurances has partnered with the Rotary Club of Road Town to help improve local and international communities.

Mrs. Sarah Hatcher, a Director of NAGICO N.V. announced a donation of $10,000 at the club's weekly dinner meeting on Wednesday, September 3.

She told members and guests, including Governor John Duncan and wife Anne Marie, that NAGICO Insurances represented by Century Insurance Agency in the BVI, is delighted to be a platinum partner of the Rotary Club of Road Town.

"NAGICO believes that it is a great opportunity to partner with Rotary Club of Road Town for a whole year, knowing that our sponsorship goes towards worthwhile causes such as the health expo, the Kiddies Fiesta and educational projects," Mrs. Hatcher stated.


Focusing on Youths


September is Rotary's Youth Service Month.  Youth Services is, and has been, one of the Rotary Club of Road Town’s main areas of focus.  Our Club has adopted a proactive approach with youth leadership by sponsoring two EarlyAct clubs, an Interact club and (shared sponsorship of) a Rotaract club.  We also sponsor and support annual youth achievement  and co-academic programmes such as the National Spelling Bee, General Knowledge Quiz Bowl and the Spanish Bowl.

Educational development of our youth is paramount.  Each year we sponsor and participate in providing and distributing dictionaries to class three students territory wide.  Having adopted the Enis Adams Primary School as an ongoing community service project our members have spent many weekends working on the grounds and  have provided playground equipment which helps the kids to develop their cognitive and social skills.

Our annual Kiddies Fiesta is all about the kids!  This event which occurs in late July ushers in the territory's emancipation celebrations with a children's parade, games, rides, food and other entertainment.  This year we provided 300 back-to-school backpacks filled with school supplies to lucky young attendees.

In July our club took its Youth Focus a step further to reach kids who are at risk of falling through the cracks.  This new initiative will focus on five critical areas - crime minimization, drug prevention, at-risk sexual behavior, self esteem and behavioral attitudes.  By partnering with the Hope Foundation (a church based group) and Follow the Movement (a progressive youth talent promotion organisation)  the Club will work to provide support and guidance to youths between the ages of 15 and 25 to reduce anti-social and high risk behaviours and to provide positive social development and growth opportunities for the most vulnerable fractions of our society.

This alliance is made possible through the generosity of our Corporate Partners, LIME BVI; Mourant Ozannes and Nagico.

We encourage the community at large to join with Rotary, become a part of the solution and make a difference in the life of a young person today.



Hail to the Chiefs 

Past Presidents' Night At the Rotary Club of Road Town

Our meeting on August 20th was chaired by Charter President, Ronnie W. Skelton and included participation from Past Presidents, PDG Vance Lewis, Richard Parsons, Elvis Harrigan, Louis Potter, Charles Benjamin and Trefor Grant. 

The past presidents took turns recounting and regaling members with memorable moments from their term.   None was heard to whisper " ...and I would do it a second time"   But perhaps that is the unspoken understanding. 

Kudos to the Past Presidents for their contribution in bringing the club to where it is today, 23 years later, and  for accepting the challenge of hosting the our meeting.  

Story and photo adapted from the Rotary Club of Road Town Face Book Page.  Visit us on Facebook and LIKE TAG SHARE.



Make a Difference In Your Community

Welcome to Rotary International and The Rotary Club of Road Town. We hope that reading this will give you a better understanding of who we are and what we do.


What is Rotary?  Rotary International (RI) is a volunteer organization of business and professional leaders who provide humanitarian service, and help to build goodwill and peace throughout world.
The Rotary movement was formed in Chicago in 1905, by five professional men who shared a common interest in creating an organisation which objectives were to better serve mankind, while enjoying each other’s company. From this the ideals of Rotary were conceived.

Today there are some 32,000 Rotary Clubs worldwide, with a membership of around 1.2million, divided first into Zones and then Districts. RI also supports a number of other programmes, including its youth arms Rotaract, Interact and EarlyAct.

The Rotary Club of Road Town was chartered in January 1991, and a year later became the first Rotary club in the BVI to accept women members who continue to play a prominent role in its development. Members of the Club reflect the rich diversity in professional vocations that can be found in the BVI, and in tune with Rotary’s objectives we continue to seek new members to fill those vocations which are under-represented.

Click HERE for complete Article.


New Members August 2014

Our Club welcomed four new members in August.

Sabinah Clement shown above with President Shan was inducted on 13 August 2014.


James Harris and Jennifer Jarvis are shown above with Past President Ronnie Skelton who performed their induction on 27 August 2014  

Kenneth Hodge, a former member returned to the Club and was readmitted on 27 August 2014



Members' Orientation With Home Hospitality & Fun

The Club’s  first members' orientation in the new Rotary year was held on 23 August 2014.    The event was hosted by President Shan at his picturesque mountain side home at Sabbath Hill.  New and prospective members were provided with general information about Rotary International and particulars of our very own club - its history, goals, achievements, projects and plans.

After the formalities and information sharing came to an end, it was time for fellowship, food and well,… FUN!    DJ Push Pop (still in carnival mode) set the pace with calypso and soca tunes.  Thrown into that mix was a bit of hip hop line dancing and a conga line.  It was several hours before the crowd began to thin, as guests departed, and President Shan could once again lay claim to his home.

RCRT thanks all who attended and in particular the new and prospective members who came out to participate and learn more about the work that the Club does in the community.   And thank you to President Shan and Mrs Mohammed for their hospitality in an event that served as an excellent topping off for Membership Extension Month.

Visit our Facebook Page for pictures of the event.



History Maker

In 1992, the Rotary Club of Road Town became the first club in the BVI to accept women as members. Among the first to enter the club was Rtn. Margaret Penn, who made a special presentation at our club meeting of August 20.

She shared what it meant for women to become involved in Rotary at the time and the overall atmosphere of equality that existed.   PP Ronnie Skelton, was President at the time and he reminisced that women were a welcomed addition.  "If you want something done, ask a woman' he said "We guys tend to procrastinate a bit."   Since that time the club's gender ratio has shifted to almost 40% women and over its twenty three years of existence it has had six women presidents.  Progress never sleeps! 

Story and photo from the Rotary Club of Road Town Face Book Page.  Visit us on Facebook and LIKE TAG SHARE.



Rotary International Approves Changes

Representatives from Rotary's 532 districts met in downtown Chicago 21-26 April, approving a number of measures designed to strengthen Rotary, increase membership, and enhance the organization's capacity to serve.

The Council on Legislation meets every three years to consider changes to the policies that govern Rotary International and its member clubs. This year's Council accepted an increase in dues of US$1 per year per person, removed limits on e-clubs, permitted satellite clubs, and changed the name of the fifth Avenue of Service to "Youth Service."  The Council also rejected two measures affecting Rotaract.  One of these was a proposal to increase the Rotaract age limit from 30 to 35 years.

The dues increase means Rotary clubs will pay Rotary International annual dues of $54 per person in 2014-15, $55 in 2015-16, and $56 in 2016-17.   Dues for 2013-14 had already been set to $53.

Click "More" below to read about other important changes.


Creativity & Flexibility Key to Membership Goals


Past District Governor (7020) Rupert W. Ross, Jr. delivered an inspiring message as guest speaker at our August 13 meeting.  PDG Rupert, who hails from St. Croix, spoke extensively about growing the Rotary family in the BVI, membership retention and a new Rotary International objective to promote satellite clubs.

PDG Rupert expressed the view that another District Governor should come from the BVI soon, encouraging Rotarians not to be daunted by the challenges.  PDG Vance Lewis, a Past President of our club, became the first Rotarian from the BVI to hold the coveted post of District Governor between 2012-2013.

Among the visiting BVI Rotarians for PDG Rupert's address were Delma Maduro, Assistant District Governor and Past President of the Rotary Club of Tortola;  Henry Creque, President of Rotary Club of Tortola;   Mrs. Lorna Smith, OBE, Past President, Rotary Club of Tortola;  and Mrs. Jeanette Scatliffe Boynes, President Elect, Rotary Club Sunrise of Road Town.



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