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District Governor Haresh L. Ramchandani
and RI President John Germ
2016 - 2017
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Hurricane Matthew Relief and Ways to Give Important Documentation
Special Message from District Governor Haresh L. Ramchandani
Friends, I know we have all been watching, and in some cases, been directly affected as Hurricane Matthew has made a devastating impact across Rotary District 7020. We are grateful that most of us were spared, however as we know South Western Haiti and the Bahamas took direct hits.
A Hurricane Matthew Disaster Committee headed by District Disaster Chair Jacqueline Heyliger, a disaster planning professional based in the USVI, and a number of district leaders have met, assessed the needs currently coming out of Haiti, and have decided on 2 components. One – An Immediate Response for Direct Relief needs and Two - a more medium to long term approach.
For the its immediate needs we will be focusing around Les Cayes, Jeremie and Aquin in Haiti. The Rotary Club of Les Cayes, a strong Rotary Club, along with DGE Robert, and many of our Rotary leaders in Haiti, will lead the efforts. Their assessment is unfortunately a bleak one: Many, many homes have lost their roofs leaving thousands of families unprotected and there has been a serious outbreak of cholera, putting further pressure on the already strained resources. They advise that the community’s immediate needs are materials (metal sheeting), to repair the roofs and water filters to provide clean drinking water. Fortunately, both are still available for purchase on the ground in Haiti, however there are naturally supply and demand issues which will affect cost, so it is essential that funds are made available to buy these items immediately. Currently, a sheet of metal roofing costs US$4 and approximately USD$200 to put a new roof on, and a filter plus bucket, which can provide just under 300 gallons of clean water per day, should cost around US$50-60. 
So if you want to help with immediate relief we are asking you to make your contribution to the District Disaster Relief Account, the information for which is on and will be sent to you via email as well. As a District we are immediately sending USD$27,500 approximately so it can help the Rotarians on the ground to get this relief to those affected.
I’m aware there are those that want to give in Kind, such as food & clothing. Now whilst we will accept these things there is specific way it needs to be sent to Haiti. That outline document is also available at and will be circulated via email. But I must advise you that the sentiments on the ground is that most items are still available there, and the last thing we want to do is kill the local economy. One of Rotary’s areas of focus is Economic and Community Development, and sending items readily available there is doing the exact opposite of that.
Now, if you wish to help in the more medium to long term effort, you can still contribute to the District Disaster Fund and specify how wish to have the funds used, but also we have setup a Donor Advised Fund at The Rotary Foundation, and we are also pursuing a Global Grant based on the needs that the Rotarians in Haiti are evaluating currently. The Information for the Donor Advised Fund at TRF is also available at and will be sent via email as well.
I am grateful for all those who have offered to help. This is indeed a time for us to come together and showcase that Rotary truly serves humanity. Thank you for all you’re doing and will continue to do as we Champion the cause to help those affected in their time of need.
Haresh L. Ramchandani
District Governor
Rotary District 7020



"We need to strengthen the local entrepeneurs
and community leaders... especially women"

DG Haresh's message for October 2016 from Rotary District7020 on Vimeo.


Hello my fellow Rotarians, Rotaractors, and the Family of Rotary,
This is Haresh Ramchandani, District Governor for Rotary District 7020. This September was Basic Education and Literacy month, and from all indications clubs have really focused on this area.
I’ve now visited around half the Rotary Clubs in our District and truly – Rotary is alive and doing extremely well in our communities.
I want to Congratulate the Rotary Clubs of Portmore, Eleuthera, and Road Town for winning the Club of the Month for August.
This month we highlight, Economic and Community Development, another of the Six areas of Focus.
My Rotary friends, did you know that Nearly 1.4 billion employed people live on less than $1.25 a day. We need to promote economic and community development and reduce poverty in underserved communities through training, well-paying jobs, and access to financial management institutions. Projects can range from providing people with equipment to vocational training. We need to strengthen local entrepreneurs and community leaders, particularly women, in impoverished communities.
October is also a great time to take stock of your plans thus far, revisit some of the strategies implemented and to see what’s worked and what needs to be tweaked.

Some more great news on the International Convention and District Cruise Conference. From our District, we have now 198 registered for the Convention in Atlanta and we have over 200 cabins confirmed for the Cruise Conference. These are 2 events you don’t want to miss.
Let’s continue to craft the member experience!
DG Haresh L. Ramchandani


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identify real needs, and make the greatest possible impact with the

time, energy, and resources you have at your disposal.


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Education Opportunites Go Hand in Hand
with our Future Generations Programs

DG Message for September 2016 from Rotary District7020 on Vimeo.



Hello my fellow Rotarians, Rotaractors, and the Family of Rotary,
This is Haresh Ramchandani, District Governor for Rotary District 7020. It’s now been 2 months now since the start of the Rotary Year. This August was Membership Month and from all indications it has been a great month for exposing Rotary to the wider community and for membership growth. Several clubs participated in the Bring a friend concept. Rotary International had a webinar focusing on the new change and flexibility options available to Rotary Clubs titled: “Revitalize and Rethink your Club: Crafting the Member experience”. If you missed it you can go to
This month we highlight Basic Education and Literacy, one of the Six areas of Focus. My friends, did you know that Worldwide, 67 million children have no access to education, and more than 775 million people over the age of 15 are illiterate. Rotarians are supporting educational projects that provide technology, teacher training, vocational training teams, student meal programs, and low-cost textbooks to communities. The goal is to strengthen the capacity of communities to support basic education and literacy, reduce gender disparity in education, and increase adult literacy.
And I ask you to channel your energy this month in enabling your community to a better future; a brighter future. As a district we still focus on the New Generations during September. So we ask you to also spend some energy and time on EarlyAct, Interact, Rotaract, and even RYLA. These Rotary programs are so profound and impactful. And to me this goes hand in hand with Literacy. The next generation is our future so it is in our interests for them to be literate, knowledgeable and prepared for a successful life.
This month I will also be sending out invitations for Nomination for the position of District Governor for the year 2019-2020. So please be on the lookout for that invitation and I hope your club will made a worthy and qualified submission.
As a further reminder, by now you should have paid your Rotary International half yearly dues and Annual District Dues. If you haven’t then I urge you to do so poste-haste.
Some great news on the International Convention and District Cruise Conference. We have now 189 registered for the Convention in Atlanta and we have over 150 cabins confirmed for the Cruise Conference. These are 2 events you don’t want to miss.
My friends, we are truly part of a wonderful organization. I have now visited 26 Rotary Clubs as part of my official visit as Governor, and the impact they’ve had in their communities is nothing short of extraordinary. Be proud to be a Rotarian – I certainly am.
DG Haresh L. Ramchandani
Learn about Rotary's Area of Focus Basic Education and Literacy
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Watch DG Haresh L. Ramchandani's Webinar on Membership Revitalize and Rethink Your Rotary Club.

Go out there and tell everyone what Rotary is all about!


My Fellow Rotarians, Rotaractors, and the family of Rotary: 

It’s been a month since the new Rotary Year. By now most of the club leaders have settled into their new role and plans have started being executed. 

I’m looking forward to seeing how these plans take shape and to see the fruit of all this labour. 

Since the new Rotary Year I’ve have a chance to visit a few clubs and I can tell you that Rotary is indeed alive and well. And the clubs are doing some incredible work in their communities. 

August is Membership and New Club Development Month. This month the focus is on strengthening and growing Rotary – by engagement & attraction. 

What a great time to encourage Rotarians to bring a friend or a guest to a meeting. Go out there and tell everyone what Rotary is all about; why Rotary membership is the most meaningful way to help their communuty & the world globally. Turn to social media and share worthy content. Do a quick video about why you love your club. Ensure that you’re providing value to your Rotarians and your club. Craft a better rotary experience. Do a fireside chat for new or potential members. 

Membership is Rotary’s # 1 internal priority - we need more willing hands, more caring hearts, and more bright minds to move our work forward. We have clubs that are becoming more flexible, so that Rotary service will be attractive to younger members, recent retirees, and working people. 

So go out there are share Rotary – People are starved for connection. For that feeling of doing something good for others. Rotary is the perhaps the best way to make a meaningful difference. 

Finally my friends, membership is a job of all of us, not just the membership chair or committee. We must be the change in how we share rotary with others – and let them know that indeed we Serve Humanity.


Haresh L. Ramchandani

District Governor, 2016 - 2017