District Governor Felix N. Stubbs &
RI President K.R. "Ravi" Ravindran
 
 
Dear fellow Rotarians,
 
January 2016 has been as exciting as the first half of the Rotary year for Carla and myself and I do hope that has been your experience as well.  Carla and I visited with the Cayman Brac Club, Cayman Islands, last month and with that 83rd club visit, our official club visits are over.  We do have other official visits planned but we can proudly report that we have touched, and been touched by, all of our clubs in this awesome District.  January also saw the first visit of RI President K.R. Ravi Ravindran to our shores.  President Ravi visited The Cayman Islands on the occasion of the 50th Anniversary of The Rotary Club of Grand Cayman. That occasion also marks 50 years of Rotary in The Cayman Islands.  President Ravi was well-taken care of by the Rotarians in The Cayman Islands and we should all be proud of being a part of this great 7020 family.  President Ravi is looking forward to returning to our District in May when he attends District Conference 2016 in Nassau.  You will see his invitation via video to meet him there. The video may be viewed in this Newsletter, on our website and on our Facebook pages.
 
February is when we pay particular attention to issues of Peace and Conflict Prevention/Resolution.  Often when a person thinks about "conflict", images of war or violent altercations loom large.  Conflict, at its base, means a disagreement or a clash of opinions/perspectives.  It should be clear why a war may be seen as the ultimate conflict. It is also easy to see the consequences of different types of unresolved conflict - persons displaced from their homes, families torn apart, violence, crime and termination of relationships in the home, workplace or in civic organizations such as ours!  Just as obvious, however, should be the realization that conflict is inevitable. Thinking human beings will always have different opinions and perspectives and, sometimes, these will be at variance.  Indeed, it is from the divergence of opinions and perspectives that great ideas are born and progress made.  Therefore conflict can be a useful tool.  Ronald Reagan, the 40th President of the United States, once said, " Peace is not absence of Conflict; it is the ability to handle Conflict by peaceful means."
 
What can you do to advance Conflict Prevention and Resolution?  What can Rotary do? The story is told of a family of Chinese doctors, who existed almost 3000 years ago.  One in particular was world-renowned and far more famous than his other brothers, also doctors. He was asked why that was so.  The doctor was wise in his answer.  He explained that his first brother detected the triggers of illnesses and had developed strategies to deal with them before any illness could even start.  The second brother dealt with illnesses in the early stages and knew how to prevent them from developing or reoccurring.  "I deal with illnesses when they have become critical and the patient is in grave danger.  I am known to return persons to good health and therefore I have become famous.  However, my two brothers know how to save patients before they even need saving, therefore the fame should be theirs."   What does that story have to do with our role in Conflict Resolution and Prevention?  If we can help to save our communities, families, workplaces, clubs etc before they need saving, then we will not be overwhelmed by the greater conflicts that put us in grave danger and threaten to tear us apart. 
 
Many of the service projects that we execute can address Conflict directly or indirectly.  There are certain known triggers for conflict and violence such as frustration in securing basic resources - food, clothing and shelter.  The inability to reason is sometimes the result of illiteracy.  The lack of a skill and resources can lead to unemployment which can cause conflict in the home and in the community.  We can therefore indirectly tackle conflict by stemming the triggers.  We do this in providing resources and outlets for persons via feeding programmes, conducting or sponsoring vocational training, facilitating medical intervention and establishing literacy programmes etc.   Providing outdoor sports facilities and green spaces have been endorsed by studies as helping to create more peaceful schools and communities.  Directly, we can address Conflict by sponsoring Conflict Resolution Programs in Schools, supporting law enforcement arms with various initiatives and inviting speakers to our clubs to teach and remind us of conflict resolution methods.  I am sure that you can think of many more strategies and I look forward to hearing and seeing what you do across this District.   If we do our part to prevent Conflict, then there will be less to resolve.  In so doing, we give Peace a real chance to be the model for everyday life. 
 
In the mid-February edition of the Newsletter, we will highlight the winners and other participants of the Conflict Prevention and Resolution Video Contest.  In the meantime, I invite you to watch them all on the Rotary District 7020 Video and Song Contest YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCYDA4VVXr75D3WjqnhsiqgQ and be inspired.  Additionally, if you have not already done so, register for Conference 2016 where you can meet President Ravi: www.7020.org.
 
I urge you, one and all, to continue to Be a Gift to the World as you move from Success to Significance.   #unleashtheawesome7020  
 

 
 
 
Dear Fellow Rotarians,
 
Happy New Year!   A new year is a time of fresh beginnings.  We are afforded the opportunity to chart new courses.  We get to write new pages in history.  We are inspired and challenged to set and attain new goals.  I encourage you this new calendar year to set SMART goals:
 
Specific/Significant,
Measurable/Motivational,
Attainable/Action-Oriented,
Realistic/Relevant and
Timely/Trackable.   
 
For Rotarians, the new calendar year signifies the start of the second-half of the Rotary year.  This is a good time for clubs to review and tweak club goals.  Are you on target to attain or better your goals?  What actions must you implement to attain them? A plan of action is the best way to combat the anxiety that sometimes accompanies goal-setting. 
 
My official visits across the District are just about concluded.  In this second-half of the Rotary year, I hope to stay in touch virtually!  I will meet with Club Presidents and Assistant Governors online to follow-up on those ideas discussed during the club visits.   In the meantime, I encourage you to recommit anew to the ideals of service for which your club and Rotary is known.  I renew my pledge to you and to the District to assist in whatever way I can to helping you achieve your goals.  Your District Team also stands ready as a resource to help you along the way.
 
This month, in the Rotary world, we highlight Vocational Service. The second Object of Rotary is "to encourage and foster ...High ethical standards in business and professions; the recognition of the worthiness of all useful occupations; and the dignifying of each Rotarian's occupation as an opportunity to serve society."  We each bring a special talent to Rotary which we use in service.  All skills are worthy.  As community leaders, our role is also to encourage integrity in all vocations.  This month, let us find ways to engage our vocations - in and out of Rotary - to better our communities.
 
At this time of year, as many persons search for significance and purpose in their lives, encourage them to join us in Rotary.  Why Rotary?  "Join leaders, exchange ideas, take action".  This is who we are - community leaders, exchanging ideas and taking action to better our communities and the world. 
 
 
The start of 2016 is also a reminder that we steadfastly approach District Conference 2016!  If you have not already done so, please register for Conference 2016.  Go to www.7020.org or to our District Clubrunner homepage and locate the link to register for conference. We are looking forward to the opportunity to host you in Nassau, The Bahamas, May 2 - 7, 2016!
 
Fellow Rotarians, a new year is filled with anticipation and excitement. Let us accomplish as much as we can, while we can, for whom we can.  Thank you for the great work you do and continue to Be a Gift to the World as you move from Success to Significance.   #unleashtheawesome7020  
 
 

 
 
 
 
Dear fellow Rotarians,
 
When Carla and I started this Rotary journey with you in July, we could not have fully imagined the beautiful and inspiring experiences that we have been sharing with you, our Rotary family.  This Rotary year is already, but only, half-way through.  In the Rotary Calendar, December is a time to focus on Disease Prevention and Treatment.  Traditionally, it was celebrated as the Family of Rotary month.  In my message to you this month, I will address both.
 
Last month, on November 27, 2015, RI President K. Ravi Ravindran addressed the heads of state at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in Malta, encouraging more funding for the final push for the eradication of polio.  The eradication of polio is Rotary's top priority in the area of Disease Prevention and Treatment.  It is important that we remain vigilant in supporting the End Polio Now campaign - we are really "this close".  However, Rotarians all over support programmes and design projects to fight many various diseases.  President Ravi at the CHOGM said, "Eliminating a disease is the ultimate in sustainable development: an investment that yields infinite returns."  In our region, disease prevention and treatment is certainly a priority and we have seen the ill effects that disease can have on a family, on a workforce and on a country's economy.  Carla and I have been proud to see some of the work that the clubs do in our District - such as providing potable water, installing sanitation infrastructure as well as providing assistance to health care systems by funding training, providing medical equipment, building infrastructure and holding community health clinics.  We cannot discount feeding programmes geared towards ending malnutrition and hunger or projects addressing maternal and child health.  These projects and programmes all play a part in eliminating disease and creating a sustainable environment for our communities.
 
The work we do is significant.  We cannot do it alone.  It requires our dedication and effort as a Rotary family.  Who is our family?  Our family includes our relatives, our club members, the many arms of Rotary - Rotaract, Interact, Earlyact, Inner Wheel - and our many community partners as well as the beneficiaries of our work.  Our family includes those we touch and those who touch us as we go about rendering Service Above 'Self.  Sometimes, like a nuclear family, there will be disagreements.  Sometimes, like a nuclear family, we will feel unstoppable.  December is often a time for reflection on what worked and what did not work in the passing year.  This December, let us remember that it is by sticking together through life's - and Service's - twists and turns that we become better persons.  In sticking together through challenges, we better understand each other and therefore better serve our fellow man.  In our clubs, we will not be shielded from frustrations and disappointments but, if we stick it out, together we will experience joy and fulfillment and leave behind a legacy greater than we individually could have achieved.  
 
For the clubs that we have already visited, we would have spoken with the Presidents and Boards about the Wellness aspect (in French: "bien-être") of our service.  Our clubs will be called upon, from time to time, to be places of respite for some of our own members.  Our obligation also is to serve each other even while we serve everybody else.  If we take care of our members, they will be better able to take care of others.   During this month, many of us will celebrate the holidays with our immediate and extended families.  Let us not forget to take a moment to cherish those in our clubs and community who have no family or who recently lost family or who will be in dire need this holiday. 
 
And so, as we end a Calendar year and look forward to a New Year, let us renew our commitment to Service and to each other.  The work that we do is needed by our communities.  They are counting on us - not only to be successful community persons but to perform significant community acts.  This year-end, let us recommit to moving from Success to Significance.  And in doing so, Be a Gift to the World
 
Happy Holidays my Rotary Family!  Carla and I wish you love, joy and peace this holiday season. 
 
 
Felix N. Stubbs
District Governor 7020
2015 - 2016
 

 
 
 
 
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Dear Fellow Rotarians,
 
Our Rotary year continues to zip by rapidly and our club visits are keeping apace.
 
Carla and I are winding down a very successful visit to St. Martin, Saint Maarten, Anguilla and St. Barts, culminating in an enjoyable Rotary gala on the last night of October (October 31).  Prior to this, we attended the Zone 33/34 Institute in San Destin Florida, enjoyed a wonderful meeting with the eClub of the Caribbean and completed our visit to Haiti. We have now been to sixty of our eighty four clubs and are looking forward to meeting with the remaining clubs over the next few weeks.
 
We continue to be heartened by how warmly we are welcomed by Rotarians everywhere. Our belief that Rotarians everywhere are all exceptionally wonderful people is constantly confirmed and we are making lifelong friends. Equally as exhilarating has been the overwhelming pride we have felt as we visit the many projects that the local clubs do.  We have also had the great opportunity to meet many Rotaractors and Interactors as well as some Earlyactors.  We have proudly inducted several new Rotarians and Paul Harris Fellows. What a ride so far!! Our only disappointment has been that the eClub of the Virgin Islands and the Caribbean lost its charter for lack of activity.
 
This month, we celebrate the Rotary Foundation.  The Foundation is the engine that manages the money we give to Rotary and helps to fund many of the projects that we do across our District and the world.   Over the last few years, our District has benefitted tremendously from the Foundation as we have received grant funding of five dollars for every dollar we have contributed. That alone should be motivation for us to dig even deeper into our pockets and support the work of Rotary. There is so much work that we do and still lots more to be done.
 
"The Rotary Foundation transforms our gifts into projects that change lives both close to home and around the world. As the charitable arm of Rotary, it taps into a global network of Rotarians who invest their time, money, and expertise into our priorities, such as eradicating polio and promoting peace. Foundation Grants empower Rotarians to approach challenges such as poverty, illiteracy, and malnutrition with sustainable solutions that leave a lasting impact." *
 
There is good reason to make The Rotary Foundation, our "Charity of Choice".   The Rotary Foundation was started back in 1917 with less than $27.00 and today the fund has grown to over a billion dollars. The Foundation boasts great stewardship, accountability and transparency and so our contributions are maximized.+   If you are not yet a supporter of the Rotary Foundation, I urge you consider making a contribution. Your investment would help to make our communities better places to live and you would have made a step from Success to Significance as you demonstrate what it means to Be a Gift to the World.
 
#unleashtheawesome7020 
 

 
 
 
DISTRICT GOVERNOR FELIX N. STUBBS
OCTOBER, 2015 | MONTHLY MESSAGE
 
Dear Fellow Rotarians,
We are now entering the second quarter of our Rotary year. No doubt, the first quarter was hectic and challenging as we all tried to implement the brilliant ideas we had planned at the District, club and personal level. For Carla and me, it has been extremely rewarding as we continue to visit clubs and see all the marvelous work Rotarians do across our District. We hope you are equally as proud and carry a sense of satisfaction that you are giving your best.
 
To date, we have visited one half of the clubs and we have seen clubs and projects of varying sizes. No matter the size, each project we’ve visited has left an indelible mark on us. It is truly amazing to witness, firsthand, the outstanding projects that we do. We need to make every effort to better promote our good work so that more persons will come to know Rotary and want to lend their support. The more help we get, the better able we are to address the needs of the communities where we live.
 
Rotary has designated the month of October as Economic and Community Development month. It highlights one of our six Areas of Focus and may be the one that probably gets the least attention in our District. This year, however, we have a dynamic District Chair focused on working with clubs to develop economic programs that benefit our communities.
 
A high level view of our District suggests that we are experiencing sluggish economies, high levels of unemployment and rising poverty. These conditions lead to crime and health issues. As Rotarians, we should all be concerned about these trends and think about ways that we can help. Is there something that we can do to help spur income generation and savings? Can we develop projects that will help with job creation and entrepreneurship? What if we were to, as Rotarians, engage other community and business leaders as well as stakeholders in the public and private sectors to work together to develop and implement such initiatives? Here is an opportunity for us to check the classification list in our clubs to identify those members with the skills best suited for economic development and put them to work. I am sure that we would come up with amazing solutions.  If we do nothing else but create an awareness of the opportunities in our communities, we could positively impact the lives of the residents around us. Can you imagine a District where Rotarians helped to influence the reduction in crime, the improvement in job opportunities and the general well being of our neighbors? I can. And just think about the number of future Rotarians that we might be creating! That, my fellow Rotarians, is Significance. So let’s make October a month to remember.
 
During this month, Carla and I will continue to visit clubs and meet as many Rotarians as possible. Our experience has been exhilarating and we can’t wait to meet more of you. While we travel, there is a team of Rotarians in The Bahamas hard at work preparing to welcome you to District Conference next year. Just recently, we released the website for conference registration. If you haven’t already done so, please go to www.7020.org or to our District Clubrunner homepage, locate the link to register for conference and do so early. We are looking forward to the opportunity to host you in Nassau, May 2 - 7, 2016!
 
Thank you for the great work you do and continue to Be a Gift to the World as you move from Success to Significance.   #unleashtheawesome7020  
 

 
 
 
 
 
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Dear Fellow Rotarians,
 
As I write this letter, Carla and I are in the midst of preparing to visit Haiti South.
 
For a period of time, we were uncertain whether we would actually get to go to Haiti as Tropical Storm Erika appeared to be headed directly for The Bahamas. Fortunately, it changed course and dissipated before it got to us. It did, however, affect BVI, USVI and Haiti. Thankfully, reports indicate that there was not much damage in any of our islands. Our friends in District 7030 were not so fortunate and I have reached out to them and offered our assistance. Rotarians, we are in the hurricane season and we need to be prepared. Each club should have a Disaster Relief Chair and you should report that name to the District Disaster Relief Chair, Eric “Busha” Clarke.  By doing so, we will be better able to coordinate our efforts and render assistance if a disaster strikes.
 
As I indicated earlier, we are on our way to Southern Haiti where we expect our wonderful experiences to continue. Since I last wrote, we visited the two clubs in Turks and Caicos as well as the 15 clubs of Jamaica Central, North East 1 & 2, South Central and South East. Even though some of the clubs were very small clubs, every club we visited was able to demonstrate the positive impact they had on their community. Equally as pleasing to us was the opportunity to meet with several Rotaract clubs and to spend time enjoying their youthful energy, enthusiasm and innovative ideas. I urge Rotarians to continue supporting our Youth organizations and to give them an opportunity to enhance their skills and their talents.
 
Many of you are probably busy preparing for the reopening of schools after a long summer break. It is fitting, then, that Rotary International has designated the month of September as Basic Education and Literacy Month. It is an attempt to encourage Rotary Clubs around the world to focus our attention on an area that so desperately deserves our support. There are far too many persons in our society that are unable to read or write and, as a direct result, suffer a state of poverty. We need to find these persons and provide them with an opportunity to better their circumstances. For us, that is what living a life of significance is all about. It is also about helping to provide access to basic education. Our efforts could be as simple as providing pens and pencils for students or even larger by providing the funding to pay for an education. There are many persons out there who need our help. They range from the potential Earlyactor starting school to the senior citizen looking to learn something new in order to "make ends meet".
 
Rotarians, I want to read about all the exciting things you do this month in a future issue of the District’s newsletter and I want to see you submit your applications for Club of the Month (COTM) recognition. The COTM committee this month will be also recognizing the work you do with and for your youth service clubs.
 
Lastly, as schools and colleges resume, I encourage you to start working with the youth service clubs - Rotaract, Interact and Early Act - to prepare to participate in the Special Projects Programme and Competitions.  The focus areas for the competitions are Basic Education and Literacy as well as Peace and Conflict Resolution/Prevention.
 
Promote the good work that you do "shamelessly" and let us make September a Significant month that is full of Success stories.   Let us make that extra effort and Be a Gift to the World.  #unleashtheawesome7020 
 

Felix N. Stubbs
District Governor 2015-2016, District 7020,
Rotary International
 

 
 
 

 
Dear Fellow Rotarians,

How time flies!  The new Rotary year is no longer so new.  We are already in August and this month, in the Rotary world, we celebrate Membership and New Club Development.  It is fitting that at the beginning of the Rotary year we focus on Membership.  Membership and Club Development are important factors that we must take into account as we go about planning and providing community service. 
 
The success of Rotary and of club activities depends on club members and on the strength of our clubs.   Membership growth is mandated by both the criteria for the Presidential Citation and the District Governor's Award.   The more members that we have, the more hands we will have to work with, the more resources (time, talents, treasures) we will have at our disposal and the more we can accomplish - the wider our reach will be.  More members allow us to increase the size and scope of our programs.  More members also mean that the responsibility for the work that we do can be shared so that hardworking members do not experience "burn out".  
 
Hand-in-hand with membership growth, we are encouraged to think of developing new clubs as well as existing clubs.   Good Rotarians exist in different contexts and therefore different clubs can be developed to cater to various types of leaders in our communities committed to doing significant things and to being a gift to the world. 
 
Equally, we must not lose sight of the importance of strengthening our clubs.   Our  mission is not to increase members at the expense of club strength.  Indeed membership growth is complementary to stronger clubs.   Our aim is "quality", not "quantity" but, at the same time, as with any good organization, our aim should also be to grow the organization so that the organization's impact will increase.  If we are truly convinced about the Rotary ideal of Service above 'Self, then we should be motivated to find like-minded persons to join us in selfless service.  If we are persuaded that life is only truly significant when we use our gifts not just for ourselves but for our world, then it becomes apparent that we should invite others to make a difference in the world through Rotary. 
 
I invite you this Rotary year to commit to growing our membership and to strengthening our clubs.  Our membership is not just limited to Rotarians.  This year, I entreat you to develop and mentor members of our Youth Arms - Rotaract, Interact and Early Act.  In doing so, we have a hand in grooming reputable and effective leaders for tomorrow's world.

Carla and I have started our official visits.  Mid-July we visited the Cayman Islands and, at time of publication, we will be in The Turks and Caicos Islands.  We are being constantly reminded how awesome our District is!   To capture the work that our District does year after year, and especially this year,  District 7020 Rotarians are being asked to post their stories and pictures with the hashtag: #unleashtheawesome7020.  Carla and I are convinced that our stories are worth-telling.  I hope you agree.  In doing so, we may even find that even more community builders will want to join this awesome group called Rotary7020!
 
The COTM programme invites your submissions on Membership and Partnership activities this month.  We look forward to hearing what you are doing in this regard - including your collaboration with Rotarian and non-Rotarian partners.      We anticipate awesome things.  Unleash it!  And record it: #unleashtheawesome7020.  
 
This month, I ask you to invite others to Be a Gift to the World.  Challenge them to move from Success to Significance.
 

Felix N. Stubbs
District Governor 2015-2016, District 7020,
Rotary International
 

 
 
 
Dear Fellow Rotarians,

 

With the commencement of July, we usher in the new Rotary year of 2015-2016.  This new year will present challenges we should turn into opportunities, it promises difficulties but also successes and it offers us the platform to do significant things in the world.   I am proud to be a Rotarian.  I am proud of the work that our organization does.   I am proud of our District 7020.

   

I try to encourage as many persons as I can to join Rotary and I tell them that this organization provides the opportunity to move from a life of “Success”, however that is defined, to a life of “Significance”. I consider that our Rotary motto ‘Service above Self’ means working as hard as one can – not for ‘self, but for others. It means achieving as much as one can to make other people’s lives better. It means looking at our own effort, not in terms of what it costs us, but in terms of what it can give.

 

For this new Rotary year, RI President K.R. “Ravi” Ravindran has chosen as his theme ‘Be a Gift to the World’.   He encourages  us as Rotarians to use our talents, expertise and leadership to be gifts to the world.  He observes, “ In the end, our worth will be measured not by how much we acquired, but by how much we gave away.”  

 

My challenge to our beloved District in 2015-2106  is to further move from Success to Significance.  Success represents the accomplishments and accolades we build up for ourselves. Significance represents the lasting accomplishments we attain for others. Significance is the truest spirit of service. Significance is our legacy. It is our gift to the world.  As Rotarians, we’ll be remembered and judged not for how successful we were but for how significant we became.

 

 

Carla and I look forward to standing shoulder-to-shoulder with you in the upcoming year as we continue to provide Service above Self.   We thank you for all that you do to create lasting legacies in your community.  We encourage you to Be a Gift to the World.  We challenge you to move from Success to Significance.

 

 

Felix N. Stubbs

District Governor 2015-2016, District 7020,

Rotary International

 

 
 
 
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