Posted by Mitsy Ellis-Simpson on Jun 29, 2019

Michael Killourhy - President 2019-2020


On Sunday, 23rd June 2019 the Rotary Club of Tortola installed its incoming board of directors for the 2019-2020 Rotary year which commences this Monday, 1 July.  The event was held at the stunning Golden Pavilion Villa in Little Bay at the eastern end of Tortola's North Shore.

Now in its 51st year, the Rotary Club of Tortola is the oldest and largest of the three Rotary Clubs in the British Virgin Islands. Taking the helm as Club President this year is Michael Killourhy, a partner at the law firm Ogier and the head of its corporate and transactional law practice in the BVI. President Michael has been a member of the Tortola Club since 2013 and has previously served as the Club's Foundation Director and Vice President before being elected to the presidency. On being elected as president Michael remarked that being elected was a very great honour, but he also felt humbled and not a little daunted at the degree of trust and responsibility given to him by the Club - particularly in light of the very illustrious line of past presidents of the Club, "I only hope I can live up to just a few of their achievements in the post" he said "and, at the end of my time, leave a Club that is as happy and healthy as it ever was".
Incoming Assistant Governor Lorna Smith, assisted by outgoing Assistant Governor Elvis "Juggy" Harrigan, administered the Oath of Office and installed President Michael's board which comprises: Vice President – Ian Smith; Secretary – Violet Gaul; Treasurer –Lloyd Black; Sergeant at Arms – Henry Creque; President Elect – Dion Stoutt; Immediate Past President – Lynette Harrigan; Membership Director – Kevin Fahie; Foundation Director – Samantha Sayers; Public Image Director – Bernadette Brathwaite; Community Director – Kelvin Liburd; Club Admin Director – Nadine Joseph; Youth Services Director – Milton Creque; Secretary Elect – Stacy Wynter; and Treasurer Elect – Edson Boyea.
The installation was very well attended by Rotarians, family and friends and received great support from a number of local and regional businesses – resulting in an evening which was a tremendous success as the Club celebrated an inspiring and successful past year against a beautiful sunset and breathtaking ocean views.
President Michael also used the opportunity to highlight some of the Club's plans for the year ahead. In his welcoming remarks to guests, President Michael noted this year’s Rotary International theme “Rotary Connects the World”, he explained that connecting "the world" did not just mean forging global and international relationships, but also working more locally to connect worlds that are closer to home. "Bringing individuals and other service organizations and bodies closer together within our own community here in the BVI is also very much part of the mission", President Michael said, "we want to work on making human connections locally here in the BVI that we can use to make an impactful difference that is felt across our own islands and beyond them".
One of the ways that the new President hopes to achieve greater connection within the community is to introduce corporate membership to the Club. Corporate members will be able to nominate employees to attend the Club’s luncheon meetings and participate in club activities. Rotary already has a great relationship with our local business community, but this program will allow us to build on that for the benefit and service of all  – expanding the Club's membership base and giving local businesses a trusted partner to assist with their own community and social responsibility goals.
President Michael's year will see the continuation of a number of the projects started under Immediate Past President Lynette Harrigan's highly productive and successful term, including repair and improvement projects at Queen Elizabeth II Park and East End Fire Station, as well as a number of new initiatives – such as a project to restore damaged play areas in East End and a project to position portable defibrillator machines at key locations across the BVI. The Club will also continue to support its two adopted primary schools (Joyce Samuel Primary School and Alexandrina Maduro Primary School) and looks forward to working closely with long time partner YEP this year on it expansion efforts.
President Michael confirmed that the Club’s signature social and fundraising event, the Grand Affair, will be back this year to raise capital to achieve future goals. Annual favorites such as the ever popular Fun Car Rally will also be back.
"It's an ambitious program, no doubt" President Michael conceded, "but with a highly experienced and energetic board that is determined to succeed, and a membership that wants us to – I think we can achieve it – and have a great deal of fun and enjoyment doing so".  
The 2019 – 2020 Rotary Year will be particularly significant for the BVI and the Rotary Club of Tortola in particular as the home of soon to be Rotary District 7020 Governor Delma Maduro who will assume responsibility for all Rotary Clubs in a district covering a large part of the northern Caribbean. DG Delma's tenure will conclude with the BVI hosting the 2020 Rotary District Conference for District 7020 which will see approximately 500 Rotarians from around the Caribbean and elsewhere visiting the BVI for a week of activities.
The Rotary Club of Tortola meets on Thursdays at 12:30pm at the Moorings Mariner Restaurant.