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.

Attorney Michael Killourhy Installed as President of Rotary Club of Tortola Mitsy Ellis-Simpson 2019-06-29 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mitsy Ellis-Simpson on May 23, 2019

In Photo: Rtn Alvin “Big Brother” Pickering shaking the hand of RI President Barry Rassin 

What a shock and a loss!  Big Brother loved Rotary and was always keen to get his annual 100% attendance. Until the last couple years he was ever present on our festival float, and in the early days dressed in drag for our annual Christmas concerts.

Message from DGE Delma Maduro on Big Brother’s Passing Mitsy Ellis-Simpson 2019-05-23 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mitsy Ellis-Simpson on May 23, 2019
 
We are deeply saddened by the news of Rotarian Alvin “Big Brother” Pickering’s passing yesterday due to complications from drowning. 
Rotarian Big Brother Passed Mitsy Ellis-Simpson 2019-05-23 04:00:00Z 0
Rotary Tortola Gift Sign to Adopted School Mitsy Ellis-Simpson 2019-05-13 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mitsy Ellis-Simpson on May 11, 2019
Board Chairman, Geoffrey Brooks, of the BVI Red Cross today presented Rotarian Astrid C. Wenzke with an award yesterday for 30 years of Service to the organization. 
Rtn Astrid Wenzke Receives Red Cross Honor Mitsy Ellis-Simpson 2019-05-11 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mitsy Ellis-Simpson on May 10, 2019

In observance of Nurse Week, Rotarians of the Rotary Club of Tortola, today, presented the Nurses of the Peadatric and Obgyn Units at the Peebles Hospital with roses from Blossoms.

RCOT Celebrates Nurse Week Mitsy Ellis-Simpson 2019-05-10 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mitsy Ellis-Simpson on May 04, 2019

The Rotary Club of Tortola won the champions award for the District 7020’s Club of the Month Initiative for the 2018/2019 year. 

WE ARE THE CHAMPIONS! 🎉🎈✨ Mitsy Ellis-Simpson 2019-05-04 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mitsy Ellis-Simpson on May 01, 2019

Congratulations to the Rotary Club of Tortola for achieving the District Governor’s Platinum Award for this Rotary year 2018-2019 under the leadership of President Lynette Harrigan and the Board. 

Rotary Tortola Goes Platinum Mitsy Ellis-Simpson 2019-05-01 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mitsy Ellis-Simpson on Apr 12, 2019

On 10th April 2019, Rotarians from the Rotary Club of York, Pennsylvania came to the BVI to help repair the Queen Elizabeth II Park which was damaged by the 2017 Hurricanes.

Rotary Club of York Improved QE II Park Mitsy Ellis-Simpson 2019-04-12 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mitsy Ellis-Simpson on Apr 04, 2019
As part of the Rotary has Heart project, the St. George’s EarlyAct Club donated a variety basket each to the Fire Station Department and the Police Department yesterday.  
St. George’s Early Act On Rotary Has Heart Mitsy Ellis-Simpson 2019-04-04 04:00:00Z 0
RCOT Has Heart! Mitsy Ellis-Simpson 2019-04-01 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mitsy Ellis-Simpson on Mar 30, 2019

Our Club, today, installed a Rotary Four Way Test sign and a Project Partner sign under the St. George’s Bus Shed in Road Town.

Four Way Test in Road Town Mitsy Ellis-Simpson 2019-03-30 04:00:00Z 0
RCOT - The Original Social Network Mitsy Ellis-Simpson 2019-03-22 04:00:00Z 0
Rotary Tortola Celebrates World Down Syndrome Day Mitsy Ellis-Simpson 2019-03-21 04:00:00Z 0

President Lynette Harrigan and Rotarian Argel Horton had the privilege of seeing a few of our BVI Rotaractors off to the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) to be held in Jamaica from 8-9 March 2019.

BVI ROTARACTORS OFF TO RYLA Mitsy Ellis-Simpson 2019-03-07 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mitsy Ellis-Simpson on Mar 07, 2019
 
Is breastfeeding the best option for babies?  We had a full house at our general luncheon meeting today with Dr. Natasha Frett, our guest speaker who spoke on the pros and cons of “Breastfeeding”. 
Rotary Tortola talks Breastfeeding   Mitsy Ellis-Simpson 2019-03-07 04:00:00Z 0
Rota-Olympics & Family Fun Day Mitsy Ellis-Simpson 2019-03-01 04:00:00Z 0
Remembrance Meeting for Rt. Jeff Morgan Mitsy Ellis-Simpson 2019-02-28 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mitsy Ellis-Simpson on Feb 15, 2019

The Rotary Club of Tortola celebrated Rotary Has Heart day at our general luncheon meeting held at the Moorings Mariner Restaurant on 14th February 2019.

BVI Rotary Has Heart Mitsy Ellis-Simpson 2019-02-15 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mitsy Ellis-Simpson on Nov 27, 2018

 

Today, the Rotary Club of Tortola donated two 43 inch televisions to Alexandrina Maduro Primary School, one of the Club’s adopted schools.

RCOT Donates to Adopted Schools Mitsy Ellis-Simpson 2018-11-27 04:00:00Z 0
RCOT Participated in Adopted School Culture Day  Mitsy Ellis-Simpson 2018-11-15 04:00:00Z 0
Rotary Tortola Triumphs 14 Consecutive Times in College Series Mitsy Ellis-Simpson 2018-11-06 04:00:00Z 0
Areas of Focus for Rotary Foundation Mitsy Ellis-Simpson 2018-11-01 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mitsy Ellis-Simpson on Oct 24, 2018
Over 30 years ago, Rotary International made a promise to children of the world to eradicate polio for good. This World Polio Day, members of the Rotary Club of Tortola took to the streets a purple pinkie fundraiser to raise funds for this dreaded disease.
Purple Pinkie for World Polio Day Mitsy Ellis-Simpson 2018-10-24 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mitsy Ellis-Simpson on Oct 18, 2018
The Rotary Club of Tortola will today commence a Lose to Win challenge, a fundraiser to benefit the Diabetes Association in honour of Past President Elton Georges.
Lose to Win Challenge kickstarts today Mitsy Ellis-Simpson 2018-10-18 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mitsy Ellis-Simpson on Oct 15, 2018

Rotarians presented today to students at the Joyce Samuel Primary School on Rotary’s Butterfly Storybook Project. The project is being spearheaded by Director Valerie Thomas.

Rotary’s Butterfly Storybook Project begins  Mitsy Ellis-Simpson 2018-10-15 04:00:00Z 0
DG Adizua & BVI Rotary Family Visited YEP Mitsy Ellis-Simpson 2018-10-07 04:00:00Z 0
REPAIR OF IVAN DAWSON PRIMARY SCHOOL Mitsy Ellis-Simpson 2018-09-30 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mitsy Ellis-Simpson on Sep 17, 2018

The Rotary Club of Tortola held a membership orientation on Saturday, 15th September 2018 to share the Rotary story to new and prospective members increasing their knowledge of what Rotary does.

Membership Orientation a Resounding Success Mitsy Ellis-Simpson 2018-09-17 04:00:00Z 0
BVI Rotary Participated in College Classic Race 1 Mitsy Ellis-Simpson 2018-09-15 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mitsy Ellis-Simpson on Sep 06, 2018
The Rotary Club of Tortola’s regular lunch meeting on Thursday, 6th September 2018 was not an ordinary meeting. Neither was it an ordinary day.   Members from the entire BVI Rotary family consisting of Rotarians and Rotaracts gathered for a special lunch meeting at the Moorings Mariner Restaurant to commemorate the 1st anniversary of Hurricane Irma which left widespread destruction across the British Virgin Islands.
BVI Rotary Commemorates Hurricane Irma Anniversary Mitsy Ellis-Simpson 2018-09-06 04:00:00Z 0
BVI Rotary’s Foundation Dinner 2018 Mitsy Ellis-Simpson 2018-08-18 04:00:00Z 0
Donation of Surgical Instruments to BVIHSA Mitsy Ellis-Simpson 2018-08-12 04:00:00Z 0
RI President Barry Rassin and First Lady Esther to visit BVI Rotary family! Mitsy Ellis-Simpson 2018-08-01 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mitsy Ellis-Simpson on Jul 31, 2018

Public Image Director, Mitsy Ellis-Simpson of the Rotary Club of Tortola and team from the BVI Rotary family had the opportunity of giving the St. George’s Bus Shed in Road Town, a much needed refurbishing, cleaning and painting for the use and enjoyment by students of the St. George’s Primary and Secondary Schools and residents.

St. George’s Bus Stop Refurbished, To Bring Positive Awareness in Road Town  Mitsy Ellis-Simpson 2018-07-31 04:00:00Z 0

The Rotary club of Tortola in conjunction with Rotary club Sunrise Road Town and Rotary Club Road Town donated several boxes of clothes to the BVI Health Service Authority Mental Health Department. The exchange took place on the Festival grounds on Friday 13th July 2018.

Clothes Donation to BVI HSA Mental Health Dept. Mitsy Ellis-Simpson 2018-07-15 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mitsy Ellis-Simpson on Jul 15, 2018
Photo: DPP Kim Hollis, QC
 
Legislation to decriminalize cannabis in the British Virgin Islands is currently under review.  Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Kim Hollis, QC was the guest speaker of the Rotary Club of Tortola's lunch meeting held on 12th July 2018 where she spoke on the popular topic.  The BVI Government is currently exploring the herb for medical and recreation purposes and as a source of revenue for the country.
 
Prosecutor Hollis, QC opine on Proposed Marijuana Legislation Mitsy Ellis-Simpson 2018-07-15 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mitsy Ellis-Simpson on Jul 09, 2018
Over the weekend, Rotarians gathered at the Port Purcell roundabout to provide sweat equity in planting a small Christmas tree because Hurricane Irma had destroyed the community’s traditional Christmas Tree. Assistance to plant the tree was also provided by Groundworks.
 
Rotarians Plant Christmas Tree at Port Purcell Roundabout Mitsy Ellis-Simpson 2018-07-09 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mitsy Ellis-Simpson on Jul 04, 2018

Photo: Rotary International President Barry Rassin and RCOT President Lynette Harrigan

Fellow Rotarians

As we embrace the new Rotary year, I want us to face forward and realize the talents in each of us.  I ask that you try something new, take on a new responsibility, and get to know your fellow Rotarians just a little bit better.  Rotary takes ordinary men and women like us and gives us extraordinary opportunities.”  We all know this to be true.
President Harrigan's New Rotary Year Message Mitsy Ellis-Simpson 2018-07-04 04:00:00Z 0
2018 - 2019 Installation Dinner Bernadette Brathwaite 2018-05-12 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mitsy Ellis-Simpson on Mar 15, 2018

The BVI Rotary Family received 5 boxes each containing 12 units for a total of 60 Water Filters from AquaBox for distribution to the BVI Community.
AQUA FILTERS DISTRIBUTION Mitsy Ellis-Simpson 2018-03-15 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mitsy Ellis-Simpson on Nov 20, 2017
Hurricane Irma has caused a serious situation for many residents in the British Virgin Islands.  Significant damages to properties making no special selection! Unfortunately, among those suffered from the devastation are the elderly, disabled persons, low income homeowners, single mother and children who are in need of assistance.
ELDERLY WOMAN RECEIVES NEW ROOF - POST HURRICANES Mitsy Ellis-Simpson 2017-11-20 04:00:00Z 0
“IT NEVER STOPS…KEEP UP THE WONDERFUL WORK.” – PRINCE OF WALES TO BVI ROTARY Mitsy Ellis-Simpson 2017-11-19 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mitsy Ellis--Simpson on Nov 13, 2017
The spirit of the BVI community is alive and well as they carry out early morning clean up spare headed by the Rotary Clubs in the British Virgin Islands.  Volunteer Lisa Adamson walks with one of the many items that were relocated by Hurricane Irma on 6th September 2017.
RISE AND SHINE! CLEAN UP WITH ROTARIANS AND FRIENDS IN CANE GARDEN BAY Mitsy Ellis--Simpson 2017-11-13 04:00:00Z 0
DONATE TO HELP - HURRICANE IRMA DISASTER RELIEF FUND Mitsy Ellis-Simpson 2017-10-27 04:00:00Z 0
DISTRIBUTION OF FOOD AND WATER TO DISASTER SURVIVORS Mitsy Ellis-Simpson 2017-10-14 04:00:00Z 0
DIGICEL MAKES BIG DISASTER RELIEF DONATION TO THE BVI PEOPLE, BVI ROTARY TO HELP COORDINATE DISTRIBUTION Mitsy Ellis-Simpson 2017-10-10 04:00:00Z 0
Temporary Shelter Relief for Hurricane Survivors Mitsy Ellis-Simpson 2017-10-07 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mitsy Ellis-Simpson on Sep 15, 2017
The Rotary Clubs in the British Virgin Islands are serving more people than ever before who seek the basic necessities of life in its communities - food, shelter, warmth after the catastrophic Hurricane Irma. 
ROTARIANS IN ACTION - HURRICANE IRMA RELIEF UPDATE Mitsy Ellis-Simpson 2017-09-15 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Kishma Penn
With a small delegation from the Rotary Club of Tortola in tow Youth Services Director Aisha Liburd delivered these wonderful from our dear President to the Interact Club of (Bregado Flax Educational Center). Director Kishma was on head as the official photographer and ever ready and always supporting SAA Edson Boyea was also present. As we are co-sponsor of this club and they call PP. Monica Ramjeet of Rotary Club Sunrise their mother that makes our club their father. Like father like son, taking cue from us their installation though not as large in numbers was just as grand. With their red, black, white and gold theme felt like we were at any grand banquet. Well Done! President Reshawn and all the best for this coming rotary year. 
 
 
Interact Club (B.F.E.C.) Board Installation Dinner 2017 Kishma Penn 2017-08-03 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bernadette Brathwaite on May 29, 2017
 
The Rotary Club of Tortola is the proud recipient of Ten (10) Awards and Certificates at the the Rotary Cruise Conference.  The recipient of the Winner of the Youth Leader Award is shown receiving his Award.
2016 - 2017 Rotary Club of Tortola Awards Bernadette Brathwaite 2017-05-29 04:00:00Z 0
Rotary Club of Tortola Fun Car Rally Winners Bernadette Brathwaite 2017-04-08 04:00:00Z 0
Rotarians built Rails to assist Elderly Bernadette Brathwaite 2017-04-01 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bernadette Brathwaite on Mar 23, 2017
Rotarians Jeff Morgan and Michael Kilhourhy had the job of judging the Joyce Samuel Primary School's first ever Science Fair on 17th March 2017.  The Rotary Club of Tortola has been supporting the School in conjunction with the law firm Ogier since "adopting" it in 2010 under the BVI adopted schools program.  Joyce Samuel Primary School is the current BVI Primary School of the Year and its Principal, Orlandette Crabbe, was named Primary Principal of the Year in the BVI's Stars in Education Awards.
Rotary Adopted Joyce Samuel Primary School Science Fair Bernadette Brathwaite 2017-03-23 04:00:00Z 0
Rotary Club of Tortola Annual Fun Car Rally Bernadette Brathwaite 2017-03-16 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bernadette Brathwaite on Mar 08, 2017
 
Rotary Club of Tortola recognizes that the load of responsibilities  placed on the shoulders of women in our society is heavy.  Women are every day heroes to their children, families and the society as a whole.  Rotary women are indeed the backbone to our society and deserve our respect today and every day.
 
Today we recognize the social, political, economic, and cultural contributions that women have made to their countries and communities around the world.
 
HAPPY INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S DAY TO THE WOMEN IN ROTARY!!!
Recognition of Women in Rotary Bernadette Brathwaite 2017-03-08 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bernadette Brathwaite on Feb 25, 2017
Rotarians, Rotaractors and Interactors worked on the playground and exterior of the Alexandrina Maduro Primary School.  The Team painted the wall and benches and cleaned the entire surrounding of the School.
Work at the Alexandrina Maduro Primary School Bernadette Brathwaite 2017-02-25 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bernadette Brathwaite on Feb 25, 2017
 
Members of the Rotary Club of Tortola began work on the Safe Haven. Additional work will be done to improve the physical structure of the home and the Rotary Club will also provide some much needed fixtures and fittings.  The changes will help to improve on the living conditions at the Home.
Community Service at Safe Haven Bernadette Brathwaite 2017-02-25 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bernadette Brathwaite on Feb 23, 2017
 
The Peace & Arts Competition was launched on World Day of Peace to raise awareness and emphasize the importance of multicultural understanding, world peace and conflict resolution.  The Competition was opened to students of Primary Schools and High Schools throughout the British Virgin Islands.   Primary School entries were in the form of a poster board that depicts "What World Peace means to you."  High School Students entries Grades 7 -9 was a written essay with 450 - 600 words on "Why conflict resolution is important" and Grades 10 -12 was a filmed video, 5 - 7 minutes long on "Multi-cultural awareness in the B.V.I.".
 
The Peace & Arts Bernadette Brathwaite 2017-02-23 04:00:00Z 0
ROTA OLYMPICS Bernadette Brathwaite 2017-02-16 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bernadette Brathwaite on Jan 27, 2017
 
 
 
Nadine Joseph is the newest member of the Rotary Club of Tortola.  Nadine is pictured here with her Sponsor, PAG Audley Maduro.  She was pinned by President ingrid Moses-Scatliffe and welcomed to the Club by all Rotarians in attendance.
Nadine Joseph joins Rotary Club of Tortola Bernadette Brathwaite 2017-01-27 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bernadette Brathwaite on Jan 19, 2017
 
Lead by PP Lorna Smith of the Rotary Club of Tortola, the Rotary Family donated a vehicle to the BVI Autism Center.  Members of the Rotary Club of Tortola, Rotary Club of Road Town, Rotary Club Sunrise of Road Town and the Rotaract Club of Tortola, joined together and raised funds to purchase the vehicle.
Rotary Family donated vehicle to the BVI Autism Center Bernadette Brathwaite 2017-01-19 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bernadette Brathwaite on Dec 21, 2016
 
Rotarians, Rotaractors and Friends joined together to spread Joy, Peace and Love for the Holiday Season!  It all started at the Adina Donovan Home for the Elderly and continued to the Peebles Hospital and Homes of Fellow Rotarians, their Family and Friends.
Rotary Spreads the Joy of Christmas Bernadette Brathwaite 2016-12-22 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bernadette Brathwaite on Dec 07, 2016
 
The Rotary Club of Tortola decorated the Round About at Purcell Estate, Tortola.  The Club is responsible for the up keep of the Round About and takes pride in completing the Christmas Decoration annually.
Christmas Decor by Rotary Club of Tortola Bernadette Brathwaite 2016-12-08 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bernadette Brathwaite on Nov 10, 2016
Rotarian Thor Downing, son of Mr. Roger Downing, accompanied DG Haresh and First Lady as they toured the Roger Downing Boardwalk at the Hamilton Lavity Stoutt Community College.  President of the Rotary Club of Tortola, Mrs. Ingrid Moses-Scatliffe has vowed that the organization, under her leadership, will complete the Roger Downing Boardwalk at the H. Lavity Stoutt Community College.

The President noted that the project is a significant project which, although no completed in its entirety, it is utilized by both locals and visitors alike.  The completion of the Boardwalk is one of the goals for this year as mentioned by President Ingrid at her Installation Dinner.
DG Haresh and First Lady toured the Roger Downing Boardwalk Bernadette Brathwaite 2016-11-11 00:00:00Z 0
VP Nona Vanterpool Home Hospitality for the DG and First Lady Bernadette Brathwaite 2016-11-10 00:00:00Z 0
Rotarian Alvin (Big Brother) Pickering is a Paul Harris Fellow (PHF) Bernadette Brathwaite 2016-11-10 00:00:00Z 0
Rotary Foundation Dinner 2016-10-14 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bernadette Brathwaite on Sep 28, 2016
 
 
In observance of New Generation/Basic Education and Literacy Month, Retractors hosted the weekly meeting.  District Rotaract Representative Elect, Director PP Jevaughn Rhymer was the Guest Speaker.  
Rotaractors in Control Bernadette Brathwaite 2016-09-29 00:00:00Z 0
Dictionary Distribution to Elementary Schools in the BVI Bernadette Brathwaite 2016-09-28 00:00:00Z 0
Donation of Chairs and Tables to Adopted School Bernadette Brathwaite 2016-09-26 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bernadette Brathwaite on Sep 14, 2016
 
 
 
The Principals, some of Teachers and Students of the Alexandrina Maduro Primary School and Joyce Samuel Primary School participated in the Rotary Club of Tortola Luncheon on 15th September 2016.  The Students expressed their appreciation to the Club through a poem presented by the students of the 5th Grade.  
 
 
Presentation to Principals and Students of Adopted Schools Bernadette Brathwaite 2016-09-15 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bernadette Brathwaite on Sep 09, 2016
 
The refurbishment of the Sir Olva Georges Plaza is very near to completion.  The fountain is now up and running and the plants have been treated and pruned.  We are currently working with the Department of Environmental Health towards eliminating mosquito vector issues.
Sir Olva Georges Plaza Bernadette Brathwaite 2016-09-10 00:00:00Z 0
Development in the British Virgin Islands as it relates to Education, Tourism and Politics Bernadette Brathwaite 2016-09-09 00:00:00Z 0
Director of Tourist Board addressed Rotarians, Rotaractors and Guests Bernadette Brathwaite 2016-08-31 04:00:00Z 0
Rotaractor Aisha Liburd joins Rotary Club of Tortola Bernadette Brathwaite 2016-08-13 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bernadette Brathwaite on Aug 12, 2016
 
 
British Virgin Islander Actor, Mr. Sheldon Frett shares his plans with the a Rotary Club of Tortola.  The actor who has made appearances in various movies, "Get On Up", "Red Band Society" and "Vincent and Roxy and Bound", intends to return home to start a Theatre Arts Program in the British Virgin Islands.
 
Actor shares plans to give back to his homeland, The British Virgin Islands Bernadette Brathwaite 2016-08-13 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bernadette Brathwaite on Aug 04, 2016
This year Rotary is celebrating 100 years of Rotary Foundation and to observe this event, the theme of our Floupe in the August Monday Parade  was Foundation Centennial.  The main area featured on the float was Basic Education and Literacy!  Education empowers humanity.  The other five areas represented were:-
 
1.  Peace and Conflict Prevention
2.  Disease Prevention and Treatment 
3.  Water and Sanitation
4.  Maternal and Child Health, and
5.  Economic and Community Development.
 
Rotarians, Rotaractors and Interactors came together to make the event a success.  The Rotary Club of Tortola won First Place.
Rotary Club of Tortola presents Foundation Centennial Bernadette Brathwaite 2016-08-05 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bernadette Brathwaite on Jul 10, 2016
 
 
Work continues on the restoration of the Water Fountain and Gardens at the Sir Olva Georges Plaza.  The project has been undertaken by the Rotary Club of Tortola on many occasions.  Rotarians of the Rotary Club of Tortola have been working on restoring the broken fountain, cleaning the gardens and providing the plants with the much needed nutrients.  Rotarian Tara confirmed that the Water Fountain should be up and running during the August Holidays.   The necessary parts have been sourced and work will continue until the Sir Olva Georges Plaza is fully restored.
Refurbishment of Sir Olva Georges Plaza Bernadette Brathwaite 2016-07-11 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mitsy Ellis-Simpson on Jun 26, 2016

Rotarians, Rotaractors, Partners in Service and friends of Rotary saw the installation of Ingrid Moses-Scatliffe as President of the Rotary Club of Tortola at the Tortola Pier Park on 25th June 2015.  President Moses-Scatliffe is the 4th female in the Club to hold the office of President in service to humanity. 

 

 

Ingrid Moses-Scatliffe - New President, 4th Female to Head Rotary Club of Tortola Mitsy Ellis-Simpson 2016-06-27 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mitsy Ellis-Simpson on Jun 18, 2016
Rotary International's founder, Mr. Paul Harris, believed that serving humanity is “the most worthwhile thing a person can do,”  said RI President-elect John F. Germ in his address on 18 January 2016 at the International Assembly in San Diego, California, USA.  
Rotary Serving Humanity...Father's Day Mitsy Ellis-Simpson 2016-06-19 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mitsy Ellis-Simpson on May 15, 2016
At the annual district conference of Rotary Clubs in the Northern Caribbean, District 7020, BVI Assistant Governor Delma Maduro was confirmed as District Governor Elect for year 2018-2019. This year's annual district conference was held in Nassau, Bahamas from 3-7 May 2016.
AG DELMA MADURO TO SERVE AS DISTRICT GOVERNOR 2018-2019 Mitsy Ellis-Simpson 2016-05-16 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mitsy Ellis-Simpson on May 13, 2016

A wonderful evening of fellowship hosted by Rtn. Christopher Lloyd and his wife Vivian in celebration of the Rotary Club of Tortola's   accomplishments for the Rotary year and awards the club received at District Conference.   Attended by District Governor Elect Delma Maduro, President Julien Johnson and several members of the Rotary Club of Tortola, Rotaractors and friends of Rotary.

 

 
RCOT Fellowship Mitsy Ellis-Simpson 2016-05-14 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mitsy Ellis-Simpson on May 13, 2016
On Saturday, 14th May 2016, the Rotary Club of Tortola held a food drive for the Family Support Network at several supermarkets in Road Town with an effort to assist the FSN in assisting families in need in the Territory. 
Food Drive for Family Support Network Mitsy Ellis-Simpson 2016-05-14 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mitsy Ellis-Simpson on May 06, 2016
The Rotary Club of Tortola goes Platinum for outstanding humanitarian and public image work for the 2015-2016 Rotary year. Announcement and awards were presented at the Rotary 7020 District Conference yesterday at the Atlantis Theatre, Paradise Island, Bahamas.
Platinum Awards for Rotary Club of Tortola Mitsy Ellis-Simpson 2016-05-07 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mitsy Ellis-Simpson on Apr 20, 2016

Photo Credit: BVI News

With about 60 businesses gathered at the Multi-purpose Sports Complex in Road Town, Tortola, the BVI Rotary Family was also on the scene in drawing awareness to Rotary, our causes and efforts in our communities and wider world.   

 

BVI Rotary Family Participated in BVI Trade Show Mitsy Ellis-Simpson 2016-04-21 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mitsy Ellis-Simpson on Apr 19, 2016
Three students were sponsored by the Rotary Clubs of the BVI this year to attend Camp RYLA, the Rotary Youth Leadership Award program.  Reanna Francois, Alondra Ephraim and Jessica Smith departed the Territory to attend the 5 day event from 20-24 April 2016 at the Florida Elks Youth Camp Inc.
Four Youths off to Camp RYLA Mitsy Ellis-Simpson 2016-04-20 00:00:00Z 0
$210,000 RAISED AT A MOST SPLENDID ROTARY CLUB OF TORTOLA’S 12TH ANNUAL GRAND AFFAIR! Mitsy Ellis-Simpson 2016-04-15 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mitsy Ellis-Simpson on Mar 25, 2016
Under the theme “Escape to a Mediterranean Fantasy”, the Rotary Club of Tortola will present their 12th Annual Grand Affair Charity Dinner and Auction at Deadman’s Beach, Peter Island Resort & Spa on 9th April 2016. The event promises to be an exciting evening of entertainment and elegance for a worthy cause under the leadership of Past President Henry Creque, Director Mitsy Ellis-Simpson and President Elect (2017-2018) Karia Christopher, Co-Chairpersons of this year’s Grand Affair.  The gala will be hosted by its customary patrons His Excellency - Governor John Duncan and Mrs. Duncan but at a fresh and stunning location.
ROTARY CLUB OF TORTOLA PRESENTS ITS 12TH ANNUAL GRAND AFFAIR CHARITY DINNER & AUCTION Mitsy Ellis-Simpson 2016-03-26 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mitsy Ellis-Simpson on Mar 16, 2016
Photo R-L:  President Julien Johnson of the Rotary Club of Tortola stands with new Rotarians and their respective sponsors.
 
At lunch meeting 17th March 2016 the Rotary Club of Tortola warmly welcomed its newest members.  Edson Boyda, Simon Cook, Sasha Creque and Fin Fun Peters were inducted in the Club by President Julien Johnson.
Four New Members Join Rotary Club of Tortola Mitsy Ellis-Simpson 2016-03-17 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mitsy Ellis-Simpson on Mar 06, 2016
The BVI Rotary Family had a wonderful family fun day on the Brewer’s Bay Beach on Sunday 6th March 2016. The event dubbed “Rotalympics” was an exciting and action packed fun day for the entire Rotary Family in the British Virgin Islands.  Members, family and friends took part in various activities such as sack race, tug of war, relay, and wheel borough race, hot dog eating competition, dominoes and other activities. 
ROTARACT CLUB OF TORTOLA TAKES FIRST PRIZE IN BVI ROTARY ROTALYMPICS FAMILY FUN DAY Mitsy Ellis-Simpson 2016-03-07 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mitsy Ellis-Simpson on Feb 20, 2016
The Rotary Club of Tortola had the pleasure of welcoming Ag. Principal Sandy Underhill and Guidance Counselor Bisa Smith of the Elmore Stoutt High School as guest speakers at the Club’s luncheon meeting last Thursday, 18th February 2016.   The Principal spoke on the issues currently facing the school, peace remediation and her goals for achieving success at the High School.
Elmore Stoutt High School Principal Rallies Community Involvement for Success Mitsy Ellis-Simpson 2016-02-21 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mitsy Ellis-Simpson on Feb 19, 2016
Beautification of the Sir Olva George's Plaza is a very familiar project of the Rotary Club of Tortola which has beautified the Plaza a number of times for the benefit of residents and visitors to the Virgin Islands.   This weekend Rotarians of the Rotary Club of Tortola have been working on restoring a broken Fountain at the Sir Olva George's Plaza.  The Fountain which has been in existence for several years is well in need of a repair.  Work involves identifying and correcting the exact parts that are not working.  Work will continue in getting the Fountain running and other beautification of the Sir Olva George's Plaza.
Restoration of Fountain at the Sir Olva Georges Plaza Mitsy Ellis-Simpson 2016-02-20 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mitsy Ellis-Simpson on Feb 18, 2016
Rotarian Tashima Barzey of the Rotary Club of Tortola and who works in the health services conducts CPR Training at the Rotaract Club of Virgin Gorda's meeting today in an educational and lively session. 
Rotarian Conducts CPR Training with Rotaracts Mitsy Ellis-Simpson 2016-02-19 00:00:00Z 0
Rotary Tortola Supports Earlyact Career Expo Mitsy Ellis-Simpson 2016-01-23 00:00:00Z 0
Rotary Club of Tortola Wins Club of the Month for Disease Prevention and Treatment Mitsy Ellis-Simpson 2016-01-15 00:00:00Z 0
"Mama bake your Johnny Cake Christmas coming" sweet melody at Rotary Club of Tortola's Traditional Lighting of Port Purcell Roundabout Mitsy Ellis-Simpson 2015-12-08 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mitsy Ellis-Simpson on Nov 24, 2015
In what was deemed a hugely successful fundraiser for the Rotary Club of Tortola, the Fun Car Rally held on Saturday, 21 November 2015 was nothing short of fun and excitement as patrons took part in various activities such as the car rally itself, hot dog eating competition, mixed drinks competition, dunk tank challenge, bouncy castle, bean bag race and other activities. 
OGIER TAKES FIRST PRIZE, ROTARIANS TAKE DUNK CHALLENGE FOR ROTARY FOUNDATION IN A SUCCESSFUL FUN CAR RALLY FUNDRAISER Mitsy Ellis-Simpson 2015-11-25 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mitsy Ellis-Simpson on Nov 13, 2015
The 4th and final race of the 20th H. Lavity Stoutt Community College and Highland Spring College Classic ended with funny mustache painted faces all running in support of a great cause today.   In the Service Club division, the Rotary Club of Tortola has once again captured the 1st place prize for the College Classic Series for the 11th consecutive win.
RCOT Captures 11th Consecutive Win in College Classic Series Mitsy Ellis-Simpson 2015-11-14 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mitsy Ellis-Simpson on Nov 09, 2015
The Rotary Club of Tortola jointly hosted the second Annual Foundation Dinner on 7th November 2015 at Maria’s By the Sea. 
2nd Annual Foundation Dinner Gala Mitsy Ellis-Simpson 2015-11-10 00:00:00Z 0
GET READY BVI FOR THE ROTARY CLUB OF TORTOLA’S FUN CAR RALLY 2015 WITH $2,600 WORTH OF CASH PRIZES! Mitsy Ellis-Simpson 2015-11-04 00:00:00Z 0
School Reading Programme Continues at the Joyce Samuels Primary School Mitsy Ellis-Simpson 2015-10-30 00:00:00Z 0
Rotary Club of Tortola Refurbishes St. Georges School Playground Mitsy Ellis-Simpson 2015-10-25 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mitsy Ellis-Simpson on Oct 23, 2015
 
The Rotary Club of Tortola marked World Polio Day on 24 October 2015 by teaming up with the organizers of the H. Lavity Stout College Classic Race Series, a series of 2 mile road running races, to co-sponsor that day’s race. During the lead up to the race, the Club worked to raise awareness of polio and the work that Rotary International has done for its eradication through local media reports and other publicity.
World Polio Day Run Mitsy Ellis-Simpson 2015-10-24 00:00:00Z 0
Rotary Family Sargassum Clean Up in Trellis Bay Mitsy Ellis-Simpson 2015-10-17 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mitsy Ellis-Simpson on Oct 13, 2015
The Rotary family of the British Virgin Islands and the United States Virgin Islands celebrated our Annual Friendship Day on Saturday, 10th October 2015.  This year’s event was hosted by the Rotary Clubs of the BVI at the Lambert Beach Resort on the island of Tortola.  Approximately 70 persons from the Rotary Family visited from the islands of St. Croix, St. Thomas and St. John.  A welcoming team of Rotarians from the Rotary Clubs of the BVI greeted and welcomed our visiting Rotary Family at the Terrence B. Lettsome International Airport, West End Ferry Terminal and the Road Town Ferry Dock. 
BVI/USVI Rotary Family Celebrates Annual Friendship Day Mitsy Ellis-Simpson 2015-10-14 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mitsy Ellis-Simpson on Oct 06, 2015
In collaboration with the H. Lavity Stoutt Community College and Highland Spring Water, the Rotary Club of Tortola is encouraging residents and visitors to join our Rotary Club for an End Polio Race on 24th October 2015.  The Race will be held at the College at 7 a.m. 
End Polio Race Sets for 24th October 2015 Mitsy Ellis-Simpson 2015-10-07 00:00:00Z 0
Rotary Clubs of the BVI Launches Butterfly Storybook Competition Mitsy Ellis-Simpson 2015-09-30 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mitsy Ellis-Simpson on Sep 13, 2015
Photo:  Pelican Gate Academy with Rotarian Milton Creque
 
The Rotary Club of Tortola and the entire BVI Rotary Family's annual dictionary distribution commenced today, 14th September 2015 in light of Rotary's Literacy and Education Month.  Today, a team of Rotarians from the Rotary Club of Tortola visited six primary schools across the country and distributed over 250 Oxford dictionaries to our children.  Each 4th grader received a dictionary as a gift from the Rotary Club of Tortola.
Rotarians of the Rotary Club of Tortola Distribute Dictionaries to Students Mitsy Ellis-Simpson 2015-09-14 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mitsy Ellis-Simpson on Sep 01, 2015
On 2nd September 2015, the Rotary Club of Tortola and four other Rotary and Rotaract Clubs in the British Virgin Islands signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Government of the British Virgin Islands solidifying the working relationship between the Rotary family n the British Virgin Islands and the Department of Disaster Management.
Rotary Signs Memorandum of Understanding with Department of Disaster Management Mitsy Ellis-Simpson 2015-09-02 00:00:00Z 0
Rotary Provides Aid to Dominica hit by Tropical Storm Erika Mitsy Ellis-Simpson 2015-08-31 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mitsy Ellis-Simpson
The Rotary Club of Tortola participated in a Rotary Awareness session in Road Town on Friday 28th August 2015 for membership month and sharing information about Rotary to the general public.
Rotary Awareness in Road Town Mitsy Ellis-Simpson 2015-08-28 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mitsy Ellis-Simpson on Aug 18, 2015
Photo:  President Julien Johnson and Secretary Elect Ixora Rose William
Rotarian of the month of August is Rtn. Ixora-Rose. For her involvement in the Festival Parade, organizing a great Fellowship Friday, assisting in Food Drive, assisting readily with attendance taking at meetings, helping with FB updates and for being an all rounder these last few weeks. Photo by Astrid C. Wenzke - See more at: http://portal.clubrunner.ca/1530#sthash.PWV40IwF.dpuf
Rotarian of the month of August is Rtn. Ixora-Rose. For her involvement in the Festival Parade, organizing a great Fellowship Friday, assisting in Food Drive, assisting readily with attendance taking at meetings, helping with FB updates and for being an all rounder these last few weeks. Photo by Astrid C. Wenzke - See more at: http://portal.clubrunner.ca/1530#sthash.PWV40IwF.dpuf
ROTARIAN OF THE MONTH OF JULY Mitsy Ellis-Simpson 2015-08-19 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mitsy Ellis-Simpson on Aug 11, 2015

 

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Photo:  Past President Archibald "PP Archie" Christian

In recognition of membership month, we proudly feature and celebrate Past President “PP Archie” Christian, a veteran and inspirational Rotarian.  PP Archie has been a member of the Rotary Club of Tortola since September 1988.  He served as President of the Rotary Club of Tortola for the Rotary 1994-1995 year. 

FEATURED ROTARIAN - PAST PRESIDENT ARCHIBALD CHRISTIAN Mitsy Ellis-Simpson 2015-08-12 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mitsy Ellis-Simpson on Aug 11, 2015

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Photo:  Past President Archibald "PP Archie" Christian

In recognition of membership month, we proudly feature and celebrate Past President “PP Archie” Christian, a veteran and inspirational Rotarian.  PP Archie has been a member of the Rotary Club of Tortola since September 1988.  He served as President of the Rotary Club of Tortola for the Rotary 1994-1995 year. 

FEATURED ROTARIAN - PAST PRESIDENT ARCHIBALD CHRISTIAN Mitsy Ellis-Simpson 2015-08-12 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mitsy Ellis-Simpson on Aug 06, 2015

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Approximately 20 troupes and individual entries participated in the highlight of the British Virgin Islands Emancipation celebrations on Monday, August 3, 2015. Amidst a kaleidoscope of colourful wears designed with the Rotary International yearly theme, fedora hats, feathers and a graceful "Be a Gift to the World' float, the Rotary Clubs of the BVI as a group has been singled out as the best Floupe for this year. The slogan for this year's Festival was "A Tropical Blend of Beautiful Colours to be Seen; VI Festival 2015"

Rotary Clubs of the BVI win top prize in Floupe Category of BVI Emancipation Festival with an explosion of colours and a gift Mitsy Ellis-Simpson 2015-08-07 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mitsy Ellis-Simpson on Aug 06, 2015

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Approximately 20 troupes and individual entries participated in the highlight of the British Virgin Islands Emancipation celebrations on Monday, August 3, 2015. Amidst a kaleidoscope of colourful wears designed with the Rotary International yearly theme, fedora hats, feathers and a graceful "Be a Gift to the World' float, the Rotary Clubs of the BVI as a group has been singled out as the best Floupe for this year. The slogan for this year's Festival was "A Tropical Blend of Beautiful Colours to be Seen; VI Festival 2015"

Rotary Clubs of the BVI win top prize in Floupe Category of BVI Emancipation Festival with an explosion of colours and a gift Mitsy Ellis-Simpson 2015-08-07 00:00:00Z 0
Rotarians to Reflect on Membership and Attract Prospective Members Mitsy Ellis-Simpson 2015-08-01 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mitsy Ellis-Simpson on Jul 22, 2015

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Photo:  President Julien Johnson of the Rotary Club of Tortola presents cheque to Ms. Arletta Bickerton of The HIV/AIDS Foundation

The Rotary Club of Tortola on 23rd July 2015 handed over a check for  $1,000 to the HIV/AIDS Foundation to assist with their new initiative known as “KNOW YOUR STATUS, GET TESTED”.  The HIV/AIDS Foundation is committed to the prevention of HIV transmission through sexual health education programs and advocacy for people living with HIV to access quality health care and privacy.

The Rotary Club of Tortola donates $1,000 to the HIV/AIDS Foundation Mitsy Ellis-Simpson 2015-07-23 00:00:00Z 0
Rotary Club of Tortola donates $1,500 to 11 year old girl suffering from Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis Mitsy Ellis-Simpson 2015-07-20 00:00:00Z 0
Rotary Club of Tortola gives BVI Red Cross Building a Facelift Mitsy Ellis-Simpson 2015-07-20 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mitsy Ellis-Simpson on Jul 15, 2015

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Photo: Mr. Douglas Wheatley, son of the late Chief Minister Dr. Willard Wheatley

Mr. Douglas Wheatley, the son of the late Chief Minister Dr. Willard Wheatley and former Deputy Governor of the British Virgin Islands, Rotarian Elton George gave a recollection of the life of the late Chief Minister at the Rotary Club of Tortola luncheon meeting on 16th July 2015 to mark the 100th birthday anniversary of the man referred to as a gentle giant. 

Remembering the late former Chief Minister, Dr. Willard Wheatley in service to the Virgin Islands Mitsy Ellis-Simpson 2015-07-16 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mitsy Ellis-Simpson on Jun 29, 2015

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In a powerful message by Rotary International President K.R. "Ravi" Ravindran, Rotary members worldwide are asked to be gifts to the world this upcoming 2015-16 Rotary year by using their talents, expertise, and leadership skills. See the attached link from the Rotary.org website:

https://www.rotary.org/myrotary/en/news-media/news-features/president-elect-urges-rotary-members-be-gift-world

In recognition of President Ravi's 2015/2016 theme, members of the Rotary Club of Tortola, on 1 July 2015, will be updating their social profiles such as Facebook, Whatsapp, Instagram to reflect the theme and kick start the new Rotary year.  Rotary members and friends of Rotary can collage the theme (e.g. share your story), post it, like it, share it.   Let us inspire, make a difference, move from "Success to Significance" and indeed continue to "Be a Gift to the World".

Rotary Members to "Be a Gift to the World". Mitsy Ellis-Simpson 2015-06-30 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mitsy Ellis-Simpson on Jun 22, 2015
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L to R:  Incoming President Julien Johnson pins outgoing President Henry Creque after the oath of office.

 

Rotarians, Rotaractors, Partners in Service and friends of Rotary saw the installation of Julien Johnson as President of the Rotary Club of Tortola at the Long Bay Beach Resort on 20th June 2015.  It was a colorful and festive evening under the theme "Fifty Shades of Rotary".

 

 

Julien Johnson installed as new Rotary Club of Tortola President Mitsy Ellis-Simpson 2015-06-23 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Abigail O'Neal on Oct 04, 2014

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Rotarian of the month of August is Rtn. Ixora-Rose. For her involvement in the Festival Parade, organizing a great Fellowship Friday, assisting in Food Drive, assisting readily with attendance taking at meetings, helping with FB updates and for being an all rounder these last few weeks. Photo by Astrid C. Wenzke

Rotarian of the Month - August Abigail O'Neal 2014-10-05 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Abigail O'Neal on Oct 02, 2014

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The Rotary Club of Tortola Youth Forum of Peace and Conflict Resolution at the New Testament of Hope Church, Virgin Gorda were packed with students from the two secondary schools of Virgin Gorda and Anegada as they participated in the second leg of the 2014 Youth Forum on October 3rd.

Youth Pleace & Conflict Resolution Fourm - Virgin Gorda Abigail O'Neal 2014-10-03 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Abigail O'Neal on Oct 01, 2014

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Today the Rotary Club of Tortola hosted a first for the BVI, our Inaugural Youth Peace & Conflict Resolution Forum for Secondary School Students in Grade 7-9. Panelists included students who spoke on Peace & Conflict Resolution, Self Esteem, Bullying, Respect and Peer Pressure. Over 1200 students attended and participated fully the panel discussion and question and answer segments.

Youth Pleace & Conflict Resolution Fourm - Tortola Abigail O'Neal 2014-10-02 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Abigail O'Neal on Sep 21, 2014

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Not afraid to get our hands dirty once it is the community or the environment. Congratulations to the Rotaract Club of Tortola for their great initiative and thanks to the support of the Rotary Family.

 

 

Coatal Clean up with Rotaract & Interact Abigail O'Neal 2014-09-22 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Abigail O'Neal on Sep 18, 2014

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Please join the Rotary Club of Tortola as we congratulate ADRR and Past President of the Rotaract Club of Tortola Aisha Liburd on her selection by the Rotary Club of Tortola to attend the 2015 Rotary International Convention in Sao Paulo, Brazil. By sending a member of Rotaract to RI we feel that they will benefit from the experience in positive ways by engaging with the global Rotary family and benefit their club directly as with Rotarians who attend RI.
 

RCOT Selects Rotaractor to Attend Rotary International Convention 2015 Abigail O'Neal 2014-09-19 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Abigail O'Neal on Sep 14, 2014

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Today we got to make a difference in the learning experience of a little angel. Cheniqua George has been having difficulty with reading because of problems with her vision. The Rotaract Club of Virgin Gorda was contacted by her teacher, Ms. Beryl Vanterpool to assist with the purchase of Cheniqua's special glasses. With the help of the Rotary family of the BVI and in the spirit of World Literacy Day and New Generations Month, today we presented Cheniqua with her glasses!

Partnering with Rotaract to Make a Difference Abigail O'Neal 2014-09-15 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Abigail O'Neal on Sep 13, 2014
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We continue to be very proud of the work of our Rotaract Club of Tortola and the work they are doing in the community. Well done!
 
"Over the weekend we reached out to the 'New Generation' in an effort to ensure that no child is left behind for want of basic tools that facilitate learning. We made a donation to the Family Support Network in their effort to reach out to families in dire need. We were able to donate backpacks, books, stationery, uniforms, shoes, text books and water bottles." Rotaract Club of Tortola.
Joining with Rotaract to Help Students in Need Abigail O'Neal 2014-09-14 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Abigail O'Neal on Sep 03, 2014

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His Excellency the Governor John Duncan was inducted as an Honorary Rotarian of the Rotary Club of Tortola. The Governor was also today's guest speaker and you can watch his talk here. Photo at Video by Kishma Penn

 

Governor John Duncan Inducted as Honorary Rotarian. Abigail O'Neal 2014-09-04 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Abigail O'Neal on Sep 01, 2014

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Today with the tremendous support of the BVI community during our food drive last weekend, we officially handed over three truck loads of food and non perishable items to the Family Support Network and Social Development. This was made possible by the kindness and compassion of the people in the BVI who donated whatever they could from a can of peas, to a dollar or a 100 dollars. We thank you all.

Donation to Family Support Network from Food Drive Abigail O'Neal 2014-09-02 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Abigail O'Neal on Aug 29, 2014

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It was heart warming to experience the overwhelming support received from the most kind and giving souls of the BVI during our food drive yesterday. Rotarians came together to ask for support for the Family Support Network and Social Development Department as we help those organizations to provide for needy families in the BVI.

Food Drive - Rotarians at Work! Abigail O'Neal 2014-08-30 00:00:00Z 0
Rotary/Rotaract Clubs of Tortola and Community Partners Renovate Home of Elderly Henry Creque 2014-07-02 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Simon Welch on Feb 19, 2014
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Today Thursday 20th February President Ken Installed the newest member of the Rotary Family

The Club was proud to introduce Ms Christine Nissan to its Membership,her sponsor is Rtn. Lou Schwartz and her Mentor will be Rtn. Cate Stephenson

By way of a change new Rotarian Christine was required  to 'sing for her supper' and present the Members a Vocational Talk which she did with aplomb and great presence, Well done

New Members Installation Simon Welch 2014-02-20 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Henry Creque on Feb 01, 2014

A gala event attended by Premier Hon. Dr. D. Orlando Smith, Opposition Leader Hon. Ralph T. O'Neal and Rotary District 7020 Governor Mr. Jeremy Hurst, ushered in the first ever Rotarct Club on Virgin Gorda Saturday, February 1.

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President of the Rotaract Club of Virgin Gorda, Mr. Kyle Harrigan receives the charter from Mr. Jeremy Hurst, District Governor of 7020.

Photo Credit: Gordon French/BVI Platinum News

Rotaract Club of Virgin Gorda Chartered in Grand Fashion! Henry Creque 2014-02-02 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Henry Creque on Jan 14, 2014

The playground slides at the Joyce Samuel Primary School in Bellevue and the Alexandrina Maduro Primary School in Baughers Bay had seen better days. Both slides were damaged and rendered unusable for quite some time. The Rotary Club of Tortola has now installed new slides at both schools. The new slides were installed by Rotarians on a Saturday morning late last year. Shortly the Club will be replacing the turf at both playgrounds and repairing the swings.

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TWO SCHOOLS GET NEW SLIDES COURTESY OF THE ROTARY CLUB OF TORTOLA Henry Creque 2014-01-15 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Simon Welch on Jan 08, 2014

 The Methodist Church ladies who run a 'Soup Kitchen' were gifted a much improved 'galley' facility.

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Helping Hands Kitchen Simon Welch 2014-01-09 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Henry Creque on Dec 01, 2013
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The Rotary Club of Tortola and the Rotary Club of Les Cayes in Haiti have partnered to bring clean water to the community of Boulmier in Haiti. A well was dug and a private bathing area constructed as part of this water project.  Six different communities were helped as a result of this project.

DRINKING WATER FOR BOULMIER - HAITI Henry Creque 2013-12-02 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Henry Creque on Nov 14, 2013

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The Rotary Club of Tortola was very busy this past weekend as the club completed a number of hands on community projects. On Saturday morning a few members of the Club were joined by representatives from Digicel and Ogiers to install seven (7) new computers in the classrooms at the Joyce Samuel Primary School. These computers will replace a number of non-functioning machines and will serve as invaluable learning aid to teachers and students alike. Mrs Orlandette Crabbe, principal of the school, was grateful to receive the computers and thanked the Rotary Club of Tortola and its partners for their kind contribution. The computers were donated through financial support from Digicel and Ogier and the project was spear headed by Rotarian Ehab Tarabay. 

A BUSY WEEKEND FOR THE ROTARY CLUB OF TORTOLA – COMPUTERS AND BOOKS FOR JOYCE SAMUEL AND A FRESH LOOK FOR RED CROSS THRIFT SHOP Henry Creque 2013-11-15 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Henry Creque on Aug 21, 2013
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For most of his life, 20 yr. old Delroy Gordon was unable to effectively communicate with the outside world but today thanks to the support of many in the BVI Community and his own determination to succeed he is enrolled at Gallaudet University in Washington DC where he is studying English as a first language.

 

Rotary Club of Tortola Donates $12K Toward Delroy Gordon's Educational Pursuits Henry Creque 2013-08-22 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Henry Creque on Jul 14, 2013
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The 15th Annual Premier’s Cup came to a conclusion on Sunday July 14th, with Team Antigua emerging as the overall victors.

The youth teams raced J-24 sail boats around a course south of Tortola and were based on the property of the Nanny Cay Resort and Marina.  The teams camped around the resort property and enjoyed the many opportunities for fun and fellowship between the 10 participating teams from around the Caribbean. 

The regatta was one of the initiatives of the Kids and the Sea Programmed (KATS), which as usual was very well supported by members of all three BVI Rotary Clubs and the Rotaract Club of Tortola.

Story by VirginIslandsNewsOnline.com:

Team Antigua takes the 2013 Premier's Cup Junior Regatta Henry Creque 2013-07-15 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Simon Welch on Jul 04, 2013
ImageOn June 27th President Sam inducted Mitsy Simpson Ellis into membershipof the Rotary Club of Tortola and Rotary International, her sponsor was Treasurer Deberio Alexsis
New Members Inducted Simon Welch 2013-07-05 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Simon Welch on Jun 29, 2013

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At the RCOT Installation Dinner on 29th July the Members were proud to recognise two Virgin Islanders whose dedication and commitment to their cause exemplifies the same goals set by Rotary International

The presentation of  Paul Harris Fellowships on behalf of and to Tessa Gunther (in Memorium) and Manoj Bissoundutt  were in recognition of their exemplary dedication to the  Humane Society Animal Shelter, Tessa for 37 years and Veejay for 17 years.

  ADG Delma presented Jocelyn, Tessa's daughter, Tessa's award and Veejay received his own

RCOT Gives PHF to Humane Society Animal Shelter "Heroes" Simon Welch 2013-06-30 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Simon Welch on Jun 29, 2013

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The RCOT Rotarian of the Year elected  by the Membership from six candidates who in their own right were most deserving for recognition,

"The nominees were ........

  PP Lloyd Black, Writer, Editor Producer of "The Bulletin" but also the Star role in "GSE Team to Texas",

  Dir Asiyah Grant Mahonie, Director and Star of "Jail & Bail" and latterly a brilliant performance as " Secretary Elect". 

  Rtn Laura Greces, Leading lady in "The Dictionary Project"  Leading lady and Director of "The 45th Anniversary",

  Rtn Jonathon McCarthy, Director and Star of the high budget extravagancer  "The Roger Downing Mangrove Boardwalk",

  Dir Abby O'Neal, from Stand in to Star of "Facebook"," Twitter" , "Conference Publicity" and" Director Public Relations",

  SAA Dion Stoutt, Producer and Director of "The Festival Float" and Co-Director of "The Roger Downing  Mangrove Boardwalk"

  and the Winner is......     Dir Abby O'Neal "       Yea!! Thunderous applause!!!!

RCOT Rotarian of the Year 2012 -2013 Simon Welch 2013-06-30 00:00:00Z 0
Rotary Club of Tortola Installation Dinner ( Part II ) Simon Welch 2013-06-29 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Simon Welch on Jun 28, 2013

ImageOn Saturday 29th June the Rotary Club of Tortola  held its Installation Dinner at Brandywine Bay Restaurant.

For the first time in three years it was the Club's very own installation Dinner, except we had an interloper but how could we not!

The mantle of responsibility passed not only to our new President and his Board but also to the new Assistant District Governor, our own PP Delma Maduro who became the Territory's first female Assistant District Governor, our own PADG Ron Potter had the honour to install PP Delma to her new role. We wish her all the best, and respect her diligence and commitment to her new position, well done Delma. 

Rotary Club of Tortola Installation Dinner Simon Welch 2013-06-29 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Henry Creque on Jan 15, 2013
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 The BVI's first Ambassadorial Scholar, Tashima Barzey, has been keeping an amazing blog on her activities. If you aren't already following use the link below to stay up to date.

http://tashimabarzey.tumblr.com/ 

Follow Ambassadorial Scholar Tashima Barzey's Blog!!! Henry Creque 2013-01-16 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Henry Creque on Jan 06, 2013

(FROM WWW.VIRGINISLANDSNEWSONLINE.COM)

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – In retrospect, charter members of the Rotary club of Tortola discovered that one of their biggest debated challenges was whether or not women should have been allowed to join the club. The affirmative would prevail, however, and Ms. Delma Maduro became the first woman to serve in the capacity of president.Image

Of Rotary & Women! A reflection on the then gender issue in the VI Henry Creque 2013-01-07 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Henry Creque on Jan 05, 2013
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(FROM WWW.VIRGINISLANDSNEWSONLINE.COM)

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - It was a night of fond memories and reflection as the Rotary Club of Tortola sought to honour its founder members as part of its 45th Anniversary. Out of the founding group of twenty members, the ceremony was graced with the presence of three, Rotarian Ralph T. O'Neal OBE, Dr. Robin Tattersall and Mr. Micheal Helm.

Rotary Club of Tortola honours founding members on 45th Anniversary Henry Creque 2013-01-06 00:00:00Z 0
Don't forget to check out our 7020 GSE Team blog from in India. Henry Creque 2012-12-19 00:00:00Z 0
Schedule for DG Vance's Official Visit to the Virgin Islands Henry Creque 2012-11-19 00:00:00Z 0
The Rotary Club of Tortola Successfully Defends its Title at the 2012 College Race Series! Henry Creque 2012-11-11 00:00:00Z 0
MAKOS Swim Club Benefits from Rotary Club of Tortola’s ‘Grand Affair’ Fundraiser Henry Creque 2012-11-08 00:00:00Z 0
Tashima Barzey awarded first BVI Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarship Henry Creque 2012-10-17 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Henry Creque on Oct 15, 2012
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(FROM BVINEWS.COM)

BVI Rotarians rallied around plans for Rotary International 7020 District Conference 2013 (RDC 2013) on Thursday at a joint meeting of the three Rotary Clubs. Enthusiasm was high as approximately 120 Rotarians participated and heard more of the plans for RDC 2013, and were encouraged to lead the way as the BVI hosts its first Rotary District Conference.
Rotarians encouraged to lead the way for historic Rotary District Conference Henry Creque 2012-10-16 00:00:00Z 0
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Defending service club champs RCT resumed their winning ways at the College Race series September 29th.

The club, who was led (albeit from the back) by Captain President Sam, faced stiff competition from the Rotary Club of Road Town, Rotary Club Sunrise of Road Town and Rotaract Club of Tortola.
RCT Takes the Lead in the HLSCC 2 Mile Race Series Henry Creque 2012-09-29 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Henry Creque on Sep 25, 2012
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(FROM BVIPLATINUM.COM)

Class three students from across the Territory have benefited from an annual donation of Oxford Dictionaries from the Rotary family of the BVI, according to the Government Information Service (GIS).
Yearly Dictionaries Donation For Class Three Students Henry Creque 2012-09-26 00:00:00Z 0
Rotary Calls For Community Support For Upcoming Conference; Gets $25K From Scotia Bank Henry Creque 2012-09-21 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Henry Creque on Sep 18, 2012
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(From Virgin Islands News Online)

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – In three months since becoming District Governor of the Rotary 7020 District, Mr Vance Lewis revealed that he has so far visited 33 clubs as part of the 82 clubs in District 7020. 
Rotary champions Alzheimer’s awareness; Polio eradication Henry Creque 2012-09-19 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Henry Creque on Sep 12, 2012
(BY ASTRID WENZKE)

Six prominent and beloved people of the BVI will be “arrested, hand-cuffed and brought in front of the judge”. You, the audience have to post bail, never mind how little it is, it will add up and eventually our jail birds will be freed and can continue the good work they have done in our community over the years. 
Don't miss "Jail & Bail"! Henry Creque 2012-09-13 00:00:00Z 0
Video Report of Site Visit to Rotary Club of Tortola's Projects in Haiti (Produced by Cate Stephenson) Henry Creque 2012-07-19 00:00:00Z 0
ROTARY CLUB OF TORTOLA PRESENTS LORNA SMITH WITH PAUL HARRIS FELLOW Henry Creque 2012-07-19 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Henry Creque on Jul 17, 2012
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From: The BVIBeacon.com

Big winds and a big team helped Anguilla retain the title at the 14th annual Premier’s Cup last weekend. Anguilla finished the weekend with 25 points to run away with the Premier’s Cup by a wide margin topping the other seven teams. 
Bigger is better for Anguilla in Premier’s Cup! Henry Creque 2012-07-18 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Henry Creque on Jul 04, 2012
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(By Geraldine Ritter-Freeman)

 ‘Rotary is a lot of hard work’ this is one of the most used phrases by Rotarian Karia Christopher who served as the Secretary for the Rotary Club of Tortola.  But the hard work eventually paid off as her contribution to the Club was recognized by her peers.

Karia and Geraldine Share Rotarian of the year Honour. Henry Creque 2012-07-05 00:00:00Z 0
What Do An, Architect, Hotelier and Lawyer Have in Common? (By Geraldine Ritter-Freeman) Henry Creque 2012-07-05 00:00:00Z 0
Rotary Club of Tortola Elects Board for the 2012-2013 Rotary Year Henry Creque 2011-11-03 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Henry Creque on Oct 23, 2011
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(by Astrid C. Wenzke)
 
At a recent luncheon meeting the Rotary Club of Tortola presented a cheque in the amount of $2,300.00 to Dr. Ronald McAnaney, Chairman of the HIV-AIDS Foundation. This cheque will serve to sponsor one person to attend the 2011 Caribbean HIV Conference, to be held from November 18-21 in Nassau, Bahamas under theme: “Strengthening Evidence To Achieve Sustainable Action”
Rotary Club of Tortola supports HIV-AIDS Foundation Henry Creque 2011-10-24 00:00:00Z 0
BVI bids farewell to Rotarian Stanley Gordon, MBE, PHF Henry Creque 2011-10-24 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Henry Creque on Oct 05, 2011
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BY ASTRID WENZKE

The Youth Empowerment Project (YEP) received $20,000.00 to purchase new computers and to aid in the completion of sporting facilities. $15,000.00 has been spent on computers (see photo), and $5,000.00 is going towards the Multi Purpose Sports facilities.  The facility's basket ball court is currently under construction.

YEP (Youth Empowerment Project) – now has State of the Art Computer Lab Henry Creque 2011-10-06 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Henry Creque on Oct 05, 2011
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By Astrid Wenzke 

For the first time in the 43-Years History of Rotary in the British Virgin Islands we have been able to award a one year Ambassadorial Scholarship which was donated to our District from District 6960 (Florida). The proud recipient is Rotaractor Tashima Barzey, who joined the Rotaract Club of Tortola on 12th September 2003. Tashima will be studying Emergency Medical/Paramedics. Tashima’s sponsor counselor in Tortola is PP Leroy Moses. Foundation Director is Rtn. Cate Stephensen.

Ambassadorial Scholarship awarded to a well-deserving Rotaractor Henry Creque 2011-10-06 00:00:00Z 0
Rotary funded school in Haiti 50 percent complete Henry Creque 2011-10-03 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Henry Creque on Jul 12, 2011
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Editor: Rotarian Astrid C. Wenzke
Photo by Rtn. Astrid - TV Show Host Enju En Ka (left) and Rotarian Henry Creque
 
Invited by Radio/ TV personality Cromwell Smith aka Enju En Ka, Rotarian Henry Creque of the Rotary Club of Tortola gave the new fundraiser "Jail & Bail" a great jump start. He explained that the idea is to arrest 6 notable Citizens of the British Virgin Islands for the good things they have done here. They are taken in front of His Worship Justice Gerard Farara, QC, who will listen to the bailiff reading out all the good deeds they have done and the Judge will request $2,000.00 bail for each of them, to enable them to continue their great work. As soon as their friends and supporters pledged enough to reach $2,000.00 the "jailbird" will be released.
Jail & Bail - Live on Spotlight Henry Creque 2011-07-13 00:00:00Z 0
Rotary Club of Tortola Presents Cheque to Kids and the Sea (KATS) Henry Creque 2011-07-02 00:00:00Z 0
Rotary Club of Tortola donates $20k to the Youth Empowerment Project Henry Creque 2011-07-01 00:00:00Z 0
Rotary Club of Tortola Donates $10,000 to The Hoop It Up Foundation Henry Creque 2011-06-30 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Henry Creque on Jun 15, 2011
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(by Astrid C. Wenzke)
Kicked off in September 2004 on the initiative of Past Rotary President Elton Georges, the Rotary Club of Tortola recently held its 7th annual Slim-a-thon, better known as "Lose to win". The idea is that Rotarians and non-Rotarians, who are signing up are weighed around September and pledge to lose a certain amount of pounds in about 12-14 weeks. They are going to their friends and associates with forms, collecting pledges as how much the person is willing to give for each pound lost. After the last weighing the pledges are calculated and collected. What ever is collected by the "losers" is matched by the Rotary Club and then donated to the BVI Diabetes Association. Over the past seven years close to $50,000.00 have been donated, with the most recent cheque last week in the amount of $10,486.70.
Rotary and BVI Diabetes Association - a "healthy combination" Henry Creque 2011-06-16 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Henry Creque on Jun 13, 2011
(by Astrid C. Wenzke)
June 14th was a special day for the Rotary movement of the BVI. For the first time in the 43 years Rotary  History of the BVI all local Clubs received Presidential Citations. The presentation was made during a joint meeting hosted by the Rotary Club of Road Town at The Mooring Mariner Inn Restaurant together with Rotary District Governor Diana White, PHF, who calls St. Thomas home. DG Diana is no stranger to us in the BVI, since she and her husband Roger lived here from 1979-1986, when Roger was the Manager for the then Barclays Bank and a member of the Rotary Club of Tortola.
Presidential Citations were given out very selectively by Rotary International President 2010-11 Ray Klinginsmith. The Awards read: "Presented to .... for demonstrating Rotary's commitment to fellowship and service".
Rotary Clubs Swept Awards Henry Creque 2011-06-14 00:00:00Z 0
Giving Ugandan children a second chance Jacqueline Malone 2010-05-28 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Simon Welch

The first Inter Club Assembly for the Rotary year 2014 2015 was held at the Training Division on Friday 11th July 2014.

ADG Delma Maduro and IPADG Ron Potter hosted, met and greeted ALL of the Rotary Clubs of the British Virgin IslandsLightUpRotary

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From Wednesday 2nd April to 4th April the Territory was visited by a Team from the UK supporting the Queens Baton.

The Queens Baton celebrates the upcoming Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games

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The Rotary Club of Tortola held its major annual fund raiser at Government House on Saturday 30th March.

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Once again the lights were raised on the Rotary Club of Tortola Round About at Purcell

The Roundabout was originally transformed by our own PP Percy Rhoden who created beautifully finished stone wall encompassing a garden with carefully chosen plants that when in bloom create a perfect Rotary Wheel.

Each year the Club illuminates the centre piece tree, a slightly skewed Evergreen that represents a great Christmas Tree

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On 4th July the Rotary Club of Tortola installed Lou Schwartz as a new Rotarian. Since then to the 30th of January the Rotary Club of Tortola  has installed 13 new members to the Club of those, two are transfers from other Clubs and three are welcomed back into the fold.

The eight 'new' Rotarians are not only finding their feet but have already proved their willingness to put their service above self

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The weekend of Once again the members of the RCOT provide for the young visitors from all over the Caribbean,erecting tents, taxiing, cooking, cleaning and providing security. Rtn John Shirley took the reins at short notice and did a fabulous job, our own PP Tom Gerker, who was instrumental in the creation of the KATS program and of course Rtn, the Honourable Premier Dr. Orlando Smith

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On Thursday 4th July  President Ken Morgan of the Rotary Club of Tortola inducted new Rotarian Lou Schwartz, Pres Ken acted as Lou's sponsor although Rotarian Nels Hagenson deserves all the credit but is away in Canada for the summer. We thank you Lou and Nels for patience and fortitude. Please review 'more' for moreImage

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The Rotary Club of Tortola in partnership with the Department of Education conducted a workshop to train approximately 90 teachers from public and private daycares, pre schools and primary schools within the territory from April 4-6, 2011. The 3-day workshop was facilitated by Kerri-Ann de Castro, MS CCC-SLP and Melanie Okadigwe, MS ED of Therapy Servicesâ€"the BVI's leading rehabilitation centre. The main objective of the workshop was to increase the academic achievement of children with special needs in mainstream classrooms by providing professional development training for early education teachers.

After attending the workshop the teachers would be more equipped to:

1. Effectively observe children in their classrooms who may have special needs

2. Identify children with learning disabilities in their classes, and refer children to receive early intervention services

3. Use strategies to teach children with special needs

4. Use strategies to decrease undesired behaviours in the classroom
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On Mar 5th 2011, Lead by Dion Stoutt, members of the Rotary Club of Tortola continued cleanup and maintenance of the mangrove boardwalk at Paraquita Bay.

A large number of Rotarians including a past and incoming president were on site to lend their helping hand to this event.
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Posted by Deon Morgan
We broke ground on the new Good Samaritan School in June 2010 during my first visit to Haiti with Michael Beans (newly appointed Tortola Club PHF). The Project Engineer spoke of an eight week construction period, which at the time nearly gave me a "heart attack" as we had not got all the funds in place! At the time we had perhaps $60 to $70K in the pot, about half of that needed. I must admit that I thought the proposed contract period a little ambitious bearing in mind the logistical difficulties of transporting materials in dug-out canoes several miles from the mainland, then moving the materials about a mile or so from the beach to the job site either in donkeys saddlebags or carried by people. Whilst in the village I had been persuaded to sponsor the local football teams strip in exchange for a commitment that the team members would help transport materials to site, hopefully this will have been remembered.

Site commencement was delayed by several weeks until the Contractor could mobilise, then the autumn brought the Caribbean severe weather in terms of hurricanes and rain, followed in Haiti by Cholera from which several people on the Island have sadly died. As the island has no proper roads, materials movement stopped until the mud had dried out because of fear of braking the animals legs. Additionally an unforeseen challenge was getting delivery truck access to the dock in Les Cayes, which has been overworked with incoming aid, presumably because the Port au Prince dock was out of action following the Earthquake.

Rotarian Kert and I have been managing the project stage payment schedule where we have to forward fund the job, however try not to expose ourselves to too much up-front financial exposure, until the work catches up. Our $20K stage payment made by Treasurer Julien in November hit the rocks, when the Haiti Bank changed their Intermediary Bank without telling anyone, and even with the direct help of Director Joyce, it took some two months to get the payment into the hands of the Contractor. This plus the Christmas holiday resulted in the work on site stopping until the funds could be delivered and work re commenced.

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On Jan 11th 2011 a club runner training session for club directors was hosted by Rotarians Henry Creque and Dion Stoutt at Director Joyce's conference room. This training session which was well attended and received gave a detail and simplistic overview of the use and importance of Club runner. Directors were given the synopsis of logging in to Club runner, editing their profile, navigating through the website, composing an email and how to edit events.
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(Source: BVI News Online)


His Excellency the Governor Boyd McCleary announced today that Mrs. Lorna Smith has been recognised as an Officer of the [Order of the] British Empire (OBE) for services to the Government of the British Virgin Islands and Mr. Charles Tobias, a Member of the British Empire (MBE) for services to the Royal Navy and to the community of the British Virgin Islands. Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II made the appointments as part of her New Year's Honours List which was released in London today.

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Fellow Rotarians,

Happy New Year! I trust that each of you in 2011 would find great fulfillment and joy in whatever you do, that you would continue to enjoy good health and that this would be the year when your commitment to the ideals of Rotary reaches its zenith.

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Salaries Covered in Haiti School-Director Stephen negotiates Sponsorship Deon Morgan 0
$8,150 and counting- Rotarian, Dr. Robin Tattersall's Marathon Race against Cancer Deon Morgan 0
Founding Member, Clarence Thomas ILL and to be visited Deon Morgan 0
Posted by Deon Morgan
Public Relations District Chair, Delma Maduro,who is also past president of the RCT announced that a well-sought after grant of $10,000 was approved for public relations activities within the region.
$10,000 grant approved for PR in the District Deon Morgan 0
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Foundation Director Cate Stephenson announced on Thursday, November 4, 2010 that the Rotary Club of Tortola received the District Simplified grant for the 'Dictionary Project'
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and Ken Morgan will be Vice President. Deon Morgan 0
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Dr. Karl Dawson - President of the H.LStoutt Community College was the guest speaker at the Rotary Club of Tortola's Weekly Luncheon.

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When Dr. Robin Tattersall returns from Athens after his Marathon Walk on Sunday October 31, 2010, we hope to give him a list of those who sponsored him in aid of the Rotary Club of Tortola Cancer Fund. All donations are welcome, and it would be exceptional if that list of sponsors included every member of the club.

PLEASE sign up for either a flat sum or for a dollar amount per mile. It really doesn't matter how much, just sign up, and show your support to Robin. Remember, all the money raised will go to save lives in the BVI.

Contact terry.ellis@live.com or Mike Pringle at michael.pringle@barkeradams.com
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September 2010 eBulletin
for 'New Generations' Month



Rotary Club of Tortola
President: Lorna Smith
Vice President: Archibald Christian
Immediate Past President: Leroy Moses
President Elect: Brian Liverpool
Secretary: Susanna Henighan Potter
Treasurer: Julien Johnson
Director, Club Service: Laura Greeces
Director, Community Service: Stephen Cooper
Director, Membership: Cate Stephenson
Director , New Generations: Mary Finley-Jones
Director, Public Relations: Joycelyn Murraine
Director, Rotary Foundation: Cate Stephenson

September 2010 eBulletin
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Elections 2011-2012 Board

I t is time once again for elections for the BOD of The Rotary Club of Tortola.  The process will start with nominations on Thursday, 21st October followed by elections on Thursday, 4 November Certain officers highlighted below were elected last year to allow for training and a smooth transition into their role. In addition we will be electing President Elect, Treasurer Elect and Secretary Elect 2012-2013.
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A Reflection on Socrates-Was it related to the Rotary FOUR-WAY Test?
Contibuted by two rotarians

For Rotary, The Four-Way Test is the cornerstone of all action. It has been for years, and it will be in the future. Of the things we think, say or do
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WORLD POLIO DAY

Sunday, 24 October 2010 is World Polio Day as determined by the UN.  Rotarians around the world are planning events in celebration of this day.

 

 

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PP Tom Gerker wrote a masterful letter to DG Diana White about the history and importance of our Premier's Cup International Youth Regatta that we've hosted for the past twelve years. His intent was to encourage DG Diana to invite other District 7020 clubs to send teams in 2011. DG Diana agreed and is taking the letter on her visits to clubs in other countries, the next being Jamaica. The letter follows:
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"MOTIVATING THE TEEN SPIRIT" Workshop at HLSCC a huge success. On Sunday, September 5, 2010 world renowned motivational speaker and author, Lisa Nichols created an emotional 'safe space' for over 400 of BVI teens to better understand themselves, articulate their dreams and to start to claim these. The event took place at the Learning Resource Centre of HLSCC with a number of parents, relatives and friends also in attendance to support the teens.
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District Governor Diana White represented the power of one, giving a stirring address to the Rotary Club of Tortola. DG Diana makes history as the first female governor of Rotary District 7020, and when she was done addressing the club, one could not help but want to get up, go out and find that thing, that one thing, that made a difference. The power of one and high ethical standards, she said, are the basis for creating positive change in our businesses and communites. DG Diana underscored the value of our service, pointing out that while monetary contributions are important, it is integrity that makes Rotarians stand out.
NEWS FLASH: First Female DG - The 'Power of One' Deon Morgan 0
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The Blue Plumagos wave past the smiles of the yellow Alamandas. They greet you with such gusto on approaching the Round-about at Port Purcell.
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New Generations Director Mary Finley Jones, who is also past president of the club is first to fill the role first envisioned by our Rotary International (RI) President. This fifth addition to the avenues of service gives focus to the personal and professional development of the youth of the RI family.
New Generations Director--Almost two Months Into it Deon Morgan 0
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Great fellowship, wonderful sportsmanship, good weather, no incidents, loads of fun and a win for the third straight year for Team St. Thomas, at the end of the 2010 Premier's Cup International Youth Regatta held at the Nanny Cay Resort on Tortola, British Virgin Islands(BVI).
Kids And The Sea Premier's Cup Regatta Deon Morgan 0
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20th Annual Graduation of KATS Basic Sea Skills students Saturday 26, June 2010
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Shaina Smith Guest Speaker 4 August 2010 David Karlson 0
Rotary Clubs in Festival Parade David Karlson 0
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Rotary Club of Tortola, Guest Speaker Clarence Faulkner says: SSB Investment Fund stands at $342M.
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Rotary Club of Tortola and Good Samaritan Foundation join Haitian community in breaking ground for new school  
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District 7020 DG Diana White Installation Dinner David Karlson 0
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Guest Speaker Raymond Phillips - Director of Planning Unit - Speaks on BVI Census 2010
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Ms. Karrian DeCastro , master in speech pathology, celebrated with her profession in "Better Speech and Hearing Month" this May. Advocating for persons with disability and autism, she stated that sensitivity to the physiological and psychological struggles faced by these persons, is needed. 

 

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Pre-Pets Training Jacqueline Malone 0
Earthquakes, Landslides in the Caribbean Jacqueline Malone 0
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The concert held on May 08 at Myett's in Cane Garden Bay raised $6,000 for the Rotary Club of Tortola's Haiti School Fund.
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PP Vance Lewis Elected District Governor Delma Maduro 0
Mangrove Planting Deon Morgan 0
BVI Public receives Thanks from District 7020 Jacqueline Malone 0
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Addressing the Rotary Club of Tortola at its luncheon meeting on March 25, Mr. David Johnson spoke of a defining moment in his life, which focused him on the importance of "quality moments passed".  Since suffering a broken neck in a swimming pool in 1978, wisdom, workers, and wealth, are core beliefs and motivations of his.  There is enough to go around he says.

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Trust Company donates to Haiti Disaster Jacqueline Malone 0
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Past President Tom stated that a 'Kids in the Sea' programme, which was conceived 20 years ago, will finally  be launched this Saturday, March 27, 2010 . Children with basic swimming skills  between 9 and 15  are being targeted where they will be trained to manouevre in open waters.

'Kids in the Sea' opens at Cane Garden Bay Deon Morgan 0
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When moral is low and support is waning, who wants to be lectured on the importance of having priorities ordered, such as being able to read, write, or to excel in school?  So, President Leroy did what was only right in extending a warm club welcome to our adopted school, the BVI Technical & Vocational Institute.

He encouraged them by stating that their environment and circumstances need not determine who they become, as he too had humble beginnings but can now attest to success derived from keeping focused.

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Alexandrina Maduro School gets a repaint Deon Morgan 0
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Our very own past president (PP) Stanley Gordon addressed the club on Prostate Cancer Screening. He stated that the Rotary Clubs of Tortola would host a prostate cancer screening event during the first week of May 2010. For this event, doctors from the United States would visit the BVI and work closely with Rotary to co-ordinate the screenings.

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'Player of the Week' Award.... Deon Morgan 0
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A little wine, champagne and apple cidar was for the hoorahs following the Virgin Affair. With the club raising approximately $125,000.00 from the Virgin Affair, president Leroy toasted its co-chairs president elect(PE) Lorna Smith and past president Gerry Farara for the excellent turnout of the event. This was on the heels of the haiti appeal, which of itself raised over $200,000, as pointed out by President Leroy. Hence, raising additional thousands at the Virgin Affair was a tall order, and having done so, was an exceptional feat.
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The Rotary Club of Tortola raised $128,000 at its annual fund raiser dubbed this year as the Virgin Affair dinner and auction held for the first time in Virgin Gorda on Saturday, February 27, at Bitter End, Tradewinds Restaurant.

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In a combined clubs meeting called by president Melvin of the Rotary Club of Road Town,marking the 105th anniversary of Rotary International, the Road Town club awarded Paul Harris Fellow status to Ernest Scatliffe.
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Recognition for BVI Doctors and Pilots Deon Morgan 0
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ADG Vance Lewis, the chairman for the Haiti Relief Efforts of the Rotary Clubs of the BVI announced in the joint meeting marking the 105th anniversary of Rotary, that the first remittance of funds raised for Haiti , will be sent. The amount to be sent is seventy-five ($75,000.00).
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Sherri Ortiz, executive director of the BVI International Financial Centre (IFC) imbued Rotarians with a new respect for the work of the BVI Government in respect of establishing a sense of security primarily with our bilateral trading partners and member countries to the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). This is done through the IFC's efforts in negotiating and coordinating Tax Information Exchange Agreements (TIEA's) on behalf of the BVI Government.
SHERRI ORTIZ' ADDRESS ON TAX INFORMATION EXCHANGE Deon Morgan 0
The Role of the Tourist Board and its policies Jacqueline Malone 0
RLI Training Held in St. Thomas Jacqueline Malone 0
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Champagne in hand, you will be whisked from Gun Creek or Trellis Bay to Tradwinds Restuarant at Bitter End.

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Club holds first Club Assembly for the year 2010 Jacqueline Malone 0
First sibling inducted into Club Jacqueline Malone 0
Henry Creque inducted into Club Jacqueline Malone 0
Member inducted Jacqueline Malone 0
New member to club Jacqueline Malone 0
Dion Stoutt new Club Member Jacqueline Malone 0
Rotary BVI Response to Haiti Earthquake Jacqueline Malone 0
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The Rotary family of the BVI, with overwhelming support from the BVI community, has so far raised over $225,000 in pledges for Haiti earthquake victims.
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BVI Rotarians Aid in Hati Disaster Peter Morris 0
Beneficiary to receive proceeds from Grand Affair Jacqueline Newton 0
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Sir Richard Branson, the internationally known businessman and philanthropist toured the Mangrove Boardwalk, a project of the Rotary Club of Tortola.
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District Governor Errol Alberga, (Jnr)., and his wife, Leonie, were the guests at the club's weekly luncheon on Thursday October 29.  DG told the club "The Rotary Clubs in the BVI are doing a wonderful work and you should be proud".
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Up Close and Personal with DG Errol Alberga (Jnr) Jacqueline Newton 0
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At the weekly luncheon of the Rotary Club of Tortola held on Thursday November 12, Director Sam Welch enlightened Rotarians regarding why we support our Foundation?
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The second local Rotary Leadership Institute (RLI) training held on September 26-27 at the HLSCC Campus on Tortola was again another hugh success.  The training was co ordinated by PP Mary Finley-Jones (Photo by Yvonne Crabbe)

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The Rotary Club of Tortola has announced that the much anticipated annual Fun Car Rally will be held on 14th November 2009 at the Noel Lloyd Positive Action Movement Park starting at 10:00 am.
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A fun day and concert to raise funds for the Rotary Club of Tortola's Haiti School Project is well underway as the organizers prepare to entertain residents and visitors on Virgin Gorda at a Pirate Show to be held at Leverick Bay on Tuesday, November 24th.
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For the Grand Affair in 2008 we focused the fund-raising on "Saving Lives in the BVI." and one of the ways we wanted to affect this was through combating Cancer. Rtn: Terry Ellis (Photo by Jacqui Newton)

 

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Beautification Phase of Round-About Jacqueline Newton 0
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President Leroy Moses presented a cheque for a total of $30,000 to Gerry Farara, Chairman of the Henry O. Creque Educational Trust on Thursday August 20. (Photo by Jacqui Newton).

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Leroy Moses, President of the Rotary Club of Tortola proudly poses in front of the new big and beautiful Rotary Float (Photo by Astrid C. Wenzke).
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Rotarians displayed their carpentry skills with hammers, nails and ply board as they put together a masterpiece. (Photo by Brian Liverpool).

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BVI first place in 11th Annual Premier's Cup Jacqueline Newton 0
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The last remaining Board Members for 2009-2010, who was unable to attend the installation dinner was installed during the club's luncheon meeting on Thursday, July 17 by ADG Ron Potter.

Susanna Henigan-Potter is the club's Secretary Elect.

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Warrent Wintz became the club's newest member on April 2. Warren is an insurance agent, an active KATS instructor, and former Rotaractor. He was sponsored by Membership Director Derrylyn Churchwell.
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Deberio Alexis in newest Club member Susanna Henighan 0
Concerts Raise $10K for Haiti School Susanna Henighan 0
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On Saturday, April 25, memebers of the Rotary Club of Tortola began a project to clean up the yard of a single mom living in Huntum's Ghut. (Photo: Rtn. Mike Pringle battles weeds with a machete)
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A sandcastle contest, conch-blowing competitions, raffle, auction and a performance by Michael "Beans" Gardener drew a crowd to Myetts in Cane Garden Bay on April 18. (Photo: Michael Beans performs at Myetts)
Successful Haiti Fundraiser Draws a Crowd Susanna Henighan 0
Abby O'Neal inducted into Club Susanna Henighan 0
Posted by Susanna Henighan
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Rotarians displayed their block-laying and mortar-mixing prowess on Saturday, March 7 as the Club continued its efforts to beautify the Port Purcell Round-about.
Club Continues Beautification Project Susanna Henighan 0
Posted by Susanna Henighan
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In February the Club received word from Haiti that all five of its 400-gallon water storage tanks have been installed and are providing drinking water for the Good Samaritan School in La Hatte, Haiti.
More Water Tanks Installed in Haiti Susanna Henighan 0
Club Welcomes 2 New Members Susanna Henighan 0
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The Rotary Club of Tortola raised more than $158,000 at its Grand Affair dinner and auction held Saturday, February 28, at Government House. (Photo: Rotarian and past Assistant District Governor Gerry Farara conducts the auction at the Grand Affair. Photo by John Williams)
Grand Affair Raises $158K for Community Susanna Henighan 0
Posted by Susanna Henighan
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On Saturday, February 7 the Rotary Club of Tortola began a project to beautify the round-about at Port Purcell. A backhoe began by digging a footing for the new stone wall that will be built to surround the roundabout. Later, new landscaping will be installed.
Club Begins Beautification Project Susanna Henighan 0
Posted by Susanna Henighan
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Rotarians on Thursday, January 15 received the excellent news that the Club had garnered a $25,000 matching grant in support of its project to build a school for the people of Ile Vache, Haiti. (Photo: A local fishing boat in Ile Vache, Haiti)
Club Receives Major Boost to Haiti Project Susanna Henighan 0
Club Helps People Living with HIV/AIDS Susanna Henighan 0
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Ten members of the Rotary Club of Tortola took part in Rotary Leadership Institute training January 10-11 in St. Thomas. (Photo: President Percy Rhoden receives his certificate from DG Rupert Ross)
More Rotarians Receive Leadership Training Susanna Henighan 0
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Five water tanks purchased by the Rotary Club of Tortola for the Haitian community school of Ile Vache have been installed, greatly increasing the amount of clean water available to children at the school.
Water Tanks Installed in Haiti Susanna Henighan 0
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The club hosted its annual Children's Christmas Party on Saturday, December 20th at Nanny Cay. It was a fun-filled afternoon for the 100 children who attended and enjoyed arts and crafts, games, hoola hoops, food and drink, and a visit from Santa Clause. (Photo: children make Christmas decorations at the arts and crafts tent)
Club Brings Christmas Cheer Susanna Henighan 0
Posted by Susanna Henighan
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Rotarians, Rotaractors and Interactors played victims of a simulated airplane crash at the Terrance B. Lettsome International Airport on Wednesday, December 10. (Photo caption: "Injured" victims at the simulation excersise are rescued by fire officers)
Club Volunteers at Airport Disaster Simulation Susanna Henighan 0
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In a contest dominated by friendly competition, the Rotary Club of Tortola beat out the Rotary Club of Road Town in the service club category of the 2008 Highland Spring HLSCC 2-Mile College Classic. (Photo: Runners enjoy a joint breakfast after the final race on November 22)
Club Triumphs in Annual College Classic Race Series Susanna Henighan 0
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BDO Binder captured the top prize at the Rotary Club of Tortola's Fun Car Rally on Saturday, November 22. The accounting firm also won the prize for the "most outrageous entry" for its Barack Obama-inspired presidential convoy. (Photo: BDO Binder team members are shown with President Percy Rhoden, Rotarians Julien Johnson and David Archer, and Rotaract President Abbi Christopher)
Car Rally is Fun for All Susanna Henighan 0
Posted by Susanna Henighan
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The fight against cancer in the BVI received a $25,000 boost recently when the Rotary Club of Tortola donated that sum to cancer-related causes.
Club Donates $25K to Fight Cancer Susanna Henighan 0
Posted by Susanna Henighan
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November is Rotary Foundation Month, and Rotary International President DK Lee dedicated his monthly message to the topic. His words follow:

The mission of The Rotary Foundation is to enable Rotarians to advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace through the improvement of health, the support of education, and the alleviation of poverty.
DK Lee's Message on the Rotary Foundation Susanna Henighan 0
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The Rotary Club of Tortola is helping the BVI Airports Authority test its readiness for a major incident at the Terrance B. Lettsome International Airport.
Club to Help Airport Test Readiness Susanna Henighan 0
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During its luncheon meeting on October 23, club members elected the 2009-2010 Board. Rtn. Nigel Bailey, presently Vice President, was elected as President Elect for the 2010-2011 Rotary Year.
Club Elects 2009-2010 Board Susanna Henighan 0
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The Rotary Club of Tortola is running to victory in the annual HLSCC College Classic Running Series. The club has bested the Rotary Club of Road Town in the first three of the five-event running series.
Club On a Roll in College Classic Susanna Henighan 0
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The rave reviews are still pouring in for the first-ever local Rotary Leadership Institute (RLI) training held Sept. 27-28 on Tortola. The event was spearheaded by PP Mary Finley-Jones.
RLI Training a Resounding Success Susanna Henighan 0
Mark Street is Newest Member of the RCT Susanna Henighan 0
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District Governor Rupert Ross, Jr., and his wife, Cheryl, were the guests of honour at the club's weekly luncheon on Thursday, September 25. DG Rupert commended the club for its work in the community.
Club Welcomes District Governor Susanna Henighan 0
Posted by Susanna Henighan
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The Rotary Club of Tortola has committed $75,000 to aid life-saving causes in the BVI. President Percy announced on Thursday, September 25, that the funds, which were raised earlier this year at the club's Grand Affair auction, would go to combat diabetes, HIV/AIDS, and cancer.
Club Commits $75K to Life-Saving Causes Susanna Henighan 0
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The Rotary Club of Tortola received a special visitor at its weekly luncheon meeting on September 11: the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force's new dog, specially trained in detecting narcotics. "Ciro" and her handler, Detective Brian Penn, gave Rotarians a demonstration of their capabilities during the meeting.
Rotary Club Meets New Police Dog Susanna Henighan 0
Rotary Donates Dictionaries to Class 3 Students Susanna Henighan 0
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A four-member Group Study Exchange team from the BVI is preparing to depart for Virginia on September 25. The delegation is being led by Rotary Club of Road Town member Yvonne Crabbe.
GSE Team Preparing for Virginia Trip Susanna Henighan 0
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The Sunshine Division of the Rotary Leadership Institute is offering training on Tortola for the first time. The sessions, which take place on Saturday, September 27 and Sunday, September 28, are an excellent opportunity for BVI Rotarians.
RLI Training to Take Place on Tortola Susanna Henighan 0
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Sporting bright new paint and a new design, the Rotary Float made a splash in the annual August Monday Festival Parade. Rotarians, Rotaractors, Interactors, and family members rode on the float, which was painted bright yellow and blue and carried the Rotary theme: Make Dreams Real.
Rotary Float Makes a Splash Susanna Henighan 0
Club Inducts New Member Susanna Henighan 0
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District Governor Rupert Ross, Jr. is a native of St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands. He was installed at Government House on St. Croix on Saturday, June 28, 2008. Learn more about District 7020's Governor. (Excerpted from the July 2008 District Newsletter)
Meet District Governor Rupert Ross Susanna Henighan 0
Posted by Susanna Henighan
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The beginning of the Rotary year is always an exciting time, with new club and district officers, a new theme to work with, and a renewed sense of purpose for our service projects. The beginning of this particular Rotary year is, of course, especially exciting for me as I look forward to meeting Rotarians throughout the world and seeing firsthand the many remarkable projects you are carrying out.
RI President DK Lee's New Year Message Susanna Henighan 0
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Members of the Rotary Club of Tortola lost more than 150 pounds, and the BVI Diabetes Association gained $10,000 at the conclusion of the Club's 4th annual Lose to Win fundraising project in July. (Photo: Secretary Sam Welch weights in during Lose to Win 2007. Photo by Peter Morris)
Club Puts Weight Behind Diabetes Fight Susanna Henighan 0
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As a global food crisis sent shockwaves around the world earlier this year, a Bahamian district governor used contacts from the 2007 International Assembly to help his Caribbean neighbors.
News from RI: Rotarians Help Haiti Susanna Henighan 0
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Remaining Board Members for 2008-2009, who were unable to attend the installation dinner, were installed during the club's luncheon meeting on Thursday, June 3. They are, from left, Director Stanley Gordon, Secretary-Elect Pauline Robinson, Director David Baldwin, and Treasurer Andrew Swapp.
Board Members Installed Susanna Henighan 0
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Thanks in part to the support of the Rotary Clubs of the BVI, the 10th annual Premier's Cup KATS Youth Regatta (previously the Chief Minister's Cup) was a success. The event, which drew nine teams from around the region, took place from July 11-13. (Photo: Rotarians are ready to serve up breakfast)
Rotarians Support 10th Annual Premier's Cup Susanna Henighan 0
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A very festively decorated restaurant at Long Bay Beach Hotel, was the venue for the 42nd Installation Dinner for the Rotary Club of Tortola. (Photo by Astrid C. Wenzke)
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Outgoing President Rtn. Mary Finley-Jones gave a detailed account of her year during the club's Installation Dinner on Saturday, June 28. Under her guidance, the Club received numerous awards on District Level, presented at the District Convention in May in the Bahamas. (Photo by Astrid C. Wenzke)
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The Rotary Club of Tortola's 2008-2009 Board of Directors, including the new President, Percy Rhoden, took office during the club's installation dinner on Saturday, June 28. (Photo by Astrid C. Wenzke)
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At the 34th Annual District 7020 Conference held on May 5-11 at the Atlantis Resort on Paradise Island in Nassau Bahamas, President Roy Barry of the Rotary Club of Road Town, and President Mary Finley-Jones of the Rotary Club of Tortola, were awarded the Rotary International Presidential Citation Gold Award and the District 7020 Governor's Gold Award for their respective clubs' achievements in the Rotary year 2007/2008.
Club Brings Home Gold Susanna Henighan 0
Posted by Tom Gerker

We did it! The Air Show was a huge success and we were part of making that happen. Thanks to all who came out to help with parking, food and drinks. Special thanks to those who came out to set up, break down and clean up. There was a lot of cleaning that had to be done.

Air Show a Huge Success Tom Gerker 0
Club Inducts New Members Paul Backshall 0
Posted by Mary Finley-Jones

  KUDOS to the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) Committee for a very successful RYLA weekend. The event was well-planned, well-organized and well-executed. I really enjoyed the weekend and so did the young men and women who participated. To witness their evolvement from Friday to Sunday was truly gratifying.

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During October, the Rotary Club of Tortola donated $1,500 to Leo Sealey, known better by many as Popeye. The check, which was made payable to the R. Schneider Regional Medical Center, will help cover medical expenses incurred by Sealey's mother. (In the photo: Treasurer Everton Knight and Secretary Monica Ramjeet present Mr. Sealey with the cheque).
Club Helps Family with Medical Expenses Susanna Henighan 0
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Club members elected the 2008/2009 Board during the October 25th club luncheon. Among those elected was President Elect Leroy Moses. Other member of the Board are:
Club Elects 2008/9 Board Susanna Henighan 0
BVI Planning to Send Group Study Exchange Team in '08 Susanna Henighan 0
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Congratulations are in order for President Mary Finley, who is the first member of our club to complete the Discussion Leader Course of Rotary Leadership Institute (RLI) training.
President Mary Completes RLI Training Susanna Henighan 0
Club Donates $90,000 to Local Charities Susanna Henighan 0
Save the Date: 2008 Grand Affair Susanna Henighan 0
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Rotarians have begun their annual project to lose pounds while raising money for the BVI Diabetes Association. At the Septmeber 20th weekly meeting, Rotarians began weighing in for the annual "exercise".
Rotarians Sign up to Lose to Win Susanna Henighan 0
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Members of the Rotary Club of Tortola lent a hand to Project Aware's recent underwater clean-up at Trellis Bay on September 15. Rotarian Sam and Director Stephen are seen on the far right-hand side of this clean-up picture. (Photo courtesy of Sail Caribbean)
Rotarians Aid Underwater Cleanup Susanna Henighan 0
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In keeping with the tradition of regular presentations by past presidents, PP Humphry described Rotary's international character at the club's luncheon meeting on August 23.
Rotary Around the World Susanna Henighan 0
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Susanna Henighan joined the Rotary Club in 2006. She was first invited to a Rotary Club meeting by Valerie Georges-Thomas, and David Baldwin was her sponsor.
Rotarian Profile: Susanna Henighan Susanna Henighan 0
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Past President Roger Downing says he has been a Rotarian for so long, he can't remember the year he joined, although he reckons it was during the 1970s.
Rotarian Profile: Roger Downing Susanna Henighan 0