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President                                 Stacy Parke
President-Elect                          Robert Powell
Immediate Past President           Patricia Steward
Vice President (Admin)               Winston Connolly
Vice President (Projects)             David Reid
Secretary                                  Karelle DaCosta
Treasurer                                  Deirdre McFarlane
Asst. Treasurer                          Nanalie Cover
Sergeant-at-Arms                      Ian Comins
Membership                             Dawn Cummings
Club Administration                  Trecia Forbes
Literacy                                    Hendrik van Genderen
Community Service                   Ferlyn Heyne & Marlon Bodden
Fundraising                              Patriann Monteith & Oneil Malcolm
Public Relations                        Chris Hadome
International                            Delroy ‘Dr. Jeff’ Jefferson
Youth                                         Jenna Mungall
Fellowship & Vocation              Andrea Whittaker  
Disaster Relief                          Barb Anley
Well-being                                Faye Lippett
Environmental Sustainability      Delloy Peharie
Upcoming Events
Weekly Meeting
Aug 05, 2020
7:00 AM – 8:00 AM
Car Raffle Ticket Sales
Aug 08, 2020
7:00 AM - 6:00 PM
International Committee Meeting
Aug 11, 2020
6:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Weekly Meeting
Aug 12, 2020
7:00 AM – 8:00 AM
Backpack Packing Happy Hour
Whitehall Chambers Boardroom
Aug 14, 2020
5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Car Raffle Ticket Sales
Aug 15, 2020
7:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Weekly Meeting
Aug 19, 2020
7:00 AM – 8:00 AM
Car Raffle Ticket Sales
Aug 22, 2020
7:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Weekly Meeting
Aug 26, 2020
7:00 AM – 8:00 AM
Car Raffle Ticket Sales
Aug 29, 2020
7:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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Past Rotarians of the Month:
Rotarians of the Month qualify to be Rotarian of the Year!
JULY - Sec. Andrea Whittaker
AUGUST - Dir. Karelle DaCosta
SEPTEMBER - Dir. Su Mander
OCTOBER - Dir. Paul Palmer
NOVEMBER - Dir. Andrea Bryan
DECEMBER - Steve Sokohl
January - Dir. Robert Powell
February - Susan Fraser & Dir Hendrik
March -  John Lee
April - 
Club Anniversaries!
Join Date
Claude Myles
August 1, 1988
32 years
Hendrik-Jan van Genderen
August 1, 1994
26 years
Trecia Forbes
August 15, 2018
2 years
Andrea Whittaker
August 17, 2016
4 years
Chris Hadome
August 28, 2019
1 year
Delloy Peharie
August 28, 2019
1 year
Jamaal Anderson
August 28, 2019
1 year
Juliette Maynard
August 28, 2019
1 year
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The Rotarian Conversation: Marc Freedman

This longevity expert has found that both younger and older people thrive when they work together with a common purpose — something Rotarians know a lot about.

While visiting a Rotary club in Sacramento, California, Marc Freedman was struck by the diversity of the group — in age as well as ethnicity. “There were so many barriers being bridged around this common sense of purpose,” he says. “It’s one of the reasons I love Rotary. So much of society has sorted itself into highly age-segregated arrangements. Rotary and other like-minded groups are resisting that trend and creating spaces where people of all generations can work together for the greater good.”


Rotary programs include: Interact, Rotary Youth Exchange, Rotary Youth Leadership Awards, New Generations Service Exchange, Rotary Peace Fellowships, and Rotary Community Corps

Freedman is the kind of person who would notice that. Named a Social Entrepreneur of the Year by the World Economic Forum in 2014 and featured by AARP the Magazine in 2012 among its “50 over 50” influencers, he is one of the leading experts in the United States on the longevity revolution and the transformation of retirement.

Freedman is founder and CEO of, a nonprofit focused on bridging generational divides and making “encore careers” for retirement-age workers a new social norm. He’s also co-founder of what is now AARP Experience Corps, a program that brings volunteer tutors age 50 and over together with students in kindergarten through third grade who are struggling to read. Researchers have found that the support of these volunteers has a beneficial effect on the children equivalent to a 40 percent reduction in class size; referrals for behavior problems have also gone down 30 to 50 percent. There are advantages for the adults as well; studies have found that the volunteers experienced physical benefits such as less arthritis pain and better blood sugar control. The program, a 2014 Atlantic article noted, “dusted off the cobwebs in their brains.”

Rotaract clubs will be able to take advantage of products and services such as new leadership development resources from Toastmasters International, updated online goal-setting tools, and an improved online club administration experience.
Freedman, who lives in the San Francisco Bay area, spoke with senior staff writer Diana Schoberg about his most recent book, How to Live Forever: The Enduring Power of Connecting the Generations.

THE ROTARIAN: What do connections across generations provide that connections within your own age group don’t?

FREEDMAN: There’s a growing appreciation of connections, in general, these days, fostered by the awareness of how profound the problem of loneliness is in America and elsewhere. People need a variety of connections — with their peers as well as across generations.

A Harvard study found that relationships are the key to happiness throughout adulthood. It shows that older people who connect with younger people are three times as likely to be happy as those who fail to do so. Why is that bond so important? One reason is that as we reach the time in our lives when there are fewer years ahead of us than behind us, it’s a great comfort to know that what we’ve learned is likely to live on in younger friends and family members.

TR: What are the benefits of these relationships for children?

FREEDMAN: On an emotional level, the needs of older and younger people fit together like pieces of a jigsaw puzzle. When I started my career, I spent years working on kids’ issues. I didn’t have any background in aging or gerontology. But I was struck by how important the presence of caring adults is for the well-being of young people, particularly young people who are growing up in economic hardship.

Urie Bronfenbrenner, who was one of the great child psychologists of the 20th century and who co-founded Head Start, was asked what he had learned from decades of studying children’s development. He said that every child needs at least one adult to be irrationally crazy about them. I think he captured something fundamental. Young people need love and support from adults — not just from their own parents, but from other adults in the community. And as we get older, we also need to be irrationally crazy about young people. It’s a key source of happiness, according to research, and it’s something that we get better at as we age. The skills that are required to build and sustain relationships blossom in later life, as do emotional regulation and even the drive to connect.

TR: In your book, you write about the physical benefits of these kinds of connections, such as decreased rates of diabetes and arthritis in older people. What are some other benefits that might be surprising?

FREEDMAN: I was involved in creating Experience Corps, a national service program that recruits older people to serve in low-income elementary schools, helping kids learn to read. One of the discoveries we’ve made along the way is that this intersection between purpose and connection is incredibly important for well-being, especially as we grow older.

We found with Experience Corps that having responsibility and a place to go several days a week forces older people to be more physically active — they have to get out of their homes and to the schools. And purposeful activity, particularly with young people, involves a lot of learning. Explaining and teaching things to younger people helps keep older people’s minds active. There is now research from Johns Hopkins University that suggests being involved in programs like Experience Corps can offset some of the things that predispose people to dementia.

And then there’s our spiritual health — the idea that we’re living a life that still matters, rather than heeding signals from a society that older people should head prematurely to the sidelines.

TR: How has our ability to connect with each other been affected by the social distancing that COVID-19 has required?

Rotary has a new alliance with Toastmasters International, and Rotary’s online learning center will host a curriculum created by Toastmasters that will help members improve their leadership and communication skills. To learn more, visit

FREEDMAN: Social distancing has exacerbated the loneliness epidemic, which is also a public health crisis, contributing to millions of “deaths of despair” globally every year. But this period of sheltering at home helps us all develop a deeper empathy for those who are isolated most of the time. Suddenly, many millions of people are experiencing the kind of loneliness that had been reserved for much smaller numbers.

When social distancing ends, I believe we’ll have a newfound appreciation for face-to-face connection. Sure, we’ve learned to use tools like Zoom, FaceTime, and Google Hangouts — and they help. But we’ll also see that virtual connection is no substitute for the real thing.

TR: Is our society more segregated by age than it used to be? If so, how did that come about?

FREEDMAN: It happened in waves. In the United States, the first wave came during the Progressive era, as we enacted child labor laws and universal schooling. All of a sudden, young people were grouped together in educational institutions entirely geared to them. Social Security had the effect of getting older people out of the workforce, which in turn helped create a whole set of institutions geared toward older people. It was all seen as being a more efficient way to organize society. 

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We understand our Rotarians have small businesses or are stakeholders of one and during this challenging Pandemic where businesses are closed or crippled we are looking for ways of supporting each other.
We are building a list to let each other know how we are managing during this time, whether it's waiting for the restrictions to lift, or whether you can support a particular business.

Closed - completing existing projects and working from home.
Contact: Wil: 9492727 or
About: Architecture and Commercial Interiors
Contact Pres. Pat for more information


Open - Online studies
About: Always looking for guest lecturers, mentors, guest evaluators, and companies that need employee-training. Summer registration is happening now!
Contact PP JD for more information.


Closed - Emergency Services
Tel: 769-1111 or
About: Specializes in servicing luxury, European and Hybrid and Electric vehicles, all cars welcome.

Contact Rot David R. for more information.


Open: Curbside Pick up or Delivery
Call: 946-7684 or order online
About: Donations daily to Cayman Food Bank
Contact Rot. Matt S for more information.

Open: Working by Phone or Emails
Contact: 945-3450 | |
About: Insurance brokerage for Home, Condo, Cars, and Construction
Contact Rot. Eddie B or Sec. Andrea W.

Open: Working by Phone or Emails
Contact: 926-7368
About: Full Service Real Estate Company serving
Residential & Commercial: Sales, Rentals, Leasing, Consulting and Property Management
Contact Rot. Tony Catalanotto 


Let's connect to each other and support one another.
Make-Up Opportunities
Make-Ups: In addition to make-up opportunities at Rotary Sunrise, you can make up absences at another club in Grand Cayman. The meeting times and places for the other clubs are as follows:
Due to the pandemic - Makeups are possible but have been varying in times and regularity. We recommend you contact the club you would like to visit Online prior to their meeting date.
Rotaract Blue:
Every other Wednesday, See Facebook Page for their Meeting Dates
Rotaract Club of Grand Cayman: 
Thursdays, 7:00 am  - Cayman Creperie and via Zoom. Contact Club Secretary for details
Rotary Club of Grand Cayman
Thursdays, 12:30 pm, via Zoom contact Club Secretary for Details.
Rotary Central Cayman Islands
Tuesdays, 7:30 pm, via Zoom contact Club Secretary Ally Spiers for Details.
Rotary E-Club of the Caribbean 7020: Online meetings anytime. Visit the new e-club platform at

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