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Rotary Awareness Month
This Week's Meeting: The Butterfly e-Storybook Project - 2014 Winners
Submitted by PP Hendrik van Genderen
We will have 3 special guests at the meeting on Wednesday 29 January. They are the 3 primary school students who are nominated by Rotary Sunrise for the Butterfly Story Book Project, organized by the Rotary E-Club of the Caribbean 7020.
The competition is in its second year, this year’s theme is “Families Working Together and Helping Each Other”. Rotary Sunrise sent the invitation to all primary schools in Grand Cayman inviting students between 7 and 11 years to participate. We received 8 stories; the judges were Rotarians Pauline, Frans and Hendrik. Like last year it was hard to select 3 winners from the entries as the quality of the stories was so good.
The winners are Melissa Bachet from George Town Primary School, Christian Berry from Red Bay Primary School and Jesse Ebanks from North Side Primary School. They will receive a prize from Sunrise and they will read their story to the club, their story has been nominated for the regional competition. The E-Club of the Caribbean 7020 selects the best 10 stories from the nominations by all Rotary clubs. These stories will be included in an electronic book, accessible via the Internet and in a hard copy. The winners and all participants will be recognized during Literacy Month (March). If you check the Rotary E-club website, you can see the winning stories from last year, check it at Click here
Please join us this Wednesday to celebrate these young writers and congratulate them on their literacy journey.
What the Prez Sez...
Be a Hero for Sunrise
Submitted by President J.D. Mosley-Matchett
I'm writing this article on National Heroes Day. (I apologize for being a day late, Gina!) And I'm anxiously awaiting the chance to get a hug from our own honorary member, charter club member, and Caymanian National Hero Mrs. Sybil Ione McLaughlin, MBE, JP--or Miss Sybil, as she is very affectionately known.
Miss Sybil is the second of this country's national heroes and when I joined she was an active member of the Sunrise club. Rotarian Geoff Mathews used to joke that she and he single-handedly raised the average age of our 95-member club by a decade or so. But the joke was especially sweet because despite their ages the two of them were arguably among the most dedicated and prolific of all our members.
They are my heroes. They are the reason I joined Sunrise and stayed.
But they aren't my only Sunrise heroes. There are the board members and past presidents who work tirelessly to exemplify our motto of "Service Above Self." There are the new members who throw themselves into the work of the club and change its direction and focus for the better. And there are the majority of members who continually "raise their hands"--sometimes in the background, out of sight from others--and make the club strong and purposeful.
They, too, are my heroes. They are the reason I believe in the future of Sunrise.
But many--too many--of our members hang back. They are content to be RINOs (Rotarians In Name Only) and that's something I neither understand nor desire for our club. Because their inactivity and purposelessness suck the energy and enthusiasm from those who do advance the good works of Sunrise and Rotary.
To be honest, the "quality versus quantity" debate is nothing new. It has waxed and waned throughout my six years as a Rotarian. I recall Rotarian Geoff thumping the table and insisting that greater numbers provide us with greater financial resources and more people to potentially encourage towards action. But I also recall IPP Tony thumping the table just as emphatically and insisting that the presence of RINOs disillusions and dispirits those who must "pick up their slack" and work twice as hard.
Regardless of which ideology you embrace, the fact of the matter is that we have much to do in this second half of the Rotary year. DG Jeremy congratulated us last week on our progress thus far this year. Now its up to all of us to keep the momentum going and produce a strong finish as we continue to "Engage Rotary--Change Lives!"
Raise your hand. Right the wrongs and faults you see in the club. Don't wait for someone else to step forward. Do it yourself.
You may never be declared a national hero, as Miss Sybil has. But you can definitely be a hero for Rotary Sunrise.
Discover the World of Rotary
Submitted by VP/Director Christine Mathews, Membership Committee
"Discover The World of Rotary" is an opportunity for all members to enhance their knowledge of Rotary International, The Rotary Foundation and of course the Rotary Club of Grand Cayman Sunrise on Thursday, February 13 from 6:30-9:30pm. The format will be engaging and interactive designed to promote fellowship and knowledge.
Red Badge members this is an opportunity to tick the 'Orientation' box on your list of tasks to complete prior to getting your blue badge.
The evening will be combined with a "pot luck" fellowship. This means we will ask each attendee to either bring a food item or something to drink. This way we can do the event at no charge.
Please contact me if you plan to attend and let me know:
a) Will you be bringing food and if so what you will be bringing OR
b) Will you be bringing something to drink and if so what you will be bringing.
Email Christine@rotarysunrise.ky to register and provide your dish or drink of choice. Engage Rotary - Change Lives!
Yellow2Green Recycling Collection Program
Submitted by Join In Recycling Chair, Director Gina McBryan
A healthy clean environment is everyone's responsibility. That's why Global Directories, publishers of the Cayman Islands Yellow Pages,® is going green in partnership with: Books & Books, Camana Bay, Cayman Islands Chamber of Commerce, Foster's Food Fair, GreenFiber, Hurley's, Kirk Supermarket, LIME, Lemmies Trucking Services, Mail Boxes etc, Subway, Thompson Shipping, Vision Marketing and WestStar TV.
Over the past four years the recycling program has been a huge success. Global Directories have been able collect over 67,000 directories and recycled into home insulation. Be part of this year's recycling programme and bring your old phone books to a Yellow2Green drop-off point, from January 24th through February 21st, 2014, and they'll be 100% recycled into home insulation. Together, we can keep old phone books out of Cayman's landfill.
Yellow2Green School Challenge - The local primary students will not only have the opportunity to recycle their outdated phone books but also have the chance to win cash prizes for their respective school as a result of these collection efforts. We were very pleased with the student’s dedication to this programme in the past, and we hope that they will continue to give a helping hand this year.
Within ClubRunner, you may have noticed two new distribution email groups for 2014-2015 Board of Directors and 2014-2015 Board of Directors and Chair Members. The two new groups were added to help aid communication for the incoming Board of Directors and Committee Chairs. Meetings of the incoming board will start to meet this week as plans and strategies are put in place for the upcoming Rotary year.
There are still some open Committee Chair positions available to be filled for 2014-2015, so if you are interested in assisting PE Kim and his board guide the committees in this upcoming year then please do approach PE Kim with your interests. Engage Rotary - Change Lives!
Reminder from Membership Committee
Submitted in part by VP Christine, Membership Committee
As circulated by email on January 25, Rotarian Mark Macfee has proposed Renzo Escalante for membership. The Membership Committee and the Board of Directors have accepted the application and have conducted the necessary background checks. The final step is for our membership to review the application. If there are any objections to the application, these must be stated in writing within seven days of the date of the circulated email (this means by Saturday, February 1). These should be submitted to VP Christine for further discussion with the Board and the Membership Committee. Assuming there are no objections we will induct Renzo at the earliest possible opportunity. Please review the fore-mentioned email with application attachments for your information.
As a secondary note, members are encouraged to invite guests to a meeting at any time. This not only brings awareness to the public about Rotary Sunrise initiatives but it may also peak the interest for a future Sunrise member.
District 7020 Conference Registration
Submitted by Director Gina McBryan, from District 7020 Correspondence
At this point every Sunrise Rotarian would have received an email regarding the District 7020 Conference registration. Even though the District Conference is an annual event, this is a unique opportunity to have the Conference in the Cayman Islands. Every local Rotarian is being encouraged to take up the opportunity to attend the Assembly & Conference in addition to the many session events scheduled. Not only will it afford you the chance to network with fellow Rotarians from among the district but you will also learn more about Rotary through the session training and events.
For your reference, if you have not taken the time to step through registration process, here are the admission fees and session summaries to choose from.
District 7020 Assembly & Conference Only
District 7020 PETS + Assembly & Conference
District 7020 PETS Only
District 7020 Partner Program
Friday, May 2 Cultural Night
Friday, May 2 District Awards Luncheon
Friday, May 2 New Rotarian's Breakfast
Saturday, May 3 Governor's Ball
Thursday, May 1 Luncheon with Grand Cayman Club Meeting
Thursday, May 1 Major Gifts Breakfast
Tuesday, April 29 Luncheon with Grand Cayman Central Club Meeting
Wednesday, April 30 Luncheon with Grand Cayman Sunrise Club Meeting
For more details click on the link embedded within your registration email from the District Conference Chairman.
Brownie Camp Joins In to Recycle
Submitted by Director Gina McBryan, Join In Recycling Chair
The Join In Recycling Initiative is making big plans for Recycling Awareness in 2014. The focus in this first half of the year will be on educating our young adults about recycling in Cayman. And they just can't wait as Rotarian Gina partnered with Mrs. Cindy Jones, Marketing and Operations Manager of JUNK, to make a presentation to the young ladies of the Brownie's Girl Guides club while on the weekend camping event this past Saturday, January 26.
The interactive presentation on recycling was made to about 40 Brownies and their leaders. The group was very involved in the presentation asking lots of questions and eager to take up the 1 week household family challenge to see how much plastic, glass and aluminum cans their family uses in a week, drop-off the collected recyclables at one of the drop off locations and see if they can continue to keep those items out of the landfill after the one-week challenge is over. JUNK even supplied a set of stackable recycle bins to see how much they can collect while on their camping weekend.
If you know of a business or group who would benefit from a Join In Recycling presentation please email email@example.com. Let's all Join In and make Cayman a better place..afterall, it is our responsibility to keep Cayman beautiful. Visit www.joinin.ky for more information.
Special Rotary Sunrise Meeting During District Conference
Submitted by Director Gina McBryan, supporting District 7020 Conference Activities
Please take note, during the District Conference all 3 Rotary Clubs on Grand Cayman will be required to hold special club meetings in combination with the District Conference luncheons. Rotary Sunrise will meet on Wednesday, April 30 but instead of our regular morning meeting we will have a lunch meeting from noon to 1:30pm. Even though this meeting is a longer duration of time, it is in combination with the district luncheon at the Westin and will cater to approximately 300 Rotarians. Time for meal eating and extended fellowship will be incorporated into the agenda. There is a US$40 cost to lunch as a requirement to the meeting attendance and you can register in advance for this luncheon/club meeting event.
This is a one of a kind opportunity to fellowship with other Rotarians across the district if you don't have plans for any other fellowship/social encounters. More details will revealed as we near the month of April but please register early for this event and other district conference events.
Home Hospitality - Rotarian Hosts Needed
Submitted by Communications Director Gina McBryan in part by VP Frank Balderamos
The District Conference needs your Hospitality! Rotarians are being asked to host a dinner for a small group of visiting Rotarians from the District Conference on the evening of Thursday, May 1. Many Sunrise Rotarians have already signed up in pairs to host an evening meal which will cater to about 6 to 8 couples. Historically the Home Hospitality events are very much regarded as truly memorable by the Rotarians who host and those who attend. Meet with other Rotarians across the District and share ideas about clubs, culture and backgrounds.
Submit your name to VP Frank if you wish to host an event at your home.
Reading Challenge at Brac High School Supported by Sunrise
Submitted in part by PP/Director Andrea Bryan, Literacy Committee
Club members may recall last year the Literacy Committee donated CI$300 to the Parent Teacher's Association of the Layman E. Scott Sr High School on Cayman Brac for its Library Reading Challenge. In a recent letter received from the school's librarian she recounts the success of the Reading Challenge and the gratitude the school and students have for the support from Rotary Sunrise. Here are just some exerts from the letter.
“Knowledge is Super Power—How much do you Have?” is the theme for this school year’s Reading Challenge. Students were required to give an oral report to the Librarian on the books read in order to receive credit. The First Place reader earned 33 credits. In total there were 187 credits earned by 21 students.
Among students participating, one Year 7 student was “caught” helping another student learn to read better during break time in the library. Another student was “caught” reading his book during homeroom session. Several others were reading during lunch. Three year 10 students visit the library weekly after school for reading practice involving vocabulary enrichment with the Librarian.
An entire Year 7 English class visits on most Fridays for concentrated reading and studying drama. They learn about famous writers, as well as how to build their skills in using a library’s resources and library etiquette. This particular English class has the largest participants in the Reading Challenge competition.
Perhaps the most impressive outcome involved a Year 7 student who presented three written book reports after asking if he could receive additional credits in the competition. Naturally, his literacy in two areas was improved—reading and writing.
The gift from the Rotary Sunrise Club to the school’s PTA solely funded the rewards, which would have not been possible otherwise. Top readers received footballs, basketballs and pen/key chain sets. Lip gloss (a huge hit), and various other consolation prizes including candy were magnificently received by the students. All participants received rewards for their efforts....
Achieving literacy among today’s youth presents many challenges to parents and educators. Therefore, every progress toward greater literacy requires positive reinforcement. Our Reading Challenge competition is creating an appetite for literacy among the teenagers in Cayman Brac. For this success, we remain grateful to the Rotary Sunrise Club.
The school will be forwarding through photos of the Reading Challenge participants and winners. Engage Rotary - Change Lives!
ClubRunner Training - Get Ready to Learn
Submitted by Communications Director Gina
Rotary Sunrise members, new and seasoned, are encouraged to reserve a seat at one of the two ClubRunner/Website training sessions scheduled for February. Both training sessions will be held at the ALT Boardroom, special thank you to Rotarian Berna for offering the venue. Calendar invitations will be sent out to every Sunrise member. In addition, invitations will be sent to the Central Club and Grand Cayman Club as well as to the the Rotaractors (RCGC and Blue). Everyone can benefit from a little Clubrunner training so why not invite members from all the clubs who use ClubRunner.
Session 1 - Thursday, February 6 at 6pm
Session 2 - Saturday, February 15 at 10am
Participants will need to bring a laptop, tablet or other WiFi capable device for the interactive hour and a half training session. Both sessions will be geared to be both educational and entertaining.
Poutine for Polio Fundraiser and Fellowship
Submitted in part by Director Nigel, Fellowship and PP/RFC Henkrik
Club Survey says that you all want to go out more, and eat and drink and enjoy yourselves and you like hands on projects and doing good. Here is a winning combination. PP Hendrick, on behalf of RI, has decreed that we must raise money in celebration of eradication of polio in India - a very notable Rotary achievement. Every dollar we raise will be matched threefold by Bill Gates and his Missus to continue the fight.
Pulled Pork Poutine For Polio, Fellowship and Fund Raiser for Rotary International Polio Eradication on Saturday, February 22 at the Craft Pub (was Triple Crown) 7pm-midnight. Food & Fellowship for an excellent Rotary cause. If you cannot make it then donations will be gratefully received in lieu of you, your children, pets, parents and family attending.
Lord Mathews will be pole dancing for tips - all of which he has generously agreed to donate to RI. Prizes, games, young attractive Rotarians in attendance. No downside - look forward to seeing you all there, registration is available through the club calendar on our website.
GTYC Now Serving Breakfast
Submitted by Director Gina McBryan, Communications/PR
Wednesday mornings will be much busier at the George Town Yacht Club as they announced this week they are now open for breakfast to the general public starting at 7am. The club breakfast menu will remain the same until GTYC is able to assess the volume of public interest and ability to serve both hungry club members and public patrons within a short window of time.
Club members are reminded to arrive early (between 6:30-6:45) not only to secure a good parking space and seat at the table but also to place your breakfast order early to beat the 7am public rush.
Save the Dates
Submitted by Director Gina McBryan, Communications
Rotary Sunrise is gearing up for a very busy period of service and fundraising. Please take note of these important dates and take up the opportunity to volunteer your time to make these events an overwhelming success.
Friday, February 14 - Rotary has Heart- volunteers needed - details to come from Director Finley Josephs
Saturday, March 1 - Casino Night Fundraiser - all hands on deck for this major fundraiser - details to come from PE Kim Remizowski
Wednesday, March 5 - No Club Meeting- Public Holiday (rejuvenate yourself)
Saturday, March 15 - End Polio Bedrace - bed engineers needed as well as runners - details to come from PP Hendrik van Genderan
Saturday, March 22- Heart Health Fair - volunteers will be needed to help record BMI statistics, manage kiddie games stations, prize distribution, setup/tear down - details to come from Director Finley Josephs
Engage Rotary - Change Lives!
3rd Annual BedRace for Polio
Submitted by PP Hendrik
The Bedrace is set for 15 March, please save the date so you can be involved in this fun event that raises money for Polio. The race is in its third year and is jointly organized by the Rotary and Rotaract clubs of the Cayman Islands. Teams enter beds for the race and the fastest bed wins.
Prizes are also awarded for the best looking bed and the bed that somehow had most of the bad luck. VP Frank and PP Hendrik organize the event for Sunrise. In the coming weeks they will ask for people to enter a bed and people to help make the day a success.
Stay tuned for further details.
Rotary Sunrise - In The News
Submitted by Director Gina McBryan, Communications/PR
Rotary Sunrise hits the news again with Youth Service's most recent donation to Clifton Hunter High School of $5,000 toward school meals. If you hadn't seen the acticles please click on the following links to have a read.
Submitted by VP Stephanie Rattan of Rotaract Club of Grand Cayman
The Rotaract Club of Grand Cayman will be hosting its 4th Annual Hearts & Homeruns Interclub Softball Tournament on Sunday 23rd February. This day if doubly special as it will also fall on Rotary Internationals anniversary.
On behalf of President Lauren, I would like to invite your club to participate in the day by joining your club's team for some friendly inter club competition. The cost is $15 per player and funds raised will go towards RCGC's club administration.
We encourage you to come out with your families and cheering squads, bring your softball equipment (if you have your own) and maybe even bring a cooler with your favourite beverages. There will be food on sale and an area for the kids to play. Of course there is the grand prize up for grabs as RCGC comes out to defend their title of CHAMPION!!! There is also a raffle so be sure to come prepared to purchase raffle tickets.
1st January – Dawn Cummings
5th January – Anthony Cowell
5th January - Hendrik-Jan van Genderen
6th January – Tony Catalanotto
13th January – JD Mosley Matchett
14th January – Christopher Bowring
15th January – Bob Kostich
16th January - Dorothy Crumbley
19th January – Ian Comins
27th January – Krishna Mani
1st January – Gordon Hewitt 38 years
1st January – Alastair Paterson 31 years
3rd January – Greg Brooks 7 years
4th January – Mark Macfee 8 years
18th January – Winston Connolly 11 years
Make-ups: In addition to make-up opportunities at Sunrise you can make up at another Club in Grand Cayman. The meeting time and place of the other Clubs are: Rotaract Blue: Wednesdays at 6:00pm at XQ's Pizza Bar and Grill, West Bay Road Rotaract Club of Grand Cayman: Thursdays at 7:00am at Barnie's Coffee & Tea, GT Waterfront
Rotary Club of Grand Cayman Central: Tuesdays at 7:30pm at Grand Old House
Rotary Club of Grand Cayman: Thursdays at 12:30pm at The Westin
Rotary E-Club of the Caribbean 7020: Online meetings any time. Visit www.rotaryeclub7020.blogspot.com for more details. Make-up certificates will be provided promptly once you've completed the requirements.
Travelling: If you are going to be travelling for an extended period of time - more than two weeks be sure to let the Secretary know and remember to submit any make-ups you do in a timely manner.