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Curious about the various funds to which contributions may be made?
Interested in how individual and club recognitions may be achieved?
Take some time this November during foundation month and visit the Rotary Learning Center
and explore several courses offered on The Rotary Foundation
Nurturing Mental Health Amidst Busy Lives: Insights from Rotary Sessions
In the fast-paced world we inhabit, juggling professional responsibilities and civic duties can take a toll on our mental well-being. It's crucial to recognize the significance of mental health and actively engage in stress-relieving activities. Recently, our Rotary club delved into this essential aspect of well-being, with sessions led by fellow Rotarian Sila( psychologist) focusing on stress relief and caring for mental health.
**The Daily Grind: Balancing Work and Other Commitments**
As professionals, we often find ourselves entangled in the demands of our careers, leaving limited time for personal pursuits. Simultaneously, our commitment to Rotary adds another layer of responsibilities. Striking a balance between work, family and Rotary engagement is challenging but imperative for mental health.
**Stress Relief: A Vital Pause in the Chaos**
This session dedicated to stress relief provided invaluable insights into managing the pressures of our hectic lives. Practical techniques, from mindfulness exercises to time management strategies, were shared to empower members to navigate their demanding schedules without sacrificing their mental well-being.
**Rotary's Role in Mental Health Advocacy**
Rotary, known for its commitment to community service, is increasingly recognizing the importance of mental health. The recent session led by a fellow Rotarian shed light on the prevalence of stress in our lives and the need to address it proactively. Initiatives like these not only contribute to the personal growth of members but also foster a supportive community within Rotary.
**Ron Van Der Post's Insightful Session: Caring for Your Mental Health**
A notable highlight was Ron Van Der Post's session( yoga instructor), where he shared valuable insights on caring for one's mental health. Addressing the stigma around mental health issues, he emphasized the importance of seeking help when needed and cultivating a culture of understanding.
**Food, Fun, and Fellowship: A Recipe for Mental Well-being**
Following the intense sessions on stress relief and mental health, our Rotary community came together to unwind. Enjoying good food, engaging in fun activities, and fostering fellowship created a supportive atmosphere. These moments of camaraderie contribute significantly to alleviating stress and promoting mental well-being.
In conclusion, the intersection of busy work lives , family and Rotary commitments underscores the need for a conscious effort to prioritize mental health. The recent sessions within our Rotary club serve as a testament to our commitment to personal growth and well-being. By embracing stress-relieving practices and fostering an environment of support and understanding, we can navigate the complexities of our lives while maintaining a healthy mental state.
On October 21st, the Rotary Club of Paramaribo Residence, in collaboration with three other local Rotary clubs and the local Inner Wheel Club, orchestrated a Health Walk to champion both End Polio and Breast Cancer Awareness campaigns. The event saw participation from over 1,000 individuals, with the distinctive red 'End Polio Now' shirts prominently on display throughout the walk.
🎨 Exciting Community Project Update! 🌟
We're thrilled to share the success of our collaborative initiative with our club Rotary club of Paramaribo Residence and our Youth clubs Interact Club of Brick by Brick and Rotaract Club of FRESH at St. Jozef School!
Our dedicated rotarians and youth volunteers came together to bring vibrant colors and creativity to the children's playground. Through teamwork and passion, we've transformed the space into a colorful haven, fostering creativity, joy, and community spirit.
A huge shoutout to everyone involved for their hard work and dedication! 🙌 Let's continue making a positive impact together. Stay tuned for more community projects and ways you can get involved.
Each year the International Day of Peace (IDP) is observed around the world on 21 September. The UN General Assembly has declared this as a day devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace, through observing 24 hours of non-violence and cease-fire. Never has our world needed peace more.
This year’s theme is Actions for Peace: Our Ambition for the #GlobalGoals. It is a call to action that recognizes our individual and collective responsibility to foster peace. Fostering peace contributes to the realization of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and achieving the Sustainable Development Goals will create a culture of peace for all.
United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres said, "Peace is needed today more than ever. War and conflict are unleashing devastation, poverty, and hunger, and driving tens of millions of people from their homes. Climate chaos is all around. And even peaceful countries are gripped by gaping inequalities and political polarization."
On International Literacy Day, September 8th, 2023, the club invites the community to reflect on the importance of being literate and the impact it has on individual lives and the wider society
On Saturday, September 2nd, the Rotary Club of Paramaribo Residence (RCPR) sprang into action in light of International Literacy Day, which is celebrated annually on September 8th. Members of the club distributed youth, education, and literature books in Nickerie, emphasizing the essential nature of reading and writing in today's society. Through this effort, the club hopes to offer everyone equal educational opportunities.
"Literacy goes beyond just being able to read and write. It's a tool for personal growth, critical thinking, and societal progress," notes Suraya Nanan, the current Community Service chair of the club. A special word of thanks goes out to the District Commissioner of Nickerie, Mrs. S. Gobardhan, and the Chairperson of Stg. Sari, Mrs. K. Bajnath. Thanks to their support and effort, this activity could take place at an appropriate location, accommodated in a tent. With this book donation, RCPR aims to contribute to a more literate, informed, and closely-knit Nickerie.
Op 31 augustus 2023 hadden wij een interessante spreker bij ons in de club Dhr.Karel Eckhorst die ons een update heeft gegeven over het IMF . 
Karel Eckhorst is an Advisor to the Brazilian Executive Directors in the Executive Boards of the International Monetary Fund (IMF; first from 2012 – 2013, 2016 – 2018, 2022 – present) and the World Bank Group (WBG; 2018 – 2022, Washington, D.C.).
Na de lezing was er tijd voor onze RCPR Borrel with a lot of fun , food and fellowship.
Rotary Club of Paramaribo Residence kicked off Phase2 of the I-Syi Empowering Girls project on August 25, 2023.
President Els Dams signed a cooperation agreement with Eurnice Amatodja the Director of Unnieq’s Fashion and Sewing School located at Meerzorg in the District of Commewijne.
Phase 1 which was focussed on sewing environmentally friendly cotton bags was concluded in July. Phase 2 will focus on sewing environmentally friendly reusable cotton sanitary pads. At least 20 female participants will be trained and coached in producing 2,000 sanitary pads.
The pads will be introduced for use by underprivileged girls and aid in relieving period poverty.
The women participating in the project will also be trained to continue producing the pads as small entrepreneur.
To protect our coastal areas we planted mangrove trees at Weg naar Zee.
This project we did together with our youth clubs Rotaract Club of FRESH and Interact Club Brick by Brick .
The morning started with a presentation about the different kinds of mangrove trees we have in Suriname and what their function is , presented by Green Heritage Fund Suriname .
After the presentation we went to weg naar zee.
Part 1 of the day was to help in the nursery to plant small mangrove trees.
Part 2 the big mangrove trees were planted in the coastal area.
It was a day with lots of fun food and fellowship and bonding with the youth!
As part of its childhood obesity prevention program, the Rotary Club of Paramaribo Residence contributed to train a number of teachers from the VOJ( high school) and VOS (secondary school) to incorporate the factors of healthy eating and exercise into their lesson plan.
The training was based on the Basic Life Skills principle of the Ministry of Education, Science and Culture.
Recently, 54 teachers of HAVO2, VWO4, Nassy Brouwerschool and STS4 received their certificates.
Together with the 23 teachers of the IMEAO1, these teachers can transfer the training to colleagues.
Here are some pictures of the group that finished the training last week.
The Greener Together Project, a joint Environmental initiative of all four Rotary Clubs in Suriname, organized a teambuilding on August 18, with participation of all 12 companies, 15 schools and 3 Ministries.
One of the teambuilding exercises was to perform a screen play and the team with the best play was selected as the winner by a Jury consisting of Nancy Del Prado, Manoj Parsan, Els Dams, Diana Halfhide (all board members of the 4 Rotary Clubs), and AG Steven Tjin A Djie.
President Els Dams of the Rotary Club of Paramaribo Residence had the honour to announce the winning team, and Rotarian Alex van Petten handed over gift vouchers to the winning team.
Rotarian Alex also announced the launch of the Rotary Eco Friendly Challenge - and urged the schools to participate. With this program the schools are invited to submit a proposal to reduce single used plastic. Final submission date is November.
The best proposal will be selected by a Jury of experts and will be announced in December.
In our meeting of July 13th, Dr.Wilco Zijlmans held a great presentation in our club regarding Maternal and Child Health. He did a lot of research and presented the outcome.
As Rotary Club of Paramaribo Residence , we believe that ensuring the well-being of expectant mothers and the health of their children is a collective responsibility.
To achieve this goal, we are joining forces with the Foundation for Perinatal Interventions and Research in Suriname, Perisur, to launch an awareness campaign and an 18-month project.
Through these efforts, we aim to educate young women and men about the significance of preconception care and guide them on how to maintain a healthy pregnancy.
In our meeting of June 2nd 2023 we had a great speaker, our rotary fellow Maya Goedschalk.
It was a joint meeting with our @Rotaract club of FRESH and our @Interact club of Brick by Brick.
This session was a nice introduction because Mental Health is one of the focus area's for next year.
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Board 2023-2024 from left to right: Vice-President/Secretary/President/Treasurer/Sergeant-at-Arms
Board 2023-2024 from left to right: 
Vice-President / Secretary/President/ Treasurer  /Sergeant-at-Arms/
President Elect
Rotary Foundation Chair
Club Youth Service Chair
Club Fundraising Chair
Club Trainer
Immediate Past President
Club Membership Chair
Club Administration Chair
Club Service Projects Chair
Club Public Image Chair
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