Club Information
St. Lucia
Service Above Self
We meet Fridays at 12:15 PM
Sandals Halcyon
Mario's Italian Cuisine Restaurant
Castries, St. Lucia  00124
Saint Lucia
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Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays
Chester Hinkson
July 9
Peter Barnard
July 23
Join Date
David Shimeld
July 1, 2012
7 years
Sandra Fontenelle
July 10, 2014
5 years
Timothy James
July 27, 2012
7 years
Elie Bendaly
July 31, 2017
2 years
Julie Bonnett
July 31, 2017
2 years
Roger Best
July 31, 2017
2 years
Weekly Duties – July 2019
Azmina Leathon Peter Anthony  
Francis Malcolm Frank Steve  
Sean Sheba Keturah Selma  
11 18 25  
What's Rotary
Rotary is an international membership organization made up of people who share a passion for and commitment to enhancing communities and improving lives across the world. Rotary clubs exist in almost every country. Our members change lives locally and connect with other clubs to work on international projects that address today’s most pressing challenges. Being a member is an opportunity to take action and make a difference, and it brings personal rewards and lifelong friendships in the process.
About Rotary
Rotary brings together a global network of volunteer leaders dedicated to tackling the world’s most pressing humanitarian challenges. Rotary connects 1.2 million members of more than 35,000 Rotary clubs in over 200 countries and geographical areas. Their work improves lives at both the local and international levels, from helping families in need in their own communities to working toward a polio-free world.
Club Meetings
Rotary clubs hold regular meetings where their members gather to socialize and to discuss their current projects, other Rotary matters, and professional topics. While most clubs meet in person, some clubs meet primarily online or have a combination of in-person and online meetings. Rotary is both apolitical and nonreligious, and Rotary clubs are encouraged to create an inclusive environment for all club members at their meetings. Meetings can be formal or informal and can include food and drinks, speakers, an open forum for discussion, or group activities. The more you participate in your club’s meetings and activities, the better overall experience you will have as a member.
The 4 Way Test
  1. Is it the TRUTH?
  2. Is it FAIR to all concerned?
  4. Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?
The Object of Rotary
The Object of Rotary is to encourage and foster the ideal of service as a basis of worthy enterprise and, in particular, to encourage and foster:
FIRST: The development of acquaintance as an opportunity for service;
SECOND: High ethical standards in business and professions; the recognition of the worthiness of all useful occupations; and the dignifying of each Rotarian’s occupation as an opportunity to serve society;
THIRD: The application of the ideal of service in each Rotarian’s personal, business, and community life;
FOURTH: The advancement of international understanding, goodwill, and peace through a world fellowship of business and professional persons united in the ideal of service.
“Whatever Rotary may mean to us, to the world it will be known by the results it achieves.”
— Paul Harris, 1914
Weekly Statistics  - July 26, 2019
Handover Dinner
Rotarians Present = 23  /  70%
Visiting Rotarians = 1
Visiting Rotaractors = 0
Visiting Interactors = 0
Guests = 7
Fines = $60
Raffle = $105
Today's Fellowship Meeting
President Leevie Herelle welcomes everyone including our visiting Rotarian and guests which numbered 1 and 7 respectively.
Former Rotarian Andre Cherebin was Past President Robert Frederick's guest.
Felix was Rotarian Marcus Joseph's guest.
Visiting Rotarian Trudy Glasgow from the Rotary Club of Gros Islet.
Rupert Lay was visiting Rotarian Trudy Glasgow's guest.
Anita Charles was Past President Malcolm Charles' guest.
Lilian Les Flores was Past President Selma St. Prix's guest.
Cathy Mascol was Rotarian Peter Kent's guest.
Past President Leathon Khan acted as Sergeant at Arms today raising $60 in fines.
Visiting Rotarian Trudy Glasgow was our raffle prize winner today.
2019-2020 Committees
1. Membership 
Mary (Director)
Tim M.
2. Foundation
Malcolm (Director)
3. Youth Services
Kurt (Director)
Tim J.
4. Public Relations / Image
Lisa (Director)
5. International Service
Riquette (Director)
6. Vocational 
Crissy (Director)
7. Club Admin / Community Service
Selma (Director)
Guest Speaker Howard Wells Addresses our Club
Past President Robert Frederick did the vote of thanks and presented a token of appreciation to our guest speaker Howard Wells of National Integrated Planning and Programme (NIPP) Unit, whose presentation was themed the Castries Vision 2030.
The Vision for Castries within the 2008 plan included the airport, cruise port, central business district redevelopments, Castries storm water and sewage treatment projects, and an expansion of the road network. The Plan will primarily target the development of Castries as a world class port and travel destination, through making optimum use of the capital city’s current historic and cultural assets.
The impact of the global financial crisis of 2008, the lack of institutional frameworks to guide implementation and the absence of managerial and technical capacity were all factors which contributed to the uncoordinated and unsuccessful attempts to advance the agenda of the 2008 Vision.
A decade later, the Government of Saint Lucia, through the National Integrated Planning and Programme Unit (NIPP) of the Department of Finance, commissioned a review of this plan. The aim of this exercise was to determine the relevance and applicability of the 2008 plan in relation to recent developmental paradigm shifts, as reflected in international policy development frameworks such as the Sustainable Development Goals (specifically SDG 11 relating to Sustainable Cities and Communities), the New Urban Agenda, and International Guidelines on Urban and Territorial Planning. These frameworks emphasized the need for a bottom-up, participatory approach to planning, thereby ensuring the acknowledgment and adoption of key city development elements including social inclusiveness, compactness, resilience and sustainability. It was through the lenses of these international policy guidelines (which Saint Lucia has formally committed to) that the review and assessment of the 2008 Vision for Castries was conducted.
This assessment of the 2008 Vision Plan has led to clear recommendations on the types of interventions and guidelines for their implementation, including the identification of priority transformational projects and quick win interventions. Castries Vision 2030, is the resulting outcome of this review and assessment.
Participant feedback from the first Castries Urban Forum (CUF), convened on November 2nd 2018, provided valuable input in relation to current issues, and prescriptive responses to these issues were formulated. The articulation of a common Castries Vision 2030 was reflected in the overall statement:
“Making Saint Lucia’s Capital a Vibrant, Resilient and Smart Heritage City for Residents and Visitors”.
The draft Castries Vision 2030 shall be subjected to further public reviews in order to arrive at a truly Shared Vision that can be endorsed by the appropriate decision-making levels as a Vision for and by the people of Castries and surrounding City-region.
Our wheelchair distribution continues.
On Saturday July 27, 2019 several members of the Rotary Club of Gros Islet carried out a major wheelchair distribution. In total exactly 100 chairs were delivered to recipients in Dennery, Grace, Vieux Fort, Laborie, Micoud and several other places on the way.
Hats off to the Rotary Club of Gros Islet. Well done Fellow Rotarians!
Our Rotary Calendar - July 2019

2 July - First Meeting of the 2019-20 Board - Residence of Rotarian Mary Dix 6:00 p.m.
4 July - First Business Meeting - Sandals Halcyon 12:30 p.m.
13 July - Unpacking and Storage of Wheelchairs - IGY Boat Yard, Rodney Bay
17 July - First Wheelchair Distribution Ceremony - St. James Club 10:00 a.m.
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Philanthropy Matchmakers
"Some women still must walk 10 kilometers a day to get water."
Fatima Lahmami Langlois
In 2010, on their first date, Fatima Lahmami Langlois and Jean Gagnon found themselves talking about philanthropy. "We were romantically discussing volunteer work," recalls Lahmami Langlois, a member of the Rotary Club of Montreal. They were nearing retirement and looking ahead to the next chapter of their lives.
They hit it off, and their partnership has been more than romantic. In 2013, they formed Fondation Coup de Coeur (FCC), which set a goal of providing clean drinking water to 300,000 beneficiaries by 2020. Gagnon, who is also a member of the Montreal club, had a background in road construction and drilling. Lahmami Langlois, who grew up in the small town of El-Hajeb in Morocco, understood the importance of clean drinking water.
As of March, FCC has installed water supply and filtration systems serving about 262,000 people; a third of the organization’s budget is dedicated to Rotary-led projects. FCC also helps connect clubs that want to team up on larger water projects.
THE ROTARIAN: How did you and Jean Gagnon decide on a focus for your organization?
LAHMAMI LANGLOIS: After studying several areas of intervention in which we could have maximum humanitarian impact — water, health, and education — we decided on water. Half of the world’s hospital beds are occupied by patients suffering from waterborne diseases. More than a billion people don’t have access to clean drinking water. That’s very disturbing in the 21st century.
TR: How did growing up in Morocco shape your interest in water?
LAHMAMI LANGLOIS: I was lucky, because the water source wasn’t very far from where I lived. I had to walk maybe half an hour in the morning, and half an hour in the afternoon, to get water. The impact on me was really the time that I had to spend fetching the water instead of doing homework for school. I’m 64 now, and that is something I still think about. Later we got running water, and that simplified my life tremendously. Some women still must walk 10 kilometers a day to get water.
TR: How did FCC become a matchmaker for water projects?
LAHMAMI LANGLOIS: As a result of our involvement in many successful projects, Rotary clubs approached us for advice. Today, with all the experience accumulated, the Rotary Club of Montreal and FCC have become brokers and consultants for international water projects. If a Rotary club or an investor wants to become a partner in a successful international water project, we can present them with a dozen highimpact projects that will be executed in a short time. For example, in 2014, during the Uniendo America Project Fair in Guatemala, we met a Rotarian from Peru who was looking for an international club to undertake a water project in his country. We then contacted Christian Leblanc from the Rotary Club of Amos, Quebec. The clubs worked together, and the result was a project in the village of Santa Rosa, Peru.
TR: How do you choose water projects to work on and promote?
LAHMAMI LANGLOIS: We have a list of criteria, including whether there is a reliable host club willing to undertake the project and ensure its sustainability. First of all, of course, the project has to come from the community. You cannot impose a project on a community if they don’t want it. Maybe what they need is water, but maybe they need something else too. You sit down with the people and ask them. Let them talk. Most of the time, in those remote villages, the first thing they say is, "We need a source of water." But don’t impose your ideas on people; let them tell you what they need.