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OUR SERVICE PROJECTS
Every year, Rotarians are proud to celebrate The Pride of Workmanship Award. This Award is designed to honour & celebrate Barbadians engaging in useful endeavours! Rotary focuses heavily on celebrating every day members of the community excelling in their chosen vocation. This year's Awardees are:
- Kareem Smith & Rachel Pilgrim: Rachel Pilgrim facilitated a summer pony camp for young people in St. George. Five Gaits Equestrian Centre, run by Kareem Smith needed supplies & food to remain open during the summer holidays. Rachel was able to advocate on his behalf & source funding which allowed his stable doors to stay open. In doing this, Five Gaits was able to provide a safe haven for these young adults to grow and mature. Rachel continues to improve the lives of other young people as well; she works behind the scenes to help families through the provision of food & household appliances to improve quality of life, and looks after their emotional wellbeing.
The Rotary Club of Barbados installed road safety signs outside of schools to warn drivers to drive safely and take caution. Each year the members refurbish or replace these signs as needed by painting over the poles, replacing any signs that are damaged and cleaning signs as needed.
 
This year, as an addition to the Club's schools signs project, a road safety video was created to promote safe driving on our roads, especially within the vicinity of schools. This video will be promoted on all our social media platforms.
 
After a 2-year lull due to Covid-19, the Rotary Club of Barbados' Children’s Home Committee treated the children and aunties at Nightingale Children’s Home to a movie night on Saturday, September 3rd. Minions - The Rise of the Gru was the blockbuster movie shown and the kids indulged in pizza, popcorn, and snacks galore! 
 
Nightingale is home to children under the age of 12 and comprises 70 children (inclusive of babies). Some kids brought their chairs out and watched in front of the screen, while the special needs children and others watched from the safety and comfort of their patios.
 
Due to protocols,  a limited amount of volunteers were allowed to support the event. 
 
The Rotary Club of Barbados is the first charity organization to host an event on the Nightingale grounds since the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic and we had an amazing night under the stars with the children!
 
On July 20th, 2022, our club kicked off the new year with a donation from Sagicor. These computers will be donated to Marina House under the Save, Spend & Thrive initiative which is focused on equipping the vulnerable women in our community with essential financial literacy skills. 
 
The project will be rolled out in three (3) phases, the rehabilitation of the computer labs at Marina House, followed by a financial wellness coaching seminar, and finally, a national social media campaign highlighting basic financial literacy tips in an easy-to-understand format.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
On July 9th, at the picturesque Bentley Mansion, a venue with so much history and aligns so eloquently with the theme “Let’s Make Rotary Magic”; the 2022-23 Rotary Club of Barbados Board was installed.  The ceremony was held under the patronage of the President of Barbados, Her Excellency Dame Sandra Mason, GCMG, DA, QC and featured the Barbados Police Band who serenaded Rotarians and guests during the cocktail hour.
 
The 2022-23 Board is ready to serve and Make Rotary Magic!
 
  1. President Tracey Knight-Lloyd
  2. Vice President Paul Ashby
  3. President Elect Ermine Darroux
  4. Secretary Jamella Forde
  5. Treasurer Peter Williams
  6. Director Club Administration Savitri St.John
  7. Director Public Image Keri Mapp
  8. Director Community Service Anton Nicholls
  9. Director Membership & Youth Service Barbara Trieloff-Deane
  10. Director International Service Carole JnMarie
  11. Immediate Past President Robin Ford
  12. Sargeant-At-Arms Randy Marshall

About Rotary:
Rotary is the oldest service club in the world with a global network of 1.2 million individuals serving in 200 countries with more than 35,000 clubs in a cohesive force for good.  Rotarians see a world where people unite and take action to create lasting change – across the globe, in our communities, and in ourselves.  The most notable example at the global level is the three-decade fight to eradicate polio.  Rotary is a unifying force, promoting peace, diversity, and inclusion while helping to eradicate diseases and remove hunger and poverty.   Rotary gives hope.  Rotarians take action.
 
About Rotary Club of Barbados:
Rotary was introduced to Barbados 61 years ago and our club was chartered in 1962. From its inception, the Rotary Club of Barbados has always been able to conform to the long-established principles of Rotary International in recruiting its members and filling classifications from the top executives in business, professions, and services.  
 
Our club consists of over 90 members serving the community and working to promote peace, fight disease, provide clean water, sanitation, and hygiene; save mothers and children; support education and grow local economies. 
 
Our Motto – ‘Service Above Self’
 
                                        
 
 
Save, Spend and Thrive, the brainchild of President Tracey Knight-Lloyd, is a financial literacy programme conceived to equip vulnerable women to protect their livelihoods and by extension their families, as many women head households.

In terms of vulnerable women, it is the intention to start with the residents of Marina House, a residential treatment facility catering to women from all walks of life, who are recovering from varying forms of addiction.

This project will be rolled out in 3 phases, the rehabilitation of the computer labs at Marina House, a financial coaching seminar, and finally a national social media campaign highlighting basic financial literacy tips in an easy-to-understand format.
 
 
In one of his last acts as president, Baron Robin Ford acknowledged members of the Rotary Club of Barbados for their excellent work and contributions during the Rotary year of 2021-22 under the Rotary theme Serve to Change Lives. The list of the awardees is as follows; 
 
Tracey Knight-Lloyd, Denise Antrobus, PDG David Edwards, PHF Arlene Ross, Jamella Forde, Keri Mapp, Roger Blackman, Davina Layne, Nikita Gibson, Ron Davis, Heather Tull, Stanley Macdonald and David Antrobus.
 
Congratulations to the Awardees!! 
 
 
On June 30, 2022, President Robin Ford ended his final meeting for rotary year 2021-22 with a presentation from CNN Award Winning Anchor and International Journalist Michael Holmes. 
 
He commenced his presentation talking about his experiences with rotary and the work we do globally including the student exchange program.  He recounted a number of events he covered including the impact of climate change on the Caribbean islands by devasting hurricanes and other challenging global events from all corners of the world, like the fall of Berlin wall to the war in Iraq and more recently in Ukraine.  His presentation was well received, with good membership engagement which included some several thought-provoking questions from members and the media present.
 
He was introduced by Past President Trevor Carmichael and vote of thanks was delivered by Secretary Ermine Darroux. The meeting started off with a powerful prayer from Rotarian Keri Mapp following by a summary of our 'Rotary Minutes' presentation by Director and Past President Carole Jn Marie.
 
President Robin thanked his friend Michael for accepting his invitation to speak at our meeting and extended an open invitation to him to visit Barbados in the near future. 
 
Click to view the full meeting here https://youtu.be/5-PDy7CN5B4
At the Virtual District Ceremony held on the evening of June 27th, 2022, our very own Past President Paul Ashby in his role as District Secretary and Rotarian Neal Griffith, our District Conference Chair received a Paul Harris Fellow (PHF) Award from District Governor Sonya Alleyne.  In her presentation she noted how they both willingly accepted to serve and commended them for their outstanding work in supporting the district and their leadership in organizing a very successful District Conference in Barbados. 
 
This is not the first time these Rotarians have received a PHF.  Past President Paul is now a PHF + 3 while Rtn. Neal is now a PHF + 5. We are very proud of them not only for their support to the rotary international foundation but also their work as Rotarians.
 
Congratulations Paul and Neal!
 
 
Our Schoolhouse for Special Needs received a donation from RBC Capital Markets of USD30K under the program RBC Charity Day For Kids. We appreciate this donation and say special thanks to @rbc for making us part of this year's #RBcCharityDayForTheKids; a program benefiting youth-serving charities and thousands of children around the world! Learn more: www.rbcc.com/charitydayforthekids
 
The Rotary Club of Barbados partnered with the School House in 2010 after recognising a need to assist more students with various physical or limited abilities.  The club was successful in purchasing the building to house the school and expanding the facilities to not only accomodate more students but provide the necessary facilities and resources to support the growing demand for the students and the services.
 
Click to view video 
https://www.instagram.com/tv/CfIQ4miMdXZ/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link
https://www.facebook.com/theschoolhouseforspecialneeds/videos/394352679402697
 
Click to learn more about the school: https://www.facebook.com/theschoolhouseforspecialneeds
 
 
At the final face to face meeting for this rotary year, President Robin recognised his team of 11 for their outstanding service in carrying out the work of rotary over the last year.  President Elect Tracey Knight-Lloyd, Director PP Carole JnMarie and Director Arlene Ross were unable to attend hence they will receive their appreciation gift later.  The members present thanked the president for the recognition.
The Rotary Club of Barbados congratulates our very own Kim Tudor who has joined the National Insurance Office (NIS) as its new Director, effective April 1, 2022. 
 
Kim has been a member of our club for over 11 years and served in various capacities.  We are proud of her achievement and wish her success in her new role as she continues to serve our country Barbados.
Over 200 Delegates from District 7030 converged in Barbados from April 7th to 9th for our annual District 7030 Conference after two years of virtual events! The event was declared officially opened on Friday morning by Dr. Hyginus ‘Gene’ Leon, sixth President of Caribbean Development Bank.  Our District Governor (DG) Sonya Alleyne welcomed the delegates and encouraged all to continue the work of Rotary.
 
During the three days of activities the delegates were graced with the presence of Past Rotary International (RI) President Barry Rassin and Past RI Director John Smarge, RI Director Elect Jeremy Hurst, RI Membership Director Brian King, who delivered the message of Rotary via our virtual platform. They reminded delegates to continue supporting their members, their community, and the RI Foundation to allow Rotary to create more impact globally.
 
On February 5, 2022, the Rotary Club of Barbados joined forces with the Juvenile Liaison Scheme of the Barbados Police Force (for the 2nd consecutive year) to deliver a revised program titled: Youth Elevation Scheme (YES)!
 
Under the chairmanship of one of our newest Rotarians - Davina Layne, a two part 10-week program schedule was designed to provide the young participants with an opportunity to learn about a new career and/or to engage in personal development activities.  The presentations will focus on photography, barbering, fitness, as well as jewelry making and fashion design.  The participants will also learn how to tie-dye, create motivational posters, and participate in kite building activities (just to name a few).
 
Major Project #4 - Digital Literacy with the theme ‘Building The Brand Called You’ was launched on Feb 3, 2022.  The programme is geared towards providing practical knowledge on key areas of ‘adulting’ for students preparing to leave school and enter young adulthood and will target secondary school students over the age of 16 attending the Deighton Griffith Secondary School, The Lodge School and Ursuline Convent.
President Elect Jennifer Jones who will make history as she becomes the first female President of Rotary International.revealed the 2022-23 presidential theme, Imagine Rotary. 
 
During her presentation she urged everyone to dream big and harness their connections and the power of Rotary to turn those dreams into reality .  She wants members to imagine the possibilities in the change they can make to transform the world.
 
Jones noted the importance of engaging members is critical in order to retain them and that the club need to ask members what they want to get from Rotary and give them meaningful responsibilities.
 
The President Elect Jennifer ended by saying “we all have dreams, acting on them is a choice we make; when an organization like Rotary dreams about big things like ending polio and creating peace, she said, it becomes our responsibility to make them happen. “You don’t imagine yesterday, you imagine tomorrow.”
 
Credit: rotary.org 

The Rotary Club of Barbados contributes to Barbados renewable energy and carbon neutral island- state transformational goals.

On January 4th, 2022, the Club handed over the 5kW Photovoltaic System to The School House for Special Needs. The project valued at $25,190.65 was donated and installed by Solar Watt Systems Inc as a gift to the school.