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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.”
 
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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.

 

 

 
Rotary and Rotaract Clubs in Barbados joined forces to celebrate World Polio Day with several activities on the weekend of October 22nd to 25th, 2021. The joint planning committee led by PP Peter Williams organised various events including to raise awareness, promote the work of Rotary and provide support to our community:
 
 
  • A joint press release outlining the work of Rotary relating to the history of polio globally and Barbados, fight to eradicate this disease, support for the science of vaccinations as well as the assistance provided by Rotarians in the community. 
  • Radio and television appearances by various Rotarians to promote the work of Rotary in Polio eradication through vaccinations and to encourage Barbadians to get vaccinated.
  • Social Media Campaign – all clubs posted World Polio Day materials on their various social media pages. Rotarians were encouraged to share through their own personal platforms.
A water solution project sponsored by the Rotary Club of Barbados, Rotary District 6960 (Florida), Rotary District 7030 (Southern Caribbean and South America) and The Rotary Foundation.
 
This partnership with the Education Technical Management Unit of the Ministry of Education Technological and Vocational Training is seeing six secondary schools, in the rural parishes of St Lucy, St Peter, St Andrew, St Joseph and St George, furnished with water tanks and pumps to assist with a consistent supply of water.
 
This initiative, inspired by the vision of President Robin Ford, President of the Rotary Club of Barbados, has resulted in the provision of 12 water tanks and associated equipment to the Alleyne, Alexandra, Coleridge and Parry, Daryll Jordan (now commissioned as a COVID-19 Isolation Centre), Grantley Adams Secondary and St George Secondary Schools.
 
The main need addressed by this project is access to safe and adequate supply of drinking water, both during the term and when schools are also used as emergency shelters for the neighboring community. An additional need is in the maintenance of sanitation and hygiene standards. This is a critical concern when there is only non-potable water available due to low water pressure or water outages.
 
In speaking with President Ford, he shared that the project’s “primary goal, access to safe and adequate supply of drinking water in the rural schools of Barbados, was determined through ongoing discussions and collaboration with the Ministry of Education, Technological and Vocational Training and the rural school communities.   Nine of the eleven parishes in Barbados are home to geographically-dispersed rural communities, supported by eleven (11) of the island’s twenty-one (21) secondary schools.”
 
“As we know”, he continued, “education is a pillar on which our community, social and economic development and growth is based. Since Independence in 1966, education has been a key strategic lever in building our nation.”
 
Additionally, one of the key areas of focus for Rotary is to provide clean water, sanitation, and hygiene hence this is a major project for our club this year.  This would not be possible without the continuous support of corporate Barbados as well as the general public through their contributions to our annual fundraiser event – Carols by Candlelight.
 
Rotary Club of Barbados welcomed Tamara Allman to its membership during its weekly virtual Fellowship Meeting.   Tamara is a Labour and Employee Relations Specialist and sponsored by Rtn Jason Martin.  We look forward to working with her on our journey of 'Service Above Self'.
At the Rotary Club of Barbados 60th Installation of Officers; the new President Robin A M Ford outlined his plans for the new rotary year under the Rotary International Theme ‘serve to change lives’ during a virtual ‘diamond’ ceremony.
 
He began by welcoming the Governor General of Barbados and our club’s patron Her Excellency Dame Sandra Mason, Governor General of Barbados.  He recognised all past District Governors, Our District Governor Sonya, AG Peter, Club Presidents, Honoray Rotarians, Special Guests, Fellow Rotarians, Rotaractors, Partners in Service and Friends of Rotary.
 
Ford stated that he was eternally humbled and honoured to have been given the opportunity to lead the Rotary Club of Barbados for the next year and expressed thanks to God, his family and club members for their continued support and encouragement.
At a classy virtual ceremony under the patronage of the Governor General of Barbados, Her Excellency Dame Sandra Mason, GCMG, DA, QC, the new Board of Rotary Club of Barbados lead by President Robin A M Ford was installed:

Algie Leacock -Vice President; Tracey Knight-Lloyd, President Elect; Ermine Darroux, Secretary;  Peter Arender, Treasurer; Stanley MacDonald, Director, Membership and Youth Services;  Savitri St John, Director, Club Administration; Arlene Ross, Director, Public Relations; Carole Jn Marie  Director Rotary Foundation and International Services; Anton Nicholls, Director, Community Service; Fiona Hinds, Immediate Past President and Randy Marshall, Sergeant-at-Arms. 
 
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 60 years ago and our club was chartered in 1962. From 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, the professions and the 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’
 
Last evening during our 60th Installation of Officers; outgoing President Fiona Hinds awarded One individual - Public Image Director Arlene Ross with Rotary's highest award,  Paul Harris Fellow, which is named after Rotary’s founder.  Arlene lived Rotary’s motto, ‘Service above Self’ and in becoming a Paul Harris Fellow she joins notable individuals in history who have devoted their lives to the ideal of good will, peace, and the betterment of their fellow man.  
 
Our 60th Installation of Officers is scheduled for Friday July 2, 2021 at 6:30pm via our virtual platform.   We will be graced with the presence of the Governor General of Barbados, Dame Sandra Mason, GCMG, D.A., Q.C., Patron of our club. 
 
Our Guest Speaker will be PDG Joe Otin, Past Vice Chairman of RI Communications Committee.  Joe is a Digital Advertising Specialist and Media Research Analyst. 
 
We are excited and look forward to welcoming our new President Robin 'Baron' Ford and his new Board. 
This morning, the Rotary Club of Barbados descended on the water scarce section of the Parish of St Joseph to provide 250 cases (6,000 bottles) of Highland Spring Bottled Water to Residents who have been experiencing challenges with receiving a regular supply of water.
 
Rotary is always interested in partnering with Corporate Barbados and in this instance we teamed up with Stansfeld Scott & Co Ltd  who came forward to not only Sponsor the project but provide a team to assist us with delivering bottled water to 250 homes in several areas of St Joseph.

The four hour project titled 'Rotary Club of Barbados Water Drive' included a dozen trucks, 21 Rotarians plus three Partners in Service and four family members as well as seven Members from our very own Rotaract Club of Barbados. 
 
 
 
 
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
 
April 15, 2021 – BARBADOS ROTARY CLUBS will today be shipping 56 Pallets of Water containing over 20,000 Bottles in various sizes plus 6 Compressor Nebulizers, 5 Transformers, and 17 Gas Stoves to St Vincent.  Additionally, the clubs will be making a cash donation of approximately EC$31K (Thirty One Thousand Eastern Caribbean Dollars) in the first instance through the St Vincent Rotary Clubs.
 
Our three existing clubs namely Rotary Club of Barbados, Rotary Club of Barbados West and Rotary Club of Barbados South mobilized a #PeopleOfAction Team immediately following the first eruption of La Soufriere on Friday April 9th, 2021. 
 
Barbados Rotary Clubs have expertise in managing disaster relief having supported several countries in the Caribbean including Bahamas, Dominica and Grenada following disasters that devastated the countries landscape, human life, and livelihoods.
 
Rotarians are always on the ground and ready to take action to help communities recover when disasters strike.  As a global organization Rotary supports three phases of relief:
 
  • Immediate response: We immediately offer helping hands and supplies.
  • Short-term assistance: We help affected communities wherever we can through funds and materials to re-establish day-to-day operations.
  • Long-term rebuilding: We plan and implement projects that rebuild affected communities.
 
This St Vincent Appeal Project would not be possible without the continued financial support of our Members and Friends in Barbados and abroad who have pledged cash donations through our charitable funds.
 
We recognize the following partners and thank them for their support in executing this project:
The Barbados Port Inc, The Barbados Coast Guard, Steinbok Management, Lumisol, The Royal Shop, Profiles Caribbean Inc, A One Supermarket Ltd, Agile Consulting Ltd, The Barbados Bar Association and their Members, DBG Design Inc., Gillespie & Steele Associates Ltd, Rotarians and Friends of Rotary.
 
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 Barbados Rotary Clubs:
Rotary was introduced to Barbados almost 60 years ago with the first club chartered in 1962 under the name of Rotary Club of Barbados.  In 1975 our second club – Rotary Club of Barbados West emerged and later Rotary Club of Barbados South was chartered in 1986. The three Barbados Rotary Clubs consist of over 170 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’
Following a Virtual Orientation session last evening, President Fiona proceeded to induct two new members during our online Fellowship Meeting held today March 18, 2021:
 
1) Davina Layne sponsored by Rotarian Jamella Forde  
2) Oliver Jordan sponsored by Rotarian Neal Griffith 
 
The Rotary Club of Barbados welcomes Davina and Oliver to the journey of  'Service Above Self'!
 
This brings to 95 the number of members of the club, comprising 91 active members and 4 honorary members.
The Rotary Club of Barbados congratulates our very own PP Alexander W McDonald on his appointment as High Commissioner to the Republic of Kenya and Permanent Representative to the United Nations Office at Nairobi on behalf of the Government of Barbados.
 

Affectionately known to us as Alex in his capacity as a Rotarian for over 21 years, he served as our Club President for Rotary year July 1 2014 to June 30, 2015.

We are proud of Alex’s achievement and wish him success in his new role as he continues to serve our country Barbados.

RI PE Shekhar Mehta who originates from the Rotary Club of Calcutta-Mahanagar, West Bengal, India, revealed the 2021-22 presidential theme, Serve to Change Lives, to Incoming District Governors (DGs) on 1 February during the Rotary International Assembly.
 
The assembly, a yearly training event for district governors-elect, was originally set to take place in Orlando, Florida, USA, but was held virtually because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
 
This new year PE Shekhar wants members to focus their efforts on empowering girls and ensuring their access to education, resources, services, and opportunities so that future generations of women leaders will have the tools they need to succeed. Mehta asked members to use Rotary’s belief that diversity, equity, and inclusion is critical in all we do as a compass to guide this work.
 
Every December, and, for the last 25 years, the Rotary Club of Barbados has successfully hosted Carols by Candlelight on the manicured grounds of the Prime Minister’s official residence which is normally transformed into a Christmas wonderland with lighted Christmas tree and candle lights.
 
The club has created an exciting family show attracting up to 7,000 patrons (locals as well as visitors) who have made it a regular feature on their Barbados Calendar of Events.
 
This live open-air concert usually combines presentations by young performers, seasoned artistes, and performing icons. The highlights of the show include:
  • Collection of wrapped Christmas gifts at the gate for distribution to less fortunate Children
  • Carols sing along by candlelight.
  • Featured remarks by the sitting Prime Minister
  • Special Carols by Candlelight food and drinks
  • Family and friends gathering on the lawn creating a picnic while enjoying the concert.
 
It has been such a staple in Barbados’s Yuletide festivities that it has been said to mark the beginning of Christmas on the island.  Carols by Candlelight Barbados – Where the joy of Christmas comes to Light!
Following the closure of all schools in Barbados and the immediate adoption of online learning classrooms due to the Novel Coronavirus covid-19, our club in recognizing our need to serve our community immediately reassessed the needs of the children of Barbados and pivoted. 
 
We instantly made the provision of electronic devices in the form of tablets one of our priorities for the 2020-2021 Rotary year.  During the first quarter we were successful in meeting the needs of some public primary school children between the ages of 9 and 11 who we determined would primarily be those children in need.
 
The schools to which we donated 176 tablets were identified with the assistance of the Ministry of Education Technological and Vocational Training and based on our own internal investigations. The pupils who received tablets attended the following primary schools:  St. Mary’s Primary School, St. Paul’s Primary, Milton Lynch Primary School, Carrington Primary School, Charles F. Broome Primary School, Belmont Primary School, Gordon Walters Primary School.
The pandemic is not slowing down the business of The Rotary Club of Barbados and on the final day of 2020 following a virtual orientation ceremony, President Fiona Hinds pinned two new members:
 
1) Michael Mercer sponsored by Rotarian Neal Griffith  

2) Nikita Gibson sponsored by Rotarian Diana Douglin

We welcomed our new Rotarians during our hybrid meeting and noted that both Nikita and Michael are excited as they take on the journey of 'Service Above Self'.
 
 
 
After three successful showings of our Virtual Carols by Candlelight  at the Globe Drive-In we are going global! 
 
This annual 'must-do' family event featured on the Barbados calendar is normally held at Ilaro Court; however, due to Covid19 pandemic it was transformed to a virtual event. Hundreds of patrons supported the event and enjoyed the show.  
 
The show will now transform to a global event with viewing on Sunday Dec. 20th at 4pm & 8pm Caribbean Time (AST). Click: https://carolsbycandlelightbarbados.com/ 
Persons in the UK can view the early show at 8pm UK while persons in New York can view the late show at 7pm (EST).
 
All donations received from this event will go towards installing water tanks at Secondary Schools in Barbados.
 
Thank you to our sponsors.
 
Every December, and, for the last 24 years, the Rotary Club of Barbados has hosted Carols by Candlelight at Ilaro Court, the Prime Minister’s official residence. We have created an exciting family show attracting up to 7,000 patrons who have made it a regular feature on their Barbados Calendar of Events.
 
However, due to the Covid-19 pandemic we decided to host our first Virtual Carols by Candlelight. Same great show but viewing in your own space! A fun filled show for the entire family.
 
 
Rotary Club of Barbados congratulates our very own Immediate Past AG and Past President Lisa Cummins on her appointment as Minister of Tourism and International Transport with the Government of Barbados.
 
Lisa is a committed Rotarian who has served our club at many levels and most recently as Assistant Governor in our District 7030.  We are thankful for her knowledge gifted to us and the many young Participants of our Model United Nations Assembly program.
 
We are proud of Lisa’s achievement and wish her success in her new role as she continues to serve our country Barbados.