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Guest Speaker - provided by IPP Amarylis
Oct 03, 2015
9:00 AM – 10:00 AM
Board Meeting
Oct 10, 2015
9:00 AM – 10:00 AM
Visit by DG Felix
Oct 17, 2015
9:00 AM – 10:00 AM
Club Training by Club Trainers
Oct 24, 2015
9:00 AM – 10:00 AM
Club Assembly #2
Oct 31, 2015
9:00 AM – 10:00 AM
Board Meeting
Nov 07, 2015
9:00 AM – 10:00 AM
Guest Speaker Heather Geluk
Nov 14, 2015
9:00 AM – 10:00 AM
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John Fuller
October 2, 2002
13 years
Denise West
October 4, 2013
2 years
Camille Seaton
October 28, 2011
4 years
Keturah de Weever
November 9, 2005
10 years
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Dear Rotarians and Guests,
Thank you for joining us once again.  As we move ahead in the Rotary year, October will be another very busy month with our own DG joining us on October 17, 2015.  As usual we look forward to your participation through one of the following options:
  • Attendance at Weekly Meeting - Saturdays
  • Attendance at Weekly HHH – Wednesdays
  • Butterfly Storybook involvement
  • Reading of Bulletins - 
  • Submission of articles for the Bulletins
  • Attendance at another club - advising Club Secretary [make-ups]
  • Spending more than 30 minutes on Rotary work
  • District Involvement
Please enjoy reading this article that focuses on one of our bright young authors – PP Denison shared this
DG Felix’s visit – October 17, 2015 at 9:00am EDT/8:00am EST.  We are looking forward to seeing you all there.


Those who could not attend the HHH on Wednesday missed a very inspiring speaker!

Afghan Institute of Learning


The organization was established to provide teacher training to Afghan women, to support education for boys and girls, and to provide health education to women and children.

Under Sakena’s leadership, AIL has established itself as a groundbreaking, visionary organization which works at the grassroots level and empowers women and communities to find ways to bring education and health services to rural and poor urban girls, women and other poor and disenfranchised Afghans.

AIL was the first organization to offer human rights and leadership training to Afghan women.

AIL supported 80 underground home schools for 3000 girls in Afghanistan after the Taliban closed girls’ schools in the 1990s.

AIL was the first organization that opened Women’s Learning Centers for Afghan women—a concept now copied by many organizations throughout Afghanistan.

AIL has trained over 10,000 teachers since its inception.

When the Taliban closed all the girls' schools in Afghanistan, Sakena Yacoobi set up new schools, in secret, educating thousands of women and men. In this fierce, funny talk, she tells the jaw-dropping story of two times when she was threatened to stop teaching — and shares her vision for rebuilding her beloved country.

At the Afghan Institute of Learning, Sakena Yacoobi provides teacher training to Afghan women, supporting education for girls and boys throughout the country.

A total of 6 of our members were able to join – Devorath, Camille, Lou, Henriette, Amarylis, and Kitty

Just help put a face on our authors, the following story by Lynda Lohr appeared in the Sep 28 issue of The St John Source

Gifft Hill School fifth grader Malena del Olmo, 10, is one of just 10 students across the Caribbean to have her short story included in the Rotary E-Club of the Caribbean’s electronic Butterfly Story Book.

Inclusion in the book is a competition for young Caribbean writers, and the 2015 theme was "Lighting up lives."

“Getting the prize was quite a surprise,” she said.

More than 20 students from St. John schools submitted entries to the Rotary Club of St. John. Judges from the club picked three to send along to the Caribbean-wide contest.


Malena del Olmo
Malena del Olmo

“Some shine more than others,” Rotary Club member Joan Bermingham said as she discussed the process that led to Malena’s victory.

Bermingham said the book will be available on Amazon and from members, which makes Malena a published writer.

Malena’s story was about an iguana and a bananaquit who were best friends. She said a law was passed that prohibited them from being friends but their friends rallied and got the law changed.

“I really like friendship and want everyone to be friends,” she said.

Malena said that while writing isn’t her very favorite thing to do, she often writes stories.

“Since she was little, she’s been creative,” her mother, Veronica del Olmo, said.

Malena lives with her parents – her father is Alfredo del Olmo – and her brother, Tomas, 16. Her other brother, Luca, 18, is off at the University of Florida at Gainesville.

Malena was born at Roy L. Schneider Hospital on St. Thomas, because St. John doesn’t have a hospital. Her parents hail from Argentina. She speaks Spanish but said her mother is pushing her to improve.

“So we speak a lot of Spanish at home,” she said.

She makes summer trips to Argentina to visit with her cousins, and said the family has traveled to Asia and Europe.

They also travel around the Caribbean for tennis tournaments. While her parents are busy at their business, Alfredo’s Landscaping, her father runs a children’s tennis program. Malena said she’s a good tennis player, and competes are off island tournaments.

The family also heads off to the beach on weekends, with Trunk Bay Malena’s favorite.

When she’s not playing tennis or at the beach, she’s busy at school. She attended Gifft Hill since pre-kindergarten and said she intends to study there until she graduates from high school.

“Everybody’s very nice and kind,” she said, noting that there is no bullying at Gifft Hill.

Math and science are her favorite subjects, which will be helpful when she goes off to college to study veterinary medicine.

She said she also likes dancing and takes classes in Gifft Hill’s program and ballet at St. John School of the Arts.

Malena recently got her first pet, a “street” dog named Coral that she walks every morning before she goes to school.

“I really like animals,” she said, adding that she also has several pet fish.

By permission of The St John Source

Your club trainer, PDG Diana will offer regular encouragement here.  Right now, you are encouraged to take advantage of Rotary International's Webinars.
October Webinars you might attend:

2015 WASH e-Summit (Part 1): An Introduction to Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WASH) in Schools

Thu, 15-Oct-2015 10:00 am (60 min)

Level: Beginner

Brought to you by Rotary and the Water and Sanitation Rotarian Action Group, this first of three webinars will provide an overview of WASH (water, sanitation, and hygiene education) in Schools programs.

New to WASH in Schools? Join sector experts to learn about the importance of WASH in Schools efforts and the various hardware and software components that make these club and district-led projects impactful and sustainable.

Register now

2015 WASH e-Summit (Part 2): WASH in Schools Beyond Toilets and Tap: Behavior change through hygiene education

Tue, 20-Oct-2015 10:00 am (60 min)

Level: Beginner

Brought to you by Rotary and the Water and Sanitation Rotarian Action Group, this second of three webinars will provide an overview of WASH (water, sanitation, and hygiene education) in Schools programs.

Learn from sector experts about creating sustainable hygiene behavior change, a crucial component of successful WASH in School projects, to bring about lasting community improvements.

Register now

3 Ways to Maximize your Global Grant Scholarship

Thu, 22-Oct-2015 10:00 am (30 min)

Audience: Current and former global grant scholars

This webinar will answer the following questions:
1) How do I connect with the Rotary network?
2) How do I participate in service projects?
3) How can I be an effective advocate of Rotary?

Register now

2015 WASH e-Summit (Part 3): Engaging the community through WASH in Schools

Tue, 27-Oct-2015 10:00 am (60 min)

Level: Beginner

Brought to you by Rotary and the Water and Sanitation Rotarian Action Group, this final webinar in the series will focus on strategies to engage the community to implement sustainable WASH (water, sanitation, and hygiene education) in Schools programs.

Sector experts will provide guidance on engaging the community through WASH in Schools projects to ensure local project ownership and lasting community improvements.

Register now

And don't forget the opportunities for RLI Courses in South-East USA and District 7020
October 10          D6900   Barnesville, Georgia                        Gordon State College, Barnsville, GA 31702
October 18          D7020   Georgetown, Grand Cayman        College of the Cayman Islands, Grand Cayman
November 7        D6900   Peachtree City, Georgia                 Wyndham Hotel, Peachtree City, GA 30269
December 10-13 Caribbean Partnership Cruise, Royal Caribbean Independence of the Seas


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Through our annual Sustaining Member contributions of $100 or more, the Rotary E-Club of the Caribbean, 7020 has been a 100% EREY contributor since we were chartered in 2013.  Let us continue to support The Rotary Foundation (TRF) through our annual donations.
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