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John Fuller
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Welcome to Rotary E-Club of the Caribbean, 7020!
E-Club of the Caribbean
Service Above Self
We meet Saturdays at 9:00 AM
Online, Atlantic Standard Time
https://zoom.us/j/602689205
St. Thomas, USVI  00802
US Virgin Islands
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Executives & Directors
President
 
President Elect
 
Immediate Past President
 
Secretary
 
Treasurer
 
Strategic and Visioning, Chair
 
Rotary Foundation, Chair
 
Club Administration
 
Sergeant-at-Arms
 
Upcoming Events
Board Meeting
Jul 18, 2015
9:00 AM – 10:00 AM
 
Club Assembly
Jul 25, 2015
9:00 AM – 10:00 AM
 
Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays
Lesli Prendergast
July 18
 
Anniversaries
Bernand Roy
July 11
 
Join Date
Bernand Roy
July 11, 1989
26 years
 
 

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Dear Rotarians and Guests,
Thanks to DG Felix, AG Manoj, IPP Amarylis and the entire club membership for a successful installation on July 18, 2015.  It was an awesome affair that will be the envy of many other clubs.  The club membership came out in their numbers and the Jamaican members enjoyed fellowship at Secretary Lesli’s home.
 
HHH on Wednesday July 15 addressed the interesting and thought provoking topic on GMO (genetically modified organism) which is the result of a laboratory process where genes from the DNA of one species are extracted and artificially forced into the genes of an unrelated plant or animal. The foreign genes may come from bacteria, viruses, insects, animals or even humans.  Please feel to request further discussions on these educational topics from PP Kitty who is always willing to share with us.
 
We will have our first board meeting this Saturday at our usual meeting time and we hope that you will all be able to attend. It is important that all members make an effort to attend, to address any concerns or share suggestions with the Executive Board members and address matters of importance to the club.  Remember it is an ‘open board meeting’ and your comments/feedback are important to each and all of us.
 
Finally, July 25 is our first Club Assembly and again your full participation is anticipated and encouraged.  We anticipate and look forward to August – Membership and Extension Month.
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AGENDA FOR BOARD MEETING OF THE ROTARY E-CLUB OF THE CARIBBEAN, 7020
 
Theme:    Be a Gift to the World
 
Our Mission:  The mission of Rotary International is to provide service to others, promote integrity and advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace through its fellowship of business, professional and community leaders
 
Our Motto:    Service Above Self
 
Rotary Foundation Mission:  The mission of the Rotary Foundation is to enable Rotarians to advance world understanding, goodwill and peace through the improvement of health, the support of education and the alleviation of poverty.
 
Rotary Foundation Motto:   Doing Good in the world
 
Month:                                                July 2015
 
Item
Discussion
Action
1.0
Call to order
 
2.0
Apologies
 
3.0
Approval of minutes from Last meeting
 
4.0
Committee Reports – Treasurer, Membership, Rotary Foundation, Fundraising  
 
5.0
Proposed Global Grant – Diana
 
6.0
Fundraising Initiatives – Amarylis
 
7.0
Revisit Saturday Formal Meetings - HHH
 
8.0
Happy Dollar – monthly, Quarterly payments  - Kitty
 
9.0
Facebook Page – Closed Group or not
 
10.0
Weekly Bulletin – John Fuller
 
11.0
Any Other Business
 
12.0
Adjournment
 
 
At this past Wednesday's HHH we were treated to another thought provoking video from PP Kitty.  Thank you PP Kitty for hosting this HHH and for the video which has set the theme for this week's bulletin.
 
Genetically Modified Organisms or GMOs were introduced to the agricultural market in the 1990s.  Since then, GMO crops have been planted on nearly half a billion acres of land globally.
 
GMOs are created by the transfer of genetic material from one species to another and their introduction to the food supply has created tremendous controversy.
 
Issues ranging from the ethics of patented lab-created life forms and concerns over whether they are actually safe to consume have sparked protests around the world.
 
From Argentina
 
 
In fact, some European countries have banned GMO crops  altogether.
 
 
The program investigates this highly-charged debate over the future of our food.
 
Did you that there is in Svalbard, Norway, a global seed vault which contains varieties of seeds from all over the world.  It is known as the Noah’s Ark of seeds because, in the case of a global catastrophe, this is our last resort for replanting the earth.
 
 
 
It is here to preserve the bedrock of agriculture – genetic diversity.  13,000 years of agricultural history.
 
The idea was to put an end to extinction for agriculture diversity.  The goal is to preserve options for the future.  This is the biological foundation of agriculture.
 
What’s the worst-case scenario if we start to lose these traits?  Then we are in a waiting game for our major crops to fail – and to fail permanently.
 
Without diversity, we face potential starvation – on a massive and more-or-less permanent scale.
 
The feat that our agriculture system could collapse may seem like something in the distant future, but what if we are already on the brink?
 
For thousands of years, farmers maintained their own genetic diversity by saving their own seeds.  But today, many farmers buy the same seeds from GMO manufacturers.
 
 
 
A traditional corn breeder, thinks that the widespread monoculture of the same GMO crops – also known as transgenics – could be a disaster waiting to happen.
 
Concern:  The same gene is being used almost worldwide.  If something should happen, if one of those families should develop susceptibility to a new disease, we would be in real trouble.
 
So one disease could potentially wipe out all the corn.  It’s universal.  His concern:  You just don’t plant the whole world to one thing. But that’s exactly what we are doing.
 
Today, more than 90 per cent of all corn and soybeans grown in America are genetically modified.
 
The rest of the film concerned a specific case in Paraguay and an interview with the head of Monsanto.
 
The two sides of the controversy are (a) the good that this increase in food production is doing the world over and (b) the harm that is being done to the environment (and to the small farmers) through the use of harmful chemicals.
 
Another concern was the disclosure of whether food production is Genetically Modified or not.  Most European countries have laws that make it mandatory to disclose that information.  The United States has nothing of that kind in place.
 
We had a good discussion after the film.  It was educational.  Very interesting.
We hope to see you at next Wednesday's HHH.
 
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Our District 7020 is composed of 85 clubs in ten different countries or territories:
Anguilla
Bahamas (except Grand Bahama)
British Virgin Islands
Cayman Islands
French West Indies (St-Martin & St-Barthelemy only)
Haiti
Jamaica
Netherland Antilles (Sint-Maarten only)
Turks & Caicos
U.S. Virgin Islands
We are in Zone 34 which is comprised of 26 countries:
USA: Georgia and Florida
District 7000: Puerto Rico
District 7020: 10 countries in the Northern Caribbean
District 7030: 14 countries in the Southern Caribbean