The Rotary Club of St. Vincent will celebrate its 50th anniversary on August 5th, 2021, under the Theme: Rotary 50th: Celebrating 50 Golden Years of Service Above Self.
The celebratory year commences with a week of activities from August 1-7, 2021, which are as follows:-
Sunday August 1st – Church Fellowship at the Cathedral of the Assumption
Thursday August 5th – a Virtual Panel Discussion, the Topic: Creating opportunities: Empowering women and young girls.
Saturday August 7th – Cocktail Reception at Young Island Resort
To celebrate the week of events, the Rotary Club of St. Vincent will be joined by special guests from District 7030, namely District Governor Sonya Alleyne from Barbados, Immediate Past District Governor Lisle Chase and his Partner in Service Maggitha Jaghanath from St. Lucia, and Past District Governor and Rotary International Board Member David Edwards, also from Barbados. The Club now boasts a membership of 37 female and male Rotarians, having started with only men in 1971. The Club’s membership also includes the members of the Rotary Satellite Club of St. Vincent – Bequia.
The 50th Anniversary celebrations will continue throughout the year and will incorporate service projects in support of the fight against childhood obesity and COVID-19, the empowerment of girls and women, and peace building.
Over the years, the members of the Rotary Club of St.Vincent have engaged in widespread community service. Some of our activities include our popular Village Doctor programme, the Annual Children’s Christmas Party, the Young Employees Socialisation programme, the recognition of outstanding 4th Form Students through the George Phillips Award, the Back to School Supplies Project, providing hot lunches to homeless persons, wheelchair donations, collaboration with the Salvation Army Children’s Home and Friends, packaging and distribution of relief supplies (food, water, toiletries and clothing) to families affected by the volcanic eruptions, particularly those evacuees in private shelters. During the COVID-19 pandemic the Club provided Care Packages to a number of public and private sector entities and donated thousands of disposable masks to the Ministry of Health, Wellness and the Environment to aid in combatting the spread of COVID-19. The Club also brought pipe bourne water to the people of Fancy; and built and continue to support the School for Children with Special Needs.
The Rotary Club of St. Vincent is a chartered member of Rotary International which started in 1905, when Chicago lawyer, Paul Harris, formed the first Rotary Club. His idea was for business persons from varied backgrounds to get together, exchange ideas and establish friendships. The original friendship club evolved into a service club helping to solve challenging civic and social problems. The concept quickly spread throughout the United States and throughout the world.
One hundred and sixteen years later, there are 1.2 million members in 35,000 local Rotary clubs in more than 200 countries. Among thousands of projects, Rotary International’s signature project has been the fight to eradicate polio on a global level.
Rotary International has six primary areas of focus which include maternal and child health, water and sanitation, disease prevention and treatment, basic education and literacy, economic and community development, peace building and conflict resolution, and supporting the environment. All align with Rotary’s mottos of “Service above Self” and “One Profits Most Who Serves Best”.