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Posted by Sonia Webster on Jan 04, 2015

Winning Ticket, Winning Bond!


Twas the night before Christmas, and a crowd eagerly amassed at Delta Gas Station in Pasea, with a vague air of expectancy to await the Rotary Club of Road Town’s raffle drawing for a new 2015 Nissan Xtrail.  In that moment, everything else had been put on hold.   Family, friends, frolicking, and a mountain of “things” still to be done.   Rotarians on site sought to accommodate many hopefuls who showed up  seeking to purchase tickets before the raffle drum was closed.  DJ push pop set the mood with a mix of Caribbean and Christmas music that kept things lively.

When ticket sales were closed off, the last of the ticket stubs were folded and put into the drum which was closed and locked. The mounting anticipation was almost tangible.  The formalities and the speeches were duly dispensed with, as was the awarding of two other valuable prizes donated by major sponsor Delta Petroleum.

Then the drum was spun, and spun again by Treasurer Elvis, using the best of what remained from his old days in the gym.   The atmosphere grew tense as a young lady, who had been randomly selected from the spectators to draw the winning ticket, reached into the drum.  Stirred its contents around with her hand.  And dug in deeply before proudly pulling out a ticket and handing it to the waiting officials.

Pause. Uncertainty. More Pause. Suspense.    A winning ticket… with an undecipherable name.    “We have a winner of the new 2015 Nissan Xtrail.” announced Lime representative Kareem Nelson Hull.  He then read the winning number and waited for the lucky ticket holder to be identified.

As ticket holders in attendance and across the airwaves were still anxiously consulting their ticket numbers,  Mr. Jamieson Hopkins broke into an impromptu dance and chant.  “My car” he shouted, “Mine!” “Gimme my car, it's mine!”  as he jigged across the compound.  It was only after he had calmed down sufficiently that the raffle officials were able to verify his win.

But Jamieson Hopkins dramatic win would not end there.  While members of the crowd silently nursed their disappointment at not winning, Mr. Hopkins next move was one that captured everyone’s attention and respect.   He whipped out his cell phone and hurriedly called his mother.  “Mommy” he shouted, “I just won a car and I am giving it to you!”  “I love you and merry Christmas.  Get down here fast cause  I’m  giving it to you.”  And in case a little incentive was needed, he added ...“Hurry up before I change my mind and sell it.”

In that instant, Jamieson Hopkins demonstrated selflessness by giving back to someone who had giving him so much.   The members of the crowd dispersed, not with a new car, as they had hoped but with a wonderful story of Christmas giving to share.

President Shan, the board and members of the Rotary Club of Road Town salute Mr. Hopkins for his wonderful gesture and thank our wonderful partners, LIME, NAGICO Insurances and Delta Petroleum. We especially thank the community for their generous support of the raffle, proceeds from which are going right back into the community through various projects next year.

Posted by Sonia Webster on Dec 17, 2014

From Our Family To Yours

Photo Credit:Ravi Maywahlal

Posted by Sonia Webster on Dec 16, 2014

Early Christmas Cheer!


Congratulations to Mr. St. Clair Woodley for winning the second early bird prize of $1,500 in this year's grand car raffle. The draw took place on December 8 at Riteway, Pasea.

Mr. Woodley was extremely delighted when he accepted the prize during our weekly dinner meeting on Wednesday.

Up next is the big draw on December 24, Christmas Eve at Delta Petroleum Service Station at Pasea.

A lucky winner will drive home a spanking new 2015 Nissan XTrail. Will it be you? No ticket, no chance. Increase your chances of winning by purchasing more tickets.

Tickets are selling fast and can be purchased at LIME, NAGICO Insurances, D' Best Cup next to Scotiabank, Captain Mulligans or from any member of the Rotary Club of Road Town.
All proceeds benefit the community.

We sincerely thank the public for their continued support and our partners on the raffle, LIME, NAGICO Insurances and Delta Petroleum.

Posted by Sonia Webster on Nov 29, 2014

Honorary, Honorable Mrs Eileen Parsons

The Rotary Club of Road Town had the distinction of inducting Mrs Eileen Parsons as an honorary member of our club.  Mrs Parsons, a former legislator,  has a long and distinguished record of public service and is well known for her ceaseless promotion of BVI culture, love of our national pastime, softball and passion for politics.

Mrs Parsons received her Rotary pin from former colleague (and current member) of the legislature,  Charter President of Rotary Club of Road Town and avid Rotarian PP Ronnie.   Read more about Mrs Parson’s induction on Platinum News Here.


Posted by Sonia Webster on Nov 29, 2014

New Members November 2014

The Rotary Club of Road Town is pleased to welcome two new members.   Local hotelier, Ms Lorna Christopher and former Rotaract President, Brian Liverpool Jr. were inducted on 26 November 2014.  Welcome to the Fun Club!



Posted by Sonia Webster on Nov 27, 2014

A Rotary Fairytale

Members of the Rotary Club of Road Town, displayed both talent and range when they participated in the Enis Adams Primary School’s 'Great Stories and Rhymes Come Alive’ event on Sunday 23 November. The cast of five, decked out in full costume and supported by props, delivered a crowd pleasing performance of Goldilocks and the Three Bears.

While the young attendees delighted in seeing this well known fairytale take shape on stage, the more discerning members of the audience marveled at baby bear’s stockings and suspenders and our narrator’s trousers which were both fitting in theme and pause worthy.  In the end, it was difficult to say who enjoyed the performance more, the young audience or the onstage talent.   Other popular stories were performed during the evening by various groups.

The Rotary Club of Road Town was pleased to support this innovative approach to promoting literacy.  We congratulate our sponsored school, Enis Adams Primary, on an excellent event which raised awareness of the importance of reading and literacy among children.

Posted by Sonia Webster on Nov 29, 2014

DG visits Projects and Gets “This Close”


It was a busy week for District Governor Dr Paul Brown and First Lady Kay.   In between the meetings, speeches, dinners, social events, and ferry rides the district governor undertook the well anticipated tour of the clubs' community projects.

We were pleased to showcase two of our projects 'The Hovis House Project' situated close to the Peebles Hospital and 'The Barker House Project' in Purcell.  Both houses underwent extensive repair and renovation work at the hands of Rotarians, who, as a bonus, cleaned the surrounding yards and added gardens.

DG Paul also found time to visit our Polio Mural in Fish bay and was photographed doing his version of the End Polio Now “this Close” commercial.   We hope the DG and First Lady enjoyed their visit to the BVI, we certainly enjoyed having them.

Posted by Sonia Webster on Nov 27, 2014

Spotlight on Rotary 


The Rotary Clubs of the BVI working together to enlighten residents about Rotary and the Rotary Foundation on JTV Spotlight, a live television program.

The mission of The Rotary Foundation is to enable Rotarians to advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace with contributions that improve health,  support education and alleviate poverty.

To learn more about the Foundation and how your contributions are used around the globe click Here.


Posted by Sonia Webster on Nov 16, 2014

Be a Winner!


Posted by Sonia Webster on Nov 16, 2014

Early Bird Winner!


Winner, Winner, Winner

Congratulations to Ms. Angela Charles, the lucky holder of ticket #5017, who won $1,500 in the first early bird draw in this year's annual car raffle. The draw took place last Saturday, November 8 at OneMart. The next early bird draw for $1,500 is set for December 8 at Riteway, Pasea and the grand draw is set for December 24 at Delta Petroleum, Pasea. Who will win the 2015 Nissan XTrail?

Tickets can be purchased from Nagico Insurances, LIME, Mulligans, D' Best Cup next to Scotiabank or from any member of the Rotary Club of Road Town.

Posted by Sonia Webster on Oct 31, 2014

District Governor Paul Brown Visits


The Rotary Family of the BVI will welcome District Governor Paul Brown  and Mrs Kay Brown to our shores tomorrow Saturday 1 November.

The 2014/2015 District Governor who hails from Jamaica will be in the Territory from 1 – 7 November.  DG Paul will attend a joint meeting of the three Rotary Clubs on Wednesday 5 November and hold conference with board members of the Rotary Clubs as well as the Rotaract and Interact executives at various other times.   He will then hit the road to visit some of the projects undertaken by the clubs.  


DG Paul has chosen the theme “Inspire Youth, Build Rotary” for the District 7020 Rotary Year 2014/2015.   Clubs are encouraged to develop and execute projects inkeeping with this theme.  


Despite his busy schedule there will be plenty time for DG Paul to socialise and members are encouraged to come out and show our DG a warm BVI welcome.

Posted by Sonia Webster on Nov 01, 2014

Barker House Project Finished

After several early morning weekends of hard work the members of the Rotary Club of Road Town proudly packed up their tools, paint brushes and gardening implements and departed leaving Mrs Barker's with a home that is sure to lift her spirits and brighten her day.  A just reward for the elderly matriarch who has done so much to help her community.





Posted by Sonia Webster on Oct 25, 2014

Life as a Polio Survivor

Story and photo from Platinum News

From an early age, Mrs Roshi Razzaq knew that she was different from the rest of the children in her neighbourhood because she was diagnosed with poliomyelitis, commonly called polio, a crippling and potentially deadly infectious disease that can invade an infected person’s brain and spinal cord, causing paralysis.

Mrs. Razzaq, was a special guest, sharing her story for the first time publicly during a joint meeting at Treasure Isle hosted by the Rotary Club of Road Town and the Rotary Club Sunrise of Road Town to commemorate World Polio Day Day last evening, October 24.

Sharing her story from London via video link from London, Mrs. Razzaq put a face on polio which Rotarians have pledged to eradicate from the world by 2018 through collaboration with UNICEF, Center for Disease Control (CDC), and the World Health Organization.

While polio has been eliminated from the Caribbean region many years ago; however, health officials determine that one child with polio is a risk to children globally.

Posted by Sonia Webster on Oct 25, 2014

EarlyActors Agree - "We are This Close" 


On World Polio Day, 24 October 2014, President Elect Ryan accompanied by Immediate Past President Charles and Rotarian Anthony enlightened EarlyAct members at Ebenezer Thomas Primary School on Rotary's involvement in the fight to eradicate polio.

The Club members paid close attention to the slide show and presentation and in the end made their contribution to the Polio Eradication effort by posing for their "This Close" photo and becoming a part of the world’s largest commercial.




Posted by Sonia Webster on Oct 25, 2014

New Member October 2014

We are pleased to welcome our newest member Tamara Hodge who was inducted on 24 October 2014 by Past District Governor Vance Lewis.

New Rotarian Tamara Hodge (Center) flanked by Director Diehdra Potter on the left and PDG Vance Lewis on the right.


Posted by Sonia Webster on Oct 24, 2014

Make History Today
End Polio Now


World Polio Day is Friday 24 October.  The Rotary Club of Road Town has intensified its efforts to raise awareness of the disease and the importance of stopping it in its tracks.  We need your help.

The Club will be distributing "pennies for polio" collection boxes at key locations around the territory to allow members of the public to make contributions to the cause.  No amount is too small.

Look out for our Polio mural in Fish Bay along the roadside across from the Skelton Warehouses and our billboard next to the Romasco Building in front of Peebles Hospital. 

Learn more about Polio HERE and visit Rotary International's website ENDPOLIONOW.ORG for information on the fight to eradicate this debilitating disease.

This is our chance to make history by wiping out the second human disease ever.  Globally, we are “this close” to ending polio.


Posted by Sonia Webster on Oct 24, 2014

Why End Polio Now?


Why End Polio Now...

  • The Human Cost: If we don’t end polio now, experts say the disease could rebound to 10 million cases in the next 40 years.
  • It’s Achievable: There is no cure for polio, but the polio vaccine successfully prevents cases. Success in polio eradication sets the stage for the next big global health initiative.
  • It’s a Good Investment: The world has invested $9 billion dollars toward polio eradication and an independent study published in the medical journal Vaccine estimates the net economic benefits at US$40 to 50 billion over the next 20 years – a savings that can be put toward fighting other diseases.

The infrastructure for polio immunization also strengthens the systems for other health interventions.

Polio anywhere is a risk to children everywhere. The Global Polio Eradication Initiative is committed to fighting the disease until every child is safe.



Posted by Sonia Webster on Oct 18, 2014

Win a 2015 Nissan X-Trail SUV For Christmas


The Rotary Club of Road Town launched its Annual Grand Raffle on Friday 17 October.   This year the grand prize will be a brand new Nissan Extrail SUV which will be drawn on 24  December 2014 at Delta Petroleum in Pasea Estate.

There will also be two early bird drawings, each for $1,500.  The first will take place on 8 November 2014 outside One Mart at Port Purcell and the second on 6 December 2014 at Rite Way in Pasea Estate.  Each ticket contains a coupon for 5% discount on purchases over $150 at Rite Way.  Be sure to take advantage of these savings, but remember to retain your ticket number as you may need this to claim your raffle prize.

Raffle tickets are $10 each and can be purchased from members of the Rotary Club of Road Town.

The Rotary Club of Road Town thanks all of its partners and sponsors in this event, Delta Petroleum, Lime, Nagico, Burkes Garage and Rite Way. Proceeds from the raffle will go towards community projects.

Posted by Sonia Webster on Oct 18, 2014

I'm A Lady Seminar a Success


More than 200 students from Tortola and Virgin Gorda attended the one day seminar  hosted by Rotary Club of Road Town and Follow the Movement on 16 October that was geared towards young women in the fourth and fifth forms.

The event covered a broad range of topics including Gender Equity, Leadership, Anger Management, Tattoos and Piercings, Women in a Man's World, Don't Write how you Speak,  Peer Pressure and Purpose in Life.  It also featured a guest speaker from Her Majesty's Prison who provided the young women a vivid picture of life behind bars.

In the end, the group of enthusiastic young women left the seminar informed, inspired and better prepared to face the challenges of adolescence and life.

Visit our Facebook page for photos and see related story on Platinum News.


Posted by Sonia Webster on Oct 14, 2014

Lighting The Way To Literacy


Rotary's storm of support swept across Primary Schools in the British Virgin Islands as Hurricane Gonzalo threatened on Monday, October 13. Clubs distributed free Oxford dictionaries to primary schools across the Territory just ahead of the storm that eventually spared the BVI.

At the Althea Scatliffe Primary, club members joined other members of the Rotary Family in the BVI for the official ceremony. Minister of Education and Culture, Hon. Myron Walwyn congratulated the Rotary Clubs of the BVI for their continued support of education.

Each year the BVI family of Rotary distributes dictionaries to all class three students territory wide.

Story and photo from Rotary Club of Road Town Facebook page.  Visit us on Facebook for more photos of the event and Like-Tag-Share!


Posted by Sonia Webster on Oct 10, 2014

October is Vocational Service Month


 Vocational Service focuses on the second Object of Rotary:


Promoting integrity through ethical behavior is an essential part of what it means to be a Rotarian. Two standards developed by Rotarians — The Four-Way Test and the Rotary Code of  Conduct — provide a road map for ethical behavior in the workplace and other areas of life.  Through these guides Rotary International ensures that its membership and activities reflect the highest standards of ethics and professionalism.

The Four-Way Test was conceived in 1932 by businessman Herbert J. Taylor as an ethical guide to follow in all business matters.  The test was adopted by Rotary International in 1934 and remains an essential standard against which Rotarians measure ethical behavior.  It has been translated into dozens of languages and promoted by Rotarians worldwide. Taylor, a member of the Rotary Club of Chicago went on to serve as Rotary International’s president in 1954-55.  (Click More to read on)

Posted by Sonia Webster on Oct 04, 2014

Polio and Prevention


Polio is a crippling and potentially fatal infectious disease. There is no cure, but there are safe and effective vaccines. The strategy to eradicate polio is therefore based on preventing infection by immunizing every child until transmission stops and the world is polio-free.

The disease

Polio (poliomyelitis) is a highly infectious disease caused by a virus. It invades the nervous system and can cause irreversible paralysis in a matter of hours.

Who is at risk?

Polio can strike at any age, but it mainly affects children under five years old.


Polio is spread through person-to-person contact. When a child is infected with wild poliovirus, the virus enters the body through the mouth and multiplies in the intestine. It is then shed into the environment through the faeces where it can spread rapidly through a community, especially in situations of poor hygiene and sanitation. If a sufficient number of children are fully immunized against polio, the virus is unable to find susceptible children to infect, and dies out.

Young children who are not yet toilet-trained are a ready source of transmission, regardless of their environment. Polio can be spread when food or drink is contaminated by faeces. There is also evidence that flies can passively transfer poliovirus from faeces to food.

Most people infected with the poliovirus have no signs of illness and are never aware they have been infected. These symptomless people carry the virus in their intestines and can “silently” spread the infection to thousands of others before the first case of polio paralysis emerges.

For this reason, WHO considers a single confirmed case of polio paralysis to be evidence of an epidemic – particularly in countries where very few cases occur.

Read on to learn  more about Polio and Rotary's involvement

Posted by Sonia Webster on Oct 01, 2014

I Am A Lady: Inspire Youth – Build Rotary


The Rotary Club of Road Town in conjunction with Follow The Movement (FTM), The Hope Foundation and the Ministry of Education and Culture will host the “I Am A Lady: Inspire Youth – Build Rotary Seminar” on October 16th, 2014, from 10:00 am – 2:30 p.m at the H. Lavity Stoutt Community College Auditorium.

The one day motivational seminar is intended to accommodate over 200 young ladies from the 4th and 5th Forms of the secondary schools,as well as students at the tertiary level.

The seminar was officially launched at a press conference held at Maria's By The Sea on Tuesday, September 30.

Presenters At The Seminar Will Include:

Gender Equity, Mrs. Karia Christopher
Social Media, Mr. Gordon French
Leadership, Ms. Jaynene Jno Lewis, Miss BVI 2014
Anger Management, Pastor Melvin M. Turnbull
Tattoo And Piercing, Mr. Julien Johnson
Don’t Write How You Speak, Mr. Kareem-Nelson Hull
Business Development, Ms. Patrica Romney
Prison Life, Female Inmate of Her Majesty's Prison

Posted by Sonia Webster on Oct 01, 2014

Youth Initiatives Launched


On Monday, the Rotary Club of Road Town officially launched two initiatives in celebration of New Generations Month at the St. Georges Secondary School.

(1) The Unsung Hero Award will be rewarded to selfless youth  between the ages of 12 -30 years who exemplifies Rotary’s Motto of “Service Above Self” in their school, youth organization or community.

There are 3 Categories: Ages 12-18, 19- 25, 25 – 30 years.

Nominated by the public, Unsung Heroes come from all walks of life and can be found anywhere in the British Virgin Islands going the extra mile to serve their community.

There are 3 Categories: Ages 12-18, 19- 25, 25 – 30 years.

Nomination Deadline for Unsung Hero: December 5th 2014.

(2) The Four-Way Test Essay Competition which is open to all high school students (from grade 7 onwards)  in the British Virgin Islands.

See below for more details about the two initiatives. 

Click link to download application forms:
Unsung Hero Nomination Form
4 Way Test Essay Form

For more information email

Posted by Sonia Webster on Sep 27, 2014

Young Writers Accept The Challenge


The Rotary Club of Road Town Joined with Rotary Sunrise of Road Town and Rotary Club of Tortola on Friday 26 September to launch the Butterfly Storybook competition for young writers.  

The Butterfly Storybook competition is organised by Rotary E-Club of the Caribbean 7020, and is open to all children aged 7-11 in the ten Caribbean islands that comprise district 7020.  It is introduced and administered on each island by resident Rotary clubs such as Road Town and Sunrise.   

The competition's launching took place at the St Georges Primary school to the eager, young, budding writers, and will similarly be taken to the other primary schools in the territory. 

Participants are required to submit a Caribbean themed story of 300-750 words which highlights the merits performing good deeds and doing the right thing.  

Three local winners will be selected, who will receive certificates.   Then a panel of judges from the e-club will choose 10 stories from among the winners Caribbean wide, to include in "The Butterfly StoryBook” which will be PUBLISHED.  The Butterfly StoryBooks for 2013 and 2014 are currently being  sold on Amazon.Com.  Each young author who is published will receive $50 in books.


Posted by Sonia Webster on Sep 21, 2014

Rotary BVI Cleans Up


The Rotary Club of Road Town joined members of the BVI Rotary Family and volunteers around the globe on Saturday 20 September,  for International Coastal Cleanup Day, an annual call-to-action for people to help tidy up the coastlines.

On Tortola, the Rotary Family performed this service at Trellis Bay (Beef Island), collecting and logging several bags of trash which were then carted off to the nearest dump.

Across the pond on Virgin Gorda, President Kyle and the Rotaractors of  VG descended on Handsome Bay and gleaned from its shores discarded and washed up remnants of modern living.

The Family of Rotary is proud to be a part of this movement which is making a positive contribution to the world's environment.

Posted by Sonia Webster on Sep 21, 2014

Youths Take Over


On Wednesday 17 September 2014  President Shan surrendered (all too willingly) control of the meeting to the youth arms, Rotaract Clubs of Tortola and Virgin Gorda and Interact Club of Road Town.  We were pleased to have more than 60 youths present at our meeting.  The Rotary Club of Road Town pledges our continued support of our youth arms and their projects, and to the betterment of youths in the territory. .

Posted by Sonia Webster on Sep 16, 2014

Rotary Club of Road Town is


The Rotary Club of Road Town has been issued the coveted District 7020 Club of the Month Award for the month of August.  This is arguably the most challenging month to contend, but was made possible with an ambitious programme of activities set out by President Shan and his board and hard working club members who made the achievement look almost effortless.  Kudos to the FUN Club! 

Click Here to see the full COTM submission

Posted by Sonia Webster on Sep 13, 2014

Encouraging Young Minds


In recognition of International Literacy Day, the Rotary Club of Road Town along with community partners, NAGICO Insurances and the Ministry of Education and Culture presented books to students of the Enis Adams Primary School.

The presentation took place on Thursday, September 11 during a ceremony at the school. Remarks were delivered by ADG Delma Maduro, President Shan Mohamed,
Minister of Education and Culture Hon. Myron V. Walwyn, and Ms. Ayana Hull.

The Rotary Club of Road Town, (together with Rotary  Sunrise and the Rotary Club of Tortola) will also be distributing dictionaries to class three students territory wide in the coming month.  International Literacy Day is observed on September 8.


Posted by Sonia Webster on Sep 13, 2014

Providing Tools for Teachers


As schools across the territory convened for the start of the new academic year on Monday, September 8, teachers of the Bregado Flax Educational Centre Secondary Division were pleasantly surprised when members of the Rotary Club of Road Town showed up to present them with back to school packages.

Each member of the teaching faculty was presented with a Teacher's Utility Kit containing such essential items as pens, whiteout, highlighters, dry erase markers and glues.

Speaking on behalf of the President Shan Mohammed, Rotarian Vincent Wheatley encouraged the teachers to keep up the excellent work they have been doing despite having to work in less than perfect conditions at times.  Past President Trefor Grant was also on hand to assist with the presentations.

The Rotary Club of Road Town is fully committed to education in the BVI and was proud to support our teachers who take on the challenge of shaping young minds.  
Posted by Sonia Webster on Sep 13, 2014

Healthy Living for Youths


Doneisha Maduro Findlay, the first runner-up at the 2014 Miss BVI Pageant addressed our club meeting on September 10. She spoke about overcoming challenges, achieving her goal of living a healthy lifestyle and her plans to help the community.  Miss Maduro gave an inspiring account of how preparing for and participating in the pageant impacted her life. 

Her mission now is to educate other young people on the benefits of healthy living.  An essential component of this is maintaining a healthy weight by monitoring one's eating habits and regular exercise. 

Miss Maduro studied cosmetology at the Vidal Sasson Academy and is proprietor of her own beauty saloon.  She also teaches cosmetology at the V.I. Technical School and is a Zumba instructor at the Save the Seed Recreational Center. 

Posted by Sonia Webster on Sep 06, 2014

Weekend Well Spent

Barker House Project
Our Rotary Crew was busy this weekend (Saturday 30 August)  with two projects.  Members were up early on Saturday morning to continue the work started on Mrs Barker's house in Purcell Estate.  We were able to get much of the painting done and will be returning on 6 September to continue with other much needed tasks. 

A Big thank you to our Corporate partners from Nagico who braved the early morning hours showing up bright eyed, bushy tailed and ready to work!!  Looking forwarding to seeing you again next week.



Food Drive For Families in Need 
Elsewhere members were busy assisting with the Rotary Club of Tortola's sponsored Food Drive for the Family Support Network.   Some dedicated Rotarians did double duty by joining the Food Drive outside major supermarkets after spending a long morning painting.   Rotarians at their BEST.


See related story on Virgin Islands News Online HERE



Posted by Sonia Webster on Sep 06, 2014

Governor Duncan Visits


The Rotary Club of Road Town was pleased to host His Excellency, Governor John Duncan, OBE and wife, Anne Marie on September 3. It was the Governor's first official address to Rotarians since being sworn in on August 15. After his address and a few questions, he was presented with a special photograph captured by Phillip Fenty at the pond on Beef Island near the Terrance B Lettsome International Airport.


Posted by Sonia Webster on Sep 06, 2014

NAGICO Partners With Rotary Club of Road Town


NAGICO Insurances has partnered with the Rotary Club of Road Town to help improve local and international communities.

Mrs. Sarah Hatcher, a Director of NAGICO N.V. announced a donation of $10,000 at the club's weekly dinner meeting on Wednesday, September 3.

She told members and guests, including Governor John Duncan and wife Anne Marie, that NAGICO Insurances represented by Century Insurance Agency in the BVI, is delighted to be a platinum partner of the Rotary Club of Road Town.

"NAGICO believes that it is a great opportunity to partner with Rotary Club of Road Town for a whole year, knowing that our sponsorship goes towards worthwhile causes such as the health expo, the Kiddies Fiesta and educational projects," Mrs. Hatcher stated.

Posted by Sonia Webster on Sep 01, 2014

Focusing on Youths


September is Rotary's Youth Service Month.  Youth Services is, and has been, one of the Rotary Club of Road Town’s main areas of focus.  Our Club has adopted a proactive approach with youth leadership by sponsoring two EarlyAct clubs, an Interact club and (shared sponsorship of) a Rotaract club.  We also sponsor and support annual youth achievement  and co-academic programmes such as the National Spelling Bee, General Knowledge Quiz Bowl and the Spanish Bowl.

Educational development of our youth is paramount.  Each year we sponsor and participate in providing and distributing dictionaries to class three students territory wide.  Having adopted the Enis Adams Primary School as an ongoing community service project our members have spent many weekends working on the grounds and  have provided playground equipment which helps the kids to develop their cognitive and social skills.

Our annual Kiddies Fiesta is all about the kids!  This event which occurs in late July ushers in the territory's emancipation celebrations with a children's parade, games, rides, food and other entertainment.  This year we provided 300 back-to-school backpacks filled with school supplies to lucky young attendees.

In July our club took its Youth Focus a step further to reach kids who are at risk of falling through the cracks.  This new initiative will focus on five critical areas - crime minimization, drug prevention, at-risk sexual behavior, self esteem and behavioral attitudes.  By partnering with the Hope Foundation (a church based group) and Follow the Movement (a progressive youth talent promotion organisation)  the Club will work to provide support and guidance to youths between the ages of 15 and 25 to reduce anti-social and high risk behaviours and to provide positive social development and growth opportunities for the most vulnerable fractions of our society.

This alliance is made possible through the generosity of our Corporate Partners, LIME BVI; Mourant Ozannes and Nagico.

We encourage the community at large to join with Rotary, become a part of the solution and make a difference in the life of a young person today.

Posted by Sonia Webster on Aug 31, 2014

Make a Difference In Your Community

Welcome to Rotary International and The Rotary Club of Road Town. We hope that reading this will give you a better understanding of who we are and what we do.


What is Rotary?  Rotary International (RI) is a volunteer organization of business and professional leaders who provide humanitarian service, and help to build goodwill and peace throughout world.
The Rotary movement was formed in Chicago in 1905, by five professional men who shared a common interest in creating an organisation which objectives were to better serve mankind, while enjoying each other’s company. From this the ideals of Rotary were conceived.

Today there are some 32,000 Rotary Clubs worldwide, with a membership of around 1.2million, divided first into Zones and then Districts. RI also supports a number of other programmes, including its youth arms Rotaract, Interact and EarlyAct.

The Rotary Club of Road Town was chartered in January 1991, and a year later became the first Rotary club in the BVI to accept women members who continue to play a prominent role in its development. Members of the Club reflect the rich diversity in professional vocations that can be found in the BVI, and in tune with Rotary’s objectives we continue to seek new members to fill those vocations which are under-represented.

Click HERE for complete Article.

Posted by Sonia Webster on Aug 31, 2014

Hail to the Chiefs 

Past Presidents' Night At the Rotary Club of Road Town

Our meeting on August 20th was chaired by Charter President, Ronnie W. Skelton and included participation from Past Presidents, PDG Vance Lewis, Richard Parsons, Elvis Harrigan, Louis Potter, Charles Benjamin and Trefor Grant. 

The past presidents took turns recounting and regaling members with memorable moments from their term.   None was heard to whisper " ...and I would do it a second time"   But perhaps that is the unspoken understanding. 

Kudos to the Past Presidents for their contribution in bringing the club to where it is today, 23 years later, and  for accepting the challenge of hosting the our meeting.  

Story and photo adapted from the Rotary Club of Road Town Face Book Page.  Visit us on Facebook and LIKE TAG SHARE.

Posted by Sonia Webster on Aug 31, 2014

New Members August 2014

Our Club welcomed four new members in August.

Sabinah Clement shown above with President Shan was inducted on 13 August 2014.


James Harris and Jennifer Jarvis are shown above with Past President Ronnie Skelton who performed their induction on 27 August 2014  

Kenneth Hodge, a former member returned to the Club and was readmitted on 27 August 2014

Posted by Sonia Webster on Aug 31, 2014

Members' Orientation With Home Hospitality & Fun

The Club’s  first members' orientation in the new Rotary year was held on 23 August 2014.    The event was hosted by President Shan at his picturesque mountain side home at Sabbath Hill.  New and prospective members were provided with general information about Rotary International and particulars of our very own club - its history, goals, achievements, projects and plans.

After the formalities and information sharing came to an end, it was time for fellowship, food and well,… FUN!    DJ Push Pop (still in carnival mode) set the pace with calypso and soca tunes.  Thrown into that mix was a bit of hip hop line dancing and a conga line.  It was several hours before the crowd began to thin, as guests departed, and President Shan could once again lay claim to his home.

RCRT thanks all who attended and in particular the new and prospective members who came out to participate and learn more about the work that the Club does in the community.   And thank you to President Shan and Mrs Mohammed for their hospitality in an event that served as an excellent topping off for Membership Extension Month.

Visit our Facebook Page for pictures of the event.

Posted by Sonia Webster on Aug 31, 2014

History Maker

In 1992, the Rotary Club of Road Town became the first club in the BVI to accept women as members. Among the first to enter the club was Rtn. Margaret Penn, who made a special presentation at our club meeting of August 20.

She shared what it meant for women to become involved in Rotary at the time and the overall atmosphere of equality that existed.   PP Ronnie Skelton, was President at the time and he reminisced that women were a welcomed addition.  "If you want something done, ask a woman' he said "We guys tend to procrastinate a bit."   Since that time the club's gender ratio has shifted to almost 40% women and over its twenty three years of existence it has had six women presidents.  Progress never sleeps! 

Story and photo from the Rotary Club of Road Town Face Book Page.  Visit us on Facebook and LIKE TAG SHARE.

Posted by Sonia Webster on Aug 23, 2014

Creativity & Flexibility Key to Membership Goals


Past District Governor (7020) Rupert W. Ross, Jr. delivered an inspiring message as guest speaker at our August 13 meeting.  PDG Rupert, who hails from St. Croix, spoke extensively about growing the Rotary family in the BVI, membership retention and a new Rotary International objective to promote satellite clubs.

PDG Rupert expressed the view that another District Governor should come from the BVI soon, encouraging Rotarians not to be daunted by the challenges.  PDG Vance Lewis, a Past President of our club, became the first Rotarian from the BVI to hold the coveted post of District Governor between 2012-2013.

Among the visiting BVI Rotarians for PDG Rupert's address were Delma Maduro, Assistant District Governor and Past President of the Rotary Club of Tortola;  Henry Creque, President of Rotary Club of Tortola;   Mrs. Lorna Smith, OBE, Past President, Rotary Club of Tortola;  and Mrs. Jeanette Scatliffe Boynes, President Elect, Rotary Club Sunrise of Road Town.


Posted by Sonia Webster on Aug 24, 2014

Rotary International Approves Changes

Representatives from Rotary's 532 districts met in downtown Chicago 21-26 April, approving a number of measures designed to strengthen Rotary, increase membership, and enhance the organization's capacity to serve.

The Council on Legislation meets every three years to consider changes to the policies that govern Rotary International and its member clubs. This year's Council accepted an increase in dues of US$1 per year per person, removed limits on e-clubs, permitted satellite clubs, and changed the name of the fifth Avenue of Service to "Youth Service."  The Council also rejected two measures affecting Rotaract.  One of these was a proposal to increase the Rotaract age limit from 30 to 35 years.

The dues increase means Rotary clubs will pay Rotary International annual dues of $54 per person in 2014-15, $55 in 2015-16, and $56 in 2016-17.   Dues for 2013-14 had already been set to $53.

Click "More" below to read about other important changes.

Posted by Sonia Webster on Aug 16, 2014

LIME Partners with Rotary Club of Road Town


LIME BVI has risen to the challenge and stepped forward to become Platinum Sponsor of the Rotary Club of Road Town. 
Managing Director of the telecommunications company, Mr. Sean Auguste attended our meeting on August 13 to present the club with a cheque on behalf of the company. He commented that the decision to partner with the Rotary Club of Road Town was an easy one as the club's goal of helping youth among other initiatives are in line with LIME BVI's objectives.  

President Shan thanked LIME for being responsive to the club's request.  It
 takes community partners to help the Rotary Club of Road Town reach more of those in need and change more lives in the community and we are grateful to have LIME BVI as our Platinum Partner.
Posted by Sonia Webster on Aug 15, 2014

A Winning Celebration


The Members of the Rotary Club of Road Town joined with the BVI Family of Rotary and had great fun lighting up the parade route at the BVI's 60th Festival Celebration of Emancipation on Monday 4 August 2014.

Led by Rotarian Ixora of the Tortola Club, members danced their way up Waterfront Drive with an impromptu and well choreographed routine that caught the favourable attention of the judges. The entry was aided by the addition of royalty as many of the past Festival Queens graced the Rotary float, greeting spectators with smiles and waves. 

And if having a great time was not reward enough, the BVI Family of Rotary's Floupe (Float and Troupe combination) was awarded 2nd place in its category by the judges.  Bringing to rest an excellent effort and many tired feet.

(Story and photo adapted from Rotary Club of Road Town Facebook Page.  Visit us on Facebook and LIKE-TAG-SHARE) 

Posted by Sonia Webster on Aug 15, 2014

US & Caribbean Clubs Explore Project Partnerships


Seven members from the Rotary Family in the BVI attended the 2014 Caribbean Partnership Celebration (CPC) held at the Intercontinental Resort & Casino in San Juan, Puerto Rico from August 8th to 10th.
Under the CPC programme Clubs from the US and the Caribbean join in sharing ideas and resources to complete projects and initiatives in the Caribbean District region.
This year the Rotary Club of Road Town presented its Youth Change Initiative which is based on a partnership between Follow The Movement and The Hope Foundation to assist teens and young adults in five critical areas - crime minimization, drug prevention, at-risk sexual behavior, self esteem and behavioral attitudes.
Posted by Sonia Webster on Aug 24, 2014

Bold Approach to Membership

August is Rotary's Membership and Extension Month
This year, Rotary International extended the timeframe for four pilot programs that were introduced in 2011 in response to a call for increased flexibility for membership and in an effort to foster improved recruitment, retention and engagement of members.  The programmes which introduced Satellite Clubs, Corporate Membership, Associate Membership, and Innovation & Flexibility programmes were initially slated to be piloted for a three year period 1 July 2011 to 30 June 2014.   This was extended to June 2017 and the number of pilot clubs increased from 200 to 1000.

To participate in these pilot programs, a club must be in good financial standing and will need agreement from the current club president and club president-elect along with the agreement of 2/3 of the members of the club.

The  pilot period is to allow Rotary International to assess the impact that alternative membership types have on a number of areas including:

  • Club operations,
  • Member activities and engagement,
  • Membership growth and retention,
  • Improved member diversity,
  • Increased community and international service,
  • Increased support of the rotary foundation, and
  • Overall club effectiveness

 Click More below for a brief description of each initiative.

Posted by Sonia Webster on Aug 02, 2014

New Members July 2014

 The Rotary Club of Road Town is pleased to welcome five new members to its ranks!

Jadid Khan and Joseph Ryan were inducted on 23 July 2014.


Joseph Christopher Alegre, Keshma Maharaj and Vincent Wheatley were inducted on 30 July 2014.

Posted by Sonia Webster on Jul 30, 2014

Kiddies Fiesta Delivers on FUN

A day of fun and excitement as well over 1000 children along with their parents and guardians attended the Rotary Club of Road Town's Kiddies Fiesta. The day ended with school bags and supplies being distributed with the help of Hon. Myron Walwyn, Minister of Education and Culture.

The Rotary Club of Road Town thanks its sponsors, LIME, Nagico and Mourant Ozannes,  the BVI Family of Rotary and everyone who contributed to the overwhelming success of this event. 

Enjoy the action of Kiddies Fiesta 2014 as captured by Rotarian Everette Frazer and Director Diehdra Potter on our Facebook page.

(Story and photo adapted from the Rotary Club of Road Town's Facebook page.  Visit our page and LIKE-TAG-ENJOY)


Posted by Sonia Webster on Jul 25, 2014

Rewarding a Lifetime of Giving

The Rotary Club of Road Town teamed up with Hon. Alvera Maduro-Caines, 6th District Rep, along with officers from the British Navy vessel, HMS Argy ll to help restore Ms. Barker's house in Purcell Estate.

Ms. Barker is fondly called Mother Martin and lives up to the name as she is a mother of so many besides her six biological children. She leads a group of senior men and women in a ministry at her church through the Sweet Anointed Praisers, which, at least two to three times a year, does community outreach in the Purcell area, providing free clothes and food to anyone in need.

On her weekends, Ms. Barker prepares food for a number of elderly residents out of her own resources and she does this with great joy. 
(Story and Photos from Rotary Club of Road Town Facebook Page.  Visit us on Facebook and LIKE-TAG-SHARE)
Posted by Sonia Webster on Aug 01, 2014

Keep Calm!

With the new Rotary year chock full of activities (and work) and already in high gear, the Rotary Club of Road Town has adopted a new slogan and mantra: “Keep Calm… We are the Fun Club at Work.”

Club Members can be seen immersed in service projects throughout the community with this message emblazoned across the back of their shirts.   President Shan Mohammed explained the slogan as being truly representative of the spirit and character of Rotary Club of Road Town.  “We are a club that is innovative, progressive and committed to a better community.”   He said.   “We are anticipating an exciting and rewarding Rotary year and our members are fully engaged and ready to work.”

Work appears to be a misnomer however when watching the Rotary Club of Road Town’s members in action.   “We are here to make a difference” says Treasurer Elvis.  “It’s all about doing good while having fun.”   And who could argue with a process that delivers on results and great fellowship.

Posted by Sonia Webster on Jul 25, 2014

Premier's Cup 2014


The Rotary Club of Road Town put its culinary skills to good use over the weekend and assisted with the annual Premier’s Cup youth sailing competition.   The Premier’s Cup which hosts sailing teams from around the Caribbean takes place each year at Nanny Cay in the British Virgin Islands.

RC-RT Members pitched in on Saturday 19 July 2014 to prepare meals and provide support for the young sailors, and, in the mist of it all, enjoyed a day of great fellowship games and fun.

(Story and photo adapted from the Rotary Club of Road Town's Facebook Page.  Visit us on Facebook and LIKE-TAG-SHARE)


Posted by Sonia Webster on Jul 11, 2014

A Partnership For Youths


Story by Virgin Islands Platinum News

.A new partnership has been launched to tackle issues affecting youth across the Virgin Islands with the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the Rotary Club of Road Town, Follow The Movement (FTM) and Hope Foundation today, July 10.

Embedded in the MoU is a commitment for the three parties to work on five critical areas which are crime minimization, drug prevention, at-risk sexual behavior, self esteem and behavioral attitudes.

Posted by Sonia Webster on Jul 06, 2014

Rotary Club of Road Town Welcomes President Shan and 2014/2015 Board

  The new board of the Rotary Club of Road Town led by President Shan Mohamed.

The Rotary Club of Road Town installed its 2014/2015 executive body during its annual installation and award dinner held at the Peter Island Resort on 28 June 2014.  The newly installed board members are:

President - Shan Mohamed 
President Elect - Ryan Geluk
Vice President - Ishma Edwards
Secretary - Nelcia St. Jean
Treasurer - Elvis Harrigan
Membership Director - Lavina Liburd
Club Administration Director - Elford Parsons 
Foundation Director - IPDG Vance Lewis
Service Projects Director - Geraldeen Johnson
Youth Services Director - Diehdra Potter
Fundraising Director - Margaret Penn
Public Relations Director - Gordon French
Sargeant-at-Arms - Andrew Emery
Immediate Past President -  Charles Crane

Rotary Club of Road Town Awards 2013/2014
During the evening the Club also honoured four awardees. Click "More" below to read about these outstanding individuals. 

Posted by Nelcia St. Jean

On 2 July 2014 Dr. Rev. Melvin Turnbull Presented to the Rotary Club of Road Town Seven (7) characteristics of a good servant (Rotarian)


A servant: 

1. Cares about people 

2. Knows that he is not alone 

3. Gives to the Master 

4. Is thankful 

5. Knows that he is a conduit

6. Knows that what he gives comes back in abundance 

7. Does the right thing without fanfare

Posted by Charles Crane on Feb 02, 2014

Having met with the Club’s Board of directors and Officers in the afternoon of Wednesday 29th January, the DG with his wife Michelle paid his official visit to our meeting later that evening. The meeting with the Board went smoothly and the DG enjoyed the power point presentation which the directors presented on their area of focus. There was a relaxed atmosphere throughout the meeting and the DG left satisfied we were on the right track.

Posted by Nelcia St. Jean

At the insanely early hour of 7am on Wednesday 18th December, members of all Rotary Clubs in the BVI, Rotaract, Interact and EarlyAct gathered at the Moorings for the traditional Christmas breakfast hosted by the Rotary Club of Road Town . In all some 70+   members of the Rotary family of Clubs, including 22 of our members along with 5 Interact members and 10 members from the Early Act Club of Enis Adams School, as well as spouses and guests enjoyed a meeting of good fellowship and good food, prepared by the Moorings staff.  Breakfast included salt fish, eggs, turkey, ham, an assortment of breads and tarts. The Assistant Governor for the BVI Clubs, Delma Maduro presented her Christmas message  to the “family” and wished them all a very happy Christmas holiday. The Early Act Club entertained us with a Christmas themed dance, for which they were enthusiastically applauded. Music during the breakfast and fellowship was provided by Glenroy Charles. Our  Guest speaker for the occasion was Ms. Janice Nibbs  Blyden who amused us all with her recollections of how Christmas was spent in Sea Cows Bay some 50 years ago; the days of preparation; annual painting of houses; the eager anticipation of the children. In a particularly amusing part of her presentation she recalled one of the highlights of the celebrations seemed to be the fact that the men ate pig's testicles as an aphrodisiac and that the proceedings always finished in a fight between the youths of Sea Cow's Bay and the youths of Long Look, which the police would never intervene for fear that both sides would turn on them, the police. As we have in the past, there was a collection for the Moorings staff in appreciation of their service during the year which was made by Rtn Lavina. SAA Ryan wrapped up the meeting with fines and happy dollars and a joke that really didn’t quite make it – really SAA! On the way out, members and guests were given a bag of traditional Christmas goodies. Did you all notice the fancy art work on the programme- well done Sec Richard and Rtn Lavina.  Our thanks go to PP Melvin who put all this together in what was a very entertaining family of Rotary Breakfast; thanks Melvin!


Posted by Nelcia St. Jean

The Rotary Club of Road Town has completed its annual beautification of the Road Town Roundabout in traditional Christmas style. The lights were finally completed on Monday evening after a weekend of frenetic activity to set up the lights and ensure that they were working. The result is a spectacular display of coloured lights that set the roundabout aglow throughout the night bringing some much needed Christmas cheer.




Posted by Nelcia St. Jean

Living up to the commitment that Digicel made when they agreed to be the major sponsor to the Kiddies' Fiesta this year, on Tuesday 27th November Digicel's commercial officer Jasmine Perez duly presented to the School's principal Mrs Carleen Parsons a new Dell desk top in recognition that the schools cheer leaders took first prize.. Earlier this month Digicel made a similar presentation to Althea Scatliffe, who took the prize for best majorettes. Thank you Digicel! Picture shows Ms Perez handing over the equipment to Mrs Parson flanked by some of the younger students.


Posted by Nelcia St. Jean

On 23 November 2012, The EarlyAct Club of Ebenezer Thomas Primary School received its Charter from then Rotary District Governor Vance Lewis. Now 12 months on, the Club has passed its first birthday and today, Thanksgiving Day, celebrated the occasion with a turkey and ham lunch, all arranged by the Club’s school advisers. Some 30 members of the Club and their six advisers sat down to a sumptuous luncheon. In true Rotary spirit, the school reached out to their sister club at Enis Adams School and 10 members of their club as well as their adviser and Principal joined the EarlyAct members at Ebenezer Thomas.


Posted by Nelcia St. Jean

Members of Rotary Clubs in the Virgin Islands were disbursed throughout the Virgin Islands distributing dictionaries to class three students today, November 4.

At the Althea Scatliffe Primary School, Principal, Ms. Marieta Flax-Headley declared to students that Christmas has come early since Rotarians brought gifts.

Assistant District Governor for the BVI, Mrs. Delma Maduro told students that this is a wonderful way to start one's week.


She added that public schools are very privileged to benefit from the distribution of the dictionaries and a decision was made to extend the privilege to the private schools.

"We encourage you to use the dictionaries because they are going to help you with your reading, your writing, your communication and your studies in general," Mrs. Maduro stated.

President of the Rotary Club of Road Town, Mr. Charles Crane explained that each year the clubs donate dictionaries to class three and today there are ceremonies happening across the island.


Minister for Education and Culture, Hon. Myron Walwyn told students that they should be thankful for the donation.

"The Rotary Clubs didn't have to do this because we are not entitled to it, but it is because of the type of organization and the type of persons who make up the organization; it is an organization that cares about the community and certainly they are making their investments in education and we want to thank them very much," Hon. Walwyn stated.


Posted by Nelcia St. Jean

On the morning of Saturday 19th October, we paid our first visit to Mount Healthy to mend the fence line; there was just a select band of us that came out to help; PP Richard, PP Courtney, SAA Ryan, Rtn Ravi, Dir Dennis and Pres. Charles whilst IPDG Vance made a cameo appearance, but did go off to try to arrange a backhoe, unfortunately without success. We made some good progress on the first phase, and there is now a new fence line along most of the road frontage, from the gate running towards the sea. Dir. Dennis had already cleared the entire bush from the fence line around the property, and sunk some new poles. So we made good progress. We need the backhoe to clear the fence line to the south of the gate as a large amount of dirt from the adjoining property has spilled over, covering much of the fence; that will be phase 2.  The work was hard at times as you can see from the energy being applied by PPs Richard and Courtney. But a good days work and a good start. Well done Dir Dennis for getting this project started.


Posted by Nelcia St. Jean


Posted by Nelcia St. Jean

On Friday 26th   September  our Club joined with Rotaractors for a joint meeting at the Government training centre, which was hosted by Rotaract President Antonio Maynard and his board. The meeting was well attended by both our Club members and Rotaractors.  The joint meeting was an initiative of our Youth Services Director, Sonia Webster and was one of the activities in a month packed with youth related activities.

Members of both Rotaract and RCRT were able to enjoy some fellowship time, with the help of some snacks and drinks which provided us all the opportunity to get to know our Rotaractors better and vice versa.



Posted by Sonia Webster on Sep 16, 2013

Members of the Rotary Club of Road Town came out on 14 September 2013 to finish the job they started two weeks ago at elderly Ms Hovis’ home. The team applied a second coat of paint to the roof of the house and got to work clearing the garden area of ...weeds, brush and debris. Heavy equipment was brought in to remove large pieces of wreckage from the yard. 

The group of air-condition-loving office dwellers once again displayed much versatility, toiling away in the morning sun and bringing to conclusion part two of a project that will make a difference in the life of one of our own. Photo Credit PP Elvis Harrigan.  See Album HERE.



Posted by Sonia Webster on Sep 01, 2013

September is Youth Service Month!

As Rotarians we have a responsibility to provide guidance, encouragement and support to the youth in our community fostering them to become compassionate citizens and leaders.  In addition, we are also expected to undertake projects that support their fundamental needs of health, human values, education and self-development.

Youth Services Month gives us an opportunity to recognize the achievements of our Rotary Youth Arms and other young people who strive to make a difference in their world. 

Our Rotary’s youth programmes encourage young adults to be involved in their community and become a positive energy that inspires those that they come in contact with.  

The RI Structured Programs for youths are Interact, Rotaract, Rotary Youth Leadership Awards, and Rotary Youth Exchange.  Beyond that our Youth Service Opportunities include our EarlyAct Clubs,  Children at Risk, Health Care and Literacy.  

During the month of September we challenge you to get involved in our youth programmes.   Attend a Rotaract or Interact meeting.  Volunteer as a guest speaker at one of their meetings.   Support one of their community service activities.  Be a part of the MOVEMENT.  Support the FUTURE.   Uplift our YOUTH. 

Posted by Sonia Webster on Sep 06, 2013

Join us in welcoming Surbhi Hodge-Williams to our Club.   Rotarian Surbhi , inducted on 4 September 2013, is a Human Resources Manager at the HL Stoutt Community College. 


Posted by Sonia Webster on Sep 01, 2013

The Rotary Club of Road Town was up early on Saturday 31 August to lend a hand to an elderly citizen whose home was in need of repair and painting.  The RC-RT team showed up with tools, paint and excellent Rotary spirit, and set to work repairing the damaged door then scraping and painting the sides and roof of the house.  At the end of the morning the tired team’s efforts were rewarded with the vision of a brightly painted home and a job that was well done. 

See pictures of the team in action HERE or visit our Facebook page HERE.

Posted by Sonia Webster on Aug 20, 2013

Pitching Tents and Feeding the Masses

Members of the Rotary Club of Road Town pitched in over the July 13-15 weekend to assist with the setting up, administration and feeding of the young sailors who competed in the 14th Annual Premier’s Cup International Youth Regatta at Nanny Cay Marina.   

The Premier’s Cup is organized and hosted each year by KATS and the Rotary Family of the BVI.  Supporting the event this year were platinum sponsors Digicel, NAGICO and Nanny Cay Resort & Marina along with the BVI Government.  The event brings together youth sailors from around the Caribbean for a weekend of sailing, competition, fellowship and fun.  No Video Games Required!


Posted by Sonia Webster on Aug 04, 2013

Kids Day To Shine!

The Rotary Club of Road Town celebrated emancipation, kiddies style, on 27 July 2013 with its 20th Annual Kiddies Fiesta.   The day included a colourful parade in which various schools participated.  There were also games, activities, food and fun.  Prizes were donated by the event's major sponsor Digicel. 

 Photos by Leon Hazel Photography and others.  For more photos visit album HERE.  

Posted by Nelcia St. Jean

The Rotary Club of Road Town announces the installation of its 2013-2014 Officers and Board.  Past District Governor Vance Lewis installed the new president Charles Crane and together with President Charles installed the remaining members of the Board on 6 July 2013 at the Rotary Club of Road Town Annual Installation Dinner. The dinner was well attended by Rotarians and guests. Immediate Past President Trefor Grant joined the Past President’s club with much thanks and gratitude to his fellow board members and all members of the Rotary Club of Road Town.

The Board members for 2013-2014 are: President – Charles Crane, President Elect- Shan Mohammed, Vice President – Patricia Hanley, Secretary – Richard Parsons, Treasurer – Elvis Harrigan, Immediate Past President - Trefor Grant,  Directors – Richard de Castro, Sonia Webster, Dennis Jennings, Janice Rymer, Charles Benjamin and Nelcia St. Jean. Rounding up the Board is Sergeant at Arms Ryan Geluk.  Director Sonia Webster was named Rotarian of the Year and Treasurer Elvis Harrigan was awarded with the Service Above Self award for the year.

Posted by Sonia Webster on May 29, 2013

Gifts From GSE India

  Photo Credit Yvonne Crabbe

The Women of Rotary Club of Road Town were specially adorned on Tuesday 28 May during the Club’s weekly luncheon as they displayed their gifts of bindis received from the Group Study Exchange Students of India who were the recent guests of Rotary BVI.  
The forehead adorns are worn in India and other South Asia countries traditionally by married Hindu women as a symbol of female energy and are believed to protect a woman and her husband.  More recently, the bindi is worn as decorative accessory by unmarried girls and non-Hindu women to accentuate their beauty.

The colourful bindis were not the only gifts received from the GSE team.  Banners from various Rotary districts in India were presented to District Governor Vance Lewis bearing regional symbols and logos.   The Club was fortunate to have as guest speaker  the Director of Public Prosecution, Mr Wayne Rajbansie,  of Indian heritage,  who read and interpreted the messages on the banners received.  

Posted by Sonia Webster on May 20, 2013

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Rotary Club of Road Town Gets Platinum Award For Excellence!


On Friday 17 May 2013 the Rotary Club of Road Town received the District Governor’s highest award for service.   President Trefor Grant accepted the Platinum Award for Club Excellence on behalf of the Club which had succeeded in satisfying the requirements set out by the District Governor for the 2012/2013 Rotary year.  


The platinum award is issued to clubs that have met focus objectives in eight stated categories together with  additional stipulated objectives.  Participating clubs must receive no less than 650 points from a maximum of 825 points. 


Also among the recipients of the Platinum Award were the Rotary Club of Tortola and the Rotary Club Sunrise of Road Town.   Congratulations to all!


See a summary of the Award programme Here.   Full details of the Requirements can be downloaded from Here

Posted by Sonia Webster on May 14, 2013

EarlyActors Cleanup The Environment
Story by Charles Crane

  EarlyActors and Club Advisors display the results of their hard work.   Photo Provided

On Saturday 4th May at the early hour of 5.30am, some 17 members of the EarlyAct Club of Ebenezer Thomas Primary School, together with 8 teachers and parents gathered at the school to carry out a second environmental clean up.
This time they chose the stretch of road between their School in Sea Cows Bay and up to Island Department Store in Duffs Bottom. In all they collected close to 100 bags of garbage including several hundred beer bottles, cans, polystyrene, plastic bags, even an old TV.

Posted by Sonia Webster on May 10, 2013

Become A Passionate Leader

On Tuesday 7 May 2013 the Rotary Club of Road Town received an informative and inspiring message from well known professional and businessman Meade Malone.   Mr Malone who is the managing director of MWM Global Holdings Group Limited and managing partner of the accounting firm PKF (BVI) Limited conveyed a message of empowerment in his address to Rotarians. 
Mr Malone spoke of his training academy called the Six Pillars of Success which he has tailored for managers and professionals who want to get the most from their staff and improve their organization’s performance.

Posted by Sonia Webster on Apr 28, 2013

Rotary Club of Road Town Moves to Evening Meetings!

The Rotary Club of Road Town has taken the bold decision to make changes to its meeting day and time.   In a resolution presented during its April 23 luncheon meeting, the members agreed in principle to change the day and meeting time of the Club from Tuesday lunch time to Wednesday evenings subject to a trial period of three months to commence in July.
President Elect Charles Crane led the discussion on the proposed change which underwent some debate as club members sussed out a suitable meeting time and when the change should take effect.   PE Charles explained that evening meetings would lend more flexibility to the Club’s proceedings and remove the daytime interruption which often prevents time strapped professionals from full and active participation in meetings.   It would also avail prospective new members the option of joining a breakfast, lunch or dinner Rotary Club on differing days. 
Consistent with the mindset of a group that is used to embracing innovative thinking, many of the members openly welcomed the idea.   It is anticipated that the change would provide an improved avenue for the Club to continue the dedicated and hard work, of providing valuable community service and support to the territory, that it has become known for over the years. 
Currently there are three Rotary Clubs in the British Virgin Islands.  The Rotary Club of Road Town now meets on Tuesdays at 12:15pm, Rotary Club Sunrise of Road Town meets Tuesdays at 7:00am and the Rotary Club of Tortola meets on Thursdays at 12:00 noon. 


Posted by Sonia Webster on Mar 30, 2013

Rotary Club of Road Town Celebrates Literacy


As March draws to a close the Rotary Club of Road Town reflects on a month of celebrating Literacy.  Rotary International recognizes the value of literacy and has made it one of the organisation’s main areas of focus. 

The importance of a literate populace cannot be overstated. It brings with it many advantages such as improved standards of living, better health practices and lower crime rates, to name a few. It also fosters acceptance, tolerance and benevolence for better social relations.

To commemorate Literacy Month, the Rotary Club of Road Town co-sponsored well known reading specialist Vera Goodman’s visit  to the BVI where she performed  reading workshops with parents and educators.    Members of the Club also visited primary schools around the territory and read to the eager and appreciative students.     

In March the Rotary Club of Road Town salutes teachers, parents and others who make literacy a priority.  Their actions lay the foundation for an improved future for the individual and promotes a community that is educated, productive and thriving.   

Posted by Sonia Webster on Mar 30, 2013

Enis Adams EarlyAct Club Donates To Help Teacher


On 22 March 2013 the members of the Enis Adams Primary School’s EarlyAct Club donated $2,000 to help their music Teacher, Mr Threcio Phillips, receive medical treatment overseas for cancer.  

Since learning of Mr Phillips illness a few months ago the members of the Club have held morning vigils praying for his recovery.    Compelled to do more for their teacher, the Club, led by Fundraising and Club Service directors Ajyla Williams and Lekisha Lindo, held a Valentines Fair fundraiser to benefit Mr. Phillips. The event was well supported by students and parents of the school.  

The cheque for $2,000 was presented by the Club’s Vice President, Precious Estridge, to Mrs Tanika DeCastro-Phillips, for her husband, Threcio Phillips who is in Panama undergoing treatment. 

Posted by Sonia Webster on Mar 29, 2013

Peace Prayer Offered At Noel Lloyd Positive Action Movement Park
Story and Photo Platinum News Online


With candles lit and a prayer by Bishop John Cline, Rotarians in the Virgin Islands gathered in the Noel Lloyd Positive Action Movement Park to commemorate peace.

Posted by Sonia Webster on Mar 27, 2013

Schools Can Win Cash Prize At Rotary's Annual Kite Flying Event
Story by Platinum News Oline

The Rotary Club of Road Town continues to promote the longstanding family tradition of kite flying and is inviting the entire community to its annual kite flying event at the Cruise Ship Pier in Road Town on Saturday, March 30, 2013.


The event is branded `Kites In The Sky´ and is opened to kite flyers of all ages with several giveaways in numerous categories.

For the first time since the event started more than five years ago, a special prize of $500 with be awarded to the school with the largest amount of participants (minimum of 10 persons) entering the competition.

Posted by Sonia Webster on Feb 26, 2013

As Rotary Celebrates 108th Anniversary, Gains Against Polio Continue

Posted by Sonia Webster on Feb 17, 2013



The Rotary Club of Road Town invites everyone to its Annual Health and Cultural Exposition on Saturday 23 February 2013 at the Noel Lloyd Positive Action Movement Park from 7:00am to 2:00pm.   

Come out and take advantage of FREE testing for diabetes, high blood pressure, cholesterol and much more.   There will also be confidential screening for HIV/AIDS, breast exams, pap smears and urinalysis.   Consult with the nutritionists, herbalists, masseuse and other experts who will be on hand to answer your health questions. 

All services are FREE.   Set aside the day for yourself and make healthy living a choice!


Posted by Sonia Webster on Feb 08, 2013

 February is World Understanding Month


Rotary International’s goal is a global one. To achieve it, Rotarians must understand and appreciate the global differences in locality, culture, gender and politics that vary in regions and on continents.

Each year Rotarian professionals and experts span the globe offering their time, skills and compassion to address medical, engineering and other humanitarian needs. Often, this takes them to remote areas where they are faced with challenging environmental and living conditions. From their experiences we gain a vivid understanding of the global issues and challenges - an understanding that further prepares us to address those needs in keeping with the goal of Rotary International.

Rotary Programmes such as Group Study Exchange, allow for young adults to expand their view of the world while gaining invaluable exposure and training to be well rounded, better adjusted and more tolerant individuals and leaders. The youngest members of the Rotary (Interactors and EarlyActors) can become involved in international service with shoebox contributions that are sent abroad to alleviate circumstances faced by persons of similar ages. By engaging in this humanitarian venture they learn about the lives of others and develop compassion and tolerance that will make them better individuals.

The opportunities for global understanding exist and one does not have to look far to find them.


Posted by Sonia Webster on Jan 27, 2013

Ebenezer Thomas EarlyAct Club Cleans Up


One of the newest and youngest service clubs in the BVI made its mark in the early morning of Saturday 26 January.

The EarlyAct Club of the Ebenezer Thomas Primary School took to the street promptly at 6:00am on Saturday morning with its first community service project.  Club members, advisors and teachers outfitted in gloves and carrying garbage bags collected trash and debris from along the roadside between the Ebenezer Thomas Primary School in Sea Cows Bay and the beach at Nanny Cay.  

This haul netted several bags of trash and left the stretch of road in a state of clean that would make any resident proud.   The members held a fellowship breakfast on the lawn area at Peglegs landing afer the cleanup.

The EarlyAct Club of the Ebenezer Thomas Primary School was chartered on 23 November 2012.  The Club has approximately thirty members and is led by President Leah Smith who is a class five student at the school.    The Early Act Club of the Ebenezer Thomas Primary School is the second such club sponsored by the Rotary Club of Road Town.  The other is based at the Enis Adams Primary School.

See Photo Slide here:

Posted by Sonia Webster on Jan 19, 2013

Rotary Club of Road Town is December's Club of the Month!



Posted by Sonia Webster on Jan 12, 2013

Rotary Club of Road Town Celebrates 22 Years of Service!



The Rotary Club of Road Town celebrated 22 years of service on 8 January 2013.  Members commemorated the anniversary at Tuesday’s weekly luncheon by taking a stroll down memory lane with Past President Richard Decastro who highlighted the Club’s achievements and its contributions to the community over the years. Charter members and past presidents were awarded certificates in recognition of their role in guiding the club’s journey.

In addition to sponsoring and supporting numerous causes over the years, the Rotary Club of Road Town has developed signature events and contributed sustainable projects in areas of:
Youth Development
Culture &
The Environment

The Club is also proud to have sponsored a third Rotary Club in the BVI (Rotary Club Sunrise of Road Town), an Interact Club and two EarlyAct Clubs.  The Club made history in July 2012 when one of its own, Past President Vance Lewis, was appointed District Governor.  This is the first time that a District Governor has been appointed from a club in the British Virgin Islands.  

Much has been done, and still much more remains on the horizon.  The Rotary Club of Road Town remains steadfast in its commitment to serve its community and is proud to do its part in contributing to world Peace Through Service. 

See Photo Slide Here:

Posted by Sonia Webster on Jan 02, 2013

January is Rotary Awareness Month


Too often the profound impact that Rotary International is making in the world goes unrecognized and unmentioned.  But for the millions whose lives have been touched by  Rotary’s programmes  their stories  bear testament to the positive power of giving  selflessly through a commitment to service.   

The story of Rotary has been told in many countries and languages.  For those unfamiliar with it, we provide the following:

Posted by Sonia Webster on Dec 28, 2012

Cash Raffle Grand Prize Winners!

Christmas Day was a whole lot brighter for the lucky winners of the Rotary Club of Road Town’s Cash Raffle that was drawn on 24 December at the Delta Gas Station in Pasea Estate.


Members of the public along with the media congregated at the gas station to be present for the long awaited $7,500.00 cash draw.  By the end of the evening the winning ticket for the Grand Prize was drawn and Cameleta O’neal, the lucky owner of ticket #4431, will walk away with $7,500.00 in cash.  The other winners were:

Posted by Sonia Webster on Dec 20, 2012

 From our Rotary Family to You and Yours. Have a Blessed Holiday Season!



Rotary Club of Road Town Decorates Roundabout

The Rotary Club of Road Town lit up the Capital with a colourful display of Christmas lights and decorations in the Road Town Roundabout.
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Posted by Sonia Webster on Dec 21, 2012

Family of Rotary Christmas Breakfast 2012

Rotary Club of Road Town hosted its annual Family of Rotary Breakfast on 19 December 2012.   The breakfast was attended by members of all three Rotary Clubs (Tortola, Sunrise and Road Town) as well as members from the youth arms Rotaract, Interact and EarlyAct.   Honorary Rotarian His Excellency the Governor Mr Boyd McCleary and Rotarian, Premier Dr the Honorable D. Orlando Smith were also in attendance.


The guest speaker Mrs Jennie Wheatley, a former educator, storyteller and historian regaled the attendees with stories of BVI Christmases gone by.   The two EarlyAct clubs in attendance performed dance routines showcasing some well developed talent.   The morning ended with a choral of Christmas carols and exchange of Christmas goodies between the three clubs. 

To see EarlyAct Club dance performance click here:


Posted by Sonia Webster on Dec 21, 2012

Family of Rotary Fellowship Sunday


Family of Rotary met for an afternoon of food, drinks, fun and games on Sunday 16 December at UP’s Cineplex. The afternoon was filled with memorable moments including when Rotaractor Leon Hazel showed the group how to score a bowling strike with a backwards through the legs bowl while holding on to his camera and Rotarian Ryan received bowling advice from a frustrated onlooker who felt compelled to come to his assistance. 
See photo slide here:

Posted by Sonia Webster on Dec 19, 2012

Santa Visits Eselyn Henley Richez Learning Center!

On Tuesday 11 December 2012, the Rotary Club of Road Town arranged for Santa to make an early visit to the Eselyn Henley Richez Learning Center for special needs kids. Santa was very well received by all although he did spend quite a bit of time holding on to his beard.  See photo slide here:


Posted by Sonia Webster on Dec 07, 2012

Early Bird Grand Prize Winner

On Tuesday 4 December 2012, Stephanie George collected her First Prize raffle winnings of $1,500.00 at the Rotary Club of Road Town’s weekly meeting. 


Ms George was one of three lucky winners pulled in the 24 November Early Bird draw at the Sir Olva Georges Plaza.  The drawing took place during the Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony organised by the Lions Club.

President Trefor in handing over the cheque to Ms George, thanked her for participating in the raffle and lauded the many other persons who had purchased tickets in support of the Club’s community service efforts.   He also thanked the Lions Club for allowing the draw to take place at their event.

Posted by Sonia Webster on Dec 03, 2012

December is Family of Rotary Month

This month we embrace and celebrate the people in our lives who provide us with purpose, contentment and support.    As a Rotarian your family begins with your household and extends beyond that to include your Rotarian colleagues – and their households – in your Club, District and in Rotary International.    

Rotary is the bond that ties our international family together and provides it with a purpose.  A commitment to service.  Our relationship and involvement in our Rotary Family defines the experience, making it one that is rewarding, inspiring, supportive and fun. 

This month, make a renewed commitment to become more involved in all of the components of your Rotary Family – at home, in your Club and abroad – and enjoy an experience of enrichment that comes from being a venerable member of your family and a part of a team that does good in the world.  

Posted by Sonia Webster on Dec 12, 2012

BVI/USVI Friendship Day

We were happy to have our fellow Rotarians visit from the USVI for our annual Friendship Day on 17 November 2012.  This year event was hosted by the Rotary Clubs of the BVI at Myettes in Cane Garden Bay.   It was a day of fellowship, entertainment, food, dancing, singing, swimming and a competition! (rice and peas competition that is).  A good time was had by all.   A hearty thank you to our guests!  

See photo slide here:


Posted by Sonia Webster on Nov 25, 2012

Early Bird Winners!

The Rotary Club of Road Town held its Early Bird Drawing on 24 November 2012 at the Sir Olva Georges Plaza during the Lions Club of Tortola’s Annual Christmas Tree Lighting.  

Rotarians on Lion's Stage - Ag. Governor Inez Archibald prepares to draw the Early Bird 1st Prize Winner

The winners were:

Posted by Sonia Webster on Nov 24, 2012

Rotary Club of Road Town Charters New EarlyAct Club at Ebenezer Thomas Primary School

Story and Photo Credit: Virgin Islands News Online 

SEA COWS BAY, Tortola, VI – Members of the Rotary Club of Road Town gathered in conjunction with other local club representatives yesterday November 23, 2012 at the Ebenezer Thomas Primary School to charter a new chapter of EarlyAct Club comprising members of the school body.

Posted by Sonia Webster on Nov 18, 2012

District Governor Vance Lewis - Official Visit To The British Virgin Islands 19 - 24 November 2012


For Itinerary :

Posted by Sonia Webster on Nov 13, 2012

Future Visions - Moving Forward with Focus

Rotarian Ryan Geluk, Future Visions Coordinator for the British Virgin Islands, spoke to the Club on 13 November 2012 about Rotary International's initiative to improve how grants from the Rotary Foundation are issued and applied.


Rotary International has structured its new grant programme, called Future Visions, in a business-like model which aims to streamline operations and secure a more effective application of resources.  The new model encourages greater emphasis on Rotary's six areas of focus as these will become important criteria in assessing projects for grant approval.   (For areas of focus click More... below)

The Future Visions grant model emphasizes sustainability.  Thus preference will be given to projects designed to provide continuous benefit to the community after the grant amount has been exhausted.

Posted by Sonia Webster on Nov 13, 2012

Rotary Club of Road Town Donates to the Family Support Network

Mrs Judith Charles of FSN receives Cheque from VP Geraldeen

At our meeting on 13 November 2012, the Rotary Club of Road Town donated $1,000 to the Family Support Network.

Posted by Sonia Webster on Nov 10, 2012

 Election Results are In!


No, we are not referring to the US presidential elections (which in many ways was less suspenseful than RC-RT  proceedings).   The Rotary Club of Road Town voted for its 2013/2014 executive committee on 30 October 2012.    After club members deliberated and voted on two resolutions that addressed candidate eligibility for the proceedings the voting got on its way.  The results were:

Posted by Sonia Webster on Nov 01, 2012

November is Rotary Foundation Month!

As a Rotarian your annual sustaining contribution to the Foundation is the nucleus that allows Rotary International to sponsor a broad range of Educational and Humanitarian programs impacting lives around the globe.


The more well known Foundation programs include Polio Eradication, Health,Hunger & Humanity Grants, Group Study Exchange (GSE), Ambassadorial Scholars and District Matching Grants.  Rotary Foundation also relentlessly works to reduce child mortality, promote peace and to provide basic education and literacy support.  Your money is well spent!
Posted by Sonia Webster on Oct 26, 2012

Share Your Wisdom, Spread the Wealth... 

Rotarians visited the Seventh Day Adventist Secondary School on Tuesday 23 October to provide vocational guidance to the students on possibilities for their future.  For more pictures click link -


 Other schools visited werre Althea Scatliffe Primary and St Georges Anglican School.



Posted by Sonia Webster on Oct 16, 2012

Team RC-RT again rose to the challenge in the third of the HLSCC Highland Springs races on 13 October 2012.   Led by inspiring team manager, PP Richard, the team took to the course with renewed energy.  PP Tim set the pace and was the first from RC-RT to cross the finish line.  The team’s performance brought the club back into contention for the top spot in the Service Clubs’ rankings. Results are pending!

Team RC-RT
Photo Credit:  Richard Parsons 

Also running in this division were the Rotary Club of Tortola, Rotary Sunrise of Road Town and Rotaract Club of Tortola.  The fourth and final race is scheduled for 10 November 2012.

Posted by Sonia Webster on Oct 11, 2012

(Rotaract Press Release)


As a part of the Rotaract Club of Tortola’s continued commitment to promoting literacy and international understanding within the Virgin Islands; representatives of the Club visited the Bregado Flax Educational Centre Primary Division and the Robinson O’Neal Memorial Primary School on Virgin Gorda on September 17th & 18th 2012 respectively. 

Posted by Sonia Webster on Oct 03, 2012

Competition Fellowship and Fun!

Photo Credit:  Oyakhire Oghai

Saturday 29 September 2012 was a busy day for the Rotary Family of the BVI.  It started out early in the morning with the second of four races in the H Lavity Stoutt Community College Highland Spring series.   Teams from four Clubs participated.  Rotary Club of Tortola, Rotary Club Sunrise of Road Town, Rotaract Club of Tortola and our very own Rotary Club of Road Town.   The two mile cross country race that included a hillside challenge proved a great way to get the adrenalin pumping for those brave enough to  register (….and finish). 

Posted by Sonia Webster on Oct 02, 2012

Adults were put to the test on Saturday 8 September 2012, when the BVI Reading Council hosted its All Stars Adult Spelling Bee on Literacy Day. This was a part of the Council’s 17th Anniversary celebrations.  The Rotary Club of Road Town, known for its involvement in literacy and education, was invited to officiate at the event.

Adult Teams on Stage with Master of Ceremonies President Trefor
Photo Credit: Charles Crane

The event was baseball themed and President Trefor led the officials as Coach (master of ceremonies), Director Tiffany was the Umpire (judge),  Rtn Rodney Herbert was Timekeeper and Rtn Sonia Webster Score Keeper.  PE Charles welcomed contestants and supporters to the competition and introduced the panel of officials.  The Pitcher (pronouncer) was Ms. Eugenie Donovan-Glasgow a former educator. 

It was an evening of entertainment and fun as eight teams of 3 persons, battled for dominance.

Posted by Sonia Webster on Sep 28, 2012

Rotarians will be spreading some early Christmas cheer when they give members of the public the opportunity to win big in the club’s Annual Grand Raffle. This year’s raffle features a grand prize of $7,500 that will be drawn on Monday 24 December 2012.


There will also be an Early Bird drawing for $1,500 on Saturday 24 November 2012 that will give a lucky winner a jump start on their Christmas shopping. Several other items, trips and prizes will be raffled on both dates.  Tickets are $5.00 each and can be purchased from members of the Rotary Club of Road Town.

Posted by Yvonne Crabbe on Sep 26, 2012

Class three students from across the Territory have benefited from an annual donation of Oxford Dictionaries from the Rotary family of the BVI, according to the Government Information Service (GIS). At a distribution ceremony held at the Enis Adams Primary School, President of the Rotary Club of Road Town, Trefor Grant said the clubs look forward to the annual event as Rotary supports and promotes literacy within the schools.

Minister for Education and Culture, Honourable Myron V. Walwyn along with the President of the Rotary Club of Road Town, Mr. Trefor Grant distribute dictionaries to class three students of the Enis Adams Primary School.
Photo Credit: GIS/Ms. Colene Penn
Posted by Sonia Webster on Sep 26, 2012

Rotarians descended on the Ebenezer Thomas Primary School on the Morning of 18 September 2012 to commemorate International Literacy Month by distributing dictionaries to class three students.         

Past President Roy told the class about Rotary, its structure, objectives and projects.    Rotarian Sonia spoke to them about literacy and the importance of being able to read and write.   The students got their first opportunity to use the dictionaries when Past President Melvin challenged them to find the word “COMMITMENT”.  He then elicited a commitment from the students that they would make good use of the dictionaries and always strive for excellence in their school work.  

Posted by Sonia Webster on Sep 26, 2012

The Rotaract Club of Tortola and Interact Club of Road Town joined forces on Saturday 15 September 2012 to take on the Ocean Conservancy's Trash Free Seas challenge.   The clubs participated in a territory wide Coastal Cleanup organized by the Conservation and Fisheries Department on International Costal Cleanup Day.  

Club members met at the Loose Mongoose in Trellis Bay where they were divided into teams, provided with tally sheets and given instructions, along with trash bags and gloves needed for the task.  They then disbursed along the shoreline to collect, record and return with their stash (trash).

There was an excellent turn out from both the Rotaract and Interact clubs with a few Rotarians also present to lend a hand.   The result was a collection of miscellaneous waste, debris and junk ranging from cigarette butts to an old boat seat and vehicle transmission. 

Posted by Sonia Webster on Sep 26, 2012

In a show of fellowship and athleticism Team RCRT flexed its muscles on Saturday 15 September 2012 in the first of this year's HL Stoutt Community College Highland Spring Classics races.   The team will be pounding the pavement again on 29 September 2012 in the second of the four race series.   Come out, participate and support! 


Posted by Yvonne Crabbe on Sep 18, 2012

In keeping with the Rotary them for September, New Generations, the guest speaker at the club’s weekly meeting held today – 18 September – was Mr. Henderson Tittle, the Youth Minister at the New Life Baptiste Church.  According to Mr. Tittle, his passion is to encourage and empower the youth.

His message titled “Save the Seed” focused on a project he is currently working on to engage at-risk youth in the community, both male and female.  The TV show, “Reaching Out” will target youth between the ages of 12 – 19 and will provide a forum to them to discuss issues they face in today’s rapidly changing society. The show is scheduled to commence broadcasting next month (October) on JTV Channel 55 and is will air on Wednesdays at 8:00 p.m. and re-broadcast on Fridays at 4:00 p.m. and Saturdays at 12:00 p.m.

Photo Credit:
Yvonne Crabbe
Posted by Yvonne Crabbe on Aug 22, 2012

Special Olympics BVI, BSAFE and the Social Development Department came together last Friday to surprise a young man not normally accustomed to elaborate gifts.  Joel Jean Baptiste an Elmore Stoutt High School student and permanent resident of the Rainbow Home began learning to sail this summer with Sailability BVI.  Joel although physically disabled from the waist down, is not frightened of trying out new experiences and will certainly not be prevented from taking part in sports any longer. Thanks to a joint effort between SOBVI and BSAFE and the Rotary Clubs of the BVI, not only is Joel now hooked on sailing; he was given a very special form of transport for his land-based fun on Friday.

At the weekly luncheon meeting of the Rotary Club of Road Town, on Tuesday, 21 August, Rotarians in attendance dipped their hands in their pockets to raise $500 towards the cost of Joel's new mode of transportation.

 President Trefor presents Joel with $500 towards the cost
 of his new set of wheels.
  Photo Credit: Yvonne Crabbe

Posted by Yvonne Crabbe on Jul 23, 2012

Photo Credit: BVI Platinum News

Vance Lewis sealed history when he was installed as the Governor of Rotary District 7020 during a gala dinner attended by senior Government officials, well-wishers, long-serving regional and local Rotarians at the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda last evening, June 30.

Lewis is the first person from the BVI to be installed as District Governor in the Territory's 44 year history of Rotary and will serve for the period 2012-2013.
Posted by Cindy George on Jun 26, 2012

On Tuesday June 26, 2012 at the weekly luncheon of the Rotary Club of Road Town, twelve members were installed for the 2012-2013 year. The guest speaker was Bishop John Cline who spoke on leadership and identified characteristics of an effective leader. President Elect Trefor Grant addressed the members and gave a brief introduction of his plans for the upcoming year.





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The Rotary Club Sunrise of Road Town, BVI - Tuesdays, 7:15 a.m., Maria's by the Sea

The Rotary Club of Tortola - Thursdays, 12:15 p.m., the Moorings Restaurant

The Rotaract Club of Tortola - Fridays, 5:00 p.m., Youth and Sports Affairs, 

The Interact Club of Road Town - Saturdays, 3:00p.m., the Department of  Youth Affairs and Sports

Club Projects, Activities, and Meetings - See Calendar for scheduled events

On-line: at Rotary e-Club one.

Members can make-up missed meetings by attending any of the above noted meetings or activities

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