ROTARACT CLUB OF ANTIGUA INSTALLS NEW EXECUTIVEMonday 24th June 2013
Known for their life-impacting community service projects like Spelling Bee and far-reaching regionally recognized initiatives like “Stop the Trend –Know Your (HIV) Status”, the Rotaract Club of Antigua joins its counterparts throughout the Caribbean and around the world in welcoming a new year and a new executive.
On Saturday, June 22, the club gathered at the Antigua & Barbuda Hospitality Training Institute (ABHTI), Atlantic View Restaurant with leading Rotarians and friends to celebrate the momentous occasion with its anticipated installation dinner and awards ceremony. The occasion saw the exit of the 2012-2013 Executive and the installation of the new one tasked with leading the club through the next Rotaract year, July 2013 to June 2014.
The new executive consists of President Sharlene Matthew, Immediate Past President Daydre Daley, Vice President Rozanne Emanuel, Treasurer Dave Josiah, Secretary Aba Scotland, Community Service Director Soraya Looby, Professional Development Director Cherisse Adams, International Service Director Shari Dickenson and Club Service Director Alex Holder.
Among those present at the historic gathering included the Club’s Charter President (1986-1987), now a prominent member of the Business Community, Mr. Greg Walter, as well as Rotary Assistant District Governor Mr. Errol Samuel and incoming Rotary President Mr. Ato Kentish.
During the past year, the club celebrated twenty six (26) years of continued service to the community, and as such engaged in many activities to mark this milestone.
Rotaract President Sharlene Matthew in her address stated, “We have a lot of work to do but together we can accomplish this mammoth task and put our Club on the forefront within our community by making that much needed difference. While the major focus will be community service projects and public relation activities this year, we will in no way neglect the other areas that make this great Rotaract organization whole, as the key will be having balance in all that we do. She added that the local club would, under her leadership look to exceed the expectations of its District by participating, completing and excelling in every avenue it could possibly be involved in and holding itself to a higher standard of excellence.
At the recently concluded Rotaract District 7030 Conference in Tobago, the Rotaract Club of Antigua received several awards including, Most Outstanding Finance Project of the Year, First Runner Up Club of the Year and Best & Most Outstanding International Service Projects of the Year. The Club fell short by a mere one point in securing the elusive Club of the Year Award – a title it is focused on securing when the clubs meet once again in 2014 in Suriname. Two members of the Club will also serve on the District 7030 Team as District Trainer and District Liaison Officer respectively, a clear indication of the Rotaract Club of Antigua’s standard of high performance.
The Rotaract District 7030 theme for the new year 2013-2014 is “Renew! Innovate! Evolve! ...As we take pride in the service we provide.” Closer to home, the theme and vision for the new Rotaract Club of Antigua year 2013-2014 is “Doing more…through impactful community service projects and public relation activities that strategically place the Rotaract Club of Antigua as the leading service club within the local community”.
As a final charge to the attendees, the Rotaract Club of Antigua President said. “And as we begin the new Rotaract year 2013-2014 on July 1st may we approach it with renewed vigor, embracing the vision, holding it and taking off with it, for the great promise it can bring to our limitless potential.”
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