BASSETERRE, St Kitts:  On Wednesday 6 July 2016, the Rotary Club of Liamuiga (RCL) held its Annual Installation Banquet at the clubhouse of the Royal St Kitts Golf Club to start off the New Rotary Year.  The Executive Team installed for the Rotary Year, July 2016 to June 2017, is comprised of the following members:

  •  President  – Carol Phillips
  • Vice President – Clive Bacchus
  • Immediate Past President – Tuffida Stewart
  • Secretary – Nichole Liburd
  • Treasurer – Natasha St. Juste
  • Director with responsibility for Service Projects  – Lee Bailey
  • Director with responsibility for Membership – Marsha Clayton
  • Director with responsibility for Youth Service – Vincia T. Herbert
  • Director with responsibility for Club Administration – Peter Jenkins
  • Director with responsibility for Rotary Foundation – L. Kaii Mills-Dias
  • Director with responsibility for Public Relations – Burnell Nisbett Jr.
  • Sergent-at-Arms  – Chad Allen

Special guests for the occasion were His Excellency Sir Tapley Seaton G.C.M.G., C.V.O., Q.C., J.P., Paul Harris Fellow, Governor General of St. Kitts and Nevis;  Mr. Antonio Maynard, Secretary General of UNESCO St Kitts & Nevis;  Dr. Jacqueline Claxton, former Consular Representative of Jamaica in St. Kitts & Nevis;  Mr. Stanley Knight, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Youth, Sports & Culture;  Mr. Trevor Braithwaite, Deputy Governor of the Eastern Caribbean Central Bank (ECCB) who was the Guest Speaker and spoke on the topic of Corresponding Banking Difficulties Being Experienced in the Caribbean;  and Rotary District 7030 Past District Governor (PDG), Herve Honore from Martinique.

IPP Tuffida Stewart presented her Outgoing President’s Report highlighting the many community projects that were executed by the RCL during the 2015/16 Rotary Year, including being first respondents with relief supplies to Dominica following the devastation by Tropical Storm Erica, and presented awards to outstanding Rotarians and some Corporate Partners In Service.  Past President Marcus Natta was awarded Rotarian of the Year and also received a Paul Harris Fellow Award.  Corporate Partners In Service, who had representatives present to receive Community Awards for Sponsors, were Flow, St Christopher Air & Sea Ports Authority (SCASPA), Windsor University School of Medicine.

IPP Tuffida was installed as Assistant District Governor (AG) for St Kitts & Nevis by PDG Herve Honore just before executing her first task of Installing Carol Phillips as the President of RCL.

In presenting her Incoming President’s Address, President Phillips outlined several projects that the RCL planned to execute in the community for the benefit of the young, the elderly and the less fortunate throughout her year as President.  These included some old favourites like Primary School Spelling Bee Competition, Primary and High School Talent Search Competition, Saddlers Heroes Day Luncheon, and Valentines Make a Wish Project and some not so old favourites such as Pre School Reading Project, Foot Care Project in association with the North American School of Podology (NASP), and Health Fairs and Walks.

Some new projects highlighted were a Family Sports & Fun Day to be held on Independence Day, 19 September 2016, in which families and businesses throughout St. Kitts are invited to participate;  the 4-prong Dental Project in association with the Dental Unit of the Ministry of Health – Primary School Dental Screening for which private sector help will also be sought, Primary School Dental Quiz Competition, and Public Service Announcements (PSAs) and short videos to inform the general public about the dangers of not paying attention to proper dental hygiene;  establishment of at least one Rotary Community Corps and Interact Clubs at Cayon High School and Washington Archibald High School, work for which started two (2) months ago;  seeking to secure Rotary Foundation District Grants to assist two (2) needy Primary Schools in establishing Computer Labs as well as evaluation of the possibility of a health related Rotary Foundation Global Grant Project.

President Phillips emphasised the need for Rotarians the world over to contribute along with their various sponsors towards the ‘push’ to help The Rotary Foundation (TRF) in its drive to help the world achieve polio free status by its 100th Anniversary in June 2017.  To this end, part proceeds of the Family Sports & Fun Day will be contributed towards Polio Plus, the TRF department charged with managing funding for this Project.

The night would not have been complete without some entertainment.  Rotarian Adrian Scantlebury seranaded the attendees with a wonderful selection on his saxophone while DJ Source of Big Tunez HD Entertainment kept the mellow sounds flowing throughout the night.