That’s right “BUS SHELTER” not “BEACH”. As Rotarians we love to a clean environment, part of the reason we spend so much time doing beaches and parks and various cleanups in and around our community. It was with this in mind that we decided to place a little more focus on an existing project of our own.

Paul (Bus Shelter Guru) Keeble and his team of Rotarians spend numerous hours creating and maintaining the 80+ bus shelters across Grand Cayman. With this many shelters requiring maintenance from the damage from sea air and general wear and tear we’ve made Bus Shelter Cleanups a project on it’s own.

On Saturday the 13th of August we kicked off to this year’s cleaning and maintenance of shelters, Rotarians visited a total of five shelters.

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It was a rainy Saturday morning, with weather reports showing no indications of breaks for the weekend the crew proceeded. Vice President William Inniss lead the cleanup, the process involved the removal of any trash located in the general area, removal of panels, hi-pressure power washing provided by E&E Car Wash, replacing panels then no pun intended but rinse and repeat. As the day went on the rains made the rinse process that much easier.

As messy as the shelters were it was rewarding to know that they were being used. Day one of our project ended with five wonderfully cleaned shelters and a couple of drenched Rotarians.

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August is Membership Month, what does this time mean to you. For many Rotarians it means it’s a time to celebrate your Rotary club, your members, and the good you do in your community and around the world. For many it’s a time to reflect on what it means to be a Rotarian, what made them join, what their initial views of Rotary were. For many membership month is a time when we reflect on our stories.

Rotary International has a campaign titled Share your #RotaryStory here is just one of the videos compiled with this theme in mind.

Inspired to share your story? Visit Rotary International https://www.rotary.org/myrotary/en/share-your-rotarystory, fill out the form and inspire someone else to become a Rotarian.

Cool things to do for Membership Month

Say it loud, say it proud! Let everyone in your social network know that you are a proud member by changing your Twitter and Facebook profile to the I’m a Proud Member, Copy and save the graphic as your profile picture for August.

Watch and share. Past RI President Gary C.K. Huang’s video on membership from Rotary’s Vimeo page. Watch it with a friend or share it with them, it is inspiring and helps to highlight the vital role membership plays in maintaining a strong and active club.

Join a Webinar. Join District Governor Haresh Ramchandani (District 7020) to learn ways your club can create an engaging and rewarding member experience you will want to share with others. Many clubs are already embracing new rules and flexibility for their members, now is the perfect time to revitalize and rethink your Rotary Club and breathe new life into your club’s membership!
Revitalize + Rethink Your Rotary Club: Crafting your member experience
On WED, 24-AUG-2016 11:00 AM (60 MIN), Click here to REGISTER

Have Fun with others. You enjoy your meetings and fellowship invite someone to a one of ours. Check our Event Calendar to see what’s the next opportunity to share these with a friend.

Our first meeting of membership month was called to order by sergeant Steve Tippetts. The meeting continued with the usual introductions of guests. After one month in the role President Mike finally gave us the OK to be seated.

Announcements:

  • Membership Meeting at Chelsea’s – Aug. 9
  • Board Meeting at Governor’s Square Board Room – Aug. 10, 6pm
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After the announcements we got to learn a little bit more about Rotarian Kevin Henry as he gave his Classification talk. Starting with a heartfelt thank you to his sponsor Will Inniss and Rotarian Dannel Rahamut he gave an absorbing glimpse into his life in finance. He spoke in depth about his love for the organisation and his strong belief in its ideals. Kevin concluded by keeping the room entertained with witty answers to the Q&A section of his talk, followed by another humbling thank you to Rotary club members.

Our guest speaker for the evening was Greg Smith of the YMCA Cayman Islands. Greg, a former Rotarian gave insight into what the YMCA is, its 172 year history and what it has done in the Cayman Islands since its establishment in 2014 as the 119th country to be home to the YMCA. Parallels between the Rotary and the YMCA were apparent and Greg enthusiastically urged members to learn more about “The Y” by visiting their website at YMCA.ky and their matching facebook page.

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Sergeant-at-Arms Steve brought the evening to a close with the usual fines and happy dollars. A special acknowledgement to Dir. Kim who will be leaving us shortly, you will be missed.

As part of their on-going efforts to help bring health awareness to the Cayman Islands, Rotary Central held it’s annual Health Screening on Saturday March 5th, 2016.  Read More

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PAYS TRIBUTE TO CHARTER MEMBER AND PAST PRESIDENT

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David Phipps, a charter member and Past President (PP) of Rotary Central, will be remembered as a club stalwart who fully embraced the guiding principles of Rotary and for his passionate and selfless service to the community. His boundless energy, enthusiasm and deep-rooted belief in the power of the Rotary movement to bring about positive change in society was an inspiration to members of the club and the entire Rotary family in the Cayman Islands and across Rotary District 7020.

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The Rotary Central Board and the membership wish to publicly recognise his numerous contributions and honour his memory by sharing details of his nearly 30 years of Rotary service. We also wish to thank his wife, Ilene, and daughters Courtney and Chelsea for sharing this incredible man with us for so many years. We will always remember, but truly miss him! Read More