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

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.

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

PAYS TRIBUTE TO CHARTER MEMBER AND PAST PRESIDENT

David Phipps

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.

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

Continuing their ongoing efforts to improve literacy in the Cayman Islands Rotary Central held a Easter themed book reading session to promote the enjoyment Literacy.

The book reading was held at the Bodden Town Library on Saturday, March 19th 2016. The fun-filled event found kids and parents from the Bodden Town Community, as well as children from other districts participating and having a great time as they were read to and entertained by Rotarians and friends.

This is an on-going, monthly project seeking to help inspire, encourage, and excite children to enjoy the love of reading. This session “had a great turn out of children and their families. The children had so much fun!” said Katie Dilbert – Literacy Chairwoman “They were singing, dancing, reading, listening to stories, and even got a special visit from the Easter Bunny.”

The Cayman Islands Public Library Service provided the refreshments, some items for the goodie bags, a real bunny, the Easter Bunny costume, and some live music. Rotary Central provided the goodie bags, some decorations, readers, and volunteers to assist with refreshments.

Behind every successful event there is a great team working together to make sure everything goes according to plan, the team this time around comprised of, Mrs. Ramona Melody (Director of Cayman Islands Public Library Service), Jerome Evans (Branch Manager at Bodden Town Library), other staff from the Cayman Islands Public Library Service, Rot. Kevin, Rot. Carol, PP Wil, Ms. Leslie-Ann (Rot. Martin’s wife), Rot. Katie Dilbert, and Leyla Jackson (a prospective member).

People from all over Grand Cayman got spooky at the Teacher Redley Powery Library, West Bay, for a Spooktacular Halloween Story Time on 17th October 2015.

Like all other story time events put on by Rotary Central’s Literacy Committee,  Spooktacular Halloween Story Time provided children and adults the opportunity to:

  • Celebrate literacy in the community,
  • Engage in story telling,
  • Visit a local library, and
  • Become a member of the Cayman Islands Public Library Service by registering library card.

Although the story time served various important purposes, it was also a lot of fun. Everyone present were engaged in a variety of activities from story telling to arts and crafts. And, if the activities were not enough stimulation, there were also lots of sights to behold. Halloween decorations littered the walls of the library and a few Rotarians were fully attired in haunting Halloween costumes, however none as scary as Rotarian Zelta Gayle dressed as a wicked witch.

In usual story time style, children got to enjoy an abundance of tasty snacks including cupcakes, juice boxes and other special treats. Children also got goodie bags as they left.

Thanks to all the Rotarians especially Katie Dilbert, PP Mario Ebanks, PP Wil Pineau, PP Neville Smith, PP Sandy McFarlane, President Sandy, Zelta Gayle, Johnae Moss, Jennifer Tippetts, Khaleshia Barboram,  Cedric, Dir. Brendan Lee, who worked hard to pull off the one-hour long, fun-filled Halloween story time. We appreciate all who arrived early to set-up and decorate the library, read Halloween themed stories to the children, created crafts, purchased snacks and made goodie bags, as well as, created posters for publicity. A special thanks to Literacy Chairwoman, Katie Dilbert who organised the event and advertised the story time with radio talk show host Dwayne Ebanks on Radio Cayman.

We would also like to extend a heartfelt thank you to the Cayman Islands Library Service for your support.