Press Release:– Currently the sitting President of the Rotaract club of Gros Islet, Edsel Theodore is on a path encouraging existing and potential members to help “pay therent … for being tenants on this earth”, words aptly inspired by Muhammad Ali, and borrowed by RI President Shekhar, who was among featured speakers addressing incoming Presidents during their training seminar ahead of the new Rotary/Rotaract year.
Saint Lucia has a very young population, some 65% under the age of 35. These young people find vibrant expression in politics, sports, education, the arts, and in every field of endeavour. In Rotaract, they rise to the occasion of leadership, and tacitly accept challenges issued by their seniors.
So when Rotary International (RI) President Shekhar Mehta threw out the challenge to each person to “grow their club by one member”, and he urged them to become “change-maker Presidents and in so doing, to treat the membership as customers,” young leaders like Edsel Theodore heard and answered the call.
This current environment of lockdowns and curfews has not been exactly welcoming for a young group of people who just want to give service however, in the midst of ever changing protocols, they manage to conduct hybrid meetings and still encourage fellowship. The young Rotaractors continue to show how resilient they are.
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They have hit the ground running and with a small executive including Immediate Past President Zanaki Pierre-Louis, Treasurer Miguel Langellier and Tisa Dawes, acting as Interim Secretary, the members have already selected their first project, to install handwashing stations in schools across the island. The intent is to ensure that selected schools have the stations fitted by December 2021, given that targets will move, based on how the population adapts due to changing protocols as the pandemic rages on.
And while the club members focus on the hands-on project, they are on an active membership drive, operating on the age old premise that more hands make light work. Members will be ably assisted by Club Directors Javelle Alcide (Professional Development), Kandice Delice (Public Relations), Miaya Joseph (Club Service), and Chrissy Augustin (Community Service).
Under the theme mix-up and blend, members will work with other clubs on island, while extending the reach as far out of the region as possible. Given the new rules set by the pandemic, members intend to increase networking if for no other reason, to keep communication lines open as much as possible and by so doing to lesson possible feelings of isolation that may creep in.
This is in keeping with the very early reasons why Rotary was formed, to provide opportunities for fellowship. More than at any time in the development of human civilization, this is very necessary.
Stay tuned for more information about the club’s activities, as the club’s website goes live by September 2021.
Headline photo: Members of the Executive – Rotaract Club of Gros Islet – L-R Edsel Theodore, Kandice Delice, Jevelle Alcide, Zanaki Pierre-Louis, Jeannick Augustin