Ro­tary Clubs of Saint Lu­cia cel­e­brate 50 Years of Ser­vice

The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL -

The Ro­tary Clubs of Saint Lu­cia are cel­e­brat­ing 50 years of “Ro­tary in St. Lu­cia” from July 1, 2016 to June 30, 2017 un­der the theme “Ser­vice with a Golden Touch”.

Ro­tary was founded in Chicago, Illi­nois in 1905. The first Ro­tary Club in Saint Lu­cia was spon­sored by the Ro­tary Club of Run­corn in the U.K. and char­tered on July 21, 1966 un­der Pres­i­dent Sir Gar­net Gor­don (QC). In 1975 the sec­ond club, Ro­tary Club of St. Lu­cia South, in Vieux Fort was char­tered un­der Pres­i­dent Vic­tor Eu­doxie. In 1993, three Past Pres­i­dents from the Ro­tary club of St. Lu­cia - Lisle Chase, Tom Alexan­der and Mike Thom - helped es­tab­lish and char­ter the Ro­tary Club of Gros Islet. To­day there are some 70 Ro­tar­i­ans on the is­land.

Ro­tary In­ter­na­tional is the largest in­ter­na­tional Ser­vice or­gan­i­sa­tion whose stated hu­man pur­pose is to bring to­gether busi­ness and pro­fes­sional lead­ers in or­der to pro­vide hu­man­i­tar­ian ser­vices, en­cour­age high eth­i­cal stan­dards in all vo­ca­tions, and ad­vance good­will and peace around the world. There are ap­prox­i­mately 1.3 mil­lion Ro­tar­i­ans in over 200 coun­tries and ter­ri­to­ries. Ro­tary’s pri­mary motto is “Ser­vice Above Self” and its sec­ondary motto is “One Prof­its Most Who Serves Best.”

The 50th An­niver­sary Cel­e­bra­tion com­menced with a ser­vice at the Cas­tries Methodist Church fol­lowed by a fel­low­ship break­fast for club mem­bers and fam­ily. On Au­gust 7 the clubs hosted a “Fam­ily Day” for the en­tire Ro­tary fam­ily in Saint Lu­cia at the Pi­geon Is­land Na­tional Land­mark. A num­ber of ac­tiv­i­ties, com­mu­nity ser­vice events and so­cial en­gage­ments will con­tinue into 2017.

The Ro­tary Clubs of Saint Lu­cia would like to ex­press pro­found thanks and ap­pre­ci­a­tion to the nu­mer­ous in­di­vid­u­als and cor­po­rate spon­sors who have given fi­nan­cial and ma­te­rial sup­port for the work of Ro­tary over the past 50 years.

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