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                     THE ROTARY CLUB OF PRINCES TOWN

Princes Town

Service Above Self

Regular Club meetings are held on the 2nd, 3rd & 4th Wednesdays of each calendar month @ 7:00 p.m.
Canton Palace Restaurant
Cross Crossing Shopping Complex
San Fernando,
Trinidad and Tobago

Phone:
(868) 764-7945
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The critical and necessary enhanced Stay-at-Home measures put in place to curtail the spread of the COVID19 virus has had a disproportionate impact on vulnerable households throughout Trinidad and Tobago. This is especially true for the communities in and around Princes Town which contain fairly high single-income households, or households supported by non-essential activities. 
 
The Rotary Club of Princes Town hosted its annual Fund Raising Golf Tournament for the first time at the Sevilla Golf Course at Brechin Castle Couva. Twenty nine teams competed in the tournament with Haroon Joseph and Sarah Ramphal representing Haygem Travel winning the coveted Raubin Harnarine Challenge trophy. 
 
Rotarians, Partners in Service and friends of Rotary gathered in St. Madeline for the Club’s annual Family Day and Curry Duck Competition. 
 
The Rotary Club of Princes Town in collaboration with the Diabetes Association Trinidad & Tobago held a diabetes walk and free clinic in recognition of World Diabetes Day at the Princes Town Triangle. 
The Interact Clubs of St. Stephen's College, Cowen Hamilton Secondary and Princes Town West Secondary School gathered at the Yolande Pompey Ground, Princes Town on 9th November, 2019 to host a community family fun day in honor of World Interact Week. 
Fully clad in dazzling Indian-wear, Rotarians, partners-in-service and friends-of-Rotary gathered at President Jim’s residence for an evening of fellowship in honor of Divali.
Divali is an auspicious occasion in which we celebrate among other things the triumph of light over darkness, and give specific focus in being a light to others.
“Choosing a career is not a very simple thing and sometimes when we start we don’t always find what we really want to do, and what is our life passion. However, it is important as young people with their entire lives ahead of them that you begin thinking now, and think broadly. Today you have information at your fingertips so use this technology to explore the broad spectrum of worthwhile endeavors. Information and communication technology provides us with vast vistas to determine what we really could be doing, and how we can lead productive lives of benefit to our society. Develop a passion for learning and be persistent. What is good for one person may not be for you. Do what you are passionate about. Find the career that brings the greatest joy and success will follow.” - District Governor Trevor Blake
It is our 26-year tradition, joy and privilege to prepare and share chokhas and much more with our friends, neighbors, patrons, and sponsors as we raise funds to support student scholarship. We aren’t just people of Action but a Community of Action working together to better our world.
On the 29th of June, 2019 Rotarians, Partners in service, and Friends-of-Rotary all gathered at the National Energy Skills Centre (NESC) Auditorium to witness the Rotary Club Of Princes Town Presidential Handover Ceremony.


 
 
 
The Rotary Club of Princes Town in its mandate “Service above Self “joined with the Cunjal Muslim community in observing the holy month of Ramadan. As such the Club hosted a Charity project at the Cunjal Road Mosque on Saturday 8th June 2019.
The Chartering Ceremony of the third sponsored Interact Club of Cowen Hamilton Secondary School took place on Friday 14th June, 2019 at the school's library. This was truly a memorable event for both Interactors and Rotarians. Incoming President Jamir Ousman, gave a brief address on behalf of the club while Rotarian Zobida Ragbirsingh, Patsy Chankersingh, Dr. Stefan Nanan and partner in service Mrs. Tara Ousman assisted with the pinning and presentation of certificates to the Interactors. Under the astute leadership of President Matthew McDowell, the Interact Club of Cowen Hamilton Secondary School achieved Rotary International Platinum Citation for the 2018/2019 "Be the Inspiration" year.
 
MYSTIQUE is here! High Fashion! Great Entertainment! Fabulous Giveaways! Secure your tickets early for an unforgettable experience!
 
Part proceeds donated to Rotary International's Polio-Plus Fund in support of Rotary's works towards the eradication of polio worldwide.
 
On Sunday 30th September 2018, the Rotary Club of Princes Town held its annual Family Day at the beautiful expansive private estate of Mr. Mannick in Dyer Village, Williamsville where our in-house expert chef Rotarian Jamir prepared a scrumptious meal of stew chicken cutters as appetizers, boiled corn, Chicken Pelau and Corn Soup served with a side of fresh salad prepared by President Crystal for lunch. Rotarian Patsy made her tasty, peppery mouthwatering five-finger chow that was quickly devoured by all.

 
On Thursday 27th September 2018, the Rotary Club of Princes Town hosted its first joint meeting for the Rotary year, partnering with the Rotary Clubs of Pointe-a-Pierre, St. Augustine West, Point Fortin, San Fernando South and Port-of-Spain for an afternoon of Rotary celebration and fellowship. The Clubs celebrated the induction of three new members and benefitted from the educational and riveting feature address delivered by New York Attorney-at-Law, Miss Juanita Headley on the topic of Human Trafficking, particularly the issue of the eradication of sexual exploitation.
 
In commemoration of International Peace Day celebrated on September 21st annually, the Rotary Club of Princes Town will be hosting its first Youth Peace Day Symposium at the Princes Town West Secondary School specifically geared towards primary and secondary school students by educating them on gun violence, bullying and conflict resolution methods.
 
The Rotary Club of Princes Town held its first Youth Peace Symposium ―Making our Schools Safe for our Children through Peace Education on September 21st, 2018 in commemoration of International Peace Day and highlighting one of Rotary’s areas of focus, Peace and Conflict Prevention/Resolution.
 
In keeping with the District’s commitment to improved training, District 7030 held its first set of RLI training for the new Rotary year in beautiful Trinidad and Tobago on Saturday 25th August, 2018 and Sunday 26th August, 2018 at Goodwill Industries in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad.
 
 
 
 
 
 
On the 01st August, 2018, twenty (20) Rotary Clubs, Rotaract Clubs, Partners-in-Service, Family and Friends of Rotary and members from other organizations collectively came together at the Valencia Eco Resort in celebration of Emancipation Day and the 3rd Annual Final Fling. All in attendance enjoyed great fellowship and camaraderie whilst engaging in meaningful discussions with each other about their respective Clubs various projects and fundraiser events planned for the 2018-2019 rotary year.
 

On Sunday 29th July, 2018, Rotarians from the Club together with 14 additional professional volunteers conducted a comprehensive medical outreach program for the 93 local residents of Union Village, Rio Claro, who were in attendance.

The Club gives special thanks to Partners -in-Service, Tara Ousman and Narisha Mohammed, children and friends of the Rotary Club and professional volunteers including Dr. Ronald Gobin, Dr. Carlyn Rajnarinesingh, Dr. Kiran Premanand, Dr. Prem Premanand, Dr. Stefan Nanan, Dr. Lindsey Aziz, Nurses Salima Ramkissoon, Debra Brewster-McDowell, Wendy Thomas and Lenore Mitchell from the Victoria County- South District, Pharmacists Andres Villaruel and Sabrina Ramkissoon and Optometrists Giselle Gilkes, Sharon Harripersad, Ibraheem Mohammed and Sachin Singh of the Trinidad Eye Hospital for their unwavering support and participation in making the Club's first service project for this rotary year a grand success.

 

On Wednesday 11th July, 2018, the Club at its first regular meeting for 2018 celebrated with partners in service, family members and friends the occasion of Eid-ul-Fitr at the beautiful residence of Rotarian Jamir Ousman. President Crystal Ann Harper welcomed everyone and briefly shared the applicable teachings of Eid celebrations to Rotary as starting anew with renewed energy and spirit as Rotarians engage in projects for the 2018/2019 rotary year.
 
Guest speaker Imam Skeik Mohammed of the Williamsville's mosque opened with a special blessing and gave an enlightening sermon to members and their families on the teachings of Islam. He emphasized the need to be mindful of how we live in our daily lives with  each other and highlighted the similarities in Islam and Rotary as acts of service work in our local communities.
 

On the 07th July, 2018, the Interact Club of St. Stephen’s College held its first Installation Ceremony, during which the baton of responsibility was handed over from Outgoing President Akasia Augustine to the Incoming President, Ariel Mahabir. In attendance were Interactors from the Club as well as Interact Supervising Teachers, Amelia Ayoung and Brittany Jackson, Rotarians from the Rotary Club of Princes Town including the current President, Crystal Ann Harper, Immediate Past President, Bashir Mohammed, and Directors Rhea Nobbee and Nazim Mohammed and Partner in Service, Narisha Mohammed, wife of the Immediate Past President, Bashir Mohammed.

 

 

 

The Interact Club of Princes Town West Secondary School held its second Handing Over Ceremony on Saturday 30th June, 2018 at the Princes Town West Secondary School in Princes Town. Specially invited guests in attendance included Immediate Past President Bashir Mohammed and Director of Rotary Foundation for the 2018/2019 rotary year, Dr. Carlyn Rajnarinesingh, both Rotarians of the Rotary Club of Princes Town, Parents/Guardians of Interactors, and the club members.

Outgoing Interact President Kyrie Rampersad made a brief note on her tenure of presidency whilst Incoming President Melinda Ramjattan gave an inspiring acceptance speech. Subsequently, new board members were introduced and pinned individually by Rotarian Dr. Carlyn Rajnarinesingh. The Ceremony ended with a Vote of Thanks and tokens of appreciation distributed to deserving persons who assisted the Club in its projects for the last rotary year.

The 2017/2018 Interact Club members would specially like to thank Board Members of the Outgoing and Incoming Board for their time and creative talents in decorating for the event, President Crystal for her donation of a new Interact President pin which shows details of the Rotary wheel, and to the Parents/Guardians of Interactors as well as Immediate Past President Bashir who generously donated drinks, pastries, cakes and other delicacies to celebrate this auspicious occasion.

The Rotary Club of Princes Town welcomes President Melinda Ramjattan and her new Board of Directors of the Interact Club for the 2018-2019 rotary year! We look forward to continue working together to be of service in our community.

 

Annual Presidential Handover  Ceremony 2017 – 2018
 
The Rotary Club of Princes Town celebrated and hosted by far one of the best handovers in Rotary years. The evening started with fellowship with members from Maraval, Port of Spain, San Juan, Penal, Point a Pierre and San Fernando South clubs who came to witness the Presidential Handover and celebrate this milestone.
 
President Bashir Mohammed presented the audience with a summary of the Club’s achievements during the last year where the Club was awarded President Citation after 7 months, Public Image Citation in April 2018, Youth Service award from International Fellowship of Scouting Rotarians and Certificate of Participation from Rotary Zone 34 in People of Action video contest.
 
The Club conducted Four (4) Medical outreach clinics, granted Twelve (12) scholarship awards to deserving children, celebrated Eid, Divali & Christmas with Three (3) communities, held our open air Christmas concert in Princes Town triangle, sent Eight (8) children to RYLA, planted 150 trees and held Ten (10) Club fellowships, Four (4) of which were joint with our twin club, Rotary Club of Maraval.  Our contribution to Rotary foundation continued with $ 6,500 USD towards Annual & Polio funds and 3,500 volunteer hours. 
 
Vocalist Chloe Bishop kept the audience entertained during dinner with an inspiring selection of songs as photos of projects completed during the year were projected on stage.
President Bashir recognized Rotarians, partners-in-service, community leaders and businessmen who supported the Club’s fundraisers and medical projects making this Rotary year a success.
 
Tokens of Appreciation
 
Partner in Service
 
Nadira Ramlogan, Tara Ousman, Narisha Aziz Mohammed
and Nabeel Mohammed
Quiet Rotarian Pin:
Sieunarine “Kex” Sanmook, Capildeo Beharry, Amraz Ali Bocas
and Ravi Ramanand
Sharing the Heart of Rotary Pin:
 Patsy Chankersingh, Zobida Ragbirsingh, Rhea Nobee
Service Award Pin
Jamir Ousman, Dr Ronald Gobin and Dr Carlyn Rajnarinesingh
 
Above and Beyond Pin:
 Ryan Soodwah
Rotarian of the Year:
Crystal Ann Harper
 
Tokens of Appreciation – Community
Gowrie Roopnarine, Chairman Princes Town Regional Corporation
              Vashti Sookhoo, Councillor, Princes Town Regional Corporation
 Imam Shameed Rahim, Kyrie Rampersad, Amelia Ayoung, Anthony Dyer,
 Indira Singh, Chloe Bishop, Niel Marcano
 
Paul Harris Fellow Recognition:
Rishi Ramlogan, Narisha Aziz Mohammed, Andy Deonarine and Atlantic
 
Honorary Rotarian:
Rishi Ragoonath
 
President Bashir then proceeded to pin and place the presidential medallion around newly inducted President Crystal Ann Harper who proceeded to give her acceptance speech outlining her plans to continue with signature projects and new ones in moving the club forward all in line with Rotary theme “Be the Inspiration”.
 
Newly appointed President Crystal Ann Harper formally relieved President Bashir of his duties and presented her board of directors to the audience. During the celebration afterwards, members and guests rejoiced by dancing and congratulating President Crystal on her appointment.
Visiting club members were in high praise of the programme and could not stop talking about the evening proceedings and will share with their club the experience of attending the Rotary Club Princes Town Presidential Handover Ceremony.
 
CONGRATULATIONS TO CRYSTAL ANN HARPER AND HER BOARD MEMBERS 2018- 2019!
 
 
 
Community Eid Treat at Fifth Company Mosque, Moruga
 
The Rotary Club of Princes Town held it final project for the Rotary Year 2017/2018 commemorating the festival of Eid at the Fifth Company ASJA Jamaat in St. Mary�s Moruga.
 
Both the Imam of Asja Jamaat St Mary�s and President Bashir delivered small addresses on the meaning of fasting and Eid celebration, whilst Rotarian Zobida spoke on Diabetes and how to take precaution against this disease.
 
The Al Faisaliyyah Nasheed Group performed a few quaseedas that moved the congregation, after which treat bags and toys were distributed to the children. What a sight to see the smiles on those children faces!! In addition, the Club also distributed 20 hampers to assist some families in the community.
 
The Rotary Club would like to thank Reasat Ali from the 5th Company Mosque for his assistance in making this event a reality.
 
Indeed, this was quite a successful year for the Rotary Club of Princes Town with President
Citation Certificate on hand.
 
ROTARY MAKING A DIFFERENCE IN PEOPLE LIVES!

SIX CLUBS FELLOWSHIP AT YACHT CLUB

The Rotary Club of Princes Town hosted one of the best fellowships at the Yacht Club San Fernando, which was attended by members of Maraval, Port of Spain West, St Augustine, San Fernando and San Fernando South Rotary Clubs.

The evening was buzzing with light conversation and laughter as members were no stranger to each other. The soft splashing of the ocean water, the soothing music in the background and the moonlit night all created the perfect ambiance for a PERFECT EVENING.

After dinner was served, members from the various clubs tried to outdo each other by giving jokes but at the end Maraval and San Fernando South tied for first place.

Member of the visiting Clubs made many comments regarding the fellowship such as it was good to see members from all corners of the country, a well-planned event, will look at twinning with another club, clubs that fellowship with each other can do projects together.

A special “Thank You” to our Sargeant at Arms for a well planned and executed evening.

This was the PERFECT END to our ROTARY YEAR 2017 – 2018!!

JUBILEE CELEBRATION!
Create your legacy by caring for others”.
 
  The Charter members of Rotary Club of Princes Town have indeed created their legacy for the past 25 years leaving their footprints on the sands of time and inspiring our future as a Club by supporting the recent younger Rotarians to make a difference in our community. 
 
Our Charter members’ faith in humanity, vision and sacrifice started this club 25 years ago. Our traditions enable us to honour the past, celebrate the present and provide a legacy for the future. What we owe the past are two things. Firstly, we owe our Charter Members our deepest appreciation for their magnificent accomplishments over the last 25 years for our Club and secondly, we owe to the past fidelity to the heritage which has been passed down across the generations.
Members teared up as projects, fundraisers and fellowship for the past twenty-five years were proudly highlighted on a screen reminding us of our purpose and why we chose to become Rotarians and for those that was taken away from us to be in Heaven.
This milestone was celebrated together with the Rotary Club of Maraval at the Australian Residence in Moka where chartered members Rotarian Jamir, Vilma, Ronald, Capildeo and deceased Wayne were honored.
Guest speaker Mervin Assam and District Governor Waddy gave moving speeches about the continuity of Rotary work and the impact of our service projects to the community. 
 
Members from both clubs and their guests enjoyed an evening of Fellowship, Distribution of Awards and Fine Dining. At the end of the evening members were proud to say
Rotary club of Princes Town will continue twinning with Rotary club of Maraval in the future for joint projects and fellowship. Something to look forward in 2018 – 2019 Rotary year!.
 
I AM MAKING A DIFFERENCE IN PEOPLE’S LIVES!
I AM PROUD TO BE A ROTARION!!

District 7030 Conference in Suriname
 
The District 7030 26th Conference was held at Royal Torarica Hotel in Suriname from 25th – 28th April 2018 where 71 clubs were represented from the District.
During the day members attended PETS, Assembly and Conference listening to other clubs as they presented their signature projects, sharing their experiences and knowledge so that all present can take away something to their own country and club. RI Representative Brad gave a motivated speech on “WHY become a Rotarian” that left members in tears, whilst District Governor Waddy gave his report on clubs meeting their President Citation for 2017 -2018 and recognized the Rotary Club of Princes Town as achieving President Citation.  WHAT A PROUD MOMENT!! 
 
District Governor Elect Dominque Venere announced her Board members for 2018- 2019 and club member Debbie Roopchand was presented as the incoming Assistant District Governor for the South Cluster 7030 Trinidad.
Night time in Suriname was an experience never to forget. Rotarians were treated to a hospitality suite at T-VAT where members mingled and listened and danced to local Rotarians music band, and new friendships cultivated.
 
The opening ceremony took place at the Cathedral Basilica followed by fellowship and live performances by the Interact Clubs at the Tropical Garden Party at DSB Garden. The following night was a grand Tribal experience at Owroe Cul Complex where members were treated to some local dishes especially the signature dish PEANUT BUTTER SOUP!
 
The final day of Conference …Oh what a sad day indeed!  as you bid farewell to friends from other countries, however there was one last event to enjoy together, the Masquerade Ball at Chamber of Commerce. Rotarians who extended their visit to do a little sightseeing in Suriname , were treated to an evening of winding down with Eats and Drinks and Dancing courtesy DG Waddy and his wife Shirley.
Lifelong Friendships Built!!            Knowledge Gained!!                         Rotarians reminded of their purpose!!
 
The members of our club also extend their condolences to the Bhaggan Family on the loss of Past President Prakash Bhaggan who passed away in Suriname.
The Rotary Club of Princes Town would like to express a heartfelt thanks to District Governor Waddy and the planning committee for ensuring our safety and comfort and most of all giving us memories to last a lifetime.
 
Maraval meets Princes Town
 
The Rotary Club of Princes Town hosted Rotary Club of Maraval at the San Fernando Yacht Club on Wednesday 11th April 2018. As members were previously acquainted, the room was buzzing with small groups having conversations about the ambiance, the upcoming Anniversary celebration and building and strengthening friendships.
 
Members enjoyed a delicious meal under the beautiful moonlit sky to the sound of gently splashing waves. After dinner, the two clubs celebrated Rotarian Jamir’s and Pam O’Farrell’s birthdays by cutting a specialty cake in their honor.
 
Presidents Bashir and Maureen shared updates on the upcoming Anniversary celebration as members were very enthusiastic about this Jubilee celebration.  It was a soothing and relaxing atmosphere and members were in no hurry to go to their respective homes especially the members of Maraval Club. As President Maureen said, “this partnership doesn’t end here!”
RYLA 2018, organized by the Assistant Governors in Trinidad, was held on Thursday 12th April 2018 and Friday 13th April 2018 at the YTEPP Building, Woodford Lodge Compound located in Chaguanas.   This year, the RYLA committee allowed 4 participants from each Interact Club to participant in the two-day event. The Rotary Club of Princes Town sponsored eight (8) students from our Interact Clubs of Princes Town West Secondary School and St. Stephen’s College to attend RYLA this year.
 
The facilitators/presenters included PDGs Lara Quentrall-Thomas, Steven Ramroop, Roger Bose, PAG Abriham Daniel, Deborah Jean-Baptiste, Surrendra Maharaj, and John Dasent. Some of the topics presented included Opportunities in TT for young entrepreneurs, Rotary Focus on Youth, Conflict Management and Problem Solving and Ethics of Positive Leadership.
The Interactors expressed positive feedback and were grateful to the Club for the exposure and experience.  They enjoyed themselves, made new friends whilst learning new material regarding leadership that can be useful in their daily lives. They all especially raved about the preference of the interactive method used in the presentations to convey the information as opposed to the traditional lecture style of presentations.