January 2022
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Club Administration Director
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                     THE ROTARY CLUB OF PRINCES TOWN
Princes Town

Service Above Self

We meet In Person
Canton Palace Restaurant
Cross Crossing Shopping Complex
San Fernando,
Trinidad and Tobago
(868) 481-1302
Regular Club meetings are held on the 2nd, 3rd & 4th Wednesdays of each calendar month @ 7:00 p.m.
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The Rotary Club of Princes Town held our Christmas Treat on December 19, 2021 at the Tableland Recreation Ground where 20 food hampers were distributed to families in need of assistance and over 100 children each received a Christmas gifts and a snack bag from Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus.

Rotarians arrived early at the Recreational Ground to set up the hampers, gifts and snack bags to distribute later to the children and parents.  Past President Jamir Ousman welcomed the villagers and introduced the Chairman of the Princes Town Regional Corporation, Councillor Gowrie Roopnarine who assisted with the coordination of the venue and the villagers and children for the hampers and gifts.

President Rishi Ramlogan (Santa) called the children to the stage to receive their gift and snack bags from Mrs Claus (Secretary Andrea Bhagwandeen) who was assisted by the elves (Rotarians and spouses) on the stage.
Thank you to all the Rotarians, spouses, partners in service and friends who ensured that our Christmas Treat was a huge success!
 #christmas #gifts #foodhampers #servetochangelives #rotarydistrict7030 #rotaryshares
Our President's Dinner was held @cantonplacerestaurant on Saturday 11th December 2021.
Our Club's President Mr Rishi Ramlogan delivered an insightful speech, highlighting the importance of being an active Rotarian especially in times of disaster.
The evening proceedings was followed by dinner, gift exchanges and speeches from every member present.
November 25th is the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women and our Club had the distinct privilege to have Pamela Zaballa, the Global Executive Director for NoMore.org and Danni Mohammed, the founder of Gentle Forces as guest speakers on domestic violence in Trinidad and Tobago at our virtual meeting held last night.
Pamela Zaballa has worked to support domestic and sexual violence victims in different roles, from frontline services as a refuge manager, setting up human trafficking services, and policy and communication roles developing successful campaigns such as Hidden Child and UK Says NO MORE. Throughout her career, Pamela has had a keen interest in pushing boundaries and developing tech-based solutions for victims of domestic and sexual violence such as specialist domestic violence CRM systems, apps-based solutions and the NO MORE Global Directory, the first-of-its-kind directory of domestic and sexual violence resources for over 200 countries. As a firm believer that all parties need to find a solution to gender-based violence throughout her career, she has developed partnerships with multiple governments, international organisations and global corporations.
Danni Mohammed has nearly two decades of experience where her instinct and drive has led her to redefine the status quo. Her passion and proof is taking old notions of creativity, business and strategy and freeing them from constraints and boundaries. Danni is at the forefront of industry provocation and creation; a seasoned strategy and transformation executive, Danni creates and delivers large-scale solutions with impact. Danni has had the privilege to speak at the 2021 United Nations General Assembly to launch Join The Chorus, a multi-industry pro bono effort galvanising over 80 volunteers to help end domestic and sexual violence for the Commonwealth Says NO MORE partnership.
At the end of their presentation, there was a very interactive session where Pamela and Danni responded to many questions from our Rotarians concerning the effect of the pandemic on domestic violence as well as educating children from an early age to recognize the signs of domestic abuse.
Please listen to the presentation on our YouTube channel, The Rotary Club of Princes Town and share with everyone as we all #jointhechorus and say #nomore to domestic and sexual violence.
#rotaryfoundation #peaceandconflictresolution #jointhechorus #nomore #nomas #enddomesticviolence #rotarydistrict7030 #rotaryshares #servetochangelives #serviceaboveself #rotaryinternational
In recognition of World Diabetes Day observed annually on November 14th, our past president Zobida Ragbirsingh presented “Diabetes: Signs, Symptoms and Prevention Management” at our Club’s weekly meeting held on Wednesday November 10th, 2021 at Canton Palace Restaurant, San Fernando.
PP Zobida is currently the Chairman of the Princes Town Branch of the Diabetes Association of Trinidad and Tobago (DATT).  She was President of DATT on two occasions as well as the Public Relations Officer.  She also held the position of Vice President Health Care Professional with the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) during the period 2015 to 2019.
PP Zobida stressed on the importance of access to diabetes care and was very descriptive in explaining diabetes, its signs and symptoms and especially its effect on children.  PP Dr. Ronald Gobin also enlightened Rotarians on new medication that is very effective in controlling diabetes.  At the end of her presentation, PP Zobida distributed Diabetes pins to all present at the meeting.
In addition, the Club assisted Ms S. Pariag with eye care costs of $1,500 due to diabetes complications and also delivered a wheel chair to Mr. Lakhan who recently had multiple toes amputated due to diabetes.
To listen to the full presentation on Diabetes: Signs, Symptoms and Prevention Management, log onto our club’s YouTube channel – Rotary Club of Princes Town.
#diabetes #worlddiabetesday #health #diabetesawareness #servetochangelives #rotarydistrict7030 #rotaryshares #serviceaboveself
The Rotary Club of Princes Town distributed 45 boxes of Huggies Stage 4 Diapers and one pack of baby wipes to expectant mothers and infants at the Williamsville Health Centre and simultaneously at the Moruga Health Centre on Wednesday November 3, 2021.

Maternal and Child Health is an area of focus of the Rotary Foundation where Rotary makes high quality health care available to ensure mothers and children everywhere can have access to the same opportunities for a healthy future. 

Our Club extends our sincerest thanks to Gabrielle Modeste, Senior Brand Manager at Bryden Pi for the generous donation of the Huggies Diapers and our new Rotarian Kellon Craig who coordinated the delivery and receipt of the diapers with our membership director Rudranath Maraj.
#health #babycare #rotaryfoundation #maternalhealth #huggiesdiapers #foundationmonth #rotaryinternational #servetochangelives #rotarydistrict7030 #rotaryshares #serviceaboveself
The Rotary Club of Princes Town has always promoted diversity, equity and inclusion where we recognize and celebrate all major religious festivals as a Club with our members as well as partnering with a community to host an event where the villagers can showcase their talents.

Due to the current Covid-19 restrictions, no community programme was organized this year.  Our Club with the assistance of the Chairman of the Princes Town Regional Corporation, Councillor Gowrie Roopnarine, identified persons in need of assistance and our rotarians presented twenty four (24) food hampers to villagers of Sancho Road, New Grant at the Apollo Recreation Ground on October 31, 2021 to assist with their Divali preparations.
#divali2021 #lightoverdarkness #food #hampers #rotarydistrict7030 #rotaryshares #serviceaboveself #servetochangelives
This year, on October 30th, our Club held our Divali celebration at the picturesque home of PP Jamir Ousman where all Covid-19 protocols were observed.  As the sun began to set, Pundit Robin Loutan gave blessings and the first deya was lit by our President Rishi Ramlogan and rotarians and their families assisted in lighting the rest of the deyas.
There were beautiful dances by the Sita Dance Company and melodious  bhajans (religious songs) by PP Capildeo Beharry and Pundit Robin Loutan and group.  PP Dr. Ronald Gobin conducted a “Pick A Pan” contest where patrons needed to give the hindi word for events that occur during a wedding ceremony.  Of the three pans, two had phone accessory prizes and the third had a different prize, in this case it was a cucumber!
Our Rotarians and guests were treated to dinner with a traditional vegetarian feast and delectable indian sweets as dessert.  The highlight of the evening was the fashion show where the beautiful indian outfits were modelled by both children and adults and the best dressed raja (king) and raani (queen) were chosen.
Our Club also recognized the indomitable spirit and strength of our Past President (PP) Zobida Ragbirsingh, a cancer survivor, who encouraged all the women present to get tested before it is too late.
Finally, we extend our heartfelt gratitude to PP Jamir Ousman and his wife Tara for welcoming us into their home once again for another memorable evening under the stars.
#divali2021 #lightoverdarkness #diversity #equity #inclusion #rotarydistrict7030 #rotaryshares #serviceaboveself #servetochangelives
The Rotary Foundation helps Rotarians to advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace by improving health, providing quality education, improving the environment, and alleviating poverty.
Since it was founded more than 100 years ago, the Foundation has spent more than $4 billion on life-changing, sustainable projects.

With your help, we can make lives better in our communities and around the world.  No donation is too small

#therotaryfoundation #rotarydistrict7030 #rotaryshares #servetochangelives #RotaryFoundationMonth #serviceaboveself
The Rotary Club of Princes Town in collaboration with the Interactors of St. Stephen’s College conducted a webinar “Why Is Polio Eradication Important?” on October 24 in commemoration of World Polio Day. 
Interactors led by President Anushree Harricharan gave a history of polio with reference to Rotary’s involvement to date.  Foundation Director Dr Lindsey Aziz highlighted the Global Polio Eradication Initiative and why it is necessary to continue the fight to eradicate polio. At the end of the webinar, there was an interactive session where questions were answered about polio and its presence in Trinidad.
#myendpolio #endpolio #worldpolioday #rotaryinternational #rotarydistrict7030 #interactdistrict7030 #rotaryshares #servetochangelives #serviceaboveself
Kellon lives in Marabella, is the holder of a B.B.A in Marketing with Entrepreneurship and an A.A in Business Administration. He holds the position of Business Development Manager with Nestle Caribbean Inc. from April 2021. He also held the position of Field Sales Coordinator in Nestle TT. Kellon has over a decade of valuable experience and knowledge in marketing and sales combined. His skills include Market research & Data Analysis, Public Speaking, business relationship building and a has a Certificate in " The Complete Skill Negotiator."
Mark is 40 years of age lives in Princes Town and is a teacher. He possesses a Post-Grad Diploma in Education, BA in Education and a BA in History. He has held various positions as an educator including Athletics Coach, Student Activity Committee Head, House System Coordinator and Head of Department. He has been a member of the Scout Association of T&T since 1986, and is currently the National Scout Commissioner. He is also a member of the International Association of Athletics Federations and a level 1 IAAF Coach.
Rajiv Dookie is a Banking Professional with over 14 years experience in the local banking industry. He has held many Management Portfolios during this time in the areas of branch sales, portfolio and risk management. His credentials are supported by his many academic achievements in the fields of Management, Marketing and Finance. In addition to business qualifications, Rajiv also holds professional certification as an Oil and Gas Process Technician.
He is a Proud resident of Princes Town, having been raised in the community of Frederick/Hindustan and studied at St. Stephen's College. As a son of the soil, Rajiv is passionate about the development of Princes Town and being of service to his community.
Justin is 36 years old and is from San Fernando. He is the Managing Director at TT Lunch Kit Catering and Restaurant. He has a wealth of education and experience in Sales & Marketing (FMCG) from the likes of Massy Distribution, Hand Arnold Trinidad Limited, Digicel Group and Red Bull Int.
His hobbies include event management, photography, tennis, social media management and has a keen interest in Culinary Arts, Music, Wines & Spirits and Networking just to name a few.
It was indeed a momentous occasion on Wednesday October 13th 2021 when the Rotary Club of Princes Town welcomed four new members to join our Club.  The new inductees bring a wealth of experience in banking and risk management, business development, culinary arts and education.
Our four new inductees are:
Kellon Craig - a Business Development Manager with Nestle T&T
Rajiv Dookie - Manager, Consumer Collections Management Unit at First Citizens Bank, San Juan
Justin Girdharrie - Managing Director of Lunch Kit Catering and Restaurant
Mark Ainsley John - Teacher at Tableland Secondary School and currently is the National Scout Commissioner of Trinidad and Tobago.
Past President Ronald Gobin welcomed all rotarians and guests and the Club was briefly updated on Service Projects by Director Michael Cooper Ochiengh and Public Relations by Director Narisha Aziz-Mohammed.  Club Administration Director Bashir Mohammed presented his report on the Chokhafest fundraiser which was a huge success and recognized the leadership of Rotarian Wendy-Ann Joseph who was the chairperson for the fundraiser. In addition, the committee recognized the top sellers of chokhafest tickets with Past President Jamir Ousman copping the 1st place, Narisha Aziz-Mohammed and Dr. Ronald Gobin with 2nd and 3rd place respectively. Rotarian Darren Harrilal was recognized for his outstanding performance as well.
President Rishi Ramlogan then formally inducted the new Rotarians and Membership Director Rudranath Maraj assisted with the pinning and presentation of the new member kits. On hand to assist with pinning the new Rotarians was Past Assistant Governor Major Lawrence Wilson (Retired) who encouraged the new members to actively participate in club projects and activities and embrace the ideals of rotary in their professional life as well.
Our four new members expressed their appreciation for becoming Rotarians and were eager to get involved in planning and executing the service projects and fundraisers in the near future. 
In addition, in recognition of breast cancer awareness month, all rotarians and guests were pinned with a pink ribbon upon entrance by Past President Zobida Ragbirsingh.
We welcome our newest Rotarians and look forward to serving to change lives with them!
The Rotary Club of Princes Town received requests for assistance with procuring school texts and supplies for students whose parents were financially challenged and could not purchase the items to ensure the students have the necessary tools to perform well in their studies
One Interactor and two other students received the school text books and stationery supplies required from their book list. Membership Director Rudranath Maraj also donated five food hampers which were given to the three students and two other deserving families in Princes Town.
As the evening closed on Chokhafest; President Rishi Ramlogan and the raffle committee did a live draw for the raffle prizes.   Partners in Service Tara Ousman, Michelle Ali Bocas and Nadira Ramlogan assisted with the drawing of the numbers.
The 1st prize donated by Hand Arnold, a Nutri Ninja Fit Blender, was won by Denzil Layne,  2nd Prize was won by Cassidy Mahabir and the 3rd Prize by Capildeo Beharry.  These 2nd and 3rd prizes were champagne and wine hampers donated by Nadira Ramlogan.
Capildeo Beharry was on site to receive his 3rd prize hamper from Nadira Ramlogan and the other two winners were contacted and will make arrangements to collect their prizes.   Thank you to all the patrons who supported our raffle, we truly appreciate your support!
#rafflewinners #hampers #nutrininjafit #fundraiser #servetochangelives #rotarydistrict7030 #rotaryshares #serviceaboveself
On Saturday September 25th, 2021 over eight hundred men, women and children came out to the Pointe-a-Pierre Golf Club Ballroom at the picturesque Pointe-a-Pierre Golf Course between the hours of 2 pm to 7 pm for our Annual Chokhafest Scholarhip Fundraiser.
Over 1,000 tickets, donated by Ace Printery, were sold this year as patrons showed their support for students in need of assistance to further their tertiary education as the proceeds from our Chokhafest fundraiser solely funds our Scholarship Programme.
Patrons all observed the Covid-19 regulations regarding sanitisation and social distancing by following the well placed signage and floor markers. This year two serving stations were installed on either side of the room to ensure that there was no crowding of patrons while choosing from the variety of chokhas.
This year patrons were treated to 10 different types of chokha, coconut chutney, kuchela, murtani and home-made pepper sauces. Hot sada roti and fry bakes were prepared on-site with ingredients provided by our generous sponsors. Beverages and dessert were also provided by Blue Waters, Caribbean Bottlers and Coca-Cola, Parkview Supermarket and Kiss Baking Company. The Club also received a generous donation from Republic Bank Ltd towards our Chokhafest expenses.
Patrons also had a chance to participate in our Raffle upon entry to win the Ninja Blender donated by Hand Arnold and the champagne and wine hampers donated by Nadira Ramlogan.
Finally, the Club appreciates the support from all our Rotarians and potential Rotarians and wishes to extend our heartfelt thanks to the cooks, spouses and children of Rotarians, Interactors, friends, patrons and all of our sponsors for ensuring Chokhafest 2021 was a resounding success!
You can visit our Photo Gallery for more Chokhafest photos!