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                     THE ROTARY CLUB OF PRINCES TOWN
Princes Town

Service Above Self

We meet In Person
Wednesdays
Canton Palace Restaurant
Cross Crossing Shopping Complex
San Fernando,
Trinidad and Tobago
Phone:
(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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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!
‼️Thank you for supporting our Chokhafest Fundraiser‼️

We thank you for your continued support as we were able to raise the funds for our Scholarship Programme.👩🏽‍🎓 📚🧑🏼‍🎓

We appreciate every one of you!
#rotary #fundraiser #scholarshipfund #serviceaboveself #trinidadandtobago #rotaryinternational #chokafest #culture #peopleofaction #servetochangelives #rotarydistrict7030 #rotaryshares
‼️ Directions to CHOKHAFEST‼️
(We do not own the rights to this music)
Video starts at the entrance to the compound when you exit the highway at Gasparillo
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The Rotary Club of Princes Town Presents Our 28th Annual CHOKHAFEST🥙
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🌤25 September 2021
📍Pointe-a-Pierre Golf Club Ballroom
⏰3-6pm (takeaway only)
🎟 $100TT
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Choose from one or all our 11 delicious Chokhas paired with your choice of Sada Roti or Fry Bake.
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(Your contribution supports our scholarship fund)
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‼️See you all, TODAY‼️
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Our Chokafest is completely SOLD OUT❗️
With your help we’ve reached our goal. Thank you all for your continued support, we look forward to seeing you on Saturday🎉
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The Rotary Club of Princes Town Presents Our 28th Annual CHOKHAFEST🥙
.
🌤25 September 2021
📍Pointe-a-Pierre Golf Club Ballroom
⏰3-6pm (takeaway only)
🎟 $100TT
.
Choose from one or all our 11 delicious Chokhas paired with your choice of Sada Roti or Fry Bake.
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(Your contribution supports our scholarship fund)
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‼️We’re 1️⃣ Day Away‼️
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Our Chokafest is completely SOLD OUT❗️
With your help we’ve reached our goal. Thank you all for your continued support, we look forward to seeing you on Saturday🎉
 
The Rotary Club of Princes Town Presents Our 28th Annual CHOKHAFEST🥙
 
🌤25 September 2021
📍Pointe-a-Pierre Golf Club Ballroom
⏰3-6pm (takeaway only)
🎟 $100TT
 
Choose from one or all our 11 delicious Chokhas paired with your choice of Sada Roti or Fry Bake.
 
(Your contribution supports our scholarship fund)
 
‼️We’re 2️⃣ Days Away‼️
Our Chokafest is completely SOLD OUT❗️
With your help we’ve reached our goal. Thank you all for your continued support, we look forward to seeing you on Saturday🎉
The Rotary Club of Princes Town Presents Our 28th Annual CHOKHAFEST🥙
 
🌤25 September 2021
📍Pointe-a-Pierre Golf Club Ballroom
⏰3-6pm (takeaway only)
🎟 $100TT
 
Choose from one or all our 11 delicious Chokhas paired with your choice of Sada Roti or Fry Bake.
(Your contribution supports our scholarship fund)
‼️We’re SOLD OUT‼️
With your help we’ve reached our goal. Thank you all for your continued support, we look forward to seeing you on Saturday🎉
The Rotary Club of Princes Town Presents Our 28th Annual CHOKHAFEST🥙
 
🌤25 September 2021
📍Pointe-a-Pierre Golf Club Ballroom
⏰3-6pm (takeaway only)
🎟 $100TT
 
Choose from one or all our 11 delicious Chokhas paired with your choice of Sada Roti or Fry Bake.
Contact any member of the Rotary Club of Princes Town to purchase your tickets.
(Your contribution supports our scholarship fund)
Today we observe and celebrate the 40th annual United Nations' International Day of Peace: a day all humanity can commit to Peace above all differences.
 
Rotary District 7030 hosts its Peace In Cyberspace workshop today. Targeting youth in our region, this event seeks to sensitize participants to many of the online dangers in today's world and address the power that we all have to use technology towards peacebuilding and to tackle issues within our community.
 
Tune in to @RotaryDistrict7030 on Facebook to watch the session live from 6:00 p.m. (UTC-4)
 
We’re 90% SOLD OUT❗️
With your help we can reach our goal. All contributions or donations are welcomed. 🎉
 
The Rotary Club of Princes Town Presents Our 28th Annual CHOKHAFEST🥙
 
🌤25 September 2021
📍Pointe-a-Pierre Golf Club Ballroom
⏰3-6pm (takeaway only)
🎟 $100TT
 
Choose from one or all our 11 delicious Chokhas paired with your choice of Sada Roti or Fry Bake.
Contact any member of the Rotary Club of Princes Town to purchase your tickets.
(Your contribution supports our scholarship fund)
We’re 70% sold out, with your help we can reach our goal!
All contributions/ donations are welcomed. 🎉
 
The Rotary Club of Princes Town Presents Our 28th Annual CHOKHAFEST🥙
🌤25 September 2021
📍Pointe-a-Pierre Golf Club Ballroom
⏰3-6pm (takeaway only)
🎟 $100TT
 
Choose from one or all our 11 delicious Chokhas paired with your choice of Sada Roti or Fry Bake.
Contact any member of the Rotary Club of Princes Town to purchase your tickets.
(Your contribution supports our scholarship fund)
Shazad Hoosein or the Candyman, is a single parent who has been taking care of his daughter since she was six months old. He is afflicted with Keratoconus (an eye disease that affects the structure of the cornea, resulting in loss of vision) and has been selling candy to support his daughter who is now nine years old.

He receives public assistance however this does not cover the cost of his rent, food and medical expenses. His goal is to have his own home so in the event he has his surgery and unable to earn an income, he would not have to worry about finding money to pay the rent and also his daughter will have a home to call her own.

Our Club contacted the Glimmer of Hope Foundation who is helping Mr Hoosein with the construction of his home and delivered a Cheque for $2,000 towards the materials to build the house to Mr Steve Khadoo on behalf of the Foundation.
#serviceaboveself #servetochangelives #home #rotarydistrict7030 #rotaryshares #parentallove
 
The torrential rainfall in Southern Trinidad over the last few weeks adversely affected many families whose homes were completely flooded as their furniture and appliances were waterlogged and their food supplies contaminated by the murky flood waters.
 
The Club with the assistance of the Chairman of the Princes Town Regional Corporation, Councillor Gowrie Roopnarine identified families in dire need of assistance and delivered fifteen (15) hampers with grocery items and cleaning supplies to families from Kent Street in Williamsville, Barrackpore, Weston Street in St Mary's Village and Moruga.
 
Many of the families were located right next to waterways and were extremely grateful for the assistance as they struggle to bring their homes back to a sense of normalcy as the flood waters subsided.
 
All COVID protocols observed❗️ 
 
•Masks are to be worn over nose and mouth. 
•Hands must be sanitized upon entry. 
•Temperature check will be taken upon entry. 
Please note TAKEAWAY SERVICE Only!
 
The Rotary Club of Princes Town Presents Our 28th Annual CHOKHAFEST🥙
🌤25 September 2021 
📍Pointe-a-Pierre Golf Club Ballroom
⏰3-6pm (takeaway only) 
🎟 $100TT 
 
Choose from or all our 11 delicious Chokhas paired with your choice of Sada Roti or Fry Bake. 
Contact any member of the Rotary Club of Princes Town to purchase your tickets. 
(Your contribution supports our scholarship fund) 
 
#rotary #fundraiser #scholarshipfund #serviceaboveself #trinidadandtobago #rotaryinternational #chokafest #culture
On Friday August 27, 2021 the Rotary Club of Princes Town held its 2020-2021 scholarship awards ceremony at St. Stephen’s College in Princes Town.
President Rishi Ramlogan stated that the scholarships were not specific to any field of study or university. The scholarships were awarded based on a needs assessment of the student once the student has been successfully registered at their choice of university or institution. 

He also welcomed the students to Rotary and encouraged the students to get involved in Rotaract Clubs at their respective universities to be part of Rotary.  He further stated that students can qualify for future scholarships from the Club as long as their grades are in good standing as the Club has previously assisted students with scholarships for each year of their academic studies.  The Club also extended its appreciation to the New Calgary Tabernacle Church for their donation of $2,000 towards the scholarship programme.

Scholarships were awarded to the following students:
Sabrina Soogrimsingh – Associate Degree General Nursing
Akasia Lynn Augustine – Bachelor of Law, UWI
Steven Bissoondath – Bachelor of Science Chemical and Process Engineering UWI
Aaron Mungal – Bachelor of Science Petroleum Geoscience UWI
Alisa Downing – Bachelor of Education UTT
Makeisha Simon – MBBS (Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery) UWI
Arun Mahabir – MBBS (Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery) UWI
Ariel Mahabir - MBBS (Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery) UWI

The Scholarship Programme is funded solely by the Club’s CHOKHAFEST Fundraiser where the proceeds are allocated towards the scholarships.  The more funds generated from the fundraiser will result in more scholarships being awarded to students.  This year, CHOKHAFEST will be held on Saturday September 25, 2021 at the Pointe-a-Pierre Golf Club Ballroom from 3pm – 6pm, takeaway service only.

If you would like to support our Scholarship Programme you can contact any member of the Rotary Club of Princes Town or contact us on any of our social media platforms.
Above from left: Principal Andre Bowen, Aaron Mungal, Akasia Augustine, Steven Bissoondath, Sabrina Soogrimsingh, President Rishi Ramlogan
 
President Rishi Ramlogan presents Alisa Downing with her cheque
 
From Left: Director Dr Lindsey Aziz, Makeisha Simon, Past President Jamir Ousman
 
A Form 6 student from Princes Town was diagnosed with Keratoconus (an eye disease that affects the structure of the cornea, resulting in loss of vision) when he was a child. Cross-linking surgery was performed twice (the maximum number of times it can be done) but he developed scarring and worsening of vision and wore scleral lens to preserve his eye function and prevent rupturing of his eye.  Both eyes were affected so complete visual impairment was a real possibility. He attended the Eye Clinic at the San Fernando General Hospital but the clinic was unable to assist with the surgery which is only offered privately in Trinidad at a considerable cost.

Even though the surgery was deemed critical, the student wanted to write his CAPE 2 examinations before his surgery as he intends to further his studies after his recovery period from the surgery.  After his final examination, he was seen by his Eye Doctor who determined that he needed emergency surgery as the disease had progressed rapidly and surgery was performed two days later.

The Club was made aware of his plight and contributed $10,000 towards the cost of his surgery.  The student is currently recuperating and well on the way to recovery as he is eager to further his tertiary studies.
 
Photo Below: Director Dr. Lindsey Aziz presents the cheque to the parent of the Form 6 student
Rotary Club of Princes Town has awarded over TT $1 million dollars in scholarships over the last 29 years 
The Rotary Club of Princes Town Presents Our 28th Annual CHOKHAFEST🥙
🌤25 September 2021 
📍Pointe-a-Pierre Golf Club Ballroom
⏰3-6pm (takeaway only) 
🎟 $100TT 
Choose from or all our 11 delicious Chokhas paired with your choice of Sada Roti or Fry Bake. 
Contact any member of the Rotary Club of Princes Town to purchase your tickets. 
(Your contribution supports our scholarship fund) 
#rotary #fundraiser #scholarshipfund #serviceaboveself #trinidadandtobago #rotaryinternational #chokafest #culture
 
Basic education and literacy is one of Rotary’s six areas of focus.
We know that basic education and literacy are essential for reducing poverty, improving health, encouraging community and economic development, and promoting peace.
 
At the Rotary Club of Princes Town over the last 29 years, we have enabled hundreds of students with financial challenges to continue their tertiary education. Our Scholarship programme provides monetary support and our Career Day offers a spectrum of professions available to the students providing differing career choices that are available to them.
Our Scholarship programme provides financial aid to deserving students pursuing tertiary level academic studies.
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The Rotary Club of Princes Town Presents Our 28th Annual CHOKHAFEST🥙
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🌤25 September 2021 
📍Pointe-a-Pierre Golf Club Ballroom
⏰3-6pm (takeaway only) 
🎟 $100TT