7030 District Governor participates in Rotary Career Day 2018-10-14 04:00:00Z 0
MYSTIQUE is here! High Fashion! Great Entertainment! Fabulous Giveaways! Secure your tickets early for an unforgettable experience!
 
MYSTIQUE is here! Crystal Harper 2018-10-07 04:00:00Z 0
Part proceeds donated to Rotary International's Polio-Plus Fund in support of Rotary's works towards the eradication of polio worldwide.
 
RCPT presents MYSTIQUE! Crystal Harper 2018-10-07 04:00:00Z 0
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.

 
Sunday Funday! Crystal Harper 2018-10-07 04:00:00Z 0
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.
 
Rotary welcomes Three New Rotarians Crystal Harper 2018-10-07 04:00:00Z 0
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.
 
Princes Town Rotary Promotes Peace Crystal Harper 2018-10-07 04:00:00Z 0
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.
 
Rotary Club of Princes Town hosts Youth Peace Day Symposium Crystal Harper 2018-09-16 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Aug 27, 2018
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.
 
 
 
 
 
 
District 7030 - RLI Training 2018 Crystal Harper 2018-08-27 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Aug 03, 2018
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.
 
2018 Annual Final Fling Rotary Fellowship 2018-08-03 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jul 31, 2018

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.

 

Medical Outreach Clinic - Union Village, Rio Claro 2018-07-31 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jul 29, 2018

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.

 

Handing Over Ceremony of the Interact Club of Princes Town West Secondary School Crystal Harper 2018-07-29 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jul 29, 2018
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.
 
Club 2018 Eid Celebration Crystal Harper 2018-07-29 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jul 29, 2018

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.

 

 

 
First Handing Over Ceremony of the Interact Club of St. Stephen’s College Crystal Harper 2018-07-29 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rhea Nobee on Jul 03, 2018
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!
 
 
 
Annual Presidential Handover Ceremony Rhea Nobee 2018-07-03 04:00:00Z 0
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!
Community Eid Treat Rhea Nobee 2018-06-28 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rhea Nobee on Jun 22, 2018

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!!

Six Clubs Joint Fellowship Rhea Nobee 2018-06-22 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rhea Nobee on May 18, 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!!

Jubilee Celebration Rhea Nobee 2018-05-18 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rhea Nobee
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.
 
Suriname District Conference 7030 Rhea Nobee 2018-05-12 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rhea Nobee on May 12, 2018
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.
 
RYLA Rhea Nobee 2018-05-12 04:00:00Z 0
World Earth Day Rhea Nobee 2018-04-26 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rhea Nobee
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!”
Maraval meets Princes Town Rhea Nobee 2018-04-12 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rhea Nobee
Princes Town West Secondary Annual Beach Clean up in Moruga. Special "THANK YOU" to Prince of Moruga Eric Lewis for the opportunity  to place our branding on Christopher Columbus Monument and our sponsor  Rotary Club of Princes Town for your on-going support . 
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GSE Team Visit Rhea Nobee 2018-04-10 04:00:00Z 0
Fellowship at St Madeleine Rhea Nobee 2018-04-07 04:00:00Z 0
South Cluster Family Day Rhea Nobee 2018-04-01 04:00:00Z 0
Princes Town meets Maraval Rhea Nobee 2018-03-30 04:00:00Z 0
Golf for a Purpose Rhea Nobee 2018-03-09 04:00:00Z 0
Bonds of Fellowship Rhea Nobee 2018-02-10 04:00:00Z 0
Scholarship Awards Rhea Nobee 2018-01-17 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rhea Nobee on Jan 17, 2018
 
The Rotary Club of Princes Town making a difference in young people's lives
Scholarship Award Rhea Nobee 2018-01-17 04:00:00Z 0
Annual Community Christmas Treat Rhea Nobee 2017-12-21 04:00:00Z 0
President's Dinner Rhea Nobee 2017-12-19 04:00:00Z 0
Annual Christmas Concert at the Triangle Rhea Nobee 2017-12-18 04:00:00Z 0
District Governor Waddy Sowma visit to 7030 South Cluster- Trinidad Rhea Nobee 2017-12-15 04:00:00Z 0
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Posted by Rhea Nobee on Nov 13, 2017
On November 8th 2017 the Rotary Club of Princes Town inducted Nazim Mohammed into the Rotary family whose classification is Education – University. Nazim has a PHD in organic chemistry from McGill university and is currently an Assistant Professor at the University of Trinidad and Tobago. He had been attending weekly meetings for the past weeks and shown tremendous interest in becoming a Rotarian.
 
Nazim was pinned by Assistant District Governor Vilma Bellamy. The Rotary Club of Princes Town welcomes Nazim Mohammed into the Rotary to our club and look forward to working together making a difference in people’s lives. 
 
WELCOME NAZIM MOHAMMED!
 
Our Newest Rotarian! Rhea Nobee 2017-11-13 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rhea Nobee on Nov 08, 2017

Interact week began on the 5th of November, where Vice President of the Interact Club of Princes Town West Secondary, Kyla Horsford and Interactor Kareem Swan attended the Tea and Fashion Show at the Hyatt Regency which was hosted by The Rotary Club of Princes Town. Vice Pres Kyla graced the stage and showed off her talent by performing a dance.

 

Our week continued with the installation of a Banner in our school`s office area. The banner was crafted by the Interact Board members and the banner contains the Four-Way Test and the Interact Grace. We, the board members encouraged the Interactors to plant trees around the area of their homes as well as to continue being supportive of reforestation.

 

Our final project, keeping in line with the motto “Service above Self”, the Interact board members and Interactors came up with the idea to feed the homeless in Princes Town. We decided on feeding 6 homeless persons and with the help and Guidance of Rotarian Rhea and Rotarian Crystal we succeeded.

That faithful afternoon after a hard day at school, the Interactors really understood and became grateful for what we have and what God Blessed us with.As we continue on this journey of ¨Service above self-¨ our goal isn´t only to carry out selfless acts but to encourage others to carry out selfless acts for others.

 

Kyrie Rampersad,

President,

Interact Club of Princes Town West.

 

 

Interact Week 2017 Rhea Nobee 2017-11-08 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rhea Nobee on Nov 06, 2017
The Rotary Club of Princes Town hosted its “signature fund-raiser” – its annual Tea & Fashion Show 8 on 5th November, 2017 at the Hyatt Regency Port of Spain. The event was well attended by friends, family and supporters of Rotary causes which includes: Promoting peace, fighting diseases, providing clean water, sanitation and hygiene to communities, saving mothers and children, supporting education and growing local economies.
 
The event was opened by a live rendition of the National Anthem on steelpen, played by Kyle Ali, the son of the Club’s President–Elect, Terry Ali.  President Bashir Mohammed welcomed the guests and delivered a brief synopsis on the purpose of Rotary Foundation and the works of Rotary locally and internationally.
 
Radio personality Maria Sawh and comedian Kenneth Supersad were our hosts for the afternoon.  Our guests were serenaded by the melodious voices of Quattro Musica, Folk Dance performances by Interactor Kyla Horsford and the Artistic Dance Theatre, Belly Dancing by Raeanna Ramdhanie and modelling by Kids of Rotary whilst enjoying the sumptuous tea plates provided by Hyatt.
 
Featured fashion houses included Charu Lochan Dass, Zadd & Eastman, Kids Zone, Daronte, She Rocks and Judy’s Formal & Bridal. Their designs were showcased by the beautiful and elegant House of Jacqui models.  In addition to the numerous door prizes, our patrons vied for the fabulous raffle prizes sponsored by Florida Prime Properties, Caribbean Airlines, Magdalena Grand, Tradewinds Hotel and Madame Maharaj School of Cosmetology.
 
The Rotary Club of Princes Town would like to extend its sincerest thanks to all of the gracious sponsors who contributed in a most tangible way in making this event a success and by extension making a difference in people’s lives.
 
 
 
TEA AND FASHION SHOW 8 – TEA DAZZLE Rhea Nobee 2017-11-06 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rhea Nobee on Oct 30, 2017
In recognition of World Polio Day on October 24th 2017, The Rotary Club of Princes Town embarked on a drive to inform the public of Rotary International’s participation in the eradication of Polio.   The event took place at Gulf City Mall, San Fernando from 3:00 pm where the Rotary Club of Princes Town joined live streaming of World Polio Day festivities at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation at Downtown Seattle, Washington U.S.A.
 
Rotary has been working to eradicate polio for over 30 years, and continues to do so until the world is polio free . Only 11 new cases have been reported so far in 2017, located in the areas of Pakistan and Afghanistan.   The upcoming movie “Breathe” is based on the true story of a polio survivor who became an advocate for others starring Claire Foy and Andrew Garfield. 
 
Rotarians and their Partners-in- Service shared knowledge verbally to shoppers at Gulf City Mall regarding Rotary worldwide; our Club’s involvement in the eradication of Polio and information on how to join Rotary and become a Rotarian.
 
Later that evening Rotarian Seunarine Sanmook graciously hosted the Club’s fellowship and meeting at his boardroom, overlooking the beautiful City of San Fernando.
 
 
World Polio Day: Rhea Nobee 2017-10-30 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by RHEA NOBEE on Oct 29, 2017
Four Rotary Clubs of The South Cluster District 7030 which includes Penal, San Fernando South, Pointe a Pierre and Princes Town collaborated in assisting recently affected residences of Avocat, Penal, San Francique and Barrackpore, flowing the recent severe flooding.  
 
Now in the aftermath of the severe flooding in these areas and in the midst of cleanup activities, the Rotary Clubs mobilized its members and supporters to provide assistance in the form of distributing cleanup supplies, basic medical supplies, personal hygiene kits to the affected residences. In addition, Rtn Dr Carlyn Rajnarinesingh conducted health assessment of each family while walking through the areas.
 
The Rotary Clubs in evaluating the situation, identified assisting the affected residences in the form of their medical needs, providing basic medical supplies such as vitamins, cold & cough syrup, ant-itch cream with basic cleaning supplies added value.
The Rotarians, Interactors and Partners-in-Service assembled at the home of Rotarian PDG Stephen Ramroop on Saturday, October 28, 2017 to pack the items for distribution. And again, on Sunday, October 29, 2017 the Rotary Club members gathered to conduct the distribution of the items as well as Rotarian Dr. Carlyn Rajnarinesingh volunteered her medical expertise and went door to door offering medical services to some residents in Barrckpore area.
 
Joint Disaster Relief to the Recently Affected Flood Victims by Rotary Clubs of South Trinidad: RHEA NOBEE 2017-10-29 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rhea Nobee on Oct 19, 2017
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In keeping with Rotary’s 2017/2018 theme of “Making a difference”, the Rotary Club of Princes Town partnered with the Jones Street Community to celebrate Divali on Saturday October 14th, 2017.  It was indeed a perfect night for lighting deyas, with the blanket of stars above and the warm and welcoming atmosphere in Jones Street, Garth Road, Williamsville.
 
 The evening was dedicated to a late member of the community, Lawrence Gayadeen who was an active member of the Village Council, with his wife collecting a beautiful token on his behalf.
The celebration started from 4:00 pm with the Puja officiated by Pundit Rohidass, followed by the lightening of deyas at 6:00pm.   It was a compact programme that captured the crowd’s attention.   The program was conducted by the youth group where  attendees were treated to Bhajans, Invocational Dances, Poems, Tassa, Modelling of beautiful Indian wear, Pick a Pan game, a three-act skit and crowning of Junior and Senior Raja and Rani.
 
President Bashir Mohammed spoke on the significance of Divali and wished the community Shubh Divali after which Councillor Ms. Vashti Sookhoo thanked the Rotary Club of Princes Town for assisting in the funding of the Divali celebration and distribution of twenty hampers to needy families in the community.  Rotarian Capildeo also sang one of his favourite Bhajans whilst Rotarian Rhea selected the Junior and Senior Raja and Rani from the crowd. 
 
Guests enjoyed a tasty dinner of paratha roti, curry channa, pumpkin, bodi, curry mango and traditional sweets such as kurma and barfi.
The evening was well attended by the community who left at the end of the program very contented that the values and traditions of the community would be continued in the good hands of the younger generation.
 
Community Divali Celebration Rhea Nobee 2017-10-19 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rhea Nobee on Oct 09, 2017
The Rotary Club of Princes Town together with eight other Rotary Clubs joined the Rotary Club of Felicity/ Charlieville at their Divali Celebration at the Namaste India Restaurant in Freeport on Tuesday October 3rd, 2017.
 
President Geeta Lakhan of Felicity/Charlieville welcomed all Rotarians and their guests who partook of the delicious authentic Indian buffet provided by the restaurant. President Bashir Mohammed brought Divali greetings from our Club together with the Presidents of all Clubs represented at the event.  Also present were all Assistant District Governors for Trinidad and greetings were given on behalf of them by ADG Rabindra Outar.
 
Guests were entertained by the wonderful dances and serenaded by the melodious voice of Dale Ramjattan, lead singer of the Band Dil Se.  Pundit Gajendra Kumar gave the feature address on the meaning of Divali and the program culminated with the lighting of deyas by all Presidents and Assistant District Governors of the Rotary Clubs.
 
We thank the Rotary Club of Felicity/Charlieville for their warm hospitality and for allowing us the opportunity to forge new friendships with members of the other Clubs and look forward to more fellowship in the future.
 
 
Divali at Namaste India Rhea Nobee 2017-10-09 04:00:00Z 0
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 23rd September, 2017 and Sunday 24th September, 2017 at Goodwill Industries in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad.  
 
The two day training sessions were co-ordinated by PDG and RLI Director  Hervé Honore and all the Assistant Governors of Trinidad, AG Rabindra Outar (North Clubs), AG Gary Williams (East Clubs), AG Lisa Francis (Central Clubs) and AG Vilma Bellamy (South Clubs).  The two day training sessions were facilitated by distinguished Rotarians of District 7030 namely DG Waddy Sowma, PDG Roger Bose, DGE Dominique Venere,  Natalie Gilles and PP Sonya Alleyne.  In attendance were twenty Rotarians from the RC Port-of-Spain, the RC Arima, the RC Sangre Grande, the RC Charlieville, the RC San Fernando, the RC San Fernando South, the RC Point Fortin and the RC Princes Town.
 
The feedback from participating Rotarians was superb – they thoroughly enjoyed the interactive learning style, and felt the entire two days were well organized and sessions were most informative.  The two-day event also created an opportunity for great fellowship with fellow Rotarians from all clubs throughout Trinidad and a few of their 7030 District Leaders. Many Rotarians left feeling energized and renewed to be of service to their clubs and the community at large
Rotary Leadership Institute Training Bashir Mohammed 2017-09-26 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bashir Mohammed on Sep 22, 2017
The Rotary Club of Princes Town in collaboration with the Mayor of the City of San Fernando His Worship Junia Regrello and The Mediation Board of Trinidad and Tobago hosted “A Call For Peace” on 21st September 2017 in celebration of World Peace Day.
 
The Honourable Mr. Justice Vasheist Kokaram, Chairman of the Mediation Board of T&T delivered the feature address on the concept of a Peace City and special guest Rotarian Geoffrey Little of Sydney Australia, the present Dean of the Ambassadorial Chair of the Rotary District 9700 Peace Communities Programme presented to the audience the concept of Rotary Peace Cities/Communities and their establishment through this Rotary recognised programme. 
 
Highlights of the event were the creative performance in dance and on steel pan of Michael Jackson’s “Heal the World” and the candlelit peace walk around Harris Promenade led by the Petrotrin Cadet Corps and District Governor Waddy Sowma, Club President Bashir Mohammed, Rotarian Geoffrey Little, Mayor Junia Regrello and Justice Vasheist Kokaram at the front line. 
 
 
 
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Posted by Bashir Mohammed on Sep 18, 2017
In recognition of World Peace Day, The Rotary Club of Princes Town invited fellow Rotarian Mr. Geoffrey Little, also know as the Smiling Policeman, as part of a peace project to speak on the topic of how to establish Rotary Peace Communities/Cities.  Mr. Geoffrey Little visited the City of San Fernando where he directed traffic, visited schools and in collaboration with the Mayor of San Fernando and the Police Service spoke to the media about crime prevention and the Rotary peace program.
 
The Smiling Policeman visits City Of San Fernando Bashir Mohammed 2017-09-18 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bashir Mohammed on Sep 17, 2017
On Saturday September 16, 2017, the Rotary Club of Princes Town sponsored an Eid-ul-Adha  programme at the Union Village Mosque Hall, Rio Claro.  The programme was open to all members of the community to enlighten them on the  meaning of Qurbani or sacrifice that is performed on Eid-ul-Adha.
 
Imam Shameed welcomed the packed audience and thanked the Princes Town Rotary Club for sponsoring the program.  He then introduced President Bashir Mohammed who spoke of Rotary’s commitment to making a difference in  their community.  The feature speaker, Maulana Atif Majeed, recounted the story of Abraham and Ismail and their selfless sacrifice in serving God. Hafiz Ismail Khan then eloquently recited verses of the Holy Qur’an.  The evening came to an end with the distribution of  twenty hampers to  deserving families and then all the invitees partook of the very tasty dinner provided by the  mosque.
 
 
 
 
Eid Ul Adha at Union Village, Rio Claro Bashir Mohammed 2017-09-17 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bashir Mohammed on Sep 14, 2017
The Rotary Club of Princes Town as peacemakers was pleased to be one of the collaborators for the 7th Annual Mediation Symposium hosted by the Mediation Board of Trinidad and Tobago (“MBTT”), which took place during the 11th to 13th September 2017 at the Hyatt Regency, Port of Spain.
 
Over the three-day period the Club conducted a Rotary booth on site displaying information as to the upcoming World Peace Day celebrations on the 21st September 2017 which is being hosted by the Club in collaboration with MBTT and His Worship the Mayor of the City of San Fernando Mr. Junia Regrello.
 
Rotary booklets on peace and Rotary programmes that are geared towards youth involvement were shared with visitors to the booth over the three day period and a number of persons sought information as to Rotary and becoming a Rotarian.
 
RC Princes Town at Mediation Symposium Bashir Mohammed 2017-09-14 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bashir Mohammed on Sep 13, 2017
At our Club meeting on September 13, 2017, the Rotary Club of Princes Town awarded a  tertiary scholarship of $10,000.00 to Cervon Cooper who is in his last year at UWI pursuing his Medical Degree.
 
The Rotary Club of Princes Town is committed to promoting education and endeavour to assist deserving students achieve their goal of completing their  studies.
 
President  Bashir expressed his appreciation and gratitude to the members of the Club for their hard work and support at the recent Chokha Fest fundraiser with a  cappuccino cheesecake for dessert on Wednesday September 13, 2017.
 
The Club also recognized the  birthdays of September with Rotarians  Vishnu
 
 
Scholarship Award, Birthday Wishes & Thank You Bashir Mohammed 2017-09-13 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bashir Mohammed on Sep 07, 2017
The Rotary Club of Princes Town graciously hosted the Pointe-a-Pierre Club on September 6, 2017 at Canton Palace Restaurant, Cross Crossing San Fernando.
 
At this joint meeting, Rotarians had the opportunity to rekindle old friendships and make new ones.  President Bashir and President Bobby Indar reminisced about the camaraderie that existed between both Clubs and pledged to strengthen the bonds of Rotary between the Clubs.
 
Mr. Carl Ryan, a Mental Health Consultant and Founder of the Nicer Foundation enlightened the Clubs through a digital presentation on Mental Health and  Depression and promoted the  week of activities for Mental Health Day on October  10, 2017.
 
Joint Meeting with RC Pointe A Pierre Bashir Mohammed 2017-09-07 04:00:00Z 0
On Saturday 26th August, 2017, the Rotary Club of Princes Town hosted its 24th Annual Chokha Fest at the grounds of the picturesque San Fernando Hill. 
 
Patrons enjoyed a variety of tasty traditional East Indian choka dishes accompanied with hot sada roti (prepared and cooked on-site), fry bake and pepper roti served by Rotarians, their Partners-In-Service, potential Rotarians and friends of the Club.
 
 
 
 
Chokha Fest 2017 - San Fernando Hill Bashir Mohammed 2017-08-27 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bashir Mohammed on Aug 07, 2017
On Sunday August 6th 2017, the Rotary Club of Princes Town held their annual Family Day at the Block 2 PlayPark in Palmiste.  Rotarians and their families and friends together with potential Rotarians started the afternoon off with lunch comprising a vast array of dishes and desserts.
 
The lavish menu consisted of fried rice, bbq chicken, macaroni salad, potato salad, boiled corn, oil down, stewed chicken, curry duck, curry goat, channa and potato, curry mango and roti.
 
 After lunch Rotarians were entertained with a live performance by Phillip Murray better known as Black Sage, an extempo connoisseur.  Black Sage engaged his audience by accepting topics on which he created his extempo verses on the spot.  He had the Rotarians in stiches with the picong in his performances which were based on current events in the country.
 
The afternoon was spent with Rotarians engrossed in games of All Fours and their children taking advantage of the sunny afternoon to engage in both indoor and outdoor sports and activities.  At the end of the evening, the smiling faces on the tired children were tantamount to the success of a day well spent with friends and family.
 
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Posted by Bashir Mohammed on Jul 30, 2017
The Rotary Club of Princes Town accepted a request from the Police Support Group in St. Mary’s Moruga to host a medical clinic at the St. Mary’s Government Primary School on Sunday July 30th, 2017 to assist those affected by the closure of the Health Facility in the area. Members of the Police Support Group together with Councillor for the Hindustan/St. Mary’s area Michelle Benjamin assisted in mobilizing residents in need of medical care and counseling. 
 
Medical Outreach - St Mary's Village Moruga Bashir Mohammed 2017-07-30 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bashir Mohammed on Jul 26, 2017
After an exciting start to the Rotary Year with the celebration of “Eid Ul Fitr” at its first meeting the Club at its last meeting in July 2017 celebrated Emancipation Day. 
 
Foundation Director Crystal Harper delivered a power point presentation which touched on the history of slavery in Trinidad and Tobago and the Caribbean and the later emancipation of slaves through the Emancipation Bill which came into force on the 01st August 1834 sharing with our membership that on August 1, 1985, Trinidad and Tobago became the first country in the world to declare a national holiday to commemorate the abolition of slavery.
 
Rtn. Crystal’s presentation further showcased key aspects of African culture as reflected in their song, dance, clothing, festivals and traditions all practiced in Trinidad and Tobago to today while members enjoyed a delightful buffet of provisions and stew chicken prepared by Canton Palace Restaurant in celebration of the occasion.
 
The evening was made special too by the presentation of Dr. Ravi Maharaj titled “Defend against Dengue” on the prevalence of dengue fever in Trinidad and Tobago and elsewhere. 
 
Dr. Maharaj shared with members the various methods they can adopt to prevent contracting dengue fever and various remedies used to treat dengue.  While Dr. Maharaj was unable at this stage to give details of his own research/potential cure which is engaging the attention of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation the Club was appreciative of the knowledge he imparted.
 
 
SPECIAL PRESENTATION ON DENGUE & CELEBRATION OF EMANCIPATION DAY Bashir Mohammed 2017-07-26 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bashir Mohammed on Jul 23, 2017
The Rotary Club of Princes Town in its continued efforts to Make a Difference as per the Rotary International Theme for 2017-2018 conducted a medical clinic at Vickar’s Ranch in Barrackpore on Sunday July 23rd, 2017 to assist those affected in the aftermath of Tropical Storm Brett. This area was targeted because of the widespread flooding coupled with the closure of the Health Center in Rochard Douglas Road.
 
 
Medical Outreach - Barrackpore Community Bashir Mohammed 2017-07-23 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bashir Mohammed on Jul 13, 2017
The Club started its year of Rotary "Making a Difference" with the celebration of the festival of Eid Ul Fitr at its first regular meeting, held at the residence of Rotarian Hafiz and partner in service Laura. 
 
The meeting was called to order by Sgt. Terry Ali and after an excellent rendition of the National Anthem by child of Rotary Kyle Ali on steel pan who was joined by child of Rotary Saheli Ali in a beautiful vocal rendition of the National Anthem, chair for the afternoon Dir Rishi Ramlogan took carriage of the programme.  
 
Special guest speaker Imam Nizam Mohammed delivered a religious prayer at the start followed by an Eid message from President Bashir who also thanked members for their recent efforts at the Williamsville outreach and reminded members of upcoming projects. 
IPP Debbie Roopchand took the opportunity to thank members for their support at the recently concluded handover ceremony, wish everyone a productive Rotary year and to present Rotarians Amraz Alibocas and Rhea Nobbee with tokens of appreciation at the event for their dedicated service during the last Rotary year.

Club's Eid 2017 Observance Bashir Mohammed 2017-07-13 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bashir Mohammed on Jul 03, 2017
Tropical Storm Brett made landfall in Southern Trinidad and Tobago on May 19th, 2017 leaving behind many residents displaced from their homes due to damage from high winds and floods. The residents of Kent St., and Coconut Drive, Williamsville were no different, having much of their household items washed away by the high flood waters.
 
Now in the aftermath of the storm and in the midst of cleanup activities, the Rotary Club of Princes Town mobilized its members and supporters to provide assistance in the form of distributing cleanup supplies, basic medical supplies, personal hygiene items to over 65 families. In addition, a team of doctors were mobilized to conduct a health assessment of each family.
 
The Rotarians and Partners-in-Service assembled at the home of Rotarian Rishi Ramlogan on Saturday, July 1st, 2017 to pack the items for distribution. and again, on Sunday, July 2nd, 2017, along with the doctors to conduct the distribution of the items as well as conduct the medical health assessment.
 
The Rotary Club of Princes Town would like to extend its sincere gratitude and appreciation to the efforts by its members, their families, the team of doctors – Dr. Ronald Gobin, Dr. Carlyn Rajnarinesingh, Dr. Kiran Premanand, Dr. Prem Premanand and Dr. Mariyah Shah and to the various companies that donated some of the items. These included Len Hap Supermarket, Parkway Pharmacy, Interchem limited, Massy Distribution, Smith Robinson & Company and Anthony P Scott Limited. Assistance from the community were also provided by the COSMOS Sports Club, Councillor for the area – Ms Vashti Sookoo and the management of the Williamsville Community Centre.
 
 
RC Princes Town assists in Bret's aftermath Bashir Mohammed 2017-07-03 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bashir Mohammed on Jul 01, 2017
On June 30th, 2017, the Rotary Club of Princes Town held its 24th handover ceremony at the auditorium of Gulf View Community Centre, Recreation Drive, Gulf View, La Romain where with the usual pomp and fanfare, outgoing President Debbie Roopchand handed over the leadership reigns to incoming President Bashir Mohammed.
 
After the formal handover, President Bashir launched his year by introducing a Corporate Profile showcasing the Club’s 24 years of our charitable work and used Rotary motivational videos to urge the membership in continuing to support the upcoming activities of the new Rotary Year 2017-2018. Members were encouraged to embrace RI theme “Making A Difference” in all our activities through the new Rotary year as we seek to improve the lives of the less fortunate in our society. The new Board of Directors was then introduced to the audience in the usual style and fanfare.
 
 
Guests were treated to beautiful renditions of ‘One Voice’ and ‘Tomorrow’ performed by the children of Rotarian Hafiz Ali – 9 year old Rehan and 7 year old Saheli. These selections, while delivered with style and yet humility of young children reminded all guests of the importance of being a single yet important voice that can make a difference in improving the world we live in therein creating a better tomorrow for all.
 
Outgoing President Debbie did a remarkable presentation in recapping all the projects and activities completed within the year 2016-2017 and publicly recognized her Board of Directors and those Rotarians that went above and beyond the call. Perfect Attendance recognition awards were issued to Rotarians Vilma Bellamy, Rudolph Ali, Hassim Ali, Bashir Mohammed and Terrance Gopaul. Special recognition for outstanding contributions were issued to Rotarians Seunarine Sanmook and Rhea Nobbee as well as Honorary Rotarian Peter Chang. Rotarian Rudolph Ali capped the ‘Rotarian of the Year Award’’ while Rotarian Delicia Maharaj capped the ‘Spirit of Rotary’ Award. The Community Service Award was granted to the President of the Cerebral Palsy Society of Trinidad and Tobago – Phillip Metivier. Paul Harris Fellows, the most prestigious Rotary Award were issued to Rotarians Vilma Bellamy and Rudolph Ali and the son of Rotarian Hassim Ali – 12 year old Master Kyle Ali who offered splendid renditions as a young talented pannist at almost every function held by the club. Dr Amit Paryag also received a Paul Harris Fellow along with Partner-in-Service Laura Ali for her tireless efforts in supporting the public relations efforts of the club. In her final act of “Rotary Serving Humanity”, a cheque of $10,000.00 was presented to the Rotary Club of Penal to support the relief efforts in Woodland, South Trinidad.
 
Outgoing President Debbie’s year climaxed by the serenading of the audience with the harmonious voice of Andre Mangatal singing Andre Bocelli’s “Time to say goodbye”.
 
 
Princes Town Rotary Club has a new President Bashir Mohammed 2017-07-01 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Debbie Roopchand on Jun 24, 2017

First Presidential Havdover Ceremony for the Interact Club of Princes Town West Secondary School

As the sponsor club for the Interact Club of Princes Town West Secondary School our club was pleased to join them today, which marked exactly one year since their charter on 24 June 2016 to celebrate with them a successful year in existence and to welcome their incoming Board.

Our Club's President Debbie Roopchand congratulated President Alyssa Francis on her Club's remarkable achievements during their first year and urged incoming President Kyrie Rampersad to follow in her predecessor's footsteps.

It was a wonderful occasion for all who attended the event as President Alyssa showcased their club's many successes in video and slideshow presentations.

Incoming President Kyrie Rampersad shared her aim of focusing on the development of family in the upcoming year.

President Debbie Roopchand closed her address to the audience in the words of Mahatma Ghandi:
"The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others" urging interactors present to lose themselves in the upcoming year in the service of others.

Interact Club of Princes Town West Secondary School 1st Handover Ceremony Debbie Roopchand 2017-06-24 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Debbie Roopchand on Jun 11, 2017

Rotary International's international conference took place in Atlanta where approximately 42,000 Rotarians from around the world gathered to celebrate 100 years of the Rotary Foundation during the period 11 June to 14 June 2017.

The Club's President Debbie Roopchand and incoming President Bashir Mohammed were among the many attendees from Diatrict 7030 who attended the conference.

With key speakers like RI's President John Germ, Bill Gates, Andrew Young, the CEO of Cocoa Cola and many more brilliant presenters the conference was educational, informative and wonderful fellowship for all who attended.

International Conference - Atlanta 2017 Debbie Roopchand 2017-06-11 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Debbie Roopchand on Jun 07, 2017
Presentation on bringing claims in the Petty Civil courts by Attorney at Law Rotarian Crystal Harper at the Club's regular meeting of the 07 June 2017.
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Posted by Debbie Roopchand on May 24, 2017

Informative presentation on Nutrition

At the club's regular meeting of the 24 May, 2017 our inhouse Rotarian Delicia Maharaj did an excellent presentation on nutrition advising members as to means by which they can regulate their weight and on healthy eating habits so as to avoid some of the popular diseases in our society such as diabetes, hypertension and coronary diseases. Delicia's presentation was well received by members.

Inhouse presentation on Nutrition Debbie Roopchand 2017-05-24 04:00:00Z 0

Joint meeting of 5 Clubs, Inductions and Feature Speaker from the TTPS on Fraud

On Wednesday 17 May 2017 the Rotary Club of Princes Town hosted its 5th and largest joint meeting for the Rotary year by partnering with the Rotary Clubs of Central Port of Spain, Point Fortin, San Fernando and San Fernando South for the meeting.

Presidents Debbie Roopchand, Charmaine Callender, Robert Qui, Faraz Hosein and Tessa Solomon all brought greetings on behalf of their respective clubs and shared with the audience some of the recent activities engaging the attention of their clubs.

Highlights of the afternoon were:

The presentation on Fraud in T&T by the Head of the TTPS Fraud Squad Senior Superintendent of Police Totaram Dookhie and his team who brought home to attendees the prevalence of fraud in Trinidad and Tobago and the limited resources in place to win the battle against fraud,

Presentation of project RARE by Caron Asgarali with whom the Rotary Club of Princes Town had recently partnered with to raise awareness on the effect of gun violence, and

The inductions of two new members into the fold of the Rotary Club of Point Fortin.

The evening was enjoyed by the 80 plus attendees who engaged in great Rotary fellowship.

Feature presentation on fraud Debbie Roopchand 2017-05-17 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Hafiz Ali on May 12, 2017

ROTARY CELEBRATES WOMEN

On Friday 12th May 2017, the Rotary Club of Princes Town partnered with the group Women Encouraging Women, founded by Keisha Alexander and Kezia Figaro, in their “Give A Helping Hand-bag” drive to distribute handbags filled with toiletries to women in need across the country. This was the group’s Mother’s Day initiative to collect used handbags, fill them with products frequently used by women and distribute to those in need.

In keeping with one of Rotary International’s areas of focus which seeks to improve the lives of Women and Children, the Rotary Club of Princes Town was able to collect and fill over 100 hand-bags which were delivered to the group for distribution. Special thanks to Rotarians Terry, Hafiz, partner in service Laura and children of Rotary Kyle and Rehan for their help in filling the hand-bags.

President Debbie Roopchand, Rotarian Hafiz and partner in service, Laura were on hand to assist with the drop off of the hand-bags to group members Natalie Ramjohn and Jowella Williams.

 

Rotary Celebrates Women Hafiz Ali 2017-05-12 04:00:00Z 0

Celebrating the club's 24th anniversary

May 07th 2017 marked the club's 24th anniversary since its charter from Rotary International and at the club's regular meeting of the 10 May 2017 Rotarians celebrated the event by taking a trip down memory lane through viewing the club's photo archives and having cake and ice cream.

After the regular business of the meeting which involved a presentation on Rotary Logos by the Club's inhouse Public Relations Director and the grant of financial assistance to medical student Cervon Cooper towards further assistance in completing his studies in medicine at the University of the West Indies, Rotarians spent the rest of the afternoon in the exchange of lively fellowship.

Celebrating the Club's 24 Anniversary Debbie Roopchand 2017-05-10 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Debbie Roopchand on May 07, 2017

PROMOTING PEACE: SAY NO TO GUN VIOLENCE

One of Rotary's 6 areas of focus is that of peace and conflict resolution and on the 07th May 2017 the Rotary Club of Princes Town partnered with Caron Asgarali, author and survivor of gun violence to assist with the hosting of project RARE in its efforts to promote peace.

Project RARE which is geared towards Raising Awareness on the Ripple Effect of gun violence and targets our youth in particular was hosted at the St. Joseph's Convent San Fernando auditorium and was open to members of the public.

The project covered the statistics as to gun violence and it's prevalence in Trinidad and Tobago and internationally and the physical effects, emotional effects, financial effects in coping with the aftermath of gun violence whether as a survivor, or as a family member, friend or colleague of a survivor.

Ms. Asgarali opened the programme with a poem that detailed the incident of her injuries and the Club's in-house Doctor Carlyn Rajnarinesingh covered in detail the effects of gun shot injuries physically with photographs that brought home to the audience how traumatic such an injury really is.

President Debbie Roopchand called for the audience to reject conflict as a way of life and to embrace peace, sharing with them that as Rotarians through service projects we take action to address the underlying causes of conflict, some of which are poverty, inequality, ethnic tension, lack of access to education, and unequal distribution of resources and gave live examples of such work.

She highlighted gun violence internationally citing the 1996 Dunblane school massacre in the UK where 16 school children were murdered and the 2012 horrific shooting at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown USA that killed at least 26 people, including 20 6 year old school children, noting that President Obama later described hearing the news of the Newtown shooting as his worse day as President.

In her call for peace she also gave examples at home in Trinidad and Tobago where in 2016, 15-year-old school student Joel Huggins was gunned down and in the said 2016, 15-year-old student Mark Richards and 17-year-old student Denilson Smith were both pulled out of a taxi and executed at gunpoint and encouraged the young people present in the audience to adopt peace as a way of life.

In closing President Debbie left the audience to digest the words of Eleanor Roosevelt who once said: “It isn't enough to talk about peace. One must believe in it. And it isn't enough to believe in it. One must work at it" and she called for all present to work at achieving peace.

Promoting peace - say no to gun violence Debbie Roopchand 2017-05-07 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Debbie Roopchand on Apr 29, 2017

Closing ball - District 7030 Conference

All good things must come to an end - On Saturday 29 April 2017 the District 7030 conference came to a close in grand style at the Hyatt Regency Ballroom.

With excellent entertainment from The Alternative Quartet during dinner and later the band Karma Rotarians from the Rotary Club of Princes Town partied the night away in fine style.

Closing Ball - Hyatt Regency Debbie Roopchand 2017-04-29 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Debbie Roopchand on Apr 26, 2017

Rotarians of the Rotary Club of Princes Town participate at the 25th Conferece of District 7030 in this year where we celebrate our District achievements and clubs within it as well as 100 years of the Rotary Foundation.

From Wednesday 26 April 2017 Rotarians from the 17 countries falling within our District gathered for the initial two days of training for President and Secretaries elects which culminated in the official ceremony at NAPA on Thursday night at which a powerful and moving feature address was delivered by President of the Senate, Senator the Honorable Christine Kangaloo who declared the Conferece officially open.

The opening night was filled with live cultural performances by the Xavier sisters on string and a brilliant production featuring 3 Canal who brought the audience to their feet with their lively performance.

Over the first two days our club promoted it's cerebral palsy dental screening project on site, showcasing its efforts to make possible dental treatment to cerebral kids who cannot afford the same and engaged in exchanging and sharing flags with other Rotary Clubs.

The conference closes on the 29th April 2017.

District Conference 2017 - Hyatt Regency Debbie Roopchand 2017-04-26 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Debbie Roopchand on Apr 19, 2017

Presentation on hypertension:

One of the benefits of being a club comprised of business and professional persons is that of being able to benefit from the knowledge and expertise of our members.

The Club was fortunate to have one of its Rotarians, Doctor Carlyn Rajnarinesingh deliver to its membership on the 19 April 2017 a comprehensive presentation on hypertension covering key areas such as cause, effect and treatment.

Rotarian Carlyn's presentation was interactive and informative and through her use of power point slides and photographs the topic was made digestible to Rotarians who asked many a question.

The Club thanks Rotarian Carlyn for her excellent presentation and as part of its ongoing effort of bringing knowledge to its members through the use of the skills of its in-house members is pleased to indicate that the next topic to engage the Club's attention would be that of nutrition in May 2017.

Presentation on hypertension: Debbie Roopchand 2017-04-19 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Debbie Roopchand on Apr 12, 2017

Contribution to Robert Village Hindu School:

On the 12 April 2017 at the Club's regular meeting President Debbie Roopchand presented to the principal of the Robert Village Hindu School cheque in the sum of $2,500 as a contribution towards the school's hosting of the preliminary round of the annual Baal Vikaas competition in May 2017, which competition is geared towards the overall development of young persons.

As a past student of the school and participant as a student in the Baal Vikaas competition president Debbie also took the opportunity to make a personal contribution towards the event.

Contribution to Robert Village Hindu School Debbie Roopchand 2017-04-12 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Debbie Roopchand on Apr 12, 2017

Scholarship grant:

As part of its continued commitment towards assisting students who require financial assistance in order to pursue their tertiary level education the Rotary Club of Princes Town on the 12 April 2017 granted a scholarship in the sum of $10,000 to Geeta Seunarine who is presently pursuing her Bsc in Acturial Science at the University of the West Indies.

The club has granted a total of $80,000 in scholarships to tertiary level students for rotary year 2016-2017.

Scholarship Grant Debbie Roopchand 2017-04-12 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Debbie Roopchand on Apr 02, 2017

Bullfinch competition to raise funds for the Rotary Foundation:

On Sunday 2nd April 2017 the Rotary Club of Princes Town ("the Club") partnered with the Naparima Bird Lovers Association ("the Association") in the hosting of their 8th annual Bird show at the Usine Ste Madeline ground, Trinidad to raise funds for the Rotary Foundation.

At sunrise bird lovers from throughout Trinidad and Tobago congregated with their bullfinch birds in hand to participate in the competition.

The show started at 7:00 a.m. with a rendition of the National Anthem on steel pan by child of Rotary Kyle Ali and greetings from Rotarian Seunarine Sanmook, current President of the Association and the Club's President Debbie Roopchand.

Both Presidents spoke of the good works of the Rotary Foundation in this its 100th year in existence and the importance of contributing financially to sustain the foundation.

As from the start of the competition the ground was filled with the sweet sounds of the birds who competed, meshed with the delighted exclamations of their owners when they won and the cheers from spectators in the crowd who looked on.

President Debbie Roopchand as well as Partner in service Selene Ali entered the competition and it was a victory for the Rotarian supporters as Partner in Service Selene took home the second place trophy in the three feet competition with winning bird "Devanand Gatu".

Another highlight of the competition was the raffle of a bird and cage on site which was won by one of the lucky spectators.

Subsequently, on the 19th April 2017 the Association's President Seunarine Sanmook delivered to President Debbie Roopchand the Association's contribution from the event of $3,800 TTD (being the equivalent of $536 USD) for the Club's donation to the Rotary Foundation in celebration of its centennial.

The Club records its thanks to President Sanmook and the Association for making possible a partnership which brought members from various communities together for such a worthwhile cause and also thanks its Foundation Director Amraz Alibocas and his team of Rotarians who assisted with the project.

Bullfinch Competition to raise funds for the Rotary Foundation Debbie Roopchand 2017-04-02 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Debbie Roopchand on Mar 26, 2017

On Sunday 26th March 2017 the Rotary Club of Princes Town hosted its 17th Annual Golf tournament at Petrotrin's Golf Course, Pointe-a-Pierre.

Registration opened at 8:00 am during which time breakfast was served and at 9:30 a.m. the 41 teams who participated set of on the golf course to a full day of golf. By the close of the afternoon players were in high spirits as they enjoyed an early dinner and drinks prior to the prize giving ceremony.

The first place went to the team sponsored by IR & H Enterprises Limited and they received the Raubin Harnarine challenge trophy which was presented to them by family members of deceased Rotarian and Charter member Raubin Harnarine who contributed significantly to the Club while a member and in whose memory the Club's annual golf tournament is hosted.

Second and Third place winners were sponsored by Len Hap & Co. and Kallco respectively.

President Debbie Roopchand thanked Club Administration Chair Rudolph Ali who coordinated the project and Rotarians who assisted in ensuring the events success. She expressed the Club's deep gratitude to Honorary Rotarian Peter Chang who is an avid golfer and who has given generously of his time year after year to assist the Club in successfully hosting its tournament.

President Debbie reminded golfers that through their participation and their sponsors generous donations they have contributed towards the Club being able to continue to assist individuals who are less fortunate and thanked them for their support.

17th Annual Golf Tournament Debbie Roopchand 2017-03-26 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Debbie Roopchand on Mar 22, 2017

JOINT MEETING, INDUCTION AND SPECIAL FEATURE SPEAKER JUSTICE VASHEIST KOKARAM

On Wednesday 22nd March 2017 the Rotary Club of Princes Town hosted its 4th joint meeting for the Rotary year, on this occasion partnering with the Rotary Clubs of Penal, Point Fortin, Chaguanas and Felicity/Charlieville.

The evening opened with a live rendition of the National Anthem by Kyle Ali on the steelpan and a warm welcome by host President Debbie Roopchand to all present.

The club was privileged to have the Honourable Justice V. Kokaram, Judge of the Supreme Court of Trinidad and Tobago and Chairman of the Mediation Board of Trinidad and Tobago deliver his feature address on the topic “A blueprint for national development - A humanistic philosophy on the rule of law justice and peace: "Zombieland" or "La La Land"” which touched on one of Rotary’s 6 areas of focus “Peace and conflict resolution” and which was well received by all present.

The Judge’s presentation was interactive starting with the auction of a $20.00 bill in which the audience participated, with the live auction demonstrating the adversarial nature of the process. Attendees were invited by the Learned Judge to consider and question the fairness of process and outcome of the auction.

Using factual examples of situations where conflict is healthy so as to bring about change the audience was also asked to consider what are the drivers of negative conflict and whether we can embrace positive conflict. The Learned Judge imparted that Trinidad and Tobago is presently ranked 84 out of 163 countries on the Global Peace Index for 2016 and Rotarians were encouraged by him to keep up their efforts to achieve peace through their projects and activities.

In special attendance were District Governor Roger Bose and Assistant Governor Michael Kangaloo and the Rotary Club of Princes Town took the opportunity to inducted it’s 5th new member for the Rotary year, Pharmacist Ravi Ramanand, who was pinned by District Governor Roger Bose and enthusiastically welcomed as a Rotarian by all present.

The Presidents of each club in attendance brought greetings, and took the opportunity to highlight the major works and upcoming fundraisers of their respective clubs.

The evening was one of education, celebration and wonderful fellowship among all present.

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Posted by Debbie Roopchand on Mar 03, 2017

FURTHER DENTAL SCREENING FOR CEREBRAL PALSY PATIENTS

On Friday 03rd March 2017 the second session of dental screening for members of the Cerebral Palsy Society of Trinidad and Tobago ("the Society") took place at the Special Needs Clinic of the UWI Dental School at Mount Hope, a clinic specially equipped and staffed to cater for the needs of patients with special needs.

This concluded a two day screening session which the Club had embarked upon in partnership with the UWI Dental School towards assisting members of the Society whom it recognized face challenges in affording the cost of dental services and in accessing dental services.

Over the two day period 27 cerebral palsy patients participated in the free dental screening.

The Club in continued partnership with the Dental School is now actively engaged in carrying out the treatment identified for the 21 patients at a significantly reduced cost through the dental school and for 6 patients who require treatment which is unavailable through the dental school through private practitioners in its efforts to ensure that all patients who accessed the screening receive the requisite follow up treatment.

The Club records its thanks to the UWI Dental School and staff for their ongoing commitment to the project and looks forward to the successful completion of it in the near future.

Further Dental Screening for Cerebral Palsy patients Debbie Roopchand 2017-03-03 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Debbie Roopchand on Feb 22, 2017
JOINT MEETING, INDUCTIONS & SPECIAL GUEST SPEAKER INDEPENDENT SENATOR TAUREL SHRIKISSOON
 
Wednesday 22nd February 2017 was a very special afternoon for the Rotary Club of Princes Town. 
 
The Club hosted its third joint meeting for the Rotary year, partnering with the Rotary Clubs of San Fernando and Ste. Augustine for an afternoon of Rotary fellowship where the Clubs celebrated the induction of new members and benefitted from the educational and informative feature address delivered by Independent Senator Taurel Shrikissoon.
 
At the start of the afternoon President Debbie Roopchand welcomed all present and gave a brief presentation of the Club’s involvement with the Cerebral Palsy Society of Trinidad and Tobago and it’s ongoing dental screening of the Society’s members. 
 
She was followed by Presidents Gary Williams of the Rotary Club of Ste. Augustine and Robert Qui of the Rotary Club of San Fernando who both expressed their delight in being part of the meeting and shared updates from their respective clubs. Assistant Governor Michael Kangaloo brought greetings on behalf of District 7030.
 
At the join meeting the Rotary Club of Princes Town inducted two new members, Delicia Maharaj and Selvon Ramroop with the classifications of Retail Pharmaceuticals and Software & Technology Engineering respectively into its fold and the official pinning of Rotarian Keshma who was earlier admitted to the membership of the Rotary Club of Ste. Augustine took place.
 
Feature speaker for the afternoon Independent Senator Taurel Shrikissoon delivered a powerful address during which he shared his perspective on the present financial status of the local economy, demonstrating through the use of factual data the extent to which Trinidad and Tobago is in debt, and identified to his captive audience ways in which private enterprises could manage the current economic downturn to their advantage.
 
The Senator’s presentation was dynamic, educational and informative and he engaged the audience through a short question and answer session at the end of his presentation. 
 
The afternoon featured live performances by Kyle Ali on the steel pan and traditional East Indian dancing by Selena Ali, both of whom delivered excellent performances, which were immensely enjoyed by all present.  
 
Rotarian Terrance Gopaul moved a vote of thanks on behalf of the Rotary Club of Princes Town and the meeting came to a close around 9:00 p.m. with members staying back to engage in fellowship thereafter.
 
Joint meeting, inductions and special guest speaker Independent Senator Taurel Shrikissoon Debbie Roopchand 2017-02-22 04:00:00Z 0
ROTARY SERVING HUMANITY - FREE DENTAL SCREENING FOR CEREBRAL PALSY PATIENTS
 
On the 17th February 2017 the Rotary Club of Princes Town (“the Club”) in pursuing the goal of securing dental treatment for members of the Cerebral Palsy Society of Trinidad and Tobago (“the Society”) successfully partnered with the U.W.I. School of Dentistry as to the screening of 15 members of the Society at its Special Needs Clinic, Mount Hope.
 
This screening exercise was made possible through a collaboration, which elicited the willing co-operation and involvement of the Dental School.   The next stage of the project is due to take place on the 03rd March 2017 by which time it is intended that all 46 members of the Society would have been screened.  Thereafter based on the recommendations of the Dental School the Club intends as far as possible to provide financial assistance to the Society’s members towards securing their required dental treatment.
 
At 9:00 a.m. Rotarians, the Dental team and members of the Society assembled in the Special Needs Clinic, a clinic dedicated to the treatment of patients with special needs and manned by specially trained staff, for the start of the project. 
 
Dr. Dharmendra Rohit, the School’s Polyclinic Coordinator and direct liaison with the Club welcomed all present and called on Dr. William Smith Director (Ag) of the School of Dentistry to speak.  Dr. Smith spoke of the School’s delight in partnering with the Club to facilitate the screening of the patients through the Dental School.  
 
He was followed by the Club’s President Debbie Roopchand who spoke of the Club’s ongoing commitment towards assisting the members of the Society and in giving assistance to the Society’s members as to their dental needs. 
 
Both the Club and School recognised the importance of partnering in relation to this project with a common ideal of assisting not only those less fortunate in society among us but persons who are specially challenged and in need of dental services.
 
Mr. Phillip Metevier President of the Society expressed the Society’s sincere thanks to the Club and the Dental school for making it possible for the Society’s membership to access the Special Needs Clinic and its services at no cost to the Society, more so as many of its members are unable to afford the cost of private dental care and their caregivers face the challenge of having to wait with them for long periods to access these services through the public sector.
 
The Club expresses its appreciation for the involvement of its Rotarians and friends who attended the project to assist and to the entire dental team at Mount Hope who participated in ensuring the project’s success.  In particular, Doctors Tricia Percival (Lecturer in Child Dental health), Salvacion Barclay (Head of the Special Needs Clinic) and Professor Rahul Naidu Head of the Child Dental Health Clinic at the Dental School.
 
History:
As from July 2016 the Club engaged itself in several distributions of basic needs items to all members of the Society, partnering with them to conduct a full health fair in 2016 and treating its members at Christmas 2016. 
 
The Club through its involvement with the Society recognised the need for its members to access dental care and in its continuing objective to give assistance to the Society’s members have now partnered with the Dental School towards making this possible and today’s screening represents the beginning in achieving this goal.
 
Rotary Serving Humanity - Free Dental Screening for Cerebral Palsy patients DEBBIE ROOPCHAND 2017-02-17 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Hafiz Ali on Feb 15, 2017

Rotary Valentine Fellowship

On Wednesday 15th February 2017, the Rotary Club of Princes Town held its first major fellowship for the year. The event was held at Rotarian Terry Ali’s home in San Fernando and was well attended by Rotarians, partners in service, children of Rotary and specially invited guests. Terry’s partner in service, Selene did a fantastic job with the décor which set the mood for a beautiful Valentine’s dinner.

Following a brief weekly meeting chaired by President Debbie Roopchand, we were all treated to a sumptuous dinner provided by Nic Nacks caterers. The real treat was the array of home-made desserts prepared by Rotarian Bashir and Terry’s partner in service, Selene. These included a cheesecake platter; home-made coconut ice-cream served from the pail, crème caramel and jello shots.

Rotarians then presented their partners in service and children with Valentine gifts courtesy the Club. The highlight of the night was when President Debbie took the mike and kicked off the Karaoke in fine style. This was followed by many other brave hearts that joined in the fun.

Some good laughs, great food and even better company sum up Rotary’s Valentine Fellowship.

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Posted by Hafiz Ali on Feb 08, 2017

Centennial Celebration of Rotary Foundation

The Rotary Foundation is a non-profit corporation that supports the efforts of Rotary International to achieve world understanding and peace through international humanitarian, educational, and cultural exchange programs and Rotary Clubs usually seek to make financial contributions out of their fundraising efforts to the Rotary Foundation in recognition of their duty to the Foundation to support its global efforts.

The Rotary Club of Princes Town (“the Club”) is one such Club and has financially supported the Rotary Foundation almost annually from the Club’s inception.

This year in celebration of the centennial of the Rotary Foundation the Club hosted a Rotary awareness afternoon at the Atrium of the Gulf City Mall in La Romaine on February 8th 2017 and took the opportunity via its multimedia projector screen to proudly display the work of the Rotary Foundation in videos and slideshows and distributed Rotary magazines and booklets on site to members of the public, with Rotarians sharing with the members of the public the good works of the Foundation as they stopped by and showed an interest in the display.

The Club’s celebration of this momentous event in the life of Rotary also included a medical and a membership drive. Rotarians and volunteers were on site and facilitated the medical screening of 125 citizens performing blood pressure, blood glucose and cholesterol testing. The Club also partnered with the South Regional Health Authority and vaccinated 90 persons for seasonal Influenza.

Rotary Foundation Director Amraz Alibocas ensured that Rotarians showed up in their numbers to discuss the good works of the Foundation with patrons and to coordinate the activities of the volunteers.

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Posted by DEBBIE ROOPCHAND on Feb 08, 2017

Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) St. Kitts

The club is pleased to record that three students participated through it at the recently concluded District 7030 RYLA programme.

The participants were Interactors Alyssa Francis and Calyssa Francis both of the Princes Town West Secondary School Interact Club (whose sponsor club is the Rotary Club of Princes Town) and Akasia Augustine of St. Stephens College.

The attendance of Ms. Augustine was made possible through the financial contribution to the club by family members of deceased Rotarian Wayne Nanan who himself was a past student of St. Stephens College and who maintained throughout his involvement in Rotary a passion towards assisting in the development of youth through the RYLA programme (with Wayne having served in the recent past as the RYLA Chair) and towards assisting with the development of students attending his former college.

The students reported on having a rewarding and educational experience at the programme and the Club is pleased to have made this opportunity possible to them as it continues to support the development of youth within its locality.

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Posted by Debbie Roopchand on Jan 28, 2017

Registration is open for our 17th Annual Golf Charity Fundraiser - Petrotrin Golf Course - Sunday 26 March 2017

Through this fundraiser our Club funds many of its general charitable activities such as assisting fire victims, individuals who require medical, dental, surgical assistance as well as individuals in need generally and we encourage you to support our event by sponsoring a team of golfers to play for charity.

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Posted by Debbie Roopchand on Jan 21, 2017

Rotary Serving Humanity - Rotary Club of Princes Town conducts comprehensive Medical Outreach at the rural community of Penal Rock Road, Moruga.

On Sunday 22nd January 2017 members of the Cub together with a full team of professional volunteers visited the rural community of Penal Rock Road, Moruga and conducted a comprehensive medical outreach programme for the benefit of 105 residents who attended the medical.

From 9am to 12 noon there was a steady flow of residents who took the opportunity to access free medical consultations, dental examinations, legal consultations, vision screening and dispensation of pharmaceutical items on site by a registered pharmacist.

Volunteer nurses administered 50 flu shots and 20 tetanus vaccinations to residents. Free blood sugar, cholesterol and hypertension testing were also done on site and the Club distributed 15 large bags of clothing to residents as well as toiletries.

It was observed that many of the residents suffered from high blood sugar levels, high cholesterol, were in need of glasses and required treatment for cavities. As far as was possible referrals for further treatment were made and individuals prescribed appropriate medication where necessary.

Poor diet appeared to play a significant role in relation to the conditions which patients presented.

The Club records its thanks to Service Projects Director Mrs. Vilma Bellamy for her dedication and hard work in making the project the success it was and thanks all Rotarians, partners in service, children and volunteers who lent their assistance on the day.

Special thanks is also given to resident of Penal Rock Road Lester Guevarro who approached the Club towards conducting the outreach and who assisted with transporting residents to the venue to access the various services.

The Club recognises the presence of President Faraz and Rotarian Dr. Sinead of the Rotary Club of San Fernando South who attended the project and assisted.

Medical Outreach at Penal Rock Road, Moruga Debbie Roopchand 2017-01-22 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Debbie Roopchand on Jan 13, 2017

Rotary Serving Humanity - Rotary Club of Princes Town assists Sankar family:

On Saturday 15th January 2017 the Club delivered to the Sankar family of St. John's, a household with 7 children under 18, a washing machine, couch, bed, mirror and food hampers so as to assist the family with its basic needs. The Club records its thanks to friend of the Club Delicia Maharaj who assisted in having the furniture/appliance items donated to the Club for distribution.

Rotary Club of Princes Town assists Sankar Family Debbie Roopchand 2017-01-14 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Debbie Roopchand on Dec 16, 2016

CELEBRATING CHRISTMAS WITH THE CHILDREN OF THE CEREBRAL PALSY SOCIETY OF T&T

On Saturday the 17th December 2016 our Rotarians attended the Society's Christmas Party which was held under tents at the Ministry of Agriculture compound Chaguanas and spent some time with the children of the society and their parents, who as a result of the Club's ongoing contact with them have become friends of our Club.

President Debbie Roopchand took the opportunity to wish the Society every success in its continued efforts to assist its members, urging them to be safe over the Christmas period and expressed her pleasure in the Club being able to provide the 43 members of the Society with a month's supply of basic items yet again.

The Club in an effort to bring Christmas cheer distributed fleecy blankets and stuffed toys to each child of the society. These items were donated by Dianne & Nyiara Persad of New York.

This was the Club's last project for the year and Rotarians left the venue feeling a sense of satisfaction.

History:
As from the 13th August 2016 when the Club first partnered with the Cerebral Palsy Society of Trinidad and Tobago to conduct a health fair at Naparima Boys College San Fernando, the Club expressed an interest in helping the children of the Society who as a result of their condition are in most instances totally dependent on third parties as to their every need.

On that occasion the Club distributed pampers and basic toiletry items to the children, most of whom resided in single income earning households as there was the need for one parent to stay at home with the children. Almost all the households reported facing challenges financially in affording the special care such as physiotherapy and speech therapy required by CP children.

The Club in October and November 2016 repeated the distribution of basic items to seek to alleviate some of the financial burden faced by the parents.

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Celebrating Christmas with the children of the Cerebral Palsy Society of T&T Debbie Roopchand 2016-12-16 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Debbie Roopchand on Dec 14, 2016

BRINGING CHRISTMAS CHEER TO PRINCES TOWN:

On Thursday 15th December 2016 the Rotary Club of Princes Town hosted a 3-hour Christmas concert at the Triangle Princes Town.

The concert started a little after 4:00 p.m. and President Debbie Roopchand who chaired the concert spoke of the Club’s delight in being able to put together the show at no cost to the members of the public in an effort to bring them Christmas cheer.

The evening was filled with a wide variety of musical performances including live steel pan performances and renditions of Christmas carols.

Musical highlights were the performances by the Moruga Secondary School parang band who won the secondary schools parang competition three times in a row and Christmas carols by the little children of Maharaj School of Music.

Children who attended the concert were absolutely delighted to receive treat bags from our very own Mrs. Claus, Rotarian Zobida Ragbirsingh who shared the spirit of Christmas with them.

The concert wrapped up a little after 7:00 pm as members of the audience begged for further performances by child of Rotary Kyle Ali who brought the show to a close.

The Club is truly grateful to its Service Projects Director Ms. Vilma Bellamy for all her efforts in successfully co-ordinating this project.

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Posted by Debbie Roopchand on Dec 09, 2016
Club Christmas Party:
 

The Club's annual Christmas party hosted by President Debbie Roopchand at the Gulf View Community Centre on Saturday 10 December 2016 was a memorable evening for all who attended. The evening started with a sumptuous dinner provided by Nick Nacks Catering followed by delicious desserts from Sweet & Savoury Desserts. President Debbie took the opportunity to thank Rotarians for the support and dedication they showed over the past 6 months and to wish everyone a joyous Christmas season. The evening was filled with live entertainment by Levantamientos parang band, Samsara D Band, violinist Tracy Scott, pannist Kyle Ali, songs by Rehan and Saheli Ali and Rotarians and guests danced the night away to the wonderful entertainment.

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Rotary Serving Humanity – the Rotary Club of Princes Town brings Christmas cheer to the residents of Samuel Cooper Trace, Moruga.

On 4th December 2016, on a small playing field in Moruga the Rotary Club of Princes Town conducted its annual Christmas treat at Samuel Cooper Trace. The Club distributed toys and treat bags to 191 children and hampers to 12 residents.

The afternoon started with live entertainment by children of the community who sang and danced to the delight of all who attended. The live entertainment was followed by greetings from President Debbie Roopchand who expressed her thanks to the community for its warm welcome to the Club, spoke of the Club’s dedication to assisting those in need and its delight in being able to bring Christmas cheer to the residents of the community through this project.

Santa Claus made a guest appearance and distributed the treat bags and toys to the excited children who waited patiently to receive their gifts from Santa as lively parang music played in the background.

The Club records its thanks to Service Projects Director Vilma Bellamy for her successful organisation and co-ordination of the project as well as all Rotarians, partners in service and children who attended and supported the project.

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Christmas Cheer to the residents of Samuel Cooper Trace, Moruga Debbie Roopchand 2016-12-03 04:00:00Z 0

SERVICE ABOVE SELF - ROTARY CLUB OF PRINCES TOWN GRANTS $75,000.00 TO STUDENTS TO PURSUE TERTIARY STUDIES

On Wednesday 23rd November 2016 at a joint meeting with the Rotary Club of Pointe-a-Pierre and with District Governor Roger Bose in attendance, the Rotary Club of Princes Town awarded a total of $75,000.00 to 9 students towards assisting them in pursuing their tertiary level studies. The students were past students of schools which fall under the Club’s jurisdiction - Biche High School, Tableland High School, Moruga Secondary School, Princes Town West Secondary School, Cowen Hamilton Secondary School and St. Stephens College.

The recipients were Rehanna Ramharack (ABE Level 4), Jerome Campbelle (BSc Sports Studies), Shinika Taylor (BSc Public Sector), Emmanuel Pierre (BSc Biology), Sunita Sumchan (BSc Medicine), Cervon Cooper (BSc Medicine), Amy Ganpat (Doctor of Vetinerary Medicine), Amy Rambarran (Pharmacy Assistant) and Nicole Farrell (Actuarial Science).

At the presentation ceremony President Debbie Roopchand spoke of the Club’s commitment to assisting the youths of today who would be our leaders tomorrow with their educational advancement and wished the awardees every success with their studies.

Recipients Amy Ganpat, Amy Rambarran and Nicole Farell who attended St. Stephens College were awarded the “Wayne Nanan Scholarship” so named in memory of Rotarian Wayne Nanan a charter member of the Rotary Club of Princes Town and former student of St. Stephens College who passed away last year in recognition of Rotarian Wayne’s long and outstanding contribution to the Club during his lifetime and his passion and commitment towards his former Alma Mata.

The scholarships to the students of St. Stephens College totalled $20,000.00 and was contributed to by Rotarian Wayne’s wife Aneela Seunath and sons Dr. Stefan Nanan and Adrian Nanan who were present at the meeting and presented the cheques to the deserving students.

Proceeds from the Club’s recently concluded Chokha Fest in August 2016 were used towards funding the scholarship awards and the Club thanks it’s many supporters of this event through whom the grant was made possible.

Rotary Club of Princes Town Grants $75,000 to students to pursue tertiary studies Debbie Roopchand 2016-11-22 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Debbie Roopchand on Nov 19, 2016

Night out at Rotary Club of San Fernando's annual parang at Cranboulay restaurant, San Fernando:

As we all raise funds to support our various Club projects members of the Rotary Club of Princes Town spent some time on the 20 November 2016 at the Rotary Club of San Fernando's annual parang in support of their fundraiser.

L to R: IPP Jerrine of Rotary Club of San Fernando and Rotarians Crystal, Vilma, Zobida, President Debbie and friend Nancy
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Posted on Nov 14, 2016

Assisting our Interactors at Princes Town West Secondary School's health fair:

On the 15 November 2016 our Rotarians partnered with the Interact students of the Princes Town West Secondary School to assist with the School's health fair. Our inhouse Doctor Ronald Gobin was on site to give medical advice where necessary. Our diabetes specialist Zobida Ragbirsingh who presently sits as as the Vice President of the International Diabetes Federation had a DATT booth on site and also assisted with the health fair.

Princes Town West Secondary School Health Fair Debbie Roopchand 2016-11-14 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Debbie Roopchand on Nov 12, 2016

CELEBRATE – 7th Annual Tea and Fashion Show

The Club's 7th annual Tea and Fashion show, Celebrate, was held on Sunday, November 13th 2016 at the Hyatt Trinidad. This year’s event was extra special as we also celebrated 100 years of the Rotary Foundation.

As usual, this event was well attended by friends and supporters of Rotary. The event opened with a live rendition of the National Anthem on steelpan by Kyle Ali and guests were treated to a warm welcome by Club President Debbie Roopchand. Past District Governor Ms Lara Quentrall-Thomas delivered a very poignant feature address which highlighted the great work of the Rotary Foundation.

The event was chaired by the beautiful and entertaining Nikki Crosby, with some help from our very own Rotarian Hafiz Ali. While enjoying their delicious Tea plates, guests were serenaded by Roger Salloum’s Trio featuring vocalist Carol Jacobs as well as American Violinist Tracy Scott and they were delighted by the dance moves of Xtreme Breakers.

The highlight of the evening was of course the beautiful, exotic designs from our top local designers displayed by the lovely House of Jacqui models. The Club took the opportunity to honour Jacqueline Koon How owner of House of Jacqui with a Paul Harris Recognition for her unwavering support of this event since its inception.

The fantastic Raffle and Door prizes also added to the excitement of the evening.

Special thanks to all who attended and helped us to raise much needed funds. We are also grateful to everyone who took part in the show and worked to make the evening truly memorable. See you next year!

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Celebrate - Our 7th Tea & Fashion Event Debbie Roopchand 2016-11-08 04:00:00Z 0

Beach cleanup at Moruga beach:

On Saturday 5th November 2016 in celebration of World Interact Week students of the Interact Club of Princes Town West Secondary School under the leadership of their President Alyssa Francis engaged in a beach clean up at the Moruga beach.

The 30 plus Interactors cleaned and repainted the St Peters and Christopher Columbus monuments, which were in poor condition and cleared the areas surrounding the monuments of overgrown bush and garbage. The students also cleared a lot of debris and rubbish from the beachfront, all in an effort to clean up the area and beautify it for the benefit of members of the Moruga Community and visitors to the area.

The Interact Club of Princes Town West Secondary School was chartered on the 24th June 2016 through its sponsor Club the Rotary Club of Princes Town and Rotarians from the Rotary Club of Princes Town were on site to assist and give guidance to the Interactors as they executed their first project geared towards benefiting a community.

Interactor's Beach Cleanup at Moruga Debbie Roopchand 2016-11-04 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Debbie Roopchand on Nov 04, 2016

Continuing work with the Cerebral Palsy Society of Trinidad and Tobago

As the Club continues to strive to fulfill this year's theme of "Rotary Serving Humanity", on Saturday 5th November 2016 under the leadership of President Debbie Roopchand it conducted its third distribution of basic monthly supplies to the children of the Cerebral Palsy Society of Trinidad and Tobago.

The distribution took place at the KPA Primary School, Chase Village where the Society meets on a monthly basis with its membership within a small classroom, using infant desks and benches as best they can, as they have been unable despite many efforts to obtain the use of a venue which is properly equipped to support their members' needs.

While the parents of the children of the Society continue to be faced with major challenges such as their inability to afford physical therapy, speech therapy, and daytime care for their children, more than one parent expressed their thanks to the Club for its assistance which allows for them to use the money they would have had to spend on these items towards other pressing needs for their children.

At the meeting there was a beautiful performance by the children of the Girl Guides Association of Trinidad and Tobago who took the time out to perform a parang song as well as other songs for the children so as to bring some cheer to their day.

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Posted by Debbie Roopchand on Oct 21, 2016

CELEBRATING DIVALI WITH THE RESIDENTS OF GLUD ROAD TABLELAND

On Saturday 22nd October 2016 the Club as part of its ongoing efforts to assist communities under its jurisdiction, partnered with the Glud Road Community, Tableland to celebrate the occasion of Divali.

The celebrations started off with the conduct of prayers and lighting of deeyas at 6:00 p.m. At the start of the programme President Debbie Roopchand expressed her delight at being in her hometown of Tableland and brought Divali greetings behalf of the Club.

The evening’s entertainment included the performance of religious songs with live instrumental accompaniment. A group of young female dancers executed a beautiful dance segment in the open air on the roadway and the residents to the delight of all attendees performed an interesting play made up on the spot, which focused on the use of alcohol and domestic violence. Rotarians also assisted in the selection of the Community's Divali Queen little Priya and her crowning was one of the highlights of the evening.

The Club who had given the Community a financial contribution of $2,000.00 towards the staging of the event, took the opportunity to treat over 45 children of the community with gifts and treat bags and distributed 10 Divali hampers to residents.

Community activist Deochan Ragoonanan who was instrumental in the staging of the event reported that since the Club’s hosting of a Divali programme with the Community 4 years ago, they had not celebrated Divali in this manner and it was as a result of the Club’s generosity this year they were able to do so again.

The Club sincerely thanks its Service Projects Director Vilma Bellamy for her successful coordination and execution of this project and all the Rotarians who attended and lent their support.

Community Diwali Function - Glud Road Tableland Debbie Roopchand 2016-10-21 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Debbie Roopchand on Oct 20, 2016

Club Divali celebration - Nia Valley Ranch Princes Town

On Friday 21st October 2016 the Club hosted its annual Divali celebration at Nia Valley Ranch, Princes Town.  The event was well attended by Rotarians, their family members, friends and some of the members of the business community of Princes Town. 
 
After the lighting of deeyas the programme, which was chaired by, Past President Jamir Ousman opened with a live rendition of the National Anthem on the steelpan by Kyle Ali. 
 
President Debbie Roopchand highlighted to the audience some of the good works carried out by the Club and made public the Club’s recent donation of $7,500 USD towards Haiti in recognition of the need to assist those in need, not only at a national level, but also at an international level.
 
District Governor Roger Bose brought greetings on behalf of the District and shared some of his experiences during his term of office. 
 
It was a very special night for the Club as it inducted Dr. Carlyn Rajnarinesingh, a medical doctor presently employed at the Princes Town District Health Facility Emergency Department into its fold. Dr. Rajnarinesingh expressed her delight at joining the Club. 
The afternoon’s performances included a dance by Stephanie Chadee, musical interlude by Kyle Ali on the keyboard, traditional song by Rotarian Capildeo Beharry and a beautiful duet by children of rotary Rehan and Saheli Ali.  The children of rotary also performed a poetry recitation on Divali and later modelled their beautiful outfits.
 
A tasty dinner of traditional east Indian dishes and sweets for dessert was enjoyed  by all who attended. 
 
After dinner Pundit Surendra Maharaj delivered an enlightening discourse on the importance of Divali.  The evening came to a close with the vote of thanks by Rotarian Hafiz Ali and the lighting of wish lanterns in the carpark as attendees reflected on the occasion before their departure. 
 
Special thanks is given to Mr. Carl Hoi Pong owner of Nia Valley for the use of the venue and his ready assistance in ensuring the event’s success and to Rotarian Vishnu Seetaram and his committee who worked diligently towards making the evening as memorable as it was.
 
 
 
 
Club Divali Celebration - Nia Valley Ranch, Princes Town Debbie Roopchand 2016-10-20 04:00:00Z 0

Rotary Eid Treat

In keeping with Rotary’s theme of Service to Humanity, the Rotary Club of Princes Town held an Eid treat at the Piparo ASJA Masjid on Sunday 18th September 2016.

Imam Mohammed of the Piparo Masjid warmly welcomed the Rotary Club of Princes Town and thanked them for their generosity and service. He chaired the brief function which entailed the children of the masjid doing several Islamic prayers and songs. President Debbie Roopchand then gave a brief message following which treat bags and gifts were given to all children present.

Hampers for distribution were also presented to the Imam to be distributed to members of the community.

There were several Rotarians, partners in service and children of Rotary on hand to assist with the distribution of gift bags.

Community Eid Treat 2016 Hafiz Ali 2016-09-17 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Debbie Roopchand on Sep 14, 2016

Presentation to NLCB

On Thursday 15 September 2016 President Debbie Roopchand presented Rotary International's Certificate to Chairman of the National Lotteries Control Board Mr. Marvin Johncilla in recognition of the contribution of $1,000 USD contributed by the Club to Rotary International's Polio Eradication Fund in NLCB's name. The contribution was made from proceeds of NLCB's donation to the Club's annual Tea and Fashion Event to recognise NLCB's generosity as well as to support Rotary's global aim for over three decades viz the Eradication of Polio worldwide.

Presentation to NLCB Debbie Roopchand 2016-09-14 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Debbie Roopchand on Aug 31, 2016

Board meeting with DG Roger Bose & South Clubs fellowship:

Thursday September 1st 2016 was an active Rotary day for the Club. The day commenced with our Board meeting with DG Roger Bose at Caribel and ended with a gathering of the 6 south Clubs at Tradewinds Hotel San Fernando where members engaged in fellowship while they enjoyed the food and ambience at the Hotel's poolside. The Clubs also presented DG Roger with a token on behalf of the 6 south Clubs and wished him every success in his year as District Governor. The event was well attended by Rotarians including Assistant Governors Dr. Michael Kangaloo and Rabindra Outar.

Board meeting with DG Roger Bose & South Club Fellowship Debbie Roopchand 2016-08-31 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Debbie Roopchand on Aug 26, 2016

Chokha Fest 2016 – A fun evening on San Fernando Hill

The Club under the leadership of President Debbie Roopchand hosted its first major fundraiser for the Rotary year - “Chokha Fest” on Saturday 27th August 2016.

As from the opening of the doors at 4:00 p.m. there was a steady stream of patrons to the venue who enjoyed a variety of tasty traditional East Indian chokha dishes accompanied by hot sada roti, fry bake and pepper roti served directly by Rotarians and their family members.

Children of Rotary Nabeel, Kyle, Avionne and Brianna assisted in sales of pineapple chow while the Interactors from the Interact Club of Princes Town West Secondary School led by their President Alyssa Francis, dedicated their efforts in promoting the Club’s raffle.

Kids who attended the event enjoyed the bouncy castle provided by the Club and patrons were delighted to win door prizes drawn hourly.

There was a fully stocked bar managed by Rotarians on site, police were present to provide a secure environment, and as the sun set on the scenic San Fernando Hill attendees danced the evening away to the live entertainment of the very versatile ‘Samsara D Band’.

The event was a great success and was accomplished through the astute leadership of Committee Chair Rudolph Ali, his dedicated committee as well as the Rotarians, partners in service and children who all assisted on the day, and the Club expresses its heartfelt thanks to them all.

As the Club embraces this year’s theme of “Rotary Serving Humanity” it looks forward to utilizing the funds derived from this fundraiser in its efforts to help those in need and in particular towards its Achievement and Scholarship awards programme through which it recognises the top performers in SEA examinations and the winners of National Scholarships residing within its jurisdiction and also seeks to grant scholarships to deserving students who reside within the Club’s jurisdiction.

Chokha Fest 2016 Debbie Roopchand 2016-08-26 04:00:00Z 0

INDUCTION OF ROTARIAN CRYSTAL HARPER AT JOINT MEETING WITH ROTARY CLUB OF SAN FERNANDO SOUTH

Wednesday 17th July 2016 was a special afternoon for the Rotary Club of Princes Town and Rotary Club of San Fernando South as both clubs partnered in holding a joint meeting at Canton Palace Restaurant.

In special attendance was Assistant Governor Dr. Michael Kangaloo who shared with members a video presentation by RI's President John F. Germ as well as a power point presentation as to the District 7030 leadership team.

The Rotary Club of Princes Town was pleased to have the Board of the Interact Club of Princes Town West Secondary School which was recently chartered by the Club present at the joint meeting.

President Debbie Roopchand of the Rotary Club of Princes Town and President Faraz Hosein of the Rotary Club of San Fernando South both brought greetings on behalf of their respective clubs.

The highlight of the night was the induction of Attorney at Law Crystal Ann Harper, who is an Associate at the Law Firm of Messrs Hobsons, into membership of the Rotary Club of Princes Town.

Ms. Harper expressed her enthusiasm in becoming a Rotarian, passion for serving those less fortunate and thanked the Club for accepting her into its membership. She was pinned by Assistant Governor Dr. Michael Kangaloo.

The induction ceremony wrapped up with an excellent rendition of popular soca song "Leh we fete" on the steelpan by Kyle Ali. There was a great turn out of Rotarians who enjoyed lively fellowship at the joint meeting and the tasty dinner provided by the staff of Canton Palace.

First joint meeting and induction for 2016 Debbie Roopchand 2016-08-16 04:00:00Z 0

ROTARY PARTNERS WITH CEREBRAL PALSY SOCIETY OF TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO– HEALTH FAIR

In keeping with Rotary’s 2016/17 Theme of “Rotary Serving Humanity”, the Rotary Club of Princes Town partnered with the Cerebral Palsy Society of Trinidad and Tobago http://cpstt.tripod.com to host a Health Fair for cerebral palsy patients.

This event was held on Saturday 13th August 2016 at the Naparima College Auditorium, San Fernando.

The primary objective of this partnership is to enhance the lives of cerebral palsy patients and to provide support to their caregivers. The Society organised the health fair and provided a foreign specialised physiotherapist and dentist, while the club enlisted the support of existing medical outreach doctors: Dr. Sunita Mathur Lal, Dr. Pramod Lal, Dr. Premanand Nakkana, Dr. Kiran Premanand Nakkana and Dr. Shweta Agarwal.

Services provided by Rotarians included blood sugar and blood pressure testing while specialized hampers including toiletries and other supplies were distributed to families. Rotarians and their partners in service were present to assist with the facilitation of the Health Fair and distribution of hampers.

The Rotary Club of Princes Town has recognised that increased awareness of cerebral palsy is needed in Trinidad and Tobago and the specialised care and resources required are not readily available. The Club has therefore partnered with the Cerebral Palsy Society to improve the lives of those diagnosed with cerebral palsy and their families.

Partnering with the Cerebral Palsy Society of Trinidad and Tobago Hafiz Ali 2016-08-12 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Hafiz Ali on Aug 06, 2016

MEDICAL OUTREACH AT TORTUGA

The first medical outreach program for the 2016/17 Rotary year was held on August 7th 2016 in the lovely village of Tortuga at the Tortuga Government Primary School.

Medical Outreach programs are signature events of The Rotary Club of Princes Town. The free services provided included blood pressure testing, blood glucose testing, cholesterol testing, Doctor’s examination, vision & dental screening, legal advice and distribution of prescription drugs, toiletries & clothes.

Many Rotarians, spouses and their children were present to assist with the medical. Doctors present included Dr.Rao, Dr.Kumar, Dr. Praim Preman, Dr.Kiran Premanand and Dr Stefan Nanan. They were assisted by nurses Anna and Ramona. Total Care Pharmacy was represented by Ava Ramsaroop who dispensed all prescription drugs and Qwellcor Limited, represented by Mr Kishore Bissoon, was on hand to distribute sample vitamins. Pharm Tech Ltd and Handel’s Pharmacy donated pharmaceutical items. Attorneys present included President Debbie Roopchand and Ms Crystal Harper.

Sixty patients of varying ages were seen by the doctors present. All services offered were well received by the community.

Medical Outreach at Tortuga Hafiz Ali 2016-08-06 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Hafiz Ali on Jul 30, 2016

Rotary Fun and Family Day 2016

On Saturday 31st July 2016, the Rotary Club of Princes Town held their annual Fun and Family Day at Palmiste Grounds. Rotarians Kex, Hafiz, Vishnu and Ria started things off in the morning, firing up the grill for some mouth-watering BBQ and bubbling a huge pot for some delicious provision.

After a sumptuous meal of provision, oil down, macaroni pie, curried duck and BBQ chicken, we started the games with Pictionary. The dynamic team of Rotarian Rudy, partners in service Yvette and Laura and our Colombian guest Gustavo proved unbeatable, although, the opposing team of Rotarian Curtis, partner in service Dianne and daughter of Rotarian Vishnu, Brianna put up a good fight! Rotarian Indira moderated the games and acted as the official photographer for the evening.

Next it was on to a test of our local Trini slang with the game “Doh Say Dat”. It seemed to be Rotarian Rudy’s day as yet again he was on the winning team…their celebration even included the “Champion Dance”! All Fours and Rummi were also in session with President Debbie getting her jack hung twice, but winning 3 out of 5 games.

A highlight was the watermelon eating contest where Rotarian Rudy was victorious winning for the third consecutive year. Next it was Soca musical chairs where veteran Rotarians Vilma and Kex claimed victory. Rotarian Vishnu’s daughter, Brianna won the kids musical chairs.

President Debbie closed a wonderfully relaxing evening with a vote of thanks.

Rotary Fun & Family Day 2016 Hafiz Ali 2016-07-30 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jul 19, 2016

Visits to foreign clubs:

One of the beneits of being in Rotary is the opportunity to attend meetings not only at different clubs in your home country but also to visit foreign clubs. By so doing it allows for Rotarians to share with other clubs the good works done by their own club, to meet new friends and to observe first hand other Clubs in action.

In June 2016 two of our members Rotarians Rhea Nobbee and Jamir Ousman took the opportunity to visit foreign clubs while abroad.

For Rotarian Jamir it was his 30th visit to clubs outside T&T. For Rotarian Rhea it was her first visit and both Rotarians shared with us the wonderful experience they had on their respective visits.

Rotarian Rhea also presented to our club President Debbie the flag she received from the Rotary Club of Hamilton Ontario Canada as a momento of her visit to them.

Visit to foreign clubs Debbie Roopchand 2016-07-19 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jul 12, 2016

CLUB EID CELEBRATION

On Wednesday 13th July 2016 the Club at its first regular meeting for 2016 celebrated with partners in service, family members and friends the occasion of Eid at San Fernando Hill.

Newly elected President Debbie Roopchand welcomed everyone and shared briefly her vision for the Club during this Rotary year. Guest speaker Imam Nizam Mohammed gave an enlightening discourse based on the Holy Quoran and echoed the President's call to Rotarians to focus on "what are you doing for others".

The programme was chaired by Rotarian Hafiz Ali and included special prayers by Rotarian Jamir Ousman and child of Rotary Nabeel Mohammed. Traditional songs were sung by Rotarians Capildeo Beharry and Amraz Alibocas and special guest singer Syed Hosein.

Attendees were delighted by the special performance of a Duha/Cassida by children of Rotary Rehan and Sahalie Ali.

Rotarian Terrance Gopaul moved a special vote of thanks to all persons involved in making the occasion special, particularly our Club Administration Director Rishi Ramlogan who successfully coordinated the event and attendees enjoyed traditional sawine and sweets with the specially catered dinner for the occasion.

 
 
 
 
Club Eid Celebration 2016 Debbie Roopchand 2016-07-12 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jun 30, 2016
AN EVENING OF GREAT EXCITEMENT AT SOUTH NAPA:
 
The Rotary Club of  Princes Town hosted its 23rd annual Hand Over Ceremony in recognition of the successful completion of the term in office of the Club’s Directors for the Rotary year 2015-2016 and the presentation of its incoming Directors for the Rotary year 2016-2017.
 
The gala Ceremony chaired by Rotarian Bashir Mohammed took place at South Napa on Friday 01st July 2016 and involved outgoing President Dr. Ronald Gobin’s passing of the mantle of leadership to Attorney at Law Debbie Roopchand who would now serve as the Club’s President for 2016-2017.   
 
The Ceremony was well attended by the Club’s Rotarians, their partners in service, members of the recently formed Interact Club of Princes Town West Secondary School, children of Rotary and specially invited guests who supported the Club during the past Rotary year in its many charitable activities. 
 
In special attendance on his first day in office was District Governor Roger Bose who brought greetings on behalf of the District and celebrated the occasion with the Club.
 
At the ceremony outgoing President Dr. Ronald Gobin outlined the Club’s achievements under his leadership.  The Paul Harris Fellow recognition which recognizes individuals who contribute, or who have contributions made in their name, of US$1,000 to The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International was awarded to Rotarian Terrance Gopaul and to one of the Club’s active volunteers Dr. Valluri Pattabhi Rama Rao. 
 
The event featured live entertainment by children of Rotary Anushka Ramlogan and Selena Ali both of the Shiv Shakti Dance Company and a rendition of the National Anthem on Steelpan and popular soca song Cheers to Life by Pannist Kyle Ali also a child of Rotary. The Club’s Honorary Rotarian Michael Salickram, owner of the Shiv Shakti Dance Company was in attendance and witnessed his students live performances.
 
American Violinist Tracy Scott wowed the audience with her live rendition of Coldplay’s Viva La Vida. 
 
In closing President Debbie Roopchand announced her presidential theme: “Life’s most urgent and persistent question is, ‘what are you doing for others?’ as posited by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr over half a century ago, stressing its relevance up to today, and welcomed her Board of Directors to centre stage as the sounds of popular soca song “Champion” played in the background.
 
Presidential Handover 2016 Debbie Roopchand 2016-07-01 00:00:00Z 0
The Club's annual Tea and Fashion show was held on Sunday, November 1st 2015 at the Hyatt Trinidad.
 Special thanks to all who attended and helped us to raise much needed funds. We are also grateful to everyone who took part in the show and worked to make the evening memorable.
Please see the links below for photos of the event.
http://www.lime.tt/…/rotary-club-of-princes-town-6th-tea-f…/
GLAM - THE TEA AND FASHION EVENT Indira Singh 2015-11-01 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Indira Singh on Oct 27, 2015

ON THE ROAD TO FORMING THE INTERACT CLUB OF ST. STEPHENS COLLEGE

On October 28th 2015, Charter Member and President Ronald Gobin was joined by Past President Jamir Ousman, Past President Wayne Nanan, Rotarians Ronald Singh and Terrance Gopaul at St. Stephens College to elect the Board for the school's provisional Interact Club sponsored by The Rotary Club of Princes Town.


David Deonarine was elected President of the Interact Club, Ranelle Stewart the Vice President and Ashmally Williams Secretary.
The Club meets once a week on the students' lunch time.

 
President Ronald Gobin addresses the students of St. Stephens Collge
 
 
On the road to forming the Interact Club of St. Stephens College Indira Singh 2015-10-28 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Indira Singh on Oct 23, 2015

BOOKS FOR THE EL SHADDAI RESTORATION HOME FOR CHILDREN


Through the kind generosity of Mrs. Angela Ram in donating books and DVD's, the Club was able to make a contribution to the library at the El Shaddai Restoration Home in Gasparillo on October 24th. On hand to receive the books was the founder of the home. Pastor Roland Carlos Francis.

In addition to the books, Honorary Rotarian Peter Chang and daughter Rot. Krista Chang donated several tins of cookies for the children to enjoy.

Rotarians Krista Chang & Vilma Bellamy distribute books & cookies
President Ronald Gobin (r) and Rotarian Vilma Bellamy participate in the distribution
Books for the El Shaddai Restoration Home for Children Indira Singh 2015-10-24 00:00:00Z 0

ROTARY WORLD POLIO DAY 2015

This year marks 30 years since Rotary launched PolioPlus, its campaign to rid the world of polio. Beginning on Rotary's anniversary, 23 February, Rotary members worldwide will be holding events to celebrate three decades of polio eradication progress.

Since 1985 Rotary and its partners have helped reduce the number of cases from 350,000 annually to fewer than 400 in 2014, and they remain committed until the disease is eradicated. Rotary has contributed more than $1.3 billion and countless volunteer hours to protect more than 2 billion children worldwide. In addition, Rotary's advocacy efforts have played a role in decisions by donor governments to contribute over $10 billion to the effort.

Before the global scope of PolioPlus, individual clubs with Rotary funding were attacking the disease closer to home.

In 1979 Rotary members and delegates of the Philippine Ministry of Health looked on as volunteers administered drops of the oral polio vaccine to children in the Manila barrio of Guadalupe Viejo.

When James L. Bomar Jr., then Rotary president, put the first drops of vaccine into a child's mouth, he ceremonially launched the Philippine poliomyelitis immunization effort. Bomar joined Enrique M. Garcia, the country's minister of health, in signing the contract committing Rotary International and the government of the Philippines to a joint five-year effort to immunize around 6 million children against polio at a cost of about $760,000.

In a 1993 interview, Bomar recalled how the brother of one of the children he'd immunized tugged on his pant leg to get his attention and said, "Thank you, thank you, Rotary."

The success of this project set t

he stage for Rotary's top priority to rid the world of polio. Since Rotary introduced its PolioPlus campaign, the number of polio cases worldwide has dropped 99 percent, and the virus remains endemic in just three countries -- Afghanistan, Nigeria, and Pakistan.


 
 
 
 
ROTARY WORLD POLIO DAY 2015 Indira Singh 2015-10-24 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Indira Singh on Oct 17, 2015

FREE MEDICAL-LEGAL CLINIC AT ROBERT VILLAGE

On Sunday October 18th, the Club conducted a free medical clinic at Robert Village, a small rural village between Tableland and Rio Claro.

Over one hundred and seventeen people received free medical and dental attention with free legal aid, medicine and toiletries at the Robert Village Hindu School.

The Club thanks Principal, Ms. Shoba Maharaj for allowing us to conduct the medical at the school.

Past President Vilma and her team organized doctors, nurses, dentists and lawyers to join Rotarians in bringing health service to this rural community.

Senior Counsel Ernest H. Koylass & the Club's in-house Attorney Debbie Roopchand conduct the free Legal Clinic

Rotarian Hafiz Ali assists with the medical testing

 

Free Medical-Legal Clinic at Robert Village Indira Singh 2015-10-18 00:00:00Z 0
WHEELCHAIR ASSISTANCE
 
Mr. Frankie Boodram who unfortunately suffered a leg amputation due to complications from Diabetes, was happy to receive a wheelchair from the Club.
In the photos President Ronald Gobin and Past President Jamir Ousman are joined by Ms. Sunita Castilo, the Facilities Manager of the Princes Town Hospital to present the chair to Mr. Boodram.
WHEELCHAIR ASSISTANCE Indira Singh 2015-10-17 00:00:00Z 0
GLAM Debbie Roopchand 2015-09-28 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Indira Singh on Sep 19, 2015

FAMILY DAY 2015

Sunday 20th September proved to be a clear, cool day for the Club's annual family day.

Thanks to the organizing skills of Rotarian Patsy, the morning started with breakfast followed by the cooking of curry duck and barbeque on the spot. Rotarians brought roti, curry channa, mixed rice, macaroni salad, cakes, ice cream, watermelon and more as they came together for a day of fun and relaxation.

Rotarians and their families played cards, musical chairs and other traditional games. The members of the Rico Suave Dance Studio of which Past President Vilma Bellamy's granddaughter Daynia is an instructor, encouraged Rotarians and Partners-in-Service to get on their feet for a Zumba session.

While some members thought they could polish off a watermelon, they were no match for PP Vilma's grandson who won the watermelon eating contest. After this members did not trust themselves on the slip n' slide but Adrian, the son of PP Wayne Nanan enjoyed it for all of us!

Sun set on Rotarians packing up after a long awaited day of fellowship.

 
Rotary Club of Princes Town's photo.
Rotary Club of Princes Town's photo.
Rotary Club of Princes Town's photo.
Rotary Club of Princes Town's photo.
FAMILY DAY 2015 Indira Singh 2015-09-20 00:00:00Z 0

SPENDING SATURDAY WITH KIDS

On Saturday 19th September Rotarians spent the morning with the kids from the El Shaddai Home for Children in Gasparillo.

Past President Vilma Bellamy and her team organized a morning filled with fun activities that also had some Rotarians bringing their children along to spend time with them while doing the work of Rotary.

The morning began with fun at Playdium Entertainment Center in San Fernando where the children enjoyed driving bumber cars and playing games. After lunch at Playdium Rotarians and kids went to The Wild Fowl Trust in Pointe-a-Pierre. Enthusiasm was no match for the heavy rain as the children tried to listen to the facilitators at the sanctuary under umbrellas until it became impossible to continue. A movie on Reptiles was shown until the weather allowed everyone back outside. After ice cream the kids took to the trail.

It was a tired, happy bunch of children clutching snack bags who were returned to El Shaddai later that day.

SPENDING SATURDAY WITH KIDS Indira Singh 2015-09-19 00:00:00Z 0

PRESENTATIONS

The regular meeting of the Club on Wednesday 16th September was a special occasion as the Club dispersed financial grants to students pursuing tertiary education.

Grants were presented to Mitra Maywalal who started his second year at the Faculty of Medical Science, University of The West Indies. Mitra's parents were present to collect the bursary on his behalf along with the mother of Ester Ali who is currently studying for her BSc in Biology.

The Club also helped Cameron Murray and his sister to get to school by assisting with their travelling expenses.

September being Literacy month in the Rotary calendar, the Club was please to sponsor 8 students and a tutor to the Adult Literacy Tutors Association programme (ALTA). Ms. Jacqueline Rawlings received the grant on behalf of ALTA.

The fundraisers undertaken by the Club was also able to provide assistance to Michelle Richards with the medical bills for her infant daughter Kristiana and to help Emma Nandlal continue her special tuition for children with Autism.

PRESENTATIONS Indira Singh 2015-09-16 00:00:00Z 0

HEALTH FAIR & ROTARY AWARENESS AT GULF CITY

On the evening of Wednesday 26th August 2015, Rotarians took to Gulf City to meet the public and spread the word of Rotary. The Club also took the opportunity on that afternoon to promote its focus on health by staging a mini health fair in the Atrium of the Mall.

Over a hundred people were able to get their blood pressure, sugar and cholesterol levels checked while doctors were available to give free medical attention. Free health information and literature were also available for the taking.

In addition to distributing Rotarian magazines and discussing the activities of the Club, Gulf City Mall being one of the largest shopping centers in the country, saw many interested shoppers stopping by to learn about the work of Rotary worldwide.

This event at the Mall has proven to be an effective part of the Club's Membership drive.

HEALTH FAIR & ROTARY AWARENESS AT GULF CITY MALL Indira Singh 2015-08-26 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Indira Singh on Aug 21, 2015

CHOKHA FESTIVAL 2015

The San Fernando Hill was the scenic venue of the Club’s annual Chokha Festival on Saturday 22nd August.

Over 18 dishes were served with hot sadda roti and fried bake made on the spot. While patrons enjoyed traditional favorites like Pepper Roti, Coconut Chutney, Curry Corn and Accra, many were interested to try the latest addition to the menu, Pineapple Chokha!

Yes, Past President Vilma Bellamy and Incoming President, Rotarian Debbie Roopchand found a scrumptious way to utilize pineapples harvested from Tableland in south Trinidad to make a spicy, tasty, chokha. The recipe is a closely guarded secret!

Produce grown in the Princes Town area was again used in making the old favorites like cikiere fig with saltfish and eddoes chokha.

Many patrons said that the aroma and flavor of the food took them back to their childhood and they were happy to have the opportunity to introduce their children to some of these flavorful dishes which are delicious but can also be time consuming to prepare.

The performance of Samsara D Band brought patrons to their feet with a mixture of back in times and current tunes. The children were not left out as they were delighted with ice cream and a bouncy castle.

The proceeds of this fundraiser go towards the Club’s awards and scholarship program for deserving students pursuing tertiary education.

The President and members of The Rotary Club of Princes Town are truly grateful to all who attended and gave their support in any way to the success of this year’s event.

Chokha Festival 2015 Indira Singh 2015-08-22 00:00:00Z 0
HELPING HABITAT FOR HUMANITY

On August 6th 2015, President Ronald Gobin and Past President Jamir Ousman joined the Rotary Club of Port -of- Spain West, Piarco, Felicity Charliville and Chaguanas to assist Habitat for Humanity, in building a home for Jennifer Edwards in Carlsen Field, Chaguanas.

Many helping hands assisted skilled workers to build the 2 bedroom flat for the deserving family. Students and Rotarians from the Rotary Club of Ferndale, California cleared debris and helped to landscape around the house.

At the lunch break there was an exchange of Club flags. While it was hard work there was a great feeling of accomplishment at the end of the day.
 
HELPING HABITAT FOR HUMANITY Indira Singh 2015-08-06 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Indira Singh on Jul 30, 2015

EID CELEBRATION


Kyle Ali, the son of Rotarian Terry Ali said the opening Dua at the Rotary Club of Princes Town annual in Club Eid Observance on Friday 31st July 2015.

Rotarians and their families gathered at the Ste. Madeleine Regional Corporation auditorium to listen to Maulana Atif Majeed, an Islamic scholar from Pakistan who reminded all that the ability to serve others is an honor. He explained that the month of Ramadhan is a time to develop a link with God and since this month is observed every year, the cycle allows Muslims to be reminded to give charity and to fulfill the pillars of Islam.

Following the powerful message from the Maulana, Rotarian Amraz and Past President Capildeo sang beautiful Qasidas and Rehan Ali, son of Rotarian Hafiz Ali, cited verses from the Koran. In closing the formal part of the evening President Ronald presented a token of appreciation to Maulana Atif and thanked him for taking the time to be with us and for inviting his father and father-in-law to join him.

Dinner was served after the programme and everyone enjoyed the delicious sweets and sawine prepared by Rotarian Hafiz’s mother and family.

EID CELEBRATION Indira Singh 2015-07-31 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Debbie Roopchand on Jul 26, 2015
In the spirit of Giving for Eid:
 
The Rotary Club of Princes Town Trinidad and Tobago (“the Club”) in celebration of Eid with the Muslim Community conducted an Eid Treat at the Masjid Ut Tayib Been at Lengua, Princes Town on Sunday 26th July 2015. 
 
Imam Muslim Mohammed welcomed the Club’s involvement in bringing joy and merriment to all who attended.
 
The Club’s Vice President Debbie Roopchand brought greetings on behalf of the Club and shared with the gathering the history and origins of Rotary, its focus and ideals, it’s motto of “Service above Self” and the aspiration of Rotarians this year to “Be a gift to the World”. 
 
Over 60 children and parents from the community attended the event, which was made even more special by the rendition of “Islam is a way of life” by the children of the Maktab Class and a Qaseeda “Muhammad na Hotey by Brother Ayoub. 
 
Children of the MaktabYasir Ali and Zahra Mohammed delivered a Quranic recitation and Brother Shaeel Mohammed addressed the audience on the symbolism of fasting during Ramadhan.
 
Nizamma Khan, Principal of Princes Town ASJA Primary School delivered the vote of thanks and sincerely thanked the Club for its generous and thoughtful initiative.
 
All the children were treated with treat bags containing various items such as books, puzzles and toys while a random selection of adults were given gifts of hampers. 
 
Rotarians shared in the afternoon snacks generously provided by the Masjid to all those who attended and there was a common feeling of sharing and satisfaction between the Club and the attendees and the Club’s effort was recognized as reflective of the spirit of Eid.   
 
Rotarian Vilma Bellamy was responsible for organizing the event with the assistance of the Sister Salima and her Committee and with the support of fellow Rotarians from the Club the event turned out to be a great success for all who attended.
 
Debbie Roopchand
Press Office
Rotary Club of Princes Town Trinidad and Tobago 
 
In the Spirit of Giving for Eid Debbie Roopchand 2015-07-27 00:00:00Z 0
WELCOME TO DISTRICT GOVERNOR MILTON INNISS!
 
Our Club was pleased to welcome District Governor Milton Inniss to Trinidad as he started off the Rotary year with a visit to all the clubs in our Rotary District 7030.
 
On Monday 20th July, DG Milton experienced true southern hospitality as the south Clubs of San Fernando, San Fernando South, Pointe- a Pierre, Penal, Point Fortin and of course the Rotary Club of Princes Town hosted a cocktail fellowship on San Fernando Hill.
 
Caption:
  1. L-R: Past Presidents Capil Beharry, Wayne Nanan,  ADG Michael Kangaloo, DG Milton and    
President Ronald.
 
  1. PP Capil caught in conversation with Partners-in-Service, Amy Gopaul, Radica Gobin and Nadira Ramlogan.
  1. President Randy Pedro looks away as District Governor Elect Roger Bose enjoys a joke with PPs Salima and Zobida.
 
And some more pics on San Fernando Hill
 
MEETING WITH THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS:
 
The first meeting with the clubs was held at The Canton Palace Restaurant on Tuesday 21st July as DG Milton, along with Assistant District Governor Michael Kangaloo and District Governor Elect Roger Bose met with the Executive Team of our Club.
President Ronald took the opportunity to present the visiting Rotarians with a copy of the Club’s Planning Guide which outlined the activities and goals the Club intends to achieve this Rotary year. Directors each spoke about the objectives for developing their avenue of service and where necessary sought guidance and advice.
 DG Milton who is also a long standing member of the Rotary Club of Barbados West is no stranger to the dynamics of Club administration and leadership. His approachable style and knowledgeable position led to Interesting and lively discussions which continued over dinner.
 
Caption:
  1. L-R: DG Milton, DGE Roger, Rots. Terry, Rudulph, PP Vilma and Rot. Krista
      2.& 3.  L-R: Rot. Rishi, PP Wayne, PE Sec. Debbie, Pres. Ronald, ADG Michael, DG Milton,
DGE Roger
 
 
GALA DINNER WELCOME: ...
 
 
 
Welcome to District Governor Milton Inniss Indira Singh 2015-07-23 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Indira Singh on Jul 02, 2015
THE PRESIDENTIAL HANDOVER 2015
 
Rotarians, their families and guests met at the Prive Restaurant and Lounge on Friday July 3rd 2015 as the Rotary Club of Princes Town observed their 23rd Presidential Handover Ceremony.
The event marked the handing over of the reigns of Club leadership from Past President Jamir Ousman and the Board of Directors of 2015-2016 to President Dr. Ronald Gobin and his executive team.
 
 In addition to being charter members of the Rotary Club of Princes Town both Rotarians have served as Presidents in the past and have been in the organization for over twenty three (23) years.
 
The Club was honoured to have as its guests, The District Governor Elect (2016-2017), Rotarian Past President Roger Bose; the President of The Rotary Club of Point Fortin, Rot. President Dr. Kenneth Niles; the President of The Rotary Club of San Fernando South, President Randy Pedro and the President of The Rotary Club of Penal, President Varsha Surajsingh.
 
The function opened with the National Anthem played on the steelpan by Kyle Ali, the son of Sargent-at-Arms Rotarian Terry Ali in an auditorium beautifully decorated by Partner-in-Service Tara Ousman. Chairperson Rotarian Indira Singh invited all to relax in an atmosphere of good food and fellowship as the Club joined Past President Jamir Ousman in extending gratitude to the nurses and doctors who have given tirelessly at the Club's many Medical Outreach Clinics. The Club also thanked Mr. Ernest Koylass, Senior Counsel for joining Rotarian Debbie Roopchand in conducting free legal aid service at the outreach clinic.
 
Paul Harris Awards were given to Dr. Permanand Nakkana, Mr. Dave Hosein, Rotarian Past President Wayne Nanan and Past President Jamir Ousman as individuals who have given service above self to the Club and to Rotary.
In his inaugural speech, President Dr. Ronald Gobin launched the theme for the Rotary year 2015-2016: "Be A Gift to the World". He added his own personal motto encouraging Rotarians to make a difference by reaching out and touching the lives of others. President Ronald went on to briefly outline the activities the Club would undertake this year to achieve these objectives.
 
But the evening was not all speeches and pomp as guests enjoy the melodious voice of the talented Neval Chaitlal. Thanks to his agent, Rotarian Vishma Ramcharitar of the Rotary Club of Maracas, St Joseph, a much appreciative audience was enthralled with Neval's three selections despite a sore throat.
 
Many Rotarians vowed to take dance lessons after the graceful and exciting performance of Past President Vilma Bellamy's granddaughter Daynia Pirtheesingh and her dance partner, BJ Hackshaw.
 
The evening ended on a high note with Rotarians and guests enjoying fellowship and looking forward to a rewarding and productive Rotary year ahead.
 
Indira Singh
Director Public Relations
 
Board of Directors 2015-2016
PP Jamir Ousman passes the President's chain to President Dr. Ronald Gobin
District Governor Elect Roger Bose presents Past President Jamir Ousman with RI citation
President Jamir Ousman presents The Paul Harris Fellow Award to Dr. Nakkana Permenand
President Dr. Ronald Gobin & First Lady Radhica
Neval Chatelal & Rotarian Debbie Roopchand
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Posted by Debbie Roopchand on May 26, 2015

Congratulations:


Our President Jamir Ousman took the opportunity at the Club's weekly meeting on Wednesday to present Rotatian Amraz Alibocas with a token on behalf of the Club in recognition of the birth of his son Adam. The Club congratulates Rotarian Amraz and his wife Michelle on Adam's birth and wish them every success as parents as they embark on this new stage of their lives. We also look forward to Adam paying us a visit in the near future 😊.

Debbie Roopchand
Press Office

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Posted by Debbie Roopchand on May 06, 2015
Happy 22nd Anniversary Rotary Club of Princes Town🎉🎊
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Posted by Debbie Roopchand on May 05, 2015

Recognizing our mothers:
At its regular meeting tonight the Club took the opportunity to recognize its members who are mothers and to wish them a Happy Mother's Day. The Club thanks Rotarian Rishi Ramlogan and our President's partner in service Tara Ousman for putting together the special tokens presented to our mothers.

Debbie Roopchand
Press Office
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Posted by Debbie Roopchand on Apr 14, 2015
Certificates of recognition:
At the Club's regular meeting of the 15th April 2015 Certificates of recognition received at the District Conference in Suriname were presented to the relevant members as shown in the attached photos.
Certificate of recognition from Rotary International for the Club's contribution to Polio eradication during Immediate Past President
Bashir Mohammed's (L) term
 
Certificate of attendance presented by President Jamir Ousman to Rotarian Debbie Roopchand in recognition of her attendance as the Club's incoming Secretary at PETS 2015
 
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Posted by Debbie Roopchand on Apr 09, 2015

Day 3 District 7030 PETS, Assembly & Conference 2015

Yet another exciting day in Suriname.

Day 3 started off at the Torarica Hotel conference room at approximately 9am today. We heard from RI's representative Dominique Dubois who shared with us her history in Rotary as from her joining the organization in 2000 but her experience of being "in" Rotary since 1964 when she was still a teenager and her father created a Club. She reminded us that we have chosen to "live in Rotary" because we are ordinary people doing their best to do extraordinary things and help enlighten other people's lives.

We heard from DG Elwin Atmodimedjo who reminded us that April was world Autism month and thanked all clubs for picking up the challenge of doing a project involving Autism.

DG Elwin reminded us that today April 10 was the day the first polio vaccine was administered. The eradication of Polio remains the focus of Rotary International and Rotarians the world over on a daily basis continue to raise funds for the eradication of this dreadful disease in the hope that it would soon be the second epidemic after smallpox to be eradicated.

At the Assembly DG Elwin received a donation to the District of $5,000 USD from the DE SURINAAMSCHE BANK N.V. who made their famous garden available yesterday afternoon for the reception after the opening ceremony at the Cathedral Basilica.

PDG Lara Quentrall Thomas reminded us of the importance of giving to the Rotary Foundation, bringing the audience to laughter with her quick sense of humor at times but reminding us throughout her speech of the responsibility we have as Rotarians to assist those in need and to support the Rotary Foundation.

She imparted that the main cause of death in India of children with Polio was that of snakebites as a result of their inability to run from the snakes and again emphasized the importance of giving to the Polio eradication fund and other funds forming part of the foundation.

Her sentiments were echoed by PDG Cees Dilweg.

DGE Milton Inniss reported a 2 percent increase in membership in the District and urged clubs to add at least 2 Rotarians to its fold in the upcoming year.

PDG Stephen Ramroop updated the Assembly on POLIO and Rotary's efforts to date at eradication. DGN Roger Bose shared with the Assembly his vision/outlook on successful Rotary Clubs and in conclusion DG Elwin took the opportunity to specially recognize Rotarians by the presentation of awards for their efforts during his Rotary year.

Rotarians who attended the conference expressed their satisfaction and left looking forward to an afternoon of cultural entertainment at Sana Budaya.

Debbie Roopchand
Press Office
 
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Posted by Debbie Roopchand on Apr 08, 2015
Rotary Club of Princes Town Trinidad and Tobago representatives at the opening ceremony of District 7030's Conference in Suriname at the Cathedral Bascilica.
L: Incoming Secretary Debbie Roopchand, R: Incoming President Ronald Gobin
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Posted by Debbie Roopchand on Apr 08, 2015

Opening ceremony at the Basilica.
Truly a special venue and occasion when the flags of each country with attendees present was displayed by the young people of Suriname who were dressed in traditional Surinamese wear as well as in the traditional clothing of other countries as their popular opera singer gave a live rendition of each country's anthem as its flag was paraded. The event was made even more memorable by the address of Rotary International's representative from Paris Dominique Dubois who brought greetings on behalf of RI's Preaident Gary Huang and by District 7030's District Governor Elwin Atmodimedjo who addressed the district and brought the ceremony to a close.

Debbie Roopchand
Press Office
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District conference 2015 Suriname:
After a very well structured and informative first day at the conference Rotarians and partners in service engaged in fellowship at the welcome party hosted by District Secretary Waddy Sowma. It was an occasion of great gaiety as those present enjoyed the splendid array of food and drink and danced the night away to the sounds of popular Soca, Latin and Pop music. All present expressed their enthusiasm and appreciation of Suriname's warm hospitality.

Debbie Roopchand
Press Office

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Posted by Debbie Roopchand on Mar 24, 2015

A SPECIAL MOMENT

The Club is pleased to welcome Rotarian Terrance Gopaul Director of Azimuth Industries Limited and Rotarian Ronald Singh Entrepreneur to its fold. Both Rotarians were inducted at the Club's regular meeting of the 25th March 2015.

Below: President Jamir Ousman and new inductee Ronald Singh

 
 
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Posted by Debbie Roopchand on Mar 17, 2015
Club Administration Director Rishi Ramlogan specially recognized tonight the top three sellers of tickets/sponsorships for the Club's annual Tea and Fashion Show & Golf Tournament for their dedicated efforts towards ensuring the success of both events through sales/sponsorships.
 
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Posted by Debbie Roopchand on Feb 28, 2015

ROTARY CLUB OF PRINCES TOWN HOSTS ITS 15TH ANNUAL GOLF TOURNAMENT

Sunday 01st March 2015 was an exciting day for golfers who participated in the Club’s 15th annual golf tournament at Usine Ste. Madeline Golf Course hosted by the Club under the leadership of its President Jamir Ousman.

As the sun rose on the beautifully prepared golf course 32 teams representing various corporate sponsors filed into the Usine Ste. Madeline Club house to register and partake of a local breakfast of fruit, sandwiches, bake, buljol and doubles.

The Clubhouse came alive with the bustle of activity as the well-decked golfers socialized and were invited to take chances in our innovative raffle, which was the brainchild of President Jamir’s son Ronald Ousman.

The players enthusiastically set off at 9:45 a.m. to participate in the Club’s Alternate Shot Stroke Play tournament eager to take home the Club’s Raubin Harnarine Challenge trophy and some of the excellent prizes on display to be won.

Despite some scattered showers during the course of the day, players determinedly completed the tournament, which came to an end at about 3:00 p.m.

Thereafter dinner was served with a ready supply of Blue Moon beer sponsored by NWT Enterprises Ltd. and distributed by their models on site as well as a variety of other refreshments.

After dinner the prize giving ceremony commenced with the first prize of the tournament being won by cousins Manny & Raj Bhimull who played for Tiger Tanks, the second prize being taken home by players from Honeywell and third by players on behalf of TGU.

Nine top prizes were presented to the players. Over ten prizes were also presented to winners of the raffle who expressed pleasure over their receipt of the raffled items, which ranged from golfing prizes to car products sponsored by National Petroleum Ltd. and a variety of other items.

The event came to a close at approximately 5:30 p.m.

The Club wishes to thank its Club Administration Director Rishi Ramlogan for co-ordinating yet another successful event with the assistance of his committee and other Rotarians; Honorary Rotarian Peter Chang who has been involved with the event from its inception for his continued dedicated efforts towards ensuring its success and all Rotarians, partners in service and friends who turned out in support of the event for their dedicated service and participation.

The Club wishes to specially recognise the Ousman Family members for their contribution to the event’s success, Tara Ousman for her excellent décor of the Club House and Ronald Ousman for his assistance in sourcing some of the amazing prizes in the USA and bringing them to Trinidad as well as his assistance overall in the co-ordination and execution of the event.

The Club remains committed to the ideals of Rotary and to Lighting up Rotary.

Debbie Roopchand
Press Office


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Posted by Debbie Roopchand on Feb 01, 2015
ROTARY AWARENESS MONTH - JANUARY

In celebration of Rotary Awareness month the Rotary Club of Princes Town Trinidad and Tobago conducted an awareness drive at the Gulf City Mall on the afternoon of Wednesday 28th January 2015.

Members shared with the public information on the objects of Rotary and the activities in which our Club since its inception in 1993 have been presently engaged in towards achieving its objects.

Rotary paraphernalia was distributed to those interested in learning more about Rotary and to the delight of the Club some members of the public who stopped by our Rotary corner expressed an interest in attending the Club's weekly meeting.

Debbie Roopchand
Press Office
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Posted by Wayne Nanan on Feb 01, 2015
 
RYLA TRINIDAD AND GRENADA, 2014-2015
 
Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) was recently held at the Arthur Lok Jack Graduate School of Business, Mt. Hope, Trinidad on the 15th and 16th of January, 2015. District Governor Elwin Atmodimedjo had indicated that he wanted RYLA to be held at four different zones in District 7030. The first of these was held in Trinidad with the grouping of Trinidad & Tobago and Grenada.
 
Close to one hundred delegates attended mainly comprising of Interactors, Rotaractors, and other Secondary Schools students sponsored by the individual Rotary Clubs of Trinidad and Grenada. Chairman Wayne Nanan brought greetings and opening remarks.
 
During the two-day seminar/workshop the delegates were exposed to and interacted with various facilitators specialized in their respective fields of interest. The established RYLA topics covered were:
 
Crisis Management – Mr. Kurt Wellington. ALJ Graduate School of Business
Fundamentals of Leadership – Rtn. Hafiz Ali, Massy Group of Companies
Conflict Management & Problem Solving – PP Dr. Akenath Misir, Ministry of Health
Rotary Purpose of Service to the World – PDG Dr. Stephen Ramroop, CEO of  ODPM
Ethics of Positive Leadership – PDG Lara Quentrall-Thomas – CEO, Regency Recruitment & Resources Ltd
Rotary Purpose of Service to the Community – PDG Victor Pilgrim – Consultant
 
The program was chaired by PP Jamir Ousman, the Moderator was PAG Dev Gosine assisted by AG Daniel Abriham and other volunteers of Rotary. One of the highlights of the conference was that very little or no paper was used. All the pre-preparation and interaction on the days of the event was done with “smart devices”. To this end special thanks to PAG Dev Gosine.
 
RYLA 2014-2015 committee comprised of: Wayne Nanan, Chairman, PAG Victor Pilgrim, PAG Dr. Ronald Gobin, PAG Dev Gosine and AG Daniel Abriham.
 
Submitted by: Rtn. Wayne Nanan
(Chairman RYLA Committee)
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BRINGING THE YEAR TO A CLOSE

On the 17th December 2014 President Jamir Ousman hosted the Club's Christmas party at his residence which was beautifully decorated so as to reflect the gaiety of the season. Rotarians and specially invited guests who attended had a fantastic time as they relaxed and celebrated the Club's successes for 2014. President Jamir took the opportunity to specially thank all those who had given of their time and effort in the service of Rotary under his leadership. The event brought a wonderful close to yet another successful year for the Club.

Debbie Roopchand
Press Office
 
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Posted by Debbie Roopchand on Dec 24, 2014
GALA EVENING AT PRIVE RESTAURANT & CONFERENCE CENTRE
 
On Wednesday the 10th December 2014, the Rotary Clubs of Princes Town Trinidad and Tobago, Pointe-a-Pierre, Point Fortin, San Fernando, San Fernando South and Penal hosted a gala evening at Prive Restaurant & Conference Centre for District Governor Elwin Atmodimedjo who attended the event with partner in service Maureen Atmodimedjo.
 
Jamir Ousman, President of the Rotary Club of Princes Town (“the Club”) chaired the event, which was well attended by Rotarians, partners in service and guests. 
 
The Club in its continued charitable efforts to support the academic endeavors of our youth announced its grant of a cheque in the sum of $5,000.00 (made available to the Club through the sponsorship of JDS Group of Companies) to student of St. Stephen’s College, Princes Town Kishan Narinesingh for the purpose of furthering his tertiary level education.
 
DG Elwin kindly presented the Club’s cheque to Mrs. Narinesingh who attended on her son’s behalf to receive the same.
 
The evening was made special by the induction of three Rotarians to the Rotary fold who were admitted to membership of the Rotary Club of San Fernando South, San Fernando and Point Fortin respectively.
 
Attendees enjoyed a specially prepared Christmas dinner, which was served in the ambience of the beautifully decorated auditorium and the lively entertainment of popular parang band Fuego Caribeano.
 
The event provided a great opportunity for fellowship and was thoroughly enjoyed by all who attended.
 
 
Debbie Roopchand
Press Office
  
 
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Posted by Debbie Roopchand on Dec 21, 2014
CONTINUED CHARITABLE WORKS AND GIVING IN THE SPIRIT OF CHRISTMAS –

On Sunday the 07th December 2014 President Jamir Ousman and members of the Rotary Club of Princes Town Trinidad and Tobago in their continued efforts to “Light up Rotary” conducted a medical outreach and Christmas treat at Fonrose Village, Poole.

The outreach was well attended by members of the Community with a steady flow of attendees from 9:30 a.m. who sought to access the range of different services provided by the Club including testing for diabetes, hypertension and cholesterol.

Doctor Ronald Gobin and Doctors Mr. & Mrs. Premanand provided free medical services for persons seeking medical attention and Dentist Dr. Stephan Nanan provided dental services for persons seeking such services.

The Club also had on hand its member Attorney at Law Debbie Roopchand who conducted a legal aid clinic for persons requiring legal advice.

Volunteer nurses from the Princes Town District rendered their services together with dedicated Rotarians and their partners in service who were present.

The club was pleased to have in attendance District Governor Elwin Atmodimedjo and partner in service Maureen who participated fully in the outreach programme, meeting and greeting Rotarians and members of the Community.

Free medication, clothing and hampers were distributed to attendees and a total of 75 persons were recorded as having registered at the clinic towards accessing the various services.

At around noon to the delight of approximately 60 children of the Community there was a special appearance of Rotarian Rudolph Ali dressed as Santa Claus who showered them with candy and gifted them with toys.

The Club records its thanks to Mr. Seelal Mathura President of the Fonrose Village Council who assisted in co-ordinating the members of the Community’s attendance at the event and to all the Doctors, Nurses, Rotarians and partners in service who attended and assisted in ensuring an efficient and successful conduct of the outreach.

The outreach came to a close at about 1:30 p.m. and President Jamir thereafter hosted the District Governor, partner in service Maureen and Rotarians at his home for a late luncheon.

Debbie Roopchand
Press Officer
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Posted by Debbie Roopchand on Dec 16, 2014
IN THE SPIRIT OF GIVING FOR CHRISTMAS

The Rotary Club of Princes Town Trinidad and Tobago in the spirit of giving for Christmas gifted 35 children who attend the Autism Services of Trinidad South Support Group's school at Medine Street San Fernando with toys and treat bags in celebration of Christmas.

President Jamir Ousman was on hand to distribute the treat bags and toys which were delightedly received by the children.

Treat bags and toys were also gifted to the Willamsville Health Centre and Diabetes Association of Trinidad and Tobago for distribution to children connected with both institutions.

The Club's recent Tea & Fashion event was in aid of raising funds towards worthy projects including diabetes and autism awareness and thanks all those who continue to support its charitable efforts.

Debbie Roopchand
Press Office

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Posted by Debbie Roopchand on Nov 21, 2014
RECOGNISING EXCELLENCE & REWARDING ACHIEVEMENT
 
The Rotary Club of Princes Town Trinidad and Tobago under the leadership of its President Jamir Ousman hosted through part proceeds from its recent 21st Annual Chokha Festival, its Achievement and Scholarship awards on the 22nd November 2014 at the NESC Centre, Ste Madeline. 
 
The event was hosted to recognise and honour the top performers in SEA examinations and the winners of National Scholarships residing within its jurisdiction and to grant scholarships to deserving students who also reside within the Club’s jurisdiction. 
 
At the event the Club recognised the outstanding academic performance of 13 SEA students and 37 National Scholarship winners by the award of trophies from the Club. 
 
Four students, Kerry Omar Mohammed, Kareem Imtiaz Mohammed, Chloe Bishop and Shereece Boodram, who are all pursuing tertiary level studies, were granted scholarships in the sum of $5,000.00 each to assist in defraying some of the costs associated with tertiary level education. 
 
The Club was very privileged to have Senator The Honourable Dr. Rolph Balgobin as its feature speaker for the event.  Dr. Balgobin’s lively references to his own school experiences and words of wisdom quoting from renowned philosophers were well received by the students, their parents and Rotarians alike. 
 
Assistant Governor Dr. Michael Kangaloo attended the event and brought greetings on behalf of the District Governor. 
 
MP Nela Khan, the donor of the Nela Khan Challenge Trophy was also on hand to present her trophy to the winning recipient. The Nela Khan Challenge Trophy is presented annually to the top performer in SEA examinations within the Club’s jurisdiction and this year’s recipient was Shivanna Sudama of Robert Village Hindu School. 
 
There was no shortage of entertainment during the course of the event starting with a rendition of the National Anthem and later a musical item by Kyle Ali on the steel pan, a Latin dance by Daynia Pirtheesingh and BJay Hackshaw live violin performance of popular Christmas carols by Marina Gayah of Court Street Chamber Orchestra and Spoken Words on the topic of tobacco use by Fedel Iwueke graduate of San Fernando Government Secondary School, all of which were professionally executed and thoroughly enjoyed by those in attendance.
 
The award winning students expressed their appreciation of the Club’s recognition and Rotarian Debbie Roopchand delivered a vote of thanks on behalf of the Club and brought the formal proceedings to a close at approximately 5:15 p.m.
 
This gave way to the students and their parents sharing refreshments provided by the Club and mingling with other invitees and Rotarians to the strain of lively parang music. 
 
All present felt uplifted by the event which showcased the academic excellence that resides in our youths and the Club wishes to specially thank its Awards Committee Chair Rudolph Ali and all persons who contributed in one way or another to the hosting of the event and its overwhelming success.
 
Debbie Roopchand
Public Relations Director/Press Officer
22/11/2014
   
 
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Posted by Debbie Roopchand on Nov 13, 2014
IN CELEBRATION OF WORLD DIABETES DAY
 
 
On Friday 14th November 2014 the Rotary Club of Princes Town Trinidad and Tobago (“the Club”) in celebration of World Diabetes Day (WDD), under the leadership of its President Jamir Ousman, conducted a diabetes awareness drive at Princes Town Promenade towards generating diabetes awareness amongst our primary school children.
 
100 primary school students from 6 schools within the Club’s jurisdiction attended the event.
 
The International Diabetes Federation (IDF) and World Health Organisation (WHO) created World Diabetes Day in 1991 in response to the growing concerns about the health threat posed by diabetes. 
 
This year’s focus of WDD was on the importance of starting the day with a healthy breakfast to help prevent the onset of type 2 diabetes and effectively manage all types of diabetes to avoid complications and the Club in keeping with the focus provided each student in attendance with a healthy breakfast comprising a (100%) unsweetened fruit juice, sandwich of salt-fish and vegetables, fruit cup consisting of grapes, water melon and pineapple. 
 
In an effort to create awareness the students were given a T-Shirt with the logo “Health Eating Begins With Breakfast” (“the logo”), a water bottle with the Rotary logo, a pencil case with two pens, two pencils an eraser and a lead sharpener, a Diabetes wrist band, a printed copy book with the Logo of this year’s diabetes theme and Rotary’s logo, together with a diabetic pin.
 
Teachers who accompanied the students, parents and members of the public in attendance were given T-Shirts with the logo and other items.  
 
Nurse Educator Dimple Ramlogan Stoute and Rotarian Zobida Ragbirsingh had a conversation with the students on the importance of healthy eating, exercise and awareness in the prevention of Diabetes and DEAPS – Diabetes Education Awareness in Primary Schools.   
 
Members of the Diabetes Association of Trinidad and Tobago Princes Town Branch and Mr. Adesh Paragasingh, a medical representative from Physicians Pharmaceutical Ltd., who volunteered their time and expertise, assisted by conducting diabetes screening and testing on approximately fifty persons, which included children and other members of the public. Mr. Paragasingh distributed vitamins to all persons who were tested and items for diabetics.
 
Rotarians dressed in T-Shirts with the logo assisted with the distribution of the breakfast plates and other items. 
 
Specially invited guest Mr. Akenath Singh Chairman of the Princes Town Regional Corporation commended the Club on its efforts to promote healthy living and pledged his support to the Club.
 
This event was financed through the use of part proceeds from the Club’s recent Annual Tea & Fashion Event, Fleur, and the Club once again takes the opportunity to thank its supporters for their continued support of its charitable endeavours.
 
Debbie Roopchand
Press Office
 
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Posted by Debbie Roopchand on Nov 01, 2014
A GALA AFFAIR
 
On Sunday the 26th October 2014 the Rotary Club of  Princes Town Trinidad and Tobago hosted its 05th annual Tea & Fashion Event themed – FLEUR – at the Hyatt Regency Port of Spain Ballroom and in keeping with its theme the ballroom was beautifully adorned with floral arrangements and centrepieces, which lit up the ballroom to the delight of its patrons.
 
The event was sold out as early as two weeks prior to the date and even up to the day of hosting the Club was flooded with requests for tickets, which it was unable to satisfy. 
 
As from 2:00 p.m. patrons made their way to the ballroom pausing only to take advantage of the garden themed photo booth and the expert photography of Gareth Leigh photography to record their presence at the gala event.  By the start of the event at 3:00 p.m. the ballroom was filled to capacity and DJ Don provided music which added to the peaceful serenity of the decorated ballroom and created a sense of excitement of the event that was to unfold. 
 
As from pannist Kyle Ali’s rendering the National Anthem to the vote of thanks by Rotarian Krista Chang patrons were taken upon a journey of delightful presentations as they thoroughly enjoyed the evening’s event attended by Assistant Governor Dr. Michael Kangaloo, which lasted to 7:15pm. 
 
Club President Jamir Ousman welcomed and thanked patrons for their attendance and continued support for the event the proceeds of which he informed were to be dedicated to the worthy objectives of eradicating polio, raising the level of diabetes awareness in our children, and promoting autism awareness. 
 
Feature speaker Justice Vasheist Kokaram’s message of conciliation, mediation and goodwill was well received by patrons and showed the fusion between Rotary’s work throughout the world and the part every person can volunteer to play in assisting the various humanitarian efforts which make up Rotary, towards impacting positively on the lives of less fortunate persons in society.  
 
Master of ceremonies Nikki Crosby introduced Samsara D Band which entertained the patrons during the tea session of the evening’s proceedings with a mix of live renditions, which primed the audience for the splendid presentations that followed the tea session.       
 
Belly dancer Soleil Spencer opened the first fashion segment entitled Lotus Blossom with her sensual belly dance followed by recently married couple Doctors Giovannah Sanmook and Vaalmiki Singh who gracefully modelled the couple’s Indian bridal wear and which was followed by exciting presentations by Brandid House of Fashion Ltd. and Covered Treasures.
 
Wendy Sheppard had the audience enthralled with her beautiful rendition of golden classics, which enticed patrons to sing along adding to the excitement and gaiety of the evening.  
 
The second fashion segment Desert Rose featured designs/fashions from Charu Lochan Dass, Daronte, Little Black Dress & Co. and Elle Fashion which were accessorized with jewellery from Anoushka by Ilmes available exclusively at Stetchers.
 
Extreme breakers presented lively performances of their daring and energetic dance routine with their junior members putting on a breathtaking performance.
 
Entertainer K-Ritch serenaded the models from Passion Carnival who showcased pieces from the band’s 2015 presentation Neverland.
 
There was no limit to the lively entertainment provided during the event and in the Wildflower segment Zadd and Eastman, Iris Atsin, Swimwear by Amy and Sally Lochan Dass featured their designs to the accompaniment of choiced music from DJ Don.
 
After treating patrons to surprise giveaways hosts Bashir Mohammed and Indira Singh opened the last segment of the evening’s show Jasmine which featured Formal and Bridal wear from Judy’s boutique and brought an end to an enchanting evening of glitz, glamour and razzmatazz with patrons promising their patronage for the next show.
 
The evening of pleasurable and lively entertainment could not have achieved its near flawless presentation and execution but for the dedication of the Committee comprising Rishi Ramlogan, Indira Singh, Debbie Roopchand and Krista Chang and the willing participation of the host of volunteer Rotarians and their partners in service who contributed in one way or another towards the evening’s success. 
 
The Rotary Club of Princes Town in its hosting of the event towards the laudable objectives as expressed by its President is dedicated to the objective expressed by Rotary Internationals’ President Gary C.K. Huang that clubs by their activities seek to “Light up Rotary” and by so doing light up the world.
 
 
Debbie Roopchand
Press Office
01/11/2014
 


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Posted by Debbie Roopchand on Oct 31, 2014
A GREAT LOSS
 
The Rotary Club of Princes Town Trinidad and Tobago in recognition of Brother Michael Churchill Samuel’s lifelong dedication to education, serving for a period of 27 years as the Principal of Presentation College San Fernando, expresses its deep sadness at his passing on the 26th October 2014. 
 
Brother Michael has enriched the lives of countless students and other persons during his life on earth and stood as a shining example and human embodiment of service to humanity.
 
Presentation graduates can be found serving at all levels of society with distinction and Brother Michael in his unique style found time to maintain contact with his charges even to their adulthood, continuing to positively impact on their lives. 
 
Nor did distance create an impediment to such positive response and Brother Michael travelled to New York for a reunion with Presentation College students, meeting with President Jamir Ousman’s sons Ronald Ousman and now deceased Kurt Ousman.  The embrace in the photograph below is reflective of Brother Michael’s warmth towards his graduates.
 
Debbie Roopchand
Press Office
01/11/2014
 
From L to R: Kurt Ousman, Brother Michael Samuel & Ronald Ousman
 
 
 
 
A Great Loss Debbie Roopchand 2014-11-01 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Debbie Roopchand on Oct 31, 2014
AN INTERNATIONAL ACHIEVEMENT:
 
The Rotary Club of Princes Town Trinidad and Tobago is proud of its member and Past President Zobida Ragbirsingh who on the 25th October 2014 at the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) inaugural awards in Barbados was awarded the Regional Award 2014 in acknowledgement of her tireless efforts in the fight against diabetes and her dedication shown in improving the lives of people with the disease in Trinidad and Tobago.  
 
Sir Michael Hurst President of IDF and Former Member of the British Parliament presented the award to Rotarian Zobida and the IDF particularly honoured her for her voluntary work as President of the Diabetes Association of Trinidad and Tobago and her passion for educating not only the persons with diabetes but the entire public, healthcare processionals and lay persons on prevention, management and control of diabetes. 
 
Rotarian Zobida has served as a member of the Rotary Club of Princes Town Trinidad and Tobago in the various avenues of service for over 15 years and brings her expertise in diabetes to the Club. 
 
Debbie Roopchand
Press Office    
01/11/2014
 
Rotarian Zobida Ragbirsingh & Sir Michael Hurst
 
  
An International Achievement Debbie Roopchand 2014-11-01 00:00:00Z 0
A proud moment for Rotary Club of Princes Town Trinidad and Tobago:
 
Tonight President Jamir Ousman delivered the following Citations & Certificate of Recognition to Immediate Past President Bashir Mohammed which were awarded to the Club by Rotary International and Immediate Past District Governor Herve Honore in recognition of the Club’s achievements under the leadership of IPP Bashir Mohammed during the Rotary Year 2013-2014:-
 
  1. The Presidential Citation from Ron D. Burton President Rotary International for 2013-2014 to the Club for actively working to engage rotary change lives.
 
  1. The Presidential Citation from Ron D. Burton President Rotary International for 2013-2014 to the Club for setting strategic goals to engage Rotary, change lives, this year and in years to come.
 
  1. A Certification of Recognition for Club Administration presented by the District Governor Herve Honore. 
 
The Rotary Club of Princes Town Trinidad and Tobago remains committed to the ideal of service above self and to Light up Rotary.
 
 
Debbie Roopchand
Press Office 
22/10/2014
 
Below L - Immediate Past President Bashir Mohammed & President Jamir Ousman (R)
A proud moment for Rotary Club of Princes Town Trinidad and Tobago Debbie Roopchand 2014-10-23 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Debbie Roopchand on Oct 16, 2014
On Friday 17th October 2014 the Rotary Club of Princes Town Trinidad and Tobago (“the Club”) in celebration of Diwali, the festival of lights, with the Hindu Community of Lothians Village Princes Town conducted a Diwali  light-up and treat in conjunction with the Lothians Village Council at the Lothians Village Recreation Ground as part of the Club’s outreach programme in assisting communities and creating partnerships with them.   
 
The Village Council welcomed the Club’s involvement in bringing joy and merriment to all who attended and thanked the Club for its generous and thoughtful initiative. 
 
Approximately 120 residents of the community attended the event, which was made even more special by the live entertainment provided by S.M.S. Sangeet Orchestra. 
 
All the children were treated with treat bags while the adults were given gifts of hampers. The Club distributed Prasad and traditional East Indian delicacies to all present at the celebrations.  The Lothians ground was beautifully lit up with deeyas placed on traditional bamboo arches which were bent to form various traditional patterns on the open field. 
 
There was a common feeling of sharing and satisfaction between the Club and the attendees and the Club’s effort was recognised as reflective of the spirit of Diwali.
 
Rotarian Von Morris Mohammed was responsible for organizing the event with the assistance of President of the Lothians Village Council Mr. Carl Arjoon and with the support of fellow Rotarians from the Club the event turned out to be a great success for all who attended.
 
Debbie Roopchand
Press Office
 
 
 
 
 
In the spirit of Giving for Diwali Debbie Roopchand 2014-10-17 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Debbie Roopchand on Oct 07, 2014
On the 08th October 2014 President Jamir Ousman in recognition of the contribution by members of the Club's Board of Directors to a successful first quarter under his Presidency awarded tokens of appreciation Directors Wayne Nanan, Von Mohammed, Rishi Ramlogan and Debbie Roopchand as to their outstanding efforts.
 
President Jamir Ousman & Rotarian Rishi Ramlogan (Director Club Administration)
 
President Jamir Ousman & Rotarian Von Mohammed Director Service Projects
 
 
President Jamir Ousman & Rotarian Wayne Nanan Director Membership
 
President Jamir Ousman & Rotarian Debbie Roopchand Director Public Administration

 
 
A successful first quarter Debbie Roopchand 2014-10-08 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Debbie Roopchand on Sep 27, 2014
MEDICAL OUTREACH – NIPAL PRESBYTERIAN SCHOOL
 
On Sunday 28th September 2014 President Jamir Ousman and members of the Rotary Club of Princes Town Trinidad and Tobago attended at the Nipal Presbyterian School, George Village towards conducting the Club’s medical outreach for the benefit of the residents of that Community.
 
The outreach was well attended by members of the Community with a steady flow of attendees from 9:00 a.m. and the Club was able to bring a range of different services offered at the outreach to the many persons who sought to avail themselves of the Club’s charitable efforts. 
 
Doctors Ronald Gobin, Kiran Premanand Nakkana, Valluri Pattabi Rama Rao and Kiran Kumar Vagolu provided free medical services for persons seeking medical attention as well as conducted testing for diabetes, hypertension and cholesterol. 
 
Dr. Amit Paryag provided free oral dental examinations and referrals as well as conducted a session with children and their parents on proper oral hygiene.  This service was well received by members of the Community and Dr. Paryag treated 36 patients.
 
The Club also had on hand its member Attorney at Law Debbie Roopchand who conducted a legal aid clinic for persons requiring legal advice. 
 
Volunteer Nurses from the Princes Town District rendered their services together with dedicated Rotarians and their partners in service who were present.   
 
Free medications and clothing were distributed to attendees.  
 
A total of 80 persons were recorded as having registered at the clinic towards accessing the various services. 
 
The Club records its thanks to Doctors Kiran Premanand Nakkana, Valluri Pattabi Rama Rao, Kiran Kumar Vagolu and Amit Paryag for volunteering their services in the service of the Club’s outreach programme. 
 
The Club also thanks all of its members and partners in service who attended and assisted in the many varied aspects for the efficient and successful conduct of the outreach. 
 
The outreach would not have been possible but for the efforts and energies of its Service Projects Director Rotarian Von Mohammed and the generous provision of the School premises by its Principal Anil Rampersad for conducting the outreach and the Club and sincerely thanks them.
 
In giving of this service to the Community the Club seeks to do its part to Light Up Rotary by spreading the message of service and by so doing light up the world.
 
Debbie Roopchand
Press Office
685-4677
 
 
 
 
 
MEDICAL OUTREACH - NIPAL PRESBYTERIAN SCHOOL Debbie Roopchand 2014-09-28 00:00:00Z 0
Members of the Rotary Club of Princes Town met the people they serve and the business community on Saturday 21st September. The occasion provided a much needed opportunity to not only bring about awareness of the work of Rotary but to also assess the needs of the community and network with business people who can be a great help to the Rotary family.
 
The informative display of Rotarian magazines and other Rotary paraphernalia attracted much attention in the busy centre of Princes Town. As a reminder of their commitment to healthy lifestyle, the Club also conducted free blood pressure, sugar and cholesterol testing.
Rotary Awareness in Princes Town Indira Singh 2014-09-21 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Debbie Roopchand on Sep 16, 2014
Rotary Club of Princes Town Trinidad and Tobago's - 5th Annual Tea & Fashion Event -
 
                                                         "FLEUR"

Last year we delighted you with our sold out show "Papparazzi".

Guests who attended enjoyed a full display of fashion by Claudia Pegus, Heather Jones, Zadd & Eastman, Divas, Judy's, Little Black Dress & Co. Ltd. to name a few of our designers/boutiques who showcased their designs/fashion on the runway.

Soca artiste Shurwayne Winchester thrilled the audience with his live performance on the catwalk while master of ceremonies Errol Fabien and Honorary Rotarian Nikki Crosby effortlessly chaired the afternoon's programme interposed at times with their very humorous commentary to the delight of our guests.

And there was so much more as those who attended can attest to.

This year we invite you to Light up Rotary with us as we raise funds for the Club's Diabetes Prevention, Autism Awareness & Rotary's Polio Eradication Projects through this charitable event.

With a full complement of fashion designers and boutiques on board and live entertainment by Wendy Sheppard, Samsara D Band and Xtreme Breakers we aim to provide you once more with a beautiful and memorable afternoon.

Debbie Roopchand
Press Office
685-4677
 
Rotary Club of Princes Town Trinidad and Tobago 5th Annual Tea & Fashion Event - FLEUR Debbie Roopchand 2014-09-17 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Debbie Roopchand on Sep 08, 2014
CHOKHA FESTIVAL  
           
The scenic San Fernando Hills was the place to be on Saturday 06th September 2014, when the Rotary Club of Princes Town Trinidad and Tobago hosted its 21st annual Chokha Festival to the delight of the many patrons who attended the event. 
 
From early afternoon patrons dressed in elegant casual wear were streaming into the radiantly sunlit venue, charging the atmosphere with excitement and what an evening of excitement they experienced!
 
The festival lived up to its solidly earned reputation over the years of providing tasty irresistible chokha dishes served with an assortment of hot sada rotis and the ever-delicious fry bake made on site by Vio and her team.  There was a continuous flow of guests being served at the serving stations by dedicated Rotarians and their Partners in Service after which they occupied their chosen seats set up on the beautifully kept grounds or on the veranda of the building which affords panoramic sea views of the Gulf of Paria. 
 
President Jamir Ousman opened the evening’s festivities which were highlighted by the live performance of “Samsara D Band” which was in attendance as its lead singers Narindra Raghubir, Darius Balgobin, Devika Ram and Quincy Chadee belted out lively renditions of soca, classic soca, alternative and chutney music.  Guest performer Reshma “Silk” Ramlal brought patrons to their feet, connecting with the patrons on the ground.   
 
Patrons initially timid abandoned their reserve and showed their appreciation for the Band’s professional and infectious rendition of popular hit after hit and the only sign of the passage of time was the failing light as the Band performed through the goodwill of its Director Mala Bholasingh and to the thrill of patrons beyond sunset as the evening faded away. 
 
The Club wishes to thank its generous sponsors Flavourite Foods Ltd. for providing their ice cream products and a Peppy themed bouncy castle for the kids in attendance who had a fantastic time, Kiss Baking Company Ltd. for its beautifully made and delicious cakes which formed part of an excellent array of desserts and Raani Saada Roti for their assortment of Rotis. 
 
The Club thanks the Management and staff of the San Fernando Hill and the Forestry Division for the use of the venue.
 
The Club also thanks its army of dedicated Rotarians and their spouses who worked tirelessly towards serving its many guests, specially thanks its Club Administration Director Rishi Ramlogan for co-ordinating all aspects of the festival and thanks too its Rotarians who provided dishes and assisted with ensuring the event was an outstanding success to the enjoyment of all who attended. 
 
The Club thanks as well the many patrons of the festival including Rotarians from other Clubs for making it possible for the Club to achieve its goal of assisting in providing Tertiary level scholarships to deserving students towards defraying the expenses associated with their University Education.
 
Next year’s festival would require something more to maintain and exceed the lofty heights of this year’s festival, a challenge which the Club warmly accepts.
 
Debbie Roopchand 
Press Office 
685-4677
 
Chokha Festival Debbie Roopchand 2014-09-09 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Debbie Roopchand on Aug 29, 2014
Rotary Club of Princes Town Trinidad and Tobago Light up Rotary
 
In recognition of August 2014 being Rotary's membership month and in response to Rotary International's President Gary C.K. Huang’s invitation to Rotary Clubs the world over to increase their membership, the Rotary Club of Princes Town Trinidad and Tobago under the leadership of its President Jamir Ousman conducted a Rotary awareness/membership drive on the afternoon of Wednesday 27th August 2014 at Level 1, Gulf City Mall, San Fernando in an effort to increase its fold. 
 
Members of the Club shared with the public in attendance the history and significance of Rotary in today’s world, the aims and ideals of Rotary and the joys of being a Rotarian through conversation and the distribution of printed material on Rotary.
 
At least 10 members of the public expressed a genuine interest in learning more about Rotary and the Club towards fulfilling Rotary’s objective to “Light up Rotary” and by so doing light up the world has undertaken to invite these members to its weekly meeting so as to learn more about Rotary so as to make a difference and positive impact on the world.
 
The Club is thankful to its Membership Chair Wayne Nanan for organising the event, to its members who attended and supported the Club’s efforts to “Light up Rotary” and expresses special thanks to Rotarian Seunarine Sanmook for making possible the use of the Gulf City mall.
 
 
Debbie Roopchand
Press Office – 685-4677
Rotary Club of Princes Town Trinidad and Tobago Light Up Rotary Debbie Roopchand 2014-08-30 00:00:00Z 0
The Club hosted its annual Family Day at TSTT Grounds Cipero Road today.  It was an opportunity for Rotarians, their families and friends of the Club to spend some time together.  There was live music, games for the children and a variety of eats and drinks to partake of including bar-b-que chicken, curried duck and goat, all prepared by Rotarians.  The event was enjoyed by all who attended.
 
Family Day 2014 Debbie Roopchand 2014-08-24 00:00:00Z 0
Celebration of Eid ul fitr

The Rotary Club of Princes Town Trinidad and Tobago celebrated Eid ul fitr at the Ste. Madeline Regional Complex on the 13th August 2014. Rotarian Von Mohammed chaired the programme, which included a religious song by Nadia Ali Shah and prayers by children of Rotary Kyle Ali, Nebeel Ali and Rehan Ali. Imaam Andy Shah gave a discourse from the holy Quoran.

Attendees enjoyed sawine, sweets and a specially prepared dinner and the Club was pleased to share the occasion with some of its volunteers who have assisted it in its many charitable activities over the years.
 
Celebration of Eid ul fitr Debbie Roopchand 2014-08-23 00:00:00Z 0
President Gary C.K. Huang's Membership message:

August 2014 is Rotary's membership month and in his message to Rotarians RI's President Gary C.K. Huang has invited Rotary Clubs the world over to increase their membership by inviting individuals and sponsors to their service projects and club events as part of RI's drive to increase its membership by June 2015 to 1.28 million Rotarians.

The President has asked for Rotarians to join in the challenge to build membership by "showing our communities that Rotarians are people who care, who are capable and who make a difference" so that "together we can light up the world".

The Rotary Club of Princes Town Trinidad and Tobago in acceptance of the President's challenge in his message invites individuals who are interested in serving and doing great things so as to make a difference and positive impact on the world to make contact with our Club for further details on becoming a Rotarian so that you can participate in Rotary's objective to "Light up Rotary" and by so doing light up the world.
 
The President's membership message can be viewed on the following link: http://vimeo.com/102266910

Debbie Roopchand
Press Office
685-4677
President Gary C.K. Huang's Membership message 2014-08-13 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Debbie Roopchand on Aug 03, 2014
Breakfast with the District Governor
 
Our Wayne Nanan in his capacity of District Community Chair shared breakfast with District Governor Elwin Atmodimedjo and his charming wife Maureene at the Hyatt Regency on Saturday 26th July 2014 on the DG’s first official visit to Trinidad’s East Clubs.
 
The occasion provided the opportunity for sharing ideas as to intended community projects within the District and DG Elwin encouraged and invited Wayne a Past Assistant Governor to take the initiative regarding RYLA within the District and Wayne in his usual spirit of co-operation accepted the challenge. 
 
We of the Rotary Club of Princes Town Trinidad and Tobago are fully confident that Wayne will not only meet but exceed all expectations towards a successful RYLA.
 
Maureen Atmodimedjo, Wayne Nanan, DG Elwin Atmodimedjo
 
 
 
Breakfast with the District Governor Debbie Roopchand 2014-08-04 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Debbie Roopchand on Aug 03, 2014
In the spirit of Giving for Eid:
 
The Rotary Club of Princes Town Trinidad and Tobago (“the Club”) in celebration of Eid with the Muslim Community conducted an Eid Treat at the Masjid Us Salaam in Lazzari Village on Sunday 27th July 2014. 
 
Imam Kameel Mohammed welcomed the Club’s involvement in bringing joy and merriment to all who attended and thanked the Club for its generous and thoughtful initiative.  The Club’s President Jamir Ousman in the course of bringing greetings from the Club delivered a prayer in Arabic. 
 
Over 70 children and parents from the community attended the event, which was made even more special by prayers being offered in Arabic by two children Nicholas and Alim and a rendition of a song in Arabic by children Sadia and Karmia.
 
All the children were treated with treat bags and toys while the adults were given gifts of hampers.  There was a common feeling of sharing and satisfaction between the Club and the attendees and the Club’s effort was recognised as reflective of the spirit of Eid.   
 
Rotarian Von Mohammed was responsible for organizing the event with the assistance of the Masjid's Imam Kameel Mohammed and his wife Nazma and with the support of fellow Rotarians from the Club the event turned out to be a great success for all who attended.
 
Debbie Roopchand
Press Office – 685-4677
Rotary Club of Princes Town Trinidad and Tobago 
 
In the spirit of Giving for Eid Debbie Roopchand 2014-08-04 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Debbie Roopchand on Jul 24, 2014
ROTARY CLUB OF PRINCES TOWN TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO ON THE MOVE
 
After having secured its charter from Rotary International on the 07th May 1993 and continuing in existence to date, the Rotary Club of Princes Town Trinidad and Tobago, towards its intended objective of charitable service by “Service above Self”, long beyond the lives of its existing members, resolved to Incorporate to provide for its continuation in perpetuity and the added advantages of providing service through Incorporation.  
 
On the 11th July 2014 the Club obtained its Certificate of Incorporation as a non-profit Company limited by guarantee and members now serve as agents to “Light up Rotary” without the risks of personal liability in the furtherance of their charitable endeavours.
 
The Incorporation which was undertaken with the full approval of Rotary International, the Club’s Board of Directors and membership was spearheaded by Attorney at Law Ms. Debbie Roopchand of the Firm of Ernest H. Koylass & Co. as a service to the Club and on the 16th July 2014 Ms. Roopchand presented President Jamir Ousman with the Club’s new status.
 
 
Debbie Roopchand
Press Office – 685-4677
Rotary Club of Princes Town
Trinidad and Tobago
 
Rotarian Debbie Roopchand & President Jamir Ousman
ROTARY CLUB OF PRINCES TOWN TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO ON THE MOVE Debbie Roopchand 2014-07-25 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Debbie Roopchand on Jul 17, 2014
A REASON TO CELEBRATE:
 
The Club was truly privileged to share in the special moment of the parenting milestone of one of its long-standing members. 
 
On Sunday July 06th 2014 Past President and present Treasurer of the Club Seunarine “Kex” Sanmook celebrated with his wife Zorina Sanmook their daughter Dr. Giovannah Sanmook’s marriage to Dr. Vaalmiki Singh and in appreciation of his unwavering commitment to the Club and its charitable objectives the Club was pleased to present to him a small token from its members’ contribution for his daughter in recognition of her achieving one of life’s significant milestones.
 
The Club wishes to convey its personal congratulations and best wishes to the married couple in their future married life.
 
 
Debbie Roopchand
Press Office
Rotary Club of Princes Town Trinidad and Tobago 
 
President Jamir Ousman (L) & Seunarine "Kex" Sanmook (R)
The Sanmook Family
From L to R - Seunarine Sanmook, Zorina Sanmook, Dr. Giovannah Sanmook, Diedra Sanmook &
Daaron Sanmook
A reason to celebrate Debbie Roopchand 2014-07-18 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Debbie Roopchand on Jul 11, 2014
PETER CHANG - HONORARY ROTARIAN
 
In June 2014 after two decades of dedicated service as a member of the Rotary Club of Princes Town, Rotarian Peter Chang (“Peter”) tendered his resignation. 
 
As a Rotarian, Peter, the owner of the popular Len Hap Supermarket unwaveringly gave of his time, energy and expertise in furthering the charitable objectives of Rotary and of the Rotary Club of Princes Town and it was with a sense of boundless appreciation of his past service that the Club accepted his resignation. 
 
During his tenure Peter served as President, Treasurer, Sergeant at Arms, Rotary Foundation Director, Club Service Chairperson and International Service Chairperson.  Peter an avid golfer as from 2001 played an integral role in the inception, organisation and execution of the Club’s annual Golf Tournament, so much so that the tournament received the nickname “the Peter Chang Golf Tournament” by Rotarians and participants. 
 
On the 09th July 2014 in recognition of Peter’s outstanding contribution as a Rotarian and a member of the Club, Peter was proclaimed by the Club’s President Jamir Ousman an Honorary Member of the Rotary Club of Princes Town and was accorded the Fellowship and Privileges of such Membership so that he continues as a shining example of the ideals of Rotary and the mandate to “Light up Rotary” enunciated by Rotary International’s President Gary C.K. Huang.
 
The Club wishes to thank Peter for his dedicated and un-wavering service as a Rotarian and express its gratitude to his partner in service Hazel for her contribution and support of the Club over the years.  Krista Chang, Peter’s daughter being inducted as a member of the Club in May 2013, mitigated the Club’s loss.
 
Contact details:
Debbie Roopchand (press office)
Rotary Club of Princes Town
 
President Jamir Ousman proclaims Peter Chang an Honorary Rotarian
 
The Chang Family - From L to R - Krista, Hazel, Peter & Alexander
 
Peter Chang - Honorary Rotarian Debbie Roopchand 2014-07-12 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Debbie Roopchand on Jul 09, 2014
On the 02nd July 2014 Rotarians Debbie Roopchand and Hafiz Ali who were unable to attend the Club's Handover Ceremony at which their receipt of Paul Harris Fellow recognition was announced received the same from Past President Bashir Mohammed at the Club's first official meeting for the Rotary year 2014-2015.
 
Rotarian Debbie Roopchand and Past President Bashir Mohammed
 
Rotarian Hafiz Ali and Past President Bashir Mohammed
Paul Harris Fellow Recognition Debbie Roopchand 2014-07-10 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Debbie Roopchand on Jul 09, 2014
Rotarian Debbie Roopchand presents banners from the Rotary Club of Guildford Chantries & Rotary Club of Istanbul to President Jamir Ousman received by her during the course of her visit to those Clubs
 
Visit to Foreign Clubs Debbie Roopchand 2014-07-10 00:00:00Z 0
President Bashir Mohammed (R) hands over the Presidency to incoming President Jamir Ousman (L)
Rotarian Rishi Ramlogan (L) receives Paul Harris Fellow Recognition from Rotarian Ronald Gobin (R)
 
Rotarian Von Mohammed (L) receives Paul Harris Fellow Recognition from Assistant Governor Wayne Nanan (R)
Board of Directors 2014-2015
From Left to Right – Rudolph Ali, Wayne Nanan, Ronald Gobin, Rishi Ramlogan, Jamir Ousman (President 2014-2015), Seunarine Sanmook, Terry Ali, Von Mohammed, Bashir Mohammed (Past President 2013-2014), Debbie Roopchand (absent)
 
Photos from Handover Ceremony 2014 Debbie Roopchand 2014-07-08 00:00:00Z 0
In the Club’s continuous effort to encourage healthy lifestyles and bring medical attention to rural communities, the first Medical of this Rotary year was held at the Santa Maria RC Primary School in Moruga on Sunday July 21st 2013.
Over one hundred (100) patients had their blood sugar, pressure and cholesterol tested before being seen by volunteer doctors and our own in house Rotarian doctors, Ronald Gobin and Kirby Panchoo. Volunteer Dentists, Dr. Paryag and Dr. Stephan Nanan were on hand for check ups and to give out important dental hygiene information.
The free legal clinic conducted by Rotarian Debbie Roopchand and Senior Counsel Ernest H. Koylass, helped villagers to not only understand some of the government programs and facilities that be helpful, but to also advise them on land and family matters. The Club also provided free toiletries to patients and the usual clothes distribution was conducted by Rotarian Patsy Chankersingh and the Partners in Service.
 
 
 
 
                  
 
 
MEDICAL OUTREACH CLINICS 2014-06-08 00:00:00Z 0
Trinidad designers Heather Jones, Claudia Pegus, Noor, Zadd and Eastman, Loud by Affiah and Tobago’s Kaj Designs along with well known boutiques Diva’s, Sunnah Wear, Little Black Dress & Co. and Judy’s Formal and Bridal shared the catwalk at the Hyatt Trinidad on October 6th in a colorful, contemporary mix of resort, ethnic and formal wear.
 
The occasion was the annual tea and fashion event to raise funds for the Club’s ongoing work in Diabetes Awareness, Education and Prevention and to contribute to Rotary’s work in eradicating Polio worldwide.
 
Honorary Rotarians Nikki Crosby (Rotary Club of Princes Town) and Errol Fabian (Rotary Club of San Juan) hosted a packed ballroom to an evening of fun and much laughter as international Soca artist Sherwyn Winchester brought some patrons to their feet dancing.
 
In his address, President Bashir spoke of the Club’s commitment to promoting healthy lifestyles from an early age. This he said would reduce the incidents of chronic disease among the younger generation as they get older. He urged the corporate and private sector to become involved in developing positive lifestyle programs in communities which include emphasis on physical fitness, team building and self esteem.
 
President Bashir also reminded patrons that Polio eradication is within our grasp and with an extra effort we can ensure that all the world’s children can be protected from this disease.    
 
 
PAPARAZZI - Tea & Fashion Show 2013 Indira Singh 2013-10-06 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Indira Singh on Aug 19, 2013

Choka Fest 

The Rotary Club of Princes Town’s annual Choka Fest was held on Saturday August 19th 2013 at the Ste. Madeleine Sports Club.The peaceful, picturesque venue on the banks of the Usine Ste. Madeleine pond provided the perfect setting to enjoy a number of spicy and tasty local Choka dishes. Club Administration Director Rudulph Ali and his committee organized an evening of delicious food and fellowship to raise funds towards the Club’s scholarship program for deserving students pursing tertiary education. 

      1. Partner in Service Zorina Sanmook and friends serving patrons.Image

2. Rot. Patsy help with dessert.Image                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   

On the menu was hot sada roti with sixteen (16) varieties of Chokas including pepper, eddoes, ochro and tomatoes chokas. Patrons also enjoyed the old favourites like Murtani, Coconut Chutney and Kutchela. Dessert was supplied by the Kiss Baking Company.

3. Rot. Peter Chang's Golf buddies enjoy a spicy meal. Image

4. Happy Patrons.Image                                                          

Each year the Choka dishes are prepared and served by Rotarians, friends and families. The occasion provides a wonderful opportunity for people to share in the camaraderie that the Club is famous for. Rotarians also use this event as a chance to talk to patrons about the work of Rotary, the Club’s scholarship program and the upcoming Excellence Awards Function in October. 

          

                          

CHOKA FEST 2013 Indira Singh 2013-08-20 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Indira Singh on Aug 09, 2013

 

EID-UL-FITR 2013 

Imam Neezam Mohammed of the Gasparillo ASJA Mosque spoke of the importance of  giving charity and service as one of the tenants of Islam at the Club’s Eid-ul-Fitr observance meeting of August 21st. He noted that membership and participation in organizations that allow individuals to demonstrate such a level of caring is honorable an encouraged in the Muslim faith.

 

After the singing of melodious “Qaseedas“ and a special welcome by President Bashir, Rotarians and families were treated to a delicious dinner and the traditional “Sewine” and sweets.

 

Children were also treated at the Tableland Mosque on October 20th as part of the Eid–ul-Adha observence. Special food hampers were also distributed to families in need as Rotarians spent the Sunday afternoon with villagers in the peaceful countryside setting.

 

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EID AT TABLELAND

 

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PP Bashir and Rot. Hafiz help to distribute hampers to villagers before enjoying delicious Sewine.

 

 

 

 

 

 

EID-UL-FITR 2013 Indira Singh 2013-08-10 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Indira Singh on Jul 21, 2013

Community Medical

In the Club’s continuous effort to encourage healthy lifestyles and bring medical attention to rural communities, the first Medical of this Rotary year was held at the Santa Maria RC Primary School in Moruga on Sunday July 21st 2013.

Over one hundred (100) patients had their blood sugar, pressure and cholesterol tested before being seen by volunteer doctors and our own in house Rotarian doctors, Ronald Gobin and Kirby Panchoo. volunteer Dentist, Dr. Pariagh was on hand for check ups and give out important dental hygiene information.

1. Tammy Lima and her Mom Susan register patients to the Clinic. Image

2. SC Ernest Koylas and Rot. Debbie Roopchand at the legal Aid Clinic. Image

The free legal clinic conducted by Rotarian Debbie Roopchand and Senior Counsel Ernest Koylas, helped villagers to not only understand some of the government programs and facilities that be helpful, but to also advise them on land and family matters. Special thanks go out to the pharmaceutical companies, Pharmtech, Trinpham, Nabbies, M & D, Oscar Francois and Bryden PI Ltd. for facilitating the free distribution of medicine. The Club also provided free toiletries to patients and the usual clothes distribution was conducted by Rotarian Patsy Chankersingh and the Partners in Service.

 3. Dr. Gobin assisting a patient. Image

 4. Dentist Dr. Pariagh examining a young patient. Image

 

5. Nurse Drepaulsingh talks to an elderly villager. Image

6. Rots. Patsy Chankersingh and Von Mohammed in the clothes distribution. Image

Many of the attendees were anxious to tell their neighbours to help themselves to the free clothes. This was particularly appreciated by the mothers of small children who were only too glad for the help. Director of Service Projects, PP Vilma Bellamy and her team worked hard to organize yet another opportunity for those needing help in the rural areas to get medical attention.

The planning for the next medical is already taking place...

 

Medical at Glud Road, Tableland


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AG Wayne and Past Presidents Ronald and Capil are busy sorting out the Pharmaceuticals for distribution.  Image 

 

Children waiting to be attended to by the doctors. Image

 

Rotarian Rishi and Past President Vilma testing blood pressure and sugar. Image

Villagers waiting to be attended to by the doctors.

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PP Vilma and Peter look on as blood and pressure testing goes on.

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COMMUNITY MEDICAL Indira Singh 2013-07-22 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Indira Singh on Jul 07, 2013

Rotary Families came out on Sunday July 7th for a good day of food, games and fellowship as the Club Family Day kicked off the new Rotary Year.

The event was held at the TSTT grounds on Cipero Road, San Fernando and the Club is grateful to TSTT and Bmobile for sponsoring Tee-Shirts for the event.

After a tasty pot luck lunch with a delicious mix of curry duck and barbeque chicken, Rotarians took to competing in the unusual games organized by Rotarian Rudolph.

All came to a halt though when the Aerobics & Zumba session began...The calories lost was quickly gained with Haggan Daz ice cream, thanks to Rotarian Debbie.

Rotarians vowed that this is an event that will be repeated next year...for sure!

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FAMILY FUN IN THE SUN! Indira Singh 2013-07-08 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Indira Singh on Jun 30, 2013

The Rotary Club of Princes Town welcomed President Bashir Mohammed for a second time as its President, this time for the year 2013 – 2014. President Bashir Mohammed took over the reigns of leadership from outgoing President Capildeo Beharry at the Club’s Presidential Hand Over Ceremony held at Canton Palace Restaurant on Saturday June 29th.

The Club took the opportunity at the function to highlight its work among the less fortunate and particularly their focus on the awareness and prevention of Diabetes. Present were some of the nurses and health facilitators who were instrumental in implementing the Club’s Diabetes Campaign in Primary Schools.

This year the Rotary Club of Princes Town celebrated it’s 20th anniversary and is proud to still have 7 of the original Charter members still active in the Club.

As one of the many people assisting the Club, Ms. Jacqui Koon How of the famous “House of Jacqui” was made an Honorary Rotarian of the Club for her professional contribution to one of the Club’s signature events, The Annual Tea Party and Fashion Show. Through this event, the organization was able to make a financial contribution to the Diabetes Association of Trinidad & Tobago along with an HBA1C blood testing machine.

 In his inaugural speech President Bashir spoke of Rotary’s theme for the year 2013-2014, “Engaging Rotary Changing Lives” and outlined the Club’s commitment to positively impacting the communities with our services.

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NEW PRESIDENT FOR ROTARY CLUB OF PRINCES TOWN Indira Singh 2013-07-01 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ronald Gobin on Jan 28, 2013

Rotary International in its wisdom designated January as Rotary Awareness month. The intention is for clubs to showcase themselves and spread the work that Rotary is doing. It is an opportunity to develop a closer relationship with members of the public.

The Rotary Club of Princes Town held a Rotary Awareness and Health Fair on Wednesday 23rd and Thursday 24th at the Gulf City mall from 3.00pm – 6.00pm daily.

This was incorporated with Membership Development where members of the public were given information on Rotary. There was also counselling on STD’s and HIV AIDS from members of the Queens Park Counselling Centre.

District Governor Stephen was our guest at the opening function held on Wednesday night at the mall.

Over the two days there was keen interest with more than 200 members of the public participating by having their Blood pressure, Blood Sugar and Blood Cholesterol tested.

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ROTARY AWARENESS AND HEALTH FAIR Ronald Gobin 2013-01-29 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ronald Gobin on Nov 06, 2012

During our club’s annual Awards function held at the Ste Madeline Regional Complex on Saturday, November 3rd, an exciting event took place.

We inducted two new Rotarians into our club and into the exciting world of Rotary.

Nadine Geoffroy is a Pharmacist at Superpharm and Dr. Kirby Panchoo is a Surgeon at San Fernando General Hospital.

It is the first in our club and in many other clubs, when a husband and wife team is inducted into the same club. What is even more exciting is that we also inducted a third member, who will be a New Year present to proud parents Kirby and Nadine.

Congratulations from the Rotary Family in taking this bold step forward to be our newest Rotarians and soon to be new parents.

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Our Club's Newest Rotarians Ronald Gobin 2012-11-07 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Debbie Roopchand on Nov 06, 2012

On Wednesday 31st October 2012 the Rotary Club of Princes Town hosted its first join meeting for the Rotary year 2012/2013. 

 The meeting which included the Rotary Clubs of Felicity/Charlieville, Chaguanas and San Fernando South was held in true southern elegance at Doc’s Ranch, Phillipines and was graced with the presence of District Governor Dr. Stephen Ramroop, Club Presidents Capildeo Beharry, Terrance Beepath, Ronald Rampersad, Vernessa Sankar, a number of District 7030 officials and a large presence of Rotarians.

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1st Joint Meeting of the Rotary with presentatiuon on Conflict Resolution Debbie Roopchand 2012-11-07 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ronald Gobin on Oct 16, 2012

On Wednesday, October 17th District Governor Dr. Stephen Ramroop  accompanied by his first lady Joanne made his official visit to our club. It was a special evening that included Rotarians’ spouses.

President Capil welcomed the DG and his spouse to this special meeting. Entertainment provided was as a solo dance done by Anastasia, the niece of Michael Salickram.

 After all formalities and reports, Assistant Governor Wayne introduced the DG to   the membership. He stressed on getting the work of Rotary done by ensuring the right persons are elected to the Board of Directors.

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District Governor’s Official Visit 2012 Ronald Gobin 2012-10-17 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ronald Gobin on Oct 13, 2012

It was a Golden evening of Elegance when The Rotary Club of Princes Town came to the Hyatt on Sunday 14th October 2012, hosting one of its major Fund Raiser; its 3rd Annual Tea and Fashion Show.

This was in aid of our Diabetic Awareness programme in primary schools and our contribution to Rotary International’s Polio Eradication Initiative.

The evening was hosted by honorary member and Paul Harris Fellow Nikki Crosby in the role of Granny. She created a lot of attention with her antics during the show, keeping the standing room only crowd well entertained.

The evening began with violinists Tracy Lucky and Gunilla Tang Kai entertaining the patrons as the entered the ballroom. At the start of the show, they continued to play beautiful renditions for the receptive audience.

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Golden Elegance at the Hyatt Ronald Gobin 2012-10-14 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rishi Ramlogan on Sep 16, 2012

I joined the club just over 2months. Prior to my becoming an official member, I had the opportunity of participating in a medical at Kernaham, Mayaro. Whilst there, I witnessed firsthand the work of Rotary in assisting the underprivileged in our country. Over the years, I had always known of Rotary and participated in a number of events with my 2 older brothers but, never had I actually taken part in the field work done. At that medical I realized how much of a difference one can make by being a Rotarian and how much true team spirit can make a difference.

I learnt what a great team of individuals belonged to the Rotary Club of princes Town and realized  that it would b easy to get along with each and every one in the club.

1 month later, I was enthusiastic to head once again to the village of Kernaham to yet another event in hosting a movie night and children’s treat. The most touching moment was to hear the children unanimously agree to watch The Lion King, a movie filmed in 1994 which they had never seen before.

Being a movie enthusiast it was really moving to see the children enjoy a movie which most kids would have already seen before. It tells us that even in this day and age there is still a lot that needs to be done and by being a Rotarian we can make a difference to all.

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Rotarian Rotary Moment Rishi Ramlogan 2012-09-17 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wendy Ann Joseph on Sep 12, 2012

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Our Rotating Rotarian PP Jamir Ousman, a Rotarian who really knows how to turn the wheel of Rotary visits another club on his overseas visit.

This time it is at the Rotary Club of Historic Jackson Heights, USA.

Keep the wheels spinning Jim!!!!!
Our Rotating Rotarian PP Jamir Ousman Wendy Ann Joseph 2012-09-13 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bashir Mohammed on Jun 30, 2012

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At the District Governor’s Handover Ceremony on June 30th, 2012, District Governor Lara Quentrall-Thomas revealed during her year in review presentation that the Princes Town Club was the only club in District 7030 to receive a President Citation from Rotary International!  She then congratulated President Bashir Mohammed on achieving such a feat!

President Bashir would like to congratulate his Board of Directors who were instrumental in ensuring the objectives and criteria of the Citation were achieved and the members of the Club for their cooperation and support throughout the year!

WELL DONE PRINCES TOWN!!!

 

President Citation for Princes Town 2011-2012 Bashir Mohammed 2012-07-01 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bashir Mohammed on Jun 30, 2012

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The Princes Town Club was instrumental in the organization and execution of the District Governor Handover Ceremony held on Saturday June 30th, 2012 at Hyatt Trinidad.  District Governor Lara Quentrall-Thomas presented District Governor Elect Dr. Stephen Ramroop with the District Governor’s Chain.

PDG Lara presented a collection of memories as District Governor highlighting major achievements accomplished during her year.  She recounted amusing stories of visits to the various clubs throughout the district and presented tokens of appreciation to persons who assisted her in her efforts as District Governor.

District Governor Dr. Stephen Ramroop launched the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Management Project which will be executed throughout the District via Rotary Clubs to educate the various communities in making them safer and more prepared to handle major natural disasters such as hurricanes, floods and earthquakes.

The audience were entertained during Dinner by the First Impressions Band of Princes Town and a beautiful performance by the bmobile Shiv Shakti Dance Company during the program.  Our PP Jamir Ousman was the Chairperson for the evening and did an excellent job! After the event, many Rotarians took the opportunity to fellowship with members of the other clubs.

Members of Princes Town who were  part of the planning committee for the event are: President Bashir, PP Dr. Ronald Gobin, PP Wayne Nanan, PP Seunarine Sanmook and PP Jamir Ousman.

 

District Governor Handover Ceremony at Hyatt Trinidad Bashir Mohammed 2012-07-01 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bashir Mohammed on Jun 27, 2012

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The Diabetes Awareness and Education Program Finals were held on Thursday June 28th at the Princes Town West Secondary School where the top three students from the participating sixteen (16) schools were given the Final Quiz to complete. 

After completion of the quiz, Deputy Speaker of Parliament and the Member of Parliament for Princes Town, Nela Khan addressed the children and teachers on diabetes and its long term effects on society.  She urged the children to lead more active lifestyle and have a balance between their studies and physical outdoor activities.

The list of schools that were part of the 2011-2012 program are:

Jordan Hill Presbyterian                       Biche R.C

Princes Town R.C                                Navet Presbyterian

Princes Town Presbyterian No. 2         Rio Claro APS Vedic

St. Stephens A.C.                                Guayaguayare R.C

Iere Government                                 St. Thomas R.C

Princes Town Presbyterian No. 1          Ortoire R.C

Princes Town Methodist                        Mayaro Government

Princes Town ASJA                               Biche Presbyterian

 

 The top five winners of the Diabetes Competition are as follows:

First Place-Sharon Madhoo,  Biche Presbyterian

Second Place -Davell Hernandez-Ortoire R.C. 

Third Place-Lioness Seerathan-Mayaro Government

Fourth Place-Malique John-Guayaguayare R,C.  

Fifth Place-Dominic Wheeler-Ortoire R.C.

The top five winners each received a gift certificate for a Vizta Tablet PC TAB-720V! These will be presented to the students at their respective schools.

DIABETES AWARENESS PROGRAM PRIMARY SCHOOLS WINNERS! Bashir Mohammed 2012-06-28 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bashir Mohammed on Jun 26, 2012

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A revolution in lifestyle change which incorporates diet and exercise, was the challenge given to the Rotary Club of Princes Town by the Attorney General, Senator Anand Ramlogan at their Handover ceremony held at Doc’s Ranch in Philippine on Saturday June 23, 2012.

“..Unless there is a revolution in lifestyle change, starting with the Princes Town Rotary Club, which incorporates diet and exercise as an important and integral part of life; based on the recognition that when men marry, they no longer build a sweat outside the bedroom, if they do break a sweat in the bedroom at all.”  He urged members to take care of themselves and “make a conscious effort as professionals and businessmen or they will be spending money to take care of others in Rotary while they fail to take care of themselves”.

Three new Rotarians, Rishi Ramlogan, Von Mohammed & Hafiz Ali and two honorary members, well known comedian Nikki Crosby and dancer/choreographer Michael Salickram of the Bmobile Shiv Shakti Dance Company were inducted into Rotary at this event.  Children of Rotarians provided musical interlude during the event, with President’s son Nabeel starting the event off with the National Anthem on pan.

Incoming President 2012-2013 Capildeo Beharry officially received his instruments of appointment by outgoing President Bashir Mohammed 2011 – 2012.

Some highlights of the Club’s accomplishments over the past year were:

·     Awarded the Presidential Citation by RI President

·     Awarded the Changemaker Award from Rotary International

·   Conducted Diabetes Awareness Program in Primary Schools from Princes Town to Mayaro targeting Standard 3 students, encouraging healthier eating habits and a more active lifestyle.

·     Four successful medical and legal clinics held at Upper Corosan, La Lune, Kernaham and Newbolt

·     Constructed a house in Mt. Stewart for a family of six after the original house was destroyed by high winds

·     Disbursed scholarships to six (6) students to pursue tertiary education

·     Sponsored two Lower Six students to attend the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards at the Grande Anse Resort in Grenada

·     Distributed Twelve (12) wheelchairs to persons with disabilities

·     Planted over forty (40) poui, pine and mahogany saplings to reduce environmental degradation and help preserve the natural environment

·     Movie night for children of Kernaham

The Attorney General closed by challenging Rotarians and guests to campaign actively for a healthy Rotary Club in Princes Town “ because it is better to light a candle than curse the dark and the longest journey begins with a single step and remember that change begins with the man in the mirror”.

Year in Review and Handover Ceremony 2012 Bashir Mohammed 2012-06-27 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bashir Mohammed on Jun 20, 2012
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On Saturday June 23, 2012 children at Kernaham were treated by Rotarians and spouses to a Movie Night which was held at the village Church.  After installing the water tanks, Rotarians Rudy, Rishi and President Bashir set up the equipment for the movie whilst PP Vilma, spouses Dianne and Narisha and young Nabeel assisted in setting up the snack station.

Rotarian Rudy gave the children a wide range of choices and the majority voted for “Lion King”.  Over 50 children and some parents were in attendance.  The children enjoyed freshly popped popcorn, fruit juices, sandwiches and a treat bag.  It was a highly successful event and much appreciated by the children who wanted another Movie Night soon.

Movie Night at Kernaham Bashir Mohammed 2012-06-21 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bashir Mohammed on Jun 17, 2012

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The Club recently held a Medical and Legal Clinic in May at Kernaham where the villagers approached members of our club requesting the donation of water tanks to assist in alleviating the scarce water supply received at Kernaham. Following a needs assessment and discussions held with community leaders, it was determined that there was a need for a regular supply of potable water. 

The Club arranged for three (3) one thousand gallon water tanks to be delivered to Kernaham and submitted a request to the Mayaro Rio Claro Regional Corporation for the tanks to be serviced regularly to ensure the community has a clean and fresh supply of water.

The villagers assisted in putting down the bases for the water tanks and will assume responsibility of the tanks and will liaise with WASA to ensure a reliable supply of water to the tanks. 
Water Tanks for Kernaham Village Bashir Mohammed 2012-06-18 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bashir Mohammed on Jun 13, 2012


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The Rotary Club of Princes Town conducted a Medical Clinic on June 10th, 2012 at the village of Newbolt close to the Navet Dam.

The services that were provided were; Examination by Doctors, Blood pressure tests, Blood glucose tests and Cholesterol tests.  Over 65 adults and their children were attended to by Doctors Premanand and Dr. Ronald Gobin.  Pharmaceuticals were distributed based on doctors’ prescriptions and there was also the free distribution of clothing.

Rotarians were present to assist in the registering, screening and ushering of patients and ensured all patients were attended to. 

Medical Clinic at Newbolt Village Bashir Mohammed 2012-06-14 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Amraz Ali-Bocas on Jun 13, 2012

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This momentous day is celebrated each year on the 30th May, and commemorates the arrival of the first Indian Indentured Labourers from India to Trinidad. In May 1948, on the ship the Fatel Razack bought not only new labour force to assist in the economic development of Trinidad, but also a new people with a new culture.

This event was celebrated in Trinidad and Tobago among the East Indian Community for many years, until 1994 when it was made an official public holiday. It was called Arrival Day. In 1995 it was re-named Indian Arrival Day.

The East Indians brought to Trinidad a wide range of Festivals and Religious observances. These helped the Immigrants to hold on to their values and principles which held them together for many years , and assisted in making harsh daily lives more bearable.  Eid-ul –Fitir, Phagwa, Divali and Hossay just to name a few.

The food they consumed and the way in which they were made were continued the traditional way. Most important were their spices and their curries. To this day food such as Roti, saheena, katchowrie, barah, anchar, and pholourie have become house hold names and are consumed by a wide cross-section of society.

Our Heritage - Indian Arrival Day Amraz Ali-Bocas 2012-06-14 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bashir Mohammed on Jun 11, 2012

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Mothers held the spotlight on May 9th as our Club held an appreciation function for all the mothers in our Club at Doc’s Ranch in Phillipine.

Secretary Dr. Ronald Gobin did a presentation on the Rotary Foundation where members, spouses and potential Rotarians were enlightened on the work done by the Rotary Foundation and how important it is to contribute funds towards the Foundation for all Clubs to benefit from the Programs’ funds.

President Elect Capil serenaded the audience with a beautiful rendition of “Aye Maa Teri Soorat Se Alag” from the Indian film Daadi Maa.  As a form of appreciation, Past President Vilma presented token bottles of non alcoholic wines and fresh carnation stems to the mothers and future mothers present in the audience whilst Rotarian Terry presented an assortment of chocolates for all to partake.

Many members lingered at the poolside after the meeting to fellowship with each other and welcomed the potential Rotarians and their families to the world of Rotary.

Celebrating Our Mothers! Bashir Mohammed 2012-06-12 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Indira Singh on May 24, 2012
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The Club’s 2012 Golf Tournament was held at the Usine Ste. Madeleine Golf Course on Sunday May 6th 2012. The venue, being the only golf course in Princes Town and environs, continues to be an attraction with its scenic pond and rolling hills.

This year, 38 teams played for the coveted Rotarian Raubin Harnarine Trophy and many special prizes. The winning team of Kelvin Bridgelalsingh and Navin Ramsingh was sponsored by Lutchmeesingh Transport Services. Former West Indian cricket great Gordon Greenidge won the raffle and took home a Stereo/Audio system donated by RASH Electronics.

The day was packed with activities, beginning with registration and breakfast of sandwiches, fruit and sweetbread at 8:30 a.m. Tee-Off was at 10:00 a.m. and rain did not deter players from partaking of hot doubles, aloo pies, refreshing watermelon slices and cold drinks at the watering hole later in the day.

The prize giving was held over a buffet dinner later that evening where players and Rotarians relaxed and fellowship together. Past President Peter reminded the players and sponsors present that they were not only enjoying the sport of golf by being part of the tournament but that they were also helping people who are in great need in our country.

It was an end to yet another Rotary Club of Princes Town event which brought much needed funds for the Club to carry out the work of Rotary!

2012 Golf Tournament at Usine Ste. Madeleine Indira Singh 2012-05-25 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bashir Mohammed on May 22, 2012
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The Changemaker Award recognized Rotary Clubs that made an extraordinary impact during 2011-12 through their work in the Avenues of Service. Clubs were invited to undertake a challenging array of activities in each Avenue of Service, with the goal of making positive and significant change in their communities and in the world.

DG Lara made the presentation of the award to our Club at a joint meeting held on May 3rd, 2012 hosted by the Pointe-a-Pierre Club where all the Central South Clubs hosted the visiting GSE team from Texas.
Changemaker Award Bashir Mohammed 2012-05-23 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jamir Ousman on May 15, 2012

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Club Service Director PP Jamir Ousman and President Bashir Mohammed visited Mr. Bhagwat Seegobin on April 30th, 2012 and presented a cheque to him to help cover medical expenses for an eye operation. 

Mr. Seegobin, a forty three year old self employed owner of a straightening and painting garage suffers from glaucoma and cataract, made initial payments towards the cost of the operation and approached the Club requesting assistance to alleviate the balance outstanding on the operation.

Mr. Bhagwat Seegobin received financial assistance to the value of $5,000.00 from the Rotary Club of Princes Town.  

Financial Assistance Towards Eye Surgery Jamir Ousman 2012-05-16 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Brandon David on May 14, 2012

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The Rotary Club of Princes Town conducted a Medical and Legal Aid Clinic on April 29th, 2012 at the village of Kernaham in Manzanilla.

Over 85 people were attended to by Doctors and over forty children of Primary and Secondary school age received school supplies, toiletries and benefitted from the free distribution of clothing.

Residents were tested for high blood pressure, high blood glucose levels, high cholesterol levels and some were prescribed medication.  Staff from Queen’s Park Counseling Centre was on hand to perform HIV/AIDS testing.

Rotarian Debbie Roopchand and Mr. Ernest H. Koylass, S.C., conducted a Legal Aid Clinic at Kernaham in conjunction with the Club’s Medical Outreach. They met and advised five (5) persons who had matters involving issues of adverse possession, cohabitation, landlord & tenant, custody, wills and probate.

Almost all the persons that benefitted from the Legal Aid Clinic expressed that they always wondered what their legal positions were but could not afford a Lawyer.

Medical and Legal Aid Clinic at Kernaham, Manzanilla Brandon David 2012-05-15 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Capildeo Beharry on Apr 30, 2012

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President- Elect, Capildeo Beharry, and Secretary-Elect, Wendy-Ann Joseph, attended the 20th PETS, Assembly and Conference of District 7030 (herein referred to as PETS) which was held over five days on Monday 2nd to Friday 6th April 2012 aboard the cruise liner, the Celebrity Millennium, on which we embarked at the Port of Miami. This was the first time that this District’s PETS was held aboard a cruise liner.

Rotarian Jamir Ousman also attended and was appointed to the position of Assistant Sergeant-at-Arms, and he played a very important role at the PETS. Rotarian Patsy Chankersingh also accompanied the other Rotarians but went as a holidayer.

During this time the liner cruised from the Port of Miami to Roatan Island, Honduras, where it docked for a few hours. Many Rotarians took the opportunity to tour the island which has a history of various colonizers. The languages spoken are English and Spanish.

 From Roatan, the vessel sailed to Cuzumel Island, off the Yutacan Peninsula, Mexico, where it docked. While some Rotarians remained at Cuzumel, many took a smaller vessel (water taxi) to the mainland. This is a lovely beach resort with white sands, blue waters and many hotels. From here, Rotarians went on various tours. Rotarians Capil, Wendy and Patsy visited a very ancient and impressive site of the Incas, the Tulum Ruins. From here, we sailed back to Cuzumel and took the vessel back to the Port of Miami.

As obvious, this PETS was organized not only to transact Rotary business, but also to provide an opportunity for Rotarians to relax, have fun and to fellowship. Many wonderful opportunities were available onboard the liner – various restaurants, cinemas, theatres, casinos, duty-free shops, pools, sun decks, bars and live entertainment, dance halls, etc. Needless to say, all Rotarians enjoyed themselves.

 Now, for the more important business part. At the commencement of PETS, and regularly, we were reminded that the RI President-Elect for 2012-13 is Sujuki Tanaka of Japan and that his theme is Peace Through Service. Various references were made to his printed speech which elaborated on Peace and the link with Peace Through Service.

 The three strategic priorities for the new year were reiterated, viz. (1) Support and Strengthen Clubs  (2) Focus and Increase Humanitarian Service  (3) Enhance Public Image and Awareness. The six main areas of focus were also stressed on, viz. (1) Peace and conflict prevention/resolution (2) Disease prevention and treatment (3) Water and Sanitation  (4) Maternal and child health (5) Basic education and literacy  (6) Economic and community development . The new grants model pertaining to the Annual Program Fund (APG) was also explained, e.g. the annual contribution to this Fund is split 50/50 to the District Designated Fund (DDG) and the World Fund (WG). The DDG gives grants for Foundations programs of its choice, whilst the WG funds Matching Grants, 3-H Grants, Ambassadorial Scholarships, Group Study Exchanges, etc.

There were presentations by various senior Rotarians, including the District Governor-Elect, Rotarian Dr. Stephen Ramroop, and RI special representative, Rosemary Aragon, on Rotary International’s future plans and goals and other related topics. Various breakout sessions were held at different but close venues.  These breakout groups discussed their individual allotted topics (from 5 to 10 minutes) and then short verbal presentations were made by the groups’ leaders. There were learning from the discussions and from the presentations. (For our French speaking Rotarians friends, translations were done in French by a very popular female Rotarian from Cayenne (French Guyana).

 

The Conference was held on the last day, Friday 06th April. This is like the annual general meeting of the District. The District Governor, Rotarian Lara Quentrall-Thomas, presented her report and informed Rotarians of her travels to the various clubs in the District, of the warmth and sincerity of Rotarians she visited and of the great humanitarian and other works done by these Rotarians. Presentations were also made by certain clubs on impactful projects and their methodologies which could serve to inspire other Rotary Clubs in the District.

District Conference 2012 Capildeo Beharry 2012-05-01 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jamir Ousman on Apr 13, 2012

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The village of Newbolt in Tabaquite, located close to the Navet Dam, ironically is a community without pipe borne or potable water. 

Sprouting from an unplanned land development, a total of eight (8) families with young children are without potable water.   Their only method of obtaining water in Newbolt is through rainfall and nearby rivers to supply water for their crops and livestock as well.

The Rotary Club of Princes Town seeing the plight of the residents decided to furnish them with three (3) one thousand (1,000) gallon water tanks so that they can have a continued supply of potable water. The tanks will be placed in strategic areas easily accessible by the villagers.

The Rotary Club of Princes Town worked in collaboration with the village leader Mr. Dennis Chancellor, who willingly assisted with putting down the bases for the tanks and will act as the liaison from the village to communicate with WASA to have the tanks filled with water on a regular basis.   Mr. Chancellor also accepted the responsibility for the safe keeping and proper management of the water tanks.

 


Water Tanks for Newbolt Village Jamir Ousman 2012-04-14 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Indira Singh on Apr 08, 2012

  

Sunday 25th March, 2012 was a special day as the Rotary Clubs of Princes Town, Chaguanas, Felicity/Charlieville and San Fernando South came together in a joint Family Day Fellowship at Palmiste.

The Assistant District Governor for the four Clubs, Past President Rahendra Seemungal, took the opportunity to join District Governor Lara Quentrall-Thomas and District Governor Elect (2012-2013) Past President Dr. Stephen Ramroop, in highlighting the importance of Clubs and their families coming together to have fun and develop their strength and team spirit in a relaxed friendly atmosphere.

DG Lara pointed out that as so often the work of Rotary Clubs is in the communities they serve; it is easy to forget that Rotarians belong to a huge, close knit family with shared interests, purpose and focus.

Much effort of the day went into protecting the secret of the perfect “pong pepper” and curry duck as eventually The Rotary Club of Felicity/Charlieville won the coveted title of Curry Duck Champions 2012. The Rotary Club of Princes Town won the Doubles Eating Contest as well as ending up the overall winners of the evening and taking away the AG Rahendra Seemungal Challenge Shield.

Rotarians and their families revisited some of the traditional games like Hula Hoop Contest, Musical Chairs, 3-Legged Race and more fun games after The Rotary Club of San-Fernando South took the spotlight at lunch when they prepared a mouthwatering curry goat and delicious stew chicken.  

Rotarians vowed to continue the Family Day with many threats from the other Clubs to take away the Challenge Shield next year from the Rotary Club of Princes Town.

Food Fun and Fellowship at Joint Family Day in Palmiste Indira Singh 2012-04-09 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wendy Ann Joseph on Mar 13, 2012

 
Enhancing our meeting on March 7th was feature speaker, Dr David Brizan, a leadership and management authority who developed a contextual approach to training.

He advised that the chief instrument needed for cultural change was a paradigm shift in our language, our vocabulary. He continued.….. with the need to speak differently rather than to argue well. Dr Brizan defined responsibility as a willingness to experience ourselves as the cause and he reiterated that we are the source of what we have.

Our Club also welcomed the spouses who benefitted as well from the motivational words and concepts outlined by Dr. Brizan.  We concluded the evening with a lovely cake, celebrating with the Rotarians and the spouses who were one year older that month. Best wishes to each of them and Many Happy Returns!

Positive Language Translates Into Positive Results Wendy Ann Joseph 2012-03-14 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bashir Mohammed on Mar 05, 2012

 
The Rotary Club of Princes Town donated a desktop computer system to the students of the La Lune Roman Catholic School at the Medical Outreach and Legal Aid Clinic held on February 26th, 2012. Although the school possessed a computer room, there were no computers to use as teaching aids for the children.  Principal Tracy Mc Kenzie extended heartfelt thanks to the Club on behalf of the students of the school who now have access to computer technology.  

La Lune R.C. School Receives Computer Bashir Mohammed 2012-03-06 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jamir Ousman on Mar 05, 2012

 
The Rotary Club of Princes Town conducted a Medical Outreach Clinic on Sunday 26th February 2012 at the La Lune Roman Catholic School in Moruga. One hundred and twenty one (121) patients visited the clinic and were attended to by the various medical personnel on hand.

The following services were offered at the Clinic:
Blood pressure, blood sugar and cholesterol screening
Psychiatric and Counselling services
ENT services
STD’s Testing
Dispensing of pharmaceuticals via prescriptions from the doctors
Clothing and toys distribution

A Legal Aid Clinic was simultaneously conducted by Rotarian Ms. Debbie Roopchand and her colleague Mr. Ernest H. Koylass S.C. whilst the Medical Clinic was in progress.

A total of 10 persons were counseled on matters ranging over the following areas: matrimonial divorce, cohabitation proceedings, adoption proceedings, custody, land (Deeds/fraud), land (easements), judicial review and access to social welfare.  The individual with the cohabitation matter in particular was near the limitation period (2 years) and unaware that failure to take out proceedings would prevent her from doing so at a later time and stood to lose an interest in the only asset acquired during the cohabitation viz the parties’ residence. 

Medical Outreach and Legal Aid Clinic at La Lune, Moruga Jamir Ousman 2012-03-06 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Indira Singh on Feb 20, 2012

 
Love and Carnival took the limelight on Saturday 11th February when The Rotary Club of Princes Town held their annual All Inclusive Valentine’s Dinner and Dance at Doc’s Ranch in Phillipine.

This year the event was larger than ever with patrons serenaded by Neil Lallgee during a scrumptious dinner followed later in the night by hot doubles on the spot and corn soup. The band First Impressions drew many to the dance floor with their rendition of popular oldies by the Mighty Sparrow and Byron Lee and the Dragonnaires along with today’s big Carnival hits.

The event was part of the Club’s fund raising activities to assist and bring positive change to the lives of others.

Annual Valentine's Dinner and Dance 2012 Indira Singh 2012-02-21 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jamir Ousman on Feb 07, 2012

 
The Rotary Club of Princes Town in keeping with its Vocational project to foster and enhance leadership qualities in our youths in today’s society, participated in the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards programme which was held in Grenada at the Gran- Anse Hotel and Beach Resort from January 26-29th, 2012.

Two students from the Princes Town West Secondary School, Dana Shazana Mohammed and Nalini Jagessar, Lower Six students, were selected and sponsored to represent the Rotary Club of Princes Town at this year’s RYLA conference .  

From initial reports from the two students, who attended one of our regular weekly meetings, the conference was truly successful and they enjoyed the trip immensely. The entire conference from arrival to departure was well organized and they would recommend the RYLA programme to their friends.

 The Rotary Club of Princes Town looks forward to partnering with the Princes Town West Secondary in future endeavours.

RYLA 2012 Jamir Ousman 2012-02-08 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Amraz Ali-Bocas on Jan 30, 2012

 
On January 25th 2012, the Atrium of Gulf City Mall was host to our Membership Drive and Rotary Awareness campaign to increase the level of public awareness of the concepts of Rotary and the humanitarian work that Rotary is involved in.

Our Club had on hand fifteen (15) Rotarians present to enlighten the passing patrons on the various arms of Rotary.  The Rotarian magazines, pamphlets, brochures, flyers were distributed to interested parties and a slide presentation highlighting the club’s activities for the past year were transposed on the wall of the Atrium for all to view.

This event proved fruitful for the Club as we garnered four (4) potential Rotarians at the end of this exercise.  The Club’s Membership Director , Rotarian Amraz Ali-Bocas will liaise with the interested persons and provide the necessary information required to them to make an informed decision about becoming a Rotarian.

Special thanks are extended to PP Jim and Partner in Service Tara for all the decorations, plants, banners and tablecloths for the event; IPP Kex and family who made their home available for our regular Wednesday meeting; Rotarian Rudy for transport of equipment and PP Wayne for organizing dinner.

Membership Drive and Rotary Awareness at Gulf City Mall Amraz Ali-Bocas 2012-01-31 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bashir Mohammed on Jan 17, 2012

 
Our Club conducted a Wellness Program for our members in January at our regular meeting held at Canton Palace San Fernando.  Blood Pressure Testing, Blood Glucose and Cholesterol Testing were administered to all participating members.  Calculation of the Body Mass Index was done and all results were recorded in order to monitor the levels every quarter.

The next Wellness Program will be conducted in early April and results will be compared to the January recorded reading.  It is the Club’s intention to promote healthy lifestyles and efforts will be made to continue to educate our members accordingly.

Promoting Healthy Lifestyles Bashir Mohammed 2012-01-18 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bashir Mohammed on Dec 27, 2011
  
Our Club continued its drive to reduce environmental  degradation and help preserve the natural environment by planting poui, pine  and mahogany saplings at the Lady Hochoy Home in Gasparillo on December 15th, 2011.  A total of nineteen (19) trees  were planted and left in the competent care of the residents and administrators  of the home.  President Bashir and Rotarians Wendy and Indira assisted the children of the Home in this tree planting exercise.
Green Initiative at Lady Hochoy Home in Gasparillo Bashir Mohammed 2011-12-28 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wendy Ann Joseph on Dec 27, 2011
  
December 17th was the Rotary Club of Princes Town  President’s Year End Event and what a spread it was!

The venue was the FunSplash Water Park in Debe and you should  have seen the transformation! Twinkling lights against the backdrop of cascading water set the mood for the evening.   After a superb dinner followed by delicious  desserts, the Rotarians and their guests were entertained by ROCKY MOUNTAIN, a young  lively country western band. Yee Haw! brings back lovely memories.

The exchange of gifts brought smiles all around, especially  from the young ones who were allowed to stay up waaayy past their bedtime.

The Board and members of the club would like to say a  special Thank You to our President Bashir, his charming wife Narisha and  endearing son Nabeel, for a wonderful evening and to wish them all the best for  2012.

President's Year End Event Wendy Ann Joseph 2011-12-28 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jamir Ousman on Dec 20, 2011
  
The Board of Directors at its monthly meeting on Saturday 3rd. December, 2011 approved the following schools and institution for the  distribution of gift bags, treat bags and hampers as part of the club’s  on-going charitable projects.

The schools approved were Princes Town Presbyterian No.2  (430 students) and Reform Hindu School (101 students), while approval was given for seventy five (75) items of toys to the  Princes Town District Health Facilities.

The actual preparation of the items was done on the 13 & 14th. at Rotarian Jim's home.

The treat was done on the 15th December, 2011 at  the schools.   At Reform, one hundred and one (101) students  were treated.   Food Hampers were given  to twelve (12) needy parents.   The following persons were present: President  Bashir, Rotarians Capil, Wayne, Vilma, Wendy, Indira , Jim and Partner in  Service Tara.

At Princes Town Presbyterian No.2, four hundred and thirty  (430) students were given treat bags and toys.   Twenty three (23) food hampers were given to  needy parents.   The following persons  were present: President Bashir, Rotarians Capil, Wayne and Jim.  Also partners in service Tara, Narisha and  Debbie together with her daughter, Amy; and not forgetting the main man, Santa  Claus-Rotarian Rudolph.

Special thanks to partners in service Narisha and Tara  together with Rotarian Vilma who did the purchasing of the toys and gift items.  Special thanks to all those who assisted  in the packaging of the toys and gift bags.  The club also extends its heartfelt thanks to Yasmin Mohammed of New York for  donating toys and gift items towards the treat.

Bringing joy to kids at Christmas Jamir Ousman 2011-12-21 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jamir Ousman on Dec 20, 2011
 The Rotary Club of Princes Town in keeping with its on-going  program to foster and promote harmony within our diverse religious community  collaborated with the Palmyra Hindu School in observance of Divali 2011.

This year’s participation was in the form of designing a  Divali Card. Each student was asked to create a card depicting some aspect of Divali.

The prize distribution was held on Friday 9th December, 2011 at the Palmyra Hindu School.

The committee came together and was able to do the judging  of all the cards. Prizes were awarded to the best three (3) cards in each of  the seven (7) classes. A total of twenty one (21) prizes  were handed out, (First, Second and Third).  Book prizes were given to all winning students.  The  Rotary Club also sponsored the snacks and the fruit drinks to all students.

In attendance were Rotarians Jamir and Capil Beharry from  the club, together with Mrs. Tara Ousman and Mrs. Carol Arjoon, who were  responsible for the selecting and purchasing of the prizes (books).

Divali Card Competition Jamir Ousman 2011-12-21 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Indira Singh on Dec 06, 2011
  
The Rotary Club of Princes Town held its second annual Tea Party and Fashion Event in Port of Spain at the  Hilton Conference Centre on Sunday November 20th. 

The event was held to generate  funds towards the Club’s work with Diabetes awareness, education and prevention. This year the Club also focused on Rotary’s ongoing campaign to eradicate Polio.    The  Feature Speaker, The Minister of Health, The Honorable Dr. Fuad Khan  complimented the Club for its initiative in taking the Diabetes prevention  message to primary schools with their interactive talks, booklets and quizzes  and also in their medical outreach programs where blood testing and awareness  information are taken to remote rural villages.

In his address, the Minister  indicated his Ministry’s intention to introduce healthy food options to  children as the numbers of diabetes cases in the country increases along with  the number of amputations from diabetes. Minister Khan also gave his commitment  on behalf of the Ministry of Health to partner with the Rotary Club of Princes Town in the fight against diabetes.

When Princes Town Came to Port-of-Spain Indira Singh 2011-12-07 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jamir Ousman on Nov 22, 2011

 An Eid Card competition was held at the Lengua T.I.A Primary school in which all students took part. All students were asked to  create a card depicting some aspect of the celebration of Eid.  The judging of the cards was done by the  teachers. 

The Rotary Club of Princes Town in keeping with its planned programme to participate in all religious  events donated the sum of Two thousand five hundred dollars ($ 2,500.00) towards  this event. The money was used to purchase prizes for the students in each  class who placed in the top three. The awards function was held on Friday 18th November, 2011 at the school’s compound.   

The Rotary Club's Service Project Chairperson (Jim) and his partner in service Tara assisted in the distribution of the prizes.

Eid-ul-Adha Card Competition Jamir Ousman 2011-11-23 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Brandon David on Nov 16, 2011

 
On Thursday 10th November 2011, our Club hosted a Joint Meeting with the Rotary Club of San Fernando  South and a visit by the District Governor (DG) Lara Quentrall-Thomas at Canton  Palace Restaurant, San Fernando.

  

Ms. Debbie Roopchand, a practicing Attorney-at-Law  was inducted as the newest member of the Rotary Club of Princes Town by sitting  President Bashir Mohammed and was pinned with her Rotary pin by the DG Lara  Quentrall-Thomas.   Ms. Roopchand met  members of the Rotary Club of Princes Town during their awareness walk-about in  Gulf City Mall in August, during the Rotary Membership Development month.

 


DG Lara Pins Newest Inductee at Joint Meeting with Rotary Club of San Fernando South Brandon David 2011-11-17 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wendy Ann Joseph on Nov 08, 2011
  
In keeping with Rotary International’s Educational and Humanitarian programs annually, the Rotary Club of Princes Town recognizes students from the Princes Town area and environs who do exceptionally well in the Student’s Examination Assessment (SEA) exams. The club also recognizes students from the catchment who sit the Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination (CAPE) and are awarded National Scholarships by the Government of T & T.

This year, on November 5th 2011, a Gala function was held at the Ste Madeleine Regional Complex where eight (8) Form one students and twenty eight (28) National scholarship winners were honoured.
Vocational Awards 2011 Wendy Ann Joseph 2011-11-09 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wendy Ann Joseph on Nov 03, 2011
 
 Divali, the festival of lights is a very special occasion for Hindus all over the world. It signifies good over evil. This festival was commemorated by the club on October 22nd, 2011 at the residence of Rotarian PP Dr. Ronald Gobin. 

As is customary, prior to the start of the program, Lakshmi Pooja (prayers) was performed by Pundit Sunil Gosine. At 6.00 pm Rotarians and their guests lit deeyas (clay bowls filled with oil and a wick) and it was a joy to see the children scampering around the flickering lights under the watchful eyes of the adults.

Later on, Retired Colonel Mahindra Mathur spoke on the significance of Divali, enlightening us on the five days of celebration held in India. The program included dances, songs and modeling. Rotarians showed that they knew a thing or two about fashion and modeling. You should have seen them “strut their stuff!”

No Rotary function such as this would be complete without a good curry and indeed it was, especially served on sohari leaves albeit, synthetic.

It was a wonderful evening, filled with camaraderie, fellowship, peace and happiness. We were truly blessed by Mother Lakshmi, the Goddess of wealth and prosperity.
Divali Celebration in La Romaine Wendy Ann Joseph 2011-11-04 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bashir Mohammed on Oct 28, 2011
  
Diabetes has been identified as the next world health epidemic.  Our Club has implemented a Diabetes Education and Awareness Program in nine (9) primary schools within Princes Town. 

Our aim is to educate the children about healthy lifestyles and the consequences of bad eating habits to their health as they get older. 

Our target group of Standard 3 students showed immense interest and were very excited to learn about Diabetes and the preventative measures each child can take to protect themselves.

The Club conducted lectures and distributed booklets to 519 Standard 3 students  who all participated in a written quiz on the topic. 

On completion of the quiz at all schools, a prize distribution function will be held to honour the top 5 students in each of the nine schools.

The program has been a resounding success and our Club would like to extend the program to schools in other parts of Trinidad. 

The children become educated on healthy living and that each one of them is responsible for their own health.  Special thanks go out to PP Zobida, PP Selwyn, Rotarian Terry and Partner in Service Selene.

 

Diabetes Education and Awareness Program Bashir Mohammed 2011-10-29 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Hassim Ali on Oct 11, 2011
  
The Club rendered assistance to a family of six (6) whose house was damaged beyond repair by reconstructing a new house for them.  The house is being built in Mt. Stewart Village in Princes Town for a family of six with children ranging from five years of age to six months.

Their house was destroyed by high winds.  The father, a labourer, was unable to raise the necessary funds and the matter was brought to our attention.  Director Jamir, Rotarians Terry and Wayne must be commended for their yeoman service to this project.

 

Housing Assistance for Family Hassim Ali 2011-10-12 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bashir Mohammed on Oct 03, 2011

 
The Rotary Clubs of Penal, Princes Town and Point Fortin were in attendance on September 28th, 2011 at Paria Suites, La Romain where DCP Jack Ewatski divulged new crime fighting initiatives and Police Reform strategies to curb the increase in crime at the various hotspots in the country. 

The evening was sponsored by TSTT who unveiled their newest wireless internet device My Hotspot as well as the newest range of Blackberry devices and tablets on the market.

Many of the Rotarians present expressed confidence in the new crime fighting initiatives, saying they were looking forward to a rejuvenated Police Service.

  
DCP Ewatski Unveils Police Reform Strategies to Southern Rotarians Bashir Mohammed 2011-10-04 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bashir Mohammed on Sep 29, 2011

 
Our Club over the last quarter has distributed over six (6) wheelchairs to deserving persons within the Princes Town district.  These wheelchairs have changed the quality of life for the recipients, most of whom were bedridden without any means of moving around.  Many thanks to the donor of the wheelchairs, Mr. Shaffick Mohammed and Family of New York.

  
Wheelchair Distribution Bashir Mohammed 2011-09-30 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Indira Singh on Sep 20, 2011
 
The Club’s 11th Annual Chokha Fest was held at the Usine Ste. Madeleine Club on September 17th 2011. The picturesque venue overlooking the Ste. Madeleine Pond and Golf Course provided the perfect backdrop for guests to spend an evening enjoying a collection of chokhas that brought back the feeling of the “good ole” days.

Rotarians prepared eighteen (18) dishes including twelve (12) chokhas such as the classic tomatoes, bigan and alloo chokhas and the not so familiar green fig and ochro chokhas. Hot sada roti was made on site and a wide selection of condiments including kutchela, tambrind, curry mango and “Mother-in-Law” added spice to the evening.

Dessert was supplied by the Kiss Baking Company and soft drinks by Caribbean Bottlers Ltd. The Club is also grateful to Nutrimix Ltd., Persad’s Food King and Kimberly-Clarke Ltd. for their contributions.

The cost of a ticket for the event was $125.00 and approximately 410 tickets were sold. The funds received would be used in the ongoing work of the Club in the many avenues of service.

This year the State Of Emergency did not affect the attendance as many of our guests stayed on to hear Heeralal Rampartap perform and to fellowship with members.

The Chokha Fest is not only a signature fund raiser of the Club but it is an opportunity for members to have fun, fellowship and work together for a noble purpose and in the name of Rotary.

Hot Like Choka! Our 11th Annual Choka Fest. Indira Singh 2011-09-21 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bashir Mohammed on Sep 08, 2011
 
Our Club celebrated the occasion of Eid-ul Fitr on September 07, 2011 at the Ste. Madeleine Regional Complex.
  Our feature speaker for the evening, Maulana Rishad Hosein of the Dar Ul Barakaat in Barrackpore enlightened the members and their families on the significance of Eid.  He stressed the need for family values and then highlighted the similarities in Islam and Rotary as both serve the less fortunate in society.

The audience was mesmerized by the melodious voice of President Elect Capil as he rendered a quaseeda or Islamic song.  The program also featured delightful performances by children of Rotary, Nabeel Mohammed and Kyle Ali, who recited verses of the Holy Quran.  Specially invited singer, Haroon Ali, serenaded the audience with two enchanting quaseedas which were well received.

Everyone enjoyed a traditional  Eid dinner of curried goat, chicken, rice, pumpkin, curried channa and potato, salad and roti.  Sawine was served as dessert as well as traditional sweets such as barfi, gulab jamoon, dates, and kurma.

 

Eid Celebration at Ste. Madeleine Regional Complex Bashir Mohammed 2011-09-09 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bashir Mohammed on Sep 05, 2011
 
Our Club hosted a Rotary Awareness Program at Gulf City Mall on August 28, 2011 to increase the public’s awareness of Rotary and to generate interest in the Club’s projects and activities.

The evening was successful as members of the public were keenly interested in the Club’s community programs and outreach projects.  At the end of the event, we received proposals of interest in becoming Rotarians from at least four (4) persons thereby promoting our membership growth drive.  Special thanks to Rotarians Ronald and Jim who demonstrated their immense knowledge of Rotary .

 

Promoting Rotary Awareness at Gulf City Mall Bashir Mohammed 2011-09-06 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jamir Ousman on Aug 30, 2011
 
 A Medical Outreach clinic was conducted at Upper Corosal Community Council on Sunday 21st August, 2011 at the community Library.

Seventy two (72) patients were examined by the team of five Doctors in attendance. Medical examinations were carried out, in addition to Blood pressure testing, Blood sugar testing and Cholesterol testing.

There was also the distribution of books, shoes and clothing.  Literature on Dengue and Diabetes was also distributed to the persons in attendance.

 

Medical Outreach in Upper Corosal Jamir Ousman 2011-08-31 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wendy Ann Joseph on Aug 21, 2011
 
On  Wednesday 17th August, the Rotary Clubs of San Juan and Princes Town held a joint meeting at the Canton Palace Restaurant and Lounge at Cross Crossing San Fernando.

Members of both clubs attended this joint meeting and there was some measure of nostalgia as foundation members of Princes Town recollected fond memories from the inception of the Club and the interactions with our sponsor club San Juan.

Mr Anil Ghurahoo, a representative from the Ministry Of Legal Affairs brought greetings from the Minister and shared with the group, the Minister's vision for improving the services provided under the various facets of his Ministry.

Joint Meeting of Rotary Clubs of Princes Town & San Juan Wendy Ann Joseph 2011-08-22 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wendy Ann Joseph on Aug 21, 2011

  
The members of the club have reason to celebrate as on Monday 22nd August, 2011, Rotarians together with Principal Pariag, teachers and students of the Princes Town Presbyterian school #2 planted saplings, chiefly, pink poui and pine on the school’s compound.

The club will conduct another tree planting exercise at Sattar Avenue, St Croix Road playground and the Princes Town District Health Facility.

Rotarians are seeking your assistance in developing opportunities for enhancing the environment.

President of Rotary International, K. Banerjee has challenged Rotary clubs to look for opportunities to reduce environmental degradation and Rotary clubs across the world have been encouraged to plant trees.

During the exercise, while most of us had to quench our thirst or snack on the delicious pelau and stew chicken provided by the staff of the school, President Bashir and Rotarian Jim who were fasting showed real fortitude. Truly, “reach within to embrace humanity,” this year’s Rotary’s theme.

Special thanks to President Bashir, Rotarians Terry, Selwyn and Jim, the Forestry Division and Arion Joseph.

Rotary Club of Princes Town’s Green Initiative is to plant trees Wendy Ann Joseph 2011-08-22 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bashir Mohammed on Aug 02, 2011
  
On Wednesday 27th July, the Rotary Clubs of Princes Town and San Fernando held a joint meeting at the Canton Palace Restaurant and Lounge at Cross Crossing San Fernando.  Members of both clubs attended this joint meeting as did the Rotary District Governor for Region 7030 – Lara Quentrall-Thomas and the Assistant District Governor –  Rahindra      Seemungal.

Logistics Manager for Carib Glass – Mr. Dave Gajadhar was the feature speaker and presented his topic the benefits of “Glass Recycling”. An open lively discussion followed soon afterwards. 

 

Joint meeting of the Rotary Clubs of Princes Town and San Fernando Reducing Carbon Footprint Program Bashir Mohammed 2011-08-03 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Indira Singh on Jul 26, 2011

  
  The TSTT grounds on Cipero Rd. was the venue on July 17th for the Rotary Club of Princes Town Family Day and Curry Duck Cook Out.

Three teams led by Rotarians Allana, Kex and Ronald competed for the coveted title of the best duck. It was a difficult decision for the judges, however, Team Allana won, thanks especially to Rotarian Seelal and Partner in Service Debbie.

After a scrumptious lunch of Roti, Channa, Pumpkin, Chicken, Duck, Macaroni pie, Salad, Provision, Curry Mango and Watermelon, the games began!

Laughter, cheers and picong were the order of the day as Rotarians and their families played Cricket, Musical Chairs, Slip and Slide, Pass the water balloon, Shoe tying race, Lime and Spoon and more.

 Rotarians took turns churning the old fashioned ice cream maker as  Rotarian Terry and Partner in Service Selene made their special home-made ice cream to go with Rotarian Jaik’s  delicious cakes. 

It was a memorable day and the promise was to make it bigger and better next year!

Family Fun Day & Curry Duck Lime Indira Singh 2011-07-27 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Brandon David on Jul 26, 2011
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 On Wednesday 27th July, the Rotary Clubs of San Fernando and Princes Town held a joint meeting at the Canton Palace Restaurant and Lounge at Cross Crossing San Fernando.

Members of both clubs attended this joint meeting as did the Rotary District Governor for Region 7030 – Lara Quentrall-Thomas and the Assistant District Governor –  Rahindra Seemungal

Joint meeting of the Rotary clubs of San Fernando and Princes Town at Canton Palace Restaurant and Lounge; Cross Crossing San Fernando. Brandon David 2011-07-27 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wendy Ann Joseph on Jul 19, 2011

 
Shakeer Baig, Senior Meteorologist , Guest Speaker at a weekly Rotary meeting had the Rotarians of the club spellbound as he illustrated and explained the reason for this year’s weather pattern. He advised that the weather was more extreme because of LA NINA and recounted data for the past 100 years.

He also discussed disaster related matters and advised that we should be cognizant of our first responders and the relevant shelters in associated areas.

Shakeer Baig, Senior Meteorologist , Guest Speaker Wendy Ann Joseph 2011-07-20 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bashir Mohammed on Jun 30, 2011
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RI President Elect Kalyan Banerjee asks all Rotarians in the coming year to look within yourselves and develop the strengths within you and then work outwards to bring change to your Club, your Community and by extension, Humanity.

Rotary International’s Theme for 2011 – 2012 is “Reach Within to Embrace Humanity”.   By focusing on yourself and your family to achieve fulfillment and contentment in your lives, you then have a strong base on which you can build a future in your community.  Rotarians are part of families and what we work to bring to others, we must find within ourselves because what we wish for others is what others wish for themselves as well.

INCOMING PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE 2011-12 Bashir Mohammed Bashir Mohammed 2011-07-01 00:00:00Z 0
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The Rotary Club of Princes Town held its Handover Ceremony at Canton Palace Restaurant & Lounge, Cross Crossing, San Fernando on Saturday 25th June 2011.

Outgoing President 2010-2011 Seunarine “Kex” Sanmook presented Incoming President 2011-2012 Bashir Mohammed with his President’s Pin and officially handed him his Instruments of Appointment.  Incoming President Bashir spoke of Rotary International’s Theme for 2011 – 2012 “Reach within to Embrace Humanity”. Compliant with this theme, the Rotary Club of Princes Town has designated “Change Comes from Within” as their theme for 2011-2012.

ROTARY CLUB OF PRINCES TOWN HANDOVER CEREMONY Bashir Mohammed 2011-06-30 00:00:00Z 0
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Rotary Club of Princes Town held its 11th Annual Golf Tournament on Sunday June 5th 2011 at the Ste Madeline Golf Course.Thirty five teams took to the course to raise much needed money for charity.

The Usine Ste. Madeleine course is an undiscovered gem nestled on the banks of the Usine Pond. The Club takes this opportunity to highlight the beautiful surroundings in Princes Town by staging the event there.

The proceeds of the event go towards the various club charity projects such as helping flood victims, assisting with medical requests and wheelchairs, scholarships for  needy students pursuing tertiary education and more.


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Assistant District Governor, Ann Marie Rogers inducted the newest member at a joint meeting of the Rotary Clubs of San-Fernando, Penal and Princes Town on April 16th.

The Club newest member, Tameeka Luces-Lima. Rotarian Tameeka is employed with Atlantic LNG and is married to Kurt Lima. She now has the classification within  the Club of Commercial and Contract Services.

 
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Rotary Club of Princes Town awarded "Best Club" in District 7030 Bashir Mohammed 2011-05-18 00:00:00Z 0
Rotary Club of Princes gains highest attendance for District 7030 Bashir Mohammed 2011-05-18 00:00:00Z 0
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Assistant District Governor, Ann Marie Rogers presented the Club with the two awards at a joint meeting of the Rotary Clubs of San-Fernando, Penal and Princes Town on April 16th.

The Club also took the opportunity to induct its newest member, Tameeka Luces-Lima. Rotarian Tameeka is employed with Atlantic LNG and is married to Kurt Lima. She now has the classification within  the Club of Commercial and Contract Services.

The Rotary Club of Princes Town welcomes its newest member Bashir Mohammed 2011-04-27 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bashir Mohammed on Jan 14, 2011
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Christmas on the Central Range

Not all the children of Newbolt Village Tabaquite and Corosan Village were excited to meet Santa Claus. Many of them saw Santa for the first time as the Rotary Club of Princes Town hosted two Christmas Treats in December. Christmas goodies and toys were given out by the Rotarians to the children of the remote village of Newbolt. Many of whom would walk miles to get to school and although live close to the Navet Dam, do not enjoy the luxury of pipe borne water.

The annual Christmas treat is a particularly enjoyable event for the Club. This year Rotarians sang carols and spent time with the villagers as hampers and other necessities were given out.  
Christmas on the Central Range Bashir Mohammed 2011-01-15 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bashir Mohammed on Dec 01, 2010
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The Rotary Club of Princes Town welcomes its newest member Allana Labban. Rotarian Allana was iducted on December 1st 2010 on a special evening at Canton Palace Restaurant.

Allana is an Accountant by profession and works with Southern Sales & Services.

Welcome Rotarian Allana!!
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 The Rotary Club of Princes Town Commemorates World Diabetes Day Sun. 14th November - with Tea & Fashion Show at Trinidad Hilton
 

Healthy lifestyle, fun and fellowship were the themes of the first annual Tea Party and Fashion Show hosted by the Rotary Club of Princes Town at the Hilton Trinidad and Conference Centre. In keeping with Rotary International focus on Diabetes, the event recognized World Diabetes Day on November 14th 2010.

A Light Evening of Fantasy - Tea & Fashion Show Article "A Light Evening of Fantasy" Bashir Mohammed 2010-11-29 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bashir Mohammed on Nov 07, 2010
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Our Club held their Awards Function on October 30th 2010 at Horace’s Garden Restaurant.. 

Students in Princes Town and environs who placed in the top one hundred students in the SEA exam and the students who received National Scholarships in CAPE were recognized and awarded while Lennox Bernard reminded both parents and students of their responsibility to each other and to society.

This year twenty-two students in the area attained National Scholarships. Educator Dr. In addition to this the Club annually awards the Mannick Bissoon Scholarship to deserving students to assist them as they pursue tertiary education. This year, six students were received scholarships.

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Posted by Bashir Mohammed on Oct 21, 2010
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Annual Choka Fest

 

 

Dear all,

 

Once again, the Rotary Club of Princes Town received tremendous support for our annual Choka Fest fund rasing project. This fund rasing project was hosted on Saturday October 9th,  2010 at the Usine St. Madeline Sports and Golf Club (by the pond).

 

This was our (14) fourteenth year for this particular event, and the funds received will continue to provide assistance to our physically and financially challenged neighbours within the Princes Town area and the environs. 
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 The Career Guidance Fair was held at the Princes Town East Secondary School on October 14th and 15th. Form five students from Princes Town, Rio Claro, Mayaro and Barrackpore  were given the opportunity to learn about tertiary education options and career plans.

Many students showed great interest in the display and discussion by National Energy Skills Centre (NESC) and The University of The West Indies (UWI), while others flocked to the Republic Bank booth, COSTATT and School of Business and Computer Science.

 

A two-day Career Guidance Fair at the Princes Town East Secondary Bashir Mohammed 2010-10-18 00:00:00Z 0
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DIVALI 2013

“Lead us from darkness into light…”


In keeping with the Club’s practice of recognizing national holidays and appreciating the diversity of our country’s religious tapestry, Divali was celebrated at a special meeting on Wednesday 23rd October at the home of Past President Dr. Ronald Gobin.

Rotarians, family and friends lighted Deyas and listened attentively to the discourse given by Pundit Maharaj, the officiating Pundit of the Triveni Hindu Mandir, Guaracara. Pundit Maharaj spoke on the significance of Divali and drew attention to the similarity of Divali’s enlightenment to Rotary’s recognition of the importance of Truth in our actions.

But it was not all philosophy as Rotarian Patsy Chankersingh organized a Pick-a-Pan game testing Rotarians and guests on their knowledge of East Indian words. There was even a mini fashion show as all showed off their traditional ethnic wear. The evening ended with a delicious vegetarian meal.

The Club thanks Secretary Ronald and his family for their kind hospitality.



Rot. Indira and Aneila, wife of AG Wayne light deyas.

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Dinner time. Pundit Maharaj helps himself to the delicious food.

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Rot. Patsy helps Aneila to prepare the parasad.

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AG Wayne and Aneila help in the lighting of deyas.

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Preparing for the feast.

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Rot. Hafiz’s children, Rehan and Saheli model their cute Indian wear.

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PP Ronald’s new granddaughter Zara and her Aunt.

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Pres. Bashir talks with Rot. Debbie while First Lady Narisha and Nabeel look on.

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Rot. Von and his wife Nazimoon.

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Rot. Terry Ali and his family model their traditional Indian wear.

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Scenes of DIVALI CELEBRATION AT GLUD ROAD

 

Divali celebration brought the village of Glud Road and Mantacool together on Saturday October 26th. The Rotary Club of Princes Town was part of that celebration as it continues  to support rural villages in working harmoniously to develop and improve living conditions and village life.

The Club treated the children at the celebration and President Bashir took the opportunity to present food hampers to deserving families in the village.   

 

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On May 10th 2013, the Rotary Club of Princes Town celebrated its 20th Anniversary in a lavish function held at Soong’s Great Wall Restaurant in San Fernando.

Chartered on May 7th 1993 with 26 members, there were still 8 remaining members who continue to be active in club’s projects. Each charter member was presented with a Rotary dial watch in recognition of their 20 years in service.

It was indeed a night of nostalgia, as it was at Soong’s Great Wall Restaurant our Charter ceremony was held 20 years ago. We were also entertained by the Shiv Shakti Dance Company who also entertained us in 1993.

The highlight of the evening was a power point presentation outlining 20 years in service with emphasis on the club’s achievements. We also took the opportunity to induct Ms. Krista Chang and Mr. Vishnu Seetaram as new members. All mothers were also recognized as Mother’s Day was 2 days away.

Our specially invited guests included our main guest speaker Justice Frank Seepersad, President of Rotary Club of San Juan which is our sponsor club and some of their club members and Mr. Ramnarine Bissoon, our club’s benefactor.

The party continued into the next day.

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“Which school subject arouses the strongest emotions in people? You guessed it – Mathematics”

Dr Noel Kalicharan, Senior Lecturer, Computer Science, The University of the West Indies, St Augustine, Trinidad, said that people “who hate math really hate the idea of not being able to do it well.” He believed that we can become good at numbers and one way is using our hands – Digital Maths.

Rotarians were quite engrossed with this clever and dexterous technique and found it quite unbelievable at the speed at which they were able to calculate arithmetic.

It was an enjoyable evening and the fun was quite contagious.

Who would have thought math could be so much fun!

 

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On March 12th,2013 Carlene Pooran, Resource Development Officer from Habitat for Humanity T & T presented her organization & their campaign, ”Give hope a home: start with a roof” to Rotarians.

Their mission, seeking to put God’s love into action, brings people together to build homes, communities and hope.

 It was a very inspiring presentation as we were urged to be part of this “upward mobility in the cause of human dignity”.

 

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Submitted by Dana Shazana Mohammed and Nalini Jagessar

At our trip to Grenada we were introduced to life changing experiences as never before. The scenery was beyond our imagination and the accommodation was wonderful. In keeping up with the RYLA mission statement “To empower and inspire creative young minds to become ethical leaders in their communities, through self –respect and a sense of understanding and compassion for others – while being agents of change for themselves ,their peers, their environment and their future”, we attended various meetings to build our self esteem, how to resolve conflict in our community, fashion and how it plays an important role in society, leadership, sex and sexuality, environmental issues caused by man, crime and young people and  nutrition and wellness.

While we were there we had certain rules to abide by example: possession or use of drugs, alcohol beverages or other stimulants is STRICTLY FORBIDDEN at all of the Conference locations.  Besides the learning experience we were able to communicate with people from all parts of the Caribbean who attended the conference, as they were of our age bracket. We not only attended class sessions but rather had to put together a talent show of all that we have learnt which the conference heads thoroughly enjoyed.

Among us there were speakers such as: the District Governor Lara Quentrall- Thomas who demonstrated Rotary’s respect and concern for youths, The Honorable Peter David, Minister of Tourism and Culture. He went to explain how important it is to prepare young people for leadership roles today. The Minister of Youth Empowerment and Sports also added a few words on leadership roles and youth spirituality. The president- elect of Rotary Alana Wilson was a great inspiration to us all as she encouraged us on embracing humanity.

We were also given the opportunity to visit the Old Age Home where we were delighted to paint the doors and the outside of it, as this would bring joy and light to everyone in the home. It was a great opportunity for us to participate in RYLA 2012 and we were able to better our lives and identify what role we play in society. As youths we will encourage other youths who didn’t get the opportunity like us to better themselves as well as their community.

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 The celebration of Eid-ul-Fitr by the Rotary Club of Princes Town was held at the picturesque Usine Ste. Madeleine Sports Club on Wednesday September 15, 2010. 
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A warm welcome to all Rotarians to this the first edition of the quarterly RI District 7030 Diabetes Project Newsletter. In this edition we will highlight some of the diabetes projects that have taken place within the District many of which are ongoing. Please do keep letting us know of projects your club is involved in.
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The Rotary club of Princes Town conducted a Medical outreach program on Sunday 18th.July, at the Residence of Mr. Roy Ragbir in the village of Kernaham, Mayaro. The clinic was conducted from 8.30a.m. to 12.30p.m
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The Rotary Club of Princes Town held its Hand Over Ceremony at Canton Palace Restaurant & Lounge, Cross Crossing –
San Fernando on Saturday 26th June 2010.
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The Rotary Club of Princes Town 10th Annual Charity Golf Tournament hosted at Millennium Lakes Golf & Country Club, Trincity The Rotary Club of Princes Town held its 10th Annual Charity Golf Tournament at Millennium Lakes Golf & Country Club in Trincity on Sunday 20th June 2010. A healthy breakfast preceded the shotgun start at 11am The overcast conditions and the almost constant drizzle, made the water logged golf course unyielding but this certainly did not deter the golfers and a very interesting game ensued. The tournament concluded at 3pm and all participants enjoyed a wonderful three course lunch/supper catered by Muscovy Restaurant of Millennium Lakes Golf & Country Club.
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