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Welcome to the Rotary Club of Barbados South

Barbados South

Service Above Self

We meet Wednesdays at 12:00 PM
Accra Beach Hotel and Spa Resort
Christ Church, Barbados  B9999
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On Wednesday 31 October 2018, the Rotary Club of Barbados South will have as its Guest Speaker Dr. Justin Robinson, Dean, Faculty of Social Sciences, UWI Cave Hill Campus and CEO (ag) Sagicor Cave Hill School of Business to speak on the topic 'Deconstructing the IMF, IMF support for Developing Nations. The Barbados Request and the IMF Response... A Road Map for Recovery'. After Dr. Robinson's presentation, he will be joined by the Governor of the Central Bank of Barbados, Mr. Cleviston Haynes, for a Q&A session. This is a Dinner Meeting, please read flyer and RSVP as required.
Nearly fifty (50) Rotarians and their partners-in-service from the three (3) Rotary Clubs in Barbados attended the recently concluded Rotary International Conference held in Toronto, Canada 23 - 27 June 2018. The conference had many highlights including an address on literacy by former First Lady Laura Bush, an address by Canadian Premier Justin Trudeau, HRH Princess Anne, and the election of the first Rotary International President from the Caribbean, RI President Barry Rassin from Rotary Club of East Nassau, District 7020.
The three Rotary Clubs in Barbados honored outgoing UN Resident Coordinator in Barbados Ambassador Stephen O'Malley for his contribution to the Rotary Model United Nations Program for students and youth in Barbados at the Barbados Club weekly luncheon meeting held on Thursday 26 July 2018 at the Hilton Hotel. He was presented with a plaque by Past District Governor David Edwards along with representatives from all three clubs, Rotary Barbados, Rotary South and Rotary West.
Rotary Model United Nations Program help young leaders in many different ways:
  • Teaches students peaceful conflict resolution, diplomatic negotiating strategies, and critical and analytical thinking and speaking skills
  • Exposes students to complex international issues and different cultures and political ideologies in order to develop a more balanced, objective worldly perspective
  • Increases Rotary's involvement with Youth Services in addition to RYLA, Interact, and Rotaract.
The RotaryClub of Barbados South held its 33rd annual installation ceremony of Officers of the new Board on Friday 6th July 2018 at the Accra Beach Hotel and Spa. At left President Vivian-Anne Gittens being installed by PDG David Edwards, looking on is Immediate Past President Hiranand Thani. Below is the Board of Directors for 2018-2019 present for the installation.

Scotiabank, one of the region’s leading commercial banks, has signaled its commitment to the well‐being of the disabled community in Barbados. The Bank has recently signed on to be the title sponsor of the Inclusive Play project, a facility where children of all abilities will play, learn, explore, discover and imagine together in an environment where their common experiences make a more lasting impression than their different abilities. Scotiabank’s commitment includes a $75,000 cash donation which is being facilitated through Scotiabank (Barbados) Foundation Inc. The Inclusive Play project is being developed specifically to ccommodate
persons living with varying disabilities. The building has been designed to include a sensory room with light and sound stimulation, a soft‐padded room, a half‐sized basketball court, and a number of other activity areas. It will also include a playground which will facilitate activities by both disabled and able‐bodied children.

The project is the brainchild of the Rotary Club of Barbados South, an organisation which over the years has spearheaded a number of community projects which have benefitted Barbadian society. Commenting on Scotiabank’s contribution to the project, President of the Rotary Club of Barbados South, Katrina Sam noted that the $75,000 cash donation will catapult the project towards achieving the goal of providing Barbados’ disabled community with a truly Inclusive Play facility.

Scotiabank’s Angela Phillips (Manager, Finance) and Antony Philips (Senior Manager, Marketing), both of whom are Directors of Scotiabank (Barbados) Foundation Inc. have expressed their full support of the project. Kevin Teslyk, President of Scotiabank (Barbados) President: Katrina Sam-Prescod Secretary: Sonya Alleyne Email: Website: Foundation Inc, said, "We saw it as imperative that we support the Inclusive Play project. First,it allows us to continue to contribute as we have over the years through our Scotiabank Bright Future Programme. At the same time, it enables us to deepen our relationship with the community." He added: "What impressed us particularly about this initiative was the degree to which it will encourage full integration between able‐bodied children and those with disabilities. We expect the project to go a long way towards stemming ignorance about and discrimination against persons with disabilities."

President Katrina Sam noted that the Rotary Club of Barbados South is hoping to enter an arrangement with the Government to lease a lot on the premises of the Wildey Gymnasium. Sam also noted that a number of well‐known Barbadian companies have indicated their support of the project, and have pledged to contribute cash, labour, materials and other necessary resources to ensure that the project is a success. The Inclusive Play project has also received support from a number of other corporate entities in Barbados. During the Holiday Season drive, the project partnered with Emerald City, Carlton & A1, SuperCentre and Courts (Barbados) Ltd. Pro‐Vice Chancellor and Principal of the University of the West Indies (Cave Hill Campus), Professor Sir Hilary Beckles, who is an
Honourary Rotarian, has graciously accepted an invitation to be patron of the Inclusive Play project.

The Rotary Club of Barbados South thanks the public for their support and notes that other fund‐raising activities will soon be announced. The public can receive regular updates on the project by joining the Inclusive Play Facebook page at

(L‐R): Angela Phillips (Manager, Finance, Scotiabank); Antony Philips (Senior Manager, Marketing, Scotiabank); Professor Sir Hilary Beckles (Pro‐Vice Chancellor and Principal, University of the West Indies, Cave Hill), Katrina Sam (President, The Rotary Club of Barbados South), Rotarian Peter Thompson (Architect for the Project) and Rotarian Gordon Julian.

An initiative of the Rotary Club of Barbados South

Rotary International is the world’s first service club organisation, with more than 1.2 million members in 33,000 clubs worldwide. Rotary club members are volunteers who work locally, regionally, and internationally to combat hunger, improve health and sanitation, provide education and job training, promote peace, and eradicate polio under the motto Service Above Self. In recent years, the number of children born with physical, cognitive and sensory disabilities has increased. “For children with disabilities, finding someone with whom to play is often not an easy task. They can experience rejection and unequal treatment by their able-bodied peers, adding issues of low self-esteem and lack of confidence to their existing physical and/or mental disabilities.”

The Rotary of Barbados South is embarking on an ambitious community service project aimed at “Inclusive Play”. An initiative of the Rotary Club of Barbados South ensuring that infants and children who desire to “play” can do so regardless of physical or cognitive ability. Our goal is to create an “Inclusive Play” facility where hildren of all abilities will play, learn explore, discover and imagine together in an environment where their common experiences make a more lasting impression than their different abilities. The proposed site of this universally accessible playground and recreational centre is the Sir Garfield Sobers Gymnasium.
We have requested 25,000 sq ft. of land from the government of Barbados on which to erect this facility and we are working with all parties to secure the selected site. Barbados needs your help to make this exciting, socially responsible project a reality.
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