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Welcome to the Rotary Club of St Augustine

St. Augustine

Service Above Self

Meetings every 2nd and 4th Wednesday from 7:30 p.m. The meeting on the 4th Wednesday is held at Valpark Chinese Restaurant, but please check Calendar, since our venue can change depending on type of meeting.
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Indar Ramnath was recently installed at the 2019 to 2020 President for the Rotary Club of St Augustine at a ceremony held at Jaffa Restaurant, Port of Spain.
 
2019 to 2020 Board
Left to Right:  Past Presidents Balraj Kelly, Anand Rampersad;  Assistant Governor Gary Williams; Past President Dietrich Schoeller; 2019 to 2020 President Indar Ramnath; Immediate Past President, Maria Mohammed-Maharaj; 2020 to 2021 President-Elect Krishna Boodhai and Past President, Dr Deo Singh.  Missing:  Rotarian Dr Joeline Charles; Past Presidents Rajin Sookhai and Ramesh Ramlogan.
 
To culminate the 50th year of the Rotary Club of St Augustine, a Joint Celebration was held together with the Club's Annual Handing Over Ceremony recently at Jaffa Restaurant in Port of Spain. Ten year old Ella Elizabeth Pollard, Charter President of the first EarlyAct™ Club in Trinidad & Tobago (of the University School) delivered the Opening Remarks.  The Club was honoured to have Charter Member and Past Rotary District 6600 (US) Governor John Brodbeck - now with the Rotary Club of Springdale - come in from Arkansas, US to deliver the Feature Address. 
 
 
Additionally, seven Honourary Members were inducted including: Charter Members: Nath Sharma who celebrated 51 years as a Rotarian on 26th June 2019; Dr John Bharath and John Brodbeck who will now be both an Honourary Member with the Rotary Club of St Augustine while still being an active member of the Rotary Club of Springvale in Arkansas, US.  

Honourary Membership was also conferred for Meritorious Community Service to Past Presidents, Dr Bishnu Balbirsingh and Rashide Tallim Mohammed; while Dr Ferdinand Penco and Dr Sateesh Ramphal received same for their contribution to Heartbeat International Trinidad & Tobago (HBITT), a project that was started by the Club over thirty years ago.

Outgoing President Maria Mohammed-Maharaj, handed over the Presidential Chain to 2019 to 2020 President Indar Ramnath.

Other attendees included:  Mr. Joseph FitzGerald, Political Section Chief of the U.S. Embassy, Mr Aniruddha Das, Second Secretary, High Commission of India, Joe Ramkissoon, Past Rotary District 7030 Governor, Principal and Vice Principal of the University School, Rotarians from St Augustine and other Rotary Clubs, Rotaract Club of St Augustine, Inner Wheel Club of Trinidad & Tobago and other guests.
 
 
Ten year old Ella Pollard, Charter President of the EarlyAct™ Club of the University School receives the Club's official gavel from Vishnu Balroop, Past President and EarlyAct™ Co-ordinator, Rotary Club of St Augustine.  The EarlyAct™ Club of the University School is the first to be formed in Trinidad & Tobago, sponsored by the Rotary Club of St Augustine.  EarlyAct™ is  a school-wide service club of children aged 5 to 13 years old.
 
 
 
 
The Rotary Club of St Augustine sponsored Trinidad and Tobago's first EarlyAct™ Club of The University School on Monday 6th May at a Charter Ceremony held at the School's Auditorium
 
EarlyAct™ Club of The University School Charter Board (Standard 3):
  • President - Ella Pollard
  • Vice President - Braeden Velasco 
  • Corresponding Secretary - Gianna Boodram
  • Recording Secretary - Kirsten Jade Rampersad
  • Treasurer - Aimee Manoo
  • Head Chairperson - Jazlene Ramsingh
 
The EarlyAct™ Club of the University School was launched during the 50th Anniversary year of the Rotary Club of St Augustine.  The University School started in 1954 with its initial aim to provide educational facilities for children of the senior staff of the Imperial College of Tropical Agriculture (ICTA).  By 1966, the ICTA had been replaced by the University of the West Indies (UWI).  While first priority is therefore given to children of members of the staff of The University of the West Indies, others are accepted up to the limit of numbers.  Part of the land on which the school is situated is owned by the University.
 
Charter Ceremony:
Present at the charter ceremony, were all students of the school, Principal, Vice Principal, Teachers, Rotarians and Rotaractors from the Rotary Club of St Augustine and also the President and President-Elect of the Rotary Club of Willowdale (Toronto), which is the twin club of the Rotary Club of St Augustine.
 
n the photo,  (Left to right) Gary Williams, Assistant Governor East Cluster, Maria Mohammed-Maharaj, President, Rotary Club of St Augustine  and Vishnu Balroop, EarlyAct™ Co-ordinator and Past President, Rotary Club of St Augustine with the Charter Board after they received their pins, TShirts and Charter Certificate. 
 
Video of Charter President Ella's Speech can be viewed here:  https://youtu.be/df-ioB94USE
 
 
 
Courtesy Call at The High Commission of Canada by twin Clubs, Rotary Club of St Augustine, Trinidad & Tobago and Rotary Club of Willowdale, Canada. Left to right: Maria Mohammed-Maharaj, President, Rotary Club of St Augustine, Courtney Doldron, President, Rotary Club of Willowdale, Jane Siegel, President-Elect, Rotary Club of Willowdale, Dr Deo Singh, Past President, Rotary Club of St Augustine. High H.E. Carla Hogan Rufelds Canadian High Commission to Trinidad & Tobago, David and Heather Graeme, Rotary Club of Willowdale. The Clubs are working together on a local project under Area of Focus for Education and Literacy
 
 
 
The Rotary Clubs of St Augustine and Sangre Grande recently held a Joint Induction Ceremony at The University Inn & Conference Centre.  Presidents Maria Mohammed-Maharaj (St Augustine) and Mervyn Ali (Sangre Grande) together inducted a total of thirteen (13) new Rotarians; ten (10) into the Rotary Club of St Augustine and three (3) into the Rotary Club of Sangre Grande.  Feature Speaker was Roger Bose, Past Rotary District 7030 Governor. 
 
New Rotarians (Rotary Club of St Augustine)
  1. Rishard Ali, Chartered Accountant, Managing Director of Financial Essentials Solutions Ltd.;
  2. Vinod Bholaisingh, Manager, Corporate Finance, RBC Merchant Bank;
  3. Leisha Dhoray, Systems Analyst, Trinidad & Tobago Electricity Commission;
  4. Jason George, Country Manager, United Airlines;
  5. Wynell Gregorio, Marketing and Communications Director, The University of the West Indies;
  6.  Francis Joseph, Marketing & Protocol Officer, Centre of Excellence;
  7. Amarjeet Kocher, Operations Manager, Massy Stores Ltd;
  8. Jagdesh Ramjit, Manager, Head Office, Republic Bank Ltd.;
  9. Crystal Remy, Branch Manager, JMMB, Tunapuna;
  10. Dr Rishi Sharma, Consultant Ophthalmologist, Caribbean Eye Institute.
New Rotarians (Rotary Club of Sangre Grande)
  1. Shivana Sooklal, Investment-Treasury Analyst, CLICO;
  2. Shivan Sooklal, Information Management Document Control Analyst, BPTT;
  3. Seeta Juteram, Board Member at The Ministry of Social Development and Family Service.
 

 

 
The University School will soon launch the first EarlyAct™ Club in Trinidad & Tobago, sponsored by the Rotary Club of St. Augustine. EarlyAct™ is a school-wide club for student ages 5 to 13 years old, whose ideals are closely linked to the ideals of Rotary.
     EarlyAct™ engages students in character-building activities and prepares them for leadership roles to identify and carry out projects which benefit their school, local and global communities.  There are many EarlyAct™ Clubs located in the USA, Europe, Australia and in the Caribbean, including St.  Lucia, St Kitts and Nevis, St Maarten and in other islands.
     "The Rotary Club of St Augustine, now in its’ 50th year, looks forward to our partnership with The University School in the development of their EarlyAct™ Club," Maria Mohammed-Maharaj, President of the Rotary Club of St. Augustine. "The school’s willingness to partner with us on the establishment of the Club is a demonstration of their  mission of  being “.. devoted to the development of healthy, enlightened, self-reliant children in an environment of caring…”
     "This will enable a successful and sustainable EarlyAct™ Club that will encourage the spirit of volunteerism from an early age.”
 
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Second from right:  Odessa Vincent Brown, Principal of The University School receives an EarlyAct™ Manual from Maria Mohammed-Maharaj, President of the Rotary Club of St Augustine.  Looking on are Stacy Richards-Kennedy, Chairman of the School Council and Vishnu Balroop, Past President and EarlyAct™ Co-ordinator, Rotary Club of St Augustine
 
 
One of the projects that will benefit from proceeds of our 28th Annual Fete for Life is our 50th Anniversary Eye Project, where we will once again be partnering with Caribbean Eye Institute and Medical Associates Hospital to provide eye surgeries to patients in need.
 
 
The Inner Wheel Club of St Augustine recently celebrated Inner Wheel Day with Feature Speaker, Caroline Alcock, british Deputy High Commission to Trinidad and Tobago on Saturday 19th January.  According to International Inner Wheel: President Helena Foster (1969-1970) came up with the idea for a special day for a special organisation, so she wrote a letter to all clubs worldwide.
 

"I would like to ask all members of clubs throughout the world to link together in ACTION ON JANUARY 10th. I have chosen this special day because it was on January 10th 1924 that the Mother Club, the Manchester Inner Wheel club, England, first adopted the name INNER WHEEL.

 

Read more at:   https://www.internationalinnerwheel.org/about-iiw/inner-wheel-day.html

 

The Rotary Club of St Augustine together with The Greater Tunapuna Chamber of Industry & Commerce and partnering with NCB Global Finance presents a Breakfast Meeting entitled:
Overview of Procurement Legislation
Date: Friday 25th January 2019
Time: 7:00 am to 10:00 am
Petrea Hall, Centre of Excellence, Macoya.
Cost: $150.00
Link to register: https://goo.gl/forms/v5lGSqqWcODLcKal1

Feature Speaker:
Monilal Lalchan, Chairman, The Office of Procurement Regulation. Mr Lalchan is the Chairman and Procurement Regulator of the Procurement Board of Trinidad and Tobago. In the past, he has served on the Board of Governors and was also Chairman of the Audit Committee of the National Energy Skills Center (NESC), as well as Chairman of the Board of Directors of InvestTT Limited and of the Education Facilities Company Limited. No stranger to directorship in a number of prestigious firms; Moonilal is a former Director and Vice-President, Finance and Planning at the Atlantic LNG Company of Trinidad and Tobago, a former Director of several RBC financial institutions and the Hotel Facilitation Company Limited. With charitable work always close to his heart, Moonilal was a director of the Heroes Foundation and several other charitable organisations, in addition to being a past President of the Trinidad and Tobago Chamber of Industry and Commerce.
To book call: 645-5639 or 270-6442 or Email:

gtchamberinfo@gmail.com rotaryclubofstaugustinett@gmail.com

The Rotary Clubs of Chaguanas, Princes Town, San Fernando South and St Augustine will be having a joint meeting next Wednesday 23rd January from 7:00 pm.

Details are as follows:

Topic: The Role of the Entrepreneur as related to the Transport System in Trinidad & Tobago

Feature Speaker:
Mr Wayne Richards, Former Transport Commissioner (Retired September 2018)

Venue: Passage to Asia Restaurant, Chaguanas.

Contribution: $150.00

Online Registration Form:
https://goo.gl/forms/ifolPK5tES02IyTG3

Bio:
Mr Wayne Richards retired at the prestigious position of Transport Commissioner where he has made an indelible mark in transport and transport related activities in Trinidad and Tobago. He possesses a Masters Degree in Business Management and a Bachelor in International Transport Management, Motor Vehicle Technology and also studied in Singapore at the Land Transport Academy with certification in Intelligent Transport Systems and Transport Innovation Mr. Richards has served on numerous Transportation committees as far back as the 1990s.

 
Members of the Rotary Club of St Augustine journeyed to sister isle to celebrate the Rotary Club of Tobago's 50th Anniversary.  In January 1969, members of the Rotary Club of St Augustine also attended the Charter Ceremony of the Club.    According to John Brodbeck, Charter Member of the Rotary Club of St Augustine"The event was held at the newly opened Mt Irvine's Resort.  Frank Misir, QC from the Rotary Club of San Fernando who was the Rotary Administrative Advisor for the Group of Rotary Clubs presented the Charter to the Rotary Club of Tobago.  If I can recall the Charter President of the Club was the head of Customs in Tobago."   Past District Governor John sent a video message to the Rotary Club of Tobago on the occasion of their 50th Anniversary.  This video can be viewed at this link:  https://youtu.be/vUWATPwemT4.
 
Past District Governor John migrated back to the US in the 1970s and has been a Rotarian for over 50 years, starting with the Rotary Club of St Augustine and currently a member of the Rotary Club of Springvale.  He keeps in constant contact with some members in our Club.  For details on his 50+ years in Rotary, you can view this article from the Arizona Democrat Gazette at this link:  John Brodbeck
 
There are currently three (3) members of the Rotary Club of St Augustine who started their Rotary career at the Tobago Club.  One of those members Dietrich Schoeller, Past President also sent video greetings to the Club, which can be viewed at this link:  https://youtu.be/EWnkf1ewnWc.
 
Left to right:  Dr Paulson Skerritt, Lecturer in the Reading Education and Literacy Studies (School of Education, The University of the West Indies); Ms Donette Gray, Librarian, Holy Saviour Anglican School;  Courtney Doldron, President, Rotary Club of Willowdale (Toronto -District 7070), Jan Siegel, President-Elect, Rotary Club of Willowdale (Toronto) and Mrs Hazel Edwards, Principal, Holy Saviour Anglican School during the recent visit to the school by the Rotary Club of Willowale - who donated hardware items for the Library and the Rotary Club of St Augustine.
 
The School of Education at The University of the West Indies, St Augustine Campus was very thrilled to be involved in a partnership between the Rotary Club of St. Augustine (District 7030) and the Rotary Club of Willowdale, Toronto (District 7070) and Holy Saviour Anglican School initiated by final year PhD student Mr. Asif Dover. The Rotary Clubs have demonstrated a keen interest in investing resources and expertise that will make a significant impact on the reading achievement of the students at the school. The resources provided along with the implementation of other aspects of the reading programme drafted by Mr. Dover will also support the efforts of the reading specialist at the School of Education, Dr. Paulson Skerrit. He is currently building the capacity of a small diagnostic team as they work toward assessing students referred by their teachers for having reading challenges and making recommendations for addressing those challenges.
 
 
 
 
The Rotary Clubs of Central, East and North Clusters of Trinidad & Tobago hosted an EndPolioNow Awareness Walk on 11/11/2018. Prior to the Walk, various Clubs provided public awareness on Polio Eradication with appearances on various Television Programmes.
See links below to Videos Interviews and Coverage:
 
Link to Photos from EndPolio Now Walk:
 
 
On Friday 19th October 2018, there was major flooding throughout Trinidad.  One of the hardest hit area was in the Tunapuna/Piarco Region and the Rotary Club of St Augustine mobilised Rotarians, Rotaractors, Interactors, members of the business community and friends of Rotary working with the Tunapuna Piarco Regional Corporation to provide thousands of meals hours after the flooding and also food, cleaning and medical hampers.  We also provided mattresses, clothes, stoves and refrigerators to affected families and assisted other Rotary Clubs by donating supplies for their affected areas.
 
The Club plans to continue to work with the Tunapuna/Piarco Regional Corporation, other Rotary Clubs and the business community to assist with disaster response for the region.

 

Reminder: The End Polio Now Awareness Walk has been postponed from Sunday 21st October to a later date, because of the adverse weather alert. Rotarians will be out today and tomorrow providing flood relief to residents. Our Flood Relief Collection Points and contacts (on behalf of Trinidad & Tobago Rotary Clubs) are as follows:

East:
Second Crossing Hardware
247 Eastern Main Road, Arouca Hours:
Monday to Friday - 8:00 am to 5:00 pm Saturday - 8:00 am to 3:00 pm

Kelly Tyres Sales and Service
#33 Eastern Main Road
Petit Bourg
Hours:
Monday to Friday - 9:00 am to 4:00 pm Saturday - 9:00 am to Noon

A1 Auto Supplies
Churchill Roosevelt Hwy & Maraj Street, Tunapuna
Hours:
Monday to Friday - 8:00 am to 4:00 pm Saturday - 8:00 am to Noon

Caribbean Eye Institute
5 Igneri Road
Valsayn South
Monday to Friday - 8:00 am to 4:00 pm Saturday - 8:00 am to Noon

Port of Spain:
Goodwill Industries Limited
Fitzblackman Drive, Port of Spain
Monday to Friday - 8:00 am to 4:00 pm

South:
Contact Kelvin Sookraj (Rotary Club of San Fernando South) at 770-5435

Tobago:
Contact Stephen Sandy (Rotary Club of Tobago) at 377-2246

Flood Relief Collection Points (Trinidad & Tobago)

East:
Second Crossing Hardware

247 Eastern Main Road, Arouca Hours:
Monday to Friday - 8:00 am to 5:00 pm
Saturday - 8:00 am to 3:00 pm

Kelly Tyres Sales and Service
#33 Eastern Main Road
Petit Bourg
Hours:
Monday to Friday - 9:00 am to 4:00 pm
Saturday - 9:00 am to Noon

A1 Auto Supplies
Churchill Roosevelt Hwy & Maraj Street, Tunapuna
Hours:
Monday to Friday - 8:00 am to 4:00 pm
Saturday - 8:00 am to Noon

Caribbean Eye Institute
5 Igneri Road
Valsayn South
Monday to Friday - 8:00 am to 4:00 pm
Saturday - 8:00 am to Noon

Rallyboyz Auto Wash
Corner 12th Street & 3rd Avenue
Barataria
Monday to Friday - 8:00 am to 4:00 pm
Saturday - 8:00 am to Noon

Port of Spain:
Goodwill Industries Limited

Fitzblackman Drive, Port of Spain
Monday to Friday - 8:00 am to 4:00 pm

Emperor Valley Zoo
Port of Spain
Everyday
8:00 am to 6:00 pm

Central:
Temp Tec Limited

38 Assaraff Road East,
Charlieville.
Tel: 6711648/‭315-2677‬
Mon to Fri
9:00 am to 5:00 pm

South:
Contact Kelvin Sookraj (Rotary Club of San Fernando South) at 770-5435

Tobago:
Contact Stephen Sandy (Rotary Club of Tobago) at 377-2246

Should you require any information or have questions, please do not hesitate to contact the following Rotarians: Maria at 678-4447; Balraj: 735-5255 or Surin: 761-4555.

 
 

 

Our next Club Meeting will take the format of a Panel Discussion with The Greater Tunapuna Chamber of Industry & Commerce (GTCIC) on 'Effect of the Sudden Closure of Petrotrin' and will take place next Tuesday 16th October from 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm at The UWI Inn and Conference Centre, Circular Road, St Augustine.

There is no cost to attend, but pre-registration is required and can be done at: http://ow.ly/XptP30mapDr

Moderator:  Hema Ramkissoon, Deputy Head of News, Guardian Media Limited

Panelists:
Professor Emeritus Patrick Watson, Former Director of Sir Arthur Lewis Institute of Social & Economic Studies, The University of the West Indies, St Augustine Campus;
Mrs Carolyn Seepersad-Bachan, Former Minister of Energy and Energy Affairs;
Mr Vede Seereeram, Financial Consultant;
Dr Dianne Douglas, Clinical Psychologist.

 

The Rotary Clubs of the Central, East and North Clusters will be having a Polio Awareness Walk on Sunday 21st October from 7:00 am at the Queen's Park Savannah (Starting Point:  Opposite BP/TGIF). 

 
Registration is either TT$20.00 per person (Registration Only) or TT$100.00 which includes Registration and a TShirt (Colours available: red, white, yellow or blue).
 
For persons not purchasing the TShirt, we would like you to wear white TShirts/Polos or shirts. Event Registration can be done online at: www.endpolionowtt.com
 
Offline Registration:  Paper Based Bookshop, The Market at The Normandie, 10 Nook Avenue, St Ann's, Port of Spain.  625-3197/ 235-3762/ 734-6091.
 
 
We are People of Action - Together We Connect. Rotarians (who were former members of Rotaract and Interact) together with Rotaractors working together at the 2018 Coastal Cleanup. For a second year, our Clubs partnered with Coca Cola and Caribbean Network for Integrated Rural Development (CNIRD) for the annual coastal clean at Matura Beach. In total 581.5 lbs of garbage was collected and separated into plastic, glass and general rubbish. #rotaryinternational #peopleofaction #rotarianatwork #rotarian #rotaractor #togetherweconnect #rotaryclubofstaugustine50thanniversary2018 #betheinspirarion #interactor #cocacola #cnird #maturabeach Coca-Cola TT
 
 
The Greater Tunapuna Chamber of Industry & Commerce in collaboration with partner Business Chambers and Rotary Clubs of the East Cluster present 'Understanding where we are today - Trinidad and Tobago' on Monday 17th September from 7:00 to 11:00 am at Petrea Hall, Centre of Excellence, Macoya.
 
Feature Speakers include: Gary Griffith, Commissioner of Police; Dr Marlene Attzs, Economist; Conrad Enil, Group Chief Executive Officer, Eastern Credit Union; WIlfred Espinet, Chairman, Petrotrin and Afra Raymond, Chartered Surveyor and Managing Director of Raymond and Pierre. Price: $150.00 (Members of Business Chambers and Rotarians); $200.00 (Non-Members).
 
To register go to this link:  https://goo.gl/forms/f0jITs3g3qpEB1682
 
In 2008, RDC was established in Trinidad & Tobago and the main purpose is to:
(1) receive and stock in TT, cardiac pace-making devices (Pacemakers Defibrillators, and related accessories) from Manufacturers worldwide;
(2) To transship the devices to HBI Heart Centres in several parts of the world.
 
To date the RDC has distributed some 3,000 devices at an estimated all-in cost of $270 million, but what is most important is that our Club in Trinidad and Tobago has contributed in the saving of these 3,000 lives in just nine years, an average of 333 poor people lives saved annually.
 
 
 
Rotarians and Rotaractors at St Joseph Girls' RC School assist with painting the premises.
 
 
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Birthdays & Anniversaries
Anniversaries:
  • Deo Singh
    Dr Sonja Johnston
    December 12
  • Ramesh Ramlogan
    Savi Ramlogan
    December 28
Join Date:
  • Ramesh Ramlogan
    December 1, 1990
    29 years
  • Gary Williams
    December 31, 2009
    10 years
  • Indar Ramnath
    December 31, 2002
    17 years
 

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Projects and Initiatives
Disease Prevention and Treatment
 
  • 50th Anniversary Eye Surgery Project
  • Regional Distribution Centre of Heartbeat International of Trinidad & Tobago
  • Heartbeat International of Trinidad and Tobago (Pacemaker Implants)
  • Wheelchair distribution
Basic Education and Literacy
 
Economic and Community Development
 
Maternal and Child Health
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Fund Raisers
9th Annual Golf for Life - 5th October 2019 - in aid of Education, Literacy and Sports for Youth.
 
29th Annual Fete for Life - February 2020 - in aid of Club Projects
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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