Brac Rotarians tackle literacy

As people get into the Christmas spirit, Cayman Brac residents are focusing on those in need.

The Rotary Club of Cayman Brac recently donated 10 sets of bed sheets and a stack of large-print Reader’s Digests to residents at the Kirkconnell Care Centre.

The donations come after a literacy needs assessment conducted by the club on International Literacy Day in September. It was determined that there was not only a need for reading materials, but also for bed linens. Head Nurse Frances Clyne stated at the time that the centre was operating with a minimal number of sets of bed linens and most of the available sets were no longer suitable.

On another note, the club hosted a guest speaker in 2010 using internet communications programme Skype. PDG and former RI Director Barry Rassin was in the Bahamas at the time of his “visit.” Mr. Barry provided the club with a detailed and compassionate report about the progress made in Haiti since the earthquakes in January. He also made reference to the generous contribution by Cayman’s Dr. Greg Hoeksema, a Rotarian, in the days immediately following the earthquakes. A series of guest speakers via Skype are planned for the future.

Rotary Club of Cayman Brac President Andrea Stevens said the Skype initiative grew out of a desire to connect a small club on a small island to the rest of the world.

“One of the greatest challenges small Rotary clubs face, especially small clubs on sparsely populated islands, is providing stimulating and interesting guest speakers for regular club meetings,” Stevens said. “The club’s PE Brian Enright set to work early in the Rotary year to address this challenge. Mr. Enright contacted several very knowledgeable Rotarians across District 7020 in the English and French speaking Caribbean and asked if they would visit the Rotary Club of Cayman Brac as guest speakers via Skype.

“We thank PDG Barry for visiting us and Mr. Enright for all the hard work and the vision in making the Skype visit possible.”

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