The Rotary Club of Grand Cayman Sunrise celebrated 10 years of service and fellowship in the Cayman Islands with a gala dinner at Agua restaurant on Friday, 27 April. Special guest speaker was Past District Governor Richard Grant from St. Croix, who chartered the club in 2002.
Highlights of the evening included a commemorative book, presented to each of the club’s past presidents. The first president was Alastair Paterson, who spoke during the event.
As is traditional on the club’s Charter Night celebrations, Paul Harris Fellows were awarded by the club. Paul Harris founded Rotary International in 1905 and this recognition bearing his name is given when an individual or club donate $1,000 to the Rotary Foundation, the charity arm of Rotary.
This year, four of the five were presented to Sunrise members nominated by their peers for embodying the Rotary motto of “Service Above Self” and their contribution to the club and the community. Those recognised were Chris Anco, Barbara Anley, Dawn Cummings and JD Mosley-Matchett.
The fifth Paul Harris award was presented to a former member Michael Myles. One of the focuses of Rotary Sunrise is youth development and Mr. Myles is committed to the young in Cayman. Mr. Myles is the Programme Coordinator, Liaison Officer – At Risk Youth at the Ministry of Education, Training and Employment. In this position, Mr. Myles organises programmes and advocates for resources for all at risk children attending primary and secondary schools in the Cayman Islands.
The commemorative books and the slide show review of the last 10 years had members and their guests reminiscing about the club’s record of service, fellowship and fun. This includes assisting other nonprofit organisations with their programmes and working with the other Rotary clubs in Cayman during hurricane recovery efforts. There is also a commitment to health with the donation of several pieces of equipment to the Cayman Islands Hospital.
Literacy and youth development are signature endeavours. Past and current projects include Rotarians reading with children in both one-to-one and in groups, the Computer Aided Learning System and Bright Start programs and a character development book for young people. The club also sponsors a Rotaract club for young adults between the ages of 18 and 30 and an EarlyAct Club for primary school children at George Town Primary School.
The Rotary Club of Grand Cayman Sunrise meets on Wednesday mornings at 7am for breakfast at the Grand Old House. It has 91 members and despite the diversity of the club in terms of nationality, religion, race, gender, age and profession all members are committed to contributing as a family to improving their community. For more information visit our website www.rotarysunrise.ky