Tony Catalanotto was installed as president of Rotary Sunrise together with other officers and directors at a dinner at Aqua on Friday, 29 June. The Rotary year runs from 1 July to 30 June.
Rotary Sunrise in Cayman has had a successful and productive year and its accomplishments during the last 12 months were reviewed by outgoing President Andrea Bryan.
Internationally, these accomplishments included an ophthalmic mission to Honduras led by Sunrise Rotarian Dr. Krishna Mani. Locally there were several community, youth and literacy projects. These included partnerships with government and nonprofit organisations, the continued success of the Rotaract and EarlyAct clubs sponsored by Sunrise and the ongoing reading programmes in several government schools.
Rotary International has a benevolent foundation and Rotary clubs and individuals can make donations in the name of individuals who then receive a Paul Harris recognition, (named after the founder of Rotary International). Rotary clubs often use this as a way to acknowledge members who have made an outstanding contribution to the club or community.
Several Club members received Paul Harris recognition as acknowledgement of their exceptional contribution to the club during the last year. These were Club Secretary Frank Balderamos, Treasurer Paul Drake, directors Deborah Chambers and Deirdre McFarlane, Club Welfare Officer Dawn Cummings and member Kevin Butler.
Two other members were recognised with the same award – Gina McBryan who was Rookie of the Year and Jonathan Adam – the Rotarian of the Year.
Colleen Mellott was recognised by Past President Michael Levitt for her quiet, but dedicated and reliable service to the club over the years.
In delivering his inaugural address, incoming President Tony Catalanotto promised to build on the solid foundation of the club as it goes about its work in the community both in Cayman and internationally. In addition to literacy and youth, which have been two of the signature foci of the club, the elderly and medical issues will also become more of a concern.
Rotary Sunrise is a diverse group of like-minded professionals age 30 and older committed to serving their community who meet at the Grand Old House for breakfast on Wednesday mornings at 6.45am for 7am. For more information visit the Club’s website, www.rotarysunrise.ky