Four women make history as Rotary presidents

All four of the local Rotary clubs will have female presidents at the same time, for the first time in the history of the Cayman Islands.

The new presidents are Sandy Cram, Rotary Central; Lynda Mitchell, Rotary Club of Grand Cayman; Christine Matthews, Rotary Sunrise; and Lauriese Ashman, Rotary Club of Cayman Brac.

Ms. Cram, a Rotarian since 2009, replaced outgoing president Larry Tibbetts.

“I am humbled that I have been given the responsibility of leading a club with such a glorious past and bright future,” Ms. Cram said. “I promise to our members that I will give 110 percent to ensure that the good work continues.”
Lynda Mitchell served many roles for the Rotary Club of Grand Cayman before taking over the role of president from Brian Hurley. Over the past nine years, Ms. Mitchell has served as secretary, director and vice president.

“I am most grateful to our members for trusting me to carry out the task as president, being mindful that the role of president is literally on-the-job training,” Ms. Mitchell said. “The Rotary Club of Grand Cayman will continue to spread its services throughout our community, which includes Grand Cayman, Cayman Brac, and Little Cayman, while assisting other countries in need.”

Christine Matthews took over from past president Kim Remizowski after being a member of Rotary Sunrise for nine years. Ms. Matthews said that she was honored to be serving for the next year and that she looked forward to continuing the work the club had been doing.

Lauriese Ashman of the Rotary Club of Cayman Brac emphasized the importance of crossing boundaries. “Together, all Rotary and Rotaract presidents in our small niche can make a big difference in the world,” she said.

Also appointed in this year’s changeover ceremony are Alice Ramos, president of Rotaract Blue; Matthew Seales, president of Rotaract Club of Grand Cayman; and Marzeta Bodden, District Rotaract representative.

Rotary International’s upcoming theme for 2015-16 is “Be a gift to the world.” “In order to do this, we all need to be a gift to ourselves, be a gift to our families, be a gift to our club, and be a gift to our community,” Ms. Cram said.