District Governor Monaghan outlines plans for Rotary year

GUEST SPEAKER – Drew Monaghan, Governor of Rotary District 6990 addressed members of the Freeport Rotary Club, during their weekly luncheon meeting at the Ruby Swiss restaurant. (PHOTO: JENNEVA RUSSELL)

Rotary International District Governor 6990 Drew Monaghan visited the Freeport Rotary Club (RCF) at Ruby Swiss Restaurant on Thursday, July 19 outlining plans for the year ahead.

Darren Cooper, RCF president said he is expressly pleased to have had the District Governor familiarize and update Rotarians and guests on the organization’s outreach efforts, as it relates to ensuring rendering genuine, thought out and properly executed service above self, which is its operational motto.

According to District Governor Monaghan, “My mission here today is to discuss Rotary International’s new theme, “Be the Inspiration” and its expected impact; as a matter of fact, our Rotary International President Barry Rasin, East Nassau came up with it and it is important to know how important the actions of Rotarians are particularly as it involves inspiring others in joining together to get more done within our local communities and worldwide.
“Certainly, we are keen on increasing our youth service programs, which helps kids become more connected as it relates to youth leadership and mentoring, as well as reduce crime and violence.

“Raising money is also a goal of RI District 6990 so that we can start, complete and continue various projects, which would also assist in bringing more members into the fold. This ties into our District Conference that will be held on Grand Bahama in 2019, as due to past hurricanes such as Matthew, we wanted to have conference within the district but bring in resources here to help this local community.”

Monaghan continued, “Bahamians are known for their hospitality and every time we come here we are always well treated, respected and made to feel like extended members of family, therefore it made total sense for me to pick Grand Bahama to conduct the conference.

“It is imperative that we let people know that Rotary International is alive, well and on the move and in order to do that they need to be aware of the opportunities available, so we will be working with our connections in schools throughout the 6990 District.

“A lot of our clubs provide scholarships and as most know schools play an integral role in our communities, therefore it makes perfect sense for us to reach out, showcasing our programs that include Rotaract, Interact, RYLA and Youth Exchange that have resounding impact not only on the youth who eventually become leaders in their own right but champion the RI cause for growth, development and more in the communities that are established worldwide.
“These youth branches only help to provide enhancement, they do not take away from the schools, there is no budget required and promote all the success stories we have as a result of partnering and establishing such in schools, here and throughout the District like that of the Rotaract Clubs of Freeport and Eight Mile Rock, which will be utilized to help nurture clubs in South Florida.”

Consistent growth, development and strengthening of all the RI Clubs is vital as well as nurturing relationships and building good networking rapport and RCF President Cooper noted it is always good to have the District Governor visit the clubs on the island, provide updates and remind Rotarians of the importance of the organization while having fun doing so.

Admiring District Governor Monaghan’s passionate stance specifically as it relates to affecting positive transformation on Grand Bahama, RCF President Cooper promulgated, “This time around during the 2018/2019 Rotary Year thanks to District Governor Monaghan, we will have concentrated support from District 6990.

“We are very excited regarding the plans that are ongoing, as well as those set to come on stream in the not too distant future, especially as it relates to the District Conference that will be held on Grand Bahama following a three-year hiatus.

“During that interval we had good success and the economy and overall state of Grand Bahama was a bit better, hundreds of Rotarians turned out and to now have them return with even more numbers expected, who will be working even more closely with Rotarians here is amazing.

“Again, we are excited about the work and future ahead, inclusive of the ideas, initiatives, projects and programs planned and thank District Governor Monaghan and all our fellow Rotarians within and throughout the 6990 District for their support.”

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