ROTARY PRESIDENT – “SELF SUFFICIENCY THE WAY TO GO”
As the Rotary Club of Barbados installed its 56th President Paul Ashby to lead the entity for the next 12 months, he announced that his focus will be on engendering changed behavior among at risk families. Ashby shared his goal and objectives for his presidency at the Installation Dinner held recently at the Apes Hill Club in St. James.
In outlining his plans for the upcoming year, Ashby recalled the numerous projects the Club embarked on to provide much needed assistance to those greatest in need. He singled out the efforts of a fellow Rotarian which focused on highlighting the plight of homeless people; as well as another project that provided meals for vulnerable families.
“The thought occurred to me that we should start to think about how we could inculcate a behavior, a culture, even a national movement on self-sufficiency,” the newly elected President explained.
The result, he added was the birth of “Sustainable Living, Improving Lives.”
The project is geared toward identifying at-risk homes across the country, which, once deemed suitable, will be outfitted with water tanks and instant kitchen gardens.
The intent is to provide the families with access to potable water and food. Ashby thanked Corporate Barbados for its commitment to the cause by way of pledging $40,000. He further added that the Rotary Club of Aruba along with the Rotary Club of Lexington, Kentucky have also pledged funding to support the venture.
Once the project has commenced, Ashby said the aim would not only be to install kits but to educate wider Barbados on the need to be more self-reliant.
“A significant element of this project will also be the public relations component which seeks to send a wider message to our communities about the need to adopt a life style of self-sufficiency to reduce our food import bill and better manage our water supply and usage,” he stressed.
Another initiative shared by the President was a “Keep Barbados Clean” public relations campaign. This, he said, would be done collaboratively with the Rotary Clubs of Barbados South and Barbados West. The three clubs have agreed on the importance of this area and will share further details on the scope of the initiative.
In addition to installing a new President, the Rotary Club of Barbados also identified ten (10) exemplary citizens of Barbados as honorary Rotarians to serve for the year 2017 -2018. Those pinned on the night were President of the Senate Kerryann Ifill and Past President of the Club Pat Toppin.