A first for Rotary
The twenty-fifth installation of officers of the Rotary Club of Barbados South at Azul Restaurant, Sea Breeze Hotel, last Saturday night was historic.
For the first time ever, a woman is at the helm of a Rotary Club in Barbados, and fellow Rotarians hailed the election of Katrina Sam-Prescod.
“Tonight I stand before you humbled and honoured by the confidence which has been placed in me by electing me to the highest office in this Rotary Club,” Sam-Prescod told Rotarians and their guests, as she stood to deliver the president’s address and to introduce her new board.
She outlined an “ambitious” programme which the club would pursue during her term, and called on fellow Rotarians to rededicate themselves to the work of the organisation, telling them: “Over the next 12 months I hope that many members of this club will reflect on why you joined Rotary . . .”
It was a night when the club awarded its own as well as other distinguished members of the community. Principal of the University of the West Indies Cave Hill Campus, Sir Hilary Beckles, and businessman Peter Boos were named Honorary Rotarians 2010-11.
Boos was presented with his pin by District Governor Anthony Watkins, while it was announced that Sir Hilary, who was out of the island, would be presented with his pin at a later date. Dr Carol Jacobs, retired chairman of the National HIV/AIDS Commission, and chairperson of the board of trustees of the Caribbean Broadcast Media Partnership, was made a Paul Harris Fellow, the highest honour to be bestowed by Rotary International.
She was presented with the award by outgoing president Stephen Broome. The other Paul Harris Fellow for this year is Dr Dorothy Cooke-Johnson, who has spearheaded Barbados’ cancer-awareness campaign and founded the Barbados Cancer Society. (GC)