The Rotary Club of
South East Nassau
Chartered 1976
The South-Easter
New beginnings, new opportunities to serve

A new year is upon us. As we look forward to new beginnings and experiences, let’s think outside the box and find new opportunities to serve through Rotary.

Consider taking up a community economic development project this year. In this Rotary area of focus, we apply our professional experience by promoting the entrepreneurial spirit as we help communities help themselves in a sustainable way. Community economic development projects, to paraphrase the universal adage, don’t just give someone a fish today but teach them to fish so they can eat for a lifetime.

These projects can be microloans to start a livestock breeding business, or they might take the adopt-a-village approach in which Rotary works with communities on multipronged efforts to boost local economies sustainably.

In 2000, during its transition to independence, Timor-Leste was reeling from political violence and destruction. Communities not only needed shelter and improved living conditions but also a new economy.

This is where Australian Rotary clubs stepped up with the East Timor Roofing project to produce and install corrugated roofing, and later, water tanks and grain silos. As the project grew, other organisations joined, including The Rotary Foundation, which delivered a grant that set the project on its path to success.

Before long, East Timor Roofing became a financially viable enterprise, raising enough money to build roofs for homes, schools, orphanages and commercial buildings. Subsistence farmers got silos for their crops. Hundreds of Timorese received professional training in basic building and administrative skills. Thousands of new water tanks ensured that young girls could attend school rather than fetching water.

What began as a roofing project is today a commercial enterprise employing local people and making a huge impact. And your Foundation paved the way. What experiences lie ahead for you in 2023? A district or global grant? Or possibly a visit to Melbourne, Australia, just up the road from my home, to make new friends, reunite with old ones, and find partners for projects during the 2023 Rotary International Convention?

Let’s make a New Year’s resolution to take advantage of opportunities to learn, grow and serve. And let’s have some fun in the process. This is Rotary, after all. So, my friends, let us go forth and carpe annum — seize the year.

Ian H S Riseley
Foundation Trustee Chair

Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays
Ralph Barnett
January 2
Rishad Bain
January 13
Lithera Dorsett
January 18
Raymond Charles
January 19
Kelly Frendo
January 26
Shakera Rolle
January 29
Raymond Charles
Natasha Charles
January 15
Join Date
Franklyn Thomas
January 1, 1992
31 years
David Moncur
January 4, 1983
40 years
Leah Major
January 6, 2016
7 years
Carla McCombe
January 15, 1997
26 years
Penelope Nottage
January 26, 2022
1 year
Aniska Russell
January 28, 2009
14 years
Candice Hepburn
January 28, 2015
8 years
Dagni Prosa
January 30, 2019
4 years
Rotary Club of South-East Nassau's in-person weekly meeting on January 4th at 1:00 p.m at The Nassau Yacht Club.  The meeting will also be broadcast on Facebook live.  Follow our page on Facebook to get an automatic notification.
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