The Rotaract Club of Antigua: 30 Years of Continued Service


Known for its regionally recognised initiatives, such as “Stop the Trend – Know Your (HIV) Status,” and its community service project that provides medical assistance to the needy, the Rotaract Club of Antigua celebrates these and many more achievements, as it marks 30 years since its establishment in December 1986.  Rotaract is a service club for young men and women, who are between 18 to 30 years of age. Rotaract clubs are either community or university based, and are sponsored by a local Rotary Club. This makes Rotaract clubs true “partners in service” and key members of the Rotary family. Rotaract clubs are part of a global effort to bring peace and international understanding to the world. Rotaractors and Rotaract clubs can be found worldwide.

The club emphasises four avenues of service, which are the foundation of its committees. Its committees are: club service, community service, international service and professional service. There is also a finance component that focuses on the club’s fundraising efforts.

Club Service:

•  Develops strategies for membership development and retention

•  Plans fellowship activities for the membership

Community Service:

•  Develops plans for the club’s annual community service project(s)

•  Takes a leadership role in organising and facilitating the project(s)

International Service:

•  Develops plans for the club’s annual international service project(s)

•  Develops other activities that promote international understanding among club members and in the community

Professional Development:

•  Develops plans to provide opportunities for professional development for the club’s membership

Finance (chaired by Treasurer)

•  Collects any district and club dues

•  Plans the club’s fundraising efforts to support club administration and service activities

The four way test (the mantra that Rotaractors live by)

•  Is it the truth

•  Is it fair to all concerned

•  Will it build goodwill and better friendships

•  Is it beneficial to all concerned

Rotaract Club of Antigua

The Rotaract Club of Antigua was chartered on December 5, 1986 and is a part of a wider group of Rotaract clubs known as District 7030. The district includes clubs from St. Kitts, Montserrat, Guadeloupe, Dominica, Martinique, St. Lucia, Barbados, St. Vincent, Grenada, Trinidad and Tobago, Guyana, Suriname and French Guiana. Each year, Rotaractors get an opportunity to fellowship and network with fellow Rotaractors at a district conference.

The Rotaract Club of Antigua was borne as a project of the Rotary Club of Antigua and was originally founded by Rotarians, Patrick “Paddy” Benjamin and the late Anthony Michael. Greg Walter was the charter president and Keva Margetson served as the vice president.

Rotaract Club of Antigua Past Presidents

Greg Walter 1986—1987

Shirlene Nibbs 1987—1988

Kevin Joseph 1988—1990

Josiane Salmon-Whyte 1990—1991

Deighton Martin 1991—1992

Karen James 1992—1994

Ira Charles 1994—1995

Delbert Baptiste 1995—1996

Lenore Watty 1996—1998

Cathy-Ann Tonge 1998—2000

Diana Browne 2000—2001

Herald Rolland 2001—2002

Chanette Mills 2002—2003

Daryll Matthew 2003—2004

Tricia Lovell 2004—2005

Cattrice Browne 2005—2006

Keita Mason 2006—2007

Kyron Simon 2007—2008

Margo Mason 2008—2009

Marissa Benjamin 2009- 2010

Niekesha Lake 2010—2011

J. Shamarie Spencer 2011—2012

Daydre Daley 2012—2013

Sharlene Matthew 2013—2014

Rozanne Emanuel 2014—2015

Mykel Samuel 2015—2016

10 Reasons for joining Rotaract.

If you want…

–  Great way to meet new people

–  Chance to visit and learn about foreign countries

–  Exciting ways to serve your community

–  Networking opportunities

–  Dynamic addition to your résumé

–  Friendship and service

–  Leadership skills looked for by employers

–  To promote peace

–  Scholarship connections

–  To be a part of a world-wide phenomenon

Meetings are held at the Rotary House (opposite the Sagicor Building on the Factory Road) every first, second and third Wednesday of each month at 7:30pm. We look forward to having you join us at one of our meetings to find out how you can make a difference. •