Reginald Lafleur is the new President of the Rotary Club of Dominica, for the period 2015-2016.
Lafleur, who has held the position once before, will replace former club President, Annie Edwards.
He was elected at the club’s 42nd Annual Investiture Ceremony and Dinner, held at the Fort Young Hotel on Saturday night.
In his address, Lafleur, who described himself as a “Rotarian in the Lord,” thanked fellow Rotarians for their trust and confidence in him to lead the organization during the coming year.
“Tonight, I am proud to be inducted as Rotary’s President for second time, and to walk in the footsteps of former Presidents…,” he said. “I want to thank you, the members of the club, for having placed your trust and confidence in me, to be your club’s President.”
He commented that while members need not anticipate many new initiatives, they must seek to creatively improve the quality of the club’s services.
“As Rotarians, we continue to do many of the same projects regularly, on an annual basis. What we need to do is to improve the quality of the services that we offer, as Rotarians, and to do them better,” Lafleur stated. “Therefore, as Rotarians, do not anticipate many new concepts, but rather, envisage, creative ways of doing Rotary’s business.”
He listed several ways of doing so, including improving the relationship with the Rotaract Club, Interact Club, and the Rotary Club of Portsmouth, and by changing of the format of weekly meetings “by adding variety to the structure.”
The new President revealed plans for the club to adopt a primary school, namely the Campbell Government School.
Lafleur, who is diabetic, announced that Diabetes will be his signature project for the year and urged members to educate themselves on the topic.
He stated that the organization will work closely with the Ministry of Health to raise public awareness about the disease.
“During the course of the Rotary year, members of the club and the general public will be provided with basic overviews and education of some of the major issues surrounding diabetes,” he remarked. “Therefore, as a club, we will be working in close collaboration with the Ministry of Health to promote public awareness, patient education, and treatment.”
Lafleur chose younger members to sit on the Board of Directors, to allow them a more active role in the club.
Members of the Rotary Club Board of Directors for the period 2016/2017 are as follows:
-Vice President- Paul Frampton
-Director of Service Projects- Marvlyn Birmingham
-Director of Public Relations Committee- Indira St. Jean
-Director of Membership Committee- Tamara Lowe
-Youth Services Committee Chair – Nigel Shillingford
-Club Administration Committee Chair – Delbert Paris
-Secretary- Jermaine Jean-Pierre
-Treasurer- Lima Jervier
-Rotary Foundation Committee Chair- Adler Hamlet
Former President, Annie Edwards, was selected to sit on the Board to provide guidance and direction, while Aylmer Irish was chosen to be club President for the Rotary year 2017/2018.
Assistant Governor Haynes Jacob, who was recognized for his dedicated and outstanding service for the year 2015 to 2016, was named Rotarian of the Year; Paul Frampton was awarded a certificate in appreciation of his exemplary service as Director of the New Generation Committee; and club benefactor, Malcolm Stephens, was bestowed with the Paul Harris Fellow.
The Paul Harris Fellow (PHF) recognition acknowledges individuals who contribute, or who have contributions made in their name, of US$1,000 to The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International.
Meantime, it was announced that the club, in collaboration with Campbell’s Business Systems and Services, will present, annually, the Carol G. Phillip Memorial Award, to the most innovative entrepreneur from the Dominica Youth Business Trust (DYBT).
This year’s ceremony was celebrated under the theme: “Rotary Serving Humanity.”