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Service Above Self

We Meet Thursdays @ 5:30pm
Rejens Hotel
Tel +1 767 616 3001
Picard, Portsmouth,  -


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Restart Dominica's Economy Fundraiser

The Rotary Club of Portsmouth want to help all we can who suffered badly from Hurricane Maria. 
Right now we have a simple 3 Step Plan for which we ask your generous donations:
  1. Keep people healthy by giving everyone access to good quality filtered drinking water and reduce plastic bottle pollution. 
  2. We want to buy building materials and hire local carpenters to build permanent roofs through our Cover a Home Program. 
  3. Put fisherman back to work. We will make new fishpots to distribute to the fisherman who have lost their equipment. 
We are grateful for any contribution you can make. Your help can make a real difference in the lives our people at this critical time. Thank you in advance.
Click on any of the links for a direct donation.

Distribution of FREE Water Filters 

On October 25, Fritz Pierre-Louis, President of the Rotary Club of  Leogane, Haiti, District #7020  arrived in Dominica and made contact with officers of the Rotary Club of Portsmouth.
His mission was to establish a joint effort between Rotary and a US based charity called Waves for Water.
Their mandate is to deliver fresh pure drinking water to those in extreme need. 
President Fritz arrived by plane and the following day two representatives from Waves for Water,,  Brent Lievsay and Ben Bourgeois , sailed from St. Croix, arriving in Portsmouth with 460 filter units and 280 buckets.
On Thursday Oct. 26, they provided members of the Rotary Club of Portsmouth and several community representatives with 9 units and trained them on how to assemble the kits.
The following day Rotarians and volunteers had a busy and long day providing training on how to assemble and use the units.
  • Right by the riverbank in Dublanc 80 systems were distributed.  
  • In Portsmouth at the home of Wayne Abraham, who has served the community relief effort via ham radio services plus providing a much needed place for people in the community lacking power to charge their phones and other devices, 37 unites were demonstrated and distributed. 
  • 15 systems where provided at the Primary School in Savanne Paille.
  • In front of the UNICEF tent at Bense village primary school 16 more systems were made available to households.
The following day, Oct 27, it was the east coast of the island.
In the Kalinago Territory the Chief helped gathering many of the families for presentation and 80 drinking water producing systems were handed out and assembled.
Castle Bruce received 32 systems. And 4 were given out after demonstrations that were done right on the street in Marigot and 5 more were provided in Wesley.
The team left 180 additional filters for which the Rotary Club needs to obtain buckets. The cost of this relief effort is being shared by the Rotary Club of Portsmouth and the Roseau Rotary Club of Dominica. After additional buckets are obtained Roseau Rotary will distribute the remaining systems in the south end of the island.
The water filtration units are manufactured to filter and purify 100 gallons of water per day with an output of 1 liter per minute. This simple but effective system filters to 0.1 microns  absolute and will remove 99.999% of bacteria such as protozoa and cyst such a E coli, Giardia, and salmonella.
The mission of Fritz Pierre-Louis, President of the Rotary Club of  Leogane, Haiti, and Waves for Water was very successful and the Rotary Club of Portsmouth will source more water filters and bucket in an effort to give many more Dominicans easy access to good quality filtered drinking water.
Rebuilding Dominica starts with good health for each individual and good health starts with absolutely safe drinking water.

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Here is an information update for the campaign 
COVER A HOME IN DOMINICA - - Saturday Oct 21, 12 noon
Home of Charles Valentine 30x30 three bedrooms. 
Occupants. 2 elderly displaces by TS erika 2 children 1 . disable girl 2 sons. Husband and wife
Estimate to repair this house (material and labor sourced locally): EC$ 9000  
HOUSE 2                        
This is small house in Bioche about 20x20 ft
It is occupied by Nita, a mentally challenged person. She will not be able by herself to repair her house.⁠⁠⁠⁠
Estimate to repair this house (material and labor sourced locally): EC$ 6000
HOUSE 3 > in Westley                        
This house was the home to 6 vulnerable persons who stayed there after a very difficult experience with tropical storm Erika 2 years ago. This was their home after being rescued by boat from the southern side of the island. The family consisted of 3 children and one child age 6. The house in the photo consists of 4 bedrooms. The owner of the house is due for a leg surgery which costs minimum ec $ 10,000. After Maria the occupants of this house were forced to flee for shelter in different places. The mother of the owner of this house is 85 years of age and together with her brother of 90 now lives in a shop temporarily, hoping and waiting for the roof to go back on so that they too can go live in the said house. The owner is not able to to do much physically because of post pains, swelling and discomfort in his leg before surgery. In one of the images his crutch had to be used to hold up the ceiling from caving in on him during the storm.                        
The size of the roof is about 30 x 50 ft
Estimate to repair this house (material and labor sourced locally): EC$ 12000
HOUSE 4 > in Kalinago Territory                        
A small house with one bedroom occupied by a mother with a baby and other children. 
No picture available yet. The picture below is not of the said house but a general image of the devastation in the already poor indian territory.
Estimate to repair this house (material and labor sourced locally): EC$ 6000
HOUSE 5 > in Anse de Mai                        
Home of senior citizens in seaside village Anse de Mai.
No image available yet.
Estimate to repair this house (material and labor sourced locally): EC$ 6000                        

HOUSE 6 > in Marigot (East Coast)                        
Waiting for details to be passed - communication with the area still difficult                        
Estimate to repair this house (material and labor sourced locally):
Depending on the size of the house between EC$ 6000 and EC$ 12000  

SUMMARY with amounts in US$
House 1 - North of Portsmouth - Family of 9 -   EC$9000 / US$3400
House 2 - Bioche - Mentally disabled person -   EC$6000 / US$2300
House 3 - Westley - Family/Group of 8          -   EC$12000 / US$4500
House 4 - Kalinago Territory - Single mother -  EC$6000 / US$2300
House 5 - Anse de Mai - Senior citizens         -   EC$6000 / US$2300
House 6 - Marigot - Details will follow - 6 to 12 EC$ / 2300 to 4500 US$




Transfer your donation to our Disaster Account and indicate which house you want to help repair.
We will keep you informed about the progress by regular updates of this web article.

Rotary Club of Portsmouth, Disaster Account   315 00 13 93

National Bank of Dominica NBD
64 Hillsboroughstreet, Roseau, Dominica, 00152

Corresponding Bank: Bank of America NY
ABA Number: 026009593


For any questions or remarks, feel free to WhatsApp to Hans Schilders at +1 767 616-3002    (prefer WhatsApp rather than call)


Bingo Fundraiser Nights coming...

Fun, Fellowship, and exposure to the community all combined in our new Rotary Portsmouth Fundraising Nights. 
Wednesday 13th of September we will host the First RC Portsmouth BINGO FUNDRAISING NIGHT.
We want to make this first night a success so we're inviting all our members to attend and to bring at least 1 friend, but you can invite as many as you want. And of course the general public is must welcome. Anyone who likes Bingo, and all friends of Rotary are kindly invited to come play a round for one of our many prizes donated by the business community in the north.
The event will be held at Purple Turtle starting at 7pm.
To play you need to buy 2 bingo cards ($15 for 2 cards).
If you like to have a drink or snack you can order at Purple Turtle. 
We can still use more prizes, so please if you know of businesses in the north, ask for a prize for our BINGO... (as for now we get prizes with a value between $15 - $50ecd).
We cannot have too many prizes because we will need more for the next BINGO FUNDRAISING NUGHT which we will host in 2 month from now. 
If you have a nice prize at home that you want to donate to Rotary, please let us know. (see below) 
Printing flyers will be available from Wednesday September 6th. Please tell us if you want one to hang at your business or any other place where the public can see it. We can't do this alone so please give us a helping hand. 
Fore more information, to donate prizes, get a flyer, or reserve a table, please contact Past President Rotarian Lise at cell 767 616-3001 (also WhatsApp number), or email 
Book it in your calendars NOW >> Wednesday Sept 13, 7am, Purple Turtle, Rotary Bingo Fundraiser Night.
Looking forward to see you there!!
BB  II  NN  GG  OO  !!!!!

Info Update from "Nigeria"

On Thursday August 24th, 2017 The Rotary Club of Portsmouth had a guest brought by Rotarian Lise at our regular meeting place Rejens Hotel.
Tony Merah came to Dominica to help his daughter get started at Ross University, School for Medicine and he used the opportunity to visit our club.
He is a Past President in a club in the Lagos, Nigeria area and now he lives in Calgary Canada. Tony is a lawyer by profession and after practicing many years in Nigeria, he has been certified in Canada where he now runs his own chambers.
He took actively part in our meeting by informing us about projects that his club realized when he was the president. One in particular was that they created roundabouts in the city to improve traffic streams, while benches and little parks on the roundabouts give citizens a nice place to sit and socialize.
PP Tony seemed to enjoy the meeting as we did too. We promised to see him again when he will be visiting his daughter during her time at Ross University.

August Monthly Foundation Meeting

Every month, on the 3rd Thursday of the month our club meets at the house of one of our members. 
This time it was the turn of Rotarians Lise and Hans and we met at their balcony which has a very nice view of Prince Rupert Bay.
Thanks Lise and Hans for welcoming us in your home.
We were happy to welcome two prospective Rotarians at our meeting, Ms. Avian Hilton and Mr. Rudolf Stomps. We hope you will become members of our club and help us do good in the north of Dominica.
As always we contributed our EC$25 to the Rotary Foundation and the money was immediately transferred online to TRF (The Rotary Foundation).
This is how our club tries to achieve in each Rotary year the EREY = Every Rotarian Every Year special Banner and recognition.
The picture show our relaxed fellowship and we also watched a Rotary Foundation video together to see how other clubs in the world are making Foundation moving do good for others. Please read the short text explaining what Rotary Foundation does.

The Rotary Foundation transforms your gifts into service projects that change lives both close to home and around the world.

Our 35,000 clubs carry out sustainable service projects that support our six causes. With donations like yours, we’ve wiped out 99.9 percent of all polio cases. Your donation also trains future peacemakers, supports clean water, and strengthens local economies.It can save a life. A child can be protected from polio with as little as 60 cents. Our partners make your donation go even further. For every $1 Rotary commits to polio eradication, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has committed $2.

Visit from Dutch Rotarians

Past President Rotarian Lise is the owner of Hotel The Champs and she had Dutch guests staying with her that are Rotarians.
So Lise made sure to bring them to our club meeting on Thursday August 10, 2017 at our usual location Rejens Hotel.
Our guests were Rotarian Thië Lijklama a Nijeholt and his Rotary-Anne Mrs Jolanda Nijenhuis.
Thië is the treasurer of his club, Rotary Club Roden-Leek in the north of the Netherlands, District 1590.
This year's president of his club is Mr Cees Laffra, and the Immediate Past President is Mr Bernard Tilema.
There was a pleasant exchange of information about how our clubs are running, what projects and fundraisers we're doing and a great mix of fellowship and fun. 
President Ezra and PP Lise presented to Rotarian/Treasurer Thië our club banner and we expect to receive one in exchange from his club by the mail. It will come but things take time in Dominica. When we receive it, you will see it in our next newsletter. 
Thank you very much Thië and Jolanda for joining us at our clubmeeting. It was a pleasure and we learned some new things how we can improve our Rotary experience.

First Caribbean President for Rotary International Elected

Barry Rassin selected to be 2018-19 Rotary president

Barry Rassin, of the Rotary Club of East Nassau, New Providence, Bahamas, is the selection of the Nominating Committee for President of Rotary International for 2018-19. He will be declared the president-elect on 1 September if no challenging candidates have been suggested.

As president, Rassin aims to strengthen our public image and our use of digital tools to maximize Rotary’s reach.

“Those who know what good Rotary clubs do will want to be a part of it, and we must find new models for membership that allow all interested in our mission to participate,” he says. “With Rotary more in the public eye, we will attract more individuals who want to be part of and support a membership organization that accomplishes so much good around the world.”

Rassin earned an MBA in health and hospital administration from the University of Florida and is the first fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives in the Bahamas. He recently retired after 37 years as president of Doctors Hospital Health System, where he continues to serve as an adviser. He is a lifetime member of the American Hospital Association and has served on several boards, including the Quality Council of the Bahamas, Health Education Council, and Employer’s Confederation.

A Rotarian since 1980, Rassin has served Rotary as director and is vice chair of The Rotary Foundation Board of Trustees. He was an RI training leader and the aide to 2015-16 RI President K.R. Ravindran.

Rassin received Rotary's highest honor, the Service Above Self Award, as well as other humanitarian awards for his work leading Rotary’s relief efforts in Haiti after the 2010 earthquake there. He and his wife, Esther, are Major Donors and Benefactors of The Rotary Foundation.

Rassin’s nomination follows Sam F. Owori’s death in July, just two weeks into his term as Rotary International president-elect.

To learn more about Barry Rassin, read this interview and vision statement outlining his goals for Rotary.

Rotary Portsmouth on SkyViews Map

Dear Rotarians and Friends of Rotary,
We are proud to show you that the Rotary Club of Portsmouth is on the Skyviews map  of Dominica ! 23rd edition 2017 !
Skyviews maps are driving since 1985 over 18 Million visitors through the Caribbean islands.
The Skyviews map of Dominica is the only one map used as a guide that gives information on hotels, restaurants, services activities, transport, community, main sites, diving sites, hiking on the Waitukubuli trail, to every visitor coming to Dominica.
RC Portsmouth is happy to be on this map so every Rotarian visiting Dominica can come to see us for a make-up.
Be aware we have a club meeting Thursday evening. If you want to be sure, contact us at +1 767 616-3002.

A Next Newsletter in the Making...

The Chair of Public Relations, Rotarian Annick, and the Chair of Membership, Hans, working very hard together to prepare the next newsletter of the Rotary Club of Portsmouth. Look for it in your email on the first Wednesday of September.
This Rotary year we have a great cooperation between PR and Membership and we feel confident that it will result in an improved public image of the club and will bring us new Rotarians in the North. Every Wednesday morning Annick and Hans spend some hours together to make sure that Dominica will be well informed about our community efforts and the fellowship and fun we have at Rotary.
Want to be part of Rotary Portsmouth? Email to or call 767 616-3002

Anne is Now a Paul Harris Fellow

During our latest Foundation Meeting on the 20th of July, Rotarian Anne Winn, our Foundation Chair, received a pin and award from the Rotary Foundation confirming that she is now a Paul Harris Fellow.
Paul Harris was the founder of Rotary International, 111 years ago. Whenever a Rotarian reaches a point that he/she has donated in total a set amount to the Rotary Foundation, that person becomes a Paul Harris Fellow.
We are happy and proud that another member of our club is now internationally awarded and recognized.
Thank you very much PHF Anne for your gracious donations to the Foundation. You are an example for your fellow Rotarians!

New Club Member Anne Mary Campo

On the 27th of July, the Rotary Club of Portsmouth pinned as a new Rotarian, Mary Anne Campo of Picard. Her classification is Learning Technologist.
She was introduced to the club by Past President Lise van de Kamp. She attended several meetings as a prospective member before joining the club. She says, 
“ I prefer to be an active participant, and enjoyed it when I joined in with Rotarians when they did a beach cleanup and installed grills on Toucari Beach. 
The Rotary Club of Portsmouth is proud to welcome our first new member of this new Rotary year 2017-18 and the club looks forward to more such ceremonies in the near future. Each new member makes our commitment to service above self stronger and our work more enjoyable. 

Rotary Club of Portsmouth Presents US$1000 Scholarship to Nyami Gabriel of Dominica SDA

At 2 pm on Monday July 24th the Rotary Club of Portsmouth held a brief presentation ceremony  honoring the recipient of its first annual scholarship to Nyami Gabriel, a fourth form student at Dominica SDA Secondary School.  
The US$1000 scholarship is the gift of the Rotary Club of Portsmouth and the Rotary E-Club of Southeastern USA and Caribbean.  
The scholarship is given to cover tuition, uniforms and textbooks and school supplies for the coming school year.
Making the presentation held at Champs Hotel & Restaurant was the Club President, Ezra Fabian.  Others in attendance in addition to Nyami and her mother Patsy Belle included Rotarians Lise Van de Kamp, Hans Schilders,  Anne Winn and Sari Prosper,  chair of the scholarship selection committee.
The theme of Rotary International for the year 2017-2018 is “Making a Difference” and the Caribbean District has refined that to “Making a Difference in Education so this scholarship is fully in line with the Rotary goals.
We wish Nyami all the best with her studies and are looking forward to see her reach her goals in life.
Rotary = Service Above Self, supporting the community where we can, when we can.
If you are interested in joining Rotary please visit our website at or call 616-3002.
Dear Fellow Rotarians,
I would like today to thank everyone who participated in our Investiture Cocktail ! Hands up!
And make my comments as a Four-Way-Test ..
Is it the Truth?  YES
the Investiture Ceremony took place at the charming Madiba Cafe on the beach of Lagoon Portsmouth this Thursday at 5.30 p.m.
Is it Fair to All Concerned? OF COURSE
There was all what we expected. People attended and showed interest.
Will it Build Goodwill and Better Friendship ? EXACTLY
Rotarians and non Rotarians shared a special evening as they were gathered for the Investiture of the new board and its President for 2017-2018
Weather , food and drinks , music and a special violonist enchanted the
crowd. The raffle went well ! And in time!
Will it Be Beneficial to All Concerned ? OF COURSE
Everyone left with a smile on their face , new contacts and re-contacts were made with the promise to continue the good job .
My fellow Rotarians a happy and fruitful Rotary Year, let’s go to work and do what we do best ”Service above Self”
PR and SAA Annick.
Here is what Rotarian Brian said: "My impressions of the Investiture Celebration, I thought it went well. We had great food, great company, a fabulous setting, and wonderful turnout of 43 Rotarians, sponsors, friends of our Rotary club, and guests. We also had good success with our raffle during the event. In total, I saw the event was a success."
And this is what one of our guests wrote us: "Greetings. I was happy to accept your invitation and to be present at the Cocktail Investiture. Thank you for the invitation. Faithfully, Eulalie"
Emergency Room Renovation Progress
On Thursday June 18th, members of the Rotary Club of Portsmouth met at the Reginald Armour Hospital in Portsmouth to inspect progress on their project to renovate and modernize the hospital’s Emergency Room facility.
The contractor Mr. Charlesbert John showed the officers and members the new tiled floor and wall partitions separating the new entrance, doctors office, four new treatment rooms and bathroom facilities and he also answered questions from club members.
Dr. Candia Jacob, representing the Ministry of Health was also present to answer members questions and discuss the work being done on the emergency room and reception area of the hospital.
The contractor estimates completion of the Emergency Room project by the end of July. The members were all excited to see the work in progress and anticipate a modernized emergency room for the Portsmouth hospital in a matter of weeks.

Home Page News

Following the visit of our District Governor Lara Quentall-Thomas on Nov 1, 2011 we now have a confirmed agenda for the set-up of the new Rotary Club in the North of Dominica, the Rotary Club of Portsmouth.






An optimist is the human personification of spring.
We could never learn to be brave and patient, if there were only joy in the world.
December 2017