Elaine Bradley is new Negril Rotary Club president
Retired intensive care nurse Elaine Bradley took over the reins as the 11th president of the Rotary Club of Negril at the 2015 installation ceremony at the Seastar Inn in West End, Negril, last Sunday.
Bradley took over from outgoing president Richard Warren, to undertake her second stint as president of the 11-year-old service club.
Prior to the official handover, Warren also presented club's director of community service, Ken Cooney, with the Rotarian of the Year Award for 2014-2015. Special tribute was also paid to the five charter members (founding members) of the club: Dianne Ennevor, Sabine Bolenius, Lynette Lynch, Jackie Lewis and Roberta Pryor. A special award was also presented to Gail Jackson of the Negril Tree House for her contribution to the developmental programmes of the club.
In her address, Bradley encouraged the members of the club and its youth arm - the Rotaract Club of Negril - to continue working together selflessly to help in achieving the mission of Rotary International and improving the lives of the not so fortunate.
COMMITMENT AND DUTY
"We as a Rotary Club are committed to doing our best to see that Rotary as a whole functions to the best of our ability. We all have something in common in that we are responsible for leading Rotary and making a difference in our communities. It is our duty as directors to bring the work of our club forward to make its mark on the world, as we work together over the next year to share the good work of Rotary and to be a gift to the world," she said.
She continued, "Our founder Paul Harris had a vision more than 110 years ago to help make people's lives better, and it is still alive today. Therefore, as Rotarians, we must continue this vision not only within our clubs, but around the world. Although our club is not large in numbers, we have achieved great things and forged great partnerships here and abroad. We have certainly improved the lives of many within our communities and will continue to do so with the help of all our friends and members."
She also lauded the membership and the founding members for what she said was the sterling work they have been doing over the last decade within Negril and its outlying communities and schools.
"Most of the directors have served the club in different positions over the 11 years of our existence and have worked tirelessly in making sure the club goes from strength to strength. They have given of their knowledge, time and efforts just to make sure the club functions well, and I am sure that our founder would be very proud. Rotarians are exceptional people who live by our code: 'Service Above Self'. They give of themselves selflessly and are always willing to help," she said.
The other members of the new Rotary Club of Negril board of directors are Paulette Phillips, Dr Garth Fraser, Jeanne Fisher, Lynette Lynch, Richard Warren, Sabine Bolenius, Joan Cooney and Ken Cooney.