Rotary Global History Day award

| 03/11/2008

(CNS): The Rotary Club of Grand Cayman was recently awarded the monthly award for ‘Recognizing the Value of History’ by the Rotary Global History Fellowship (RGHF). The hard work of putting this history together was drawn principally from the writings of Charter Member and Past President, the late Harry McCoy, who had a legendary memory of his over 40 years in the club.

Together, Past Presidents Larry Chomyn and Jeremy Hurst, Rotarians Donnie Smith and Mike Austin, and Past District Governors Bobby Bodden and Richard Harris worked with Past President Jonathan Nicholson who prepared the final text of the club history. The history is available on the club website, and also in the club manual given to all new Rotarians on induction.

The Global History Day was started in 2000 as a way of celebrating the rich history of Rotary Clubs worldwide, and is given to one club each month globally. The winning club must demonstrate a commitment to their history by properly documenting it and making it available to the membership and the wider local and global community.

The Rotary Club of Grand Cayman was the first service club in the Cayman Islands, receiving its charter on January 28th, 1966, having been sponsored by the Rotary Club of Boston, the seventh oldest club in the world. The club is part of Rotary district 7020 which now encompasses 57 clubs, which is part of Zone 34. The Club has sponsored the Rotary Club of Cayman Brac, Grand Cayman Central and the Sunrise Club which received their charters in 1981, 1986 and 2002 respectively, and has provided 4 District Governors.

Major projects of the Rotary Club of Grand Cayman have included the construction of the Bonaventure Boys Home and the Frances Bodden Girls Home, and major annual events organized by the club include the Senior Citizens Party, downtown Christmas Tree Lighting, and active participation in Batabanoo which was originally started by the Club, and the Meals on Wheels programme which was started and continues to be actively supported by the Club.

With approximately 100 members, the membership of the Club is a fair representation of the business community in Cayman with members ranging in age from their 20’s to their 80’s.
The Rotary Club of Grand Cayman meets weekly on Thursdays at 12:30 at the Westin Casuarina Hotel. More information here or here.

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