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Sincere service

President and Officers of Rotary Club of Barbados South 2012- 2013.

Rotary Club of Barbados South praised for contribution and commitment to the community.

Congratulating the Rotary Club of Barbados South on its service to the community, UN Resident Representative Michelle Gyles-McDonnough recently pledged her organisation’s continued support to non-government agencies that contribute to society.

She told the members that the club’s 27th installation ceremony last weekend that they were continuing to play their part by devoting endless volunteer hours to build the tradition of “service before self”.

“You have continued your annual Christmas hamper project, distributing hundreds of hampers to vulnerable communities in Barbados, helping to ease social deprivation.

“You have continued to actively participate in Community Service Projects in Barbados and also join together to provide aid to other Caribbean Small Island States. This was seen in the aid provided to St. Lucia following the widespread damage and impairment of livelihoods caused by Hurricane Tomas in 2010.

“You have continued to inspire business leaders to reach into their pockets and exercise social responsibility for a win-win outcome for business and society.

“You have done all of this in the face of many challenges and your efforts are to be commended,” she said, telling the club the UN was also doing what it could to play its part.

“[W]e look forward to opportunities to build even stronger partnerships with Rotary and the wider business community to empower lives and build resilient nations. We are already working together in many of the 177 countries in which UNDP is present on the ground, as the base of UN development system.”

Gyles-McDonnough noted that the UN and the Rotary had a long-standing partnership dating back to the drafting of the UN Charter in 1945, when Rotary members acted as delegates, advisors and consultants.

It was a relationship where, the UNDP Rep also said Rotary still held the highest consultative status possible with the UN as a non-governmental organisation.

“Here in Barbados and the OECS, we will work with Government, the private sector, and civil society to implement the recommendations of the Caribbean Human Development Report which UNDP launched in February for a shift to better citizen security…

“Peace, stability and security are essential to maintaining robust Caribbean democratic traditions and to preserving and improving upon the high levels of human development Caribbean States have achieved.

“I wish the incoming president and officers a successful year as you continue to build ‘Peace though Service’ and look forward to working with you in the future,” Gyles-McDonnough said. (LB)

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