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.
Checking out the location for the 2019 International Convention in Hamburg, Germany
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BAHAMAS WASTE unveiled their smart, state-of-the-art new garbage truck at Government House on November 12. A large crowd of Rotarians attended the event and were all delighted to see the new Rotary decor.
DG Felix and First Lady Carla performed the formal unveiling, while Francisco de Cardenas and his Bahamas Waste team looked on.
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HURRICANE RELIEF EFFORTS
The RCOB Relief Committee met again on November 12th, to discuss the current status of the assessments that have been undertaken on the islands affected by Hurricane Joaquin and to determine the best way forward. The thrust of the Rotary efforts will be towards rebuilding the economy, getting children back in school and endeavouring to improve the daily lives of those so direly affected by the disaster.
The fishing industry in the islands has been very severely hit, with dozens of fishing boats destroyed, carried inland by flood waters or incurring major damage. The committee is reviewing the best way to assist the industry in all the islands, having completed aerial surveys to locate and identify the scattered fleets. Assistance to other industries, such as farming and tourism will also be offered.
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Committee Members Present:
PAG Murray Forde; Brent Symonette; PRID Barry Rassin; DG Felix Stubbs; AG Tim Ingraham; Peter Goudie; AG Karen Pinder; Frank McGwier; DT Bryan Knowles, PP Shaun Ingraham (via Zoom); ARPIC Sheila Bethel
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