District 7020

How To Give
Donate With GoFundMe
Donate to our GoFundMe page through the Disaster Network of Assistance Rotary Action Group. The Disaster Network of Assistance is a Rotary International US registered 501c3 US tax-exempt charity. Your donation will go directly to the District 7020 Hurricane Dorian Disaster Relief Fund. You will receive a donation receipt for tax purposes.
Donate with Credit Card/ PayPal
Donate to The Bahamas Hurricane Recovery via Credit Card/ PayPal through the Disaster Network of Assistance Rotary Action Group. The Disaster Network of Assistance is a Rotary International US registered 501c3 US tax-exempt charity. All donations are tax-deductible. Your donation will go directly to the District 7020 Hurricane Dorian Disaster Relief Fund. You will receive a donation receipt for tax purposes.
My Health, My Life, Stop Diabetes Now!
UPDATE: Paper Registration is now open! In future, a link to register with more information on the 2019 - 2020 District 7020 PETS Training and Conference & Assembly in Tortola, BVI will be made available.
More information to follow!
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District Governor Delma Maduro  and
Rotary International President Mark Maloney
2019 - 2020


Health Rocks @7020

District 7020 Champions for Change welcomes you to the launch of our Diabetes Prevention and Awareness Program for a Healthy Lifestyle.

Program: My Health, My Life, Stop Diabetes Now!

Program Objective:

The program aim is to become a sustainable resource for all participants working towards becoming healthier individuals.  By increasing awareness of wellness concerns (education) supporting health management (personal change) and setting goals (self-help), individuals can create the perfect formula for successful results.  This Healthy Life-Style program offers District 7020 Rotarians the opportunity to empower themselves, along with their communities and to leverage the knowledge and resources available to optimize their total well-being.

The Program is designed to:

●Heighten educational awareness opportunities
●Provide exposure to self-help tools
●Facilitate access to resources available in this program. 
District 7020 stewardship of its wellness journey begins with the launch of It’s My Life, My Health, Stop Diabetes Now!   In taking this first step together, we are on our way, not only to reducing chronic diseases, but also to improving the quality of life for our families and the communities in which we live. Making a lasting impact will be the focus for change to benefit generations to come!
October is Economic and Community Development Month in the Rotary World, so what better time to launch, as a major focus for this program is to promote community wellness and ultimately regional wellness.      
Follow us on social media, get program updates on our District website and Blog with us as we journey together to a healthier lifestyle!
Calling all Earlyactors, Interactors, and Rotaractors. Are you a creative song writer? Because we need a jingle for this Program.  Help us connect Rotary, District 7020 and the world with your song.   See rules for the Jingle Contest on District 7020 website below.

Thank You Family of Rotary

Our total funding is now approaching $1.5 million! We have been overwhelmed with the support we have received from individual members of the Rotary family as well as the many clubs and districts which have made donations both financial, in pledges and with supplies.
The sheer volume of donors means that we are often unable to include everyone in our news updates. Our donors, too numerous to mention, each receive an acknowledgement personally and please be assured you are all very much appreciated.

The Recovery Phase

Rotarians in the Bahamas were guided by the first responders who arrived in the immediate aftermath of the hurricane. This enabled Rotary to be involved in the first stage of relief and support of those most in need. Past Director John Smarge in Florida was in close contact with our Bahamas team and through his professional expertise was able to assist with shipments of supplies. This phase is now under control by local agencies and Rotary can now move into the next phase.
As John Smarge says, ‘Rotary is not a great first responder to natural disasters. Organizations like The Red Cross, Disaster Aid and Shelter Box are better set-up for those things. With that said, because we deal Rotarian-to-Rotarian, we are the best at determining actual needs, day by day, as we talk with our local Rotarians who are part of the affected communities. Though we are certainly sending supplies, as requested, cash is always best.
What Rotary does best is rebuild communities. Rotary remains after the initial disaster aid organizations have completed their efforts and after the news crews leave. We enable children to go back to school, we help with ongoing medical clinics, we provide micro loans for women to earn an income and support their families… With this, cash is also best. At that time, we will also strongly encourage personal interaction, connections and hands-on involvement.’

Interact Club Raises Funds in Sint Maarten

The Interact Club of St. Dominic began their project on September 3rd, when the idea of bringing in monetary donations was announced to the Interact club and then to the rest of the school. Throughout the following two days, money was collected.
In addition, the school held a white shirts day when everyone was encouraged to wear a white shirt and ‘pay a fine’ of $1. Many people participated and some donated even if they did not wear the shirt. The total raised by Interact in these initiatives was $1152 and this was presented to their sponsors, the Rotary Club of St. Maarten Mid Isle to be sent on to the district.   

Report on This Week’s Progress in The Bahamas

Team Bahamas: During the last week, your collective work has enabled us to:

  • See an increase in donations across our multiple funding channels now totalling $1.416 million.
  • Continue pumping water (daily capacity of 6,000 gallons) at the Rotary Water Plant in Grand Bahama for distribution to the hospital, clinics, feeding centers, shelters and the community at large. 
  • Continue engaging officials from the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) plus other international and local private and corporate partners to discuss ways Rotary can assist in the immediate and long-term building efforts.
  • Provide a Communications Specialist team to the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) to support with internal and external communications. 
  • Erect 31 tents (able to house up to 150 persons) from Disaster Aid International in partnership with the Bahamas Scouts Association at their Headquarters, a National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) approved Temporary Shelter Area.
  • Erect Disaster Aid International Tents in Grand Bahama to residents on their property. 
  • Facilitate donation of mattresses for tents at Bahamas Scouts Association Headquarters.  

We have seen individual efforts from Clubs that include:

Rotary Club of East Nassau:

  • Increasing the total donation amount for the Bahamas Disaster Relief Fund to $353,277.
  • Assisting with setting up tents at the Bahamas Scouts Association Headquarters.

Rotary Club of Eleuthera:

  • Increasing number of persons being supported with accommodations, food, and water to 35.
  • Providing requested items - reading books, hair trimmers, DVDs - to evacuees.

Rotary Club of Nassau:

  • Assisting with setting up tents at the Bahamas Scouts Association Headquarters.
  • Participating in the Rotaract Club of South East Nassau Centennial’s ‘Paint Da Streets Pink’ Fun Run Walk with part proceeds benefiting the Bahamas Disaster Relief Fund. 

Rotary Club of New Providence:

  • Assisting with setting up tents at the Bahamas Scouts Association Headquarters.

Rotary Club of Old Fort:

  • Continuing to support the Kendal G.L. Isaacs Gymnasium Shelter by delivering needed supplies. 
  • Collecting and delivering seven tons of goods donated by the Bahamas AIDS Foundation to Bahamas Rotary Hurricane Relief to the collection warehouse for the NPCC/RCOB Disaster Relief Partnership.
  • Collecting and delivering nine pallets of water donated by Aquapure to the warehouse for the NPCC/RCOB Disaster Relief Partnership.
  • Sponsoring a displaced family with a new baby with a medical checkup for mother and infant.
  • Volunteering at "United in Paradise' - fundraising event at Philosophy Smokehouse in aid of the NPCC housing initiative for displaced evacuees.
  • Three Interactors from the Interact Club of Lyford Cay joined the seven Rotarians from the club for this initiative. 
  • Participating in the Rotaract Club of South East Nassau Centennial’s ‘Paint Da Streets Pink’ Fun Run Walk with part proceeds benefiting the Bahamas Disaster Relief Fund. 
Rotary Club of South East Nassau:
  • Participating in the Rotaract Club of South East Nassau Centennial’s ‘Paint Da Streets Pink’ Fun Run Walk with part proceeds benefiting the Bahamas Disaster Relief Fund. 
  • Assisting with setting up tents at the Bahamas Scouts Association Headquarters.
Rotaract Club of East Nassau: 
  • Continuing with supporting the Salvation Army Shelter by:
    • Donating clothing. 
    • Sorting and boxing donated items at the facility.
Rotaract Club of South East Nassau Centennial: 
  • Hosting 7th Annual ‘Paint Da Streets Pink’ Fun Run Walk with part proceeds to benefit the Bahamas Disaster Relief Fund.

Happy in a tent on Grand Bahama!


Ways to Contribute

For Wire Transfer directly to the islands go to Bahamas Rotary Disaster Committee  
Important Note: please be sure to advise in advance, the following details of funds being remitted to the Bahamas:
< >Name of SenderAmount of RemittanceNotify rotarybahamasrelief@gmail.com  Delchain Limited
To qualify for Gift Aid, donate to Rotary’s Disaster Recovery Trust for Caribbean Hurricane Dorian
For a 501c3 US Tax Exempt donation use any of the following
PayPal D7020 through Disaster Network Assistance
PayPal D6990 through District 6990 in Florida
GoFundMe for Rotary 7020 Dorian Relief
Rotary District 7680 DAF No. 574  at Rotary International (check, credit card, wire, stock transfer options)
Important Note: When donating via RI to this DAF, please ensure you indicate the
DAF number 574 and that the funds are directed to The Bahamas
Rotarians in Action at the Hurricane Dorian Relief Telethon 
Tuesday 10th September, 2019 the Rotary Family of the BVI in an epic telethon raised approximately $160,000 to aid victims of Hurricane Dorian which struck some islands of the Bahamas last week as a Category 5 Hurricane.

Initial reports are that at least 45 persons are dead, a large number are still unaccounted for, approximately 76,000 persons are in need of food and shelter and the damage to property and infrastructure in excess of $8 billion.  

BVI Rotarians moved quickly to help the Bahamas based on the BVI’s own experience of 2017 and the fact that the Bahamas falls within the same Rotary District (7020) as the BVI.

The event, which was organised by the presidents and other senior members of the BVI's three Rotary and two Rotaract clubs acting together under the chairmanship of Assistant Governor Lorna Smith, OBE, was held at Maria’s by the Sea and ran from 6pm to 10pm.  

Panelists included District Governor Delma Maduro, Past District Governor Vance Lewis, Past Assistant Governor Gerard Farara QC, President of Rotary Club of St Thomas II, Dr Gerry Smith and Mrs.Sharleen Dabreo-Lettsome, with Mrs. Smith serving as Moderator. ‘Visiting Panelists were HE Governor Jaspert, Acting Premier Vincent Wheatley and David Lomas of the BVI Red Cross. Premier Andrew Fahie who is traveling at the moment phoned in to encourage persons to donate to this critical cause and to pledge his own donation.

Panelists, together with the viewing and listening audiences, were able to hear firsthand from a range of persons on the ground in the Bahamas about the dire situation there including Immediate Past President of Rotary International Barry Rassin, himself a Bahamian, Past District Governor Felix Stubbs, who also chairs the District Disaster Committee, and a member of the BVI DDM team who is currently in the Bahamas lending support.

District Governor, Delma Maduro who is currently on a full travel schedule covering District 7020 which includes ten countries delayed her schedule to be a part of the event.  She said ‘I am pleased to support the District and my colleagues in the Bahamas in this tangible fashion and would encourage the BVI community to continue to reach out to the Bahamas by giving as much as you can.  Bahamas helped us through Rotary in 2017. It is now our turn to return the favour. I am grateful to the entire BVI Rotary Family for their hard work and dedication in pulling off this successful telethon.’

Assistant Governor Lorna Smith added that she is grateful to the sponsors CCT Life Unlimited, Maria’s by the Sea, One Mart, Caribbean Cellars and the French Deli for their contribution to the success of the event and that she encourages the BVI community to continue to give by getting in touch with any Rotarian who will pass on the contribution to the Rotary Family for onward transmission to the Bahamas. She continued that the Rotary family is grateful to all our media partners who made the evening the success that it was.

Since the telethon date, we have collected more funds including $10,000 donated by One Mart Supermarket.