Sheldon Hazlewood now head of Rotary Club of Georgetown
On Saturday, the Rotary Club of Georgetown- Guyana’s premiere Rotary Club- installed its new Board of Directors for the year 2022-2023, under the leadership of President Sheldon Hazelwood.
The Club celebrated its 63rd Anniversary on May 20th, 2022, a significant milestone. Over these years the club has made notable contributions to society such as the construction of the Convalescent Home, construction of water wells in areas such as Old England/Siberia, Coomacka and Kuru Kururu; numerous donations to several organizations throughout the length and breadth of Guyana; food supplies for many senior citizens homes; Christmas gifts to children hospitalized as well as medical equipment to the Georgetown Public Hospital and other institutions; sponsorship of other rotary, Rotaract and Interact clubs; several medical outreaches and many other projects.
Immediate Past President Ramona Singh, thanked the outgoing Board of Directors for their priceless contributions towards the achievements of the club over the past year. This year, the Rotary Club of Georgetown is exceedingly proud to have executed projects across seven of Guyana’s ten (10) administrative regions impacting and changing the lives of persons living in these regions.
This is the level of impact organizations such as Rotary seek to make in their communities which she said the club will continue. Some of the major projects included the donation of an ECG Machine and Electrocardiograph Unit, to the Georgetown Public Hospital; Donations of Electronic tablets towards the Ministry of Human Services and Social Security’s WINN Program; Distribution of Flood Relief Hampers across seven regions of Guyana, Distribution of Back of School Hampers to children across Guyana; Distribution of Wheel Chairs to Hospitals across Guyana; Medical Outreaches in Regions 3,5 and 10.We thank our sponsors and corporate partners who have made these projects a success. Congratulations and best wishes to President Sheldon and the Board of Directors for the ensuing year.
The Installation of the club’s new Board of Directors was yet another great way to continue the celebration of achievements as the Club continues to execute life changing projects.
President Sheldon in his acceptance speech said, “It is quite an honor for me to serve as President for Guyana’s premiere and prestigious club- The Rotary Club of Georgetown. I will always cherish the invaluable support I received from Rotarians ever since I was a Rotaractor and more specifically, a Rotaract president thru the:
• The investment of time and resources;
• Collaboration on many projects;
• The sharing of advice and knowledge and more importantly
• The facilitation of Rotaractors into Rotary.
He committed to leading his club through yet another successful year under the Rotary International Theme “IMAGINE ROTARY”.
The president further stated “As the 64th President of the Rotary Club of Georgetown, we will continue with our community service agenda, invite new people to our organization, energies our new members, bring back the projects that have impacted so many and above all, share the tradition of rotary with others”
He emphasized that his club was not spared the effects of the COVID 19 pandemic and its effects on attendance and membership engagement. He stressed however that the focus for this new rotary year “will be on projects that will be geared towards bringing our club back together. We will have to reach out to our membership individually, elicit feedback from them on how best to re-engage them, organize social events that will engender camaraderie, and organize speakers that are high impactful, influential and interesting”.
“In terms of service projects for this year in this post pandemic period, our focus will be aimed at follow up projects in some communities where projects were executed before. More emphasis will be placed on collaborations as we strive to execute projects within the ambit of Rotary’s 7 Areas of Focus”, the president further noted.
The Rotary Club of Georgetown wishes to express its appreciation to all of its sponsors, partners, and volunteers for their generous support over the years which has made their projects and activities successful. (Press release from the Rotary Club of Georgetown)