A Message from Immediate Past Governor Melford Clarke
Another Kiwanis administrative year has ended and a new one has started. It has been a pleasure to have served as the 2018–2019 District Governor of the Eastern Canada & Caribbean District. Our Kiwanis journey and jobs are completed, and we will be analyzed, criticized and judged as to what we have done. To our members, I say congratulations for staying the course and best wishes for your future activities in Kiwanis.
To the 2018–2019 officers, am appreciative of your dedication and performance while you served as your clubs’ officers. I had asked the Lieutenant Governors for results. The presidents of the Clubs of the District responded with new members, more projects, individual signature projects and eleven new clubs. I congratulate all of you for a job well done. You have done your best given your current environment and situation. You have done it your way.
To the 2019–2020 officers, you are now in charge of the clubs in the District. You have been given eleven new clubs to monitor and grow into healthy and productive clubs. They await your nurturing and dedication to the ten sponsoring responsibilities. Support your Lieutenant Governor’s and District Governor’s goals and continue to grow Eastern Canada and Caribbean District. The more we grow, the more hands we will have to serve the children of our communities. I wish you a successful and fruitful year.
Our District goals were few. We have added eleven (11) new Clubs to the District. The District currently has a net growth of 382 members with a grand total of 7187members (9/27/2019). These figures will change based on additions and deletion at the end of the administrative year.
Many thanks to all Trustees, Lieutenant Governors, Committee Chairpersons, District Administrators, District Executives, District Secretary/Treasurer and advisors for playing your part. The Board of Trustees has accomplished much. Two new divisions were formed, two divisions were combined as one, and amendments to the Policies and Procedures were numerous. The Lieutenant Governors have encouraged clubs to complete monthly reports and assisted in making the goals of the District a reality. During the year, Clubs build security booths to protect our young children, while others either refurbished or created playgrounds in schools or communities. We witness clubs dealing with disability persons by way of projects, food banks or visitation. A national day of service for persons with disability was proclaimed in a Division. Another Divisions focused on blind persons and yet other concentrate on persons with HIV. Our Service Leadership Program have grown. Today there are more Circle K clubs, Key clubs, Builders clubs, K‑Kids clubs and Aktion clubs for the children and disable persons to join.
This year like other years we had our challenges. Kiwanis International President Poly lost his battle with cancer approximately two weeks short of completing his administrative year. Two of our Lieutenant Governors had limited duties due to illness, a few of our senior Kiwanians from the Golden K Club died and more than four Kiwanis Clubs will close their doors by 10th October 2019. Hurricane Dorian left devastation in its wake on the Bahamian islands of Abaco and Grand Bahama, temporarily displacing three of our Kiwanis Clubs members.
Finally, we extend Best Wishes to Governor Robert Spellen and his 2019–2020 administrative TEAM. The District focus remains the children of the world. We encourage all clubs to support the goals of our Governor.
Again, thank you for all you have done to Inspired Kiwanians to Commit, Serve and Grow our clubs, divisions and district thereby providing us with more persons and hands to helped achieve our goals.
Yours in service.
District Governor 2018–2019
Eastern Canada & Caribbean District
Inspire to Commit, Serve & Grow