The first act of the newly-appointed president of the Chaguanas Rotary Club was to hand over a cheque for $56,000 to Presentation College in Chaguanas to assist the school in its upgrade programme.
The cheque was presented to the college during a function last Friday at the Chinese Wok Restaurant, Chaguanas.
Newly-elected president, Ronald Rampersad, who replaced outgoing president Abraham Daniel, said he was taking over the reins of the club at a challenging time because 2011-2012 was one of the best years for the club. "We achieved what we had set out to do, and we even exceeded our expectations," he said.
He said one of the biggest achievements was the Direct Charity programme which allowed each member a small budget to go into the community and assist those in need.
In delivering the feature address, Minister of Social Development and the People, Dr Glenn Ramadharsingh, said club members should not be discouraged by detractors.
He said, " Trinidad and Tobago remains a land of immense opportunities, yet there will always be detractors who will find ways and means to assert that the country is lacking. Those are the ones who will persist that our country's proverbial glass is not even half full but broken."
Ramadharsingh said he was impressed with the club's Direct Charity initiative, which was influenced by the Ministry of the People Direct Impact programme.
He told members of the club not to depend on political leaders to set the pace of development.
"Social change and meaningful development do not depend on others. They do not even have to depend on political leaders. It comes from our people," he said.
Ramadharsingh said one of the biggest problems facing the community was diabetes. He announced that his Ministry had joined in the fight to promote an awareness of lifestyle diseases through a campaign called HEAL (Healthy Eating, Active Lifestyles).