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Rotary Rift? Rotarians object to Ryan R. E. Geluk as Asst Gov of District 7020

- Believe Geluk’s involvement in BVI Airways scandal could harm reputation of Rotary & Territory
A group of Rotarians is reportedly in strong opposition to one of its members, Mr Ryan R. E. Geluk, being appointed Assistant Governor of District 7020 for 2020/2021. Photo: Rotary Club of Road Town/Facebook
The Auditor General, Sonia M. Webster, in her report titled ‘Government’s Financing of BVI Airways’ Direct Flight to Miami’, now a public document, listed Mr Ryan R. E. Geluk as one of the Directors of BVI Airways at the time of the investigation. Photo: VINO/File
The Auditor General, Sonia M. Webster, in her report titled ‘Government’s Financing of BVI Airways’ Direct Flight to Miami’, now a public document, listed Mr Ryan R. E. Geluk as one of the Directors of BVI Airways at the time of the investigation. Photo: VINO/File
The members in their letter also expressed surprise that there have been no objections from District Governor Delma Maduro, left, and Assistant Governor Lorna G. Smith OBE, right, ‘since a few months ago they both objected to a woman President, duly elected by her club, being sworn-in. Her transgression was being in a night club when her sister became involved in an altercation with others.’ Photo: Facebook
The members in their letter also expressed surprise that there have been no objections from District Governor Delma Maduro, left, and Assistant Governor Lorna G. Smith OBE, right, ‘since a few months ago they both objected to a woman President, duly elected by her club, being sworn-in. Her transgression was being in a night club when her sister became involved in an altercation with others.’ Photo: Facebook
The Rotarians, in a leaked letter to Rotary leaders dated Thursday, May 7, 2020, said their sole purpose is to ensure that Rotary’s reputation in the [British] Virgin Islands remains unblemished. Photo: FAVPNG.org
The Rotarians, in a leaked letter to Rotary leaders dated Thursday, May 7, 2020, said their sole purpose is to ensure that Rotary’s reputation in the [British] Virgin Islands remains unblemished. Photo: FAVPNG.org
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- All is not well in the Rotary family of the Virgin Islands as a group of Rotarians are strongly opposing one of its members, Mr Ryan R. E. Geluk, being appointed Assistant Governor of District 7020 for 2020/2021. The Rotarians believe Geluk’s involvement in the ongoing BVI Airways scandal could harm the reputation of Rotary as well as the Virgin Islands.

The concerned members are reportedly drawn from the three local clubs — Rotary Club of Tortola, Rotary Club of Road Town and the Rotary Club of Sunrise Road Town- and they are taking the matter to a level above the District Governor as they are not confident their concerns are being taken seriously.

Reputation at stake

The Rotarians, in a leaked letter to Rotary leaders dated Thursday, May 7, 2020, said their sole purpose is to ensure that Rotary’s reputation in the [British] Virgin Islands remains unblemished.

“Therefore, we are of the opinion, that Past President Ryan Geluk’s appointment as the Assistant Governor for the BVI 2020/2021 be retracted on the grounds that he is a Director of BVI Airways which is accused of perpetrating a massive multi-million-dollar airline scam in the British Virgin Islands,” the letter obtained by our newsroom stated.

“Regrettably, we are forced to raise this matter at a more senior level since it appears to be inaction by the District Governor-Elect for District 7020, Charles Sealey.

The Auditor-General, Sonia M. Webster, in her report titled ‘Government’s Financing of BVI Airways’ Direct Flight to Miami’, now a public document, listed Mr Geluk as one of the Directors of BVI Airways at the time of the investigation.

The report also showed that the then Government of the former Premier, Dr D. Orlando Smith, engaged the local accounting firm BDO in January 2015 to assess the merits of the BVI Airways airlift. Mr Geluk was also a Deputy Managing Director of BDO at the time.

According to the leaked letter, the BVI Airways matter is engaging the attention of the VI Auditor General, the United Kingdom and the Government of the Virgin Islands.

It also noted in the leaked letter that Premier and Minister of Finance, Honourable Andrew A. Fahie (R1) has promised to leave no stones unturned in this matter.

“Therefore, in the forthcoming months, significant amounts of information will be offloaded onto the British Virgin Islands community regarding the failed project and by extension Past President Ryan’s involvement in the scheme,” the letter stated.

‘Deeply troubled’

The members also provided several links to articles published in the local press that detailed the failure of BVI Airways and the persons involved.

“We are deeply troubled by the turn of events as criminal charges loom. We worry that the good name and image of Rotary will also be on public trial through Past President’s Ryan serving in such a senior and prominent position as Assistant Governor.

“In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Rotary Family in the BVI is expected to help fund-raising efforts. Rotary may find it difficult in raising funds if the BVI public becomes aware of the Past President Ryan’s new Rotary appointment.”

Double standards

The members in their letter also expressed surprise that there have been no objections from District Governor Delma Maduro and Assistant Governor Lorna G. Smith OBE “since a few months ago they both objected to a woman President, duly elected by her club, being sworn-in. Her transgression was being in a night club when her sister became involved in an altercation with others.”

The concerned members further said the matter involving Past President Ryan is silently eating away at the Rotary family in the VI.

“Why the double standards? Are we not all equals in our beloved Rotary?” the members asked.

The letter also stated that many Rotarians have discussed Mr Geluk’s matter privately and believe that based on the response from the incoming District Governor, Mr Charles Sealey, along with other senior Rotarians locally, that it is in their best interest to remain anonymous at this time.

“This is a case of wanting to shoot the messengers. How dare anyone question the status quo?

“We are reminded that Rotary’s Code of Ethics states that I will ‘Act with integrity and high ethical standards in my personal and professional life’. Being a member of Rotary means you are a person of integrity and honour, not only in your business or chosen profession, but in your personal life too.”

Possible resignations, lack of growth & reduced public funds

It said Past President Geluk’s involvement in the BVI Airways matter may or may not result in criminal charges; “however, one has to agree that there is a risk that he can be implicated and therefore it is on these grounds we are asking that his appointment be retracted until this matter is fully resolved.”

It said Mr Geluk may very well qualify to serve as Assistant Governor when the investigations are over, but until such time, all the necessary precautions must be taken to safeguard and protect Rotary’s image in the Virgin Islands and around the world.

“We believe that failure to retract Past President Ryan’s appointment could have long-lasting effect on Rotary in the British Virgin Islands which could result in several things. For example, resignations from club members, lack of growth in new members and reduction in public funds.”

The letter at the time had said in the interest of fairness and transparency, the members were hoping the matter would be resolved at a certain level and there would be no need to take it to either Rotary International or the VI public.

Meanwhile, Mr Geluk, Mrs Maduro and Mrs Smith did not respond to our request for a comment up to the time of publication.

45 Responses to “Rotary Rift? Rotarians object to Ryan R. E. Geluk as Asst Gov of District 7020”

  • Rouge wave (22/06/2020, 16:26) Like (15) Dislike (2) Reply
    O god dem fighting each other more mele coming
    • WOWW (22/06/2020, 18:09) Like (22) Dislike (5) Reply
      Rotary club is the Illuminati don’t make their nice contributions or whatever fool you guys
      • Hmm (22/06/2020, 19:59) Like (5) Dislike (32) Reply
        Them does only contribute to them Island people anyways
      • still searchin' (23/06/2020, 11:50) Like (22) Dislike (3) Reply
        Rotary is Rotary, not the lodge nor the Illuminati.
        Ryan is a good man, sometimes too good to a fault. He was chosen as Assistant Governor and that says a lot about him. Somebody wants his position and will do anything to get it.

        They dont want to publish their names because negative consequences to them but do not care about the consequences to a good man's name from their lies. Do you know they even created a false email address of another person to send out their lies.
      • Rotaractor (23/06/2020, 12:01) Like (4) Dislike (1) Reply
        It is not!
    • Rubber Duck (23/06/2020, 12:18) Like (7) Dislike (3) Reply
      Ryan Geluk is a little on the pale side for some around here. As I read the Airline thing. Mr Geluk was appointed Director by the govt to look after its interests well after the whole scheme was launched. He was not one of the founders or originators of the idea. BDO was asked to investigate the set up and its report was highly critical of the whole arrangement and it seems never shown to cabinet. All this is in the Auditor Generals report.
  • jokes (22/06/2020, 16:46) Like (8) Dislike (11) Reply

    Oh stop stirring up trouble where there isnt any

  • Wow (22/06/2020, 16:52) Like (18) Dislike (6) Reply
    This man in every damn thing.
  • Wow (22/06/2020, 16:55) Like (18) Dislike (8) Reply

    Rotary gone down to a low lower than low low low. That g***** who up and down fight have no call becoming president. jailbird and all hear in rotairy. One s****** alleged rapist, thieve and the a******** m**** is a drunkard. Aryah can’t want anybody take the club serious. If them wasn’t so slack that just R*** demise. Them all drink up together.

    • flax (22/06/2020, 18:10) Like (7) Dislike (4) Reply
      They is the lodge is a Illuminati contract
    • Rota-what? (23/06/2020, 13:08) Like (5) Dislike (3) Reply

      They are just a cartel of c***ks anyway and none a dem have the BVI interest at heart. None.

  • The Brotherhood (22/06/2020, 17:01) Like (8) Dislike (1) Reply
    They will sort it out. A little research on the Club will make you understand
  • l (22/06/2020, 17:56) Like (4) Dislike (3) Reply

    #***, pls bring back the amount of the Airways money u got out of the deal. All that money didn't go oversees to the so called foreign investors.

  • Gust (22/06/2020, 18:01) Like (8) Dislike (3) Reply

    this is where the real corruption lies.

    "The Auditor-General, Sonia M. Webster, in her report titled ‘Government’s Financing of BVI Airways’ Direct Flight to Miami’, now a public document, listed Mr Geluk as one of the Directors of BVI Airways at the time of the investigation.

    The report also showed that the then Government of the former Premier, Dr D. Orlando Smith, engaged the local accounting firm BDO in January 2015 to assess the merits of the BVI Airways airlift. Mr Geluk was also a Deputy Managing Director of BDO at the time." WOW. Such a conflict of interest, but these masons just look after their own.

    It's just like all the friends of the prominent rotarian who happened to be awarded status without any transparency post-Irma.

  • Sad (22/06/2020, 18:11) Like (13) Dislike (4) Reply
    Little do people know rotary groups is demonic Is a devil cult
  • bvi (22/06/2020, 18:24) Like (4) Dislike (2) Reply
    just a set of bulshiter like you all better than everybody.
    damn it man
  • Roxy (22/06/2020, 18:41) Like (15) Dislike (7) Reply

    You all have too many double standards. That is why Rotary has gone to the low and the lowest.
    Most of the expats joining Rotary only to be somebody in the community.
    A bunch of hypocrites and two timing people..

    • @Roxy (22/06/2020, 20:07) Like (5) Dislike (2) Reply

      You hear the @#$^& you talking. Is people like you have the world upside down. Everybody is somebody... Get that in your messed up brain.

    • @ foxy (22/06/2020, 22:16) Like (2) Dislike (10) Reply
      I agree but it should only be whites and locals alone in rotary club
  • Musa 132 × (22/06/2020, 19:00) Like (3) Dislike (1) Reply
    Don't matter that the main reason I never get involved .
  • Yeesh (22/06/2020, 19:07) Like (5) Dislike (1) Reply
    People still care about Rotary? Must of hopped in my time machine and here I am in 1974.
  • flUffy (22/06/2020, 19:50) Like (7) Dislike (7) Reply

    R*****G***..his w****L***** ......already acts as if she owns the keys to the city..then Now they want to make him Asst.deputy in Rotary? If Rotary know what's best they will ask R***** H*******..R*****G***** ..L*****H**** and the others to please tell the people where the 7.2 million dollars plane money is. The house of cards of the privileged will soon fall.

  • Former (22/06/2020, 19:50) Like (7) Dislike (3) Reply
    @gust I do not believe you are wrong in your statement I listened to a former rotarian last week who shared the same sentiments. This is the way to go if you want status in the territory quick. We need to put a stop light to this kind of stuff.
  • Guest (22/06/2020, 19:56) Like (12) Dislike (1) Reply
    That dude is like Wednesday, always in the middle!!
  • AG (22/06/2020, 21:14) Like (11) Dislike (0) Reply
    7 days news. Congrats Ryan
  • lol (22/06/2020, 21:58) Like (7) Dislike (1) Reply
    Yes, wonder how he get his status when he came after me. Clearly not what you know but who you know
    • LMAOO (22/06/2020, 22:18) Like (2) Dislike (9) Reply

      He w******* he deserve it more than down island people I would say. Prefer all the w******* to get status over them

    • Surprised (24/06/2020, 16:08) Like (5) Dislike (2) Reply
      @lol have you not been paying attention to the amount of work geluck does here? Are yiu just jealous like these people that he is getting what he deserves? Come on man! Get a life.
  • Tis ting with this (22/06/2020, 22:22) Like (12) Dislike (3) Reply
    That one from the tourist board always know everybody business, let them talk this bout them man.
  • rattie (22/06/2020, 23:24) Like (9) Dislike (0) Reply
    Not surprised by Lorna behavior another oppressor
    • @rattie (23/06/2020, 17:56) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
      Shout it from the roof dem. I wouldn't be surprised if she was one a dem who responsible for this bvi airways thing. we need to start seriously investigating these people and putting dem backside in jail. enough is enough. bunch a crooks.
  • Bohannon (22/06/2020, 23:40) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    "We are reminded that Rotary’s Code of Ethics states that I will ‘Act with integrity and high ethical standards in my personal and professional life"...

    Not msny oer ssf ons in th h ed bvi rep this statement in their personal and professional lives.
    • @Bohannon (24/06/2020, 14:00) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
      They wouldn't know integrity or high ethical standards if both hit them smack in the face. There motto should read more like "We are committed as a group to stifle and rip off the BVI whilst pretending to be a friend of the poor and disenfranchised, and we are committed to covering up each others crime as long as we all share in any gains."
  • Cain (23/06/2020, 00:46) Like (5) Dislike (1) Reply
    I saw three Rotarian attack vino on a virtuous freeman Facebook two more Rotarians a parillon and Creque-Smith them involves. A lot of them forgot them past when calling down others. Right they i wonder how Rotarian do that. All the double standard more to get more share.
  • Hmmm 1 + 1 (23/06/2020, 04:20) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply

    So u see who the ....Go.....and them so protecting......wickedness in high places

  • crazy man (23/06/2020, 06:46) Like (8) Dislike (4) Reply

    Good honourable move by our Rotarians, im proud.. He just need to with draw his name....As a matter a fact from his name came he should declined knowing he..

  • RDA Meh Say!! (23/06/2020, 10:14) Like (17) Dislike (1) Reply
    How come nobody talking about the finance person at RDA who was the FS during this whole debacle? Where is the outrage on him?



  • Bonjour (23/06/2020, 10:28) Like (4) Dislike (1) Reply

    Le monde a besoin de savoir que geluk est le gars de l'automne. tous les membres du gouvernement du Cabinet ont obtenu leur part de l'accord. lo**** s**** est aussi coupable. elle a aidé la corde dans mon compagnon. le parti national démocratique était mauvais pour le peuple. G***** est resté silencieux pour se sauver et sauver sa relation. il a fait du mal. il en savait beaucoup, c'est ce qu'on appelle le consentement. beaucoup de mal pour tout le monde. O*****s**** est le cerveau et le my***n***** et le mar****n*****. Ronnie Skelton savait mais a fait du mal au Cabinet. G**** pas innocent. de nombreux rotariens connaissent la vérité des voies aériennes bvi.

    • Past President Sunrise (23/06/2020, 11:36) Like (6) Dislike (1) Reply
      As a Public Service - The English Translation: The world needs to know that geluck is the fall guy. all members of the Cabinet government got their share of the deal. lo **** s **** is also guilty. she helped the rope in my companion. the national democratic party was bad for the people. G ***** remained silent to save himself and his relationship. he hurt. he knew a lot, this is called consent. a lot of trouble for everyone. O ***** s **** is the brain and the my *** n ***** and the mar **** n *****. Ronnie Skelton knew but hurt Cabinet. G **** not innocent. many Rotarians know the truth about bvi airways.
      • @past president (23/06/2020, 13:16) Like (12) Dislike (1) Reply
        Your clubs are the disgrace...all of them and every member. You each stand by and look at all sorts of things happen in this here BVI, willingly participate, willfully decide whose businesses should be supported, willingly collude to rob the government, therefore the BVI people of millions, gleefully spread the ill-gotten gains amongst you and then have the audacity to talk about unblemished. Karma is on her way. I think she's here already.
  • who cares (23/06/2020, 12:38) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
    Spoiled and privilege children squabbling. Next
  • Disgusting (23/06/2020, 18:05) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
    All those pusscats should be made to pay back the taxpayers of the B.V.I. How can they live with that dishonesty on their consciences? And to think that many of them have been rewarded in tangible and other ways after they did the people of the Territory wrong.

    Too much white collar and blue collar crime take place here and it is shoved under the rug because of who is involved. Downright disgusting. Bout time we man up and stop tolerating it.
  • What's the harm now? (24/06/2020, 11:13) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
    He's an expat that means well. You've welcome his experience and help. He's part of an ongoing investigation but who isn't? What's the harm now?


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