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VI needs to be 'a little less angry & on edge' - Julien N. Johnson

- Mr Johnson installed as new president of the Rotary Club of Tortola
Incoming President of the Rotary Club of Tortola, Mr Julien N. Johnson said the Virgin Islands society needs to return to being more considerate and respectful of each other. Photo: VINO
Immediate Past President Mr Henry O. Creque passes the baton of president of the Rotary Club of Tortola on Julien N. Johnson. Photo: VINO
Immediate Past President Mr Henry O. Creque passes the baton of president of the Rotary Club of Tortola on Julien N. Johnson. Photo: VINO
Former legislator Mr Ralph T. O'Neal OBE being presented with the Paul Harris Fellow award by Rotary Assistant Governor, Delma Maduro. Photo: VINO
Former legislator Mr Ralph T. O'Neal OBE being presented with the Paul Harris Fellow award by Rotary Assistant Governor, Delma Maduro. Photo: VINO
Premier Dr The Hon D. Orlando Smith being presented with the Paul Harris Fellow award by Ms Delma Maduro. Photo: VINO
Premier Dr The Hon D. Orlando Smith being presented with the Paul Harris Fellow award by Ms Delma Maduro. Photo: VINO
Back row, from left: Sergeant at Arms Kenneth Morgan, Vice President Lynette L. Harrigan, Director of Youth Services Abbi E. Christopher, Incoming President Julien N. Johnson, Membership Director Kelvin Liburd, President Elect Ingrid A. Moses, and Immediate Past President Henry O. Creque. Front row, from left: Assistant Governor Delma Maduro, Foundation Director Michael Killourhy, Secretary-Elect Ixora-Rose Williams, Public Image Director Mitsy Ellis-Simpson and Treasurer Ron Brash. Photo: VINO
Back row, from left: Sergeant at Arms Kenneth Morgan, Vice President Lynette L. Harrigan, Director of Youth Services Abbi E. Christopher, Incoming President Julien N. Johnson, Membership Director Kelvin Liburd, President Elect Ingrid A. Moses, and Immediate Past President Henry O. Creque. Front row, from left: Assistant Governor Delma Maduro, Foundation Director Michael Killourhy, Secretary-Elect Ixora-Rose Williams, Public Image Director Mitsy Ellis-Simpson and Treasurer Ron Brash. Photo: VINO
WEST END, Tortola, VI – When members of the Rotary and Rotaract families of the Virgin Islands (VI) gathered at the Long Bay Beach Resort on the Western end of Tortola for dinner and fellowship they were challenged to be the change that is needed to take the territory to its former glory.

This challenge was put forward by incoming president Mr Julien N. Johnson who was installed at the event on Saturday June 20, 2015. “One of the things that is important to me as a BVIslander and someone that calls Tortola and the rest of the BVI as home, I think that we are starting to see more and more social ills affecting our quality of life,” Mr Johnson stated.

He added, “The inconsideration of some of us, the lack of respect for each other and just a general don’t care attitude seem to be creeping its way into our society and one of the things that I hope that we can do as Rotarians in this coming year is really be a driving force behind, not a change, but I guess a return to what we once were. A little more caring of each other, a little more polite, a little less inconsiderate, a little less angry, a little less on edge, and even a little more laid back and caring as we were perhaps as when BVI wasn’t as big as it is now.”

Johnson said he looks forward to working with the board and the other members during his tenure in office at the helm of the organisation and that one of his objectives is to carry on projects started by immediate past President Henry O. Creque.

Johnson’s term in office officially takes effect from July 1, 2015.

One of the major projects that is currently on the table for the Rotary Club of Tortola is the construction of a Youth Empowerment Centre in the Purcell community. The club’s annual ‘Grand Affair’ fund raiser of 2015 had raked in some $345, 000, a significant percentage of which would go towards that project.

Apart from the installing of Mr Johnson as President, those who contributed to the club’s accomplishments under Immediate Past President Henry O. Creque were recognised. The installation and recognition ceremony was well attended by Rotarians, Rotaractors, Partners in Service and friends of Rotary.

Rotary Assistant Governor Delma Maduro administered the Oath of Office and installed Julien N. Johnson, along with his incoming Board of Directors – President Elect Ingrid A. Moses, Vice President Lynette L. Harrigan, Immediate Past President Henry O. Creque, Treasurer Ron Brash, Sergeant at Arms Kenneth Morgan, Directors Michael Killourhy, Mitsy Ellis-Simpson, Abbi E. Christopher, Kelvin Liburd and Secretary Elect Ixora-Rose Williams. Other members to be installed are Secretary Johanna Boyd and Directors Robert Creel and Thor Downing.

Premier Smith & Ralph T. O’Neal honoured

Among the other features of the gala dinner event was the honouring of Premier and Minister of Finance Dr The Honourable D. Orlando Smith and former Premier and legislator Ralph T. O’Neal OBE. Both men were presented with the Paul Harris Fellow Award for their dedication towards improving the lives of others in their community, and for having lived unceasingly by the creed “Service above Self”.

Passing on the baton, Immediate Past President Creque took a tap on the shoulder for other initiatives deemed successful during his tenure as president, including donating $50,000 to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit of the New Peebles Hospital, the “Baby Think It Over” teenage pregnancy prevention programme, the Epic Youth Forum on Peace, and Conflict Resolution and Food Drives which benefitted families in need across the Territory. The club also chartered its first EarlyAct Club at the St George’s Primary School.

18 Responses to “VI needs to be 'a little less angry & on edge' - Julien N. Johnson”

  • just asking. (24/06/2015, 09:03) Like (58) Dislike (3) Reply

    How ppl want us not to be angry and they with the crew that is trying to built a class system?

  • @ just asking (24/06/2015, 09:33) Like (37) Dislike (0) Reply
    You hit the nail on the head as there seems to be a class system in every thing and every where you go nowadays.It is a pity all of us going 6 ft and some not 3 and when we all get to heaven we gonna be on the same par
    • 007 (24/06/2015, 11:06) Like (3) Dislike (4) Reply
      No such thing as heaven, when we dead we dead.
      Be peaceful in this existence.
      • @007 (24/06/2015, 12:45) Like (3) Dislike (1) Reply
        That is the trick that the devil blinds you'll with so that you can do his work on this earth… Just because you do not want there to be a God do not mean there is none...the pride of man remains the iron sword of the devil's kingdom!
      • Fool says in his heart... (25/06/2015, 13:38) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
        You say.......
      • Pride and Vanity (26/06/2015, 22:59) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
        (Sometimes you can be too earthly minded to be any heavenly good...when men display their own righteous deeds, God measures their deeds as nothing but filthy rags.) Isaiah 64:6-8

        So when God reject their offerings, like Cain they become angry and say...'there is no God'. But there is a God who do not except filthy deeds even if they seem good to man because God knows man's true heart and motives behind their given. (They can do good and give to the world until they die and still not please God.) They can fool many with bribery and their wealth but what is the advantage that they truly have on the poor when in the end they forfeit the thing most valuable 'their souls'. A wasted life filled with things pretty to look at, a little drink on occasions to numb reality because you know something is missing inside of you but you don't know what it is...It's all about a relationship with God...it's not always all about you and what you believe life to be. There is only one God and you are not Him..though you wish to be!

  • bvi (24/06/2015, 09:54) Like (6) Dislike (1) Reply
    I am not angry nor on edge with you all though. I stay happy inspite of.
  • Forbidden Truth (24/06/2015, 10:01) Like (8) Dislike (1) Reply
    The Virgin Islands is growing into two societies. The Rich and the poor no inbetween, but beware the "Rage of the Privaleged Class".
  • 2@ Just asking (24/06/2015, 10:04) Like (8) Dislike (0) Reply
    I agree...my poor country.. out side rich and inside poor. So Sad to see it falling. (God Help Us!)
  • Notonmywatch (24/06/2015, 10:44) Like (16) Dislike (0) Reply
    Angry and on edge? No this is not angry and on edge this is passive and cowardly.
  • Youth (24/06/2015, 10:59) Like (4) Dislike (3) Reply
    It seems like I have to be an NDP to become anything in this country...
    • @Youth (26/06/2015, 22:05) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      'Define anything' I for one would prefer being nothing in this country 'or world even' than to be an NDP. I dance to the bet of a different drummer 'God'...That is what true leaders are made of!


  • rattie (24/06/2015, 11:11) Like (7) Dislike (5) Reply
    Julien is just another want to be..go sit down
    • Jealous (24/06/2015, 15:16) Like (3) Dislike (1) Reply
      Rattie, exactly what is a "want to be?" You seem to be to concerned with the messenger than the message. Also, you mean to tell me that you cant appreciate people doing community service? Why don't you go and give up your Saturdays painting underprivileged peoples homes, cutting their grass, fundraising to help buy much needed hospital equipment, sending children to college on scholarships, buying clothes and furniture for families whose homes burned down, delivering food to the Family Support Network, sending relief money to earthquake ravaged Haiti, etc etc etc. I could go on and on but I would be wasting my time. Stop being jealous and help out your community.
      • wow (25/06/2015, 09:22) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
        Maaan I GOT BETTER THINGS TO DO WITH MY SATURDAYS SMH forget that.
      • @ jealous (25/06/2015, 09:32) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
        We, well I support the effort that these people are putting in to help others in much need, but when the "messenger" living a FREE MASON lifestyle.... wont say no more ehh
  • Illustrious Cocaine Biceps (25/06/2015, 09:21) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    He looks like he does the scissors with WNBA players.
    • LOL (25/06/2015, 11:40) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      One thing is for sure lol broke people got the best jokes lawdy I killing myself with this one.


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