Mr. Vance Lewis and Scotiabank’s Managing Director, Ms. Joycelyn Murraine
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The entire BVI community can look forward to the upcoming Rotary International District 7020 Conference which is expected to attract hundreds of Rotarians from across the region to the shores of the British Virgin Islands in May 2013.

In a press release issued this week, Rotary stated that it's also a significant tourism opportunity as Rotarians and their families make plans to visit the Virgin Islands for the historic conference and also to enjoy our destination and all that it has to offer.

However, Rotary stated that such an undertaking calls for the support of the community and local businesses and individuals are encouraged to assist Rotary in this endeavor.

To this end, on 17th September, a major partnership between Rotary and Scotiabank, was announced at a press conference where it was revealed that Scotiabank is the first Platinum sponsor of the Conference and has donated $25,000.00 to the cause.

District Governor, Vance Lewis has asked the community to join with Rotary in the establishment of a partnership that will make the BVI the envy of the Caribbean.

Scotiabank´s Managing Director, Ms. Joycelyn Murraine stated that Scotiabank is proud to be associated with the upcoming 2013 Rotary District Conference in the Territory.

"Our investment in this conference is a signal of the trust and the long standing partnership which we want to build with Rotary. Scotiabank and Rotary have common interests, focusing on health, education and youth issues," she stated.

Public Relations Committee Chair for the District Conference and a Past President of The Rotary Club of Tortola, Delma Maduro assured everyone that all partners, like Scotiabank BVI, will get excellent returns for their financial support of this very worthwhile event.

"Not only would sponsoring partners get excellent exposure at a local level but there will be an opportunity to reach the 6,200 plus Rotarians of our District and beyond. Additionally, "The Tourism Industry via our hotels, land and water based transportation systems, restaurants, historical sites and local attractions all stand to benefit not to mention the Financial Sector and the boost to the economy. We all have a role to play," she added.

Whilst Conference Chair, David Archer expressed great enthusiasm for the District Conference which will be held under the theme "Experience the Passion of Rotary", and will bring together Rotarians from Anguilla, The Bahamas, Cayman Islands, Dutch St. Maarten, French St. Martin, Haiti, Jamaica, St. Barths, Turks and Caicos Islands, USVI and the three clubs in the BVI.

Sponsorship for the events is as follows: Platinum - $25,000, Gold - $15,000, Silver- $10,000 and Bronze- $5,000 contributions in kind are also accepted.