Barry Rassin, of the Rotary Club of East Nassau, New Providence,
Bahamas, is the selection of the Nominating Committee for President
of Rotary International for 2018-19. He will be declared the president-elect
on 1 September if no challenging candidates have been suggested.
As president, Rassin aims to strengthen our public image and our
use of digital tools to maximize Rotary’s reach.
“Those who know what good Rotary clubs do will want to be a part
of it, and we must find new models for membership that allow all
interested in our mission to participate,” he says. “With Rotary
more in the public eye, we will attract more individuals who want
to be part of and support a membership organization that accomplishes
so much good around the world.”
Rassin earned an MBA in health and hospital administration from
the University of Florida and is the first fellow of the American
College of Healthcare Executives in the Bahamas. He recently retired
after 37 years as president of Doctors Hospital Health System, where
he continues to serve as an adviser. He is a lifetime member of
the American Hospital Association and has served on several boards,
including the Quality Council of the Bahamas, Health Education Council,
and Employer’s Confederation.
A Rotarian since 1980, Rassin has served Rotary as director and
is vice chair of The Rotary Foundation Board of Trustees. He was
an RI training leader and the aide to 2015-16 RI President K.R.
Rassin received Rotary's highest honor, the Service Above Self
Award, as well as other humanitarian awards for his work leading
Rotary’s relief efforts in Haiti after the 2010 earthquake there.
He and his wife, Esther, are Major Donors and Benefactors of The
Rassin’s nomination follows Sam
F. Owori’s death in July, just two weeks into his term as Rotary
The members of the 2017-18 Nominating Committee for President of
Rotary International are Anne L. Matthews (chair), Rotary Club of
Columbia East, South Carolina, USA; Ann-Britt Åsebol, Rotary Club
of Falun-Kopparvågen, Sweden; Örsçelik Balkan, Rotary Club of Istanbul-Karaköy,
Turkey; James Anthony Black, Rotary Club of Dunoon, Argyll, Scotland;
John T. Blount, Rotary Club of Sebastopol, California, USA; Frank
N. Goldberg, Rotary Club of Omaha-Suburban, Nebraska, USA; Antonio
Hallage, Rotary Club of Curitiba-Leste, Paraná, Brazil; Jackson
S.L. Hsieh, Rotary Club of Taipei Sunrise, Taiwan; Holger Knaack,
Rotary Club of Herzogtum Lauenburg-Mölln, Germany; Masahiro Kuroda,
Rotary Club of Hachinohe South, Aomori, Japan; Larry A. Lunsford,
Rotary Club of Kansas City-Plaza, Missouri, USA; P.T. Prabhakar,
Rotary Club of Madras Central, Tamil Nadu, India; M.K. Panduranga
Setty, Rotary Club of Bangalore, Karnataka, India; Andy Smallwood,
Rotary Club of Gulfway-Hobby Airport (Houston), Texas, USA; Norbert
Turco, Rotary Club of Ajaccio, Corse, France; Yoshimasa Watanabe,
Rotary Club of Kojima, Okayama, Japan; and Sangkoo Yun, Rotary Club
of Sae Hanyang, Seoul, Korea.
To learn more about Barry Rassin, read this interview
statement outlining his goals for Rotary.