RI President 2018-19 Barry Rassin
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 Rotary
Rassin’s nomination follows Sam F. Owori’s death in
July, just two weeks into his term as Rotary International president-elect.