Barry Rassin, of the Rotary Club of East Nassau, New Providence, Bahamas, will serve as President of Rotary International for 2018-2019.
As President, Rassin aims to strengthen Rotary’s public image and 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, ad we must find new model for membership that allows all interested in our mission to participate,” he said. “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.”
A Rotarian since 1980, RIPE 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 2015-2016 RI President K. R. Ravindran. He received the Rotary Service Above Self Award, as well as other humanitarian awards, for 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 Foundation.
RIPE 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 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.