Ladies in leadership: Past President Tanya Woodside, Past President Carla Card-Stubbs, President-Elect Jacqueline Longley, Past President Diana Lynn Miller, Past Assistant Governer Karen Pinder
Nassau, Bahamas - Prior
to 1989 the constitution and bylaws of Rotary International stated that
Rotary club membership was for males only. However on May 4th 1989 the
US Supreme Court ruled that Rotary clubs may not exclude women from
membership on the basis of gender.
1989 Council on Legislation vote to admit women into Rotary clubs
worldwide remains a “watershed moment” in the history of Rotary and the
vote followed the decades-long efforts of men and women from all over
the Rotary world to allow for the admission of women into Rotary clubs.
then to now women have played a pivotal role in Rotary and have
contributed greatly to the overall success of Rotary International.
There are presently over 200,000 women in Rotary clubs worldwide, 146 of
which comprise Rotary Clubs of The Bahamas. Many of these pioneering
women have served in key positions within Rotary as Presidents of their
Clubs, District Leaders, Assistant Governors, District Governors and
also RI Directors.
RCNS would especially like to recognize Ms. Rowena Bethel, the first ever
female Rotarian in the Bahamas. She is also a member of the South East Rotary Club
of its women members in the club for your support over the years and we
value the contribution which you continue to make towards the
advancement of women in The Bahamasand in Rotary Clubs worldwide.
Women of The Rotary Club of Nassau Sunrise