barry rassin


Barry Rassin
Past President, Rotary International
Rotary Club of East Nassau, Bahamas

Barry Rassin is Past President of Rotary International, 2018-2019. The Theme for Rotary in his year as President was: Be The Inspiration.

He is the first Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives in The Bahamas and is retired as President after 38 years with Doctors Hospital Health System in Nassau, Bahamas but is still a Director. The organization grew significantly from 11 employees to 600 and was the first JCAHO (International) accredited hospital in the region.

He has been a member of the Rotary Club of East Nassau since 1980, President in 1987- 88, District Governor for 4040/7020 in 1991-92, Rotary International Director for 2006-08, a Trustee of The Rotary Foundation for 2016–17, and Vice Chairman in 2017. He has served on many initiatives in The Bahamas and is currently Chairman of Volunteer Bahamas, a national program to create a culture of volunteerism in the country.

He has served both Rotary International and The Rotary Foundation in many capacities such as Chairman of the Rotary International Finance Committee, and as RI training Leader and Seminar Trainer for Training Leaders.

Esther has always been a strong supporter of Barry’s Rotary efforts and is a Lifetime Honorary Member of the Rotary Club of East Nassau. Esther is a retired banker and a strong advocate for family values. She is a recipient of the Sir Durward Knowles Humanitarian Award.

Barry coordinated the Rotary disaster relief efforts in Haiti following the 2010 Earthquake. Rotary raised $6.5 million and completed 105 projects in Haiti after the earthquake. He is now on the Bahamas Rotary Disaster Relief Committee following Hurricane Dorian.

Barry has received the Service Above Self Award from Rotary International. He was recognized with the National Award of Health Hero by the Bahamas Ministry of Health and PAHO and the Healthcare Development Leadership Award from Healthcare Development Magazine and is listed in the second volume of Legends in The Bahamas. He was recognized by the Order of Malta with the Grand Cross Pro Merito and received The Bahamas Icon Award for Commerce. In 2018 he was awarded by The Government the national recognition as an Officer of the Order of Distinction of The Bahamas.