Posted by EMG on Jun 06, 2017
District Governor Elect Robert Leger presents his 2017 Theme at the District Conference
District Governor Elect Robert Leger presented his 2017 theme and logo at the District Conference.  His theme, Grow Stronger, Serve Better, is self explanatory.  As our club grow with members committed to service our service to our communities, world will be more impactful.
His logo includes the District symbol, the red hibiscus.  The logo has ten gold stars representing the ten countries in our district and the bird is an hispaniolan trogon.  This bird is found only on the island of Hispanola, in the Dominican Republic and DGE Robert's home of Les Caynes.
DGE Robert and Rosa with DG Haresh as they switch logos at the end of the District Conference.
DGE Robert's biography:
Robert Leger was born in Les Cayes, Haiti.
Although he grew up and attended elementary school in his home town, at the age of 12 had to leave and continue his studies in the capital, Port au Prince.  He did his secondary education there and then went to Mexico City to study Medicine at the Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico. He was the first foreigner to be accepted into General Surgery Residency program in Hospital Juarez, from which he graduated as a General Surgeon. Mexico was his home for 11 years where he met his wife Rosa with whom he returned to his country in 1981 to reach his dream : “Go back to Haiti and offer his services so greatly needed in his community”.
Robert  was  Head  of  The  Department  of  Surgery  of  Hospital  Immaculée Conception des Cayes for 27 years doing general surgery . During many years he was the only surgeon in this institution saving people’s lives with the minimum equipment available and helped improve conditions in this department. Author and Co-author of different medical and surgical articles, his passion for teaching and training has enabled him to train several generations of young doctors and also to teach anatomy and surgery at the National School of Nurses of Les Cayes. He also was President of the Red Cross in Les Cayes and head of the blood bank. Member of the AMH (Haitian Medical Association), of the American Association of Clinical Anatomists and also a member of the Chamber of Commerce of the South he has served on the boards of several organizations and as a consultant for different institutions in Les Cayes
Dr Robert Leger is known to be one of the few professionals in his community to volunteer and share his profession to serve the very poor in his community. He volunteered at LA CHARITE S’IL VOUS PLAIT, an old people’s home and place for terminal patients run by the Sisters of Calcutta.
He Volunteered for the Franciscan Sisters in their clinic up in the mountains of Aquin, in St. Helen, for 6 years where he and his wife Rosa, were key in setting up a Medical Laboratory which has become an important medical center in this area.
Due to health issues, Dr. Robert Leger, retired from the General Hospital in 2008 after 27 years of service and since then continues full time to do Family Medicine in his private practice. Although a retired surgeon,  he still offers his services to the same hospital he worked for so many years when required. His services were very much needed after the Earthquake where he put aside his private work to dedicate days performing surgery to the many wounded arriving from Port-au-Prince and affected areas seeking help. The only surgeon in Les Cayes the first 48 hours after the earthquake he operated, organized, looked for material and equipment needed and coordinated the volunteer efforts when groups of surgeons from different part of the world came to assist.
Robert’s commitment to progress with desire to improve communities and change people’s living conditions, has made him a very passionate Rotarian. What Rotary
has done in his own country and is doing around the world, has made him see
Rotary as a tool for change and development. Nothing is impossible for ROTARY.
Robert joined Rotary Club des Cayes in 1983 and was elected President of his Club for two terms 1987-1988 and in 2000-2001. During his 34 years as a Rotarian, he has held all the posts in his club.
At the District Level he has served 3 terms as District Governor Representative
1992-1993, 1995-1996, 1996-1997, Assistant District Governor in 2006-2009, and was Chair for Community Service, Water, FutureVision, Global Grants, District
7020 Project from 2010 to 2012, now District Governor 2017-2018. Robert is a Graduate of RLI (Rotary Leadership Institute) and a Discussion Leader. He is also a member of the Rotary Haiti Leadership Team. He has attended many District Conferences and four Rotary International Conventions.
He is a Multiple Paul Harris Fellow, a Benefactor, member of the Bequest Society and the Paul Harris Society and a Major Donor of the Rotary Foundation. He received the (SAS) Service Above Self Award in 2011.
A General Surgeon, A Rotarian, a great Husband, father and wonderful grandfather, Robert is a well rounded man and also has fun hobbies !
He is a Black Belt with 1st Dan and Honorary 2nd Dan in Japanese Karate Shoto- Kan style. He has won one bronze medal and two cups in different national tournaments of the Japan Karate Association in Mexico. He also founded the first recognized Shoto-Kan Karate school in Les Cayes in 1995. He plays the guitar, and is a jazz aficionado. He enjoys traveling and has visited several countries. He tries to keep up with good movies and reads books, likes to play tennis and loves to dance, specially latino dances! Good salsa dancer!
He speaks 4 languages fluently:  French, Haitian Creole, Spanish and English. He has started studying German again a language he used to speak fluently many years ago.
He is married to Rosa who is also a Rotarian and Assistant Governor 2015-2017 for Haiti-Sud and they have successfully raised 3 children: Rosanne, Robert Jr. and Regine. All 3 being Paul Harris Fellows and hopefully future Rotarians! They have been blessed with 4 healthy and lovely grandchildren, Thaliya, Zana, Raphael, and Zlatan-Anthony, making them very proud parents and Grandparents!