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Community : Service Organizations : Rotary Clubs of The Bahamas
Rotary Club of Freeport senior members honoured - Apr 28, 2015 - 11:37:47 AM

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Grand Bahama Island, The Bahamas - The Rotary Club of Freeport was abuzz this past Thursday as District 6990 handed down top honours to two of its senior members. President Queen Rolle was awarded Top President of the Year for her accomplishments this year. Under her leadership the club has injected well over $25,000 into the local community including installing hurricane shutters on the GB Children's Home, renovating the bathrooms and plumbing at the new GB Centre for Performing Arts and supporting other local charities.


Assistant District Governor Mike Stafford captured the Top Assistant Governor award in the district for the second year in a row as a testament to his leadership not only amongst the local clubs but throughout...
Community : Service Organizations : Rotary Clubs of The Bahamas
St Augustine's College comes 2nd place at Rotary MUNS‏ - Apr 13, 2015 - 12:02:13 PM

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Nassau, Bahamas - St Augustine’s College was the second place winner of the last Rotary Clubs of the Bahamas Model United Nations Sessions. In their mock delegates’ role, they represented Cuba during the debates and were given support from the Cuban Embassy.

Pictured from left receiving their laptop prizes are: Carlos Smith, Rotary MUNS Chairman; H.E. Ernesto Soberon Guzman, Ambassador of the Republic of Cuba; Christian Ferguson, Aleia Collymore, Jamika Miller and LaVar Ferguson who were all Grade 10 students when they participated in MUNS...
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Junkanoo Carnival Activities Get Started on Grand Bahama - Apr 10, 2015 - 5:47:24 AM

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FREEPORT, Grand Bahama -- Activities surrounding Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival are expected to generate a 3-1 return on the initial investment, said Minister for Grand Bahama, the Hon. Dr. Michael Darville, during the monthly meeting of the Rotary Club of Freeport on Thursday.

Activities have already begun in various communities around the island, creating hype for the inaugural festival to be held at Taino Beach on April 17 and 18 with semi finals, and the grand festival, Road Fever, scheduled for Nassau on May, 9.

According to Minister Darville, "We have been dying in Grand Bahama..."
Community : Service Organizations : Rotary Clubs of The Bahamas
Grand Bahama Real Estate Broker Honoured For Youth Mentoring - Apr 2, 2015 - 9:57:14 PM

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Freeport, Grand Bahama - Grand Bahama real estate broker, James Sarles, was honoured on Saturday evening, March 28, 2015 at the 50th Anniversary Department of Social Services Gala for his pioneering work in founding the Big Brother / Big Sister youth mentoring program of the Rotary Club of GB Sunrise.

A long-time leader in organizing volunteer activities that bring life-enriching skills to the teens of the Columbus House for Boys & Girls, Sarles’ work gives the young residents opportunities to learn and grow and connect with the community. Weekly Ju Jitsu lessons with Professor Ivan Moss, and music lessons with master guitarist, Steve Persaud, add to ongoing outings such as snorkeling trips, picnics, visits to local businesses, boating excursions...
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Minister Griffin Addresses Rotary Club on the New Pre-Paid Card for Social Assistance - Mar 31, 2015 - 10:32:10 PM

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NASSAU, The Bahamas -- Minister of Social Services and Community Development the Hon. Melanie Griffin on Friday addressed the Rotary Club of West Nassau at The Poop Deck at Sandyport on the Government’s new Re-Loadable Pre-Paid Card that is assisting almost 3,000 needy persons to purchase food at local food stores...
Community : Service Organizations : Rotary Clubs of The Bahamas
Grand Bahama Rotary Family Fun Day Set for Saturday, March 21st - Mar 19, 2015 - 12:18:07 PM

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Freeport, The Bahamas - All the Rotary Clubs on Grand Bahama Island are coming together to create a lively day of family-friendly activities to showcase Rotary’s great service in the community on Saturday, March 21st, 2015 from 11 am to 5 pm, at Taino Beach Park.

Come on out for a day of fun and entertainment and be sure to invite your friends. No charge for admission. Hot-off-the-grill chicken and ribs, hamburgers, hot dogs, snacks, and drinks are available for sale.  Special treats for the kids too, with the Rotary Wagon on hand for popcorn and cotton candy...
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Duty Free Concessions for East and West Grand Bahama - Feb 12, 2015 - 7:23:21 PM

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FREEPORT, Grand Bahama -- In an effort to boost the economies of East and West Grand Bahama, the Government of The Bahamas has amended the Tariff Act so that duty free concessions are now available to East and West Grand Bahama.

The Rotary Club of Freeport was informed of the incentive on Thursday at Ruby Swiss Restaurant during their regular meeting by Conrad Jones of the Ministry for Grand Bahama, who is the officer in charge of East and West Grand Bahama Economic Development Regulation...

Community : Service Organizations : Rotary Clubs of The Bahamas
Most Courteous Driver of the Quarter Award for December 2014 - Jan 20, 2015 - 9:52:32 PM

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Freeport, Grand Bahama Island - Presentation of the "Most Courteous Driver of the Quarter Award-December 2014" took place at a recent weekly luncheon meeting of the Rotary Club of Lucaya.

At approximately 10:30am on Monday, 15th December 2014, Mr Greg Smith of Yeoman Woods, was driving his Ford F-150 truck north along East Atlantic Drive near the softball field, when the engine shut off, leaving him stranded at the side of the road.
While trying to determine what the problem was, Mr Basil Pearce happened to drive by in his jeep and seeing the driver in distress
Community : Service Organizations : GB Chamber of Commerce
G.B. Chamber President speaks to Sunrise Rotary Club - Jan 15, 2015 - 2:40:55 PM

On January 1, 2015, the Government of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas rolled-out the Country’s New Value Added Tax Regime against a tidal wave of opposition, trepidation, and scepticism. The Government argues that such tax reforms were necessary, inter alia to broaden the country’s tax base and to address the vexing issues of a burgeoning national debt which has now reached $6 billion and recurrent deficits in the order of $500 million. The reaction from the Country’s taxpayers in the immediate aftermath of what has been described by many as being a haphazard and ineffectual roll-out, ranges from outrage and disbelief to a disconcerting apathy that the world did not come to an end last Thursday and that we the taxpayers just have suck it up...
Community : Service Organizations : Rotary Clubs of The Bahamas
Rotary Clubs of Grand Bahama on the passing of Sir Jack Hayward - Jan 15, 2015 - 7:25:45 AM

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On behalf of the Rotary Clubs in Freeport namely The Rotary Club of Freeport, The Lucaya Rotary Club, The Rotary Club of G.B. Sunrise and The Rotary Club of Grand Bahama Sunset. I wish to extend our deepest sympathy and condolences on the passing of Sir. Jack A. Hayward Kt.O.B.E. to his family, love ones, the Management and Staff of the Grand Bahama Port Authority Limited.

Sir. Jack was a member of the Rotary Club of Freeport from its early days and was made an Honorary Member of that Club.

Sir. Jack was a great man and a great Rotarian, and always supported Rotary in Freeport in all its endeavors and especially charitable...
Community : Service Organizations : Rotary Clubs of The Bahamas
Old-Aged Home on Grand Bahama Treated to Holiday Gathering and Concert - Dec 29, 2014 - 9:42:54 PM

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Freeport, Grand Bahama - The Big Brother / Big Sister program of youth mentorship for the teens of Columbus House for Girls  & Boys, spearheaded by Rotary Club of GB Sunrise President, James Sarles, held a touching holiday gathering and concert recently at the “Home Away from Home” Old-Aged Home on Grand Bahama.

As a Christmas treat for the elderly residents, the children put on a holiday concert which was well received by the young at heart. The children enjoyed performing for the senior residents and they did an excellent job. The teens also brought gifts for each elderly resident and spent time talking with them, feeding them holiday party fare, and spreading good cheer...
Community : Service Organizations : Rotary Clubs of The Bahamas
Rotary East Nassau to host Charity Comedy Celebration Show - Dec 15, 2014 - 4:17:58 PM

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Tis the season to be jolly, and what better way to kick off the Christmas season than with some fun and laughter.

Local comedians Mark Bethel and Kwiesi Miller will be bringing some extra holiday joy to Nassau this Tuesday with the first ever Charity Comedy Celebration Show at pirates Bar & Grill. As well as entertainment from home grown talent, Mark and Kwiesi will also be joined by two special-guest International comedians to be announced on the night...

‘We’re really excited to be able to launch this event. We love making people laugh so we couldn’t think of anything better than being able to combine that with helping out a local charity over the holiday season...
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District Governor of Rotary and Presidents calls on Bahamas Governor General - Nov 18, 2014 - 3:09:44 AM


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NASSAU, The Bahamas -- District Governor of Rotary and Presidents paid a courtesy call on Her Excellency Dame Marguerite Pindling, Governor General, at Government House on Thursday November 13, 2014.

Pictured sitting from left: Stafford Charlton, Dr. Paul Brown, Dame Marguerite Pindling, Kay Brown and Felix Stubbs. Back row from left: Delric Beneby, Sean Blyden, Karen Pinder and Elmer Lowe. (BIS Photo/Letisha Henderson)...

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Developer of 'Ascot Grand Bahama' speaks to Rotary of GB Sunrise - Nov 6, 2014 - 11:00:38 PM

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Freeport, Bahamas - The following are remarks made by Steve Bell at a Rotary Club of Grand Bahama Sunrise meeting on November 5th, 2014:

Last month I pulled the drapes off the “Ascot, Grand Bahama” project, a beachfront residential-resort development that I am spearheading and something that has been a secret for over a year now.

Naturally there are many questions about the project and how a person like me comes from out of the blue with such well-developed plans, summaries, financials and artwork...

Community : Service Organizations : Rotary Clubs of The Bahamas
Jonathan Gouthro Scholarship Recipients Named - Nov 5, 2014 - 12:11:02 PM

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Freeport, Bahamas  - The following was written by Rotarian board member and past president Wayne Russell:

On May 8th, 2012, past president and founding member of the Rotary Club of Grand Bahama Sunrise, Jonathan Gouthro was killed in a hit and run while crossing the street in South Florida.

Jonathan was also a member of the Freeport Club before us and the Pompano Club at the time of his death. After his death, through Rotary, his family & friends, a fund was started in his name with the goal of handing out scholarships to students hoping to further their studies in the field...
Community : Service Organizations : Rotary Clubs of The Bahamas
242 Colour Run well attended in Freeport - Nov 5, 2014 - 10:48:23 AM

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Freeport, Grand Bahama - The 242 Colour Run in Freeport took place on November 2nd.  The second instance of the 3-mile event in Grand Bahama added a large dose of colour to the lively crowd at the Garden of the Groves. The Rotary Club of Grand Bahama Sunrise and the Rotaract Clubs of Freeport were well represented and were the beneficiaries of the event.  

Thanks to the sponsors, participants were able to enjoy ice-cold Vita Coco natural coconut water and Sands beer after the race. Shannon Barnes won a Timex Health Touch watch courtesy of Mystery Shopper Bahamas and other participants won free entries to any 242 Colour Run in 2014 or 2015...
Community : Service Organizations : Rotary Clubs of The Bahamas
Rotary Club of Freeport supports the Grand Bahama Children’s Home - Nov 4, 2014 - 1:10:04 PM

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FREEPORT, Grand Bahama -- It is the intent to have a new president at the helm of Rotary Clubs every Rotary year. This allows for variety in new leadership during the period beginning July 1st through to June 30th of the following year. It is every president’s desire to establish a signature project and be remembered by that specific project.


President Queen Rolle and the membership of the Rotary Club of Freeport planned and executed a successful fundraiser which took the form of a wine and cheese tasting earlier this month. The goal was to earmark proceeds from this event to funding hurricane shutters for a building at the Grand Bahama Children’s Home (GBCH), and on Saturday, October 25th, the Rotary Club...
Community : Service Organizations : Rotary Clubs of The Bahamas
242 Colour Run returns to Freeport on November 2nd - Nov 2, 2014 - 12:57:48 AM

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Freeport, Grand Bahama - The 242 Colour Run is returning to Freeport on November 2nd. The 5km (3.1 mile) course adds splashes of colour along the route, which starts and ends at the Garden of The Groves.

Participants are encouraged to run, walk, skip, hop or jump as the race is just for fun and times aren’t recorded or places awarded. Prizes are awarded randomly to those who participate in the event.


Last year, ninety people participated in the race along with scores of volunteers from the Rotary Clubs of Freeport, who are also the beneficiaries on the event...
Community : Service Organizations : Rotary Clubs of The Bahamas
Minister Fitzgerald speaks on Vocational Education and Training - Oct 31, 2014 - 9:47:18 AM


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The Minister of Education, Science and Technology, the Honorable Jerome K. Fitzgerald, was the keynote speaker at the Rotary Club of South East Nassau’s luncheon last week Wednesday, where he spoke on the importance of vocational awareness and training.

The Minister noted that the month of October called for a focus on vocational matters for both the Rotary Club and the Ministry of Education, as both institutions celebrated Vocational Awareness Month and National Careers Awareness Month, respectively. He stated that he “looked forward to continuing the partnership with Rotary to promote vocational development through activities that enhance knowledge and by guiding and training our young people to find gainful and fulfilling employment.” He further stated that, “nothing can be accomplished at the Ministry of Education without the support of outside partners like the Rotary Clubs of Nassau,” and he fully supported and encouraged the club in their continued efforts...

Community : Service Organizations : Rotary Clubs of The Bahamas
Fred Smith to Address Rotary on “Recipes for Corruption” - Oct 30, 2014 - 4:09:31 PM

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Nassau, Bahamas - Noted human rights, constitutional law, regulatory litigation and environmental attorney Fred Smith, QC, will address the Rotary Club of East Nassau Friday, October 31 at the Nassau Yacht Club.

Smith, an outspoken advocate for transparency in government and justice for all, regardless of socio-economic status, is a legendary litigator whose court appearances draw crowds of law students and garner media attention. He is presently involved in cases involving oil pollution, unregulated development, animal protection and tax-related matters.

At the meeting of the civic organisation, he will address “Recipes for Corruption.”

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