Rotary Club of Freeport senior members honoured
- Apr 28, 2015 - 11:37:47 AM
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.
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...
St Augustine's College comes 2nd place at Rotary MUNS
- Apr 13, 2015 - 12:02:13 PM
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...
Junkanoo Carnival Activities Get Started on Grand Bahama
- Apr 10, 2015 - 5:47:24 AM
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
Activities have already begun in various communities
around the island, creating hype for the inaugural festival to be held at Taino
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..."
Grand Bahama Real Estate Broker Honoured For Youth Mentoring
- Apr 2, 2015 - 9:57:14 PM
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.
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...
Minister Griffin Addresses Rotary Club on the New Pre-Paid Card for Social Assistance
- Mar 31, 2015 - 10:32:10 PM
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...
Grand Bahama Rotary Family Fun Day Set for Saturday, March 21st
- Mar 19, 2015 - 12:18:07 PM
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
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...
Duty Free Concessions for East and West Grand Bahama
- Feb 12, 2015 - 7:23:21 PM
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
Most Courteous Driver of the Quarter Award for December 2014
- Jan 20, 2015 - 9:52:32 PM
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.
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
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...
Rotary Clubs of Grand Bahama on the passing of Sir Jack Hayward
- Jan 15, 2015 - 7:25:45 AM
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.
Jack was a great man and a great Rotarian, and always supported Rotary
in Freeport in all its endeavors and especially charitable...
Old-Aged Home on Grand Bahama Treated to Holiday Gathering and Concert
- Dec 29, 2014 - 9:42:54 PM
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...
Rotary East Nassau to host Charity Comedy Celebration Show
- Dec 15, 2014 - 4:17:58 PM
Tis the season to be jolly, and what better way to kick off the Christmas season than with some fun and laughter.
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...
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...
District Governor of Rotary and Presidents calls on Bahamas Governor General
- Nov 18, 2014 - 3:09:44 AM
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
Developer of 'Ascot Grand Bahama' speaks to Rotary of GB Sunrise
- Nov 6, 2014 - 11:00:38 PM
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...
Jonathan Gouthro Scholarship Recipients Named
- Nov 5, 2014 - 12:11:02 PM
Freeport, Bahamas - The following was written by Rotarian board member and past president Wayne Russell:
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...
242 Colour Run well attended in Freeport
- Nov 5, 2014 - 10:48:23 AM
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.
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...
Rotary Club of Freeport supports the Grand Bahama Children’s Home
- Nov 4, 2014 - 1:10:04 PM
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
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...
242 Colour Run returns to Freeport on November 2nd
- Nov 2, 2014 - 12:57:48 AM
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...
Minister Fitzgerald speaks on Vocational Education and Training
- Oct 31, 2014 - 9:47:18 AM
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.
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...
Fred Smith to Address Rotary on “Recipes for Corruption”
- Oct 30, 2014 - 4:09:31 PM
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.
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.”