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Rotary Bahamas to Celebrate 50 Years of Service in The Bahamas
By Azaleta Ishmael-Newry
Jan 5, 2012 - 2:17:11 AM

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Rotary International President Kalnan Banerjee is the keynote speaker and guest

Rotary International President Flies In to Celebrate!

Nassau, Bahamas – Rotary in The Bahamas marks their 50th year anniversary on January 19, 2012 when the Nassau Club was formed and since then, New Providence, Abaco and Eleuthera have seen other clubs formed and a month of various events have been planned. The Patron of the Ball is DPM and Special Guest is Kalynan Banerjee.

Kick off celebrations start on Friday, January 6, 2012 with an Anniversary Ball that will be held at Atlantis where Rotary International President Kalnan Banerjee is the keynote speaker and guest.  This is a significant moment for Rotary in The Bahamas to have an international president attend a key event. The next morning he will fly to Haiti to help Rotarians there celebrate their 50th anniversary as well. Mrs. Banerjee will be joining her husband on this trip.

Rotary 7020’s Assistant District Governor, Charles Sealy II is proud of the various committees who have worked hard to create an exciting month of activities and invites the general public as well as families and friends of Rotarians, Rotaractors and Interactors to join in these special activities.

During the month of January, Rotary in The Bahamas will be marking their Golden occasion with many celebrations and events.  They include:


Friday, January 6, 2012

50th Anniversary Ball at Atlantis, Paradise Island

7:30 pm

Hosted by the Rotary Club of Southeast Nassau

Patron: The Honourable Brent Symonette, Deputy Prime Minister of The Bahamas

Special Guest: Kalynan Banerjee, President, Rotary International


Sunday, January 8, 2012

Christ Church Cathedral Service

8:00 am



Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Bowling Tournament

Mario’s Bowling

8:00 pm

Hosted by the Rotaract Clubs of The Bahamas


Friday, January 13, 2012

Golf Tournament

Ocean Club

12:30 pm

Hosted by the Rotary Club of West Nassau


Saturday, January 14, 2012

Rotary Historic Photo Display and Blood Drive

Mall at Marathon

11:00 am to 3:00 pm

Hosted by the Rotary Club of East Nassau


Sunday, January 15, 2012

Marathon Bahamas

5:00 am

There will be Rotarians’ participating as well as volunteering to operate water stations and other areas at the Marathon


Boil Fish Brunch at Marathon Bahamas

Western Esplanade

8 am

Hosted by the Rotary Club of Nassau Sunrise

and Rotary Club of Eleuthera


Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Movie Night and After Party

Galleria 6 – JFK Drive

Hosted by the Rotary Club of New Providence


Thursday, January 19, 2012

50th Anniversary Banquet

Hilton Hotel Poolside and Garden

7:00 pm

Hosted by the Rotary Club of Nassau

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Annual Bed Race for Charity

Mall at Marathon

Time to be decided

Hosted by the Rotary Clubs of The Bahamas


Monday, January 30, 2012

Rotary Bahamas 50th Anniversary Supplement

The Tribune

Rotary is a humanitarian organization, made up of business professionals who are dedicated to “Service Above Self.”  There are 1.2 million Rotarians worldwide and just over 400 in The Bahamas, comprising of 9 clubs, (does not include Grand Bahama) who serve in New Providence (6 clubs), and 1 each in Abaco, Eleuthera and Cat Island. The Bahamas is part of District 7020, which comprises (10) Caribbean countries on (16) islands. The Bahamas is proud to have had (6) District Governors - Keith Duncombe, Barry Rassin (who is also a Past Director of Rotary International), John Robertson, Eddie Bostwick, and Richard McCombe.

Over the years, Rotary Bahamas has held the annual Mock United Nations (MUNS), purchased a Bloodmobile, contributed to a Relief Emergency Water Supply Plant in Grand Bahama, donated Simulators to the COB Nursing School, over 1,000 wheelchairs; launched the Breathe Easy Campaign, participated in the Hands Across The Bahamas event, Incorporated the Baby Think it Over (Teen pregnancy education program in high schools), worked with Project READ, built the Cheshire Home and the Salvation Army Building on Mackey Street.  Also significant is the operation of 4 Rotaract Clubs (ages 18-30) and numerous Interact Clubs (age 12-18 in high schools). We also work with the police, educators and medical personnel to instill the objects of Rotary in the lives of Bahamians nationwide.

The theme for Rotary this year is to “Reach within to Embrace Humanity.”

For more information, visit www. clubrunner.ca/7020 or visit www.rotary.org.

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