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New Providence

"Bringing Fun Back/Progress Over Personalities"

We meet Tuesdays at 7:00 PM
The Poop Deck West
The Beach at Sandyport
P.O. Box N-4070
Nassau, New Providence  .
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February 2016

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The Rotary Club of New Providence (RCNP) started the Rotary Year "popping" with its Annual Fundraiser, "party in the back yard style". President William Wilson and the RCNP members would like to extend heartfelt thanks to PP Barrett McDonald and his wife, Jennie for allowing us to host our New Year’s Party at their home. Thank you to the Fundraising Committee, Chaired by Mechelle Martinborough, for organizing this event, which was an auspicious occasion - team you out did yourselves. We appreciated our entire guest that supported our club, partying with us, and to District Governor Felix Stubbs, and his beautiful wife, Carla we say thank you in helping make this event an exciting, and memorable one.

Last night’s event will be talked about for years to come. The food was excellent, the drinks were never ending and the entertainment was OFF THE CHAIN! President William and Rotarian Lisa showed us a new dance move that was EPIC! PI Chair Lathera then serenaded President William with Beyonce’s - “Love on top” the Congo line lead by Administration Chair Inga and Service Project Chair James had the party rockin; but the highlight that made the night was our very own 7020 District Governor Felix Stubbs and his wife that stole the show with their dance to Ed Sheeran – “Thinking Out Loud”. We can truly say we are "Bringing Fun Back and Progress Over Personalities".

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He began his talk to our club by stating that we (Bahamians) miss a lot of fundamentals in health. We don’t talk enough about wellness but rather we focus on how to handle ourselves when we get ill. Dr. Sparkman noted that he has been a dentist for thirty six (36) years. He has practiced here in The Bahamas for those thirty six years. Dr. Sparkman then asked if any members of the club do not floss? Marvin, a new club member raised his hand and stated that for him it simply boiled down to being lazy.

Dr. Sparkman informed us that dental health boils down to two things; home care and professional care. Home care includes flossing every night. You open the door to falling ill by not flossing every night. It is impossible to thoroughly cleanse your mouth without flossing. It doesn’t matter how good you brush, it’s a fundamental thing that you must floss - brush then floss. Brush at least twice a day. In order to brush effectively it must be done with a soft toothbrush every day. The correct toothbrush is a soft toothbrush. Dr. Sparkman was asked what was wrong with a medium or hard toothbrush? He told all present that you would not brush properly, you avoid gums because the bristles are too hard and you will destroy the enamels of your teeth that will brush away. We brush with a soft toothbrush primarily to brush the gums.

With professional care, you should see your dentist twice a year for cleaning. When asked how many of us have professional care, only a third of the persons in the room raised their hands. Dr. Sparkman asked the club, “Why don’t we have regular care?” There were various responses:-
- It’s inconvenient.
- Something always comes up.
- Long wait to see your dentist after making an appointment.
- Bahamians have not been told the importance of dental health/education.

Dr. Sparkman made us aware that many Bahamians don’t know about the importance of dental health and its fundamentals. Many parents don’t know that their kids must go to the dentist. If they don’t go then their kids don’t know. We need good education and good health care in our country. Parents are raising the next generation of Bahamians. Children should start getting their teeth cleaned at 3 or 4 years old. The mouth can tell how healthy you are in general and your partner’s mouth has to be just as healthy as yours in order to for your mouth to remain healthy.

Dr. Sparkman closed with reiterating a few key points from his talk:-
a. If you’ve been using a medium or hard toothbrush change it.
b. If you floss on your own schedule, switch to daily. If you do not floss in your 30’s or now by your 60’s you will lose your teeth.
c. Cleanliness. A clean mouth does not get diseases. A clean mouth stays healthy.
d. Bahamians don’t read. We need to be more vigilant and educate ourselves. Dr. Sparkman has been writing dental articles every week since August.
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IPP Johnson introduced himself as Club Trainer and his task, as assigned by Membership chair Valentino Hamilton, is to provide the club with more educational and learning opportunities.
Here are facts divulged:-
Before the 1970’s the rotary clubs in the Caribbean were considered to be non district clubs. This means that in the Caribbean because of our location we were not all considered a part of the district, although Rotary International still chartered clubs in our region. From 1923 – 1973, district clubs were not recognized as district clubs but as non-district clubs. Also, an interesting fact, around the same time we were considered district clubs we were not originally known as District 7020, but as District 404.
In 1992, we were renumbered from 4040 to 7020 and were officially known as District 7020. During non district years, we had three district governors.
IPP Jipcho Johnson shared facts and encouraged all club members to visit ClubRunner,, and Rotary History Global Foundation at to educate ourselves on the history of Rotary.
IPP Jipcho Johnson also facilitated a ‘Jeopardy Quiz’ after his presentation to test the club’s knowledge of rotary history. As in Jeopardy, members were given the answer and asked to provide the question.
President Wilson then read the message from District Governor Felix, July 2015 (refer to Tuesday, July 14, 2015 meeting’s agenda for excerpt of the message read).
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The Rotary Club of New Providence held its first Community Service Project for the new Rotary year at Sandilands Primary School on Saturday, July 4, 2015. Club members built benches on the school grounds for students to have their lunches and to use to sit and study.

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