Rotary Club of Freeport 4430
Since 1962
District 6990
October 2016

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Over fifty years of service to the Grand Bahama community


Service above self.

We meet Thursdays at 12:00 PM
Ruby Swiss Restaurant
Corner of West Atlantic Dr & West Sunrise Hwy
Freeport, Grand Bahama  Bahamas
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On Thursday, April 28, 2016 during The Rotary Club of Freeport weekly luncheon meeting our guest speaker Mr. David Wallace spoke on "The Power of Pooling Your Resources". He indicated that one of the greatest impediment to starting a business is money, however he said that this can be overcome through pooling your resources with others of like mind. He stated that for a partnership to succeed there must be great ideas, committed people, like minded people, clear vision, integrity, proper record keeping and prepare for long term investment. Pictured L-R: President Othyneil Pinder and Guest Speaker David Wallace

On Thursday, April 7, 2016 during our weekly meeting, guest speaker PAG Mike Stafford spoke about the role the G.B Emergency Water Relief Foundation plays in the event of a natural disaster in Grand Bahama. He also gave a brief history of the Foundation and the role it played during the last hurricane on Grand Bahama, providing fresh drinking water to the residents from East End to West End. The Rotary Club of Freeport also made a check presentation to assist with the day to day operation of the Foundation. Pictured L-R: President Othyneil Pinder and PAG Mike Stafford.

On Saturday April 23rd, 2016 the Rotary Club of Freeport held it's annual Past President's Walk-a-thon  on Tiano Beach where all enjoyed the exercise, and the food.

On Thursday, April 7, 2016 during our weekly meeting The Rotary Club of Freeport presented a check Ruth Cadet, Director of Sparkles Girls Club. Ms. Cadet and her team mentors young girls from Primary School to High School in Grand Bahama. Pictured L-R: President Othyneil Pinder and Ruth Cadet

On Thursday, March 24, 2016 our weekly meeting two new members were inducted into the Rotary Club of Freeport. Pictured L-R President Othyneil Pinder, newly inducted Rotarians Brittany Heath and Llereva Mortimer-Roker and Membership Chair Louis Alleyne.

In keeping with our theme "Be a gift to the world" The Rotary Club of Freeport donated 18 computers to fully furnish the computer lab at the Eight Mile Rock High School. Principal Ivan Butler stated that they were very grateful for the donation and it will assist with bringing that institution remedial student up to standard. This was made possible by a grant we received from our District 6990 and a generous donation by Rotarian Christina Burrows. In being a gift to the world the Rotary Club of Freeport seeks to better our communities by enriching the lives of our Youths. L-R: Teacher Martha Edgecombe, President Othyneil Pinder, Principal Ivan Butler and Community Service Chair Elsie Knowles.

On Thursday, February 4, 2016 during The Rotary Club of Freeport weekly luncheon meeting guest speaker Mitch Carson spoke about their upcoming event, Bahamas Social Media Summit 2016 under the theme; ‘Maximizing profits through Social Media.’ Bahamas Social Media Summit 2016 is a partnership between himself, an experienced speaker and seminar promoter who has been on platforms throughout the U.S., Canada, Australia, United Arab Emirates and New Zealand and responsible for placing over 1,000,000+ buying units in conference halls in multiple niches and categories and Mackey Media Ltd. This first of four events planned for Grand Bahama Island during 2016 will feature four international presenters, one Bahamian and one guest presenter.
New York Times Best-selling author Joel Comm will cover New Media, Twitter and Periscope. John Cornetta, who has been named one of the top 12 Internet marketers in the world, will unlock the secret to generating profits through Facebook. Jocelyn Jones of will present on creative ways to earn money through Instagram. Linked expert Gary Kissel will talk step by step on how to optimize your Linked In profile for success and Mitch Carson aka 'Instant Celebrity Maker' and David Mackey Creative Director & President of Mackey Media Ltd will present on video marketing through YouTube and how to produce for YouTube.

On Thursday, December 17, 2016 during our weekly luncheon meeting we presented two deserving students Chelsea Wildgoose and Sonia Russell scholarships to attend The College of The Bahamas. The Rotary Club of Freeport have been giving deserving students in the Grand Bahama community scholarships for the past 50 years and have spent more than $400,000.00. Pictured L-R: President Othyneil Pinder, Recipient Chelsea Wildgoose and Scholarship Committee Chair Betty Van Lew, missing is Recipient Sonia Russell.

On Thursday, December 17, 2016 during our weekly luncheon meeting the club hosted our outbound Rotary Youth Exchange Student Latess Bartlett for lunch. Latess is excited and appreciative for this once in a lifetime opportunity and thanks the Rotary Club of Freeport. Latess a butting Chocolatier wishes to go to Belgium the chocolate country or Switzerland to sharpen her skills. Pictured L-R: President Othyneil Pinder, Latess Bartlett and Past President Richard Bates.

On Thursday, December 3, 2015 during The Rotary Club of Freeport weekly luncheon meeting guest speaker Mr. Terry Miller stated that over the past 24 years, The Bahamas Association for Social Health (BASH) has operated a male residential substance abuse treatment and rehabilitation programme, first in Eleuthera and presently in New Providence. During this period the organization has impacted the lives of thousands of residents throughout the Bahamian archipelago and brought hundreds of families back together from the ruins of substance abuse.
While the main focus of the BASH programme is substance abuse treatment and rehabilitation, our clients come with a myriad of health issues including HIV and co-occurring disorders, in fact at any given time at least 15% of our population will be co-occurring and 30-40%  HIV positive.
Due to the difficulty in quantifying the impact of our work as it relates to crime prevention, health, and drug demand reduction, and beyond the fact that we are helping substance abusers and their families to cope, the importance of our services is often overlooked and undervalued, especially in this social environment where there are so many other issues taking precedence in the minds and hearts of the Bahamian public. Pictured L-R: Past President Constance McDonald, Terry Miller and President Othyneil Pinder.

On Tuesday, December 8, 2015 The Rotary Club of Freeport made a donation (Air Condition) to Dudley Seide & Reach Out Ministries. As the Center is 85% completed Mr. Seide welcomed the donation and made an appeal for others in the community to help. His Ministry caters to at risk boys, steering them in a positive direction by offering a homework center, mentoring, hot meals, school supplies and uniforms. He thanked The Rotary Club of Freeport for the donation and for partnering with the Ministry over the years. Pictured L-R: Public Image Director Oliver Missick, President Othyneil Pinder, Rotarian Vicky Martel, Secretary Venus Miller and Dudley Seide.

On Thursday, December 3, 2015 during our weekly luncheon meeting Michael Lowry the newest Rotary Club of Freeport member was inducted. Michael is being pinned by his sponsor Past President Len. Pictured L-R: Past President Len, Rotarian Michael and President Othyneil.

On Thursday, November 27th, 2015 The Rotary Club of Freeport donated medical equipment (Suction Machines and Breathing Regulators) to Public Hospital Authority (Rand Memorial Hospital). Pictured L-R: Treasurer Richard Bates, Community Service Director Elsie Knowles, Two PHA Representatives, President Othyneil Pinder, Secretary Venus Miller and President Elect Darren Cooper.

On Thursday, November 19, 2015 at the Rotary Club of Freeport weekly luncheon, former Minister and Ambassador to Washington Hon. C A Smith spoke on the Grand Bahama economy and the role the Government and the Port Authority should play to bring about a positive change. L-R President Othyneil Pinder, Hon. C A Smith and Rotarian Oliver Missick

On Thursday, November 12, 2015 The Rotary Club of Freeport was presented with the Salvation Army trophy for the second consecutive year. To make the presentation was Captain Roger Compton who stated that the Rotary of Freeport has raised the most money during the Salvation Army annual bell ringing during the Christmas season. Pictured L-R: Past President Louie Alleyne, Community Service Director Elsie Knowles, President Othyneil Pinder, Captain Roger Compton, Rotarian Vicky Martel, Past President Queen Rolle and Past President Wilbur Major.

On Thursday November 12, 2015 during the weekly luncheon meeting The Rotary Club of Freeport donated $1000.00 to Santa Helpers. This program is headed by Rotarian Vicky Martel who provide toys for the underprivileged kids throughout the Grand Bahama community during the Christmas season. President Othyneil Pinder presenting cheque to Rotarian Vicky Martel.

Rotarians and friends enjoying the Rotary Club of Freeport Wine and Cheese event at The Grand Bahama Sailing Club on Friday, October 23, 2015.

On Thursday, September 24, 2015 Mrs. Patrice Russell from First Caribbean Bank spoke to our joint club meeting with the Rotary Club of Lucaya about the "Walk for Cure" fundraiser that their bank is putting on, in aid of cancer and cancer awareness. The walk is set for October 3, 2015 at 7am beginning at First Caribbean Bank, The Mall Drive, to the circle at the Grand Bahama Airport and back. Registration fee is $15.00 which includes a t-shirt. Mrs. Russell also stated that all funds raise will stay in Grand Bahama and donated to the Cancer Societies here on the Island. Pictured L-R Othyneil Pinder President Freeport Club, Mrs. Patrice Russell Guest Speaker, and Billy Jane Ferguson Acting President Lucaya Club & Assistant District Governor.   

On Thursday, September 10,2015 Governor Larry Herman installed and welcomed Charlene Carey as the newest Rotarian in the Rotary Club of Freeport, she is seen with her sponsor President Elect Darren. Also pictured are President Christine of Lucaya Club and AG Billy.

On Thursday, September 10, 2015 Governor Larry Herman made his official visit to the Rotary Club of Freeport. Gov. Larry meet with the Board of Directors where he was informed of our agenda for the Grand Bahama community for the rotary year 2015-2016. The Governor also shared his vision for the District and reminded us to "Be a gift to the world" this rotary year. Present Elect Darren presented a gift to Gov. Larry and his wife from the Rotary Club of Freeport along with Assistant Governor Billy Ferguson. 

On Thursday September 3, 2015 Ms. Philcher Grant and Mrs Nikita Mullings from the Grand Bahama Power Company spoke to our joint club meeting with the Rotary Club of Lucaya on hurricane preparedness and the role GBPC plays before, during and after severe weather conditions. They also advise residents to decide where they would go if ordered to evacuate, have cash on hand, purchase water and non perishable food items, check your disaster supply kit/first aid kit, listen to radio and news forecast, refill prescription, clear yard of debris before the storm approaches. During the storm they advise that residents remain indoors and listen to the radio for weather updates. After the storm stay indoors or remain home and if any damage occur begin repairs to safeguard your home, take pictures of damages for insurance purposes and stay away from all loose, down or dangling power lines. L-R: Dennis Knowles Past President Lucaya Club, Nikita Mullings GBPC, Othyneil Pinder President Freeport Club, Phlcher Grant GBPC, Christine Van de Lew President Lucaya Club.

On Thursday, August 20, 2015, Rotarian Steve Gunn spoke to our Club about The Wheelchair Foundation. The Wheelchair Foundation is a nonprofit organization striving to provide a free wheelchair to every child, teen, and adult worldwide who needs one, but has no means to acquire one. This Foundation is leading an international effort to create awareness of the needs and abilities of people with physical disabilities, to promote the joy of giving, create global friendship, and to deliver a wheelchair to the people who need it. For these people the Wheelchair Foundation delivers hope, mobility, freedom, dignity and independence.
Your support helps bring independence and hope to those who have been deprived of mobility by war, disease, accident, natural disaster and advance age. Together we are making dreams come true for hundreds of thousands of physically disabled people. You can become a sponsor for as little as $160.00. During the meeting three Rotarians pledge their support. Pictured L-R (Rotary President Othyneil Pinder, Rotaract President Cecil Williams Jr. and Speaker Rotarian Steve Gunn). Email us at or call 242-646-9165.