Rotary Club of Freeport 4430
Since 1962
District 6990
October 2015

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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, 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.

On August 13th, 2015, during our weekly meeting Mr. Keith Cooper spoke about West End Ecology Tours, Jr. Regatta and the Eco-Fishing Camp. the tour provides an ecology and fishing experience that is simple, pure and natural. The guest s are educated about the history of the local community, the ecology and how vital it is to protect the natural resources for future generations. West End is a quaint fishing village, the "capitol" of Grand Bahama Island and has been for generations a favorite destination for bootleggers, nature lovers, sport fisherman and sailboat enthusiasts. The area is known for migration of numerous bird species. one may hand feed stingrays in their natural environment for once in a lifetime thrill. there is something for everyone who appreciates culture, native food and abundant marine life.


On June 25, 2015 the Rotary Club of Freeport held its annual installation of new officers, where outgoing President Queen Rolle handed the gavel over to incoming President Othyneil Pinder. During his speech President Othyneil outlined the following projects for his rotary year: through a District Grant, provide computers to the Eight Mile Rock High School, through private donations provide computers to other schools/institutions in need, through private donation provide health care equipment to the Hospital Authority, continue our commitment to the Grand Bahama Youth Choir, Falcon Boys Club, Reach Out Ministries, Santa Helper , the Children’s Home and the scholarship program. The newly installed officers included Venus Miller (Secretary), Louie Allyne (Treasurer), Queen Rolle (Membership Chair), Betty Van Lew (Vocation Chair), Constance McDonald (Foundation Chair), Gina English (Fellowship Chair), Elsie Knowles (Community Service Chair), Darren Cooper (President Elect & Club Services Chair) and Len Hindley (Sargent at Arms). President Othyneil also challenge each Rotarian to "Be a gift to the world" this Rotary year through one of the avenues of service which includes promoting peace, fighting disease, providing clean water, saving mothers and children, supporting education and protecting children from the sex trade industry.

The Rotary Club of Freeport was abuzz this past Thursday as District 6990 handed down top honors 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 the district. Mike runs the Rotary Water Plant and is Rotary's Disaster Chair for Grand Bahama as well as serving on the District F & P Committee.
Club members are very proud of the accomplishments of The Rotary Club of Freeport and encourage everyone to help others in need under their motto of “Service Above Self"

The Rotary Club of Freeport got a taste of Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival on Thursday, which served as a prelude to the Kickoff Weekend set for Grand Bahama on April 17thand 18th at Taino Beach.

Bahamas National Festival Commission Consultant Ginger Moxey, in her address at the Rotarians’ weekly luncheon meeting at the Ruby Swiss Restaurant, spoke about the merits of the first ever Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival which was a created as a vehicle to market Junkanoo and Bahamian arts and culture, rebrand the country as a viable entertainment and cultural destination and create a profitable industry from which all Bahamians can benefit.


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ImageMembers from all the Rotary Clubs on Grand Bahama Island came together at Taino Beach Park on Saturday, March 20 to give the community a day of family fun and showcase Rotary's continued service in the community.

James Sarles, president for the Rotary Club of Grand Bahama Sunrise explained that Rotary is an International Organization with one million people around the world doing a tremendous amount of service in their communities.

To read more from Mia Whylly of the Freeport News click HERE



The Rotary Club of Freeport will host its Third Annual Free Legal Aid and Financial Consultation Clinic on Saturday, March 14 beginning 9:30 a.m. at the Circle Mall.

Designed to assist persons in the Grand Bahama community, who cannot otherwise afford proper legal or financial guidance, Rotary Club Community Service Director Louie Alleyne revealed, "Once again we will be offering to the community free legal and financial clinic consultation through this annual event, which would provide attendees with a wide cross section of criminal and civil litigation advice and fiscal consultation.

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Veteran educator, Terry Goldsmith, recently shared his concern over the rising level of violence in The Bahamas, during the Rotary of Freeport’s weekly meeting at the Ruby Swiss restaurant.

Goldsmith, a qualified youth worker and Education Welfare Officer, has lived in The Bahamas for almost 50 years and taught in schools throughout the country, including New Providence, Long Island, Cat Island, San Salvador and Grand Bahama.

“My concern is the lack of respect of young people who have never been taught self-dignity and self-worth. The corruption, robbery, the murders and, above all, the increase in gun violence is so prevalent throughout this country,” said Goldsmith, noting that much of it is by disrespectful and uncontrolled violent young men..


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East and West Grand Bahama Economic Development Regulations were the subject of Ministry for Grand Bahama Assistant Permanent Secretary (APS), Conrad Jones’ presentation during the Freeport Rotary Club recently.

Jones shed light on Duty-free Exemptions open to businesses established in communities outside of the Freeport Area, thanks to Government’s amendment of the Tariff Act.


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On behalf of the Rotary Clubs in Grand Bahama; namely the Rotary Club of Freeport, Rotary Club of Lucaya, Rotary Club of Grand Bahama Sunrise and the Rotary Club of Sunset Grand Bahama I wish to extend our deepest sympathy and condolences on the passing of Sir Jack A. Hayward Kt. O.B.E. to his family, loved ones and 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 Honourary Member of that club.

Sir. Jack was a great man and a great Rotarian, and always supported Rotary in Grand Bahama in all its endeavours, notably Rotary's first project on the island - the Rotary Field - which is today known as the YMCA field, and especially charitable fundraising.

His passing is a great loss to Rotary in The Bahamas and indeed to Rotary worldwide.

Mike Stafford
Assistant District Governor
Rotary District #6990




Look at the Past Presidents of the Rotary Club of Freeport; all these Men and women have rendered service to our community through rotary and continue to be committed to the ideals of the organization, even after 53 years. President Queen chose to honor the Past Presidents of the Club, during the anniversary celebrations. They were hosted to special eats and drinks, and a tribute in song.



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 of Freeport realised that goal when the first of the shutters were installed.

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Rotarians on Grand Bahama Island have embarked upon fulfilling the mandate of the Rotary International President, Gary C.K.Huang, to 'Light Up Rotary' and what better way to portray this ideal than to welcome visitors to the island.

The Rotary club of Freeport partnered with Freeport Harbour to produce signage welcoming guest to our shores.

"We chose to share this initiative with all the Rotary clubs on the island by including them in the signage so that the greater message communicated is that Rotary has become a household name on Grand Bahama and all Rotarians share in the vision for our organization and the passion of our District Governor, to offer 'Service Above Self'," said club president Queen Rolle.

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Most countries with failed economies are operating on the Value Added Tax (VAT) System, Consultant H. Rudy Sawyer said Thursday. Sawyer made this claim at the Rotary Club of Freeport’s weekly luncheon at Ruby Swiss where he served as guest speaker. In spite of that finding, though, Sawyer noted that a failed economy is not necessarily the future that Bahamians should come to expect. Concerning the outcome of the January 1 arrival of VAT, Sawyer said it is a “wait and see” matter; one that cannot be accurately predicted. However, he said, the outcome should not be feared by the Bahamian public, either.

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The Bahamas is not experiencing a crime crisis, but a social crisis, according to Reverend C.B. Moss, leader of Bahamas Against Crime.

Moss served as the guest speaker at the Rotary Club of Freeport’s weekly luncheon on Thursday where he addressed the escalating rate of violent crime in The Bahamas.


“Crime is not the problem,” Moss said. “Crime is the manifestation of the problem. When you see crime, so many things have already gone wrong. Crime is just the evidence of those things gone wrong.”


He claimed that the majority of the Bahamian population is looking at the “crime issue” in reverse; seeking to fight crime has become the focus instead of tackling the issues that exists on a social level.


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by: Nina Laing, Freeport News Reporter

Members of the Grand Bahama Youth Choir (GBYC) and other youngsters interested in performance arts will soon have a place to explore and hone their talents.

This according to GBYC Director Kevin Tomlinson, who after serving as guest speaker at the Rotary Club of Freeport’s weekly meeting, revealed that the Grand Bahama Port Authority has granted his choir access to the Luis De Torres Synagogue.


Tomlinson added that the “wonderful congregation” of that synagogue has also approved the choir’s use of the building as a center for creative growth.

Tomlinson said he is thrilled with the idea of opening a performing arts center and said he anticipates that many residents both young and old will benefit from the facility once it has been officially opened.


He noted that the building would undergo restoration beginning this weekend as members of the Rotary Club of Freeport and Rotoract have volunteered to partake in the remediation process.


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