Rotary Club of Freeport 4430
Since 1962
District 6990
January 2017

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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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By Derek Carroll
Santa's Helpers, led by Vicky Martel of the Rotary Club of Freeport, made their annual delivery to children in West End, Grand Bahama recently. Known for her humanitarianism, each year Mrs. Martel leads a toy drive and heads the delivery.
The area took the brunt of Hurricane Matthew earlier this year, and there were many happy faces welcoming the Rotarians who had a wrapped gift for each child.
Click HERE to view more photos in The Bahamas Weekly
by: Sharell Lockhart, News Reporter
Hurricane Matthew dealt Grand Bahama a devastating blow nearly three months ago tearing through homes, schools, churches and businesses and essentially transforming the island’s landscape forever.
Rotary Club of Freeport (RCF) President Darren Cooper along with former Rotary Club District 6990 Assistant Governor and Rotary Water Plant Manager Mike Stafford and RCF GBI Post-Hurricane Matthew Relief Initiative Steve Gunn along with community partners began working immediately prior to, during and after the storm to secure much-needed aid for families adversely impacted.
Click HERE to read more in the Freeport News
At the Rotary Club of Freeport's weekly meeting - and Christmas party - at the Ruby Swiss on December 22nd, President Darren Cooper presented scholarship recipient Chelsey Wildgoose with a second cheque towards her studies at College of The Bahamas.
Chelsey is studying Primary Education.
Following the cheque presentation, Chelsey then joined Rotarians and their guests in a rousing, and very off-key, good-natured round of Christmas carol singing.
Sandy Sawyer (L) being pinned by Rotarian Richard Batesby: Sharell Lockhart, News Reporter
Rotary Club of Freeport (RCF) President Darren Cooper recently thanked Sawyer’s Fresh Market CEO, Sandy Sawyer, at Ruby Swiss Restaurant for partnering with the organization and generously assisting the Grand Bahama community whenever called upon especially in the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew.
According to Cooper, “We wanted to take the time to pause and say ‘thank-you’ to Mr. Sawyer for all he has done through the partnership that has been struck with the Rotary Club of Freeport. The Grand Bahama community has certainly benefitted from Mr. Sawyer’s assistance and generosity, which has eased the burdens of residents who have faced numerous challenges.”
Click HERE to read more in the Freeport News
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Grand Bahama Emergency Water Relief Foundation
P.O. Box F-42462
Freeport, Grand Bahama Island, The Bahamas
Dear Friends,
We are pleased to report that the Grand Bahama Emergency Water Relief Foundation (GBEWRF) again proved to be a vital component of the Grand Bahama Hurricane Recovery Plan in the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew.   From our strategic location, next to Hawksbill Service Station, we were able to pre-position emergency water to the shelters in High Rock, Eight Mile Rock and Freeport as well as provide immediate relief after the storm -- until the island’s water supply was re-established.
Working with NEMA, and with the help of our partners in Polymers, FOCOL, Grand Bahama Port Authority, GB Power Co., GB Utility Co., Guardian Fencing & Shutters, Waugh Construction and Bradford Marine along with countless volunteers from the Pilot Club, Rotary, Rotaract, Interact, Kiwanis Club of Eight Mile Rock and others, we managed to provide over 100,000 gallons of emergency potable water to our fellow citizens.
Our reverse osmosis water maker and double filtration system ensured the delivery of clean water to those most in need. However, the demand for emergency water was great and we struggled to keep up with the overwhelming need. We could potentially provide twice the amount of water. Our plant, designed and built by the late Harold “Sonny” Waugh and others worked well and was planned with enough space to add a second reverse osmosis water maker.  It is for this reason that we call upon you to help us complete this final improvement so that we can fulfill our mandate to provide emergency water relief to all of those in times of need.
The cost of this upgrade is in the $60,000 range and will double our production capacity to 15,000 gallons per day. The GBEWRF has a dedicated bank account which has committee oversight. If you or your company are in a position to assist this worthy cause please make cheques out to The GB Emergency Water Relief Foundation.
Yours in Service,
Michael Stafford
Director, Grand Bahama Emergency Water Relief Foundation
Phone 242 727 1176        
TO VIEW PHOTOS of the Rotary Water Plant in action, click on the photo album at the bottom of this home page.
by: Sharell Lockhart, News Reporter
The Bahamas and Turks and Caicos Islands are intricately connected hence when Rotary Club of Freeport (RCF) president, Darren Cooper, solicited assistance from business executives there for help with GBI Post-Hurricane Matthew Relief Initiative, it was no surprise that Waterloo Investment Holdings Ltd. (WIHL) Community Service Committee immediately answered the call to support.
Sanajah Forbes, Blue Haven Marina and Resort, TCI Owner Relations/Property Admin. Manager traveled to Grand Bahama to present the Rotary Club of Freeport (RCF) with two checks, during the organization’s meeting on Thursday, November 17, 2016 at the Ruby Swiss Restaurant – which is expected to go a long way in helping those persons devastated by Hurricane Matthew. According to Forbes, “Indeed it is a pleasure for both my colleague Sonia Simmons and I to travel to Grand Bahama presenting two checks to the Rotary Club of Freeport (RCF) in aid of the GBI Post-Hurricane Matthew Relief Initiative.
Click HERE to read more in the Freeport News
By: Sharell Lockhart, News Reporter
Smiles of appreciation lit the faces of West End residents, who were the recipients of over $2,000.00 in Freeport JetWash Co. Ltd. gasoline vouchers this past Monday (November 7) courtesy of the ‘Gas for Generators’ Drive for West End Initiative.
D’s Car Rental proprietor, Darren Cooper and West End native Maybell Bridgewater partnered up in support of residents of the community who suffered severe infrastructural damage to their homes and businesses in the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew, which ripped down electrical poles and power lines forcing all into complete darkness.
With the electrical supply of West End sustaining serious damages and the timeline for its restoration uncertain, Cooper and Bridgewater reached out to the Grand Bahama community for assistance in raising funds for the purchase of gasoline to power generators at the homes of residents.
Click HERE to read more in the Freeport News
by: Sharell Lockhart, News Reporter
Hurricane Matthew proved to be a harrowing experience for many families throughout the Grand Bahama community, especially for those fighting to repair and restore their homes and lives. Three weeks ago, the Category 4 storm made landfall completely transforming the island, leaving many without essential services, including clean, running water and electricity with even more in limbo from a financial perspective.
Hoping to ease the burden of residents adversely impacted by Hurricane Matthew through a philanthropic partnership is the Pilot Club of Lucaya, Rotary Club of Freeport and Seacor Island Lines formerly (G and G Shipping Co. Ltd.,) which has already begun making a positive and well-received impact throughout Grand Bahama.
Click HERE to read more in the Freeport News
by: Sharell Lockhart, News Reporter
Marco City residents and Windsor on the Mall tenants extended sincere appreciation to all civic, corporate and political organizations as well as philanthropic individuals on Wednesday, October 26, 2016 for providing much-needed emergency relief aid to families in the community. Severe rooftop damage was sustained at Windsor on the Mall, which is home to 55 families, who have been living without electricity and running water prior to and after the passage of Hurricane Matthew.
Thanks to the generosity of the Pilot Club of Lucaya, Rotary Club of Freeport (RCF), G and G Shipping Co. Ltd., Grand Bahama Port Authority (GBPA) Customer Relations, Kiwanis Club, Free National Movement (FNM) Pine Ridge Constituency Candidate Rev. Frederick McAlpine, Michael Pintard, FNM Deputy Leader K. Peter Turnquest, Grand Bahama Rotary Clubs Disaster Committee and Chairman Jamie Rose among many others, residents living throughout Garden Villas and the Marco City constituency particularly Windsor on the Mall tenants are finally able to enjoy a glass of water, flush their toilets and take a quick bath among other tasks.
Click HERE to read more in the Freeport News
By Sharell Lockhart, Freeport News Reporter
Three weeks after Hurricane Matthew unleashed its fury on Grand Bahama leaving many families displaced and without any recourse, several civic, corporate and political organizations have partnered to lend a helping hand to Freeport Gardens Apartment Complex residents as well as the disenfranchised throughout the Garden Villas community.
Desperately, fighting to push through the ordeal and live in the complex that is in a state of complete disrepair, parents are forced to venture out into the city with their little ones in search of essentials like water, as the infrastructure at Freeport Gardens in the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew has not allowed for the supply to be reconnected there.
Click HERE to read more in the Freeport News

by: Sharell Lockhart, News Reporter


The Rotary Club of Freeport (RCF) will host its Annual Wine and Cheese Fund-raising Event beginning 7:00 p.m. at the Grand Bahama Yacht Club on Saturday, October 1, 2016.


Darren Cooper, RCF President revealed, “We want to encourage everyone to support our upcoming Wine and Cheese Event, as by doing so the funds derived (100 percent) would be divided and utilized to assist the Grand Bahama community through the efforts of the RCF Wheelchair Foundation, GB Emergency Water Relief Foundation and the Rotary Wheel Wagon (Mobile Concession Stand).


Click HERE to read more in the Freeport News.

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 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.