Posted by Jo Bradley on May 01, 2018
Literacy and education are two key focus areas of the Rotary Club of Abaco.  We are interested in pursuing grant funding from the Rotary Foundation for a project that will be meaningful and impact our community in a positive way.  You may remain anonymous if you wish but please give us your best effort.   
We have created an very short 3 minute online survey for educators, students, school admins, anyone involved in youth, education or literacy.  Please take a few quick minutes to complete it for us.
The club is looking to identify a few key areas of greatest need in Abaco to work on a grant project for.  For example a computer lab in a school that doesn't have one.  Or maybe athletic equipment is more important.  I personal thank you for doing this and as does the Rotary Club of Abaco.
Please pass along the survey to your colleagues, fellow educators, parents and students.
the link to the survey is:
Rotary Club of Abaco conducts survey Jo Bradley 2018-05-01 04:00:00Z 0
Our Interact Clubs at St. Francis de Sales and Forest Heights Academy have begun a public awareness campaign to stop texting a driving! They've been circulating flyers to motorists, on billboards and in the media.
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On Monday, March 20, 2017 The Rotary Club of Abaco celebrated thirty years of women in Rotary. More specifically we celebrated OUR women. The Rotary Club of Abaco inducted the first two women Rotarians in the entire Bahamas in 1994. As PP Jo-Ann Bradley noted, while Rotarian men are "Supermen", the lady Rotarians are "Wonder Woman!"

Photo shows a recreation of those in the room that day in 1994: Edward Bostwick, Reg Patterson, Cheryl Key, Debbie Curry, Gentry Morris and George Riviere.
Thirty Years of Women in Rotary Bradley Albury 2017-03-20 04:00:00Z 0
Rotary hosted a Joint Community Service Project with Forest Heights Interact ST Francis Interact on March 18, 2017 to clean up and beautify the Owanta's Pond area in Marsh Harbour. A big "Thank You" to Rotary District 7020 Youth Chair Rema Martin and PP Tanya Woodside for joining us.
Owanta's Pond Clean Up Bradley Albury 2017-03-18 04:00:00Z 0
The Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) was held in Nassau Feb 24-26 at the Melia Hotel. Over one hundred and fifty students from The Bahamas and the Caribbean attended. Among that group, twenty Abaco students from the two local Interact Clubs as well as three chaperones attended.
RYLA Bradley Albury 2017-02-25 05:00:00Z 0
Ebany Hanna giving her winning speech 'How can Rotary better serve Humanity?' accompanied by her Coach Nadia Kawalram. Ebany, of Forest Heights, was the winner of this year's Hugh Cottis Speech Competition.
Hugh Cottis Speech Competition Winner Bradley Albury 2017-02-20 05:00:00Z 0
Here We GROW Again. An Awesome Addition was added on Feb 20, 2017. Rayette A. McDonald (far right) We are looking forward to doing great projects together!
New Member: Rayette McDonald 2017-02-20 05:00:00Z 0
On Feb 17 the Club hosted the Annual Hugh Cottis Speech Competition. Pictured: PE Michael C. Knowles with elementary school winner J'Shon Sands; 2nd place Addison Albury & 3rd place Jabez Gibson.
Hugh Cottis Speech Competition Bradley Albury 2017-02-17 05:00:00Z 0
On Jan 28, 2017 the Rotary Club of Abaco held its annual Chalk Art Festival. The Chalk Art Festival is one of the Club’s major fundraisers geared towards its youth programs which include supporting the island’s two Interact Clubs at St. Francis de Sales and Forest Heights Academy.
Chalk Art Festival Bradley Albury 2017-01-28 05:00:00Z 0
We are pleased to congratulate our newest members who were inducted today. Ettamae Jones (center left) and Ruth Flowers (center right). The Rotary Club of Abaco is now considered a medium size club! Well done President Valerie and all the members who have sponsored new members in recent months.
New Members: Ettamae Jones and Ruth Flowers Bradley Albury 2017-01-17 05:00:00Z 0
We held our annual Golf Tournament in January. Our biggest fundraiser of the year - it was a fun and successful event!
2017 Golf Tournament Bradley Albury 2017-01-15 05:00:00Z 0
New Members: Carrie Lowe and Cari Forbes Bradley Albury 2017-01-09 05:00:00Z 0
Save the Date! RCOA Golf Tournament Jan 14th at Treasure Cay 2016-11-30 00:00:00Z 0
The Rotary Club of Abaco welcomed six new members throughout November 2016. They are (in no order) Tamica Rahming, Melissa Poitier, Elmer Bongon, Robyn Beckles, Gaynell Williams and Stephen Deveaux.
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Interact Training Session 2016-11-26 00:00:00Z 0
Mrs Ettamae Jones, Officer in Charge of the Dept. Of Social Services speaking on National Women's Week. 'Promoting Women as Equal Partners with Men in National Development'.
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Rotary Club of Abaco members are reading to kids across the island today, September 8, 2016, for International Literacy Day . The Club has also donated teacher supplies to schools where they are reading.
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45th Anniversary Bulletin 2016-08-27 00:00:00Z 0
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The Interact Club of Forest Heights, sponsored by the Rotary Club of Abaco, made a donation to the Ranfurley Homes for Children. Twenty eight Kindles for the children! Donte Richard, FHA Interact Incoming President, made the presentation.
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Visitor from Old Fort 2016-07-05 00:00:00Z 0
Rotarian Re-Induction at First Meeting for 16/17 2016-07-05 00:00:00Z 0
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The RCOA 2016/17 Board of Directors. Standing Left to right: Dwayne Wallas, Bradley Albury, Dr. Derrick Bailey, Debbie Curry, Desmond Bootle, President-elect Michael Knowles, Immediate Past President Charles Carey, George Riviere. Seated left to right: Assistant District Governor Karen Pinder, President Valerie Dean. Not Pictured: Rex Lowe

On June 27 the Rotary Club of Abaco and many guests celebrated the changeover dinner for the 2016 / 2017 year. Valerie Dean is now the Club’s President.

The theme for her year is “Celebrating 45 Years of Charitable Excellence.”

During the dinner meeting, the new board was installed and the outgoing President, Charles Carey, reflected on his year and the Club’s many successes.

Some of the projects the Rotary Club of Abaco completed last year were:

-Careers Seminar at SC Bootle

-Computers for ACH

-Classroom Supplies for ACH & SC Bootle

-Christmas Parcels

-Donations for Hurricane Joaquin Relief

-Blood Drive

-Stove Donation for North Abaco Students / Seniors Meal Program

-Bahamas Primary Student of the Year Association Donation

-Every Child Counts Donations

-Lovely’s School Lunch Program Donation

-Hurricane Relief in Dominica

-Sponsored Annual Hugh Cottis Speech Competition

-Annual Senior Citizens Luncheon

Many of these projects are yearly and highly anticipated by the community.

President Dean’s goals for this year are “working smart” by partnering with many of the other hard-working service clubs in Abaco and continuing to grow the significance of the Club within the community.

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On June 21 PE Valerie Dean joined the Pilot Club for their 2016/2017 Installation Program. RCOA is cementing a Great Partnership with The Pilot Club of Abaco. Congratulations President Barbara Williams, we are looking forward to an exciting Year as we are Celebrating 45 Years of Charitable Excellence.
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On June 20 The Rotary Club of Abaco held its last Board Meeting for the 2015/2016 Year under the direction of President Charles. We kick off the new Rotary Year next Monday as we welcome President Elect Valerie to lead the Club.
Next Year's Motto: 45 Years of Charitable Excellence!
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Skip Smith’s annual Custom Shootout Tournament made a $12,500 donation towards local causes – The Rotary Club and the Public Library. Left to right: Henry Williams, Carl Archer, Skip Smith, Carolyn Thomas, Valerie Dean and Desmond Bootle.
Charity Tournament Donates to Local Causes 2016-06-20 00:00:00Z 0
Past President Bill Recognized with third Paul Harris Fellowship 2016-06-20 00:00:00Z 0
Our Speaker for May 30 was Professor Jean Golden of Ryerson University who spoke to the Club on The Kenya Village Project. It's always a pleasure having her visit us. Pictured is President Charles pinning Professor Jean.
Jean Golden Speaks on Kenya Village Project 2016-06-20 00:00:00Z 0
Antonia Rolle of James A. Pinder Primary School Wins RCOA Scholarship 2016-06-20 00:00:00Z 0
Cheque presentation to Bahamas Marine Mammal Research Organization to assist with Whale Camp 2016. Left to right Valerie Dean; Dr. Diane Claridge, Executive Director; Dr. Charlotte Dunn, President and Charles Carey, President RCOA.
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Rotary Golf Tournament Successfully Mixes Fun with Fundraising 2016-01-21 00:00:00Z 0
Jan 18, 2016 Bulletin Bradley Albury 2016-01-18 00:00:00Z 0
Dec 14, 2015 Bulletin Bradley Albury 2015-12-14 00:00:00Z 0
Interact Clubs of Forest Heights and St Francis Excelling 2015-12-01 00:00:00Z 0
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Senior Citizens Lunch Brings Elderly Together 2015-11-15 00:00:00Z 0
Rotary Presents Computers to ACH 2015-10-29 00:00:00Z 0
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Oct 5 Crawfish Tales Bradley Albury 2015-10-05 00:00:00Z 0
CHEC Visits Rotary Club, Updates on North Abaco Port 2015-10-01 00:00:00Z 0
Rotary Changeover Dinner Prompts Club to “Give; Love!” 2015-07-16 00:00:00Z 0
Rotary Club of Abaco Donates to GTC Fire Dept. 2015-04-02 00:00:00Z 0
Rotary Hosts Hugh Cottis Speech Competition 2015-02-15 00:00:00Z 0
Rotary Honours Three New Paul Harris Fellows 2014-11-26 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Dwayne Wallas on Jun 18, 2014


From Left to Right: Debbie Curry Membership; Dwayne Wallas IPP; Steve Davis Pres. Elect; Desmond Bootle Pres; Bryan Thompson Secretary; Valerie Dean Com. Serv.; Rev. Charles Carey Club Admin.

Last Board Meeting of 2013/2014 Dwayne Wallas 2014-06-19 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Dwayne Wallas on May 28, 2014

Once again the club recieved many recognitions and awards at District Conference 7020.  Club of the Month in December, Club of the Month Overall Silver, District Governors Award - GOLD, and a Public Image Citation from Rotary International.  Way to go Rotarians.  a Stellar Performance this year.ImageImage

Rotary Club of Abaco and President Desmond achieve awards Dwayne Wallas 2014-05-29 00:00:00Z 0
Rotary Club of Abaco receives Presidential Citation from RI President Sakuji Tanaka Dwayne Wallas 2013-11-13 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Dwayne Wallas on Aug 12, 2013
Fellowship at 5pm.  This will be a trial period of 3 months starting Monday August 19th.  Please make a note of the time and date change.
NEW MEETING TIME Mondays 5:30pm, Dwayne Wallas 2013-08-13 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Dwayne Wallas on Aug 12, 2013
The club will begin meeting on MONDAY AT 5:30PM, starting Monday 19th, August continuing for 3 months.  This an effort to increase membership and attendance.  Please remember to make a note in your calender and bring a potential Rotarian who could not join due to the meeting time.
Time & Date Change of Meeting Dwayne Wallas 2013-08-13 00:00:00Z 0
Highlights of the 2012-2013 Year. Events, Fundraisers, Socials, Projects Dwayne Wallas 2013-06-11 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Dwayne Wallas on Nov 05, 2012

The Rotary Club of Abaco hosted the District Governor Vance Lewis and his lovely wife Monica Ramgeet on the evening of Tuesday November 6, 2012.  It was a wonderful evening enjoyed by all who attended.  A relaxed and galant affair which featured a message on the foundation and its purpose.  DG Vance presented a moving analogy on the Foundation, discussed its accomplishments and of course the banner topic of Polio.  The evening's 'icing on the cake' was hte presentation of Paul Harris Fellowship recognitions to Past President Gentry Morris, Rotarian Basil Beneby and his wonderful wife (and former Rotarian) Nadine Beneby.  All three were caught off guard and had no expectation of the gift from the club. 

PP Jo Ann Bradley gave a brilliant speech delivering the Paul Harris message to those gathered and remarked on the good deeds of the receiving fellows.  All while DG Vance had hte honour of pinning the blushing recipients, Gentry, Basil & Nadine.  Congratulations to you three.

District Governors Visit and Awarding of PH's to Gentry, Basil & Nadine Dwayne Wallas 2012-11-06 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Dwayne Wallas on Oct 15, 2012
Abby Simon of St. Francis de Sayles School attend the luncheon meeting of 16th October and was presented her prize for achieving second place with her team mates on the Model United Nations Session held last year.  The St. Francis team placed second and the team from SC Bootle High School in Coopers Town earned first place and a trip to visit the real United Nations in New York tagging along with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.  Abby, shown in the photo, is also a member of the Interact Club.
Rotary Club of Abaco recognizes MUNS participant Dwayne Wallas 2012-10-16 00:00:00Z 0
Rotary Club continues Owanta’s Pond beautification 2012-10-11 00:00:00Z 0
Today's Programme Jo-Ann Bradley 2012-04-17 00:00:00Z 0
Last Week's Meeting Jo-Ann Bradley 2012-04-17 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jo-Ann Bradley on Apr 16, 2012
The Object of Rotary  is to encourage and foster the ideal of service as a basis of worthy enterprise and, in particular, to encourage and foster:
Rotary's Guiding Principles Jo-Ann Bradley 2012-04-17 00:00:00Z 0
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Paul Harris Recognition Presented to James Richard, Principle Forrest Heights School Dwayne Wallas 0
Posted by Dwayne Wallas


The exterior walls were framed adn put on Saturday past (May 31, 2014) which is another huge step forward to getting this joint club project completed.  This project has been in the works for 5 years and will hopefully draw to a close this year.  The Lowes are a very needy, very deserving family that have seen many hardships over the years. This is only made possible by the joint efforts of the Rotary Club of Abaco, the Pilot Club of Abaco and hte Scurvy Few motorcycle club of Abaco as well as numerous donors and helpful individuals.

Lowe House Project Saga Continues and sees great stride forward Dwayne Wallas 0
Posted by Dwayne Wallas
At the Changeover Banquet where the baton is handed from the one president and board to the next, the Rotary Club of Abaco honoured two wonderful individuals with Paul Harris Recognitions.  Both Vernon Malone and Candice Key were truly shocked to be the recipients and it was a pleasure to make the presentation.   On hand was past Assistant Governor, Lindsey Cancino.  Pictured are 2013-14 President Desmond Bootle, President Elect 2014-15 Steve Davis, Outgoing President 2012-13 Dwayne Wallas, Vernon Malone, Candice Key, PAG Lindsey Cancino, Bryan Thompson, Secretary, Debbie Malone past secretary, and Community Service Director 3 times straight Valerie Dean.Image
Presentation of Paul Harris Recognitions to 2 Very deserving individuals in Hope Town Dwayne Wallas 0
President's Note In Golf Tournament Booklet Dwayne Wallas 0