At the 1917 convention, outgoing Rotary President Arch Klumph proposed to set up an endowment “for the purpose of doing good in the world.” In 1928, it was renamed The Rotary Foundation, and it became a distinct entity within Rotary International.
The growth of The Foundation
In 1929, the Foundation made its first gift of $500 to the International Society for Crippled Children. The organization, created by Rotarian Edgar F. “Daddy” Allen, later grew into Easter Seals.
When Rotary founder Paul Harris died in 1947, contributions began pouring in to Rotary International, and the Paul Harris Memorial Fund was created to build the Foundation.
Evolution of Foundation programs
1947: The Foundation established its first program, Fellowships for Advance Study, later known as Ambassadorial Scholarships.
1965-66: Three programs were launched: Group Study Exchange, Awards for Technical Training, and Grants for Activities in Keeping with the Objective of The Rotary Foundation, which was later called Matching Grants.
1978: Rotary introduced the Health, Hunger and Humanity (3-H) Grants. The first 3-H Grant funded a project to immunize 6 million Philippine children against polio.
1987-88: The first peace forums were held, leading to Rotary Peace Fellowships.
2013: New district, global, and packaged grants enable Rotarians around the world to respond to the world’s greatest needs.
Since the first donation of $26.50 in 1917, the Foundation has received contributions totaling more than $1 billion.
Celebrate the Centennial
In 2016-17, the Foundation turns 100, and that is definitely something worth celebrating. I am sure that the Rotary Clubs around the world will be hosting awesome centennial events and you could be a part of it! Please visit our Facebook page by clicking here https://www.facebook.com/nassausunrise/?fref=ts
Please also watch our District Governor Haresh L. Ramchandani's message on Rotary Foundation Month by clicking here https://www.facebook.com/Rotary7020/?hc_ref=PAGES_TIMELINE&fref=nf
Finally, please visit our weekly club meetings on Thursday at 7:00am at the British Colonial Hilton Hotel. Looking forward to seeing you!
- Eat a sensible low-salt diet
- Exercise 30 minutes per day, 5 days a week
- Diet & exercise to lose weight
- Take medication properly
- Refuse to be afraid of doing anything positive
- Be the very best you can be at serving others
- Lose sight of self while serving
- This year, think of some new service ideas, plan and execute
- Be the change this world needs because change begins with you
What a great feeling for Mr. Lenny Cumberbatch and Ms. Marguerite Taylor to join "the Best Little Club In The Galaxy". They both were welcomed into RCNS club, which they have shown their commitment and support to making the Bahamas a better country. They were pinned by DG Felix Stubbs and there sponsor Dr. Sophia Rolle, who also is the Membership Director. We also had visiting from the Rotaract Club of Grand Turk, President Temard R. Butterfield who gave remarks on the wonderful work that the Rotaractors are doing in Grand Turks and Turks and Caicos Islands. We also had visiting Rotaractors from the Rotaract Club of Nassau Sunset, who enjoyed a time of fellowship and some nice boil Red Snappers from Inagua.
The RCNS welcomed officers that will serve for the Rotary year 2015-2016. They were pinned by 7020 DG Felix Stubbs with the assistance of AG Karen Pinder.
Rotary Club of Nassau Sunrise Board of Directors: from left to right - President Alanna McCartney, President Elect Pretino Albury, Immediate Past President Errol Bodie, Secretary Tonia Ferguson, Treasurer Jerryse Rolle, Club Administrator Devaldo Greene, Asst. Governor Karen Pinder, Fundraising Director Frances Dean, Vocation Director Tanya Woodside, Family of Rotary Director Jacquline Longley, Sargent at Arms James Palacious, District Governor Felix Stubbs.
Rotarians can expect all-inclusive events at the Hospitality Suite, which promises to have something for everyone. The Awards Banquet will be formatted like the Emmy Awards. There will be events for all family members, and children will be grouped according to their ages. Of course, no visitor to the Bahamas should leave without experiencing Junkanoo, so that aspect was included. Friday night of the conference, Rotarians will experience Junkanoo Carnival 2016. With such spectacular plans and fantastic events, next year’s conference is sure to be a “WOW!” experience.
DGE Felix Stubbs encouraged Rotarians to continue to put their best foot forward this year and Light Up Rotary. Then fellow-Rotarians were anxious to hear reflections of the conference by those who attended. Assistant District Governor Karen Pinder, President Elect Alanna McCartney, Secretary Elect Tonia Ferguson, and Treasurer Jerryse Rolle made very moving presentations. Having listened to their deliveries, I would state that this year's District Conference was inspiring.
Sherrah Adderley, one of our newest Rotarians to join the club delivered "My Job Talk.” Sherrah is a Personal Banking Officer. She is just as excited about Rotary as she is about performing her banking duties. She exudes the quality of a Rotarian - joy in service to others.
Two Enchanted Evenings' artists were some of our guests. They included Keith Miller, Melissa Zapin, Konstantin Soukhovetski, and Cleveland Williams. They will be performing at the Rotary Clubs of the Bahamas' fund raising events - Broadway Under the Stars on May 28 and Opera in Paradise on May 31.
And of course, there was the raffle prize. Na-amah Rahming was pleased to win a cookbook and a book of smoothie recipes.
Mr. Jason Kinsale, Principal of Aristo Development, spoke to Rotarians and guests of the Sunrise club of the notably major resurgence in the foreign market.
This resurgence in real estate, noted in western New Providence was attributed to some degree to Baha Mar. Mr. Kinsale stated that Baha Mar's effect on the real estate market is underestimated. He further noted that the demand for foreign labor for the resorts would present accommodation woes for the western area, admitting that many of the existing condominiums are sold out. While many Bahamians may have objections to the need for foreign labor, Mr. Kinsale, having a repertoire of developing, has experienced labor challenges in the construction industry and admits that foreign labor is necessary. . . But not preferred due to the costs involved.
While the Bahamas attracts foreign investors, he lamented that investors are being deterred by the lengthy process of purchasing a home in the Bahamas compared to other Caribbean countries. He termed the process, "unfriendly" and made a plea for the process to be revisited.
Despite the challenges that investing in the Bahamas present, Mr. Kinsale considers the market to be steady and foreign investing is aggressive. He also implored Bahamians to partner with investors.
Mr. Terrelli admitted that preparing for this event is proving to be the most exciting time of his life. Over the years, Dario has travelled to numerous carnivals and deems this event ideal for the Bahamas' economy. He stated that presently, sales of costumes are rather slow, but feels as the momentum builds there will be an increase in the amount of sales.
S. Mark Whitehouse, one of our founding members reflected on the club's charter. District Governor Elect, Felix Stubbs encouraged members to invest in the Rotary Foundation.
This week's raffle prize was a bottle of Dewar's White Label and was presented to Frances Dean.
Mr. Burrows' experience in the industry and the company spans more than 18 years, starting as Marketing Assistant in 1996. He is now serving as Head of Marketing.
The music, the chocolate, the laughter, and those Sunrisers . . .what a wonderful way to begin the Valentine weekend.
Presenter Paul Major engaged the Rotarians and guests November 20 about the Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival. According to Mr. Major, the event scheduled for next year May promises to provide year-round employment. He views the carnival as an economic drive (and necessary) for the country. Comparing the event to Junkanoo, he stated, “nobody knows Junkanoo. Carnivals are among the largest generating festivals in the world.” It is expected that some $30 million will be circulated within the economy as a result.
Recognizing that the Bahamas has incorporated carnival late compared to other Caribbean islands, Paul also noted that the Bahamas’ strengths would help to propel it to provide a competitive edge. Some advantages include a ‘well established’ destination brand and developed plant infrastructure.
Robust about the costumes, Mr. Major stated that they are a collage of our culture. He also said that the Junkanoo would make the Bahamas Carnival different from the other carnivals. Additionally, the incorporation of the marching bands, art exhibitions, mega music concerts, and street parties will increase the competitiveness.
Some twenty-seven companies have registered and Festival Village will encompass Fort Charlotte and Fish Fry. Ensuring a natural display of our islands, local raw materials must be a part of each of the groups’ costumes.
Then. . .there is that sweet ‘ole’ Junkanoo music. Rotarians and guests were treated to the CD, ‘Jumps In da Line’ – a compilation of 25 songs selected for the Bahamas Carnival.
What a way to get the morning started!
- provide a healthy lifestyle
- encourage community participation
- aid local charities
- promote breast cancer awareness Proceeds from the event is donated to Sister, Sister Bahamas; Cancer Society of The Bahamas; Princess Margaret Hospital Foundation; and the Cancer Association of Grand Bahama.
• Peace and conflict prevention/resolution
• Disease prevention and treatment
• Water and sanitation
• Maternal and child health
• Basic education and literacy
• Economic and community development
- transferring citizenship to a child born outside of The Bahamas to a Bahamian woman married to a foreign man
- a Bahamian woman giving citizenship to her foreign husband
- an unmarried Bahamian man transferring citizenship to his child
- ending discrimination on the basis of sex
Doris Pinder arrived at the early morning club just in time to share her story of independence and her message to the ‘Joshua and Caleb’ generation. She related to the ‘early birds’ about a troubling dream that highlighted some of the negatives of today’s society. As she shared with her audience, you could hear the sun’s rays tapping the glass as it shyly rose in the sky . . . The audience was in awe. The elderly character, disturbed by the request in this dream to renounce, or as she coined, ‘redepend’ on England caused quite an anxiety. However, the anxiety conjured up positive memories – the Women’s Suffrage Movement and our road to independence in 1973, which soothed the beautifully aged woman. It was these latter memories that proved optimistic for Mrs. Pinder. She reasoned that although The Bahamas is not where we would like it to be, it sure is better than where we were.
Causing much laughter while referring to prior years, young members and those young at heart, understood her message. The message was a reminder and an appeal to continue to strive “Forward, Upward, Onward, and Together.” She emphasized the importance of preparing our younger generation to lead; and that we as a nation must appreciate the foundation laid by our forefathers as we move our nation to the ‘promised land’.
What do you say to yourself first thing in the morning?” This introduction by Erica A. Murray to the Rotarians at the Nassau Sunrise Club was like a shot of espresso – to the brain. You could hear the wheels of the early morning club thinkers moving.
Ms. Erica A. Murray is a motivational speaker, international business consultant, and entrepreneur from Houston, Texas. She was visiting The Bahamas as the featured keynote speaker for the Women Empowerment Summit, under the theme "Recharge"- helping women to renew their vision, redesign their life and reignite their passion.
Erica has become a well sought after business consultant because of her distinguished, exceptional, and innovative business techniques. She has been recognized by her colleagues for having extraordinary determination and is known for her creativity, motivation, and her ability to close a deal. She has traveled throughout the United States, Canada, Asia, The Caribbean, and the United Kingdom, sharing proven business strategies.
She encouraged current business owners and prospective business owners to think globally – take their products and services to the international market. With extensive experience, Ms. Murray is known as an “extraordinary international business guru.”
Acknowledging that success is a process, Ms. Murray believes that “success begins in the mind, but is fueled by the passion in one’s heart.” She insisted that one prepares mentally to face the inevitable challenges when striving to accomplish one’s goals. With countless success stories and many conquests, Erica provided the Rotarians with her “Steps to Business Success” – Structure, Organization, and Discipline.
Tia Thompson encouraged Bahamians to “research, read, and understand” the concept of VAT. With much exuberance, she assents that VAT is necessary.
Ayssa Iferenta, while modest, she gave her audience the good and not-so-good about the implementation of VAT. She related that the short-term would prove a disadvantage, as there may be a 5% decline in our national GDP. However, she stated that in the long term, an advantage would deliver a reduced debt.
The Rotary Club of Nassau Sunrise is and has been a proud sponsor of the BFSB Essay & Speech Competition for many years and this year the tradition continues.
At its recent Changeover ceremony held on June 28th new Rotarian Devaldo Greene was awarded the Rising Star Award for his contributions towards the success of the Club's efforts. President of the Rotary Club of Nassau Sunrise, Mario Smith, congratulated Devaldo for his efforts and stated that Devaldo has shown great promise since his induction and has eagerly gotten involved in the Club's activities, especially the weekly raffle which he is responsible for coordinating. Also on hand to congratulate Devaldo was President Elect Tanya Woodside.
A sea of aquamarine and gold invaded the Rotary District conference in the British Virgin Islands as members of the Rotary Cubs of the Bahamas turned out in great numbers to support the election of Felix Stubbs as District Governor Nominee 2014 - 2015. In his acceptance speech PADG Felix thanked everyone for their support and gave a brief preview of what he hopes to accomplish during his term.
On Thursday June 27th the Rotary Club of Nassa Sunrise was treated to a special presentation by Environmentalist Sam Duncombe who called for the coming into force of the Freedom of Information Act which she claims protects citizens and strengthens democracy. Rotarian Pretino Albury thanked Mrs. Duncombe for her presentation and presented her with a book for her to autograph. The book will be donated to the Reading program at Willard Patton Pre-School.
Just when you thought it was over, during the month of June members of the Rotary Club of Nassau Sunrise hosted the final Reading Fair at the Willamae Pratt Centre for Girls. The day begain with Rotarians sharing their life stories with the girls followed by a guest presentation. This was followed by an "Amazing Race" and ended with a pizza party. The event not only gave Rotarians and opportunity to ephasize the importance of reading but also to mentor to the girls.
Coach Sam Nichols and the Team of Basketball Smiles recently visited the Rotary Club of Nassau Sunrise to update the Club on the success of the annual Basketball Smiles Camp.
In celebration of its 12 Anniversary members of the Rotary Club of Nassau Sunrise paid tribute to its Past Presidents and Charter Members. On hand for the celebrations was AG Stan Charleton who congratulated the members for their outstanding contributions to the Club. Those members present to collect their awards included: Charter President Bill Thomson, PADG Felix Stubbs, Past President Karen Pinder, Past President Carla Card Stubbs, Charter Member Deno Moss and Charter Member Mark Whitehouse.
During 2012 - 2013 the Rotary Club of Nassau Sunrise launched Reading Time at Willard Patton Pre-School in an effort to enhance its Literacy Program. Reading Time occurs every Friday at 12pm and provides members of the Club with an opportunity to not only read to the students but to mentor them.
May 9th was a great Sunrise morning for the Rotary Club of Nassau Sunrise inducted Rui Domingues, General Manager, of the British Colonial Hilton as an Honorary Member. Welcoming Rui to the Club was AG Stan Charleton who challenged Rui and existing members to live up to Rotary's motto of Service Above Self and to be good Rotarians.
During the month of April members of the Rotary Club of Nassau Sunrise partnered with the Rotary Club of Eleuthera for a weekend of activities which included: a meeting with the One Eleuthera Foundation, a screening of "Islands of Life", participation in the Cancer Society of Eleuthera Fun Run Walk and Earth Day Celebrations at the Blue Hole in Rock Sound Eleuthera.
On May 9th, 2013 the Rotary Club of Nassau Sunrise celebrated it's 12th Anniversary in grand style. The celebrations included party hats and birthday cake and mimosas which were served to all members and guests attending the meeting. Also in observance of this milestone the Club inducted an Honorary Member and awarded Past Presidents and Charter members for outstanding service. President of the Club, Mario Smith, stated that although the Club is fairly young it has accomplished a lot and that he was very proud of the club's achievements to date.
On Thursday April 18th, 2013 the Rotary Club of Nassau Sunrise continued its "My Job Talk" series for new members featuring Inger Simms and Devaldo Greene. Both members introduced themselves to the Club and stated that they joined the Club as a result of their desire to give back to the community.
The morning also featured a presentation by Senator John Bostwick on "Alternative Energy Solutions for The Bahamas." In his address Senator Bostwick spoke to the need for The Bahamas to determine its energy policy moving forward. He also spoke to the feasibility of using Floating Power Plants to reduce the cost of energy in The Bahamas. Rotarian Devaldo thanked Senator Bostwick for his timely presentation to the Club.
During the month of March the Rotary Club of Nassau Sunrise launched a successful book drive as part of its Literacy initiative. The book drive was open to all Members and friends of the Club who were asked to either donate books or purchase books from various bookstores on the island. This inititiative also provided the Club with an opportunity to partner with Sandals Royal Bahamian Hotel and its General Manager, Patrick Drake, who graciously donated 10 boxes of books. Rotary Foundation Chair Jeff Wright accepted the books on behalf of the Club and thanked Mr. Drake and Sandals for their donation. All books collected were presented to various schools and libraries in Eleuthera and New Providence.
It was another great Sunrise morning with the Rotary Club of Nassau Sunrise as PADG Felix Stubbs gave a presentation on Rotary Future Vision and what it means in terms of the Rotary Foundation and the grant process. The Club was also treated to presentations by Dario Terrelli and Huey Simmons the latest members to join the Club. Both gentlemen spoke of their passion for giving back to the community and shared their personal experiences. This day was also special as Rotarian Alanna McCartney had her Red Ribbon removed by her sponsor PADG Felix.
The Rotary Club of Nassau Sunrise does it again!! On Saturday April 6, we presented Jazz at the Gallery - Evolved. We started with Jazz on the Streets, then went to Jazz on the Water,
now we have descended on the National Art Gallery of the Bahamas and we have evolved!!
On Sunday April 21st, the Rotary Club of Nassau Sunrise hosted a Reading Fair for the children of the Ranfurly Home. The event began with opening remarks by the Administrator and President Mario who both spoke to the importance of Reading.
On Thursday March 21st RNCS had the pleasure of inducting its newest Rotarian Dario Terrelli. Dario is a community minded individual who is always in search of ways to put his skills to work for the benefit of the Community. A Sales Manager, by profession, Dario is also a skilled carpenter and was instrumental in assisting the Club with the ICAN Project even prior to becoming a member of the Club. He was pinned by his Sponsor Sh'ron Saunders.
Dr. Michelle Major addresses Rotarians of the Rotary Club of Nassau Sunrise on the work of the Seahorse Institute in The Bahamas. The Seahorse Institute is a Bahamian registered non-profit center that provides treatment for children with autism and other developmental delays.
Thursday April 11th was another Sunrise Morning at the Rotary Club of Nassau Sunrise as the Club focused on its newest Rotarians. The morning began with a comical take on Service Projects given by Founding President Bill and Rotarian Mark followed by "My Job Talks" by the Club's newest Rotarians. Up first was Rotarian Rona Astwood an accountant by profession followed by Attorney Jody Wells and Private Banker Na-amah Rahming. The general sentiment from the ladies was that they all joined the Club so that they could give back to the community in a meaningful way. They also shared details about their professions, their families and their hobbies.
On Thursday March 14th, 2013 new and prosepctive Rotarians of the Rotary Club of Nassau Sunrise were hosted to a Fireside Chat at the home of PADG Felix and PP Carla Stubbs. The event gave the attendees an opportunity to learn more about the Club and Rotary in a more relaxed atmosphere.
The Rotary Club of Nassau Sunrise, though being one of the smallest clubs in the Bahamas, has successfully hosted well organized and entertaining fundraisers. One such is its annual "Jazz" event that is now a stable on many Bahamians' social calendar. This years' event is sure to please while ingesting much needed funds into the Club's Community Service account for so many needed projects and charitable donations.
The Hon. Michael Halkitis, Minister of State for Finance was the special guest speaker at the club's meeting on March 14, 2013. Speaking on the government's e-Government Initiative, Min. Halkitis outlined the importance and potential benefits of this project to The Bahamas. He noted that to be successful at doing business, companies and countries alike must be competitive, transparent, and proficient. The use of information technology (IT) and more specifically e-Government, has become the driving force behind easing doing business within a country and will spur economic growth and overall productivity gains.
Minister Halkitis thanked for his presentation to the club by Rotarian Leroy Archer.
The Rotary Club was pleased to invite Mr. John Armstrong, Acting Chief of Missions for the United States Embassy, to present at its weekly meeting on March 7, 2013 the "Changes to the United States Visa Process."
In celebration of Literacy Month RCNS launched Reading Time at Willard Patton Pre-School. Coordinator for the project Rotarian Jeff Wright stated, "It's a pleasure to spend a Friday afternoon with the students. It is the best part of my day and I look forward to it every Friday." The Club has also been instrumental in organizing a presentation by the Atlantis Water Features Department to coincide with the school's "Under the Sea" theme and plans are underway to take the students on a field trip to Odyssey Aviation in the near future.
On January 20th Members of the Rotary Club of Nassau Sunrise partnered with Marathon Bahamas to host the Finish Line Cafe at the Bahamas Marathon. The event attracted over 1,000 participants plus spectators who cheered on the runners. Winner of the half marathon Jonathon Volpi poses with RCNS members at the Finish Line Cafe were a variety of souses were sold.
|President Mario Smith had the pleasure of pinning our newest Rotarian Hubert A. Simmons at the club's regualar meeting on Thursday January 24, 2013. Huey, as he prefers to be called, had perfect attendance at meetings and events prior to joining the Rotary Club of Nassau Sunrise and is excited to contribute even more. The Club welcomes Huey and looks forward to his valued contribution to the club, Rotary International and the community at large.
Members of the Rotary Club of Nassau Sunrise got a special treat on Thursday February 28th, 2013 as members from the Bahamas Kennel Club addressed the Club. Members also had front row seats to a demonstration by the dogs.
Sunrisers warmly welcomed the Irish Ambassador to The Bahamas, Canada and Jamaica Mr. John Ray Bassett to the Valentine's Day Rotary Meeting on February 14th, 2013. Ambassador Bassett who considers himself a former scientist in biochemistry is especially proud to be the father of five children - all of whom are reading for law degrees at present. He enjoys his position as the Ambassador to The Bahamas and has been in the post a little over two years. He is now assiduously working at making this relationship one of more than just a pro-functionary position, but one that is more tactile and meaningful to both Island Nations.
In celebration of Rotary Awareness month PADG Felix Stubbs gave an enlightening presentation on the Fundamentals of Rotary.
Members of RCNS along with LCIS Interactors assist the Salvation Army with Bell Ringing efforts during the month of December.
On January 10th members of the Rotary Club of Nassau Sunrise took the show on the road and hosted their weekly meeting at Hillside House were artist in residence Antonius Roberts gave a brief history of Hillside house and the role that it is playing in the Revitilization of Downtown Nassau.
“The Bahamas would be a far poorer place were it not for the unselfish and dedicated efforts of such organizations as the Rotary Foundation.” This according to Governor General His Excellency Sir Arthur Foulkes as he delivered his response on behalf of the Honorees at the Rotary Foundation Gala at Government House on November 8th, 2012.
On Saturday November 3rd members of the Rotary Club of Nassau Sunrise established a Vegetable Garden at the Willard Patton Preschool. The garden was originally promised to the school by President Mario Smith during his remarks at the opening of the Autism Classroom at Willard Patton.
On Saturday November 10th, 2012 the Rotary Club of Nassau Sunrise completed a service project at the Ray Minus Gym where members donated supplies, painted and made repairs to the gym.
September is New Generations Month and RI President Sakuji Tanaka asks us all to remember that the youth of today are the leaders of tomorrow. Well, tomorrow is upon us and the face of Rotary – especially in our district 7020- is rapidly changing. So I’d like to ask that we all place as much importance on recruiting young Rotarians as on training them to be leaders – in Rotary, in our community, and in the world.
Dear fellow Rotarians,
There are many ways to describe our Rotary Foundation. But I think of our Foundation literally – as the foundation for all of Rotary.
We do not often think about the ground beneath our feet. We do not often think about the walls that are holding up our house. We take them for granted. We think about them only when they are not there.
Not long ago in Japan, the ground fell out from under our feet. On Friday, 11 March 2011, a magnitude 9 earthquake shook Japan to its very core. More than 15,000 people died, nearly 6,000 were injured, and another 4,000 are still
missing. The total losses of the disaster are estimated at over US$300 billion.
In a matter of hours, half a million people in one of the world’s wealthiest and most developed countries lost everything. They went from living in comfort and security to facing an uncertain future in school gymnasiums, tents, and ruined buildings.
In Japan, we are used to earthquakes. We thought we were ready for anything. But no one ever expected anything like this.
What happened on that day changed Japan, and everyone who lives there. It has made us realize how fragile our lives are. And it has made me realize how little separates me from the people I help through Rotary.
It is easy to look at the people we help through our Foundation as somehow different from ourselves. They live far away. We do not know their language or their culture. We do not know what it is like to have no running water, no sanitation, no health care, no education. We look at pictures, and we read stories in the news about poverty, wars, and disasters. We see, from so far away, the people who are living through such terrible times. But it is hard to put ourselves in their place.
Today, I tell you that there is nothing at all separating us from the people we help. We are all the same. Only the circumstances surrounding us are different.
Through our Foundation, we have the power to live the words of our Foundation’s motto: Doing Good in the World. Through it, we can do so much more good than we could ever do alone. And it matters so much – to people just like us.
Presenting on the topic Networking within Rotary, Past President of the Rotary Club of Nassau Sunrise Carla Card-Stubbs reminded members that Rotary International was founded on the tenant of network which eventually led to service projects. Serving as District 7020's Networking Chair, PP Card-Stubbs noted that Rotarians represent all business, professional, occupational and vocational areas and as such, business opportunities may be a natural result of participation in club projects and programs. She then went on to note that networking could provide an avenue for fellow Rotarians to secure gainful employment, it will also assist with membership retention as it helps Rotarians affected by bad economic cycles (e.g. recession) to honour their obligations and remain Rotarians.
Rotarian Na-amah Rahming thanks Mr. Selvin Basden for his enlightening presentation on "The Effects of the Proposed Changes to the Labour Laws."
Along with reoccurring projects such as rehabilitation of Laura's Soup Kitchen and Basketball Smiles, this club will also add several smaller projects that will seek to utilize the talents of our members. Plans for club's signature Jazz and Casino Night fundraisers are already underway and tentative dates set. There will be numerous opportunities for make-ups through scheduled socials aimed at building fellowship within the club.
Every member of the Rotary Club of Nassau Sunrise is encouraged to join a Committee, to share their ideas and to assist with making each event successful. For more information, contact President Mario or Secretary Karine.
We invite you to join Nassau Sunrise Rotarians in the transformed elegance and exoticism of old New Orleans, birthplace of the richest genre for the heart and soul. If you caught our Jazz Street Party last November then you know the kinds of great live music, eats and drinks to expect from a Sunrise soiree. We’ll be bringing back crowd favourites and will introduce you to artists new to the wonderful world of Jazz. Last November was a phenomenal street party success! Let’s do it again from the waters of Bay!
By ALESHA CADET
Tribune Features Reporter
BOURBON Street on any given hot Louisiana night came to life last week on Charlotte Street. The pulsating rhythms of New Orleans became the heartbeat of the town, as the Rotary Club of Nassau Sunrise celebrated music and art in grand style.
During the month of September Rotarians from RCNS assisted the Children's Emergency Hostel with their Back to School efforts. While there Rotarians played games with the children, treated them to a pizza party and installed two new doors to the main building.
As you are aware, the Club has agreed to present a Paul Harris Fellow to Commissioner of Police Ellison Greenslade. The Commissioner has requested the he be allowed to host an evening meeting next Thursday June 30th at Police Headquarters to celebrate the event. This event will replace our regularly scheduled morning meeting on Thursday June 30th. Additionally, our Club would like to recognize several PHF and raise some money for the Rotary Foundation.
Cocktails are at 7pm, and 7:30pm for dinner. The cost per person is a mininum of $15.00 but you are welcome to contribute any amount beyond that as you see fit. We hope to see everyone there!
John Corcoran prayed a lot when he was in Catholic grade school: “I used to pray, ‘Dear, God, when it comes my turn, please let me be able to read the words.”
Suffering from an undiagnosed learning disability, Corcoran sat in the back row, called the “dumb row.” But he was athletic and good in math. So Corcoran charmed, lied, cheated, and even bought his way through high school and college, eventually becoming a teacher and successful real estate investor. All without ever learning to read and write. It wasn’t until he was 48 that he learned to read through a community learning center.
Now, through the John Corcoran Foundation, based in Oceanside, California, USA, he works to end illiteracy in North America. And he’s even gone on to write two books, including a best-selling memoir, The Teacher Who Couldn’t Read.
The Rotary Club of Nassau Sunrise was fortunate to have had the opportunity to host visiting dignitary Dr. Gaby Magomola and his wife. A political prisoner on Robben Island for five years, Dr. Magomola was one of its youngest inmates. He spoke of his time on Robben Island and the close friendship that he developed with fellow prisoner Nelson Mandela. Dr. Magomola was visiting Nassau to meet with senior members of government to better understand the challenges faced in The Bahamas and to share his experiences during the struggle to dismantle discrimination in South Africa.
October is Vocational Service Month. What are you ”WORKING” on?
As Rotarians, we represent our vocation within Rotary and Rotary within our vocation. Do we make full use of the wealth of talent and experience of our membership and are we aware of these resources?
October is Vocational Service Month. What are you ”WORKING” on?
Every Rotarian, every project, and every contribution makes a difference every year.
Project Lend a Hand is a project to help the homeless and those less fortunate in our society. It is an initiative by the Rotary Club of Nassau Sunrise conceived to provide measurable and tangible help to the increasing numbers of persons who are, or are on the verge of, homelessness largely due to recent economic misfortunes.