Rotary Club of Freeport 4430
Since 1962
District 6990
 
October 2017
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Over fifty years of service to the Grand Bahama community

Freeport

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: News Reporter Sharell Lockhart
 
Water is an essential life source and thankfully prior to, during and after the passage of Hurricane Irma, Rotary Club District 6990 Associate Assistant Governor and Plant Manager Mike Stafford worked diligently to ensure that shelters across Grand Bahama had an ample supply. Extending an open invitation to other civic organizations such as the Pilot Club of Lucaya, Kiwanis Club of Eight Mile Rock and the LIONS’ Club of Freeport as well as the junior branches of each; Stafford revealed he was pleased to have the support of everyone especially as it relates to sanitizing the water plant, filling up jugs and preparing tote trucks for distribution throughout the community.
 
Always prepared to render service, Stafford admits he is thankful that Hurricane Irma did not do as much destruction on Grand Bahama as Hurricane Matthew last year and, happily provided an update on the action plan at the water plant ahead of the recent tropical cyclone.
 
Click HERE to read more in the Freeport News
Bahamian Cardiologist and Internist Dr. Winston Forbes (center), who was the guest speaker at yesterday’s Rotary Club of Freeport’s meeting accepts a certificate of appreciation from club president Elsie Knowles (right) and club member Gina English (left). (PHOTO: JENNEVA RUSSELL)By: Sharell Lockhart (The Freeport News)
 
Renowned Bahamian Cardiologist and Internist Dr. Winston Forbes discussed the importance of maintaining good heart and blood vessel health at the Rotary Club of Freeport meeting held at Ruby Swiss Restaurant on Thursday, August 24, 2017.
 
Providing health tips while dispelling common misconceptions regarding various heart conditions, Dr. Forbes pointed out, “Maintaining proper heart and blood vessel health is essential, as heart disease (Cardiovascular disease) is the number one killer in The Bahamas among both women and men, which is a fact that is completely contrary to popular belief that cancer tops the list.
 
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By Sharell Lockhart/Freeport News
 
The balmy beaches and crystal clear waters of The Bahamas is an alluring attraction not only for visitors but residents too and, water safety is oftentimes forgotten. Annually, particularly on holidays, families’ host outings at the beach and such joyous occasions become horrific when just for a split second a child is left unsupervised and a drowning occurs.
 
In light of this fact, the Rotary Club of Freeport (RCF) has sought to heighten water safety awareness and education throughout Grand Bahama by introducing the Josh the Baby Otter Water Safety and Awareness Project during the organization’s weekly meeting at Ruby Swiss Restaurant on Thursday, August 10, 2017.
 
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By: Sharell Lockhart (Freeport News)
 
Innovative youth development and improved community service programs top the list of goals newly elected Rotary Club of Freeport President Elsie Knowles hopes to successfully achieve during her tenure at the helm of the service organization. An Emergency Medical Technician, Knowles was sworn in as the 55th president of the Rotary Club of Freeport two weeks ago and noted she is ready to hit the ground running with the support of fellow Rotarians and Immediate Past President Darren Cooper.
 
She noted that the service organization has made tremendous strides throughout the Grand Bahama community and she not only intends to work diligently to ensure success with all previously implemented programs but introduce new initiatives that would further boost and positively impact the youth and local environment. “Indeed I am elated to serve as the 55th president of the Rotary Club of Freeport and to continue the wonderful work and programs established to aid the growth and development of the Grand Bahama community."
 
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Submitted by Mike Stafford
Rotarian Brian Ramatally, from the Rotary Club of San Fernando South, Trinidad (right), visited the Rotary Club of Freeport's luncheon meeting on Thursday, February 23, 2017, and exchanged club banners with RCF president Darren Cooper (left). Mr. Ramatally told RCF club members about his club's strong youth programs on the island of Trinidad. 
by: Sharell Lockhart, News Reporter
 
The Rotary Club of Freeport (RCF) along with President Darren Cooper and NEMA Center Manager Tammi Mitchell delivered much-needed building supplies to Smith’s Point residents on Monday, February 20. Four months ago, Hurricane Matthew unleashed its fury across Grand Bahama with 10,000 homes sustaining severe infrastructural damages.  
 
While NEMA has led the charge in providing aid to help with the post-Hurricane Matthew repair and recovery efforts island-wide, Smith’s Point residents expressed sincere gratitude to Joseph ‘Sharkbite Joe’ Kohler and the Rotary Clubs of Upstate New York for donating $3,450.00 for the purchase of materials specifically for the recovery process of their community.
 
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Freeport Primary School Principal Troy Ritchie (R) and RCF president Darren Cooper.by: Sharell Lockhart, News Reporter
 
The Rotary Club of Freeport (RCF) donated $1,000.00 in Sawyer’s Fresh Market gift certificates to the Lunch Programs at Freeport Primary School, St. Georges High School, Bartlett Hill Primary School and Eight Mile Rock High School. The presentations were made during the club’s weekly meeting at Ruby Swiss Restaurant on Thursday, February 16.
 
Representatives from the four public schools thanked the RCF for lending assistance to one of its most vital programs, which provides disenfranchised students with much-needed hot and well-prepared meals on a daily basis. Darren Cooper, RCF president revealed it is indeed a pleasure to help, stating, “Today the RCF Board of Directors along with its members thought it would be fitting to once again assist some of the public schools here on Grand Bahama with their free, hot lunch programs."
 
St. Georges High School Senior Mistress and Family Consumer Science and Hospitality Studies coordinator Yvonne Pearson and RCF president Darren Cooper.Click HERE to read more in the Freeport News
 
Photo 1: Freeport Primary School Principal Troy Ritchie (R) and RCF president Darren Cooper.
 
Photo 2: St. Georges High School Senior Mistress and Family Consumer Science and Hospitality Studies coordinator Yvonne Pearson and RCF president Darren Cooper.
by: Sharell Lockhart, News Reporter
 
The Rotary Club of Freeport (RCF) GBI Post-Hurricane Matthew Relief Initiative received $3,450 from Rotary Clubs of Upstate New York on Thursday, February 2, to aid in the island’s recovery in the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew.
 
Darren Cooper, RCF President thanked Joseph ‘Sharkbite Joe’ Kohler, a second homeowner on Grand Bahama for facilitating the partnership and financial aid provided, during the club’s weekly meeting at the Ruby Swiss Restaurant.
 
Cooper noted that every penny would be used to purchase building materials and supplies to repair homes in the Smith’s Point community.
 
Click HERE to read more in the Freeport News
by: Sharell Lockhart, News Reporter
 
The Falcons Boys’ Club (FBC) received much-appreciated support from the Rotary Club of Freeport (RCF) this past Thursday, January 19, 2017, as the non-profit mentorship organization prepares to host its annual Boys’ Conference in the West Grand Bahama District. Darrin Rolle, FBC Founder revealed the conference, which will be held at Eight Mile Rock High School (EMRHS) Gymnasium is opened to boys between eight to 18 years old, who attend Bartlett Hill, Martin Town, Holmes Rock and West End Primary Schools as well as EMRHS and members of the club.
 
Proud to lend support to the FBC and Rolle, Rotary Club of Freeport President Darren Cooper said, “It is very important for Rotary to continue to support organizations such as the Falcons Boys’ Club, which take time out to mentor the youth of our society steering them in the right direction. “The Rotary Club of Freeport certainly is doing its part to support the FBC in various endeavors whether financially, through the donation of equipment and/or by providing assistance whenever called upon, as best we can."
 
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Visiting Rotarian David Pomerenke from the Rotary Club of Springfield, Missouri, accepts a club banner from President Darren.
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.
 
 
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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        
Email: bahamapro@hotmail.com
 
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.
 
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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.
 
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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.
 
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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.
 
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