From: Bahama Islands Info

The Rotaract Club of Freeport installed its new board of officers for 2013-2014 on Wednesday, June 26th at the Grand Bahama Chamber of Commerce. In attendance were members and distinguished Rotarians from the various Rotary Clubs in Grand Bahama, along with family and friends.

The new board officers received certificates and pins, dignifying their various positions that will be carried out in the club. Representatives from the Rotary clubs of Freeport, Lucaya and Sunset commended the club on it past services and efforts, as well as extended words of encouragement for a successful future.

Outgoing president, Justin Missick, expressed his gratitude in serving as club leader for the 2012-2013 year. 


He explained that Rotaract has always been a passion for him since joining the club two years ago.  Missick described his leadership role as sometimes tedious task; however, it was also a fun one.

Despite some challenges, he thanked special Rotarians such as, Vernessa Dean, Deshawn Smith and Matthew Rolle who greatly assisted the club this past year.  “I believe it has caused us to move forward as a club, and to also give us the drive that we needed to come this far.”  Past President Missick then thanked his team for their support and efforts during his time served.

Under his reign, the Rotaract Club of Freeport has been involved with number of community service projects around the island which included: repairs at the Columbus House, maintenance at the Rotary water plant, a cleanup at the Holmes Rock Primary School, the Lupus Bahamas Organization fun walk, the Rotary clubs’ food wagon, and beach cleanups.

During her address, Jourdan Bowe expressed gratitude in being elected as the club's 2013-2014 president. “I thoroughly enjoy interacting with likeminded individuals who value the importance of service and professional growth. As a club, we are a part of a global effort to bring peace and international understanding to the world.”

Bowe explained that she is pleased with the clubs’ services over the past year. “It is my hope that we recommit our time and knowledge at the Columbus House, realizing the human impact that we are making there, and we continue to educate the community through our health partnerships as with the Lupus Foundation. It is my ultimate goal as your president that the service we provide will promote better education, health, peace and understanding."

In addition, President Bowe challenged the members of the Rotaract of Freeport to continue to make a positive difference in the community, remain focus of their goals, dedicated to service and have fun doing it, never forgetting their motto of “Fellowship through Service”.

Bowe will be assisted in her duties by Vice-President Patrick Rolle, President-Elect Theron Moss, Secretary Percival Albury, Treasurer Kyra Cooper, Director of Community Service Justin Missick, Director of Fundraising Natalia Storr, Director of Club Service Tiffany Burrows, Director of Professional Development Kesheia Morris, Director of International Relations Quinton Russell, and Director of Public Relations Samantha Cooper.

The Rotaract Club of Freeport is open to young professionals between the ages of 18 to 30 years old. The club weekly meetings are held at Geneva’s Restaurant at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesdays.

Photo: President Jourdan Bowe giving her address as to what she hopes the club will achieve this year and challenging the new board and members to strive for higher heights this year.