The Rotary Club of Freeport has stood the test of

52 years, lending a helping hand (or foot) during walk,

run, ride or swim charitable, cultural or community

building events.

Supporting non-profit organizations such as Reach

Out Ministries, the Cancer Society, BASRA and

countless others with financial assistance and human

resources, these Rotarians continue to live up to their

motto "Service Above Self", showing care for the

young and old.

The Club has donated everything from wheelchairs

to food and furniture to the disabled, sick and less

fortunate of the community. During disasters like

hurricanes Frances and Sandy, they've ensured that its

community had water, food and those in danger were

taken to safety.

 

During the international organization's Literacy

Month, essay competitions have been held, books

donated to various school libraries and time set aside

for reading to the kids to help promote literacy.

When opportunities to assist the youth in their

decision-making process arose, (as with the project

"Baby Think It Over" where male and female teens are

given simulated babies to care for in an effort to deter

the high rate of teenage pregnancies), Rotarians gladly

opened their hearts and their pockets.

With its Youth Exchange program, through which

high school students are sponsored to spend a year in a

foreign language speaking country, the Club has

promoted global ambassadorship, bridged cultural

gaps, opened doors of new found friendships and

languages, and broaden how young people view the

world.

Their Scholarship donations have been responsible

for educating many of the Grand Bahama community's

top college graduates and attendees, providing those

success seekers with the opportunity they needed.

Rotarians also show their interest in the positive

development of young people through Interact, a

school club version of the organization developed for

students.

President Louie Alleyne informed that this year the

Club will celebrate its anniversary on January 25 with a

fellowship at Cleveland's Beach Club, Mather Town at

6pm. "The general public is invited," he said.

On February 23 the public is also invited to put on

their tennis shoes and join them on their annual Past

Presidents Walkathon.

As March is Literacy Month the Club will again

hold its Essay Competition. High school students are

invited to submit essays by March 5, 2013 for a chance

to win a laptop, Kindle, cell phone or other prizes. See

your school administrator for registration forms and

more information.

On March 16th, members of the community can

enjoy the benefits of FREE legal and financial advice

and glucose testing at the Rotary Club of Freeport's

Free Legal and Financial Clinic 10am-2pm at

McDonald & Co., 1E Lex House, Settler's Way.

A non-profit organization itself, President Alleyne

asks the Grand Bahama community at large to continue

to support Rotary.

"The continued support of the public is very much

needed as 100% of all funds donated is put back into

the community ... that is what we do."

By Sonia Walker-Russell

Bahama Buy & Sell

Bahama Buy & Sell