After another fulfilling year of diligent community work, members of the island's three Rotary clubs plan to come together for the annual Rotary Ball this weekend. In an anticipated celebration of the year's many successes, ball planning committee programme designer, Lee Termath, expressed that this year, the ball is going to be just plain fun.
 

By THEA RUTHERFORD, FN Features Editor

thea@nasguard.com

After another fulfilling year of diligent community work, members of the island's three Rotary clubs plan to come together for the annual Rotary Ball this weekend. In an anticipated celebration of the year's many successes, ball planning committee programme designer, Lee Termath, expressed that this year, the ball is going to be just plain fun.

The Rotary Ball is "a culmination of a year's worth of events and a celebration of our hard work for the year," said Ms. Termath.

The planning committee expects about three hundred guests for "A Spring Affair," the name of the gala ball to be held in the Grand Ballroom of Our Lucaya on Saturday March 18 at 7 p.m.. Ms. Termath described the black-tie affair as a small one.

After the formality of last year's ball, which celebrated 100 years of Rotary, the emphasis this year is on light-hearted fellowship and dancing.

"This year with 101 years of Rotary, all we're going to do is have fun," said Ms. Termath. "The emphasis is on fun. The emphasis here is going to be on mingling with all of the people and dancing," she stressed of an event that would allow Rotarians to celebrate not just the work that they have done over the year but being together as a unified group as well.

The band Conch Juice is slated to perform at Saturday's ball which will also feature raffle prizes and a special surprise event. Tickets can be purchased from Rotarians up until Wednesday.

Grand Bahama Rotarians have much cause for revellry this year with an exciting addition to their usual charitable works. Under the theme of "Service above Self," the island's Rotary Clubs have assisted with hurricane relief and aided the YMCA relief efforts among other projects. Each individual club has done projects for the Beacon School and donated wheelchairs to people in Abaco and Grand Bahama. Also this year, the Rotary Club of Lucaya began an adult literacy programme

"All three clubs have been working, even though they work on their own, they work together to do bigger projects like the YMCA," Ms. Termath informed. She also noted the aid that Nassau Rotary Clubs have provided for their local counterparts throughout the year, sending hurricane relief supplies for the second year and funds for the YMCA's pool and swim programme.

The sixth place win of the Rotary Junkanoo group at the New Year's Day parade adds to this year's list of things to celebrate. Ms. Termath expressed that the win was a pleasant surprise for the group that had not even expected to place. Their participation in the parade was the first in 20 years.

"What it has done for unity," said Ms. Termath of the Rotary Junkanoo turnout, "is made us a lot a stronger as an island Rotary group as opposed to just three individual clubs doing their individual projects. Junkanoo was huge and will be even bigger and better next year."

The Junkanoo performance included the club's German exchange student who learned to play goatskin drums for the occasion, as well as visiting Rotarians from England, Canada and the U.S.

An estimated 150 Rotarians serve in the island's three clubs â¿¢ the Rotary Club of Lucaya, The Rotary Club of Freeport and the Grand Bahama Sunrise Rotary Club.

The new Rotary year begins in July under the theme "Lead the Way." Presidents of the three Rotary Clubs will travel to Copenhagen, Denmark for the international Rotary's annual convention in June.

PLANNING COMMITTEE â¿¢ Pictured are members of the Rotary Club ball planning committee busily organising Saturday's event. From left to right, Committee Chairman, David Long; Treasurer and Ticket Sales, Richard Bates; Secretary Lisbeth, Rutzou; Decorations, Gwen Rolle and Sonny Waugh. Committee members not pictured are Programme Designer, Lee Termath, Ron Jones, Dudley Powell, Tom Leeder and Mike Stafford. (Photo by BRADLEY RUTHERFORD)