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It was a standing ovation and generous donations for the talented young performers in the Grand Bahama Youth Choir as they performed to a packed house during the closing banquet of the Rotary Multi-District Conference at the Grand Lucayan Resort on Saturday night.

Over 300 Rotary Club members and guests from Florida – as far away as Sarasota to Key West – along with some 60 local Grand Bahamians were vocal in their support as choir leader Kevin G. Tomlinson took the youngsters through their paces.

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The island of Grand Bahama was buzzing with community-minded visitors May 1-4 as over 300 Rotary Club members from across Florida came together with the four Rotary Clubs on Grand Bahama for their annual District Conference.

“All in all this conference was an overwhelming success; our Florida counterparts were overwhelmed with the hospitality shown to them by their Bahamian Rotary hosts,” said Mike Stafford, Assistant Rotary District Governor for District 6990/Grand Bahama and conference chair.

Click HERE to read more in Bahama Islands Info

Posted by Vicky Martel on Mar 11, 2014

The Rotary Club of Freeport is hoping to appeal to the public's sweet tooth for its annual Worldâ s Finest Chocolate Fundraiser.

The club has been hosting the fundraiser for the past four years and has raised thousands for its community projects in the process.

Fundraising Chairperson Vicky Martel said that she came up with the idea for the chocolate fundraiser four years ago after coming across some memorabilia from her years in high school.

" I was going through a box of old memorabilia and I found this World's Finest Chocolate wrapper. We used to sell them in high school and it was to raise money,"  Martel said.

" So I saw this and I said let me just see, because we were looking for a project for Rotary that had never been here before," 

She said she was surprised to find that after 50 years the company still manufactured the chocolate bars she remembered as a child.

After launching the fundraiser in Freeport, Martel said she was thrilled to find that the candies were so popular.

Typically, she said, the Rotary Club of Freeport orders 100 cases, with 60 chocolate bars per case. Each case includes almond, caramel, milk chocolate, crisp, and dark chocolate and almond candy bars.

The chocolates are priced at $1.50 per bar and $90 per box.

Martel said the fundraiser helps to raise about $4,000 for Freeport Rotary each year.

" After we consider we have to pay duty... we probably make $3,000 to $4,000 on it,"  she said.

" As you know, Rotary is a service organization and as a service organization, all the money that we collect we use back into the community. We have to have projects to raise the money in order to give the money."

All proceeds gained from this years fundraiser will go toward scholarships and the purchase of wheelchairs for the elderly and disabled, Martel said.

For this reason, she encouraged those who have not done so already to purchase the chocolate bars.

" Please do not procrastinate because there is a limited amount and we won't order again until next year. So if you like chocolate, get it,"  she said.

" If you buy them we can help other people. $1.50 a bar may not seem like much but it adds up. When you help us, you help other people in the community." 

Individuals interested in supporting the World's Finest Chocolate Fundraiser can purchase the candy bars from Rotarians or Bellevue Business Depot.

Posted by Louis Alleyne on Feb 27, 2014

The Rotary Club of Freeport is spear-heading its Fifth Annual Essay Competition offered to Junior and Senior High school students. 

The Competition is based on “The Rotary Four Way Test” and is considered the lifeline for Rotarians, as it is a principle by which they strive to live by in their personal and professional environment.

Rotary Club of Freeport New Generations Director, Queen Stubbs, “We would like for students to describe how the four way test can be applied to their everyday lives and demonstrate via the essay, the best use of the saying. 

“We anticipate full support of this initiative spearheaded by our Club, as a means of encouraging our children to positively expand their mindset.

The Four Way Test: Of the things we think, say, and do,

• is it the truth?

• is it fair to all concerned?

• will it build good will and better friendships

• will it be beneficial to all concerned.


The four Rotary Clubs on Grand Bahama came together on Saturday night, February 15th, to celebrate their community service works and raise funds to continue doing more in a glittering event at the Grand Lucayan.  After a four-year break from holding an annual ball the return of the event was well received with a packed crowd enjoying great food, wine and entertainment under the theme "Rotary Has Heart 2014".

The Grand Bahama Youth Choir performed stirring renditions of both the American and Bahamian national anthems, MC David Wallace kept them laughing with non-stop jokes, the Police Pop Band kept them dancing to lively Bahamian music, and as evidenced by the photo gallery everyone had a wonderful night including two exchange students from Germany and Slovakia, visiting Rotarians from Florida and a broad cross-section of the Grand Bahama business community.

Click HERE to view photo gallery courtesy of Keen i Media

by: Nina Laing, Freeport News Reporter

Rotarians from the island's four clubs converged at the Grand Lucayan Ballroom last Saturday, February 15 for the Rotary Ball, held under the theme "Rotary Has Heart 2014." 

After a four-year absence, the charity ball returned to Freeport, attracting scores of individuals from the corporate community.

The event serves as a fund-raiser to support Grand Bahama's Rotary Clubs' various community projects.

The Rotary Ball featured performances from the Grand Bahama Youth Choir and the Royal Bahama Police Pop Band.

Rotary Ball Chairman Mike Stafford said he was pleased with the overall event and attendance.

Click HERE to read more in the Freeport News

By Sonia Walker-Russell / Bahama Buy & Sell

Facing challenges, hard work, sacrifice of time and resources, "Service Above Self" is a Rotarian's mandate and even more so is the role of the President of a Rotary Club.

                Celebrating 52 years in existence on Grand Bahama, the Rotary Club of Freeport's (RCF) Past Presidents took to the podium recently at the Club's weekly meeting, to tell of their experiences during their year as President. The first Rotary Club to be established on the island in 1962, RCF has inducted 50 different business men and women of this community to take on the responsibility of leading the organization in service to the community, The Bahamas and the world over.

                The mandate of a Rotary Club President is to ensure their Club functions effectively by:

● sustaining or increasing membership base

● implementing successful projects that address the needs of their community and communities in other countries

● supporting the Rotary Foundation through both program participation and financial contributions

● developing leaders capable of serving in Rotary beyond the Club level

Photo: L-R are: AG Mike Stafford; Bert Lighbourne; Secretary Constance McDonald; Ron Carter; Wilbur Outten; Paula Harris; Roger Pinder; Leonard Hindley and President Louie Alleyne.

Posted by Louis Alleyne on Aug 20, 2013

From Bahama Islands

The Rotary Club of Freeport embarked upon its road safety and environmental friendly campaign August 16th after awareness was heightened over a series of accidents that took place within our Islands of the Bahamas, including Grand Bahama.

“We thought the causes could be attributed to the irresponsible use of vehicles on our streets by drivers, as they are often observed texting and driving, or disobeying the speed limits. Hundreds of students utilize our streets daily to get to and from school, and we know from the Road Traffic reports that within seconds of taking our eyes of the street, the results could be fatal,” said Club President Louis Alleyne.

It was also considered a wonderful opportunity to promote the good work that Rotary does not only locally, but all over the world. To accomplish this initiative, the Rotary Club of Freeport sought partnership from a leading charter bus service - H. Forbes Charter Bus Service.

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Posted on Aug 18, 2013

From Bahama Islands

Rotarians from the four clubs on Grand Bahama welcomed inbound exchange students Katarina Supkasupakova from Slovakia and Katrina Wohltmann from Germany to Grand Bahama on Sunday, August 18th.  The two young ladies will be spending a year living with host families on the island and attending high school. 

Grand Bahamians Alana Russell and Alexis Degregory are also participating in the Rotary student exchange program and will be spending the upcoming year in Germany and France respectively.

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Posted by Mike Stafford on Aug 15, 2013


Former Minister of State for Finance, Zhivargo Laing, addressed a large crowd at the Rotary Club of Freeport meeting on Thursday, August 15, at the Ruby Swiss restaurant on the hot topic of Value Added Tax or VAT.  Text of his speech below:

Mr. President and other executives of the Rotary Club of Freeport, members and guests, members of the media, good afternoon.  I was invited by your president to speak to you about the Value Added Tax (V.A.T.), which, if the Government meets its deadline will be a feature of our tax system commencing in July of next year.  I will not be long I promise but I will try to be clear.  My talk today will seek to answer five questions, namely:

  1. What is V.A.T.?
  2. How does it operate?
  3. Why is it an issue in The Bahamas at this time?
  4. What is likely to happen?
  5. What should happen?
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Photo: President Louis Alleyne (L) and ADG Mike Stafford (R) thank Zhivargo Laing for his informative presentation. (Photo courtesy Derek Carroll)

Posted by Mike Stafford


Attorney Carey Leonard presents his views on the impact of VAT on businesses in The Bahamas, with particular emphasis on the effect it may have on businesses located in Freeport, Grand Bahama.  Presented at The Rotary Club of Freeport on July 25, 2013, and provided courtesy of Keen i Media Ltd.

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Posted by Mike Stafford

By Sonia Walker-Russell / Bahama Buy & Sell

The Rotary Club of Freeport recently installed a new slate of officers for its 2013/2014 year.

The Board consists of Richard Bates, Membership Director; Len Hindley, Chief Sergeant-at-Arms; Darren Cooper, Community Service Director; Constance McDonald, Secretary; Louis Alleyne, President; Neil Burrows, Treasurer; Vicki Martel, Director and Chief Fundraiser; Bert Lightbourne, Foundation Director and  Betty Van Lew, Vocational and Club Service Director. All of whom have committed their time and resources to the betterment of their communities and the world through "Service Above Self".

Mike Stafford, new Assistant Governor for Rotary District 6990 and member of the Rotary Club of Freeport implored his fellow Rotarians: "Each of you has been charged with a very specific task to perform to make this Club even stronger and in turn assist this community and the Rotary world at large. The theme for Rotary International this year is 'Engage Rotary, Change Lives'. I ask that you all remember this as you perform duties and realize that this is not a position you perform once a month at a board meeting or once a week at a Club meeting but everyday as a Rotarian."

Posted by Mike Stafford on Jul 04, 2013

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. 

Posted by Mike Stafford on Jul 05, 2013

by Sonia Walker-Russell / Bahama Buy & Sell

Along with being vastly intelligent, Lancelot Darville, a Rotary Club of Freeport scholarship recipient, is a delightful, business minded young man who will be a force to reckon with in the future business world of The Bahamas.

His track record began here on Grand Bahama. In October 2009 he was chosen as Youth Parliamentarian and Deputy Speaker of the House of Assembly for The Bahamas Government. In 2008 he was Interact Club President of the Year for Rotary International and awarded the Powerful Speaker Award by the Catholic Board of Education.

2013 graduate of Northwood University, Florida, where he spent four years, Darville was chosen from among his peers as Valedictorian and Summa Cum Laude.

A Finance major, he was an amiable role model at the all business school, being voted President of the Student Body and asked to return as President the following year.
Posted by Matthew Rolle on Nov 06, 2012

In preparation for Tropical Storm Sandy's ills, the Rotary Clubs of Grand Bahama jump started the recently completed Water Relief Plant to ensure that Grand Bahama residents would not be without drinkable water during or after the storm. Rotarians came together full force and put teams in place to distribute water to those in need.

According to Mike Stafford, Assistant District Governor elect, and past President of the Rotary Club of Freeport, the plant was activated on Wednesday and Thursday utilizing the standby generator to save on electricity and then re-activated early Saturday morning.


To Read More of this Article From Sonia Walker-Russell of The Bahamas Buy & Sell, click on the link below page 28

Posted by Mike Stafford on Oct 29, 2012

Grand Bahama Emergency Water Relief Foundation re-cap of Hurricane Sandy activation, October 24-28, 2012.


During the approach of Hurricane Sandy the RO machine was run for 9 hours on Wednesday and 8 hours on Thursday, which put about 5,000 gallons of water in the tank. This was done utilizing the standby generator filled with donated fuel to reduce any electricity bill.

Thank you to Mr. Tony Miller (Rotary Club of Grand Bahama Sunset) and Freeport Oil Company (FOCOL) for the donation of fuel and for their anticipated continued support of the plant.

Hurricane Sandy impacted Grand Bahama for much of Friday and into the evening and early hours of Saturday.

The plant was re-activated early Saturday morning and Rotarians began to assemble and sanitize and fill the one gallon jugs which had been collected and stored in the plant throughout the year (about 500 of them).

Posted by Mike Stafford

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Posted by Mike Stafford on Aug 01, 2012

The island of Grand Bahama has suffered a great loss with the passing of legendary businessman and noted Rotarian Harold Sonny Waugh.

Eighty-four-year-old Waugh was born in Nassau in 1928 and established a name for himself in Grand Bahama through a series of business ventures.

In 1965, Waugh introduced Grand Bahama to premier construction services with the opening of Waugh Construction (Bahamas) Limited located on Shelly and Milton Streets.

An impeccable businessman with a passion for his country and community, Waugh joined the Rotary International organization in 1972.

Waugh exemplified the Rotary Club's motto "Service Above Self" and his efforts within the club both in The Bahamas and internationally afforded him the distinct privilege of being known as Mr. Rotary.

to read more from Sharell Lockhart of the Freeport News, click on the below link
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