On June 30, 2014 The Rotary Club of Abaco held its Changeover Dinner. This annual dinner marks the transition from one Club president to the newly elected one. New board members are recognized as well. This year the dinner was held at Abaco Beach Resort with Assistant District Governor, Karen Pinder, as the special guest.
President Elect for the 2015/2016 year, Charles Carey, was the Master of Ceremonies and welcomed the Rotarians and their guests. The trappings and traditions of a regular meeting were upheld for the special dinner, which included a stirring rendition of the National Anthem, the Loyal Toast and the passing of the collection net.
Past President, Desmond Bootle, gave the year in review for the Club. Among the projects and achievements from last year were: the chartering of a Rotaract Club, breaking ground (along with the Scurvy Few & Pilot Club) of the Lowe House Project, awarding scholarship money to students, hosting a speech contest, feeding senior citizens during a special luncheon and receiving two grants from Rotary International for local service projects.
President Bootle won a Presidential Citation for his work with the Club.
Rotarian Michael Knowles was surprised that evening when he was presented with a Paul Harris Fellowship. Being awarded a Paul Harris Fellow requires donating, or having donations in your name, made to the Annual Fund, PolioPlus, or an approved Rotary Foundation grant.
When President Bootle brought his remarks he took time to recognize and award his previous board of directors along with others who went above and beyond to make the year a success.
AG Karen Pinder presided over the official changeover. For the 2014/2015 Rotary Year the President is Steve Davis, the President Elect is Charles Carey and the Secretary is Valerie Dean.
The Board of Directors and Officers for the 2014/2015 year are: Debbie Curry, Bryan Thompson, Jo-Ann Bradley, Reg Patterson, Dwayne Wallas, Bradley Albury, Andrew Sands and Desmond Bootle.
The Rotary Club of Abaco was founded in 1971. Throughout its existence it has provided equipment for the fire departments, repaired homes, hosted workshops, facilitated clean-ups, provided disaster relief, awarded scholarships, fed the elderly and contributed to Rotary International’s End Polio Campaign among many other initiatives.