On November 23, Rotary District 7020 Governor (DG) Felix Stubbs, accompanied by his wife, Past President Carla Stubbs, and Assistant District Governor (ADG) Karen Pinder arrive via Sky Bahamas Airlines on an official Visit to Abaco.
DG Stubbs met with the Rotary Club of Abaco’s (RCOA) Board of Directors to review the progress and future plans of the Club. Later in the evening, at 7:30 p.m. the District Governor attended a Dinner Meeting with RCOA and guests at Snappas Bar and Grill. The event was open to the Public.
During this meeting, Bill Swain, local contractor and community leader, was surprised with a Paul Harris Fellowship awarded to him by RCOA.
Two new members were also inducted into the Club: Bill Lyman and Anthony Morley.
On Tuesday, November 24, the DG met with the Interact Clubs of Forest Heights Academy and St. Francis de Sales School. Both clubs are sponsored by the Rotary Club of Abaco, and engage students in Leadership development and Community Service.
The mission of Rotary International is to provide service to others, promote integrity, and advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace through its fellowship of business, professional, and community leaders.
District 7020 is home of some of the world’s most diverse and vibrant Rotary with over 2,500 Rotarians in 84 Clubs, including two e-clubs, on 16 islands in 10 Counties (Anguilla, The Bahamas, the Cayman Islands, Haiti, Jamaica, St. Maarten, St. Martin/St. Barths, Turks and Caicos Islands, the US Virgin Islands, the British Virgin Islands and Anguilla) across the English, French and Dutch speaking Northern Caribbean. In addition we have 46 Rotaract Clubs and many Interact and EarlyAct all delivering tremendous service to our communities.
The District Governor visits each of these clubs during his year in office. The District Governor this year is from The Bahamas. Mr. Stubbs is General Manager of IBM Bahamas Limited, a subsidiary of IBM International. He also currently serves as Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors of Doctors Hospital Health Systems, Vice Chairman of the Salvation Army Bahamas Advisory Board, and Treasurer of the National Art Gallery of The Bahamas.
The Rotary Club of Abaco is celebrating 44 years of service on the island. It is known for projects which have touched persons of all ages and backgrounds through-out the island, including the Christmas parcels for the needy, donating to volunteer fire departments, sponsoring the Annual Rotary Speech Contest, Health Clinics, blood drives, providing computers, books and supplies to schools, and more.
Funds raised from this evening’s dinner will support the Rotary Foundation and Rotary’s Polio Plus Campaign. 100% of the funds donated to the Foundation go towards grants for Rotary projects around the world. Since the first donation of $26.50 in 1917, the Foundation has received contributions totaling more than $1 billion.
Rotary, along with its partners, has reduced polio cases by 99 percent worldwide since the first project to vaccinate children in the Philippines in 1979. For as little as $0.60, a child can be protected against this crippling disease for life.