The Rotary Club of Abaco hosted the Annual Hugh Cottis Speech Competition on February 11. It was held at the Anglican Parish Hall. The competition was split into three divisions: Primary, Junior and Senior. Twelve students competed in total.
On January 10 the Rotary Club of Abaco held its 12th Annual Golf Tournament. The tournament was held this year at the Treasure Cay Golf Course. Despite intermittent showers throughout the morning it was a fun atmosphere with golfers and volunteers enjoying the event. Sixteen golfers competed in the tournament. Four of the golfers were from Nassau.
Three new Paul Harris Fellows were recognized at the Rotary Club of Abaco’s “World’s Greatest Meal.” They were: Lauren Riviere - Office Manager for Riviere and Associates; Dwayne Wallas- former President of the Club whose legacy includes bringing the Rotary Blood Mobile to Abaco allowing many Abaconians to donate life-saving blood for the first time; and Desmond Bootle- former Club President who reinvigorated the Lowe House Project as well as many other projects including providing school supplies for children.
On November 10 the Rotary District 7020 Governor (DG), Dr. Paul brown, visited Abaco. He was accompanied by his wife Kay Brown as well as the Assistant District Governor, Karen Pinder. The DG had several items on his agenda which concluded with the Rotary Club’s “World’s greatest Meal” held that evening at the Abaco Beach Resort.
On October 20, members of the Rotary Club of Abaco spent the morning with students at SC Bootle High School in Cooper’s Town.
The Interact Clubs of St Francis de Sales and Forest Heights Academy took part in Coastal Cleanup Month. The two clubs decided to tackle two areas on Abaco that they deemed needed a cleanup.
September 8 was celebrated internationally as World Literacy Day. The Rotary Club of Abaco, focusing on the theme “New Generations” for the month of September, found it the perfect opportunity to outreach to the youth and community. Throughout the day members of the club visited several schools throughout Abaco to read to students in their classrooms.
On Saturday, August 23 the Rotaract Club of Abaco went into two homes to begin Project HELP (Housekeeping for Elderly Persons.) Rotaractors, through Project HELP, clean the homes of the elderly or infirm on Abaco. Though the group knew to expect living areas that needed thorough cleaning, they were appalled by what they actually found.
On August 18 the Rotary Club of Abaco celebrated its 43rd Anniversary. During the weekly meeting that Monday, previous Rotary members and presidents were invited to enjoy dinner with the club. Members reminisced and thought back on the forty three years of Rotary on Abaco including fund raisers, community projects and meals together.
The Rotary Club of Abaco recently restarted a local tradition. The first Friday of every month, club members meet at Snappas Bar & Grill after work to socialize with each other and with other friends who might be around.