The Rotary Club of Abaco held its Changeover Banquet on June 29. The Banquet was an awards dinner as well as an officer installation. Two Hope Town residents were honoured with the prestigious Paul Harris Felowship: Vernon Malone and Candice Key. The club held the dinner at Sea Spray Resort on Elbow Cay.
In spite of a weak economy or perhaps because of it, the annual Rotary Club of Abaco’s Bell Ringing was again a success. People, who could afford it, were generous enough to give. Through the efforts of the many Rotarians, Interactors and Rotaractors who rang the bell at the Christmas Festival, in front of Maxwell’s Supermarket, Abaco Groceries, Standard Hardware and Abaco Hardware, The Rotary Club of Abaco collected over $5,000.00.
Approximately 100 senior citizens attended the Department of Social Services’ Older Persons Month 2012 Annual Movie and Luncheon at Friendship Tabernacle Church on October 23. The event was embraced by the theme: “Longevity Shaping the Future.” First in the line of speakers was Charlamae Fernander, assistant director of Social Services, who gave the welcome address. She said the theme simply illustrated that the future cannot be separated from the past.
There are 93 Interact members on Abaco split between two high schools. Interact Club, a youth branch of Rotary Club, is geared towards community service. Every new school year the members must be repined as new members replace those who graduate. On September 24 and 26 the two clubs were visited by Rotarians to oversee the pinning ceremony.
On September 22, working between two thunderstorms, phase two of the beautification and repair of the gazebo and bridge over Owanta's Pond took place. The Rotary Club of Abaco replaced missing shingles from the roof, a missing spindle from the front railing and prepped the wood for painting.
A blood drive is being organized for Abaco on the dates of September 28 and 29. The “Blood Mobile” will be brought up to Abaco from Nassau along with technicians to draw blood. The site for the blood drive will be at Maxwell’s Supermarket in Marsh Harbour. People will be able to donate from 10:00 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. on both Friday and Saturday. Sponsored by The Rotary Club of Abaco, President Dwayne Wallas expressed that he hopes this event is successful and can become an annual event. Blood reserves in The Bahamas are notoriously low meaning many life performing procedures cannot be completed in a timely matter. Blood drives, such as the one planned for September 28 and 29, replenish supplies and save lives.
On August 12 the Sailaway beach party was held at Baker’s Bay. The event is organized by the Sailaway Committee and this year it benefitted Friends of the Environment and the Rotary Club of Abaco. The proceeds which are raised by the sale of hamburgers, hot dogs, beverages and t-shirts go to benefit the organizations. Volunteers from both organizations, along with other individuals, staffed the booths for hours. This was the tenth and final Sailaway.
The Rotary Club of Abaco held its turnover dinner on June 30. The Jib Room was the venue for the function which attracted many of the club members and their families. Past President, Jo-Ann Bradley passed the torch of power for the year 2012-13 to the new President, Dwayne Wallas. …