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Axis Notes June 26, 2015 Meeting
The final meeting of President Elmer's year swung into action at 1pm presided over a very happy near IPP.
 
The Invocation was done by John Palme and Vibert Williams led us in the recital of the 4-way test.
 
Announcements
Rotary friend, Kyle Chea, introduced AC Chacon who was in town to coach members of the Bahamas Rowing Team. AC thanked Sir Durward for his $5,000 donation; Barry Rassin for allowing the team to keep their rowing machines at Bahamas Medical Centre so they can practice indoors and RCEN's donation of $500.
 
The funds were used for 4 pairs of sculling oars to fully complement our sculling racing shells, 4 indoor rowing machines and a 14 ft. Boston Whaler, with 30hp and Bimini top for coaching and safety – their own; no longer borrowing! Gifts were given to Sir Durward and PE Jason.

 
Awards
Bob MacDonald was given his Director's pin, PHF2 and was recognized for his outstanding contribution to the BAPD and ENRC Foundation. Sir Durward added his thanks to President Elmer's.
 
New member Mayuri Deka was given the Rising Star Award for her enthusiasm and hard work. And Uli Veogles was awarded a PHF for his tireless work with the Violets are Blue programme in the Bain and Grants Town areas. He took the opportunity to invite members to a movie night they had on Saturday past. 'Disco' Dave Lakin was given a PHF2 for his work at the Sea Horse Institute and being the one Rotarian who participated in almost every event during 2014-2015.
 
Sargent-at-Arms PP Brian Moodie cracked a few jokes while apologizing for not being the best joke teller but he still got some laughs.
Member birthdays - David Allen - June 25; Terry Mosko - June 27; Barry Rassin- June 28; Davin Lakin - July 3.
Join Anniversaries - Gary Sweeting, June 30 - 13 years; Dave Jenner, July 1 - 30 years; Vibert Williams, July 1 - 1 year.
Wedding Anniversaries - Mark & Nicki Henderson July 1 - 35 years; Warren& Rhonda Rolle July 1 - 20 years; Joshua & Manuela Major July 1 - 33 years.
 
Franny De Cardenas got a special award for being a good sport and one hellava catch. According to IPP Phil, Franny was 'hooked' while fishing on the Rotary boat during the Tuna Tournament and although he was unceremoniously dumped back on dry land to see to his wound he took it like a trooper.
 
Robert Jagger, a raconteur of no mean order, once again came to the podium to regale us with  stories of his days at the Financial Times in London, working on the Foreign news desk in charge of Spain, Portugal and Latin America goings on and how his credit with his friends rose when he wined and dined them in one of FT's five dining rooms, imbibing the fine wines produced by the Pearson family vineyards. How he was able to eventually dodge the MI5 and MI6 recruitment teams with the help of his Uncle John Marriott (a character from Spy Catcher?) and his visit to the Polish Club in London where the Polish government in exile resided.
 
 Elmer then thanked the club for giving him the privilege of being president and read his description of RCEN "Who are We?
 
Pres Elmer closed the meeting one last time with a salute to Rotary Around the World!
 


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Posted by Geoff Andrews
 
The meeting was called to order by President Elect Jason at 1pm
 
Invocation:   Hope Sealey gave the blessing on the gathering and the food.
 
Visiting Rotarians:  Kahlil Parker introduced Taran Mackey, past president of Rotaract, as our only visiting Rotarian.  What was remarkable was that Kahlil was actually there in time to do so!
 
Llewellyn introduced his daughter Liana and JP’s guest Hannah was introduced even though JP was not there.
 
Announcements:
 
PE Jason noted that the Club received a thank you letter for the donation to Ranfurly Homes in PDG John’s honour, and also reminded us of the upcoming changeover events on June 20th at PDG Barry’s house and on June 27th at Baha Mar, which is also the installation event for DG Felix.  PP Lindsey reminded us that dues are due and that the Club has to pay RI on July 1st.  Richard Pyfrom thanked those who supported the fishing tournament and reminded us that there will be a Rotary boat next year.
 
PP Lindsey updated us on PP Robin, who had a pacemaker installed after a minor health scare.  Robin is recovering well and has declared himself bionic and better than ever, and maybe the sergeants will give him a break for the next couple of months (but probably not).
 
Sergeant:  PP Adam received a somewhat subdued welcome and fined several latecomers and John Joseph (no pin) and JP (for abandoning his guest).  Ben Albury stood in as guest joke teller with a story about ladies’ night and a graveyard.
 
MEMBER BIRTHDAYS:  David Allen celebrates on June 25th and Alan Burrows’ Michelle celebrates on June 23rd.  Craig and Jenny Pinder (7 years), Bob and Anita MacDonald (47 years!) and Jean-Marc and Julie Fellay (24 years) are all celebrating wedding anniversaries, congratulations to all.  PP Patrick Rollins (18 years), John Palmer (2 years) and PP Alan Wilson (36 years) have club anniversaries this week.
 
GUEST SPEAKER: Richard Pyfrom introduced long-time basketball coach Sam Nicholls from Texas, who has just completed his 16th Annual Basketball Smiles camp.  Sam met H.O. Nash basketball coach Patty Johnson some years ago at a coaches conference and has been coming to The Bahamas ever since to conduct free camps.  Under the theme of “Smiles and Hope”, the camp offers much-needed hope to young persons, and although the camp is free, no child is turned away.  Sam brings a strong contingent of volunteer coaches and estimates that they have reached over 10,000 boys and girls over the past 16 years, and thanked Rotary for helping take the camp to another level, as many Rotarians have contributed to the effort in various ways.
 
In addition to offering basketball instruction, shorts, a shirt, meals and a basketball, the camp also offers its participants life lessons.  The camp includes scripture readings and other inspirational messages, and stresses the importance of education, respect (for self and others), and hard work during practice.
 
Coach Johnson also spoke briefly and thanked Sam for his years of dedication and thanked Rotary for its support as well. Coach Johnson noted that the camp has made a difference in the lives of so many, ultimately helping persons to get scholarships, jobs, etc.  She also noted that several national team players have emerged from the camps over the years.
We also heard from two of the campers, who illustrated how well the camps have made a difference in their lives.  We heard that the camp is the highlight of their summer and how it has made a permanent positive impact not only on their basketball skills but on their lives.  Further we were told that the coaches always encourage theme, focus on all aspects of their development especially education, and we were thanked again for our continued support of the camp.
 
Sam closed by thanking us again and reminding us of his three rules for the camp:  always show respect, go full speed, and pick up all the trash you find.  He also pointed out how campers are encouraged to learn from their mistakes and take the Next Best Action.
 
PP Geoff thanked Sam for his years of great work with Basketball Smiles and thanked Coach Patty and the campers for their great perspectives on the success of the camp.
 
PE Jason thanked the members then closed the meeting with a toast to Rotary Around the Country!
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
The Rotary Club of East Nassau, and their Rotaract Club, held their presidential changeover party on June 20th.
 
 
 
 
Posted by Geoff Andrews
 
The meeting was called to order by President Elmer at 1pm
 
Invocation:   PP Adam Darville gave the blessing on the gathering and the food.
 
Visiting Rotarians:  There were none – Sergeant Brian said it was because they knew it was his turn at the podium.
 
Several Rotarians brought guests including Jacques, PP Peter and JP.
 
Announcements:
 
P Elmer noted that the Bahamas National Sailing School was hosting a fund-raiser at the NYC on May 16th
PP Elmer also reminded members of the upcoming Club Forum at the NYC on May 20th at 6:00 p.m.  Editor’s note: this is your chance to have a say on the future of the Club, all members but particularly newer members are encouraged to attend.
 
PP Adam reminded us of the upcoming fishing tournament and in particular the awards party, always a good time, at the Green Parrott on June 12th – cost is only $20.

Amol reminded us of the upcoming eye project at the end of May and encouraged members to volunteer for this very worthy cause.  A few years ago we had a very poor turnout for a similar project, so let’s all step up to the plate when Amol makes the request.
 
Sergeant:  PP Brian was in “fine” form, fining JP as fellowship chair since the fellowship table was not manned, there was no sign-in sheet, and JP’s guest arrived before he did.  In the true spirit of the 4-Way test, Brian fined himself for slightly excessive advertising of his company at the Golf Tournament.
 
Awards:  JP was recognized for his continued efforts in bringing in new members to RCEN – he will soon catch PP and PDG John.
 
MEMBER BIRTHDAYS:  Unfortunately the secretary was enjoying himself in Jamaica and therefore there was no birthday list.  Brian did inform that his birthday is May 19th, and he contributed 3 x his age to the East Nassau Foundation – good job.
 
Guest Speakers: there was no guest speaker today, instead we had About Me talks by John Joseph, Lee McCoy, Mike Lightbourn, J.R. Boisclair, and Ian Reid.
 
John gave an interesting description of his childhood, noting that he had a good childhood even though now he can look back and realize some of the struggles that his family had.  He first became interested in Rotary after joining Interact in high school (which he joined with ulterior motives) and spent some time with Tony Wallas, a member of the Rotary Club of Nassau.  Tony inspired John to improve himself and aspire to help others, which is why he was happy to join RCEN.  After putting himself through technical school, John eventually became an IT specialist and is now IT Manager at an offshore bank, which has afforded him the opportunity to travel and become fluent in Italian.  John also joined Rotary to be hands-on, and has embraced that through his active leadership in the Fox Hill Run. John has a wife and one son, and though he does not have a lot of hobbies, his main hobby is quite interesting.
 
Lee McCoy (AKA the Rocket Scientist) first learned of Rotary through his involvement with the Bahamas Sailing Association, as well as from some of his friends who are members including PE (and brother-in-law) Jason.  Lee graduated from Virginia Tech and now runs TMC Engineering, which constructs steel buildings.  Lee is also involved with timing for athletic events and has put on several 242 Colour Runs in The Bahamas, which have benefitted RCEN, the Rotary Club of Abaco and East Nassau Rotaract.  Lee is married to Chrystonia, son of PP and PDG John, and they are expecting their first child later this year.
 
Mike Lightbourn was born in Nassau “quite a few years ago” and schooled in Nassau, the UK and the US (Georgia Tech).  Mike entered the real estate profession upon his return home in 1966, and has been involved in that profession ever since.  Mike had always wanted to join Rotary and did so after a discussion with PP Lindsey in Starbucks.  Mike’s hobbies include tennis and Golden Oldies Rugby, which has led him to many exotic places.  He is also a pilot and flies to Abaco most weekends.  Mike served 10 years as a Member of Parliament, during which he managed to greatly anger many of the Government leaders, but he retired because he had to get a “real job” to provide for his 3 children, two of whom are also in real estate and one of whom is a film-maker.
 
J.R. Boisclair started by thanking the members for their support following the recent passing of his wife after a struggle with cancer.  J.R. has been spending time between Nassau and Minnesota, where his three children are in school and spending time with their grandparents, and we are glad to have him visit whenever he is able.  He is looking forward to having his kids return full-time in June.  J.R. worked for Starbucks for many years but since then has been involved with start-ups and turnarounds.  Currently J.R. is focusing primarily on FlashCash and Mango but has also been involved with a stem-cell banking facility and a Cuban cigar distributorship.
 
Last but not least was Ian Reid, originally from the Australian capital of Canberra.  Ian is one of five siblings and in school focused more of his attention on athletics than academics.  After accepting a position in the public sector like his parents, Ian was diagnosed with cancer and told he did not have long to live.  Having survived, however, Ian switched careers and began working in kitchens.  After obtaining a culinary degree, Ian worked as a chef in several hotels around the world.  Ian eventually graduated out of the kitchen into Food & Beverage management and has been at Atlantis for 15 years.
 
PP Elmer thanked our members for sharing their stories and encouraged us all to get to know each other better, then closed the meeting with a toast to Rotary Around the World!
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
Notes for “The Axis” RCEN meeting of April 24th, 2015
 
Call to Order:
President Elmer called to order this meeting of “The Best Rotary Club in The Bahamas and quite possibly the world”.
 
The Pres. thanked Jean-Marc and Bob for hosting the board meeting last night.  All looked quite clear eyed so they must have had a short meeting and got home early.  Or maybe they took the day off and slept in.
 
Invocation:
PP Joanne Smith stated that we were truly thankful for the food… Amen.
 
Toasts:
To The Queen and then to the Commonwealth of The Bahamas
 
Rotarian & Rotaract Visitors:
Nadia introduced those visiting today including Rotaract District rep Alicia and other Rotaract members.  Also with us was Ivan from the Southeast Club.
 
Honorary Members:
There were none today.
 
Member Guests
There were none
 
All were given a big round of applause.
 
Banners:
None today.
 
New Member
Hope Sealey introduced our newest member Rekel Griffin.  Rekel is a Manager at Commonwealth Bank having prior business experience as a civil servant and in private industry with Esso, IBM and Scotia Bank.  She was described as a great fundraiser and we look forward to hearing her “who am I talk” when we will hear of her Life Altering Moment.  Our President presented Rekel with a shiny new spatula as a reminder that she will be working the Hamburger Van frequently.
 
Sergeant at Arms:
PP Geoff congratulated new member Adrian White for an excellent first time as Sergeant last week.  I think PP Geoff went against protocol when he fined his fellow sergeant.  The sergeant then went on a laughing roll with stories about a male blond, Ice Cream men in a parking lot and a jockey who needed help using a urinal.
 
 
Member Birthdays:
(Make checks payable to:  EAST NASSAU ROTARY CLUB FOUNDATION)
Marty Weinberg
 
Spouses Birthdays:
Roland Knowles’s  RudeeAnn                 Eddie Gardner’s Paula      
 
Wedding Anniversaries:
Hope & Anton Sealey, 115 yrs.  Please confirm this number Mr. Secretary
John & Susan Robertson, 42 yrs.
Roland & RudeeAnn Knowles, 16 yrs.
 
Membership:
Tanya Carey, 1 yrs.              Jack Christofilis, 2 yrs.        Mike Russell, 4 yrs.
 
Announcements:
PP Sidney “Tooth Fairy” Sweeting is doing well after a bit of a scare and is now at home.
 
PAG Lindsey informed that today’s sergeants take and fines would be given to the End Polio Now, World Greatest Meal campaign in honour and memory of Ramesh Manek, PP of the R.C. of Sint Maarten-Mid Isle who tragically died this past week.
 
The club attendance rate is pathetically low at 76 – 80% and is not in keeping with award winning performance of past years.  It’s easy to make up and simple to inform when done by sending an email to rcenattendance@gmail.com
 
Alicia, the Rotaract District Representative is from Sint Maarten has been super active having visited 43 of the 53 district clubs.  Past East Nassau Rotaract President Taran has been the perfect host during her visit to the Bahamas.  Alicia commented how she really enjoyed the spirit and size of our club.
 
For those with Red Dots don’t forget the Fox Hill Run every other week on a Saturday morning.
 
RLI is being held this weekend.  Attend and learn more about Rotary
 
The Pres. told of Rotary Clubs in The Bahamas embarking on a “Cure the violence programme” that will run for 3 to 5 yrs.  We will be hearing a lot more.
 
Rotary Clubs of The Bahamas party tonight at Bullion
 
Softball against Rotaract Sunday at St. Andrews School
 
Speaker for the day:
Adrian White introduced our speaker today who was Nick Dean.  Nick is a Civil Engineer by trade and an entrepreneur by nature.  He is the owner of a very successful engineering company and somehow finds time to be involved in the community.  The project that he is presently very active with is the Moore’s Island Student Athlete Program.  Despite its tiny population and rough conditions, many of our country’s best sprinters come from this island that is just off Abaco.  Coach Anthony Williams and his wife house, feed, train and mentor up to 15 your men in their home.  Nick has formed a committee that will raise funds to build and manage a proper dormitory and training facility for Moore’s Island that will also facilitate a better education for the young men with a goal of obtaining more athletic scholarships.
 
Vote of Thanks:
Robert Jagger thanked Nick Dean who was a very inspirational speaker.
 
Final Toast To
RAW
 
Editor Little Robbie
 

 
 
 
Revenge was a dish best served under a baking hot sun today as after a year in the wilderness Rotary reclaimed their crown in the annual East Nassau Rotary v Rotaract Softball Smackdown.
 
After a slight delay caused by tardiness Rotary, despite the best efforts of team manager JP, took the field with a distinctly 5 ‘O’ Clock shadow about them, leading to the “two females on the field at all times” rule being hastily revised/swept under the carpet for the day, and, using the catch them while they’re confused tactic took the initiative from the off.
 
Learning form Rotaract’s performance last year, Rotary leant on a solid first innings lead to huff and puff their way to a 20 something v a less than 20 something victory, the exact score being forever lost in the dusts of time due to your Sports Editor being dropped to the bench at the end of the second innings and therefore losing interest in the details very quickly. The discovery of Coach Eddie Gardiner’s cooler shortly thereafter doing little to increase attention spans.
 
While Alan Burrows won the “Best Dressed Softball Player EVER” trophy, and Rotary pitcher Francisco deCardenas went home clutching the “Sigh……I used to be young” award, this day wasn’t about individual glory, it was about fun in the sun, so if you weren’t there this year, make sure you are next!
 
All Action photo’s van be seen by following the link below……
 

 
 

Axis for the meeting of March 6, 2015

 

The meeting was called to order at 1pm by Diane Dewitt who was standing in for President Elmer who was in Grand Cayman.

 

The invocation was ably rendered by Gary Sweeting.

 

Visiting Rotarians list was read by new Rotarian Nadia Stubbs and they included our Guest speaker Eric Busha Clarke, Karen Pinder, Taran Mackey, Puppy Robinson, Tiffany Smith. PP Robert Brown had ENRCF foundation recipient Kyle Oliver as his guest.  Kristi Kemp had a guest too.

 

Sergeant Franny deCardenas congratulated BWA'sJason and John Robertson for the opening of their new location on Carmichael Road. He fined Eric 'Busha' Clarke because he looked like Jamaican Mafia and Sir Durward got a special mention because March 6 marked 48 years as a Rotarian in RCEN.

 

Acting President Diane Dewitt very ably inducted Wendy Sneff who was proposed by David Allen. Wendy is a lawyer now but she once played a role opposite Christopher 'Superman' Reeve at Cornell University.

 

Announcements

Corinne came up to remind us about the Spring concert on March 14 at Watling's Distillery and March 15 at the Kirk.There will also be fantastic silent auction and grand raffle on Saturday that you don't want to miss. Tickets for March 14 are $35 and $50 and include a free drink; March15 tickets are $20.

 

PP Adam updated us on Paul Cartwright who had heart surgery to unblock three arteries to his heart. But he's recovering well because he called Adam to find out who was sitting in his chair and who was going to work at the Seahorse Institute on the weekend. Dave Lakin tried to get answers to that question by asking for volunteers to come and paint on Sunday.

 

A rather hoarse AG Karen Pinder came to offer her congratulations on RCEN for winning Club of the Month for November, Foundation Month, for the fifth time in succession. She also reminded us about Rotaract East Nassau's 'Captured', their fundraiser for Unity House on East Street South. And while she had the mic, our club was invited to Sunrise's Rotareats  on March 21. Tickets are $75 per person and include a3-course meal, drinks, fellowship and transportation.

 

Also on Saturday, March 21 from 12 noon to 6pm is Murray's Other Club - Antique Auto Club's Steakout ($15), at Arawak Cay. proceeds go to the Mission Home in Cat Island.

 

Richard Pyfrom came up to solicit business cards to fill his champagne ice bucket for the Tuna programme. Business cards are $100 each. The Tuna Tournament is set for June5&6.

 

President 'Puppy' East Nassau Rotaract also invited the club to post bail of $500 for convicts (RCEN's Khalil Parker and Karen Pinder) JJ McKenzie's dog was going for $250. They made $6,000 at the event.

 

Lindsey Cancino thanked the club for their contribution to the Rotary Foundation and asked Barry to present a Major Donor Level 1 Crystal and diamond pin to Terry Mosko for his donation. Barry then asked Terry, sotto voce, to ask others to donate as a Major Donor. Terry promptly did, but only because Barry had asked him to.

 

Barry introduced our Guest speaker Eric 'Busha da Jamaican mafia' who is also the 2015 District Conference chair for Jamaica. Eric was on the last leg of a tour of Cayman and Bahamian clubs to extend a personal invitation to Rotarians to attend the conference that will be held at Half-Moon Resort in Montego Bay, Jamaica,from May 12-16.

 

Registration is US$200 before March 31 at DC2015.com and they have negotiated a room rate of $175 per night double occupancy in villas close to the conference rooms. They are expecting 700 attendees and the rooms are going fast. RCEN has already filled up one villa. Schedule of events include Wednesday - assembly; Thursday- opening ceremony and home hospitality; Friday - Dr Paul's Party, Party, Party and Saturday is the golf tournament then the gala banquet. But through all the socializing there is no better time to fellowship with other Rotarians, exchange ideas, make plans for bettering our communities and forge new friendships.

 

Eric was thanked by Lindsey.

 

AP Diane toasted Rotary Around the World.

 

Scribe

Joanne Smith

 

 

 

Notes from the Meeting of March 13,2015  

Posted by Geoff Andrews

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
 
 

Notes for “The Axis” RCEN meeting of March 27, 2015

 

 
 
 
Axis for the meeting of March 6, 2015
 
The meeting was called to order at 1pm by Diane Dewitt who was standing in for President Elmer who was in Grand Cayman.
 
The invocation was ably rendered by Gary Sweeting.
 
Visiting Rotarians list was read by new Rotarian Nadia Stubbs and they included our Guest speaker Eric Busha Clarke, Karen Pinder, Taran Mackey, Puppy Robinson, Tiffany Smith. PP Robert Brown had ENRCF foundation recipient Kyle Oliver as his guest.  Kristi Kemp had a guest too.
 
Sergeant Franny deCardenas congratulated BWA'sJason and John Robertson for the opening of their new location on Carmichael Road. He fined Eric 'Busha' Clarke because he looked like Jamaican Mafia and Sir Durward got a special mention because March 6 marked 48 years as a Rotarian in RCEN.
 
Acting President Diane Dewitt very ably inducted Wendy Sneff who was proposed by David Allen. Wendy is a lawyer now but she once played a role opposite Christopher 'Superman' Reeve at Cornell University.
 
Announcements
Corinne came up to remind us about the Spring concert on March 14 at Watling's Distillery and March 15 at the Kirk.There will also be fantastic silent auction and grand raffle on Saturday that you don't want to miss. Tickets for March 14 are $35 and $50 and include a free drink; March15 tickets are $20.
 
PP Adam updated us on Paul Cartwright who had heart surgery to unblock three arteries to his heart. But he's recovering well because he called Adam to find out who was sitting in his chair and who was going to work at the Seahorse Institute on the weekend. Dave Lakin tried to get answers to that question by asking for volunteers to come and paint on Sunday.
 
A rather hoarse AG Karen Pinder came to offer her congratulations on RCEN for winning Club of the Month for November, Foundation Month, for the fifth time in succession. She also reminded us about Rotaract East Nassau's 'Captured', their fundraiser for Unity House on East Street South. And while she had the mic, our club was invited to Sunrise's Rotareats  on March 21. Tickets are $75 per person and include a3-course meal, drinks, fellowship and transportation.
 
Also on Saturday, March 21 from 12 noon to 6pm is Murray's Other Club - Antique Auto Club's Steakout ($15), at Arawak Cay. proceeds go to the Mission Home in Cat Island.
 
Richard Pyfrom came up to solicit business cards to fill his champagne ice bucket for the Tuna programme. Business cards are $100 each. The Tuna Tournament is set for June5&6.
 
President 'Puppy' East Nassau Rotaract also invited the club to post bail of $500 for convicts (RCEN's Khalil Parker and Karen Pinder) JJ McKenzie's dog was going for $250. They made $6,000 at the event.
 
Lindsey Cancino thanked the club for their contribution to the Rotary Foundation and asked Barry to present a Major Donor Level 1 Crystal and diamond pin to Terry Mosko for his donation. Barry then asked Terry, sotto voce, to ask others to donate as a Major Donor. Terry promptly did, but only because Barry had asked him to.
 
Barry introduced our Guest speaker Eric 'Busha da Jamaican mafia' who is also the 2015 District Conference chair for Jamaica. Eric was on the last leg of a tour of Cayman and Bahamian clubs to extend a personal invitation to Rotarians to attend the conference that will be held at Half-Moon Resort in Montego Bay, Jamaica,from May 12-16.
 
Registration is US$200 before March 31 at DC2015.com and they have negotiated a room rate of $175 per night double occupancy in villas close to the conference rooms. They are expecting 700 attendees and the rooms are going fast. RCEN has already filled up one villa. Schedule of events include Wednesday - assembly; Thursday- opening ceremony and home hospitality; Friday - Dr Paul's Party, Party, Party and Saturday is the golf tournament then the gala banquet. But through all the socializing there is no better time to fellowship with other Rotarians, exchange ideas, make plans for bettering our communities and forge new friendships.
 
Eric was thanked by Lindsey.
 
AP Diane toasted Rotary Around the World.
 
Scribe
Joanne Smith
 

 
 
Notes for “The Axis” RCEN meeting of February 27th, 2015
 
Call to Order:
President Elmer called the meeting to order.
 
Invocation:
Nadia Stubbs gave the invocation.
 
Toasts:
To our Queen and to the Commonwealth of The Bahamas.
 
Visiting Rotarians:
Jean-Marc Fellay read the visitors incl. PP Joan Pinder,PP Tarran Mackay and Richard Rolle.
 
Honorary Members:
None today
 
Member Guests
There were only 2 guests today, one of which was Zoltan’s son.
 
Banners:
None today.
 
Sergeant at Arms:
PP Brian Moodie stepped up with the usual mild welcome - he has now recovered from his accident in January. He tried a joke from the Sergeant’s joke book but it didn’t work ….so he distracted us by asking Denzil to move tables as he was late (surprise) and sitting on his own. He then milked applause for his 18yrs membership, as he was absent that week. Brian finally tried another joke with accents …the Sean Connery was very good … and won the meeting round !
 
Member Birthdays:
(Make checks payable to:  EAST NASSAU ROTARY CLUB FOUNDATION, $2/yr)
 
Jeff Albury and Brian Hassan.
 
Partner Birthdays:
SilvinaAndrews(Phil), and Bernadette Thornley (Graham).
 
Wedding Anniversaries:
None
 
Membership Join Dates:
John Joseph, 2 yrs
Lindsey Cancino, 25 yrs
Paul Cartwright, 21 yrs
 
 
 
Announcements:
David Lakin requested help for the continuing playground renovation project at the Seahorse Institute on Soldier Rd on Sunday 8-12am.There is excellent progress, and we are in the painting phase now so all welcome particularly the ladies !
 
Joanne Smith gave a reminder for the next musical concert at John Watlings distillery on March 14th, including a silent auction. Funds are for the RCEN Foundation for another 3 scholarships. $35/$50 tickets.
 
JP announced the make-up get together at the Rum Festival on Saturday at 4pm – to meet Jeff Mitchell and watch him serve drinks !
 
Tiffany Smith reminded us of the upcoming Rotaract ‘Bail out’ fundraiser on March 7th at Pirates Pub – various Rotarians and celebrities will be jailed requiring $500 each bail money. Money raised is for a new bus for Unity House.
 
Terry Mosko gave a big ‘thank you’ to all Rotarians who had given blood to Doctors Hospital following a request for his wife – there was even a donation from a club in Eleuthera. His wife is recovering slowly but surely.
 
New Members:
Stacy Lubin-Gray introduced a new member Ian Reid (VP Food & Beverage Atlantis) and he was warmly welcomed. Look forward to his input to the Hamburger van ….
 
Speaker for the day:
PP Phil Cumming introduced Dr Kim Scriven who is a fully qualified speech therapist and audiologist. Phil worked with her closely last year, selecting 14 children to be helped. The audiology and speech clinic is based in Doctors Hospital and provides hearing implants and aids. RCEN has been providing annual donations since 2006 – through the Gift of Hearing scheme.
 
This practice is required due to the lack of support provided by the government social services, but there is a real need for children with hearing impairment. Since the clinic began there have been 120 Bahamian children given new life with the hearing aids. 80% can join normal school, with the remaining 20% still requiring special schooling.
 
Lack of hearing stunts the ability to communicate, and once the hearing is restored it empowers the children to cope, adapt and manage their disability to achieve their full potential. A heart-warming video was shown which filmed parents and children explaining the challenges/frustrations/treatment/life changes they go through. The impact of restoring hearing is truly amazing and, as Elmer emphasised, RCEN should be proud of supporting such a great cause helping so many children.
 
Vote of Thanks:
Hope Sealey gave thanks to Kim and captured the meeting’s admiration of her work.
 
Final Toast To
RAW
Editor John Palmer
 

 
 
Notes of RCEN meeting of December 19, 2014
 
 Call to Order3rd VP Diane DeWitt
 
Invocation: Ferdy de Cardenas
 
Visiting Rotarians read by David Allen. We were honored to have ex- East Nassau Rotarian turned Past President of the Rotary Club of St. John’s Northwest, District 7820,  Jillian Gibson and new Rotarian, her husband Michael Gibson
Sgt. at Arms: Adam Darville getting in gear for next year’s fishing tournament told us about the five guys who were preparing to go on their annual fishing trip when one of the wives put her foot down and said that he could not go. A few days later when they arrived at the fishing hole, they were surprised to see him there ahead of them.  He said that after dinner at home yesterday evening, I was sitting in my chair and my wife came up behind me and put her hands over my eyes and said, 'Guess who?' I pulled her hands off, and she was wearing sexy brand new lingerie. She said she had been reading 'Fifty Shades of Grey' and she had a devilish look in her eyes!!! She took my hand and led me to our bedroom. The room had candles and rose petals all over.On the bed she had handcuffs, and ropes! She told me to tie her up and cuff her to the bed, so I did. And then she said, 'Do whatever you want.' So . . . . here I am!"
Member Birthdays
Jonathan Pinder, Craig Pinder, Shana Lee, Jean-Marc Fellay and Richard Pyfrom
Spouse Birthdays
Joanne Smith’s   Larry
Jay Naylor’s  Sarah
Tanya Carey’s Greg
Wedding Anniversaries
Berkley and Sarah Williamson
Donald and Deborah Tomlinson
 
Club Anniversaries (years)
Adam Darville (18), Jean-Marc Fellay (2), Brian Hassan (25), Geoff and Phil Andrews (19), Ricky Fox (2),
Ryan Treco (3), Murray Forde (37), Charles Sweeting (40) and Marty Weinburg (4)
 
Announcements:
-Karen Smollet Knowles gave birth to a boy
-Paul Cartwright appealed for funds to complete the work at Seahorse Institute.
-Murray Forde congratulated us for Club of the Month for November which is FOUNDATION month.
-Robert Brown reiterated the importance of the RCEN foundation and its impact. We saw a video with a few of our recipients thanking RCEN for their contribution. Remember to pay your birthday fees to the foundation.
 
Introduction of Guest Speaker: Philip Cummings. Today we had the pleasure of “catching up” with PP Jillian Gibson who is visiting for the holidays. Tina Klonaris Robinson of the MEA Foundation also dropped in to update us on her current programs.
-Six years to the day, PP Jillian Gibson embarked on a new adventure with her family by returning to her home in St. Johns, Newfoundland & Labrador. She works at Memorial University and has since earned a Master’s degree while on the job.  Jillian contends that her accomplishments as a Rotarian in St. John’s is the end result of being a member of RCEN. She setup her Club in Clubrunner, started a weekly bulletin, introduced Family of Rotary and has even started the Rotary versus Roteract and Interact softball competition. She was also instrumental in the “MAKE TIME FOR ROTARY District 7820 video. It was a real pleasure having Jillian with us and we look forward to seeing you and Michael a lot sooner than six years!
-Tina Klonaris Robinson of the MEA Foundation recently got a 12 week program approved by The Ministry of Education for the Willamae Pratt School. The program is in conjunction with CARE Bahamas and is designed to
build literary and cognitive skills. She continues with the jewelry making program for the 16-18 year olds at the school to help promote entrepreneurship. There are lots of new plans for 2015 and RCEN encourages her in all her endeavors and wishes Ms. Robinson all the best for 2015.
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Vote of Thanks:  On behalf of the Rotarians and visitors by Joanne Smith
 
Adjournment: VP Diane toasting to RATW and wishing us all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
 

 
 
Notes for “The Axis” RCEN meeting of February 20th, 2014
 
Call to Order:
With a little music in his ear, President Elmer got started with what he promised would be a spectacular meeting.
 
President Elmer brought to our attention the new banner on display recognising that Rotary is now 110 years young.  PP Joanne happily accepted a prize for being the first to get the answer to his question.
 
Invocation:
Robert Jagger blessed the food and had the scribe been paying attention he would have heard what was said about sinners.
 
Toasts:
To The Queen and then to the Commonwealth of The Bahamas
 
Rotarian & Rotaract Visitors:
Jaques Christofilis read the list that included Jack Fleming from Etobicoke, Ontario, Canada.  Also with us was the New Providence Club President and Michael Knowles, Bianco from Rotaract and one from the Sunrise Club.
 
Honorary Members:
There were none today.
 
Member Guests
Gary, Mike, Stacy and Mr. Rotary Rassin had guests today.
 
All were given a big round of applause.
 
New Member
Stacy Lubin-Gray introduced our newest member, Nadia Stubbs.  Nadia studied Psycology at Lincoln University, Pennsylvania.  She subsequently obtained a Masters Degree that helped her rise to the position of Asst. Director of Process Improvement, Food & Beverage at Atlantis.  Nadia plays flag football to help her keep fit and she is looking forward to giving service to the community as a member of our club.  Welcome Nadia.
 
Banners:
We got a banner today from Etobicoke Club member Jack, who was impressed by our size and our high spirits.
 
Sergeant at Arms:
President Elmer asked us to give Sergeant Adam a “how do you feel about our Sergeant welcome”.  I can only presume that most of us didn’t hear the President because the welcome was a little flat.  Undeterred, Adam fined Denzel for being early, others for being late and more for lacking a pin.  To ensure that in the future we express out true feelings, Adam gave us the female definitions of, Fine, Nothing, Go Ahead, Whatever & Wow.  I think I know the gender of those who may be happy to see Sergeant Adam the next time he appears at the podium.
 
 
Member Birthdays:
(Make checks payable to:  EAST NASSAU ROTARY CLUB FOUNDATION)
 
Stuart Tavares & Donald Tomlinson owe the Foundation a bit of cash
 
Spouses Birthdays:
None this week
 
Wedding Anniversaries:
None this week
 
Membership:
George Simon, 1 yr.             George Cox, 36 yrs.
Warren Rolle 3 yrs.              Uli Voges, 3 yrs.
Bob MacDonald, 5 yrs.
 
Announcements:
Sir Durward told us about the origins of the One Bahamas Celebration that he began along with Algernon Allen.
 
Mayuri told us about a COB Symposium, to discuss Festival Art and Carnival that will have happened by the time you read this.
 
Kahlil said the Rotaract is going to capture him for an upcoming fundraiser to be held at Pirates on March 7th.  He will be calling on all to raise fund to set him free.
 
Richard Pyfrom told how you could participate in the upcoming fishing tournament without owning a boat.  Let him know if you are interested.
 
 
Speaker for the day:
Not a speaker but deliverer of a long announcement was Rabbi Sholom Bluming who told us about “An Evening With Dan Alon”.  Mr. Alon is a survivor of the 1972 Munich Olympics terrorist massacre and will be in Nassau March 10th to tell his story at the Melia Hotel 6:00 pm.
 
PP Joanne introduced our main speaker, Nikita Shiel-Rolle.  Nikita was a beneficiary of the East Nassau Rotary Club Foundation.  Based on her presentation the money was very well invested.  She told us about Young Marine Explorers which focuses on Environmental Sustainability & Active Citizenship. Nikita packed a lot into her presentation and it not possible to summarize it in a few lines.  For more see the website at www.ymebahamas.org
YME is having a positive effect on the lives of young persons who may be struggling in our school system.  These youngsters form a part what is a large underserved population that have poor problem solving skills.  She noted that they will some day make up the largest part of our voting population.  Through field trips she educates, inspires and builds leadership skills while creating environmentally conscious citizens.  She has also formed a partnership with Miami Dade College to further enhance the program.  
 
Vote of Thanks:
Given by Brent Symonette
 
Final Toast To
RAW
 
Editor Little Robbie
 

 
 
Christmas Axis notes from RCEN meeting of 12th December, 2014
 
Call to Order:
The Jingle Bells chimed this festive meeting to order
 
Invocation:
Jacques asked that we all may have good food and digestive systems
 
Toasts:
To the Queen and to the Commonwealth of The Bahamas were led by our President.
 
Visiting Rotarians:
Tanya Carey read the list of visiting Rotarians, which included our past secretary Jillian Gibson who is back visiting these shores and our club for the first time in six years
 
Honorary Members:
None today
 
Member Guests: 
Dave, Llewellyn, and Melissa all had guests with them today. There was a suggestion that Marty Weinberg may have been somebody’s guest too, but we were assured he is still a member, and a member with 100% attendance to boot!
 
Happy News!
The question may have been popped couple of weeks ago, but is it really official until it’s announced at Rotary?
Diane and Ferdy are engaged to be married! The cheers from the crowd confirmed that we all think this is a very good thing.
 
Sergeant at Arms:
PP Robert admitted to fixing the Sergeants schedule in an attempt to ensure he wasn’t officiating at the Christmas meeting, only for Elmer to dash his plans by bringing the yuletide celebrations forward by one week, which lead to the normally unheard of disciplinary action of a fine for the President.
 
As is customary at this time of the year, all fines collected were to be given to the staff at the NYC in a show of our appreciation, so Robert did not hold back. Many were fined for no pins (shame on them!), Robin received so many fines that I lost count, and Jeff Albury was fined for wearing long pants.
 
When all was said and done and collected, $515 was handed over to the fantastic staff of the Yacht Club.
 
Robert then shared some research that claimed that one’s drink of choice  reflected their personalities.  The description of whiskey drinker so matched Lindsey that we were almost convinced, right up until the part about leaving parties early that is.
 
Member Birthdays:
(Make cheques payable to:  EAST NASSAU ROTARY CLUB FOUNDATION)
 
Mayuri Deka Dec 12
Partner Birthdays:
Julie Fellay, wife of Jean Marc, Dec 12
 
Wedding Anniversaries:
Robert & Rowena Blakesley, 42 years Dec 16
Brian & Cathleen Hassan, 32 years Dec 18
 
 
Membership:
Roland Knowles 13 years Dec 14
Michael Lightbourn 5 years Dec 18
 
Announcements:
 
Lindsey broke the unfortunate news that we have had to canel The Hobbit premiere. But fear not, another movie premiere night wil be coming up in the new year.  Watch this space……
We do still have some Hobbit Opening Night t-shirts for sale. These were already collectors items, now they are extra special collectors items. Got to be worth the $35 asking price with proceeds going to the East Nassau Foundation.
 
Talking of t-shirts, Lindsey informed us that a further $2,500 has been raised through sales of End Polio Now shirts, and as today’s lunch was marked as a Worlds Greatest Meal event, the funds have been donated to that initiative. This brings RCEN's total donations to WGM to $24,760.56 and with the Gates Foundation match, $74,281.68. To  put it in perspective, that's the equivalent of 123,803 polio vaccinations!!!
 
Lee McCoy presented our President with a giant cheque for $3,500 from proceeds of the Colour Run. The funds will be split equally between the East Nassau Foundation and Rotaract East Nassau.  Thanks Lee and all those involved in this fantastic event.
 
Sir Durward thanked all who made the Christmas party at BAPD such a special event, in particular MC Lindsey, lead singer Murray, and of course Santa Robin. He also thanked the club for our donation of $8,000 towards the purchase of wheelchairs.
 
As it is the season for giving, Pres Elmer kept the festive spirit flowing with a donation to Ray Minus Jr for the purchase of safety and sporting gear for his youth boxing program.
 
Adam announced that the balance of the funds needed to purchase a truck for Violets are Blue were raised from member donations at last Friday’s lunch. Good work.
 
There were a lot of announcements today……
 
Corrine has Rotary Christmas Cards for sale. A snip at 50c each.
 
Paul needs/needed help for one last visit to the Seahorse Institute on Sunday.
 
Gavin announced the upcoming annual Christmas lunches at the Crises Centre (Dec 17) and Ebeneezer (Dec 18). Helpers needed.
 
JP informed us that his Rotary team won the Rotaract scavenger hunt last Saturday. Woohoo
 
He also reminded us of the comedy show on Dec 16th, with part proceeds going to our club.  One upside of being so late writing these notes is that I can tell you this was an excellent show. Hopefully there will be more to come.
 
Volunteers are/were still needed for bell ringing on Dec 13.
 
Geoff urged al to get up off our sofa’s and get active by signing up for the Susan G Komen 5k run/walk in January.  Remember to put RCEN as your team.
 
Let the festivities begin:
With the marathon announcements sessions done, we were treated the beautiful sounds of Christmas sung by local artists Angelique Sabrina and Julien Believe.
 
Angelique, at the tender age of 16, has recently released her first cd and has been featured on MTV and BET.
 
As wonderful as their voices were, and they were, we were all left startled when the microphone was thrust in front of PP Geoff’s face and he belted out a verse! Truly a talent he has been keeping hidden from us, though as his dad later revealed his signing skills were honed at the rugby field it’s maybe just as well he stopped when he did.  We all know those rugby chaps like to add a bit of colour to their lyrics, and this was a family show. 
 

Vote of Thanks:
All good things must come to an end, so as the clock approached 2, Pres Elmer thanked Angelique and Julien for filling us with festive cheer and raised a glass to……….
 
Rotary Around the World
 
Editor
Philip Cumming
 

 
 
The Rotary Club of East Nassau recorded another milestone today as we hosted the first meeting with our new Early Act Club of Genesis Academy. Excitement was in the air as Faculty Advisor Cally Allen announced the new Board. Rotarian Hope Sealy quizzed more than 25 students on what they thought should be their first projects and Rotarian Llewellyn Burrows gave them a brief talk about Rotary and their role in the club. New Rotarian Advisor Kristy Kemp is scheduled to take over the lead next week as we put them on the road to success.
 
 
 
Rotarian Advisors, School Interact and Early Act Club Advisors and Rotary Trainers gathered Saturday for training and discussion on how to guide their members to be effective clubs. With the turnout larger than in previous years we know our youth are in good hands. The event was organized by Rotary Clubs of the Bahamas director Rema Martin and Training Chair Winston Rolle.

We thank the East Nassau Rotarian Advisors who were in attendance: Llewellyn Burrows, Hope Sealy, Corinne Laville, Kristy Kemp and Dave Lakin.
 
 
 
 
ZNS covers Keith Parker Celebrations, story begins at 3:00 mins.
 
 

 
The Rotary Club of East Nassau was out in force last weekend to complete there painting project at The Ranfurly Home for Children.
 
This is just the latest project undertaken at the home by the club.  Last year a donation of $10,000 was made to Ranfurly's new roof campaign.
 
See the photo album section of this website for more pictures.
 

 
 
A number of RCEN members took advantage of the Rotary training sessions offered this weekend by the Rotary Leadership Institute Sunshine Division. Members were working towards a four part course in order to strengthen their knowledge of the Rotary programs, opportunities and how to encourage others to make the most of their Rotary experience.
 

 
 
On Valentines Day RCEN participated in the Rotary Zones 33-34 Rotary Has Heart initiative to feed children. We partnered with Laura's soup kitchen off Kemp Road to feed the children before school.
 

 
On January 25th, the Rotary Club of East Nassau celebrated the life and work of Scottish poet Robert Burns and at the same time raised funds for the East Nassau Rotary Club Foundation which provides partial scholarships for Bahamian students to continue their education both at home and abroad.
 
 
 
 
The Rotary Club of East Nassau recently donated $1,500 to the Junior Baseball League of Nassau to pay registration fees for 15 girls who would otherwise not have been able to afford to play.
 
 
 
 
Rotarians and their family members joined the Susan G Komen "Race For The Cure" on January 18th and took the opportunity to celebrate three years of no new polio cases in India and publicise the End Polio Now campaign.
 

 
 
Members of the Rotary Club of East Nassau participated in an ongoing community service project at the Thelma Gibson Primary School in Elizabeth Estates on Saturday.
 
The project, which initially started in 2010/11 saw the club renovate the schools play area and install many planters, small trees and a vegetable garden.
 
Under the watchful eye of Community Service Director, Davin Lakin, club members spent the morning with paint brushes and power tools in hand freshening up the play area and enjoying each others company.
 
See more photo's from the project in the photo album section of this website,
 

 
 

East Nassau Rotarians, Rotaracators and Interactors were out on force on Saturday volunteering and participating at the inaugural Run242 Colour Run.

This fun, untimed 5k run/walk, which benefitted both the Rotary and Rotaract clubs of East Nassau was the first of it's kind in Nassau and attracted over 330 participants of all ages.

A great time was had by all and the next colour is sure to be even bigger and better!

 

 
 

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Speakers

Jul 31, 2015
David McLaughlin
Karting Bahamas and EduKarting Program
Aug 07, 2015
Ricky Fox
Rotary Monthly Theme: Membership
Sep 04, 2015
Bob MacDonald
Rotary Monthly Theme: Basic Education and Literacy
Oct 02, 2015
RCEN
Rotary Monthly Theme: Economic and Community Development
Nov 06, 2015
Interact Clubs
World Interact Week
Nov 13, 2015
Lindsey Cancino
Rotary Monthly Theme: Rotary Foundation
Dec 04, 2015
RCEN
Rotary Monthly Theme: Disease Prevention and Treatment
Dec 25, 2015
No Regular Meeting
Merry Christmas!
Jan 01, 2016
No Regular Meeting
Happy New Year!
Jan 08, 2016
Bob MacDonald
Rotary Monthly Theme: Vocational Service