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Happy Independence Day (Belgium)
Call to Order:
President Elmer called the meeting to order and asked for a moment of silence to remember Mike Lightbourne’s mother and the mother of Jason’ s fiancée --both of whom passed recently.
To the Queen and to the Commonwealth of The Bahamas
Destiny McKinney of the Rotaract Club of East Nassau
Members introduced their guests and were welcomed in the usual manner.
4 Way Test
President Elmer asked Jeff Mitchell to recite the 4 Way Test and for members to repeat same
Sergeant at Arms:
Franny received the usual standing ovation.
Fines were imposed for lateness, earliness, lack of pins, sitting on one’s own, being icons or even being nominated as a possible icon, for insulting the Sergeant, for providing a toilet and winning regattas in Abaco.
He then attempted a magic trick which failed and regaled us with a cobwebby joke about an Irishman, a desert island, a beautiful girl, a cigar, a smoke and a potential set of golf clubs.
Jr Bosclair’s Karen, July 20
Corrine reminded us about the Fox Hill Run on Saturday, July19
JP asked for volunteers for the team for the Sandy Toe Olympics on July 27th
President Elmer paid tribute to Sir Durward for receiving the lifetime Icon award and to Jamaal for being nominated in the Fine Arts division.
Speakers for the day:
President Elmer introduced two guest speakers Ray Minus Jr who spoke briefly about how boxing can help transform young persons and invited us to attend fight night on July19th at Wulff Road (at President Elmer’s expense).
The second speaker was Lucille Bullen who spoke on behalf of the AIDS Foundation. She gave a brief message about its work and asked for help at the various functions the foundation is holding over the next few months in particular the raffle due to be drawn on August 30th.
Kandice then introduced our main speaker for the day Drexel Deal.
Drexel has written a book trying to turn young person’s lives around and has drawn on his own experience as a gang member and being shot 4 times whilst attempting an armed robbery. He explained his theory that the lack of a father and a settled happy home life can lead to youngsters joining gangs where they get that sense of belonging and love. We can treat the symptoms of crime by increased and more sophisticated policing but we need to treat the root causes of crime. He needs financial assistance to subsidise book giving to Her Majesty’s Prison so that he can help to turn some of the inmates’ lives around.
The formal vote of thanks was given by Burton Wallace
Final Toast To
Editor Rob Blakesley
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!