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Notes for “The Axis” RCEN meeting of February 27th, 2015
Call to Order:
President Elmer called the meeting to order.
Nadia Stubbs gave the invocation.
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.
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:
Membership Join Dates:
John Joseph, 2 yrs
Lindsey Cancino, 25 yrs
Paul Cartwright, 21 yrs
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
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)
-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.
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.
Robert Jagger blessed the food and had the scribe been paying attention he would have heard what was said about sinners.
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.
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:
Stuart Tavares & Donald Tomlinson owe the Foundation a bit of cash
Spouses Birthdays:
None this week
Wedding Anniversaries:
None this week
George Simon, 1 yr.             George Cox, 36 yrs.
Warren Rolle 3 yrs.              Uli Voges, 3 yrs.
Bob MacDonald, 5 yrs.
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
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
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
Jacques asked that we all may have good food and digestive systems
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
Roland Knowles 13 years Dec 14
Michael Lightbourn 5 years Dec 18
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
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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