FBC Mentorship Program gets sizable boost

MENTORSHIP ASSISTANCE – Rotary Club of Freeport presents Falcons Boys’ Club with a $1,000 check to assist mentorship efforts locally and nationally. Pictured from left to right are RCF president Elsie Knowles; Community Projects Chairperson Venus Hall-Miller; Falcons Boys’ Club Founder Darrin Rolle and Rotarian Steve Gunn. (PHOTO: SHARELL LOCKHART)

Rotary Club of Freeport (RCF) President Elsie Knowles on Thursday, January 18 at Ruby Swiss Restaurant presented Falcons Boys’ Club founder Darrin Rolle with a check valued at $1,000.00 to assist with mentorship efforts of the organization both locally and nationally.

Keen on positively impacting the lives of the youth and building the community of Grand Bahama while rendering service above self, President Knowles and Rotarian Steve Gunn both commended the dedicated work of Rolle and his team, which includes Cleveland Duncombe, Edney Anderson and others, who volunteer their talent, expertise and time to mentor young boys along a productive path for more than two decades.

“The RCF is pleased to be a sponsor of the Falcons Boys’ Club for the past 20 years and elated to make a check presentation to Mr. Rolle today, which will aid the organization’s mentorship program.

“Over 20,000 boys have been positively impacted by the work of Mr. Rolle and the mentors, who host various character building events on Grand Bahama and throughout the Family Islands inclusive of Andros, San Salvador as well as Inagua.

“Beginning March 3, 2018 the Falcons Boys’ Club will conduct a mentorship program at the Patrick J. Bethel High School in Marsh Harbour, Abaco; this is an organization that does great work with our young men and we are certainly pleased to be one of the financial supporters of this organization,” said Gunn.

Grateful for the support of the RCF, Rolle noted that the Falcons Boys’ Club is a calling, a ministry, one that God has called he and his fellow mentors to do.

While youth mentorship tends to be a thankless job that requires many sacrifices, Rolle revealed it is something that is needed and expressed his gratitude to the Rotarians for their unwavering partnership over the past two decades not only from a financial aspect but whenever the august civic organization and its members are called upon to lend much-needed assistance.
Impressed by Rolle’s commitment and the growth and development of the Falcons Boys’ Club, which continues to effect transformative change in the lives of boys and young men, President Knowles stated, “The Falcons Boys’ Club led by Mr. Rolle continues to be very active not only in the Grand Bahama community but throughout the Bahama Islands.

“We value the partnership struck with Mr. Rolle and the Falcons Boys’ Club team and are always delighted to not only lend financial assistance but also have the opportunity to work with the young members whenever called upon.

“Furthermore, it brings the RCF great joy during functions hosted by the Falcons Boys’ Club to serve hotdogs and hamburgers for their enjoyment and have the men of the club interact with the boys, who are very well-mannered and striving for excellence.

“Definitely, the Falcons Boys’ Club is an organization needed in our community and the RCF will continue to invest in the club, as the work executed by Mr. Rolle and his team must go on.
“Boys in our society at-risk or not need responsible men in their lives to show them the way, genuinely demonstrate how much they care, teach responsibility and the Falcons Boys’ Club led by Mr. Rolle and other mentors are doing just that.

“Personally, I feel we cannot thank him and others that have taken on that role of mentorship enough for all that they do, as certainly it is oftentimes a thankless task that they undertake.

“Certain the Falcons Boys’ Club is spreading their wings and reach throughout the community and across The Bahamas and we are once again elated to help Mr. Rolle do just that and pray that God continues to bless all affiliated with the mentorship program.”

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