SPECIAL PRESENTATION — The Grand Bahama Rotary Clubs presented several organizations that include The Wheelchair Foundation, the Rotary Water Relief Project and both Rotaract Clubs of Freeport and Eight Mile Rock with donations to assist with ongoing efforts in the community. Pictured from left are President Elsie Knowles; Assistant Governor Wayne Russell; Rotaract Club of Freeport President Kevin Turnquest; Mike Stafford, Water Relief coordinator; Steve Gunn, Wheelchair Foundation and Kyle Smith, President of Rotary Club of Lucaya. (PHOTO: JENNEVA RUSSELL)

Rotary Clubs of Grand Bahama Island Assistant Governor, Wayne Russell, held a joint meeting on Wednesday, June 13 at Ruby Swiss Restaurant donating $9,000.00 to four charities inclusive of the Grand Bahama Emergency Water Relief Foundation (Rotary Water Plant) and the Rotary Wheelchair for the Handicapped Programme.

Elated with the success of the Annual Rotary Gala Ball, Russell thanked the out-going presidents of the Rotary Club of Sunrise, Sunset, Freeport and Lucaya as well as the Rotaract Clubs of Eight Mile Rock and Freeport, along with the membership for their unwavering support, particularly, as it regards rendering “Service Above Self.”

According to Russell, “Firstly, I would like to thank all Rotarians for their support during the Rotary Gala Ball especially, all members of the Joint Events Committee, who worked feverishly to ensure its success.

“Over 200 persons from throughout the Grand Bahama community supported the event and we were collectively able to raise over $9,000.00 that will be donated to four of the Rotary Clubs of Grand Bahama Island associated charitable programs to aid efforts in the community.

“Both the Rotaract Club of Eight Mile Rock and Rotaract Club of Freeport led by presidents Oquille Forbes and Kevin Turnquest respectively, will each receive a $500 check donation to assist projects and initiatives undertaken,” Russell disclosed.

“Of course, I want to thank both presidents and the Rotaracters for working diligently to help with the growth and development of this community.

“Secondly, the Grand Bahama Emergency Water Relief Foundation (Rotary Water Plant), which is managed by Immediate Past Assistant Governor Mike Stafford will receive $2,000.00 that is expected to cover the organization’s operational expenses for the remainder of the year.

“Thirdly, the Rotary Wheelchair for the Handicapped Programme that is managed by Rotarian Steve Gunn, will receive $6,000.00 to aid its efforts in providing wheelchairs for those who are unable to afford them.

“Definitely, we will continue to live out the precepts of Rotary International and once again I would like to thank all Rotarians and the wider community for supporting the work of the organization that believes in the growth and development of youth, the disenfranchised and the communities in which it is established worldwide.”

Grateful for the monetary donations made to all four associated branches of the Rotary Clubs of Grand Bahama Island, Russell reminded all present that the term of each Rotary and Rotaract Club is scheduled to end within the next few weeks and he encouraged all Rotarians to support and attend the installation ceremony of each one.

Rotary Club of Sunrise President Yasmin Rigby-Popescu will hand the leadership over to Rotarian Malvese Capron and Rotary Club of Sunset President Dr. H. Freeman Lockhart revealed he is proud to turn over the leadership reigns to Rotarian and REACH Autism advocate, Kevin Seymour. Meanwhile, Rotary Club of Freeport President Elsie Knowles said, she is elated to hand the leadership to businessman Darren Cooper and Rotary Club of Lucaya President, Kyle Smith looks forward to supporting incoming president and Mix 102.1 FM radio station owner and personality, Don Martin.

Each new leader is expecting to chart a course of action to improve services rendered and provide assistance to incoming Assistant Governor, Rotarian and Magistrate Rengin Johnson.

She encouraged all to not get weary in rendering service above self and promised to assist each club as the organization grows from strength-to-strength.

Furthermore, she challenged all to continue supporting one another and be goodwill ambassadors, valuing their charitable work and never failing to demonstrate a heart of forgiveness.

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