Rotarians Visit and Support Sister Club in Freeport, Grand Bahama

The last week in October Rotarians Marie Padavich, Wayne Mineo and Bob McClure and their spouses flew to Grand Bahama to visit our sister club, The Rotary Club of Freeport.

Denise & Wayne Mineo

Denise & Wayne Mineo

John & Marie Padavich
John & Marie Padavich

 

 

The relationship began last year at the President Elect Training Seminar when past Safety Harbor president, Jonathan Brewer, met Freeport President Queen Rolle.  They decided to form a mutually

Nora & Bob McClure

Nora & Bob McClure

beneficial alliance which resulted in this visit.

At the luncheon meeting, both clubs did presentations describing their history, projects and aspirations.

Wayne, Bob & Marie Present While Denise Observes

Luncheon

Luncheon

 

 

The Safety Harbor Club was able to contribute $1400 dollars to the Freeport Club’s efforts to refurbish a Performing Arts Center for the primary benefit of the Grand Bahamas Youth Choir.

 

 

 

President Queen Rolle presided over the luncheon which included toasts to Queen Elizabeth II and President Barach Obama.

 

 

Mike Stafford Explains the Water Project

 

 

Assistant District Governor Mike Stafford took us on a tour of Freeport including the water project created by Rotary.  It is a reverse osmosis process which can produce 7,000 gallons of water per hour.  The club also has 6 trailers specifically designed to deliver 450 gallons of water to any neighborhood in need.

 

 

Queen and Bob Exchange Club Banners

Queen and Bob Exchange Club Banners

 

 

Club Members at Zorba's

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Queen and her fellow officers invited their Safety Harbor guests to a special dinner of local food at Zorba’s Restaurant in Lucayan Village.

 

Othyneil Pinder, Louis Alleyne, & Queen Rolle

Othyneil Pinder, Louis Alleyne, & Queen Rolle

 

 

 

President Elect Othyneil Pinder, Immediate Past President Louis Alleyne, and President Queen Rolle hope to travel to Safety Harbor this Rotary year.

 

The following day both clubs assisted Outreach Youth Ministry prepare and serve meals.  The ministry had sold 1,000 meals which included chicken, ribs and fish with rice and other side dishes at $10 a piece.  We cooked, assembled utensils and helped out as asked.  Safety Harbor Rotarians are enthusiastic about “borrowing” the idea to benefit our charities.

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IMG_4745    We had time to enjoy the amenities of a beautiful beachfront hotel – including a Junkeroo Jazz Parade.

IMG_4755Junkanoo Party ParadeIMG_4795

The Grande Lucanyan Resort, Freeport, Grand Bahama

The Grande Lucanyan Resort, Freeport, Grand Bahama

John PadavichFreeport Sunset