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





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

Thanks from Youth Ranch

Interact students install bedding at the Sheriffs Youth Ranch

Interact students install bedding at the Sheriffs Youth Ranch

Dear Rotary Club of Safety Harbor,

Thank you so very much for inviting Reed Rue and me to speak at your meeting on May 17th!  It is always wonderful to get an opportunity to talk about the changes at the Sheriff’s Youth Ranch and let the community know what its needs are.

Big, BIG things have happened since we were there!!  Due to the amazing generosity of Rotary members, the ranch was able to purchase the mattress covers for ALL of their new beds!!!  That was very exciting for  the children, the house parents and everyone else living at the ranch.

However, getting the mattress covers created another problem.   The ranch has only one, very overworked handy man.  How in the world would we get all of these beds covered?   A big thank you to Bob McClure who suggested the Interact Club at Countryside High School!!!   I got in touch with Jacob Grimm, this year’s President, and on  the following Saturday, Jacob, his dad and three other members of the club showed up to help.   We we able to haul out and dispose of ten mattresses and box springs, haul in the ten new mattresses and box springs, cover  all twenty pieces  with the new covers and put them in place.

We finished one out of three cottages that day and the students have committed to coming back and doing the other two cottages.

The old mattresses were so flat and broken down and the new mattresses are so fluffy and glorious that I have heard that there was some joyous jumping happening at bedtime!!!  I am so grateful!  Absolutely none of this joy would have been possible without the Rotary Club.  I thank you so very much!!

Very best regards,

Beth Veakis

Rotary & Interact benefit Youth Ranch

New Bedding for Sheriffs Youth Ranch kids

New Bedding for Sheriffs Youth Ranch kids

The Rotary Club of Safety Harbor recently responded to an appeal by Reed Rue and Beth Veakis for support by raising $1,250 for The Florida Sheriffs Youth Ranch at Safety Harbor.  The funds were used to provide new sanitary bedding for the thirty campers staying there.  The Interact Club of Countryside High School, a service club sponsored and supervised by the Rotary Club, recently helped Youth Ranch workers install the bedding.

President Jacob Grimm and Countryside High School Interact members

President Jacob Grimm and Countryside High School Interact members

Rotary Contributes to Mattie Williams Neighborhood Family Center

The Rotary Club of Safety Harbor donated $,1500 to the Back to School program organized by the Mattie Williams Neighborhood Family Center.  Executive Director Janet Hooper accepted the check which will be used to provide needy students with backpacks and other school supplies for the upcoming school year.

The center operates in Safety Harbor and is a source of great assistance to its citizens.

To learn more about the Neighborhood Family Center or to volunteer or contribute visit its website:

Rotary Supports Safety Harbor Public Library

Rotarian Marcie Falco presents Library Director Lisa Kotke with children's books

Rotarian Marcie Falco presents Library Director Lisa Kotke with childrens books

Lisa Kotke, the Director of the Safety Harbor Public Library spoke at yesterday’s Rotary meeting at the Safety Harbor Resort and Spa.  Speakers are normally presented with a certificate promising that a child’s book will be donated to the library in his or her honor.  For the second time within a year, Rotary has given these books to Lisa in support of this custom.

Please visit the Friends of the Library website for information on how to assist, become a member, donate and more:




Charity Golf Tournament, March 9 2013

The Rotary Clubs of Safety Harbor and Dunedin Waterside

Charity Golf Tournament

on March 8, 2013

at East Lake Woodlands Country Club

1500 East Lake Woodlands Parkway


Chi Chi Rodriguez Youth Foundation

and other charities.

Safety Harbor Rotary Supports Drop Out Prevention

Cary-Stiff-Ted-WilliamsonTed Williamson, Golf Tournament Chairman of the Rotary Club of Safety Harbor, recently presented a check for $2,500 to to Senior Vice President Cary Stiff of the Chi Chi Rodriguez Foundation. The donation will support Chi Chi Rodriguez Academy drop out prevention programs which prepare 4th through 8th grade students for the game of life.

Rotary Club of Safety Harbor Thankgiving Dinner November 20, 2010