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FREEPORT, Grand Bahama -- This past weekend a great humanitarian in Grand Bahama was rewarded for his work through the Rotary Clubs in Grand Bahama. Harold "Sonny" Waugh, of Waugh Construction, is the first Rotarian in Grand Bahama to receive the esteemed Sir Durward Knowles Humanitarian Award. This award was presented to Mr. Waugh on Saturday night during the Rotary Club of Freeport's 50th Anniversary.
While the club has been in Grand Bahama for 50 years, it was noted that Waugh had been a Rotarian for 40 years and during that time, his love for the organization and his community was so visible he was nicknamed "Mr. Rotary."
In the anniversary commemorative booklet, Waugh was also congratulated by the Prime Minister Rt. Hon. Hubert Ingraham in his address to the club, as well as Assistant District Governor K. Peter Turnquest and many fellow Rotarians.
Turnquest stated that Waugh has been a pioneer and a giant in Grand Bahama in both community service and business, lending his time and treasure in the service of mankind locally and internationally. "He has worked tirelessly and admirably to further the cause and principles of Rotary and stands as a shining example of what we all should aspire to be," continued Turnquest. "Sonny proves that by selflessly working to change your own corner of the globe, your influences and impacts can be felt worldwide. Congratulations Sonny on being awarded the Sir Durward Knowles Humanitarian Award, recognition well earned."
Making the presentation on behalf of the four Rotary Clubs in Grand Bahama and Sir Durward Knowles was past Rotary International Director Barry Rassin.
Photo: Guest speaker, past RI Director Barry Rassin, presents Harold 'Sonny' Waugh with the Sir Durward Knowles Humanitarian Award. (Photo: Erik J. Russell / Keen i Media Ltd.)
Click HERE to read more in the Freeport News
Click HERE to view a gallery of photos from the event by Keen i Media Ltd.
The Bahamas National Trust (BNT) has a long history of pioneering innovative educational programs for Bahamian youth, in hopes that they are nurturing future ecologists and environmentalists. The Discovery Club, which is the youth arm of the BNT, is no different, with over 40 clubs on New Providence, Abaco, Grand Bahama, Andros, Eleuthera, Exuma, Cat Island and Inagua.
The BNT Discovery Club recently celebrated its annual awards and badge ceremony, where 176 students from Freeport and Nassau were granted badges for successfully completing various programs. Students ranging from ages 7-12 were presented with environmental badges in the following categories: national parks, fish, flora, bugs, endangered species, shells and herpetology.
"The Discovery Club prepares students to be excellent stewards of our environment and we are very proud of all of them who have worked hard to achieve their badges," said Lynn Gape, BNT's deputy executive director, who welcomed the students, parents and Discovery Club leaders at the ceremony in Nassau.
Jasmine Wilchcombe, a recent marine biology graduate from the University of St. Andrews, Scotland, is the BNT's Discovery Club coordinator. She gave the closing remarks at the ceremony in Nassau, and in her speech she congratulated the students on a job well done. She told them she looks forward to seeing them receive more badges at next year's event.
At a sister event in Freeport, BNT Executive Director Eric Carey gave the welcoming address and expressed his delight in the program, stressing the importance of younger generations being educated about protecting the environment.
Cecilia Bodie, BNT education officer in Grand Bahama, thanked the club facilitators for their hard work over the course of the year. "We could not run the clubs in our schools without the dedication, interest and commitment of our school leaders," she said.
Schools participating in the Discovery Club ceremonies were Temple Christian High School, St. John's College, E.P. Roberts Primary School, Lyford Cay International School, Nassau Christian Academy, St. Andrew's School and St. Cecilia's Primary School in Nassau; Bartlett Hill Primary School, Freeport Gospel Chapel School, and Mary Star of the Sea Catholic School in Freeport.
The Discovery Club program focuses on allowing students to explore nature, while teaching them new skills. Club activities are fun-filled and school-based. Additionally, students are granted regular visits to national parks and an annual camping trip at the end of the year.
Principals and teachers interested in starting clubs in their schools are asked to contact the Bahamas National Trust at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit its website to learn more.
The countdown is on to 2012 and of course there are fabulous events being held island-wide where you can party away 2011 and ring in the New Year, and The Nassau Guardian has the entire scene covered for you -- from the hottest party in the east to the wildest and most glamorous affairs in the west.
Mario's Bowling and Family Entertainment Palace
It's being billed as two levels and two parties all at one venue, at Mario's Bowling and Family Entertainment Palace in the Summer Winds Plaza on the Tonique Williams-Darling Highway.
With a $5,000 balloon drop, scheduled for 1:12 a.m., (to ensure that people have time to make it out after church to collect their change) Leslia Miller says their Masquerade Party is one not to be missed.
With two levels, two parties, one venue, in the Heineken Platinum green lounge cake and champagne will be circulated all night. Every twelfth person will also receive a New Year's gift bag filled with goodies until the clock strikes midnight. And anyone attired in green will gain admission into the Heineken lounge for half price
The second lounge will be the Countdown VIP Dance Floor, where the balloon drop will take place.
Besides the money, Miller says Mario's will have the hottest deejays, drink specials and fireworks.
Doors open at 10:30 p.m. until 6 a.m.
Compass Point Beach Resort
Anastacia Kemp says the Compass Point Beach Resort New Year's affair will definitely appeal to people who want to relax to bring in 2012.
"You don't have to be over-dressed so you can feel relaxed," says the front desk manager. For $185 per person, you get a four-course served meal and access to an open bar. The event which starts at 8 a.m. and runs through to 12 midnight, will feature a deejay, live band, Junkanoo rushout and fireworks.
Hammerhead's Bar and Grill
Hammerhead's Bar and Grill on East Bay Street invite you to dive into 2012 at their establishment with a party that party kicks of at 9 p.m. with $2 shots and $4 drink specials. With bottle service all night, and music by Nassau's hottest deejay, they say it's the spot to be.
SuperClubs Breezes will host a New Year's Eve Gala at the resort on Cable Beach from 6 p.m. until you say when. In the main dining room you have a raw bar with iced cocktail shrimp and Caribbean claws, a soup station with four soups, a salad bar which allows you to mix it up as you like it, their famous trio station, their taste of the world station, a Caribbean-style ratatouille station, and an unforgettable sumptuous dessert station.
The Marley Resort on Cable Beach hosts a New Year's Eve cocktail party on Saturday, December 31 from 8 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. A live band plays for your enjoyment. The $75 cover charge includes appetizers, party favors and a free glass of champagne at midnight.
Get ready for a night on the dance floor that you will not soon forget. The Rotary Clubs of The Bahamas' first celebratory ball in honor of its 50th anniversary promises to not be a "stuffy" affair. It's going to be the perfect blend of sophistication and fun to kick off ball season.
It will be a spectacular night of music, laughter and good company in the Crown Ballroom at Atlantis tonight from 7 p.m. to midnight. Tickets are $150.
"This will be an exciting black tie affair and it is the perfect way to kick off this month of celebration for this important milestone for the Rotary Clubs," said Charles Sealy, assistant district governor of Rotary Clubs of The Bahamas. "There will be so many things going on throughout the night to keep people upbeat and excited. Whether you are a Rotarian or not you will have a great time."
With music by the Royal Bahamas Police Force Band, and loads of prizes to be given out throughout the night, Sealy says "spectacular" will be the word to associate with the evening.
"There will not be a dull moment all night," he promises. "From the music, the dance to the food and the decor, you will love what you see. It will be a real experience that people will enjoy from start to finish. And with loads of prizes to be given out throughout the night."
To add another dash of spice to the evening the menu is a foodie's delight that will be nothing short of divine from start to finish from the conch and plantain soup, crab encrusted bass to the spinach stuffed chicken breasts, sorbets, salads and signature guava pastries.
You will have a wonderful time while supporting a worthy cause. Rotary is a worldwide network of inspired individuals who translate their passions into relevant social causes to change lives in communities. Business, professional and community leaders volunteer their time and talents to serve communities locally and around the world -- and form strong, lasting friendships in the process.
With loads of prizes to be given out throughout the night. You will be around great people and the funds raised throughout the night will go toward rotary initiatives. So you will be having a good time and supporting a wonderful cause.
Whether you are looking to support the good cause that is Rotary, or just looking to attend a fabulous party, the Rotary Clubs of Nassau's first celebratory ball fits the bill.
Rotary International president Kainan Banerjee will address Bahamian Rotarians. He is expected to highlight the achievements of Rotary as an international organization and share the future goals of the historic 1.2 million global club with attendees. The Rotary Club of Miami, the club who sponsored the first rotary club in The Bahamas will also be in attendance for the ball.
"This occasion is a really significant one for local Rotarians and after so many years doing such good work in our country and supporting worldwide causes I think it is a great time to celebrate," says Sealy. "I believe the Rotary Club has been doing great work in assisting many causes, and it is great for us to have this time to celebrate what we have done and reflect on where we need to go. It is also a wonderful time to mingle with the public and all those who support us and our cause. So it will be a wonderful evening that will really celebrate who we are and the people who have helped us to achieve and continue to give back."
The ball also kicks off a month of events for the 50th anniversary of the Rotary's establishment in The Bahamas. Other events to look forward to throughout the weeks include a bed race, an awards reception, bowling competition and even a golf tournament.
When: Friday, January 6
Where: Crown Ballroom, Atlantis
Time: 7 p.m. - 12 a.m.
Dress code: Black tie
Schedule of Events
Sunday, January 8
8 a.m. - Christ Church Cathedral Service
Wednesday, January 11
8 p.m. - Bowling Tournament
Mario's Bowling and Family Entertainment Palace
Friday, January 13
12:30 p.m. - Golf Tournament
Ocean Club golf course
Saturday, January 14
11 a.m. - 3 p.m. - Rotary photo display and blood drive
Mall at Marathon
Sunday, January 15
5 a.m. - Marathon Bahamas
8 a.m. - Boiled fish brunch at Marathon Bahamas
Tuesday, January 17
Movie Night and After Party
Galleria 6 - John F. Kennedy Drive
Thursday, January 19
7 p.m. - 50th Anniversary Banquet
Hilton Hotel Poolside and Garden
Saturday, January 28
Annual Bed Race for Charity
Mall at Marathon
THE Bahamas National Trust recently brought fun to the Discovery Club programme by challenging its 41 Discovery Clubs nationwide to create attention grabbing Public Service Announcements to increase awareness of invasive species and the problems that these unwelcomed guests can cause.
Tourism officials believe that expanding its Canadian market will only have a positive impact on The Bahamas' bottom line.The Ministry of Tourism and Aviation is teaming up with Canadian tour operator Sunquest, as it announced direct flights to Nassau from Halifax, Nova Scotia.
Tourism's National Manager for the Canadian office Janet Cuffie said the venture is part of the ministry's expansion strategy.
She believes the key to ensuring that The Bahamas is seen as a strong destination by vacationers is through successfully convincing travel partners to offer more destinations in more markets.
"There will be two weekly departures on Thursdays and Sundays aboard Thomas Cook Airlines' 217-seater Boeing 757 aircraft," she said.
Cuffie told Guardian Business the launch of this newest service is in addition to the year-round flight from Toronto to Nassau that Sunquest currently operates.
Cuffie revealed that in addition to the flights, Sunquest will offer Nova Scotia residents the opportunity to book three, four and seven night stays at any of eight Nassau or Paradise Island area resorts.
These resorts include Atlantis Paradise Island, Comfort Suites Paradise Island, Paradise Island Harbour Resort, Best Western Bayview Suites, Superclubs Breezes Nassau, Wyndham Nassau Resort&Crystal Palace Casino, Sheraton Nassau Beach Resort and Sandals Royal Bahamian Resort.
Sunquest's Vice President Steve Buchart toldGuardian Business the company is delighted to offer direct flights between Halifax and Nassau as part of its winter 2012 program.
He called this move a win-win situation for all involved.
"This new route not only allows our customers in Halifax to experience, first-hand, our Thomas Cook Canada flights and the best-in-class service that goes with that, but it also provides us with the opportunity to further promote Nassau as a fantastic vacation destination.
"Not only does Nassau offer great resorts, beautiful beaches and ample opportunities for fun, it is now easier than ever to visit with this new direct service."
The Halifax program to Nassau with Sunquest is showing strong sales for the month of February.
In fact, last night's inaugural flight was sold out.
Sunquest has been offering Canadians vacation packaged holidays for over 40 years, specializing in the Caribbean, The Bahamas, Central America, southern Europe and Mediterranean cruises.
Halifax is the largest city in Canada's Atlantic region.
The nonstop seasonal service from Halifax to Nassau commenced yesterday and will end on April 8, 2012.
In his best selling book 'The Tipping Point', Malcolm Gladwell explores the theory that a product or idea may have popularity in a small circle, but it's only when that product or idea reaches the hand of the right person/persons can it break through to a large scale.
According to Gladwell, the tipping point occurs when the right person unleashes his or her influence on the right thing at the right time and as a result of this influence, the product or idea breaks loose from being contained within a small circle, and begins to spread like an epidemic to the wider community. Most intriguing to me is that fact that the breakthroughs could be set in motion or be triggered by seemingly tiny causes or changes that seemed so insignificant in comparison to the impact it would produce.
Case and point. In 1994 Hush Puppies was a dying brand, with dismal sales of only 30,000 pairs of shoes per year, until a defiant fashionista from New York started wearing the shoe to clubs and bars in Manhattan. Guess what happened! You guessed it! Everybody started wearing the shoes. Suddenly Hush Puppies were the in thing - it was hip! That fall Calvin Klein and Donna Karen started using Hush Puppy shoes in their fashion shows and within 10 short months this brand that was hooked up on life support and had already called in the priest to administer last rights, went from selling 30,000 pairs of shoes a year to over three million pairs of shoes. Simply because the right persons unleashed their influence Hush Puppies reached its tipping point.
So how does this all relate to you? Well fast forward to 2011, I believe that there are many organizations in this country big and small that have the resources, skills, experience, and talent to not only play but dominate their industry, yet these organizations appear to be stuck, unable to move to the next level. Don't get me wrong, some of them are making money, but if the truth be told they could be making so much more. So what's holding these organizations back, why can't they move to the next level? I believe that these organizations have failed to reach the tipping point because the right people in the organizations have failed to unleash their influence on the right products and ideas at the right time.
I've worked with scores of organizations and trained hundreds of employees, and it is my observation that many managers have activated their internal cruise control! Like a vehicle once the speed limiter is activated the system rejects any attempts by the driver to accelerate beyond the pre-set maximum speed. So I watch these managers stuck in ground hog day - come to work, go to lunch, go home. Come to work, go to lunch, go home. It's just pathetic! Watching them pretend that they are satisfied with where they are. Pretending that they don't have any special goals or ambitions, when deep down inside they really do want more, but if the truth be told they've plateaued!
Simply because many of them have been Peter Principled! They've been promoted to a level of incompetence. Just because I was a good waiter doesn't mean I possess the skills to be a great maitre 'd. So in crunch time when the rubber must meet the road, what do you expect to happen - cruise control! It's just amazing! These individuals have the title, they are department heads, they manage teams! So as I interact with them naturally I ask basic managerial questions like - what is your vision to take your department to the next level? How successful do you think your department is? What is your next step? How do you motivate your team to succeed?
You wouldn't believe how many managers respond with the same cliché - "Oh I'm really pleased with my team. Everything in my department is fine. We just plan to continue doing what they've been doing." Seriously? Are you kidding me? That ladies and gentlemen is cruise control and carries the assumption that the department is doing well and can afford the luxury of stagnation. In my opinion this response is also a clear indication that these managers lack vision, are not strategic thinkers, and have become comfortable with the status quo!
But here is the kicker! - There is no such thing as the status quo. You're either the hunter or the hunted. You're either hanging from the cross, or banging in the nails!
Fighting to maintain the status quo is the kiss of death and a mentality no organization can afford to adopt. Beware - Everyday you remain complacent - meaning you come up with your brilliant ideas but they die in committee because everyone thought that someone else would execute - your competitors increase intensity! Everyday you are in cruise control, buying into the silent conspiracy of 'I'm waiting until I'm told'. Your competitors activate their turbo boosters! Everyday that you remain fixed in your ways refusing to empower yourself by taking initiative in some way - your competitors are strategizing, and searching for ways to wipe you out!
What are you going to do? I say it's time for action and this is your moment. It represents your opportunity to disengage cruise control, and look within yourself, not at your colleagues and say I am the one. If this company that I work for is to go to the next level, I am the one who will have to make a difference. My organization needs me to bring my whole self to work, to unleash my influence, to help make this company a place where mediocre people find it hard to breathe. Until you do your organization will never move to the next level and trust me, neither will you!
Stacia Williams offers keynotes, workshops and personal coaching on a wide range of: Personal Branding, Image Management, Customer Service, Leadership, Business Etiquette & International Protocol Topics. You can contact Stacia Williams at 325-5992 or e-mail Stacia@totalimagemanagement.com or visit staciawilliamsblog.com
A magical journey filled with mystery and wonder makes the Emanji Circus Arts an event not to be missed this holiday season.
The All-Bahamian circus is going "green", with nightly performances at 8 p.m. today through Sunday, December 25 at The National Centre for the Performing Arts on Shirley Street.
The acrobats, contortionists and trapeze performers you loved last year in their debut Christmas show "The Doll Maker", are back for a second helping. This time around the show intends to take you deeper into the Bahamian islands and discover the magic and fantasy that lies just "under your nose" in their new show.
"This year [the show] is really different and will engage persons who saw the performance last year because it is a spin-off of the first show called 'Doll Maker", said Jarvis Grant, the circus' director. "That show was about a straw doll maker who makes dolls that are much more than they seem. This year's show takes you to the island where the strawmaker gets his magical straw from. He meets Chickcharnee and the other mystical creatures in the islands."
The show's green theme is derived from the magical "green power" that the Chickcharnee has which is given to the protagonist, "Ma Boy". The show will focus on what happens when he has the power as he meets the magical creatures along the way. Nothing is what it seems with the "green power" and by the end of show, patrons will not be able to look at normal everyday things the same way.
Grant says the circus is so different from the everyday activities available to the average person. What's also different about the circus is that it isn't a traditional circus with animals and clowns. Instead, it uses the talents of young Bahamian performers who are skilled in acrobatics, juggling, contortion and trapeze acts.
"This is different. It is all Bahamian and it's a beautiful expression of the talents of the local youth. The quality of performance that will be seen will be absolutely amazing. Things you thought you could only see in Vegas you will be able to see right here at home," he said.
This will be an exciting family-oriented event right in time for the holiday seasons. It will be a change of pace from the commonplace carnival outings, family gatherings and carol services that are markers of the season.
Grant hopes people will open their minds to the creativity, mystique and magic that is all around us once they have seen the wonders of this year's circus show. He says it's a show that will have patrons on the edge of their seats wanting more. But unfortunately once the show is over you will have to wait until next year to satisfy your cravings.
Emanji Circus Arts started in 2002 as a one-man act at Sandals Royal Bahamian Resort. Grant has an extensive background in circus performing and training and has been a member of the performing troupes of prestigious world renowned circus organizations such as "UniverSoul Circus" and "Cirque Du Soleil". He was also a member of the traveling cast of the broadway hit "Bring in da Noise, Bring in da Funk". He was also the circus coordinator and trapeze artist at Breezes Superclubs in Nassau and Our Lucaya Resort in Freeport, Grand Bahama.
Tickets for the show are available at Electrojack in the Town Centre Mall.
When: Friday, December 23 - Sunday, December 25
Where: National Center for the Performing Arts
Time: 8 p.m. nightly
Tickets: $20 adults, $10 children, group rates are available
NASSAU, Bahamas -- Twenty proud security personnel representing 17 airports in 13 Family Islands received Train the Trainer certification at the closing ceremony of the five-day "Excellence in Screening Techniques Course," held January 21-25 at the SuperClubs Breezes Resort.
Course graduates represented Family Island airports in Mangrove Cay, Andros; Georgetown, Exuma; New Bight, Cat Island; Governor's Harbour, Eleuthera; Marsh Harbour, Abaco; Bimini; The Berry Islands; North Eleuthera; Inagua; Rock Sound, Eleuthera; Stella Maris, Long Island; Treasure Cay, Abaco; Fresh Creek, Andros; Freeport, Grand Bahama and San Salvador.
Director of Civil Aviation Captain Patrick L. Rolle explained that this training course met all of its objectives with an emphasis on the customer service side of airport security. He expressed his expectation that this level and quality of training will continue and that Bahamian security specialists would consistently meet and exceed international security standards and service delivery.
"I believe all of our goals were accomplished and met for the week that our staff were here. Excellence in screening is important to us because the customer service side of our business is not recognised or adhered to. What we will see at the end of the day is a group of persons who have developed a passion for service," he said.
Bahamas - The Rotaract Club of East Nassau, a community service
organization comprised of young professionals, continued their
long-standing support for Haiti's earthquake relief efforts by recently
donating $500 towards relief efforts for the country's recent cholera
outbreak. The Club has a long history of supporting Haiti prior to the
earthquake, having raised money for Haiti's "resteveks", or child
slaves, since early 2008.
donation serves as part of the overall Rotary relief efforts in Haiti.
Rotary International, including Interact and Rotaract Clubs...