The Rotary year 2011/12 has been a productive and busy year for the Rotary Club of East Nassau. RI President Kalyan Banerjee set the course with his theme for the year “Reach Within to Embrace Humanity”, indeed a powerful theme and one we strived to live this Rotary year.

We started our year with a hands on project at the BAPD with the painting of the inside of the building and work to the grounds, and ended it with a hands on project at Thelma Gibson School with the installation and painting of much needed picnic benches. With many of the projects we did this year we were sure to include our Interact and Rotaract clubs. I am also pleased to say that we formed our very first Early Act club at Queens College. This Early Act club is so full of energy and has already started to make a difference in our community with the food drive they recently completed.

We continued on the year with many other projects including a joint water project with the Rotary Club of Eleuthera; a tree planting at the Ranfuly Home and a cleaning at the BAPD. As in the past, we continued with all of our regular donations; Bahamas Sailing Association, Project Read, The Salvation Army, BAPD, Hands for Hunger, Ebenezer Soup Kitchen, Fox Hill run and continued support of Rotary International’s eradication of Polio campaign. Apart from financial donations, Rotarians contributed their time in many different areas; numerous hamburger van events, Bahamas Speed week, the Rotary Bed Race for Polio and other service projects and hundreds of hours in mentoring to our three other clubs, Early Act, Interact, and Rotaract. The Club has also donated wheelchairs to the BAPD, hearing aids to deserving children and medical equipment to Sandilands Geriatric Hospital.  

All of the great works we accomplished this year were only made possible by the hard work put in by each Rotarian at our two major fundraising events, the fishing tournament and the golf tournament that saw the full support of every member.

I was also very pleased at all the hard work put in by our ENRC Foundation this year, they truly changed lives. In the midst of all our regular work was the 50th Anniversary of Rotary in the Bahamas that was celebrated in January. The highlight of this month was the Ball and it’s special guest,  RI President Kalyan Banerjee.

The month of February saw one of the most exciting events of my Presidency, the Polio Lighting at Atlantis. This was such a moving night for all and also put RCEN on the International stage once again.

Reflecting on the year I could go on for paragraphs but I will stop here with this brief overview of my year. More important than what we did this year was how we did it. The club came together as one and made all our events and accomplishments happen with such ease as only RCEN can do.

In closing I want to thank the club for giving me the opportunity to be your president and to tell you what a privilege it has been. The support that was extended to me was overwhelming and much appreciated. The Rotary Club of East Nassau is truly best Rotary Club in the Bahamas and possibly the world. I would like to send special thanks to the Board that supported me every step of the way. This has been the most memorable year of my life and I thank each and every member for that.