The First Club in The Bahamas!
Meeting: 1 - 2pm
Luciano's of Chicago
East Bay Street
The 4-way Test of the things we think, say and do:
• Is it the truth?
• Is it fair to all concerned?
•Will it build good-will and better friendships?
• Will it be beneficial to all concerned?
OUR HISTORY: The founding of The Rotary Club of Nassau, the First Rotary Club in The Bahamas
A Nassau Herald report on 3rd February 1962 described the charter luncheon of the first Rotary Club in The Bahamas, with 28 Members, at the British Colonial Hotel, as follows:
"Mr. Jack Shillan* presided over the meeting and paid tribute to Mr. Kenneth Arnold, a former manager of the hotel, for the great assistance rendered by him between 1949 and 1951 when he gave Rotary lunches at the British Colonial. These meetings were suspended when Mr. Shillan experienced racial and political difficulties. Rotary does not recognize racial or religious differences nor does it mix into politics."
At 10.00 am on 19th January 1962 the Board of Directors of Rotary International at R.I. Headquarters in Evanston, Illinois, USA approved the admission and authorised the Charter for The Rotary Club of Nassau. Four days later, on Tuesday 23rd January 1962 the first official meeting was held, "embellished by great handshaking, backslapping and an extended fellowship period".
The initial Membership was twenty-eight very-carefully chosen prominent members of the local community. The Club's Charter was presented by the RI President Joseph Abey at the British Colonial Hotel on 27th March 1962.
* Jack Shillan was the Founder of Rotary in The Bahamas. He had previously arranged unofficial Rotary meetings in a quiet section of the British Colonial Hotel in the early 1950's. In 1956 Etienne Dupuch successfully tabled and introduced the "Anti-Discrimination Resolution" in the House of Assembly, and the barriers to having a Rotary Club in The Bahamas began to fall.
•Etienne Dupuch • James Robertson • Frank L. Cole • George C. Moody • O. B. Wood • Hugh M. Davies • Clifton D. Sorer • Edgar L. Hammond • Wilfred Smith • Sir George Roberts • Archibald W.G. Taylor • William Ellis • Edward H. McKinney • Gordon O'Brien • William H. Sweeting • George M. Cole • David L. Brown • Major John A. Hawthorne • P. M. Lightbourn • Alexander Lofthouse • Dennis A. Nottage • Dr. Andrew G. Esfakis • Dr. K.V.A. Rodgers • Sigmund Amoury • Dr. E. Paul Albury • John Shillan • Marcus H. Bethel