Kiwanis Club of Cable Beach - Ordinary People Doing Extraordinary Things To Improve Their Communities
CABLE BEACH CLUB HISTORY
By Past Lt. Governor Steve Strachan
On 20th May, 1968, approximately three months after its organization on 14th February, (official anniversary date), District Governor, Laurent Girouard presented Allen Stewart, Charter President of the newly formed Kiwanis Club of Cable Beach with the Club’s Charter. The venue for the charter presentation was the Gulf Stream
Room at the Nassau Beach Hotel, Cable Beach. Kiwanis International’s Theme that year was “Be a Builder - Get Personally Involved”. The Lieutenant Governor of Division 22 was I. E. Brimble. The Club’s name is associated with the first undersea international telegraph cable which was laid between Jupiter, Florida and a section of the fore-shores of New Providence. The beautiful and picturesque beach line in the area where the cable came ashore was soon to be known as Cable Beach from which the Club took its name.
The Cable Beach Club was co-sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Nassau and the Kiwanis Club of Fort Montagu. Since its inception, the Cable Beach Club has sponsored the Kiwanis Club of Inagua and the Key Clubs of Saint John’s College, Saint Augustine’s College and C. I. Gibson Senior High. The Club has also co-sponsored the Circle K Club of the College of The Bahamas with two other Clubs of Division 22. The Club co-sponsored the Builders Club of T.
G. Glover Primary School with the Circle K Club of the College of The Bahamas on April 18, 1997. The Builders Club of St. Cecelia was chartered
February 11, 2003. The Kiwanis Club of Cable Beach admitted female members during the 1996-1997 Administrative year under the presidency of Eugene Palacious. In 2002, the Club inducted Rowena Knowles as the first female president.
A few memorable occasions for the Kiwanis Club of Cable included taking the children from Bilney Lane Children’s Home to Disney World in Orlando, Florida; taking the children from the Elizabeth Estates Children’s Home and the Ranfurly Home for Children to the beach. Each year the members look forward to fellowshipping with the residents from the Geriatric Hospital Ward of the Sandilands Rehabilitation Centre and the Persis Rodgers Home for the Aged. Kiwanis Club of Cable Beach sponsors a Scholarship at the College of The Bahamas in the name of the Giles Wells Memorial Scholarship which funds are attained from the annual Bike-a-Thon. For more than ten years the Club was known for its premier equestrian event of the season by hosting an Annual Horse Show at Camperdown, Nassau Bahamas. This event was complimented by and later replaced with the Annual Antique Car Show and Steak Out as the Club’s major fundraiser.
Kiwanis Club of Cable Beach
Winston Ferguson, President
Meetings are held on Wednesdays at 7:30 p.m.
Casuarinas of Cable Beach
West Bay Street, Nassau Bahamas.
KIWANIS CLUB OF CABLE BEACH COMMUNITY SERVICE - THE SAMUEL'S PROJECT
"What began months ago as a project to simply replace a non-functioning door for one of our nation’s senior citizens, has turned into a fully fledged home remodelling project by the Kiwanis Club of Cable Beach. This project, the brain child of Kiwanian Mark Humes, began due to his insight as a community activist when he found one of our nation’s precious pearls literally crawling out of her home through a 3ft x 4ft makeshift plywood door on the side of the building. The structure was dilapidated and infested with termites and there was no proper functioning door. It was at this point, he pledged that the
least he could do was get her a real door." Click here to read more about this project.
Kiwanis' defining statement is that, "Kiwanis is a global organization of volunteers dedicated to changing the world, one child and one community at a time." The purpose of Kiwanis is to improve fellowship through service world wide.
The Kiwanis Club of Nassau as the other Kiwanis Clubs within the Bahamas are apart of the Eastern Canada and Caribbean District (E.C. & C District of Kiwanis International). E.C. & C. District is 1 of 48 Districts within Kiwanis International. Our Division is one of 29 Divisions within E.C. & C. District; and the Bahamas is referred to as the Sunshine Division or Division 22.
Currently there are eleven (11) Kiwanis clubs within the Bahamas, they include: Nassau, Ft. Montagu, Over-the-Hill, Cable Beach, Nassau A.M., New Providence, Freeport, Eight Mile Rock, Long Island (Yuma), Great Harbour Cay (Berry Islands), and Kiwanis Central.
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