MODEL UNITED NATIONS 2016

The winning team for BAHMUN 2016 is Forest Heights Academy, Abaco. Congratulations on an amazing session! The team of Donte Richard and Cole Albury represented the United States. Their Advisor is Nadira Kawalram, shown centre in photo, who they credited for their success. The winners are shown in the photo with Rotary District 7020 Governor Felix Stubbs, far left, MUN Judge Marilyn Zonicle and far right, Eugene F. Torchon-Newry, First Assistant Secretary, Head, International Relations Division, Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The team will accompany the Bahamas delegation to the United Nations in New York next October and will have the privilege of hearing The Bahamas address to The UN by Minister of Foreign Affairs, the Hon. Fred Mitchell.

The second place winner of MUN 2016 was the team from Queen's College, Lakia Rolle and Maya Francis, their Advisor was Mrs Shellen Wint-Grant. They are shown in the photo with Rotary District 7020 Governor, Felix Stubbs, left, Marilyn Zonicle, centre and Eugene F. Torchon-Newry, First Assistant Secretary, Head, International Relations Division, Ministry of Foreign Affairs on right. The team won trophies and individual laptops.

The third place winner was the team of Leandria Albury and Dericka Ferguson, Advisor was Alicia Singh. They are shown in the photo with Rotary District 7020 Governor, Felix Stubbs, left, Marilyn Zonicle, centre and Eugene F. Torchon-Newry, First Assistant Secretary, Head, International Relations Division, Ministry of Foreign Affairs on right.

The winners of the Floating Trophy for the Best Debate Team was C.R. Walker High School, Nassau, represented by Justin Smith and Danavio Neely. They are shown with Edward Thurston, a representative of Toastmasters Club 1600, the judge for the Debate award. The team's Advisor was Mr Leo Valentino Rolle.

BAHMUN 2016 was held on Friday, April 15 at the College of The Bahamas Auditorium. Teams from Abaco, South Andros, Grand Bahama, Long Island and Nassau competed for the first prize of a trip to attend a session of the United Nations in New York. They accompany the Bahamas delegation and hear the Minister of Foreign Affairs address the UN. Also up for grabs were the trophies, laptops for second place winners and a floating trophy for the Best Debate Team.

RCOB thanks the Minsitry of Foreign Affairs and in particular, Mr Eugene Newry and Ms Deandra Cartwright, who spent many hours making sure everything ran smoothly. The Rotary MUN team of Co-Chairs Sheila Bethel and Joanne Smith, Corinne LaVille and Tim Ingraham worked to put this in place since 2015.

RCOB also thanks the sponsors, without whom it couldn't happen. In particular, the Intenational Culture, Wine & Food Festival, which has sponsored the UN trip since 2009; Odyssey Aviation, Bahamas Wholesale Agencies, Thompson Trading, Mall at Marathon, Davis Bus Service, Bahama Breeze Refined H2O and Media Enterprises. A thank you also to Tim Dames and the staff of our lodging - Cocoplum Resort (Landshark) on West Bay Street.

HURRICANE RELIEF

After Hurricane Joaquin ravaged the southern islands, the members of RCOB came together to assist with the relief efforts. Initial crowd-funding and

online and media appeals raised substantial funds initially. This was followed by a Telethon, aired on 3 local TV stations and streamed online. The Telethon was a joint project of RCOB and the Bahamas Chamber of Commerce.

Funds are still needed to help rebuild lives and to rebuild the economy on the affected islands. Details are shown on the poster insert below. You can help, however small your donation may be.

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