Next Meeting Coming Up on Monday, October 16, 2017

The first meeting of the 2017/2018 year will be held on October 16, 2017. Look for details in an email in September!



The Grand Bahama American Women’s Club Luncheon in February features our Founder’s Day program on Monday, February 13, 2017 along with a chance to coordinate final details  and support the club’s major fundraiser for scholarships: The Annual Golf Classic.

Luncheon will be at the Ruby Swiss Restaurant. Make your reservations with Anne McConnell at or call 373-8096 by noon on Friday, February 10th.

Members: $22. Guests: $24

Social Hour at 11 am. Lunch at noon.


January 2017 Meeting:

Make your reservations today to be at the January 9, 2017 Luncheon Meeting at Ruby Swiss Restaurant for a fascinating program of special note for pet lovers, by Dr. Mary Gardner:


Invite your friends and make your reservations by calling Christine Gardner at 602-2023 or email:

11 am Social Hour. 12 Noon Meeting.  Ruby Swiss Restaurant.

Happy New Year All!!!





Have a great summer and mark your calendars for the first club meeting of 2016-2017. Stay tuned here for details!




Please rsvp now for GBAWC’s annual Philanthropic Awards Dinner and Installation of Officers on Monday evening, May 2nd, 2016. Please email your reservations to Doreen or 374-4422 before Friday, April 28th.

Members & Guests/May Meeting: $22

Dinner will be at the Ruby Swiss Restaurant and our Scholarship Award recipients will be joining us along with representatives from local organizations receiving community donations.  Ms. Trenicka Rolle will also be speaking to us briefly about her work in education, engineering, and sponsoring science summer camps in Nassau.

Officers for the 2016/2017 year (click here for the slate of Officers) will also be installed in a brief ceremony.

This is a great meeting to also invite guests and introduce them to the great work the Grand Bahama American Women’s Club has been doing in the community for the past 50 years.



The next meeting is coming right up.  Here are the details and please email Joy Dart at or phone her at373-2660 by this Friday to make your reservation for Monday, April 11th, 2016.
April’s guest speaker will be Cheri Wood, Director of Children’s Summer Programmes at the Bahamas National Trust Rand Nature Centre.
April Meeting: Monday, April 11, 2016
11 am Social Hour; 12 noon Meeting
Ruby Swiss Restaurant
$22 Members
$24 Guests


The next meeting of The Grand Bahama American Women’s Club will be on Monday, February 8, 2016 at the Ruby Swiss Restaurant.
A Founder’s Day program is planned with a special surprise guest to bring you smiles!  We are also looking forward to having members of theNassau American Women’s Club with us at the meeting—sister members of sorts (our club’s first President, Virginia Mosvold, lived in Nassau before moving to Freeport, and the Nassau American Women’s Club suggested she start one here; that’s how it all got started!).
Make your reservations by emailing Joy Dart at or phoning 373-2660 before noon on Friday, February 5th.  Everyone needs a reservation and thanks to Joy for coordinating this and communicating our plans and reservation numbers to Ruby Swiss!
$22 for Members
$24 for Guests
(and it would be very helpful to our devoted Treasurer, Christine Gardner, if you would please bring exact change (no big bills) or a B$ check to pay for lunch; thanks!)

11 am Social Hour; 12 Noon Meeting Starts

Invite a guest — and also mark your calendar for the club’s Dinner/Dance marking our 50th Anniversary on Grand Bahama:  March 9th, 2016! Tickets ($45 each) will be available at the February meeting, so bring your check book or reserve tickets with Katybel Taylor: 373.1769.


January 2016 Meeting:



Program Chair, Joy Larsen, has arranged a special presentation for our January 2016 meeting featuring Pat Keay, Director of Community Engagement for Heifer International—an organization that has provided livestock and environmentally sound agricultural training to those who struggle daily for reliable sources of food and income.  Pat will be sharing stories of Heifer International’s work in 30 countries (including the United States) during the past 70 years.

This video by Food Network Host & Chef, Alton Brown, explains more about Heifer International‘s mission:

TO RSVP for the meeting on January 18, 2016 at Ruby Swiss Restaurant, email Joy Dart at or call her at 373-2660 before this Friday, January 15th. Bring a guest if you can!

Meeting time is 12 noon with Social Hour starting at 11 am at Ruby Swiss.  Remember to bring some extra $$ for the raffle, and sign up to help organize and support the Club’s major fundraiser for local scholarships: The GBAWC Golf Classic on SaturdayFebruary 20th, 2016 at the Grand Lucayan Reef Golf Course.

Special Reminder About Annual Dues:  For those of you who have been away or haven’t had your checkbook with you at the last meetings in 2015, please bring your dues to the January meeting or contact Membership Chair, Sylvia Clift, to get your dues caught up!  Our small annual dues fee helps make a big difference in the Grand Bahama community—and if you really want to get ahead on things for 2016, you can also pay your dues for the upcoming year too if you like!   If you’re not sure if you’d paid your dues or not, contact Syl Clift at 352-9106 or




Annual Holiday Luncheon

Monday, December 7, 2015

at The Garden of the Groves

11:30 Social Hour, 12:30 Luncheon

Luncheon Menu Choices:

Roast Beef or Mahi Mahi

Chocolate Cake or Pineapple Upside Down Cake


RSVP to:  Joy Dart, 373-2660 or  Reservations must be in by Thursday, December 3.

$42.00 per person includes:

• Choice of entree (meat or fish)

• Choice of dessert (chocolate cake or pineapple upside down cake)

• One glass of wine or cocktail or beer (not to include tropical drinks)

•  coffee or tea

•  VAT (included)

•  gratuity (included)

Jewelry Exchange (optional):

If you wish to participate, wrap a piece of jewelry for a gift exchange. It can be a new piece of nice costume jewelry (in the $25-ish range) or a mint-condition previously loved item from your own jewelry box!


Bring extra $$ to the meeting for raffle tickets—there’s a tradition of wonderful prizes at the annual Holiday Luncheon (and members: if you have any lovely prizes or items to donate to the raffle, please bring them!).


There’s a delightful program planned for Monday, November 9, 2015 featuring speakers who will tell us about Handmade Bahamian chocolates and American made wines.


Amanda Ormerod, co-owner of  Bootleg Chocolates—a family owned company crafting fine handmade premium confections with flavors and ingredients inspired by the islands—will talk with us about the spirit of good taste, fond memories, and adventure that are at the heart and soul of Bootleg Chocolates. (click on the company name to see their website; they have also just opened a new coffee & chocolate shop at Port Lucaya Marketplace!)



Rebecca Tibbitts, Sommelier at Flying Fish Restaurant, will also join us to share her knowledge about American-made wines and food pairings.  The Bahamas’ only female Certified Sommelier, Rebecca and her husband, Chef Tim Tibbitts, operate the first restaurant in Grand Bahama to be awarded the AAA 4-Diamond rating, and have also been named one of the Top 10 Restaurants in the Caribbean by TripAdvisor.


MAKE YOUR RESERVATIONS before this Friday, November 6th by emailing Joy Dart at or call her at 373-2660.  This promises to be a fun meeting and is a great time to invite guests:  Luncheon is $22 for Members; $24 for Guests at the Ruby Swiss Restaurant in Freeport. Everyone needs a reservation. 

Social Hour starts at 11 am at Ruby Swiss, Nov. 9, 2015, with the meeting starting at noon.  Consider bringing along a little extra spending $$ as we hear there will be lovely raffle prizes as well!

See you there!



Watch this space for news of October’s program. And here is a handy list of all the upcoming 2015/2016 Club year General Meeting dates so you can plan to be there:


October 19, 2015 

November 9, 2015 

December 7, 2015

January 18, 2016

February 8, 2016

March 14, 2016

April 11, 2016

May 2, 2016

———————————————-MAY 2015 MEETING


Our Annual Philanthropic Awards Dinner and Installation of Officers for 2015/2016 will be held on Monday evening, May 4, 2015 at the Ruby Swiss Restaurant. Meet the scholarship recipients and representatives from community organizations the club’s work helps to support.

6 pm Social Hour · 7 pm Dinner

MAKE YOUR RESERVATION by emailing Anne McConnell at or call 373.8096 by April 30th. Invite guests. This is a great meeting to introduce friends and family to the wonderful community service work the club does, and to hear a very inspiring guest speaker.

Guest Speaker:  Zhivargo Laing, Chief Executive Officer of LAING CONSULTING AND RESEARCH GROUP—a business consulting, market research, training, and public relations firm in The Bahamas.


Mr. Laing was born on September 7, 1967 in the capital city of Nassau, the son of a straw vendor in The Bahamas, Naomi Seymour and a former hotel worker, the late Cedric Laing.

Zhivargo received his early education at the Lewis Yard Primary School on the island of Grand Bahama where he grew up. He subsequently attended Hawksbill High School where the early recognition of his leadership skills led to his being elected Headboy of the school by his teachers.

Zhivargo went on to complete studies leading to a Bachelor of Arts Degree in economics from the University of Western Ontario in London, Ontario, Canada.
He was elected to the House of Assembly in May 2007 as the Member of Parliament for the Marco City Constituency and appointed Minister of State for Finance. Today, Zhivargo Laing heads his own business firm, and is married to the former Zsa Zsa Monique LaRoda. They have three sons, Zhivargo II, Zhimaal and Zavier, and one daughter,  Za’riah.
A man of faith, Laing believes that success in life is a matter of “Purpose, Prudence and Persistence“.


April.2015.Meeting.GraphicNEXT MEETING, The Grand Bahama American Women’s Club:  Monday,  April 13, 2015

The Ruby Swiss Restaurant, 11 am Social Hour, 12 Noon Meeting


Known as an innovative cosmetic surgeon, Dr. Malan, serves as the Chief Cell Therapy Officer and General Surgeon at Okyanos Heart Institute, Freeport, Grand Bahama Island. A pioneer of fat-derived stem cell therapies, he became the first physician in the US to utilize stem cells from fat for soft tissue reconstruction in October, 2009.

Dr.Todd.MalanDr. Todd Malan, Okyanos Heart Institute, Grand Bahama Island


MAKE YOUR RESERVATIONS before Friday, April 10, 2015 to Anne McConnell: or 373.8096 

ps … Gentle Dues Reminder:  Membership dues for the coming year are due by May, so this is a great meeting to bring your dues for 2015/2016 and get that checked off your list!


Our March 9th, 2015 meeting for The Grand Bahama American Women’s Club will be held at the Ruby Swiss Restaurant and will feature the island’s premiere viewing of Every Child Counts—an inspiring documentary that will be presented by the film’s Director of Photography, Paul Mockler.

Every Child Counts, tells the inspiring and uplifting tale of a group of parents in a small island community who were faced with a bleak situation; other children bullied their learning-disabled children, and their teachers weren’t trained to deal with them. Most of the time, they were told their children should not come to school at all. The film traces the humble origins of the school, named Every Child Counts, which began with just a handful of volunteers and concerned parents, to its present-day status as a beacon of hope to the nation and a shining example of what a school can be. The teachers, parents and students share their stories of struggles and success, and we see how the children have blossomed at the school, and how they have become ambassadors for changing attitudes in the community.

Cinematographer Paul Mockler
INVITE FRIENDS AND MAKE YOUR RESERVATIONS before this Friday, March 6th: send an email toAnne McConnell at or call 373-8096.
11 am Social Hour
12 noon Luncheon
Ruby Swiss Restaurant
$22 Members · $24 Guests
RSVP to Anne McConnell: or 373.8096
February Meeting
The next meeting is coming right up!  Make your reservations now for the Monday, February 9, 2015  Founder’s Day Luncheon at the Ruby Swiss Restaurant
Bonnie Kruse has organized a presentation to celebrate our Club and General Federation of Women’s Clubs (GFWC) on Founders Day. As GFWC celebrates 125 years of “Living In The Volunteer Spirit” we will reflect on the milestones of GFWC and the Grand Bahama American Women’s Club.
Make your reservation with Anne McConnell: or call 373.8096 before Friday!
Meeting Details:  11 am Social Hour. 12 noon Meeting.
Please note that lunch prices have increased slightly after many many years of Ruby Swiss giving us an all-inclusive lunch price, which has been the most reasonable price around. For this month be prepared with $21 for members and $24 for guests. We will discuss and formalize the lunch price at the meeting!
Also—there will be tickets available for sale at the meeting for the new 50/50 Raffle that is part of our annual Philanthropic Golf Tournament.  $20 per ticket and here’s how it works:
This is in addition to our regular raffles at the meetings, so come prepared to have fun and help raise some funds!

···········································································································Sometimes even the best-made plans need adjusting.  And so it is with our January meeting.  Our original meeting date falls on the same date as the Bahamas Majority Rule Holiday (The holiday is January 10th, but because it falls on a weekend, the official day off and celebration is on the 12th. Most businesses, schools, banks, etc. will be closed that day, and this info wasn’t on most calendars back when the meeting schedule was being put together last year).

So, the January meeting has been rescheduled for Monday, January 19th, 2015.  Still at the Ruby Swiss Restaurant. And our usual starting times of 11 am Social Hour, 12 Noon Luncheon.

Our program has changed as the speaker was not available for the new date (hopefully we will be able to reschedule that talk another month!).

The good news is that in January we will now get to hear a travelogue about Rich & Elly DeVries’ recent trip to China and Vietnam—looking forward to hearing more about this fascinating part of the world!

Please rsvp with a new reservation for January 19th by contacting Anne McConnell: or call: 373.8096 before Friday, January 16th.  The cost of the luncheon is the same:  $18 for members; $20 for guests.  Even if you rsvp’d for the previous date, please make a new reservation for January 19th so we know you got the word about this calendar change.

Hope this finds you having a wonderful first day of 2015—here’s to much joy, peace, wonder—and gentle flexibility!—in the new year.

e-smiles and all best wishes for your most fabulous year ever!

Paula Farrington

Newsletter / Web Chair







The January meeting of The Grand Bahama American Women’s Club will feature guest speaker, Dr. Todd K. Malan, MD & Chief Cell Therapy Officer / General Surgeon for the Okyanos Heart Institute here on Grand Bahama Island.
The meeting will be held on Monday, January 12th, 2015.  11 am Social Hour & 12 noon meeting. Ruby Swiss Restaurant. $18 for Members. $20 for guests. 
Invite guests and make your reservation with an email to Anne or call: 373.8096 before Friday, January 9th.
Thank you, Joy Larsen, for putting this program together. Here are some bio notes on our speaker for January; sure to be a fascinating meeting with a cutting-edge topic, so make your reservations early!
Todd K. Malan, MD
Chief Cell Therapy Officer | General Surgeon
Todd Malan, MD, serves as the Chief Cell Therapy Officer and General Surgeon at Okyanos Heart Institute, overseeing the liposuction and stem cell isolation step of the Okyanos cardiac cell therapy process. Known as an innovative cosmetic surgeon, Dr. Malan’s practices combine the most progressive and minimally-traumatic liposuction technologies available. A pioneer of fat-derived stem cell therapies, he became the first physician in the US to utilize stem cells from fat for soft tissue reconstruction in October, 2009, combining water-assisted liposuction, fat transfer and adult stem cell technologies.
Dr. Malan received his bachelor’s degree from Brigham Young University and continued his studies at the University of Arizona College of Medicine, where he graduated with honors. He completed his general surgery internship as well as an obstetrics and gynecology residency at Walter Reed Army and Bethesda Naval Medical Centers in Washington, DC. 
He has co-authored two medical textbooks on fat-derived stem cell therapies, served as principal investigator on two IRB-approved stem cell trials and developed the first adult stem cell training program approved by the AMA’s Continuing Medical Education program. Presently, Dr. Malan is a fellow of the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery, a founding member of the American Academy of Cosmetic Physicians as well as a member of the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine.


rsvp for the club’s annual Holiday Luncheon on December 8, 2014 at the Garden Delite Restaurant at Pelican Bay Hotel’s Canal House (4th Floor). Norma Liedel will be taking reservations: normaliedel421(at) or call 442-3553 before December 3rd. This is a great meeting to invite guests for a fun holiday-themed afternoon with minimal club business!

This meeting has a different start-time than our usual monthly meetings. The holiday luncheon starts at 11:30 am with a Social Hour (enjoy a glass of wine that comes with the meal or a cash bar for other selections). The meeting and buffet lunch will begin at 12:30 pm.

$33 all-inclusive lunch (includes one glass of wine). Jewelry exchange:  bring one wrapped piece of jewelry if you wish to participate in the exchange … a new piece of costume jewelry (in the $25-ish range) or a mint-condition previously loved piece from your own jewelry box!

Carol singing and a raffle will round out the festive meeting.

Space is limited, so make your reservation today — see you there!




November.Mtg.2014.GBAWCNews2Learn about an exciting project—part of a worldwide effort to save our damaged coral reefs—happening now at Deadman’s Reef at Paradise Cove. Our speakers will be Barry Smith and Cheri Wood. An article published in Coastal Angler tells more about it:

— Joy Larsen, Programme Chair

Meeting: November 10, 2014  ·  Ruby Swiss Restaurant · Grand Bahama Island

11 am Social Hour | 12 noon Meeting  ·  $18 Members | $20 Guests

Everyone needs a reservation. E-mail Anne McConnell: or 373-8096 by Friday, November 7th, 2014 no later than noon for reservations.


Next Meeting: Monday October 20th at the Ruby Swiss Restaurant. Reserve your space by Friday, October 17th, 2014 with Doreen Plummer: write to bigdp(at) Don't miss this great program featuring fiber artist Ann Keister
Next Meeting: Monday October 20th at the Ruby Swiss Restaurant. Reserve your space by Friday, October 17th, 2014 with Doreen Plummer: write to bigdp(at) Don’t miss this great program featuring fiber artist Ann Keister! $18/members $20/guests. (Click on graphic to enlarge.)

The first meeting of the 2014/2015 Grand Bahama American Women’s Club year will be held on Monday, October 20th, 2014 with a luncheon at the Ruby Swiss Restaurant. Most of our monthly meetings are held on the 2nd Monday of each month (October – May), but this October meeting will be on the 3rd Monday due to the Bahamian National Heroes Day holiday during our regular meeting date.

Reservations? Yes.  Email bigdp(at)coral before noon on Friday, October 17th, 2014.  Everyone needs a reservation. Invite a guest for a great afternoon of fun, getting back in touch with friends after the summer sojourn, and some amazing art this month with fiber artist Ann Keister.



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