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New legal framework for Bermuda
charities, see http://www.royalgazette.com/business/article/20180823/new-legal-framework-for-bermuda-charities.
|100 Women in Hedge Funds||A philanthropy group for women in business. Launched at the June 2015 Global Hedge Fund Forum held in Bermuda. Alison Morrison, managing director of Oyster Consulting, helped found 100WHF in Bermuda. 100WHF was founded in 2001 and now has more than 13,000 women professionals around the world on its books. The group was set up to offer networking, educational and philanthropic opportunities and has raised more than $36 million for charitable causes involved in women’s health, education and mentoring.|
|ABC Football School|
|Action on Alzheimer's and Dementia (AAD)||RC.
Phone 505 3679. Since 2012. Founded by Elizabeth Stewart. Bermuda is estimated to have about 1,000 people
with dementia. Once a person reaches the age of 85, they have a one
in three chance of getting it. .
2015. November 16. Residents with Alzheimer's disease and dementia can now enjoy a host of therapeutic and recreational activities thanks to a three-year funding commitment from insurance company Zurich. Action on Alzheimer's and Dementia (AAD) has been able to more than triple the number of activities it offers its clients each week and expand to two new locations, St David's and Somerset. The move comes after the Bermuda Legion announced it was aiming to create a residential facility for seniors with dementia or Alzheimer's. The charity had a limited number of programmes running out of the Peace Lutheran Church in Paget and WindReach Recreational Village in Warwick, but now has additional programmes at the Chapel of Ease in St David's, and Allen Temple Church, Somerset.
2015. September. The charity organized events for Dementia Awareness Week. They included a free public presentation – the A to Z of Dementia, featuring an occupational therapist and a specialist in engagement activities for those with dementia; a screening of the documentary The Genius of Marian — about a family dealing with a diagnosis of early-onset Alzheimer’s; a screening of the documentary I’ll Be Me — about singer Glenn Campbell’s “Goodbye Tour” after his Alzheimer’s diagnosis.
|Activities Center||KEMH Continuing Care Unit, 7 Point Finger Road, Paget DV 04. Phone 239-2020. Adult day care center for seniors. Transportation provided for participating residents living from Crawl Hill to Horseshoe Bay.|
|Activities Association of Bermuda (AAB)||Promoters of quality care for Bermuda's seniors. Has periodic workshops in Bermuda in partnership with the US National Association of Activity Professionals (NAAP).|
|Activity Professionals||3 Kent Avenue, Devonshire DV 07|
|Adlev Entertainment Awards||RC 622|
|Adult Children of Alcoholics||Self-help group, call 295-0999. Meets every Tuesday 5:30-6:30 pm at Salvation Army Citadel, North Street, Pembroke. Open to all adults.|
|Adult Education School||RC 229|
|Advisory Architectural Panel||See Bermuda Government Boards.|
|Aerobic Dance||Meets Tuesdays and Thursdays at Police Club, Prospect, 5:30-6:30 pm. 24 classes $170. All welcome. Phone 236-6608.|
|African Dance Company||P. O. Box WK 394, Warwick WK 03. Studio 293 7679 or 238 2645. Or 238 3667|
|African Heritage Society||RC 601|
|Agape House (hospice)||A hospice, a residence for those with a terminal illness. 7 Point Finger Road, Paget DV 04. Telephone 239 2025|
|Age Concern (Bermuda)||1 Burnaby Street, Hamilton. P. O. Box HM 2397, Hamilton HM JX, Bermuda. Email email@example.com. Telephone (441) 238-7525. Fax (441) 238-7177. Bermuda charity # 137. Linda Smith, chair. Has more than 5,800 members. Claudette Fleming, executive director. Principal group in Bermuda working for the welfare and well-being of local senior citizens. Receives a small annual government grant (about $38K in 2017-2018). Has fought for local senior citizens to receive the same legal, medical, prescription, etc. protections and benefits in Bermuda as they receive in USA, Canada, UK, Europe, etc. Bermuda's seniors presently incur the world's highest cost of living and medical insurance costs, by a very wide margin.|
|Ahead Bermuda||RC 630|
|Air Advisory Committee||See Bermuda Government Boards.|
|Air Transport Licensing Board||See Bermuda Government Boards.|
|Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA), Bermuda||Bermuda-based pilots, most are members of AOPA.|
|Alexandrina Lodge||1026 GUO of OF, 75 Court Street, Hamilton HM 12. Call 292 2286|
|Allan Vincent Smith Foundation, (The)||Confidential helpline at 295-0002 on AIDS between 5:30 and 9 pm Monday to Friday. RC 340|
|Allergy Clinic of Bermuda||Dr. J. Harvey, Corner Walls, 31 Point Finger Road, Paget DV 04, Bermuda. Telephone 236-7401|
|All God's Children Drama Club||Somerset. Ellington (Elty) Anderson, phone 232-1214.|
|A Lott of Sista Love (Bermuda Chapter)|
|Al-Manara||RC 589. Contact Janel Lodge-Fletcher|
|Al Markazal Islami||RC 593|
|Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. (USA) Epsilon Theta Lambda Chapter||Call 291-3062. RC 553|
|Alternative Health Monitoring Information Service||RC 546|
|Alternative Investment Management Association (AIMA)||Bermuda Branch. 2016. February 25. A bid is being made to bring more jobs to Bermuda by boosting the presence of hedge funds. Island professionals are to combine to form a branch of the Alternative Investment Management Association to attract the hedge-fund sector back to Bermuda.|
|Alternative Learning Foundation||RC 626|
|Altrusa Club of Bermuda||An international volunteer service organization. The Bermuda club, more than 65 years old, is in District One which also includes all the New England states of the USA and Quebec, Canada. RC 004|
|Alumni Association of the Bermuda High School for Girls||27 Richmond Road, Pembroke HM 008. Telephone 295-6153 or fax 295-2754|
|Alumni Association||Phone 239-4030. For graduates of the now-gone Bermuda Technical Institute, Hotel & Catering College, Academic 6th Form Centre and present-day Bermuda College.|
|Alzheimer's Family Support Group||Meets 2nd Tuesday each month, 5:30 pm at KEMH. Phone 238-2168.|
|Amarylis Foundation (The)||RC 523|
|American Citizens Abroad Country Contact for Bermuda||Martha Myron, JP CPA, CFP (US), TEP. Moneywise. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or in Bermuda telephone 296-3528 at Patterson Partners Ltd. Martha is an international Certified Financial Planner practitioner in private wealth management. She specializes in independent fee-only cross border investment, tax, estate, and strategic retirement planning services for Bermuda residents with United States and multi-national connections, and US citizens living and working abroad. See www.americansabroad.org. She has a Masters in Law in International Tax and Financial Planning.|
|American Ladies in Bermuda (ALIB)||Provides information, support and fund-raising activities for new residents of all nationalities. For further information call Gail Adcock at 236-6881. RC 103|
|American Society of Bermuda||P. O. Box HM 3339, Hamilton HM PX. Telephone
291 3543. Web site. americansociety.bm. RC 443
2018. May 4. Long-term care residents at the hospital will be able to enjoy more outdoor activities this summer thanks to the American Society of Bermuda. The society — a group of US citizens who live in Bermuda — donated a tent and crafting supplies to the residents at the King Edward VII Memorial Hospital. Club president Ellie Najac said: “We asked what was needed and then went shopping. We’ve donated a 12ft by 12ft tent, a glue gun with accessories, construction paper, crayons and games. I also added a large box of chocolates.” Activities coordinator Capri Smith said the tent would allow her to move some activities outdoors and would provide much needed shade for the senior participants. The society makes donations to various groups on the island every quarter. Ms Najac said: “Our focus is on seniors and children. This is our second donation this year, earlier we gave to Age Concern.” Louise Franks, the oldest resident, was on hand for the presentation on April 20. The 105-year-old regularly enjoys participating in arranged activities. Granville Russell, clinical director of long-term care at BHB, said: “We truly appreciate the donation by the American Society of Bermuda. It’s the thoughtfulness of groups and individuals like Ms Najac, Ms Smith and Ms Stovell, that allow us to continue to provide engaging activities for our residents helping to improve their quality of life even in their twilight years.”
|Amigos da Casa dos Açores da Bermuda (Friends of the House of the Azores of Bermuda),||Aims to promote, preserve and celebrate Azorean culture and history in Bermuda.|
|Amigos De Terciera Idade - Friends of Senior Citizens||RC 577|
|Amnesty International Bermuda (AIB)||Dallas Building, 7 Victoria Street, Hamilton, call 295 7906 (days) or 295 7390 (evenings). PO Box HM 2136, Hamilton HM JX, call 296-3249. RC 238. This branch was founded in 1983 and is locally funded.|
|Anaesthetic Association||From September 1, 2001: "The Berries," 35 Berry Hill Road, Paget DV 03. Mailing address is P. O. Box 1640, Hamilton HM GX. Telephone (441) 232-5053. Fax (441) 232-5055|
|Anglican church of Bermuda (The)||RC 306|
|Appeals Committee||See Bermuda Government Boards.|
|Appeals Tribunal||See Bermuda Government Boards.|
|Architects Registration Council||See Bermuda Government Boards.|
|Architectural Association of Bermuda (The)||RC 574|
|Archives Advisory Council||See Bermuda Government Boards.|
|Area 51 Racing||One of four local clubs racing British Seagull outboard engines|
|Association for Advancement of Science & Technology||(441) 295-3680. Fax (441) 292-3243. Fosters kinship and alliances within the local scientific community and links abroad|
|Association for Due Process & The Constitution||The Secretary, P. O. Box HM 485, Hamilton HM CX, Bermuda.|
|Association for the Mentally Handicapped of Bermuda||P. O. Box HM 1634, Hamilton HM GX. Phone 292-7206. Contact Pastor D. Randolph Wilson. RC 077|
|Association of Administrative Professionals|
|Association of Bermuda Compliance Officers (ABCO)||All regulated institutions are required by law to appoint a reporting or compliance officer. He or she is responsible for passing reports of suspicious transactions to the Financial Investigation Unit (FIU) of the Bermuda Police Service. The association is open to all involved in compliance and anti-money laundering procedures.|
|Association of Bermuda Insurers and Reinsurers (ABIR)||XL House, One
Bermudiana Road, Hamilton HM 11 Bermuda. Website abir.bm. Tel: 441-294-7221. Fax:
441-296-4207. Also with an office in Washington, DC. Insurance
industry trade organization in Bermuda since 1986, representing the
public policy interests of Bermuda-incorporated Class 4 highly capitalized insurance and reinsurance companies
and others around the world. It provides policy papers, legislative suggestions, treaty
analysis, reinsurance-related technical assistance and advice, both in
Bermuda and USA, as support for developing and maintaining a
healthy international insurance/reinsurance industry in Bermuda.
2018. September 5. Member companies of the Association of Bermuda Insurers and Reinsurers employ nearly 16,000 people in Europe and operate in 20 EU member states. The information is highlighted in a release from Abir, based on its annual economic impact survey. The survey found that Abir re/insurers had 15,865 employees in the European region. The top five jurisdictions with the most employees were the UK, with 9,762; France, with 1,148; Ireland, with 1,123; Germany, with 814; and Poland, with 453. Additionally, in Switzerland Abir companies employ 1,011 people. “The European Union is a very important market for Bermuda re/insurers, and our members continue to take on increasing amounts of risk in EU member states,” John Huff, chief executive officer of Abir, said. “Our member companies remain strongly committed to the European market, European ceding companies, and European policyholders.” Bermuda’s regulation regime for commercial insurers was found “equivalent” by the EU to Solvency II in March 2016, one of just two non-EU jurisdictions to hold that distinction. Through equivalence, Bermuda’s commercial reinsurers and insurance groups have access to the EU market, and Bermuda’s financial regulator, the Bermuda Monetary Authority BMA, is recognized as group supervisor for its insurance groups that operate in the EU. BMA supervisors are internationally respected and regularly hold supervisory colleges with international peers, including those from EU member states and the European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority (Eiopa).
2018. July 12. The important role Bermuda plays in managing insurance and reinsurance risk globally was emphasized during a gathering of the island’s past and present insurance leaders. As the Association of Bermuda Insurers and Reinsurers (ABIR) celebrated its 25th anniversary with an event at Rosewood Bermuda, it also looked forward to “the next leap forward in Bermuda’s risk management leadership”, said Kevin O’Donnell, Abir chairman. Mr O’Donnell, who is president and chief executive officer of RenaissanceRe Holdings, Ltd, added: “Bermuda reinvented the management of extreme event risk in liability and catastrophe markets. In the future, Abir companies will continue to innovate to benefit insurance consumers and communities around the world, supported by Bermuda’s sophisticated regulator scheme, robust yet nimble governance framework, and the critical mass of diverse talent we have built here over this quarter century.” John Huff, president and CEO of Abir, noted that Abir members and Bermuda broader insurance market has contributed more than a quarter of a trillion dollars in claim payments to US and EU consumers since 1998. He said: “Insurance consumers benefit globally by our risk spreading diversification that makes insurance markets more competitive.” Among the keynote speakers was David Burt, the Premier, who said: “Abir doesn’t just represent its companies’ interests in Bermuda, but it also represents their interests globally. So when Abir is representing its members’ interests in the US, the UK, or Europe, it is also representing Bermuda, because our interests are intertwined. The government has an excellent working relationship with Abir and we’ll continue to work with business leaders to make sure the Bermuda market remains the leading market for risk in the world.” Mr Burt also said that looking at the organization's first 25 years showed it has contributed to the island’s economy through employment, physical assets, taxes, philanthropy, education, scholarships and community work. “It’s clear the member companies of Abir have demonstrated their commitment to assisting in Bermuda’s development. Without a doubt, Abir companies are the cornerstone of Bermuda’s economy. It is the government’s hope that collaboration, that partnership, will continue for many years to come.” Fiona Luck, a former XL executive and currently a director on the Lloyd’s Franchise Board, said: “The formation of Abir was transformational for the industry here in Bermuda. It professionalised everything and everything it does in this community is of the highest quality. I don’t think we can underestimate how powerful that’s been for Bermuda.” Albert Benchimol, chairman of Axis Capital and chairman-elect of Abir, said: “It’s a time to feel good about what we in Bermuda have accomplished. When I say ‘we,’ I mean everybody here. I mean the government, the regulator, the industry, and the incredible talent in Bermuda that’s really helped us achieve this milestone. And we must carry it forward — we have to make sure we don’t sit on our laurels, that we’re not afraid to risk a little bit, and see what kind of new frontiers we can breach.” During the keynote sessions Mike Consedine, CEO of the National Association of Insurance Commissioners, noted the value of bilateral regulatory agreements that ensure efficiency in regulation which spoke to the quality of the Bermuda Monetary Authority’s regulatory regime. David Altmaier, Florida insurance commissioner, spoke on the important role Bermuda’s reinsurance business plays in spreading Florida’s hurricane risk around the world, funding recovery from events like Hurricane Irma, and fostering reliability, affordability and accessibility coverage for Florida consumers and businesses. Meanwhile Julian Enoizi, CEO of the UK’s Pool Re, spoke about the necessity of public-private partnerships to insure against terrorism threats and boosting post event economic recovery. Sir John Swan, who was premier from 1985 to 1995, gave the closing remarks at the event. Sir John’s administration presided over the development of Bermuda’s commercial insurance and reinsurance sector and its second wave of consolidation in the 1990s.
2018. July 9. A who’s who of Bermuda’s insurance and reinsurance sector from the past 25 years will gather at Rosewood Bermuda tomorrow to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Association of Bermuda Insurers and Reinsurers. John Huff, who took over as president and CEO of Abir last year, will welcome the attendees, including Brian O’Hara, the founding CEO of XL Group, Stephen Catlin, the founder of Catlin Group, and Michael Butt, former CEO of UK and Bermuda insurers and chairman of Axis Capital. Other panellists will include Pina Albo, the new CEO of Hamilton Insurance Group, Albert Benchimol, president and CEO of Axis Capital, Dino Iordanou, chairman of Arch Capital Group and Kevin O’Donnell, president and CEO of RenaissanceRe Holdings. David Burt, the Premier, and Sir John Swan, the former premier, will also address the afternoon gathering. Topics to be discussed are what the future holds for the sector, lessons learnt from the pioneers, and disrupting risk — natural disasters, cyber and terrorism.
2018. July 3. A group of the largest commercial re/insurers in the Bermuda market wrote nearly $100 billion in gross premiums last year. The Association of Bermuda Insurers and Reinsurers released its underwriting survey, in which 21 of its 23 member companies participated. And despite a year of huge payouts on catastrophe claims related to hurricanes, wildfires and earthquakes, the group reported combined net income of $4.1 billion for their global businesses. The companies write insurance and reinsurance business out from underwriting centres in Europe, Asia, North and South America, as well as Bermuda. The group wrote $97 billion in global gross written premium on a capital and surplus base of $122.1 billion. The gross premium to equity ratio for the group was .79 to 1. John Huff, president and chief executive officer of Abir, said: “2017 natural disaster activity was a significant test for global re/insurers and the Bermuda market passed with flying colors. The Bermuda market is estimated to shoulder about $30 billion of losses from Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria. Members are capitalized and seek to close the insurance protection gap in developed and emerging markets to put risk capacity to work. Expense reduction and exploring new product development opportunities continue to be a focus of Abir members.” Abir is preparing to stage a forum to celebrate its 25th anniversary next week. The July 10 event will feature some of the best-known characters in the industry over the past quarter of a century, including executives past and present, alongside global regulatory leaders. An impressive who’s who of Bermuda’s global insurance market will discuss the state of the industry and major trends affecting risk management at an upcoming leadership forum marking the 25th anniversary of the Abir. The event, scheduled July 10 in Bermuda, will see high-profile executives past and present alongside global regulatory leaders participate in an afternoon of panel debates focused around big themes impacting the industry. For more information on the event, please contact Priscilla.Briones@abir.bm. Past reports are available on the Abir website at www.abir.bm.
2017. April 24. Members of the Association of Bermuda Insurers and Reinsurers wrote more than $92 billion in global gross premiums last year. The business was done on a capital and surplus base of $123.6 billion and Abir members reported net income of $10.2 billion in their global business. Bradley Kading, president and executive director of Abir, said: “While soft market conditions prevail, the resilience of the members is demonstrated by their robust underwriting results. “Members continue to seek new markets in the developed and developing world to put risk capital to work. Abir members continue to be focused on reducing expenses and exploring new product opportunities.” The 2016 report was made of responses from 21 of the 23 insurers and reinsurers who make up Abir. Mr Kading said that comparison should not be made between the 2016 underwriting report and the previous one. He explained the association had added three members, while several existing members had made major acquisitions during the reporting period, with growth in premium and surplus between the two years largely attributable to these factors. Mr Kading added: “As a representative of global risk underwriters, in its public policy work Abir focuses on the consumer benefits of increased capacity and reduced price that result from the ability to diversify global risk on to a flagship balance sheet. Protectionism in regulatory or tax public policies harms the ability of these global reinsurers and insurers to diversify risk and thus makes insurance markets less competitive.”
|Association of Bermuda International Companies (ABIC)||P. O. Box HM 655, Hamilton HM CX. Website abic.bm. Phone (441) 295-8932. Fax (441) 292-5779. Members include all the "exempted" or "international" companies, exempted partnerships and trusts registered and with a physical presence in Bermuda - including those shown separately under Insurance Companies and Other International Companies.|
|Association of Canadians in Bermuda||P. O. Box HM
2071, Hamilton HM HX..
A non-profit organization for Canadians in Bermuda, to help keep the
Canadian culture alive. Founded in 2000. RC 566.
2018. June 28. Due to the possibility of inclement weather, the organisers of the Canada Day Beach Party and BBQ scheduled for this Saturday, June 30th have decided to postpone the event. A press release from the Association of Canadians in Bermuda stated: We are pleased to report that we have been able to reschedule for Saturday, July 14th with all previously arranged sponsors, vendors and supporters able to reschedule as well. We have obtained Platinum Sponsorship of the event again through the Hamilton Princess and Beach Club, and additional sponsorship with Freisenbruch-Meyer and Surface Trends. Special thanks go to Miles Market, Pitt and Co, the Parks Department, Works and Engineering and Keep Bermuda Beautiful for their support. We are also extending a complimentary sponsorship opportunity to The Rainbow Alliance of Bermuda. As organized and as in previous years, we will be playing Canadian music with DJ D’Nice, will be offering a delicious BBQ lunch provided by IRG with two ice cold drinks for $25 and selling branded ACIB merchandise at the beach. An exciting addition this year is the presence of Jerrard Polk at polkfun.com, a local caricaturist, who will be doing caricatures for $25 person. Please contact us at email@example.com or call 504-5366 with any questions."
|Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA)|
|Association of Fundraising Professionals||National Philanthropy Day provides an opportunity to highlight the accomplishments, large and small, that philanthropy makes to our community and the world. A spokeswoman said: “It is a day to remind people how important philanthropy is and to inspire, motivate and encourage everyone to find a way to become more involved.|
|Association of Human Resource Professionals||pending|
|Association of Licensed Trustees||C/o Robert Miller, Cedar Trust Company Ltd., 48 Cedarpark Center, Hamilton HM 11. P. O. Box HM 148, Hamilton HM AX. Telephone (441) 292-0567. Fax (441) 292-0732|
|Association of Filipinos in Bermuda||There are about 600, including doctors, accountants, nurses, waiters including domestic servants and more. RC 529.|
|Association of Professional Assistants||pending|
|Association of Professional Engineers||pending|
|Association of School Principals||C/o Bermuda Union of Teachers. It has a representative on the Labor Advisory Council, see Bermuda Government Boards.|
|Association of Securities Dealers||Suite 635, 48 Par-la-Ville Road, Hamilton HM 11. P. O. Box HM 66, Hamilton HM AX. Telephone (441) 291-1442. Fax (441) 292-7313|
|Asthmatic Support Group||First Thursday each month, Conference Room, Floor 1, King Edward Memorial Hospital, 7:30 pm. Call Andrea Smith at 293-0652|
|Astrid Trust of Bermuda (The)||RC 360|
|Arts Center at Dockyard||See artists and art on exhibition and for sale. Call 234 2809 for more details or fax 234-0540.|
|Atlantic Phoenix Lodge||Freemasons Hall, Reid Street, Hamilton. Established in1797.|
|Audit Committee||See Bermuda Government Boards.|
|Bahamas Association of Bermuda||Phone Don Mitchell 294-2590 (work) or 293-5408 (home); or Shervonne Hollis (292-2847 (home) or Judy Simpson 293-8063.|
|Bailey's Bay Cricket Club||5 Duck's Puddle Drive, Hamilton Parish CR 04. Telephone 293 8064|
|Ballroom Dancing||Hamilton Princess Hotel, Tuesday, 8 to 11 pm|
|Bank of Bermuda Foundation (The)||RC 595.
January 2001, it combines the facilities and services of the bank's
former Centennial Trust, Charitable Trust and Educational Trust.
2018. January 12. Bank of Bermuda Foundation scholarships will now be handed out based on the financial needs of their families. All students will be required to fill out a statement of means form to show whether their family is equipped to pay for postsecondary education, according to a statement from the Foundation. The Foundation says it wants to ensure young people from less wealthy families have access to a top education as it evolves from being a charitable to a philanthropic organisation. Evidence of strong academics and potential for success remain key requirements for eligibility. Dennis Tucker, scholarship committee chairman, said: “This commitment reflects the Foundation’s vision that there are equitable opportunities for all, to lead purposeful lives, have financial security and enjoy a sense of belonging within the community. The Foundation is proud to continue its tradition of offering substantial scholarships to Bermudian students, with a new focus on supporting those who face obstacles due to finances.” The Foundation supports students pursuing interests including the arts, business, vocational, postgraduate, medicine, law and other courses of study. Up to 18 scholarships are made available each year to cover the costs of tuition, room and board and travel. Scholarship applications are due by March 31. For further details, visit www.bermudascholarships.com.
|Bank of Butterfield Employees Shared Trust (BEST)||Formed in 2001 as an employee-driven community program that combines staff donations with matching bank contributions|
|Barbados Association of Bermuda||An organization of Barbadians living and working in Bermuda. Includes an annual show of Bajan dishes cooked by men. About 300 Bajans work in Bermuda, including teachers, Police, chefs, lawyers, judiciary. RC 401|
|Barn, The||44 Devon Spring Road, Devonshire FL 01, telephone 236 3155. Part of the Hospitals Auxiliary registered charity. The Barn operates a thrift shop|
|Befrienders Bermuda||RC 638|
|Bereavement Association of Caregivers||P. O. Box DD 174, St. David's DD BX. Telephone 297 0030|
|Bereavement Support||P. O. Box HM 1023, Hamilton HM DX. Telephone 239 2025|
|Berkeley Educational Society||RC 124|
|Berkeley Institute Parent- Teacher-Students Association||RC 111|
|Bermuda 2009 Steering Committee||Formed to celebrate Bermuda's 400th anniversary. Chairman Conchita Ming.|
|Bermuda African Violet Society||Meeting, Fourth Tuesday each month, 7:30 pm, Horticultural Hall, Bermuda Botanical Gardens, Paget, new members welcome.|
|Bermuda Agricultural Group||Dedicated to preserving Bermuda's agriculture industry and lifestyle. It runs an annual Agricultural Camp. It operates from Tudor Farm in Southampton, an 11 acre farm purchased by the Bermuda Government to preserve the integrity of the largest remaining farm in Bermuda. C/o Department of Agriculture and Fisheries, P. O. Box HM 834, Hamilton HM CX. Or fax 293-0176. RC 475|
|Bermuda All Breed Club||P. O. Box HM 23, Hamilton HM AX. Phone 234-3360. Fax 234-4101. Also see The Dog Training Club of Bermuda. RC 479. It runs the annual Bermuda All Breed Club International Dog Show held at the Botanical Gardens.|
|Bermuda Alliance for Sargasso Sea (BASS)||A grouping of the Island's conservation organizations, working towards establishing the Sargasso Sea as a marine protected area (MPA) through research, education and community awareness|
|Bermuda Alzheimer's Family Support Association||P. O. Box DV 114, Devonshire DV BX. Meets second Tuesday of each month, Continuous Care Unit Activities room, King Edward VII Memorial Hospital, 5:30 pm. Call Julie Kay Darrell at 238-2168.|
|Bermuda Amateur Lobster Catchers Association (BALCA)||Formed in 1984 after commercial operations lobbied the Government to deny recreational fishing.|
|Bermuda Amateur Softball Association||P O Box HM 1528, Hamilton HM FX|
|Bermuda Amateur Swimming Association (BASA)||Suite 1407, 48 Par la Ville Road, Hamilton HM 11. Uses White's Island for some activities. RC|
|Bermuda Aquarium, Museum & Zoo||Bermuda Government owned. Call 293 2727. Entry fee for non-members|
|Bermuda Archery Association|
|Bermuda Arts Center at Dockyard||Artists and art on exhibition and for sale. Call 234 2809. Daily from 10 am to 5 PM. No charge for entry. RC 244|
|Bermuda Arts Council||See Bermuda Government Boards.|
|Bermuda Arts & Fitness Academy||Martial arts. Classes in various disciplines. 19 Chapel Road, Paget PG 02. Call 236-6331 or 737-5599.|
|Bermuda Assessment & Referral Centre (BARC)||Most referrals are through the judicial system. Drug Court convicts are given sentence breaks if they submit to a rehabilitation program|
|Bermuda Association for Chefs||Phone 292-3700|
|Bermuda Association for the Education of Young Children||RC 460|
|Bermuda Association of Eco-Clubs (BASE)||
Helps promote the environment and sustainability in schools, as well as to empower students and show them it is not just up to teachers and adults to say what's right in the community.
|Bermuda Association of Family Mediators||2015. November 27, launched, coinciding with the Island’s push to bring mediation to the forefront of family law. Training is at the Dame Lois Browne-Evans Building, with experts from Canada helping to teach accredited family law mediation training. The new body is similar in structure to the Bermuda Bar Association, and allowed trainees to become adjunct members until they became fully qualified. They have access to an extensive library of mediation materials. The resource library is housed at the Centre for Community and Family Mediation, 38 Mount Hill Road, which will also give mediators the chance to network. Mediation has gradually overtaken the more traditionally adversarial approach to family law, which can cause bitter rifts and can traumatize the children of warring parents. For more details, call 295-1150.|
|Bermuda Association of Food Aid Providers||
Formed after an alarming number of people in Bermuda in 2010 and 2011 sought free food from charities and others involved in feeding the needy. Seven organizations who dish out meals around the Island joined together to form this entity and better coordinate the donations they receive from wholesalers and importers. Organizations include the Coalition for the Protection for Children; Eliza Dolittle Society; LCCA, Salvation Army; Centre Against Abuse, Hands of Love Ministry; and Meals on Wheels.
|Bermuda Association of Landscape Architects (BALA)||Incorporated in 2002. A skill that combines art with science.|
|Bermuda Association of Licensed Trustees (BALT)||Founded in 1994. Represents the trust and related industry. A forum for the interests of its stakeholders and acts as a representative body for all companies licensed by the Bermuda Monetary Authority to carry on trust and related business in Bermuda. BALT makes representations to Government and is often invited to deliver submissions and reports on trust legislation, fiduciary ethics, good practice and regulation of the industry.|
|Bermuda Association of Professional Engineers||RC 396|
|Bermuda Association of Yoga Therapists (BAYT)||In 2015 launched a limited-time free yoga therapy programme designed to benefit Bermuda’s seniors. Demonstrates how yoga and yoga therapy counseling can help with some common health issues that affect our ageing population.|
|Bermuda Asthma & Allergy Support Group||A member of the Eczema Association of America. Suite 303, 48 Par-la-Ville Road, Hamilton HM11. Telephone it at 292-9258 or fax 292-4535. RC 459|
|Bermuda Astronomical Society||Eddie McGonagle|
|Bermuda Audubon Society||Formed in 1954 in response to marsh dumping. P. O. Box HM 1328, Hamilton HM FX. Telephone (441) 292-1920. Hotline to report environmental problems especially with birds 235-5513. RC 099. Website audubon.bm|
|Bermuda Autism Support and Education Society (BASE)||Meets at 7:30 pm on the first Monday of each month at the Reading Clinic on Serpentine Road. Caters to special needs workers, therapists and caregivers of challenged children. Has an annual Autism Awareness Month, usually in April. Receives an annual grant from the Bermuda Government. RC 590|
|Bermuda Auto Cycle Union||Meets every third Tuesday of each month. New members welcome and anyone interested in MotoX.|
|Bermuda Automotive Distributors Association||A local trade group of automobile dealers|
|Bermuda Badminton Association||P O Box DV 730, Devonshire DV BX.|
|Bermuda Ballet Association||RC 062|
|Bermuda Ball Hockey Association (BBHA)||Similar to ice hockey but played on a hard surface instead of ice and with a hockey ball instead of a puck. RC 623|
|Bermuda Ballet Association||RC 062|
|Bermuda Bankers Association (BBA)||Since November 2007. Funded by its members. Created its own (voluntary) code of conduct for its member-banks. Serves as the main representative body for banks and deposit taking/lending firms on the Island. Similar to banker's associations in other financial jurisdictions, an industry think tank, lobby group and a forum for increased cooperation on non-competitive issues among the Island's banks. All banks doing business in Bermuda are members. The Bermuda Monetary Authority, responsible for the licensing, supervision and regulation of all financial institutions in Bermuda (including those conducting deposit taking, insurance, investment and trust business), is an ex officio observer of the BBA.|
|Bermuda Basketball Association||Voice mail 291 3760|
|Bermuda Bar Association (BBA)||Reid House, 31 Church Street, Hamilton HM 12. P. O. Box HM 125, Hamilton HM AX. Telephone and Fax: (441) 295-4540. Trade association for lawyers (barristers) registered to practice law under the Bermuda Bar Act 1974. A member of the International Bar Association. Oversees more than 470 active members and 75 law firms, and its members' fees average over $600 an hour. Bermuda has more lawyers - attorneys - per square mile than anywhere else on earth. In Bermuda, only a registered lawyer who is a member of the BBA, or whose legal practice is, may form a Bermuda-registered company.|
|Bermuda Beekeepers Association||With regular meetings. Contact Randolph Furbert|
|Bermuda Bereavement Association of Care Givers||P. O. Box DD 174, St. David's DD BX. Phone 297-0030|
|Bermuda Betting Licensing Authority||Bermuda Government|
|Bermuda Bible Society||Suite 570, 48 Par-la-Ville Road, Hamilton HM 11. Rev. Mark Tremblay. RC 482.|
|Bermuda Bicycle Association||Has periodic high-profile races on streets and roads. RC 219|
|Bermuda Bird Fanciers Society||With regular meetings and annual November show|
|Bermuda Bluebird Society||Hotline for assistance with questions and problems 238-0168|
|Bermuda Boat and Canoe Club||Pembroke. Telephone 295 6904|
|Bermuda Boat Parade||RC 538|
|Bermuda Boot Scooters||Country and Western Dancing, Police Recreation Club, Devonshire. Monday except Public Holidays. 8 to 10:30 pm, admission $5|
|Bermuda Botanical Gardens||Guided tours of this Bermuda Government owned property, see Bermuda Botanical Society. Car park, Berry Hill Road entrance. Call 236 4201.|
|Bermuda Botanical Society||Visitors Center, Botanical Gardens, Paget. RC 249|
|Bermuda Bowling Federation||47 Middle Road, Warwick WK 05. P. O. Box 128, Warwick, WK BX. Telephone 236-5290. With members club liquor license. RC 487|
|Bermuda Boxing Commission||Handles all local and Bermuda-related international events and initiatives in the sport.|
|Bermuda Boys Brigade||A Christian organization for boys and girls 6-18 years. Meets Fridays at various churches and times for relevant groups.|
|Bermuda Branch of the British Conservative Party||Contact Neil Hitchcock, The Glebe House, 17 Glebe Hill, Tucker's Town, HS 02, Bermuda.|
|Bermuda Branch of the British Red Cross Society||RC 113|
|Bermuda Bravery Awards Association||Invites the public to nominate individuals directly responsible for a life saving or bravery or heroism act. Telephone D. Mark Selley, Chairman, at 293-3121. Or by mail at "Seven Seas" #6 Rock Garden Lane, Harrington Hundreds Road, Smiths FL04, Bermuda.|
|Bermuda Breastfeeding Resource Center||P. O. Box HM 1214, Hamilton HM FX. Telephone (441) 293-1689. RC 266|
|Bermuda Bridge Federation (The)||Regular games at the club, 7 Pomander Road, Paget, PG 05. Phone 541-0551. Also, there is an annual Bermuda Regional Bridge Tournament, every January, usually at the Southampton Princess Hotel. RC 415|
|Bermuda Business Confidence Index (BBCI)||Sponsored by HSBC Bermuda, the BBCI is conducted online with members of an exclusive panel of Bermuda’s senior executives, with representation of both international and domestic companies from all major sectors of the economy.|
|Bermuda Business Development Agency (BDA)||Founded in 2013. Bermuda is an offshore jurisdiction with a platform to offer innovative solutions to the global marketplace during an era that poses both great challenges and opportunities. It has received strong support from the current and former government and the private sector in its activities. Amid merger activity in the insurance sector, fierce competition from other jurisdictions and regular global assaults on offshore financial centres, BDA has contributed to the formation of new companies, improved branding of the island and helped promote industry growth that has led to the creation of new jobs.|
|Bermudian Canadian Association (BCA) in Toronto||Initially the Bermuda Social Club. Now with this name. Its logo is a Bermuda Moongate encircled by the name of the association set against a background of palm trees with long tails flying over what looks like a lush green and white depiction of Horseshoe Beach. The Bermuda and Canadian flags fly on each side of the Moongate.|
|Bermuda Cadet Corps||See Bermuda Government Boards.|
|Bermuda Cancer and Health Centre||46
Point Finger Road, Paget. P. O. Box HM 1652, Hamilton HM FX. Phone
236-0949. RC 070. Formerly Bermuda Tuberculosis, Cancer &
Health Association. Since 1945, established by Act of Parliament.
founded to assist patients fighting TB. It educates the community about
prevention and early detection of cancer. It conducts 75% of all
2016 September 14. Bermuda Cancer and Health Centre will benefit from a half-a-million-dollar donation from two local companies as it prepares for the installation of new radiation therapy equipment. BF&M Limited and the Argus Group are each giving $250,000 to support the new BCHC building, which will house Bermuda’s first radiation facility. Patients who require radiation can presently only get the treatment overseas. John Wight, president and CEO of BF&M Limited, said: “As leading healthcare providers on the island, we have a responsibility to make a difference in the quality of treatment offered locally to our community. “We commend Tara Curtis and her team at Bermuda Cancer and Health Centre for leading the radiation therapy initiative and extend our wholehearted support, as this will now facilitate treatment being available to more residents, and provide relief to families who will be able to support their loved ones right here at home.” Alison Hill, chief executive officer of the Argus Group, added: “We are proud to support Bermuda Cancer and Health Centre in their initiative to house Bermuda’s first radiation facility. “Providing this cutting-edge treatment in Bermuda delivers compelling treatment options for those dealing with cancer and as major healthcare insurers we are committed to improving the quality and access of care for our community.” Tara Curtis, executive director of BCHC, said: “Bermuda Cancer and Health Centre truly appreciate the financial support received from BF&M and Argus in helping us to achieve this important Radiation Therapy Initiative. Over the past ten months, BCHC has worked closely with the Dana Farber/Brigham and Women’s Cancer Centre, which is ranked fourth in the USA for cancer care, for the design and construction of the facility and recently BCHC signed a contract for the Truebeam treatment system, the latest technology available for radiation therapy treatment.”
|Bermuda Canoe Association||(The Kayak Club).|
|Bermuda Careers Centre||RC 627|
|Bermuda Captive Owners Association (BCOA)||Created in 2005 with the general intent of establishing a forum for the exchange of ideas and to promote the interest of their captives.|
|Bermuda Casino Gaming Commission||Bermuda Government Boards.|
|Bermuda Cat Fanciers Association||P.O. Box 1306, Hamilton HM FX, Bermuda. Meets 1st Tuesday each month except July and August.|
|Bermuda Cavers Group||Phone 232-5101. P.O. Box DV 691, Devonshire DV BX, Bermuda. Cave exploration and conservation oriented group of local cave divers.|
|Bermuda Celiacs Society||Founded by Derek Singleton for those who have a gluten intolerance disorder|
|Bermuda Chamber Choir||
the choral arts to life in our community. New members are welcome, contact
Artistic Director Ryan Ellis at 296-5100 Ext. 230.
|Bermuda Chamber of Commerce (BCC)||A non-profit, apolitical organization whose members share a common goal: to advance the commercial, industrial, civic, trade and general interests of Bermuda and to foster the spirit of free enterprise. A trade association for local merchants. Telephone 295 4201 or fax 292 5779 or 295 2086. In 1993 it began Harbour Nights.|
|Bermuda Chaplains Group||Established
October 2014. received accreditation to license chaplains from
CICA-International University and Seminary, which is accredited by
Evangelical Order of Certified Pastoral Counsellors of America. Anyone
interested in becoming a licensed chaplain should e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
or visit cica-international.org.
2018. April 4. Dozens of new Bermudian chaplains have been licensed in an effort to “take back Bermuda’s streets”. Bermuda Chaplains Group has licensed 57 chaplains and expects the figure to increase to 70. Director Althea Winifred said the group wants to ensure Bermuda is equipped with skilled chaplains ready to help their communities due to an “overwhelming increase in traumatic events” including gang activities and road fatalities.
|Bermuda Charities and Community Services Fund||RC 217|
|Bermuda Chefs Association||c/o Butterfield & Vallis|
|Bermuda Chess Association||Tuesdays, tournament & chess evening. Of the 143 countries on the Fide list, Bermuda is 134th. Top local players attend the World Chess Olympiad. There's also an annual Bermuda Chess Open in February with visitors.|
|Bermuda Church Society||Anglican Church. A landlord and building developer. Projects have included a new 6-floor office development in 2002. 19-25 Front Street, Hamilton.|
|Bermuda Civic Ballet||RC 098|
|Bermuda Collectors Society (BCS)||Since 1986. A not-for-profit corporation, an organization dedicated to the study and exchange of information concerning all aspects of the philately of Bermuda. Now with a worldwide membership of over 150. Although many BCS members correspond directly with their fellow members, the principal link with other society members is through the issues of the Bermuda Post, the society’s quarterly journal.|
|Bermuda College Board of Governors||See Bermuda Government Boards.|
|Bermuda College Faculty Association|
|Bermuda College Library||Open to all daily except Public Holidays, Sundays 2-7pm. Phone 239-4033.|
|Bermuda College Trust||RC 341|
|Bermuda Community Foundation||For more information, visit bcf.bm.|
|Bermuda Conference Branch of the YPD of the AME Churches||RC 159|
|Bermuda Conference of Seventh-Day Adventists||P. O. Box HM 1170, Hamilton HM EX|
|Bermuda Connections Smithsonian Folklife Festival Charitable Trust||RC 584|
|Bermuda Church Society||Fax 292 5421|
|Bermuda CPCU Society Chapter||Made up of insurance and reinsurance industry professionals who have all obtained, or are on the path to obtaining, the Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter professional designation.|
|Bermuda Credit Association||4th Floor, Mechanics Building, 12 Church Street, Hamilton HM 11. P. O. Box HM 280, Hamilton HM AX. Telephone (441) 292-2660. Fax (441) 295-3781|
|Bermuda Conservatory of Music||Telephone 296-5100 or 292-0686.|
|Bermuda Cookery Demonstration||Harbor Room, No. 1 Passenger Terminal, Front Street, Hamilton. Wednesday, 2:30 to 4 pm. Off-season|
|Bermuda Counselors Association||P. O. Box DV 552, Devonshire. RC 467|
|Bermuda Council for Drug-Free Sport Ltd|
|Bermuda Council of Teachers of Mathematics||2018. September 22. Bermuda’s mathematics teachers are up to the job, according to a professional council. Rebeka Sousa, president of the Bermuda Council of Teachers of Mathematics, said that teachers in the public and private sectors had the necessary ability and skills. Ms Sousa said: “It is here. We have it here. We have the resources, and we have the expertise. It’s just about bringing out that expertise and making sure that it is shared across all schools.” The BCMT was founded in 1988 but lapsed several years ago. Ms Sousa said that she decided to resurrect the group last January after she worked for the Department of Education for five years and saw the need for teacher collaboration. The Warwick Academy teacher said the group was working to rebuild its ranks and that recent meetings had attracted about 20 people. Ms Sousa said the group had about 50 people who had expressed an interest, including teachers from both public and private schools, as well as teaching assistants, administrators and principals. She added: “It’s open to anybody who really just has a passion about maths education.” Ms Sousa said that BCMT’s main purpose would be to provide support and resources to teachers. She added: “We want to obviously bring more awareness to mathematics education.” Ms Sousa said that she had seen a lack of collaboration between public and private schools during her time working in both systems. She said the BCMT was “kind of that link to bridge between public school and private school educators — because ultimately we’re doing the same thing. We all have the same purpose and reason for what we do — let’s share some of those ideas.” Ms Sousa said there was a view in Bermuda that dislike for maths was acceptable, and that “maths was only for certain individuals”. She added: “We want mathematics to be accessible for all students. We want it to be accessible to everybody. Maths is not just for those people who are good at it. It is not just for those people who can do quick sums in their head, and it’s not just about arithmetic. It’s about everything around us.” The group is interested in looking at new ways to approach maths instruction to tackle poor exam results “instead of just spinning the wheels”. Ms Sousa explained: “I think it does start in getting a better understanding of what maths is. I think what’s going to change people’s perceptions about mathematics, and how we do mathematics, is seeing that mathematics is an important tool.” Ms Sousa highlighted Dan Myer, a US maths teacher, and his approach that maths should be looked at as power and not a punishment. She added: “I think that’s a movement that we need to make as a country.”|
|Bermuda Craftmarket Ltd||RC 572|
|Bermuda Cricket Board||48 Cedar Avenue, Hamilton HM 11. Telephone 292 8958. Fax 292-8959. RC 350|
|Bermuda Darts Association||Telephone Secretary at residence 293-1466 or fax 232-3278|
|Bermuda Debate Society||Contact Judy Pitt. RC 325|
|Bermuda Dental Association||PO Box 3059, Hamilton HM NX, Bermuda. Phone (441) 236-9337. Fax (441) 236-1325. 37 dentists serving 68,500 people. Dental Practitioners Act 2008. The act also requires dentists, hygienists and assistants to have continuing education to remain registered, have a professional conduct committee with mandatory reporting of impaired practitioners, a report annually and more.|
|Bermuda Dental Board||25 Church Street, Continental Building, Hamilton, HM 12. Phone (441) 278-4921, fax (441) 292-2629. Dental Practitioners Act 2008. P. O. Box HM 2748, Hamilton HM LX. Phone 295-8233. See Bermuda Government Boards. The Board's members include the senior Government dental officer as an ex officio member.|
|Bermuda Dental Hygiene Association||Dental Practitioners Act 2008. The act also requires dentists, hygienists and assistants to have continuing education to remain registered, have a professional conduct committee with mandatory reporting of impaired practitioners, a report annually and more.|
|Bermuda Diabetes Association (BDA)||46 Point Finger Road, Paget DV 04, Bermuda. Mailing Address: PO Box DV 506, Devonshire, DV BX. Phone/fax (441) 236-3668. Registered charity 143. It promotes awareness about signs, symptoms, treatment of diabetes and serious complications which may result from poor control of the disease. It provides hope and support in the field of diabetes research and education about healthy lifestyles for the prevention and management of diabetes. At least 8,000, possibly as many as 12,000 Bermudians suffer from diabetes, although that figure could be as high as 12,000. BDA provides low-cost medical supplies to thousands of victims and deals with about 400 new patients every year.|
|Bermuda Diary Association||With regular meetings|
|Bermuda Disaster Relief Fund||Assisted by the American Society of Bermuda but separate in its fund-raising, it raises money for those affected by the September 11 tragedy in the USA. Chief beneficiaries are widows of the New York Firefighters Fund and the New York Police Fund.|
|Bermuda District of Royal Arch Masons||Bermuda organization of Scottish Masons. Chapters are Celtic 106, which meets in the State House in St. George's; St. Andrew 270 of King Street, Hamilton Masonic Temple; Atlantic 175 of Atlantic Phoenix Lodge, Reid Street Masonic Hall; and Hamilton 745 of Khyber Pass, Warwick.|
|Bermuda Dive In Festival Committee||Produces the annual Bermuda Dive In Festival|
|Bermuda Dream Club||
Since spring 2009. Founded by Jan Fraser Coles after she decided to publish 'You're Never Too Old to Dream Dare Dance.'
|Bermuda Education Network||A registered charity that provides support to students in the public school system. Any non-government organization that regularly provides educational programs to the public may apply for membership.|
|Bermuda Educational Assistance Trust||RC 310|
|Bermuda Electric Radio Controlled Sports Club||New members welcome.|
|Bermuda Emergency Medical Technicians Association||27 Southcourt Avenue, Paget PG 06. Telephone 291 0850. RC 328|
|Bermuda Employers' Council||Since June 2002 at Reid House, Ground Floor, 31 Church Street, Hamilton HM 12. Telephone (441) 295-5070. Fax (441) 295-1966. Trade association for most good employers.|
|Bermuda End to End||Contact Paul Rowlerson. RC 558|
|Bermuda Energy Alternatives Taskforce (BEAT)||
Pembroke residents formed this action group to fight plans to build new power plants and thereby help prevent further noise, odor, heat, soil, air and water pollution from energy generation within Pembroke, the most densely populated area of Bermuda.
|Bermuda Education Network||P. O. Box GE 319, St. George's GE BX. Phone 441 505 5020. Charity 899.|
|Bermuda Educators Council||For members, See Bermuda Government Boards.|
|Bermuda Environmental Alliance (BEA)||
Since June 2009. Involved in Bermuda's environmental story.It's first project was a mini-series. Educates the public about environmental issues.
|Bermuda Environmental Sustainability Taskforce (BEST)||Chairman: S. Hayward. Behind the petition which rallied support to halt developers who sought special development orders (SDO) at Southlands, Airport, Pink Beach redevelopment, North Channel dredging and other halts to other development restraints on environmental grounds.|
|Bermuda Equestrian Federation||P. O. Box DV 583, Devonshire DV BX. Telephone 234-0485. Fax 234-3010. RC 214|
|Bermuda Ex-Police Officer's Association||Members include Roger Sherratt|
|Bermuda Family Council||Ministry of Health & Family Services. It gets two Bermuda Government grants of at least $34,000 and $24,000 each. For members, See Bermuda Government Boards.|
|Bermuda Farmers Association||c/o Tom Wadson.
Also promotes awareness of the historic and current contribution of
farming and agriculture to Bermuda's culture, quality of life and
2018. July 20. Lieutenant-Colonel David Burch issued an apology to a farming leader today as he conceded farming leases had been neglected. The public works minister also told the House of Assembly all leases for arable lands would now be extended to 21 years less one day. Colonel Burch had previously refuted Bermuda Farmers Association’s claim that all land leases for government-owned farm lands had not been renewed for more than three years. But today he revealed he had not been given the full story by his ministry officials and delivered an “apology without reservation” to Carlos Amaral, chairman of the farmers group for his erroneous statement last week. Colonel Burch said his rebuttal of their objections had been mistaken. He said the statistic he had previously given to Parliament, that just 13 leases had expired, had been technically correct — but only since June. He warned Cabinet colleagues: “Don’t assume that you know or are being told everything that is happening in your ministry.” Colonel Burch said that other than vacant lots all the land is being farmed, and there is no intent to use the properties for anything other than farming. He added that he had ordered the timeline to address outstanding leases as a matter of priority, and the longer leases would be implemented “unless there is a compelling reason not to”.
2018. July 12. A family who feared the closure of their farm after a lease on government land expired has been told there is no threat to it. Richard Bascome Jr and his son, also Richard, were warned in June by the Estates Department that their agreement on seven-acre Westover Farm in Sandys had run out 17 months earlier and were given notice to quit by December. But Lieutenant-Colonel David Burch, the Minister of Public Works, last night explained that when he was “able to review the facts” and meet the family, he “found that there was no issue so significant to the Cabinet that his tenancy needed to be threatened”. He said: “Let me repeat what I have stated repeatedly over the past two weeks — the Westover Farm will not be closed down, suspended, or in any way interfered with. Mr Bascome Sr has been a welcomed, quality and reliable tenant on government land for decades and both the farm and Mr Bascome are a rightful source of pride for Somerset residents. In fact, Westover Farm’s sausages can be found gracing the menus of authentic restaurants throughout Bermuda that are committed to promoting Bermudian products.” The Sandys site has been run by the family for more than 50 years and supplies around a quarter of the island’s fresh milk. The younger Mr Bascome said after the shock news was delivered that the short notice to quit was “ludicrous”. He also pointed out that eviction meant an uncertain future for about 70 cows, 50 sheep and the farm’s poultry. But Colonel Burch said yesterday: “This government is determined to support and uplift black, small and medium-sized Bermuda businesses, not shut them down.” He added: “I am grateful to the civil servants who acted to ensure government assets were protected and I am equally appreciative of the tone and tenor of the Bascomes’s representation of their interests. I believe we have achieved a win/win for all parties and look forward to the presence of Westover Farm in the community for many further decades.” Last month, The Royal Gazette told how the Bascomes said representatives from the government’s estates division called at the Daniel’s Head farm to give them until December 1 to leave, but there had been “no dialogue” since. After the article was published, Colonel Burch insisted the Government was committed to helping more black businesses get off the ground. He added: “So there is no way we or I would participate in destroying one.” The family had leased the land since the 1960s but that expired in January 2017. They contacted Colonel Burch and he agreed to investigate but said: “Before I could do that, however, I received written communication that included their lawyer. It indicated that this required me to alert the Government’s lawyer — the Attorney-General.” The Bermuda Farmers Association added its voice to support the Westover farmers and Stephen Dunkley, the general manager of Dunkley’s Dairy, also watched developments with interest as the closure of Westover would “definitely impact our supply of milk if all of a sudden it disappears”. On Monday, Colonel Burch met members of the Bascome family and later described the meeting as “cordial, instructive and productive” with an agreement made to discuss the matter further. Neither Mr Bascome could be reached for comment.
2018. July 9. The Bermuda Farmers Association urged the Government yesterday to ditch its plan to remove West End farmers from their land amid concerns over the island’s dwindling farming industry. The association claimed less than 400 acres is now being farmed across the island, down from 3,000 during agriculture’s peak years. It said it was “deeply troubled” by the Government’s plan to order the Bascome family, which has operated Westover Farm in Sandys since the 1960s, to quit the land by December 1. It called for the family to instead be given a secure lease, allowing them to upgrade, and added that a working farm would present an attraction at the West End. “We are deeply troubled by the Government giving Westover Farms six months’ notice to vacate their farm,” the group said. “This farm produces not only approximately 25 per cent of milk for our island, but also food crops as well. This farm has been run by the Bascome family for over 50 years. It is iconic in the Somerset area, well respected, visited by school groups and tourists alike.” The Government has yet to comment on its intentions for the property. Under the Bermuda Agricultural Strategy 2016, domestic crop production was to be promoted for “greater food security, increased employment and preservation of a historically important industry”. The association argued that objective “flies in the face of the Government kicking the Bascomes off the farm”. It said: “During the last 60 years, a significant proportion of prime agriculture land has been lost to tourism and residential development. At its peak, Bermuda was farming some 3,000 acres. Today there are only 738 acres of protected arable reserve, and of that approximately 50 per cent is being farmed. The Bermuda Farmers Association is very concerned about the loss of these seven acres that are in production. These acres will never be regained. What are the plans for the farm? If the PLP government believe in what they say, they will invest in our industry and help us produce more local food.” Richard Bascome Jr and his son, also Richard, contacted The Royal Gazette over the matter last month. While the farmers’ lease expired 18 months ago on the Government-owned land, the family called the short notice to leave “ludicrous” and said nothing further had been communicated. In response, public works minister Lieutenant-Colonel David Burch announced on June 29 that he was “happy” to discuss the matter with the Bascomes. Colonel Burch added that he had opted to wait after being notified that the Bascomes were seeking legal advice on the matter. But the Bascomes said they were far from being the only farmers whose leases had lapsed — and the farmers association claimed that “all land leases for all government-owned farm lands have still not been renewed, despite continuous efforts by farmers for more than three years”. The farm runs a slaughterhouse and vegetable garden, and locals from across the island call there on Fridays and Saturdays for produce. The association quoted from the ruling Progressive Labour Party’s 2017 election platform, which pledged to make use of arable government land to boost domestic food production, with the aim of modernizing equipment and raising profits. The farmers association, which said the leases had expired under the previous One Bermuda Alliance administration, asked why farmers’ leases had not been updated under the new government — adding: “Certainly Mr Bascome would love to modernize his equipment, but how could he given he has no lease security?” Mr Bascome, whose father is 83, previously acknowledged that the Government owned the land and was within its rights to reclaim it — but bemoaned the loss of food-producing land. Over the weekend, Mr Bascome Jr said the family had yet to meet with the minister. The farm adjoins the obsolete 9 Beaches resort, which the Bermuda Land Development Company is seeking to revamp. The association asked whether the two might “coexist side-by-side”. The Royal Gazette has asked the Bermuda Government for comment but received no response so far.
|Bermuda Federation of Musicians and Variety Artists||Voice Mail: (441) 291-0138. A trade group. Represented on the Labor Advisory Council, See Bermuda Government Boards.|
|Bermuda Feline Assistance Bureau||Helps to catch and spay or neuter many stray cats and find homes for them if possible. Formed 1992. P. O. Box WK 91, WK BX. Phone 291-1737. Meets 1st Tuesday each month. Website bfab.bm. RC 332|
|Bermuda Fencing Federation||RC 456|
|Bermuda Festivals Purpose Trust||Every January and February it has nightly performances. RC 439|
|Bermuda Fine Art Trust||RC 288|
|Bermuda Fire Services Association||49 King Street, Hamilton. Telephone 292 4391|
|Bermuda Folk Club||#1 Spanish Point Road, Pembroke, HM 01. For residents and expatriates. Frequent concerts by visiting musicians.|
|Bermuda Football Association||48 Cedarpark Center, Cedar Avenue, Hamilton HM 11. Telephone 295-2199. Voicemail 291-0690. RC 331|
|Bermuda Football Foundation||Since 2006. P. O. Box HM 1695, Hamilton HM GX. Phone 278-2079. RC 746|
|Bermuda Foundation||RC 216|
|Bermuda Foundation for Insurance Studies||Mailing
address: Suite 197, 12 Church Street, Hamilton HM 11, Bermuda. Location
address: Cedarpark Centre, 48 Cedar Avenue, Hamilton HM 11. Tel: (441)
295-1266. Fax: (441) 295-5876. Works
to get Bermudians educated for successful careers
in insurance sector. RC 440
2018. July 12. The Bermuda Foundation for Insurance Studies awarded $230,000 in scholarship funding to ten students focused on careers in Bermuda’s insurance sector. This brings the total amount of funding that the foundation has awarded since the charity was founded 22 years ago to nearly $6.5 million. The total number of current BFIS scholars now at college is 31, which is a funding commitment of $480,000. BFIS has now assisted 189 students with scholarship funding and, with ten BFIS scholars graduating this year, 152 alumni are now employed in the insurance sector and related industries. The BFIS Scholarship Awards Reception, attended by over 80 guests including BFIS donors, trustees, committee members, mentors, alumni, the new awardees and their parents, was held at O’Hara House, courtesy of XL Catlin. Gail Martin, BFIS chairwoman, started the event by highlighting the reason BFIS was created, which was to provide financial support and guidance for Bermudian students so that they would have the opportunity to obtain the appropriate education and training in order to pursue an insurance-related career. She went on to thank the Scholarship Committee for their difficult task in selecting the recipients. Duranda Greene, chairwoman of the BFIS Scholarship Committee, in presenting the BFIS awards, said: “We received 75 applications of which 34 were freshmen, 18 sophomores, 20 juniors and three seniors and from those 27 students were interviewed. The standard was extremely high and the committee looks for students of outstanding ability, not only extremely sound academically, but also well rounded, excelling in their individual pastimes of sports, music and philanthropic endeavors. They need to be able to clearly articulate their interest in a career in the insurance sector so both the essay and the interview are extremely important to the review process.” BFIS Overseas Scholarships were awarded to: Grace Francoeur (finance, McGill, Canada), Ava Marshall (finance, Queen’s, Canada), Sydney Mason (politics and international relations, Southampton, UK), Malini Romeo (economics, British Columbia, Canada). This year there were six “named” awards from BFIS donor companies: the BFIS Argo Scholarship awarded to Somer Froud (IT management, West of England, UK); the BFIS Aspen Scholarship to Amon Wedderburn (insurance and risk management, St John’s, USA); the BFIS Axis Scholarship to Busayo Salawu (actuarial science, Southampton, UK); the BFIS MS Amlin Scholarships were awarded to Rajah Steede (insurance and risk management, Georgia State, US) and Miles Cave (actuarial science, Queen Mary, UK). The BFIS Alumni Association Scholarship, funded with money raised by BFIS Alumni mostly though their annual Denim Day, was awarded to Zya Fraser (finance, Georgia State). Closing speakers were Jonathan Allen, co-chairman of the BFIS Mentor Network Committee and BFIS Scholar 2000, who spoke about the work the committee does and how important it is for students to network at every opportunity. He also highlighted the opportunity students have to learn from their mentors — not only their career successes but also any missteps they made along the way. Meagan Stecko, BFIS Scholar 2016 and BFIS Bermuda Intern 2018, highlighted the importance of taking advantage of all BFIS has to offer in terms of support and programmes from networking to resume reviews and finding employment. She encouraged the new scholars to take full advantage of Cathy Lapsley and Jane Bielby at the BFIS office, who are available for advice and assistance. BFIS president Stephen Jones congratulated the new scholars and thanked Cathy Lapsley, BFIS executive director, and Jane Bielby, BFIS administrator, for their continuing hard work, professionalism and dedication in the running of BFIS and all its programmes.
2016. December 14. The Bermuda Foundation for Insurance Studies aims to raise more than $2 million next year to help fund its programmes. The charity said its endowment fund at present stood at just under $5 million. But David Souter, BFIS treasurer, said that the organisation’s finances were “in good order. However, fundraising continues to be challenging and in order to remain sustainable the fund needs to increase to $7 million and the board will be working towards that goal in 2017.” Mr Souter was speaking at the BFIS annual general meeting, which celebrated the organisation’s 20th birthday. More than 100 insurance professionals with close links to the foundation, from founding member and industry veteran Brian O’Hara to this year’s graduates who are just starting their careers, attended a lunch held after the meeting. Gail Martin, chairman of BFIS, said that it had moved into a bigger office, which allowed the foundation to expand its programmes offering Bermudian students get the education needed to enter the industry. Ms Martin added: “Although BFIS is noted for its scholarships, it does so much more — spending time in our senior schools, both public and private, giving career guidance presentations, helping students understand more about insurance and careers in the industry, organising several networking events every year for both high school and college students, arranging one-on-one mentoring, running summer internships for college students, another highly successful programme, and giving job search assistance benefiting hundreds of Bermudians.” Mr O’Hara said that industry guru Brian Hall, a founder and trustee of BFIS, had galvanised support for its establishment in 1996. He added that he was pleased that the organisation had grown to become a major contributor to the island’s insurance market.
Members of BFIS Board and BFIS Advisory Trustees: Brian O’Hara, Konrad Rentrup, Stephen Jones, Joe Rego, Mark Berry, Robin Spencer-Arscott, Terry Pimentel, chairwoman Gail Martin, David Soutter, Shelle Hendrickson, Michael Fisher, Rees Fletcher, chairman of Advisory Trustees, Cathy Lapsley and Allan Fox
|Bermuda Foundation for the Arts||RC 494|
|Bermuda Friendly Societies Association||Has an annual Cup Match Sportsmanship Award dinner|
|Bermuda Fruit Growers Association||With regular meetings|
|Bermuda Garden Club||With regular meetings|
|Bermuda Garrison Lodge/Friendship & Harmony Lodge||Freemasons Hall, Reid Street, Hamilton.|
|Bermuda Gerontological Society||A senior citizens group. Meets second Tuesday each month at Peace Lutheran Church Hall, 5:30 pm|
|Bermuda Girl Guides Association (Girlguiding Bermuda)||RC 034|
|Bermuda Girls in Training||Non-denominational female youth group. Phone 292-0418. RC 175|
|Bermuda Golf Association||Victoria Place, 31 Victoria Street, Hamilton HM 10. P. O. Box HM 433, Hamilton. Phone 295-9972 or fax 295-0304.|
|Bermuda Golf Foundation||RC 141|
|Bermuda Gymnastics Association||1st Floor, Gibbons Building, 10 Queen Street, Hamilton. P. O. Box FL 203, Flatts, FL BX. Telephone 295-0589. Gymnastics for boys and girls of all ages. RC 296|
|Bermuda Hash House Harriers||For a fun run/walk followed by a BBQ. Meets alternate Sundays at 4 pm. Call 291-1120|
|BHB (Bermuda Hospitals Board) Ethics Committee||Ethical issues that arise over long-term care are discussed by medical staff as part of Ethics Awareness Week. Ethics is about making decisions based on a shared understanding of right and wrong. It's about doing the right things for the right reasons. Some of the ethical dilemmas those involved in long-term care might face include questions around whether an individual has the capacity to make decisions about their care, living situation, lifestyle or finances. For those who are seriously ill, ethical questions may arise about end-of-life decisions like advance directives, feeding and life support. Has about twenty members, assists clients, their families and healthcare professionals who are dealing with ethical issues around medical care. The group formed a relationship with Dalhousie University's bioethics department more than a decade ago to provide training assistance. The committee promotes awareness of ethical concerns at both hospitals, endorses medical ethics education, provides an ethics consultation service and produces guidelines on prominent issues that can help healthcare professionals to consider all aspects of controversial decisions. The committee also reviews medical research proposals on request, and reviews hospital policies to ensure they are ethically sound. The public can contact the committee on 291-HOPE (4673).|
|Bermuda Health Alliance||Suite 200, 40 Par La Ville Road, Hamilton HM 11. Telephone (441) 296-2875. A cooperative venture of the Bermuda Diabetes Association, Bermuda Hospitals Board, Bermuda Heart Foundation, Friends of Hospice, Resident's Family Council and Hospitals Auxiliary. RC 442|
|Bermuda Healthcare Advocacy Group (BHAG)||An independent health care watchdog.|
|Bermuda Health Council||Since 2004. Sterling House, 16 Wesley Street, Hamilton HM11. PO Box HM 3381, Hamilton, HM PX. Phone 292-6420. Fax 292-8067. A Bermuda Government appointed entity. Official health watchdog. Responsible for regulating, coordinating and enhancing the delivery of health services in Bermuda. Made up of doctors, insurers, hospital officials and patient representatives. Also responsible for regulating the price of drugs sold to the public and conducting research on the subject of public health. Receives an annual grant from the Bermuda Government.|
|Bermuda Heart Foundation||For coronary
incidence, treatment and prevention. P. O. Box HM 1993, Hamilton, HM HX.
A major player in arranging the
funding for critically important life saving heart related equipment for
the hospital and is supported by health professionals of the highest
reputation in every relevant field. Goals are
equipment, building, direct services, education.
2017. August 5. The Bermuda Heart Foundation has teamed up with New York Presbyterian Hospital to provide better service to patients. Now, the US hospital will work with the foundation’s Core Heart Health Centre to provide expert doctors.
October 16, 2018
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