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Bermuda's Community Groups Part 3

Third file in alphabetical order of relevant and active island entities

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By Keith Archibald Forbes (see About Us) exclusively for Bermuda Online

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RC = registered charity. 

New legal framework for Bermuda charities, see http://www.royalgazette.com/business/article/20180823/new-legal-framework-for-bermuda-charities.

Business and Professional Women's Association of Bermuda (BPWA) P. O. Box HM 2282, Hamilton HM HX. Telephone (441) 236-4201. Founded in 1975 by the late Dame Marjorie Bean of Bermuda, affiliated with the International Federation of Business and Professional Women. RC 353
Business Bermuda (BB) Formerly Bermuda International Business Association (BIBA). The Windsor Place, 1st Floor, 22 Queen Street, Hamilton, HM 12. Tel: 441.292.0632. Fax: 441.292.1797. Trade association for an elite group of Bermudian companies. They assist the Government in periodic legislative and regulatory changes in offshore international business. Government gives an annual grant.
Buy Back Bermuda Since 2004. A volunteer campaign/charity which raises funds to purchase land and save it from development. A collaboration between the Bermuda National Trust and Bermuda Audubon Society. It has bought plots of land to turn into nature reserves at Eve's Pond in Hamilton Parish, Evans Bay Pond in Southampton and Somerset East Long Bay.
Byte Class of Bermuda  
Caledonian Society of Bermuda

Caledonian Society of Bermuda

A Scottish society founded in Bermuda in 1936. Celebrating all things Scottish on The Rock, the Caledonian Society of Bermuda are known for their ceilidhs, St. Andrew's Balls, New Year/Hogmanay Balls, Burns Suppers and more of the best events on the island.

Calvin (Bunny) Symonds Community Foundation Calvin Symonds, PLP MP Dale Butler, community activist Raymond Russell and Leroy (Nibs) Lewis.
Cannabis Reform Collaborative Formed in 2014 to determine if legislative changes are needed. In April 2016 many of the sweeping changes proposed by it remain on the shelf two years after they were presented to the Bermuda Government.
CARE Computer Services - Scholarship Fund Telephone 292-0915. RC 511
Cancer Assistance Research Foundation (CARF) RC 651
Capoeira Association of Bermuda Brazilian martial arts. It incorporates maculete, performed with blades and maracutu, using sticks.
Caron Bermuda Alcohol addiction charity
CARTEL Anti-gang charity. Cartel — Challenging and Reclaiming the True Essence of Life — is led by pastor, certified counselor, and gang mediator Leroy Bean
Casino Gaming Commission Bermuda Government, see under www.bermuda-online.org/bdagovt2.htm
Cat Fanciers Association Meeting, Mariners Club, Richmond Road, Pembroke.
Cathedral Boys Choir Anglican Cathedral, Hamilton.
Cavalry Gospel Chapel Southampton, Bermuda
Cave Diving Association Furniture maker Andrew Mello is President.
Cedarbridge Academy Board of Governors See Bermuda Government Boards
Cedarbridge Academy Library Monday-Friday. Open to students of this school and their parents.
Cedarbridge Academy PTSA RC 583
Celiac Support Group of Bermuda RC 363
The Centre 3 Angle Street, Hamilton. 292-1343 10 am to 6 pm Monday to Friday except holidays. Youth activity.
Centre Against Abuse Phone 292-4366 during office hours or via a 24-hour hotline at 297-8278

2019. August 22. The number of people who sought help from a charity over abusive relationships has already surpassed the annual average, the agency’s leader said yesterday. Laurie Shiell, the executive director at the Centre Against Abuse, explained that requests for assistance spiked in the first three months of 2019. She said: “The year started off very fast. We noticed January was above average and February was above average — we were seeing 30 clients for the first two months and then 20 in the third. We’ve definitely seen a greater increase in clients this year than we’ve ever seen before and we believe it’s due to getting information out there about our services and the work we do. We think it’s a good thing that people are getting help.” She said that numbers had returned to the more typical 12 to 15 clients a month, but the early uptick meant about 120 had been seen so far this year, compared with a yearly average of 100. Ms Shiell said the figures did not suggest the sudden increase was connected to new relationships and that “many of them have been going on for some time”. But she added: “I would say perhaps 90 per cent of the clientele has been first-time clients.” Ms Shiell said the first quarter of the calendar year also brought more requests than usual from men, with one a month compared with about five annually. She explained: “There are men that are looking to get help. Our services are not just for women, we do assist men who are survivors of abusive relationships whether it’s harassment, verbal abuse ... they need to get away from their partner that just won’t leave them alone. We are here to help set boundaries, to obtain that healthy relationship.” Ms Shiell encouraged anyone struggling in an abusive relationship to seek help. She said that clients who successfully escape their circumstances find “freedom, a new lease on life”. Ms Shiell added: “If you know of someone that’s in a situation and you’re not sure what to do, give us a call.”

Centre for Alcohol & Drug Abuse Prevention Stables Building, 91 Reid Street East, Hamilton HM 19. Phone  295 5982. Fax 295 6016. RC 102
Centre for Community and Family Mediation 4 Wesley Street, Hamilton HM 11. Phone 296-5437. Helps to resolve family disputes and inequities, as a preferred first step before going to the Human Rights Commission if necessary.
Centre for Human Concern St. Theresa's Rectory, Hamilton. Phone 292-4791.
Centre for Justice Since January 2012. Non-governmental, non-profit and non-partisan, the brainchild of former Human Rights Commissioner (HRC) Venous Memari. Promotes understanding of human rights and the law through education and advocacy.  Registered as a Bermuda charity, has a board of directors 2016. .May 28. It applied for judicial review of the same-sex marriage referendum. The group believes the questions on the ballot paper for June 23 breach rights including equality of treatment and freedom of thought and religion, and give rise to discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation and family status.
Centre On Philanthropy

Phone 236-7706. Fax 236-7693. Charities House,  25 Point Finger Road, Paget DV 04. Partners with charities, volunteers, donors, and volunteers. RC 335  

Certified General Accountants Association of Bermuda H. P. House, 21 Laffan Street, Hamilton HM 09. Or P. O. Box HM 3385, Hamilton HM PX. Phone 239-4010. Fax 239-4011. Professional Study program. Affiliated with the Certified General Accountants Association of Canada.
Certified Management Accountants The professional management accounting organization in the Canadian Maritime provinces and Bermuda.
Chaine des Rotisseurs Bermuda chapter of French gourmet club for those with a passion for food and wine. Membership by invitation. Some events are multi-course dinners with wines.
Chardre Yawana Scholarship Foundation RC 628
Champions Private Sports Club 73 Reid Street, Hamilton HM 12
Charles Bascome Music Scholarship RC 602
Charity Commissioners Charities Act 1978. The statutory board which decides on applications for charitable status. A government board with a chairperson picked by the government. Applications for status renewal are considered by the Charity Commissioners and they make recommendations to the Registrar General, who makes the final decision.
Chartered Professional Accountants of Bermuda (CPA Bermuda). Second Floor, Boyle Building, 31 Church Street, Hamilton. P. O. Box HM 1625, Hamilton HM GX. Telephone (441) 292-7479. Fax: (441) 295-3121 Incorporated in 1973, affiliated with the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants (CICA). Until 2014 the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Bermuda (ICAB). The governing accounting of chartered accountants. (CPA Bermuda was established to support the unification of the Certified Management Accountant (CMA), Certified General Accountant (CGA) and the Chartered Accountant (CA) designations under one organization in Bermuda.
Clara Mohammed School, IPTSA  
Child Abuse Referral Line Hotline 293-KIDS (293-5437). After 5pm call 911 to speak to an on-call Social Worker at 294-870.
Child Care Placement Board See Bermuda Government Boards
ChildWatch Suite 1080, 48 Par-la-Ville Road, Hamilton. Phone 234-2858. A men's group interested in changes in the law to better serve fathers of non-custodial children. It wants divorced fathers to be given equal access to their children. It states: Presently men are regarded as an ATM machine rather than a parent. Fathers are unilaterally made in essence to be third-rate parents after divorce or separation. They are alienated from their child. Has called on legislators to adopt similar laws to that of Denmark, which passed a shared parenting law.
Child's Wish RC 501
China Bermuda Society Set up in 2003 by Bermudian law firm Milligan-White and Smith, to promote links between the People's Republic of China and Bermuda. 
Christian Business Association Network (CBAN) RC 652
Church Girls' Brigade Meets Thursdays at St. Paul's Christian Education Centre, Paget. Phone 236-0337.
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints RC 556
City of Hamilton Guided Walking Tour From Visitors' Service Bureau to Fort Hamilton. Monday 10 am
Citizens Uprooting Racism in Bermuda (CURB) 3rd Floor, Bermudiana Arcade, 27 Queen Street, Hamilton. Phone 542-2872. An anti-racist, inter-ethnic movement dedicated to the elimination of racism.
City Market Association Since October 2006. A group of vendors and farmers that from November meets at Bull's Head, Hamilton. A local market that offers local farmers, fishermen, gardeners and artisans a venue to sell produce, farm-related items, plants and crafts directly to residents and visitors alike. 
City Trotters Walking Club of Bermuda A walking club. Sunday walk at 7:00 am at Albuoy's Point, rain or shine
Circulo Hispanico Informal bi-weekly gathering in Spanish/Central or South American/language and culture. Beginners to native speakers. Phone 295-7506 by day or 238-0724 evenings.
Clara Mohammed School IPTSA RC 647
Clearwater Middle School PTA RC 504
Club de la Boule Gourmande Petanque or boule every second Sunday of the month, 1-3 pm. Bermuda College. Call Riquette at 296-5676 for further information or fax 296-5678
 Club Consulaire des Bermudes Consuls are members. Their functions include serving their nationals residing locally and visitors to Bermuda from their countries. They have diplomatic links with Bermuda via the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (CFO) in London. Consulates are normally open Mondays to Fridays. Always call ahead for an appointment. 
Coalition for the Protection of Children 4 Wesley Street, Hamilton HM 11. Telephone 24-hour hotline 295-1150. Fax 295-2430. A part of the Family Resources Network Charitable Trust. RC 334
Coalition for the Rights of Long Term Residents Contact the Bermuda-Portuguese Association or the West Indian Association. IIn the democratic countries of USA, UK, Canada, etc. citizenships are routinely granted after 5 years residence  or after 3 years of residence and marriage to a citizen, to law-abiding applicants. But not in Bermuda. 
Cobbs Hill Methodist Church Built by slaves in the moonlight. 
Co-Dependents Anonymous (CODA) Support group for those interested in healthy, fulfilling relationships. Meets Saturdays 5 to 6:30 pm, admission free, all welcome, phone 236-1120.
Commission for Unity and Racial Equality (CURE) See Bermuda Government Boards.  Melbourne House, Suite 202. 11 Parliament Street, Hamilton HM KX. Telephone (441) 296-0613 or fax (441) 296-9142.
Committee for a National Policy on Disabilities Established in 2005 to determine guiding principles; recommend policy objectives in the areas of access, communication, education, training, health, housing and transportation; and to identify overall goals and objectives for each area. Their report has been completed and the Government has accepted the recommendations with the 155 objectives. The resultant committee is the National Accessibility and Advisory Council. This body has met and have reviewed the recommendations to develop a plan of action.
Committee of 25 for Handicapped Children P. O. Box HM 927, Hamilton HM DX, or at thrift shop the Bargain Box. Midsea Lane, Serpentine Road, Pembroke. Phone 292-4324 or fax 296- 0296. Charity, equipment and facilities for handicapped children. Established 1952. RC 015
Community Rehabilitation Services Helps clients with recognized enduring mental health problems. Teams of psychologists, occupational therapists, rehabilitation therapists, physiatrists and social workers work on cases. Call Chris Tuckett at 236-3770 ext 3309.
Community Service Centre Wednesdays 10 am  to 12 noon and Sundays 2-4 pm. Free distribution of clothing and other items at Midland Heights SDA church, Crawl Hill.
Computer Society of Bermuda (CSB) P. O. Box HM 1479, Hamilton HM FX. Phone (441) 292-3302. Incorporated in 1986 as a professional association for people involved in Information Technology. RC 535
Construction Association of Bermuda P. O. Box HM 238, Hamilton HM AX, Bermuda. Telephone 292-0633 or fax 292-0564. Alex M. DeCouto, President. 
Consumer Affairs Board Ministry of Community Affairs and Sport. See Bermuda Government Boards
Continental Society of Bermuda  Established in 1962 to help with the plight of disadvantaged children. Formed as an affiliate of Continental Societies Inc, an American organization founded in 1956 with chapters throughout the USA. 2002 president is Kennette Robinson. RC 006
Contributory Pensions Appeal Tribunal See Bermuda Government Boards
Cornerstone Phone 234-4022. 4 Oriel Lane, Scott's Hill Road, Sandys MA 04. Adult day care center for seniors and independent residential care.
Cornerstone Bible Fellowship 82 Church Street East, Hamilton. Non-denominational
Council for Allied Health Professionals Established in 2006, it promote patient interests and exercise discipline over practitioners. It has a Preliminary Proceedings Committee, set up to investigate complaints – with serious complaints referred to a Professional Conduct Committee which can hand out fines of up to $2,000, suspend a person’s registration for a year or even bar them.
Council for Caribbean Unity Contact Trevor Fyfe
Council on Alcohol & Drug Abuse P. O. Box HM 2304, Hamilton HM JX. Telephone 295 5982.
Council Partners Charitable Trust Formed March 1, 1996. P. O. Box DV 753, Devonshire DV BX. Telephone 296 3130 or fax 296 3129. RC 418
Country Line Dancing Mariners Club, Hamilton, admission $5, call 232 2791 or 236 7446. Wednesday 7:30 to 9:30 pm
Court Commissioners See Bermuda Government Boards
Craig Bean Memorial Fund RC 635
Crime Stoppers Bermuda Telephone toll free 1-800-623-8477. A confidential service to combat crime in Bermuda, specifically including the scourge of illegal drugs. RC 410
Criminal Injuries Compensation Board A crime victim compensation program to provide financial compensation to victims of violent or personal crime. See Bermuda Government Boards C/o The Supreme Court, 113 Front Street, Hamilton HM12. Phone: (441) 292-1350. Fax: (441) 292-2268. 
CUBI Girls Club The Centre, Angle Street, Hamilton
CURB See under Citizens Uprooting Racism in Bermuda
Cynergy Racing For souped-up British Seagull engines. One of four Seagull clubs.


Daughters of the American Revolution, Somer's Isles Chapter Bermuda branch of the most powerful ladies' organisation in the United States.
De Boys Day Out Club Milton Richardson. Emotional and social development of young boys. Senior and junior groups. RC 625
Defence Board See Bermuda Government Boards
Defence Exemption Tribunal See Bermuda Government Boards
Defence Medical Board See Bermuda Government Boards
Dellwood Middle School Parents and Teachers Association  
Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. Bermuda Alumnae Chapter 596 Founded January 13, 1913. Sisterhood, Scholarship, service
Denton Hurdle Memorial Scholarship Fund RC 237
Development Applications Board See Bermuda Government Boards
Devonshire Parish Home RC 343
Devonshire Rest Home 3 Long Range Hill, Devonshire DV 05. Phone 292-1378. Fax 296-1182. Independent residential care.
Devonshire Parish Council See Bermuda Government Boards
Devonshire Recreation Club 20 Frog Lane, Devonshire DV 01.
Diabetes Resource Centre Beacon House, Beacon Street, Hamilton. People can get their blood sugar tested and pick up supplies of insulin and syringes here, while patients without adequate insurance coverage can get financial assistance from Bermuda Diabetes Association. Telephone 297-8427 or 29-SUGAR for more information.
Disabled of Bermuda See Bermuda Physically Handicapped Association
District Grand Royal Arch Chapter of Bermuda Bermuda branch of freemasons from the Supreme Grand Royal Arch of Scotland. Four chapters make up the Bermuda District: the Atlantic Chapter, Celtic Chapter, St. Andrew Chapter and the Hamilton Royal Arch Chapter.
Diversity Institute of Bermuda Bermuda College. An educational organization trying to teach racial equality, in conjunction with the Commission for Unity and Racial Equality (CURE) .Phone 239-4094. RC 526
Dolphin Swim Team of Bermuda RC 430
Dog Training Club of Bermuda P. O. Box HM 1406, Hamilton HM FX, Bermuda. Telephone 238-1043. Fax 238-2491. Formed in 1964 to encourage and develop dog training. Also see Bermuda All Breed Club.
Doctors of Medicine See Medical Practitioners
Dressage Group With regular meetings.
Driving Horse and Pony Club of Bermuda (DHPC) With regular events, most recently at their Vesey Street, Devonshire facility. The first meeting of the DHPC was held on July 4, 1973. While the purpose of the Club has transitioned from hosting driving shows to harness racing, the relaxation and enjoyment people have in watching remains the same. Harness racing is a worldwide sport but in Bermuda the challenge of racing has higher demands due to the size and shape of the DHPC racetrack. Competitors and spectators feel the power of the ponies as they strive to do what they do best which is go fast and win.  This sport requires dedication, determination and commitment from its competitors but it is also dependent upon a strong support group, like any other sport. The Club's Executive Committee, its membership and those with any interest in the club are all volunteers committed to working together to ensure a strong foundation by which the sport of harness racing can continue to develop and grow.
Duke of Edinburgh's International Award, Bermuda RC 540. In 2017 Traci Burgess was the national director of The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award, Bermuda. Phone 537.4868 or email director@theaward.bm.
The Dynamic Bermuda Allstar Majorette & Dance Group  


East End Mini Yacht Club Convict Bay, St. Georges GE 05. Telephone 297 0558
East End Primary School PTA RC 225
Eastern Counties Cricket Association Members are St David’s County Cricket Club, Cleveland County Cricket Club, Bailey’s Bay Cricket Club and Flatts Victoria Recreation Club
Eastern Lioness Club Meets third Tuesday each month, supper meeting, Grotto Bay Hotel, Hamilton Parish 8 pm. Phone 292-2820 days. Lionesses from abroad welcome. RC  495
Eastern Lions Club Swizzle Inn, Hamilton Parish, supper meeting. Second & fourth Monday, 7:30 pm. RC 127
E-Commerce Advisory Board See Bermuda Government Boards.
Economic Development Committee (EDC) See Bermuda Government Boards. 2013 Bermuda Government initiative intended to cut down on the bureaucracy and move projects forward faster.
Eden Project Environmental topics. Suite 1063, 48 Par-la-Ville Road, Hamilton HM 12. RC 571
EEMA Emergency Relief Fund  East End Ministerial Association. RC 322
Egmont Bermuda The Bermuda Chapter of Egmont Group, international anti-money laundering association formed in April 2007. The Egmont Group of Financial Intelligence Units (FIU) is an international association of FIUs. The grouping More than 100 countries have created FIUs, national organizations that collect information on suspicious or unusual financial activity. If evidence of unlawful activity is found, the matter is passed to the Public Prosecutor.  
Elder Home Care Services P. O. Box HM 3060, Hamilton HM NX. Phone 292-1100 or 292-1103. Fax 292-2684. Health and social homecare services for recovering, disabled, senior citizen and chronically ill. Fee for services.
Electricity Supply Trade Union Established April 1965. A member of the Bermuda Trade Union Congress. Represented on the Labor Advisory Council and National Training Board, both mentioned by name in Bermuda Government Boards
Eliza Doolittle Society Serving the homeless of Bermuda with charity walks and other functions. Founded in 2000. Phone 333-4483, or P. O. Box HM 2216, Hamilton HM JX. It is estimated more than 80% of Bermuda street people have a drug and or alcohol problem.
Elliott School Parent/Teacher Association RC 063
Emerald Isle Society ShamrockMeets third Friday of each month. Phone 292-6889 evenings. Primarily for Irish nationals resident in Bermuda. 

Always celebrates St. Patrick's Day with a fine, black-tie 5-course dinner, with everything in green, white and gold and an Irish entertainer flown in. There are also two nearby streets in the saint's honor - St. Patrick's Close and St. Patrick's Road.

Emergency Medical Technicians Association 27 Southcourt Avenue, Paget PG 06. Telephone 291 0850. Some are Bermuda Hospitals Board, others are Bermuda Fire Service.
Employee Assistance Program 133 Front Street, Hamilton. P. O. Box HM 381, Hamilton HM BX. Telephone (441) 292-9000.  Fax (441) 292-8002. Assists businesses and employers in a drug free (alcohol, narcotics and tobacco) workplace
Employment Law Alliance An international body of lawyers interested in labor law, represented in Bermuda by Juliana Jack.
Employment Tribunal Investigates breaches by Bermuda employers of the Employment Act 2000. Department of Labor & Industrial Relations, Bermuda Government
Energy Commission Since November 2009. The mission is to assist in the development and maintenance of affordable, clean and sustainable energy, for the economic, social and environmental well-being of residents and businesses in Bermuda. As required by the Energy Act 2009, appointed by the Minister of Energy, Telecommunications and E-Commerce in November 2009. The Commission consists of a chairman and four other members, though an additional member may be appointed to assist in an inquiry by the Commission if their expertise/experience is required. Members are appointed for a period of three years. Meets twice a month and primary duties are to:
  • Review, and subsequently approve or disallow variations to the price or charge for electrical power submitted to the Commission by a specified businesses;
  • Set out the terms and conditions under which a specified business may make a variation to the price or charge for electrical power;
  • Conduct inquiries into the price or charge made for any energy-related commodity;
  • Conduct inquiries into other matters concerning the cost or supply of any energy-related commodity;
  • Conduct inquiries into any matter which may affect the exercise of the Minister's powers under the Energy Act 2009; and
  • Advise the Minister in the discharge of the Minister's functions under the Energy Act 2009.
English Speaking Union The Cedars, Cedar Avenue, Hamilton HM 10. Telephone 292-7684. Not a union at all but a cultural organization established in England in 1918 to promote understanding and friendship. The Bermuda branch was established in 1922 and held its first meeting at the long-gone Hamilton Hotel. It has about 165 members.
Environmental Authority See Bermuda Government Boards
Environmental Coalition (ECO) Formed in 2002 to act as an umbrella group. Led by Stuart Hayward.
Essential Industries Disputes Board See Bermuda Government Boards
Ethiopian World Federation Inc. Emperor Menelik II Local # 4 Bermuda RC 634
Ethiopian World Federation Inc. Emperor Menelik II The Ethiopian Fund RC 636
Evangelical Church of Bermuda  
Ewan Sampson Scholarship Trust RC 500
Ex - Artillerymen's Association Francis House, 72 Victoria Street, Hamilton HM 12. Phone 292-0824. Fax 292-5313. 70 years old in September 2002.
Executive Women's Golf Association (EWGA)

Since 2012. The Bermuda Chapter has held informational sessions. You don’t have to be an executive or even a golfer to join. Spearheaded by Gina Bassett, a banking executive, this initiative has been initially funded by the Department of Tourism and supported by golf directors from the Bermuda’s golf courses. The international organization consists of more than 14,000 members in over 125 countries and have corporate partners including the PGA, Golf Digest, Golf World and the Golf Channel. The newly formed Bermuda chapter is working with local golf courses, restaurants, beauty shops and sports stores to offer their members benefits and discounts. To learn more about the sessions or the association, contact Gina Bassett on 441-599-4419


Fair Haven Christian Care Association 61 Verdmont Road, P. O. Box FL 474, Flatts, FL BX.. Telephone 295 2319 or fax 295 3686. Runs an 18-bed drug treatment program for women. RC 318
Family Centre 2018. May 3. The Family Centre yesterday took over the former headquarters of children’s home charity the Sunshine League. Social development minister Michael Weeks had to wipe away tears as he prepared to open Family Centre’s new home. Mr Weeks said: “A lot of my friends and family spent much time at Sunshine League.” The minister added that his mother had once worked as a cook at the children’s home. He said: “I have a very profound connection.” The move came a year after the Sunshine League announced that it was to give its vacated house to Family Centre. Mr Weeks said the new tenant would carry on as “a beacon of hope for many Bermudian parents and their children”. Martha Dismont, executive director of Family Centre, introduced June Hill, a descendant of Agnes May Robinson, a founder of the Sunshine League in 1919. Ms Dismont told guests, who included Ginny Ferson, the Deputy Governor: “This is a very sacred mission — it is so important that we are good in the lives of children.” She said the months of preparation had been “overwhelming, because so many people are bringing forward their stories of this place”. Dr Hill said the Sunshine League had been founded almost a century ago at a time of “rampant unemployment with many impoverished families incapable of caring for their own children”. She added that boys roamed Hamilton’s waterfront to eke out a living and a group of women joined together with a vision of starting a children’s home. Dr Hill remembered fundraising for Sunshine League as a youngster and playing on the swings on the lawn where she stood yesterday. She said: “I’m standing here and I feel that Aunt May is smiling.” The Sunshine League was forced to close because of rising operating costs and changed priorities in the way at-risk children were treated. Dr Hill explained: “It is felt that children are much better off in a family setting. Times changed and our ways of looking after children in need changed. I couldn’t think of a more worthy organisation to carry on Aunt May’s vision.” Ciara Burrows, a volunteer of Family Centre, said: “I know from experience that hope is a catalyst for success — a crucial ingredient that young people need to thrive.” Leah Scott, the deputy leader of the Opposition and a director at Sunshine League, fought back tears as she spoke about its closure and the decision to give the building to Family Centre. She said: “We decided there was great synergy. We couldn’t think of anybody else that could demonstrate the love you have shown our community.” Sunshine League bought the building in 1950 and opened the home three years later. The name remains on the building. Bonnie Claggett, Family Centre’s director of operations, said the new premises “fits right in with our strategic work in the North Hamilton area, where we have been trying to make an impact for several years”. Ms Claggett added that Family Centre at King Street would offer “a place for young people to drop in with no judgment. It’s multi-purpose and real life.” Ms Claggett added that young people could use Family Centre to learn cleaning and cooking or interview skills, or do their homework. Justin Freisenbruch, chairman of Family Centre’s board, said that 2017 had been “challenging — in addition to taking on the building, we had one of our most ambitious years. That seemed organizationally crazy, but we almost couldn’t help ourselves.” Mr Freisenbruch added it was “deeply concerning that last year’s waiting list for counselling had ranged from five to 25 families. It genuinely keeps all of us up at night. It’s a really challenging balancing act.” The charity still has a further $60,000 to raise to fund its work. Ms Dismont thanked donors, from Jim Butterfield who covered the cost of a “friendship bench” outside the building for members of the community to sit and talk to staff, to Spanish Town Entertainment, which provided the PA system for yesterday’s opening ceremony, and Lambert and Lambert Rentals, which offered their tent for guests. An avocado tree was planted on the grounds to mark the new chapter in the building’s history. Ms Ferson said she looked forward to returning one day to sample its fruit. Her husband, Mel, added: “This is an organisation with the most enthusiastic staff I have ever come across.”
Family Learning Center A private, not-for-profit organization dedicated to strengthening children and families who are experiencing social and related difficulties. 91 Reid Street, Hamilton HM 19. Telephone 295-1116 or fax 292-8815. RC 378
Family Resource Network Charitable Trust 38 Mount Hill, Pembroke HM 09. Phone 295-1150. Fax 295-2430. RC 509
Family Support Group For families of those in Bermuda who have a mental illness. Mental Welfare Officers are co-facilitators. Meets at 5:30 pm on Wednesdays at St. Brendan's.
Fathers in Action A men's group interested in changes in the law to better serve fathers of non-custodial children
Fathers'  Resource Center A part of the Family Resources Network Charitable Trust. A men's group interested in changes in the law to better serve fathers of non-custodial children. RC 493
Fathers United 2018. January 2. Breaking up is hard to do. Ask Fathers United. The group’s 40 members met once a month for 41 years until it disbanded in 2015. Even though age and declining health had reduced the numbers, the eight who remain still question if it was the right move. The problem is, they miss each other. “The end was a sad thing because it was a good organisation, but we had to do it because there were so few of us left,” said Dennis Hollis, 80. "Many of our members have passed away.” Added Hadley Woolridge, 87: “We still have so many things to talk about.” The late Charles Weldon came up with the idea. “He’d invite a group of us over to his house for a codfish breakfast after church on Father’s Day,” said Mr Woolridge. “It got to be a tradition so, in 1973, he said we ought to form a club.” It took a year to thrash out the details. United we stand in fatherly love became their motto. The group’s purpose was to develop and improve the social well-being of the community. Their monthly meetings were always on a Friday night, initially in their homes and then in a building near Flatts Post Office. Not just anybody could become a member. “I joined in 1997,” said Mr Hollis. “A friend invited me. I knew everyone in the group but they had to accept you — you couldn’t just join. They didn’t let just anyone in. That’s what made it a good organisation. All it took for someone to be turned down, was a single objection. It had to be someone that we all wanted to spend time with,” said Mr Woolridge. “If one person said no, we didn’t ask why, we just said no.” Each man gave $500. The money was put in a bank account and the interest used for charitable projects. The $500 was returned to the member’s next of kin, on his death. “We’d donate wheelchairs to people, we’d give scholarships to students, we’d give to any worthy cause that came up,” said Boyd Smith, a former secretary, treasurer and president. The 90-year-old reckons they donated thousands of dollars to people in need over the years. “It was a good group,” he said. “Every Christmas we had a function and gave raffles and prizes to people. I miss them. It was a very congenial group.” Henry Trott, who was one of the youngest members, is 79. Frederick Raynor, 85, loved helping organize Fathers United’s social functions. “I was never interested in holding office,” he said. “I loved to entertain. I always preferred to be on the outside doing different things. They put on a lot of good functions. We had a night for the wives and everyone enjoyed themselves. We had a lot of good days.” Fish fries raised money for charities; there’s a scrapbook full of thank you letters. “The first year we helped a young lady with lupus,” said Mr Woolridge. “In other years, we helped to build two pews at Bethel AME Church. They were doing a lot of renovations.” If an organisation needed something in a hurry they would simply take the necessary cash out of club funds. One year, they painted the kitchen at St Mark’s Church. Another year, they raised $750 so a young Bermudian could travel with performance group Up With People. “Every Father’s Day we visited one of the churches and from there we went to one of the establishments to have a luncheon,” said Mr Woolridge. They also went on vacation together. “Once, we went to New Orleans and came back on a cruise boat,” said Mr Trott. We went to Baltimore several times. Our wives and families would come with us, so we all had a great time.” The group met Kurt Schmoke, Baltimore’s first African-American mayor, and invited him here in 1989. “We held a special banquet for him at the old Marriott Castle Harbour Hotel,” said Mr Raynor. The group were thrilled when Mr Schmoke returned to Bermuda on holiday the following year. “He stayed at Elbow Beach,” said Mr Woolridge. “We all became really good friends with him.” Two years ago, Mr Smith suggested the club disband and the remaining funds be used to support members in nursing homes or poor health. It was with a heavy heart that Mr Woolridge agreed. “We didn’t owe anything so we distributed the money among all the people who were living,” he said. Added Mr Hollis: “It was a good organisation. Everyone worked together. We helped a lot of people.”
Festival for the Advancement of the Performing Arts RC 202
Financial Assistance Board See Bermuda Government Boards
Financial Intelligence Agency See Bermuda Government Boards
Financial Planning Association of Bermuda Launched in March 2003. 
Financial Services Authority Appointed by the Government of Bermuda, which created it, as a competent regulatory authority.
Fire Services Advisory Board See Bermuda Government Boards
Fire Services Association, Bermuda Established 1976. The trade group for all Bermuda Fire Service Officers. It has a representative on the Labor Advisory Council and Public Service Superannuation Board, both see Bermuda Government Boards
First Church of God, Inc. Telephone 295-6080 or 295-7800. First Church Lane, North Shore, Pembroke East
Flash Point Racing One of four local clubs racing British Seagull outboard engines
Focus Counseling Service A free support center for those with drug and/or alcohol addiction. Elliott Street, Hamilton. RC 371. Founder Sandy Butterfield, cell 532-1292. Focus opens its doors at 8am, serving as a safe haven for those in need while providing food and drink, advocacy, job opportunities, spiritual guidance and support groups such as Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous. It houses 18 people in supportive residency, many of whom are based on a 3.3-acre St George’s property, which is up for sale.
Foster Parents Association RC 620

To donate or learn more about the Foster Parents’ Association, call 505-7764 or e-mail fosterbermuda@gmail.com.

2019. July 15. Teens whose childhoods were spent in foster care are now pursuing their dreams thanks to big-hearted donors. Tylasha DeSilva, 17, and 18-year-old Sierra Brangman, have been awarded $30,000 and $20,000 for their education by the Foster Parents’ Association. A third girl, 18-year-old Kal-Shae Matthews, also received $10,000 from the charity towards her studies. Tylasha, who just graduated as head girl at the Berkeley Institute, said she was exposed to “mental, physical and sexual abuse” over her life. “It was hard, I had to witness a lot of things young children should not see,” she said. “I was born into the system and moved from different foster homes through my whole life.” Her journey from home to home included eight months on the Brangman Home in Devonshire, a girls’ residence run by the Department of Child and Family Services. Tylasha, who now resides with her grandparents in Devonshire, said she was initially “very rebellious; I didn’t think they would keep me”. She added: “I realised recently that my nana wants what’s best for me. I am about to age out of the system and she still wants to take care of me. But it was definitely a struggle. Other homes, I moved out for financial reasons or because they could not get on with my parents.” Lindsay Simmons, president of the Foster Parents’ Association, told The Royal Gazette: “I try to emphasize that foster children are the most unique children in Bermuda. Even when they are placed in a safer home, they want to go back home, whether it is abusive or not. It can take years for them to feel comfortable.” Ms Simmons added: “I know that as a foster parent right now. You’re taking someone that’s broken and trying to fix them. What touched me about Tylasha is that when she graduated, she said people thought she would end up pregnant and on the streets. She said ‘Look — I made it’.” A singer, Tylasha heads off this month to tour with the educational performance group Up With People. Ultimately, she dreams of obtaining a master’s degree in teaching children with special needs. She said: “I’m actually grateful for everything I’ve been through. I can’t imagine where I would be. I would not have that hunger for success.” Ms Simmons said the foster care system in Bermuda contained “so many hero stories”. Sierra, who has been in foster care since she was five months old, is in her second year on a scholarship at the United World College in Hong Kong, an International Baccalaureate school. She said: “I’m a social science person; I like history and global politics. I want to go to law school. I don’t know where I’m going to study yet, but it’s something I’ve always wanted to do. Without this help, I wouldn’t be able to do it.” The Foster Parents’ Association is a small charity, Ms Simmons said, but thanks to dedicated donors and volunteers it does “everything it can to help these amazing children, some of Bermuda’s forgotten”. Ms Simmons said: “This year we have been able to give away $60,000 to help children who deserve a break in life.” Ms Simmons stated the island’s official tally of foster children, as recorded by the Department of Child and Family Services, was 73. But she estimated the total in care could be closer to 85, since some fell under the responsibility of different departments. “Children may be in Brangman home or the boys group home and technically that falls into another department,” Ms Simmons said. Also, there is a division that deals with family preservation, which sometimes moves children to foster homes for a period. But, because it is not formally ‘foster care’, as ordered via the court, it would not be in the 73.” Foster children move out of the system at age 18, but can face difficult choices on their own: Gina Spence, a community activist, warned this year that those who “age out” were at greater risk of becoming homeless.

Francis Patton School PTA RC 277
Freemasonry in Bermuda There are three Grand Lodges represented in Bermuda: The United Grand Lodge of England with 5 Lodges under a Grand Inspector; District Grand Royal Arch Chapter of Bermuda with 4 Chapters under a Grand Superintendent; and the Provincial Grand Lodge of Bermuda, Irish Constitution under the Grand Lodge of Ireland with 4 Lodges (postal address is The Provincial Grand Lodge of Bermuda, Irish Constitution, PO Box HM 2295, Hamilton HM JX, Bermuda). In late May 2006, there was the Consecration of The District Grand Lodge of Bermuda on the Grand Registry of the United Grand Lodge of England. The District Grand Lodge of Bermuda embraces all five local lodges of the English Constitution. The first Provincial Grand Master of the District Grand Lodge of Bermuda is Robert William Rego, JP. A Hamilton businessman, he was upgraded from the status he has held since 2004 as Grand Inspector of local English Freemasonry when he took over from Charles W. Kempe, who was some ten years in the post. They were in succession to a line dating to 1928 when the first Grand Inspector was appointed. Freemasonry existed in Bermuda in 1744-45 (earliest historical record), when the Earl of Strathmore, then Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of both England and Scotland, appointed Governor Allured Popple as Provincial Grand Master for the Islands of Bermuda. Oldest Lodges are Prince Alfred No 233 (EC), originally chartered under the Moderns in 1792 as No 507, and later in 1801 under the Ancients, Lodge St. George No 200 (SC), date of Charter 7th August 1797 and Atlantic Phoenix No 224 (EC) date of Charter 9th August 1797. The latter two celebrated 200 years in 1997. Some other organizations include Royal Order of Scotland, Royal Arch, Rose Croix and Knights Templar. The Masonic Temple is at Khyber Pass, Warwick The following meet (contact them directly for dates and times) at Freemasons Hall, Reid Street, Hamilton, or elsewhere by prior notification.
  • Abercorn No 123 (IC)
  • Atlantic Chapter No. 195.
  • Atlantic Phoenix No. 224 (EC)
  • Bermuda Garrison No 580 (IC)
  • Bermuda Installed Masters No 9271 (EC)
  • Bermuda Mark Lodge No. 33.
  • Bermuda Chapter, Royal Arch No. 224.
  • Broad Arrow No 1890 (EC)
  • District Grand Royal Arch Chapter of Bermuda
  • Friendship & Harmony No 894 (IC)
  • Hannibal No 224 (IC)
  • Lodge Civil & Military No 726 (SC)
  • Lodge of Loyalty No 358 (EC)
  • Lodge St. George No 200 (SC)
  • Lodge Somers Isles No. 1503 (SC)
  • Knights Templar Bermuda Preceptory No. 38.
  • Prince Alfred Lodge No 233 (EC)
  • Rose Croix Bermuda Chapter No. 24.
  • Royal Ark Mariner Bermuda Loyalty Lodge No. 33.
  • Royal Order of Scotland.
  • Royal Victoria Chapter No. 1890.

(EC) = English     (SC) = Scottish        (IC) = Irish

Freemasons Fund for Bermuda (FFBB) The fundraising arm for all 13 Masonic lodges on the Island. It’s donated more than $200,000 to charities since it was established a few years ago.  Bermuda is considered unique because, despite its relatively small size, it has representatives of the Grand Lodges of England, Ireland and Scotland. Each of the lodges is a member of the FFFB and contributes accordingly. Donations are not made to religious, political or Masonic organizations, Freemasons or their families. RC  197
Friends of the Bermuda National Library c/o of the library. RC 309
Friends of the Bermuda Railway Trail (FBRT) A Bermudian charity (RC) set up in March 2013 to help promote the Railway Trail as a community and tourist resource. Founding members are:Allied World Assurance Company Ltd, Ironshore Insurance Ltd, Montpelier Reinsurance Ltd, Renaissance Reinsurance Ltd, Jay Nichols; a senior Reinsurance executive who once lived on the island and loves the Trail; and a small family foundation supported by the Murphy family of Salt Kettle. On October 1, 2013 it was announced that a pedestrian bridge over Bailey’s Bay is hoped to revitalize the eastern end of the historic railway trail. Tucker Murphy, of Friends of the Bermuda Railway Trail (FBRT), said that the Bailey’s Bay bridge project is the result of a partnership between Government and the group, with FBRT raising the funds for the around $500,000 project. “The idea of the Bailey’s Bay project is it links just over three, 3.5 kilometers of trail. It would use the historical length of the railway trestles going across the bay, so we hope it would be very low impact on the costal foreshore area. The funding has been raised privately through FBRT, and it’s in partnership with the Parks Department, who are driving the project on the Government side. The FBRT has been working with Government for more than a year and a half on improving the trail, and has already seen some success in the western end of the Island. We kind of tested the relationship with improvements to the West end of the trail last fall. We put tons of mulch on some of the more traveled areas like Ord Road and by the Fairmont Southampton. We also put down wheeling ramps for cycles on some of the steeper areas. We put trash cans on the trail and we put benches. It’s grown from there. We’ve got a number of private donors who have joined us under the umbrella of FBRT. Research has shown that the more connected sections of the trail in Paget and Warwick receive more than ten times the traffic than the section in Hamilton Parish. It’s probably 70 to 100 people per week versus more than 1,000 in Paget. If you look at the length of each of the trails, it’s probably about 6km of continuous trail there, while the Hamilton Parish segment is much smaller. Around 2km, and it leads to a dead end. Connecting the segments that stretch between Crawl Hill and Coney Island will create an unbroken segment of trail more than 3km in length, which would hopefully encourage more people to use the trail for walking and cycling. In 2003, Government reconnected Shelly Bay to Flatts using these six prefabricated bridges. We thought that was a good example of a successful project on the trail, and we’re trying to replicate something similar in Bailey’s Bay. We think the trail is a great asset for free recreation and a place where people can go to walk or seek respite after work. We looked at studies in the US and the UK on rails to trails projects, and they found that for about every dollar you invest in a trail, you get about $3 return in terms of health benefits. Along with the health benefits, the trail also carries tremendous cultural and tourism value, links to numerous historical sites and boasts fantastic views of the Island. We believe it’s not only a useful link, it’s also a beautiful section of trail and this link would give access to many more people. We will be making the bridge as non-intrusive visually as possible. Our view is to minimize the intrusion, to make it blend as much as we can with the natural landscape.”
Friends of Dockyard Trust, The 5 Freeport Road, Sandys Parish. Telephone 234-0211
Friends of Hospice RC 391
Friends of Lefroy House Association Lefroy House, P. O. Box MA 118, Mangrove Bay, MA BX. Phone 234-0525 or 234-2152. Lefroy House near Dockyard is a home for seniors. Promotes the involvement of relatives and friends, to raise funds to help residents. RC 393.
Friends of the College Library (FOCL) RC 607
Friends of the Reading Clinic  
Friends of Verdmont Meets third Friday each month (Except July and August) at Bermuda National Trust headquarters, Waterville, Paget, 3:30 pm. A volunteer group aiding in preservation of Verdmont. Call 236-6483.
Friendship Chapter # 2 Order of the Eastern Star RC 007
Friendship Garden Club With regular meetings


Garden Club of Bermuda Telephone D. Burville at 292-7991 or 232-2213. Gives horticultural scholarships. RC 354
General Improvement Area Tribunal See Bermuda Government Boards
Generation Next 2018. January 7. This youth group gave away more than 22 Christmas hampers to people in need last month. Generation Next, set up to help prepare future leaders, launched the Christmas giveaway with backing from island businesses. Eron Hill, the chairman of Generation Next, said the food hampers included a family-sized turkey, canned goods, boxes of cereal and snacks along with household items and toiletries. He added: “Deliveries were made right to the beneficiaries’ doorsteps between December 21 and 23. The handovers got no publicity because the group wanted to protect the anonymity of the recipients. Recognizing and empathizing with the reality that many who face the hardships and struggles of life that result in needing to be a beneficiary of a food hamper, it is our policy not to take pictures or identify our beneficiaries as we firmly believe that all deserve to enjoy their festive season with family, a hearty meal and one’s dignity.” People were invited to nominate their own family, another one or seniors who needed help over Christmas. The sponsors for Generation Next’s first Christmas hamper event were wholesaler BGA, Smith Technologies, insurance firm Life & Annuity Services and Bermuda Emissions Control. Mr Hill also thanked volunteers who helped organize the giveaway. He said: “A special thank-you must be extended to deputy chairs Karim Creary and Antoine Jones, both of whom ensured that this initiative was a success.” The group plans to continue the donations in the future.
Geoffrey Tankard Memorial Foundation RC 184
German Association For German nationals resident in Bermuda. 
Gilbert Institute Parent Teachers Association RC 122
Gilbert & Sullivan Society of Bermuda The AGM is in March. RC 333
Gina Spence Productions in Christ RC 856

2018. August 25. This charity has been swamped by its biggest demand for school uniforms as needy families prepare for the start of the school year. Gina Spence, a community activist who has run her back-to-school programme for 16 years, said this year’s drive was under “a huge amount of pressure”, as more than triple the usual number of requests have been made. Ms Spence said: “We had 60 families registered in less than seven days. In previous years, 15 to 20 families would have signed up in the first week. Another telltale sign this year was that we started getting calls in June from people who knew they would need help. We never get them so early. It’s more difficult when demand increases because we can only give out as much as we receive.” As of yesterday, 105 children were nominated and registered, with Ms Spence making a last-ditch appeal for donations of school clothes and funds. With a week to go before the distribution of school gear on September 1, Ms Spence has asked for benefactors to consider donations or gift certificates. “We know from the amount of calls that we are not going to outfit every child, but donations help us stretch what we have.” Ms Spence attributed the high need to the expense of elaborate mandatory uniforms, as well as a wave of referrals from the Department of Financial Assistance. She said: “This year, they have directed their clients to register with us to get assistance with school uniform items.” One beneficiary of the “Each One, Reach One” campaign asked to remain anonymous. The 35-year-old mother of three children said she had volunteered with Ms Spence before she fell on hard times and needed help eight years ago. Now her children are aged 12, 7 and 3, she said, with even the nursery age child needing a uniform. “As a young single mother, I was gobsmacked by the astronomical prices of school clothing. Last year, I had one starting primary school, one starting middle school, and I had to get everything brand new.” Children attending school without the correct uniform are sent home. The mother said: “I appreciate that they hold kids to a standard, but at the same time there’s a need for help. For some parents it’s the worst feeling to have to go and feel like you’re begging someone to help you.” She added that footwear is not included, and her eldest son wears men’s size shoes, which cost $212. Additionally, uniforms change between seasons, requiring new purchases as children outgrow old uniforms. The woman added: “As parents, we have no choice, but there are many ways as a community that we can alleviate this. Schools could have a uniform return policy. I take my stuff from last year and turn it back in, and I encourage more people to do that.” For the past eight years, Ms Spence’s top partner in recycling second-hand uniforms has been Gibbons Company. Paula Clarke, chief executive of Gibbons, said the company encourages customers to bring in “gently used uniforms” in return for discounts on certain school supplies. Ms Clarke said: “We collect them and sort them by size and style. Gina sets a day to hand out uniforms. It’s a fantastic programme.” Ms Spence called Gibbons Company “invaluable” and also thanked Nikkita Robinson, host of The Ladies Room on HOTT 107.5, who backs the campaign every August as her charity of the month. Ms Spence said she had met privately with officials from the Department of Financial Assistance to discuss collaboration. Uniforms will be given out on September 1, at the old Berkeley Institute building off St John’s Road in Pembroke. After the big day, Ms Spence said she intended to meet with the department and other assisting organisations to “start the dialogue and look at the specific needs of our children and families concerning school Could you imagine if all those entities that provide school help could come together under one roof and work in partnership?” Ms Spence also said the community should “reconsider what we’re asking of parents” and “keep it simple” when it came to uniform requirements. She added: “With school supplies and lunches, there’s already so much that’s required, and children are teased if they don’t have it. It puts parents under huge pressure.” Parents seeking assistance are required to register with Gina Spence Productions, at ginaspenceproductions.com. The charity, number 856, tracks every item it receives and gives out, she said. This Thursday marks the deadline for registration. Meanwhile, Ms Spence said the campaign would need at least $14,000 to cover this year’s roster of families in need, with one week to go before uniforms are given out.

Girlguiding Bermuda The Secretary, P. O. Box HM 3125, Hamilton HM NX. Phone 292-0675 or 292-5909
Global Archive Foundation RC 639
Golden Hour Club For senior citizens. First and third Wednesday of each month at Peace Lutheran Church Hall, South Road, Paget, 10 am to 12 noon. Call 236-6353.
Government Employees (Health Insurance) Appeals Tribunal See Bermuda Government Boards
Government Employees (Health Insurance) Management Committee See Bermuda Government Boards
Grateful Bread 2017. December 23. The needy, the homeless and the downtrodden said they felt a true sense of belonging as they gathered for a wholesome Christmas feast. About 200 guests braved the rain on Thursday evening for the Grateful Bread event in the St Andrew’s Church Hall, Hamilton. They received a full plate of homemade food and the opportunity to take home some donated clothes and toiletries. It is the twelfth event this year thanks to Juliana Snelling, her Grateful Bread team and a growing cadre of volunteers who helped to bring not only some festive cheer to the guests but a sense of acceptance and love. There was a high turnout of seniors including one man who enjoyed a rendition of Happy Birthday having recently celebrated his 89th birthday. Sitting down to his ice cream dessert, he told us: “They sang to me — I was born on December 13, in 1928. This event is a good idea — somehow they find a way that they can give back to the community. The good God provides for us.” Another senior named Darlene said the event helped to relieve the stress that comes at Christmas time when you are struggling financially. “I don’t have much, I am living on a pension — a fixed income. I lived in the States for a while so wasn’t paying into the pension. Tonight, I got a full meal — I had some mac and cheese, some turkey, pasta, mash and veg and even some ice cream. I also got a few clothes for my granddaughter and my family. I got this little stuffed animal for my granddaughter, she will love it, it looks almost new.” Her friend Sabirah added: “This is really wonderful for the seniors and the less fortunate. The people serving the food have been beautiful, everything is so well organized.” One woman said that Bermuda’s prices made it difficult to get by day to day. She said: “This is important because it helps the needy people. “For me to buy some stuff it would be hard — Bermuda isn’t cheap. I am not with this church but I do go to church and this is what it is all about. There are people with very few friends or family but here they can have company and good food in a warm safe environment.” Grateful Bread was launched by Ms Snelling and a group of her colleagues at Canterbury Law in January. Every month on the last Thursday they put on a meal for the needy at the hall. In the beginning there were about 30 volunteers but that figure has rocketed to about 120. The volunteers were full of smiles rushing around serving, cleaning, dishing out clothes and engaging with the guests to make them feel at home. Volunteer Stacy Thakur reluctantly shared some thoughts on volunteerism to encourage others to get out and give. “I love volunteering and giving back — I keep coming every month. I like people and like giving to those less fortunate, my mom raised me like that. It fills you up — it is God’s work. The people have been so grateful and happy. Some of them can be upset but you have to understand they are going through tough times.” She said of volunteering: “You won’t know until you go. People can be antsy about seeing the other face of Bermuda but it is not scary — any of us can wear these shoes, life happens. I have done this most months this year and you start seeing the same faces and eventually they becomes a little family — the Grateful Bread family. If you are not comfortable serving the food you can jump into something else — you can do washing up or help set up or just drop off your baked goods once a month. There’s always a way. These people know that once a month they will be fed and treated with respect and loved on for a couple of hours.” Ms Snelling was in her Mrs Claus outfit and despite having her arm in a sling she was happily doing the good work. She said: “Despite the drizzle there has been a great turn out. Some have been waiting outside since 4.30pm [for a 6pm start]. This is our 12th month. It is really a celebration of thanksgiving. Volunteers cook some of the food but if you are busy like me or you are a bad cook we have volunteer restaurants that give each month — Primes give soup, Bermuda Waterworks donates pure water, Costanzo at Blu gives us pasta dishes, House of India donates delicious curry. Docksiders will cook some food and some of their customers donate money towards it and MarketPlace also donates.” She added: “There are two Bermuda’s as much as we try to deny it. We have seen the racial and political divisions that led up to the election that made everybody feel awful. In this room all of that is absent — there is no religion, no race, no politics, no class, it is everybody getting together. There are a lot of people here who can’t afford a nutritious meal or to go out with friends. We had a couple of guests who are now hosts and two who we will pay to clean the venue after the event.” Anyone interested in volunteering or donating to Grateful Bread can call Canterbury Law and mention the Grateful Bread programme on 296-8444.
Greenrock Founded in 2003. Its aim is to encourage societal and environmental harmony, thereby making Bermuda socially, economically and environmentally sustainable for future generations.

2018. October 27. The executive director of this environmental charity is understood to have been made redundant. Jonathan Starling, one of Greenrock’s two full-time staff, is believed to have parted company with the charity. The move is thought to have been made on cost grounds as not enough funds could be raised to sustain the role. Mr Starling declined to comment yesterday, but the board of directors of Greenrock is expected to release a statement in the next few days. The organization's website said it was an “exceptionally lean charity” focused on “environmental education and wider sustainability issues”. Although the site said Greenrock’s only full-time employee was an “executive administrator”, a school programme manager has since been added to the team. Mr Starling has listed his work at Greenrock under “previous” on his LinkedIn professional networking webpage. His job with Greenrock was listed from November 2015, to this month. The site also lists Mr Starling as an “urban studies researcher” at Scotland’s Heriot-Watt University from 2012 to the present. Mr Starling obtained a Master of Science degree in planning, from Heriot-Watt, which is based in Edinburgh. Mr Starling’s profile also listed him as the owner of Catch A Fire, “Bermuda’s most popular blog for political and current affairs, from a leftist perspective”. Included in his background is work as an aquarist at the Bermuda Aquarium, Museum and Zoo, time as an economist for Forest Research in the UK and a stint as child poverty researcher for the Scottish Government. Greenrock’s website said Mr Starling was “in charge of the day-to-day management of the organisation” and had responsibility for all its programmes and projects. The charity’s mission statement is to “engage the community to share solutions for a sustainable Bermuda” and promotes education to “encourage respect for the environment in people of all ages”. Greenrock was asked for comment, but a spokeswoman said a statement would be issued “in due course”.

Guidance and Rehabilitation for Able Children's Enhancement (Grace) Support group for parents with special needs children. Second Tuesday of each month. Friendship Vale School, Warwick, 6:30 pm. Call Mrs. Furbert at 292-0543 in advance
Guild of the Holy Compassion (The) RC 142. Mailing Address P.O. Box HS 113, Harrington Sound, HS BX. Founded in 1918 by LN (Dickie) Tucker OBE after he was present on New Year's Day for the funeral of US sailor Thomas Crealy. His father the Rev Arthur Tucker, had conducted the service and a shipmate had asked the lad to help. Formed in 1919 as another aspect of the Bermuda Sailors Home he also founded. The Guild tends the graves of merchant seamen who died in Bermuda waters and are buried here. (The Guild also began laying wreaths at sea for sailors lost in Bermuda waters in December 1988). The Guild is still responsible for the upkeep of about 25 sailors’ graves at St Peter’s Church in St George’s, including Mr Crealy’s. It conducts an annual wreath- laying ceremony to commemorate sailors who have died in Bermuda. The annual wreath laying normally takes place in the summer and Guild members normally go out on one of the container ships or a cruise liner and conduct the ceremony off Five Fathom Hole. These days, sailors who die in Bermuda tend to be shipped home, so there are not many new graves to take care of. But the Guild pay a maintenance fee in Bermuda to the churchyards concerned, or graveyards involved to keep Mr Tucker’s vision alive.

2018. July 31. The charity set up to care for the graves of seamen celebrated its 100th anniversary with a special service. It marked its century with a wreath-laying ceremony off St David’s last Friday. Derek Tully, guild secretary, said: “This was a very historical event. Along with the St George’s families we had representatives from all the shipping companies with us as well as former senior pilots such Harold Millett and Keith Battersbee. It was an excellent representation of Bermuda’s rich maritime history.” Among the guests on the pilot boat St David were descendants of St George’s men lost in 1929 when their pilot gig Ocean Queen 2 capsized in severe weather off Kitchen Shoals as they were en route to meet a freighter. Their bodies were never recovered. The crew of the cargo ship Lloyd Bermuda, which capsized in heavy seas en route from New Jersey to Bermuda in 1988, was also remembered. Memorials to the men of Lloyd Bermuda and Ocean Queen 2 are at the seamen’s plot in St George’s Cemetery. The St David met up with the cargo ship Somers Isle at Five Fathom Hole. Chief pilot Mario Thompson guided the cargo ship down the channel from Hamilton to meet the pilot boat. Mr Thompson was dressed in the 18th-century costume of pilot Jemmy Darrell, a freed slave who guided Admiral Ramsay’s warships through Bermuda’s treacherous reefs over two centuries ago. The replica pilot rowing gig James T Griffith also took part in the ceremony. The gig, built in Devon, England, is based in St George’s. Reverend Tom Slawson of St Peter’s Church in St George said prayers for those lost at sea before he blessed the wreaths. The guild was established in 1918 and is associated with the Missions to Seamen in the United Kingdom.

Guild of Stitchery With regular meetings


Habitat for Humanity of Bermuda Phone 295-1150 or fax 295-2430. Has the power to hold up to 2 acres of land. RC 557

2018. August 6. A team of hard-working volunteers is on track for a record-breaking year of helping families. Habitat for Humanity Bermuda has already completed ten projects assisting people in need of repairs and adaptations to their homes. The charity’s total for 2017 was 16, making it a “blockbuster” as the annual target for renovation programmes is only 12. Sheelagh Cooper, the charity’s chairwoman, said: “At the half-year mark, we were on track to break last year’s record.” She added: “Many people don’t realize that Habitat Bermuda operates solely in Bermuda and all of our projects are local. We have been in operation for 18 years and have completed projects and improved housing for more than 350 family members. Our typical project includes a family or often multiple families living in what can often be described as derelict conditions not through any fault of their own but because they simply cannot afford the cost of repairs. These are most often roof repairs, windows, doors and almost always ceilings and floors.” She was speaking as the charity is set to launch a fresh appeal for donations. Ms Cooper explained: “Almost all of our work is pro bono and although we have great support from the building supply companies and architectural firms, the cost of the specialized labour such as plumbing, carpentry, electrical work and masonry can be enormous.” She said, as an all-volunteer organisation with no paid staff, the only cost was for skilled labour, which meant that every cent raised goes towards repairs to people’s homes. Ms Cooper added: “This is why this new fundraising campaign is so important. We currently have five families on our waiting list for help and with no government funding, we are entirely dependent on the generosity of companies and individuals to continue this important work.” The Bermuda arm of Habitat was launched in 2000 by former US President Jimmy Carter, a supporter of the worldwide charity since the 1980s. The Royal Gazette has previously reported on the work of the charity, and the gratitude of people it has helped. One woman said: “I get emotional talking about it — I really appreciated what they did for me.” The woman added after she lost her mother and was made redundant from her job, she had endured “one thing after another”. A friend suggested she contact Habitat for Humanity as she had struggled with funeral expenses and the cost of children in college. The woman said: “It came out of the blue. They came down here and the work on my roof was done in three days. They painted outside too. Now my house looks really nice. The experience was overwhelming.”

2018. January 3. Charity Habitat for Humanity Bermuda has celebrated a “record” year for 2017, with a total of 16 homes refurbished for disadvantaged people. One woman whose house was repaired by the charity told The Royal Gazette: “I get emotional talking about it — I really appreciated what they did for me.” The woman, who asked not to be named, said she had lost her mother earlier last year and was made redundant last month. The woman said it had been “one thing after another”. She added: “I just learnt to leave it in the Lord’s hands, but he has blessed me.” The woman said a friend suggested she contact Habitat for Humanity after she struggled with her mother’s funeral expenses and the cost of children in college. She added: “It came out of the blue. They came down here and the work on my roof was done in three days. They painted outside too.” The woman said she had worried that her home was turning into “the eyesore of the neighborhood”. But she added: “Now my house looks really nice. The experience was overwhelming.” Another beneficiary, a senior too infirm to tackle leaks in his roof, said the unexpected help was “like something that came out of the Bible”. The 67-year-old knew Habitat superintendent Hewvonnie Brown from their football days and mentioned the roof damage during a casual chat. The man said: “I didn’t have the money to get it fixed, but a few weeks later, via Habitat, Hewvonnie came to my rescue. I thought, wow, this is awesome. I was staying at another of my family’s houses and he told me, ‘don’t worry about it, by the time you come back to St David’s, the work will be done’. “My roof was white as snow and after three years the leaks were gone. Not only that, Hewvonnie gave my house a new colour. I thought Habitat was only something they had in America. I was just astounded. They are indeed a wonderful service to seniors. Now my house is secure from the winter weather.” Habitat for Humanity runs its own local charity, often working with clients of the Coalition for the Protection of Children. Bermuda’s branch was launched in 2000 by former US president Jimmy Carter, a longstanding backer of the worldwide body. Sheelagh Cooper, chairwoman of the Coalition, thanked the Pembroke Paint Company for their support in 2017. Ms Cooper said the programme usually assisted 12 homeowners a year. She added: “In the past, our projects were geared towards people who owned their homes and couldn’t afford to repair them, and Habitat’s traditional approach would involve repayment for the cost of the work. Increasingly, we’ve found that many people couldn’t afford to pay, and many of the people that needed the most help were living in substandard rental homes with landlords either unable or unwilling to properly maintain their properties.” Ms Cooper said the charity’s top priority jobs involved situations where children’s health was at risk. She explained typical scenarios involved “a mother with two children and lacking support from the father”. Ms Cooper said: “There’s a leaking roof, leaking windows, often a door that’s tied with a rope because it doesn’t lock or fit properly, and a lot of issues around asthma with bad floors or old carpets.” Habitat also deals with referrals from the Coalition, as well as Age Concern and the Salvation Army. Ms Cooper said: “The Salvation Army do a wonderful job, but Bermuda has no place for homeless mothers and children. We have to decide in this country whether it is a right or a privilege to have a roof over your head. I believe that access to safe and adequate housing is a right. Yes, we have parents that don’t always make the best choices, but do we make children pay for that? If that’s the case, we will only see a recurring generational cycle of poverty.” Ms Cooper said repairs to rented homes required a guarantee from the landlord not to raise the rent or move the tenants out. Teams of at-risk individuals, both male and female, carry out the job and learn a trade in the process, under the supervision of Mr Brown. Mr Brown said the crew had been joined by “young people who had been in trouble in school — it was like giving them another chance to build things back up”. He added: “A lot of people aren’t broke when it comes to having the home, but they’re cash broke and can’t afford to fix things. It’s just the way things are right now. People are stretched. We don’t do major construction but when people can’t afford to fix things, they look for our help. It’s sad when someone calls and there are cracks in the roof, major holes, and it’s raining. You know everything’s going to get ruined. It’s not a handout, but we do target some of the places that are in immediate need. It has been a humbling experience for me, to see how many people in Bermuda are in need.”

Hamilton Jaycees Meets third Tuesday each month, Stephenson Room, Wesley Methodist Church, Church Street, 6:30 pm. 
Hamilton Lioness Club RC 251
Hamilton Lions Club Weekly luncheon every Wednesday at MR Onions. $18 for buffet lunch. Visitors are welcome. 292-6374 for information. RC 018
Hamilton Parish Council See Bermuda Government Boards
Hamilton Parish Workman's Club Crawl Hill, Hamilton Parish CR 01. Telephone 293 1455
Hamilton Rotary Club Meets Tuesdays, 12:30 pm, Chamber of Commerce Building, Front Street, Hamilton. Overseas Rotarians welcome. RC 278
Hamilton Trust Company Ltd as Trustee of the Andrew Morrison Charitable Trust RC 606
Hands of Love Mission Helps with the homeless and needy, distributes 2nd hand clothing and food to the homeless and single parents. Phone 238-7368 at P. O. Box HM 3281, Hamilton HM PX. Camp Hill, Southampton. RC 421
Hannibal Lodge Old Maid's Lane, St. George's. Freemasons.
Happy Place of Bermuda (Praca de Aleria da Bermuda) RC 637
Happy Seniors Club  Meets Tuesdays at Hamilton Adventist Center, 11:30 am to 3 pm. Call 292-0654 or 292-2160
Harbour Amateur Swimming Club Telephone Secretary Leah K. Scott. RC 203
Harbour Nights An initiative begun in 1993 by the Bermuda Chamber of Commerce. Every Wednesday 17 weeks a year from May through August. 
Harrington Sound Primary School Association RC 011
Harrington Sound Parent Teacher Association.  RC. 
Harrington Sound Primary School Association.  Registered charity 011
Health Insurance Association of Bermuda (HIAB) P. O. Box HM 1007, Hamilton. Established in 1970 with The Hospital Insurance Act 1970. Every employer and every self employed person with a non working spouse has to be insured for at least minimum benefits, either through the Bermuda Government's Department of Social Insurance or a member of HIAB. 
Health & Fitness Professionals Call Ann Mello at 1 (441) 292 5229
Health & Safety Advisory Council See Bermuda Government Boards
Health Watch Belvedere Building, Pitts Bay Road, Pembroke, call 291 1069. Third Thursday each month,  5:30 pm
Herb Harden 35 St. Anne's Road, Southampton SN 01. Phone 238-5430. Adult day care center for seniors.
Heron Bay School PTA RC 489
Heritage and Cultural Trail Walk From East Gate of the Cabinet Building. Tuesday, 10:30 am
Heydon Trust "Quarry Cottage" Main Road, Somerset. Phone 234-1831 or fax 234-2367. Residences for seniors. It maintains the property and programs of the Trust for the promotion of the Gospel of Jesus Christ without emphasis on any denomination. RC 079
Hibiscus Garden Club Since 1959 when members of the St. Mary's Church Guild with a passion for flowers and gardening sought to further their interest by applying for membership in the Garden Club of Bermuda. When their applications were not accepted because of their color they formed this club.  Meets second Wednesday each month, 1 pm at St. Mary's Church Hall, Lorraine Drive, off Middle Road, Warwick.
His House RC 381
Historic Buildings Advisory Committee (HBAC) Lists various buildings in the City of Hamilton and beyond
Historic Dockyard Tour, Talk & Walk From Anchor Fountain. Various days, call 234-1709, about US$ 5 a person
Home Grown Alternatives Locally hand-made products from a collaborative group of artists/craftspeople.
Hope Ministries RC 587
Hospitals 7 Point Finger Road, Paget DV 04 and in Devonshire. See web site or in emergency telephone 236 2345
Hospitals Auxiliary of Bermuda (HAB) P. O. Box HM 1023, Hamilton HM DX. Phone 236-2488. Fax 236-4256. Since March 14, 1963. A major public spirited volunteer  organization. Its Pink Ladies, Candy Stripers (since 1964) and Pink Men supply constant volunteer service. Volunteers work throughout the hospitals - King Edward VII, its Pink Cafe, Gift Shop, Mid Atlantic Wellness Centre, its Tuck Shop and at the Barn. RC 014
Hospital Insurance Commission See Bermuda Government Boards
Hotel Employers of Bermuda (HEB) Contact via the Hotel Association. The bargaining and labor relations organization representing hotels in Bermuda
Hotel Liaison Committee Gives annual awards to hotels, guest houses and other deserving commercial guest properties achieving the highest standards during their tourism, fire and heath inspections. 
Hotel Licensing Appeal Tribunal See Bermuda Government Boards
HOUSE (House of Unity and Self-Empowerment) Since September 2014.  A charity aimed at uniting the community through the empowerment of the Island’s men. Founder Antoine Bean, to help reverse the plight of males in Bermuda. The organization has secured a property that it hopes to convert into a men’s emergency shelter, and also aims to provide a 24-hour emergency hotline. For local men afflicted by anger and frustration at being unemployed, and in many cases having the lack of the necessary education and life skills to be employed.
House of Azores, Bermuda Represents the interests of the Portuguese Azores community in Bermuda. 

2018. June 25. The contributions of the Azorean community were yesterday celebrated at an event in Victoria Park. It was one of the monthly Bermuda Heartbeats events put on by the Department of Community and Cultural Affairs. Sunday’s event was put on in with the help of House of Azores, Bermuda. Michael Weeks, the Minister of Social Development and Sport, said it was “an honour and a pleasure” the be part of the event. Mr Weeks said: “The people of the Azores have a unique and vibrant culture, and as part of our Bermudian community this rich culture is a part of our national cultural fabric. Bermuda has indeed benefited significantly from the contributions made by our Azorean family over many, many years. From education to agriculture, commerce, construction and of course, cuisine, the Azorean influence is an integral part of our national identity. Today, this culture is showcased through live entertainment, traditional arts and crafts, film, dance and more.”

Howard Academy/Skinner Alumni Association  
Hub 1 Steering Committee 2018. May 3. Business owners in St George are joining a team effort in the East End to market new features the town has to offer while also embracing its history. The Hub 1 Steering Committee, which involves multiple organizations in promoting the cultural and visitor attractions of St George’s and St David’s, has garnered significant buy-in from the business community. Kristin White, the Hub 1 tourism manager of St George’s, discussed the importance of each business and their role in telling their own historic story to enhance the unique experiences the town has to offer. “The new generation of people coming along and some of the old ones who are already here are now seeing the town differently,” Ms White said. “We are ushering in an era of celebrating stories in a new way. I think that’s what’s making St George’s and what’s to come really exciting.” Entities such as the Corporation of St George, the Bermuda Tourism Authority and the Bermuda Economic Development Corporation are all involved in making the town more marketable for both visitors and locals. With transportation being identified as a problem in the past for both St George and Dockyard, the Corporation of St George has moved to address the issue. “The Corporation has stepped up by investing in Hunter’s Wharf, by creating a transport hub, which will be a space for multiple ferries, a space to sell tickets for guests, and new initiatives there,” Belcario Thomas, chief experience officer of Beach Boys Ltd, said. The BEDC supports the east, as parts are within the economic empowerment zone with its micro loan programmes, entrepreneurial workshops and business advice. Historic signage and event calendars for visitors will be placed to identify the history of buildings and discover St George’s in a 360-degree view including being able to know what events and entertainment will be in the area. “There is plenty to do in St George’s,” Ms White said. “We have different tours such as my Bicycle Food Tour, where I take a group around St George’s and teach them about the culture and history of the island while sampling different foods. Belcario is doing tours that walk you from the town to Tobacco Bay which gives you history and the beach. Wild Herbs and Plants does a tour as well.” Besides the tours the town has more to offer including new shops, a weekly calendar of events such as daily horseback riding and jet skiing. “The BTA has been really helpful to the destination as well. There are activities for everyone, adventure seekers, active families, and the luxury market. St George’s can meet all the demands,” Mr Thomas said. Facilities have been upgraded at Clearwater Beach, where there is now wi-fi availability, improved restrooms and a gift shop. When asked what makes St George’s different, Ms White said: “St George’s is both a huge residential and visitor area. Tourists say we don’t want to go where the visitors go, we want to go where you go. People who drive the industry live and work at their business in the town. The owners are very involved within their shops and restaurants. It’s a different energy. You don’t find that in other places.” Mr Thomas added the area was fertile ground for start-ups. “St George’s is a great place to kick-start people’s hobbies and turn them into a business,” he said. “We want more residents here in St George’s. You don’t have to have all the answers, you can come live here and have a hobby that you can turn into a business.” The friendly nature and support of the St George’s community is evident and they would love to see more locals enjoy the experience as well as tourists. “You can ‘staycation’ on island if going away is not within your budget. It is a good getaway,” Mr Thomas said. Ms White added: “The amount of places down here you can go — I think people are not seeing the full potential of St George’s.”
Human Resource Association P. O. Box HM 1534, Hamilton HM FX. Telephone 299 5943
Human Rights Commission (HRC) See Bermuda Government Boards Administers Bermuda Human Rights Act 1981.

2016. April 8. A fresh chapter has begun for the Human Rights Commission in its new headquarters at Milner Place, Hamilton, where the latest set of commissioners held its first meeting. Tawana Tannock, the HRC chairwoman, praised the work of the selection committee in bringing together commissioners from a broad variety of backgrounds. “I’m very pleased that we have this diverse body of 12 to help move the commission into a new era of greater independence,” Ms Tannock said, referring to the HRC’s official move out from the auspices of the Ministry of Community, Culture and Sports. Continuing member Jens Juul, a certified insurance arbitrator, has served on several local boards as well as operating Scandinavian Re, while new member Dany Pen, the education and communications officer for the Bermuda National Gallery, holds a special interest in women’s rights, gender equality and education. New member Jonathan Young said he took inspiration from the service of his mother, Kim Young, as a commissioner; he comes from an insurance background, as well as teaching at the Bermuda College, where he was a shop steward. Carla George, a new commissioner coming from a legal background, has also served on a variety of boards, including CedarBridge Academy, the Bermuda Hospitals Board and the Board of Education, and gave education as one of her main interests. Returning commissioner Kim Simmons, a corporate attorney, expressed a broad interest in human rights, particularly in how the topic was perceived by young people. Ms Simmons said she looked forward to continuing her advocacy for persons with mental disabilities. Donna Daniels, a former teacher and principal of Dellwood Middle School, is also executive director of the Adult Education School. Ms Daniels gave education as her “passion”, along with the protection of the vulnerable, the links between unemployment and poverty, and issues concerning mental health. New member Ben Adamson, a lawyer with 15 years’ experience, has served as a human rights mediator for the past six years, while Quinton Butterfield, also new, works in the Bermuda Government’s information technology office. Mr Butterfield said he looked forward to seeing the island “move forward on marriage equality, gender equality and gender identity”, and gave another interest as education and advocacy on the topic of human rights. Absent from the gathering were members Carolyn Thomas Ray, Franklin Fahnbulleh, and deputy chairman John Hindes. 


Ikebana International Japanese art of flower arranging. First Bermuda chapter was formed by Kitten Ellison in 1977.
Immigration Appeals Tribunal

An independent tribunal on immigration matters.  See Bermuda Government Boards. The House of Assembly passed legislation establishing the tribunal in July 2011. It is designed to make the final decisions on grievances relating to issues such as Bermudian status, permanent residency and work permits. There are 12 members of the panel, revealed in the Official Gazette in February 2012.

Immigration Reform Working Group The group, which examines the issue of immigration policy, appointed in 2016 after a week of protests outside Parliament sparked by the controversial Pathways to Status legislation. The first meeting focused on the topic of children adopted from overseas by Bermudians and the rights and privileges that should be extended to them. Phone 500-4664 or by e-mail immigationbda@gmail.com.

2017. May 2. The Immigration Reform Working Group is working with Government to collect data after a lack of available information slowed progress. Delivering an update on the group’s work, chairman William Madeiros said that after a year of discussions, forums and submissions, calls for data about mixed status families in Bermuda were a “constant theme. All members take their responsibilities seriously and remain focused on making recommendations to the Government,” he said. “No one expected to be working on these matters a year after we commenced. The group has spent hundreds of hours in deliberations, spoken to many outside agencies, studied numerous submissions and hosted ten productive public forums. To progress further, however, we need reliable data in order to make fair, well-conceived and multi-generational legislative proposals to the Government. The call for such information was a consistent theme during the many public meetings held last year. In the absence of relevant information being readily available, we are now developing, with Government assistance, a means to collect critically important data on mixed status families. Once collected, we will be able to advance our deliberations and come back to the public for its review and assessment. We have been challenged on our timeline, process and progress by some in the community. Our position is clear: we will examine the issues carefully, engage the public and arrive at informed positions on the issues at hand. Our mandate is to get the proposals right — inclusive of public consultation — and we know that Bermuda will allow us the necessary time to do so.” Mr Madeiros said the group reports to Michael Dunkley, the Premier, through the Minister of Home Affairs, the Immigration Reform Action Group and the Bermuda Industrial Union, and has been regularly reporting on its deliberations to those parties, along with the Bermuda Public Services Union and the People’s Campaign. The working group was formed in the wake of a week of protest outside the House of Assembly over proposed “Pathways to Status” legislation. Last June, the group presented its recommendations on adoption cases, and has since been working to examine the issue of mixed status families on the island.

Independent Order of Manchester City Oddfellows Masonic group, with Hamilton and Somerset districts. They have a Thanksgiving Service every October.
Indian Summer Basketball Club Phone 293-3048 or 293-1006. It had a successful 2001-2002 first season
Information Systems Audit and Control Association For 2003 info contact John Mayor at 298-4660.
Institute for Talented Students RC 648
Institute of Bermuda Architects The Secretary, P. O. Box HM 2230, Hamilton HM JX. Telephone (441) 296-2917. Fax (441) 296-2253. Bermuda-based architects helped create the Architects Registration Act 1969.

2017. September 27. The Institute of Bermuda Architects will host a weeklong celebration of architecture beginning on Monday. The event, which is open to the public, members and industry associates, aims to encourage interest in the architectural profession and celebrate the architecture of Bermuda. On Monday, there will be an exhibition at Washington Mall, displaying project boards from Bermudian architects and architecture students on the Wall of Words between 5pm and 7pm. On Tuesday, Bermudian builder and stonemason, Larry Mills, in conjunction with the Bermuda National Gallery’s Power of Art Exhibit, will give a presentation entitled “Bermuda’s Vernacular Architecture, Can the Past Inform the Future?” That will take place at the Bermuda National Gallery from noon until 1.30pm. On Wednesday, Blum Canada will present two webinars titled Ageing in Place at the Health Insurance Department, Sofia House, Church Street, from noon to 1pm and 1pm to 2pm. On Thursday, the Department of Planning and the IBA will hold an Introduction to Architect Services and the Department of Planning at Cathedral Hall, from 5.30pm to 7pm. On Friday, a Visually Impaired Architectural Tour and Happy Hour has been arranged for industry associates and members of the IBA. Duncan Simons, president of the IBA, stated: “We are delighted to be hosting Bermuda’s first Architecture Week. It is our hope that the events planned throughout the weeklong celebration will raise awareness and appreciation for Bermuda’s architecture and architects. We also hope to educate the public of the value of using a registered architect when undertaking a building project and we are pleased to be offering the public, our members and industry associates a chance to expand their horizons.”

Institute of Child and Family Health A part of the Family Resources Network Charitable Trust. Treatment for children and their families who have suffered the effects of psychological trauma. Meets Wednesday, Thursday or Friday. Call 295-1150.
Institute of Chartered Arbitrators (ICA) C/o Conyers, Dill and Pearman, Clarendon House, 2 Church Street, Hamilton HM 11. Telephone (441) 295-1422. Fax (441) 292-4720. A separate Bermuda chapter started on February 1, 1996 of the British institute founded in 1915, incorporated in 1924 and given a Royal Charter in 1979. 
Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators 1F Chancery Lane, Hamilton HM 12, Bermuda. P. O. Box HM 2522, Hamilton HM GX. Telephone (441) 292-7549. 
Institute of Directors (IOD) Bermuda Branch First founded in Bermuda in 1991. Went virtually extinct after 2004 until revitalized in 2012. It creates a central body to train directors. The local chapter is linked to the British Institute of Directors., founded in London in 1903 with about 37,000 members worldwide. Membership spans the whole spectrum of international business leadership, from the largest international companies to the smallest private firms.

2018. June 25. The Institute of Directors Bermuda Branch is partnering with Informa PLC to host a governance conference at the Hamilton Princess and Beach Club on November 2. The conference theme, “A New Era in Board Governance, Are You on Board”, is expected to attract more than 200 company directors, business leaders, experts and professionals who will deliver thought leadership on topical issues impacting current and aspiring directors and boards. Rochelle Simons, chairwoman of IOD Bermuda, said: “We are delighted that Dr Roger Barker, head of corporate governance at the IOD London, will be a keynote conference speaker. Dr Barker is a respected governance professional who is engaged in key governance organisations in the UK and Europe. We look forward to hosting and introducing Dr Barker to the business community.” Dr Barker is managing director of Barker and Associates, a corporate governance advisory firm. He previously served as the director of corporate governance and professional standards at the IOD for almost a decade. Dr Barker is a UK Member of the European Economic and Social Committee, senior adviser to the Board of the European Confederation of Directors Associations (ECODA) and chairman of the ecoDa Education Programme for European Directors. He is also a former investment banker, and spent almost 15 years in a variety of equity research and senior management roles at UBS and Bank Vontobel, both in the UK and Switzerland. Mrs Simons said: “The creation of a substantive signature event was part of the original vision for the Branch when we launched in 2013. However, first steps focused on providing value-added formal and informal professional development platforms and networking events to the membership. During the past five years, the IOD Bermuda Branch has successfully focused on bringing quality professional development to current and aspiring resident directors through the IOD Chartered Director programme. The training, led by chartered directors from the IOD London, has been delivered to more than 150 delegates in public courses and private trainings to company boards. The Bermuda cohort of certified directors include 46 certificate and 14 diploma in company direction holders, and three chartered directors. We are pleased with this result and the creation of the conference is an exciting next step.” Sara Schroter Ross, a member of the Bermuda Branch executive committee, is chairwoman of the conference committee. She said: “We are excited to partner with Informa in the creation of this inaugural governance conference. Informa is a leading business intelligence, academic publishing, knowledge and events business operating in the knowledge and information economy. “The company is listed on the London Stock Exchange and is a member of the FTSE 100. The Informa team is experienced in producing quality events and they understand the Bermuda market having recently delivered the Transcontinental Trusts: International Forum at the Fairmont Hamilton.” She said the IOD conference will provide “a global platform for Bermuda which is a leading jurisdiction with an internationally respected regulatory regime. The conference will offer attendees a dynamic and engaging format with a distinguished line-up of speakers”. She added: “Conference content will be structured around topical issues that high performing boards must understand, assess for impact, apply for success and monitor for performance and compliance. Session topics will examine current governance trends; crisis management for boards; technology — are directors tech-savvy; the board’s role in risk management oversight, innovation, creating corporate culture, sustainability and more. At its core, the goal of this event is to stand at the edge of the new era of business excellence in board governance and all this encompasses.”

Institute of Financial Services  
Institute of Legal Executives P. O. Box HM 612, Hamilton HM CX. The local branch of this United Kingdom based professional body was established in 1986. Its members are lawyers engaged in private or public practice.

Institute of Marine Underwriters
P. O. Box HM 1561, Hamilton. Established in 1978 for companies writing marine business in Bermuda. A member of the International Union of Marine Insurance.
Institute of Risk Management A Bermuda  group was established in November 2007.
Insurance Advisory Committee See Bermuda Government Boards
Insurance Brokers Association (IBAB) P. O. Box HM 1752, Hamilton HM GX. Telephone (441) 295-4864. Fax: (441) 292-3982. Advances the interests of insurance intermediaries. Bermuda got international broking houses in the early 1970's. Earlier, brokers from London, New York, etc. visited Bermuda to place business. In the late 1970's, many occupied their own Bermuda offices. In 1980, they founded IBAB.
Integral Yoga Center Victoria Street, Hamilton. Phone 295-0190 evenings.
Inter-Agency Committee for Children & Families Telephone 295-1116
International American Women's Club - Bermuda Since 1981, it includes women from many cultures and countries of the world. Call 238 0703. Lunch meeting regularly. RC 444
International Association for Financial Planning Bermuda chapter formed in May 1998, following a meeting of accounting & auditing, banking, legal, securities & trust executives. 
International Association of Administrative Professionals (IAAP)  Bermuda Chapter since 1998.  P. O. Box HM 2553, Hamilton HM KX. RC 438
International Business Forum (IBF) Since 1990, a cadre of prominent business people, an advisory body to the Government and involved in Bermuda's business planning. 
International Charitable Fund of Bermuda Inc. P. O. Box HM 1624, Hamilton HM GX, Bermuda. Since 1994 as a non-profit 501(c) (3) charitable organization  to give US taxpayers the same benefit in contributing to Bermuda charities as US-based charities. RC 400
International Compliance Association (The). Dedicated to the furtherance of best compliance and anti money laundering practice in the financial services sector. 
International Dog Events Association (IDEA) Bermuda Local branch of international organization.
International Trust Companies Association Since May 1997, promotes global standards and education for the industry.
International Women's Club (IWC) PO Box HM 2247, Hamilton HM JX. Call 291 0761 for IWC or 238-0684 for new islanders. Membership club for new American, European and other nationals who work in Bermuda or whose spouses do.
Internet Policy Advisory Board (PAB) Announced in October 2010 by the Department of E-Commerce within the Ministry of Energy, Telecommunications and E-Commerce.
Ireland Island Sports Club Uses Moresby Plain in Somerset for games
Isaca Bermuda Chapter Aim is to sponsor local educational seminars and workshops, conduct regular chapter meetings, and help to further promote and elevate the visibility of the IS audit, control and security profession. 
  • local chapter news and announcements
  • local and regional events
  • features about fellow members
  • career opportunities
  • certification information
  • benefits of membership
  • member-only content
(ISC)² Bermuda Chartering Chapter Since January 2018. A local branch of The International Information System Security Certification Consortium (ISC)²,  a non-profit organisation that specializes in training and certifications for cybersecurity professionals.

2018. May 30. Gave a live hacking demonstration in Hamilton that was well-attended, and could be followed by more public events to raise awareness about IT security. The demonstration was aimed at increasing awareness of the dangers presented by phishing attacks and hacking, and to offer tips on how to lessen the risk and avoid pitfalls. The (ISC)² Bermuda Chartering Chapter is preparing its final report that will go to the (ISC)² organization's headquarters. If the Chapter wins approval to continue chartering it aims to offer more public events, dealing with IT security for corporations and business, and also for personal users at home and at work. 

Islamic Centre of Bermuda RC 452
Island-wide Social Committee A seniors group

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Jamaican Association (Bermuda) An organization of Jamaicans living and working in Bermuda. RC 611.
Jewish Community of Bermuda RC 643
Jubilee Sailing Trust Has a Bermuda representative. Promotes the integration of physically disabled and able-bodied men and women when sailing a tall ship at sea. It owns and operates two purpose-built tall ships.
Judges Council for Floral Art Pending
Junior Chamber International (JCI) Bermuda chapter was formed in 1952. A worldwide federation of young professionals from 18-40 years old. 
Just Between Us An informal self-help group of women who have had breast cancer surgery. RC 399
Justice for Men A men's group interested in changes in the law to better serve fathers of non-custodial children.
Junior Road Safety Council Formed in 2001 as a branch for young people of the Road Safety Council
Just Between Us RC 399
Kaleidoscope Arts Foundation (KAF)

Art education. Since 2006. RC. 

Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Bermuda Alumni Chapter Has an annual Kappa Classic. More than 1,000 young boys and girls under the age of 16 take part in the three-day tournament, the biggest youth football tournament in Bermuda. 
Kardias Club of Bermuda In aid of the Women's Resource Center. P. O. Box HM 2496, Hamilton HM JX. RC 051.
Keep Bermuda Beautiful Court Street, Hamilton. Founded 1964. Hotline to report any littering seen throughout the island. 295-5142. RC 026
Kennel Club P. O. Box HM 1455, Hamilton HM FX. Telephone 295 4974. Voice mail 291 0391. Registration Officer 236 4117. Registration Fax 236 9569
Key Women of Bermuda RC 074
Kindermusik with Suzanne Run by music teacher Suzanne Dunkerley
King Edward VII Memorial Hospital 7 Point Finger Road, Paget DV 04. See web site or in emergency telephone 236 2345
Kiwanis Club of Hamilton, Bermuda

Hamilton club P. O. Box HM 815, Hamilton HM BX. Phone (441) 293-4581. Serving the Bermuda community since 1971, formed at the suggestion of Judge John Keogh of Norwalk, CT. Three local clubs, see below. Division 26 (Bermuda) of the New England District of Kiwanis International. RC 119.

Kiwanis Club of St. George's Since 1988. K12512 (club ID number). Meetings at Ebenezer Methodist Church Hall, 7 York Street, St. George's, 0 GE 05. First Thursday each month, 7 pm. RC 485
Kiwanis Club of Sandys K14467 (club ID number). Meets at: Sandys Community Centre, Springfield, Somerset. Or write to P. O. Box MA 317, Mangrove Bay, MA BX. RC 502
Knowledge Quest RC 631
Korean Martial Arts Federation of Bermuda, The  


Labour Advisory Council See Bermuda Government Boards
L'Alliance Francaise des Bermudes The organization for French nationals and French-speaking locals. See Bermuda's Links with France. Every July 14, it celebrates Bastille Day. RC 537

2018. August 6. Four Bermudian students spent most of last month immersed in French language and culture, thanks to the L’Alliance Française des Bermudes. The 3½-week programme, supported by the Christian Humann Foundation, sent teenagers Ywione Darrell, J.P. Didyk, Maya Leighton and Daria Symonds to Biarritz on the Basque coast of France. The four, from Saltus Grammar School, Somersfield Academy, Mount Saint Agnes and the Berkeley Institute respectively, were winners of the 2018 Alliance Française des Bermudes’ annual student competition.

Landscapers Association

Since 2011, representing landscaping, gardening and garden maintenance companies, a number of whom employ Portuguese and other nationals as gardeners or for gardening maintenance. Many home owners use their services. The Association has been working closely with the Ministry these past several months to address industry concerns regarding staffing levels and Work Permit restrictions.

Land Valuation Appeals Tribunal See Bermuda Government Boards
Land Opportunities for All Bermudians (LOAB) A lobby group formed in 2007 after protests against a new (2007) law which bars Bermudians married to foreigners from owning more than one property if the spouse is to contribute towards it.  
La Leche League of Bermuda Free information, encouragement and support for pregnant or breastfeeding mothers. Call 236-1120. RC 345
La Maison Francaise des Bermudes Holds French social conversation sessions weekdays at 10 am. For further information call 296-5676.
Lady Cubitt Compassionate Association (LCCA) International Center, Suite 211, Bermudiana Road, Hamilton. Mailing address P. O. Box HM 64, Hamilton HM AX. Phone (441) 292-1132 or fax (441) 295-7147. Established in 1932 by Lady Cubitt, wife of the then-Governor. General Assistance program helps locals with financial and emotional needs. A Patients Overseas Financial Aid program  sends patients in financial need overseas for medical and surgical treatments not available in Bermuda, with a pay-back program means-tested. Receives an annual grant from the Bermuda Government. RC 087
Law Reform Commission Proposed in the 2008 Throne Speech to ensure the constant review of legislation and to make the law responsive to the needs of society.
Law Reform Committee Ministry of Legislative Affairs. See Bermuda Government Boards
Learning Disabilities Association of Bermuda RC 397
Lefroy House See "Friends of Lefroy House." Ireland Island, Sandys. Phone 234-0525. Fax 234-2152. Adult day care center for seniors. Registered charity 393. Built by the Royal Navy in its Dockyard days as a shore-based hospital.
Legal Aid Committee Legal Aid Act 1980. See Bermuda Government Boards
Leisure Artists Group An organization of the International American Women's Club
Leopard's Club International 12 Brunswick Street and Cedar Avenue, Hamilton HM 10. Telephone 295 6434 or fax 295 8559. Since August 2003, it has encouraged and permitted Las Vegas-style poker, crown and anchor, big wheel and poker.
Life Underwriters Association P. O. Box HM 717, Hamilton HM CX. Established in 1968, coinciding with the enactment of The Life Insurance Act. It controls and maintains a high standard of life insurance business in Bermuda.
The Lighthouse A residential facility for its patients in Smith's Parish, it provides comfort and respite to those with HIV.
Lions and Lioness Clubs of Bermuda P. O. Box SN 97, Southampton SN BX. Telephone 238 0029 
Lodge Civil & Military King Street, Hamilton
Lodge of Loyalty Freemasons Hall, Reid Street, Hamilton
Lodge St. George State House, King's Square, St. George's. Established 1797, Freemasons.
Lodge Somers Isles Hog Bay Level, Sandys
Lorraine Rest Home 4 Lorraine Drive, Warwick WK 05. Phone 236-5152. Adult day care center and residential home for seniors.
Loyal Hill Community Club  
Lupus Association of Bermuda A support group for lupus sufferers and individuals affected by lupus. Contact Ronisa deFontes, support coordinator, at 333-3393 or email bda.lupus.association@gmail.com. RC 282


Marine Resources Board See Bermuda Government Boards
Mariners Rugby Football Club c/o Bermuda Sailor's Home, Richmond Road, Hamilton HM 08
Masterworks Foundation RC 259
Matilda Smith Williams Seniors Residence 3 Kent Avenue, Devonshire DV 07. Phone 236-8264 or 236-2958. Fax 236-3552. Assists individuals and families unable to  cope with their older members. Provides accommodation and care for live-in and daycare seniors . RC 145.
Matilda Smith Williams Home Ladies Auxiliary Meets at St. Paul's AME Church board room, Victoria Street, Hamilton
Meals on Wheels 103 South Road, Paget, PG 03. P. O. Box PG 312, Paget PG BX. Phone 236-1815 or 236-4152 (home). Fax 232-2070. Always needs volunteers. Supplies nourishing lunchtime cooked meals 4 days a week (Monday-Wednesday and Friday) for persons who for reasons of health cannot prepare meals for themselves. RC 109.
Mechanics Beneficial Association Mechanics Building, Hamilton. Telephone 295 7602.
Media Council of Bermuda Suite 1235, 48 Par-la-Ville Road, Hamilton HM 11.
Medical Practitioners A register of Medical Practitioners under Section 6 (2) of the Medical Practitioners Act 1950 is maintained by the Bermuda Medical Society and Bermuda Hospitals Board, in the order in which they were registered in Bermuda.
Medical Reference Committee A Bermuda Government committee under the Motor Car Act 1951 to determine the fitness or otherwise of licensed Bermuda drivers, especially those over 75 years old. See Bermuda Government Boards
Medjugorje Peace Plan Group RC 436
Meet A Mum Association (MAMA) P. O. Box WK 418, Warwick WK BX. Telephone 291-3799. Members & non members. For mothers and nannies and in those new to motherhood/nannying or new to Bermuda. RC 431
Meeting Professionals International (PI) The Mid Atlantic (Bermuda) Chapter is an association of individuals responsible for planning conferences, special events and employee/client recognition. 
Mental Health Review Tribunal Mental Health Act 1968.  See Bermuda Government Boards
Menuhin Foundation HP House, 21 Laffan Street, Hamilton HM 09. Telephone 295 1393. P. O. Box HM 1179. Hamilton HM EX. John Campbell, Chairman. RC 118
Men on the Move A men's group interested in changes in the law to better serve fathers of non-custodial children
Mid Atlantic Athletic Club P. O. Box HM 1745, Hamilton HM GX. Founded 1977. Tuesdays, 2 mile fun run or other events, phone 292-1516

2019. July 6. Four runners competing in the NatWest International Island Games in Gibraltar have spoken of what they hope to achieve in the weeklong championships that start today. The group have had their travel expenses to attend the games partially covered by a donation from the Mid Atlantic Athletic Club (MAAC). They are among Bermuda’s 52-member team at the event. Sean Trott, Brianna Mendes, Tilly Norman and Quincy Kuzyk will compete in middle and long-distance races. Trott, who finished runner-up in the Bermuda Day Half Marathon in May, will compete in the 5,000, 10,000 and half-marathon. He said: “Being provided with this assistance was a very pleasant surprise as, unbeknown to me, Victoria Fiddick had put my name forward for consideration. The majority of the athletes traveling to the games, including myself, have been required to pay for our own airfare and various additional costs. To hear that I would be getting back a portion of that and that MAAC had chosen to support me provided me with greater motivation to put my best foot forward in the games." Trott’s first event is the 10,000 tomorrow. Speaking of his ambitions in the three distances he will compete, he said: “Having looked at prior games results and assessing my current level of fitness, I believe that if I run to my full potential within each event, I am capable of being a medal contender in all three. “Following May 24, I have continued to train at a high level and I feel that my fitness has improved. I look forward to testing myself against some higher level competition.” Middle-distance runner Mendes will compete in the 1,500 and 5,000. She said: “I am very grateful for MAAC’s continued support of my athletic pursuits. I hope to race well and run fast and am excited to have the opportunity to represent Bermuda again.” Meanwhile, Kuzyk will compete in the 1,500. He said: “My main goal is to qualify for finals and to run a personal best. During this season, I was sidelined with an Achilles injury from August until February. I haven’t raced much this year, but I am confident that I will be able to perform well. “I am extremely grateful to have the backing of MAAC; I wouldn’t be the athlete I am today without the MAAC Juniors and MAAC track training programmes.” Norman, the fourth athlete helped by MAAC, represented Bermuda in the 1,500 and 3,000 at the Carifta Games last year.

Mid Atlantic Boat and Sports Club 37 Seven Wells, North Shore Road, Devonshire DV 05. Phone 295-0172. Kitchen 296-2697.
Mid Atlantic Wellness Wellness Institute 44 Devon Spring Road, Devonshire. Phone 236 3770. Formerly St. Brendan's Hospital.
Mid Atlantic Wellness Institute Amenities Committee As above. RC 083.
Mid Island Striders Track Club Bill Euler, phone 799-2455. RC 598
Migrants Forum Committee A group representing migrant workers in Bermuda. Interested groups include Amnesty International Bermuda and Citizens Uprooting Racism in Bermuda (CURB). They have a special interest re migrants in the Employment Act 2000 and its repercussions.
Millennium Fund Committee See Bermuda Government Boards
Mihdi Joon Fund RC 547
Mindfulness Practice Community of Bermuda Meets every Sunday at 5:14 pm to 6:44 pm at Manchester Union Building, 71 Victoria Street.
Ministers & Members Salaries Review Board Established by ex Premier Alex Scott in 2005, after consultations with the President of the Senate, Speaker of House of Assembly and Leader of the Opposition. See Bermuda Government Boards
Mirrors A charity devoted to getting young people’s lives back on track Mirrors had its budget slashed by a third by the last Progressive Labour Party government in 2011.  Celebrate in 2017 a decade of helping young people. Mentorship for the island’s young men had been sought in the 1990s by several local figures alarmed by antisocial behaviour at sports events. Uncommon Results, a global transformation programme founded in 1995 by life coach Mark Charley, was the blueprint for the Mirrors programme. Mirrors has taken on younger children from the island’s middle schools and in 2016 launched the SuperCamp Quantum Learning programme to deliver classroom skills. 

2019. April 12. More than 30 students and volunteers learnt about one of the island’s national parks while they gave it a facelift. A group from the Mirrors Programme joined members of the Hamilton Lions Club for a clean-up at Southlands Estate in Warwick. Their goal was to clear natural debris, trash and abandoned furniture from the park, as well as to share knowledge about the history of the park and its endemic and invasive plants and trees. Kim Jackson, the Mirrors Programme manager, said: “Our service day is a wonderful opportunity for us to spend time with members of the community who are united with us to support Bermuda’s young people and preserve Bermuda’s architectural and ecological heritage. Only through the power of community can we preserve the finer elements of our heritage and pass them on to a younger generation empowered with the skills to protect them and bear them into the future.” Mirrors aims to help young people reach their potential and promotes healthy relationships as well as positive contributions to society. A total of 33 students, volunteer life coaches and community volunteers joined the Hamilton Lions Club members for the event last Saturday. Kathy Lynn Simmons, the Attorney-General and Minister of Legal Affairs, congratulated the programme for continuing its 12-year tradition of demonstrating the benefits of giving back to the community. She said: “Since 2007, Mirrors students have engaged in completing a service project. I am pleased that this year Mirrors chose to partner with the Department of Parks to clean Southlands for the enjoyment of our fellow Bermudians and visitors. Our island home is world-renowned for its cleanliness and beauty. As Bermudians, we take great pride in that fact and, as we know, it requires all of us to do our part to keep that stellar reputation. Thank you for volunteering.” Craig Burt, the acting director for the parks department, said: “We are really passionate about maintaining the ecological heritage of this park and preserving it for the enjoyment of future Bermudians and tourists alike. We are grateful for the partnership of the Mirrors Programme for pushing this project forward.” For more information about volunteering or enrolling your child into the programme, contact Nicola Paugh, the Mirrors office manager at nmpaugh@gov.bm, phone 294-9291 or visit mirrors.bm.

Mon Reve 14 Sound View Road, Somerset MA 05. Phone 234-2242. Adult day care center for seniors.
Montessori Education Trust, The RC 291
Mothers on a Mission 2017. November 27. A new support group formed by grieving mothers who have lost sons to violence has launched a bid to return hope to communities torn apart by crime. Mothers on a Mission Bermuda, led by Nicole Fox and Dee-Ah Iris, is already helping several mothers, sisters, aunts and grandmothers to deal with their loss. Mothers on a Mission has eight core members, including Ms Fox and Ms Iris, and has met every week for several months. The initiative has been backed by the Ministry of National Security and provides members with access to trained counselors and professional support agencies. 
Mount St. Agnes Academy Alumni Association RC 064
Mount St. Agnes Academy Home & School Association RC 200
Mount St. Agnes Foundation RC 220
Moresby Squash Club Dockyard. Call 234-5794. Newcomers are welcome, from beginner to expert
MOVE (mobilize, organise, visualize, execute) A concerned citizens group, aligned with the People’s Campaign, to voice their opposition of the planned redevelopment of the L.F. Wade International Airport by Canadian company Aecon/CCC.
Multiple Sclerosis Society of Bermuda P. O. Box HM 1426, Hamilton HM FX, Bermuda. Telephone 297-0565 or 293-2649. RC 336. Meetings are held 1st Monday every month at St. Mark's Hall, Smith's Parish. RC 336.

2019. June 23. The Multiple Sclerosis Society of Bermuda held its third annual medical symposium this weekend aimed at raising awareness of the disease. Kim Wilson, the Minister of Health, commended the organisation for its work over more than 30 years. Ms Wilson said there was an “undetermined” number of people on the island living with MS, but that the society’s work brought “awareness and renewed focus” to the disease. She added: “Sadly, about 200 new cases are diagnosed each week in the United States. In Bermuda, we are not too far removed from having new cases being diagnosed annually.” Ms Wilson said the Government was committed to reforming healthcare payment to rein in costs and improve access to care. “That work is progressing, and soon we will be in a position to have more dialogue on what this may look like,” she said.

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