Rotary Club throws Christmas party

The Rotary Club of Grand Cayman held its 38th annual Senior Citizens’ Christmas Party Monday afternoon at the University College of the Cayman Islands.

Approximately 85 seniors from every district of Grand Cayman attended the event funded by the Rotary Club with help from several sponsors.

The seniors were able to arrange for free transportation to the event, which featured a holiday meal, goodie bags of foods and sundry items, entertainment by the North Side Kitchen Band, dancing and the singing of Christmas carols.

Among those in attendance were Honorary Rotarians Governor Bruce Dinwiddy and his wife Emma. Mr. Dinwiddy told the audience that it was their third seniors’ Christmas party. ‘Emma and I look forward to it as an essential part of Christmas here,’ he said.

As it has done in the past, Cable & Wireless allowed the seniors to make free five-minute telephone calls anywhere in the world. Usually made on land lines, this year Cable & Wireless provided cellular telephones for the seniors to use to make the calls.

Cable & Wireless Chief Executive and Rotarian Tim Adam served as the master of ceremonies for the event, donning a Christmas hat for the job. At one point, Mr. Adam danced with one of the senior women.

‘A good time was had by all,’ he said.

Cash prizes were given to a number of the seniors in attendance. Beaverly Powery, 93, won the award for the oldest lady, while Conrad Forbes, 93, won the award for the oldest gentleman.

Harvey and Gladys Ebanks won the award for being the couple married the longest at 60 years, while a special award was given to Evert and Edith Ebanks for celebrating their 55th wedding anniversary on the day of the party.

Sylvia Conner won the award for having the most children, 10.

The best lady dancer award was split between Nurse Josie Solomon and Norma Barnett, while Charles Swaby Hydes and Nancy Yates won the award for the best dancing couple.

Rotary Club president Ray Whittaker thanked the many sponsors who supported the event, including the Cayman Islands Tourism Association, which prepared the food, the University College for providing the venue, Celebrations for providing the tables, Tony Powell and Union Heavy Equipment and Transport for providing the transportation, Hobbies and Books for providing the Christmas tree, and Massive Equipment for providing the public address system.