Rotary hosts seniors’ Christmas party

The Rotary Club of Grand Cayman held its annual Boxing Day Christmas party for senior citizens at the First Baptist Church Hall.

About 250 seniors from every district of Grand Cayman attended the event, which featured a traditional Christmas lunch, live music by the North Side Kitchen Band, a dancing contest, recitals, songs and Christmas carols sung by the Rotarians.

Rotary president David Kirkaldy said he was pleased with the way things went.

‘It was really good to get 250 senior citizens out there to enjoy the event,’ he said. ‘They really do enjoy it.’

Transportation was provided to those senior citizens that needed it, co-ordinated by Rotarian Ornan Whittaker.

Governor Stuart Jack spoke briefly and then he and his wife Mariko went from table to table to personally greet every senior citizen and Rotarian in attendance.

Rotarian Tim Adam once again donned a Christmas hat and served as the master of ceremonies.

Fifty dollar cash prizes were awarded for the winners of the contests held during the party.

Elliot Bodden won for the oldest gentleman at 92 years, two months. Beavley Powery took home the prize for the oldest lady at 94 years, one month.

Harvey and Gladys Ebanks, who have been married for 61 years, won the award for the longest married couple.

The mother of the most children was Chrystaline McLaughlin, who had 14 children, nine of which are still surviving.

The award for the best entertainer went to Lera Parchment for her recital of the poem ‘For Jimmy and Me’.

Olive Miller, who led the audience in a song she composed, called ‘Young at Heart’ won the special prize for entertainment.

Dancers receiving prizes included Edna Smith, Verna Watson Lewellyn, Josie Solomon and Goldstein Christian.

Cable & Wireless allowed the seniors to make a free international call from the breezeway area.

After the event, the seniors were given gift bags of dry goods and other groceries.

Rotarian Community Service Director Lindsay Scott thanked the many organisations that made the event possible, starting with the First Baptist Church of Grand Cayman.

The meals were prepared by The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman, the Lone Star Bar and Grill and Cimboco/Chicken Chicken, with each also donating some element of the meal.

For desert, the seniors enjoyed cake provided by Tortuga Rum Company.

Foster’s Food Fair donated 10 turkeys, while Progressive Distributors donated four turkeys and four hams.

The Cayman Islands Tourism Association provided the dinner buns and catered the event.

Mr. Kirkaldy said about 30 Rotarians helped out throughout the day with setting up, serving food, and cleaning up afterwards.