On Sunday, 4 May 2008 the St George’s Anglican Church welcomed members of the Lions Club of Tropical Gardens who commenced their week-long 15th anniversary celebrations with prayer and thanksgiving.
The Rev. Mary Graham, a charter member and past president of the Lions Club of Tropical Gardens, delivered the sermon and commended the Club for overcoming challenges and excelling through commitment and team work.
Rev. Graham spoke of the Club’s history. The Lions Club of Tropical Gardens was chartered on 8 May, 1993 under the presidency of Lion Patricia McField, a former Leo, with 30 members. The Club was sponsored by the Lions Club of Grand Cayman during Reginald Nixon’s term of office as president.
Philip Hislop was appointed guiding Lion and together with Lions Desmond Graham, Reginald Nixon and many other members of the Lions family gave their unswerving support to this fledgling club of dynamic ladies.
In the last 15 years, the Lions Club of Tropical Gardens has grown from strength to strength under capable leaders. Although the areas of focus have varied and expanded, current President Cheryl Bell indicated that ‘the vision of making life better for others through service has remained constant.’
At a special anniversary meeting held at the Lions Community Centre on Tuesday, 6 May, Charter President Patricia McField indicated that ‘the Club has made a tremendous impact on the community since its charter.’ Other past presidents who shared during this trip down memory lane, which was enhanced by a slide show, included Lois Kellyman, Kerry Nixon, Paulette Conolly-Bailey, Judith Witter, Patricia Bazell-Taylor, Gina Berry Barnes and Norma McField.
Congratulatory messages were also received from past presidents Patricia Walters and Cynthia Chukwueze, who both now live overseas.
Grand Cayman Lion President Lee Ramoon and other members of his club attended and expressed their support for the ladies who ‘get things done for the community while having fun.’
Commendably the Lions Club of Tropical Gardens has established effective working partnerships with other service clubs, government and non-governmental agencies. Although the club has served in a variety of areas, it is perhaps best known for its breast cancer education and awareness programmes, work with the youth and with senior citizens.