New Lions Club of Grand Cayman President Anthony Ritch called for the club to support the youth of the Cayman Islands, in particular young men who often have no role model in their lives. He also said that more grass roots projects would be a priority this year.
The changeover luncheon was held at Café Mediterraneo on Saturday, 28 June.
Mr. Ritch told the audience at the installation of the new executive of the LCGC for 2008-2009 year, ‘I have chosen the theme ‘Reach Out, Act, Impact Lives’ as our motto in helping us to achieve our objectives for the year. I want us to be more perceptive, more engaged and more proactive in terms of identifying and addressing the many community needs that are out there. We have to be much more decisive and ensure that our time is spent wisely and directed at all times to helping build a stronger community.’
Guests from service clubs in the Cayman Islands were on hand to watch as the new board pledged their commitment to impacting lives.
‘Together we can achieve so much more by focusing on those within our community who need our help,’ Mr. Ritch said.
He pledged a year in which the LCGC would achieve its set goals while having fun, and working towards specific goals in the community.
Reach out, Act, Impact Lives would go hand in hand with the club’s sight, social services and youth programmes for which the organisation is cherished in the community and indeed around the world, he said.
He underscored his total commitment to focusing on the social programmes the club is associated with including repairing homes and maintaining traffic islands and adding new ones such as screening programmes for prostate cancer and diabetes.
He noted that the membership had to pledge its commitment to be involved. Too often the load falls to a few when we have so many within the Club.
Outgoing President Lee Ramoon took the opportunity to wish the new president every success in all his endeavours in the year ahead. He briefly outlined the club’s achievements in the previous year and thanked the many members and friends of Lions who helped to make his year a success.
The club made presentations to a number of individuals – members and others – who contributed to the club making its presence felt in the community in the past year.
The guest speaker for the afternoon was the Rev. Donavan Myers of the Savannah United Church. Reverend Myers a pastor for 20 years delivered a very compelling set of messages related to the President’s theme for the year.
The emcee for the afternoon was Lion Robert Wood who kept the proceedings flowing smoothly and added humour to the afternoon. Guest Eugenio Leo played the Panamanian harp during the luncheon.
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