Rotary lights tree for 44th time

The Rotary Club of Grand Cayman held its 44th annual Christmas Tree Lighting event in Celebration Square in George Town Monday.

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Santa Claus passed out goodies to children after the programme at the Rotary Club of Grand Caymans 44th annual Christmas Tree Lighting event in Celebration Square on Monday. Photo: Alan Markoff

In addition to the lighting of the Christmas tree, which was done by Kerry Bush, wife of Premier McKeeva Bush, the event featured performances by the Cayman National Choir and Cayman National Orchestra; the La Pierre Family Steel Pan Band and holiday songs sung by Jamesette Anglin.

Rotary President Cathy Chesnut’s Welcome Address was followed by the Christmas Address, which was delivered by Acting Governor Donovan Ebanks.

Mr. Ebanks urged the 300 or so people in attendance not to let the unpleasantness of the difficult economic times dampen their Christmas spirit.

‘…If there is a silver lining to these hard times, it surely lies in the fact that so many of us are being forced to re-examine things – our values, our choices, even ourselves,’ he said. ‘This in turn enables us to adjust and re-focus on what is really important, and what we can afford.’

Mr. Ebanks asked attendees to adopt healthy and caring Christmas attitudes.

‘Ignore the size of the gifts and the tree,’ he said. ‘Focus on being uplifted by who joins you around the family table.’

Mr. Ebanks thanked the Rotary Club for its continuous support to the community.

‘I commend you for your work and I also thank you for showing us all what the spirit of giving truly means in the community,’ he said. ‘I challenge everyone here tonight to do as the Rotarians this Christmas.’

The evening was topped off when Santa Claus – who looked amazingly like a plump version of Rotarian Tim Adam – paid a visit to pass out treats to the many children in attendance.

Event emcee Eric Bush made special mention of the efforts of Rotarians Betty Baraud and Sebastien Guilbard for their efforts in organising the event.