The handover of $30,000 to Meals on Wheels by the Rotary Club of Grand Cayman last week formally ended the service organization’s commitments to the charity that delivers meals to senior citizens of need on the island.
Rotary had been holding the funds in trust while a new Meals on Wheels corporation was formed to replace the one started by Rotary.
The Meals on Wheels program got started in 1997 when Larry Chomyn, then the president of the Rotary Club of Grand Cayman, witnessed the Meals on Wheels program in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada, which, organized by the Rotary Club in that city, had benefited his parents and many others. Rotary clubs around the world often support Meals on Wheels programs and Mr. Chomyn decided he wanted to start it in Cayman as one of community service projects during his year as Rotary president.
Mr. Chomyn worked with Rotarian Sophia Harris, then the community service director on the board, to launch Meals on Wheels on Grand Cayman 1997. Two years later, Rotary Meals on Wheels was officially incorporated in the Cayman Islands as a not-for-profit company with the Rotary Club as the sole shareholder.
Separately from the Meals on Wheels initiative, Martha McField had begun cooking and delivering meals on Sundays to elderly friends and neighbors in George Town. Ms. Harris approached Ms. McField about working with Rotary on the Meals on Wheels program, and she agreed. The meals were initially delivered to 14 seniors in George Town, with the food supplied primarily by the Baptist Church.
Eventually, Ms. McField’s daughter, Beulah McField, took over the day-to-day operations of Meals on Wheels in George Town.
Later, through a partnership with another organization, deliveries were expanded to West Bay, Eventually, Bodden Town and East End were added as well.
In its 50-plus years on Grand Cayman, the Rotary Club of Grand Cayman has established many community projects and maintained close support and control over them until someone else in the community could take them over and be self-sufficient.
In July 2012, Rotary formally handed over reins of the program to Beulah McField, who formed a new Meals on Wheels non-profit company, with the Rotary Meals on Wheels entity being dissolved. However, as they have done for the past 18 years, Rotarians have committed to continue supporting Meals on Wheels, which now delivers meals to some 170 seniors, in any way they can.