Genuine warmth and camaraderie abounded in the new dining room at Kam Wah Chinese Restaurant on Maraval Road last Friday evening, when members of the Rotary Club of Diego Martin celebrated the 29th anniversary of its charter.
Led by recently installed president Lucy Ann Henry-Coutou, the first female president in the North West peninsula, the club also congratulated the San Juan and Pointe a Pierre clubs on their 29th anniversaries.
Attending the celebration were charter member Sunil Sirjoo, the oldest living president of Rotary, and his wife Pamela.
Fellowship is the cornerstone of Rotary and since projects bring true fellowship the Diego Martin club has had some impressive accomplishments to this end since it began in 1988. Projects are driven by fund-raisers and the club was the initiator of The Great Chefs of Rotary fund-raiser which started back in the 90s and is now a standard for other clubs. Other fund-raising methods are the game fishing tournaments and the Big Bird barbecues.
“We give freely of ourselves but do not recognise how much Rotary gives back to us,” says Henry-Coutou who was the first person to be installed as president one year after she joined.
Among the many projects on this club’s agenda are a soup kitchen for the needy in Diego Martin, arranging critical overseas medical support to several children; financial and other assistance to the St James Police Youth Group and the Life Centre –an autistic school and collection and distribution of books to the Diego Martin Community.