Kiwanis celebrate 50 years of help for children
A children’s charity took to the streets yesterday morning as the group prepared to celebrate its 50th anniversary.
Members of the Kiwanis Club of Hamilton greeted the public with a banner at the Crow Lane roundabout as commuters made their way into the city.
Leleath Bailey, the lieutenant governor of the club, said the anniversary was today, but members wanted to celebrate with the public.
She said: “We had planned to have a gala banquet to celebrate 50 years of community service to Bermuda but had to scrap those plans due to the pandemic.
“We wanted to do something to commemorate our anniversary and decided on the wave.”
Ms Bailey said the Kiwanis Club of Hamilton was chartered in June, 1971, but the board of directors was appointed on September 18, 1971.
She added: “Over 300 guests from the United States Kiwanians attended.
“Dennis Chin was the first and founding president. He was a guest worker at the Southampton Princess Hotel and his title was senior systems analyst.
“Other guest workers in Bermuda in 1971 were glad to have the club open because they came from Kiwanis Clubs overseas as members.”
Ms Bailey said the club had also released a 50th anniversary pin that had been a hit with island members and Kiwanis Clubs overseas.