On September 3, the Green Turtle Club on Green Turtle Cay held an awards ceremony for its hardworking and long-serving staff. Twenty staff members that night received awards for their service ranging from ten to forty years.
The successful hotel and marina has been a popular tourist destination for over 50 years. The event was held at Bluff House Beach Hotel, the cay’s other hotel, and ensured a night off from work for all the staff at the Club. With honorable guests and speakers including Min. Ryan Pinder, the Club’s owner, Adam Showell and representing the Ministry of Tourism, Ms. Outten, the night doubled as a farewell to its General Manager, Lynn Johnson.
Lynn, who began work at the Green Turtle Club 32 years ago, rose from front desk to her most recent position as General Manager.
Lynn will be leaving behind a significant gap in the hearts and minds of returning guests and coworkers alike. Some of whom, like Linda McIntosh, she worked with since she started. The crowd, which consisted of employees (new and old) and their families, gathered not just to celebrate the veterans, but to also spend time with a gradually developed and well branched second family. There were glimpses at every table of teary eyes as the owner Adam Showell and assistant manager, Molly McIntosh, presented Lynn with leaving gifts and well wishes on her move to Atlanta, Georgia.
There were also cheers as Adam, who was assisted by Min. Pinder, presented individual awards to workers such as Earklin McIntosh and Raymond Lowe who have dedicated over 40 years of continuing service. It is staff like them and the Club’s fleet of cleaning ladies who have not just given up their time, but who have worked hard to keep it at its best.
There were awards presented to the kitchen staff, waitresses and bar staff like Debbie Symonette, all characters you couldn’t imagine the hotel without. All who have not just become part of the Club, they have also shared many laughs and created unforgettable memories.
With the ‘Number One Band in the Nation’, The Gully Roosters, performing their lively tracks after the buffet and awards, the ceremony provided the perfect chance for some staff to let loose on the dance floor and enjoy an evening that also commenced the hotel’s annual closure until next month.’