The Department of Social Services in conjunction with the Rotary Club of Abaco held their Annual Older Persons Movie and Luncheon at Friendship Tabernacle Church on Oct. 18.
This year’s theme was: “The Future We Want: What Older Persons are Saying.”
During the opening program, the older persons shared testimonies and were engaged in a singspiration along with Miss Viola Johnson’s rake n’ scrape gospel selection. The prayer was led by Rev. Dr. Silbert Mills, senior pastor of Friendship Tabernacle.
The seniors watched a movie called “Amish Grace,” which is the true story of a gunman, who killed five Amish children and injured five others in a Nickel Mines, Pennsylvania schoolhouse shooting in October of 2006. It demonstrated the extraordinary forgiveness of the Amish community.
After the blessing of the food, the seniors were ushered into the fellowship hall and served lunch. Staff members from the Dept. of Social Services distributed many gifts and prizes to their guests. Maxwell’s Supermarket donated 30 fruit baskets.
Rosalie Jones and Selva Sawyer were responsible for organizing the event, and Jones shared that she was grateful for the community’s support. Although more than 50 people attended, Jones said senior residents of South Abaco were unable to attend because of transportation issues. However, Rotarians packaged food for them and those who are shut-ins.
Jones said she was happy to attend the function, which benefits so many older persons and it gives them time to fellowship with each other. She was reminded of the clients who she had become attached to, but have since passed on.
“It’s a lot of hard work, but it gives me great joy,” Jones expressed.
Certainly, it is hard work for all involved, and Desmond Bootle, president of the Rotary Club of Abaco, said he was thankful and that it was a joy and pleasure for him to be there. While Rotary pays a caterer to prepare the food, the Rotarians are on hand to serve the older persons.
Seniors like John Russell of Crown Haven and Clifford Stubbs from Long Island, New York, said they enjoyed themselves particularly the people and the food. Stubbs added that he was visiting the area because his wife has family on Abaco.
Gratitude and appreciation was extended to the Rotary Club of Abaco; Friendship Tabernacle Church; Maxwell’s Supermarket; Abaco Groceries; Standard Hardware; Abaco Hardware; Jermaine Williams; Jeffrey Cheramin; Restoration Salon and Spa; Ennovah’s Bus Service; Gardenia’s Catering Services; and Pastor Bateman Sands.