Kiwanis Club of Santa Cruz celebrates 40th anniversary
Launtia Cuff, Gleaner Writer
Located in more than 80 nations across the world, Kiwanis clubs help build communities by serving people in countless ways through the collaborative efforts of its members. The Kiwanis Club of Santa Cruz has been helping communities in and around Santa Cruz since 1974 and marked a significant milestone in the life of the club when it celebrated its 40th anniversary last Wednesday.
At a 40th anniversary awards banquet, hosted by the club on July 26, Beryl Rochester, custos rotulorum for St Elizabeth, who herself is involved in numerous voluntary endeavours, said she was happy to join in the celebration.
She commended the club for reaching a significant milestone for which she said the club should feel proud. She said members of voluntary groups have one common thread which is service to humanity and said more persons should come on board to build and grow communities.
The custos also extended her congratulations to the charter members who were honoured for being members of the club from its beginnings.
The three members who were awarded were past presidents Willard Chambers, Howard Nelson, and past lieutenant governor (PLG) Vivian Cameron.
PLG Cameron spent the greater portion of his life dedicated to serving others as he joined the club when he was only 32 years old and has so far dedicated 40 years to serving disadvantaged children through the help of the club.
"From very early, I was always willing to serve in some way in my community and I found the perfect avenue through the Kiwanis Club, and that is from as far back as 40 years ago," Cameron said.
Cameron said when he first joined the club he found that individuals were mostly older than himself and said he was a shy person at first. He said that has changed and he attributed a lot of that change to the club.
"It (the club) broadened my horizons. It certainly developed my personality a whole lot.
"It's really fulfilling when you see the benefits people who are in need get. You get that sense of satisfaction from seeing that you are able to help the less fortunate. In my case, I am a business person and through that medium I am able to give back to my community some of what I have got," he said.
Being a member of the club for those years, Cameron said, has allowed him to see immense growth take place within the club. He said that many clubs have been formed within the space of 40 years but not many were able to stand up to the test of time.