Seasons Greetings from President Evangeline Allen

 Seasons Greetings
From President  Evangeline Allen
Christmas is the celebration of the belief that God came into the world in the form of man to atone for the sins of humanity.
Our excitement will be expressed in gift givingChristmas music and caroling, exchanges of Christmas cardschurch servicesspecial meals, and the display of various Christmas decorations, including Christmas treesChristmas lightsnativity scenesgarlands and wreaths. Additionally, Santa Claus will bring gifts and cheer to children and the less fortunate during the season and some of us will enjoy our own traditions in family dinners etc.
Rotary Club of Antigua was able to continue its annual Christmas project to provide Christmas Cheer to 250 children Antigua, some of whom will be receiving the only gift for Christmas and another 250 children in Barbuda. Each child in Antigua and Barbuda received a toy from Santa and was treated to games, food and entertainment.
During December at the Meals on Wheels Program, the Club also prepared 100 food bags for distribution.  These food bags were distributed by members to the less fortunate across the island. 
From the bottom of my heart, I am extremely grateful and proud of the service Rotarians give on a daily basis because it ensures better opportunities for individual growth and the growth of our communities. Great appreciation goes out to our loved ones and the community for the tremendous demonstration of understanding and support that we receive.
The focus this year is Literacy with emphasis on rewarding students for overall good work/sportsmanship both in and out of the classroom and competing for a prize in reading.
To date, I can say that we absolutely achieved the majority of the goals as set out in our plan-of-action and obtained very good results for the first half of the Rotary Year.
For the second half in 2017, we plan to continue the excellent work by executing a Career Guidance Workshop for 75 Students at the Christian face Academy School.  The Student of the Month Award for Students in Grades 1, 2 &3 at the Golden Grove Primary, Gren Bay Primary and Five Islands Primary Schools.  Book in a Bag and a Book Reading Competition for students in Grades 4 & 5 of the aforementioned Schools.  An Easter Fair to attract 150 Students across the island.
On behalf of the Executive, I encourage you to celebrate this yuletide season in the company of your loved ones in order to receive great blessings and discover that there is no greater gift than being together with family and friends, enjoying the peace and love of this beautiful holiday.
I wish you a Merry Christmas and a Prosperous, Happy and Healthy New Year 2017!