Mel Spain sworn-in as Deputy Mayoress

The Island Newspaper, Ambergris Caye, Belize            Vol. 11, No. 14            April 5, 2001

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Mel Spain receives the oath of office from Alberto Villanueva

As previously announced in the San Pedro Sun, Councilor Merlene "Mel" Spain is the new deputy mayoress for San Pedro. The official swearing-in ceremony was held Tuesday evening at the San Pedro Town Hall and was presided over by Town Administrator Alberto Villanueva.

    Present to witness this grand occasion were the San Pedro Town Council, Area Representative Patty Arceo and members of the community. During the short ceremony Mayor Alberto Nuñez welcomed everyone and recalled that it had been a year since they were first elected to serve on the Town Council. He wished Mrs. Spain all the best and expressed his confidence in her to do a good job, as was done last year by the previous deputy mayor.

    The Town Administrator then had the honor of swearing in Mrs. Spain who received thunderous applause from the audience. During her acceptance speech the newly appointed deputy mayoress commented, "I humbly accept the challenge to assume the position and responsibility of deputy mayoress and I assure you that all my positive energy and determination will be invested in working closely with our Area Representative, our Mayor and you to whom we owe respect, loyalty and progress." She went on to say, "This challenge only makes me more determined to prove to you, the residents of this island, that as a woman and a mother I will fight for your children and your progress like I defend my very own."

     The Area Representative then "welcomed aboard" Deputy Mayoress Spain, who also received congratulatory words from the past Deputy Mayor Baldemar Graniel and her fellow councilors. After the official ceremony the congregation was invited to refreshments in Mrs. Spain's honor.
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