, 1999, is a date
that will go down in history for the Community of San Pedro and the San
Pedro Lions Club. The official ground breaking ceremony for the San Pedro
Lions Inter-Community Hospital took place at the proposed grounds behind
Island Supermarket. As the crowd gathered to witness the ceremonies a
great sense of pride embraced those attending.
The ceremony commenced with the singing of the
National Anthem by all present. Their enthusiasm was reflected during the
singing, resulting in a clear and melodious rendition. Master of
Ceremonies Lion Angel Nuñez then invited Lion Treasurer Abel Guerrero Sr.
to give a short invocation. The Mayor of San Pedro Town, His Lordship
Alberto Nuñez Sr. gave the official welcome address, thanking all that
have contributed towards the project and mentioned he was happy to
address the gathering not only in his capacity as Mayor but also as a
member of the San Pedro Lions Club.
Area Representative of Belize Rural South, Hon. Patty
Arceo then took the stand to address the gathering. She congratulated the
club for undertaking such a wonderful and much needed project. She
continued by saying that the Inter-Community Hospital is a milestone and
who better to spearhead this project than the San Pedro Lions Club.
The honor of doing the official ground breaking was
given to three persons that have been very crucial in the planning of the
hospital; Mr. Harry Wringler, USA Representative; Lion Ramon Nuñez,
Financial Officer and San Pedro Lions President Severo Guerrero. Each of
these persons gave a short speech to the gathering. Mr. Wringler
mentioned that he had been coming to San Pedro with a church group from
the USA for many years and had enjoyed it every single time. He believes
that it is now their turn to give back to San Pedro what they had
received from it. Lion Ramon Nuñez, thanked Mr. Wringler for his generous
aid, as well as others who have contributed. He also presented Lion Beto
Marin, Chairman of the Hospital Committee with three checks that had been
sent from the members of the First Union Church congregation in
Nashville, Tennessee, USA. The three checks combined, totaled US$9181.91.
Lion Nuñez sees this dream as slowly turning into a reality and if
everything continues as planned, he hopes to see the first phase of the
hospital completed by July of 2000. Lion President Severo also thanked
everyone present for their interest and those who have contributed.
Lion Beto Marin gave the official vote of
thanks, followed by the singing of the Lions Song by all present. The
gathering then moved to the side of the lot where the official ground
breaking took place. Refreshments and snacks were served. The estimated
amount for the hospital is approximately BZE$1.4 million. The realization
of this hospital for San Pedro has been possible solely through kind
donations from the private sector and foreign contributors.