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Sunshine Seniors Host Hat
& Tea Show 2008

Often referred to as the ‘grand dame of Southampton Church”, Sis Mayville Wilson, true to her fashion and style, produced her 4th annual Sunshine Seniors Tea and Hat Show on Monday, May 19 at the Southampton Seventh-day Adventist Church. This spectacular senior’s community event was opened by the club president, Sis. Georgia Carter. Dr. Jeffrey O. Brown, President of the Bermuda Conference blessed the event with prayer and extended a warm welcome to all. He also introduced Mr. Zane DeSilva, Member of Parliament (JP, MP) who is the government representative for Southampton Parish where the church is located. Mr. DeSilva expressed sincere thanks for including he and his wife at the annual senior’s event.

After morning devotions were conducted by Sis. Lois Scott, the Club’s theme song (There’s Sunshine in My Soul Today) was joyfully sung. Spring was truly in the air with the array of colorful hats and beautiful outfits that were especially worn for the occasion.

Sis. Wilson, the Sunshine Club Vice President, gave a brief synopsis of the Club’s history and welcomed the participants. She was assisted again this year by her daughter, Sis. Janet Chentouf, who announced entry after entry of fresh flower church and formal hats. Many colorful outfits were pleasantly matched with their accessories. Sis. Wilson worked tirelessly, spending many, many hours soliciting the support of church members and the community who so graciously donated prizes and gifts for the participating senior’s club members. Sis. Alice Augustus who is 94 yrs. old, made crochet gifts for the visiting judges. The event helps to get seniors involved and encourages them to be proud of who they are – God’s very special children.

These seniors walked down a beautiful red carpet in front of the three invited judges. Tasty crumpets and tea was blessed by Pastor Howard Ebbin, Associate Pastor of the Southampton Church. The food was served by the students of Sis. Sonia Dawes’s class from Bermuda Institute. Retired pastor, Eugene Virgil closed the event with prayer.

Some 85 persons attended the delightful event which was a resounding success, “an event not to be missed” at least that is what the members of the Southampton Sunshine Seniors are saying. Our thanks to Andrey Florencio who was on hand to take photos of this wonderful occasion.

Submitted by
Mayville Wilson and other participants