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NEWSLETTER MAY 2005

NEXT MEETING: Our next meeting is scheduled for 6:00pm on 26th May. Dr. Gail Saunders will be the guest speaker and will give a presentation entitled "The Wylly Affair and the Slave Registration Controversy 1816-1821." This promises to be another interesting meeting so please mark the date on your calendar and plan to attend.

ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING: The Annual General Meeting was held on 28th April. During discussion at the end of the meeting, members decided on a few new projects to be undertaken over the next few months.

  • One project is to sponsor the history award at the College of The Bahamas. The College has a programme whereby graduates are given special awards from the departments in their areas of study. We are proposing to sponsor the award for the History Department. The exact nature of the award will be determined after further consultation with the College of The Bahamas. The graduate receiving the award is the best history graduate (maximum of one per annum) with a minimum GPA of 3.0.
     
  • Street Sign in Berlin/Germany

    Another project is to encourage the Government to include information on street signs providing details on the persons, places or events for which streets were named. For example, at our corner, Shirley Street and Elizabeth Avenue, we propose to have signs installed which would indicate that Shirley Street was named after Major-General William Shirley, Governor of the Bahama Islands 1759-1767 and Elizabeth Avenue, formally Union Street, was renamed in honour of HM Queen Elizabeth II on her coronation in 1953. We think that this type of information would be of interest to Bahamians and tourists.

NEW VICE-PRESIDENT: We are happy to announce that Mr. Stephen Aranha was elected to the post of First Vice-President at the AGM. Mr. Aranha has many good ideas and we look forward to having him on the Executive Committee for many years to come.

NEW TRUSTEES: Mrs. Clarice Granger, our long-serving First Vice-President, has been promoted to Trustee. We thank Mrs. Granger for her many years of service to the Bahamas Historical Society. Miss Betty Cole has also been elected as a Trustee.

MEMBERSHIP DUES: It is time to renew your membership for 2005. At the AGM we decided to increase the membership dues which would be effective in April 2006. The old schedule remains in effect until that time. Please send your completed form and cheque to the Treasurer. Thank you for your continued support. (The renewal notice does not apply to our life members).

PROMOTION: Mr. Jerome Pinder, our Treasurer, has been promoted to Executive Account Manager at the Commercial Banking Centre, Royal Bank of Canada, Corporate Office. Congratulations!

JUNE MEETING: Our June meeting is scheduled for 30th of the month at which Dr. John Burton of DePaul University will speak on "Monuments in Search of Meaning: Bahamian Images of Christopher Columbus." Need I remind you to mark the date on your calendar?

NEW WEBSITE: The new and improved website has been launched and is now on the Internet. It is beautiful. We are in the process of completing certain sections so please be patient! The new address is www.bahamashistoricalsociety.com. The newsletters and updated information will be posted. Please have a look and let us know what you think. A special "thank you" to Stephen Aranha for developing the website.

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