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NEWSLETTER MARCH 2006

NEXT MEETING: Our next meeting is scheduled for 30th March at 6:00pm. Mr. William Fielding of The College of The Bahamas will give a presentation entitled: ‘“Everybody in Nassau has a Dog and They Bark All Night”: Potcakes a History.’ Please plan to attend what promises to be another interesting lecture.

LAST MEETING: Thirty-five persons attended the February meeting. The Officers of The Society thank Mr. Darius Williams for his very interesting presentation on the rail and locomotive history of The Bahamas. Several long-time members, including Mr. and Mrs. Sidney Sweeting, Mr. Dawson Roberts and Ms. Lorraine Lightbourn attended the meeting wad were given a special welcome by the Society’s president.

LONG-TIMERS: Mr. and Mrs. Sidney Sweeting, long-time members of The Society, chat with Mrs. Pam Stewart prior to the meeting.

OLD FRIENDS: Lady Isaacs, Mr. Kendrick Williams and Mrs. Keva Hanna-Lawrence share a private joke.

BOOK-SIGNING: Following the presentation by Mr. Williams, Mr. Ronald Lightbourn gave a brief introduction to his new book, Reminiscing II, copies of which were available for purchase. We congratulate Mr. Lightbourn on this truly outstanding work and thank him for h??>is very kind offer to donate to the Society part of the proceeds from the books sold at the meeting.

ALL SMILES: Ms. Lorraine Lightbourn, Ms. June Maura, Mr. Sidney Sweeting, Mrs. Iva Williams and Mr. Roberts line up to have their copies signed.

MEN CHAT: Messrs. Stephen and Paul Aranha and Ronald Lightbourn chat with the guest speaker, Mr. Darius Williams.

ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING: The Annual General Meeting is scheduled for 6:00pm on 27th April. Election of officers will be conducted. Persons whishing to serve on any of the committees are asked to contact the Society’s president at the e-mail address in the letterhead. A lot of effort goes into operating the Society so please plan to attend this important meeting. It is good to have the support of all of our members!

JUNE MEETING: The June meeting is tentatively scheduled for 8th of the month. Dr. John Burton, Associate Professor and Director of American Studies, DePaul University will speak on nineteenth-century San Salvador.

SPRING LUNCHEON: The annual spring luncheon is scheduled for 2nd May at the Nassau Yacht Club. Mrs. Granger will contact members to assist with door prizes and with the sale of tickets. Please make note of this date and plan to support this very important fund-raising event.

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MEMBERSHIP DUES: At the 2005 AGM it was decided to increase membership dues effective 1st April 2006. It was decided to delete the Individual “Active” and Corporate “Ordinary” categories of membership. This means that membership dues would start at $30.00 in the Individual and $100.00 in the Corporate categories. There was no increase in the student rate. The decision was based on the overall increase in operating costs. The new membership forms will be mailed with the April Newsletter. A review of our records revealed that we have never had an increase in membership dues! One increase in almost 50 years is not bad.

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