‘Rotarians Are Big Hearted Distinguished Men & Women’

first_imgVice President Joseph Nyumah Boakai has described Rotarians as distinguished and exemplary world class citizens and professionals that are responsive to the critical needs of humanity.VP Boakai made the statement last week Friday at a lunch hosted by the Rotary Club of Monrovia intended to honor founding member Joseph Richards, Al Browne and Ambassador Joseph N. Boakai, Sr.He pointed that the visionary founding father of Rotary International was far back as 1905 endowed with so much urge to serve.VP Boakai reminded Rotarians and Liberians that the selfless and astute Chicago Attorney Paul P. Harris as far as back in the last century, could picture the enormous positive impact that such human bonding and drive could exact on his fellow beings in their respective communities even a century later to this day.The Liberian Vice President also noted that the ideals that attended the birth of this humanitarian organization more than 100 years ago and the embrace of its foothold in Liberia some 50 years find serene expression in the thoughtfully crafted motto.“We convene at this lunch meeting today, just as in beginnings when pioneering Rotarians – then a handful of big hearted and broad minded men- held similar regular meetings during their lunch hours on a rotational basis to plot their own service map as professionals with the urging to serve humanity,” VP Boakai asserted.VP Boakai also added that as a mark of their absolute accession to the highest of ethical standards, Rotarians carved for themselves a model guide in what they refer to as the four way test.He further stated that in aspiring to the pinnacle of ethics, Rotarians are duty bound to ask themselves in any enterprise they are set to undertake.Ambassador Boakai also explained that Rotary Clubs, like ours in this country, are noted for championing health issues, supporting hunger-fighting initiatives, providing safe and clean water in villages as well as responding to and helping rebuild when natural disasters strike.VP Boakai intimated that Rotarians rightfully designate their movement as a global network of over a million volunteers’ dedication to tackling the world’s most pressing humanitarian challenges.In remarks, honoree Joseph Richards urged the current generation of Rotarians concentrate their energy and time on the decentralization of programs across in order to meet the socio-economic needs of other Liberians.Rotarian Richards regretted the conspicuous absence his wife at the auspicious occasion of the Rotary Club of Monrovia’s lunch and honoring ceremony in Monrovia.Earlier, Rotary Club of Monrovia President Milton A. Weeks welcomed VP Boakai, staff, and Rotary members and guests for the lunch and honoring program.In brief statement, the Sinkor Rotary Club underscored the need for their participation in the official celebration of the 50th jubilee anniversary.Meanwhile, the Rotary Club of Monrovia was founded on January 24, 1064 by few distinguished, business and professional Liberians in an effort to buttress the Liberian Government and other support partners in the country.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more


OATFIELD’S SWEET FACTORY FINALLY CLOSES WITH LOSS OF 17 JOBS

first_imgLetterkenny’s Oatfield sweet factory has finally closed today with the loss of 17 jobs.The announcement was made by the company’s owners Z Candy a short time ago.Local Letterkenny Chamber President John Watson said the news came as no surprise but was nonetheless a blow to the town. “The closure of Oatfields unfortunately does not come as a surprise and this announcement ends the speculation that has been around for a number of months about the future.“Oatfield Sweets is very much an institution in Letterkenny and part of the fabric of the Town that will be missed. The decision to move manufacturing to the base in the UK is very disappointing and a sign of the times as businesses continue to come under pressure to reduce costs.“At this time it is important that we think of the employees who have given many years to Oatfield and we offer any help we can to them. We would also like to acknowledge the contribution of Oatfield Sweets to the business life of Letterkenny and the support we as a Chamber have had from the company over the years.”The move has also been condemned by Labour Party Senator Jimmy Harte who said the owners could have done more to engage with the workers. “Oatfield Sweets are an iconic part of the area and have been employing workers for generations.“Many families have had long links with the company and the loss of 17 is a blow to the local economy“The McKinney family have been making swwets in Letterkenny for 85 years and the new owners Z Candy have now decided to discontinue the tradition which could have been avoided,” he said.He said he spoke to workers reps today who are saddened to get this news but it was something that they were expecting.“I have to say that the owners have been gradually winding down the plant and they have not been active in trying to engage with the local agencies to save the plant. “I would ask that they now give the workers their entitlements and I have spoken with Minister Joan Burton today to ask her assistance with any issues that the staff will require.“The workers in Oatfield have been dignified throughout this period and I hope that they will be looked after now,” he said.EndsOATFIELD’S SWEET FACTORY FINALLY CLOSES WITH LOSS OF 17 JOBS was last modified: April 28th, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more