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Lions partners with HLSCC for History Centre

- Lions Club to raise money for project
From left: Acting President of H. Lavity Stoutt Community College Mrs Janet B. Smith and President of the Lions Club of Tortola Carvin Malone at the press conference on March 27, 2017 to announce the partnership with HLSCC. Photo: VINO
The building on the left is to be demolished to facilitate the construction of the Virgin Islands Heritage Resource Centre at Paraquita Bay. Photo: VINO
The building on the left is to be demolished to facilitate the construction of the Virgin Islands Heritage Resource Centre at Paraquita Bay. Photo: VINO
PARAQUITA BAY, Tortola, VI – The Lions Club of Tortola has forged a partnership with the H. Lavity Stoutt Community College (HLSCC) to embark on a project that would pave the way for the documentation and preservation of Virgin Islands history and heritage in a spanking new building.

At a press conference at the college at Paraquita Bay on the main island of Tortola on March 27, 2017 Lions Club of Tortola President, Lion Carvin Malone, MJF detailed plans for the construction of the building to house the centre, one he said is not likely to cost no less than $750,000 or no more than $1.2 Million.

“Today, (March 27) the Lions Club of Tortola is pleased to officially announce our partnership with the H. Lavity Stoutt Community for the design, construction, opening and functioning of the Virgin Islands Heritage Resource Centre. It would represent our most ambitious public/private joint venture project but one in which could be the most rewarding.”

According to Mr Malone, it would be rewarding because once completed and staffed, the project promises to properly document, preserve and display Virgin Islands history, studies and heritage.

“It would be made to serve, not only scholars but residents and visitors alike. Our story must be told and the Lions Club is pleased to be affiliated with an establishment that is prepared and committed to providing the platform from which it can be told,” said Mr Malone.

Money yet to be raised

However, Mr Malone explained that, while the club does not have that sum of money in hand for the project, they will be embarking on a number of fundraising activities.

“It will cost money, lots of money, but the cost of not completing this project is immeasurable. Lions would again be calling on our sponsoring corporate and individual partners; Calling of noted resident philanthropists and calling on everyone interested in the documentation and preservation of Virgin Islands history and heritage.”

The first fundraising activity will be the club’s 45th Anniversary Gala Dinner on April 28, 2017 at The Moorings Marina Restaurant.

Notable achievements

“The 27th of April 2017 will mark the 45th anniversary of the Charter of the Lions Club of Tortola. The Charter document was signed by 20 service minded citizens, including our sole surviving Charter Member, Lion Leando Nibbs, MJF. As a member of the World’s largest service organisation, Tortola Lions have attained a record of service of which all members are pleased. Annually Lions have facilitated eye screening sessions at primary schools; Lighting of the Christmas tree; Delivery of Christmas Food Baskets and; The hosting of Games for Special needs Persons. Most notable, however, has been our stellar record of partnering with Government and Non-Governmental agencies and department in adding value or in the construction and development of critical public infrastructural projects.”

Lions, in past years, have partnered with the Social Development Department in the re-construction of homes damaged by fire; the National Parks Trust for the design and construction of restroom facilities at the Queen Elizabeth II Park; Town and Country Department for the installation of Lions Welcome Signs in various Communities throughout Tortola; Premier’s Office for the design and construction of restroom facilities at the Noel Lloyd Positive Action Movement Park, and BVI Health Services Authority for the Purchase and delivery to Peebles Hospital of an Ultra Sound Machine, Vascular Access Surgical Equipment and an operating room Orthopedic Bed among many other community initiatives.

9 Responses to “Lions partners with HLSCC for History Centre”

  • time (28/03/2017, 14:14) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    Its about time they do something
  • Soon (28/03/2017, 14:44) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    GOOD JOB
  • Clearly (28/03/2017, 19:37) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    More smoke and mirrors from the carvin.
  • Help (28/03/2017, 21:58) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    They need a sponsor for cooling in the classrooms that have reached boiling point. They need productive employees to replace the ones who doing nothing and kissing a$$ to keep a job. They need a president who respect people and can lead by example...they need a new board the midwife who help give birth is the same one who killing it. Lavity turning in his grave....help before it too late
  • ? (29/03/2017, 08:42) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    Why would they demolish that building though??? can that it be incorporated in some way?
    • and now (29/03/2017, 19:12) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
      They need to fix the mouldy buildings and they should be tearing down the rotten trailers not a good building. And they suppose to be educated.
  • my observation (29/03/2017, 12:54) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    I second the motion that president must go, the morale of the staff seems like its at an all time low employees don't seem happy at all


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