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Rotary Sunrise donates $$ to local museum

Governor Willaim Boyd McCleary receives the donation from Rotary Sunrise Vice-President Jean Vanterpool. From left: President Dr Allison Flax-Archer and Sergeant at Arms, Rosemarie Flax. Photo: VINO
Guests of the the Rotary Sunrise's Morning Breakfast Meeting included Dr. Sylvia M. Simmons (2nd fom left) and President of Family Support Network (FSN) Judith Charles, who spoke briefly on the work of FSN. Photo: VINO
Guests of the the Rotary Sunrise's Morning Breakfast Meeting included Dr. Sylvia M. Simmons (2nd fom left) and President of Family Support Network (FSN) Judith Charles, who spoke briefly on the work of FSN. Photo: VINO
Governor William B. McCleary is presented with a custom made water bottle by President of Rotary Club Sunrise, Mrs Allison Flax-Archer. Photo: VINO
Governor William B. McCleary is presented with a custom made water bottle by President of Rotary Club Sunrise, Mrs Allison Flax-Archer. Photo: VINO
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - The Old Government House Museum was on the receiving end today April 16, 2013 when the Rotary Sunrise Club of Tortola donated $2,000 towards its upkeep.

On hand to collect the donation was Governor of the Virgin Islands His Excellency William Boyd McCleary who said it was a well needed gesture. He said that he had noticed Mrs Allison Flax-Archer taking photographs of his feet the very first time he had attended one of the Club's breakfast morning meetings.

"She didn't tell me what she was doing but she was just taking photographs of my shoes and I said, what's all this about and she told me and we talked through about what the project was all about and I was very happy to open up the Government House for the event. That's what's its there for it for. It is for the community to raise funds for the community," Governor McCleary said.

Mr McCleary was referring to the Rotary Club Sunrise of Road Town’s annual “Guess Whose Foot” fundraiser, which is held at Government House.

According to the Governor, prior to today's donation the museum was on the receiving end of $35,000 which was used to assist in the renovation of the building which was in really bad shape. "Last year we managed to get sponsorship from 8 or 9 local companies, enough to replace the roof of the museum which has been leaking very badly for many many years. So the building is now intact once again and there is no more leakage, no more do we have to lift carpets and put down tarpaulins and hang bits of plastic around the place to stop the leaks."  

President of Rotary Club Sunrise Allison Flax-Archer said that the funds were raised at the 'Guess whose Foot?' extravaganza. The funds are to be used for the further upkeep of the Old Government House Museum.

According to the BVI Tourist Board's website, the Old Government House Museum is an ongoing project that seeks funds, furniture & artefacts to display the story of the Governors Residence. Built in 1880 & then again in 1926, the building was closed as a residence in 1996. It is now open to the public as a museum.

8 Responses to “Rotary Sunrise donates $$ to local museum ”

  • kkk (16/04/2013, 13:44) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
    The man has emerged where he got free breakfast!!
    • ccc (16/04/2013, 14:45) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      lol hahaha ayo got joke
    • Village Girl (16/04/2013, 18:22) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      Come on now folks, this is all getting a bit silly now. Congratulations to Rotary sunrise for a project well executed.
  • King of the road (16/04/2013, 15:19) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Perhaps we ought to go back to colonial days when this man was King
    • Native son (16/04/2013, 18:02) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      Blaming one man, blaming any one person is by far the most ignorant of all comments.
      • @ Native son (17/04/2013, 00:26) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
        No matter how hard you shuffle a pack of jokers, you will never be able to draw aces.

  • pete (16/04/2013, 23:00) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    let's hope there is recognition of other historical sites such as the sugar works and ruins needing to be uncovered for a greater BVI historical story. History is all around us and let's not let main street fall by the wayside-- nor should Disney-related get a foot hold in there without an historic preservationist who knows what he or she is doing!
  • civil servant (17/04/2013, 07:54) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    And they need to get rid of that ineffective DG the best she's served up is a plethora of fabulous outfits! Meanwhile, the BVI cicil service is in DIRE straits- no plan of action has been presented for them.*disgrace*



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