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Jamaica Gleaner - - TODAY - Jody-Anne Lawrence Life­style Reporter

THE LATIN Amer­i­can Women’s Club showed that while vol­un­teer­ing is their ex­per­tise, they surely know how to party.

The vol­un­tary or­gan­i­sa­tion cel­e­brated its golden an­niver­sary of vol­un­teerism in Ja­maica with din­ner and a cap­ti­vat­ing Mex­i­can mari­achi band cour­tesy of the Mex­i­can Em­bassy, at the Span­ish Court ho­tel last Fri­day night. Diplo­mats and the Ja­maican Latin com­mu­nity came out to sup­port not only their roots, but these women who have been mak­ing a difference in Ja­maica.

BE­GIN­NINGS

Dur­ing the very brief for­mal­i­ties, Pres­i­dent Maria Pinchin re­vealed that the club started on July 5, 1966, when she re­turned home to Ja­maica af­ter be­ing in­vited to the Latin Amer­i­can Women’s Club of Trinidad and Tobago.

She shared the idea with her friend, Pepita An­garita, and the rest was his­tory.

Since then, the club has adopted two chil­dren from the SOS Chil­dren’s Vil­lage; they have also made it their tra­di­tion since the club’s in­cep­tion to present a gift to the first baby born at the Vic­to­ria Ju­bilee Hos­pi­tal ev­ery From left: Ed­win Va­que­r­ano and his wife, Maria, pose for the cam­era with Pres­i­dent of the Latin Amer­i­can Women’s Club Maria Pinchin.

Christ­mas Day, in com­mem­o­ra­tion of the birth of Je­sus Christ. They have vis­ited and aided other vol­un­tary or­gan­i­sa­tions, and it is Pinchin’s aim that the club will con­tinue to as­sist those in need. By the time din­ner was through, all were ready to dance the night away. The mari­achi band had the crowd singing along as if in a trance with their beau­ti­ful tenor and bari­tone voices. There was hip shak­ing and twirling well into the night with friends and col­leagues. Chargé d’af­faires of the Venezue­lan Em­bassy Luisa Gu­tier­rez (left) dances up a storm with Bar­bara Men­doza. Al­phie Mullings-Aiken (left) and Aloima Suarez are be­ing twirled by a mem­ber of the mari­achi band. Olive and Mike Stacey also came out to cel­e­brate.

Gen­eral Man­ager of Guards­man Group An­dre McLean and Tabra-Kay Lind­say share a dance

THE GLEANER, FRI­DAY, SEPTEM­BER 23, 2016

From left: Tabra-Kay Lind­say, Crista Sir­jue and Ta­nia Hall are all smiles for our cam­era.

PHO­TOS BY PA­TRICK PLANTER/ PHO­TOG­RA­PHER

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