Lo­cal As­so­ci­a­tion of Re­tired Per­sons Cel­e­brates

The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL -

The Saint Lu­cia As­so­ci­a­tion of Re­tired Per­sons (SLARP), for­merly known as the Saint Lu­cia Pen­sion­ers As­so­ci­a­tion Inc. was es­tab­lished in March 1985 but, over the years, the As­so­ci­a­tion has en­coun­tered sev­eral dif­fi­cul­ties. Notwith­stand­ing, the group con­tin­ues to sur­vive and has been quite ac­tive.

One of the As­so­ci­a­tion’s great­est as­sets is the wealth of in­for­ma­tion that re­sides within its gen­eral membership. Many of SLARP’s mem­bers are in­di­vid­u­als who have held high of­fices within the Public Ser­vice—from prin­ci­pals to per­ma­nent sec­re­taries.

Within the last two years, the As­so­ci­a­tion has achieved some re­mark­able feats. Out­stand­ing achieve­ments in­clude the host­ing of a work­shop out of which came a new vi­sion and mission. The As­so­ci­a­tion now has an of­fi­cial of­fice at La Clery and was able also to go through legal ma­neu­ver­ings to have a name change.

The As­so­ci­a­tion’s name change is a game changer. It al­lows all re­tirees of sound char­ac­ter to gain membership to the or­ga­ni­za­tion.

Cur­rently mem­bers en­joy dis­counts at var­i­ous stores and from var­i­ous pro­fes­sion­als, in­clud­ing doc­tors.

As SLARP cel­e­brates its 30th an­niver­sary—a mile­stone by any mea­sure­ment—there is no bet­ter time to con­sol­i­date its ef­forts to seek uni­fi­ca­tion with groups, lo­cally, re­gion­ally and in­ter­na­tion­ally, whose over­all man­date is sim­i­lar. The As­so­ci­a­tion is ap­peal­ing to per­sons from all walks of life who qual­ify to come for­ward and have a say in its fu­ture di­rec­tion.

For the As­so­ci­a­tion’s 30th An­niver­sary, Bar­ba­dos’ for­mer Deputy Prime Min­is­ter and the Bar­ba­dos As­so­ci­a­tion of Re­tired Per­sons (BARP) cur­rent VP, Bil­lie Miller, will be the guest speaker. The event is sched­uled for Sun­day March 1, at Au­berge Seraphin. Prior to her ad­dress, As­so­ci­a­tion mem­bers will gather at the Mi­nor Basil­ica of the Im­mac­u­late Con­cep­tion at 10 a.m. to wor­ship and pray. Sev­eral other ac­tiv­i­ties are on the As­so­ci­a­tions cal­en­dar as it ob­serves 30 years of ex­is­tence.

Bil­lie Miller: Bar­ba­dos’ for­mer Deputy Prime

Min­is­ter and the Bar­ba­dos As­so­ci­a­tion of Re­tired Per­sons (BARP) cur­rent Vice Pres­i­dent.

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