Brooklyn Transition Lions Club on Saturday bestowed surprised honors on four community figures at its inaugural Fashion Easter Luncheon at St. Gabriel’s Golden Hall on Hawthorne Street in Brooklyn.
Club President Grenadian-born Gloria Rennie-Murray told patrons at the gala ceremony that the honorees were not previously informed about the honor.
The honorees were: Guyanese natives Leslie Brooks, also known as DJ Leslie; Sharon Anne Trotman; Patrick Verwayne; and Caribbean Life’s senior reporter Nelson A. King, a native of St. Vincent and the Grenadines.
“I don’t know if I should cry or not,” said Brooks, who serves as the club’s “Resident DJ,” on receiving the award. “Thank you, and I really appreciate it.”
Trotman, a program director at Hazel Brooks Neighborhood Center in Brooklyn, said she was “humbled to receive this award.
“My daily prayer is to help someone each day,” she said. “Then my living will not be in vain. I always try to be my best in everyday of my life.”
Verwayne, co-founder and first Charter President of the Brooklyn Transition Lions Club, who is still a very active member of the club, lauded members, saying: “If it wasn’t for the members of the Brooklyn Transition Lions Club, there would be no Transition Lions Club.
“We’ll like you to continue doing more work,” he told members.
“So, I’ll like to continue working for the Brooklyn Transition Lions Club,” said the retired engineer at Wycoff Medical Center at the border of Queens and Brooklyn.
While lunching on assorted chicken, escovitch fish, macaroni and cheese, and other delicacies, patrons were entertained by soca music and Guyanese folk songs by DJ Leslie, as well as folk dances by the St. Lucia Cultural Dance Group, fashion show and laugher from Trinidadian comedienne Susan Kennedy.
“How come Donald Trump (Republican presidential frontrunner) expect to control Mexicans and Muslims when he can’t control his hair,” Kennedy quipped in one of her numbers.
Rennie-Murray thanked patrons for their support, stating that she was pleased with the turn-out at the inaugural event that was switched to a luncheon from a breakfast.
Patrons walked away with winning door prizes, and chair and money raffles.