On hand for the official ribbon cutting ceremony were Ludolph Schmidt, Vice Chairman of the Board of the Red Cross, Teresa Jimenez, Director of Women Volunteers and Horacio Moreno, Administrative Director of the hospital. Accompanied by Rotary dignitaries from all across Mexico, very special guest Frank J. Devlyn, past President of Rotary International addressed the crowd of Red Cross staff, volunteers, supporters and of course Rotarians including past Director of Rotary International Jose Alfredo Sepulveda. Also in attendance were many past and present District Governors, including our own Rotary District 4195 Governor Josefina Toledo de Alvarez. Local Rotary Presidents from Tulum, Puerto Morelos, Cozumel, Riviera Maya and four Cancun Clubs all made the trip to show their appreciation and enjoy Rotary fellowship. An engraved plaque was presented to Sra. Jimenez to commemorate the contribution and the ribbon was cut, symbolically opening the new hospital to the community.
Under the leadership of Presidents Bob Hyde (2012-2013), Doug Morgan (2013-2014) and Scot Lyall (2014-2015), Seaside Rotary pledged and raised $10,000 USD to cover the shipping and handling costs required to deliver this shipment to the Playa del Carmen Red Cross. Project leader Doug Morgan was quick to acknowledge that this enormous undertaking could not have been possible without the support of Rotary Club Chicago Financial District, Rotary Denver Club 31, Rotary District 5450, and Denver Southeast Rotary Club and assistance from Riviera Maya residents, John Schwandke, Martin Wohnlich and John Klug, all of whom were recognized with commemorative engraved plaques to bring home.
It was an exciting and emotional day for all Seaside Rotarians. We look forward to harnessing the power of Rotary to network with other clubs, locally, within District 4195 and internationally, to bring even more assistance to the Red Cross and other organizations that are essential to the children and families of the Riviera Maya.