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Album Name: Carmen Lyra Ceremonies Return to Albums
Album Date: Aug 10, 2009
Description: On their trip to Costa Rica in early August of 2009, a delegation of ten from the Peninsula Rotary Club attended a dedication ceremony for the Carmen Lyra project, a joint project of the Peninsula Club and the Escazu Club of Costa Rica.
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Some might wonder at the idea of making a big deal out of getting a sewage treatment plant, but the Carmen Lyra School certainly made a big deal out of it. In the audience were most of the 19 members of the Escazu Rotary Club, a delegation of ten from the Peninsula Rotary Club, school personnel, dignitaries, and other interested persons. To celebrate this $35,000 joint project of the Peninsula and Escazu Rotary Clubs, the largest sewage treatment plant of its type at any school in Costa Rica, there were lots of speakers, including high officials from the national health ministry and the national education ministry. Jim Pierce of the Peninsula Club was one of the speakers.  Beside him is Andrea Righetti of the Escazu Club, translating his words into Spanish for the audience. What was listed on the preprinted program as a
The school held many fund-raising events to get enough money to buy the fabric from which the dancers' costumes were made. A ceremonious cutting of the ribbon was done by Betty Fullmer, wife of the Escazu Rotarian for whom the facility has been named, and Linda Neilson, wife of Peninsula Rotarian Cap Neilson. A dedicatory plaque was unveiled by Cathy Miller, of the Peninsula Rotary Club. The facility was named after Robert Fullmer.  Robert, now in very poor health, was a member of the Escazu Club and instrumental in organizing the project.  For two years Robert had been the Peninsula Club's chief contact in the Escazu Club. There was a second series of dances.
At the end of their prepared dancing, the students pulled all of the day's speakers out of the audience and had them dancing.  The result was surprising, chaotic, funny, and quite heartwarming. Betty and Eric Fullmer are the wife and son of Robert Fullmer.  Behind them on the ground can be seen a nondescript square of concrete.  This is the maintenance hatch of the sewage treatment plant--the only visible result of spending $35,000! The school treated everyone to lunch after the ceremonies. This photo shows some of the children waiting to go Jim Pierce, Peninsula Rotarian and Past Governor of Rotary District 7600, talks with Franco Alvarenga, President of the Escazu Rotary Club.