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Sarasota, FL 34276
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|Order of Events:
10.30 am: Doors Open
11.00 am - 12.15 am: Gymanfa Ganu (Singing)
1.00 pm: Luncheon
1.30 pm: Annual Meeting of the Gulf Coast St David's
|GYMANFA AND ANNUAL MEETING
Saturday, January 26, 2019
Palmer Ranch, Sarasota
What a wonderful time we had at our Gymanfa
Ganu/Annual Meeting last Saturday. We had 57
people attend enjoying great food and a wonderful
What initially started as a seed of an idea has
quickly grown into one of our most prestigious
events to be enjoyed by all for years to come.
|Amy, Rhianon & Megan (our speaker)
Rhianon will be celebrating her 100th Birthday next month!
|Philip Jones, Bonny & Al DiFiore, Dorothy, Pat & Rhianon Hardy,
Richard, Maureen Jones
|Guests enjoying the school choir visiting from the
Rhondda Valley, South Wales
|Booker High School
'Children of Eden'
April 11, 2019
Dinner 5.30 pm : Show 7 pm
|Pat & Rhianon's
Wedding Day 1961
|Rhian, aged 4, with
Mother & Father
|Board of Officers 1993
Rhianon (front row, 2nd from left)
Can anyone else spot themselves here
|Rhianon (left) with Muriel (centre) and
the late Clara Edmunds
Rhianon's 99th Birthday
|Renny raising a toast to Rhianon
Pam, President, far left
|Pat and Rhianon (foreground)
Cathy, Brian and Clive (background)
I spy Don in the back (far left)
|Amy, Pat & Rhianon
|Last Saturday, many members and friends, including
two from Wales who made the journey especially for
Rhianon's birthday, gathered at the Red Lobster
Restaurant to enjoy a wonderful celebration marking 100
years of her remarkable life.
Rhianon was delighted to receive a birthday greeting
from HRH Queen Elizabeth II from Buckingham Palace
as well as a video poem created especially for her by
the Archdruid in Wales in honour of her Bardic status.
This was organised by Renny, Vice President. Pam
was able to get the birthday cake decorated with an
edible copy of a photograph of the Welsh flag and the
room was beautifully decorated with lots of balloons.
The effort made by everyone to make this such a
memorable occasion shows what high esteem in which
Rhianon is held. She is so well loved amongst
members of this society as well as by other friends and
neighbours and her popularity is evident by the many
flowers, cards and gifts she received.
Congratulations, Rhianon, on 100 years of a life well led.
Truly an example to us all
|Rhianon was born in 1919 in the little village of Llanfihangel Glyn Myfyr, North Wales. She was brought up on Botegir Farm by her
parents, Edward Evans Jones and Margaret Jones where she enjoyed a loving childhood. After leaving Botegir, the family lived for
many years at Plas Ucha Farm, Whitford, Flintshire. They were faithful members of the Calvinistic Methodist Mostyn Chapel.
Rhianon attended Howells Girls School in Denbigh before commencing her nursing training at the Chester Royal Infirmary. During
the second World War, Rhianon used her nursing expertise as a volunteer for the British Red Cross.
She moved to London in 1953 to take up employment as a Midwife at the City of London Maternity Hospital in Charing Cross.
While working there she met a young man, Patrick Hardy, who worked as a Physical Therapist at St Alphege’s Hospital,
Greenwich. Love blossomed and she and Pat married in the Catholic Church in Denbigh in 1961. The walls of the church adjoin
Denbigh Castle as well as the home of a gentleman, John Rowlands. Mr Rowlands later changed his name to Stanley and you will
recognise the famous statement uttered by Henry Morton Stanley – Dr Livingstone, I presume!
As a couple Pat and Rhianon travelled widely, firstly to Ghana, West Africa where Rhianon worked as a Clinical Nurse for the United
Africa Company, Accra. Next they moved to Califonia then Canada for 6 years before finally settling down at Siesta Key Florida in
1969 where they have remained, spending the past 42 years at the same home.
Wherever Rhianon and Pat lived, they have always been avid supporters of Wales and the Welsh language. In acknowledgement of
Rhianon’s continued contribution to Wales, she was initiated in 1999 into the Bardic Circle at the Eisteddfod in Llangefni, Anglesey.
Her Bardic name is RHIANON PLAS UCHA. Prior to that, in 1991 she was honoured as Leader of the society 'Wales and the
World' (Cymru a'r Byd) on the stage at the National Eisteddfod in Mold (Yr Wyddgrug). In 1974 she was a founding member of the
St Petersburg Welsh Society, Florida which prompted her, and several others, to form a Welsh Society in Sarasota. Thus, the Gulf
Coast St David’s Welsh Society was born and Rhianon has remained active since its beginnings, holding the position of
Corresponding Secretary for 18 years.
In 2017 Rhianon donated a silver cup to the Cerrigydrudion Community Centre, Corwen, Denbighshire. The cup was won by
Rhianon’s father in 1919 for his award winning cattle. Both Pat and Rhianon take pleasure in that the cup has ‘travelled the world
but is now back home’!
Rhianon is a remarkable woman who has lead an exceptional life but has remained modest and unpretentious throughout. She is
always eager to advise and help those following in her footsteps and we feel blessed to have her sharing her wealth of knowledge
with us. Mostly, Rhianon is our friend.
Happy 100th Birthday Rhianon
Bryn Yemm made
for the evening
|First of the Season
|MEMORIAL DAY SERVICE
May 27, 2019
|Join us to honour these young
cadets, two of whom were
|Embry-Riddle developed two air fields - Carlstrom and Dorr - near
Arcadia, Florida to train pilots before the US entered World War II.
Many Royal Air Force cadets attended basic training at these two
facilities as well as more advanced training at the air field in Clewiston.
Twenty-three cadets died during training - some in flight and others in
vehicular accidents and are buried at Arcadia's Oak Ridge Cemetery
along with a monument for John Paul Riddle in a plot purchased by the
British government. Every year since 1957, the Arcadia Rotary Club
holds a commemoration ceremony on Memorial Day.
|After the service we took a step back in time and gathered at
Mary Margaret's Tea & Biscuit Restaurant for a snack or
meal. Later, we browsed Historic Arcadia Town with its
quaint antique shops and soaked up the atmosphere of this
unique old Florida town
|Laying our wreaths
|Lunch at Mary Margaret's
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EVENTS WE'VE ORGANISED AND
ENJOYED THIS YEAR SO FAR
|Throughout summer 2019, Normandy will celebrate the
75th anniversary of D-Day and the Battle of Normandy
with due splendor and emotion. A rich and unprecedented
programme of events will be put together to bring the
memory of this tragic period of world history to life, all
while emphasizing the spirit of hope. The anniversary will
be commemorated with military parades, firework displays,
airdrops, giant picnics, concerts and military camp
|On 6 June 1944 and during the long summer that followed,
men from all over the world came to fight in Normandy to
defeat Nazism and re-establish freedom. Normandy will bear
the scars of this moment in history for ever and every year
we remember and pay tribute to the veterans from America,
Britain, Canada, Belgium, Denmark, Holland, Norway,
Poland and Australia, along with their brothers in arms,
those many heroes who lost their lives here during that
summer of 1944.
|The Sarasota Welsh Society, along with
the rest of the World, pay hommage to
those brave men and women who gave
their lives for our freedom and to the
Veterans who remind us of the futility of war.
LET US NEVER FORGET
|More than 70 guests attended the St David's Day Banquet at the Laurel Oaks
Country Club in Sarasota. The Social Hour before dinner gave people the
opportunity to mingle and rekindle friendships while welcoming new guests to
David Rees was the MC for the evening, which he did with his usual good
humour and kept the evening 'ticking over'.
After dinner, guests enjoyed joining in with some Welsh singing and listening
the 38 Welsh school children visiting from Aberdare, South Wales. Their
leader, Kevin Davies, explained about schools run through the medium of
Welsh before the teens enjoyed homemade cookies.
Megan Williams gave an interesting talk about the Welsh newspaper Ninnau
and about the North American Festival which is heald over the Labor Day
weekend each year.
The new Board of Officers was announced and Pam presented Amy with a
beautiful loveknot pendant on her retirement as Present, a position she has
held since 2013.
|Bob preparing to give the
|Pam, right, presenting
Amy with pendant