With Brother David E. Barr as Right Worshipful Master, in search of a charity to affect the lives of youth on the island, in 2001 as a community dentist servicing the Family Island, Brother Dr. H. Mitchell Lockhart, offered to assist Lodge Eleutheran Adventurers No. 1816 with dental screening of primary school children in the settlements of Governor’s Harbour and Palmetto Point. These communities were selected because the Lodge was based in Governor’s Harbour.
That year, with the assistance of Brother Lockhart, free dental screening took place at the St. Patrick’s Anglican Church Parish Hall where approximately 150 children received dental assistance and were given dental hygiene kits. Some of the students were referred for additional dental care and the parental and community response to this programme was tremendous. The Ministry of Education also recognized the programme as a positive development on the island of Eleuthera. The programme continued over the years and in 2011, Brother Dr. Kirk Lewis and Brother Dr. Derwin Munroe will join Brother Dr. Lockhart in expanding this service to the primary school students in those communities.
Lodge Eleutheran Adventurers is pleased to offer this outreach programme and thanks those Brethren who continue to offer of their time and talent in assisting the youth of Eleuthera.
In 2003, under the mastership of Brother C. Kenneth Culmer, the Lodge decided to celebrate Thanksgiving by feeding the shut in and elderly in the communities of Savannah Sound, Green Castle, Tarpum Bay and Rock Sound. That year approximately fifty (50) dinners were prepared and delivered throughout those communities. The menu consisted of ham, turkey, macaroni and cheese, peas and rice, side dishes, dessert and a soft drink.
Today, under the direction of Brother Hezekiah Gibson, Past Master, the programme has expanded to over one hundred (100) meals served each year at Thanksgiving and the communities look forward to seeing the Lodge Brethren and spending time with them as they deliver and serve lunches.
This singular programme has had a profound impact on those communities, in particular and a greater appreciation of Freemasonry, in general as Lodge Eleutheran Adventurers has been embraced on that island.