Grenada: Pioneers, Quote re: Pioneers Travel Teachers, Quote re: travel teachers and Events: 1953 to 1984
PIONEERS TO GRENADA:
Compiled by Patricia Paccassi as of April 1989: revised, May, September 1991; September 1994: March 2010, July 2011, Sept ember 2012
KEY: PIO: pioneer;
In quotes or parenthesis: refers to my data source: see source page for detail SOURCES
PIO: 1953: November: Frank Baker husband of Hand the Cause of God, Dorothy) from USA to Grand Anse. [pr/22.2]
PIO: 1953: November 1958 April: Dr. Luella K. Beecher (mother of Hand the Cause of God, Dorothy Baker) from USA to Grand Anse. Both spend 1954 summer months in USA, return in Fall
PIO: 1955: December. to February. 1960 to Haiti; Donald and Doris Corbin [BE/29.4]
PIO: 1960: ?? to 1964: Winston Evans from USA (see TT reports)
PIO: 1964: December 16 December 1965: Ben Shreibman from USA to St. Georges. ____________________________________________________________________________________
PIO: 1965: December 13-? Betty Traylor (with Millers) to St. Andrews. (July 1969: moves to Carriacou
PIO: 1965: December 13-March 1,1971: Edwin and Beverlee Miller to St. George 1965-1967;
from USA; to Fontenoy, 2/1967-2/1971 [pr/22.4][AF/23]
PIO: 1965: March to ?? to Puerto Rico; Tom Hooper from St. Thomas post (USA) ____________________________________________________________________________________
PIO: 1968: April-August. Mrs. Jan F. McCutchan; Mother of Beverlee Miller, to Fontenoy [pr/22:.4]____________________________________________________________________________________
PIO: 1969: July; Betty Traylor moves to Carriacou with daughter Jonna Wilson
PIO: 1969: December to September 1971; William and Juliette Soderberg, from USA, to St. George's ,to St. Davids Parish, to Morne-Jaloux, to St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands [PR/22.8]- 1971: ?? Move to St. Georges; 1971: October/November: Move to St. Thomas, Virgin Islands [NL/21.Q] [NL/21.Y] _____________________________________________________________________________
PIO: 1972; September-June 1973: Florence Rose, from USA to Coast Guard Hill, Victoria, St. Mark, to Paradise, St.Andrew (with Fannings) next went to Barbados, then St. Vincent. [BNWI/15] [pr/22.3]
PIO: 1972: September-June 1973: Charles & Patricia Fanning, daughter Laurie, to to Coast Guard Hill, Victoria, St. Mark, to Paradise, St. Andrew [pr/22:.3] _____________________________________________________________________________
PIO: 1974: December. Barbara Nurse, Grenadian, [from UK] [BNWI/19][AF/23] _____________________________________________________________________________
PIO: 1975: September.; Arthur Winner [from UK, but counted as US pioneer] [pr/22:.1] [AF/23] _____________________________________________________________________________
PIO: 1979: October 1979 to December 1982: Richard and Lynn Berry, sons,
Ian & Sean, from USA to Perdmontemps, St. Pauls, via St. Croix & St. Lucia, [pr/22:.1,2] ____________________________________________________________________________
PIO: 1980: February. Vera and Julius Edwards,( see photo in Events 1980) from Liberia [Vera was a native Grenadian] [pr/22:.1,2] He was a Knight of Bahá’u’lláh (September 191953) for the Northern Territories Protectorate in Africa
PIO: 1981: March. Shireen and Izzat Ghaem-Maghami, daughters, Negar, and Negin (see photos in Events 1982 - Youth activities both in front, right to left) from UK
PIO: 1981: August to July 1982; Christina Menking-Hoggatt from USA
PIO: 1981: August. to June 11 1982: Jahangir and Vida Cyrus from USA [AF/23] ______________________________________________________________________________
PIO: 1982: ???- Sohreh and Manouch Bahranini and baby daughter, Zhinous from Belize [PR/22.6]
PIO: 1982: ?? to September 1984: Denise & Manouch Hakimi & baby daughter, Breeze [Pr/22.6][AF/23.3]
PIO: 1982: April to circa November 1994; Eileen "Aunty" Hill from Guyana to Perdmontemps [AF/23.3]
PIO: 1982: August 20 to December 1984: Jon and Mojdeh Bruss from USA, and baby daughter, Natasha to Grand Anse [pr/22:.6] [SASR]
PIO: 1982: September 22 to September 1983: Steve and Erica Toussaint with daughters, Colby & Amelia, seen with Sean Berry, USA, [SASR] [pr/22.6]
PIO: 1982: September 11: Ed and Vivien Povey sons, Daniel, Thomas.[SASR] [pr/22.2 & 6][AF/23]
PIO: 1982: December: Richard & Lynn Berry & sons return to USA (see Events for photo) [AF/23]
Compiled by Patricia Paccassi as of April 1989: revised, May, September 1991; September 1994: March 2010, July 2011
KEY: TT :=travel teacher from outside national area;
TTL:=West Indian travel teacher;
TTP:=travel teacher & pioneer in national area;
HND:=Hand of the Cause of God;
CBC:=member of Continental Board of Counsellors;
ABM:=Auxiliary Board Member; ABMA: Assistant to the Auxillary Board Member
NSA: member of a national spiritual assembly. DTC = District Teaching Committee: NTC: National Teaching Committee
TT : 1956, 1957, 1958, 1959 (and possibly more) Winter months: Winston Evans: check with Lauriston Wilson for verification.
TT : 1964: end to 1965: 3 months; Elizabeth Thomas (USA)
TT : 1965: Jeanie Delves & Anabel Jackson[AF/23]
ABM: 1965: July 12-19. Ellsworth Blackwell, (Haiti, pioneer)[NL/03.c]
TT : 1965: November 15-24 Doris Corbin, USA [NL/03.d&e][AF/23]
TT : 1965: November 15-24 Jose Monge, Puerto Rico [AF/23] _________________________________________________________________________________
TT : 1966: February 13-14[check]; Don Larson from USA[AF/23]
TT : 1966: July 22-23, Francis Foss, USA, [NL/03.g][AF/23]
TTP: 1966: September 6-10, Katherine Meyer, St. Thomas [Katherine Meyer files] [PF/25-0.4G]___________________________________________________________________________________
HND: 1967: January; Dr. Ugo Giachery, stayed at Menezes Guest House [pr/22:.4]
TT : 1967: September 17-19, Rhoda Vaughn (USA) [PF/25-09.a]
TTP: 1967: Mid: Carriacou: Betty Traylor & Jonna Wilson, mother & daughter, pioneers, Grenada.[PF/25-09.a]
TTP: 1968: February. Philip Wood, Barbados
TTP: 1968: March 23-30, Philip & Henrietta Trutza, St. Lucia
TTP: 1968: March 23-30, Naomi Washington, St. Thomas
TTP: 1968: September ???, Maryam Shaker & Nikou Raousfian from Trinidad ______________________________________________________________________________________________
TTP: 1969: July, Patricia & Judith Paccassi, mother & daughter, St. Thomas [PF/25-09.a]
CBC: 1969: November. 7-10: Alfred Osbourne [PF/25-09.a] ______________________________________________________________________________________________
NSA: 1970: April: Rowland Estall (NSA member Canada) [PF/25-09.a]
HND: 1970: May 10-12: Ruhiyyih Khanum and Violette Nakhjavani in St. Georges. [NL/21.R][AF/23][PF/25-0.4G]
HND: 1970: May 11: Ruhiyyih Khanum and Violette Nakhjavani, to Mark, St. Johns. [NL/21.R]
TT : 1970: mid. Lois & Glenn Lissner. [NL/21.S][AF/23]
HND: 1970: September. 13, Enoch Olinga to St. Davids/St.Andrews.[AF/23]
TT: 1973: : Terry Madison, Shirley Yarbrough, Frank Farnum, [PR/22.3]
TTL/P: 1973: May 2 weeks; Errol Sealy & Leroy Wharton, Shirley Yarbrough, Barbados, Hendrick Branch, St. Vincent, Terry Madison .[PR/22.3]
CBC: 1973: August. Carmen Burafato. [BNWI/8]
CBC: 1973: late. Rowland Estall with Patricia Paccassi [BNWI/11][AF/23]
TT : 1973: late: Mr & Mrs Peter Brine [AF/23]
ABM: 1974: July: Shirley Yarbrough, Barbados, St. Georges ____________________________________________________________________________________________
ABM: 1975: April, 2 weeks: Shirley Yarbrough to St. George's, St. Andrew & St. John. [BNWI/22] [af/23]
TT : 1975: April(?): Hazel Lovelace, Alaska, visits Christ Church, St. Andrew [AF/23]
TTL: 1975: Selma ?, 2 weeks prior National Convention[AF/23]
TTP: 1975: September. 2 weeks; Vivian Estall [AF/23]
ABM: 1975: December, late: Shirley Yarbrough. [BNWI/26][AF/23]
CBC: 1975: 20 December. Paul Lucas. [BNWI/26][AF/23]
TTP: 1976: April: Patricia Paccassi, with Cora Oliver [Knight of Bahá’u’lláh] [PF/25-04aBWI]
TT : 1976: April-June; Lillian Bosch, US [AF/23]
TTP: 1976: June 18. Philip Wood [BNWI/6]
TTL/P: 1976: 23 August -3 September.; Connie Didier, & Judith Paccassi, from Dominica [BNWI/7]
TTP: 1976: October.; Shamsi Sedaghat, Trinidad [AF/23]
TT : 1976: December.; Meherangiz Munsiff, UK [AF/23]
TTL: 1977: February, 4 days; Eve Johnson [AF/23]
TT : 1977: Junie (Faily) Silver [AF/23]
HND: 1977: March 23-8: Collis Featherstone ? where did I get this from.
HND: 1977: March ; Enoch and Elizabeth Olinga [AF/23]
Seated: L to R: Tahirah Wilson, Junie Faily, Elizabeth Olinga, Kenny and Clair Mendes and, Jackie Stratton
Standing: L to R: Elinor Wilson, Encoh Olinga, Graeme Stratton
TT : 1977: March. ??: Myrtle Murray [AF/23]
CBC: 1977. May. Alfred Osbourne. [BNWI/10]
CBC: 1977. Fall. Rowland Estall. [BNWI/14]
TT : 1978: February/March John & Jharna Milne, Canada [PF/25-0.11]
TTP: 1978: ??; Shamsi Sedaghat, Trinidad [PF/25-04dntc]
ABM: 1978: December 20-27; Brian and Pam O'Toole, Guyana [AF/23]
TT : 1978. December to May 1979; Louise & Herbert Mathias. [BNWI/17] [AF/23.3]
TT : 1979: 2 months in ??; Linda Reed-Nedden, Barbuda [AF/23]
HND: 1979: November 6-9 ; Dr. R. Muhajir [PR/22.2] [AF/23]
CBC: 1979: Paul Lucas
TTP: 1979: 28 December-31 January 1980; Beverly March, St. Lucia [AF/23] _______________________________________________________________________________________________
TT : 1980: January. 15 for 4 months Arthur Irwin, Canada [AF/23]
TTS: 1980 February. 16 for 3 months Lilly Ann Irwin & Rose Delomy, Canada [AF/23]
HND: 1980: March 1-6: John Robarts [AF/23.3]
TT : 1980: April. Chris Humble, US with Canadian companion [AF/23]
TT : 1980: May 2 for 2 weeks; Hazel Halley, Guyana [AF/23]
TTP: 1980: Laurie Sealy, to St. Marks Parish.
CBC: 1980: August 9: Carmen Burafato [AF/23.3]
TT : 1980: November 9-14: Meherangiz Munsiff and Gol Aidun [AF/23.3]
NSA: 1981: June 20-4; Patricia Paccassi, (5th from Right) St. Lucia, visiting several villages on behalf of NSA [AF/23]
1st on right)
as well as meetings in St Georges at the Stratton residence: see below
Kneeling: Miss Clair Maynard, Ezzat Ghaem-Maghami, child Suraya Stratton, child Ian Berry, ___
1st row L to R: ___, ____, Jackie Stratton and child Selene, Teresa Pascal and child, Lynn Berry
2nd. row L to R: Barbara Winner, ___, Graeme Stratton, Shirin Ghaem-Maghami, ___, daughter Ghaem-Maghami, __, ___, __, __, __, __, Pat Paccassi holding Sean Berry
TTP: 1981: 7-12 July: Foad and Masejeh Izadina, Panama.[AF/23]
NSA: 1981: Representative. Anthony 'Don’ Providence.
TTs: 1982 Lilly Ann Irwin, Rose Delomy, and John Rushford.
TT : 1982: Leonard Galit, U.S.A. [AF/23]
TT : 1982: Pam & Brian O'Toole, Guyana [AF/23]
TT : 1982: Erich Reich, USA [AF/23]
TT : 1982: April 1, 1 week: Jennifer Dewar, Guyana
TTL: 1982: April 5: Shirley Howard, St. Vincent
NSA: 1982: April 28-?: NSA rep. Patricia Paccassi to help with preparations for first National Convention and Vera Edwards teaching project.
TT : 1982: July 1-7: Meherangiz Munsiff [AF/23.3]
CBC: 1982: July 4-?: Ruth Pringle
TTP: 1982: August 24-30: NSA Rep. Stephanie Bloodworth, St. Lucia, to Grenville.
TTP: 1982: August, NTC Secretary Brian Williams meets with DTC.
CBC: 1982: November 23-?. Ruth Pringle
TTL: 1982: November, NSA Rep. Helen Delphus, St. Lucia
TTP: 1982: December 22, Pam and Brian(ABM) O'Toole, Guyana. Visits to : Grand Mall, Happy Hill, Grenville, Grand Roy, Fontenoy, Springs, St. George's, Perdmontemps [AF/23.3]
ABM: 1982: December, 5 days, Shirley Yarbrough, Barbados [AF/23.3] ___________________________________________________________________________________________
TTP: 1983: January. NSA Rep. Patricia Paccassi
TTL: 1983: April: NSA Rep. Paul Elizee
TT : 1983: February 15-25, Erich Reich from USA ,
TTL: 1983: April: NSA Rep. Paul Elizee, Dominica
TT : 1983: August: Shoreh Azarkadeh, U.K. [AF/23]
TT : 1983: ??: Mr & Mrs Manoch Bahraine, Belize [AF/23]
TTL: 1983: September 6-12, Julius Edwards, Grenville, to nursing home in Grand Anse [AF/23]
TTP: 1983: November 29, Edna Caverly, Trinidad [AF/23]
HND: 1983: March 23-27, Collis Featherstone [AF/23]
CBC: 1983: March 23-27, Ruth Pringle [AF/23]
TT : 1984: January 31, Jenabi Caldwell [AF/23.3]
NOTE: PR of Berry's (1979-1982] list Gerta ?? from Germany, 2 ladies from Canada and a Danish man visited, but no other information
NOTE: see Grenada events for explanation of cutoff date... pp
Compiled by Patricia Paccassi as of 1988; revised April and September 1991; October 1994, March 2010, July 2011
NOTE: listed below are the NSA's who were responsible for the Windward Islands and the dates the responsibility was assigned:
NATIONAL SPIRITUAL ASSEMBLY RESPONSIBLE FOR: GRENADA
1953 South America/North America;
1957 Greater Antilles;
1967 Leeward Windward & Virgin Islands;
1972 Barbados & the Windward Islands;
1981 Windward Islands
1983 Grenada & St. Vincent;
*=First time listed specifically instead of being included as part of a larger grouping; i.e. "Windward Islands"
Key: LSA = Local Spiritual Assembly NSA = National Spiritual Assembly UHJ = Universal House of Justice
LWVI = Leeward, Windward, and Virgin Islands
1953: August 19, HND Dorothy[1898-1954] and Frank Baker[1889-1963] volunteer to pioneer to Grenada [AF/01]
1954: November 19: Letter from Frank Baker to Shoghi Effendi, tells of arrival in Grenada of himself and Dr. Luella Beecher (d.1966), mother of Dorothy Baker. Hand Dorothy Baker has died (10/1/54) in plane crash over Mediterranean Sea on way to Grenada post, via Trinidad, from India teaching trip. [BE/29.4] [BP/02]
1955: April 22; Letter from Frank Baker tells of 1st. enrollment, John Protein, waiter from Santa Maria Hotel. Macklin Munroe is studying the Faith and expected to enroll shortly. Mentions buying home on beach. [AF/01]
1955: December, Don & Doris Corbin arrive as pioneers
1956: ??: Winston Evans introduces Faith to Rosicrucians in 1956, many become Bahá'ís, John T. Walker, Mr. A. Alexis, Nathaniel Benjamin, Mr. Valentine McQuilkin and Clifton Joseph, [PR/22.7]; (letter from US National, to NSA Central America & Lesser Antilles, 3 July 1964, says Evans spent his last several winters in Grenada) [AF/01]
1957: March 31: Cable to Doris Corbin from Guardian re: boundaries for assembly. "Guardian advise assembly should consist only members living in city." [24/1-UR]
1959 Laurison and Eiinor Wilson 1st Baha'i wedding
1959: April: LSA St. George's Parish, First in Leeward, Windward and Virgin Islands. Doris Corbin listed as Secretary. [PF/25.3-ALP]
1959: June: Department of Statistics UHJ, lists first LSA, one locality
1960: March.. letter from Frank Baker says Winston now in Grenada releasing Don and Doris Corbin for Haiti post.[AF/01]
1960: April. St. Andrew LSA forms [PR/22.7]
1960: October. 15: Letter from Winston Evans to Hugh Chance tells of 7 enrollments on 14 October 1960 [AF/01]
1964: ??? Hyland Joseph begins teaching in March, brings Winston Evans, who teaches there every Sunday for 6 months and then tells them he has taught long enough, they must decide. Jeffery and Linda Lewis, with others join. [Get story re :H. Joseph becoming a Bahá'í from Ed Miller]
Mr. Joseph is buried behind his house in March [PR/22.4] Also, need info re: family of 4 women [daughters?] who were part of first group of believers.
Below: Jeffery Lewis carrying the book "Release the Sun" given to him by Ruyyih Khanum
1964: April, 2nd LSA formed in Maran, St. Joseph, this results in Grenada having two of the five LSA's under which the 1st. NSA of LWVI formed in 1967 [BE/29.4]
1965: March 1: see letter of Ben Schreibman for quote
1965: Bahá'ís reported in April: 1, St. Patrick; 5, St. Mark; 11, St. John; 24, St. Georges; 5, St. Andrew; plus Mr. Griffith enrolls, total; 37 Adult, 10 youth.[s/03.a]
1965: April: two LSA's reported, St. George's, St. John (Maran, 1st time elected) [PR/22.7]
1965: Early; Maran studies "Release the Sun" then "Thief in the Night" [NL/03.b]
1965: May, June: 3 meetings per week in St. George's, Thursday meetings at Wilson home.[NL/03.b]
1965: July 12-19; Ellsworth Blackwell ABM from Haiti visits, has meetings in Maran, St. George's. Radio/2 newspapers
1965: June: Meetings and children's classes held in Grenville by Clifton Joseph
1965: Summer school held [no details]
1965: November. first indication from foreign Goals of possibility of formation of NSA of LWVI in 1967 [9 Yr. PL.]
1965: November 20-21 Summer School [AF/23]
1965: December. Ben Schreibmann leaves
1965: December. Millers arrive to pioneer
1965: or 1966: Teaching institute planned by Foreign Goals, assisted by LSA St. Thomas _______________________________________________________________________________________
1966: April. election forms of LSAs St. George's and St. John's parishes in file [PF/23.3ALP]
1966: April; Rídvan message calls for formation of NSALWVI at Rídvan 1967 [NL/03.g]
1966: June; Early believers; Dunbar Cenac, St. Georges; Richard Pierre, Victoria; Zepheran Archibald, Grenville.[NL/03.g]
1966: September. Katherine Meyers holds meetings in home of Millers in St. George's and public meeting in Victoria.
1966: December. 21-‘April: Norman Modest, Gros Point, St. John (check this to find significance)
1967: ??: Second Bahá'í wedding of Clifton & Selma Joseph [PR/22.7]
1967: March: Pioneers, Miller's son Joel Quddus born
1967: April. St. Georges LSA elected, not St. John's NOTE: St. George's continues to elect to 1971-1972 and St. John's does not, 1971-1972 was as far as my note re: these 2 goes, look further [p.p.]
1967: April: Two from Grenada elected to first NSALWVI, Jeffery Lewis, and Ed Miller.
1967: June 3: Hyland Joseph, father of St. Andrews and St. Marks Parish dies. [PF:3]
1967: July 6: Room rented In St. George's for Bahá'í Centre. Film, "His Name Shall Be One", 40 attend.
1967: September. Carriacou named as virgin goal for 9 Yr. Plan
1967: November. Early believers; Jewel Lassey [Y]; Selwyn Strachan [Y], St. George's. [NL/21.d]
1967: November. Fontenoy holds Birth of Bahá’u’lláh celebration at Millers, neighbors invited, many hear of Faith first time. [NL/21.d]
1967: December??: Early believes; Miss Mina Carlica, St.Marks; Joseph Bernard(Y), Maran, St. Johns.[NL/21.e]
1968: February. One day teaching class held at Quarantine Station, all four communities represented.
1968: February. Early believer; Monica St. John, (Y) in Fontoney. [NL/21.g]
1968: ??: Early believers; Joan Robertson, Eustace Jackson [NL/21.g]
1968: ??: Large turnout for delegate election., Ed & Beverlee Miller elected. [NL/21.g]
1968: March. 23-30; 1st. NSA sponsored National Teaching Training Institute at Quarantine Station, St. George's. 9 students [NL/21.g]
1968: April; LSA & officers elected in St. George's.[NL/21.g]
1968: May ?: St. Johns receives report of National. Convention. [NL/21.g]
1968: ??: St. George's makes extension teaching plans for St. Marks [NL/21.g]
1968: September.[?] Maryam Shaker & Nikou Raousfian give large fireside at Forsyth home in Victoria [NL/21.i]
1968: ??: Early believer, Virginia Charles, St. George's.[NL/21.i]
1968: October; as of; Children’s classes in Fontenoy at Millers, 28 attend
1968: October: as of; St. George's Bahá'ís assist teaching in Victoria
1969: April, Ed & Beverlee Miller elected to NSALWVI
1969: May; St. Georges given goal to open St. Davids, Canouan by 4/1970
1969: July: Carriacou is settled by Betty Traylor
1969: August.[?] National institute held in St. George's
1969: November 1: Jeffery Lewis, native Grenadian pioneers to Anguilla.
1969: November 7-10: CBC Osbourne visits, article in "The West Indian"
1970: Early: William and Juliette Soderberg arrive to pioneer. Settle in St. Davids Parish.
1970: Early: Jeffery Lewis returns from Anguilla
1970: April 24: National Conference prior to Convention
1970: April 24-26: National Convention for Leeward, Windward and Virgin Islands held at Quarantine Station.
NSA members, Left to Right:
Seated: Patricia Paccassi, Recording Secretary; Beverlee Miller; Henrietta Trutza; Carol Haynes;
Standing: Walter Jackson; Frank Paccassi, Treasurer; Ed Miller, Chairman; Lorana Kerfoot, Corresponding Secretary, George Howard, Vice Chairman;
(In September. Phil Wood replaces Beverlee Miller in by-election.) Cable from convention to UHJ mentions election of 1st West Indian Convention Chairman. [24/1-UR]
Left to Right: Winifred Morris, (St Thomas), Beverlee Miller, (Grenada), George Howard (Convention Chairman, St Vincent), Carol Haynes, (Barbados) , Ethel Harris, (St Croix), Frank Paccassi, (St Thomas)
1970: April 26: Proclamation conference, selected Grenadian leaders invited.
1970: May 10: Ruhiyyih Khanum and Violet Nakhjavani arrive, meet with friends in afternoon, in St. Georges
May 11: Ruhiyyih Khanum and Violet Nakhjavani, Grenadian Lauriston Wilson, meet for 1/12 hour with Dame Hilda Bynoe, Governor General of Grenada. Evening meeting in Maran, St. John, home of Modeste Bernard. Ruhiyyih Khanum speaks of teaching the Faith as she assumes the Bernards are Bahá'ís, one week later they enroll.
1970: mid. St. David's opened by William & Juliette Soderberg. [NL/21.T]
1970: June: NSA appoints first Circuit Teachers,(Jeffery Lewis incl.)
1970: mid. New Believers: St. George's: Benson Smith; St. John's Ilis Bernard, Mr. Modeste Bernard. [NL/21.S]
1970: July 12: First teaching efforts of Soderbergs in St. Davids, invitations to Martyrdom of the Bab in village, 200 attend, music, dramatic readings (see photo in August, 1970 BNLA)
1970: August, Bahá'í News of Lesser Antilles is now published from Grenada, Millers, publishers.
1970: September. First two local believers are enrolled in St. Davids 13: Enoch Olinga speaks to 150 in St. Davids [PR/22.8] 14:" " speaks at YMCA in Grenville, St.Andrew
1970: September/October: St. David's Parish opened by Soderbergs [AF/23]
1970: late. New Believers: Leslie Collins, John Rueben. [NL/21.U]
1971: Early. New Believers: Ida McCray, Kenneth Tamer, Julyien Telesford.[NL/21.V]
1971: Early. New Believer: Denroy Matthew Collins.[NL/21.W]
1971: ??? Center is rented in downtown St. Georges meetings LSA, Tuesdays, study, Wednesdays, discussions Fridays 1971: May: Good media coverage in "Torch" and "West Indian" on Convention.
1972: April: Election 2nd. LSA of Grenville St. Andrews, result efforts of TT's Sealy and Callendar from Barbados.
1972: July 17/August 2(July 14-31?): Mass teaching project, based at Grand-Etang, team from Barbados, Patricia Paccassi, coordinator, Errol Sealy, Leroy Wharton, and team from Mississippi, USA. Efforts result in election 4 LSA's; St. Davids, St. Johns, St. Marks, & St. Patricks: all project goals accomplished, 126 new believers. A 30 minute island-wide radio program given by team. [BNWI/1,2] [BE/29.4]
1972: November: Firesides at Ida Mc Cray's [AF/23]
1972: November : Fannings holding children's classes & firesides in St. Mark, Coast Guard Hill, Victoria [AF/23][PR/22.3]
It wasn't all easy, but it sure was fun !! L to R: Pat Fanning, Ida McCray, Laurie Fanning, Terry Madison
1972-3: ?? large night meetings on streets held in various locations, Fannings & visitors from Barbados help.[PR/22.3]
1972 to 1973: Check for information on Ida Mc Cray's weekly radio program[PR/22.3]
1973: National Convention:
1973: April: LSAs formed in St. David, St. John, St. Mark, St. Patrick, & St. Andrew's. Check this, Fannings say all except St. George's formed.
1973: August. CBC Carmen Burafato gives Institute following CBC Conference in Barbados. [BNWI/8]
1973: September 9, Public meeting with S. W. Rennie & Allister Phillips. [BNWI/10][AF/23]
1973: October; Peter and Mollie Brine leave for USA.
1973: July; "Musical Happening" in St. George by Shirley Yarbrough and Terry Madison
Terry Madison and Shirley Yarbrough
1975: April; Teaching Project held in St. George, with Selma Joseph. [AF/23]
1975: 26-27 April; National Convention of LWVI.[AF/23]
1975: April; Shamsi Tahirih Dona Joseph named at baby naming ceremony at National Convention. [AF/23]
1976: 22 February; Local Conventions held in 3 parishes. [BNWI/27]
1976: March; Barbara Nurse Winner appointed as ABMA. [BNWI/28][AF/23]
1976: Mid; Graeme Stratton appointed first ABMA by Shirley Yarbrough [BNWI/30]
1976: 18 June; Chairman NSA, Philip Wood, meets with representatives LSAs St. George, St. Andrew. [BNWI/30][AF/23]
1976: Summer; Youth Teaching Program with Connie Didier & Judith Paccassi from Dominica [BNWI/31]
1977: 23-28 March; HND Collis Featherstone meets with dignitaries.
1977: May; Institute with CBC Alfred Osbourne from Panama. [BNWI/34]
1977: Fall; CBC Rowland Estall meets with friends. [BNWI/38]
1977: Fall; Barbara Winner appointed ABM (1977 to 1988). [BNWI/38]
1977: ???; Jeffery Lewis and Graeme Stratton appointed as ABMAs. [AF/23.3]`
1977: November-April 1978; teaching plan. [AF/23]
1978: January; Death of Erma Bernard. [BNWI/39]
1978: March; Jeffery Lewis reappointed ABMA [PF/25.3ALP]
1978: 20-21 May; National Convention at Carifta Cottages. [BNWI/39,40]
1979: March 4: Graeme Statton speaks on Faith in Grenada at Presbyterian Church by request of Reverend Michael Chandoo. Report. Good quote in US Bahá'í News for July 1979. [PF/25.3ALP] [BNWI/43]
1979: Early; Bernard Family donates parcel of land to Faith. [BNWI/43]
1979. Rídvan; 9 LSAs elected. [Arise/V1#1]
1979: October; Lynn Berry starts children's classes in St. Paul, Continuous classes until Poveys leave the Parish. [PR/22.2]
1979: November; 1st. week, HND Rahmat Muhajir stays in Perdmontemps with Berry family. [PR/22.2]
1979: 2 November; Three LSAs incorporated under "Peoples Law # 82". Law also allows for further LSAs to be incorporated for any future formation. [See further explanation from Arthur Winner, in email dated 18 Sept. 2012]
1980: January; Island wide conference held.
1980: 28 February; Hermione Vera Keene-Douglas Edwards returns to her native country with husband Julius Edwards, Knight of Baha'ullah to Northern Territories Protectorate, now Ghana. [PR/22.9]). Settle in Grenville, serving Faith until her death, 19 November 1981. Long distinguished service in Liberia. Cable from UHJ on passing.
Vera and Julius Edwards
1980: March; HND John Robarts makes presentation to Governor General, Sir Paul Scoon, visits Paradise.[BE/22.4]
1980: 9-10 August; Counsellor's Institute with Mr. Alfred Osboune from Panama. [AF/23]
1980: 9 November; Meherangez Munsiff and Gol Aidun arrive. Give radio, newspaper interviews, Munsiff meets 10 minutes with Prime Minister, Maurice Bishop and presents book “Baha’i World Faith”. Mrs. Aidun visits St. Mark, St. John. Mrs. Munsiff addresses Anglican High School. Public meeting held in Grand Anse and Perdmontemps.
1981: January; Message from UHJ with goals for the upcoming formation of the NSA of the Windward Islands. Specific goals for Grenada is to raise number of LSA's to minimum of 15. Grenada (accomplished this goal before the NSA was formed).
1981: 22 February; Annual Teaching Conference held at Stratton home.[AF/23]
1981: May; NSA sends representatives here on: 20-24 June Patricia Paccassi; 19 October Al Segen; 30 November Anthony 'Don' Providence; and 5 April Shirley Howard as there is no one from Grenada on the NSA.
Al Segen Visit (standing, back row on left)
1981: 7-12 July; Meeting in St. Davids, 25 enrollments; public meeting in Reguiun-Bellevue-Thiade area; also St. Paul, St. George and Grenville. Foad and Masejeh Izadina TTP from Panama visit. [AF/23]
1981: ????: Youth deliver Bahá'í News (what areas?).
1981: 29 October; Foreign Minister, Mr. Unison Whiteman presented a booklet on persecutions in Iran by Winners, Izzat Ghaem-Maghami, Graeme Stratton, & Julius Edwards.
1981: 19 November; Vera Edwards dies. [AF/23]
1981: November; Teaching Project in Grand Anse; Springs; St. George's; Victoria; St, David's. DTC Report. [AF/23]
1981: December; Youth Conference held.
1982: Early: Invitation by Anglican Minister to Graeme Stratton to talk about Baha’is in Iran. 15 church members attended. [AF/23]
1982: January; Pilgrimage film shown for 1st. time (places?).
1982: 15 January; Meeting on fund for relief of Iranians.
1982: Early: active youth group
1982: January-May (maybe after); Regular firesides held in Perdmontemps, Grenville, Paradise, Springs, & St. George.
1982: 28 March; Day of Prayer, written invitations. Check to see if this was initiated by UHJ.
1982: 17-18 April; Teacher training institute held home of Leslie Bernard in St. Mark.
1982: 30 April-2 May; 2nd National Convention Windward Islands held at Carifta Cottages. Dr. Keith Thorpe, ABM from Trinidad represented CBC. Elected NSA: Keith Bloodworth, Chairman; Frank Paccassi, Vice Chairman; Patricia Paccassi, Corresponding Secretary; Al Segen, Recording Secretary; Anthony 'Don' Providence, Treasurer, Paul Elizee, Helen Delphus, Stephanie Bloodworth, & Edith Johnson.[AF/23.3]
1982: May; First of series of radio programs on "Radio Free Grenada", Patricia Paccassi, was the speaker.
1982: May 3-7: Teaching project memory/named "Vera Edwards", coordinated by Lynn Berry, held after National Convention. From the Bahá'í News "ARISE", Vol. 2, #1, May-July 1982. "A teaching project in the name of Vera Edwards was held in Grenville from 3-7 May, 1982 following National Convention. The project was based in the home of Mr. Edwards, the husband of the late Mrs. Vera Edwards, who had been an Auxiliary Board member in Africa. There were 15 people who participated in the project, 11 of whom were from other islands: two from St. Vincent,; two from St. Lucia; three from Dominica; four from the United States and the rest from Grenada. There were 31 declarations in the first four days of teaching in the town of Grenville and the village of Paradise. There were very well attended nightly firesides with filmstrips, talks, singing, prayers and fellowship. a big public meeting rounded off the project on the last night. [AF/23] Full report in file .[PF/25.3ALP]
1982: 12 May; Youth fireside held by Springs youth at "Further Education" group in Tanteen.
1982: 4 July; Women’s Conference in St. Georges. TT Meherangez Munsiff and CBC Ruth Pringle, Barbara Winner main speakers. [AF/23] co-coordinated by Lynn Berry. 21 people attended. [PR/22.2][AF/23.3]
1982: July; Public meeting with Meherangez Munsiff. [AF/23.3]
1982: ? September; NSA Representative Stephanie Bloodworth visits LSA's Springs and Perdmontemps.
1982: 26-27 September; Teacher Training Institute in St. George's. [AF/23]
1982: ? October; Bahá'í Youth delegation (names?) visit Anglican High School and Grenada Boys Secondary School.
1982: 23 October; Spiritual Enrichment Institute in Springs. [AF/23]
1982: ? November; 5 Teacher training institutes held.
1982: 8 November; Mini teaching project brings St. Georges back up to LSA status numbers.
1982: ???: Ruhi Institutes held.
1982: ???: Youth Conferences held ???? Check to see if this was part of December 1981 youth conference.
Dec. 1982 Going away party for the Berrys
1983: Early: Izzat Ghaem-Maghami appointed ABM. [AF/23]
1983: March; Pioneer Deepening Institute. [AF/23.3]
1983: 3 April; Annual Bahá'í Teaching Conference held in Victoria, St. Mark's. [AF/23.3]
1983: 4-13 April; Ruhi Institute held. [AF/23.3]
1983: First half; Radio programs which had been funded by LSA Springs is given free air time, and expands from 5 to 8 min.________________________________________________________________________________________
1983 making radio programs workshop
1983: (should this be in 1982) First half: Presentations made to prominent persons: The Magistrate of St. Paul, Ms. DuBois; President of the trade union Council; Patrick McLeish, Commissioner of Prisons; Angela Grant, Matron of the Hospital.[AF/23.3]
1983: 3 April; National Teaching Conference held in Victoria, St. Mark, Bernard home; separate programs, adults, children
1983: 3-13 April; Ruhi Institute held. ABM's Allison Vaccaro & Shirley Yarbrough conduct with 5 participants.
1983: 29 August-3 September; Summer School. [AF/23.3]
1983: 23 November; Ruth Pringle and ??? present current Bahá'í World to Mr. Paul Scoon, Governor-General
1984: January 4-6: Winter School [AF/23.3]
1984: April: Rídvan, National Convention forms first NSA of Grenada. (needs more details) Mr. Khadem, representative of UHJ is ill, CBC Ruth Pringle serves;
Mother NSA sends Patricia Paccassi, Secretary to open and represent NSA; First elected NSA: Izzat Ghaem-Magahimi, Jackie Stratton, Graeme Stratton, Arthur Winner, Barbara Winner, Clifton Joseph, Beverly Commisoning, Eileen Hill and Jon Bruss.
Was the National Haziratu'l-Quds purchased in 1984 ??
NOTE: My goal was to trace the growth and development of the Faith in the islands from their beginnings, as far as I could find, up to the formation of each ones own National Assembly. As 1984 was the formation of the the first NSA of Grenada and information is available from this time on in Grenada, I am using it as the cutoff date for this research document. The following years will be done by other researchers.
This document is neither exhaustive nor definitive, we learn as we go, but what I have, and/or discover, will be changed or addes as necessary.
Hopefully, I can put this material into a form which, through the medium of oral history, will breathe the life into the bare facts and statistics. I feel that it is our stories and impressions and feelings that help to convey the enormous process that is taking place in the Bahá'í World during this period of development. I am only sorry that it was not done earlier, we have lost so many stories already.
I truly appreciate all the help given to me in this research and can only hope it is helpful to others. PP...November. 1994
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