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Rotary Club treats manamko’ to post-Thanksgiving lunch

FOR over 30 years, the Rotary Club of Saipan has served Thanksgiving lunch to the island’s senior citizens, club president Tom Thornburgh said.

Many other groups also visited the manamko’ for the Thanksgiving celebration, but on Tuesday it was finally the Rotarians’ turn to serve lunch at the Saipan Senior Citizens Center in Chinatown.

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Interact Club members from Saipan International School perform for the manamko’.
Interact Club members and Rotarians serve lunch to the manamko’.
Rotarians and Interact Club members are happy to serve the manamko’.  Photos by Junhan B. Todiño

“We want to give back to the manamko’ because they took care of the community and our island,” he added.

Thornburgh said the club is appreciative of the manamko’s contributions to the community.

“We make sure they understand that we appreciate them for what they do.”

Rotarian Marcia Ayuyu said the manamko’ play a very important role in molding the young generation and upholding island values, culture and traditions.

Senior Citizens Advisory Council president Teresita Sorroza said the manamko’ always look forward to the annual holiday celebration with the Rotarians.

“We really enjoy the food and appreciate their kindness,” she added.

Also participating in the program Tuesday were Interact Club members from Saipan Southern High School, Saipan International School, Kagman High School and Marianas High School.

Thornburgh said the Interact Club members helped ensure that all the senior citizens were served lunch.

The students likewise performed for the manamko’.

“The students are reaching across the generation gap. This is important for continuity,” Thornburgh said.

Office on Aging Director Walter Manglona said the manamko’ enjoyed the company of the Rotary Club members.

“I would like to say thank you to all the members of the Rotary Club of Saipan for their continuous support. Our manamko’ enjoyed themselves, and they especially enjoyed all the entertainment and the performances of the students,” he added.

“The meal was exceptional! Everyone enjoyed it. I’ve noticed the joy in everyone’s faces. Intergenerational interaction is very important.”