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SBA Board Welcomes New Members Following the 24th Annual General Meeting of the Small Business Association, held in November 2017, three new members were elected to the Board of Directors for the period 2017 – 2019. The new directors are Ms. Margaret Hoyte – Vice President; Mr. Drayton J Carter – Treasurer; and Mr. Robert M. Homer – Director.

Ms. Margaret Hoyte – Vice President Margaret Hoyte is the founder of M.R. Global which is a Marketing and Public Relations firm that specialises in marketing, market research and advertising services for small and big business alike.

Mr. Dratyon J Carter - Treasurer Mr. Carter is a Certified Accountant (FCCA), a ‘Certified Director’ (Acc. Dir.) and a Chartered Secretary (ACIS). He is the owner of a small and recognised accounting firm, Drayton J. Carter & Co. Chartered Accountants, which offers audit, accounting and taxation services to the local and international business sectors.

Mr. Robert M. Homer - Director Mr. Robert Homer is the founder and managing director of RMH Financial Consultants Inc., a company that provides financial, consultation and management services to organisations throughout the Caribbean region.

The three members join the existing Board of Directors, which comprises Mr. Dean Straker, president; Mr. Charles Carter, secretary; Mr. Jefferson Kirton, assistant secretary/treasurer; and Ms. Donna Hope, director.

Put Christ in your Christmas The painting has been done, the ham is in the oven, the black cake, jug-jug and sorrel drink are waiting and there is heighten anticipation. Its Christmas time! Decked in our new “Sunday best” we congregate in the park to the delight of our friends and bask in the attention from the professional and amateur paparazzi. Yet something is missing for most Barbadians at Christmas. CHRIST! For God so loved the world that he gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life” (John 3:16). In our march forward, we have somehow found time to do everything possible but remember Christ and the true meaning of Christmas. In our quest not to offend, even in our little Christian Barbados we are slowly replacing Merry Christmas with “Happy Holidays”. The true meaning of Christmas has been confused with materialism, greed and other pagan objectifications.

Christ commanded two things: •Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with thy whole heart, soul, mind, and strength; and •Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. It is in these two commandments that all of God’s laws are contained. Let us focus therefore on the whole that is commanded of us. We are charged to live our lives in a manner that is pleasing to Him. We have therefore to look at ourselves carefully and decide whether we have indeed kept His commandments. If not, how can we change our lives to better serve God in all that we do? Equally, how do we change our lives to help those around us? Were we to live by His two commandments, much of this society’s social ills would pass away.

revelry and reflect on the true meaning of Christmas and to recommit themselves to serving Christ and following His commandments.

Our year is ending with more gloom than hope. This is not healthy for a developing nation. We have witnessed violence, business failures and the looming threat of job losses across our nation. We are no longer our brother’s keeper. As we look back with mixed feelings on the year past, and look forward with hesitation, reservation or eagerness to what may lurk in the New Year, let us bring Christ back into our lives and in all that we do. Let us embrace our country in the spirit of the season – Love. And above all let us rededicate our lives to living for the Christmas is therefore not about the honour and glory of His name. food, the clothes, the spruced-up surroundings nor the gifts. It’s not about Merry Christmas and all of God’s Blessgetting days off from work or school. It ings for the year to come! is in fact about fellowship and celebrating the birth and life of Christ. Barbadi- (Extracted from SBA Newsletter December 2013.) ans at this time need to pause in their

The Outlook Newsletter December 2017  
The Outlook Newsletter December 2017