RE: Rapa Nui
Everyone who had anything to do with the awesome Rapa Nui Reef project in Deerfield Beach came away with a feeling of wonder [last weekend], a lot of new friends, and the appreciation that something special can be done when one person has a dream and many make it come true.
Those involved often quoted benefactor Margaret Blume- “Something Big is Going Down in Deerfield Beach.”
Something big indeed did go down in Deerfield Beach and we all were changed for the better because of Margaret’s vision and the contributions of her supportive husband Robert, Dennis MacDonald the extraordinary artist, and Dixie Diver’s Pavan.
We shouldn’t be sad, in spite of the ill-fated sinking. We should celebrate their courage and dedication and we should cheer their daring and their dream.
Thank you, Margaret, for something big going down in my life, and for the opportunity, through the Woman’s Club of Deerfield Beach, to be a small part of your wonderful achievement.
Remember, it has been an amazing, two-year journey for all involved in this project.
Although the scuttle did not go as hoped, the vision and desires of the benefactor, Margaret Blume, the inspiration and beauty of the artwork by Dennis MacDonald, and the hard work of Pavan of Dixie Divers, can never be erased from the memories of all of us who were so closely a part of this inner core team.
Those who came to celebrate its creation and witness its final journey into the depths of the ocean have experienced the highs and lows of a magnificent historical event.
The faces of the people who came to see it were in awe of the faces of the Moai figures staring back at them.
They learned about Easter Island and the Rapa Nui people who built the Moai and much more.
Some may look at the glass half empty and dwell on the scuttle gone awry, but I say the “Moai cup runneth over with blessings.”
Art in the City of Deerfield Beach shall be enhanced by the generosity of all who came from near and far and contributed to support this effort.
To you, our club members, who dedicated so much time and effort (blood, sweat, and tears), this city cannot thank enough, because you helped to make this happen, and the contributions to Art in Our City will continue and our city projects will be enhanced.
I cannot thank you enough for all your help and support from the project’s inception two years ago to the scuttle [Sunday].
The volunteers who worked tirelessly these past months and especially this weekend, and those who came to share
in other ways are the heart and core of our club. I personally thank you from the bottom of my heart.
With the dedication of members like you, our club will prosper and continue to have a very positive impact on our city and other cities near and far.
I am sure the community will come together to make this a positive. We don’t always have control over what happens, but we have control over how we respond.
I’ll help any way I can.