JOINT INSTALLATION CEREMONY
On Sunday, July 2, 2017 saw the Joint Installation of Presidents and executive boards of the Rotaract Clubs of Jamaica East. The installation ceremony took place at the UWI Mona Visitor’s Lodge.
This event was in the making for about two years and was finally brought to fruition. Each outgoing president distributed awards with IPP Kimberly from NKRC presenting the awards for Rotaractor and Director of the Year to Director of Community Felisha Henry who at the time was director of professional development. Past Rtr Jamie Lovelace and incoming President Diego Thomas received the Presidential Award from IPP Kimberly.
From L-R Incoming Presidents: Paige Jackson (RCSA), Diego Thomas (NKRC), Shenae Flannigan (RCOK) and Kimberly Martin (RCLP)
The NKRC 2017-2018 Board at the Joint Installation Ceremony
L/R: Dir. Patrick Forrest (Rotary Liaison), Dir. Felisha Henry (Community Service), Dir. Chantal Harriott (International Service), Dir. Kelesha Dunkley (Club Service), Dir. Jhenelle Black (Club Administration), Dir. Latoya Smith (Fundraising), Dir. Anique Senior (Professional Development), Immediate Past President (IPP) Kimberley Lindo, Sergeant-At-Arms Antoinette McDonald, Treasurer and Assistant District Treasurer Alex Robinson, Secretary Aniska Smith and Vice President (VP) & District Events & Training Chair, Vanessa Williams
REWARDING RONALDO MATHEWS
On July 4, NKRC visited the Denham Town High School Graduation ceremony to present the Award for community service to recognize outstanding Interactors who engage in community service activities. The award was presented to Ronaldo Matthews.
Ronaldo Mathews and President Diego Thomas
PARENT CLUB MEETING VISIT
On Friday, July 7, several members visited our Parent Clubs meeting at Altamont Court Hotel. Several of our members were able to go and witness President Bill’s inaugural meeting where he reassured everyone that the upcoming year would be a fun filled one.
July 14, 2017: NKRC represented yet again at out Parent Clubs meeting at Altamont court Hotel. At this meeting our own President Diego addressed the club speaking about his vocation amongst other things.
On Saturday, July 8, several of our members visited the Rotaract Club of May Pen’s Installation Ceremony at the Hotel Versailles in May Pen. Here they were able to fellowship with the incoming board and other members of the club.
Rtr. O’Shane Allen represented NKRC at the Rotary Club of St. Andrew’s Installation Ceremony on July 11, 2017.
OTHER ROTARY CLUB MEETING VISITS
On July 10, a few members visited with the Rotary Club of Kingston East and Port Royal.
SAN PARTY TRIP
On August 12, NKRC hosted in First San Party Trip to White river. St. Ann.
BACK TO SCHOOL MEDICAL
On Saturday, August 19, 2017, We had our first big community service project. NKRC’s Back-to-School was held in the Nannyville Gardens, Sir. Howard Cooke Cenre. Approximately 101 beneficiaries took advantage of the free eye checks, dental checks. The Road Saftey Unit was also present giving vital tips on how to cross the road etc.
ROTARY CLUB OF PORTMORE- THE PAINTING TWO (2) PEDESTRIAN CROSSINGS
On Saturday, August 26, 2017, the Rotaract Club of New Kingston assisted the Rotary Club of Portmore with the painting of two pedestrian crossings in the Municipality of Portmore, St. Catherine, Jamaica. The Initiative was a very well-needed one to be executed as the two pedestrian crossings were invisible in areas that are greatly used by pedestrians. The initiative would not have been successful without the National Works Agency (NWA) who assisted in laying cones, directing traffic and provided valuable feedback on how to properly paint the pedestrian crossings.
INTERHOME GAMES COMPETITION
On Saturday, August 26, 2017, the Rotaract Club of New Kingston held its annual Inter-Home Games competition at the New Providence Primary School in Kingston. The event had 7 participating Children’s homes namely: Strathmore Children’s Home, Maxfield Park Children’s Home, Jerusalem Children’s Home, St Anthony’s Children’s Home, Sophie’s Place Children’s Home and My Father’s House Children’s Home. A total number of 82 children participated in fun track & field activities such as potato race, bun eating competition, lime & spoon race and special relays.
At the end of the competition, each home received 2 boxes of stationeries and one box with food items. Further, the two homes that came first and second place respectively were awarded trophies.
This initiative was conducted with children’shomes and places of safety within the Kingston and St. Andrew area as we believe they are one of the most vulnerable today. Our Inter-Home Games Competition aims, specifically, to build a relationship and competitive spirit amongst children’s homes as well as a sense of discipline and growth in the self-esteem of these youths.
Our annual Inter-Home games competition would not have been possible without the members and prospective members that helped throughout the day and the sponsors who contributed food and stationery items; these sponsors include Juici Beef Patties, St. John’s Ambulance and Food for the Poor.
5TH THURSDAY LYME
We ended the month of August with our traditional 5th Thursday Lyme. Members enjoyed a fun afternoon at Jamzone Bowling Centre.
LITERACY AND NUMERACY COMPETITON 2017 (LAUNCH AND QUALIFYING ROUND AND FINALE AND CLOSING CEREMONY)
On Saturday, September 2, NKRC hosted its annual Literacy and Numeracy Competition at the Sir Howard Cooke centre in Nannyville Gardens Jamaica. In celebration of Basic Education and Literacy month, our goal is to encourage youths to read and to develop or increase their liking for mathematics.
Our participants were between the ages of 6-17 that came from the Nannyville Gardens and surrounding communities such as Hampstead, Top Range, just to name a few. Two years ago, the event only highlighted literacy and hosted a reading competition to facilitate the same. This year, we revamped the competition to include Numeracy (Mathematics competition) as we believe that numeracy also plays a vital role in students’ ability to function effectively in society.
31 students registered for the Literacy and Numeracy competition. Of the 14 that participated in the mathematics competition, 12 students were successful and of the 17 participants for the reading competition, 12 students were also successful.
Our successful qualifiers competed on Saturday, September 30, 2017 at St. Theresa preparatory School. The reading competition entails finalists answering questions in front of an audience while the mathematics competition had to complete a written section before moving on to answering questions in the live round. The top three participants from each competition were rewarded with trophies, medals, cash prizes, gift baskets, book vouchers, circus tickets and participation certificates. Further, guest speaker Mrs. Tamiann Young encouraged parents to be involved in their child’s literacy and numeracy development. Lastly, winner of JCDC Gospel competition, Ms. Shaughna-Lee Stelle serenaded the participants, members and visitors with her soulful voice.
PREPARATION OF CULTURAL DISH FROM ROTARACT CLUB OF MADRAS, INDIA
The Rotaract Club of Madras, India sent a recipe for Kuzhukattai (a traditional dish prepared during their Vinayagar Chathurthi celebrations). We in return sent our national dish (Ackee and Salt Fish) for them to prepare also.
READ ACROSS THE DISTRICT CHALLENGE
We encouraged members across District 7020 to celebrate Basic Education and Literacy by posting pictures with their members reading to interested participants. On September 8, we followed through with our own guidelines by celebrating World Literacy day when we visited the Nannyville Basic School to read two books to the school population. While there, we encouraged our future leaders about how important reading is and participated in their devotion.
PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: LEARN SOMETHING NEW: BASIC EXCEL FOR DATA ANALYSIS AND REPORTING
Director Felisha Henry facilitated PD’s very first session in PD’s Learn Something New Series in the topic Basic Excel for data Analysis & Reporting on Thursday September 14th 2017. The series had us learning the basic of reporting and analysis.
WATER COOLER HANDOVER & TREE PLANTING
On Friday, September 15, NKRC and Rotary Club of New Kingston members joined members from our Parent Club to hand over a water cooler to the neonatal unit at the Victoria Jubilee Hospital.
After we accommpanied our parent club with the Victoria Jubilee initiative, we then went to St. George’s College to plant trees.
INTERNATIONAL COASTAL CLEAN-UP
Saturday, September 16 at Sugaman’s Beach: NKRC partnered with Rotaract Clubs of Kingston and St. Andrew as well as UTECH Interact and Wolmers’ Girls Interact to remove biodegradable materials from the beach.
After the cleanup, members and prospective members enjoyed a birthday lyme celebrating Rtrs. Candice, Nickquane and Wayne’s birthdays.
NKRC members captioned in the pictures above enjoying the Beach Birthday Lyme. Dj BoomFlick/Dir Chantal and Osheane Gayle were the Beach Birthday Lyme’s resident DJs.