Dir. Thadene EXPOSED!

Thadene Gibson

Property Administrator – Enforcement Squatter Management

National Land Agency           FB_IMG_1445954467715

What are the duties of your job?

My main duties include: supervising my staff of 29 persons, investigating and monitoring lands and carrying out eviction & demolition processes.

-It is somewhat. My ideal job is being out in the field and working (where it doesn’t feel like I’m working).

Why did you choose this profession?

-Initially, I selected the diploma course in Land Economy & Valuation Surveying (the course you need to do to be in this post at work) because one is able to branch out into a number of disciplines (Real Estate, Land Valuation, Land Administration, Property Management etc.) & because this course seemed like the only one I could get into at the time; I liked it and continued with the bachelors degree. Why do I stick with it? No one property case is the same and the career doesn’t feel monotonous.

What is your favorite part of your job (lunch time doesn’t count)?

-My favourite part is being out in the field, I travel islandwide so it’s not easy for work to get old. Even if you’ve been to most parts in a parish, work takes you to a remote, bushy section of that same parish. I also like when I’m able to assist a person with applying for a property that they are able to get, instead of having to evict or demolish that structure. I work sometimes 7:00 a.m. to 10:00p.m. -11:00 p.m.; that’s my least favourite part.

Where do you see yourself in the next 5 years?FB_IMG_1445954505245

-Ideally as a Manager or Director in any discipline of Valuation Surveying. Or an entrepreneur with a business that means something and benefits people somehow.

What is one of your proudest professional accomplishments?

-I think it would be re-starting collections in a settlement that was thought to be volatile. The settlement was about to be written off because no one wanted to deal with it because it had a history of violence. Luckily, we got the support of settlers and re-started collecting. Let’s say it would have been a pretty penny to write off.

What keeps you motivated each day?

-What drives me is what has driven me since I started working at the NLA –doing my best at whatever position I am, and doing my little part to leave my department in a better place than I saw it. If you focus on why you do what you do, work becomes easier. I do what I do in my unit to restore order and to ensure that every property I am aware of and monitor is effectively managed.

If you had to sell your profession to a new member, what would be your words to that person?

-As previously stated, my profession has different disciplines you can branch out to, or you can be your own boss or on a small scale do all disciplines. This profession allows you to mitigate against the economy somewhat and not get stuck in one type of work. That’s always good when deciding a course or career, especially if you haven’t found your ‘dream career’.

Does your involvement in Rotaract help you to develop professional skills? How?

Absolutely. I think just being a part of the professional development committee helps me to sharpen my professional skills when speaking to staff, taking part in meetings and even speaking with people in the field. I think in the past we (in our unit) tend to get a bad rap of how we deal with people in the field but professional etiquette is still key when working with people. I tend to take notes from the PD Weeklies and use them in my daily work when dealing with staff and building my own confidence as a ‘young’ supervisor and I use the snippets from the protocol minutes to ensure proper etiquette is used when dealing with work colleagues.-

Thats all for now! who will be exposed next?

Rtr Kellesha Dunkley

PD Committee

ENDING POLIO – the fight for what you believe in.

EVERY year as Rotarians , Rotaractors …around the middle to the ending of October, the world gets educated on Polio, our status globally and Rotary’s Pledge. We embrace this idea , we love the feeling that we are doing all that we can  to save and rid the world of Polio. It isnt just about fighting for a Polio free world that Rotary is teaching us, but i think they have used this END POLIO Mission which began in 1979 only looking at  the Phillipines at the time, which then spurred to other poor countries.

The more we know about Polio the more  I wonder what if Rotary said no to POLIO? DId they know they were gonna get #thisClose?

Before the Polio vaccine was created by Jonas Salk, at its Peak Polio Paralyzed and killed up to half a million people per year. This new fight by Rotary international from the 70s to date has shown that us as Rotaractors are never to feel small when there is a large task ahead, fight for it.

Dont ever be silent just to fit with the wrong , you know the truth , Fight for it.

With all these new age diseases and virus we are experiencing that affects most   and some times all of the Population we cant just sit back and wait for the officials to do their jobs, which may take a while . This campaign has taught most of us that it is not one person’s job , but a job for us all. The Fight to eradicate Polio has not just been a fight for Rotary to win ,but as human beings with morals we can also look around and see what more we can do for others. What is truly your mission?

This mission has been around for ages, and we  celebrate the achievement every year, but look within your own country see what you can help with. Its not always left up to the government its also your country, say YES to safer hospitals, say yes to safe sex, say yes to taking proper measures to ensuring that your neighborhood is safe from disease carrying animals, say yes to being your brothers keeper… WHAT IF ROTARY SAID NO TO POLIO?

Polio, like smallpox, only infects humans. Polio spreads by person-to-person contact; the virus lives in the throat and in the intestines. 

Volunteers that risk their lives going into violent zones are heroes of the world , they have touched so many lives. We are the world , it doesnt have to be a big project like Polio eradication but something that matters to someone makes you a hero.

Reading at a elderly home, tutoring at JFLL, Feeding the Homeless, repaint a school, send cute messages in brown paper bags with food, even helping your neighbor one day.

The Fight, to ERADICATE Polio is a great one ,   the mission is a great lesson.

A special note on Rotary: Rotary International’s role in the global effort to eradicate polio cannot be overstated. Since Rotary first over-met its funding pledge for polio eradication in 1985 (from $115 million to $247 million), it has consistently fuelled the effort with resources, advocacy and genuine hard work on the ground. Rotary’s advocacy efforts with both endemic and donor country governments have maintained the dream of a polio-free world over the past 20 years, and brought polio to the brink of eradication. At the same time, Rotary has been the largest private sector donor to polio eradication, committing over US$600 million to the effort.- UNICEF

Kul Gautam – A History of Global Polio Eradication http://www.unicef.org/immunization/files/the_history_of_polio.pdf

Shawna T Brown- Public Relations Dir.



The district has done it ..Jamaicas Blue Jeans , the Dons and Divas edition was  all about the 90s  ! Some Rotaractors represented for the 90s , as we saw batty riders , plaid shirts and big gold chains in full swing! Alot of different clubs came out which made the mix even better ! People dont have time to be chatting (except Neville and Omar they found time) it was all about the dancing and drinking ! AT one point the photographer must have laid down his sword(camera), as  he was on alot of girls making every song count! Thanks for volunteering your time RTR Isaac!

Did you see the dancing team in the middle of the dance floor? When the Soca hit it was full swing for the soca lovers ! THE SOCA TRAIN, loaded with happy , well nice people just a warm up for the dancehall segment. The dancehall segment was a sight as the dancers took the floor Dir Sannicia was in full flight ,comfortably dressed in her 90s attire I knew she was up to something ! Rotarian Rude Boy Travis made his don move in this segment as he knew the dance moves even we didnt know .

Dancehall Segment brought out the Divas of the night its time for the true colors to show, as the divas pulled out their backing up skills ! The official Dons Terence, Paul, Ryan, Jamie, Everton, Edison (Haiti) Romel( from St. Thomas)? in Black were just in time, to ensure the Divas had   a blast thanks >>>>>>Black collar dons!

It was true Rude boy and Rude girl styleeeee, rub a dub stylee, all massive and crew kind a vibe. All this dancing must have made Dir Paige happy she kept her 90s theme no heel to it so she could dance the night away! Then when we talk about heels ask Rtr Haishaina how she  managed all night!

The UWI team came out early big up ! They held it down in center stage , Odile and the gang of whiners no shyness to the thing. President Terence and the Infamous Cashew Juice made the NKRC family KICK OUT! if you see someone being plucked out of a tree every 15min or so mins is the after effect of the Cashew Juice, If you hear VP Kim screaming IPP (shes referring to Ryan) who had her up in the air , she wasnt screaming because she didn’t want it, the scream was really the cashew juice ,it wasnt IPPs Strength to hold Kim so long it was the Cashew juice. When I flew on Pressi and he was able to catch and bubble it wasnt me , it was the Cashew juice, Terence had the Cashew power in play all night.

What a night of Fellowship indeed! now we wish Blue Jeans was twice a year ?? did i hear that  right?I knew Tamieka from RCSA would like that, speaking of RCSA where was VP Sheldon, why he chose to miss out? it must be an emergency …after he did his world dance preview and was challenged to a dance off with Everton, he flaked !

Rotarians, Rotaractors guests , our DRR learned a few dance moves, DRS Stephanie from Grand Cayman had her share of the dance floor as we saw the Soca turn out in her.

By the night ended I heard DRR Marzetta (didnt know it was her) “sleep good gal”!! DRRE Paul suppose to have some money for the venue owners since some paint was on his back from all that bracing and so on, well what you expect he was fresh from the Black Collar Dons.

Hot sweaty , clean  fun loving people all about the same mission, unified by our beliefs and service supporting our fundraisers because we know where our money is going and where it is being spent. The trust that each club member has  in their president and the Presidents trust in their DRR who blends in great is just amazing thanks to the current D7020 BOARD! Shows that we are all one big Family across the district. If we could attend all the Blue Jeans in the district we would!

A big round of applause for D.E.C. Vivette and her committee, all who added dance videos and promoted the event a big thank you to you all!





We’ve planted seeds (not merengue), collected stationery, painted buildings, frolicked in the country, established the characteristics of a “commanaz”, promoted literacy and sounded final whistle on our inter-home competition and with it signaled the end of our first quarter.  Which for me is the beginning of a year that has the potential to be a ground breaking one for the Rotaract Club of New Kingston?

Looking back it is truly incredible the volume of work we have done in that short space of time and it stands as a testament to commitment and drive of the membership of this club, we don’t always get it perfect but we always get it done.  Being your President comes with its fair share of ups and downs (thankfully more ‘ups’) but at the end of the day when I see the passion from the “newbies” and the unwavering verve from the ‘veterans’ it reminds me why we all do what we do and that it will all be worth it in the end.  From the asphalt lymes to the beach lymes and the birthday lymes (just wanna pause to say big up to seven special ladies) there is never a dull moment with this club and it’s that vibe and energy that keeps us strong as a family.

So as we look forward to this second quarter let us strive to make our projects and events even bigger and better (Directors now is the time to hit up the Treasurer while he’s in a happy mood) as we continue to build on the foundation laid before us (#3G#TB#PapaChups#Ryleguy) and take this club to even greater heights.  Remember, no matter how difficult things get this club is a never say die club and we always come strong like a million bricks, that’s why we are the number one club in District 7020 and with the dedication and drive I see in all of you we will continue to be the benchmark of excellence and the standard bearers constantly raising the bar as we continue to serve from within.

Proud to be Your President,

Terence Smith (#BBD#Cashewjuice)


Good Morning!

What a quarter this was?? We wonder how does President Terence feel at almost 3 months into his year ……ask him when you see him.

But yes it has been three months so far and we have been buzzing around the place ensuring that we serve in the right way. Now what is NKRC without its awesome ideas ? A big APPLAUSE for Dir. Jodi and Community service committee, this quarter we went big,on the whole idea of literacy , getting all the Stationery we could , donating the KB Voucher to Ejay , donating stationery to three homes,and started our Reading Competition Dubbed “Literacy Comes to Life” which will end with a winner Saturday September 26th,2015 at the Nannyville Earlychildhood Institution. Be sure to be there as the club will be closing out this project tomorrow in fine style.

When we look at our professionals in the club lending their skills to make a project happen look at this quarter. Our teachers, doctors made us proud as we were their assistants when they needed to be.  Team work really does apply to make  our projects  work we saw that being displayed whether it was on the board or in our general space.Our Back To School medical was a success as we saw over 30 students , so i looked at this quarter as one that really dedicated to the school life over all. IMG-20150911-WA0012 (1).

At International Coastal clean up we went out to Hellshire Bay,the tale of the Merengue seed originated, as we did our project with our Interactors of ST. Georges College it was a good day indeed…right SAA Francine??

Our International services committee, made us aware of certain interntional campaigns , for example who knew there was a day called “OZONE DAY”? Well Dir. Sandrika has her eyes open and had the PR team promoting this day and all others, but I guess everyone’s favorite was Mandela Day , we know the impact and the fight and we can connect with his story. We did our service at the Jamaica Christian Boys Home plus our Big Online campaign hashtagging #nkrctime2serve.wpid-2015-07-18-11.21.40.jpg.jpeg

Oh The Fun we have been having thanks to Dir. Shanieka the spice of life! Because we work hard we play hard right, we do know how to have fun! Many birthday lymes , and the Unforgettable SAN PARTY, can I call this bus ride the best ever?? Only the alumni gang can answer this. But where was Alumni Boss Donair??? how could he have missed  the bus? Is Donair Really getting old ? Our Fifth Thursday Lyme was great as the members made it fun and entertaining as always ! So warm up for the Halloween Party Oct.31st. We saw three of our prospectives become members and they really fit in dont they ? The Each one Reach one system is an excellent initiative that was re:introduced this year we really do use the system  as we take care of our pals/buddies/club assigned Parries.

Havent we been loving the life lessons  taught in PD weekly and Rotaract minute?? As a new Director , Thadene is delivering precise and realistic notes that we can really learn from. Talk about personal growth thats what shes about!

Guys havent you noticed our VP KIM on top of her game, she  is so effective and pulled it together for quarter 1 , VP Kimberly is a hands on type of woman who leaves no stones unturned. I know she has  her  own life but you would think the club  is her life. We cant resist that “Hiiiiiiiiiiiiiii” with a smile coming behind it, and to say we haven’t noticed your hard work Kim would just not be right !

President Terence , its three months and your leadership is booming ! I know you are proud of the membership . The passion and the drive that allows you to balance each personality in the club , plus the projects , the task of president is surely not easy. Hence we want the full support of all members into making this year a success, each and every one of you are important in his rotaract world and you all make a difference. So can we continue to commit and make the next project bigger in numbers?

Also a big thank you to my PR team , my role would not be effective without you guys and I thank you.

Next stop Literacy Comes to Life GRAND FINALE- Nannyville ECI. 10am sharp!



Shawna T Brown-Public Relations Dir.

Club Commitment

Good Morning team NKRC!!!! 

There are people in this organization for years that have help their club to grow , they have dedicated so much time and energy that families begin to wonder whats the deal with Rotaract.

When alot of us joined Rotaract we didnt really know it to the depths to say that we would find something that would grab your attention this way, you found worth, love, a new family and a new mission. This has your first family wondering about you , when NKRC gets into your blood you get caught and you stay committed. This Club Commitment is required as we are all supposed  to be participating in our clubs Projects , Fellowships and of course meetings.

It is very important that you play your part , whether its working closely with a director or just simply being at the projects and events that we have. Commitment meaning you know you had something to do for your personal life but because its a day for a project you let it wait until another day . We Know our members and we know the passion and wok they have been giving this club, THANK YOU!

We are here to serve and as you know attending the projects will allow you to do just that. Plus why would you join a club and then disappear ? We are all here to make impact, network, make friends , talk, laugh , even cry. The commitment holds that bond, make suggestions , take the lead sometimes if you are new, look at the ROTARY/ROTARACT wheel its never ending and thats our bond, that’s what makes us family. Project support allows you to see what it is that this family is doing in Jamaica , in the district and worldwide. To tell the truth when i see that Rotary has cleared out POLIO in most territories I feel like I was there when it happened , I feel like I know the Rotarian putting that vaccine in the child’s mouth. I know that every little that we do , every bit of sacrifice is noticed and is appreciated. So on behalf of this administration we want you to never break  the circle of giving. Dont overwork yourself , but don’t creep behind.

Stay committed as you all are , the year has just begun, the more the turn out at the projects the more impact we make. Let this year be a year to remember in attendance and vibes !

Alot of people love NKRC because of the energy and we want that to continue , doesn’t it feel good to fellowship with the people who also like to help others? Don’t you love to make a change in someone’s life? Dont you just wanna do more? Since you have joined this movement can you really say you didn’t feel good one day after serving? Isnt that meeting room just your place to recharge ? I look forward to Thursday’s , do you?

Keep the fire burning whether you are a NKRC 2G or NKRC 3G (ask IPP Ryan or DIr Shawna if clueless) develop your self in some way while you are here, accept 30 with grace we love you, you will always be family…

Stay committed no matter what , because each committed member makes their club shine, are you in the committed bunch or are you missing in your club?


Shawna Brown – Public Relations Dir.


Fulfilling – Newly Inducted Rotaractor Antoniette tells us more

As a Prospective member I really wanted to get a few questions in about the journey to Induction , there is so much to learn about the balance and ways of NKRC but I had just a few questions for Antoniette, who always seems so quiet , observant with her amazing posture.  Our  Conversation outlined below:

PM Desiann: Hi Antoinette, I have been meaning to ask for a while about your journey from prospective member to Rotaractor. How has it been for you?

Rotaractor Antoinette: My journey has been very fulfilling, though I am not new to the Rotary/Rotaract family. However, in terms of being a member of the NKRC family, I was encouraged at each step of the way by my fellow rotaractors and was made to feel as part of the family from inception.

PM Desiann: was it ever too challenging to create a balance between your personal life and club duties, especially since this is such an active club?

Rotaractor Antoinette: It was never a challenge to create a balance. I am an insurance advisor with Guardian Life Ltd, and as such the nature of my job allows me to be flexible. I am able to structure my time to accommodate work, personal life and club activities where I am able to have balance amongst all.

PM Desiann: What does Antoinette enjoy doing outside of her Rotaract duties?

Rotaractor Antoinette: I am a very sociable person and also very family oriented. So outside of Rotaract duties I am spending time with my family or enjoying time with my friends, whether just going to catch a movie, going for dinner at a restaurant or an early morning beach run. In addition to that I serve on the executive body of my community citizens’ association as the secretary so I am also doing service work at home as well.

PM Desiann:  Advice us prospective members Why NKRC?

Rotaractor Antoniette : I would say NKRC chose me , I went to a Fundraising meeting event before a club meeting, the spirit and passion  of NKRC, along with encouragement from other Rotaractors I knew from UWI got me here !


So guys there you have it , all Prospectives we know this is the place to be ! 

PM Desiann McIntosh