“CLUB 30”

Chapter 30:

The End of Rotaract Life … The Beginning of Something New


“Welcome to the club Wayne!” was a common greeting all day on  my recent 30th birthday. While I expected it it still struck a chord with me about how my life will change in the coming year. For the past few years I’ve called each new year a chapter in my life. Just a few weeks ago I started chapter 30 and oh what exciting changes are in store! As is customary, our time in Rotaract ends at year 30 and with that comes a new reality on top of the anxious days and years ahead as I now declare myself a true adult based on my age paper. There is no turning back at this point.

I near the end of my Rotaract life but it will also be a celebration of things to come. Rotary is just around the corner and like many I am growing increasingly excited to see what that next stage in Rotary will be like. Sure, I will miss my Rotaract family but in hindsight I will not be leaving the family of Rotary; that comforts me.

Chapter 30 is an accomplishment in and of itself. Regrettably, we have to cheer even louder these days when we hit this milestone with all that is happening around us. I have been a Rotaractor for four years, two of them with NKRC. Never did I think that this ride would be so enriching and exciting! When I returned home in 2015 and approached Rtn. Donair about joining Rotary, he immediately steered me in direction of NKRC and as they say, “the rest is history”. NKRC is now rooted in who I am. I speak proudly and boldly about this extended family because you are a part of me. The work we do intertwines with my hope for my community, my country and my world on so many levels.

Year 30 brings with it a time to reflect and introspect. Yes, I have an unlimited list of things to be thankful for. And yes, I expect/hope that they will continue into the future. Now that my time with NKRC is fast coming to an end, do I fear the change that will come with it? Absolutely. Am I more afraid of the ‘letter’? Actually, no. My fear is that I will have to re-adjust to a new family. But with anything new comes the usual anxiety. Thankfully, NKRC has been transitioning members consistently to Rotary over the years. I am assured that it will not be a completely new experience nor will I be alone. The hands have already been outstretched and I am excited to grab hold and enjoy the experience.

Change is the only constant in life we’ve been told but yet we often resist it. My remaining few months as an official member of NKRC will be used to wrap my mind around this new journey that is ahead. I am ready to ask for the keys to Club 30 and own it like it was willed to me but I am anxious to leave the friends I have come to know, love and appreciate. But I will not resist change. To the many new and exciting experiences ahead, I stand tall, hold my glass high and toast the Rotaract Club of New Kingston. You are a part of, and will always be a part of, who I am. I am a proud Rotaractor for life. That will never change (unless Sec’y send RI the letter too … LOL).

Cheers to NKRC

Rtr Wayne




The first meeting of the August, 3, was themed jamaica night. Members recited Louis Benett’s poems and a school challenge round.


On August 12, NKRC hosted in First San Party Trip to White river. St. Thomas



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, denatl checks. The Road Saftey Unit was also present giving vital tips on how to cross the road etc.



On Saturday, August 26, We hosted our Interhome Games where children’s homes and places of safety paticipated in track and field event like activities.


We ended the month with Club service, 5th Thursday Lyme. Members enjoyed a fun afternoon at Jamzone Bowling Centre.

2017 July Activities- Undesignated Month


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)

Board Members

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 Chair, Vanessa Williams


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.

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 Ronaldo Mathews and President Diego Thomas


On Thursday, July 6, we had our first general meeting for the new Rotaract year at the Liguanea Club. The meeting was fun filled and entertaining. President William ‘Bill’ Aiken from the Rotary Club of New Kingston greeted us and promised more collaborative activities. Then, each Director for the New Year presented their plans and invited members to join their committee. The meeting ended with a fun filled ‘Schools Challenge Quiz’ activity.

First Meeting Held- Thursday, July 6, 2017 @ the Liguanea Club, Bougainvillea Room


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.

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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.



On July 10, a few members visited with the Rotary Club of Kingston East and Port Royal.


On July 11, Rtr. O’Shane Allen represented NKRC at the Rotary Club of St. Andrew’s Installation Ceremony.


On Friday, July 14, 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 Tuesday, July 18 we celebrated Nelson Mandela Day. NKRC showed recognition and support for this day on social media by posting inspirational quotes using several hashtags such as #NelsonMandelaDay2017 #NKRCCares #Rotary #Rotaract

Do something great today ! #NelsonMandelaDay #Mandela a winner is a dreamer who never gives up !! #nkrcjamaica

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On July 19, NKRC members visited the Rotary Club of Portmore’s general meeting.


Thursday, July 20 was NKRC’s second general meeting for the new Rotaract year at Liguanea Club. At this meeting, we had members of Jamaica National Commerical Bank (JNCB) visit and participate. Rotarian Mark Nelson also spoke about transitioning to Rotary.



On Friday, July 21, our members visited another parent club meeting. This interclubbing is a part of President William’s campaign to ‘Strengthen the relationship with NKRC.


On July 25th, NKRC members visited the Rotaract Club of Liguanea Plains at the 876 Terrace Bar and Grill for lyming and fun with our fellow Rotaract Club.


NKRC’s Club Forum was held on July 27 at Sagicor Bank with a lyme afterwards at the Deck where members and prospective members mingled.


On July 28, we visited our parent club’s meeting.


On July 29, a few NKRC members journeyed to Montego Bay to attend the Rotaract Club of Montego Bay’s installation service in support of now President Milton at the Deja Resort.


On July 31, a few members continued the inter-clubbing tradition by visiting the Rotary Club of St. Andrew North’s general meeting.






















Reading Saved My Life !

Melzetta Recalls her experience at age 12:

“My mother was the typical Jamaican mother that preached reading every single hour of the day. I wasn’t annoyed by the fact as I actually enjoyed reading a book every summer. It was our routine whenever I stumbled on a new word to write it down then look it up in our dictionary then when she got home I would show her my list of new words.

One particular summer I was travelling from Jamaica to meet my dad in New York. This trip was different from all other trips as I have never travelled alone before, to make matters even more interesting it was a connecting flight through Miami International. Oh I was around twelve or thirteen years old when I travelled. I thought this was a major hurdle in my life and an exciting adventure for me.

I boarded smoothly and safely from Jamaica, having arrived in Miami I remembered my dad telling me how huge the airport would’ve been. Alighting the plane I followed the crowd to immigration area and filled out the forms they gave. The instructions the officer gave was so mumbled I only caught half of whatever the man attempted to say but I moved right along.

With ticket in hand, I made my way down the stretch into the luggage area. Then into the central area where all the beautiful stores were. Being the curious child I was I browsed a few stores but could not afford anything as the money I had was for emergencies only. I bought candy any way.

Back to reality, I knew I only had an hour or two before my other flight. Checking my ticket again I knew I needed to find the gate. I came up to the huge screen which had all the flights and their times. Here’s what you’ve been waiting… I stood there a while trying to figure out which column had my flight. After staring at the board a while, looking for that familiar word, my flight finally came up along with the gate number as written on my ticket. Thinking the hard part was over, I looked around and realized I was supposed to be at gate G and I was standing at gate A. (Gate G was at the extreme end of the airport)

The testing of my survival skills, I walked aimlessly for a few minutes then I realized I was at gate B. I continued in the same direction until I stumbled on an intersection. The options were to continue straight or to follow this staircase to the next floor. Just above the staircase were instructions as to how to the other gates. Victory was mine as the nervousness I felt went away with each sign I read. I took the train to the other end of the airport and very soon I was at the gate I needed to be. The same was true as I got to JFK in New York.

This experience was what my mother was preparing me for all those summers before. It enforced how knowing how to read can make your life a whole lot easier. Knowing where to go and what to do. This is an important skill whether you’re entering a country for the first time or being kidnapped (God forbid) just knowing that one word could determine the rest of your life.”

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Melzetta …


Membership Spotlight: Sergeant-at-arms, Ms Antoinette McDonald

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As we continue our campaign to highlight members of our executive team which we started in Membership and Extension Month (August) , it’s with great delight that we introduce you to Ms. Antoinette Marie McDonald, our Sergeant-at-arms for this year.

First full-time job?

Financial Advisor, Guardian Life Ltd

Current Position & Employer?

Financial Advisor, Guardian Life Ltd

What are your guiding principles and values?

To thine own self be true…

Tell us one thing we don’t know about you

I have a very long name. I have three middle names but I only use one because I hate the other two.

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What’s your Rotary History?

I joined the Rotary family during my high school years. I was a director at our Interact Club. In 2008 I became an active member of the Rotaract club of UWI Mona. In 2012 I was invited to join NKRC by Gareth Burrows, however I was not consistent with my visits. I was encouraged again to join by past rotaractor and community service director Jodi-Ann Bowen and Rotary Liaison Patrick Forrest in 2014. Since then I have been actively involved in NKRC.

What’s your date of birth?

April 30, 1988


  1. Wolmers’ Girl’s High School (2007)
  2. University of the West Indies, Mona (2011)

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Areas & Levels of Study?

Bsc. Economics, Financial Services Certified Professional (FSCP) pending

What do you like to do for fun?

I’m not consistent. I don’t have any set thing where fun is concerned. I’m a bit adventurous so I like to try new activities. I also love spending time with my family and close friends. We are very closely knitted and as such we tend to enjoy each other’s company. So we’ll have spontaneous cook outs, movie nights, etc…

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– Ms. Antoinette McDonald, Sergeant-at-arms of NKRC (2017-2018)


Membership Spotlight: Mr. Alex Robinson, Treasurer

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As we continue our campaign to highlight members of our executive team which we started in Membership and Extension Month (August) , it’s with great delight that we introduce you to Mr. Alex Robinson, our Treasurer for this year.

First full-time job?

My First Full-time job is my current one at the Bank of Jamaica.

First Summer job?

My first summer job was working at the Jamaica Theological Seminary through the National Youth Service summer employment programme.

Current Position & Employer?

I am currently employed at the Bank of Jamaica where I hold the position of Senior Economist in the Research Services Department.
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What are your guiding principles and values?

I believe in the saying “Nothing is too small to know and nothing is too big to attempt”. It’s a saying that keeps me pushing myself and others to always want to understand and learn all I can because we all can learn something new every day that will make us grow once we challenge ourselves.

What’s your personal mission?

My personal mission is to help at least one person to be better tomorrow than they are today.  To help persons achieve goals that they have set and even to surpass these goals. If I help at least one person then I will be satisfied about my contribution as a Rotaractor to nation building.

What’s your Rotary History?

I was actually a Kiwanian at all levels (Builders Club, Key Club and Circle K) before I joined the rotary family. The history I have with rotary is the one I have with the New Kingston Rotaract Club.

Your biggest pet peeve about our club meetings?

No major peeve really. 

Do you pour your milk before or after adding cereal?

I pour the milk before I add the cereal. I like to eat some of the cereal when it is crunchy before the milk soaks in.

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Resident of?

Pembroke Hall


  1. Ardenne High School
  2. University of the West Indies, Mona

Favorite dance move? and can you, do it?

My favourite dance moves include “Pon the River” and ‘Sweep” which are old school. However, I like a lot of the recent dance moves including “Shoulder fi a Fling” and “Breadfruit”. I try and keep up with the dance moves and yes I can do them.


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Areas & Levels of Study?

Bachelor’s Degree in Economics, Master’s Degree in Economics 

What do you love most about NKRC?

I love several things about NKRC but what I particularly love is the emphasis that the club places on service above self which is manifested in the numerous impactful projects that we have carried out over the years. The relationship that NKRC has developed with the Nannyville Community is testament of this as the community and surrounding environs have benefitted from numerous Back to School Medicals and Literacy competitions which are targeted at the youth.

The fellowship we have is also amazing and this helps us to form long lasting bonds that will no doubt last a life time. Nobody does “Survivor”, “San Party” or “Asphalt Lyme “like we do. NKRC works really hard but we party even harder!

Where do you see yourself in five years?

In five years, I see myself continuing to grow in my career as an economist. I’ll be either at top manager and or working for a multilateral agency. I have a passion to develop myself in my career to be the best that I can be. In this context, there is some more academic and technical development left to be accomplished. Last but not least I vision myself being married with at least one child.

Who is your celebrity crush?

I don’t have a celebrity crush.

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Who’s your favourite member of NKRC and why?

There are a few really outstanding role models that I have worked with, learnt from and continue to use as role models. The 2017/18 Director of Community Service Felisha is a real sweetheart. You can see the love and passion that she exudes for giving back through service. She has a beautiful personality as well which makes me enjoy being around her.

To the prospective members reading this, what advice would you leave them with to encourage them to make Rotary a staple in their lives?

I would encourage the prospective members of NKRC to find that area which appeals to them the most. Whether it be helping to raise money, working in communities or professional development. The different committees will help you to work in the area that you enjoy first and foremost. Rotaract is a service based organization but it does a lot of work for the wider society. If you’re going to work so hard I encourage you to find that area that you are passionate about and this will help you to grow and feel even more satisfied about the work that you do.

Additionally, rotaract helps build meaningful friendships and aids in networking. You can get almost everything you want from rotaract if you really want it. The sky is the limit really.

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–  Mr. Alex Robinson, Treasurer of NKRC (2017-2018)

Membership Spotlight: Secretary, Aniska Smith

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As we highlight members of our executive team to celebrate Membership and Extension Month , it’s with great delight that we introduce you to Ms. Aniska Smith, our Secretary for this year.

First full-time job?

My First Full-time job is my current Job at Sagicor Bank Jamaica, head office.

First Summer job?

My first summer job was in 2013 at Sagicor life Jamaica Limited in their Records Management (facilities) department at Hagley Park Road.

Current Position & Employer?

I am currently a Support Clerk in the Group Security Operations Department at Sagicor Bank Jamaica limited
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What are your guiding principles and values?

I strongly believe in the golden rule, ‘Do unto others as you would have them do unto you”. (Luke 6: 31).
I don’t always follow it, but most times I do. It is because of this rule, why most times I try to think before I speak and treat people equally; no matter who you are or what you have achieved, in my eyes, everybody is on the same level.

What’s your personal mission?

My personal mission is to become versatile. I want to learn a lot of things. I firmly believe in having myself as the ultimate back-up plan. So being versatile is my personal mission in life.

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What’s your Rotary History?

I don’t not have that much Rotary history, I was a part of UWI Rotaract for a short period of time. However, the little time that I had, I made sure to be consistent in at least one of the projects and that was the bi-weekly visits to Maxfield Park children’s home.

Your biggest pet peeve about our club meetings?

My biggest pet peeve about our club in general is how late we are for almost everything. Lateness for projects/activities, fellowship events and the list goes on. I’m not saying we will always be early, because things happen, time and people change, however, most times we should be early. Hopefully before the second coming of Christ we will be able to improve in that area. Being late almost every time in almost everything, makes my ‘cringe’ ‘cringe’.


Do you pour your milk before or after adding cereal?

I add the cereal before I pour the milk. I hate white milk so when I add the cereal before pouring the milk, I limit the amount of milk I can potentially consume.



Resident of?

Portmore, St. Catherine 

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  1. Holy Childhood High School
  2. University of Toronto, Scarborough Campus
  3. University of the West Indies, Mona

Favorite dance move? and can you, do it?

I don’t have any favourite dance moves. Although, sometimes as new dance moves come about, I try to learn them, but in my head. However, I prefer to learn or to improve in certain dance styles such as ballet, modern contemporary, jazz and majorette.

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Areas & Levels of Study?

Bachelor’s Degree in General Management & Statistics

What do you love most about NKRC?

What I love most about NKRC is that they do a lot of work and I’m here for it. When I first joined the club, the meetings were great and still are, however, as time progresses, they kept on highlighting their upcoming projects/initiatives. I was like “yup, this is it”!

Where do you see yourself in five years?

In 5 years, I see myself running my own business, eventually a business that will become one of the most powerful and most profitable multi-national corporation in the Universe! Additionally, I also see myself having two masters, i.e. a MSc in Risk Management and a MBA.

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Who is your celebrity crush?
I love Denzel Washington, very handsome old man and he has aged very well too. I also have a slight crush on Dre from Power. He’s my Nigerian boo in my head until there is another to “boo” down.

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Who’s your favourite member of NKRC and why?

I wouldn’t say she’s my favorite because I do not have a favorite in the club. However, I admire her work ethic and how genuine she is; I think she is unique and she leads by example. Her name is Felisha Henry, Director of Community Service for the 2017/2018 Rotaract year.

To the prospective members reading this, what advice would you leave them with to encourage them to make Rotary a staple in their lives?

My advice to them is to tell them to find out, if they haven’t already done so, their reason (s) for wanting to join Rotary. They may probably think that everyone that is currently in it had the same answer. People join Rotary for different reasons. They should find out what that reason is or what the reasons are and maximize on them. It doesn’t make any sense not knowing the reason for joining Rotary, they should know why so that they can enjoy the experience and make an impact. Rotary will be a staple in their lives when they discover the true reason (s) for wanting to join such a great organization.

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–  Ms. Aniska Smith, Secretary of NKRC (2017-2018)