Joint Installation Ceremony, July 1, 2018
The Rotaract Clubs of Jamaica East (the Rotaract Club of New Kingston, Rotaract Club of St. Andrew, Rotaract Club of Kingston and the Rotaract Club of Liguanea Plains) hosted the second joint installation ceremony at the Knutsford Court hotel on Sunday, July 1st. The event had performances by non-rotary family members as well as performances by the incoming presidents of the Jamaica-East Rotaract clubs. The club was able to present the award for the Rotaractor of the year to Rtr Felisha Henry, Presidential award for excellence to Rtr Patrick Forrest and Director of the year was announced for Rtr Anique Senior (absent at the time of announcement).
Induction Ceremony of Rtn Wayne Thorpe, August 10, 2018
Our Rotary Club partner inducted Wayne Thorpe for membership month. Members of NKRC came out in their numbers to support Wayne as he prepares to embark on a new journey with his new rotary family and continue to serve communities via impactful projects. AG Novelette was in attendance to assist with his induction ceremony.
Rotary, Rotaract and Interact Club Visits
Some of members kept busy during quarter 1 when they visited Interact Club of St. George’s College and various Rotaract and Rotary Clubs in and out of Jamaica-East. Some of the club’s engagements were with the Rotaract Club of St Andrew, Rotaract Club of Liguanea Plains, Rotaract Club of Kingston, Rotaract Club of Montego Bay, Rotary Club of Downtown Kingston, Rotary Club of Liguanea Plains, Rotary Club of New Kingston and the Rotary Club of St. Andrew North.
Reading with the Rotary Club of New Kingston, September 7, 2018
Some of our members joined our parent club to execute several reading initiatives on Friday, September 7, 2018. Members read to students at the Nannyville Gardens infant school, Porter’s Centre for knowledge and Mission House Basic School.
Joint Meeting with the Rotary Club of New Kingston & Joint meeting with the Rotaract Clubs of Jamaica East, September 21, 2018
DRR Leah Lowe served as the guest speaker for the Joint meeting of the Rotary and Rotaract Club of New Kingston. Her presentation focused on Rotaract and Rotary relationships, a topic that was well received by everyone in attendance. Later that day, Rotaract Club of Maritime University and RC UWI Mona joined the community based Rotaract clubs of Jamaica East to have a joint meeting at the UWI Undercroft. DRR Leah also served as the guest speaker for the evening.
Community Service Committee
NKRC’s Annual Back to School Medical, August 18, 2018
Our first major project for the Rotaract year was our annual Back-to-School Medical which was held at the Nannyville Gardens Community Centre on Saturday, August 18, 2018. Eight (8) doctors and seven (7) nurses contributed their time and resources to offer medical examinations and eye screening to eighty-seven (87) children between the age of 6-17. The road safety Unit, a subset of the Ministry of Transport, offered road safety tips and live demonstration to the beneficiaries. Dental Hygienist, Heather Wilberforce, educated the beneficiaries on the appropriate way to take care of their oral health.
NKRC’s Annual Inter-Home Summer Olympic Games, August 25, 2018
Our annual Inter-Home Games dubbed Inter-Home Summer Olympic Games “Let’s Get Sportified” was held at the New Providence Primary school on Saturday, August 25th. The event’s purpose was to build the relationships amongst the Children’s homes, particularly between Possibility Program Youth Hostel, Jamaica National Children’s Home, Jerusalem Children’s Home, and Strathmore Garden’s Childcare Facility. The event had the children participating in track and field activities, non-track and field activities, netball and football activities. We were able to garner sponsorship from Food for the Poor Jamaica, Amalya Auto Solutions Limited, Tourism Enhancement Fund (TEF), EmKay Sports and Trophies, UWI Bookshop, Woolworth, Hilo Supermarket, the Rotary Club of New Kingston and Portmore Gas Distributors Limited. Jamaica National Children’s home was the victor of the games and was awarded a cash prize valued at $10,000, 1st place trophy, certificates of participation, stationery items and food items. Strathmore Gardens and Possibility Program Youth Hostel emerged as 1st and 2nd runner up respectively and were awarded with trophies, certificates of participation, stationery items and food items. Jerusalem Children’s home received stationery items and food items as well. We were able to garner stationery items from our annual stationery drive which commenced on July 2nd and ended on August 18th. Food was provided by 5 Spiced catering by Alecia.
On the same day, some members volunteered their time to assist the Rotary Club of Liguanea Plains to repaint selected classrooms at the New Providence Primary School.
Donation of Canned Food & Toiletries to My Father’s House Children’s Home, August 12, 2018
To celebrate International Youth Day, we donated canned food and toiletries to My Father’s House children’s home on Sunday, August 12, 2018. My Father’s House, a member of the mustard seed communities, houses children who are physically and mentally disabled. Canned food was donated by Lasco Distributors Limited.
National Rum Day Celebration, August 16, 2018
We partnered with our twin club, the Rotaract Club of Port of Spain West, District 7030 on Thursday, August 16, 2018, to celebrate National Rum Day. We enjoyed free drinks at Escape 24/7 Bar and Grill while our twin club enjoyed the same. We later exchanged pictures/video that highlighted how each group celebrated the day.
We R Global Campaign, August 25, 2018
We partnered with the Rotaract Club of South Barbados (RCSB), District 7030, for an International and Public Relations Project which seeks to share the global impact of Rotary International and how they have been making a difference in the world. We were tasked to take a group picture with members holding the We R Global Campaign’s official logo, share our members participating in community service projects, share our club’s official logo and share a picture with our membership at a historical location. The Rotaract Club of South Barbados randomly selected our club to represent Jamaica to be recognized during the campaign which runs from September 1- December 9, 2018. During the period, RCSB will share on their social media platform about our club and Jamaica. The community service project shared was the Inter-Home Summer Olympic Games held on the 25th of August and the historical cite shared was the Devon House. We are always excited to take part in international initiatives as it helps to increase the impact worldwide
International Literacy Day: Reading Session at the JN Children’s Home, September 8, 2018
To celebrate international literacy day, some of our members journeyed to Jamaica National children’s Home to read to the students. The Jamaica National children’s home was one of the homes that participated in our Inter-Home Summer Olympic Games held on Saturday, August 25th.
Literacy and Numeracy Competition (Competition Launch and Qualifying Rounds and Finale)
The second staging of the Literacy and Numeracy Competition was held at the Nannyville Garden’s Community Centre. This initiative is designed to promote and encourage reading and the love for mathematics amongst the beneficiaries. The event was a two-part series event that consisted of a qualifying round held on Saturday, September 2, 2018, and a Finale held on Saturday, September 22, 2018. The event targeted children between the ages of 6-17. To assess the children properly during the competition, the age groups were divided as follows: 6-9, 10-13 and 14-17. The competition saw 14 children participating in the qualifying round, all participants from each age group were tasked to do written papers for reading and mathematics. From the written assessment, the highest scores were used to select the competitors for the final round.
At the competition finale, the competitors completed a written mathematical assessment and then proceed to the live round to answer questions from reading books distributed to them at the competition launch. The top three performers from each age group received a trophy provided by WB Trophies, book vouchers from Kingston Bookshop, baskets and stationeries garnered from our stationery drive. We were pleased to have had Minister Julian Robinson in attendance and Mr. Damion Crawford who left a voice note about the importance of education and being literate, which was played for the contestants.
While the Literacy and Numeracy Competition finale was taking place, some members assisted our rotary club partner, the Rotary Club of New Kingston, to refurbish the kitchen of the Nannyville Infant school. This activity forms a part of the goal to assist the early childhood institution to achieve the early childhood certification status from the Ministry of Education. Additionally, on the same day, books were donated to the Nannyville Community Centre resource room.
International Coastal Clean-up, September 15, 2018
We partnered with NEPA on Saturday, September 15, 2018, to remove pollutants from Half Moon Bay Beach in Hellshire, Portmore St Catherine. The event started at 7 am and scores of organizations turned out to execute the impactful initiative.
Mangrove and Coral Reef: A Restoration Project, September 23, 2018
We executed a Mangrove and Coral Reef Restoration project on Sunday, September 23, 2018, which involves planting 50 mangrove plants (representing 50 years of Rotaract) on the Palisadoes strip. At the Gas station located at the entrance of the Harbour View community, a booth was on display to educate individuals about the coral reefs and how to protect it. National Environmental Planning Agency (NEPA) supported the initiative by providing brochures and a representative was present on the day to provide additional information. This impactful initiative was featured in the Jamaica Gleaner.
Sip and Paint Fundraising Event, August 18, 2018
Sip and Paint have been a growing activity used by groups and organizations as a form of fun and exciting activity and to build comradery with each other. Our club is renowned for its strong family dynamics and energy and with the growing trend of Sip and Paint we saw it necessary to use the event to raise funds for our community service projects. We partnered with Island Strokes and catered to 50 guests. The event was held at the Exhibition Hall at the Faculty of Medical Sciences at the University of the West Indies. Dr. Roberta Dewar guided the 50 guests to paint a District 7020 themed painting (two flamingos and Hibiscus flowers). The guests were treated with unlimited Wine provided by Caribbean Producers Jamaica Ltd and Olive International Investments and hors d’oeuvres (blocks of cheese and fruits) provided by General Food Supermarket and Farmgate E-market & Farm Price JA.
Comedy Meets Couture II, September 29, 2018
Our second annual Comedy Meets Couture and second fundraising event for the 2018/2019 Rotaract year, Comedy Meets Couture II “A Sauve Affair” was held the Phoenix Theatre on Saturday, September 29, 2018. The event highlighted rotaractors and friends of rotary, regular size and plus size figured, modeling evening attire, casual attire, semi-casual, African wear and swimsuit wear. The audience was treated to a group dance routine choreographed by our very own International Service Director, Shanice Salmon, and performed by same along with Directors Chantal Harriott, Chez Ashman, and Nathaylia Wilberforce and two other friends of Rotaract. Secretary Melzetta Smith performed a one-woman liturgical dance piece, a soft dance genre to captivate the sultry of the evening. Afterward, the audience was treated to poetry, singing and other performance pieces done by members Rtr Samuel McDermott, Rtr Kimberley Sommerville and President Kevaughn Prout from the Rotaract Club of UWI Mona. Comedians Adubbs, Curley Roberts and Leighton Smith had the audience in constant laughter throughout the event. All fashionable pieces were designed by nine (9) local designers and the African wear pieces were provided by the Nigerian High Commission who also provided Chin-Chin, a Nigerian snack, as complements to the guest upon arrival at the fashion show.
Designers & Stores who participated included, Designs by Shen, DTS by Daniela Stone, Nearly Naked Bikinis, The Swimwear CEO, Masterpieces by Allia Madden, Touch of Minka, Suety’s Boutique, Enigma etc., Trendy Chik Boutique and African pieces donated by the High Commissioner from the Nigerian Embassy. Gift certificates for spa services provided by ProCare Wax & Fusion Clinic, Glo Skincare & Bella Oasis Day Spa. Gift Basket was provided by All Wrapped Up Jamaica for the gate prize.
“Safeguarding Children in Volatile Areas” Training Session
We hosted a training session with the Rotary Club of New Kingston on Thursday July 26th titled Safeguarding Children in Volatile Areas at The Hub in New Kingston for Peace and Conflict Resolution month. The training session educated the attendees on ways in which we can identify child abuse and how to resolve it.
After Meeting Karaoke Lyme
Our members gathered for our very first member engagement, a Karaoke Lyme held at Pepperwood Formerly Scotches on Thursday, July 19th. Members sang along to music from the 80’s, 90’s and the early 2000’s. The evening was serenaded with high laughter and high energy.
SAN Party Trip- Boat Edition, August 11, 2018
We journeyed to Lyme key for our traditional SAN Party trip on Saturday, August 11, 2018, via yacht provided by Rotarian Lennard Green from the Rotary Club of Downtown Kingston. Members, prospective members and guests enjoyed a spectacular evening at the beach and not only that, the members enjoyed the scenery and boat ride to the small but beautiful island key.
5th Thursday Lyme, August 31, 2018
We ended membership and new club development month with our traditional 5th Lyme held at Regency, Terra Nova Hotel in Kingston on Thursday, August 31, 2018. The evening was captivated with members, prospective members and guests celebrating and laughing over drinks and food.