2018/2019 Rotaract Year, Quarter One Round-up

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.

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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.

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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.


International Service

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.

Fundraising Committee

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.

Professional Development

“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.

Club Service

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.




Keeping up with NKRC (Quarter 3- 2017/2018 Rotaract Year)

Treat for the Homeless at the Marie Atkins Shelter in Downtown Kingston- January 13, 2018

We commenced Quarter 3 with Treat for the Homeless formerly reffered to as “Feeding the homeless” on Saturday, January 13, 2018 at the Marie Atkins Shelter. We treated over 150 persons in and around the Marie Atkins Shelter in downtown Kingston to meals, donations of clothes, care packages, medical, dental, vision and grooming services. The treat for the homeless was well supported by our very own members who either used their vocation (Dental cleaning, nursing etc) or assisted with operational efficiency. The initiative was also well supported by other organizations such as the Kingston Central Police Division, Jamaica Medical Doctors Association, Jamaica Dental Students’ Association, Lions Club of Mona, Kumeas Hair Perspective, the National Council for Senior Citizens and the Interact Clubs of Calabar High School and St. George’s College. The Treat for the Homeless initiative has been executed by the club for more than 5 years. Each year, the Treat expands as new ideas are shared and implemented. 

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The Treat for the homeless was featured in the Gleaner and Loop News Jamaica Website
Zumbathon Fundraising Event- February 3, 2018
On Saturday, February 3, 2018 we hosted the club’s first Zumbathon fundraising event to help raise funds for upcoming community service activities. The event was held at the St. Andrew High School for Girls and lasted for only two hours. The attendees performed popular workout routines under the instructions of Zumba instructors from Spartan Club and were treated with free yogurts.
Peace and Conflict Resolution Talent Competition- February 10, 2018
On Saturday, February 10th, we hosted our first Peace and Conflict Talent Competition at the Top Range Community Centre, off Mountain View road. The competition was opened to participants 25 years and under. The participants were encouraged to use their talent or skills to compete for top cash prizes by depicting or portraying the incidents of conflicts or violence in their communities.  The purpose of this initiative was to inform the youths from the Mountain View area about the different ways to prevent or resolve conflicts or violence in their communities and introduce them to support groups that can help them with doing so.
Peace and Conflict Comp
NKRC’s Professional Development Career Seminar- February 24, 2018
On Saturday, February 24th, the clubs professional development committee hosted a Career Seminar themed” Climbing the ladder to Success in a competitive Job Market“. The event had three speakers, that presented on The Power of Networking, Am I in the Right Place? and the overall theme of the seminar. It was the vision of the Professional Development committee to provide the participants with an in depth understanding of how to succeed, in the right way, in the Corporate world. The seminar also had a panel discussion where participants could ask the presenters questions related to the sub-topics or the overall theme.
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General Meeting- March 1, 2018
Our general meeting held on Thursday, March 1st under the theme “Sharing the Gift of Rotary, the Key is You”, had Rotarians from our parent club and other rotary clubs greatly participating in our general meeting. Two members of our parent club read the Rotaract and protocol minutes respectively. Furthermore, we showed the meeting audience a 23 minutes video titled “Blast from the Past”. This video had past presidents and one past member dated to as far as 2009, share some of their achievements with the club, the most impactful projects that they have been apart of amongst other things. The meeting was concluded with a panel discussion on the theme; the panel consisted of a member of our parent club, two Rotarians from the Rotary Club of St. Andrew and Rotary Club of Portmore and the Vice President of our club. Our Rotary Advisor, VP Mark Nelson, from the Rotary Club of New Kingston closed out the panel discussion led by Fundraising Director, Latoya Smith, with his hilarious remarks.
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Survivor Camping Trip 2018
NKRC’s Survivor 2018 was themed Amazonian Tribe. The event took place at Holywell, Blue Mountains from Saturday, March 3rd to Sunday, March 4th. Participants were placed in four groups to participate in fun games and activities. The team that accumulates the most points at the end of the experience received the privilege of being the ultimate champions.
Survivor camping experience highlighted the creativity of all participants; we saw creativity with the Tribal Names (Samba Warriors, Kill-Mongas, Kwasa Tribe and Awa tribe) to the execution of challenges given such as designing clothing out of newspaper, creating a tribal chant, designing tribal banners and more. The experience brought out the competitive side of everyone and throughout, saw the togetherness of the Rotaract family hilariously competing for an intangible title. The participants experienced great ‘vibes’ and engaged in fun fellowship activities. The survivor package included lunch, supper and breakfast and the opportunity to hike to the waterfall that was nearby.
Water and Sanitation Project- March 10, 2018
On Saturday, March 10, 2018, we conducted bathroom and kitchen renovations at the Holiness Temple Basic School in Lauriston, Spanish Town. The school hosts 40 students from the community of Lauriston and surrounding areas.
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NKRC’s Wing Sauce Competition and Farmer’s Market- March 24, 2018
On Saturday, March 24th, we hosted our annual Wing Sauce Competition on the Grounds of Mona Dam, and sold fresh ground provisions on the day. The teams consisted of 5 members or less who each had 70 minutes to prepare the best wing sauce which must capture the taste of the secret ingredient, pineapple. The event hosted mini competitions/activities and the respective winners were awarded minor prizes for same. The Rotaract Club of New Kingston managed to be Sauce Boss Champions for the second year in a row.



One of the best memories for me throughout my career is probably the very first moment. The moment I successfully passed my final year exams in medical school my career officially began. As with everyone who goes through University it’s always a momentous occasion to complete it and make your family and friends proud. I remember crying for joy knowing all my hard work would allow me to enter the career path I dreamed about throughout my childhood.
   As a child my main goal as a future doctor was to provide a better life for my family. Knowing all the sacrifices that were made for me I felt it only natural to assist in any way possible. Aiding with household utilities, trips to a lovely restaurant and spending quality time in a relaxing environment are few of the perks I’m now able to afford. The most recent occasion I remember was seeing my mom with happy tears after I surprised her with a Christmas gift.
   I quickly found out that life as a medical doctor wasn’t going to be full of Glory days, but decorated with hardships along the way. Going through one year of internship, working 7 days a week, 32 hours straight every 4 days, and difficulty getting time off due to short-staffing, really put a strain on my physical health. My asthma and severe allergies flared up more in a few months of working than throughout my 5 years in University; both illnesses took me from work for days at a time.
   I’ve since gotten accustomed to the long hours and get joy and satisfaction from treating patients however, the lowest low occurs with instances when all my efforts are not enough to treat a patient successfully. At these points I generally pool my efforts with colleagues or refer to specialists, however these efforts may be ineffective. An adequate diagnosis or treatment may not be reached and the distress of the patients and their family members is difficult to bear, but it is my job to give them hope and continue to search for a solution.
   When the solution is found in long or short order I then reassure patients and allow them to reintegrate as healthier members of society. From treating the common cold, to chronic illnesses and rare diseases or just taking time to listen to a patient’s personal struggles, it all makes a difference and I am truly grateful I’m to provide this service
Rtr. Kimberley Sommerville (Dr.)

Keeping up with NKRC (Quarter 2- 2017/2018 Rotaract Year)


The club hosted its first fashion show fundraising event on Sunday, Ocotober 1. The fundraising event themed “Comedy Meets Couture” took place at the Phoenix theatre. The evening was filled with comedic performances from comedians Leighton Smith and Alan Carter, musical performances by Optimistic Musical Geniuses and dance performances by the Tivoli Dance Troupe as well as a fashion show including our own Rotaract members, Rotarians and Corporate Managers as models. Models were decked out in fashionable clothing pieces from Sponsors Maxie Department stores, James Black, Sancee Designs and Pieces from Elle. Giveaways (gate prizes) were courtesy of totally Male Spa, Bella Oasis Spa and Sultry Escape.

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We continue to help adult learners with Basic mathematics at the Saxthorpe Methodist church on Mondays between the hours of 6pm-8pm. #BasicEductationandLiteracy

JFLL October

Our members and prospective members in action.

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The Club launched its first Business Development programme in the community of Kencot on Sunday, October 8th at the St. Clements Kencot Mission Church. The programme is designed to assist small business owners with business advice from leading entrepeneurs and corporations. The business programe launched on the above mentioned date and ended with a closing ceremony on Sunday, October 22. Between those dates, the programme hosted three training sessions for the small business owners: Writing a business plan, Marketing your business and a session from Financial Corporation representatives.



The Rotaract Clubs of Jamaica East and DRR Jevaughn Rhymer helped to beautify the grounds of the Mona Heights Chapel Kindergarten School on Saturday, October 21, 2017. Activities included painting the jungle gym, de-bushing, removing animal waste and planting trees. Roatarct Club of Kingston, Roatarct Club of St. Andrew, rotaract Club of Liguanea Plains, UTECH Rotaract, Caribbean Maritime University Rotaract Club and UWI Rotaract Club all contributed to the success of the project



We participated in President-Elect Training Seminar (PETs) held at the University of Technology Jamaica on Saturday, October 28, 2017. Members and the extended rotaract family received training on Public Speaking, Project Management, Personal Branding and portfolio area in Rotaract such as Community Service, Treasurer, Sergeant-at-arms just to name a few.



On Saturday, November 11, 2017 NKRC hosted it’s very first Youth Entrepreneurship Workshop held at St. Andrew High School for Girls.

The workshop featured various presenters who were carefully selected as a result of the major contributions they have made to entrepreneurship in Jamaica. Our aim, through the presenters, was to kindle the entrepreneurial spirit of our participants and one day fuel their transition to a career in entrepreneurship.

Topics included Fundamentals of Entrepreneurship, Registering Your Business, Business Planning and Modelling, Entrepreneurial Financing, Personal Branding and Channeling Your Passion into Entrepreneurial Success. The event hosted 51 students from UTECH, CMU, St. Andrew High School for Girls, St. George’s College and Calabar High School. Our competition, “The Pitch”, had participants creating realistic businesses then presenting their ideas to investors (our judges) in a 3-minute pitch. Presentations were judged on creativity, business competitive advantage, relevance and realistic nature of the business idea, grasp of financials and feasibility of the business. The winning team walked away with a cash prize. This workshop also served as the first mandatory session for our project boomerang mentorship programme.

Youth Workshop


We continue our learn something new series in the months of October, November and December. The LSN series is designed to develop members/prospective members personally and professionally.

VP Vanessa facilitated our second session in the series: Microsoft Power for Effective Presentation on Thursday, October 26, 2017.


Our November (November 18th) session saw the members visiting 44 Fleet Street, the Home of Lifeyard, a community and social enterprise in Parade Gardens.

Fleet Street

The December session for the Learn Something New series was on Project Management. Rtn Travis Graham from our Parent Club and Past President of our club was the facilitator for the evening. He is currently the owner of the Culture Tours JA.



Our annual fundraising Party was held on Saturday, November 25 at Escape 24/7 Bar and Grill . This year’s theme was a 90’s dancehall theme. The event had persons dressed to the 90’s theme and saw activities that would usually be seen at a party in the 90’s such as ladies entering parties on motor bikes, selling our soup and the decor of the zinc fence just to name a few.



We hosted our annual Health and Lifestyle Symposium at the Nannyville Gardens community Centre. Our beneficiaries got the opportunity to check their blood pressure, glucose level, weight, HIV Test and learned about mental illness. A representative from the Consumer Affairs Commission, educated the attendees on their rights as consumers. Additionally, what better way to promote health than to invite beneficiaries to participate in a free aerobics workout session.



We hosted a Christmas treat at the Strathmore Gardens Child Care facility on Saturday December 9. We painted the fences, swing sets and jungle gym, planted trees, repaired broken bathroom pipes, donated a fire extinguisher and fellow-shipped with the children by engaging in fun activities. The children were then treated to a meal and dessert. We were happy that we could put a smile on these children faces before the actual Christmas holidays.



Family is important to club and and such, any opportunity that we get to spend time with each other and our parent club, is a bonus to our growth and development in the long-run. On Saturday, December 16, we hosted a joint Christmas dinner, All -White edition with our Parent Club. The event had members and members from our parent club celebrating over food and soothing Christmas music. We had the excited reveal of our pixies and ended the night with a grass lyme.



Our members in action at St. George’s Interact Club Meetings. Meetings are held every Wednesday unless otherwise stated.



Our members in action with our early-acters at the Queens Preparatory School. Meetings are held every Thursday at 7:30 am.




We launched our Project Boomerang “The Next Chapter” Mentorship Programme on Thursday, October 7, 2017. This eight (8) month initiative aims to prepare 5th and final year 6th form students for the next chapter of their lives. Students will be mentored by young professionals from our club who share the same career field of interest. Our mentorship programme will also seek to engage the mentees in monthly sessions.

Launch of our Project Boomerang Mentorship Programme on Saturday October 7, 2017.


Second Session: University Applications and Academic Performance was facilitated by Nicole McLaren (Ower/Founder of Aims educational Services) and Kimberley Sherlock (Chevening Scholarship Recipient 2016/2017). Rtr O’shane Allen also engaged the mentees with his inspiring story about his journey to academic success.

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Third Session: Importance of Mentorship



December is here and its the grand season of giving and Excitement ! Its the time we share with those we love our immediate and extended Family. Its amazing how Popcaans song is a  hit just as I am about to write my very thoughts on Family.

Growing up sharing was really important as being the eldest meant sharing several of your own items . Well sharing books , clothes and shoes wasn’t bad but the FOOD!!! I want that for myself , so to prevent anyone from tampering with my food I would bite all pieces of the chicken I had in my plate so no one would think that there’s a spare piece for them (ha maybe you should try that at the next family gathering) .

I love sharing but as a child  I thought to my self why adults choose to say “come here make me taste , likkle a you food” I wonder what was really wrong with their plate ?

Overtime you learn about life and what people go through , inside and outside of your family, when I was first Introduced to NKRC the aspect of Family is what first grabbed  me. I walked into that meeting with about 35 strangers and blended in real quick . It wasn’t the meeting that wowed me it was the after lyme in the Wendys Liguanea  (we are now banned from there) we quickly switched to a nearby Burger King . That after lyme taught me many things keys words like RUM , RANDOM ROAD TRIPS AND HOLLYWELL CAMPING caught me. I didn’t do a service project yet but they caught me. Family meant something to NKRC as the support for each other outside of meetings is what I admired most . I joined a “no man left behind” club where members will invest in each other , love each other , support each other and work through any drama.

Like I never wanted to fail my MOM, I did well in school and because NKRC was so great I never want to fail them either. So that brought me to change, joining this club I was on the defense disliked being clowned , corrected or what we call Violated.  I got to see a different side of people from different back grounds , so professional but so fun. I realize that even if I slipped it was ok Dad ( PP Travis ) Uncle (PP Dane) was  right there upon joining to show me the way . Overtime I learnt how to think from a different angle as I was  around progressive individuals like myself . My Family felt better with the team by my side, we  teach each other we scold each other, its friendship parenting at its best.

I don’t know if they ever got a bad vibe from me but the team moving into PP Danes Year as his PRO reinforced Family . I was bonding getting along with who I could , my family learnt about NKRC as I had to get up early to get to Nannyville to meet the team for our Breakfast Program. I learnt so much more there as we were not scheduled but we turned up every morning ready to serve but i felt it was the talking that we did that made us look forward to it in the mornings. (Yes Donair I ate food too) .

It was time time to introduce the family to my zone Linstead, we Journeyed to  Chilling on the Greens, Skateland , Floss Like  a Boss cuz we seh Family !

I joined an amazing Family that’s NKRC, in service we are great but  in Fellowship we are REAL ! My family and friends who never know of Rotary fell in love with Rotary through me, the world around me understand that when I say its NKRC they know its Family and that’s Important to me !

I Love My Extended FAMILY !

Fellowship Through Service ! The rotary Family has been amazing I have been a Rotaractor since U.W.I and that selfish person is now 60% selfless !


“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