Ki­wa­nis Club of Mon­tego Bay turns 50

Jamaica Gleaner - - SOCIAL -

THE OLD­EST Ki­wa­nis Club in western Ja­maica and the sec­ond old­est on the is­land re­cently marked its 50th year of ser­vice to the parish of St James with a glitzy ban­quet at Mon­tego Bay’s Gran­diosa Ho­tel.

In true Ki­wa­nian style, the spot­light was fo­cused on oth­ers, as the club used the op­por­tu­nity to cel­e­brate and recog­nise four mem­bers of the Mon­tego Bay com­mu­nity for their con­tri­bu­tions to the growth and devel­op­ment of the city, as well as ser­vice to their com­mu­ni­ties.

Vilma Camp­bell, prin­ci­pal of Chet­wood Memo­rial Pri­mary School, was pre­sented with the Ki­wa­nis Club of Mon­tego Bay’s 50th an­niver­sary award in Ed­u­ca­tion Award for her work at the pri­mary level, while the 50th an­niver­sary Youth Award went to San­dals Re­sorts In­ter­na­tional’s man­age­ment trainee, An­dré Cleghorn, who de­signed and im­ple­mented sev­eral pro­grammes for in­ner-city youths in his home com­mu­nity of Can­ter­bury. The Busi­ness Leader Award went to An­thony Pear­son, man­ag­ing di­rec­tor of Lloyd’s De­part­ment store, for 50 years of ser­vice to the city in the field of com­merce, and the 50th an­niver­sary Spirit of Ser­vice Award went to a Ki­wa­nian who is also a life mem­ber of the Lay Mag­is­trates’ As­so­ci­a­tion of Ja­maica and pro­pri­etor of Ver­ney House Ho­tel, Ernest Ster­ling.

Two mem­bers of the club, Pino Maffe­santi and Ver­nal Camp­bell were also hon­oured for 50 years of un­bro­ken mem­ber­ship. They were pre­sented with the Ki­wa­nis In­ter­na­tional Le­gion of Hon­our Award by vis­it­ing Gov­er­nor of Eastern Canada and the Caribbean District of Ki­wa­nis In­ter­na­tional Allen Ure, who was the night’s guest speaker.

The el­e­gant af­fair in­cluded the in­stal­la­tion of Al­lan Causwell as the 2016 -2017 Lieu­tenant Gov­er­nor for Di­vi­sion 25, as well as the of­fi­cers and di­rec­tors for the Ki­wa­nis Club of Mon­tego Bay.

Teisha Pin­nock was named Ki­wa­nian of the Year.

The club which has a rich his­tory of ser­vice, has in the past com­pleted im­pres­sive projects, in­clud­ing con­struc­tion of the Flankers, Maffe­santi, Bruce­shall and Mt Salem ba­sic schools in the parish.

Dis­tin­guished Pres­i­dent Pino Maffe­santi (cen­tre) flanked by his wife Danielle (right) and daugh­ter Nancy.

PHO­TOS BY ASH­LEY ANGUIN

From left: Awardees An­thony Pear­sonn, Ernest Ster­ling, Vilma Camp­bell and An­dré Cleghorn.

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