Kiwanis celebrates 100 years
Not many things last a century, but that's exactly what the child-focused service organisation Kiwanis International has done. While Kiwanians across 90 countries celebrated the 100th anniversary of Kiwanis International in January of this year, the Kiwanians in Jamaica were busily planning their grand charity ball for February 28, at the Montego Bay Convention Centre.
The night which started with the soulful artistry of the Montego Bay-based Bung Guh Lhung band also included masterful performances by renown local tenor Rory Frankson. The red-carpet event saw more than 200 Kiwanians, corporate and community leaders come out to commemorate 100 years and to listen to renown international motivational speaker and people builder Stephen Siemens talk on leadership. Kiwanis clubs in western Jamaica collaborated to bring Siemens, who is also a past president of Kiwanis International, to Jamaica for the celebrations.
The powerful Siemens held the audience spellbound as he weaved humorous stories into life lessons that spoke to moving from average to great as individuals and organisations. He reminded the audience of the importance of mentorship and succession planning, areas that Kiwanis emphasises especially through its Service Leadership Programmes in schools.
Also speaking at the event Serge Viau, governor Eastern Canada and the Caribbean District emphasised how vital partnerships were to nation building and thanked the private sector for their unwavering support for the service projects undertaken by Kiwanians support.
Kiwanis members stage nearly 150,000 service projects, devote more than six million hours of service and raise nearly US$100 million every year for communities, families and projects. The global major emphasis project which was presented at the event is project ELIMINATE, a Kiwanis/UNICEF partnership to raise US$110m to eliminate maternal and neonatal tetanus from the face of the earth.
It was a night for celebration and DJ Pinchers brought the curtains down with pulsating music that had those present dancing the night away.
Major sponsors for the event were Scotiabank and Sunset Beach Resort and Spa.