- Clinton Pickering photo
Attorney-General A.J. Nicholson (right) and his wife Yvonne (left) among those sharing Godfrey Dyer's moment of glory at Tryall.
"IT'S A lie that a king is without honour in his homeland. I am deeply honoured and I feel like a king!"
Thus proclaimed Godfrey "GG" Dyer last Sunday afternoon inside the exclusive Tryall Club's Great House after Kiwanis clubs in District 25 had honoured him for his exemplary work and outstanding achievements in the service club, nationally and internationally.
Godfrey, who lives by his motto, "Dream dreams and work towards fulfilling them," joined the Kiwanis movement as a member of the Falmouth club, later transferring membership to the Montego Bay club. He served as president of both and went on to become Lt. Governor for Northern Jamaica and Grand Cayman, Governor of Eastern Canada and the Caribbean District, treasurer of Kiwanis International Foundation and subsequently, president of that body for 2002/2003. By so doing, he earned a place in the history books as the first non-American to hold that enviable position in the Foundation's 65 years of existence.
District Governor Trevor Dunn headed the list of distinguished Kiwanians who turned out for the $1,500 jacket and tie affair. There were also several distinguished Lt. Governors, some of whom played active roles in the programme. Grace Lee chaired the function, Joe Williams offered invocation and blessed the meal, Ernest Sterling led in singing the National Anthem and Milton Berry, gave the vote of thanks. They were supported by Barrington Watson.
Lt. Governor Hope Markes-Griffiths, who spearheaded the planning committee, read and presented the guest of honour with a citation cataloguing his outstanding achievements both in business and in the Kiwanis movement, and another distinguished Lt. Governor-elect, Lloyd Distant, paid a moving tribute to Godfrey, causing him to admit afterwards that it had him at the point of tears!
There were also current Lt. Governors Daphne Innerarity and Inlen Johnson, Lt. Governor-elect Bobby Moo-Young and Immediate Past Lt. Governor Sheron Cameron-Dunn in attendance.
The clubs in the district were well represented by delegations led by their respective presidents, namely Sydney Reid, Montego Bay; Oliver Lotha, Montego Freeport; Fiona Bloomfield-Brown, Providence; Cleveland Miller, Anchovy/Cambridge; Andrea Wright, Black River; Corris Samuels, Santa Cruz; Jennie Simpson, Junction and Carlton Gordon, Falmouth.
Justice of the Peace, Calvin G. Brown, deputised for Custos Mavis Whitter King and shied away from "letting out any of GG's secrets as I do not want him to let out mine!"
The pleasing songs and music of Mark and Sandra McHayle of the duo, Just Us Two, and earning rounds of applause for every number they presented.
TEARS OF JOY
It was one of those occasions when deep emotional feelings of joy express themselves in tears, and past principal of the Corinaldi Avenue Primary School (CAPS), Daliah Bowen-Hewling could not hold back as she thanked the school family for the outpouring of love showered on her last Thursday night at the Caribbean Showplace.
Sharing the occasion with her were some close family members, other past principals of Corinaldi and other schools, current members of staff, past students, members of the board of management and friends.
Past principals included Daphne Barrett accompanied by her husband, Alwyn, Leonora Hall, Hyacinth Balfour and Nola James of CAPS, Phyllis Bennett, Heather Heaven and Iris Virgo.
Not to be left out were principals of adjoining schools, Alonzo Jones of Barracks Road Primary and Monica Hines of the Montego Bay Infant School. Other members of the Corinaldi Avenue Primary family included current vice principals Shella Green-Morris and Glenora Smith.
The honour was bestowed upon Mrs. Bowen-Hewling for 38 years of exemplary service to Corinaldi Avenue Primary School. She rose through the ranks to take charge of Montego Bay's premier primary school and carry on the tradition of excellence that her predecessors, including Governor-General Sir Howard Cooke and JTA Trustee, Wesley Hewing, cultivated when they served as principals.
She was also overwhelmed to have had her mother Esmeralda Bowen present alongside other family members, Maria Bowen-Glenn, Hilda Wright, Beryl Alleyne, Rodney Richardo, Jenny, Dorraine and Cleophas Bowen, Roslyn Brown and Gem Hall.
The evening's programme was devoted to showing appreciation and this was done in full measure by a host of persons, including guest speaker Dr. Rev. George Simpson accompanied by his wife and son current principal Cynthia Munro, emcee Pastor Jeff Reid, Regional Director of the Ministry of Education, Youth and Culture Vincent Guthrie, JTA Regional Manager Evelyn Tugwell, Parent-Teachers Association President Cassandra Thelwell, and Past Students Association President Lenworth McKellop.
Chairman of the Board of Management Halliburton and wife Colleen gave their full support with her providing music on the keyboards for the singers from the school.
A parent, Josiah Lawrence, gave a thrilling performance of To God Be The Glory, past student Garfield Lawrence entertained with The Impossible Dream, a duet of Janet Grey and Karen Wellington-Smith did an interesting version of Tom Jones' Till while half the staff complement came together in a mass choir rendition of Give Me Wings To Fly to be followed later by a group doing an adaptation of Lulu's To Sir With Love and closing off with the congregation joining hands while singing In Your Hands.
One of the highlights was the presentation of a citation to Mrs. Bowen-Hewling by Barbara Scarlett. She was also showered with gifts, including a refrigerator, a washing machine and a microwave oven and senior officers from the Ministry's regional office presented her with a certificate of appreciation.
Also making their contribution to the success of the programme were Jessica Mullings, Joan Downer, students from Grades 6S and 6MW, Glenora Smith, Kimberly Coy and May Whitley.
Round Hill long servers
By any standard, the Round Hill Hotel is among Jamaica's elite resorts, and the fact that the creme de la creme of the business world seek it out for their vacation year after year attest to that fact.
Managing Director Josef Forstmayr will be the first to credit his "wonderful staff" with the accolades that the Round Hill continue to earn, and last Thursday, for a brief while, the focus was more on staff than on guests as 63 employees were rewarded for a total of just under 100 years of service.
This covers only those employees who have so far given 10 or more years of service. In fact, by our calculations, they have so far tallied 973 years solid service to the Round Hill and Jamaica's tourism industry.
Elaine Kerr, Norman Nedrick, Carol Bernard, Icilda Shaw, William Kirlew and Kenneth Lawrence topped the list of awardees, having put in at least 25 years each.
Twenty-year awardees include Deloris Grant, Milton Kerr, Gladstone Thompson, Alfred Bernard, Osley Coke, Salome Bernard, Paul Darling, Derrick Foster and Esmeralda Wood.Fifteen employees were rewarded for competing 15 years each and 33 for 10 years.
While we seem to be playing the numbers game, consider this, there are only 11 days to Christmas and 17 days to the year 2004!