New head for KC Old Boys' group
RAINFORD 'PERRY' Bloomfield of the class of 1988 was elected president of Kingston College Old Boys' Association (KCOBA) USA Inc, (NY) recently.
He succeeds Robert A. Kelly who, for much of the past 20 years, had led the association or served as a director.
Robert 'Rodo' Rodney retained the post of first vice-president, the others elected were Jermonth 'Bobby' Dixon, second vice-president; Leighton Hollar, secretary and Alton Brown as treasurer.
There are also 13 directors. KCOBA USA Inc was formally incorporated in 1984 under the stewardship of renowned old boy, Ignatius Sidney 'Foggy' Burrowes and has provided sterling support in excess of J$50 million to the Kingston College fraternity for close to 30 years. One of the earliest efforts of the association was hosting the chapel choir for a successful series of concerts in 1985.
According to a release from the old boys, support for students alumni and the physical plant has become the primary focus of this association.
"The concept of organising past students from all walks of life to give back to their alma mater came directly from the lessons learnt under the tutelage of Bishop Gibson and second headmaster Douglas Forrest," the release said.
It further noted that the example set by Burrowes and other founding members of the New York association has since been successfully replicated. Chapters now exist in Florida, Atlanta, Georgia, Toronto and Canada. New chapters are being organised in Harford, Connecticut and England.
The association's support for the school includes the successful breakfast programme, which was the brainchild of immediate past president Robert Kelly, is now in it's 13th year.
For the 2010-2011 year, the programme was financed to the tune of J$637,500, providing two warm meals for academically gifted, but economically challenged young men. Plans are in place to enhance the programme by including a mentorship component, the stated goal of which will be to groom articulate and well-rounded graduates who will go forth and provide the sort of Christian leadership Bishop Gibson envisioned when he founded KC.
The chapter also underwrote a scholarship programme valued at J$1,275,000 last year, among other activities.