Latoya Grindley, Staff Reporter
An abundance of hugs and laughter was the key ingredient in making the installation banquet of the Kiwanis Club of New Kingston a memorable one for all in attendance.
Before the start of the ceremony to install the club's incoming president, Lola Chin Sang, her officers, board of directors and guests were taken on the grand red stage where they had their own moment of glory.
Dressing quite elegantly for the occasion, individually and in groups, guests went before the lights and camera for their best sides to be captured.
Following this, they were ushered inside the room to continue with the meet and greet prior to the start of the ceremony.
One of the few women-only Kiwanis groups in Jamaica, the event not only marked the official presentation of the new board, but also the club's 23 years of existence.
According to immediate past president Sharon Williams, it has been 25 years since women were admitted to be a part of the international organisation.
"When it was first formed, only males could join. And so we are really excited to be celebrating the 23 years of this club's existence. We are all about service, especially children. It is exciting and it is just good fellowship."
Star of the night was, of course, new president Lola Chin Sang who was officially charged with the responsibility of delivering a successful mandate and year.