Christopher Thomas, Gleaner Writer
The Kiwanis clubs of Montego Freeport and New Falmouth had a joint changing of the guard with the appointment of new directors and officers for 2014 during a ceremony at the Grandiosa Hotel in Montego Bay on Sunday.
Gerard Mitchell was appointed the new president of the Kiwanis Club of Montego Freeport, with former first vice-president, Donovan Gooden, elevated to president-elect for 2014. Densill Sinclair and Natawah Dixon, of the Kiwanis Club of New Falmouth, were retained as president and president-elect, respectively.
Club members were also honoured for outstanding service, with newly installed second vice-president for Montego Freeport, Anthony Cameron, and secretary for New Falmouth, Veneisha Cookhorn, being awarded Kiwanian of the Year for their respective clubs.
Lieutenant-governor of the Kiwanis Club's Division 25, Annmarie Cadogan, advised members in attendance to keep the clubs' goals in mind while serving the wider community.
COMMITTED TO SERVE
"We, as Kiwanians, have committed ourselves to serve yet another year, and the only way to do it is with excellence," said Cadogan. "The goals that have been set must be effectively communicated to each and every member and ensure that they catch the vision.
"Put plans in place to achieve these goals and make a great effort to engage every member. Keep a checklist to see if you are on target to achieve these goals, (and) most important, ensure that fun and fellowship form a major part of each activity," she added.
Pastor Charles Brevitt, addressing the Kiwanians on behalf of St James' custos, Ewen Corrodus, praised the club's contributions to parish development.
"I credit your organisation as one of the non-governmental organisations that contribute significantly to this parish in a way that cannot be easily quantified. Community upliftment, community projects, and children have benefited significantly, and we want to thank you for what you are doing," said Brevitt. "In spite of your enormous challenges, we thank you for continuing to fulfil your mandate."
PHOTO CAPTION - From left: Veneisha Cookhorn, secretary of the Kiwanis Club of New Falmouth; Kingsley Henry, secretary of the Kiwanis Club of Montego Freeport; Pierre Zacca, immediate past president of the Kiwanis Club of Montego Freeport; Pastor Charles Brevitt of the West Jamaica Conference of Seventh-day Adventists; and Dr Simon Clarke, past director of UNESCO for the Caribbean region, sit together at the head table during a joint installation and awards ceremony for the appointment of new officers for the Kiwanis clubs of Montego Freeport and New Falmouth for 2013-2014. The event was held at the Grandiosa Hotel in Montego Bay on Sunday, October 6. - Photo by Christopher Thomas