Joyce Richards is new president for Kiwanis Club of Garden Parish
TOWER ISLE, St Mary:
Joyce Richards has been installed as the president of the Kiwanis Club of the Garden Parish, as the club celebrates its 25th anniversary in 2015.
Richards took over from three-time President Eva Myers, who now occupies the post of treasurer, in a ceremony held at Villa Viento in Tower Isle, St Mary.
The event was marked by the issuing of several awards to club members; the cutting of the 25th anniversary cake; and a fashion show by Uzuri International, featuring Miss Universe Jamaica Sharlene Radlein, along with a few models from Shade Blu Modelling Agency, adding flavour to the proceedings.
Richards was grateful for the appointment.
"It's a great honour to be elected president. This is an awesome responsibility, which I am not taking lightly," she said.
Lt Gov Luke Thomas-Shorter, who delivered the keynote address, lamented the spate of murders in Jamaica, saying children should be moulded in a new paradigm.
While admitting that there is a lot of work for Kiwanians to do, Thomas-Shorter said this moulding begins at home, hence his focus is on the club's Young Children Priority One project, which centres on the development of young children.
"I believe we can make a change," Thomas-Shorter stated.
Jeanne Dixon, the club's first president, in presenting an overview of the 25 years, said the club has many 'firsts' and described it as a pioneering movement.
She mentioned the club's pilot project, the One Love Basic School in Mansfield (Falklands), Ocho Rios, which was established in 1994, saying, "That's a project we are very proud of."
"The other thing we are particularly proud of is the health fair we hold every year," she added.
Myers, in her outgoing speech, said all the club's goals were achieved during the past year, including the creation of a reading garden at the Ocho Rios Primary School, and collaborating with the St Ann Polo Club to host an annual polo match for the Special Scholarship Fund.
Marjorie Robinson picked up the Kiwanian of the Year award, with several others, including Angela Strudwick, Janice Campbell, and Joyce Tweedie-McDowell, also receiving awards.