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Rotary Club of New Kingston | 2018-07-05 10:53:00

Newly appointed President of the Rotary Club, Downtown Kingston, Mr Robert Scott, has given his commitment that some fifty beds will be provided for the overnight shelter, the Marie Atkins Shelter, located on Hanover Street, in Kingston. Mr Scott, made the announcement during the installation ceremony for the election of the Rotarians’ executive body, on Saturday, June 30, 2018. The event was held at the Royal Jamaica Yacht Club. Mr Scott, succeeded Mr Ewart Gilzene, who is the immediate Past President of the Club.

Speaking at the event, Mr Scott stated, “As an organization that believes in service over self, there can be no higher service than that of caring for the indigent of the society.”     He added that his decision to lend support to the shelter, was born out of discussions with the Town Clerk, Mr Robert Hill, and a visit to the site concretized the initiative. Several fund-raising events have been planned, he outlined, including an application for a grant to the District 7020, Grants Committee of Rotary International.

Addressing the gathering, Mrs Mavis Farquharson, who represented the Town Clerk, praised the work of the Rotary Club, Downtown Kingston. “We recognize the value that the Rotary Club of Downtown Kingston has played in the life of the community,” she said.

Plans are further afoot, said the new Rotary Club President, between Rotary International and Haiti, to aid in curtailing the spread of cholera in that country. Mr Scott, explained that he is in dialogue with the Prime Minister of Haiti, Dr. Jack Guy Lafontant, to receive a global grant from Rotary International for assistance in this regard. He read a message from Dr Lafontant congratulating him on his presidency, and the partnership for the Haiti Project.

Several members of the Rotary Club of Downtown Kingston, were appointed to executive positions during the installation ceremony including President Elect, Mr Mark Barnett, Vice President, Mr Andrew Evelyn, Secretary, Mr Alwyn Brown, Treasurer, Mr Vijay Tolan, and Sargeant at Arms, Mr Jim Pawson.

The Rotary Club of Downtown Kingston, has been in existence for thirty-six years.

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