The History of the Kiwanis Club of Liguanea – St Andrew
Major Marlon M.C. Case, President & DP PS Noel Campbell
The Kiwanis Club of Liguanea was formed by the Kiwanis Club of North St Andrew in 1984 to fill the need for Kiwanis service in the Liguanea, Barbican, Hope Pastures, Papine, August Town and Mona areas of the Kingston Metropolitan area.
The club was organized on May 22, 1984 and was officially chartered as a Club by Kiwanis International on July 13, 1984. The Charter President was Fitzroy O. Ramsay, then member of the Kiwanis Club of North St Andrew and the Charter Secretary was Barrington Whyte.
Other Charter members of the Club are as follows: Charles Grierson (Deceased), Trevor Young, Randolph Carey, Patrick Irwin, Arthur Williams, Michael Vaccianna, Harvey “Con” Levers, Trevor Samuels, Roy Barrett, Lovel Young, Horace Reid, Barry Edwards, Thomas Stimpson, and Merrick Spence.
Spreading the Kiwanis Service: The Club sponsors a number of New Service Leadership Clubs (formerly called Sponsored Youth) These include:
Circle K Clubs: Vocational Training & Development Institute & Caribbean Maritime Institute
Key Clubs: Jamaica College, Merl Grove High School, Mona High School, and Morant Bay High School
Builders Clubs: Excelsior Primary School, Louis Bennett-Coverly Primary and Jnr. High (Gordon Town All Age School), and New Providence Primary School
The Kiwanis Club has also spearheaded the formation of the following clubs: Kiwanis Club of New Kingston, Kiwanis Club of Upper Clarendon and Kiwanis Club of Morant Bay.
Over the years, the Club has successfully undertaken a number of major projects which have had significant impact in the communities served in the Liguanea, August Town, Standpipe, Mona, Gordon Town, Barbican, Tavern and surrounding areas. Some of these projects include
· The Re-Roofing of the King’s Gate Church which was severely damaged by Hurricane Gilbert in 1988.
· The building of a Classroom at the Christ the King Basic School in August Town.
· The building of homes for the indigent in the Standpipe and August Town communities.
· The hosting of Christmas Treats for the Elderly of the August Town, Liguanea and Standpipe communities.
· The hosting of Easter and Christmas Treats for the children at the Bustamante Hospital for Children and the University Hospital of the West Indies.
· The running of a Meal on Wheels programme every 2nd and 4th Sundays for the Elderly (Our longest running project).
The running of the Fitz Ramsay Under 13 Football Competition, named in honour of our Charter President and which is now a mandatory competition for all Football Clubs in the Kingston and St Andrew Football Association. This Competition has produced a number of players who have represented Jamaica at every level of Football.
The Club has not only provided service to the community but has produced persons who have served the Kiwanis Movement at the Divisional, District and International levels. We have produced four Lieutenant Governors. These are:
DLGE Fitzroy Ramsay DLG Trevor Dunn DLGE Raymond Cooper DLG Robert Wynter
Trevor Dunn went on to serve the Eastern Canada and the Caribbean District as Governor Elect in 1999 – 2000 and then as Governor of the District during the 2000 – 2001 for which he was rewarded with the Distinguished Governor Status as a result of the majority of the Clubs in the District achieving distinguished level.
The Kiwanis Club of Liguanea – St Andrew will celebrate 25 years as a Club in the 2008 – 2009 administrative year and looks forward to 25 more years of excellent service to the communities which we serve and try to make our island home a better place to live by changing one child and one community at a time.
CLUB LEADERSHIP OVER THE YEARS