As we look ahead to 2017, it’s only fitting to reflect on 2016, the year that was. For the Cornwall College Alumni Association 2016 was overall another successful year. We had three successful events. We helped renovate the football field. And we are now collaborating more closely with the school, the school board and the other alumni association chapters. The year was not without its challenges but we are thankful for what we achieved because we broke new ground and met some key milestones.
Football is now back at the Pav! Working along with the other chapters we successfully restored the playing field allowing the school to host six DaCosta Cup games. It was nice to see and acknowledge how significant this was for the school. We can’t help but think that this somehow helped the school win the Under 14 and DaCosta Cup championships. If you haven’t heard, YES we are the 2016 DaCosta Cup Champions!
Apart from the football teams, our contribution to the school was also evident in the support of the track and field teams that participated in the Penn Relays and the Miami Classic. The basketball teams also benefited during their participation in the ISSA basketball competitions.
The chapter's contribution to the school was not limited to sports however as we ensured that quite a number of students benefited from scholarships and we helped to fund the renovation of the auditorium.
Renovating the football field is just the first phase of an ambitious program to transform the playing field and Pav into a first-class athletic complex. Upon completion, the complex will include the main football field surrounded by an eight lane, 400 meter Mondo running track, adjoining practice fields, a grass athletic running track, a cricket pitch with batting cages, a long jump pit and the restoration of the field’s security fencing and perimeter wall. The facility will seat approximately 2,000 patrons with adequate parking and a secure turn-style gate entry and ticketing system that fosters accountability. The initial cost estimate for everything is JA$60 Million of which JA$5 million has been funded from the old boy chapters and some special groups of graduates. Stay tuned more to come here…
Since this is a year of success for Cornwall, our chapter's football team ensured that they were included as well. The team participated in the South Florida's Alumni Association's football competition and was on its way to the trophy when the rains put a stop to their intentions. They quickly put that disappointment behind them however and crowned themselves champions of the Calabar High School competitions.
Chapter Football Team
Our Spring Fling Party, Family Fun Day and Dinner Dance were huge successes. More than 450 people attended our “sold out” Dinner Dance where current head boy Mikhail Clarke brought down the house with a powerful and moving speech. Mikhail and the deputy head boy Ashton Harris are both recipients of scholarships from our chapter and confirm why it is so important to volunteer and give back. Those boys will change in the world. Memba Me Tell Yuh So!
As is usual, we supported our brother chapters by visiting the Dinner Dances in Canada and New York as well as attended the Summer Sizzle in Atlanta. Our support went beyond our circles of Cornwallians however, as we continued our annual trend of attending events and activities from other local Jamaican alumni association.
This year also marked significant changes at the school. A new board of directors was named in February and on April 1, we welcomed our new principal, Dr. Lennox Rowe. We will continue to search for ways to help the school, working through the various board committee. For the first time in our Association’s history, we had the privilege of having the chairman of the school board at our Dinner Dance. We spent the weekend with the principal, chairman of the school board and multiple chapter leaders formulating a long term strategy for the school. We have the solar project siting out in waiting for a few years and recently the President of the Montego Bay chapter, Mr. Heroy Clarke has volunteered to help with securing a distribution grid for the school. Our goals is to solarize the entire school.
Association members are also active in the local South Florida community. We had members contribute and participate in the local Team of Life “Big Mama Turkey Give Away” and the 2016 Jamaican Alumni Association Annual Walkathon.
Big Mama Turkey Give Away
Overall, 2016 was good, but there is still a lot of work to do!
We have big plans for 2017. Our Annual General Meeting is January 15, 2017. This is your opportunity to elect the 2017 leadership team. To participate (vote or be nominated) you must have your dues paid on or before January 15th. Our focus for 2017, will be smaller groups dedicated to specific events. We will meet face-to-face to plan events and we will have a lot more fun in the process.
We have three major fundraising events planned on these preliminary dates:
- March Madness / Spring Fling 3/25. (Venue TBD). We will again avoid the clash with Jazz in the Gardens and the Easter Holidays this year.
- Family Fun Day 6/24 (the weekend before July 4th and the week after Father’s Day).
- Dinner Dance 11/4 (Location to be announced soon).
We also plan to support the Homecoming event in Montego Bay scheduled for October 8-14, 2017.
Please pencil in the dates now, we are looking for volunteers to help plan the individual events. We will have a high level Event Strategic Plan in place and the event execution will be done with (Event Leaders/Committee).
Donations to our Association may be tax deductible in the USA. Because we are an IRS approved 501 (C) 3; non-profit organization, your donations may be tax deductible if you itemized your deductions. (Speak to your tax advisor). Below is the URL to make a donation:
The leadership of the Cornwall College Alumni Association – South Florida wishes you and your family a Happy Holiday season. Thank you for all your support during the year. We look forward to bigger and better things next year. The ultimate end game is to make Cornwall College a preeminent high school again.
Thank you and stay blessed….CC fi life.
2016 Board of Directors
- Vice President: Fidel Dhana
- Secretary: Patrick Green
- Treasurer: Michael Nedrick
- Fundraising Director: Warren Bloise
- Membership Director: Brian Wallace
- Programs Director: Charles Gordon
- Alumni Relations Director: Lance Gibbs
- Public Relations Director: Aubrey Campbell
- Directors at Large: Fredrick McLeod. Albert Lettman, Orville Denton, Kirk Thorp. Stephen Grandison