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Jamaica Foundation of Houston

JAMAICA’S 57

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Year of Independence

Gala ONE NATION, ONE PEOPLE July 27, 2019 JAMAICA FOUNDATION OF HOUSTON 57th INDEPENDENCE GALA

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One Nation, One People

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Board Of Directors

Jamaica Foundation Of Houston

CONTENTS Featured Messages

Dr. Nicole Bent Jones President

Gloria Campbell Vice President

From the President of JFH...................................... 4 From The Prime Minister of Jamaica...................... 5 From Consulate General of Jamaica, Miami............ 7 From Honorary Consul, Houston............................ 8 Congressional Recognition....................................9 From the Governor of Texas................................. 10 From the Mayor of Houston................................. 11

Featured Articles Errol Anglin

Judith Drummond

Margo Evans

Karlene Rose

Marsha Edward

Marilyn D. Jones

Peter Ford

Chris King

Amanda Head

Treasurer

Director

Director

Secretary

Assistant Treasurer

Director

Director

Director

Master of Ceremony............................................ 12 Keynote Speaker...................................................13 Edward Seaga Laid to Rest................................... 14 JAMAICA On The World Stage.............................. 16 Menu and Program.............................................. 18 2019 Scholarships Ceremony.............................. 22 National Anthem Jamaica/USA............................ 25 A Glass of Water................................................... 25 Life Style.............................................................. 27 Event Photos............................................ 28, 30, 31 Special Thanks..................................................... 34

Director

Board Advisors

Beverly Ford • Andy Adams • Ed Herron

MISSION STATEMENT

The Mission of the Jamaica Foundation of Houston is to promote cultural understanding, education and volunteerism

THE COVER

The cover this year depicts a view of traditional Jamaican Market. Theme created by Sylvanus Donaie and Karlene Rose

P.O. Box 710824 Houston, TX 77271-0824 www.JamaicaFoundationofHouston.org Editor: Sylvanus Donaie Karlene Rose Advertising and Sales: Karlene Rose Design and Printed by: Sylvanus Donaie Karlene Rose

832-881-9745

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MESSAGE

From the

President of the Jamaica Foundation of Houston

Houston, Texas

Dear Fellow Jamaicans and Friends: On behalf of the Jamaica Foundation of Houston, we welcome you to our Independence Gala 2019. I want to thank you for joining us at our preeminent social and fundraising event of the year. Equally, we are also grateful to celebrate another milestone in the history of Jamaica: her 57th year of independence. We pray God’s blessings and mercies on the homeland. As President of the Jamaica Foundation of Houston, I have had the pleasure of working with our Board of Directors and members to preserve our mission. It is to promote cultural understanding, education, and volunteerism. This year, we celebrate Jamaica’s 57th year of independence with the theme “One Nation, One People,” which also speaks to the Foundation’s goal to strengthen cultural ties within the Caribbean diaspora in Houston and the Greater Houston community as a whole. We are rolling up our sleeves and starting to work. We have a big task in front of us. Together, we will build a stronger future. Last year was exciting for the Jamaica Foundation of Houston. We held events to include our Annual White Party, a Scholarship Luncheon, our 2018 Gala, a Picnic, and a Christmas Party. These were fund-raising activities in support of our mission: providing scholarships to deserving students and community service initiatives. Your involvement and donations are the catalysts for this journey. We need your continuous support. Best of all, we awarded ten scholarships to deserving students to help meet their financial obligations at accredited universities. In fact, two donors inspired by our Annual Independence Gala student speaker last year donated a total of fifteen thousand dollars towards our scholarship fund. Way to go! And for this, I say thanks… I say thanks to all our donors and supporters to include you, who attends our events. I say thanks to our members for their contributions. I am reaching out with my handshake of joy. Thank you! Yes! And as a favorite Jamaican proverb goes, “Every mikkle mek a mukkle.” In essence, every little bit counts! There is much to be grateful for and much to look forward to at the Jamaica Foundation of Houston; it’s a big task in front of us. We continue to increase membership, member and sponsor benefits, youth leadership, academic scholarship, and fundraising efforts. So let’s get together and be alright. One Love! Dr. Nicole Bent Jones President Jamaica Foundation of Houston

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MESSAGE Congratulations Jamaica on Prime Minister of Jamaica 53 years Kingston, Jamaicaof Independence From the

2018 INDEPENDENCE MESSAGE TO JAMAICANS IN THE DIASPORA The Most Honourable Andrew Holness, ON, MP

On the Occasion of JFH Independence Celebration I extend warm greetings to the members of the Jamaica Foundation of Houston as you commemorate Jamaica’s 57th Independence. Jamaica has a vibrant and rich history. Steeped in our history was the determination to be politically independent. Fifty-six years later this feat has been accomplished, but modern Jamaica must not only be politically independent; we must be economically independent. As the Government takes the necessary steps to secure economic growth and prosperity, I commend the Diaspora for its efforts in securing opportunities for Jamaicans at home and abroad. Jamaica is poised for growth and development, and the diaspora plays an integral and active role in the process. As a country, we are mindful that we must partner for growth. It is for this reason the Government continues to undertake initiatives that will harness the power of the diaspora.

The Most Honourable

Andrew Holness, ON, MP Prime Minister of Jamaica

The Diaspora is a national asset, therefore we must identify and cultivate avenues to connect with highly skilled individuals and link them to various national economic development projects. The Jamaica Foundation of Houston has undoubtedly demonstrated its dedication to Jamaica’s development. This is evidence through the many contributions to education and community development. On behalf of the people of Jamaica, I thank you wholeheartedly for your commitment to nation building. I seize this opportunity to encourage every member of the Foundation to continue to invest in Jamaica. You play a meaningful role in private and public investment, trade, knowledge transfer, and in providing mentorship and strategic guidance to local businesses and entrepreneurs. As we ‘One Nation, One People’ this Independence, we salute you and look forward to greater partnerships as together we make Jamaica the place to live, raise families and do business. Best wishes for a successful Independence celebration. The Most Honourable Andrew Holness, ON, MP Prime Minister of Jamaica

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MESSAGE Congratulations Jamaica on Consul General of Jamaica 53 years of Independence Miami, Florida From the

Consulate General of Jamaica, Miami Message - 57th Anniversary of Independence My fellow Jamaicans and friends of the Diaspora in the Southern USA, Bahamas and Cayman Islands, on behalf of the Consulate General of Jamaica I extend greetings as we give thanks for another milestone in the life of our beloved country, celebrating 57 years as an independent and sovereign nation.

R. Oliver Mair

Consul General Southern USA, Bahamas, Cayman Islands

Jamaican Consulate General

44 W Flagler St Suite 400, Miami, FL 33130

contactus @ jamaicacgmiami.org Phone 305-374-8431 Fax 305-577-4970

Jamaicans, we stand proud as our theme for this year’s anniversary - One Nation, One People - reflects the rich cultural diversity of our people. This is indicated in our National Motto, “Out of Many One People”. Therefore, let us continue to celebrate our achievements with pride and purpose, knowing that we are able to face the challenges with hope, in faith and united. We give thanks for the countless blessings we have endured so far. We have taken great strides in the development of our homeland. We celebrate our stable and improving economy providing for opportunities to better family life contributing to national good. We enjoy our rich cultural heritage which has allowed us to celebrate icons like the late Hon. Louise Bennett Coverley, OM, OJ, as this marks her Centenary (100th) birthday. We pay respect to our leaders at home and across the Diaspora. We have impacted the world excelling in sports, science and technology, politics, music and entertainment, academia, as well as influenced policy in international relations. My fellow Jamaicans, we are a resilient people, selfless warriors, giving much of talent, time and resources to achieve the goals set for nation building, our communities and our personal pursuits. We give thanks to our nationals across the Diaspora who, without measure, have remained committed and passionate to Jamaica’s national development through steadfast support and patriotism. We also pay homage to the peoples of the USA, with whom we have molded mutually beneficial bonds of friendship. As we celebrate the true meaning of Independence, let it be a time of thanksgiving, reflection and empowerment. Let us understand that the continued successes of Jamaica rest on the shoulders of all of us. Let us realize that we, each of us, are unique, powerful and wonderfully made. We can only make the difference we want to see - Oh Father if it’s going to be, it’s up to me - as we continue to strive for national development at home, staying true to the 2030 vision - making Jamaica a place of choice to live, work, raise families and do business. As Consul General of Jamaica to the Southern USA, I remain committed, passionate and supportive to the work of the Diaspora since my engagement, and certainly have been inspired and encouraged by the next generation of young Jamaicans stepping out to play their part in improving the quality of life for Jamaicans at home and across the Diaspora. Let us unite in prayer giving thanks to the Almighty as we celebrate our accomplishments and God’s blessings as we come together to enjoy the festivities and continue to build hopes for a brighter future for Jamaica, land we love. I say Let’s do it!

HAPPY 57th - JAMAICA! “ONE NATION, ONE PEOPLE” R. Oliver Mair

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MESSAGE Congratulations Jamaica on Honorary Consul of Jamaica 53 years of Independence Houston, Texas From the

Khalfani Omari Fullerton

Attorney and Counsel-at-Law 6001 Savoy Drive, Suite 509 Houston, TX 77036 (713) 782-8494

My Fellow Jamaicans and Friends: It is my distinct pleasure to salute the distinguished officers, members, and guests at this spectacular event hosted by the Jamaican Foundation of Houston to celebrate Jamaica’s 57th year of independence. I wish to take this opportunity to congratulate the Jamaica Foundation of Houston for more than 38 years of outstanding service to the City of Houston, the State of Texas, the Texas Jamaican Communities, and our beloved Jamaica. Furthermore, I would like to pay tribute to the founders, former presidents, members, board members past and present of the Jamaica Foundation of Houston. Our Independence celebrations provide us with an opportunity to reflect on the achievements of our nation and our people. It is a time to strengthen our resolve to work even harder for the advancement of Jamaica. As we celebrate Jamaica’s 57th year of independence, we must remember that it took a lot of blood, sweat, and tears to get where Jamaica is today. Our country continues in the flower of its youth, and we have made tremendous progress; however, we must work to make sure that the Jamaica we leave to our children is better than the Jamaica we have today. There is always room for improvement and progress in every country.

Khalfani Omari Fullerton Attorney and Counsel-at-Law Houston, Texas

I encourage our brothers and sisters in Jamaica, the United States, and the rest of the world to invest their time and capital, and to encourage the developed nations to take a pro-active role in investing in Jamaica. Investing in Jamaica makes great business sense. Global prosperity is the greatest equalizer in reducing poverty, hunger, and underdevelopment. We must share the vision of Jamaica whose future is brighter than the sun that shines there, and together we can all work to assure our homeland that bright future. I feel tremendously blessed and extremely honored to have recently completed my 12th year as the Honorary Consul of Jamaica in Houston, Texas. As I begin my 13th year in this office, I would like to thank the entire community for their support. I am equally appreciative of the support of the Jamaica Foundation of Houston and the entire Jamaican community. Happy Independence Day Jamaica! Khalfani Omari Fullerton, Esquire Honorary Consul of Jamaica in Houston

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MESSAGE Congratulations Jamaica on Member of US Congress 53 years Independence Washington, Districtof of Columbia From the

Congress of the United States House of Representatives Washington, DC 20515

SHEILA JACKSON LEE

18TH DISTRICT, TEXAS

July 27, 2019 Greetings:

Congresswoman

Sheila Jackson Lee

US House of Representatives Houston District Office 1919 Smith Street Suite 1180 Houston, TX 77002 Phone: (713) 655-0050 Fax: (713) 655-1612 Hours: M-F 9-5:30pm Washington, DC Office 2079 Rayburn HOB Washington, DC 20515 Phone: (202) 225-3816 Fax: (202) 225-3317 Hours: M-F 9-5:30pm

On behalf of the Eighteenth Congressional District of Texas, I am pleased to extend my personal greetings to the Jamaica Foundation of Houston and all Jamaicans in Texas who celebrate the anniversary of their independence from Great Britain. Thank you, Jamaica Foundation of Houston, for being an active voice in our community. Thank you for your dedication to excellence and your untiring efforts in reminding our community that unity is not just imperative, but a necessity. Your work and dedication are truly deserving of the respect, admiration, and commendation of the United States Congress. Sincerely,

Sheila Jackson Lee Member of Congress

Heights Office 420 West 19th Street Houston, TX 77008 (713) 861-4070 Fifth Ward Office 4300 Lyons Ave., Suite 200 Houston, TX 77020 (713) 227-7740

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MESSAGE Congratulations Jamaica on Governor of Texas 53Texas years of Independence Austin, From the

STATE OF TEXAS OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR Greetings: As Governor of Texas, I am pleased to extend greetings to everyone in Attendance as you celebrate the 57th anniversary of Jamaica’s Independence. When Jamaica achieved full independence on August 6, 1962, the face of The world was forever changed. Through the years, the United States and Jamaica have forged a close relationship. Those ties have carried over Between Texas and Jamaica. Jamaicans and Americans of Jamaican descent Have enriched Texas’ cultural landscape and their contributions to our great State have been invaluable. As you gather to celebrate this milestone of freedom I wish you all a happy Jamaican Independence Day. I encourage all Texans to embrace our Diversity and join you in celebration. First Lady Cecilia Abbott joins me in wishing you a memorable event. Sincerely,

Governor

Greg Abbott

State of Texas Office of the Texas Governor P.O. Box 12428 Austin Texas 78711 (512) 463-2000

Greg Abbott Governor

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MESSAGE Congratulations Jamaica on Mayor, City of Houston 53 years of Independence Houston, Texas From the

Greetings,

As Mayor of Houston, I welcome members of the Jamaican Foundation of Houston attending the annual gala. It is an honor to have you in Houston celebrating your 57th year of independence from the United Kingdom. The City of Houston salutes and commends the Jamaican Foundation of Houston for its continued commitment to bringing the Jamaican community under one umbrella, giving the Caribbean community in Houston a strong voice and empowering the younger members to participate in volunteerism. Mayor

Sylvester Turner City of Houston

Houston District Office Mayor Sylvester Turner City of Houston P.O. Box 1562 Houston, TX 77251 Phone: 311 or 713.837.0311 Email: mayor@houstontx.gov

I commend you for your efforts to preserve your distinctive heritage and culture within the Houston community. The strengths of this great city are in the men and women who make up our diversity and cultural richness. I also appreciate your support of our city as you continue to seize new opportunities while meeting the needs of the community. Please accept my best wishes for a memorable celebration. Sincerely,

Sylvester Turner Mayor

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Master of Ceremony

KHAMBREL MARSHALL

KPRC-TV/Channel 2 Anchor & Meteorologist

Khambrel Marshall is a member of the KPRC 2 Severe Weather Team and delivers the weekend forecasts to help you plan your day. He also is host of “Houston Newsmakers with Khambrel Marshall,” a weekly program that delves into issues in the news that Southeast Texans most care about. Khambrel has had a multifaceted career in broadcasting. While studying for his broadcasting degree from Arizona State University, he began his first job in TV as weekend sports anchor in Phoenix. Through the years, he was sports reporter, sports director, then primary news anchor in Miami before joining KPRC-TV as weekday anchor in May 1999. Khambrel took a newsroom leadership role as Executive Producer for several years, before accepting a position as weekend meteorologist. This self-proclaimed “weather geek” earned his Broadcast Meteorology Certification from Mississippi State University. Khambrel Marshall

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Khambrel has won numerous awards in journalism and community service. Among them is one of broadcasting top awards, the Emmy, for a feature series titled “Guardians at Sea,”; chronicling the efforts of the U.S. Coast Guard to rescue Cuban and Haitian refugees crossing the Florida Straits. Khambrel has been married since 1979 to his wife Debbie and they have three daughters and two grandchildren.

Performance

Award Winner

The Galaxy Band

Galaxy Band is a musical group in Houston with captivating sounds of authentic styles from the Caribbean. As a testament to their versatility, they will occasionally mix elements of Pop, R&B, Rock, Jazz, etc. in their performances. Over the years, the band received several awards for live entertainment and has shared the stage with popular artists such as Tessanne Chin (Jamaican artist and season 5 winner of “The Voice”), reggae superstars Freddy McGregor, Tarrus Riley, Alaine, Soca artist Bunji Garlin and many others. Galaxy Band will excite any event with a refreshing and jubilant musical experience unlike any other.

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Keynote Speaker R. Oliver Mair is the Consul General of Jamaica in Miami with responsibilities for consular affairs in 13 States of the Southern USA (including Texas), as well as Bahamas and the Cayman Islands. Consul General Mair settled into his office two weeks ago ready to engage positively with the Jamaican community, and is confident that his love and belief in Jamaica “as one of the most powerful brands in the world” will augur well in his mission to serve both Jamaica and the Diaspora community. He has been described as a dynamic and visionary leader with some 20 years’ experience in Jamaica’s private sector working in travel/tourism, entertainment, agro-processing and real estate industries. He also has extensive involvement in sales and marketing, strategic planning, project management, public relations and government corporate relations. Mr. Mair embarked on his career as an operations officer at Jamaica Broilers. After a year, he joined the staff of Air Jamaica where he remained for the next eleven years rising through the ranks from flight attendant/purser/In-flight supervisor; routes operations supervisor, and ultimately regional marketing manager – Jamaica and the Caribbean. Leaving Air Jamaica, Mair returned to Jamaica Broilers where he served first as sales manager, and later marketing and sales manager a position he held until he then founded his own company, supplying Jamaican agricultural produce to local hotels. He also worked with several projects including the Portland Jerk Festival, Jamaica Broilers Group- Fun In The Sun and applied his sales skills

R. Oliver Mair

Consul General of Jamaica in Miami

in real estate as a realtor for Coldwell Bankers Limited. He cites among his priorities during his tenure as working with the Jamaican community to focus on issues related to education, health, youth and business investment in Jamaica, stressing that there are strong investment opportunities in Jamaica and he is ready to work with Jamaicans and other interested parties in the United States to take advantage of these opportunities as Jamaica continues to gain high marks as prime for investment. While he considers the Consulate staff a very efficient team, he is confident that they will continue to steer the office right as he steps out and engage the community. “Engaging the community is my goal.” Mair has expressed particular interest in having the Jamaican Diaspora organize itself to undertake and support the Jamaican Health Ministry initiative to adopt and develop one or more health clinics in Jamaica. While he commends the various community groups for their ongoing commitment to Jamaica’s national interest and economic development, which includes contributions to healthcare, he is looking forward to working diligently to improve healthcare, especially in the rural areas through collaborative efforts. A graduate of Campion College and Wolmers Boys’ High School, Mr. Mair holds a Bachelors of Arts in Management Studies and English Literature from the University of the West Indies, and a MBA in Business Administration from Nova Southeastern University, Florida. A family man, Mr. Mair is married to his wife, Tanya and the couple has a daughter.

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Edward Seaga Laid to Rest A grateful nation said its final farewell to former Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Edward Seaga, during a Service of Thanksgiving at the Cathedral of the Most Holy Trinity, in Kingston, on Sunday, June 23. Mr. Seaga was accorded a State Funeral, in recognition of the high national office he held as the fifth Prime Minister of Jamaica. In his tribute, Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, described Seaga as a “great leader, a Statesman, a visionary and a thinker,” and a man of dignity, order and excellence; an indefatigable spirit; and a man with the courage of his conviction. “He was a modern man, an architect, a teacher, a father, a mentor and friend – a man for all seasons, a man for all peoples,” he said. The Prime Minister recalled personal moments that he shared with Mr. Seaga for whom he became a political aid in 1995, a role which sometimes required him to prepare speeches and conduct research. “I learnt so much from him through these encounters of research and intellectual discourse,” he said. Holness also recalled a particularly “touching but profound moment” when Seaga held his hands, just as the first Prime Minister of Jamaica and National Hero the Right Excellent Sir William Alexander Bustamante had done for Seaga, reminding him “don’t forget the poor.”

ment and one who advocated for change to improve the process that unites us all,” he said. Mitchell, who was among several Heads of State and Government officials from the Caribbean who were in attendance, noted that Eddie was a true friend of his country. He said that as a Grenadian, he was grateful for the “bold and decisive actions” of Seaga in 1983 when his country was “reeling from the effects of a political crisis,” when “Eddie demonstrated what it was to be your brother’s keeper.” In his tribute, former Prime Minister, the Most Hon. P.J. Patterson, described Seaga as a “titanic warrior,” who was propelled by an indomitable will to succeed in whatever he did. Patterson also praised him for his innumerable accomplishments, and applauded “the monumental contribution and its high qualitative value which Edward Seaga has made…to the people he served diligently and led with such singular devotion.” “The death of the last surviving member of that joint legislative team which crafted our independence and Constitution is a defining moment in our history. It allows us to commemorate the glory of our ancestors as we honor one from this generation whose memory will

never perish,” he said. Delivering the eulogy, Minister of Local Government and Community Development, Hon. Desmond McKenzie, said Mr. Seaga was a great son of Jamaica and father to many institutions and one of the greatest leaders of modern Jamaica. “I am forever grateful to him, West Kingston is grateful to him for the interest he has shown in us and an unwavering commitment to us. He saw us as people, worthy individuals and he worked hard for us,” he said. During the service, there were also scripture readings by GovernorGeneral, His Excellency the Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen; and Leader of the Opposition, Dr. Peter Phillips.

When the service ended, Mr. Seaga’s casket, draped in the Jamaican flag, was placed on a gun carriage. As the walking funeral procession pulled away from the church, the first round of a 19-gun salute by the Jamaica Defense Force (JDF) punctuated the air, with other rounds following at one minute intervals up until arrival at National Heroes Park, where Mr. Seaga was laid to rest. Mr. Seaga served as Prime Minister from 1980 to 1989. He represented the constituency of West Kingston for 43 years, from 1962 until his retirement from active politics in 2005. He died on May 28 on his 89th birthday. Source: Jamaica Information Services

“Mr. Seaga never lost sight of the reason why he entered politics – to help the have nots join the ranks of the haves. All his work, from culture to sports, education, justice, the economy, music, everything – all his work has been beneficial to the poor,” Holness said. Also sharing personal experiences, Prime Minister of Grenada, Dr. Keith Mitchell, said he felt a profound sense of loss, noting that Seaga was a Caribbean icon. “His entire life’s work may have labelled him a Jamaican, but for many of us elsewhere in the region, Eddie was a Caribbean man, a champion of regional integration (and) move-

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Former Prime Minister Edward Seaga being greeted by Prime Minister of Jamaica, Andrew Holness, at the renaming ceremony of the North South Highway in June 2018.

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JAMAICA On The World Stage The Reggae Girlz

The Jamaican National Women’s Football Team aka The Reggae Girlz. Every girl should have the right to play football! The Jamaica Reggae Girlz are the national women’s team of the Jamaica Football Federation. Comprised of the country’s premiere female athletes, the Reggae Girlz are vying to be the first Caribbean team in the FIFA Women’s World Cup. This is the first time that the senior team will be competing in almost a decade. The senior program had developed into one of the top national sides in the Caribbean prior to being disbanded because of the financial strains suffered by its governing body, the Jamaica Football Federation. The Jamaican programs are wholly dependent upon sponsorship, and, unlike the United States where Title 9 assures equal funding, the female athletes often struggle for support. Despite the fiscal issues, the quality and talent of the female footballers in Jamaica is undeniable. Through their talents

on the field dozens of young Jamaican women have been able to attend universities and play in pro leagues all over the world. The resurrection of the women’s national team is fueled by the Reggae Girlz’ desire to represent their country on the world stage. They are currently ranked 4th in the CONCACAF conference.

The Reggae BOYz

A power in CONCACAF’s Caribbean region, Jamaica’s rise began in the late 1980s, leading to the nation’s first major championship when it lifted the 1991 Caribbean Cup, a tournament they’ve won six times. The Reggae Boyz’ shining achievement was finishing third in Final Round Qualifying for the 1998 FIFA World Cup in France, earning them their first appearance on the world’s biggest stage. While they fell in their first two matches to Croatia and Argentina, the side which featured current head coach Theodore Whitmore, won its first World Cup match when it defeated Japan 2-1 in the group finale. Though they haven’t qualified for the World Cup since, Jamaica has performed exceptionally in CONCACAF Gold Cup play of late, advancing to each of the last two finals. In 2015, the Reggae Boyz defeated the USA 2-1 in the semifinal before falling to Mexico in the championship match. Two years later, the MNT got some revenge, using a Jozy Altidore free kick and Jordan Morris’ 88th minute strike to take a 2-1 victory and its sixth Gold Cup title. Jamaica began the 2019 World Cup cycle with a 2-0 friendly

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defeat to Ecuador last September before beginning the qualifying process for the 2019-20 CONCACAF Nations League. The Reggae Boyz ran off three straight shutout victories in CNL qualifying, downing Cayman Islands (4-0), Bonaire (6-0) and Suriname (2-0) to end 2018 on a high note. However, needing just a draw in their last qualifying match to guarantee a place in League A, they fell 2-0 at El Salvador on March 23, pushing Jamaica down to League B. Three days after that defeat, they dropped a narrow 1-0 decision at Costa Rica in the team’s last match prior to facing the USA.

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Congratulations To the People of our country Jamaica, on our 57rd year of Independence and may God Continue to bless our country.

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JA-GA

Fresh Field Greens Salad (Mixed Greens, Shredded Carrots, Chopped Cucumbers, Cherry Tomato and Croutons) Served with Ranch and Balsamic Dressing

Reggae

Entrée Jamaica Jerk Chicken (Chicken Breast Marinated Blackened Salmon with Cajun Cream Sauce

Festival 2015 Served with Creole Corn, Vegetable Caute, Smashed Yukon Garlic and Parmesan Potato, Garlic Knots Drinks

Freshly Brewed Tea Water Dessert Cheesecake with Mango Drizzle Carrot Cake

PROGRAM Master of Ceremonies Khambrel Marshall

KRPC TV/ Channel 2 Anchor & Meteorologist

National Anthems Jamaica & USA Page 25

Invocation Andy Adams

Scholarship Award Recipient Speaker Andre Johnson

Cultural Choral Presentation Welcoming Remarks Dr. Nicole Bent Jones President JFH

Dinner Introduction of Speaker Keynote Speaker

Honorable R. Oliver Mair Consul General for Jamaica

Award Presentation Auction Closing Remarks Gloria Campbell Vice President JFH Gala Chair

DJ MUSIC

Entertainment by Galaxy Band DJ – Music Paul Notch

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2019 Scholarships Ceremony

The mission of the Jamaica Foundation of Houston is to promote cultural understanding, education, and volunteerism.

KEYNOTE SPEAKER

Dr. Shaun Smart He completed his residency in Neurology at the University of South Florida. Subsequently, he attended Duke University where he completed a 2 year fellowship in Neurophysiology and Epilepsy. He has worked in Miami, Florida at Baptist Hospital as the Assistant Medical Director of the Epilepsy Monitoring Unit and at Palmetto General Hospital as the Medical Director of the Epilepsy division. Dr. Shaun Smart attended the University of Miami where he received undergraduate degrees in Biomedical Engineering, Physics and Philosophy while being part of the University of Miami Honors College. He received his medical degree from the University of Michigan Medical School.

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Dr. Smart is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Neurology at McGovern Medical School at University of Texas (UT) Health where he is neurohospitalist and works closely with the Epilepsy division to expand their continuous EEG program. He is also Codirector of the Neurohospitalist Fellowship Program.

SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENTS Dr. Dinsdale & Beverly Ford Scholarship Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences Michael Chung Mrs. Beverley Bent Scholarship University of Houston Lance Montoute Dr. Grace Jennings & Mr. Rudolph Jennings Scholarship Lamar University Deja Gardiner Mr. Cyril Gordon Scholarship Howard University Nadiya Blair The Brewers Scholarship University of Texas- San Antonio Javien Stewart Greg Wendling Scholarships Prairie View A&M Wendy Lewis University of Houston Rodrigo Resendez Mr. & Mrs. Rudolph Reid Scholarships Prairie View A&M James Fearon Andre Johnson KeVaugh Waldon

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National Anthem Of The

United States

Oh, say can you see, by the dawn’s early light, What so proudly we hail’d at the twilight’s last gleaming, Whose broad stripes and bright stars, Through the perilous fight, O’er the ramparts we watch’d were so gallantly streaming? And the rockets’ red glare, the bombs bursting in air, Gave proof thro’ the night that our flag was still there. O, say, does that Star-Spangled Banner yet wave O’er the land of the free And the home of the brave?

National Anthem Of

JAMAICA

Eternal Father, Bless our Land, Guard us with thy mighty hand, Keep us free from evil powers, Be our light through countless hours, To our leaders, great defender, Grant true wisdom from above, Justice, truth be ours forever, Jamaica, land we love, Jamaica, Jamaica, Jamaica, land we love Teach us true respect for all, Stir response to duty’s call, Strengthen us the weak to cherish, Give us vision lest we perish, Knowledge send us Heavenly Father, Grant true wisdom from above, Justice, truth be ours forever, Jamaica, land we love, Jamaica, Jamaica, Jamaica, land we love

A glass of water How many folks do you know who say they don’t want to drink anything before going to bed because they’ll have to get up during the night!!

Something else I didn’t know... I asked my Doctor why do people need to urinate so much at night time. Answer from my Cardiac Doctor: Gravity holds water in the lower part of your body when you are upright (legs swell). When you lie down and the lower body (legs, etc.) is level with the kidneys, it is then that the kidneys remove the water because it is easier. This then ties in with the last statement! I knew you need your minimum water to help flush the toxins out of your body, but this was news to me. Correct time to drink water... Very Important. From A Cardiac Specialist! Drinking water at a certain time maximizes its effectiveness on the body: 2 glasses of water after waking up helps activate internal organs 1 glass of water 30 minutes before a meal helps digestion 1 glass of water before taking a bath helps lower blood pressure (who knew?) 1 glass of water before going to bed avoids stroke or heart attack (good to know!)

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DOMINO CLUB 16030 Blue Ridge Road, Missouri City, TX 77489 COME AND JOIN US Weekend and Holiday Entertainment

Leslie – President 281-435-4042 Fay – Secretary 713-254-6446 Hortencia – Treasurer 832-272-3637 Rosemarie – Entertainment 281-673-0287 MISSION STATEMENT The purpose of the organization is: The maintenance of a social club for the social enjoyment, entertainment, amusement, and the culture association of its members.

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LIFESTYLE JFH Donates to the Mustard Seed Communities in Jamaica T he Jamaica Foundation of Houston donated new

clothing supplies, school uniform and supplies, medical equipment to the Mustard Seed Communities in Jamaica. It was our second shipment of such to the homeland in the last two years.

Mustard Seed Communities began in 1978 in Mona Common on the outskirts of Kingston, Jamaica, as a home for abandoned and disabled children. Today, they serve over 400 children, young adults, and families to include those with disabilities, affected by illnesses, and teen mothers along with their babies. MSC Jamaica also manages many community outreach programs to help in combatting poverty and provide education to the local populations. The JFH collected and sourced the supplies from members and private contributions. The team of member volunteers of John South and Adrian Samuel drove a rental truck filled with the collection from Houston to Florida. Upon arrival, the duo boxed the supplies into donation boxes and delivered them to the organization, Food For The Poor Inc, to ship the clothing to Jamaica. Food For The Poor (FFP) ministers to spiritually renew impoverished people throughout Latin America and the Caribbean. Thanks to Mr. Clinton Wong, Dr. Grace Jennings, and member of the JFH for their support in the success of this project.

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JFH EVENTS 2018 GALA

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SCHOLARSHIP LUNCHEON

2018 Annual Picnic

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SUNDAY, AUGUST 4, 2019 @ 9:50 AM

ONE NATION ONE PEOPLE Please be early so we can all sit together

Remembering “Ma” Remembering “Ma”

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SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 1, 2019 Noon to 6pm

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Special Thanks Earning a college degree is a crucial step in life. For many in the Diaspora, it is considered an integral part of the “American Dream.” It is about creating opportunities in life for oneself, as well as their children and grandchildren. And the Jamaica Foundation of Houston is at the forefront providing scholarships to deserving students to help meet their financial obligations. It is the backbone of our organization. The Jamaica Foundation Scholarship program started in 1988. To date, the foundation has awarded over 325 scholarships to students, many of whom have earned a college degree and become respected professionals in their chosen field. The fields of specialization are diverse and include doctors, lawyers, engineers, and nurses, teachers, business administrators, accountants and environmentalists. This year, the Jamaica Foundation of Houston proudly awards 10 scholarships for students to pursue a higher education at Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences, University of Houston, Lamar University, Howard University, University of Texas- San Antonio, University of Houston and Prairie View A&M. We at the Jamaica Foundation of Houston are delighted for the tremendous support of the scholarship program through the years. We want to recognition and acknowledgement our sponsors and supporters.

Scholarship Contributors • • • • • • •

Dr. Dinsdale & Beverly Ford Mrs. Beverley Bent Dr. Grace Jennings & Mr. Rudolph Jennings Mr. Cyril Gordon The Brewers Greg Wendling Mr. & Mrs. Rudolph Reid

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Awamade Reggae Bodega Specs Kaylahdraws Jaquie Saunders The Breakfast Klub Sakinah Sharon (Wreath) Nicole’s Art

Acknowledgement The Jamaica Foundation of Houston Board wants to thank our sponsors, supporters and friends for standing with us in building our great future within the Foundation/Community. We know it takes all of us and it can’t be done without you. Our many advertisers and our new supporters who year after year make this booklet possible, we say thanks.

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