The Making of a Club: How RCNK was chartered

Saluting Our
Charter Members

Larry Bailey, Dennis Boothe, Carl Chantrielle, Ainsworth Cousley, Risedale Crooks, Dennis Daley, Glaister Duncan, Derrick Elder, John Fletcher (Charter President), Elroy Flowers, Brian Goldson, Delano Hayre, Colin Henry, Hilary Jardine, Earl Jarrett, Kent LaCroix, Locksley Lindo, Errol McKenzie, Victor Rhone, Alwyn ‘AG’ Smith, Ivan ‘Mitch’ Stephenson, Alwyn Stewart-Gaynor, Norman Weller, Phillip Whittaker, Norman Williams, Wilton Williams, Altius Williams

…25 years ago on Friday, April 30 1990, 25 well suited men – and yes business suits for club meetings and tuxedos for installation banquets was very much the dress code back then -- all of us boasting black hair on our heads made the bold step to become part of the Rotary International mantra of ‘Service Above Self’, with the chartering of the Rotary Club of New Kingston. It was a proud, historic and significant moment. The new club was spawned by the Rotary Club of St Andrew.
New Kingston in the very early days long before the birth of our club was not the premier business district it is today.  Perhaps only Rtns Carl and Carlton can recall its early beginnings as home to the famous Knutsford Park Racetrack. With the need to develop its own club symbol for which the history of our location played an important part, the new club considered it appropriate to select the image of a galloping horse.
25 years ago and with understandable “youthful exuberance” and under the leadership of our first president John Fletcher, we embarked upon our Rotary journey with passion and a commitment to make a difference. From the outset and in keeping with the objects of   Rotary, we not only encouraged and fostered the ideal of service but also the development of acquaintance as an opportunity for service.