June 2010 Volume 7

New York Banquet 2010

Earl Gordon
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Antun’s in Queens Village New York hosted the 27th Annual Reunion and Awards of the association on May 1, 2010. In comparison to previous years, attendance was down.  However, this in no way affected the quality of the event. Patrons were treated to an evening of great music and culinary delights.
Our most attractive journal to date was filled with paid advertisers.  Our merchandise desk remained busy all evening as patrons took advantage of our wireless visa/master payment system.
This year‘s honorees were two gentlemen who have contributed a great deal to the school’s development over the years: Winford ‘Freddy’ Green and Woodurn ‘Woody’ Miller. 
Presidential awardees were Florence Celia McLeod, affectionately known as ‘Mama Cicisse’, and Llewellyn Johnson. Mr. Winford Green the only awardee who attended the dinner was presented with his Award by Audley Hewett. As noted by Audley, Freddy Green’s role in the development of sport at Kingston College is legendary. He remains the only schoolboy to have played on winning Manning Cup, Sunlight Cup and Mortimer Geddes teams all in the same year.  
To add to his legend Mr. Green remains the youngest person to have coached winning Manning Cup and Olivier Shield teams, accomplishing the feat at the tender age of 21, having accepted the invitation of Bishop Gibson to be the team’s coach when coach, Mr. Paxton, was forced out due to illness.
Mr. Woodburn Miller was unavoidably absent from our reunion.  He was represented by his niece Mrs. Asesia Edmonson-Ross and Miss Helen Douglas.  Ms. Douglas actually accepted the award on his behalf and delivered his prepared remarks.  Woody’s contribution to Kingston College as Principal from 1980-1986 and his current role as Chairman of the Kingston College Development Trust Fund was highlighted by Miss Douglas. Recipients of the Presidential award,
Miss Mcleod and Mr. Johnson were recognized for their stellar contribution to Kingston College in roles that are largely unheralded. They will be presented with their awards when our association’s president next visits Jamaica. Also present was former government Senator Delano Franklin, who used the occasion to congratulate the old boys’ association on their continued support of their alma mater.

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