Hello, Chapter Members and all
the Alpha Family!
Highlights of this issue:
Spring Fling Dinner-Dance/15th Anniversary
Reunion of 60s Grads – Alpha/STGC
True Blue Week-end
July Truck Stop Social
Annual General Meeting
Mission Healthy Alpha 2010
Our Gala SPRING FLING
DINNER DANCE celebrating the 15th
Anniversary of our
many together from far and
wide. It was a chockfull
evening as the graduates of the
Sixties of both Alpha and St.
Georges celebrated their Reunion
with us, and we spotlighted 9
honorees who have been extremely
supportive of our many outreach
programs for our Alma Mater over
the years. Recognition was also
given to Mrs. June Chin, the
founder of the Chapter and Mrs.
Olga Azan, President Emeritus.
The Mighty Vikings Band and DJ Bonnitto did not ease up
for one second. The dance floor was rocking and the food
was kicking! It was a great night of revelry, the love
and warmth in reacquainting with classmates was
infectious and it was ‘grand slam’ camaraderie.
BOUNTIFUL THANKS TO ALL!!
Committee hard at work
Grads Reunite At Spring Fling
OUR RAFFLE WINNERS!!
Diana Lue of New York
Carnival Bahamas Cruise for two
Diana Williams of Fort Lauderdale
19" Sony HD TV
Lara Dyke of Miami
ALPHA/STGC GRADS OF THE 60'S
With the help of ample applications of BEN-GAY after
moving to the beat of the music at Spring Fling 2010,
the 60’s Grads were able to make it to a Thanksgiving
Mass on Sunday morning at St. Edward Catholic Church,
giving thanks for a safe and successful weekend, for all
blessings and for each other.
Monsignor Michael Eivers, the celebrant, gave a special
farewell blessing to the group who then headed to
John U. Lloyd State Park under stormy skies.
With pouring rain, DJ Larry Lee added his 'lightning'
of scintillating 60’s top ten music, and the group
”danced up a storm” down 'Memory Lane'. Despite the
showers and the drenching, everyone had a grand time:
good food, great music. The love and camaraderie were
palpable and echoes of "wi mus do it again'
What an eventful weekend! The first (and
hopefully annual) True Blue weekend was the brainchild
of a lively group of alumni/alumnae from STGC, Andrews,
JC and Alpha. Alpha was represented by Jennifer
Figueroa and Addy Chin- O’Gilvie. The liming and
palancing began Friday night at the True Blue Mixer,
which was an opportunity to network, socialize and warm
up for the rest of the week-end. Saturday was the
annual Zaidie Cup football match between JC and St.
George’s alumni. Saturday night was our Alpha Spring
Fling Dinner-Dance. Sunday was reserved for praise and
thanksgiving at church.
to ALL who supported our SPRING
FLING DINNER DANCE, STGC/ALPHA Classes of
the 60's Reunion, any and all True Blue Weekend
Activities, April 16-18!
Again, roaring successes and great camaraderie… "Dem
want us to come back next year!" True Words!
CHAPTER AWARDS CMAAA SOUTH
On Friday night, May 7, 2010, at
the Jamaica Chapter’s “Woman of
Excellence” Award night at the
Hilton Hotel in Kingston, our
chapter was proud and delighted
to receive an award for
outstanding service and
assistance to our beloved alma
mater, Alpha Academy. President,
Patsy Lee graciously accepted
the award on behalf of the South
Florida Chapter from Maxine
Brown, Jamaica Chapter
President. Patsy emphasized the
need for all alumnae to do more
for Alpha, and to assist in
keeping “the light of Hope”
burning for our ‘little
sisters’. “Without HOPE”, she
said, “it is difficult to go
At the Zaidie Cup annual football (soccer) match-up
between St. George’s and Jamaica Colleges’ Old Boy
Associations, the George’s old foots prevailed over
their J.C. rivals. The main event, however, was
dominated by Jamaica College. Sixties Grad Shirley
Wong (Chang) –see photo below – bravely entered for
Alpha in the All Girls “Penalty Kick-off” – She’s a good
sport! Alpha’s spirit of participation came alive!!
ALPHA ALUMNAE FLORIDA
at Truck Stop
in conjunction with 4th of July weekend celebrations
(and an excuse to celebrate Addy's 50th!).
Music will be provided by DJ's Wesley (Sugar) Bonnitto,
Mark Swaby and the Steppers Crew (Prento Deans & Gary
it a date! Book your airfares!
See you there!
Our Annual General
is scheduled for
September 18th, 2010
8200 N.W. 41st
Street, Suite 200, Doral,
(In the Board Room of the Arthur
note that only active, paying
members are allowed to vote
and cast a forum. However, it's
not too late! Be a member -
$20 a year! Step up to the
plate and join us on September
18th. We are working on membership
contact Javier Daley (Russell),
to be part of the official Alpha
Alumnae Florida Chapter family.
See you there!
HEALTHY "ALPHA" 2010
2010 Mission Healthy
Kingston, Jamaica! Stay
tuned! If you are
interested in joining
the Mission Team, please
let us know.
If you or
a family member are a
medical professional or
in the medical field
(doctor, nurse, dentist,
etc.), WE NEED YOU!!
Please write us at any
any information, to make
donations, or with
suggestions or concerns
that you may have.
Contact us now!
or contact Chapter
Patsy Lee at
GENERAL MILLS AWARDS MERLINE BARTON
Merline J. Barton is a sterling
member of our Executive
helping to perpetuate the Mercy
charge of care, compassion and
love. She is also the
Executive Director/Co-founder of
The Thelma Gibson Health
Initiative and was recently
recognized by the General Mills
Company with a 2010 Feeding
General Mills created the Feeding Dreams program in
recognition of everyday people who impact their
communities in a positive way. Ms. Barton has worked in
the Coconut Grove community for over 22 years, in the
area of Economic Development/Social Services.
She addresses issues such as:
*Affordable Housing development
*Job Training/Placement programs
*At-Risk Minority Seniors
* Youth Prevention Intervention Program
* HIV/AIDS Substance Abuse
to our Alpha Sisters on their remarkable
achievement at the Penn Relays.They did us proud and
they will always have our support!
NATIONAL SWIM CHAMPION
Yuh tink seh is ongle young girls can do
Our Web Mistress and Director of Public
Relations, Addy Chin- O'Gilvie, was named the
ALL AMERICAN & NATIONAL TOP TEN SWIMMER FOR
Beat dat one!!
Yuh fitta dan fiddle!!!
Last January our
President, Pat Lee, advised of the robbery and break-in
at Mount Mercy, the home of the Mercy Sisters. She made
a plea for donations from the Alumnae to assist with the
erection of a security wall for the compound. The fence
is now a reality with a sense of security and safety.
Your response was tremendous and Sister Bernadette and
the Sisters who are in residence have asked us to
express their deep gratitude for your consideration and
kindness in assisting them with the cost of
still being accepted. You may forward to: The
Sisters of Mercy, P.O. Box 970943, Miami, Florida 33197.
For showing compassion and care always,
ALPHA GIRLS ROCK!!
Chin-Ogilvie took a massive
amount of pictures of the
events. If you wish to see them
all, you may do so. They are
for viewing. It is FREE to join
Spring Fling Dinner-Dance (April 17, 2010)
True Blue Party Mixer (April 16, 2010)
True Blue Soccer Tournament (April 17, 2010)http://www5.snapfish.com/earthlink/thumbnailshare/AlbumID=3894799008/a=22865479_22865479
Alpha/STGC Reunion of the 60's Picnic (April 18, 2010)http://www5.snapfish.com/earthlink/thumbnailshare/AlbumID=3912745008/a=22865479_22865479
OF UPCOMING EVENTS
CMAA Social at The Truck Stop--
JULY 3, 2010 (Shhh. a.k.a.
The CMAA Annual General Meeting will be on September 18,
2010 – Board Room of the Authur Gallagher Office
Mission Healthy “Alpha” in Kingston, Jamaica
In order for our projected
missions to be accomplished, we
are in great need of your
support. Assistance may be in
the form of word, deed or sowing
of a seed. There is so much yet
that needs to be done for our
beloved high school from which
we have received so much. No
amount or effort is too little.
Big or small, “every mickle
makes a muckle”, so give what
you can; do what you
Whether you are in Jamaica, the U.S.A., Canada or
Worldwide, YOUR ALMA MATER NEEDS YOU!!!
Do some good—get involved and have a BLAST
while doing it! Spread the word...
“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.
Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.
We ask ourselves:
‘Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented,
Actually, who are you NOT to be?
We were born to make manifest the Glory of God that is
And as we let our light shine,
we unconsciously give other people permission to do the
The Committee wishes to express deep gratitude to Nickie
for the beautiful presentation of this newsletter.
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"Your hands have
made me and fashioned me;
give me understanding, that I may learn your commandments."