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Officers:

Patricia Lee,
 President

Jennifer Figueroa,
 Vice President

Nickie Wong,
 Secretary

Esperanza Andrade,
 Treasurer




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The Good and True
Official Newsletter of
Convent of Mercy Academy “Alpha” Association, Inc.
Florida Chapter

June 2010

Alpha sisters June Chin (L) (CMAA South Florida Chapter founder) and Olga Azan (R)
(CMAA Chapter President for 12 of the last15 years)
, both received Awards for Service to their alma mater

Hello, Chapter Members and all the Alpha Family!

Highlights of this issue:
Spring Fling Dinner-Dance/15th Anniversary celebration
Reunion of 60s Grads – Alpha/STGC
True Blue Week-end
July Truck Stop Social
Annual General Meeting
Mission Healthy Alpha 2010

Spring Fling 2010

Our Gala SPRING FLING DINNER DANCE celebrating the 15th Anniversary of our Association brought 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

Ron Burke

Desmond Miles

Don Daley

Aston Lue

Larry Lee

Joseph Rhoden

Marlon Hill

Eddie Edwards

Paul Azan


Sixties Grads Reunite At Spring Fling


CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR RAFFLE WINNERS!!

 

1st prize: Diana Lue of New York
Carnival Bahamas Cruise for two

2nd prize: Diana Williams of Fort Lauderdale
19" Sony HD TV

3rd prize:  Lara Dyke of Miami
Digital Camera



REUNION PICNIC
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' reverberated.

 

TRUE BLUE WEEKEND

 

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.  SPECIAL THANKS 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!


JAMAICA CHAPTER AWARDS CMAAA SOUTH FLORIDA CHAPTER


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 on”.


ZAIDIE CUP 2010

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!!


TRUCK STOP SUMMER SOCIAL


ALPHA ALUMNAE FLORIDA CHAPTER
presents 

"SUMMER BASH"
at Truck Stop

July 3rd, 2010

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 Chin). Make it a date!  Book your airfares!
  See you there!

ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

Our Annual General Meeting
is scheduled for

September 18th, 2010

at
8200 N.W. 41st Street, Suite 200, Doral, Florida 33166
(In the Board Room of the Arthur Gallagher Office) 

Please 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 "perks”.  Please contact Javier Daley (Russell), russ0509@gmail.com, to be part of the official Alpha Alumnae Florida Chapter family. 

See you there!

MISSION HEALTHY "ALPHA" 2010

Plans are underway for 2010 Mission Healthy “Alpha”, in 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, medical technician, etc.), WE NEED YOU!!   Please write us at any time for any information, to make donations, or with suggestions or concerns that you may have.

Contact us now!
Email: alphaflchapter@aol.com
or contact Chapter President

Patsy Lee at 305.389.8605

PROFILES IN PERFORMANCE

GENERAL MILLS AWARDS MERLINE BARTON

Congratulations Merline!!

Merline J. Barton is a sterling member of our Executive committee, 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 Dreams Award. 

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


CONGRATULATIONS to our Alpha Sisters on their remarkable achievement at the Penn Relays.They did us proud and they will always have our support! 


ADDY CHIN-O’GILVIE
NATIONAL SWIM CHAMPION
 

Yuh tink seh is ongle young girls can do someting?
  Well…LISTEN UP! 

Our Web Mistress and Director of Public Relations, Addy Chin- O'Gilvie, was named the

ALL AMERICAN & NATIONAL TOP TEN SWIMMER FOR 2009.

Beat dat one!! 

CONGRATULATIONS ADDY

Yuh fitta dan fiddle!!!

 

SECURITY FENCE

YES…IT'S UP!!! 

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 the construction. 

Contributions are 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!!

PHOTO GALLERY

 Addy Chin-Ogilvie took a massive amount of pictures of the events.  If you wish to see them all, you may do so. They are uploaded on www.snapfish.com for viewing.  It is FREE to join Snapfish.  Enjoy!

Spring Fling Dinner-Dance (April 17, 2010)
http://www5.snapfish.com/earthlink/thumbnailshare/AlbumID=3889020008/a=22865479_22865479
/otsc=SHR/otsi=SALBlink/COBRAND_NAME=earthlink/

True Blue Party Mixer (April 16, 2010)
http://www5.snapfish.com/earthlink/thumbnailshare/AlbumID=3894228008/a=22865479_22865479
/otsc=SHR/otsi=SALBlink/COBRAND_NAME=earthlink/

True Blue Soccer Tournament (April 17, 2010)http://www5.snapfish.com/earthlink/thumbnailshare/AlbumID=3894799008/a=22865479_22865479
/otsc=SHR/otsi=SALBlink/COBRAND_NAME=earthlink/

Alpha/STGC Reunion of the 60's Picnic (April 18, 2010)http://www5.snapfish.com/earthlink/thumbnailshare/AlbumID=3912745008/a=22865479_22865479
/otsc=SHR/otsi=SALBlink/COBRAND_NAME=earthlink/

CALENDAR OF UPCOMING EVENTS

CMAA Social at The Truck Stop-- JULY 3, 2010 (Shhh. a.k.a. Addy: Five-0)

The CMAA Annual General Meeting will be on September 18, 2010 – Board Room of the Authur Gallagher Office

Mission Healthy “Alpha” in Kingston, Jamaica

MEMBERSHIP

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 can… 

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, fabulous?’
Actually, who are you NOT to be?
We were born to make manifest the Glory of God that is within us.
And as we let our light shine,
we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same...”


The Committee wishes to express deep gratitude to Nickie Wong
for the beautiful presentation of this newsletter.



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