- Faith & Family
The King of Clubs, an 81-year old service organization comprised of professional men, handed out scholarships and community honors recently at the Doubletree Hotel/Spa before a filled banquet room. Early arrivals to the event included: Honoree Shedrick Gilbert and his wife, Vilma and hosts of children stepping out of a 22-passenger Hummer limousine.
Ron Butler, the King of Clubs’ secretary, was the emcee who brought forward Arthur “Jake” Simms to give the invocation and Dr. Richard J. Strachan, the club’s president, to introduce the entertainment. James B. Randolph II opened by reciting a piece from the Tempest, followed by Lonnie McCarty singing, “My Hero,” to the scholarship recipients; Leah Armbrister performed a liturgical routine and the Psi Phi Band closed out the segment.
Simms presented the Dr. Tee S. Greer Scholarships to: Britney Alabre, Coral Reef High; James Maull to Khristlyn Bellamy, School for A.S., Wolfson Campus; Dr. Edwin T. Demeritte to Shirley Pierre, Miami Northwestern; Dr. Lorraine F. Strachan Scholarships were given to: Camry Brown and Austin Harrison and were presented by Audley Coakly, the trustee of B-CU and John Williams.
Also, Dr. Rozalyn H. Paschal presented the Presidential Scholarship to: Cameron Rutledge, Coral Reef High; the Fletcher Paschal, Jr. Memorial Scholarship went to Phillip Wells, Carol City High; and the “Woman of the Year” award was given to Jackie Bell. James Fayson gave the “Man of the Year” award to Shedrick Gilbert, a lay reader/deacon at the Historical St. Agnes Episcopal Church.
Presently, the King of Clubs is recruiting new members. Contact President Richard J. Strachan for more information.
Among the other distinguished guests who attended were: Grace and Homer Humphries; Deacon Franklin, Linda and Terrence Clark; Alice Harrell; Minister Ethel Williams and Deacon Clifton Williams; John Demerette and Eleanor; Dr. Edwin Demerette, James and Marge Fayson; Larry and wife, Ruth Simms; Nelson and Fifia Jenkins; Lona and Robin Mathis; Bonnie North; Gwendolyn Welters; Charlayne Thompkins; Penny Brown; Desiree Jenkins; Cecelia Stewart; Wilma Gilbert; Janelle, Roselica, Tara and Seepta Hall; Stephen, Sr., Stephen, Jr., and Summer Gilbert, Jeffrey Gilbert; Mayor Leroy Smith; Georgiana Bethel; Laverne Ingram; Anthony and Angela Rolle; Jasmine and Jennifer Gilbert; D. Humes; E. Newbold; C. Adams; E. Campbell; Elton Davis; and Fr. Kenneth Major.
Congresswoman Frederica S. Wilson traveled with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to Afghanistan to spend time with the American Mothers station there for Mother’s Day. We will be praying for their safe return and the opportunity to discuss the impact they made during their trip.
It was Commencement Week at Bethune-Cookman University, recently and, of course, the administration was full of anxiety, when the rumor mill began to circulate that Dr. Kibbie Trudie Reed’s resignation was accepted and a male was taking her place. Dr. Larry Handfield was chosen to remain as chairman of the Trustee Board and Lee Rhyan will once again serve as a member of the board. Among the event’s attendants were: Audley Coakley, appointed director of students activities and welfare; G. Eric Knowles, Sunlite Stadium director; and Dr. Ted Nicholas.
Congratulations go out to Richelle A. Strachan for graduating with the largest class ever along with other graduates from South Florida. Family members in attendance included: father, Richard B. Strachan; mother Daphne A. Williams; grandfather, R. J. Strachan; aunt Denia McCurtis; Anna Noldon-Green; James Green; Shaun and Shakur Williams; Sharnia Noldon-Alexander; Theodore Eutsay; Cambry Noldon; Vanderbilt Alexander III; LaVonne Angram; Darius Johnson; Lambert Parker; Antoinette Allen; Anesia Allen; Donald and Emily Johnson; Krizia Sherwood; Stephanie Atis; TaCara Clark; Brenda Porter; Rev. Arnold Porter; Bradley, Tourraine and Reginald B. Strachan.
By Dr. Richard J. Strachan