2020 has been a year of surprises, with the Covid-19 pandemic, Black Lives Matter global protests, Zoom meetings, US Presidential election challenge and an unprecedented warp speed development of a vaccine to fight the Covid-19 coronavirus. The year certainly has its fair share of world-shifting events. The pandemic however made the most impact on our plans for the year.

Schools were forced to implement remote learning and our beloved alma mater, STGC put the call out for needed laptops and tablets for both students and teachers. We were able to donate tablets and cash totaling over US$5,000 through collaboration with the UK Chapter and the class of 1976 (aka 76ers). I am indeed thankful for the valuable contributions other chapters, graduating classes and individual Knights made to help the school achieve its overall goal.

As a charitable organization, we initiated plans to have our first solo Dinner Dance fundraiser. Plans were disrupted with the escalation of the pandemic. Social distancing, community spreading, viral transmission, etc. became the focus of our attention. The event had to be put on hold.

To facilitate the emergence of new leadership our founding President, Christopher Chaplin, decided not to seek re-election. Chris however, will use more of his time to impact the Jamaican diaspora with his leadership skills. As the new president of the STGCOBANE I want to thank Chris for his service, drive and leadership. Also, I personally want to thank him for his patience and guidance during the leadership transition period.

Thanks to the STGC Old Boys chapters who saw the need for us to collaborate with each other going forward.

As we end 2020, I know we are more prepared for the future. I know that there will be challenges but I also know that we will prevail!

So we ask you that you renew your membership for 2021 or, if you are not a current member, we encourage you to join us! You may join or renew here: https://stgcobane.org/join-membership/

#stgcstrong #knightsalways.