“Powerful Women…Next Generation” Scholarship (share with family and friends)

News Release

January 29, 2019

JWOF accepting applications for

“Powerful Women…Next Generation” Scholarship

Deadline February 23, 2019

Applications are now being accepted for the Jamaican Women of Florida “Powerful Women…Next Generation” scholarship.

The scholarship, renewable annually, is awarded to a first or second generation, Jamaican-American female high school student attending college in Fall 2019.  Valued at $1,250 yearly, the scholarship will encourage the recipient to achieve her four-year educational goal at a tertiary institution.

In order to meet the criteria for the scholarship opportunity, the candidate must be a resident of South Florida, and have a high school graduating 3.5 GPA, which must be maintained throughout the tenure of the scholarship, and evidenced on transcript provided from her school.  Applications must be submitted by Saturday, February 23, 2019.

As part of the qualifying criteria, the candidate must compose an essay (not more than two (2) pages, double-spaced), explaining why she should be awarded this scholarship. The candidate is also required to demonstrate commitment as a volunteer in community projects by performing a minimum of forty hours per semester.  The application material should include the following: (1) the essay, (2) list of volunteer/community projects and (3) school transcript (4) one or two letters of recommendation – one must be from school administrator, teacher or guidance counsellor (5) a resume and signed photograph of the candidate.   These must be accompanied by candidate’s contact information (name/address/telephone/email address).  The information must be emailed to Jamaican Women of Florida (JWOF) at scholarships@jamaicanwomenofflorida.com  Application must be received by Saturday, February 23, 2019 by 6:00 p.m.

The recipient of the Powerful Women….Next Generation Annual Renewable Scholarship will be notified and is expected to be awarded at the sixth anniversary celebration of the JWOF organization which takes place at the Annual Women’s Empowerment Conference and Scholarship Luncheon,  to be held on Saturday, March 23,  at the Jungle Island, Miami Beach.  Further details regarding the scholarship and anniversary celebration is available online www.JamaicanWomenOfFlorida.com



Jamaican Women of Florida (JWOF) 561-320-1391






 The Jamaican Women of Florida (JWOF), Inc., is a Florida Not-For-Profit  launched April, 2013 as an organization designed to provide an outlet for Jamaican women in Florida to empower themselves through networking, mentoring and personal development. The goal of JWOF is to engage Jamaican women in Florida and also to give back to the next generation of young women in Jamaica by assisting in the development of leadership and personal skills to operate in a global environment. JWOF is dedicated to Jamaican Women – Powerful Women . . . worldwide.  

2019 Jamaican Women of Florida Scholarship Application Guidelines

Applications are now being accepted for the Jamaican Women of Florida “Powerful Women…Next Generation” Annual Renewable Scholarship. ONE scholarship, valued at $1,250.00 annually, is tenable for four (4) years at a post-secondary institution.


*Renewal of the)scholarship is based upon the recipient maintaining a 3.5 cumulative GPA throughout the duration of their college attendance*

Application requirements are as follows:

  1. *Application materials must be submitted by the DEADLINE of Thursday, February 23, 2019, 6:00 pm to scholarships@jamaicanwomenofflorida.com   (NO EXCEPTIONS)
  2. Applicants must be first or second generation, Jamaican-American female high school student resident of Florida who attends college in fall 2019.
  3. *Applicants must have a 3.5 cumulative GPA evidenced on a transcript from her school guidance department
  4. *Applicants must compose an essay (maximum two (2) pages, font size 11 Times New Roman, double-spaced), explaining why she should be awarded this scholarship.
  5. *Applicant must provide proof of commitment as a volunteer in community projects. (At least 40 hours minimum required per semester)
  6. *Also include 1 or 2 letters of recommendation. One must be from a teacher, guidance counselor/director or an administrator
  7. *Applicants are encouraged to pay attention to the accompanying rubric as they write their essay.  This is the same rubric that will be used to score the application packet
  8. *All application materials must include applicant’s contact information (name/date-of-birth/address/telephone/email address)
  9. *A  resume
  10. *A signed photograph
  11. *All required documents must be submitted as attachments in one email NO LATER THAN February 23, 2019, at 6:00 pm via: scholarships@jamaicanwomenofflorida.com NO EXCEPTIONS

NOTE: TO ACCEPT THE AWARD**Scholarship recipient is expected to be in attendance at the Jamaican Women of Florida’s Annual Women Empowerment Conference March 23, 2019

Details forthcoming upon announcement of scholarship winner .






JWof Scholarship Rubric Template


Jamaican Women of Florida 2018-2019 Scholarship Rubric Template Applicant First/Last Name: ____________________________________________ Reviewer First/Last Name: ____________________________________________ Criteria Rating Scale 1-5 All parts of the application submitted and complete…


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Memorial service for Attry. James F. Steckbauer, spouse of Carmen C. Ligh

Attorney James F. Steckbauer,of LILBURN & KENNESAW, GEORGIA age 71, passed away on December 27, 2018,

In Mandeville Hospital, Mandeville, Jamaica.

“Jim” was born on December 15, 1947 in Antigo, Wisconsin.

Jim graduated from The University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point; later received his law degree from Atlanta Law School

and practised law in the Atlanta area.  He spoke five languages and taught English and German as a volunteer in his spare time.

Jim  was retired And lived in Lilburn, Georgia with his spouse Carmen Light. Jim’s Friends and family particularly enjoyed his witty repartee.🤣😆..,His favorite pastime was reading & singing to children, taking the dogs for a ride, and listing to his favorite music.

Jim is survived by his spouse Carmen Light of Lilburn, Georgia (Real Estate Entrepreneur, and Community Volunteer for 30 years); step -daughters Khadeen, Kheidra, Katrina & Casandra; step-grandchildren Tittana, Shellita, Kayden, Nehemiah & Rihanna; son Timothy , Cindy

daughter-in-law, grandchildren Jessica and Megan. He is also survived by brothers William, Kenneth, Dennis, Daniel; sisters Mary, Ann, Jane, Susan,nieces and nephews.

 A memorial service for Jim will be held on Saturday, February 9th at 11AM at Mount Carmel Christian Church 6015 Old Stone Mountain Road, Stone Mountain, GA. Pastor Art Stansberry will officiate.

In lieu of cards&flowers please make a donation to PALAS (Peace and Love Academic Scholarship) P.O. Box 5461 Alpharetta, GA 30023 or call Rula Brown 770-715-0224. Or Carmen 7708736179 USA. www.PALAS1.org

Website http://www.Peaceandlovescholarship.org

Email. Peaceandlovescharship@gmail.com

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McLeod’s Legislative Chronicle – Keeping our community in the loop



HOUSE BILLS SNAPSHOTS  (Bills being proposed /discussed)

HB2 – To eliminate the need for a permit to carry a gun for law abiding citizens

HB5 – This bill helps Georgians by making sure that everyone has the fair chance to get paid the right amount for a specific position, regardless of past employment salary

HB7 -To make retirement income received from benefits from military service, including any survivor benefits derived therefrom, not to be subject to income tax

HB8 – To create an exemption from state sales and use tax certain feminine hygiene products

HB9 – The bill is to create a lien between hospitals, and nursing homes and the chiropractic practice to have a lien in case there is an injured person due to the practice

HB11 – To provide the parents or guardians may enroll a student using the address in the school’s zone; The school will also not be held liable to attorney fees or other fees for the use of such individuals’ address to enroll a child in a school

HB12 – To require every public school to post a sign containing the toll-free telephone to receive reports of child abuse or reflect to provide for rules and regulation to provide no cause of action is created to provide for related matters

HB13 – To create an exemption from state tax and use tax on nonprofit horse shows, rodeos, livestock events, and exhibits

HB15 – To develop and implement policies granting housing preferences to veterans who are homeless

HB16 – To provide in state tuition at universities in the University system of Georgia and schools in the Technical College of Georgia for students who are in foster care or homeless

HB17 – To create offenses against public health, gives criminal penalty for someone smoking in a motor vehicle when a person under the age of 13 is present

HB19 – To provide protection for the people from discrimination of sexual orientation, gender identity, and age and changes handicap to disability; real estate may not discriminate against someone based on these premises

HB20 -To limit the possession of firearms for those who are dangerous and a threat to their families and gives them a minimum sentence if found in violation of this law

HB 21 – To add an additional judge to the superior court of Gwinnett making the total number of judges 11 at a time

HB33 – To amend weapons carrying license, temporary permit renewal, & license verification

HB35– To create an exemption from state sales and use tax for certain poultry 3 diagnostic and disease monitoring services

HB36– To allow certificate and diploma seeking students enrolled in a program leading to a career in a field of high demand at a branch of the Technical College System of Georgia to receive HOPE tuition-free grants

HB37– To obtain federal financial participation for funding the state’s portion of the cost to expand Medicaid

HB39 – To revise physical therapy licensing provisions

HB40– To help diagnose learning disabilities in young students

HB42– To prohibit licensing boards from refusing to issue a license or suspending or revoking the license of a person who is a borrower in default under an educational loan

HB43– To revise crime of sexual assault, a person convicted of sexual assault in the second degree shall be punished by imprisonment for not less than 1 year nor more than 5 years and a fine not to exceed 25,000. And if the victim of the offense is under 16 years of age, such convicted person shall be punished by imprisonment for not less than 5 nor more than 20 years

HB 55  Crimes and offenses; prohibit printing or production of certain firearms produced by means of three-dimensional printing

HB 57  Elections; eligible electors mailed an absentee ballot for each primary, election and runoff in which they are eligible to vote

HB 58  Crimes and offenses; prohibit persons convicted of misdemeanor crimes of family violence from receiving, possessing, or transporting firearms

HB 59  Education; military students enroll in public school based on official military orders prior to physically establishing residency

HB 60  Postsecondary education; dependent children of active duty military members shall be classified as in-state for purposes of tuition and fees by the University System of Georgia and the Technical College System of Georgia; provide

HB 73  Public officers and employees; prohibition of persons engaged in bail bond business from serving in certain elected officials

HB 78  Jeremy Nelson and Nick Blakely Sudden Cardiac Arrest Prevention Act

HB 83  Quality Basic Education Act; recess for students in kindergarten and grades one through five

HB 93  Water pollution and surface-water use; notice to local governing authorities prior to the dewatering of coal combustion residual surface impoundments

HB 94  Solid waste management; safe disposal of coal ash in municipal solid waste and commercial industrial solid waste landfills
ESTIMATED STATE REVENUE FOR 2019 = $26,933,425,042


Amended Fiscal Years (AFY) 2019 Budget Highlights:
·      $69 million within the amended 2019 budget will go to school safety measures in every public school in the state- We can all agree how important it is for a student to feel safe and secure in their learning environment
·      $8.4 million in additional funding to expand the APEX program in public schools that allows mental health school counselors to work on early intervention, diagnoses, and treatment
·      $1 million will be allocated to the Department of Community Health to craft state flexibility options for Georgia’s Medicaid Program
FY 2020 Budget Highlights:
·      $3,000 permanent salary increase for teachers-To enhance educational outcomes, we must invest in those who educate, inspire, and lead our students toward a brighter future
·      A 2% merit increase for all state employees
·      $500,000 in initial funds to create a gang task force within the GBI. 




All eyes will be on Gwinnett County on March 19, 2019 as we decide whether we will expand MARTA.

To those who want to locate businesses or bring industry here, our lack of transportation is a major drawback.
I want more of our residents working in Gwinnett instead of sitting in traffic on their way to work at higher-paying jobs in other counties!
Many of our friends and neighbors who work in restaurants, grocery stores, and retail can’t always afford to buy, insure, and maintain a car. Having public transportation would be beneficial.


The last day to register to vote in this Special Election is February 19, 2019

Main Office:
455 Grayson Hwy, Lawrenceville, GA 30046

Monday, February 25 thru Sunday, March 3, 2019 from 7am to 7pm
Monday, March 4, 2019 thru Friday, March 15, 2019 from 7am to 7pm

SUNDAY VOTING (Main Office):

Sunday, March 3, 2019 (Main office Only) 7am to 7pm
Sunday, March 10, 2019 (Main Office and Satellite Locations) 7am to 7pm

SATELLITE LOCATION VOTING: Monday, March 4, 2019 thru Friday, March 15, 2019 from 7am to 7pm @ ALL Satellite Locations

SUNDAY VOTING (Satellite Locations):
Sunday, March 10, 2019 (Main Office and Satellite Locations) 7am to 7pm

Find early voting (Satellite) locations and election day polling location:: Click


Get more information: Click https://www.mvp.sos.ga.gov/MVP/mvp.do

ELECTION DAY: Tuesday, March 19, 2019

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*”“Knowledge is the most powerful gift you give to yourself, and the VOTE is the most powerful gift we give to each other” -Donna McLeodOur mailing address is:
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PM wants every Jamaican to get a slice of the tourism pie


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Jamaican Atlanta Chamber of Commerce People’s Award 2019

Chamber head

People’s Award 2019

Email Message:

The Jamaican Atlanta Chamber of Commerce (JamCham) would like to engage our business community in making the selections for the 2019 People Profile Awards. These awards are to be presented at our Awards Banquet on Saturday, April 20th, 2019. We are involving the members of the community in the award nominations because you, best of all, know which companies and which individuals have been making outstanding contributions to our progress and success.

You are invited to participate in helping us select the individual and or company who best fits the descriptions proposed for each of the three categories below. Please carefully consider the category descriptions and respond with a ½ page description of your nominees and their accomplishments.


  • Business Community Service Awards


The 2019 Business Community Service Awards recognize deserving member businesses for service to the community through support of not-for-profit organizations.

  • Business of the Year


We recognize small businesses as the backbone of our community. We especially focus on courage, innovation, and leadership in service to the community. Any individual who owns and operates or who bears principal responsibility for operating a small business for a minimum of three (3) years may be nominated.

  • Person of the Year


The Person of the Year Award is given to an individual who has demonstrated exceptional leadership through his/her professional endeavors, community involvement, ethical sensitivity and social responsibility thereby supporting and advancing their community and respective fields.

All survey results collated and analyzed by our committee and the winners chose by a combination of qualitative and quantitative criteria. During the banquet the top 4 nominees in each category will be announced followed by the winner. (All JamCham board members and Committee members will be ineligible for awards)

We thank you in advance for responding to this survey and look forward to seeing you at the Awards Banquet.

Survey Questions


Business Community Service Awards

Submit a nominee who has supported worthy causes in the community by making efforts financially and/or otherwise.

  1. Company Name
  2. Individual/ Proprietor Name
  3. Organization, group, or network receiving the support from the nominee
  4. Describe any efforts made by this business and the impact of the contribution made to the cause


Business of the Year

Submit a nominee who has been in business for at least 3 years; faced challenges, experienced breakthrough, and continues to maintain the courage and tenacity required to grow and develop.

  1. Company Name
  2. Individual/ Proprietor Name
  3. Name at least two challenges faced by the business
  4. Describe the attitude and innovative solutions the nominee utilized to remain sustainable
  5. Briefly state the current status of the business

Person of the Year

Submit a nominee who has excelled in business or public service, displayed outstanding leadership qualities, and acts as a role model to the community.

  1. Individual‘s name
  2. Provide an example of how the nominee displayed leadership qualities while engaging in a community project
  3. Give a recent/current example of how the individual showed sensitivity, as a leader in the community or workplace, when handling ethical dilemmas.


Please return by email to: ian.laing80@gmail.com

Due date: Friday, February 15th, 2019

Thank you for your nomination!


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US senator with Jamaican heritage opens presidential bid





Childhood picture of Senator Kamala Harris with family in Jamaica.



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Join me in supporting our Reggae Girlz on their way to France.


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