HISTORY OF JAMCCAR

In 1989, Lileth Gregg, Phyllis Stephens and Sonia Tracey-McCallum, three Jamaican-American women, met by chance in Rockland County, exchanged telephone numbers and later met socially.

This progressed into weekend morning walks around Rockland Lake. At the end of a pleasant walk, they felt the need to extend the time together and so arranged to extend each walk with a breakfast; hosted in turn by each other. The menu was of Jamaican Fare with conversations that spanned the varied Jamaican culture. They were having such a good tune enjoying these pastimes that they were moved to seek out other Jamaicans in the community to share the pleasantries. By word of mouth, the core group of eight came together, hence the Founding Members: Lilieth Gregg, Ransford Gregg, Clara Linton, Anthony Mayne , Cynthia Stafford, Phyllis Stephens, Sonia Tracey- McCallum and Harold Walker.

They all agreed to place an advertisement in the Rockland Journal News inviting Jamaicans to contact them to explore the interest in forming an organization to promote Jamaican culture. Resulting from the overwhelming response, a meeting was convened. The Hon: Derrick Heaven, who was then the Jamaican Consul-General in New York was in attendance and along with other folks who strongly supported the creation of a Jamaican organization in Rockland. In 1990, the organization JAMCCAR was formed. It was agreed that this should go beyond Jamaican nationals and  include others; hence the motto: "Jamaicans And Friends Working Together" Officers were selected from the group, as was the committee to develop a Mission Statement and formulate By-Laws. Later other committees were formed to move the organization forward.

Over the past 25 years, JAMCCAR has remained true to its mission developed at its inception : To foster good relations , through closer association with Jamaicans and friend's in Rockland County and its environs, developing and promoting throughout the community the civic, cultural, economic and social aspects of the Jamaican , Caribbean and Pan African cultures.

Our Founding Members (Lilieth Gregg, Ransford Gregg, Clara Linton, Anthony Mayn, Cynthia Stafford, Phyllis Stephens, Sonia Tracey-McCallum, Harold Walker)

Presidents throughout the years:

Clara Linton

Clara Linton

1990-1994

Sonia Tracey-McCallum 

2003 - 2006

Suzanne Young-Mercer

2015 - 2016

Dr. Clover Hall

1995 - 1998

Carol Williams 

2007 - 2010

Millicent Johnson-James

2017 - Present

Fay Codner-Smith

1999-2002

Millicent Johnson-James 

2011 - 2014

Board Members

  • Suzanne Young-Mercer President
  • Millicent Johnson First Vice President
  • Oney Currithers-Barron Second Vice President
  • Winston Henry Treasurer
  • Charles Atterbury   Assistant Treasurer
  • Juliet Asamoah Recording Secretary
  • Esoshani  Barton   Corresponding Secretary
  • Sonia Barton Outreach
  • Richard Nathan Youth Development
  • Carol Williams Program and Planning
  • Dr. Winsome Downie-Rainford Parliamentary/Rules
  • Sonia Tracey-McCallum Public Relations
  • Ann Marie Blackwood Hospitality
  • Christian Sampson Membership
  • Millicent Johnson Scholarship
  • Jean Fields Scholarship
  • Carol Williams Member at Large
  • Dorrette Wilson Member at Large

Past Presidents

Clara Linton

Dr. Clover Hall

Fay Codner-Smith

Sonia Tracey-McCallum

Carol Williams

Millicent Johnson (Immediate Past President)

Advisory Board

Charles Butler

Sharon Francis-Okello

Jamila Hall McKnight, Esq.

Dr. Norbert Rainford

Founding Members

Lilieth Gregg

Ransford Gregg (Deceased)

Clara Linton

Anthony Mayne

Cynthia Stafford (Deceased)

Phyllis Stephens

Sonia Tracey-McCallum

Harold Walker

 

Life Members

Clara Linton

Lilieth Gregg

Anthony Mayne

Phyllis Stephens

Harold Walker

Dr. Clover Hall

Fay Codner-Smith

Sonia Tracey-McCallum

Carol Williams

Millicent Johnson (Immediate Past President)