First woman skittles boss targets big bucks
THE first woman president of the Jamaica Skittles Federation, Jehan Richards, has announced a major fund-raising drive aimed at securing $2 million by year-end among several initiatives to resuscitate the cash-strapped organisation.
A major fish fry, scheduled for June and projected to earn over $100,000, will headline the drive.
Addressing the launch of the 2014 J Wray and Nephew-sponsored skittles competition, at Bourbon House Sports Bar, Windward Road last Sunday, Richards stressed financial stability as one of the objectives under her watch.
President Richards said that other initiatives were being fine-tuned and will be rolled out later this year.
Apart from its financial dilemma, the 13-year-old organisation will have to do a lot of work to burnish its battered image. In this regard, Richards intends to introduce a rebuilding plan targeting young people islandwide.
Administratively, the new president has embarked on a major reform of the organisation's rules, with emphasis on rewriting its constitution.
"I am appealing to members to be respectable in their conduct with fellow citizens as they seek to rebuild skittle enthusiasm islandwide," Richards told her audience.
She argued that this task will not be easily accomplished and that it will take the full "support of all members."
Richards said that skittles players must show the rest of Jamaica and the world that "we will be a force to reckon with as we move to strengthen the sport".
She reminded her colleagues that "respect is not what is shared but it is a human quality that is earned", adding that "all should exhibit mutual respect as we develop the opportunity to grow" and evolve to greater heights.
Richards noted that high offices must also be respected, as without this, neither the organisation nor its members will flourish.
There must come a time, she said, when "every relationship is regarded as a business" to the extent where there should be better communication and high self-esteem.
The president warned that there is an element of anti-social behaviour which is taking its roots in how Jamaicans behave. She declared that there is a tendency to "keep secrets" and to "hide truth", adding that there should be the task of thinking ahead when interaction with people takes centre stage.
Richards said that members should throw away the style of locking off friends, neighbours and family, while adopting a more useful approach of openness as "we attempt to accomplish our treasured goals in life".
President Richards said that there should be a mode in the country of unseating conflict while dismembering sabotage and maliciousness, adding that the culture of skittles playing is paramount in respect to developing and keeping in train the skillfulness and appropriateness of getting the balls in well-designed and established points of entry and retrieval.