The Key Club of Kingston College, which was chartered by the Kiwanis Club of
Kingston, is widely believed to have been the first Key Club in Jamaica, but this was
not so. The first Key Club to be chartered in Jamaica was the Ocho Rios Junior
Secondary School which was sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Ocho Rios on
September 21, 1970.
Soon after, the North Western Academy was chartered by the
Kiwanis Club of Montego Bay (March 1971), Kingston College which was chartered by
the Kiwanis Club of Kingston (March 1974) and Iona High School which was also
chartered by the Kiwanis Club of Ocho Rios. By this time, Key Clubs in Jamaica were
growing exponentially and these clubs were a part of the Eastern Canada and
By 1984, the number of Key Clubs in Jamaica had grown to forty-five (45) with
approximately 1,000 members. Because of this rapid growth, the Eastern Canada and
Caribbean District Board and Governor believed it would have made it difficult to
manage together the Key Clubs in Jamaica along with the clubs in the Caribbean and
the Eastern Canada Districts, so the Governor visited Jamaica with a proposal to form a
Caribbean District. Upon hearing this proposal, Jamaica made a counter proposal that
they would enthusiastically agree to a Jamaica District, accepting the challenge of
administering a Jamaica District only.
On a Saturday in October of 1975, an all island Key Club meeting was held at the Ocho
Rios High School. The purpose of this meeting was to establish the new “Key Club
District of Jamaica” and to adopt the following declarations:
The official name of the district “Key Club District of Jamaica”.
The By-laws of the District.
The District Dues of JMD $10.00 per member.
The District Governor Andrew Pairman of the Meadowbrook High School.
The District Secretary–Treasurer Janet Walker of the St. Catherine High School.
The District Administrator DLG Michael Henrique.
The meeting concluded with the requirements of Kiwanis International, after which, the newlyformed Key Club District of Jamaica recognized the support of DLGE Lloyd Distant, RylandGrant, all club presidents and members. Presently there are seven divisions and 3,500 KeyClubbers in the Key Club District of Jamaica.