PRESS RELEASE – On Sunday 31st January, 2016, the Iyanola Council for the Advancement of Rastafari Inc (I.C.A.R. Inc) held its first ever Biennual General meeting at the Dennery Multi-purpose center under the theme “Reconciliation: Rastafari Coming Together for United We Stand” .
The proceedings started with prayers and there was also a minute of silence for our recently departed Rastafari comrades namely brother Linus “Ras Iman I” St. Omer, Priest of the Nyahbinghi Tabernacle, brother Simeon “Ras Dreadlocks” Phillip, Brother Francis “Ras Stone” Pierre and Bryan “Ras Ipic” Mc Donald.
Some of the highlights included the Chairman’s report, the Board of Trustees report and the Elders Council report.
The mood at the meeting was filled with anticipation, as members awaited the main event which was the election of a new executive to administer the affairs of the Council for the period 2016 to 2018.
New Board members along with members of the Elders’ Council
The election of officers saw a complete Board being put into office with Michael “Ras Jabaar” Andrew heading the executive as President with Junior “Ras Junior” Robinson as Vice President.
Treasurer is Mr Raphael “Ras Majaque” Felix with Errol “Ras Vision” Francis as assistant.
Secretary is Paul “Ras Levi” Francis; Assistant Secretary Sister Deborahtra Sis ibee Edmund. The Public Relations Officer, is Mr. Aaron “Ras Iron” Alexander ably assisted by Mr Bradley “Ras Malakey” Jn Baptiste.
Two youth officers were elected in the persons of Asher Baptiste and Khiende Joseph.
The New Board of Trustees comprises three persons namely Mr. Gilbert “Ras Joshua” Daniel, Mr. Ignatius “Ras Bhanghi” Charles and Powcheway Alcee.
The Elders Council remains the same.
With the new executive in office, the Iyanola Council for the Advancement of Rastafari is set to fulfill its mandate in ensuring that the Rastafari community is well represented and has a powerful voice in society. Part of ICAR’s mandate is to seek to ensure that the hungry be fed, the sick be nourished, the naked clothed, the aged be protected and the infants cared for.
There were over 60 persons in attendance including 22 new registrants.
The first meeting of the new executive is slated for Saturday, February 6th in Dennery.