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Members of the Diplomatic Corp. attended lunch at the Rotary Club of Kingston on March 14, 2013 in celebration of International Day. There were representatives from Belgium, Japan, United States, Columbia, India, Mexico, Brazil, Canada, Russia, Spain, St Kitts and Nevis, Trinidad and Tobago, Dominican Republic, Nigeria, Panama, Costa Rica, Norway and Ghana.


The guest speaker for the day was the Cuban Ambassador to Jamaica, His Excellency Yuri Lopez. He recognized the RCOK as the founding service club in Jamaica and took note of the acceptance of women in the Club noting the relevance of the recent passing of International Women’s day and recognizing the service that women play in the diplomatic world. He went on to point out that the excellent turn out of the Diplomatic Corp at the meeting showed the interest they all had interacting with the local community. Fellowship, cooperation and internationalism are important, as it was with the crafting of the United Nations Charter that urged the practice of tolerance and living together for the economic advancement for all peoples. He noted that international cooperation should lay the foundation for the future and encouraged members of the Diplomatic Corp to play a role in making the spirit of cooperation glow in Jamaica.


After his presentation, he was invited to join Indian High Commissioner and Miss Jamaica World to cut the International Day Cake which was served for desert. Members of the Club and the invited guests then took a group picture at the front of the hotel to commemorate the occasion.