The Klub Kreyòl was created in the Spring of 2015. Charter members are:
| Cody Connelly
| Fallon Finnegan
| Andrew Hutchinson
| Elder Jean-Baptiste
| Pierre Mede
| Eunice Plaisir
| Jessica Strickland
| Gabrielle Verdieu
The Klub generally meets on Tuesdays at 6:30 in RLH 117. ALL INTERESTED IN HAITI AND HAITIAN KREYÒL ARE WELCOME.
The Klub had an organizational meeting in January, followed by a meeting to foster the speaking of Kreyòl (the Haitian members taught how to meet and greet, and talk about family members) in the first week of February.
On February the 17th, the Klub sponsored a Mardi Gras event with the French Club. The event was a fundraiser for a dispensary in Haiti (see link "Haiti Project"). During the party, Gabrielle Verdieu and Elder Jean-Baptiste were chosen Queen and King of Mardi Gras. Eunice Plaisir won the dance contest.
On the 26th of February, the Klub attended the showing of Big Sugar which addresses the issues of sugar cartels and talks about the appalling working conditions on plantations in the Dominican Republic, where Haitian cane cutters live like slaves. The movie (90 minutes), will be shown in DHC 051 at 6:30 p.m.
On the 4th of April, the Klub went to DC with the French Club to see an exhibit on Benin at the National Museum of African Art. The members of the Klub enjoyed the arts and many traditions of this country that has influenced Haiti in its religious practices.
The semester ended with a pizza party hosted on 04/23. Haitians and non-Haitians had a convivial event together and new members joined in the celebration of the end of the academic year.
Pasé yon bon vacance epi na wè talè!!
The officers of the club met early in September to discuss becoming a Student Senate recognized club and to discuss the plan of action for the fall semester. For this semester, officers are
Cody Connelly, president
Eunice Plaisir, vice-president
Fallon Finnegan, secretary
Elder Jean-Baptiste, treasurer
For the first full meeting, on September 24th, potential members were encouraged to sign the roster. The mission of the club was determined as well and is
1. to promote Haitian culture;
2. to speak kreyol;
3. to serve the community, locally and internationally.
The next meeting will take place on Thursday October 8, from 7 to 8 p.m. in RLH 117. The members will practice kreyol.
A Haitian dinner is planned for the 10th of November at 6:30 in RLH 117.
We will soon see a documentary on Haitian food and also have a fundraiser for Haiti.
Come have fun with us!!
Hosting families on campus
On Thursday October 15, the Klub hosted Haitian families on campus. Several members of the Klub were present: Cody Connelly, Elder Jean-Baptiste, Laura Hilliard, Bridget Finniff and Jennie Dantes. All shared stories...and pizza! This warm event was an excellent bridge between the Klub and the community.
On Monday October 19, original photos taken in Haiti were showcased at the Diversity event on campus. Cody Connelly and Fallon Finnegan were the photographers. The artistry of the photos was seen by many at the event.
Dinner and a movie
The Klub Kreyol enjoyed an evening of food, friendship and fun on the 10th of November. After a great dinner of rik ak pwa, banan fri and poul avek mango (rice and beans, fried plantain and chicken with mangoes) prepared by the members, there was a showing of a 2015 documentary on Haitian food and culture. Mind and body satisfied!!
The new officers of the club are:
Elder Jean-Baptiste, President
Jeffrey Estima, Vice-President
Pierre Médé, Treasurer
Andrew Hutchinson, Secretary
The club was recognized this fall by the Student Senate. THANK YOU TO ALL WHO WORKED TO GET THIS ACCOMPLISHED, especially the past President (Cody Connelly) and the present President (Elder Jean-Baptiste).
PROGRAMME FOR FALL 2016
The officers of the club met on September 14 and 22. The planned events t this point go as follows:
1. October 31, movie The Serpent and the Rainbow--time and location TBA
2. November 9, Dance-a-thon for Haiti, 6:30-10:30 p.m., CUB MPR 1, $5.00--fundraiser with all proceeds go to Project Gros Mangle.
3. December 2, Christmas Bazaar, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.--come do your Christmas shopping with unique Haiti crafts. All proceeds to go to Project Gros Mangle.
Other activities will be announced here.
They danced, they washed, they played ping-pong...AND THEY RAISED $364.00
to all the members of the Creole and French Clubs for their relentless
efforts to raise money for Haiti. Thanks to them, the village of Gros
Mangle is that much closer to have a much needed dispensary.
The Klub Kreyol hosted the 6th annual Mardi Gras Ball with the French Club on the 23rd of February. The event is a fundraiser for Project Gros Mangle, a French Program sponsorship, for the building of a dispensary in Haiti. The event is great fun and was a success, raising $150.00. The officers of the club were all present and helped in the preparations of the evening. Present as well were several students (Laura Hilliard, Stephanie Smith, Angelina Stewart, Andrew Hutchinson) who have gone to Haiti over the years and have the project at heart. Participants were explained the purpose of the event and the traditions of Mardi Gras by Drs. Mitaut and Ragone, while Dr. Ricardo led everyone in spirited Haitian dancing.
This year King and Queen of Mardi Gras are Pierre Mede and Taren Swartz.
The prize for best mask went to Marleigh Cheney; for best dancer to Serge Kalambay; and to special dancer to Elder Jean-Baptiste.
TRIP TO DC
The Klub Kreyol joined the French Club on March 3rd to see an exhibit offered by the Phillips Collection in Washington D.C. The exhibit included a stunning series of paintings by Jacob Lawrence and represented the different periods in the life of Toussaint L'Ouverture, one of the fathers of the Haitian independence.
Everyone went for dinner in an eatery on Dupont Circle after this memorable visit.