The Miami-Dade County Commission Chairman Jean Monestime who is a Haitian-American, did not stay quiet during the Haitian Cultural Heritage Month in Miami-Dade County. As part of his efforts to educate as many children about the Haitian culture, he has been organizing a Haitian History Bee contest every year for the past three years. This year is no exception. The participants are elementary, middle and high schools students from Miami-Dade
Miami-Dade held the Haitian History Bee in May. The event was funded by Jean Monestime, Miami-Dade's County Chairman.
Three Miami-Dade schools each sent four teams to vie for the top spot, selected from public and private, primary, middle- and high school levels.
The contest coincided with Haiti's Haitian Cultural Heritage Month. One competitor said, ". . . Haitian history is difficult but ". . . . I think it's a hidden gem."
Here is a picture of Jean Monestime on January 16, 2015 as became the 1st Haitian American Miami-Dade Commission chairman.
Commissioner Monestime breaks barriers, becoming first Haitian-American Chairman
Jean Monestime has achieved another distinction in his career. He has been elected hands down by his fellow Miami-Dade Commissioners as chairman, the first Haitian-American to be so honored. In 2010 Monestime also served as Miami-Dade's first Haitian-American commissioner.
At the swearing-in ceremony Monestime talked about plans to lift South Florida citizens up from poverty. He expressed his gratitude to the residents of District 2, who have placed their trust in him to serve their interests.
Here is Mr. Jean Monestimewho was elected chairman of Miami-Dade County Commission.
He was unanimously elected as the first Haitian-American chairman of the County commission. Known as a progressive Democrat and champion of the poor, Commissioner Jean Monestime was elected on Monday, November 24, 2014, after Commissioner Audrey Edmonson withdrew her candidacy to become chair of the county commission. She thew her support to Monestime, siting that she wanted to unify the commission and the community
On Monday 24 November, 2014, a history was made when Jean Monestime, after being reelected on 26 August, 2014, as Miami-Dade County Commissioner came to swear in for the second term (he was first elected on November 2, 2010), he was unanimously elected by his peers to serve as the first Haitian-American Chairman of the Miami-Dade Board of County Commissioners. His two-year term as the Chairman will begin on 1 January, 2015. Jean Monestime is a former North Miami Councilman. He is the President of a full fledged real estate and insurance company named "Jacob Monestime & Associates, LLC" in North Miami. He works as a part-time adjunct professor of management at the University of Phoenix, a former Miami-Dade public school teacher and a small business consultant. He obtained his MBA degree from the H. Wayne Huizenga School of Business and Entrepreneurship and was graduated in Finance from Florida International University. He has been a long time resident of District 2 where he lives with his wife Kettia and two sons.
Here is a picture of Commissioner Jean Monestime and Dorrin D. Rolle
Monestime's War Chest Well-Preserved
Miami-Dade Commissioner Jean Monestime raised $77,000 for March at the beginning of his campaign run for commissioner. He ended up with the biggest war chest, $300,000. Monestime's opponent Dorrin Rolle only managed to raise $17,000 in the same month.
Rolle spent $14,232 of his, Monestime only $42,000 of $300,000. Four years prior Monestime and Rolle ran for a county seat. Rolle raised $400,000, Monestime raised less than $110,000. Monestime won. What is Monestime's secret to winning? Money is not necessarily a factor.
Here is a picture of Haitian Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe with Miami-Dade County Commissioner Jean Monestime and Stare Representative daphne campbell at re-opening of the Caribbean Martketplace in Little Haiti
After a long hiatus of 18 year renovation, the Caribbean Marketplace in Miami's Little Haiti has been reopened on Friday, 18 July 2014 between 5pm and 7pm, following a grand reopening ceremony. This 9,500 square foot market is located right on the next door to the Little Haiti Cultural Center and is easily identifiable by its bright colors and vibrant activities. It houses gift shops, art and craft centers, a space for private events, refreshment and concession area and hosts Caribbean culture, community and special events. The ribbon cutting ceremony was attended by the Haiti's Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe. There were many other notable dignitaries present to witness the occasion including Miami-Dade County Commissioner for District 2 Jean Monestime, Miami City Commissioner Keon Hardemon (District 5), Florida State Senator Oscar Branyon II and Florida Representative Daphne D. Campbell. The re-establishment has been completed under a joint effort by the city of Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs, the Little Haiti Cultural Complex (LHCC), District 5 Commissioner Keon Hardemon and the Northeast Second Avenue Partnership (NE2P) with a funding of $550,000 for the renovation work from Ford Foundation.
On July 25 2013, officials from Miami-Dade Aviation Department (MDAD) and the Miami-Dade County Commissioner Jean Monestime celebrated the inauguration of Haiti: Leaving a Legacy, a distinctive pool of high-design Haitian handicrafts now on exhibition at the South Terminal of MIA. The nine artists included in the show were part of the Urban Zen Haiti Artisan Project that spurs economic development in Haiti by increasing the availability of the country's artwork in the global market. The exhibition, on display through December at South Terminal Gallery of MIA, is collaboration between the Haitian Cultural Arts Alliance, MDAD's Fine Arts & Cultural Affairs Division, and American fashion designer Donna Karan. Pascale Marra, Cultural Attaché from the Consulate General of Haiti in Miami, was also in attendance for the inauguration.
In a major upset, Haitian-American Jean Monestime defeated Miami-Dade County Commissioner Dorrin D. Rolle to become the first Haitian-American Commissioner in Miaim-Dade County. Monestime is a former real estate broker and former North Miami City Council and was eble to get the victory with less then a quarter of the fund available to Dorrin D. Rolle
Here is a picture of Miami-Dade County Commissioner, Jean Monestime.
He became North Miami councilman and owner of his own real estate firm. He is president and chief executive officer of MJM Capital Realty Investment Group in North Miami.
Jean Monestime became Miami-Dade County Commission for District 2 on November 16, 2010