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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
 
THE ROTARY CLUB OF SINT MAARTEN HOSTS “POP DINNER PARTY” IN SUPPORT OF SISTER MARIE LAURENCE PRIMARY SCHOOL
 
PHILIPSBURG, SINT MAARTEN – July 15, 2018 – The Rotary Club of Sint Maarten hosted a “Pop-Up” dinner party in support of Sister Marie Laurence Primary School on July 8, 2018.  A first of it’s kind on St. Maarten, a Pop Up Dinner is when a chef, but in this case, 5 top chef’s prepare a meal in a setting where you usually would not think to host a dinner party.
 
The Rotary Club of Sint Maarten adopted the Sister Marie Laurence Primary School after the passing of Hurricanes Irma and Maria, which was severely damaged after the storm and then completely looted. The school served as the venue for the “Pop Up Dinner Party”.  The Rotary Club of Sint Maarten is in the doorstep of approval of a Global Grant of close to $400,000 with the partnership of 11 International Rotary Club’s which will provide vocational support and training to the faculty, as well as providing the school with the latest in teaching and learning materials, a computer lab, C-Touch digital learning boards, a playground, a gardening center and much more. 
 
St. Maarten’s top chefs representing Emilio’s, Topper’s, Avantika, Lazy Lizard, and L’Isola Authentic Italian, donated their time to the cause and prepared their signatures dishes on the spot for more than 150 attendees on the evening of July 8th.  There were rave reviews about the food and it was easy to see why these chefs are considered amongst St. Maarten’s finest.  Dessert was ice cream scooped on location by the Carousel. CC1 and Prime Distributers set up and provided a full bar and kept the drinks flowing all evening, while the Guavaberry Emporium offered all attendees a welcome drink. 
 
Soundmasters, Artemia and Ti Punch Party Services transformed the school yard into an oasis and certainly exceeded the objective of the evening of bringing Rotarians, stakeholders, friends, school staff and supporters together to create a festive atmosphere in a setting that you would not think possible. Being in such a well-decorated and lit setting, in such a damaged school, brought out many emotions that played well into the evening and to the spirit of helping. 
 
Tanja Frederiks-Vliegen, on behalf of Foundation Catholic Education St. Maarten, made a short presentation outlining the future vision and plans for the school which was met with much applause as the well thought out plan included building back the school to be future proof and the centerpiece of the Middle Region community. Since this school has low parental participation, it was decided to include a parent resource center where they can use a computer, internet, printer, etc. and a community room where the Middle Region Community Council can hold their meetings.  Completely redoing the sporting court is also essential as it gives the youth of the region an area a safe and positive place to gather. 
 
“The plan for the SML School is one that proves that government, private sector, insurance, Dutch/World Bank funding, service clubs, individuals and the community as a whole CAN work together for a common goal of building St. Maarten and in particular, this school back better.  I can not think of a more well rounded and meaningful project to be a part of for the betterment of the island I love”, said John Caputo, the President of The Rotary Club of Sint Maarten.
 
Many tears were shed when young Valedictorian Chailon Ruan told his amazing story of living through hardships and how through perseverance and much help from the dedicated Care Team of the school, he was still able to graduate at the top of his class and be accepted to St. Dominic High School.  While still facing financial challenges, a donor pledged to sponsor his school and book fees, and that led to many offers of support to the “Tree of Giving” where dozens of attendees sponsored a school uniform set, school supplies, laptops, etc. for children in need.  Anil Sabnani from Carrefour Market pledged 10 laptops to students in need. 
 
Laura and Roland Richardson donated a painting, which fetched over $3,500 in an auction held and displayed on location and online, with the winning bid from Randy and Dany Acree from the United States. The funds raised by the auction will be applied to a district grant application and be used for art supplies and the proposed art room of the school.   Continuing with the fundraising effort, a 50/50 raffle was won Donna-Maria de Roche’ of Nagico Insurances.  She graciously donated her winnings back to the cause.
 
DJ Sheff opened the dance floor where those in attendance continued to dance the night away, and since the dress code for the evening was “Dress for School” or “Caribbean Elegant”, many took the opportunity to go back to school and the outfits were very creative and fun. Nisha Khatnani won in the best-dressed female category, while David Antrobus won the best-dressed male category. 
 
Much to her surprise, Tanja Frederiks-Vliegen was awarded a Paul Harris Fellow from the Rotary Club of Sint Maarten, for her tireless efforts towards this project and those in other schools as well.  Minister of Education, the Honorable Wycliffe Smith and the Rotary Club of Sint Maarten President John Caputo presented her with this prestigious recognition just before she gave her presentation on the future plans for the school. 
 
"This award means so much to me, I am very grateful to have received this recognition. As a Foundation we are very blessed to have the Rotary Club of Sint Maarten as a partner. The plans to transform this school from a "regular" school into an Exceptional School are extremely important, as this school caters to a lot of students who need that extra positive focus and attention. The Foundation has submitted the project plan via the Government of St. Maarten to the World Bank/Recovery Funds and is currently awaiting their response. The plan is to completely rebuild the school, which would allow for the school to provide a true holistic development program in order to cater to all the diverse needs of the students, but also - very importantly - to be able to tap into their abilities, talents and dreams. The vast majority of these students face many hardships and are confronted with impossibilities every single day. As a school, as a community, and as a government it time that we start focusing on this at-risk group of students, not only at the Sister Marie Laurence, but at all schools. With the funding and input from the Rotary Clubs, this project promises to have an enormous long-term impact on the well-being of our students”, said Tanja Frederiks-Vliegen.
The Pop Up Dinner event had a series of other thought out economically and environmentally impactful ideas. Dow Music Foundation was hired to play steel pan and 9 students from the Hospitality and Culinary section of The Sundial School were hired to ensure attendees were served with professionalism and they also given the opportunity to work alongside these inspirational chefs.  Commemorative wine glasses were issued to minimize waste and only biodegradable cups were used as was minimal plastics. 
 
Windward Roads provided security lighting for the parking area for the evening.  Jump Up Casino and Caribbean Lottery had also donated a sizeable amount late last year to help the school and Rotary achieve its goals. 
 
“Hearing the Valedictorian's speech is exactly why I joined Rotary. Knowing we can help not only him, but all of the Students of this school through our efforts is truly heartwarming.   Rotarians of our Club, the students and faculty of the school are extremely thankful for the support of the chefs and all others who made this Pop Up Dinner a night to remember.  We were truly honored that so many, including the Minister of Education, the Honorable Wycliffe Smith came out to support such a worthy cause,” President Caputo concluded.
 
For more information about the Rotary Club of St. Maarten or joining Rotary, please contact the Rotary Club of St. Maarten Press Officer at: pressrotarysxm@gmail.com or visit the website www.rotarysxm.org
 
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About the Rotary Club of St. Maarten:
 
The Rotary Club of St. Maarten was chartered on March 17, 1972 as result of a September 1970 meeting to form a club on the island.  Since its formation, the Rotary Club of St. Maarten has grown in membership and has assisted in the formation of new clubs in the District, including Anguilla (1978), St. Martin Nord (1988), St. Martin Mid-Isle (1997) and St. Martin Sunrise (2004).  For more information, visit the club website at www.rotarysxm.org.
 
 
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
 
ROTARY CLUB OF SINT MAARTEN & WIMA HOST ONCOLOGY CONFERENCE
 
-Nagico is the Platinum Sponsor
 
PHILIPSBURG, SINT MAARTEN – May 25, 2018 – The Rotary Club of Sint Maarten, in conjunction with the Windward Islands Medical Association, and their Platinum Sponsor, NAGICO Insurances held a conference for medical professionals on the state of Oncology (Cancer) treatment and care on St. Maarten on May 10 - 12 at the Belair Community Center.  The conference was attended by more than 100 medical professionals from around the region, and 5 international experts in the field of Oncology that addressed the local medical professionals and members of the public.  Dr. Neinke Gonzales-Diaz, Dr. Diego Ramos, Dr. Wouter Dercksen, Dr. Marino Leon and Dr. Martijn Stuiver each spoke on their respective specialties.
 
Dr. Hidde Dekethe, Secretary of the Windward Islands Medical Association, continued, “The medical portion of the event had also a great attendance with 3/4 of all (para) medical professionals of St. Maarten present, as well as Doctors and Nurses from Saba and Statia.  For sure Oncology and Palliative Care in St. Maarten was given a new boost, all benefitting the population of St. Maarten and the surrounding islands.  
 
A FREE Public Meeting on Cancer preceded the medical conference on Thursday evening, May 10, 2018.   The Honorable Minister of Health and Member of Parliament, Mr. Emil Lee, welcomed attendees with a heartfelt and personal message that highlighted the importance of knowledge about caring for one’s own health.  More than 230 residents attended this public meeting on Cancer Care, which included presentations on the state of Cancer Care on Sint Maarten, focusing on Prostate Cancer and Breast Cancer as the most common types of cancer effecting our region.  
 
 
President of the Rotary Club of Sint Maarten, John Caputo said, “This year’s conference exceeded our expectations with record attendance at the public session.  We also added a live stream of the event on the Rotary Club of Sint Maarten’s Facebook Page for those that could not attend.   The video is still online for those that would still like to view it.   And to make it even easier, the Rotary Club added free shuttle bus transportation to and from the Belair Community Center from Dutch Quarter and St. Peters. Projects like this have long lasting effects on our communities and if this program saves just one life, we will have made a tremendous difference.  We look forward to working with Nagico for many years to come as we continue our ongoing program of medical professional and public education.  With that, thank you to the entire team at Nagico”.
 
Lisa Brown, the Marketing Manager for Nagico Insurances, who attended the public session added, “It is our pleasure to support the Rotary Club of Sint Maarten and the Windward Island Medical Association with this year’s initiative on Cancer education and care.  We loved the live streaming and we are already starting to plan our portion of next year’s public session.  It just keeps getting bigger and better each year”.
 
For more information about the Rotary Club of St. Maarten, please contact the Rotary Club of St. Maarten Press Officer at: pressrotarysxm@gmail.com or visit the website www.rotarysxm.org.
 
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About the Rotary Club of St. Maarten:
 
The Rotary Club of St. Maarten was chartered on March 17, 1972 as result of a September 1970 meeting to form a club on the island.  Since its formation, the Rotary Club of St. Maarten has grown in membership and has assisted in the formation of new clubs in the District, including Anguilla (1978), St. Martin Nord (1988), St. Martin Mid-Isle (1997) and St. Martin Sunrise (2004).  For more information, visit the club website at www.rotarysxm.org.
 
 
 
 
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
 
THE ROTARY CLUB OF SINT MAARTEN AND THE LIONS CLUB OF SINT MAARTEN ACCEPT LARGE DONATIONS FROM THE JUMP UP CASINO
 
Rotary to Continue Focus On Children; Lions to Continue Focus on Vision
 
PHILIPSBURG, SINT MAARTEN – January 19, 2018 – The Rotary Club of Sint Maarten and the Lions Club of Sint Maarten proudly accepted large donations from the Jump Up Casino on Saturday evening at L’Isola Restaurant in Pelican Key totaling $46,694.  The donation was shared equally between the two Clubs.
 
Students from The Gulliver Schools of Miami, Florida, who were on island to assist with various beach clean up efforts, presented the donations to both clubs.  According to Antione Akl of the Jump Up and Hollywood Casinos, “We thought it was very fitting to have students visiting our island in service to the community to present the donations to the Rotary Club of Sint Maarten and the Lions Club of Sint Maarten.  The funds raised were collected during the holiday season after a progressive Bingo tournament”.
 
John Caputo, President of the Rotary Club of Sint Maarten, thanked the students and the Jump Up Casino for their support of Rotary.  Mr. Caputo continued, “The Rotary Club of Sint Maarten is pleased to accept this large donation.  These funds will be used to help us re-equip the Sister Marie Lawrence School after all the supplies, computers, smart boards, etc. were lost after the passing of Hurricane Irma.  In addition, a portion of the funds were used to brighten the recent holiday season for youngsters who may not have had a visit from Santa Claus.  We are grateful for this significant donation and we look forward continuing our efforts to focus on the children of Sint Maarten”.
Lion Alison Busby, President of Sint Maarten Lions Club, thanked the students for their great school work project and also the staff and management of Jump Up Casino and also to the citizens of Sint Maarten that participated at the bingo events of Jump Up casino during the month of December.  A big thank you to Mr. Antoine Akl for thinking of and being a corporate sponsor of Lions Club of Sint Maarten.  Mr. Busby went onto say, “The LION Club international has 5 areas in which we are active, including Sight, Youth, Hunger, Education, and most recently, Diabetes.  This donation will be used for the children’s projects of which one is ‘Eyes for a Brighter Future’ project.  This was planned for October 2017, but due to the passing of Hurricane Irma, the project was postponed for a later date this year. This project entails the testing of about 4000 plus elementary school students by the VOSH organization and where eyeglasses are needed the student will receive a pair of glasses free of charge”.
For more information about the Rotary Club of St. Maarten or joining Rotary, please contact the Rotary Club of St. Maarten Press Officer at: pressrotarysxm@gmail.com or visit the website www.rotarysxm.org. 
 
For more information about the Lions Club of St. Maarten, please contact the Lions Club of Sint Maarten at dailyboard@sxmlionsclub.org or visit the Sint Maarten Lions Club Facebook page
 
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About the Rotary Club of St. Maarten:
 
The Rotary Club of St. Maarten was chartered on March 17, 1972 as result of a September 1970 meeting to form a club on the island.  Since its formation, the Rotary Club of St. Maarten has grown in membership and has assisted in the formation of new clubs in the District, including Anguilla (1978), St. Martin Nord (1988), St. Martin Mid-Isle (1997) and St. Martin Sunrise (2004).  For more information, visit the club website at www.rotarysxm.org.
 
About the Lions Club of St. Maarten:
 
The Sint Maarten Lions Club was founded on December 12th 1970.
 
The St. Maarten Lions Club has grown and has now over 50 members.  The Lions Club of St. Maarten is known for their many projects and fund-raising events such as the Lions Christmas Bingo Spectacular, Lion Nelson Van de Nilde Senior Citizen Party, Lion Rudy Hoeve Health & Wellness Fair and the Quest program and many more.
Lions Clubs International is one of the world's largest service club organizations with more than 1.3 million members in approximately 45,000 clubs in more than 200 countries and geographical areas around the world.
 
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
 
THE ROTARY CLUB OF SINT MAARTEN FOCUSES ITS EFFORTS ON OUR CHILDREN
 
PHILIPSBURG, SINT MAARTEN – December 22, 2017 – Since the passing of Hurricanes Irma, Jose and Maria, The Rotary Club of Sint Maarten has spent its time, effort and financial resources with a direct focus on the children of Sint Maarten.  According to the Rotary Club of Sint Maarten President, John Caputo, “It was a very conscious decision made by our Club after the hurricanes.  We recognize that our children are the future of our island and the world, so it just seemed logical to focus on both the intermediate and long term needs of our students, knowing that much immediate term aid was available. We began by reaching out to our partners around the world and locally to make a difference, by refocusing some of our standing community projects, and by tackling some large projects directly related to the hurricanes”.
 
During the months of October, November and early December, the Rotary Club of St. Maarten distributed just under 800 dictionaries to all third grade students in 17 different schools across Dutch Sint Maarten.  According to project chair, Kishore Idnani, “This project has been a standing project for our Club for a just about a decade.  There is something quite special when you watch a third grader open a dictionary and learn how to use it properly.  This year, the project was extra special as it represented a small step in the return of normalcy for the third graders and for our Club”.  Club President, John Caputo added, “The deep gratitude of our Club goes Shams and Anish Chugani, who help us make this project a reality, year after year.
 
Continuing its focus on the youth, the Rotary Club of Sint Maarten turned its focus to the Sister Marie Laurence School in Middle Region.  The school was significantly damaged and looted after Hurricane Irma.  Contributions from around the globe have been earmarked for the Sister Marie Laurence School and through partnership with Shams of Philipsburg, and the Caribbean Lottery, a new kitchen was installed at the school.  On December 15, 2017, members of Club held a Christmas Party for the students at school, along with a visit from Santa Claus, who helped spread Christmas cheer.  The Rotary Club of Sint Maarten would like to thank and acknowledge our international partner, The Rotary Club of Singer Island Florida for their very generous donation of 200 toy boxes that were distributed to students at the Sister Marie Laurence School and the Rotary Club of Huizen for its financial assistance.
 
Mr. Caputo continued, “And, if that wasn’t enough activity, many members of the Club gathered at the Dutch Quarter Community Center on Saturday, December 16, 2017 for the Annual Children’s Holiday Party, sponsored by the Rotary Club of St. Maarten, Domino’s St. Maarten and many other companies and individuals that went above and beyond for more than 200 Dutch Quarter youth.  Bob Barron donated his time and karaoke talents to lead everyone in Christmas carols, followed by a visit from the man in red, Santa Claus.  Popcorn, face painting, cotton candy, and the bouncing castle were also available for all the attendees along with Domino’s pizza.  And of course, the contributions from Jump Up Casino Bingo festivities went along way towards helping Santa and Rotary bring all these great toys to the Dutch Quarter.  I think it’s safe to say that everyone, including the adults had a great time”.
 
The Rotary Club of Sint Maarten would like to thank you our sponsors and contributors of all their efforts including the Jump Up Casino, Don Ation, Funtopia, Domino’s St. Maarten, Bob Barron, Mr. and Mrs. Sumner B. Sochrin, Island 92 Radio, Divico Distributors, Super Plaza, the Affordable Store, the Rotary Club of Singer Island Florida, the Rotary of St. Catherines, Ontario, Canada, the Rotary Club of Huizen, Netherlands and everyone who participated in all of our youth related endeavors.
 
For more information about the Rotary Club of St. Maarten or joining Rotary, please contact the Rotary Club of St. Maarten Press Officer at: pressrotarysxm@gmail.com or visit the website www.rotarysxm.org.
 
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About the Rotary Club of St. Maarten:
 
The Rotary Club of St. Maarten was chartered on March 17, 1972 as result of a September 1970 meeting to form a club on the island.  Since its formation, the Rotary Club of St. Maarten has grown in membership and has assisted in the formation of new clubs in the District, including Anguilla (1978), St. Martin Nord (1988), St. Martin Mid-Isle (1997) and St. Martin Sunrise (2004).  For more information, visit the club website at www.rotarysxm.org.
 
 
 
 
 
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
 
THE ROTARY CLUB OF SINT MAARTEN DONATES KITCHEN EQUIPMENT TO THE SISTER MARIE LAURENCE PRIMARY SCHOOL
 
MIDDLE REGION, SINT MAARTEN – NOVEMBER 9, 2017 – The Rotary Club of Sint Maarten has donated new kitchen equipment to the Sister Marie Laurence Primary School, much to the delight and gratitude of the students and staff.   “Hurricane Irma caused a large amount of damage to the school buildings, which was truly unfortunate.  Even more devastating was the looting and vandalism that took place after the passing of Hurricane Irma. Words cannot express the disappointment we all felt to see how the school was destroyed by residents of St. Maarten. Why would people loot a school? Why would people destroy a learning environment of the youth? We are now focused and committed to rebuilding the school as quickly as possible. The rebound of this school will be a fantastic one!” said Tanja Frederiks, Project Coordinator. Federicks continued, “Besides the damage, which necessitated us having to find alternative classroom space for the students, the start up of the school after the passing of Irma has been very difficult to say the least, as we had to work while having no supplies.  Every piece of equipment and many pieces of classroom furniture were stolen. Even the kitchen, which provides many free meals for students was completely ransacked”.  
 
The Rotary Club of St. Maarten was made aware of the situation and immediately pledged to donate the necessary kitchen equipment to the school.  “The Rotary Club of St. Maarten had already committed itself to help with the funding necessary to upgrade the Sister Marie Laurence Primary School.  The Foundation Catholic Education St. Maarten is working on a very ambitious and much needed project plan right now to set up the school in such a way to be able to cater more effectively to the very diverse needs of the students at the school. The kitchen is the heart of the operation at this school, and in these troubling post-Irma times what can be better than to assist with restoring the use of their kitchen”, said John Caputo, President of the Rotary Club of Sint Maarten.   Mr. Caputo continued,  “Shams, on Cannegieter Street in Philipsburg, offered to assist with purchasing the equipment at a large discount.  We are very appreciative of their gesture in assisting the Rotary Club of St Maarten in service to the community. Our gratitude also goes out the Caribbean Lotteries for their donation towards this cause.  The three local Rotary Clubs, as well as efforts from Rotary International, are all working on similar projects at other educational facilities on the island.  This is just the start of many more great examples of Rotary in action”.
 
According to Mrs. Lilia Aventurin-Hodge, the Executive Director of the Board,  “Currently two grades of the Sister Marie Laurence are housed at the Sister Magda Primary School and two grades are housed at the St. Joseph School. There was no more space to house the remaining six grades at other schools, so those remaining classes had to remain on the campus of the Sister Marie Laurence School.  We are thankful and appreciative of the Sister Magda School and St. Joseph School for sharing their campuses with our students. As for the students and teachers who remained at the Sister Marie Laurence School campus, I thank you for your patience, your dedication and your commitment”.  Mrs. Aventurin-Hodge continued, “The Foundation would like to express its heartfelt appreciation to the Rotary Club of Sint Maarten, to the Ministry of Education, Culture, Youth and Sports and to Mr. York for their help in organizing the quick-fixes to the school in order for the students to resume classes in October”.
 
For more information about the Rotary Club of St. Maarten or joining Rotary, please contact the Rotary Club of St. Maarten Press Officer at: pressrotarysxm@gmail.com or visit the website www.rotarysxm.org.
 
 
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About the Rotary Club of St. Maarten:
 
The Rotary Club of St. Maarten was chartered on March 17, 1972 as result of a September 1970 meeting to form a club on the island.  Since its formation, the Rotary Club of St. Maarten has grown in membership and has assisted in the formation of new clubs in the District, including Anguilla (1978), St. Martin Nord (1988), St. Martin Mid-Isle (1997) and St. Martin Sunrise (2004).  For more information, visit the club website at www.rotarysxm.org.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
 
ROTARY CLUB OF SINT MAARTEN ACCEPTS DONATION FROM NAGICO
 
-Sponsors Medical Conference for the Third Year
-FREE PUBLIC MEETING ON CANCER
 
PHILIPSBURG, SINT MAARTEN – August 28, 2017 – The Rotary Club of Sint Maarten proudly accepted a large donation from NAGICO Insurances in support of the upcoming Oncology (Cancer) Conference.
 
The Rotary Club of Sint Maarten, in conjunction with the Windward Islands Medical Association, will be holding a conference for medical professionals on the state of Cancer and care/treatment on St. Maarten on October 6th and 7th at the Belair Community Center. A FREE Public Meeting on Cancer will precede this conference on Thursday evening, October 5th, 2017 from 6:45 pm to 9:00 pm also at the Belair Community Center. Presentations on various types of Cancer, care and treatment will be included along with the opportunity for members of the public to ask questions to the presenters. The session will be opened by Honorable Minister of Health, Labor and Social Affairs, Mr. Emil Lee, along with presentations from a panel of visiting expert doctors and insurance experts from NAGICO.
 
President of the Rotary Club of Sint Maarten, Mr. John Caputo, accepted the donation from NAGICO and went on to say; “This year we are looking to expand access to this very important public meeting on Cancer, by offering free shuttle bus service from various locations and live streaming the session online so all can participate. This donation enables our Club to continue its multi year initiative to support public education on St. Maarten, both for our medical professionals and for our residents. On behalf of the Rotary Club of Sint Maarten, I wish to thank NAGICO for their continued commitment to this initiative, now in its third year. I would also like to thank the Windward Islands Medical Association for their efforts in improving the knowledge of our physicians and the community. Together, we can truly make a difference.”
 
Mr. Dwayne Elgin, CEO of the NAGICO Group of Companies, said; “It is our pleasure to partner with the Rotary Club of Sint Maarten and the Windward Island Medical Association for a cause that touches countless members of our community. We are continuously working to improve our products and cater to the needs of the islands. NAGICO believes that supporting this initiative will encourage more people to change their lifestyle and make smarter decisions.  Please remember to come on October 5th for the FREE Public Session on Cancer (Oncology) at the Belair Community Center at 6:45pm.”  
 
For more information about the Rotary Club of St. Maarten or joining Rotary, please contact the Rotary Club of St. Maarten Press Officer at: pressrotarysxm@gmail.com or visit the website www.rotarysxm.org.
 
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About the Rotary Club of St. Maarten:
 
The Rotary Club of St. Maarten was chartered on March 17, 1972 as result of a September 1970 meeting to form a club on the island. Since its formation, the Rotary Club of St. Maarten has grown in membership and has assisted in the formation of new clubs in the District, including Anguilla (1978), St. Martin Nord (1988), St. Martin Mid-Isle (1997) and St. Martin Sunrise (2004). For more information, visit the club website at www.rotarysxm.org.
On Saturday, August 19, 2017, members of the Rotary Club of Sint Maarten assembled at the Rotary Roundabout adjacent to the Causeway Bridge, to continue their beautification efforts.  Last week the team worked to unveil a refurbished Bus Stop Shelter in Point Blanche, and this week the team worked remove over 500 pounds of weeds and rubbish from the Rotary Roundabout.  Just another small example of Rotary in action on St. Maarten.
 
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
 
THE ROTARY CLUB OF SINT MAARTEN
REFURBISHES POINT BLANCHE BUS STOP SHELTER
 
Now Serves as a Symbol of Doing Good in the World
to all Passersby
 
PHILIPSBURG, SINT MAARTEN – AUGUST 12, 2017 – The Rotary Club of Sint Maarten, through the help of its members, American University of the Caribbean (AUC) students, many volunteers and several local businesses completed the refurbishment of its last remaining Bus Stop Shelter in Point Blanche.  According to the President of the Rotary Club of Sint Maarten John Caputo, “This last remaining Bus Stop Shelter was built on a bare and treeless road to Point Blanche during the 1985 – 1986 Rotary year when our Club was lead by Past President and former Lt. Governor, the Honorable Max Pandt.  Over the years, road patterns changed and this Bus Stop Shelter is the last remaining shelter of its kind”.
 
Today, the Point Blanche Bus Stop Shelter is used less frequently as a bus stop, but now serves as a visible monument to Rotary International, as millions of visitors to Sint Maarten walk or ride by, either coming or going, to the Dr. A.C. Wathey Cruise Ship Facility.  President Caputo added, “Over the years countless Rotarians, residents and local businesses have helped maintain the Bus Stop Shelter.  I would like to recognize Immediate Past President Henna Budhrani for getting this project off the ground, Past Assistant Governor Stephen Thompson for his dedication and drive to get this project to fruition, along with significant contributions from former Rotarian, Bob McDonough, of Greenfingers, and the team from Sherwin Williams St. Maarten for their donation of paint, materials and supplies.  The new signage at the Bus Stop Shelter was made locally by Tim Salt of Signs and Designs, and will welcome our many cruise ship visitors”.
 
For more information about the Rotary Club of St. Maarten or about joining Rotary, please contact the Rotary Club of St. Maarten Press Officer at: pressrotarysxm@gmail.com or visit the website www.rotarysxm.org.
 
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About the Rotary Club of St. Maarten:
 
The Rotary Club of St. Maarten was chartered on March 17, 1972 as result of a September 1970 meeting to form a club on the island.  Since its formation, the Rotary Club of St. Maarten has grown in membership and has assisted in the formation of new clubs in the District, including Anguilla (1978), St. Martin Nord (1988), St. Martin Mid-Isle (1997) and St. Martin Sunrise (2004).  For more information, visit the club website at www.rotarysxm.org.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
 
ROTARY CLUB OF SINT MAARTEN
PRESENT TWO VEHICLES
 
Meals on Wheels and the New Start Foundation Children’s Home to Benefit
 
PHILIPSBURG, SINT MAARTEN – JUNE 29, 2017 – The Rotary Club of Sint Maarten, at an evening of fun and fellowship at the Rotary Clubhouse, presented two vehicles to deserving organizations.  Outgoing President Henna Budhrani said, “On behalf of the Rotary Club of Sint Maarten and the Friends of Rotary, I am pleased to present the Meals on Wheels Foundation and the New Start Foundation Children’s Home each with a vehicle that we help them achieve their respective missions”.
 
The Meals on Wheels Foundation provides more than 575 meals each week to those in need on Sint Maarten.    Mary Bryson from Meals on Wheels was delighted to receive the vehicle.  Mrs. Bryson added, “We are very appreciative of the Rotary Club of Sint Maarten and its effort to support Meals on Wheels year after year.  We are incredibly grateful”.
 
The New Start Foundation Children’s Home currently serves as the home for 23 children.  Mr. Eddie Benjamin and his wife, Sally, not only provide a roof over the head for these children, they provide a home that is surrounded by love, caring and kindness that is so important to a proper upbringing.  Mr. Benjamin thanked the Rotary Club of Sint Maarten for the very generous donation of a large passenger van and promised the van would be put to good use.  Mr. Benjamin commented, “Everywhere we go up until now, we use a small vehicle, and wherever we go people always do a double take when they see how many kids are piling out of a car.  Now, with a much larger van, it is safer and more comfortable for the children”.
 
Incoming Rotary Club of St. Maarten President, John Caputo, added, “It’s moments like these that make me realize why I became a Rotarian.  You can look for even more impactful projects, that personally engage our members in the coming year”.
 
For more information about the Rotary Club of St. Maarten or about joining Rotary, please contact the Rotary Club of St. Maarten Press Officer at: pressrotarysxm@gmail.com or visit the website www.rotarysxm.org.
 
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About the Rotary Club of St. Maarten:
 
The Rotary Club of St. Maarten was chartered on March 17, 1972 as result of a September 1970 meeting to form a club on the island.  Since its formation, the Rotary Club of St. Maarten has grown in membership and has assisted in the formation of new clubs in the District, including Anguilla (1978), St. Martin Nord (1988), St. Martin Mid-Isle (1997) and St. Martin Sunrise (2004).  For more information, visit the club website at www.rotarysxm.org.
 
 
 
 
 
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
 
ROTARY CLUB OF SINT MAARTEN
CELEBRATES ITS NEW BOARD
 
Caputo Named 47th President
 
PHILIPSBURG, SINT MAARTEN – JUNE 18, 2017 – The Rotary Club of Sint Maarten kicked off its new Rotary year on Saturday, June 17th at The Refuge in Beacon, Hill St. Maarten, which officially begins on July 1st.
 
Outgoing President Henna Budhrani thanked the outgoing Board of Directors for their service and reflected on the past year.  Henna explained, “Serving as President of the Rotary Club of Sint Maarten has helped me grow as a person and as a leader.  I want to thank all of the members of the four St. Maarten/St. Martin Clubs, our sponsors, donors, ‘Friends of Rotary’, and especially my Board.  It is through this combined effort that our club has accomplished so many projects that directly impacted our community in a positive way, and by making a difference in people's lives”.  On behalf of the Club, President Henna then turned over the keys to two vehicles, one for the Meals on Wheels Foundation and the other for the New Start Foundation.  She continued, "As I hand over the reign to our new President John, I want to see our club flourish to greater heights.  His success is our club's success, so we must all be there to support the new projects that benefit our community
 
President Budhrani then officially turned over the reigns of the Rotary Club of Sint Maarten to John Caputo.
 
Newly installed President Caputo introduced his new Board Members and Committee Chairpersons including: Secretary/President-elect Sherrylle DeHaarte , Immediate Past President Henna Budhrani, Vice President Pierre DeCelles, Treasurer Robert Judd, Sargent-at-Arms Franklyn Maynard, Anil Sabnani and Danny Ramchandani (Fundraising) Iris Fehse and Maayke DeHaan (Fun & Fellowship), Larry Gregory (Disaster Relief), Agnes Kapoor and Adelena Schaap (Administration), Edward Bardfield (Technology Services), Adelena Schaap (Public Image), Maayke DeHaan (Membership), James Ferris (New Generations) and Jeffrey “Soc” Sochrin (Special Advisor to the President). 
 
Caputo went on to say, “It is an honor and a privilege to have been trusted to preside over the Rotary Club of St. Maarten and the amazing individuals we call Rotarians. There is so much history and good this club has done for the community and the world as a whole over the past 45 years.  We will continue to change lives, improve situations, and provide help where help is needed. Of course, none of this is possible without your unwavering support of our endeavors.  This Change of Board Celebration is a perfect example of how are Club makes a difference, with more than $1,000 being raised to support the needs of the recent Cay Bay fire victims.  This year we are taking on some very big projects, which will all have huge impact and sustainability with the youth of our island. The youth is our future and the Rotary Club of St. Maarten will do our part to make that future a bright one".
 
For more information about the Rotary Club of St. Maarten or about joining Rotary, please contact the Rotary Club of St. Maarten Press Officer at: pressrotarysxm@gmail.com or visit the website www.rotarysxm.org.
 
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About the Rotary Club of St. Maarten:
 
The Rotary Club of St. Maarten was chartered on March 17, 1972 as result of a September 1970 meeting to form a club on the island.  Since its formation, the Rotary Club of St. Maarten has grown in membership and has assisted in the formation of new clubs in the District, including Anguilla (1978), St. Martin Nord (1988), St. Martin Mid-Isle (1997) and St. Martin Sunrise (2004).  For more information, visit the club website at www.rotarysxm.org.
 
 
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
 
ROTARY CLUB OF SINT MAARTEN ANNOUNCES ANNUAL CHANGE OF BOARD CELEBRATION
 
June 17, 2017 at The Refuge, Beacon Hill
 
PHILIPSBURG, SINT MAARTEN – May 30, 2017 – The Rotary Club of Sint Maarten, announces its Annual Change of the Board Celebration on June 17th at THE REFUGE in Beacon Hill, St. Maarten, at 7 pm SHARP.  This year’s event is all about FUN and celebrating the new face of Rotary.
 
The Rotary Club of Sint Maarten has been serving the community for more than 45 years with projects ranging from school tuition scholarships, improvements to school facilities, spending time with our senior citizens, providing breakfasts to young students in need, educating our youth about cyber-bullying, promoting vision care to helping those in need after a tragedy strikes. 
 
Incoming President, John Caputo said, “I hope everyone comes out to join us for this evening of pure fun. The music will take us back to the 1980’s and the days of the News Music Café.  I guarantee the speeches will be minimal and the FUN will be over the top! We have a few great surprises that you definitely don’t want to miss.   So please contact any Rotarian, email pressrotarysxm@gmail.com, or call 544-3377 to purchase a ticket to our FUN 1980’s Annual Change of Board Celebration on June 17h at The Refuge.  The fun starts at 7 PM sharp.  Tickets are just US $90 and include an OPEN BAR as well as a great dinner that will certainly be, the great culinary tour of the world.  This is going to be one night to remember and you don’t want to miss the FUN!”.
 
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For more information about the Rotary Club of St. Maarten, or learning about joining Rotary, please contact the Rotary Club of St. Maarten Press Officer at: pressrotarysxm@gmail.com or visit the website www.rotarysxm.org.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
 
ROTARY CLUB OF SINT MAARTEN PLEDGES ASSISTANCE TO CAY BAY FIRE VICTIMS
 
PHILIPSBURG, SINT MAARTEN – MAY 28, 2017 – The Rotary Club of Sint Maarten pledges to assist the victims of recent fire in Cay Bay on May 27, 2017.  Information and assessment of the specific needs continues this morning, and the Rotary Club of Sint Maarten is preparing to assist in an immediate way.
 
Members of the public wishing to assist can reach the Rotary Club of Sint Maarten by calling Adelena Schaap at +17215808237.  Donations will be accepted at Toppers Restaurant on Welfare Rd in Cole Bay, Island 92 Radio in the Federal Express Building on Welfare Rd in Cole Bay and any Domino’s location.   Domino’s St. Maarten has already pledged pizzas to victims and rescue personnel.  The Rotary Club of Sint Maarten is working closely with the Community Police Officer, Inspector Daryl Chandler, to best understand the specific needs of the victims and we will provide additional details as soon as they are known.
 
For more information about the Rotary Club of St. Maarten, or joining Rotary, please contact the Rotary Club of St. Maarten Press Officer at: pressrotarysxm@gmail.com or visit the website www.rotarysxm.org.
 
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About the Rotary Club of St. Maarten:
 
The Rotary Club of St. Maarten was chartered on March 17, 1972 as result of a September 1970 meeting to form a club on the island.  Since its formation, the Rotary Club of St. Maarten has grown in membership and has assisted in the formation of new clubs in the District, including Anguilla (1978), St. Martin Nord (1988), St. Martin Mid-Isle (1997) and St. Martin Sunrise (2004).  For more information, visit the club website at www.rotarysxm.org.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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THE ROTARY CLUB OF SINT MAARTEN RECOGNIZED AT 43RD ANNUAL DISTRICT CONFERENCE
 
Receives 8 Awards including National Project Award
 
PHILIPSBURG, SINT MAARTEN – May 19, 2017 – The Rotary Club of Sint Maarten was recognized at the 43rd Annual District Conference on May 18, 2017, aboard the Enchantment of the Seas, while docked in Key West, Florida, USA, with 8 Awards of Excellence by District Governor Haresh Ramchandani, including the Bronze Club of the Month Award, the Gold District Governor’s Award, 4 Club of Distinction Awards for Community Service, Intra-District Projects, Public Image, Outstanding Young Leaders, Winner of the National Project Award and the Rotary International Significant Achievement Award Nominee for the District.
 
According to Rotary Club of Sint Maarten President-elect, John Caputo, “The most significant and inspiring achievement was receiving the National Project Award for the Cyber-bullying Awareness Initiative held this past February.   This project was impactful across our Sint Maarten community for our young adults, our parents and our educators with educating more than 300 students about tips and techniques to manage cyber-bullies that are so prevalent in today’s online world.  It is my hope to develop this initiative in a project that can be repeated and shared again, not only on Sint Maarten, but also across our Rotary District”.
 
President of the Rotary Club of Sint Maarten, Henna Budhrani, added, “The recognition the Rotary Club of Sint Maarten received at the District Conference made me particularly proud of our members, as our club has worked diligently on many projects, like the Cyber-bully Awareness Initiative. This initiative was a joint project with the Learning Unlimited Preparatory School Parents Advisory Committee (PAC).   Our Club is most thankful to the PAC and the PAC President, Heather Caputo, for bringing this problem and initiative to our attention.  Together, we have impacted so many lives on St. Maarten and around the world through our efforts”. 
 
For more information about the Rotary Club of St. Maarten or for more information about joining Rotary, please contact the Rotary Club of St. Maarten Press Officer at: pressrotarysxm@gmail.com or visit the website www.rotarysxm.org.
 
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About the Rotary Club of St. Maarten:
 
The Rotary Club of St. Maarten was chartered on March 17, 1972 as result of a September 1970 meeting to form a club on the island.  Since its formation, the Rotary Club of St. Maarten has grown in membership and has assisted in the formation of new clubs in the District, including Anguilla (1978), St. Martin Nord (1988), St. Martin Mid-Isle (1997) and St. Martin Sunrise (2004).  For more information, visit the club website at www.rotarysxm.org.
 
 
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
 
The Rotary Club of Sint Maarten launches Mother and Child Health Care Promotion Campaign
 
A Collaboration with Collective Prevention Services
 
PHILIPSBURG, SINT MAARTEN – May 3, 2017 – The Rotary Club of Sint Maarten initiated a partnership with the Ministry of Public Health, Social Development and Labour to create a Mother and Child Health Promotion Campaign.
 
The Purpose of the campaign is to promote the healthy behavior of women during pregnancy and childbirth by providing them with a road map through healthcare and medical care alternatives, practices and options.   The launch of the awareness campaign was done during the weekly club meeting of the Rotary Club of Sint Maarten during “Mother and Child Health Month” which is celebrated by Rotary International.
 
The first product of the campaign is a brochure, which was put together with technical input from the Department of Collective Prevention Services. The aim of the brochure is to guide expectant mothers through proper health care practices, ranging from visiting the local pharmacy to visiting the gynecologist and/or pediatrician during a pregnancy.  
 
Ms. Henna Budhrani, President of the Rotary Club of Sint Maarten, said, “Every child deserves a good start and that begins with a healthy mother.” She thanked Ms. Agnes Kapoor, Co-Chairperson of the Club’s Service Project Committee, for making this initiative a reality and stressed this club commitment goes beyond her presidency. President-Elect, John Caputo, underscored this commitment to continue the Mother and Child Health Promotion campaign during his presidency.
 
During the launch, the brochure was presented to the Honorable Emile Lee, Minister of Public Health.  He complimented the Club with this initiative and confirmed the full support of his Ministry.  In his address, he said that he is a strong believer of public private partnerships, and sees the role of civil society organizations, such as the Rotary Club of Sint Maarten, to create awareness and promote healthy behavior. "I endorsed the flyer and look forward to follow up activities and events”, Minister Lee said in closing.
 
Also in attendance for the launch of the brochure were, Dr. Virginia Asin, Head of Collective Prevention Services and Mr. Dick Luttekes, President of The Pharmacy Association.
 
The brochures will be distributed at pharmacies, medical clinics, the baby clinic, the White and Yellow Cross Care Foundation and all relevant health care institutions on Sint Maarten, with the objective of reaching the wider a female population through collaboration with different partners.
 
For more information about the Rotary Club of St. Maarten, please contact the Rotary Club of St. Maarten Press Officer at: pressrotarysxm@gmail.com or visit the website www.rotarysxm.org.
 
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About the Rotary Club of St. Maarten:
 
The Rotary Club of St. Maarten was chartered on March 17, 1972 as result of a September 1970 meeting to form a club on the island.  Since its formation, the Rotary Club of St. Maarten has grown in membership and has assisted in the formation of new clubs in the District, including Anguilla (1978), St. Martin Nord (1988), St. Martin Mid-Isle (1997) and St. Martin Sunrise (2004).  For more information, visit the club website at www.rotarysxm.org.
 
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
 
ROTARY CLUB OF SINT MAARTEN HOLDS SUCCESSFUL PUBLIC CYBER-BULLYING SEMINAR

PHILIPSBURG, SINT MAARTEN – FEBRUARY 23, 2017 – The Rotary Club of Sint Maarten recently completed a successful cyber-bullying seminar with more than 300 in attendance.  International expert on bullying, cyber-bullying, and appropriate social networking media safety protocols, Dr. Sameer Hindjua presented to those in attendance at L B Scott Auditorium on the Friday, February 10, 2017.  
 
Dr. Hinduja is widely accepted as one of the world's top experts on topics of safe social networking and cyber-bullying.   Dr. Hinduja is Co-Director of the Cyberbullying Research Center (cyberbullying.org) and Professor in the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Florida Atlantic University (FAU).  During his session with St. Maarten youth, Dr. Hindjua used real time technology to interact with the audience and to personalize his presentation to the youth of St. Maarten in a meaningful way.
 
John Caputo, the Secretary and President-elect of the Rotary Club Sint Maarten said, “We are very fortunate to have Dr. Hinduja with us on our island.   From the discussions that have already taken place with our young people and their parents, we are already better equipped to handle cyber-bullying and improper online behavior.  Just talking about it, often makes a world that seems scary, so much more manageable. Thank you Dr. Hinduja.  I would also be remiss if I didn’t thank the many friends of Rotary that made this event possible.”
 
For more information about the Rotary Club of St. Maarten, please contact the Rotary Club of St. Maarten Press Officer at: pressrotarysxm@gmail.com or visit the website www.rotarysxm.org.
 
 
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About the Rotary Club of St. Maarten:
The Rotary Club of St. Maarten was chartered on March 17, 1972 as result of a September 1970 meeting to form a club on the island.  Since its formation, the Rotary Club of St. Maarten has grown in membership and has assisted in the formation of new clubs in the District, including Anguilla (1978), St. Martin Nord (1988), St. Martin Mid-Isle (1997) and St. Martin Sunrise (2004).  For more information, visit the club website at www.rotarysxm.org.
 
 
 
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
 
ROTARY CLUB OF SINT MAARTEN SUPPORTS RELIEF EFFORTS IN HAITI
 
PHILIPSBURG, SINT MAARTEN – November 1, 2016 – The Rotary Club of Sint Maarten today in the presence of Rotary International’s President Elect Ian Riseley and District Governor Elect Robert Leger presented a check for $6,000 to support the relief efforts in Haiti in the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew. 
 
District Governor Elect Robert is from the western end of Haiti that was most affected by the storm that devastated the island about a month ago.  A call for help went out to the Rotary Clubs around the world and their 1.2 million members.  A special fund was established where clubs and the general public can contribute and request to earmark the donation to go towards either rebuilding schools or homes, or for more immediate relief such as potable water, medical supplies, etc. 
 
The Rotary Club of St. Maarten chose to have the funds go towards the rebuilding of homes as it was quoted that with just $600 a simple home can be reconstructed.  “With this donation, we know that we can provide adequate shelter for 10 families in need.  “It is with great honor and hope for the country of Haiti that we present this check to you,” said President Henna Budhrani to an emotional and extremely thankful DGE Robert Leger.
 
“There have been echoes of concern in the community as to whether donations made towards Haiti relief actually get to those most in need.  With the Rotary Foundation, we not only know that the funds are used as intended, but we get to see follow up with the difference that our donation has made.  A Rotarian there, will ensure that we are kept abreast of progress, and share stories and photos of how we positively impacted many lives with these new homes,” said DGE Robert Leger after having been presented with the check on behalf of the Rotary Club of Sint Maarten.
 
For more information about the Rotary Club of St. Maarten, please contact the Rotary Club of St. Maarten Press Officer at: pressrotarysxm@gmail.com or visit the website www.rotarysxm.org.
 
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About the Rotary Club of St. Maarten:
 
The Rotary Club of St. Maarten was chartered on March 17, 1972 as result of a September 1970 meeting to form a club on the island.  Since its formation, the Rotary Club of St. Maarten has grown in membership and has assisted in the formation of new clubs in the District, including Anguilla (1978), St. Martin Nord (1988), St. Martin Mid-Isle (1997) and St. Martin Sunrise (2004).  For more information, visit the club website at www.rotarysxm.org.
 
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
 
ROTARY CLUB OF SINT MAARTEN ANNOUNCES FREE CYBER-BULLYING SEMINAR
 
February 10, 2017 7 – 9 PM
LB Scott Auditorium
 
PHILIPSBURG, SINT MAARTEN – FEBRUARY 7, 2017 – The Rotary Club of Sint Maarten is proud to announce they are hosting a seminar on Cyber-bullying, on Friday, February 10th from 7pm-9pm at the LB Scott Auditorium.  The club has brought to the island Dr. Sameer Hinduja, one of the world's leading experts on the subjects of Bullying and Cyber-bullying, who will be giving a FREE seminar to the teens and parents of the island.
 
"Cyber-bullying is an epidemic which has, unfortunately, made its ugly way to Sint Maarten," says Rotarian John Caputo.  "We need to start this conversation with our kids, and we need to learn some ways to deal with it.  I saw a shocking statistic that only 1 in 10 youths that are being bullied let someone close to them know that they were being bullied.  As parents, it is so important to be a part of this; and like I said, to start the conversation.  Who knows, you just may save a loved one's life." Rotarian Caputo continued to say.  
 
Also, a representative of the Law enforcement and youth services will be on hand to answer any questions after Dr. Hinduja presents, to inform the youth of Sint Maarten about the legalities of bullying here:  the consequences, ways teens can report bullying activities, etc.
 
Dr. Sameer Hinduja is Co-Director of the Cyberbullying Research Center (cyberbullying.org) and Professor in the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Florida Atlantic University. He is recognized internationally for his groundbreaking work on the subjects of cyberbullying and safe social media use, concerns that have paralleled the exponential growth in online communication by young people. He works with the U.S. Department of Education and many state departments of education to improve their policies and programming related to the prevention and response of teen technology misuse. He has written seven books, the most recent being “Bullying Today: Bullet Points and Best Practices” and the award-winning “Bullying beyond the Schoolyard: Preventing and Responding to Cyberbullying.” His newest co-authored book specifically written for teens is entitled “Words Wound: Delete Cyberbullying and Make Kindness Go Viral.” According to Google Scholar, Dr. Hinduja's articles have been cited over 7,000 times in the fields of Computer Science, Management Information Systems, Educational Psychology, Pediatrics, Social Psychology, Sociology, Business Administration, Ethics, Developmental Psychology, Communications, Psychiatry, Counselor Education, Special Education, Educational Technology, Criminology, and Pediatrics.
 
Outside of research and evaluation expertise, Dr. Hinduja provides training to schools, youth organizations, parents, and teens on how to avoid online victimization and its real-world consequences. He is frequently asked to provide expert commentary by news organizations, and his work has been featured in venues that include CNN’s “Anderson Cooper 360,” NPR’s “All Things Considered,” the BBC and The New York Times. He has also been interviewed and cited by hundreds of online and print media outlets. He received his Ph.D. and M.S. in Criminal Justice from Michigan State University (focus area: cybercrime) and his B.S. in Criminal Justice (minor in legal studies) from the University of Central Florida Honors College. At FAU, Dr. Hinduja has won both Researcher of the Year and Teacher of the Year, the two highest honors across the entire university.
 
"On behalf of the Rotary Club of Sint Maarten, we sincerely hope to see you out as a family for this very important and informative FREE event.  Everyone will leave with tools to help cope and deal with Cyber Bullying.  If your son or daughter is connected to the internet, it is very likely that they have been bullied, or perhaps are the bully his or herself" said John Caputo; the Club's Secretary and President Elect.  There will be refreshments and pizza for sale but admission is free for everyone.
 
For more information about the Rotary Club of St. Maarten, please contact the Rotary Club of St. Maarten Press Officer at: pressrotarysxm@gmail.com or visit the website www.rotarysxm.org.
 
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About the Rotary Club of St. Maarten:
The Rotary Club of St. Maarten was chartered on March 17, 1972 as result of a September 1970 meeting to form a club on the island.  Since its formation, the Rotary Club of St. Maarten has grown in membership and has assisted in the formation of new clubs in the District, including Anguilla (1978), St. Martin Nord (1988), St. Martin Mid-Isle (1997) and St. Martin Sunrise (2004).  For more information, visit the club website at www.rotarysxm.org.
 
 
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
 
ROTARY CLUB OF SINT MAARTEN DONATES WHEELCHAIRS TO MEDICAL CENTER AND WHITE YELLOW CROSS
 
PHILIPSBURG, SINT MAARTEN – November 1, 2016 – The Rotary Club of Sint Maarten in collaboration with a Rotary Club of Singer Island, Florida embarked on a project to provide 10 wheel chairs to both the St. Maarten Medical Center and White & Yellow Cross.
 
The presentation of the much needed new wheel chairs was made this morning at each respective location.  Both facilities expressed appreciation for the continued support received from the island’s Rotary Clubs as having fulfilled many other equipment needs prior to the wheel chairs; such as a leg press, eye examination machine, an infant incubator, amongst others.
 
Both Dr. Kees Klarenbeek, the Chairman Board of Directors of SMMC and Bregje Boetekees, Operations Manager of the White & Yellow Cross echoed the same sentiment during the presentations. Both had said that medical services are not only about the doctor and patient/client, it’s about working together with the community as a whole to provide and be equipped to properly handle any situation, and to make the best of limited budgets and subsidies.  It is with the assistance of service clubs, like the Rotary Club of Sint Maarten that continue to help fulfil this void.
 
The ten wheel chairs, included a few sized for children, were presented by club President Henna Budhrani along with several Rotarians.  Also in presence was the President Elect for Rotary International, Ian Riseley and his wife Juliete along with District Governor Elect Robert Leger and his wife Rosa.  “The Rotary Club of St. Maarten takes great pride in helping make a difference around the world.  When you support Rotary via our various fundraisers or activities, you know that the funds raised go to relevant and needed causes such as these ten wheel chairs we are presenting today,” said President Henna.
 
For more information about the Rotary Club of St. Maarten, please contact the Rotary Club of St. Maarten Press Officer at: pressrotarysxm@gmail.com or visit the website www.rotarysxm.org.
 
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About the Rotary Club of St. Maarten:
 
The Rotary Club of St. Maarten was chartered on March 17, 1972 as result of a September 1970 meeting to form a club on the island.  Since its formation, the Rotary Club of St. Maarten has grown in membership and has assisted in the formation of new clubs in the District, including Anguilla (1978), St. Martin Nord (1988), St. Martin Mid-Isle (1997) and St. Martin Sunrise (2004).  For more information, visit the club website at www.rotarysxm.org.
Lisa Brown, Marketing Manager of Nagico with President of the Rotary Club of Sint Maarten, Henna Budhrani
 
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
 
ROTARY CLUB OF SINT MAARTEN ACCEPTS DONATION FROM NAGICO
 
-Nagico Sponsors Nephrology Conference
-FREE PUBLIC MEETING ON KIDNEY DISEASE
 
PHILIPSBURG, SINT MAARTEN – September 5, 2016 – The Rotary Club of Sint Maarten proudly accepted a large donation from Nagico Insurances in support of the upcoming Nephrology Conference.
 
The Rotary Club of Sint Maarten, in conjunction with the Windward Islands Medical Association, will be holding a conference for medical professionals on the state of Kidney Disease and care on St. Maarten on September 16 and 17 at the Belair Community Center.  A FREE Public Meeting on Kidney Disease will precede this conference on Thursday evening, September 15, 2016 from 6:45 pm to 9:00 pm also at the Belair Community Center.  Presentations on Kidney Disease, care, diet and prevention will be included along with the opportunity for members of the public ask questions to the presenters.  The session will be opened by our Honorable Minister of Health, Labor and Social Affairs, Mr. Emil Lee, along with presentations from Dr. Maite Gil, Nephrologist, Sineida Suares, Assistant Supervisor of the Dialysis Unit and Jeshneila Carti, Dietician.
 
President of the Rotary Club of Sint Maarten, Henna Budhrani, accepted the donation from Nagico and went on to say, “This donation enables our Club to continue its multi year initiative to support public education on St. Maarten, both for our medical professionals and for our residents.  Thank you Nagico for your continued support and we look forward to working with you for many years to come.  I also want to thank the Windward Islands Medical Association for their efforts in improving the knowledge of our physicians and the community.”
 
Imran McSood Amjad, Chairman of the Nagico Group of Companies, said, “It is our pleasure to support the Rotary Club of Sint Maarten and the Windward Island Medical Association with this year’s initiative on Nephrology education.  If we can save one life, we have made a significant contribution to our society.  Please remember to come on September 15th for the FREE Public Session on Kidney Disease at the Belair Community Center at 6:45pm.” 
 
For more information about the Rotary Club of St. Maarten, please contact the Rotary Club of St. Maarten Press Officer at: pressrotarysxm@gmail.com or visit the website www.rotarysxm.org.
 
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About the Rotary Club of St. Maarten:
 
The Rotary Club of St. Maarten was chartered on March 17, 1972 as result of a September 1970 meeting to form a club on the island.  Since its formation, the Rotary Club of St. Maarten has grown in membership and has assisted in the formation of new clubs in the District, including Anguilla (1978), St. Martin Nord (1988), St. Martin Mid-Isle (1997) and St. Martin Sunrise (2004).  For more information, visit the club website at www.rotarysxm.org.
 
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
 
ROTARY CLUB OF SINT MAARTEN CONTINUES ITS COMMITMENT TO THE EDUCATION FOR US ALL FOUNDATION
 
PHILIPSBURG, SINT MAARTEN – JULY 31, 2016 – The Rotary Club of Sint Maarten is pleased to announce that it has continued its support to the Education for Us All Foundation with the sponsorship of two scholarships for the new academic year.  The Rotary Club of Sint Maarten President Henna Budhrani recently presented a check for US $6,000 to Tamara Leonard of the Education for Us All Foundation.
 
President Budhrani said, “We are proud to continue our sponsorship of this wonderful initiative to help students, who might not have the opportunity to continue their tertiary education.  Our students are our future and we as Rotarians must do everything we can to strengthen the future of our community”.
 
The Education for Us All Foundation was established to help students who grew up on St. Maarten as legal residents, but for reasons of nationality, do not qualify for study financing.  During the first year of operation, 7 students received scholarships from the Foundation.
 
For more information about the Rotary Club of St. Maarten, please contact the Rotary Club of St. Maarten Press Officer at: pressrotarysxm@gmail.com or visit the website www.rotarysxm.org.
 
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About the Rotary Club of St. Maarten:
 
The Rotary Club of St. Maarten was chartered on March 17, 1972 as result of a September 1970 meeting to form a club on the island.  Since its formation, the Rotary Club of St. Maarten has grown in membership and has assisted in the formation of new clubs in the District, including Anguilla (1978), St. Martin Nord (1988), St. Martin Mid-Isle (1997) and St. Martin Sunrise (2004).  For more information, visit the club website at www.rotarysxm.org.
 
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ROTARY CLUB OF SINT MAARTEN NAMES THREE AS ROTARIANS OF THE YEAR
 
PHILIPSBURG, SINT MAARTEN – JULY 2, 2016 – Mr. Pierre DeCelles, Mr. Kishore Idnani and Mr. Robert Judd were named as Rotarians of the Year by the Rotary Club of Sint Maarten during the Change of Board Celebration on Saturday, June 12th 2017 at the Dreams Beach Bar and Restaurant.
 
Outgoing Club President Jeffrey “Dr. Soc” Sochrin proudly recognized Messrs. DeCelles, Idnani and Judd for their outstanding and exemplary service to the Rotary Club of Sint Maarten and commitment to the Rotary motto, Service Above Self.  Sochrin stated, “During my term as your President, there are three Rotarians that have always been there as my advisors, as my confidants, and most importantly, as my friends.  It is simply impossible to select just one of these Rotarians as Rotarian of the Year, so I have decided to once again break with tradition and name all three men as our Rotarians of the Year.  Combined, these three Rotarian have more than 65 years of service to Rotary, however, it is their individual commitments to always do whatever it takes to get the job done, that makes them our Rotarians of the Year”.
 
Pierre DeCelles came to Sint Maarten in 1980 and joined Rotary in 1995.  He has served the Rotary Club of Sint Maarten twice as President and Secretary, multiple times as Vice President and in Director level roles in the areas of the Rotary Foundation and Vocational Service.  Mr. DeCelles works as a Project Manager and is also the Canadian Consul on Dutch Sint Maarten. Pierre and his wife, Micheline, have been married for more than 50 years.
 
Kishore Idnani came to Sint Maarten in 1976 and joined Rotary in 1993.  He has served the Rotary Club of Sint Maarten as President, Secretary and in many Director level and leadership roles in Community service and Club service. Mr. Idnani is Managing Director at Peace Cottage NV. He is married to Monica and has 2 sons.
 
Robert Judd came to Sint Maarten twice, first in 1994 and again in 2009.  In 1995 he joined Rotary and has since served the Rotary Club of Sint Maarten as President, Vice President, Treasurer, Director of the Board and as an Advisor to Interact. Mr. Judd has held many leadership roles over his tenure as a Rotarian.  He is a retired banker and father of two daughters and grandfather to three grandsons. He is married to his wife Sheriden.
 
All three men accepted the award of Rotarian of the Year and thanked President Jeffrey “Dr. Soc” Sochrin and the members of the Club for the honor.
 
For more information about the Rotary Club of St. Maarten, please contact the Rotary Club of St. Maarten Press Officer at: pressrotarysxm@gmail.com or visit the website www.rotarysxm.org.
 
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About the Rotary Club of St. Maarten:
 
The Rotary Club of St. Maarten was chartered on March 17, 1972 as result of a September 1970 meeting to form a club on the island.  Since its formation, the Rotary Club of St. Maarten has grown in membership and has assisted in the formation of new clubs in the District, including Anguilla (1978), St. Martin Nord (1988), St. Martin Mid-Isle (1997) and St. Martin Sunrise (2004).  For more information, visit the club website at www.rotarysxm.org.
 
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ROTARY CLUB OF SINT MAARTEN STARTS THE NEW ROTARY YEAR AT DREAMS
 
Henna Budhrani installed as 46th President
 
PHILIPSBURG, SINT MAARTEN – JUNE 18, 2016 – The Rotary Club of Sint Maarten kicked off its new Rotary year on Saturday, June 12th at The Dreams Beach Bar and Restaurant in Nettle Bay, St. Martin.
 
Outgoing President Jeffrey “Dr. Soc” Sochrin thanked the outgoing Board of Directors for their service and recounted the accomplishments of the past year.  Sochrin explained, “This was a year of fun and a year of change for our Club.  Of the more than ten projects accomplished, two of the projects stand out for me as impacting our community in new and fun ways.  First, the Cardiology Conference, co-sponsored with Nagico Insurances and the Windward Islands Medical Association, paved the way for continuing medical education for medical professionals around the region and gave members of the public an opportunity to learn about cardiac disease and to ask questions to Cardiologists directly.  Second, the Visiting Optometrists Serving Humanity or VOSH Project, brought free eye examinations and more than 3,000 pairs of eyeglasses to over 1,400 residents of our community.  A special thank you to VOSH Team and Rick Cassidy for helping us make this happen”.  Sochrin continued, “These programs were groundbreaking for our community and they demonstrated the true meaning of Service above Self and what it means to be a Rotarian.  Thank you to everyone for making this experience one of the most rewarding experiences of my life”. 
 
President Sochrin then officially turned over the reigns of the Rotary Club of Sint Maarten to Henna Budhrani.
 
Henna eloquently stated, “We do not remember days; we remember moments. I consider myself very fortunate to be a part of Rotary through which I have been privileged to touch hearts and lives of our community through the benefits of fellowship”.
 
 
Newly installed President Budhrani introduced her new Board Members and Committee Chairpersons including: Secretary/President-elect John Caputo, Immediate Past President Jeffrey “Dr. Soc” Sochrin, Vice President Pierre DeCelles, Vice President Robert Judd, Treasurer Junior Gumbs, Sargent-at-Arms Franklyn Maynard, Anil Sabnani and Danny Ramchandani (Fundraising) Vrisha Motwani and Geeta Katnani (Fun & Fellowship), Larry Gregory (Disaster Relief), Sherylle de Haarte (Administration), Edward Bardfield (Technology Services), Melanie Daboul (Public Relations), Maayke Martina (Membership), James Ferris (New Generations) and Kishore Idnani  (Service Projects). 
 
Budhrani went on to say, “As we embark on the Rotary year 2016-2017 we have a number of exciting events planned which will continue to focus on education, literacy, the youth and the elderly”.
 
For more information about the Rotary Club of St. Maarten, please contact the Rotary Club of St. Maarten Press Officer at: pressrotarysxm@gmail.com or visit the website www.rotarysxm.org.
 
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About the Rotary Club of St. Maarten:
 
The Rotary Club of St. Maarten was chartered on March 17, 1972 as result of a September 1970 meeting to form a club on the island.  Since its formation, the Rotary Club of St. Maarten has grown in membership and has assisted in the formation of new clubs in the District, including Anguilla (1978), St. Martin Nord (1988), St. Martin Mid-Isle (1997) and St. Martin Sunrise (2004).  For more information, visit the club website at www.rotarysxm.org.
 
Minister Lee and The Rotary Club of Sint Maarten Encourages Kids to Come for Free Eye Exams and Glasses
 
Press Release - May 9, 2016 - Minister of Public Health, Social Development & Labor Emil Lee, would like to encourage parents to take their kids for free eye testing and glasses at the white & Yellow cross located in St. Johns Estate.
 
In support of the Volunteer Optometric Service to Humanity (VOSH),the Rotary club of St.Maarten organized an eye examination program to support their initiative on Sint Maarten which Is to provide free eye exams and eyeglasses to those who cannot afford it. Fourteen Colorado Members  of VOSH was available to give their service. 
 
On Monday May 9,  many people took advantage of this opportunity and went to get their eyes checked.  Minister of Public Health, Social development & Labor Emil Lee, visited and socialized with the attendees. Minister Lee stated: “my visit today was really touching.  it was wonderful to see so many people turn up to take advantage of the very generous offer of VOSH to provide free eye exams and free glasses to our community's most needy.  In the following days, I really hope so see a stronger turnout from the school children in particular.   For school kids, the inability to see properly can translate into behavioral problems, slower learning and lack of motivation.  Being able to see properly is a critical part of ensuring that our children can learn properly."
 
President of the Rotary Club of St.Maarten Mr. Jeffrey Sochrin was thrilled to announce that over 300 free eye examinations and free eye glasses were distributed during the first day of testing. “It is such a wonderful experience to be here at the white & yellow cross with the visiting VOSH team, for the first day of free eye exams for the Residence in St.Maarten in need. The Rotary club is so thrilled to support this initiative. We would like to thank all the Rotarians, all the visiting optometrists that came out to help from the US, all sponsors who made this happen, our friends at Dominoes, Rick Cassidy, and the summit & Ocean Club . Also a big thank you to the White & Yellow Cross  who has been an excellent venue to hold this event , and we hope that they can do it for many years to come”.
 
Optometrist Dr.Kent Godfey said: “We are all just very happy to be here to help out the people on the island, by providing glasses. This morning we dispensed over 150 pairs of glasses to needy people including sunglasses, reading glasses, and things that they need to help them see and go on with their lives even better. It’s just so fun to be here and help out people” he stated.
 
"Projects like these are why I joined Rotary. Vision is often over looked as it usually does not fall within SZV or many insurances. A student will likely fall behind in his or her studies if he is unable to see clearly. Everything from reading to seeing the chalkboard requires good vision. I am very happy to be a part of this project. Free eye examinations and if needed Free Glasses. I’m glad we can help make a difference" said Rotarian John Caputo.
 
The general public especially kids,  are invited for free eye exams on Tuesday May 10 and Wednesday May 11 from 9am – 5pm at the white and yellow cross located in St. Johns Estate. The public is advised to take advantage of this once in a lifetime opportunity.
April 1, 2016 - Dawn Beach, Sint Maarten - The Rotary Club of Sint Maarten designated its special FELLOWSHIP meeting as the "World's Greatest Meal to End Polio".  $150 was rasied for the Rotary Foundation's END POLIO NOW campaign.

 
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ROTARY CLUB OF ST. MAARTEN AWARDS A PAUL HARRIS FELLOW
 
Dominique De Tullio named Paul Harris Fellow
 
PHILIPSBURG, SINT MAARTEN – February 8, 2016 – The Rotary Club of St.Maarten named Dominique De Tullio a Paul Harris Fellow on Saturday evening, January 30, 2016.   Mr. De Tullio was recognized for his ongoing support of the Rotary Club of Sint Maarten and service to the community.  When presenting the Paul Harris Fellow, President of the Rotary Club Sint Maarten, Jeffrey “Dr. Soc” Sochrin said, “Dominique has been a friend of our Club for many years.  He has been a friend to numerous charitable organizations on St. Maarten and I can tell from the look on his face this evening, we have completely caught him off guard and by surprise.  Whenever our Club has asked for your assistance or that our your company, Antillean Liquors, you have always been their for us, and others, without reservation.   You have supported our fundraising efforts year after year and you have supported many other charitable organizations on this island time and time again.   On behalf of the Rotary Club of Sint Maarten, I am proud to add you to our list of distinguished Paul Harris Fellows”.
 
Mr. De Tullio was pinned by his wife, Corinna De Tullio at a Rotary Club of Sint Maarten Wine Tasting Fellowship meeting held at a Antillean Liquors in Cole Bay, Sint Maarten.  Surrounded by colleagues and friends, Mr. De Tullio went onto say, “I am completely surprised and speechless, which for those of you that know me, that is a pretty rare thing.  Thank you for this honor and I look forward to supporting the Rotary Club of Sint Maarten again as well as other worthy charitable endeavors.  I really am at a loss for words….. thank you”.
 
A Paul Harris Fellow, named after Paul Harris, the founder of Rotary International are awarded those who have made a financial contribution to the Rotary Foundation, or to those that have had a contribution made on their behalf, as in the case of the Rotary Club of Sint Maarten’s contribution in the name of Mr. De Tullio.  The origins of the Rotary Foundation date back to 1917, when outgoing Rotary International President Arch C. Klumph proposed the creation of an endowment “for the purpose of doing good in the world”.  This endowment would become the Rotary Foundation.
For more information about the Rotary Club of St. Maarten, please contact the Rotary Club of St. Maarten Press Officer at: pressrotarysxm@gmail.com or visit the website www.rotarysxm.org.
 
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About the Rotary Club of St. Maarten:
 
The Rotary Club of St. Maarten was chartered on March 17, 1972 as result of a September 1970 meeting to form a club on the island.  Since its formation, the Rotary Club of St. Maarten has grown in membership and has assisted in the formation of new clubs in the District, including Anguilla (1978), St. Martin Nord (1988), St. Martin Mid-Isle (1997) and St. Martin Sunrise (2004).  For more information, visit the club website at www.rotarysxm.org.
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ROTARY CLUB OF SINT MAARTEN, INTERACT AND EARLYACT HOLD JOINT INDUCTION CEREMONY
 
Earlyact, Interact and Rotary Add New Members in Big Numbers
 
PHILIPSBURG, SINT MAARTEN – November 20, 2015 – The Rotary Club of Sint Maarten, along with the Learning Unlimited Preparatory School Earlyact and Interact Clubs, held a joint induction ceremony on November 19th at Learning Unlimited.
 
Melanie Daboul, Ed Bardfield, Sherrylle De Haarte and Dimple Sagre all were formally inducted as members of the Rotary Club of Sint Maarten by President Jeffrey “Soc” Sochrin in presence of Assistant Governor Louis Wever and Membership Committee Chair Maayke Martina.  In addition, the Learning Unlimited Preparatory School Earlyact Club and Interact Club each installed its new Board of Directors and a number of new members.  Present for this auspicious event were Rotary Advisors to Learning Unlimited, Henna Budhrani and Robert Judd, along with New Generations Committee Chair, James Ferris and Learning Unlimited Headmaster, Robert Gibson.
 
Leading the Interact Club at Learning Unlimited for the coming year is President Shivani Advani, Secretary/President-Elect Priti Budhrani, Vice President Amar Alwani, Sergeant-At-Arms Mohit Menghani, Treasurer, Hrithik Alwani, Club Service Chair Ashika Lakhwani, Finance Committee Chair Pritika Lakhwani, International Relations Chair Viren Baharani, Public Relations Chair Hanaya Merlet and Fundraising Chair Sanjana Mahtani.  The following new members of the Interact Club were inducted:  Anughya Bijlani, Sabrina Khemlani, Kahlua Marchant, Youri Cheri, Tushaar Goklani, Vikesh Mirpuri, Zeynep Uysal, Keya Pariani, Vanshi Ramchandani, Juliette Grea, Lou Meziere, Emily Sang, Zach Brook, Royal Ozkan, Jackson Leone, Katie Caputo.
 
Leading the Earlyact Club at Learning Unlimited for the coming year is President Sahil Khatnani, Secretary/President-Elect Drake Arielle Daboul, Vice President Summer Jean Morton, Vice President Riya Baharani, Treasurers Harsheeta Jadhav and Devesh Mirpuri, Fundraising Chairs Krish Chellani and Ishika Sadarangani and Club Service Chairs Cansu Killic and Aryan Notani.  The following new members of the Earlyact Club were inducted: Aryan Jhangiani, Avinash Khemchandani, Cansu Kilic, Dev Sagre, Jaheim Meyers, Lilou Mouyal, Nathan Wijesiriwordance, Prena Kalra, Prena Ramchandani, Riana Jandial, Sanya Jandial. Rhoan Kalra, Savanah Ortega.
 
President Jeffrey “Soc” Sochrin said, “I am thrilled to see the strength of our new generation clubs at Learning Unlimited and I am encouraged by their plans to get involved in our community to make Service Above Self a reality.  The addition of 4 new Rotarians, 16 new Interactors and 14 new Earlyactors speaks to the strength of Rotary not only here on Sint Maarten, but around the globe.  Look forward to many new things from our Clubs as we continue to grow. I encourage adults and students alike to explore Rotary and to learn how they might become a member of the Rotary family”.
 
Keynote speaker, Stephen Thompson, a Past President of the Rotary Club of Sint Maarten and a Past Assistant Governor of Rotary District 7020 addressed the crowd of more than 125 attendees.  Mr. Thompson challenged the new Rotarians, Interactors and Earlyactors to get involved!  He said, “our success, your success will come from getting involved and making a difference”.
 
For more information about the Rotary Club of St. Maarten, please contact the Rotary Club of St. Maarten Press Officer at: pressrotarysxm@gmail.com or visit the website www.rotarysxm.org.
 
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About the Rotary Club of St. Maarten:
 
The Rotary Club of St. Maarten was chartered on March 17, 1972 as result of a September 1970 meeting to form a club on the island.  Since its formation, the Rotary Club of St. Maarten has grown in membership and has assisted in the formation of new clubs in the District, including Anguilla (1978), St. Martin Nord (1988), St. Martin Mid-Isle (1997) and St. Martin Sunrise (2004).  For more information, visit the club website at www.rotarysxm.org.
 
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
 
ROTARY CLUB OF ST MAARTEN HITS THE JACKPOT WITH POKER AND BINGO FUNDRAISER
 
 
PHILIPSBURG, SINT MAARTEN – November 9, 2015 – The Rotary Club of St Maarten’s second annual Casino Night drew record numbers of participants at the recently held event at the Hollywood Casino. Over one hundred and fifty guests generously donated their time and funds to the event.  After tallying all the ticket sales and donations, over $11,000 was raised for Rotary’s youth related projects.
 
Both the Texas Hold’em poker and bingo tables were filled to capacity with enthusiastic participants who enjoyed a lovely mid-evening buffet provided courtesy of L’Isola restaurant. Adding to the fun was a “wheel of chance”.  The Texas Hold’em poker grand prize winner was Andy Westcott who walked away with $1500. Other prizes on offer included gift baskets of Dutch cheese, bottles of wine and spirits, day sailing trips, dinner vouchers, airline tickets, jewelry, and electronics.  Major donors included Winair, Insel Air, Divi Little Bay Resort, and the Sonesta Maho and Great Bay hotels.
 
John Caputo, Rotary lead organizer of the event stated “St Maarten residents and visitors alike came out in great numbers to not only have a fun night but to also fuel the work Rotary does in our community.  We are always thankful for their generosity.”
 
Jeffrey "Dr. Soc" Sochrin, President of the Rotary Club Sint Maarten, added "I simply wish to extend a heartfelt thank you to everyone made this event possible.  A special thank you goes to the Hollywood Casino for hosting us and running two fantastic tournaments.  I must also say thank you to Rotary Team of John Caputo, Henna Budhrani, Vrisha Motwani, Geeta Khatnani and all the Rotarians present who helped organize a spectacular and FUN evening.  Everyone's efforts will provide a great return to our community as we continue to educate our youth, feed the hungry and develop our community.  Thank you from the bottom of my heart and thank you from the Rotary Club of Sint Maarten".
 
The proceeds raised from this event will be used to benefit youth programmes in St Maarten including after school programmes and scholarships.
 
For more information about the Rotary Club of St. Maarten, please contact the Rotary Club of St. Maarten Press Officer at: pressrotarysxm@gmail.com or visit the website www.rotarysxm.org.
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About the Rotary Club of St. Maarten:
 
The Rotary Club of St. Maarten was chartered on March 17, 1972 as result of a September 1970 meeting to form a club on the island.  Since its formation, the Rotary Club of St. Maarten has grown in membership and has assisted in the formation of new clubs in the District, including Anguilla (1978), St. Martin Nord (1988), St. Martin Mid-Isle (1997) and St. Martin Sunrise (2004).  For more information, visit the club website at www.rotarysxm.org.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
 
ROTARY CLUB OF ST. MAARTEN ANNOUNCES
2nd Annual TEXAS HOLD’EM & BINGO TOURNAMENT
 
FRIDAY. OCTOBER 23, 2015
6:30 PM AT THE HOLLYWOOD CASINO
 
PHILIPSBURG, SINT MAARTEN – October 2, 2015 – The Rotary Club of St. Maarten invites you to a wonderful evening of poker, bingo and excitement on Friday, October 23rd at the Hollywood Casino.  According to Rotary Club of St. Maarten President Jeffrey Sochrin” For those that remember the event last year, it was a great time and was a new and exciting way to help raise funds for projects supported by the Rotary Club of St. Maarten particularly in the areas of Youth Literacy, Education, After School Programs, and Health/Nourishment.”
 
Sochrin continued, “Registration for the poker and bingo tournament begins at 6:30 pm, along with poker lessons, light snacks and cocktails.  A $100 donation gets you $2,000 in poker chips or 5 bingo cards, along with an Italian buffet dinner during the breaks.  The first place winner in poker will win a minimum cash prize of $1,500 and the bingo minimum cash is $2,000, not to mention many other prizes such as Hotel Stays, Airline Tickets, Excursions, etc.  We encourage everyone to come out and join the fun”.
 
According to Rotarian John Caputo, organizer of the tournament, “This Texas Hold ‘Em and Bingo night is such a different fund raiser than the usual gala dinner.  You have the opportunity to win cash and other great prizes all for a good cause.  Everyone who came last year raved that it was a fantastic time.  We are really looking forward to hosting it again this year and thank Hollywood Casino and all the businesses who helped sponsor prizes to help ensure everyone leaves a winner.”
 
Additional information and ticket (seat reservation) requests can be found by visiting the Rotary Club of St. Maarten on Facebook.
 
For more information about the Rotary Club of St. Maarten, please contact the Rotary Club of St. Maarten Press Officer at: pressrotarysxm@gmail.com or visit the website www.rotarysxm.org
 
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Rotary St. Maarten paints

Little League Science Lab

 

POND ISLAND--The Rotary Club of St. Maarten donated a shipping container to the Little League to be used as a Science lab as part of their after school player development program. Before athletes in the program begin their baseball training they first receive help with their homework, read, do some math and will now also do science.

  Saturday, members of the Rotary joined the Little Leaguers in painting the container so the outside looks as good as the inside, which sports a microscope, fossils, telescope, electricity learning kit and a chemistry set.

  “This is why I joined Rotary,” said John Caputo from Domino's Pizza. He is also the chairman of the Rotary’s Service Projects Committee.  “We help local community organisations by doing things.”

  Rotary members arrived at 10:00am and were scheduled to finish at noon. The plan was to paint the container blue with yellow trim, have a small lunch and play a quick game of softball against the children.  Robert Judd and his wife Sheridan Moreton-Judd brought the sound system and provided music. There were coolers of beverages and the grill turned out hot dogs and hamburgers almost as fast as the young boys and girls could splash paint on themselves, some on the container and then take a break for more food.

  Despite the work, everyone had such a good time the “paint-party” did not end until 3:00pm.

  After touring the inside of the Science Lab Rotary President Jeffrey "Soc” Sochrin from Island 92 said. “This is really a good thing. I think we are going to have to get more involved.”

  Sherwin Williams St. Maarten donated the paint.

 

CHANGING OF THE GUARD FOR ROTARY ASSISTANT GOVERNOR

  • Rebecca Low promoted to Assistant District Trainer

-Former Assistant Governor Louis Wever to return for one year

PHILIPSBURG, SINT MAARTEN – JUNE 25, 2015 –  A new Rotary Assistant Governor will be taking the helm on July 1 - the start of the new Rotary year.  Former Assistant Governor, Louis Wever has been appointed for the 2015-16 year by incoming District Governor, Felix Stubbs from the Bahamas. Originally, Rotarian Ramesh Manek was to assume the role in July.  Tragically he was killed in April while out for his morning exercise along Airport Road.  The extremely popular Wever from the St Maarten MidIsle Club agreed to fill the role for the next Rotary year as a new Assistant Governor will be identified for the 2016-17 year. 

Rebecca Low, the islands’ first female Assistant Governor, completes her second year as AG and assumes the challenging role of Assistant District Trainer for District 7020 which covers ten countries and sixteen islands of the Northern Caribbean.  Rebecca Low said, “It has been a tremendous honour to serve the six clubs in our area and to see the growth of Rotary in our communities over the last two years. In particular, it has been wonderful to see the Family of Rotary grow through the creation of new EarlyAct and Interact clubs. One other standout memory is the fact we hosted one of the first Vocational Training Teams in the world in our area this March.  Watching these Rotarians and non-Rotarians work with kids in and out of school really showed the impact that Rotary can make in young lives.”  In her new role, Low will provided enhanced training in both English and French through seminars and webinars to the 84 clubs in the District.

The role of Assistant Governor (AG) is to represent the District Governor in their geographic area.  In this instance, the AG works closely with clubs in Anguilla, St Barths, St Maarten and St Martin.  The AG is appointed by each District Governor and may be re-appointed for up to three years

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For more information, contact Rebecca A. Low, Assistant Governor (Anguilla/St Barths/St Maarten/St Martin) at rlow@compass-sxm.net.

PHILIPSBURG, SINT MAARTEN – JUNE 24, 2015 – The Rotary Club of Sint Maarten named Mr. Pierre DeCelles as its Rotarian of the Year during the Change of Board Celebration on Saturday, June 20th at Captain Oliver’s Restaurant.

Outgoing Club President Deepak “Danny” Ramchandani proudly recognized Pierre DeCelles as Rotarian of the Year.  Mr. Ramchandani said, “Whenever or wherever I am, if I call Pierre and ask for guidance, ideas, direction or help, Pierre is always there.  The word “no” is not in Pierre DeCelles vocabulary.  Pierre is and has been the backbone of our Club ever since he joined Rotary and there is no one more deserving than Pierre DeCelles to be named Rotarian of the Year”.

Pierre DeCelles came to Sint Maarten in 1980 and joined Rotary in 1995.  He has served the Rotary Club of Sint Maarten twice as President and Secretary, multiple times as Vice President and in Director level roles in the areas of the Rotary Foundation and Vocational Service.  Mr. DeCelles works as a Project Manager and is also the Canadian Consul on Dutch Sint Maarten. Pierre and his wife, Micheline, have been married for almost 50 years.

Incoming President, Jeffrey “Dr. Soc” Sochrin added, “Pierre has not only been an advisor to me over the past several years, he is a role model, a mentor and most importantly someone I am proud to call a friend”.

 

Mr. DeCelles accepted the award of Rotarian of the Year and thanked President Danny Ramchandani and the members of the Club for the honor.

For more information about the Rotary Club of St. Maarten, please contact the Rotary Club of St. Maarten Press Officer at: pressrotarysxm@gmail.com or visit the website www.rotarysxm.org.

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About the Rotary Club of St. Maarten:

The Rotary Club of St. Maarten was chartered on March 17, 1972 as result of a September 1970 meeting to form a club on the island.  Since its formation, the Rotary Club of St. Maarten has grown in membership and has assisted in the formation of new clubs in the District, including Anguilla (1978), St. Martin Nord (1988), St. Martin Mid-Isle (1997) and St. Martin Sunrise (2004).  For more information, visit the club website at www.rotarysxm.org.

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ROTARY CLUB OF SINT MAARTEN BEGINS NEW ROTARY YEAR THE FUN WAY 

Club distributes over $60,000, New Paul Harris Fellows Named, Sochrin installed as President

PHILIPSBURG, SINT MAARTEN – JUNE 22, 2015 – The Rotary Club of Sint Maarten kicked off its new Rotary year on Saturday, June 20th at Captain Oliver’s Restaurant with a Rock & Blues Celebration featuring master guitarist Gianfranco and Christine Gordon along with rock band Church on Monday. Outgoing President Deepak “Danny” Ramchandani thanked the outgoing Board of Directors for their service and distributed more than $60,000 to worthy organizations on Sint Maarten, including the Catholic School Board After School Program, the Art Saves Lives Foundation, the Senior Citizens Computer Literacy Program, Scouting Antiano, the Pre-University of St. Maarten initiative, The ACE School, the Digikids Foundation, NewSTART for Children, the White & Yellow Cross, the Philipsburg Cultural Center and the Sint Maarten Little League.

The Rotary Club of Sint Maarten also named Tom Burnett as a Paul Harris Fellow in recognition of his service to our youth on St. Maarten.  Tom and his wife, Lisa Davis, run an after school program which uses the sport of Baseball as a way to help young adults focus on their academic studies through the Sint Maarten Little League.  More than 50 young athletes from ages 8 to 18 participate in this after school program.  The program was also the recipient of $6,000 from the Rotary Club of Sint Maarten to expand its facilities and accommodate more young athletes, as well as a donation of equipment including bats, two dozen baseballs and gloves.

President Ramchandani then officially turned over the reigns of the Club to Jeffrey “Dr. Soc” Sochrin.  Sochrin went on to present three additional Paul Harris Fellows.  Posthumously, a Paul Harris Fellow was presented to Charles E. Southworth, Jr, a Past President of the Rotary Club of Nauset (Orleans), Massachusetts, USA,  that was accepted by his son, Charles E. Southworth, III, a Sint Maarten resident and Island 92 radio personality, known on air as “Mr. S”.

Sochrin then called upon the two men who taught him about serving others; his uncle, Gary Sochrin of the Rotary Club of Derby-Shelton Connecticut, and his father, Sumner Sochrin.  He went on to present both men with Paul Harris Fellow Awards.  To Gary Sochrin in recognition for his years of work with Rotary and to Sumner Sochrin, in recognition for more than 50 years of coaching young men in the sport of baseball at the high school and collegiate levels.

Newly installed President Sochrin introduced his new Board Members and Committee Chairpersons including: Secretary/President-elect Henna Budhrani, Immediate Past President Deepak Ramchandani, Vice President Rebecca Low, Vice President Robert Judd, Treasurer Junior Gumbs, Sargent-at-Arms Franklyn Maynard, Director Pierre DeCelles, Vrisha Motwani and Geeta Katnani (The Fun Committee), Larry Gregory (Public Relations), Bonita Hart (Membership), James Ferris (New Generations) and John Caputo (Service Projects). 

Sochrin went on to say, “We have been asked by our District Governor and the Rotary International President to move from being successful to being significant and to be a gift to the world.  We will do that together by continuing our focus on youth and continuing the great efforts that have become part of our local traditions.  With this in mind and before we get started with the FUN part of the evening, I’d like to leave you with a few words that were shared with me from my very first boss in back in 1989.  These words are attributed to Ralph Waldo Emerson and they most fitting here.  Let us together raise our glasses together”.  Sochrin continued, “To laugh often and much; to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children; to earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; to appreciate beauty, to find the best in others; the leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch or a redeemed social condition; to know that one life has breathed easier because you have lived.  This is to have succeeded”.Image

For more information about the Rotary Club of St. Maarten, please contact the Rotary Club of St. Maarten Press Officer at: pressrotarysxm@gmail.com or visit the website www.rotarysxm.org

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About the Rotary Club of St. Maarten:

The Rotary Club of St. Maarten was chartered on March 17, 1972 as result of a September 1970 meeting to form a club on the island.  Since its formation, the Rotary Club of St. Maarten has grown in membership and has assisted in the formation of new clubs in the District, including Anguilla (1978), St. Martin Nord (1988), St. Martin Mid-Isle (1997) and St. Martin Sunrise (2004).  For more information, visit the club website at www.rotarysxm.org.

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PHOTO CUT LINE TomPHF: From Left to Right: Jeffrey "Dr. Soc" Sochrin, Tom Burnett, Lisa Davis, Danny Ramchandani

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SAMUEL, SABNANI & MAIDASANI NOW ROTARIANS

PHILIPSBURG, SINT MAARTEN – JUNE 20, 2015 – The Rotary Club of Sint Maarten inducted three new members at its weekly lunch meeting at the Divi Little Bay Resort on June 17, 2015.  Club President Danny Ramchandani had the honor, along with President-Elect Jeffrey “Soc” Sochrin of welcoming these new Rotarians to the wonderful family of Rotary International. 

President Ramchandani reminded the new members of their responsibility of service above self and presented Mr. Rodolphe Samuel, Mr. Anil Sabnani and Mr. Sunil Maidasani with their Rotary pins.  Mr. Samuel and Mr. Sabnani were formally pinned by President Ramchandani, their club sponsor and Mr. Maidasani was pinned by Damu Ratwani, his club sponsor.

 

For more information about the Rotary Club of St. Maarten, please contact the Rotary Club of St. Maarten Press Officer at: pressrotarysxm@gmail.com or visit the website www.rotarysxm.org.

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About the Rotary Club of St. Maarten:

The Rotary Club of St. Maarten was chartered on March 17, 1972 as result of a September 1970 meeting to form a club on the island.  Since its formation, the Rotary Club of St. Maarten has grown in membership and has assisted in the formation of new clubs in the District, including Anguilla (1978), St. Martin Nord (1988), St. Martin Mid-Isle (1997) and St. Martin Sunrise (2004).  For more information, visit the club website at www.rotarysxm.org.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

ROTARY CLUB OF SINT MAARTEN ANNOUNCES ANNUAL CHANGE OF BOARD GALA AT CAPTAIN OLIVER’S

“Rock & Blues” Change of Board Celebration Fundraiser at Captain Oliver’s on June 20th at 7 PM

PHILIPSBURG, SINT MAARTEN – June 8, 2015 – The Rotary Club of Sint Maarten, announces its Annual ROCK & BLUES Change of the Board Celebration Fundraiser on June 20th at the Captain Oliver’s Restaurant.  This year’s event is sponsored by the letter “F” for FUN; bring your dancing shoes and be ready to rock all night with Gianfranco, Christine Gordon and St. Maarten’s favorite rock band, Church on Monday. There will be an Open Bar and Grand Buffet for all to enjoy, along with a Blue Water Rum tasting.  Proceeds from the evening’s event will support Rotary initiatives in areas of youth, health, education and community development programs on Sint Maarten.

The Rotary Club of Sint Maarten has had a fantastically successful year making contributions to the betterment of the island, with projects ranging from school tuition scholarships, improvements to school facilities to spending time with our senior citizens and providing breakfasts to young students in need.  Outgoing President Danny Ramchandani said, “this year has been a historic year for our Club with the recent raffle of a beautiful Audi Q5 being the single largest fundraiser in our history.  Come to our Change of Board Celebration Fundraiser to learn more about some the exciting projects that will be funded by this initiative”.

Incoming President, Jeffrey “Soc” Sochrin continued, “the success of the recent car raffle will uniquely position our Club to make a difference in the community in the coming year.  It is my intention to continue so many great initiatives, but also find a way to involve more young people in our service activities by introducing an element of FUN and FELLOWSHIP in everything we do as a Club.   So please contact any Rotarian or email secretaryrotarysxm@gmail.com to purchase a ticket to our Rock & Blues Change of Board Celebration on June 20th at Captain Oliver’s.  The fun starts at 7 PM sharp and the entertainment will be great with Gianfranco, Christine Gordon and Church on Monday.  Tickets are just US $100 and include an OPEN BAR and the full Captain Oliver’s GRAND BUFFET.  This is going to be a night to remember”.

For more information about the Rotary Club of St. Maarten, please contact the Rotary Club of St. Maarten Press Officer at: pressrotarysxm@gmail.com or visit the website www.rotarysxm.org.

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About the Rotary Club of St. Maarten:

The Rotary Club of St. Maarten was chartered on March 17, 1972, as result of a September 1970 meeting to form a club on the island.  Since its formation, the Rotary Club of St. Maarten has grown in membership and has assisted in the formation of new clubs in the District, including Anguilla (1978), St. Martin Nord (1988), St. Martin Mid-Isle (1997) and St. Martin Sunrise (2004).  For more information, visit the club website at www.rotarysxm.org.

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 10, 2014 - SPECIAL LUNCH FELLOWSHIP AT CUGINI RESTAURANT - Welfare Rd #64, Cole Bay, next to Federal Express.  Please remember to RSVP with the menu choice to Soc, Danny or Henna before 3 PM on Tuesday, December 9, 2014.

 


PHILIPSBURG, SINT MAARTEN – SEPTEMBER 10, 2013 – Rotary Clubs in St Maarten/St Martin are pleased to announce the arrival of Rotary District Governor, Jeremy Hurst, and his wife Michelle to our island.  DG Jeremy is responsible for leading over 80 clubs in Rotary District #7020 which spans 16 islands and 10 countries which include: the Bahamas (excluding Grand Bahama), Turks and Caicos, Jamaica, the Cayman Islands, the US Virgin Islands, the British Virgin Islands, Haiti, Anguilla, St. Barthelmey, St. Martin and Sint Maarten.

His Assistant Governor, Rebecca Low, of the Rotary Club of St. Maarten, stated, “We are pleased to welcome DG Jeremy and Michelle to our shores. This is their first visit to our island and they will see first-hand Rotary in action. They have a packed agenda but a few examples of their activities include: participating in dictionary distribution to students; the Readers are Leaders initiative; touring the AUC facilities; and participating in the Learning Unlimited Preparatory School Interact Club Induction and Change of Board Ceremony. As part of official duties they will also be visiting each Rotary club, meeting with our exceptional young leaders from high school Interact Clubs, as well as our young professionals from the French and Dutch side Rotaract Clubs.  As a motivator, DG Jeremy’s mission is to engage all aspects of Rotary in order to change lives.”

The District Governor will be honored by at a cocktail reception on Wednesday, September 11th at 7pm at The Pointe Restaurant in the Sonesta Maho Resort