BJ Harris Awarded Paul Harris

 Congratulations to the Rotary club of St. John's  BJ Harris who received the Paul Harris fellow recognition award yesterday.
The Paul Harris fellow recognition acknowledges individuals who contribute substantially, or who have contributions made in their name,  to the Rotary Foundation.
 Rotary established the recognition in 1957 to encourage and show appreciation for substantial contributions to what was then the Foundation's only program, Rotary foundation fellowships for advanced study the precursor to ambassador your scholarships 
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Member in Focus: Jennifer Stone

Our member in focus for October is our very own Secretary.  So happy to have Jennifer in our club!
Jennifer and her husband, Andy, moved to St. John from Maine in 2018.  They were in search of a warmer climate, a sense of community, and the island life.  Besides finding employment, being a part of the community and giving back was at the top of her to-do list.  She had been introduced to Rotary for the first time in Portland, Maine.  By looking online and asking around, it didn't take long to find the Rotary Club of St. John, a small group of people who come together for the sole purpose of helping others.  When Jennifer is not acting as the Secretary of our Club, she spends her time working for the Friends of the Virgin Islands National Park as the Membership and events coordinator.
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Member in Focus: Alecia Wells

September is Education and Literacy month!
This month's member in focus is our Youth Services Chair, Alecia Wells.
In her own words:
"I am Alecia M. Wells, an original Virgin Islander.  I am retired from the Government of the Virgin Islands, Department of Education.  I have taught middle and high schools, GED and ACE Programs on St. Thomas and St, John.  I served as Deputy Superintendent for Secondary Education in the Stt/STJ District.  I served as a Commissioner of the Public Services Commission. I was elected to serve on the Fifth Constitutional Convention.   I am a member of the Bishop's Committee (Vestry) of St. Ursula's Church on St. John.  I have been a member of The Rotary Club of St. John for more than fifteen years and am presently the Youth Services Chair.  I previously served as President for two terms.
I support any and all activities and endeavors involving the youth and/or young people in the Virgin Islands in general and on St. John in particular.  It is never too early to drill down the importance of young people owning a "piece of paradise", not selling land, and taking an active role in the governance of their island."
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Calendar 2020-2021 Rotary Club of St. John

July 2020: Installation of Officers
August 2020:  Membership Month
September 2020: Education and Literacy
October 2020:  World Polio Month
November 2020: Rotary Foundation Month
December 2020: Heath Month
January 2021:  Service Month
February 2021: Peace and Conflict Resolution Month
                         Valentines Orchid Sale
March 2021:  Water and Sanitation Month 
April 2021: Environment Month
                    Earth Day April 22nd
May 2021: Youth Services Month
June 2021:  Rotary Fellowships Month
                    June 12-16 Rotary International Convention, Taipei Taiwan
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DG Charles meets with the Rotary Club of St. John's Board

Each year our District Governor (DG) meets with all of the board of directors in his district.  This year, this highly anticipated gathering was held virtualy on August 26th.
DG Charles focused on three areas with the board:
1.  Protecting our Environment 
2.  Enhancing Health and wellness 
3.  Improving communication 
DG Charles Sealy II joined Rotary in 1997 when he was inducted into the Rotary Club of Southeast Nassau.  He is a multiple Paul Harris Fellow, member of the Paul Harris Society, Benefactor/Bequest Society, and a major donor.
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Member in Focus: Shena Esannason

Meet Shena Esannason, our Membership Chair.
Shena Esannason was born in New York and raised in the Virgin Islands.   She lives on the island of St. John and is a proud mother of three. Shena is currently working on her  bachelors degree in psychology from SNHU.  She is a professional entrepreneur who owns SGE consulting agency and SGE health and life coach. She has worked  for the waste management authority on St. John since 2007 and is currently  the collections manager on the island of St. John. 
 Sheena has served on other boards such as the Headstart policy Council as secretary from 2013 to 2016 and the coral Bay community council from 2018 through 2020. In 2019 Sheena also became a volunteer for the junior achievement program and a participating member of the Rotarian STJ chapter where is she is currently  serving as membership chair position. She now has a strong passion for helping those in her community to fight for their rights. She served as a union representative in waste management from 2014 through 2018. Sheena is dedicated to protect and promote and human rights. She is not afraid to speak up and be heard. 
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August is Membership Month

The Rotary Club of St. John is looking for...
Community Minded People
Passionate & Fun People
Practical &Resourceful People
Helpful People
If you're one of these people, then get in contact to see how you can change the world starting in your own community.
Membership Chair, Shena Esannason 
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School Supplies Distributed to over 400 St John Students

The Rotary Club of St. John successfully completed its annual distribution of school supplies on St. John.  Well over 400 students received school supplies, a planner, or a dictionary.  The students of Gifft Hill School prepared a poster and a group of thank you cards that were presented to President Harry Daniel during the October 16th meeting at Bajo El Sol Gallery.
School Supplies Distributed to over 400 St John Students Teri Mandemaker 2019-10-27 04:00:00Z 0

Postponed to 2020:  Flavors a Taste of St John

The Rotary Club of St. John is sad to announce that “Flavors” will be postponed one more year and will not take place on November 23, 2019, as scheduled due to continuing refurbishment at The Westin St. John Resort Villas during the lead up to the busy Thanksgiving holiday. 

Postponed to 2020: Flavors a Taste of St John Teri Mandemaker 2019-10-27 04:00:00Z 0

St John Supports Bahamas Relief

The Rotary Club of St John in partnership with the Bajo El Sol Gallery, raised money to support Bahamas Relief by organizing a raffle.  The northern Bahamas Islands experienced a category 5 storm for 30 hours in early September 2019.  Artists Aimee Trayser and Livy Hitchcock each donated an art piece and the Bajo El Sol Gallery donated a $250 gift certificate.  A total of 124 tickets at $25 each were sold totalling $3,100.  All of the funds raised will benefit the Bahamas Relief effort directly.  Thanks to all who participated in raising money for the people in the Bahamas!
St John Supports Bahamas Relief Teri Mandemaker 2019-10-16 04:00:00Z 0

Shena Esannason joins Rotary; Nigel Fields guest speaker

What a great meeting of the Rotary Club of St John at Da Livio ristorante italiano today.  We proudly inducted our newest member Shena Esannason  to the Club.  Shena is a local business owner and she is also the Collections manager for VI Waste Management.  Pictured with Shena is her sponsor Alice Krall and our President Elect Harry Daniel.
Our guest speaker for the meeting was the highly anticipated Nigel Fields, the new superintendent of the Virgin Islands National Park.  Nigel spoke about the need to get Cinnamon up and running as a campground, CBI at Caneel, and the work he is doing to improve security of the Park.
Senator Marvin Blyden and  St John Adminisrator Shikima Jones also attended and spoke to the full audience.  Their topics included VI Waste Management, St John road repairs, electrical outages, to name a few.
Thanks to Harry Daniel for running the meeting, Sharon Coldren and her guest Rachel McKinney managing the host duties, and Paul Johnson our Sergeant at Arms.  Special thank you to Mr. Fields and all who attended the meeting.
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Thanksgiving in the Park

It is the day after Thanksgiving and there continues to be a feeling of thankfulness.  We are so thankful for all of the volunteers who enthusiastically jumped in where needed and greeted everyone with a warm ‘happy thanksgiving’ greeting.  The positive community spirit was contagious for residents and visitors alike.
From BJ, “Based on leftover cutlery, we served 250 meals last night. Everyone also walked with extras and we sent food to the police, fire station, clinic and two churches. We have turkey leftover, all bagged and ready to go to churches this morning. It was a wonderful event and we thank everyone who helped make it happen!”
Thank you everyone!
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Installation 2018-2019

Our Club's installation ceremony was held at the beautiful Extra Virgin Bistro in Cruz Bay.  Officers installed are:
Kai Frett, President 
Teri Mandemaker, Secretary
BJ Harris, Treasurer and Foundation Chair
Alecia Wells, Membership Chair and Past President 
Wish us luck!
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St John Children's Carnival Village 2018

It is Festival season on St John!
Each year the Rotary Club of St John puts on the Children’s Carnival Village during the annual St John Festival.  This Children's Carnival provides a supervised, safe, drug and alcohol free, and entertaining place for children to have fun and win great prizes.  
The champion of this event, our own BJ Harris states, 'we could not have such a successful event without the fantastic partnership with the St John community and especially members of the Freshwater Church on St John".
Village dates and times:
June 29th through July 3rd: opening at 6 pm and closing at 9 pm each night.
Where:  Parking lot across from the Virgin Islands National Park Visitors Center.
See you there!
St John Children's Carnival Village 2018 Teri Mandemaker 2018-06-30 04:00:00Z 0

Prez Says

Posted by BJ Harris on Jan 08, 2017
We were happy to welcome Kaitlyn Cummings, our scholarship recipient to last week’s meeting.  She is studying at Florida Gulf Coast University and has declared Communications as her major.  She is also enjoying acting, and brought home all As and one B+!
Also visiting was Jacqueline’s daughter, Monetta, who was a youth sailing instructor and raced with the San Diego Yacht Club for a decade.  She hopes to spend more time on St. John and will become active in the community.
Martha Toomey and Tom Shirey rounded out our visitors and helped us develop a list of projects the club might be interested in.
This week we welcome representatives of the Joshua Collingsworth Memorial Foundation and their book, “Josh the Baby Otter” which has been distributed to over 120,000 children, all about water safety. 
In addition, we hope to have visiting St. Thomas Rotarian Erick Ackerman with us to talk about membership drives.  Please join us to welcome them.
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What Happened?

Posted by Nemisy Jacob on Jan 08, 2017
The club is so happy to have Patrick Pearson back, after his ankle surgery kept him away for far too long.  Everyone, members and guests, joined in a lively discussion of projects we can do to really make a difference on St. John and in the world.  Some of the suggestions are:
The Star of Life needs pillows and sheets and blankets
St. John still has curbs that aren’t wheelchair friendly, and we could work with tourism to have those fixed.
Recycling in every aspect of our lives, including reviving our cotton bag program, getting separate bins for recyclables and working with the STJ Community Foundation and VI Waste Management
Swimming lessons for kids, dealing with instructors, locations and transportation (in Iceland you can’t start school if you don’t know how t swim)
Developing a Literacy Council on St. John, for adults and youth.
Using recycled frying oil in the Star of Life so people aren’t overwhelmed by the diesel fumes
And buying a barge!!!
There were lots of happy people, with all happy dollars going t Polio Plus:  Happy for the favorite St. John month, for the son who worked through the holidays and never got sick, happy to have a daughter here, happy to go to college even though it means leaving home, happy to be back, happy to connect with St. Johnians, happy Mom moved here, happy 2016 is over and happy for a great list!
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Posted by B. J. Harris on Jan 02, 2017
Join us at the Westin for lunch this Wednesday, to welcome some new potential members!
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Posted by B. J. Harris on Dec 12, 2016
This Wednesday's meeting will be at 5:45 pm at past president Joan's house.  Take a break from the holiday preparations and enjoy some holiday cheer!  Let Joan know you are coming (776-6182) and bring an appetizer, side dish or dessert to  share.
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Posted by B. J. Harris on Dec 04, 2016
Join Chuck Pishko at this week's meeting for one of his favorite backtime St. John stories --sure to be interesting!  Noon at Westin's Lemongrass restaurant
December 14th meeting will be an evening holiday social at Joan Bermingham's house.   Let Joan know you are coming (776-6182), bring a friend, and either an appetizer, side dish or dessert.  We have some bottles of wine from Flavors, and will make a rum punch, but other beverages will be welcome.  Joan is going to make a delicious steak entree.  Her house overlooks Great Cruz Bay and there is parking along the road.  5:45 pm  More info next week, but put it on your calendar!
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Posted by B. J. Harris on Nov 28, 2016

Join the St. John Rotary Club this Wednesday November 30th  at our noon meeting,to welcome the new owner of Estate Concordia. 

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Posted by B. J. Harris on Sep 25, 2016
We had a great meeting
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Posted by B. J. Harris on Aug 23, 2016
We welcomed both visiting Rotarians and guests at our meeting
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What happened?

Posted by Symone' James on Aug 23, 2016
We have been blessed with great speakers at our meetings this month.
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Prez Says

Posted by B.J. Harris on Aug 01, 2016
It's good so see our young adults getting involved in government and the community. 
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Posted by Symone' James on Aug 01, 2016
  Eating at The Lemon Grass Restaurant  last Wednesday was a real treat.
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Posted by Symone James on Jul 26, 2016
Come join us at our old/new meeting place at Lemon Grass for our 12pm lunch meeting?
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Posted by B. J. Harris on Jul 10, 2016
Another successful Children's Carnival Village for our Rotary Club!
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Prez says

Posted by Alecia M. Wells on Jul 10, 2016
It's been quite a year for St. John Rotary, and I am happy to report the club is healthy and moving forward in a positive direction.
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Posted by Alecia M. Wells on Jun 12, 2016
This week at our 5:30 pm Wednesday evening meeting at Westin's Snorkels Bar/Grill, we welcome Rachel Fischer and Julie Armstrong of the CDC, who will bring us important information about the mosquito-borne virus, ZIKA.  Please pass the word and invite everyone!
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Posted by Alecia M. Wells on May 30, 2016
 Stacie January, Democratic candidate for Senator-at-large, will be the guest speaker at the June lst meeting
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Posted by B. J. Harris on May 30, 2016
B. J., Angela and Alecia all attended the District Conference in Nassau, Bahamas.
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Prez says

Posted by Alecia M. Wells on May 01, 2016
Wednesday, May 4th, we WILL NOT HAVE A MEETING.  Most of our leadership will be at the District Conference in Nassau. 
We were happy to welcome our Assistant District Governor, Marston, to the evening meeting at the Westin's Snorkels Bar in April
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Posted by Alecia M. Wells on Apr 04, 2016
Most business people agree that mentoring our youth is a great way to expose them to different possible careers.
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Posted by Alecia M. Wells on Mar 28, 2016
Join us this Wednesday to welcome Jason Charles, radio personality and Junior Achievement coordinator.
Sean Georges was our guest Rotarian (St. Thomas Rotary II) last week.
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Posted by Alecia M. Wells on Mar 14, 2016
Please join us to welcome a most dedicated community vounteer, Sean Georges.  Sean feeds the homeless around Lionel Roberts Stadium and has special projects for the youth.  We will meet Wednesday, at 5:30 pm at Westin's Snorkels cafe/bar.
We had the pleasure of welcoming a singing Rotarian at the end of February, what a riot!
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Posted by B. J. Harris on Mar 14, 2016
Visiting Rotarians Scott and Sam  from Pennsylvania entertained us with their Rotary stories at our evening meeting.
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Posted by B. J. Harris on Feb 08, 2016
Please join us Wednesday the 10th to welcome visiting Rotarian, Sarah Richardson from Iowa City's noon club.  Sarah will talk about Paul Harris, founder of Rotary, who attended law school at the University of Iowa as well as many other interesting Iowa Rotary events and initiatives.  Sarah has also agreed to lead us in song--hers is a singing Rotary club.  This is going to be a fun meeting, I promise.
Hopefully Ian will be on hand to give us an update on the Blues Blow Out scheduled for next month.
Valentine Orchid Sale is this week--Wednesday and Thursday--and we need volunteers to man the table.  Please plan on a two hour stint.  All proceeds will go to Polio Plus, Rotary International's initiative to end polio worldwide.
President Alecia was on the mainland last week, so we thought we would surprise her with a strategic plan!
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What happened?

Posted by B. J. Harris on Feb 01, 2016
Hopefully Rotarian Ralph Antolino will join us Wednesday with an update on the Friends.  If he doesn't make it, we will convince him to come later in the month and give us a "Good Investing Practices" talk!
Lion Bruce Schoonover joined us with a wonderful presentation from the Lions' Club--the Knights of the Blind.
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Prez says

Posted by Alecia M. Wells on Feb 01, 2016
Here we are in February, one of the busiest months for St. John.
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Posted by Alecia M. Wells on Jan 10, 2016
We have had some bumps in the road since we discovered that our Satellite Club was no longer authorized by Rotary International.
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Prez says

Posted by Alecia M. Wells on Nov 23, 2015
Oh what a night!!  Flavors was a huge success...
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Posted by Alecia M. Wells on Nov 16, 2015
​Our thoughts and prayers go to all those affected by the tragedy in Paris.  It is sad to see such darkness in the City of Light.
The next three weeks here on our blessed islands will be busy ones.
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Posted by Alecia M. Wells on Nov 02, 2015
This past month has been challenging in many ways,
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Posted by Alecia M. Wells on Oct 01, 2015
St. John Rotary was given a plethora of information from the St. John Community Foundation in the person of  Michele who is filling in while Celia is on vacation.
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Posted by B. J. Harris on Sep 21, 2015
Absent last week from St. John, I experienced the incredible power of a military burial with full honors as my parents were laid to rest at Arlington National Cemetery.
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Posted by Alecia M Wells on Sep 21, 2015
Now that the books are in the little hands of each child on St. John, (and I trust that similar situations exist in St. Thomas and St. Croix) we are fully onto FLAVORS--A TASTE OF ST. JOHN, which is planned for November 21st at the Westin Villas and  Spa.
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Posted by Alecia Wells on Aug 31, 2015
The Virgin Islands and its Kallaloo of people are praying for Dominica
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Posted by Alecia Wells on Aug 16, 2015
So much has happened  since Children's Carnival Village.
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Posted by Alecia M. Wells on Jul 20, 2015
How time flies, when you're having fun.  Children's Carnival Village had a new twist this year...
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What Happened?

Posted by BJ Harris on Jul 20, 2015
Rotary dues are due,  please either bring your check in the amount of $225 to a meeting or mail it to PO Box 700, STJ, 00831 this month. 
What a success Children's Carnival Village was!
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Prez says

Posted by Alecia Wells on Jun 22, 2015
Wednesday June 24th we install our 2015-2016 leadership team.  Please join us at Moonlight Serenade, the first house on the right on Great Cruz Bay Road for fellowship, food and beverages.
If you haven't contributed something--anything--to the Rotary Foundation, please send a check to PO Box 700 asap so you can be counted.  We have a pretty poor showing so far, and have the Foundation to thank for our $60,000 oxygen generator.  So let's open up the wallets and show our thanks!
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Posted by B. J. Harris on Jun 22, 2015
We are gearing up for Children's Carnival and need all the volunteers we can get! 
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Posted by Alecia Wells on Jun 16, 2015
There are many members who have not yet contributed to the Rotary Foundation.  Please send your check to PO Box 37, St. John, 00831 quickly so it can be counted this year.
We welcomed two new potential members on Wednesday, Alrick Thomas and Patricia Varlack.  This week our schools are all having honors days and graduation celebrations—be sure to congratulate our students when you see them.  Dr. Minner from Gifft Hill School is setting up the grow trays at Julius Sprauve School and with help from Alrick and our Interact members, we should all be treated to food this fall!
Saturday, three stalwart Rotarians cleaned Jumbie beach and the surrounding area.  We filled five bags with trash, and found a serviceable pair of men’s briefs, if anyone is interested.
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Posted by BJ Harris on Jun 16, 2015
Our coronation of Queen Alecia will take place June 24th at Moonlight Serenade on Great Cruz Bay Road at 6:30 pm.  Please make an effort to come!
We are always happy to welcome Dr. Joe DeJames of the MKSCH clinic for an update.  As part of the Schneider Regional Medical Center there are still challenges running the clinic.  40% of our residents are not insured, collections are a nightmare, and the cost of doing business is generally high in the VI.  We have travelling nurses and staff and our two doctors are underpaid (or not paid for all the overtime they do!)
The new administration is talking about bringing St. Croix’ Juan Luis hospital under the same umbrella, but Dr. DeJames thinks this would be a bad idea.  (we all agreed)
Much talk about medical evacuation was next, and AeroMed, a helicopter service is a new option for us to go to PR.  MASA and SkyMed can work with them.  We transport nine to ten people on the ambulance boat each month.  If there were a BIG problem, we would call in everyone—Rescue, Fire, EMTs—everyone who can help would be asked to do so.
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Prez says

Posted by Alecia Wells on Jun 08, 2015
Dr. Joe DeJames will be with us Wednesday the 10th with an update on our clinic.
Wednesday's speaker, Charmaine Alexander was a student of mine before she went off to college and made a name for herself with the Department of Defense.  She worked for Lockheed Martin as a contractor for National Intelligence, and later became a civilian employee at the Department of Defense.  She has been deployed to Afghanistan (twice in one year), and is based in Wiesbaden, Germany.  She has visited Italy numerous times, Thailand, Austria, Portugal and Prague.  Her job is network engineer, but there was more she couldn't tell us without killing us, so we let that go.  She fixes, repairs and installs network systems, mostly working with hardware.  Before heading to Afghanistan, she was required to do weapons training with an M-4 and a 9ml Berretta.  She's a great role model for our girls and said that sometimes it got tiring having to prove herself again and again.  But she has developed a strong and confident manner because she is often the only woman on the team, and I would bet she pulls her weight better than most of her team mates!
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Posted by BJ Harris on Jun 08, 2015
We started the meeting backwards, hearing from our Rotary scholar, Nyree Doway.  Nyree just finished her first year of school in New Jersey and is still wondering about that zero degree weather.  She loves her school and has made many friends. 
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What Happened?

Posted by B. J. Harris on Jun 01, 2015
Acupuncture was developed over five thousand years ago by Buddhist monks, who started with acupressure.  There are thousands of points in our body sensitive to pressure and Dr. May Trieu showed us a few.  May graduated from Western Medical School and came to St. Thomas to do her internship and residency.  Like many, she never left.  Her job seemed less than rewarding because of the over use of drugs, and although her mother was a pharmacist and her father a surgeon, she began studying Chinese medicine and became proficient at acupuncture and diagnosis by looking at the tongue.  Interesting fact:  the tongue changes after a couple seconds, so when using its condition to diagnose, you have to be lightening fast!  Dr. Trieu believes that western civilizations tend to over medicate and that health should consider balance between mind and body, nutrition and herbal supplements.  People should reduce stress levels by exercising and meditating daily--start small and build on it, alone or with others.  So we ended our meeting with both a group meditation and a group chant and all felt the difference that slowing down and centering our energy could make!
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Posted by Alecia Wells on Jun 01, 2015
Wednesday's meeting will have as the speaker Charmaine Alexander, one of my former students, now employed at the Department of Defense in Germany.  She actually saw a Rotary meeting being conducted in Vienna.  Needless to say, I am excited to have Charmaine speak to us!  Please join us to thank Charmaine for her service and to welcome her home.
More good ideas and innovative thoughts on Rotary from the district conference:    "corporate" clubs only meet every two weeks, have Interact members run a meeting, invite families to meetings and let them run them, swap presidents (!), run a meeting backwards...
Much discussion on how to make it interesting and how to retain and attract membership.
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Posted by Alecia Wells on May 25, 2015
Wednesday we welcome Dr. May Trieu to our morning meeting.  Dr. Trieu is a board certified physician and also an expert acupuncturist.  Please join us.
The District Conference and President-Elect training in Jamaica were both filled with Rotary information and opportunities for making new friendships.
We were whisked from the airport to the resort and found ourselves sharing a beautiful villa with six bedrooms and large common areas.  Each villa had a butler (yes you read that right), housekeeper and chef.  Not to mention a private pool.  Unfortunately, we were so busy each day with Rotary meetings that we spent very little time at 'home.'  But do remember these perks, the next time someone asks you to serve the club!
So much information was disseminated that it will take weeks for PP Joan and yours truly to digest it and introduce it to our members.  We came away with many great ideas for the future growth and development of our club.  I have promised to transcribe my notes and will offer Rotary International Pearls of Wisdom each week from now on.
Stay tuned!
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What Happened?

Posted by BJ Harris on May 25, 2015
Our second evening meeting attracted three new young people--the momentum is building!  With two new members below the age of forty and more in the wings, we hope to revitalize our greying club.
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What happened?

Posted by B. J. Harris on May 18, 2015
HMMMMMM...  I'm not sure what happened!  But I know that this Wednesday's evening meeting--5 pm at Snorkels bar between the beach and the pool at the Westin--will be a great one.  President Alecia and Treasurer-elect Joan have returned from beautiful Montego Bay and our District Conference, and will regale us with stories of Rotary and the Jamaican moon.
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Prez says

Posted by Alecia Wells on May 18, 2015
In absentia, the Prez says "Come one, come all, to a fun evening meeting at the Westin pool bar to hear all the District 7020 news and information from Montego Bay."  This is our second evening meeting, and if we continue to build momentum, should be a great time to socialize and talk about our next year's projects.
Prez says Alecia Wells 2015-05-19 00:00:00Z 0

What happened?

Posted by B. J. Harris
What's the difference between timeshare and condo ownership?  Rotarian BJ gave her take on the future of Pond Bay, explaining that timeshare or 'interval ownership' isn't always the best thing for a community.  Think of a fifty unit property.  Not unlike Gallows Point (60 units).  You can have fifty owners, who each have a stake not just in their apartment or villa, but also in their neighborhood and their island.  Or you can have six hundred owners of one month each, or TWENTY-FIVE HUNDRED owners of a week each.  The owners of a week or a month, don't spend enough time on St. John to become truly engaged and therefore don't end up becoming involved in our island and its issues and needs.  They come, they go.  They love it here, but they don't really participate.  Typically, timeshare owners are entry level real estate investors and so might be more likely to eat in, and won't be our typical purchasers of high end products in town.  Condo owners are more likely to frequent restaurants and buy items of art and jewelry, which keep our economy going.  So we can hope that the new owners of Pond Bay do what is best for St. John, and we keep our fingers crossed that as the Westin converts to 100% timeshare, some of those people will buy homes!
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Prez says

Posted by Alecia Wells on May 12, 2015
A funeral and Rotary District 7020 president-elect training will keep me away for two meetings, but I promise to bring back all the new information from Rotary International!!
Prez says Alecia Wells 2015-05-13 00:00:00Z 0

What Happened?

Posted by BJ Harris on May 04, 2015
So how DO you keep those ghosts from haunting you??  Guest, Jim Heskett of Maine, suggests taking care of their resting place is a good way to start.  Jim moved to St. John nine months ago and already wants to help make a difference.  He reported at our April 22nd meeting,  that there are at least fourteen veterans (with plaques) buried in the Cruz Bay cemetery.  The cemetery needs new fencing, covered viewing platforms, retaining walls, and music to our ears—a sidewalk on the bay side.  He is working with the St. John Community Foundation and the Department of Public Works on this and hopes to have it done by Memorial Day 2016.
We received word that an EDC company on St. Thomas wants to help feed the homeless on St. John.  This led to discussion on what happens to un-used food at restaurants and markets.  And we were reminded by Ian, of Martin Luther King asking, “Who have you helped today?”
Visiting Rotarian Jeanne is from a club of 250 members which does two international projects and a dozen youth projects each year.  (that made us very proud of our fourteen St. John projects for the next Rotary year!)  Rotarian Ted’s club has 55 members and they host a craft fair at the vocational school, a half carnival, and an electronic auction.  They encourage career planning in conjunction with the local community college.
Last week we discussed the board of directors meeting and advised Symone that she had been 'volunteered' to take over posting on our Facebook page.  She graciously agreed.  Thanks Symone!
President Alecia advised the group that Dr. Minner of Gifft Hill School has been working with Sprauve School to get their farming program set up.
Our tens of thousands of books are on their way, and Ian pointed out that we need to develop some clear goals for these books on St. John—perhaps a book club of sorts—but certainly we need to work with the schools on a distribution network soon!
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Prez says

Posted on May 04, 2015

Once you are up for a 7:30 am Wednesday St. John Rotary meeting at Gallows Point, the remainder of the day is easy “like Sunday morning!”

This week,at our Wednesday meeting, please help us welcome our new St. John head of tourism, Cynthia Jurgen, for an update on Tourism plans for our island.

Prez says Alecia Wells 2015-05-05 00:00:00Z 0

Prez says

Posted by Alecia Wells on Apr 20, 2015
It seems our every-third-Wednesday-of-the-month evening meetings will be a huge success.  The venue was beautiful and the bugs were few!  We welcomed Shereen Hill and Oliver Wesselhoft to the meeting and hope both will soon become our newest members.
BJ and I attended the Rotary VI North Presidents' Council meeting and introduced the great book giveaway to the leaders of St. Thomas' clubs.  All were excited at this potential windfall of reading material for our children.
Joan, BJ and I also attended a pre-PETS (RI and District training for incoming club officers) seminar and will be developing our club goals this week, as they are due by next Monday.  Please send your ideas to me, and remember that we are expected to contribute to the Rotary Foundation each year.  We will be checking our list to see who's naughty or nice.
Prez says Alecia Wells 2015-04-21 00:00:00Z 0

What happened?

Posted by BJ Harris on Apr 20, 2015
Sunset over  Great Cruz Bay, the cooling trade winds wafting through coconut palms, a beverage in hand and fellowship with Rotary members and friends.
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Prez says

Posted by Alecia Wells on Apr 12, 2015
We are excited to announce our very first official evening meeting!  Starting this week, EVERY THIRD WEDNESDAY OF THE MONTH we will have an evening meeting at the Westin's Snorkels restaurant.  The restaurant isn't open in the evening, but the bar doesn't close until six.  So we will have fellowship starting at five and our meeting at five thirty.  Remember where we are, and dress accordingly.  Like it or not, no-see-ums do exist, even at a pricey hotel!
In step with Rotary's emphasis on environmental awareness, we learned about a new waste management service coming soon to St. John.
Rotarian Alice brought wonderful news for our literacy program, with a potentially huge donation of books for our kids.
Prez says Alecia Wells 2015-04-13 00:00:00Z 0

What Happened?

Posted by B. J. Harris on Apr 12, 2015
We were happy to have our Best Rotary Friend, Bev Biziewski with us to welcome Davy Turner and Adam English, founders of St. John Valet Waste Services. 
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Prez says

Posted by Alecia Wells on Apr 06, 2015
St. John Rescue is everywhere, all the time and we thank them for their efforts on our behalf.
This week we will discuss options for our summer literacy program, and meet the new owners of St. John Valet Waste Services, who are anxious to get started and committed to helping us all recycle more.
Prez says Alecia Wells 2015-04-07 00:00:00Z 0

What happened?

Posted by BJ Harris on Apr 06, 2015
March 25th meeting had the new leadership of St. John Rescue visiting our club.
And April Fools' Day had us all laughing...
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What happened?

Julius E. Sprauve school president, Ellie Francois, and Rotary Friend extraordinaire Bev Biziewski joined us fo a road trip to Gifft Hill School, to experience first-hand the EARTH (Education And Resiliancy Through Horticulture) program. 
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Prez says

Posted by Alecia Wells on Mar 22, 2015
What an exciting meeting we had at Gifft Hill School.  We toured the gardens tended by students which provide food for their culinary learning and for other classmates.  Even the Lower School horticulturists have herb gardens where they can harvest leaves for their daily tea!  Dave Minner, an Iowa State University professor, walked us through terraced gardens full of fruit and vegetables, and even sent some of us home with giant squash!
Prez says Alecia Wells 2015-03-23 00:00:00Z 0

Prez says

March is National Literacy Month!


The Club was happy to have Dr. Laurie Bottinger, PhD, Headmistress of Gifft Hill School at our Gallows Point meeting.


We look forward to seeing all members of St. John Rotary and visitors at 7:30 a.m.  on March 18, 2015, at Gifft Hill School upper campus to check the wonderful garden to kitchen program out.  This visit will take the place of our regular meeting at Gallows Point.

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What happened?

Posted by BJ Harris on Mar 02, 2015
Darcaja Thomas let us know how important Interact is.  She is an 8th grader at JESS and is also involved in the Sisterhood Agenda.  Darcaja was happy her Interact club was able to do community projects last year, especially painting the helipad.  She was proud that they cleaned the beaches and wants to continue that project.  She also would like to do something with seniors on St. John and more to help at the clinic. 
We Lit up the Night with PPs Joan, Bruce and BJ, and Alice. Dulcey and Miles in attendance, raising $1000 for the St. John Cancer Fund and had a great time-- the cake was a big hit, and I mean BIG!  We were well represented at the JESS Gala, with images of Rotarian President Alecia presenting school supplies to our students.
More discussion about our vocational school, and PP Bruce suggested we send letters to the St. John business owners asking them to consider starting an apprenticeship program now, and not wait until we have the land and buildings.  Angela offered encouragement with information on the Workforce Reinvestment Act, which has $$ for youth training.  Darcaja chimed in that she and her friends want to be able to learn and get jobs in the summer. 
We were a happy group--happy for the new breezy and quiet venue, happy to continue our discussion on Rotary St. John's plans for our youth, happy to have our youth with us!
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Prez says

Posted by Alecia Wells on Mar 01, 2015
Attracting some early birds at the 0730 meetings, this week we welcomed Darcaja Thomas, a member of our Interact Club and Shareen Hill, a JESS teacher.  And it was a pleasure to see Debbie Marsh, Manager of the Marketplace and Bev Biziewski, (who should just give it up and join) among the early crowd.  Discussion continues on the vocational school, Blues Blow Out and other Rotary initiatives.
Hopefully St. John will be well represented at the Paul Harris Gala this month.
USVI Rotary North's Practice Peace initiative is gaining momentum, with efforts to get our youth talking and learning non-violent dispute resolution methods.
Prez says Alecia Wells 2015-03-02 00:00:00Z 0

What Happened?

Posted by BJ Harris on Feb 23, 2015
What a great new venue for our Rotary Club of St. John weekly meetings!  The upper level of Gallows Point's restaurant is quiet and breezy with a wonderful view.  
There was much discussion about a vocational school for St. John--possible location (Cruz Bay, Centerline, Coral Bay), curriculum ( hotel training, food service, electrical, plumbing, computer skills, real estate, maritime services, beauty, landscaping to mention but a few).  There was no question about Rotary St. John's commitment to this project.  The VI Department of Labor gives grants each summer for workforce training.  We can start the training now, while we find a location for the campus. 
Members, please all contribute to the Rotary Foundation.  Every contribution helps make a difference in our community and in the world. You are expected to contribute some amount each year.
Feb. 28 is 8 Tuff Miles in the  morning and the Julius Sprauve Gala at Caneel in the evening.
Paul Harris Gala is March 14 at Frenchman's Reef
St. John Rotary members Lit up the Night at the cancer relay Saturday, selling virgin painkillers and chocolate cake.  Everybody walked laps and BJ even sprinted one lap with friend Curtis Penn (who ran many many laps).  It is important for our members to be front and center at community events, to remind St. John of our dedication.
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Prez says

Posted by Alecia Wells on Feb 23, 2015
Our new meeting location is very conducive to business!  Many topics were covered, including updating our Rotary Club of St. John accomplishments, getting a Rotary sign for the ferry dock and hosting a RYLA group this summer.  Past President Joan is working with the Interact clubs to keep the kids engaged.  Julius Sprauve School is starting a GED program, and a STEM program as well (science, technology, English and math).  We will contact the Ralph M. Wheatley Vocational School for pointers and forge ahead with developing one of our own.
Prez says Alecia Wells 2015-02-24 00:00:00Z 0

What happened?

Posted by B.J. Harris on Feb 16, 2015
With barely a month in office, new St. John Administrator Camile Paris, Jr. is already working hard for St. John.  He has the police walking around Cruz Bay instead of driving or sitting in their cars, has cleaned and locked Guy Benjamin School (until its future has been determined), is working on making part of Cruz Bay beach a swim area, and has requested a complete list of St. John property owned by the government from Property and Procurement.  Many topics were discussed in a lively meeting including Port Authority's idea to make the gravel parking lot a paid parking area (we suggested he have VIPA talk to residents about THAT idea!), the yet again inaccurate property tax valuations for St. John, and getting community sponsorship for youth programs outside of school.  They have already visited with Gifft Hill School students and are meeting with JESS students soon to determine their wants and needs for programs.
Sharon reported that the Coral Bay basketball court old bleachers have been removed and paving will start as soon as DPW Commissioner ok's VI Paving's contribution of asphalt as satisfying part of their EDC requirements.
There was discussion on the Egbert Marsh Trust's land donation to Coral Bay, and how best to use the property.
Our orchid sale was successful, thanks to B. J., Joan, Alecia, Bruce and Dave for helping out.
BLUES BLOW OUT concert, sponsored by our club is March 28th at JESS ball field.
LIGHT UP THE NIGHT walk for St. John Cancer Society is February 21-22 starting at 4pm.
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Prez Says

Posted by Alecia Wells on Feb 16, 2015
NEW VENUE AND TIME STARTING FEBRUARY 18TH!!  0730 AT GALLOWS POINT RESTAURANT, UPSTAIRS BAR AREA.  Hopefully this change will allow many more business owners to join our club.  Coffee will be available.
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Prez Says

Posted by Alecia Wells on Feb 08, 2015

Our last week's guest speaker, Dr.DeJames, brought some insightful information to the meeting.  He suggested some ways St. John Rotary could assist the Myrah Keating Smith Clinic. We had a number of guests, many returning, and  a great number of members.


BJ and I were happy to travel to travel to St Thomas to support our ADG Michael Toussaint, as he was honored by AKA Sorority.  St. John Rotary was well represented.

Prez Says Alecia Wells 2015-02-09 00:00:00Z 0

What happened?

Posted by B.J. Harris on Feb 08, 2015
What a great group, with four visiting Rotarians and five guests!  Our former meeting spot, upstairs at Ocean Grill, was damaged in a fire recently, so we met on the lower level--nothing slows us down on St. John.  Dr. Joe DeJames, primary physician and administrator of the Myra Keating Smith Community Health Clinic, was our speaker.  Joe thanked us for helping our Interact club paint the helipad (thanks Bill Willegerod!) and brought us up to date on some important changes at the clinic.  Apparently there is a new administrative finance team in place and we are now included with St. Thomas in budgetary planning and consideration.  The good news from up on the hill is that Chikengunya seems to be fading away.  Thank heavens, eating papaya leaves was a positively awful remedy!  Doc DeJames asked us to work on some initiatives to help protect our youth--using seatbelts and not drinking and driving campaigns can both save young lives.  Not to mention that we need some signs warning of DEER crossings all over.  Lloyd Hoover from sunny but cold Chicago suggested we ask bars to offer free soft drinks to designated drivers.  We can work with the Department of Health and their responsible beverage business training as well as with rental car agencies on this.
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Ramon Correa

Posted by BJ Harris on Sep 16, 2014

Rotary Club of St. John was pleased to have RAMON CORREA. a martial arts, health and physical, and self-defense expert at our meeting at the Westin St. John.  Ramon told us about the NOW moment; our presence; paying attention to ourselves and our alignment; standing straight, bringing our toes into alignment with our bodies; how to activate our energy to facilitate our energy flow.  The demonstrations of the sword, fan and sticks buttressed the presentation. We were given tips on breathing, counting our steps even while walking our dog.  We may also eat the guinea grass that we see our dogs eating. Your choice.

 We should drink  water first thing in the morning.  We should also drink water 1/2 to  1 hour before taking a shower and a 1/2 hour before going to sleep.

Ramon began to study martial arts on St. John, and then relocated to New York City and was trained by Sensi Tommy Ajero, now deceased.  Sensi Ajero impressed upon Ramon that "a student always stays learning," and Ramon has lived with that motto.  He practices and teaches weapon defense fighting arts.  The crux  of being excellent is self control and to "be ready for the moment".

Ramon has been invited to return next week for follow up.  Rotarians Margaret, Joan, Stephanie, Pat, Bruce and I thoroughly enjoyed the  time.  I even did a few demonstration

To contact Ramon, you may call 340-690-0290 for  questions or to join a class.


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Coral Bay Happenings

Posted by Sharon Coldren on Jul 26, 2014

On Friday, July 25th, five Rotarians lunched at Chateau Bordeaux for fellowship and to welcome our new Rotary President, Alecia Wells, to the "east side" meeting.   Bill Willigerod brought his wife, Sara Sawyer, as his guest. We all enjoyed seeing her again and hearing her ideas for the club this year.   She also said that a voting machine will be available for demo at the Rotary meeting in town on Wednesday at 12:30 at Mongoose Junction - and encouraged us all to come to that meeting.   Sharon Coldren briefly reported on progress on the Coral Bay Basketball Court Project.  There was a discussion about the CZM application for a 145 slip marina in Coral Bay (on the western shore by Island Blues) -- including docks for 49 megayachts.  The CZM application files are available via the Coral Bay Community Council cloud site: go to for the link to the files - and see other Coral Bay relevant information. Doug White will be running the Chateau Bordeaux Friday Meeting on August 1st. Hope to see you there to enjoy the view!

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Rotary Club of St. John Presidents

Posted by Alecia Wells on Jul 17, 2014

History:  The Rotary Club of St. John was formed in May, 1999.   Ronald  (Ronnie) Lockhart was the founding member and served  from 1999-2000, 2000-2001; Doug White served from 2001-2002; David Dostall served from 2002-2003; Christopher Angel served from 2003-2004;  David Carlson served from 2004-2005; Gerianne Kotas served from 2005-2006; John Fuller served from 2006-2007; Joan Bermingham served from 2007-2008; BJ Harris served from 2008-2009; Catherine Fahy served from 2009-2010; Bruce Monroe served from 2010-1011, 2011-1012; Robert Schesinger served from 2012-8/2012; Joan Bermingham served from 9/2012-2013, 2013-2014; Alecia M. Wells served from 2014-2016, B. J. Harris serves from 2016-2017.

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Happy 15th Anniversary to St John Rotary John Fuller 2014-05-18 00:00:00Z 0

Congratulations Rotarian Angela Coleman

Posted by John Fuller on Nov 26, 2013

Sisterhood Agenda is the recipient of the 2013 St. John Community Partnerships Award by Partnerships in Hope. Rotarian Angela Coleman is the founder of Sisterhood Agenda.

Local philanthropists created the St. John Community Partnerships Award to honor non-profit organizations that partner to serve the residents of St. John, this year focusing on organizations helping children.

We're proud of you Angela!

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Flavors 2013 - A Culinary Delight

Posted by John Fuller on Nov 22, 2013
St John’s premiere restaurants and caterers stepped up to provide bountiful and delicious offerings to several hundred guests supporting St John Rotary’s scholarships and community projects. They were aided and abetted by the islands’ wines distributors featuring wines from around the world, and our own St John Brewers with their imaginative brews.
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Rotarians Behind the Scenes

Posted by John Fuller on Nov 15, 2013
When Starfish Market decided to replace some of their display coolers, Rotarian and Manager Nedra Ephraim asked Rotarian Contractor Dave Carlson if he could find good homes for the old ones. When Majors Daniel and Valerie Hazeldine, VI Coordinators for the Salvation Army spoke to the club in late-August, we were added to their Newsletter ... and the rest is history.
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DG Visit October 11

Posted by John Fuller on Oct 11, 2013

The Rotary Club of St John and the Coral Bay Satellite Club of St John met at Chateau Bordeaux for a joint meeting to welcome DG Jeremy Hurst and First Lady Michelle. Luncheon followed a board meeting with an inspirational address by DG Jeremy. He asked us to continue to engage Rotarians, and the good works we do.


DG Jeremy makes notes for his address to the club.

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Source of Medical Oxygen Coming to St John - At Last!

Posted on Mar 17, 2013
The Rotary Foundation has approved a grant to The Rotary Club of St John for the acquisition of the medical oxygen generator sought by St John Rescue.  Rotary clubs, districts and The Rotary Foundation provides $52,750 towards the $68,000 equipment.
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Rotary St John is twice as good!

Posted by John Fuller on Sep 18, 2012
The Rotary Club of St John has become twice as good as before. 
First, our regular meeting takes place on Wednesday, at 0730 am at Gallows Point restaurant in Cruz Bay.  We are looking for a suitable spot for a once-a-month evening meeting in order to appeal to even more potential members and become more representative of our island.
And our satellite club meets every Friday at noon at Chateau Bordeaux. 
We hope that these changes will open St John Rotary to more members, allowing us to have a greater impact on our community, the environment, and the path to peace through service.
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Rotary St John 2012 Scholarship

Posted by John Fuller on Jun 30, 2012

This year’s applicants for the St John Rotary Scholarship, were all outstanding.  It was a challenge for the scholarship committee to select a winner from this talented group of St John graduating seniors. But choose we must.


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Jumbie Beach Cleanup April 2010

Posted on May 10, 2011

Seven Rotarians, spouses and friends gathered at Jumbie Beach again this April as our part of Earth Day Week beach cleanups sponsored by Friends of VI National Park. Outfitted with gloves, bags, and in several cases long-handled graspers they walked the road, the path and the beach picking up litter.

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St. John Receives Three Awards

Posted by Robert Schlesinger on May 10, 2011
President Elect Bruce Munro accepts at the District 7020 Conference in Kingston, Jamaica,the District Govenor's Errol Alberga Gold Award (highest of 3 levels) for a year of outstanding service on May 7, 2010.
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Timmy Newton Receives 2010 Scholarship Award Robert Schlesinger 2011-05-10 09:02:27Z 0

Marcus Stevens is selected for the 2011 JJ Alfred Scholarship

Posted by John Fuller on May 08, 2011

Marcus Stevens is the recipient of Rotary Club of St John's 2011 Javon Jade Alfred Memorial Scholarship.  Marcus is the son of Deverell Alfred, and also the brother of our 2009 Scholar, Malik Stevens, a testimony to the family's emphasis on education.

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Telemedicine comes to St John

Posted by John Fuller
More than sixty Rotarians and friends gathered March 13th when Donald Sussman presented the club with a check for $72,000 to kick off a telemedicine connection from our clinic to The Cleveland Clinic. On hand were Governor John deJongh, Delegate Donna Christiansen, Rotary DG Rupert Ross, and representatives of the medical entities involved.
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2008 Community Awards Dinner

Posted by John Fuller

Over 80 people turned out for the dinner and festivities at the Ocean Grille in Mongoose Junction for this annual event where St John Rotary recognizes individuals who exemplify Rotary's motto: Service Above Self.

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Two More Paul Harris Fellows

Our May 30th Guest Speaker, Honorary Rotarian Steve Simon, was surprised with the award of a Paul Harris Fellow, along with Rotarian Miles Stair who was not available at the earlier awards ceremony.

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Two Paul Harris Fellow awards

May 23rd was the day that Joy Stillman was honored as a Paul Harris Fellow. It was also the day our speaker, Paul Devine, was surprised as he was also made a Paul Harris Fellow.
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Presidential Citations and DG's Award

Posted by John Fuller
At the district conference held at Atlantis in the Bahamas May 6-10, 2008, President Joan accepted the RI Presidential Citation and the District Governors Award (Gold level) on behalf of the club.
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2008 Blues Festival

Posted by John Fuller
Saturday, March 22nd, was our second largest fund raiser - selling beverages at the St John Blues Festival, thanks to Steve and Helen Simon. Hearty Rotarians and numerous "Friends of Rotarians" set up under the Coors Light tents to sell water, soda, beer, wine, and mixed drinks to the record crowd at the Coral Bay Ball Field.
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Letter from Kenya, Part II

Posted by Joan Bermingham

Dear Joan,

We are delighted to inform you that the Waterholes Restoration Project in Merrueshi Group Ranch has been completed. This conservation project will significantly benefit both Maasai pastoralists and native wildlife. Hundreds of livestock and countless wildlife will benefit from the waterholes.

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Flavors provides great food and fun

Posted by John Fuller
St John's finest restaurants and caterers turned out to strut their stuff at Rotary's annual fundraiser, flavorsSaturday evening under the big tents at the Westin began with cocktails at 6:30 with hors d'oeuvres provided by Marketplace eateries along with wines from the island's three distributors.  Guests munched and drank as they wandered about checking out what the restaurants and caterers would be serving at 7:30 and planning their strategies for successful grazing.
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Letter from Kenya

Posted by Joan Bermingham

Dear Joan,

It is our sincere hope that you and your family are doing well. We are all doing well in Merrueshi community. The children are well and so as our cattle and goats. It is still dry but the rains are slowly approaching.

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Thanks for helping with Eco-Camps

Karen Brady, Friends of VI National Park Development Director writes: 

Dear Rotarians:

I want to thank the Rotary Club of St John for your continued support of Friends' Eco-Camps for Virgin Islands youth. Your support is sincerely appreciated; we feel very lucky to have the Rotary as a community partner.

The environmental camps were a success again this year. With your help. we are pleased to report that we exceeded our fund raising goal and were able to send 142 young Virgin lslanders to camp this year.

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2007 VI Coastweeks

Sunday, September 23rd , eight Rotarians and two guests descended on Jumbie Beach as a part of 2007 VI Coastweeks. Our Rotary club adopted Jumbie Beach and clean it vigorously twice a year.
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Javon Jade Alfred Scholarship Awarded

Posted by John Fuller

Eudora Kean High School senior Claudia Verdant will get help with her tuition at Virginia State University thanks to the $12,500 Javon Jade Alfred scholarship from the Rotary Club of St. John. The scholarship is paid out over four years. 
   "This is part of what Rotary does. We have a focus on clean water, hunger and education," said President-elect Joan Bermingham. 

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Earth Day 2007

Posted by John Fuller
Five intrepid St John Rotarians gathered at Jumbie Beach Saturday morning. Starting at the road and working toward the beach, then from the beach working toward the road they braved stinging nettle, catch and keep, and other spiky flora to gather two and 1/2 large garbage bags of litter.
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District Governor's Award

Last week President John, President-elect Joan and Secretary Kathy were at the District Conference on Grand Cayman. On Friday at the awards luncheon there, the St John Club received the District Governor's Award, Silver Level. The certificate was presented by Assistant Governor Diana White at our May 11 meeting.
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EPA Environmental Quality Awards

Posted by John Fuller

For the second year in a row, a St John Rotarian has won an ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY AWARD, for EPA Region 2. This year's winner is the Coral Bay Community Council and Sharon Coldren.

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Portland Club Clean water Project

Posted by Meredith Small

Following up on Meredith Small's presentation at the meeting here's the clean water project her "other" club is working on.

Portland Rotary Santa Barbara Honduras *Clean Water Campaign

Portland Rotary, in partnership with Freeport Rotary, Cape Elizabeth/South Portland Rotary and 18 other clubs have developed a project to provide clean drinking water to families in Honduras by providing a BioSand filter, one per household to remove virtually all waterborne diseases.


In many of the homes of rural Honduras, there are no pipes, no valves, and no taps. The children who drink this water get very sick. They suffer diarrhea and dysentery, and some die...

  • 50,000 children die from water borne diseases every year.
  • 80% of illnesses detected in Honduras originate in contaminated water supplies.
  • 78% of the rural population in Honduras depend on contaminated surface water.

Water treatment filters for these families can help this critical need for clean water, and we at Portland Rotary are working hard to bring clean and safe drinking water to needy families in Santa Barbara, Honduras.

Portland Club Clean water Project Meredith Small 0

Blues Festival a Successful Fundraiser

Posted by John Fuller
With thanks to Steve and Helen Simon for the opportunity, Saturday, March 24th, Rotarians gathered at the ballfield in Coral Bay to sell beverages at the St John Blues Festival main event. This is our spring fundraiser and proceeds go to K.A.T.S. and our scholarships.  We raised a little over $3,000 last year and were hoping for more this year since we did not sell orchids for Valentines.
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Rotary Presents Checks to St John Rescue

Posted by John Fuller
We started at Flavors last year to raise money for St John Rescue and now just one year later they get the checks. A highlight of Flavors 06 was the check presentation by Rotary President John Fuller and Honorary Rotarian S. Donald Sussman to Recue Captain John Bowman.
Rotary Presents Checks to St John Rescue John Fuller 0

DG Alastair meets with our Board

Posted by John Fuller

In an idyllic setting beside the beach at the Westin under a canopy, District Governor Alastair Paterson met with the St John Boards of Directors and Trustees following the club meeting Friday, November 10.

DG Alastair meets with our Board John Fuller 0

News from our scholars

Posted by William Willigerod

Good day Mr. Willigerod,

How are you?  It has been a while since I've last emailed you.  Please do
forgive me for the lack of communication on my part.

At any rate, this semester has been the most hectic semester since I began
this quest.  I must admit though that the time is going by pretty quickly.
We are more than half way through the semester.  In fact, I recently
registered for classes for the Spring 2009 semester.

I am currently registered for the following classes, which will being in the
Spring 09 semester:  MGT 414- Creativity & Innovation,  FIN 300- Corporation
Finance, MGT 301W- Entreprenuership/SM Bus Dev (An intensive writing
course), MGT 305- Organizational Behavior, and MIS 361- Production and Operations Management.

Besides my busy schedule, everything is going smoothly including my classes.
Winter is just around the corner and the temperature is getting colder and
colder day by day.

I will be sure to forward you my grades for the Fall 2008 semester as soon
as I get them.  Final exams are scheduled for the 3rd week in December and
I'll be sure to do my best.  Please do greet the Rotary Club on my behalf.
Thank you (as well as the entire Rotary Club) for the opportunity as well as
the blessing you (the Rotary Club) have bestowed upon me. Have a wonderful
day and God bless.

Respectfully submitted,


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2007-08 Officers, Directors and Trustees

Posted by Joan Bermingham
The election was held on December 8th, with a quorum of the club and foundation present.  The presented slate of club officers and directors was elected by acclamation.  Ballots were cast for foundation trustees to elect nine of the eleven nominated.  There were no nominations from the floor. Thanks to all who agreed to serve.
2007-08 Officers, Directors and Trustees Joan Bermingham 0

We adopted a beach!

Posted by John Fuller
Nine intrepid St John Rotarians gathered at Jumbie Beach Saturday morning. Starting at the road and working toward the beach, then from the beach working toward the road they braved stinging nettle, catch and keep, and other spiky flora to gather three large garbage bags of litter.
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Back to School

Rotary Club of St. John distributed dictionaries to third grade students at JESS, Guy Benjamin School, St. John Christian Academy, and Gifft Hill School, as well as distributing story books and school supplies to first and second grade students at those four schools again this year.
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George Jetson a Rotarian?

Posted by Cheryl Geller
Online makeups are not high tech science fiction.
I found my visit to an eClub fun and informative. In this article I show you how easy the online makeup experience is.
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Online Makeup's?

Attendance is an important aspect of Rotary, and when you cannot attend your club meeting you are expected to makeup the meeting.  It is a responsibility of all Rotarians. There are numerous local activities which qualify, but it is possible to makeup a meeting through an online club.
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Javon Jade Alfred Scholarship 2006-2007

This year's applicants for the Javon Jade Alfred scholarship, awarded by the Rotary Club of St John were all outstanding. This scholarship awards $12,500 over a four year period based on merit and need.
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The Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) gathering at Maho Bay Camps was a big success. Fourteen teens assembled for fellowship and leadership development.