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True peace is not merely the absence of tension: it is the presence of justice. Martin Luther King Jr

February is Peace and Conflict Prevention month. Of the 60 million people displaced by armed conflict or persecution, 90% are civilians. Half of those civilians are children. That’s millions of reasons why Rotary is so engaged in service projects, fellowships and other Rotary-sponsored campaigns in pursuit of peace in our world.

The Rotary Club of St.Martin Sunrise along with the students of the Prince William Alexandra School recorded multiple PSAs promoting peace among the youths. 
It is more impactful when children hear other children talk about these important issues and that is what our club is trying its utmost to do. Making sure the adults of tomorrow already know the advantages of a peaceful and conflict-free community.

 
The Rotary Club of St. Martin Sunrise has introduced a Video Contest in recognition of Rotary’s theme of the month which is “Peace and Conflict Resolution”. The main objective of the Video Contest is to create awareness about the social issues that adolescents may face on their school campus and in the community
 
The team at CBA chose to focus on the social issue of bullying. They decided to use poetry and dance to campaign against bullying which more than likely can lead to depression and anxiety; increased feelings of sadness and loneliness, and even suicide.
 
Teenagers have a voice too that too often goes unnoticed. It's important that parents especially take the time out to build an open relationship with their children.  Adults need to speak to our youth and find out what is going on in their minds. We need to be understanding of the sensitive issues that they go through. We need to speak to them about the importance of being leaders and not followers. We need to understand that their age shouldn't mean they can't be depressed.
 
Sarah is a girl that has been sexually abused by her cousin while he was sleeping over at her house. As a result of this, she is lacking focus on her school work and is afraid to go home. But she is afraid to speak up because her mother told her that it will affect the family's reputation. 
 
 
 
 
 
PHILIPSBURG:--- Rotary International observes a different theme each month that fosters Community Service and promotes International Peace and Understanding. February 2019 is observed as Peace and Conflict Prevention/Resolution month, with this in mind the Rotary Club of St. Martin Sunrise organized various community projects geared towards the promotion of Peace, Justice and Humanitarian Rights. 

The initiative, a collaboration between the Rotary club of St. Martin Sunrise and the Participant Foundation, is to refurbish the existing playground at EWP to realize a vibrant children’s playground and Family recreational space at the Park. There are currently few public playgrounds and very limited facilities on the island catered to outdoor activities which the whole family could enjoy, particularly children.
Rotary Club of St. Martin Sunrise as a member of Rotary District 7020, who is a partner of Alzheimer Disease International in the Caribbean Dementia Awareness Advocacy Alliance, is committed to providing its support locally to raise the awareness and the advocacy for a dementia friendly Sint Maarten and to achieve respect and the realization of all the human rights of persons with dementia.
The Philipsburg Jubilee Library in collaboration with, the Community Outreach Mentorship & Empowerment International Center (COME), the Rotaract Club of St. Maarten Sunrise, the Rotary Club St. Martin Sunrise, and Sint Maarten National Commission for UNESCO, embarked on a Literacy Awareness Campaign called “ SXM Reads”.
 
The aim of this campaign is not only to raise awareness in the community, but also to bring forward their concerns regarding illiteracy on the island.
Motorworld and Rotary Club of St. Martin Sunrise have joined forces yet again to help start kids on the right path for this school year. School bags containing school materials such as pens, pencils, copy books, sharpeners and erasers were handed out to students at the Sr. Borgia Elementary School and the Sr. Marie Laurence Primary School.
 
Rotary Sunrise Inducts Ruminni Rogers into Membership
 
On Tuesday February 9, 2016,  Mr. Ruminni Rogers was inducted as the newest member of the Rotary Club of St. Martin Sunrise.  Ruminni Rogers who is a Police Officer, the son of Carlyle Rogers and Ramona Riley-Juan Pedro, and a talented Calysonians, who captured the Junior Calypso crown in 2008,  has become the youngest member of the club.

On Wednesday August 5, 2015 proved a very difficult day for all of us in St. Maarten. It was the day when we heard nd some of us witnessed the unfortunate shooting of Police Officer Gamali Benjamin, lovingly called 'Benji'. This incident had dire consequences for the whole community of St. Maarten. Besides the big loss suffered with the death of a dear soul in the line of duty, it was an awakening to the deteriorating levels of safety and security and the overall consequences of youth at risk. In collectively coming to terms on how to deal with this matter, our meeting on August 12th was dedicated to the memory of Officer Benji and prayers for his family.

The meeting drew attention to the need to create more awareness about peaceful coexistence and harmony within the community. We strongly believe that Rotary has a strong role to play in rebuilding a purposeful nation of St. Maarten. Together we can make a lasting difference. Together we can continue the legacy of Officer Benji. Together we can contribute to 'Bringing Back the Friendly Island'. In subsequent meetings, more efforts will be made to conduct a needs assessment on the kinds of activities that can be supported on peace building and outreach to youth at risk. Stay tuned so you can join the initiatives.Image


The Minister Plenipotentiary, Mrs. Josianne Fleming-Artsen was the guest speaker at the Rotary Club of St. Martin Sunrise breakfast meeting.  At the meeting, she talked about her main tasks which is her representation at the Council of Ministers of the Kingdom. The Minister Plenipotentiary mentioned that the Council of Ministers of the Kingdom comprises 15 Dutch Ministers and 3 Minister Plenipotentiaries each of Aruba, Curaçao and St. Maarten.  Other tasks of the Minister ImagePlenipotentiary that Mrs.  Fleming-Artsen elaborated on were representation at all invited functions in the Netherlands, representation in Brussels, and assistance to the St. Maarten organizations.  The Minister Plenipotentiary also spoke of her cabinet and the functions  within the cabinet.  President Marcellia Henry indicated that the club was very pleased to have the Minister Plenipotentiary, Mrs. Josianne Fleming-Artsen visit the club to share information about the role and function of the Minister Plenipotentiary. She indicated that the presentation was very interactive and informative, and looks forward to the Minister Plenipotentiary visiting the club once again during her next visit to St. Maarten.
The Rotary Club of St. Martin Sunrise meets every Tuesday at 7am at the Barefoot Terrace Restaurant at the Cyrus Wathey Square on the Boardwalk in Philipsburg.

 
 
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On Wednesday August 5, 2015 proved a very difficult day for all of us in St. Maarten. It was the day when we heard nd some of us witnessed the unfortunate shooting of Police Officer Gamali Benjamin, lovingly called 'Benji'. This incident had dire consequences for the whole community of St. Maarten. Besides the big loss suffered with the death of a dear soul in the line of duty, it was an awakening to the deteriorating levels of safety and security and the overall consequences of youth at risk. In collectively coming to terms on how to deal with this matter, our meeting on August 12th was dedicated to the memory of Officer Benji and prayers for his family.

The meeting drew attention to the need to create more awareness about peaceful coexistence and harmony within the community. We strongly believe that Rotary has a strong role to play in rebuilding a purposeful nation of St. Maarten. Together we can make a lasting difference. Together we can continue the legacy of Officer Benji. Together we can contribute to 'Bringing Back the Friendly Island'. In subsequent meetings, more efforts will be made to conduct a needs assessment on the kinds of activities that can be supported on peace building and outreach to youth at risk. Stay tuned so you can join the initiatives.Image

 
 


The Minister Plenipotentiary, Mrs. Josianne Fleming-Artsen was the guest speaker at the Rotary Club of St. Martin Sunrise breakfast meeting.  At the meeting, she talked about her main tasks which is her representation at the Council of Ministers of the Kingdom. The Minister Plenipotentiary mentioned that the Council of Ministers of the Kingdom comprises 15 Dutch Ministers and 3 Minister Plenipotentiaries each of Aruba, Curaçao and St. Maarten.  Other tasks of the Minister ImagePlenipotentiary that Mrs.  Fleming-Artsen elaborated on were representation at all invited functions in the Netherlands, representation in Brussels, and assistance to the St. Maarten organizations.  The Minister Plenipotentiary also spoke of her cabinet and the functions  within the cabinet.  President Marcellia Henry indicated that the club was very pleased to have the Minister Plenipotentiary, Mrs. Josianne Fleming-Artsen visit the club to share information about the role and function of the Minister Plenipotentiary. She indicated that the presentation was very interactive and informative, and looks forward to the Minister Plenipotentiary visiting the club once again during her next visit to St. Maarten.
The Rotary Club of St. Martin Sunrise meets every Tuesday at 7am at the Barefoot Terrace Restaurant at the Cyrus Wathey Square on the Boardwalk in Philipsburg.

 
 
Rotary Club of St. Martin Sunrise as a member of Rotary District 7020, who is a partner of Alzheimer Disease International in the Caribbean Dementia Awareness Advocacy Alliance, is committed to providing its support locally to raise the awareness and the advocacy for a dementia friendly Sint Maarten and to achieve respect and the realization of all the human rights of persons with dementia.
 
 

The initiative, a collaboration between the Rotary club of St. Martin Sunrise and the Participant Foundation, is to refurbish the existing playground at EWP to realize a vibrant children’s playground and Family recreational space at the Park. There are currently few public playgrounds and very limited facilities on the island catered to outdoor activities which the whole family could enjoy, particularly children.
 
 
For years already the White and Yellow Cross Foundation and Rotary Sunrise have a strong relationship, resulting in both parties working together on projects. When Rotary Sunrise contacted the care foundation with the request for a funding project, a topic was easily selected.
 
 
Rotary Sunrise Inducts Ruminni Rogers into Membership
 
On Tuesday February 9, 2016,  Mr. Ruminni Rogers was inducted as the newest member of the Rotary Club of St. Martin Sunrise.  Ruminni Rogers who is a Police Officer, the son of Carlyle Rogers and Ramona Riley-Juan Pedro, and a talented Calysonians, who captured the Junior Calypso crown in 2008,  has become the youngest member of the club.
 
 
For the third year, Sol St. Maarten, has again joined forces with the Rotary Club of St. Martin Sunrise to present 375 fully-equipped school bags to the students of the combined Leonard Conner & Charles Leopold Belle Primary School. This year, Sol also honoured the teachers with a token gift.
 
 
This is the fourth year that the Rotary Club of St. Martin Sunrise has organized its annual tree lightning activity.  Each year a different foster home is selected, and the event is held at the home to bring lots of cheers and smiles to the children at the foster home.  
 
 
Mrs. Connie Gumbs-Francis personifies the criteria outlined for the Vocational Service Award and  after reviewing all nominees our club was proud to select and recognize her for the work she does for youth and the community of St. Maarten.
 
 
The re-launching of the 6th annual Readers Are Leaders (RAL) program on September 11, 2016, for high school students was a big hit.
 
 
The Philipsburg Jubilee Library in collaboration with, the Community Outreach Mentorship & Empowerment International Center (COME), the Rotaract Club of St. Maarten Sunrise, the Rotary Club St. Martin Sunrise, and Sint Maarten National Commission for UNESCO, embarked on a Literacy Awareness Campaign called “ SXM Reads”.
 
The aim of this campaign is not only to raise awareness in the community, but also to bring forward their concerns regarding illiteracy on the island.
 
 
Motorworld and Rotary Club of St. Martin Sunrise have joined forces yet again to help start kids on the right path for this school year. School bags containing school materials such as pens, pencils, copy books, sharpeners and erasers were handed out to students at the Sr. Borgia Elementary School and the Sr. Marie Laurence Primary School.
 
 
 
 ST PETERS, ST MAARTEN, August 24, 2011: In response to a request from the Starlight Educational Center for assistance with their worn-out school furniture, The Rotary Club of St. Martin Sunrise contacted some school boards in the Netherlands if they could help out. The result was presented last Wednesday when 40 school desks and chairs for children age 4 to 6 were delivered at the school in St. Peters.

 

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