Local Rotary clubs reveal peace monument in March

POSTED: 01/15/14 11:55 AM

Rotary Sunrise gets award for Parenting for Fathers

St. Maarten – The Rotary Club of St. Martin Sunrise received media representatives to its breakfast meeting at Air Lekkerbek yesterday morning. The service club, led by president Angela Gordon, gave journalists a taste of their world – a place where service really comes before self.

A major announcement at the meeting was that the four local Rotary clubs have joined forces to create a Peace Monument that will be placed in front of the St. Maarten Jubilee Library. The monument is designed by John Hart, a Rotarian of the Mid-Isle Rotary Club and it is scheduled to be revealed in March. The initiative fits in the Rotary philosophy of promoting peace and conflict resolution.

The Rotarians are involved in many activities that – in the big scheme of things – sometimes seem like small potatoes but in reality they all bring in some form or fashion relief or improvements to somebody’s life.

Among the activities is the provision of school bags to students – over one thousand have been distributed – a breakfast program for schools, the Readers Are Leaders program at the library, and the donation of eyeglasses to students. The latter initiative runs through the schools – the Rotary provides eyeglasses when schools ask for them for their students. The St. Maarten Academy is among the benefactors of this program.

In October of last year, the Rotary Club of St. Martin Sunrise organized an active parenting program for fathers. This was a panel discussion that involved 55 fathers. The results of the panel discussion will be used for future initiatives in this field.

The club furthermore established an Interact Club of young students at the sundial school; back in 2005 Rotaract was established, a service, leadership and community service organization for young men and women between the ages 18–30. Rotaract stands for Rotary in Action.

This organization has helped schools like Martin Luther King and Oranje School with water coolers, and it has also planted one hundred yellow sage bushes.

The proceeds from a flea market went to the global fight against polio.

January is Rotary awareness month – an occasion to spread the word about Rotary-service. The Rotary Club of St. Martin sunrise is compiling a video compilation of past activities this week and the club will also be at ABVS for a TV-interview.

A nice feather in the club’s cap is the Club of the Month Award it received from the governor of district 70/20 for its Parenting for Fathers project in October of last year.

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