Rotary Club Sunrise celebrates Change of Board

POSTED: 07/8/13 12:20 PM

BoardSt. Maarten –   Rotary Club Sunrise celebrated the successes of the nearly ended Rotary Year 2012-2013 and the installation of the board members for the year 2013-2014. The event took place at the Sonesta Great Bay Resort on Saturday in the presence of Rotarian, Rotaracters, their families and other guests also present for this occasion were among others, Judge Jacob Wit who was the keynote speaker, Ombudsman Dr. Nilda Arduin, former Minister of Finance Roland Tuitt and Minister with the responsibility for Infrastructure, Maurice Lake.

Outgoing President Marcellia Henry thanked her fellow board members and entire membership for their enthusiasm and support during the year. She highlighted how the club was able to obtain five awards from the District 7020 and the Zone 34, by fulfilling 90 percent of the goals set for the year 2012-2013; summarizing the executed projects including increasing our visibility within our community, initiating new community and vocational projects that benefited the youths, establishing partnership with businesses in the community: the school bag project and the breakfast program at the Martin Luther King Jr. School with UTS, and the Ruby Labega School with Sheriff Security NV; promoting “Peace through Service”. Which was evident with the ability to mobilize over 120 volunteers to paint the entire school of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. School, strengthening the existing projects that are successful such as the “Readers are Leaders Program”.  President Marcellia Henry concluded in wishing the incoming president Angela Gordon and her team of board members a successful Rotary Year 2013-2014.

The new Rotary Board consists of: President Angela Gordon, Vice-President Joseanne Peterson, Past President Marcellia Henry, Secretary/President Elect Virginia Asin, Service Projects Director Marieke Quist, Treasurer Ahmed Bell, Sergeant at Arms Solaika Serbony, Membership Director Monique Alberts, Club Administration Director Angelique Gumbs, Public Relations Director Martha Pouchie, Rotary Foundation Director Meredith Boekhoudt, Fundraising Director Peter Dialani, New Generation Chair Paula Gordon and Club Disaster Chair Claret Connor.

In her speech incoming President Angela Gordon, pledge to continue with the longstanding tradition of reaching out to members in an effort to encourage participation at all levels.  She outlined her goals for the new rotary year consisting of creating a Peace Monument on the island, continue with Men’s Health awareness campaign, facilitate school breakfast programs in collaboration with the business community, provide educational materials and supplies to schools, promote reading through Readers are Leaders project, improve literacy through adult education program, support the Rotary Foundation and the Future Vision Plan in eradicating Polio, increase interaction through fellowship and partnership with the Rotary Clubs  of St. Maarten, Anguilla, French St. Martin, St. Barth and the Sunrise Rotaract Club.

”Finally and most important;  as we wear our Rotary pin this is what it says about us, you can rely on us, we are dependable, we give more than we take, we are available to serve our community “Service above self” as we “Engage Rotary and Change Lives”,” Gordon said.

Rotary Club Sunrise would like to thank all Rotarians involved in the organization of the Change of Board Ceremony.

The club meets at Air Lekkerbek Restaurant every Tuesday mornings at 7 a.m. for fellowship and breakfast.  For more information on the club visit the club at or email, or go to Facebook: Rotary Club of Saint Martin Sunrise



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