Rotary names Dubourcq, Low and Buncamper Paul Harris Fellows

POSTED: 06/19/13 12:32 PM

St. Maarten – At its annual Change of Board Gala earlier this month at the Infinity Restaurant at the Oyster Bay Resort, the Rotary Club of St. Maarten recognized three outstanding members of the community as Paul Harris Fellows: Robert Dubourcq, Rebecca Low and Claudius Buncamper.

Paul Harris Fellow honorees must meet the high professional and high personal standards of Rotary. This year’s honorees are each being recognized for their specific talents in the area of community service, the Rotary stated in a press release. For bestowing this honor the Rotary Club contributed $3,000 on behalf of the honorees towards the Rotary Foundation, which goes towards the annual programs fund PolioPlus, or the humanitarian grants program.

Robert Dubourcq is no stranger to community and professional service to the island of St. Maarten. He is a veteran of the hospitality industry and after a 40-year career in hotel management he serves as the Executive Product Manager of the hospitality and trade association SHTA. The story doesn’t stop there; Dubourcq founded the St. Maarten Hotel Association in 1970, which eventually would become the SHTA. He has represented St. Maarten on the Board of Directors of the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association, in 2004 he was named the Caribbean Hotelier of the Year and he served as the President of the Rotary Club of St. Maarten in 1983/84.

Rebecca Low hails from Canada and now calls St. Maarten her home. Low describes herself as a “passionate sailor gal”, but anyone who has worked with her knows she is passionate about serving her community, the Rotary stated. “This is evident from her work in her native Canada where she held the position of Senior Advisor and Chief of Staff in the Canadian and Ontario governments. She was a Rotarian in Canada and quickly made the Rotary Club of St. Maarten her own when she moved to the island more than 6 years ago.”

Low has served Rotary in many capacities including secretary, district trainer, vice president, and president to name just a few. Low is a volunteer with St. Maarten Aids Foundation and she currently owns a boutique management consulting firm, Compass Consulting, working closely with Elite Properties on St. Maarten.

Claudius Buncamper exemplifies community service, according to the Rotary. He has been a member of St. Maarten Lions Club since 1993 and held the positions of president and secretary for multiple terms; he also served as a board member for 14 consecutive years. He most recently served as district governor. In addition, Buncamper has served his island in public service as the head of Public Works. In 2007 he was appointed deputy director of the Ministry of Spatial Planning and Infrastructure Management and in 2009 he was also named head of New Works and Infrastructure Management. In 2010, with St. Maarten becoming a country within the Kingdom of the Netherlands, he took on the tasks of head of infrastructure management. Buncamper has served on numerous charitable foundation boards as well as the board of TelEm. He was instrumental in establishing a Lions Club/Rotary Club joint protocol in support of Alzheimer’s awareness as district of the Lions Club. Finally, in 2005, Her Majesty the Queen of the Netherlands bestowed on Buncamper the decoration of “Member in the Order of Orange Nassau”.

Robert Judd, the outgoing president of the Rotary Club said, “Robert Dubourcq, Rebecca Low and Claudius Buncamper have each upheld the high professional, personal and community standards of Rotary. Each has served our community in different ways that have made our sweet St. Maarten just a little bit sweeter. We recognize each of them individually as our newest Paul Harris Fellows”. Incoming President Maria Buncamper-Molanus commented on all the honorees as examples of “service above self” and the best that St. Maarten has to offer as evidenced by each of their long standing involvement in the community.

 

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