BEACON HILL – The Rotary Club of Sint Maarten kicked off its new Rotary year on Saturday, June 17th at The Refuge in Beacon, Hill St. Maarten, which officially begins on July 1st.
Outgoing President Henna Budhrani thanked the outgoing Board of Directors for their service and reflected on the past year. Henna explained, “Serving as President of the Rotary Club of Sint Maarten has helped me grow as a person and as a leader.
“I want to thank all of the members of the four St. Maarten/St. Martin Clubs, our sponsors, donors, ‘Friends of Rotary’, and especially my Board. It is through this combined effort that our club has accomplished so many projects that directly impacted our community in a positive way, and by making a difference in people's lives”.
On behalf of the Club, President Henna then turned over the keys to two vehicles, one for the Meals on Wheels Foundation and the other for the New Start Foundation. She continued, "As I hand over the reign to our new President John, I want to see our club flourish to greater heights. His success is our club's success, so we must all be there to support the new projects that benefit our community
President Budhrani then officially turned over the reigns of the Rotary Club of Sint Maarten to John Caputo.
Newly installed President Caputo introduced his new Board Members and Committee Chairpersons including: Secretary/President-elect Sherrylle DeHaarte , Immediate Past President Henna Budhrani, Vice President Pierre DeCelles, Treasurer Robert Judd, Sargent-at-Arms Franklyn Maynard, Anil Sabnani and Danny Ramchandani (Fundraising) Iris Fehse and Maayke DeHaan (Fun & Fellowship), Larry Gregory (Disaster Relief), Agnes Kapoor and Adelena Schaap (Administration), Edward Bardfield (Technology Services), Adelena Schaap (Public Image), Maayke DeHaan (Membership), James Ferris (New Generations) and Jeffrey “Soc” Sochrin (Special Advisor to the President).
Caputo went on to say, “It is an honor and a privilege to have been trusted to preside over the Rotary Club of St. Maarten and the amazing individuals we call Rotarians.
There is so much history and good this club has done for the community and the world as a whole over the past 45 years. We will continue to change lives, improve situations, and provide help where help is needed. Of course, none of this is possible without your unwavering support of our endeavors.
This Change of Board Celebration is a perfect example of how are Club makes a difference, with more than $1,000 being raised to support the needs of the recent Cay Bay fire victims. This year we are taking on some very big projects, which will all have huge impact and sustainability with the youth of our island. The youth is our future and the Rotary Club of St. Maarten will do our part to make that future a bright one".