PHILIPSBURG, Sint Maarten – The Rotary Club of St. Maarten named CIBC First Caribbean Head, Robert Judd, as Rotarian of the Year for 2013/14. He was also named a Paul Harris Fellow at the Club’s recent Change of Board ceremony at the Belair Community Center.
Judd stepped in to serve as President of the Rotary Club of St Maarten in the 2012/13 year when the president at the time was transferred off island to another work post. Like many of his fellow Rotarians, he exemplifies Rotary’s motto of “Service Above Self” and has been a core member and leader in the club. Key projects that he has worked on include: Rotary Youth Leadership Awards, special recognition events for the island’s caregivers, weekend youth leadership training sessions and a very successful car raffle fundraiser. He was also recently member of the Rotary Day team at the 7th Annual Taste of St Maarten held at Topper’s Restaurant in Simpson Bay.
“Robert exemplifies the ideal Rotarian – one who believes in both fellowship and giving back to the community. Whether it involves taking attendance at a meeting, writing our club newsletter, raising funds or sorting out accounting matters, the man has such a generous heart and a hard time saying “NO” when asked to serve. It is for this reason there is no doubt why Past President Robert Judd is Rotarian of Year for our Club ” said Maria Buncamper-Molanus, immediate past president of the Rotary Club of St. Maarten.
At the Change of Board ceremony, he was also awarded a Paul Harris Fellow. This Fellowship is named for Paul Harris, who founded Rotary over 100 years ago. The Fellowship was established in his honor in 1957 to express appreciation and recognition for a monetary contribution to the Rotary Foundation. A Paul Harris Fellow is a Club or an individual who contributes $1,000 US OR in whose name that amount is contributed. Every Paul Harris Fellow receives a pin, medallion and a certificate when he or she becomes a Fellow which identifies them as an advocate of the Foundation's goals of world peace and international understanding. There are well over 950,000 PH Fellows worldwide and include such notables as Mother Theresa, Nelson Mandela, Kofi Anann, Prince Charles, Indira Gandhi, Luciano Pavarotti, King Hussein of Jordan and Pope John Paul II.