SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - Rotary Clubs have been visible on St. Martin for more than 20 years. On July 30, 2018, history was made as the Rotary Club of St. Martin Sunset was officially formed.
Although the club was unofficial, the members had been volunteering their time and talents since May 2018. The club carried out various projects such as collecting clothing items for fire victims and a roadside cleanup.
Former members of both the Rotaract and the Rotary Clubs on Dutch and French St. Martin formed the club with a mission to strive to provide diverse professionals an opportunity to give back to their community.
The aim of the members is to selflessly influence lives by embodying peace, community service projects, youth development, networking, and fellowship.
Rotary brings together a global network of volunteers who dedicate their time and talent to tackle the world’s most pressing humanitarian challenges on a local, regional, and international level. Rotary connects 1.2 million members from more than 200 countries and geographical areas.
As a part of District 7020, the Rotary Club of St. Martin Sunset is one of a unique stance, as it is home to some of the youngest members locally and regionally.
The club has approximately 35 members and comprises of various professions such as entrepreneurs, bankers, educators, public relation officers, Members of Parliament, and Ministers.
The professional aim of the club is to continue attracting diverse professionals and professions to ensure the development of diversity continues amongst the club.
The board, for the Rotary year 2018-2019, comprises of the following persons: Jaida Nisbett, Charter President; Ruminni Rogers, Vice President & Youth Services Director; Elisia Lake, Secretary; Magdiona Gumbs, Treasurer; Tyrone Yates, Assistant Treasurer & Disaster Relief Director; Norissa Anatol, Sergeant of Arms; Michelette Boasman, Rotary Foundation Director; Shemaiah Fleming, Club Administration Director; Kimberley Duzong, Service Projects Director; Micheline Warner, Membership Director, and Roylyka Roache, Public Relations Director.
The Rotary Club of St. Martin Sunset would like to invite all prospective members to attend the meetings, which are held every 2nd and 4th Monday of the month at Carl and Sons Conference Room in Cole bay from 7:30pm.