Posted by Erik Ackerson
The Interact Club of Bertha C. Bulschulte Middle School 2013/2014
Youth Services committee member Ron Harrigan is pleased to report that the recent induction ceremonies that were held for both the Interact Club of Bertha C. Buschulte Middle School and Rotaract Club of the University of the Virgin Islands went very well. The Interact Club ceremony was held last Wednesday, November 27 and the UVI Rotaract Club ceremony was held on Friday, November 22. District 7020 Assistant District Governor, Michael Toussaint and Club member John Gift were among the Rotarians present at the Rotaract Club ceremony.
Interact is a club for youth ages 12-18 who want to connect with others in their community or school. Interact club members have fun while carrying out service projects and learning about the world. Interact clubs organize at least two service projects a year: one that benefits their community and one that encourages international understanding. While Interact clubs receive guidance from individual Rotary clubs, they govern and support themselves.
The Interact Club of BCBMS is experiencing a rebirth of sorts thanks to the personal attention of Club member and retired educator Ron Harrigan. Ron met with the teaching staff, gauged student and parental interest and formulated a plan that will insure future sustainability and growth. All Club members are encouraged to attend at least one Interact or Rotaract meeting throughout the Rotary year. It counts on your attendance and means so very much to the students.
Posted by Erik Ackerson
In what has become an annual holiday tradition, the Rotary Club of St. Thomas will once again be collecting and delivering presents to the Boys and Girls Club of St. Thomas and other local youth organizations.
Past President Sue Boland has donned her elf hat and created several drop-off sights around St. Thomas for public to contribute unwrapped toys.One of which may now be found in the lobby of the Bluebeard's Castle Hotel, the other at the Guardian Insurance office located at TuTu Mall.
At every Rotary meeting in December Sue will have her updated book of what children remain without an individual sponsor. Ages of the children range from 5 years to seventeen. Each Club member is asked to purchase an age appropriate toy for one child with a name tag attached. While it would be a big help to already have your gift wrapped and tagged, if need be we can take care of that task for you.
Club member Sandy Castorena was so inspired through her donation of two bicycles at last years event that she passed along that good feeling to close friends Chris & Mary Carr of Seabrook Texas who have responded in kind with a generous check to purchase an additional fifteen bikes this year.
The Nana Baby Home this year has asked for the donation of daily necessities in the form of gift cards in lieu of gifts, as they have quite a few already donated. Diapers, baby powder, etc, are in short supply. The Nana Baby Home provides emergency foster care for children from ages birth to twelve years.
It has been confirmed that Santa Claus will make his visit to the Boys and Girls Club located at Oswald Harris Court across from Lockhart Gardens on Tuesday December 17th at 3:00 pm. If you want to warm your heart while putting a smile on the faces of our children, we invite you to join us. If you have not done so, please contact Sue Boland and sign up to purchase an age appropriate gift for this special occasion.Deadline for gift donation is our Thursday December 12th meeting.
Posted by Erik Ackerson on Oct 17, 2013
It was a homecoming long in the making on Thursday as we welcomed back into official Club membership, Rotarian Ronnie Lockhart. Flanked by co-sponsors and past Presidents Sue Boland and Mary Gleason, Ronnie was inducted in a non-traditional ceremony led by Assistant District Governor Mike Toussant. " As a long time Rotarian and as a person who lives the ethics of Rotary everyday, keep on doing what you've been doing, and congratulations", stated the ADG. That charge in and of itself is an impressive one for an extremely active community leader such as Ronnie.
Posted by Erik Ackerson on Oct 10, 2013
Following his address to a joint meeting of both our Club and the Rotary Club of St. Thomas II on Wednesday, DG Jeremy and his wife Michelle were treated to a whirlwind tour of our island on Thursday that culminated in the annual scholarship raffle drawing at TuTu Mall.
Posted by Erik Ackerson
The arrival of District Governor Jeremy Hurst on Wednesday was made even more enjoyable by the induction of our Club's newest member; Dr. Lisa Yannis. "For a brief moment, we welcome the newest Rotarian on the planet," quipped Governor Hurst following the administration of the Rotary oath. A full house packed the Aqua Terra Room at the Frenchman's Reef resort as we joined with the Rotary Club of St. Thomas II in celebration.
Formerly a member of the Rotary Club of Trenton North Carolina, Lisa served as Treasurer as well as Club President during her five year tenure. Lisa and her husband arrived on St. Thomas early this year looking for a change of venue and a new adventure. "My husband, Adam, and I knew we wanted to do something different in our 40's, but didn't know what. Then, we were watching the travel channel with a special on the USVI's." says Lisa. "I suggested a vacation, my husband suggested a move, so we took a fact finding trip two years ago, then gave ourselves two months to decide."
What she brought with her was an appreciation of Rotary and it values and a sense of service to her newfound community. What better way to do so than to lend her medical expertise in support of the CAHS Chickenhawks football team as team doctor. "I am not a teacher, so I dedicate a lot of time to student athletes as statistics show a lower drop out rate for students involves in sports and the arts," states Lisa.
Lisa looks forward to being an active member of the Club. her passion is education. Both Lisa and her husband enjoy fishing, spending time on their boat and just enjoying the outdoors.
Posted by Erik Ackerson on Oct 03, 2013
Boundless energy and a true willingness to help anyone inneed are characteristics that best describe fellow Rotarian Bruce Perry.Inducted in 2012, Bruce in his first year of membership has been an aboveactive member by attending numerous events with our Interactors at SibillySchool, selling raffle tickets for our scholarship fund and even attendingevery seminar and social event at last year’s District 7020 District Conferenceon Tortola.
Posted by Erik Ackerson on Sep 26, 2013
In his comments to the Rotary Club of St. Thomas onThursday, Police Commissioner Rodney F. Querrard Sr. cited the lack of aparental role model as a contributing factor to the rise in crime throughoutthe territory. “It is easier for our young men to obtain bad advice from thelocal thugs on the corner if there is no role model in the home available forguidance.” stated Querrard.
Posted by Lorraine McFarren-Joseph on Aug 22, 2013
Posted by Sandra Castorena on Jul 25, 2013
Heflyn Royer, club president, Latoi Hendrington, Timythie Charles and Scott Bradley of My Brother's Workshop.
Scott Bradley of My Brothers Workshop spoke to Rotarians at their weekly meeting on Thursday, July 25. The local non-profit organization provides trade skills to troubled youth in carpentry, masonry, electrical and plumbing. Recent additions to the program include tutoring and GED classes. Bradley, who has previously spoken to the club, returned to thank it for its generous support and to share one of the success stories.
Posted by Sandra Castorena on Jul 13, 2013
The Rotary Club of St. Thomas has announced its 2013 Columbus Day Raffle to benefit its scholarship fund. Tickets are now on sale: $10 per ticket or a book of 11 tickets for $100.
- 1st Prize: 10' 4" Achilles Rigid Hull Inflatable HB-315X with Mercury 9.8 HP Engine. Courtesy of:
Posted by Sandra Castorena on Jul 11, 2013
The Rotary Club of St. Thomas installs its new officers. From left to right, they are Sandra Castorena, Terry Robinson, President Heflyn Royer, Erik Ackerson, Anna Paiewonsky, Bernie Roy, Marston Winkles & Daphne Harley.
The Rotary Club of St. Thomas installed new leadership at its weekly luncheon on July 11. Outgoing President Sue Boland turned over the gavel to Assistant District Governor Michael Toussaint, who installed the club's incoming 56th President, Heflyn Royer.
Posted by Sandra Castorena on May 16, 2013
Rotarian Paul Davis is all smiles as Dejahnie Huggins puts the new ping pong table to good use. The Rotary Club of St. Thomas also donated 4 used computers for the Boys & Girls to use after school.
Posted by Sandra Castorena on Apr 12, 2013
Rotary Club of St. Thomas donates 30 computers to the CAHS Reading 180 program.
Posted by Sandra Castorena on Apr 11, 2013
Members Andrea Woods, Mary Gleason and JP Montegout at the new member orientation hosted by Lawrence & Lisa Aqui on Thursday evening April 11, 2013.
Posted by Sandra Castorena on Feb 15, 2013
The Rotary Club of St. Thomas donated an Atlas, a dictionary, a thesaurus and a grammar book to 72 students in the Sibilly School Earlyact classess. Each book had a label for the students name, the name of our club and our special 4-way test.
The Rotarian's are from left to right: JP Coopee, Sibilly Librarian Christine Davis, Paul Davis, Judee Slosky and Bruce Perry.
Posted by Sandra Castorena on Dec 20, 2012
Our very own Paul Davis was Santa to the children of the Girls and Boys Club of St. Thomas on Thursday, December 20th along with several helpers including his daughter Alana, our club President Sue Boland, past President Caroline Cole, Erik Ackerson, Larry Benjamin and myself. Every one was merry and bright. Santa distributed gifts to all the children and then raffled 3 bicycles and many extra presents to the lucky raffle winners.
Posted by Sandra Castorena on Dec 04, 2012
Celebrating its’ long awaited new home, the official ribbon cutting led by First Lady Cecile DeJongh marked an important next chapter in My Brother’s Workshop’s, offering hands-on construction training for area youth.
Located in the former sight of the Plant Depot across from the Tutu Mall, the new storage and work facility covers 12,000 square feet of space, to store new equipment and construction related materials for the not for profit organization which was founded as an outreach program by the St. Thomas Reform church in 2009.
My Brother’s Workshop moved into its new home near the end of July thanks in part to fellow Rotarian John Foster and the Tutu Park mall organization. New equipment for the woodworking workshop located within the facility was donated by the Rotary Club of St Thomas, Rotary Sunshine of St Thomas and the Rotary Club of New Bern, North Carolina. Past President Fred Huestis arrived on-island on Sunday from North Carolina with his wife to be present at Tuesday’s celebration.
Posted by Sandra Castorena on Oct 18, 2012
Six teams of pumpkin carvers submitted their jack-o-lanterns to be carried to The Nana Baby Children's Home by John Foster along with their new sign which was donated by our club. The children of Nana Baby Children's Home will be the judges to decide the winning team of the pumpkin carving contest.
Posted by Sandra Castorena on Oct 11, 2012
1st Prize Winner - Milton Sprauve
14.5" Brig Rigid Inflatable Falcon Rider F450H - Winner's choice: L (Deluxe) or S (Sport)
Posted by Sandra Castorena on Oct 02, 2012
The 55th Anniversary of the Rotary Club of St. Thomas was celebrated Tuesday, October 2nd 2012 at Room with a View.
Posted by Bettina Miller on Sep 27, 2012
Posted by Bettina Miller on Aug 22, 2012
DG Vance addressed Rotary Club of St. Thomas and Rotary Club II, Wednesday August 15, 2012 during a joint luncheon meeting.
Posted by Sandra Castorena on Aug 19, 2012
Over 5,000 local residents showed up to sample chili recipes submitted by over seventy cooks at what over the years has become one of the most popular community fundraisers on St Thomas.
Posted by Leigh Brin on Jul 01, 2012
Dear Fellow Rotarian,
Rotary International has requested all clubs have a Disaster Preparedness Program. Part of our club's program is the "Buddy System". We are requesting each clubmember choose another member to buddy with. Try to choose a buddy within walking distance of your home; phones will most likely be out and the roads may be impassable.
Posted by Sandra Castorena on Jul 01, 2012
"When you make your club's Every Rotarian, Every Year program a success, you help change the world.
All money raised through EREY goes to the Annual Program Fund, which supports The Rotary Foundation's humanitarian and educational programs. This includes humanitarian grants that Rotarians use for projects such as literacy classes, mosquito nets, and clean water.