PHILIPSBURG – During their 20th anniversary celebrations held at the Beirut Restaurant, the Rotary Club of St. Maarten-Mid Isle awarded two with the Paul Harris Fellow award.
Robbie Ferron was awarded his PHF for his contribution to sailing on St. Maarten. Ferron was born in Cape Town. After completing his education, he sailed across the Atlantic and “got pleasantly stuck on St. Maarten” in 1979. He began repairing boats and soon realized that accessing products, particularly the right products, caused a lot of shoulder shrugging. He started a store in one of the rooms of his rented house, which soon became too small. He then finally started a real shop. Ferron is a passionate sailor. He was also one of the persons who helped start the annual Heineken Regatta. During the last few years, Mid Isle has had a car parking fundraiser at the Regatta.
Christopher Wever was awarded his PHF for his contribution to education. He was born in Curaçao and came to St. Maarten at an early age. After completing high school he continued his studies in Child Psychology in the United States. After returning to St. Maarten, he worked in a primary school. Wever wanted to work for the government in the Education Department, but needed European Certification, so he furthered his studies in the Netherlands. He is now working for the Government’s Education Department. One of his good friends, MP Chanel Brownbill, was asked to present him with the award.
The Rotary Club of St. Maarten-Mid Isle meets Tuesdays at 7:00pm at Mary’s Boone in Simpson Bay. For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or visit their Facebook page Rotary Club of St. Maarten-Mid Isle.