PHILIPSBURG:— This month is Rotary’s economic and community development Month. The Rotary club of St. Martin Sunrise held a dialogue session with its members on what they think should be done to boost the club’s contribution towards our island. Some great ideas came out.
Some suggestions emanating from the conversations made the members realize that the best ways to give back to the community are the children and young adults. One very Innovative idea was to start a version of Shark Tank program on the island. This basically means having competitions and let those who have new innovative and creative ideas and good at creating things that are not in the market to be helped and guided to make their dreams a reality. This will be done and coordinated with the help of other businesses and members of the Rotary Club of St. Martin sunrise with experiences in those fields. After all, many Rotarians in the community bring a wealth of knowledge and experiences. Why don’t we apply these skills and knowledge for the benefits of the young people and start-up entrepreneurs, the members questioned.
Another way to help the community is to ensure that the physical or the sports and cultural aspects are also taken into consideration. There are many young adults who are very talented to get into professional Sports and cultural, arts and entertainment performances. But often times, they have no guidance. Sometimes it can be as easy as directing the right people to notice their capability. We as a club can assess what is needed to be done and be the mediators. The schools can help by promoting sports and cultural activities as much as possible. Getting kids active helps them to focus and keeps them healthy.
The club already has a program called Readers are Leaders. This promotes child literacy and makes it exciting for the kids to enjoy reading and with their families.
Source: St. Martin News Network
Dialogue on Economic and Community Development with Rotary Sunrise Mebers