PHILIPSBURG:— The objects of Rotary are to encourage and foster the ideal of service as a basis of worthy enterprise and, in particular, to encourage and foster: The development of acquaintance as an opportunity for service. High ethical standards in business and profession; the recognition of the worthiness of all useful occupations; and the dignifying of each Rotarian’s occupation as an opportunity to serve society. The application of the ideal of service in each Rotarian’s business and community life. The advancement of international understanding, goodwill and peace through a worldwide fellowship of business and professional persons in the ideal of service.
In keeping with the objectives of Rotary, the Rotary Club of St. Maarten-Mid Isle has awarded two vocational awards to two persons in the community. The Vocational Service award is presented annually to someone in the community who has exemplified outstanding professional achievement while maintaining very high ethical standards.
Lisa Davis Burnett was nominated by President-Elect Denise Antrobus. Lisa works at The Daily Herald Special Edition, and teaches GED and Earth Science USM. Lisa has bachelors and masters in Geology, as well as a master’s in Education Admin. Lisa had been a teacher since the mid 80’s first in the states and then after moving to SXM. She has taught every age group from second grade up to and including university. She is a big believer of hands-on science experiments and child lead discovery. Her motto and the reason for the success of Players Development is ‘Keep Learning Fun’. Lisa was a driving force in the 2012 startup of Players Development. She has been doing remedial work with the baseball children since 2003 and still continues to this day. Lisa is a sailor, scuba diver and certified dive master, she sings in the choir on the French side of the island and is in most of Helen hunt’s productions, she does art (painting and dance) and is a member of the St. Maarten clown group.
Shelly Gordon was nominated by Special Projects Director Grace Linger. Shelly works with the Safe Haven Foundation. Shelly is a former police officer and food inspection officer in England. She is soon to be the Care Coordinator of the client care program at Safe Haven. She is currently the head house mother at the shelter. Shelly is a fair but firm leader, encourages members of her team to take initiative, to always learn and go the extra mile. She herself always goes the extra mile by: coordinating services for domestic Violence clients, organizing various aspects of the shelter, speaking out about Domestic Violence in the community so that others can gain insight about Domestic Violence and feel as they are not alone. After Hurricane Irma Shelly gave up her bed to a client in need, she spent several days at the shelter without a break cleaning up after they lost the top floor.
District Governor for district 7020 Robert Leger and his wife first Lady Rosa are currently here on St. Maarten and presented the two vocational awards.
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