COLE BAY–Rotary Club Mid-Isle inducted four new Paul Harris Fellows at its change of board dinner held on Saturday night in Melange restaurant at Princess Port de Plaisance. The new board is headed by Veronica Jansen-Webster.
Businessman Imran McSood Amjad was conferred as a Paul Harris Fellow (PHF) for his contributions to the club and community over the years. His contributions to the development of cricket on the island was also considered in the awarding of his fellowship. Amjad was nominated by Club President-Elect Kishor Mirchandani.
Former Prime Minister Marcel Gumbs received a fellowship for his contributions to the community as a Junior Chamber Member, a Member of the Netherlands Antilles Parliament and most recently as Prime Minister of St. Maarten. He was nominated by his schoolmate Rotary Assistant Governor Louis Wever.
Two club members also became PHFs. Wayne Wilkie, and Immediate Past President (IPP), received the honour according to Mid-Isle tradition to recognize the IPP for contributions to the club. Aernout Kraaijeveld received a PHF for his financial contribution to the Rotary International Foundation.
Joining Jansen-Webster at the helm of the service club are Wilkie (Vice President and Sergeant-at-Arms), Mirchandani (President-Elect and Secretary), Raquel Lo Fo Wong (Treasurer), David Antrobus (immediate Past President and Foundation chair), Jon Hart (new Generation Chair and Public Relations Director), Wever (Membership Director), Marciella Illidge (Club Administration Director), Fred van der Peijl (Fundraising Director), Kraaijeveld (Disaster Management Director), Peter Mazereeuw (Technology Director) and Anjali Manek (Club Service).
The new President announced that the club intends to deliver a number of “baby packages” every month to single mothers and mothers under age 25. The packages, containing baby products and items for mothers, will help to make life a bit more comfortable for recipients.
The Club will continue its push to raise awareness and funds to contribute to Rotary International’s “End Polio” campaign.
“We have a lot of work to do in our club and also in our community to make where we exist together the best place on the planet. Together, we can be the change through Rotary serving humanity,” said Jansen-Webster.
IPP David Antrobus presented Jansen-Webster with the Club’s original Charter from April 11, 1997. The Charter was thought lost, but was recently rediscovered. He wished the new President well in her endeavours to get things for the Club and the country.
Rotary Assistant Governor Jasmine Sally urged Rotarians to do their very best for their Clubs and community. She threw out a challenge to Mid-Isle as well as the other five Rotary Clubs serving on the Dutch and French side to work.
Source: Daily Herald
Rotary Mid-Isle Club inducts four new Paul Harris Fellows