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St. Thomas East
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We meet Wednesdays at 6:30 PM
Inspiration Hall
Paradise Cove
2GA Ridge Rd, Est. Nazareth
St Thomas, VI  00802
United States
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This Wednesday at Rotary East - September 23
Induction of VI Commissioner of Education - Dr. Sharon McCollum
Join us to celebrate!
6:30pm at Paradise Cove's Inspiration Hall
Text 340-690-1083 to RSVP
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Dr. McCollum, VI Comissioner of Education - new Honorary Member of Rotary East
The members of the Rotary Club of St. Thomas East are delighted to welcome USVI Commissioner of Education Dr. Sharon McCollum as an honorary member of the club.  Dr. McCollum is the former principal of Ivanna Eudora Kean High School, Rotary East's adopted school, and she was instrumental in facilitating a very positive relationship between the school and the club.  Dr. McCollum will be inducted at Rotary East's weekly meeting this Wednesday, September 23rd, 6:30pm, at Paradise Cove's Inspiration Hall on Ridge Road (which runs between the traffic lights and Secret Harbor).  Please RSVP by text to Greg Miller 340-690-1083 if you would like to attend. Meeting fee is $22, which includes buffet dinner.
 
 
Commissioner McCollum at her swearing in ceremony.
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This week's delivery schedule for backpacks ...
Here is our final week of Backpack drop-off to our first grade class rooms. We definitely need additional help on Wednesday, but please feel free to join any or all of these groups:

 Tuesday Sept. 22 at 9am  Sibilly : 

Tom, Tim, Celia, Shari, Paul Davis.

 Wed. Sept 23 at 9:30 am Joseph Gomez:

Greg, Tom, Corinne, Fran. 

 Thurs. Sept 24 at 9am Lockhart:

Mike, Tom, Lynn, Paula Edwards (IW), Bruce.

 Thurs. Sept 24 at 1pm Gladys Abraham: 

Sam, Marty, Greg, Bruce.

 If you have questions please email Leslie at leslie@supplyresources.vi

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Induction of VI Commissioner of Education - Dr. Sharon McCollum
Join us to celebrate!
6:30pm at Paradise Cove's Inspiration Hall
Text 340-690-1083 to RSVP
Packing, starting at 6:00pm tonight at SRI, will proceed as planned.  We understand if you are not able to attend - it is more important to make sure family and homes are secure and plans are in place.
Please reply to this with updated attendance numbers.  
Love and blessings
Corinne
 
Wednesday, August 26th, at 6:00pm, we gather at Rotarian Leslie's business for one of our  favorite annual programs. This is the 16th year that the Rotary Club of St. Thomas East has sponsored “First Day of School” packages for First Graders, as our way to welcome all children to the First Grade!   We have stepped it up a notch this year!! The school supplies and reading books will be packed in Rotary backpacks!!! We can't wait to see children running around St. Thomas with Rotary backpacks, and spreading the word about our amazing organization!!  This program started with an idea from one of our members, and is living proof that one person can change lives, particularly when that person harnesses the power of their fellow Rotarians!!!
 
First Grade is a significant step in life for children, parents and guardians, and we hope our special gift for every First Grader will enhance their enjoyment of school and of learning new things. The members and friends of Rotary East have packed a Rotary backpack with school supplies and reading books for each child to enjoy and use in class and at home.
 
We all believe that reading is the foundation of education, and is at the heart of everything we do.  We sincerely hope that reading will become an important and exciting part of every child’s life.  We encourage family members to read aloud to young children in their household, and make “story time” a part of their regular, daily routine together. Children love being read to, and they learn so much – new words, new ideas, and new information about the world around us!
 
Please know that Rotarians in this community care about all the children in this territory, who represent our future leaders, whether they remain in the Virgin Islands or seek to blaze trails abroad. We offer blessings and good wishes to all the new First Graders, to their families and to their teachers, for a very successful school year.
 
 
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Rotary East Tribute 2014-2015

by President Corinne Van Rensselaer

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Rotary East Tribute 2014-2015

by President Corinne Van Rensselaer

 

Rotary East has such a big heart…

Where or where can I possibly start

To thank these extraordinary women and men

For giving their all again and again!  

This Rotary year, it began in the dark,

But lighting up East, it took just a spark

Of candles and friends on our opening night,

With Rotary Spirit growing ever more bright.  

 

Service Chair Leslie, you’ve done projects galore

Back to school, Santa’s Breakfast, Dining Out Books and more!  

In service above self, you set the bar high,

It is with members like you, That Rotary East can fly.  

Thanks to Greg, our Club Admin, we are litter-free and afloat,

And well entertained with speakers of note.  

In particular Sgt. Paul, with your films of the deep,

Then you remove all our dollars in one happiness sweep.  

 

Oh Treasurer Tom, we are glad you came back

Our books are transformed from red into black.

We moved out of the Bay and into the Cove

It seems wine is our savior and all we need is a stove.

I heard we’ll get help with a kitchen quite new

With Fran, Phil and Sam, we do have crew.  

 

Mike, you’re a star for inviting us all;

Inspiration, it seems, abounds in this Hall.

You talk about Rotary to each person you greet,

Please bring ‘em on in for our members to meet.  

Membership chair Susan, you helped us increase;

Please keep us on this roll till we are twenty apiece.

 

New Secretary Lynn, you have taken the lead

In learning the ropes with marvelous speed,

Of Chihuahuas, ClubRunner and Rotary.org

Your prowess on Facebook will keep us out of the morgue.  

Marty’s our man, when it comes to our young

He is touch with our students and gets the job done.

For our scholarship program, he’s on top of the game

With no co-chair Tim, who rose quickly to fame,

By sheer volume of restaurants he brought into the fold,

Which has made our Dining Out book a feast to behold.

 

Newbies Shari and Phil, you have jumped in the fray,

To lead us in grants that will bring a new day,

With signs of peace, and backpacks en route,

You helped out where needed and your horns we shall toot!

Rotarian Sam, you are also quite new,

But your love for our islands and people is true.

You speak out, you take action and you bring to the floor,

Issues that matter, and you brought Bruce through the door.

 

Fran, without doubt, you are one fancy dude,

You volunteer for it all; and lift us up from the crude,

No more paper plates! We’ve joined the upper classes,

Now let’s get with the program and drink wine out of glasses!  

So please raise them up and say one last toast,

Rotary Easters, my friends, I love you the most.

I thank you one and all with deepest delight

To Rotary, this year, we sure brought the light!  
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