Rotary Club Of Sint Maarten Hosts Seniors at Belair Community Center

Rotarians have been quite busy of late attending to several projects throughout the island. A favorite of most was hosting about 150 of St. Maarten’s youth of yesteryear to an afternoon of fun, dancing, food, and of course lots of Ponche Cuba. The event; held at the Belair Community Center was originally to be held towards the end of last year, but was postponed due to those days of flooding that brought the island to a halt. It was determined that in the interest of safety and to ensure that as many seniors could attend as possible, the event was held on Saturday, January 17th and was a great day of fun and fellowship for all involved. And what a party it was!

Rotarians and members of the Interact Clubs hosted the event and engaged their guests with great conversation, became dance partners, and made sure that the Ponche Cuba was flowing and that all had plenty to eat.

Seniors came alive and danced for hours to songs of their era with music being provided by Zamar Musical Productions. “To see the joy and eagerness to get out on the dance floor to show they still have moves was amazing”, said Deepak Ramchandani, the club’s President. “I remember one gentleman in particular in his late 80’s that had not lost a step. He could still dance like he was in his teens” he continued to say.

When taking a rest from the dance floor, Rotarians served their special guests to an amazing lunch. Delicious food was prepared by Sheika’s Catering taking many special dietary guidelines into consideration. Many comments were received in particular as to how great the food was and there was a lot of it!

“Events like this is why I joined Rotary”, said John Caputo. “By taking time out of your busy schedule really makes a difference to others. It is such an amazing feeling to see how happy and vibrant people become; just by spending time and engaging them in conversation, sharing a meal with them, or even being a dance partner.”

The Rotary Clubs on Sint Maarten have always been an active supporter of the senior citizens. From engaging them with lagoon cruises, providing much needed therapy equipment such as a recently donated Leg Press, to hosting lunches and parties like this one. None are more rewarding than spending time with them; to hear of days gone by on St. Maarten. Knowing how much our time means to them is really special.