PHILIPSBURG, SINT MAARTEN – JULY 2, 2016 – Mr. Pierre DeCelles, Mr. Kishore Idnani and Mr. Robert Judd were named as Rotarians of the Year by the Rotary Club of Sint Maarten during the Change of Board Celebration on Saturday, June 12th 2017 at the Dreams Beach Bar and Restaurant.
Outgoing Club President Jeffrey “Dr. Soc” Sochrin proudly recognized Messrs. DeCelles, Idnani and Judd for their outstanding and exemplary service to the Rotary Club of Sint Maarten and commitment to the Rotary motto, Service Above Self.  Sochrin stated, “During my term as your President, there are three Rotarians that have always been there as my advisors, as my confidants, and most importantly, as my friends.  It is simply impossible to select just one of these Rotarians as Rotarian of the Year, so I have decided to once again break with tradition and name all three men as our Rotarians of the Year.  Combined, these three Rotarian have more than 65 years of service to Rotary, however, it is their individual commitments to always do whatever it takes to get the job done, that makes them our Rotarians of the Year”.
Pierre DeCelles came to Sint Maarten in 1980 and joined Rotary in 1995.  He has served the Rotary Club of Sint Maarten twice as President and Secretary, multiple times as Vice President and in Director level roles in the areas of the Rotary Foundation and Vocational Service.  Mr. DeCelles works as a Project Manager and is also the Canadian Consul on Dutch Sint Maarten. Pierre and his wife, Micheline, have been married for more than 50 years.
Kishore Idnani came to Sint Maarten in 1976 and joined Rotary in 1993.  He has served the Rotary Club of Sint Maarten as President, Secretary and in many Director level and leadership roles in Community service and Club service. Mr. Idnani is Managing Director at Peace Cottage NV. He is married to Monica and has 2 sons.
Robert Judd came to Sint Maarten twice, first in 1994 and again in 2009.  In 1995 he joined Rotary and has since served the Rotary Club of Sint Maarten as President, Vice President, Treasurer, Director of the Board and as an Advisor to Interact. Mr. Judd has held many leadership roles over his tenure as a Rotarian.  He is a retired banker and father of two daughters and grandfather to three grandsons. He is married to his wife Sheriden.
All three men accepted the award of Rotarian of the Year and thanked President Jeffrey “Dr. Soc” Sochrin and the members of the Club for the honor.
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About the Rotary Club of St. Maarten:
The Rotary Club of St. Maarten was chartered on March 17, 1972 as result of a September 1970 meeting to form a club on the island.  Since its formation, the Rotary Club of St. Maarten has grown in membership and has assisted in the formation of new clubs in the District, including Anguilla (1978), St. Martin Nord (1988), St. Martin Mid-Isle (1997) and St. Martin Sunrise (2004).  For more information, visit the club website at