Posted by Jeffrey Sochrin
PHILIPSBURG, SINT MAARTEN & HAMBURG, GERMANY – June 5, 2019 – The Rotary Club of Sint Maarten was presented the prestigious District Governor’s Platinum Award by Rotary International President, Barry Rassin, at the Rotary International Conference in Hamburg, Germany on June 4, 2019.
The Rotary District Governor’s Award is presented to Rotary Clubs that have achieved various goals throughout the Rotary year.  The Rotary Club of Sint Maarten was recognized at the highest level possible, the Platinum level.  Various projects were completed during the year including, a Public Medical Education session on cancer, the distribution of food baskets to those in need, toy distribution to children in need, a senior citizens lagoon cruise and the raising of funds to secure a much needed beach cleaner for St. Maarten.  In addition, the Club, under the leadership of President John Caputo secured a global grant in the amount of almost $400,000 to help transform the Sister Marie Laurence School in Middle Region to an Exceptional Education School.
Accepting the award on behalf of the Rotary Club of Sint Maarten was Club President, John Caputo.  Mr. Caputo immediately addressed all members of the Rotary Club of Sint Maarten in an internal club message and said, “Our Club was presented the Platinum District Governor’s Award directly by Rotary International President Barry Rassin.  I want to congratulate all the Rotary Clubs on St. Maarten/St. Martin for their respective contributions and awards that were presented at the recent Rotary District 7020 Conference held in Jamaica”.  Mr. Caputo continued, “It has been my pleasure and honor to serve as Rotary Club of Sint Maarten President for past two years.  Congratulations to each member of the Rotary Club of Sint Maarten.   It is your participation and membership that makes this an amazing club”.
Finally, Mr. Caputo added, “While my term as President of the Rotary Club of Sint Maarten comes to a close, I would like to encourage anyone interested in attending our Change of Board Ceremony and Celebration this Saturday, June 8, 2019 at the Pure Ocean Restaurant at Divi Little Bay Beach Resort to contact the Club at,, or  We would love to have you join us on Saturday night”.
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