Three guest speakers at Mid Isle


L-R Sanjana Manek, John Leone and Michelle van der Werff

PHILIPSBURG – This week The Rotary Club of St. Maarten-Mid Isle had the opportunity to have three guest speakers to join them at their weekly meeting. Sanjana Manek of St. Maarten Foundation for Psychologists and Orthopedagogen (SFPO), from Heineken John Leone and Regatta Director Michelle van der Werff.

In light of Peace and Conflict Prevention/Resolution month in the Rotary calendar for February, Manek presented a summary of the principles of the non-violent resistance (NVR) training.

One of the key principles focuses on increasing the self-control of parents, therefore, avoiding escalation. In addition, the two usual escalation responses were mentioned. It was also suggested that parents be aware of the instances that can lead to escalation in the home. This parent training aims to provide many tools and techniques to parents.

SFPO is continuing the project entitled, “Restoring Parental Authority,” and is looking for parents with children aged 8-12 years, who are frustrated with their child’s behavior. SFPO can be contacted at 523-9940 or SFPO is also an international training partner with the NVR School in Israel.

“John and Michelle came to inform us about the 37th Edition of the Heineken Regatta, which is the biggest warm water Regatta worldwide. The 37th edition of the St. Maarten Heineken Regatta confirms their participation in the Clean Regatta program from conservation organization Sailors for the Sea,” a release said.

The sailing kicks off with the Gill Commodores Cup on Thursday, March 2. On Friday, March 3, the boats will sail the Round the Island Race. This year it will sail clockwise. This is also a record setting race. Sailing will continue on Saturday, March 4, and Sunday, March 5. On Monday, March 6, certain class winners will compete in the final series of racing for the regatta “The St. Maarten Heineken Star.” In this event they will compete with remote control lasers to determine the 1st Heineken Star. The Heineken Regatta has become known for the most famous prize giving (there are no cash prizes) and for the best after party.

Mid Isle will hold their Fundraising Motor Treasure Hunt on Sunday, March 19, starting at Kimsha Beach in celebration of the Rotary Foundation turning 100 years old. That’s a century of Rotary members changing lives and improving communities all over the world. See any member of Mid Isle for more information or call 520-1052 or 520-1899. The proceeds from this event will go towards a fetal monitor for the maternity wing at the SMMC and other needed items.

The Rotary Club of St. Maarten-Mid Isle meets Tuesdays at 7:00pm at Mary’s Boone in Simpson Bay. For more information contact or visit their Facebook page Rotary Club of St. Maarten-Mid Isle.