Nov. 12, 2003 – Members of the new Rotary Club of St. Thomas Sunrise received their charter Wednesday morning, joining the global association of more than 31,000 Rotary International clubs in 166 countries.
Keith I. Daley, Rotary International District 7020 governor, presented the club charter to attorney Tom Bolt, the club president, at Hard Rock Café. Other officers are Arthur Starr, president elect; Ron Magnuson, secretary; Rosemary Sauter Frett, treasurer; and John Murphy, sergeant-at-arms.
The St. Thomas Sunrise club joins Rotary's global network of volunteers committed to enhancing their communities and promoting international goodwill through service projects, scholarships, cultural exchanges and grants for development and humanitarian outreach. Worldwide, the organization's membership comprises more than 1.25 million business and professional leaders.
At the breakfast presentation, Bolt said the new organization's goals include establishing Second Harvest, a not-for-profit organization that will collect discarded food from local grocery stores, wholesalers, restaurants, hotels and cruise ships and make it available for use in local food banks and soup kitchens.
"The Virgin Islands should be hunger-free," Bolt said. "Currently, tons of good food are hauled every day to various landfill sites throughout the territory. This should not be, and Rotary can provide an alternative."
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