Rotary Club de Saint-Martin Nord - French West Indies

Rotary Club Saint-Martin Nord

Our Ongoing Actions

The current actions of the Rotary Club of Saint Martin Nord are mainly focused on the reconstruction following Hurricane Irma (September 2017).
2019/2020 Actions

2019/2020 Actions

The Rotary Club of Saint-Martin Nord is pleased to present the projects planned by its President, Benjamin Rigobert, for the Rotary year 2019/2020.

  • Continuation of the ongoing post-cyclonic actions with the Association Nationale des Compagnons-Bâtisseurs, for the recovery of roof rainwater from 40 habitats undergoing rehabilitation. (See also this article)
  • Current water crisis in Saint-Martin: Distribution of water bottles to a targeted audience of needy people (in coordination with the Neighbourhood Councils and subject to funding).
  • 8 September 2019: Rotary Family Fun Day, a family day of relaxation with our neighboring clubs, the Rotarys-clubs of St-Martin/Sint-Maarten, St-Barth & Anguilla. The location of this day's event remains to be defined
  • 13 October 2019: Rolling for Health (with the cycling committee)
  • November 2019: Cruise and Dance dinner on the lagoon (fundraising action to finance the retirement of the elderly)
  • December 2019: Exit of the elderly by boat on the lagoon (annual club action)
  • January 2020 : Health march
  • Mid-February 2020: Dinner and Dancein Port de Plaisance (location to be confirmed) on the theme of music from the 70s and 80s. (Fundraising action)
  • Other actions planned :
    • Construction of a Neighbourhood house in the vicinity of the La Savane sports field,
    • Reinstallation of the Rotary sign, removed by Irma, on the Sony Glascow building, built by Rotary,
    • Twinning with a Rotary Club of Guadeloupe,
    • Distribution of computer equipment offered by Pôle-Emploi. The associations that will benefit from it will be determined later
    • Resumption of blood collections by the EFS (subject to confirmation by the EFS). (See also this article)

We will provide more information about these actions later.

Post-Irma Actions - 2017/2018

Post-Irma Actions - 2017/2018

The Rotary Club of Saint-Martin Nord presents the summary of post-Irma projects for the 2017-2018 Rotary year.

Among these actions, 70,000 LED light bulbs were distributed to the population.
These bulbs were donated by an EDF supplier and were distributed by Rotarians of Saint-Martin Nord on the Home n'Tools shop in Bellevue, as well as in Quartier d'Orléans with the association CSI (Centre Symphorien d'Insertion) on 25 & 26 April 2018.

Blood collection by EFS

Blood collection by EFS

Browse the results of the blood collections organized in St. Martin in collaboration with the Rotary Club from 2002 to 2013, which had also created an association of several hundred people ("AIDONS Saint-Martin": International Association for Blood Donation in Saint-Martin) gathering potential donors from both parts of the island. This association was put on hold in 2013, after the EFS decided to suspend blood collections due to epidemics of dengue fever, chikungunya and zika throughout the Caribbean. EFS has now resumed blood donor clinics on Marie-Galante Island after a 10-year interruption. In May 2019, the Rotary Club of Saint-Martin Nord relaunched with the EFS the possibility of resuming them on the island of Saint-Martin, after a 6-year interruption.

The last blood collection in Saint-Martin had exceeded 200 bags in only 2 half-days.

Irma - Mangrove regeneration

Irma - Mangrove regeneration

Seedling nursery for mangrove regeneration

Nicolas reports on the progress of this project, which is co-financed 50% by our club and 50% by the Natural Reserve:

  • Request for additional funding from the Reserve from IFRECOR - Unsuccessful;
  • Agreement of the Conservatoire du Littoral on the chosen site (Salines d'Orient, along the road);
  • Declaration of works submitted and under investigation to the Urban Planning Department;
  • Receipt of a methodological guide from the MICN (International Mission for Nature Conservation);
  • Programming of the intervention of agents of the ACED integration association, not available before mid-May, to ensure the establishment of the nursery and then the planting of seedlings;
  • Acquisition of seedlings - Ongoing steps;
  • Installation of the site panel for the future nursery.
Rotary Mangrove Nursery
Site sign at the site of the Mangrove Nursery
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Irma - Rehabilitation of disaster affected houses

Irma - Rehabilitation of disaster affected houses

Partnership with the National Association of Compagnons-Bâtisseurs for the rehabilitation of damaged houses (financing of external doors and windows only, with the AIDS-M integration association).

The roof structure work being financed by the Fondation de France:

  • 1st part: 4 housing units completed and a cheque for €5,610 given by our club to the ANCB on April 3.
  • 2nd part: 16 housing units completed (for an amount of €22,145) with co-financing from District 7020.
  • 3rd part: Roof rainwater harvesting on 40 housing units, pending approval by The Rotary Foundation, for co-funding.
Rotary Club Saint Martin Nord