Starting with the annual Flavors event last November, the Rotary Club of St. John set out to raise funds to buy a new vehicle for St. John Rescue.
Then, in a surprise move, the V.I. Legislature funded two new vehicles for Rescue. Rescue subsequently developed a comprehensive list of equipment needed to fully out all of their vehicles, and the training materials and tools to keep members ready to respond to any emergency.
Their list totaled $96,569, a monumental challenge for the local club. Honorary Rotarian Donald Sussman of Trust Asset Management challenged the club to raise $50,000 towards the total needed and he would match as necessary to meet their goal.
The club raised $51,095 through the Flavors event, other fund raisers, and through the generous gift of club member William Gross and wife Joan. Donald Sussman then provided the additional $45,474 and these two checks were presented to St. John Rescue at Rotary’s Flavors event on Saturday, November 18.
“St. John is fortunate to have many generous, civic-minded members and friends,” said Rotary Club of St. John president John Fuller. “We are glad to help make a difference on St. John.”
The Flavors event this year benefited Rotary’s college scholarship, the Love City Pan Dragons, and other community service projects.
St. John Rotary, chartered in May 1999, currently has 29 members and meets every Friday at the Westin Resort and Villas.