Sis Frank of St. John Receives Chamber Community Service Award

Rik Blyth presents Sis Frank with the crystal St. Thomas-St. John Chamber of Commerce Community Service Award.

Sis Frank of St. John has been awarded the St. Thomas/St. John Chamber of Commerce Wilbur “Bill” LaMotta Community Service Award.

Frank was nominated by Caneel Bay Resort Managing Director Rik Blyth.

“I got to know her a little bit through the Sprauve Gala Finance Committee, and I came to value her council and her view of things,” said Blyth. “I just kept hearing her name, and I read her column in the paper every week.”

“I thought it’d be a special thing to do,” he continued. “She’s a neat lady, and I thought it’d be a great recognition for her.”

Frank has been involved in the St. John arts community for more than 35 years, and one of her many accomplishments includes founding the St. John School of the Arts.

Frank is retiring from the school this year and long-time assistant and art school teacher Jan Kinder will be taking on her role of executive director. Kinder accepted the award on Frank’s behalf at a Saturday evening, March 25, ceremony on St. Thomas.

Devotion to Children
“I admire her devotion to the children, along with her wisdom and strength to prevail for all these years,” said Kinder. “I love her stories and adventures and talks about the old times here—the history that we all must remember.”

Frank, who has touched the lives of generations of countless St. John children over several decades, said she was deeply honored to be chosen as a recipient for the community service award.

“I accept it in the name of all the young people who have enriched my life as they passed through our steel band programs, and the St. John School of the Arts,” she said in a prepared statement which was read by Kinder at the ceremony.

Frank was presented with the community service award at a Monday afternoon, March 27, luncheon, hosted by Blyth at Caneel’s Turtle Bay.

Several of Frank’s friends and co-workers at the St. John School of the Arts and St. John Tradewinds attended the special luncheon.