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Rotary Honors Five People on St. Croix For Their ‘Outstanding Vocational Service’

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CHRISTIANSTED — Rotary Club of St. Croix Mid-Isle honored five people on St. Croix for their “outstanding vocational service contributions” to the community on Wednesday.

Rotary Mid-Isle recognized Bill Bass, Musician and Public Servant, Abdul Ali, Freelance Columnist, Jamal and Virginia Miranda of J & V Diner, and Ron “Swede” Sundberg, Handyman for their outstanding contributions and representations of their vocations in the St. Croix community.

“Today we had the distinct pleasure of honoring individuals in our community for their outstanding work in their vocation and their work in the St. Croix community. It is through this recognition, that we as a Rotary club, can bring attention to those in our community who are doing great things. With that, today we are honored to present our Vocational Service Commendable Community Member awards to: Abdul Ali, Bill Bass, Jamal and Virginia Miranda and Ron Sundberg” said club President, Kim DeLine

The Object of Rotary is a philosophical statement of Rotary’s purpose and the responsibilities of Rotarians. The concept of vocational service is rooted in the Second Object, which calls on Rotarians to “encourage and foster”:

i. High ethical standards in business and professions

ii. The recognition of the worthiness of all useful occupations

iii. The dignifying of each Rotarian’s occupation as an opportunity to serve society

DeLine stated, “We are delighted to be able to celebrate these outstanding community members in this fashion. They all bring so much to our community and it is our distinct pleasure to have a forum to honor their achievements.”

About Rotary

Rotary brings together a global network of volunteer leaders dedicated to tackling the world’s most pressing humanitarian challenges.

Rotary connects 1.2 million members of more than 34,000 Rotary clubs in over 200 countries and geographical areas. Their work impacts lives at both the local and international levels, from helping families in need in their own communities to working toward a polio-free world. For more information, visit Rotary.

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John McCarthy

John McCarthy

John McCarthy is primarily known for his investigative reporting on the U.S. Virgin Islands. A series of reports beginning in the 1990's revealed that there was everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling. Another report, following Hurricane Hugo in 1989, cited a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) confidential overview that said that over 40 percent of the U.S. Virgin Islands public lives below the poverty line. The Virgin Islands Free Press is the only Caribbean news source to regularly incorporate the findings of U.S. Freedom of Information Act requests. John's articles have appeared in the BVI Beacon, St. Croix Avis, San Juan Star and Virgin Islands Daily News. He is the former news director of WSVI-TV Channel 8 on St. Croix.

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