Saturday, January 23, 2021

 January 13, 2021  -The Lionistic Year July 2019-June 2020 was observed as the “Year of the Youth” under the theme “Our Children/Our Future.” In view of the then increase in disturbing incidences of violence among the school-going population, Past President Lion President Oralie Boirard and the Sint Maarten Lions Club undertook as their Signature Project the hosting of a Youth Forum to provide the young people the platform to speak, collaborate and recommend solutions for their identified priorities.

The first phase in this initiative involved the launching of an online survey where the youth were encouraged to participate in sharing their experiences in everyday life and express general sentiments about youth issues on St Maarten.

The survey was developed around the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child and served to gauge our local youth’s knowledge about their rights and whether their rights are being protected.

The Survey was conducted from Feb 24, 2020, to March 15, 2020, and targeted youth ages 11-19.  Students were allowed to complete the survey during school hours. While the 316 respondents to the survey do not represent a high percentage of our school-going population, it is significant to note that youth violence and bullying were the most common responses to the focus of the Lions Club, and by extension, the public should be.  This corresponds to the fact that 46% of students indicated they do not feel safe at school.

Due to the ongoing restrictive measures in place related to the pandemic, the Youth Forum Event, originally scheduled for May 2020 has been postponed and plans are in place to hold a Virtual Panel Discussion in the1st quarter of 2021, amongst the youth.

The Lions Club remains committed to sharing a summary of the findings of the survey with the stakeholders (schools that participated) and the general public.

For the full viewing of results of said survey, please access via link

The Youth and Education Committee of Sint Maarten Lions Club wishes to thank:

  • Ms. Iris Hakkens, Youth Survey developer.
  • Parents, for encouraging their children to participate
  • School boards and school managers, for allowing the students to participate in the survey at school.
  • PJD2-FM 102.7 talk show host Mr. Wendel Moore
  • Philipsburg Broadcasting
  • Teen Times for supporting the Youth to partake in the Survey. 

This project is part of the Sint Maarten Lions Club’s 50th Anniversary celebration for 2020-2021 under the them "50 Years of Dedicated Service and Commitment to our Community". The Sint Maarten Lions Club celebrated 50 years of existence on Saturday, December 12th, 2020.

If you or your place of business is interested in contributing to upcoming Sint Maarten Lions Club projects you can donate via or make a direct deposit or wire transfer to the Lions Club of Sint Maarten WIB account USD 62710106 or NAF 62710104.

January 16, 2021   LOS ANGELES (AP) — True to form, Betty White has something impish to say about her birthday Sunday. “Since I am turning 99, I can stay up as late as I want without asking permission!” she told The Associated Press in an email. White’s low-key plans include feeding a pair of ducks that regularly visit her Los Angeles-area home. Her birthday meal will be a hot dog and French fries brought in — along with a bouquet of roses — by her longtime friend and agent, Jeff Witjas. The actor’s TV credits stretch from 1949’s “Hollywood on Television” to a 2019 voice role in “Forky Asks a Question,” with “The Golden Girls” and “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” among the enduring highlights.

January 15, 2021   NEW YORK (AP) — Philip J. Smith, who rose from box office treasurer at the Imperial Theatre on Broadway to chairman and co-CEO of the theatrical giant Shubert Organization, has died from complications from COVID-19, according to his daughters. He was 89. In a career that spanned 63 years, Smith worked in every department of the Shubert Organization and was named general manager of all Shubert Theatres in 1964. The Shubert Organization owns and operates 17 Broadway theatres and six off-Broadway venues. Smith “influenced every aspect of the professional theater and earned the respect and admiration of everyone from the stage doormen to the greatest performers and creative talents of our time,” Robert E. Wankel, chairman and CEO of The Shubert Organization, said in a statement.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Peter Mark Richman, a character actor who appeared in hundreds of television episodes and had recurring roles on “Three’s Company” and “Beverly Hills 90210,” has died. He was 93. Richman died Thursday at his home in the Woodland Hills area of Los Angeles of natural causes, publicist Harlan Boll announced. Born in Philadelphia, Richman was a pharmacist but turned to acting. He joined the Actors Studio and in 1953 he starred on stage in the play “End as a Man.” He appeared on Broadway in “A Hatful of Rain” and “Masquerade.” He also portrayed Jerry in more than 400 New York performances of Edward Albee’s “The Zoo Story,” Boll said.

January 14, 2021  -Joanne Rogers, an accomplished concert pianist who celebrated and protected the legacy of her husband, the beloved children’s TV host Mister Rogers, has died in Pittsburgh. She was 92. Rogers died Thursday, according to the Fred Rogers Center. No cause of death was given. The center called her “a joyful and tender-hearted spirit, whose heart and wisdom have guided our work in service of Fred’s enduring legacy.” Joanne and Fred Rogers were married for more than 50 years, spanning the launch and end of the low-key, low-tech “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood,” which presented Fred Rogers as one adult in a busy world who always had time to listen to children. His pull as America’s favorite neighbor never seemed to wane before his death in 2003.