US Congress honors Rotary Club of Saipan


Rotary Club of Saipan president Curtis Dancoe, center, president-elect Ivan Ilmov, right, and vice president Brian Clayton show the certificate of commendation, entered on the 114th U.S. Congress’ record, and letter that the club received from U.S. Delegate Gregorio “Kilili” Camacho Sablan yesterday. (Jon Perez)

The U.S. House of Representatives honored the Rotary Club of Saipan with a certificate of commendation for their part in helping the island after being hit by Typhoon Soudelor last year. U.S. Delegate Gregorio “Kilili” Camacho Sablan (Ind-MP) wrote the commendation and the letter that was entered on the records of the 114th U.S. Congress.

Rotary Club of Saipan received the certificate of commendation Tuesday during their regular weekly meeting at the Hyatt Regency Saipan.

Sablan, in the letter, thanked officers and members of the civic organization for their “outstanding contributions to the response and recovery of the [CNMI] to Typhoon Soudelor.”

He said the Rotary Club and other individuals in the community, both here in the CNMI and in the mainland, joined hands for the recovery efforts.

“You and many others both within our community, and from afar rose to the challenge of Typhoon Soudelor with courage, fortitude, and generosity,” said Sablan

Sablan added he entered a statement of commendation on the Congressional Record on Dec. 15, 2015 to commemorate the efforts made by the Rotary Club of Saipan.

He added that he enclosed copies of his statement that was entered on the Congressional Record along with the certificate and letter that honors the role that the Rotary played on Saipan’s journey in bouncing back from the tragedy.

“With everyone’s help, our community has been able to get back on its feet. We are restoring and rebuilding our island home, and I believe that we will be stronger and more resilient that before,” Sablan said.

Rotary Club of Saipan president Curtis Dancoe, president-elect Ivan Ilmov, and vice president Brian Clayton received the letter and commendation. Dancoe read the letter to the members and said they are thankful for Sablan’s effort to commend them.

Jon Perez | Reporter
Jon Perez began his writing career as a sports reporter in the Philippines where he has covered local and international events. He became a news writer when he joined media network ABS-CBN. He joined the weekly DAWN, University of the East’s student newspaper, while in college.

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