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LAWMAKERS HONOR VIRGIN ISLANDERS IN PERMAPLAQUE CEREMONY 

Published: Apr 15, 2024

ST. CROIX – Members of the 35th Legislature of the Virgin Islands, led by Senate President Novelle E. Francis Jr. hosted a Perma Plaque ceremony at the Frits E. Lawaetz Legislative Conference Room. 

Senate President Novelle E. Francis Jr voiced the importance of the ceremony.  “It is always the right time to celebrate Virgin Islanders who have made their mark on our community.”   Senate President Francis stated that he had arrived at the conclusion that those being honored were well deserving of the recognition.  

The following were honored with perma plaques: 

Bill No. 34-0203, A Resolution honoring and commending Alvin Delano Burke, Sr. posthumously for his service and contributions to the sport of basketball, horse racing, and to the people of the Virgin Islands. 

Bill No. 32-0264, An act honoring and commending William Bohlke, Jr. for his assistance in the introduction of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Hurricane Hunters as well as his numerous contributions towards the Virgin Islands through business and philanthropic efforts.  

Resolution No. 1894, Bill No. 34-0288, A resolution to honor and commend Sergeant Major Charles David, Retired, for his service to the Virgin Islands National Guard.  

Resolution No. 1907, Bill No. 35-0170, A Resolution honoring and commemorating the Virgin Islands National Guard on the commemoration of its 50th Anniversary. 

Resolution No. 1888, Bill No. 34- 0202, A Resolution honoring and commending Eugene “Genix” Thomas posthumously for his outstanding contributions to the Virgin Islands community as a baseball, softball, and life coach.  

Bill No. 34-0157, An Act honoring and commending Gloria H. Canegata Waterman for her outstanding years of service to the Virgin Islands Community and public servant through various organizations.  

Resolution No. 1815, Bill No. 30-0551, A Resolution honoring and commending Joseph Olmeda for his dedication and service to the people of the Virgin Islands. 

Resolution No. 1893, Bill No. 34-0057, A Resolution honoring and commending José Julio Martinez, better known as Papi Love for his outstanding contributions as a radio talk show host, educating and entertaining the people of the Virgin Islands. 

Resolution No. 1887, Bill No. 34-0201, A Resolution honoring and commending Kemit-Amon Lewis for his outstanding service and contributions to the marine science industry in the Virgin Islands. 

Resolution No. 1898, Bill No. 34-0380, A Resolution honoring and commending Michelle Mycah Leone Smith for her outstanding performance in track and field and her contributions to the Virgin Islands community as a sports ambassador.  

Resolution No. 1897, Bill No. 34-0297, A Resolution to posthumously honor and commend Roselin Maud McFarlane for her contributions to the Virgin Islands Community and specifically as an advocate of independent living for people with disabilities. 

Resolution No. 1890, Bill No. 34-0220, A Resolution honoring and commending the Agriculture and Food Fair Board of Directors, the University of the Virgin Islands, and the Virgin Islands Department of Agriculture for 50 years of diligence in coordinating, promoting, and hosting the Virgin Islands Agriculture and Food Fair, known as “Agrifest”. 

Resolution No. 1906, Bill No. 35-0100, A Resolution honoring and commending Music in Motion School of Higher Dance Education and its founder, Charlita Schuster, on the occasion of the 40th Anniversary of the establishment of the Music in Motion Dance Academy. 

Resolution 1909, Bill No 35-0217, A Resolution honoring and commending the St. Croix Majorettes for its outstanding fifty years of commitment to nurturing youth, enriching community service, advancing the art and sport of baton twirling, and for its invaluable contributions to the cultural and social fabric of St. Croix. 

Act No. 8739, Bill No. 35-0029, An Act honoring and commending Donna Marie Christian-Christiansen M.D., for her tireless contributions to the people of the Virgin Islands in the medical field and representation in the United States Congress. 

Act No. 8736, Bill No. 35-0041, An Act awarding the Virgin Islands Medal of Honor posthumously to former Senator Edgar Milton Iles for his commendable public service and contributions to the people of the Virgin Islands. 

Senators present at today’s Perma Plaque ceremony included Novelle E. Francis, Jr., Marise C. James, Angel L. Bolques, Jr., Samuel Carriόn, and Franklin D. Johnson. 

The Division of Public Affairs is committed to providing the community with accurate information on legislative proceedings and other events at the Legislature of the Virgin Islands. Visit www.legvi.org.  

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