Susanna Augusta Callwood-Smith Named Rotarian of the Year

Susanna Augusta Callwood-Smith, Ed.D. Susanna Augusta Callwood-Smith, Ed.D. was awarded the 2016 Rotarian of the Year by the Rotary Club of St. Croix West by its members and President Jennell Bryan on July 23.
In an organization which has the motto “Service Above Self,” Dr. Callwood-Smith exemplifies the true spirit of Rotary. She served as president during the 2014 -2015 Rotary year and spearheaded a community fundraising drive to collect pennies for Rotary International’s efforts to end polio. During her presidency she received a District Grant in the amount of $5,000 to help foster volunteerism and love of community service amongst students. She worked in conjunction with local businesses such as Innovative, Bates Trucking, Ferrol’s Trucking and the Virgin Islands Lottery to award high school students with laptop computers for their community service efforts.
During the past Rotary year, Callwood-Smith served as the immediate past president and advisor to President Jennell Bryan. She also has served as the club’s secretary, program chairperson, member of the Peace and Conflict Resolution District Committee and on various club committees.
She presently serves as the club’s treasurer, chairperson of the Peter A. Christian Scholarship Committee, program chairperson and as a member of the board of directors.
Callwood-Smith has been a member of the Rotary Club of St. Croix West since 2006. She believes community service is very important to every community and found Rotary the perfect organization to do just that. She further stated that she “appreciates the friendships formed through fellowship with the members of the Rotary Club of St. Croix West and other rotary clubs in District 7020, and thanks them for their support.
Callwood-Smith is a retired educator who most recently served as principal of the Alexander Henderson Elementary School, the Youth Rehabilitation Center and the Elena L. Christian Junior High School. She was also one of the first assistant principals of the St. Croix Educational Complex High School when it opened in 1995.
She is a 1972 graduate of the Charlotte Amalie High School, St. Thomas, Virgin Islands. She earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Elementary Education in 1976 from the then College of the Virgin Islands, a Master of Arts Degree in Guidance Counselling in 1981 from Ball State University, Muncie, Indiana and a Doctorate of Education (Ed. D.) degree in Educational Leadership with a concentration in Conflict Resolution from Nova Southeastern University on June 17, 2016.
She has four children: Kenneth Vernon Weeks Sr., Kerisa Maria Smith-Grayson (deceased), Harold Emerson Smith Jr. and Harolyn Elsie Smith; four grandchildren: Kenneth Vernon Weeks Jr., Harold Emerson Smith III, Harmone’ Keri-Michelle Smith and Jahzlyn Kerisa Lynch.
Callwood-Smith’s favorite quote is “to laugh often and much; to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children; to earn the appreciation of honest critics and to endure the betrayal of false friends; to appreciate beauty; to find the best in others; to leave the world a bit better whether by a healthy child, a garden patch or a redeemed social condition; to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson.
 

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