Lions Changes Board, Lion Claudio Buncamper is the new President

Caption:St. Maarten Lions Club Incoming President Claudio Buncamper presents his address to for the year 2013-2014 to Lion’s club members and guests after the installation ceremony.

On Saturday June 22nd 2013 the Sint Maarten Lions Club held its change of the Board Ceremony at Sonesta Maho Beach Hotel.

Amongst a prestigious gathering of Lion members, their partners in service, Leos and invited guests, the installation of the new Lions Board of Directors for the Lions year 2013-2014 was conducted by District Governor 60B Lion Claudius Buncamper, MJF.

Before the installation of the new Board, outgoing President Lion Richard Boyd delivered his outgoing speech in which he thanked all Lions for an excellent year.

With his concentration being on development of the youths during his tenure Boyd was quite satisfied with the projects executed in this respect.

He made specific mention of the "Lions Quest" project whereby several teachers and after school leaders were trained to improve the moral and social values of our youths.

Caption:Lions District Governor 60B Lion Claudius Anthony "Toontje" Buncamper, MJF presents the Lion of the Year Award 2012-2013 to Lion Davey Woods.

Outgoing District Governor Lion Claudius Buncamper also thanked all Lions and their families for the great support he received during the past year which gave him a most successful year whereby much was achieved on a local level and also around the region.

After being installed as the Lions Club’s 43rd President incoming President Lion Claudio Buncamper in his inauguration speech promised to invest much time and energy in the youth and elderly in the community. Membership development by enhancing the experience within the club, partnerships with other NGO’s are all high on the new President’s list.


As customary the Lions chose a "Lion of the Year" and for the second time in four years the honors went to Lion Davey Woods.

Highlight of the evening was also when District Governor Claudius Buncamper pinned Past District Governor 60B Lion Wally Havertong with "Four Diamond Progressive Melvin Jones" for his unswerving and dedicated service to the club and community for the past 38 years. Lion Wally is the third Lion in the entire District 60B to receive this award.

This award adds to his Melvin Jones award which he received in 1987, Paul Harris Award which he received from the St. Maarten Rotary Club in 1998.

Caption:Past District Governor Lion Wally Havertong, MJF shares a laugh with Outgoing President Lion Richard after the Past District Governor was honored with a "Four Diamond Progressive Melvin Jones".

Other members who will serve along with Lion Claudio Buncamper are:

Immediate Past President Lion Richard Boyd

1st Vice President Lion Jessica Challenger-Vrolijk

2nd Vice President Lion Michael van Grieken

3rd Vice President Lion Sunil Khatnani

Secretary Lion Davey Woods

Treasurer Lion Alphons Gumbs

Tamer Lion Henry Ellis

Tail Twister Lion Rafael Boasman

1 Year Director Lion Chantal Schaminee-Ringeling, MJF

1 Year Director Lion Edelmiro Jansen

2 Year Director Lion Oralie Boirard

2 Year Director Lion Merlyn Schaminee

Director of Membership Lion Melinda Hoeve, MJF