SINT MAARTEN/GUYANA – Lion Claudio Buncamper MJF of the Sint Maarten Lions Club was elected as the incoming 2nd Vice District Governor elect for District 60B for 2019/2020 at the recently held District 60B Convention in Georgetown, Guyana. His one-year term as 2nd Vice District Governor officially starts on July 1st, 2019.
After having held many positions in the club such as Board member, Treasurer, Secretary and ultimately Club President, Lion Claudio moved on to holding two key positions on the District level, which are Zone Chairman for 2B and Region 2 Chairman. The Sint Maarten Lions Club under his the leadership as Club President won the prestigious 2013/2014 Lions Club of the District Award for District 60B.
Unselfish humanitarian work was instilled in Lion Claudio from a very young age when in 1983 at the age of 14 along with 15 other young boys and girls became a charter member of the Sint Maarten Leo Club. Many community projects were executed by the Leos in those days and Claudio was very instrumental in particular bringing about the Drug Awareness programs among the youths during the 80s. Marches against drug abuse were organized by the Leo Club and not to forget the information evenings for parents and youths about the danger of drug use along with projects such as painting the homes of several elderly throughout the community.
Lion Claudio hails from a Lions family where his father the late Anthony Buncamper served for many years as the Secretary of the Sint Maarten Lions Club and his late mother Jane Buncamper Harms served as the then St. Maarten Lioness Club President.
At a very young age Claudio not only showed much interest in giving humanitarian service to the community but also during his travels as a young Leo to several Cabinet and Convention meetings with his parents and other Lions of the Sint Maarten Lions Club, he gained much experience not only about the Leo Movement but learned a lot about the service which Lions rendered to their respective communities.
As a young Leo, Claudio served on several District Leo Committees and with the experience gained on District level he was able to guide the St. Maarten Leo Club into executing many worthwhile community projects in particular youth programs. After Claudio returned from his studies in the US he immediately rejoined the Leo Club and continued to serve the Sint Maarten community. In 1999 the Sint Maarten Club was happy to welcome Claudio to the Lions movement.
The Sint Maarten Lions Club is very proud of the fact that today through the Leo movement it has produced many excellent Lions. With his election as 2nd Vice District Governor, Lion Claudio adds to the list of former Leos who have made it to the top not only in the Lions Club but also on District level.
With Lion Claudio presumably being installed in May 2021 as District Governor of District 60B, he will be the fourth (4th) District Governor that the Sint Maarten Lions Club will have produced, something not yet achieved by any Lions Club in Multiple District 60. He will also be the second District Governor produced by the St. Maarten Leo Club as his brother, Past District Governor Claudius Tony “Toontje” Buncamper also came from the Leo Club thus making history as the Sint Maarten Lions Club will then have produced two brothers making it to the top as District Governor.
As part of the Sint Maarten Lions Club 50th Anniversary celebration in 2020/2021, the club will be hosting the Multiple District 60 Convention in May 2021 with over 400 Lion & Leos visiting St. Maarten from across the Caribbean region whereby Lion Claudio will presumably be elected as District Governor for District 60B at the Convention on St. Maarten.
Lion Claudio is a graduate of Johnson & Wales University in Providence Rhode Islands. In June 1991, he graduated Magda Cum Laude in Hotel Restaurant and Institutional Management. He started to work at Windward Islands Airways as a customer service agent in August 1991. Over the years Lion Claudio worked various positions at Winair and became Manager of Customer Service Department in 1999. In 2001, Lion Claudio was promoted to Director Customer Services and Marketing & Sales as holds that position up to present. In 2006 Lion Claudio married Mariapina Buncamper-Orias and has two children, Claudine Buncamper and Claudio Buncamper Jr.