The Lions Club headquarters in Sucker Garden.
SUCKER GARDEN–The St. Maarten’s Lions Club will celebrate its 47th anniversary on Tuesday, December 12.
The Club was founded on December 12, 1970. It has grown over the years and currently has more than 50 members.
Lion Lisandra Havertong served as the first woman President 2000-2001. The present President is Lion Alison Busby who will serve until June 30, 2018.
The charter members of the club back in 1970 were Ben Vlaun, Frank Arnell, Fred Baptist, Will Barendsen, Leslie Cannegieter, Jack Cooper, Walt Dietl, Victor de Tullio, Samuel Hazel, Carl Heineman, Ronald Van Grieken, Rudy Dovale, Johannes Arrindell, Franck Jansen, Rudolf de Kort, Rush Little, Gunter Muller, Henk Nahar, Alphonse O ’Connor, and Don Pointer. The late Ben Vlaun was the club’s first president.
The Lions Club is known by the community for its many projects and fundraising activities, amongst others the Annual Lion Wally Havertong Christmas Bingo Spectacular, Lion Nelson Van der Linde Senior Citizens’ Party, Lion Rudy Hoeve Health and Wellness Fair and the Student Excellence Programme.
President Alison Busby was forced to adapt the regular projects and activities this year due to the many challenges on the island after Hurricanes Irma and Maria. Rebuilding St. Maarten is the new theme proposed for this rest of the Lionistic year 2017-2018. In January the club will continue with activities and projects towards helping rebuild the community of St. Maarten.
Source: The Daily Herald https://www.thedailyherald.sx/islands/71785-local-lions-club-turns-47-today-lions-club-turns-47