PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - St. Maarten Lions Club installed their new President and Board at the Divi Little Bay Resort on the 100th Anniversary on Lions Club International. The incoming President for 2017-2018 is Lion Alison Busby. The rest of Board of Directors are comprised of Immediate Past President Lion Davey Woods MJF, 1st Vice President is Lion Christ’l Larmonie, 2nd Vice President Carmen Lake, Secretary Lion Oralie Boirard, Treasurer Lion Claudio Buncamper MJF, 1-Year Director Lion Jennifer Johnson, 2-Year Director Wanuki Holiday and Membership Director Lion Eldert Louisa MJF. Non-Board positions that were also installed at the ceremony were Lion Michael van Grieken as Tamer and Lion Claudius Buncamper PMJF as Tail twister.
The outgoing President Lion Davey mentioned his long list accomplishments to the crowd of Lions, partners in service and families at the dinner which was also attended by Honorable Minister of Justice Mr. Rafael Boasman, who is also a long serving Lions member.
Minister Boasman gave a speech about how proud he felt being a Lion, congratulated the club on it’s many achievements and gave a toast to Lions Club International, District 60B and the St. Maarten Lions Club. Zone 2B Chairlady Lion Ernie Hodge-Carty from Anguilla also attended the event along with the President and members from the three French Lions Clubs, Lions Club Oualichi, Doyene and Fort Louis.
Club President Lion Davey Woods stated, “It was a pleasure to serve as President of such prestigious Lions Club while also serving the St. Maarten community. I received great support from my board and general membership. Apart from the Signature Project we have accomplished everything else that I have set out to do from the start of year and much more”.
Incoming President Lion Alison said, “My focus will be on our young people on St.Maarten especially with drug and alcohol abuse and we will be going back into the various communities to see where help is needed. The St. Maarten Lions Club wants to serve it’s communities and by going into those communities it can get a good assessment of what the community needs are”.
The night was capped off with the outgoing President giving out various plaques to deserving members of the club while various speeches were given concerning the 100th anniversary celebration followed by a buffet dinner.