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OUR HISTORY

ARUBA'S FIRST KIWANIS CLUB

Kiwanis Club of Aruba was charted by Mr. Clinton Whitfield on February 20, 1965.

Clinton 'Clint' Whitfield Dec 06, 1910 - Jan 12, 1993. Mr. Clinton Whitfield was born on December 06, 1910 in Sint Eustatius, Netherlands Antilles. At a very young age his family moved to Curaçao where he grew up. It was in Curaçao that he met Ms. Mosa Davelaar, whom he later married.

 

Mr. Whitfield worked at the Ontvanger der Belastingen in Curaçao and was transferred to Aruba in 1935. Mr. Whitfield worked for a few years for the Government and then decided to start his own business.

He started a business in men’s apparel, Whitfield’s Shoppe, in Oranjestad with branches at various hotels. Mr. Whitfield not only became President of the Chamber of Commerce of Aruba but also of the Americas.

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In late 1963 Mr. Clint Whitfield was approached by his friend Arthuro ‘Tula’ Jesurun, a member of the Rotary Club of Curaçao, with the question whether he was interested to start a Kiwanis Club in Aruba. Clint, being an active and dynamic person in the Aruban community, readily accepted the challenge. He started making his contacts and on November 21, 1964, the Kiwanis Club of Aruba was organized.

 

The sponsoring clubs were the Kiwanis Club of Curaçao and the Rideau Club in Canada. The Kiwanis Club of Aruba was chartered on February 20, 1965. The charter was presented at a Presentation Dinner at the Talk of the Town in Oranjestad on February 26, 1965. Fellow “K” Clint, as the first president of the Kiwanis Club of Aruba, received the charter from the immediate past Governor of the O.Q.M. District; now E.C. & C. District, fellow “K” Clarence F. Fentiman.

 

Fellow “K” Clint also served as a Lt. Governor in the Kiwanis Organization during the years 1968-1969; 1969-1970 (part time) and 1973-1974 (part time). Up to now he was the only Kiwanis member in our division to serve as Governor in 1978-1979 for the E.C. & C. District. For this position, fellow “K” Clint had to take up residence in Canada, always with Kiwanette Mosa Whitfield at his side. On January 12, 1993, our fellow “K” Clinton ‘Clint’ Whitfield passed away at the age of 82.

 

During our 50+ year history, our members have provided countless hours of service to children of our community.

 

Today our club remains vibrant, creative in purpose and is growing:  offering meetings and volunteer opportunities to fit your lifestyle and schedule.

 

Our members represent all walks of life, ages, and beliefs in a common bond of camaraderie, inclusion, and service. Our goal: making life better for the children and youth of our community - Where One Can Make a Difference.

 

We welcome you to join one of our meetings. Enjoy a timely, interesting speaker and explore the opportunities and enjoyment in becoming a member of the Kiwanis Club of Aruba. See you there...

PAST PRESIDENTS

  • 1965

  • 1966 

  • 1967

  • 1967 - 1968 

  • 1968 - 1969

  • 1969 - 1970

  • 1970 - 1971

  • 1971 - 1972 

  • 1972 - 1973 

  • 1973 - 1974

  • 1974 - 1975

  • 1975 - 1976 

  • 1976 - 1977

  • 1977 - 1978

  • 1978 - 1979

  • 1979 - 1980

  • 1980 - 1981

  • 1981 - 1982

  • 1982 - 1983

  • 1983 - 1984

  • 1984 - 1985

  • 1985 - 1986

  • 1986 - 1987

  • 1987 - 1988

  • 1988 - 1989

  • 1989 - 1990

  • 1990 - 1991

  • 1991 - 1992

  • 1992 - 1993

Clint Whitfield †

Bob Lopez-Henriquez †

Nick Schindeler †

Frans Hage †

Jim Downey †

Alex Mansur †

Oscar Antonette †

Eddy Vos †

John Every †

Jan Bezem † / Gordhan Kimatrai

Gordan Kimatrai

Arturo Arends †

Dave Llewellyn

John Hodgson / Len Hartmann †

Len Hartmann †

Bob Lopez-Henriquez †

Hans Schnogg

Ray Farro †

Glen Carvahal / Mario de Cuba

Ray Farro †

Dennis Silva

Glen Carvahal

Robert Nieuw

Charles Croes

Jim Thuis †

Peter Creutzberg

John Every †

Herbert Comacasse

Joe v/d Linde (distinguished)

  • 1993 - 1994

  • 1994 - 1995

  • 1995 - 1996

  • 1996 - 1997

  • 1997 - 1998

  • 1998 - 1999

  • 1999 - 2000

  • 2000 - 2001

  • 2001 - 2002

  • 2002 - 2003

  • 2003 - 2004

  • 2004 - 2005

  • 2005 - 2006

  • 2006 - 2007

  • 2007 - 2008

  • 2008 - 2009

  • 2009 - 2010

  • 2010 - 2011

  • 2011 - 2012

  • 2012 - 2013

  • 2013 - 2014

  • 2014 - 2015

  • 2015 - 2016

  • 2016 - 2017

  • 2017 - 2018

  • 2018 - 2019

  • 2019 - 2020

  • 2020 - 2021

  • 2021 - 2022

Frank Booi

Robert Spellen

Robert Spellen (distinguished)

Yvonne Schaap

Harish Daryanani

Joe v/d Linde

Dennis Ecury (distinguished)

Ruben Abath

Fernando Rigaud

Fernando Rigaud

Newton Ferguson

Prakash Gupta

Giantonio Muller

Carlos Albertus

Edbert Schwengle (distinguished)

Edbert Schwengle (distinguished)

Jan Noordzij

Aldrick Tromp

Ryan Kock

Julisa Arends-Hoevertsz

George Croes

Marjorie Clark

Marjorie Clark

Aurora Dijkhof (distinguished)

Norma Brinkenberg (distinguished)

Edalitza Weller (distinguished)

Edalitza Weller (distinguished)

Ingmar Ramharakh

Jokoeza Hooplot

PAST GOVERNORS

  • 1978 - 1979

  • 2019 - 2020

Clint Whitfield †

Robert Spellen

PAST LIEUTENANT GOVERNORS

  • 1968 - 1969

  • 1969 - 1970

  • 1970 - 1971

  • 1972 - 1973

  • 1973 - 1974

  • 1977 - 1978

  • 1980 - 1981

  • 1983 - 1984

  • 1991 - 1992

  • 1998 - 1999

  • 1999 - 2000

  • 2009 - 2010

  • 2017 - 2018

Clint Whitfield †

Clint Whitfield †

Bob Lopez-Henriquez †

Frans Hage †

Alex Mansur † / Clint Whitfield †

Oscar Antonette †

Gordhan Kimatrai

John Every †

Robert Nieuw

Ray Farro †

Ray Farro †

Robert Spellen

Giantonio Muller

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