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STANDARD VIEW MARC VIEW
A RWA Esso
Lago Oil & Transport Co., Ltd.
Aruba, Netherlands Antilles
VOL. 38 No. 10
Vicente Semeleer and Max Emanuels Advance
To New Positions in Mechanical Department
Vicente Semeleer and Max E. Ema-
nuels of Mechanical M&C have be-
come management members with
their recent promotion.
Vicente, whose promotion went in-
to effect September 1, advanced to
ring Technician October 1.
Vicente has been with the Compa-
ny 30 years and celebrated this mile-
stone on October 8. He started as
an apprentice in the Lago Vocational
Shool and after graduating in 1951,
M E. Emanuels
Mechanical Supervisor in the Con-
struction & Turnaround Zone.
Max, who is working as Contractor
Coordinator in the Contract Execu-
tion Zone, was promoted to Enginee-
Un bez mas Lago ta sali victorioso
den e concurso pa seguridad duran-
te 1976. Tal exito ta ser atribul na
esfuerzonan di tur empleadonan y e
program di seguridad cu Compania
Esaki ta di dos bez tras di otro cu
Lago ta ocupa promer lugar, na cual
tin un promer premio pa e ganador.
Na anja 1976 Lago tabata e refine-
ria cu menos desgracia incapacitan-
te den un grupo di refineria grand
ariba center mundo di industrial pe-
Diez-tres bez anterior Lago a gana
promer premio den e concursonan
organize door di e Conseho Nacional
di Seguridad di Merca, desde cu La-
go na 1939 a bira miembro di e Con-
seho. Pa promer bez esey a socede
na 1949 y e mas reciente 6xitonan
tabata na 1975 y 1976. Den e mes
period di tempo Lago a ocupa ocho
bez e di dos lugar.
Conseho Nacional di Seguridad di
he was assigned to Mechanical Car-
penters as a Carpenter Helper B. In
1961 he advanced to Carpenter A
(this title was subsequently changed
(Continued on page 5)
Merca ta un organization cu ta ser
dirigi cu fondonan privA completa-
mente no-gubernamental, y e ta un
cuerpo public encargd door di Con-
greso di Estados Unidos cu trabao y
actividadnan destinA pa evita desgra-
cia tanto na trabao como na cas, den
cunucu, den tempo liber y durante re-
R. L Seldomrldge
Robert Seldomridge Named
Technical Services Sept. 12
After working four years with Esso
Standard Libya, Robert L. (Bob) Sel-
domridge joined Lago as Division Su-
perintendent of Process Technical
Services Division in the Technical De-
partment on September 12. In this
position, Bob replaces Ray Far-
ro who has been assigned as Head
of ER&E/Lago Oil Loss Task Force.
Bob's 24 years of service in the Ex-
xon organization have included as-
signments with Exxon Company U.S.
A. at Baytown, at Esso Research &
Engineering Company at Florham
Park, and most recently, with Esso
Standard Libya at Brega, where he
was Superintendent of the Process
Engineering Division of the Technical
& Construction Department.
A 1953 B.S. graduate in Chemical
Engineering from the Georgia Insti-
tute of Technology, Bob also attend-
ed an Advanced Chemical Enginee-
ring program at the University of
(Continued on page 2)
Lago's 14th first place
award from the Nato-
nal Safety Council
Lago su dl 14 emble-
ma dl promer premlo
dl National Safety
Council for dl 1949.
Lago Un BezMasna PromerLugarden Seguridad
Pa 1976 den Concurso National Safety Council
ARUBA ESSO NEWS
Lago Oil I Transport Co., Ltd
Editor: Mrs. L. 1. de Cuba Photographs by : Joe's Photographic Service
Senior Editor: A. Werleman Printer: Verenigde Antilllaanse Drukkerijen N.V.
J. E. Pompey D. A. Schmidt
C. E. Lynch
C. E. Lynch
Pompey, Schmidt, Lynch and Stamper Advance
To New Posts in Process-Utilities October 1st
Four promotions were announced
in Process Utilities Division effec-
tive October 1, 1977. Julian (Jules)
E. Pompey and Daniel (Dan) A.
Schmidt advanced to Shift Supervi-
sor, while Gerardo D. Stamper and
Charles (Charlie) E. Lynch were pro-
moted to Process Technician. With
this promotion, Gerardo and Charlie
attained management status.
These promotions are in recogni-
tion of their contributions and know-
ledge of overall utilities operation.
Jules Pompey has over 33 years of
service, all of them worked in Pro-
cess Utilities, where he started as
a Laborer "D" in the Powerhouse on
December 13, 1943. Over the years
he advanced in the Process Helper
categories, becoming Controlman in
the Utilities Division in 1952.
A promotion in 1955 made Jules an
Assistant Operator. Subsequently, he
advanced to Operator in 1960 and act-
ed several times in the position of
Shift Foreman before being promoted
to Process Technician in 1976.
Jules has taken the Process Train-
ing and Kepner-Tregoe courses, and
a Diesel Mechanic course.
Off-the-job, Jules enjoys practicing
body building in his own mini-gym,
and listening to stereo music. He and
his wife Ceferina, two sons and two
daughters live in San Nicolas. Mr.
Jules just returned from a vacation to
A Lago Vocational School appren-
tice from 1948 to 1952, Daniel (Dan)
A. Schmidt has worked most of these
29 years in Process Utilities Divi-
sion. He began as a Process Helper
C, advancing to Controlman in 1960
and to Assistant Operator three years
later. In 1964, Daniel was promoted
to Operator and in 1976 he became
a Process Technician, and worked as
coordinator for the construction of
No. 6 Boiler.
Daniel has followed the Process
Training Course, Tosi Boiler Training,
Fire Fighting, Gas Testing and First
His hobbies are doing auto mecha-
nic work, playing dominoes, baseball
and tennis. Dan is an active mem-
ber of the San Nicolas Veteran Base-
ball Club and a member of the N.W.
Dan and his wife Isabel and three
children live in San Nicolas. The
Schmidt family is planning to go on a
trip to Europe next year.
Charles (Charlie) E. Lynch joined
the Company in 1950 as a Lago Voca-
tional School apprentice. After gra-
Lago Earns First Place
in 1976 National
Safety Council Contest
Lago once again scored first place
in the National Safety Council con-
test in 1976 through the efforts of its
employees and its safety program.
This is the second consecutive year
that the Company has won the first
In 1976 Lago was the refinery with
the lowest number of disabling inju-
ries among a group of seven refine-
Lago has earned first place in the
annual NSC contests on thirteen pre-
vious occasions since it became a
member of the Council in 1939. The
first time was in 1949 and the most
recent prior to 1976 was in 1975. The
Company has also won second place
eight times during this same period.
The National Safety Council is a
privately supported, non-governmen-
tal, public service organization char-
ged by the United States Congress
for the purpose of preventing acci-
dents on and off the job in indus-
try, on the farm, at home, on the
road and at play.
(Continued from page 1)
Houston in 1956.
Bob and his wife Janice have four
children: three are attending school
in the U.S.A., while the youngest, se-
ven-year-old Jane, is attending the
Seroe Colorado School.
Here in Aruba, Bob plans to resume
his favorite sports, which are sailing,
tennis, golf and skindiving.
dating in 1954, he began working in
the Utilities Division where he pro-
gressed through the Process Helper
categories until becoming Controlman
in 1960. In 1962 he advanced to As-
sistant Operator and two years later
to Operator. In recent years he has
had several acting assignments as
At Lago, he has followed Process
Training and Gas Testing courses and
in his spare time he studied Radio &
TV from the National Schools and a
Stationary Fireman Course from ICS.
Most of Charlie's leisure hours are
dedicated to training youngsters in
the baseball sport. A coach on the
Aruba Little League team in 1975,
Charlie had the enormous satisfac-
tion of seeing his "boys" win the La-
tin American Championship that year.
Charlie lives in San Nicolas with
his wife Vivina and daughters Sonia
(18), Patricia (17) and son Roy (13).
Gerardo D. Stamper has been with
(Continued on page 8)
Attending the after-
noon sessions are
Lago and affiliate
here In Classroom 2
of the Administration
Alendiendo e se-
slonnan merdla ta
supervisornan di La-
go y companla afillh,
mustrl aki den Klas
2 di Administration
Ta Sinja Mas di Seguridad
Den Curso Disenjolngenieria
Cincuenta ingeniero y supervisor ta-
batin e oportunidad di sinja mas to-
cante di e aspectonan di seguridad
aplicable na trabao den un curso
"Safety in Engineering Design" (Se-
guridad den Disenjo di Ingenieria)
cual a ser teni na Lago e luna aki. E
curso, cual a ser teni di October
4-7, a ser dunA pa Dan T. Gregg di
Esso Research & Engineering Com-
pany, y a ser coordinA pa Carlos Z.
de Cuba di Employee Relations -
Esnan cu a atende e curso na Klas
2 di Administration Building tabata
ingenieronan y supervisornan di Pro-
ceso, Proyecto y Mec6nico di Lago y
di refinerianan di Jamaica y Nicara-
gua y EIA na Coral Gables, Florida.
E curso a ser dividi den dos parti.
Sesionnan di mainta di tres hora y
mei a ser teni pa e ingenieronan, y a
cubri consideracionnan actual di di-
senjo den detalle, mientras cu sesion-
nan atardi conduci especialmente pa
supervisornan, a pone 6nfasis ariba
(Continua na pag. 5)
Dan T. Gregg, Instructor of the "Safety
in Engineering Design" Course.
Dan T. Gregg, Instructor di e curso.
Engineers and Supervisors of Lago and Affiliates
Get Hints in Course on Safety in Refinery Design
Fifty engineers and supervisors had
the opportunity to learn more about
the safety aspects applicable to de-
sign work in the refinery and to im-
prove their safety-consciousness on
the job in a "Safety in Engineering
Design" course held here this month.
The course, which was held from Oc-
tober 4 7, was taught by Dan T.
Gregg of Esso Research & Enginee-
ring Company, and was coordinated
by Carlos Z. de Cuba of Employee
Relations Training Section.
Those attending the course in
Classroom 2 of the Administration
Building were Process, Project and
Mechanical Engineers and Supervi-
sors from Lago and from the Jamai-
ca and Nicaragua refineries and EIA
in Coral Gables, Florida.
The course was divided into two
parts. Three-and-a-half hour morning
sessions were held for engineers, and
covered actual design considerations
in detail, while afternoon sessions
conducted especially for supervisors,
stressed actual plant examples illus-
trating effective and/or poor regard
for safety in design.
Instructor of the course, Dan T.
Gregg is no stranger to Lago. A
Safety Engineer in ER&E's Technolo-
gy Department, Fire Protection and
Safety Section, he has conducted se-
veral safety surveys of Lago's facili-
ties over the years and has taught a
similar course in engineering design
here in 1975.
The course, which he taught this
time, was chiefly concentrated on
Section IV of the Design Practices
Manual "Safety in Plant Design", and
offered participants the opportunity
for open discussion on their own ex-
periences related to job Safety.
This mutual discussion and ex-
change of personal experiences on
their job situations proved very mea-
ningful to course participants. Topics
discussed included: principles of sa-
fety in design, pressure relief, emer-
gency facilities, fireproofing, and
handling hazardous process streams.
The various phases of refinery sa-
fety were further demonstrated with
vu-graphs, slide presentations and
four movies, titled : "Fire at Signal
Hill", "Danger Air", "Danger Water"
and "Boiling Liquid Expanding Vapor
The course participants also recei-
ved handouts and a safety manual
which will serve them as excellent
reference material to help them go
about their daily duties in a safe and
The "Safety in Engineering Design"
course is one of the many ways that
Lago strives to maintain safety on the
job and protection to all working in
Morning sessions acquaint engineers with
safe aspects of refinery engineering
ARUBA ESSO NEWS
Long-Service Award Recipients in September
Juan Krozendljk of Mechanical Metal
Trades is presented his 25-year service Two of the large groups of employees who celebrated their 30th service anniversary on
watch on the occasion of his anniversary. September 2 and 3, respectively.
Renold T. James of Process HDS here receives his 25-year
service watch on September 8.
A 30-year service award recipient here is Juan Werleman (2nd left) of
Process HDS. His anniversary was Sept. 3.
At far left, George
H. Richardson, Me-
(3rd r) receives his
25-year se rvice
watch on Septem-
ber 15. At left, Leo-
nard F. Hartmann
(c e nt e r) receives
his service watch.
A large group of employees who
were awarded their 25-year service
watch on September 22, is shown
at far left. At left another group of
25-year service watch recipients.
ARUBA ESSO NEWS
Octoenhr 197ARB7ES NW
Hartmut Elmont and Rudolf Koopmans Join
Lago's Technical Department as Engineers
Hartmut Elmont and Rudolf (Rudy)
Koopmans were both employed on
October 1, 1977 as Engineers in La-
go's Technical Mechanical Enginee-
Hartmut has a Civil Engineering De-
gree from the H.T.S. in Groningen,
Holland. He will be assigned prima-
rily with civil engineering-type pro-
blems in the Engineering Technical
A 1965 MULO-B graduate from the
Marnix School of Curagao, he obtain-
ed his M.T.S. diploma at the M.T.S.
in Groningen in 1969 and his Civil
Engineering degree in 1975.
(Continued from page 1)
to Building Tradesman A). Vicente
has acted various times in the posi-
tion of supervisor before his promo-
tion, and is currently assigned on the
Pipestill 5 turnaround.
He has followed courses in Mo-
dern Supervisory Principles, Organi-
zation Development Lab., and most
recently the Safety in Engineering
Design Course. On his own, he took
an ICS Architectural Drawing and De-
sign Course for which he has a cer-
tificate, and followed a Carpentry and
Drawing course at the John F. Kenne-
A co-founder and former board
member of the Centro di Barrio
Noord, he is now honorary member
of the club. In his spare time he en-
joys playing dominoes or doing car-
pentry work as a hobby. He also en-
joys traveling very much and has vi-
sited Costa Rica, Mexico, Panama,
Colombia, Venezuela, Puerto Rico,
Santo Domingo, Miami and San An-
Vicente and his Costa Rican wife
Carmen, have two sons, Mervin (19)
and Alvaro (15). The Semeleers live
at Washington, Noord.
Max has worked all of his 29 years
His previous work experience in-
cludes two years at the Public Works
at Parera, CuraQao, and as a teacher
for a government-sponsored M.T.S.
In his free time, Hartmut likes fish-
ing in his 14-ft. boat, playing football
and volleyball. Hartmut and his wife
Inez live in Seroe Colorado.
Rudy obtained his Mechanical En-
gineering degree at the H.T.S. in Dor-
drecht, Holland, in 1976. He has
been assigned to the Engineering
Technical Services Section where he
will be handling mechanical enginee-
ring contact assignments.
A MULO-B graduate from H. J. A.
Schroederschool, Rudy obtained his
M.T.S. diploma at the Catholic M.T.S.
in Curacao in 1967. After graduating
from the M.T.S., Rudy worked as
Technical Administrator for the Cura-
ao Mining Company from 1967 to
1969 and as Supervisor for Antillean
Construction (ANCO) from 1969 to
1970. Most recently, after obtaining
his Mechanical Engineering degree
he worked since November 1976 as
Project Engineer for Wescar N.V.
Rudy and his wife Jody live in Se-
Advance in Mechanical
of Lago service in the electrical field
in the Mechanical Department where
he began as a Laborer in February
1948. After progressing through the
electrician helper and electrician ca-
tegories he became an Electrician A
in 1956. This title was changed to
Equipment Tradesman A in 1967.
Since 1970, Max has worked his
way up in the electrical coordination
functions and has had assignments
as acting area supervisor and acting
mechanical supervisor. In 1972 he
was transferred to the Contract Exe-
cution Zone where he was promoted
to Engineering Assistant. In this po-
sition he has had responsibility for
all electrical and instrumentation con-
tracted project work.
A native of Suriname, Max took
courses in electricity, motors and
housewiring and held several jobs
there before coming to Aruba. Here
at Lago, he has taken the Basic
Course for Electricians, Principles of
Work Directions, Relay Testing from
Multi-Amp Corporation and the Criti-
cal Path Method. On his own time in
1953, Max followed a Practical Elec-
trician Course from the I.C.S.
In his spare time, Max enjoys fish-
ing, working in his garden, and watch-
Safety in Engineering |
(ContinuA di pag. 3)
ehemplonan actual di plant ilustran-
do eficacia y/of poco consideration
pa seguridad den disenjo.
Instructor di e curso, Dan T. Gregg
no ta ningun persona stranjo na La-
go. Un Ingeniero di Seguridad na
ER&E su Departamento Tecnol6gico,
Seccion di Proteccion pa Candela y
Seguridad, el a conduci various inves-
tigacionnan y studio di seguridad di
Lago su facilidadnan durante anjanan
pasa y el a duna un curso similar di
disenjo cli ingenieria aki na 1975.
E curso, cual el a duna e biaha aki,
tabata principalmente concentrA ari-
ba Seccion IV di e "Design Practices
Manual", "Safety in Plant Design"
(Seguridad den Disenjo di Planta) y
a ofrece participants e oportunidad
di charlanan abierto tocante di nan
propio experiencianan relaciona cu
seguridad na trabao.
E various fasenan di seguridad den
refineria a keda adicionalmente de-
monstra cu vu-graphs, presentation
di "slides" y cuatro pelicula, entituld:
"Fire at Signal Hill", "Danger Air",
"Danger Water" y "Boiling Liquid Ex-
panding Vapor Explosion".
Participantenan den e curso tambe
a recibi foyeto y un manual di segu-
ridad cual lo sirbi nan como excelen-
te material di referencia pa yuda nan
haci nan trabaonon diario den un ma-
nera mas sigur y eficaz.
E curso "Safety in Engineering De-
sign" ta uno di e hopi maneranan cu
Lago ta lucha pa mantene seguridad
na trabao y protection pa tur esnan
cu ta traha den refineria.
ing football and boxing matches. Max
and his wife Jacqueline have two
sons: Clifford, who is married and
lives in Holland, and Robert, who is
a teacher at the Pieter Boer School.
The Emanuels live at Congoweg in
ARUBA ESSO NEWS
Ken Brook and Omar
Bool (sifting) discuss
engineering careers at
the Coleglo Arubano
Ken Brook y Omar
Bool (sintl) ta cubrl
careranan dl Ingenle-
ria den sesonnan na
Coleglo Arubano I
Maria Maduro's discussion on business
administration gets full attention.
Maria Maduro su discuslon tocante dl ad-
minitraclon commercial to haya atenclon.
Carlos de Cuba handled questions on
scholarship application procedures.
Carlos de Cuba a trata preguntanan to-
cante apllcacionnan pa beca.
Ta yega un tempo durante e ultimo
anjanan di nan education secundario,
cu estudiantenan ta confrontA cu un
decision masha important den nan
bida: "Ki profession lo mi scohe ? Si
mi select un cierto studio, lo mi
por siguiele ? E preparation of stu-
die pakket cu mi a scohe ta di acuer-
do cu e selection di mi carera ?"
Aunque cu Colegio Arubano tin
conseheronan disponible pa yuda es-
tudiantenan decidi ariba un carera -
basa ariba nan abilidad, personalidad
y testnan di inteligencia e estu-
diantenan aki mester keda exponi na
e experiencia di personanan profesio-
nal pa haya information director ariba
e asunto decisive aki.
E facultad di Colegio Arubano, re-
conociendo e necesidad aki, durante
e ultimo anjanan anualmente a tene
sesionnan informative pa estudiante-
nan y nan mayornan. Di e manera
aki nan a bini en contact perso-
nal cu profesionalnan den various ra-
Informational Sessions Held at Colegio Arubano
Help Students Select a Professional Career
At some time or the other during
the final years of their secondary edu-
cation, students are confronted with
a very important decision in their
lives: "What profession shall I choo-
se ? If I select a certain study, will
I be able to pursue it ? Is the prepa-
ration (or study package) which I
have selected compatible with my
choice of career ?"
Although the Colegio Arubano has
counselors available to help students
decide on a career based on their
ability, personality and I.Q. tests -
these students need to be exposed
to the experience of professional
people to obtain first-hand informa-
tion on this crucial matter.
The Colegio Arubano faculty, re-
cognizing this need, has for the past
years held yearly informational ses-
sions for students and their parents.
This way they have come in personal
contact with island professionals in
various fields to discuss educational
and professional requirements.
As in the past, Lago was represen-
ted in these panel discussions.
Participants were chemical engi-
neers Ken Brook and Omar Booi, Ac-
countant Maria Maduro, and Training
Section Head Carlos Z. de Cuba.
They were among the sixty panel
members invited to participate in the
sessions which covered a total of
twenty-four careers, ranging from me-
dicine, physics and tourism to agri-
culture, law and technology.
Ken and Omar oriented the stu-
dents on technical education avail-
able in Holland and the U.S.A., Maria
discussed business administration,
while Carlos and government panel
members provided vital information
on the application of scholarships, ad-
vising on the selection of U.S. and
Dutch universities and explaining the
various tests and requirements need-
ed for admission to these colleges.
The informational sessions were
held at the Colegio Arubano class-
rooms on Tuesday, September 29,
with panel members participating in
one, two or three one-hour sessions
between 6:30 p.m. to 10 30 p.m.
Students attending the sessions
were those in the top three classes
of the H.A.V.O. and the four top clas-
ses of the V.W.O. curriculum. The
H.A.V.O. diploma is the basic requi-
rement toward a higher non-universi-
ty education, while the V.W.O. diplo-
ma gives access to a university or
other advanced institute.
na Merca como na Hulanda y dunan-
do splicacion tocante di e various test-
nan y requerimientonan necesario pa
(Continua na pagina 8)
mo ariba nos isla pa papia tocante
di requerimientonan educativo y pro-
Manera den pasado, Lago a ser re-
presentA den e discusionnan den gru-
po aki. Participantenan tabata inge-
nieronan quimico Ken Brook y Omar
Booi, Accountant Maria Maduro, y
Hefe di Seccion di Entrenamento
Carlos Z. de Cuba. Nan tabata entire
e sesenta miembronan di panel (gru-
po di discussion) cu a ser invitA na e
sesionnan aki cual a cubri un total di
binti-cuatro carera, for di medicine,
fisica y turismo pa agriculture, ley y
Ken y Omar a oriental e estudiante-
nan ariba education t6cnico obteni-
ble na Hulanda y Merca, Maria a pa-
pia tocante di administration comer-
cial, mientras cu Carlos y miembro-
nan di panel di gobierno a duna infor-
macionnan vital tocante di aplicacion
pa beca, consehando nan tocante di
e selection di universidadnan tanto
Sesionnan Informative na Colegio Arubano Teni
Pa Yuda Estudiantes Scohe Carera Profesional
ARUBA ESSO NEWS
Fabian S. Francis Hosted at Farewell-Retirement Party September 23rd
Cal La nS-B -L
Benny Sloterdijk of Controller's -
MCS gives Fabian a welcoming em-
brace at the Esso Club.
Greeting Fabian here Is Controller Steve Macma-
nus. At left, Vice President John Gibbs, at right,
Jim Brook of Security.
Here Fabian reminisces over the past 35
years he has been with Lago.
~a ~ 4
At the beautifully decorated table,
Fabian with part of the Employee Relations Staff
Incoming E R. Manager Don
Studebaker and his prede-
with the girls
A chat with Jim Brooks, E. R. Manager Don Studebaker, Vice
President Roy Douglas and President Lee Raymond.
Hello ..... and goodbye to new emplo- Showing appreciation for lovely music by Tony Thijssen
yees, recent college graduates. and his Conquistadores.
ARUBA ESSO NEWS
ARUBA ESSO NEWS October 1977
A new roof solves a big problem.
Un dak nobo ta resolve un problems grand.
"Drecha Cas" Foundation:
Everybody has the right to live in
a house which can shelter him from
wind, sun, rain and insects. This
basic human right, however, is not
possible for everyone due to lack of
resources. Nowadays, those who de-
pend on Government welfare, a pen-
sion income, the aged, those physi-
cally or mentally handicapped, and
women living alone on a small in-
come, can now all hope to receive
assistance in this problem of vital
importance, thanks to the "Drecha
Cas" (Home Repairs) Foundation.
The conditions for assistance are
1. the owner of the house must be
living in it;
2. members of the household should
cooperate in repair work.
This non-profit foundation, whose
president is Lago engineer Reimundo
Barros of Process Fuels Division,
was originated by the Catholic cler-
gy in 1974. The idea came about af-
ter hearing from the experiences in
Belgium and other countries which
help less fortunate people live in bet-
the Company since 1948 when he en-
rolled in the Lago Vocational School.
After graduating, he was assigned to
Process Utilities where he has re-
mained all these years. Gerardo mo-
ved up gradually in the Process Hel-
per categories, advancing to Control-
man in 1959, and to Assistant Opera-
tor in 1963.
An Operator since 1965, Gerardo
has acted in the position of Process
Technician and Shift Foreman seve-
He has followed the Utilities Ope-
A Constructive Organization
Using the slogan "Help Us Help
Others", a fund-raising campaign be-
gan with a collection at all churches
during Lent of 1974 of which Fls.
4,400 went to the new foundation. In-
dustrial and commercial firms and
also volunteers contributed via the
banks and donated material. Later
on, a "sticker" action brought in
some more funds to assist with the
ever-growing expenses as requests
for help increased. A significant con-
tribution was the proceeds from the
sale of the book "Savaneta Antes y
Awor" (Savaneta Then and Now) by
Fahter van Veen, at that time Pastor
By the time the foundation was of-
ficially established by notarial act in
February 1975, the foundation had al-
ready helped in three cases.
Besides Rei Barros as president,
"Drecha Cas" has the valuable coo-
peration of the following members:
Lorenzo Ruiz (treasurer); Father G.
van Veen, Michael Wouters (a Lago
employee), Rudolf Bernabela, Eli
Thijssen, a teacher at the Tarabana
Technical School; Roland Lough, an
ice in Utilities
from page 2)
ration, Process Training and Gas Tes-
His hobbies include practicing his
skills in carpentry in his own home
and joining his wife to cultivate plants
in their garden. He also enjoys watch-
ing soccer and baseball games. Ge-
rardo loves to travel and has visited
several countries in South America.
On his next vacation he plans to visit
Quito, Ecuador for the second time.
He and his wife Cynthia and daugh-
ters Antonia (13) and Sonia (12) live
in Zeewijk, San Nicolas.
Young, able and willing hands.
Mannan hoben, capaz y cu deseo dl traha.
in More Ways than One
American retiree who lives half of the
year in Aruba, and a group of young
volunteers. (One of the pioneers of
the foundation was the late Floriano
Geerman, a former Lago Mechanical
Supervisor, who passed away last
The active group, along with stu-
dents from the John F. Kennedy
School, Martin Luther King School
and Tarabana Technical School, work
under direction of qualified leaders.
They dedicate almost every Saturday
to the re-conditioning of houses bad-
ly in need of repair. What can be
fixed is repaired, but what is beyond
repair is replaced with new or semi-
used material. That is why the foun-
dation must continuously buy mate-
rial such as zinc roof plates, lumber,
nails, paint, etc.
"Drecha Cas" makes all repairs
which are strictly necessary, and con-
trary to what some people think, they
do not install tiles and other luxuries
which were not previously part of the
There was one case, where "Dre-
cha Gas" members found it necessa-
ry to set up a "labor camp" in a bar-
rack during eight days to practically
completely rebuild a wooden house
at Santa Cruz. The house, which was
a total ruin, was provided with all ba-
sic necessities for the owner an
elderly lady to live in.
The members of the foundation,
being all volunteers, work without
any compensation. In addition to
helping those who are unable to help
themselves, "Drecha Cas" affords
young people the opportunity to be-
come involved in the social problems
of the community, in a spirit of coo-
peration and consideration for their
(Continued on page 10)
October 1977 ARUBA ESSO NEWS
October 1977 ARUBA ESSO NEWS 9
Tur hende tin derecho di biba den
un cas cu ta protehele di biento, so-
lo, awacero y insecto. E derecho hu-
mano basico aki. sinembargo, no ta
posibel pa tur hende pa falta di re-
Awendfa, esnan cu ta depend di
understand, pension, esnan cu edad
avanza, esnan fisicamente of mental-
mente incapacitA, of muhernan cu ta
biba so ariba un entrada chikito,
awor tur tin speranza di haya yudan-
za den e problema di vital importan-
cia aki, danki na e Fundacion "Dre-
cha Cas." E condicionnan pa haya
1. e donjo di e cas mester ta biba
2. miembronan den cas mester coo-
pera den e trabao.
E fundacion aki cu ta traha sin ga-
nashi, kende su president ta ingenie-
ro di Lago, Reimundo Barros di Pro-
cess Fuels Division, a ser original
na 1974 door di clero cat6lico. E
idea a surgi for di experiencianan
haya for di Belgica y otro paisnan
cu ta yuda esnan menos afortuna bi-
ba den mehor condicionnan.
Bao di e lema "Yuda Nos Yuda
Otro", un campanja pa recauda fon-
do a cuminza cu colectanan na misa
durante cuaresma 1974 y di esey FIs.
4,400 a bai pa e fundacion nobo. In-
dustria y comercio, y tambe volunta-
Roy Barros, not only works at the top of
the organization, but also on top of a roof.
Rey Barros, no solamente arlba den e or-
ganizacion, alno ariba un dak pa traha
Cas": Un Organizacion Constructivo den Tur Sentido
rionan a contribui cu donacionnan
via banconan y cu material.
Despues, un accion di "sticker" a
yuda nan cu e gastonan creciente se-
gun peticion pa yudanza tabata au-
menta. Un contribucion significant
tabata e ganashi di e venta di e buki
"Savaneta Antes y Awor" di Pastoor
van Veen, e tempo ey Pastoor na Sa-
Pa dia cu e fundacion a keda es-
tableci oficialmente pa un acta nota-
rial na Februari 1975, e fundacion ya
caba a yuda den tres caso.
Ademas di Rei Barros como presi-
dente, "Drecha Gas" ta conta cu e
valioso cooperation di e siguiente
miembronan : Lorenzo Ruiz (tesore-
ro); Pastoor G. van Veen, Michael
Wouters (empleado di Lago), Rudolf
Bernabela, Eli Thijssen, maestro na
Tarabana Technische School; Roland
Lough, un pensionista Americano cu
ta biba mitar anja na Aruba, y un
grupo di voluntarios hoben. (Uno di
e pioneronan di e fundacion tabata
difunto Floriano Geerman, anterior-
mente Mechanical Supervisor na La-
go, kende a fayece anja pasA.)
E grupo active aki, cu estudiantes
di John F. Kennedy School, Martin
Luther King School y Tarabana Tech-
nische School, ta traha bao direc-
cion di lidernan expert. Nan ta de-
dica casi tur nan Diasabra na drecha-
mento di casnan cu master di repara-
cion. Loque por ser drechA ta ser
drechA loque ta den mal condition
ta ser reemplazA cu nobo of poco
usa. Ta p'esey e fundacion constan-
temente mester cumpra material ma-
nera plaachi di zinc, palu, clabo, verf,
etc. "Drecha Cas" ta haci tur repa-
racion cu ta necesario, y contrario na
loque tin hende ta kere, nan no ta in-
stala azuleho of otro cosnan di luho
cu e cas no tabatin anteriormente.
Tabatin un caso, caminda "Drecha
Cas' a haya necesario pa forma un
campamento den un barak durante
8 dia pa casi completamente recon-
strui un cas di tabla na Santa Cruz.
E cas, cual tabata un ruina complete,
a haya tur loque ta necesario pa su
donjo, un senjora di edad por
Miembronan di e fundacion, siendo
voluntario, ta traha sin recompensa.
Ademas di yuda esnan cu no por yu-
da nan mes, "Drecha Gas" ta duna
e hobennan aki e oportunidad di en-
volve nan mes den problemanan so-
cial di comunidad, den un espiritu di
cooperation y consideration pa nan
pr6himo. Nan satisfaccion mas gran-
di ta di ser util y yuda esnan den ne-
cesidad. Ta p'esey "Drecha Cas" ta
haci un apelacion na tur persona di
bon voluntad pa yuda nan den e es-
fuerzo valioso aki cual ta cubri un
necesidad critic den nos comuni-
dad. Aparte di e gruponan di hoben-
nan, personanan cu pension y cu ex-
periencia di trabao lo ta mashA util
pa supervise e trabao y p'esey nan
ta bonbini na e grupo di voluntarios.
Yudanza por bini tambe via un de-
posito na banco of un contribution
mensual ariba cuenta di "Drecha
Cas" na e banconan local, of door di
regala material usA.
Desde'cu nan a establece, funda-
cion "Drecha Cas" a logra drecha
diez-un cas ariba nos isla, seis di
nan durante 1976. Tambe nan a in-
spira otronan den varies distrito -
manera Savaneta pa haci trabao-
nan similar den nan mes distrito.
"Drecha Cas" lo duna tur equipo y
material necesario na e sub-division-
nan di distrito interesA pa haci e tra-
bao aki nan mes, si nan traha segun
e standardnan di fundacion "Drecha
(Continua na pagina 10)
Technical school students exchange time, efforts and concern for prac
Estudlantenan dl school tecnlco camblando tempo, esfuerzo y interest
practice den trabao.
tilcal work ex-
ARUBA ESSO NEWS
Vice President Roy M. Douglas presents a Lago donation to Sis- Accepting a Lago donation from Vice President Roy M. Douglas
ter Parvula, Chairman of the Imelda Hof Foundation In the pre- Is Mrs. Utahna Barros, Directress of Case Cuna. The donation
sence of the Directress of the Imelda Hof Orphanage at Noord, is to help Casa Cuna continue its social work for the benefit of
Aruba's neglected youth. Also at the ceremony on October 19,
Sister Brigitte, and Lago P. A. Manager Milton H. Henriquez on are P. A. Manager M. H. Henrlquez, and Wilkinson Leslie, Build-
Ing Adviser of Casa Cuna.
Drecha Cas Foundation
(Continued from page 8)
fellowmen. Their greatest satisfac-
tion is to be useful and helpful to
others in need. That is why "Drecha
Cas" Foundation appeals to all per-
sons of good will to assist them in
this worthwhile effort which fills a cri-
tical need in the community. Aside
from the younger groups, retired peo-
ple with experience would be very
helpful in the supervision of the youn-
ger ones at work and are therefore
very welcome to the ranks of volun-
Assistance can also be through a
one-time deposit or a fixed monthly
contribution on the account of "Dre-
cha Cas" at the local banks, or by
donating surplus material.
Since their establishment, "Drecha
Cas" foundation has managed to re-
pair eleven houses on the island, six
of them during 1976. They have also
S Sesionnan Informativo I
(ContinuA di pag. 6)
ser admit na e colegio of universi-
E sesionnan informative a ser teni
den klasnan na Colegio Arubano ari-
ba Diahuebs, 29 di September, cu
miembronan di panel participando
den uno, dos of tres session di un ho-
ra cada uno entire 6:30 p.m. pa 10:30
Estudiantenan cu a atende e se-
sionnan aki tabata esnan den e tres
top klasnan di H.A.V.O. y e cuatro
top klasnan di V.W.O.
E diploma H.A.V.O. ta un requeri-
miento bAsico pa alcanza un educa-
cion mas halto no-universitario, mien-
tras cu e diploma di V.W.O. ta duna
acceso na un universidad of otro in-
I Fundacion "Drecha Cas" I
(Continua di pagina 9) cha diez-cinco cas cual ta e caso-
Cas". nan mas urgente ariba nan list
E directive di "Drecha Cas" recien- largo.
temente a haya un gran satisfaccion
ora cu Gobierno Hulandes a recono- Fundacion "Drecha Cas" ta afilia
ce nan esfuerzonan door di haci un na organizacionnan similar na Euro-
donacion di FIs. 37.500 pa yuda nan pa, y awor, hunto cu CuraQao, Suri-
den nan plannan di reparacion. Cu nam y Venezuela, nan tin plan pa or-
e fondonan aki lo ta possible pa dre- ganiza den Caribe.
inspired people in the various dis-
tricts of Aruba, such as Savaneta, to
carry out similar work in their own
"Drecha Cas" will supply all ne-
cessary equipment and material to
the district sub-groups interested to
do the work themselves, provided
they meet the standards of "Drecha
The Board of "Drecha Cas" recent-
ly had a great satisfaction when the
Dutch Government acknowledged
their efforts by granting a donation
of FIs. 37.500 to help them in their
house repair plans for the less fortu-
nate ones in our community.
With these funds, it will be possi-
ble to repair 15 houses the most
urgent cases on their long list of
"Drecha Cas" foundation is affilia-
ted with similar organizations in Eu-
rope, and now, together with Cura-
cao, Suriname and Venezuela, plan
to form an organization in the Carib-
The Board of "Drecha
Cas" Foundation during
a recent meeting at the
Oranjestad Parish, are
here from left to right:
Michael Wouters, Lorenzo
RuIz, Rudolf Bernabela
Father G. van Veen and
President Relmundo Bar-
lat H E Directlva dl Fundacion
"Drecha Cas" durante un
reclente reunion na Pas-
torle na Oranjestad ta
aki (dl robez pa drechl):
Michael Wouters Lorenzo
Ruiz, Rudolf Bernabela
Pastoor G. van Veen y
President Relmundo Bar-
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