About us

Round Table Suriname

The Roundtable Suriname is a member of Round Table International and was founded in Paramaribo, Suriname on 14 July 1955 by Ab Judell.
In line with Round Table International we are a social networking and charitable club which consists of men in the age category 25 plus – early 40’s who value friendship, fun, charity and personal development. Our members are from different professions, positions and industries in our organization.

Together we strive to foster local and international friendship in order to have fun and enjoy life, to learn from each other and to add value to our community.


The first Round Table was formed in Norwich, England in 1927. The founder, Louis Marchesi, was a young member of the Norwich Rotary Club who felt there was a need for a club aimed more at the younger businessmen of the town. His vision was for them to exchange ideas, learn from the experiences of their colleagues, and together contribute to the civic life of the town.

From the beginning, the Round Table was a non-religious, non-political, and non-sectarian club, an ethos that still underpins the movement today.

Round Table International

Round Table is a social networking and charitable worldwide organization for men in their 20s, 30s and early 40s, founded in Norwich, England in 1927. It is open to all men aged between 18 and 45 (originally 40, which is still retained as the age limit in some countries outside the United Kingdom and Ireland). Membership of Table provides a selection of social and community service related opportunities for its members, who come from all parts of the community.

The name "Round Table" is not directly drawn from Arthurian Legend; rather both its title and its maxim comes from a speech made to the British Industries Fair in 1927 by the then Prince of Wales 'The young business and professional men of this country must get together round the table, adopt methods that have proved so sound in the past, adapt them to the changing needs of the times and wherever possible, improve them'. The phrase "adopt, adapt, improve" is a key facet of the organization, and is often seen on Round Table literature and regalia.

The Round Table is a truly international movement, with active members in most European countries, as well as Africa, the Middle East, India, Hong Kong, New Zealand, and the USA. In fact, there are Round Table clubs on every continent.

Early history of Round Table 1, Paramaribo

Establishment date: July 14th, 1955
Charter date: May 26th, 1956
Charter Issue date: September 14th, 1956

Gatherings every 2nd and 4th Thursday of the month.

Almost right after the establishment of the Rotary club in Suriname, some arguments amongst mostly the young members had the same implication as those of Marchesi. In addition to this, the classification of the different trades and profession of the members was such that, in fact, you almost had the same persons in Chamber of Commerce and the Suriname Trade & Industry Association. This issue was supported by Mr. C.H.H Jongbaw and after a brief discussion convinced our honorary member Ab J.M. Judell to inform about the Round Table in the Netherlands. As a result of this inquiry, Ab Judell received some documentation and material from Mr. Hoek of the Round Table Schiedam.

On July 4th 1955 , Ab Judell founded the Round Table Suriname.
The first members were Henny Drielsma (Director Vervuurtsbank), Wim Smit (Director Singer), Henk Stol (Inspector Insurance inspector Fatum), Frits Karthaus (Director Fira Haenen) en Jannie Abercrombie (Sales Manager Esso).

The Dutch Round Table was so excited that they sent Tabler Mr. J. van der Bent, from our sponsor Table, “Round Table 7 Den Hague” for orientation to Suriname in 1955.

After his assessment in Suriname he proceeded to make the documents in order for us to join the RTI during the 9th Round Table General meeting in Versailles.

Tabler Engbert Jonkers, past Chairman of the Table Vechtstreek, awarded us the Charter on behalf of Round Table International on September 14th, 1956.

All Chairmen from the Beginning

In our rich Table history passionate and dedicated young men has led our organization in over 6 decades,

1955 - 1975

1955-1956 Ab Judell
1956-1957 Eugene Chateau
1957-1958 Henny Drielsma
1958-1959 Gerard Tiggelman
1959-1960 Rob van Trikt
1960-1961 Rudie Fakkel
1961-1962 Hugo Narain
1962-1964 Ab Judell
1964-1965 Jack van Weesp
1965-1966 Ab Judell
1966-1968 Stanley Belliot
1968-1969 Daan Hillen
1969-1970 Henk Boersma
1970-1971 Frits Hunsel
1971-1972 Rob Lieuw a Joe
1972-1973 Arnold Sitalsingh
1973-1974 Marcel Meyer
1974-1975 Gerard Koenraadt

1975 - 1995

1975-1976 Otmar Pocorni
1976-1977 Frank Asin
1977-1978 Mike Kensenhuis
1978-1979 Jack van Kessel
1979-1980 Ruben G. Essed
1980-1981 Humprey Pinas
1981-1982 IFR Sweet
1982-1984 Rudie Tjong a Hung
1984-1985 Henry Blinker
1985-1987 Cees Dilweg
1987-1988 Tony Chang
1988-1989 Max Chin a sen
1989-1991 Frans van der heyden
1991-1993 Martin Beck
1993-1995 Humprey Schurman

1995 - 2015

1995-1997 Kenneth Lim a Po
1997-1998 Romeo Liong a san / Jules Fernandes
1998-1999 Patrick Healy
1999-2000 Jeff Parisius
2000-2001 Coen valk
2001-2003 Rob van Dijk
2003-2005 Malvin Foen a Foe
2005-2006 Ronny Antonius
2006-2007 Aart den hartog
2007-2008 Bryan Renten
2008-2009 Alvin Venetiaan
2009-2010 Vincent Kenswil
2010-2011 Mario Merhai
2011-2012 Burton Lee Sack Fong
2012-2013 Gregory Hermelijn
2013-2014 Patrick Pengel
2014-2015 Robbin Roemer

2015 - 2020

2015-2016 Raoul van Essen
2016-2017 Roger Hogenboom
2017-2018 Marc Refos
2018-2019 Jimmy Manna
2019-2020 Elton Woei