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American Embassy Recreation Association Garage Sale This Weekend

Groups & Organizations The American Embassy Recreation Association (AERA) is holding their annual Yard Sale on Saturday, June 9th at the Balboa Academy Gym. The sale is being held from 9am to 3pm at Balboa Academy Gym in the City of Knowledge. Follow the signs. We hope that you will be able to come and discover some great deals and take advantage of our personnel who are transferring and need to downsize their household goods. There’s no telling what you’ll find or how cheap it’ll be! (Press Release)
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Please Join The Americans in Panama Yahoo Email Group (Basic Research)

Groups & OrganizationsBy DON WINNER for Panama-Guide.com - I frequently get email from people who are starting to do some research on Panama. Just today I received email from a guy who got a job offer, and a couple who is thinking about moving to Panama for retirement. People find this website thanks to a Google search, so they write to me with basic questions. I would suggest that anyone who wants to ask questions about life and living in Panama should join the Americans in Panama Yahoo email group. This group currently has more than 5,600 members. Once you sign up and email send to the group address is distributed to all members. So, if you have questions, you're not just asking one guy (me), so you're much more likely to get a broad array of answers. You are expected to have already done your basic research (no one is going to search the web for you - Google is your friend) but if you come up short then this is a great place to get some solid information. The old crusty veterans like to help the young fresh rookies avoid some of the pitfalls of moving to Panama. Trolls, nut jobs, and trouble makers get tossed by Clyde, the friendly neighborhood bouncer, which keeps the environment safe, productive, efficient, and very useful for everyone else. Check it out.

Copyright 2012 by Don Winner for Panama-Guide.com. Go ahead and use whatever you like as long as you credit the source. Salud.

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Memorial Day Ceremony 2012 - Corozal American Cemetery, Panama

Groups & OrganizationsBy DON WINNER for Panama-Guide.com - This morning I attended the ceremony to commemorate Memorial Day 2012 at the Corozal American Cemetery in Panama. I've been to dozens of these things, both on Memorial Day and Veteran's Day. The Boy Scouts were out in force yesterday installing thousands of American and Panamanian flags on the grave markers in the cemetery. The newly arriving US Ambassador to Panama Jonathan Farrar was the guest speaker, and this was the last ceremony for Colonel Barrack (his sixth after three years), who will be moving to his next assignment with his family in July. There was a wreath laying ceremony by all of the different Veterans and civic organizations, VFW, American Legion, Abou Saad Shriners, Elks, Navy League, the American Society, and the US Embassy, followed by the playing of Taps. Past and present members of the different branches of the armed forces were invited to stand and by recognized during a "medley" of the songs of the Army, Navy, USMC, Air Force, and Coast Guard. As usual the Ladies Auxiliary of VFW Post 3835 provided refreshments at a reception after the ceremony. Here's a video of the ceremony;

Copyright 2012 by Don Winner for Panama-Guide.com. Go ahead and use whatever you like as long as you credit the source. Salud.

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Bid 4 Boquete Update

Groups & OrganizationsHola Bid 4 Boquete Supporters: Most of you know that we now have 5 main beneficiaries but we're not going to change our name to Bid 5 Boquete. Our big beneficiaries for the coming year are:

  • Amigos de Animales
  • Buenos Vecinos de Boquete
  • Fundacion Pro-Integracion (Handicap Foundation)
  • Club de Leones de Boquete
  • Club Rotario de Boquete

We divided $60,000 among the first 4 of the above organizations last month and will include the Rotary Club in next year's distributions. Additionally, we have written checks ranging from $200 to $1500 to the following worthwhile local organizations:

  • Loco por Leer (Children's literacy program)
  • Fundacion Alto Al Crimen (Crime Stoppers)
  • Associacion de Reciclaje (REaL Recycling)
  • Fundacion Biblioteca (Boquete library)
  • Santa Lucio Children's Camp (for Casa Hogar Trisker children)
  • Knit & Knatterers (making blankets and hats for newborn indigenous babies)
  • Club Activo 20-30 (local civic club similar to Jaycees in the U.S.)

We'd like to also report that we have obtained the consent of Anayansi Menendez to be one of "Las Tres Mujeres". This position was open due to the withdrawal of Nevia Mayers. While the person didn't have to be "una mujer" the name seemed to discourage any male applicants.

We need volunteers to help with organizing the silent auction, the bake sale, publicity, live auction, and numerous other jobs. Let us know if you can help out.

In any case, we're thrilled to have Anayansi who is deeply imbedded into the Panamanian community, has a great business sense, and is totally committed to the betterment of the Boquete community.

We're also happy to report that Banco General has stepped up again this year as our Event Sponsor with a $5000 donation which is safely ensconced in our Banco General account earning interest.

We're gearing up to begin soliciting donations for our next big event which will be February 9 and 10, 2013. If you (or someone you know) want to great some really great advertising and exposure for your business, product or service, be the first to make a donation and your logo, website, and information will be at the front of our Auction Gallery Album. Just email us with the details of your donation and we'll take it from there. We've already received a few donations that are up for bids and you can see them at our Auction Gallery 2013 Album.

We have also put some of our indigenous craft items and our T-shirts on consignment at El Cacique Souvenir Shop on the corner by the Park. Stop in and take a look.

Las Tres Mujeres

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Panama Speaking Organization - Upcoming Event

Groups & OrganizationsBy DON WINNER for Panama-Guide.com - Received a couple of days ago via email, and I'm just now getting around to putting it up: "The inaugural event of the Professional Speaking Association will take place this coming Saturday, May 19, 8.00 AM to 2.00 PM,will be Only $35 includes lunch at Martin Fierro restaurant in El Cangrejo. $45 at the door if space is available. A generous member of PSA Panama has donated 4 scholarships for the event.

Keynote Speaker: Dan Poynter, from California, is coming to Panama especially for our first event—with video greeting from Janelle Barlow, president of Global Speakers Federation. Dan is an author of more than 120 books, has been a publisher since 1969 and is a Certified Speaking Professional (CSP). His seminars have been featured on CNN, his books have been pictured in The Wall Street Journal and his story has been told in US News & World Report. Dan has shared his message with every International Speaking Federation Association and nearly every speaking chapter in the U.S., Canada, U.K., Australia, New Zealand and South Africa. Dan will be interviewed by Gerry D. on the Breakfast Show, Friday morning.

Additional speakers: Rima Laibow, MD, physician, radio host, heath activist. Carlos Sanad, Administrative Investigator for National Police of Panama and Tourist Crime Prevention. Elizabeth Noble, Founder of PSA Panama and professional speaker for more than 3 decades.

Topics: Powerpoint Skills: Illustrating your Message with Multimedia. What You Need to Know to do Business in Panama. Protect Panama Now! Educating the World about Health Freedom. Speaking Internationally & Finding Opportunities Abroad (luncheon keynote). ENNOBLE your English: Make Every Word and Pause Count.

Payment can be made online to the account of Manual Jaen, at Banco General Ahorros 04 97 01 548809 8. Further information: Liz at en@ennobler.net or Manuel at manueljaenster@gmail.com."

Editor's Comment: And, there you go. Good luck.

Copyright 2012 by Don Winner for Panama-Guide.com. Go ahead and use whatever you like as long as you credit the source. Salud.

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"Pot to Plate Panama" Fundraiser

Groups & Organizations By DON WINNER for Panama-Guide.com - Received this afternoon via email: "Hi Don, My name is Anne and I wanted to write you about a fantastic program a few expats (including myself) have started. Pot to Plate is the newest community program in Panama. Our mission is to help kids learn the importance of English, gardening, recycling and teamwork. We have built a small community garden with the children in the Santa Familia building in Casco. The kids have been working hard for the last five weeks to understand not only how to maintain the garden, but also how to work together for something bigger.

Next Friday, May 25th, we plan to hold a Culmination Dinner fundraiser. The money raised will go towards building a permanent raised bed garden and future Pot to Plate programs around Panama. Tickets are $15 and the price includes two homemade cocktails as well as appetizers, dinner and dessert from our garden and donations from the community. Prior to the Culmination Dinner Pot to Plate in conjunction with YEP! will be holding a fundraiser party at Relic Bar in Casco where part of the bar profits will go towards both Pot to Plate and YEP!. Tickets can also be purchased at the party.

I write you to ask you to spread the word to support something great that the expatriate community is doing for the youth of Panama. For more information, photos and updates people can check out www.facebook.com/PotToPlatePanama or www.PotToPlatePanama.com . Thank you so much for your time! Anne Gegg. Pot to Plate Panama. "Why try to explain miracles to children when you can just have them plant a garden"

Editor's Comment: And, there you go. Good luck.

Copyright 2012 by Don Winner for Panama-Guide.com. Go ahead and use whatever you like as long as you credit the source. Salud.

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Instructions For Non Profit Organizations - How To Have Your Announcements Published on Panama-Guide.com

Groups & Organizations By DON WINNER for Panama-Guide.com - It has been my long standing policy to publish announcements for non-profit groups and organizations. As long as they are true non-profits and doing good things for the community then this is the way I can help all of them - but anyone who is running a business or making a profit has to pay to advertise. So if you're having a bake sale or an auction to raise money for a cause or whatever, then please, by all means, send me a write-up and I will publish and promote your event on this website - for free.

For example on 26 May 2012 the the American Society of Panama will be having their annual meeting to install their new board of directors. Recently the Bocas Educational Service Organization held their annual charity auction and raised $20,000 dollars to help the local schools in the area. So far this year I've published announcements for a new quilting group, community support projects being conducted by the US Embassy in Panama, the Navy League of Panama, an organization called Art in the Park, Jamuna Burry's Playa Community Mixer, a fund raiser at Finca La Maya, and others. So, I like to do these kinds of things, but you guys who run these events have to help me out.

Submission Standards: Please follow these submission standards to make it quick and easy for me to promote and publicize your upcoming event:

  • Text In The Body Of An Email: I need the words that describe what you are doing. Take the time to write it up, and send it to me as text in the body of an email. Let me say that again - slowly. Text only, in the body of an email. If I get the words like that, I can quickly and easily copy the text into an article, mark it up with html for the website, and off we go. It takes me seconds, and time matters when you're doing stuff for free.

  • No Formatting: When I say "text only" what I mean is - please do not include any formatting, bolds, bullets, italics, underlining, or any of that other stuff. In order to publish the article in html I just have to strip all of that stuff out anyway, so please don't put it there in the first place. Make it easy for me.

  • No .pdf files, Word .docs, or whatever: Please DO NOT send me a flier in the form of a .pdf file as an attachment to an email. In order to "extract" the pertinent information, I would have to stop what I'm doing, and take the time to write and create the article. Don't send me a Microsoft Word .doc file either. No. Negative. Don't do it. Just simple text, in the body of an email. Please. Otherwise, you won't see your event posted.

  • Photos As Attachments: Please send a couple of photos that you would like to see in the article as attachments to the same email carrying the text for your article. Once again, digging a photo out of a .pdf file or a Word .doc is just a pain in the butt that takes time. Also send the logo for your organization if you want.

  • Don't Forget Contact Information: Include the names, phone numbers, and email addresses of whoever is running the thing, so people can contact to buy tickets, attend, make donations, volunteer to help, or whatever.

  • Planning, Before, and After: If you do it right, you can get three articles about your event published on Panama-Guide. Let's say you have an event coming up in August 2012 and today it's mid-May. You can send me one now to announce what you will be doing in August, to recruit volunteers, solicit donations, or what have you. Then about a week before the event send me another one, as a reminder and to get people to attend. Then once your event is over, you can send me another article to let everyone know how it went, how much money you raised, how many dog's got snipped, or whatever. So, think three. Don't worry about sending too much or too often, and this "three per event" rule is a pretty good standard.

  • Don't Be Afraid To Pester: If you send me something for publication, and a day or two goes by and you don't see it on the website, don't be afraid to send me a gentle reminder. As it very often happens I can get completely wrapped up in something important and the smaller things can easily get by me. I will make every effort to handle them all, but you might have to help me out with a gentle slap to the back of the head, OK? It's all good, we're having fun, and it's a good cause, so don't worry about it. Fire away...

  • Special For Bocas: When the Yvonne Baldelli situation popped up many people in Bocas del Toro said "oh no, not again." They were just starting to heal from the whole Wild Bill situation. While I was there I invited everyone I could find to seek out opportunities to send me good news stories about Bocas del Toro. The real secret about Bocas is that the community of English speaking expatriates up there look out for and take care of one another. Occasionally situations emerge with local corruption, land swindles, and the completely unexpected like Wild Bill. However those types of negative problems tend to grab the headlines, and the "good news" rarely gets told. So, I invited all you Bocas dudes and dudettes to bury me in the good stuff. But you have to write it and let me know about it, because I'm down here, and you guys are up there.

And There You Have It: Pretty simple, really. Text of the article in the body of an email, with photos as attachments. Wait a day or two and you should see it. No .pdf's or Word .docs. I can slap these puppies out faster than ping pong balls from a Mexican hooker's ... no wait, I can't say that. It might be seen as insensitive... (har.) But then there's this video below. Free Advertising on Panama-Guide.com - you get what you pay for.

Copyright 2012 by Don Winner for Panama-Guide.com. Go ahead and use whatever you like as long as you credit the source. Salud.

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American Society of Panama New Board of Directors Installation Meeting

Groups & Organizations The American Society of Panama will be meeting at the Westin Hotel on Sat, May 26th to install our new Board of Directors for 2012-2013. Those being installed to the board this year are Diana Amar, Karen Barnett, Robert Emerick, Cedric Gittens, Eunice Greaves, Marcia Henry, David Hunt, Bill Mariano, Charlotte Pierce, Ed Prout, Wayne Samuels, Hari Singh, Toni Williams-Sanchez, R Elaine Winslow.

Please show your support for this new board by attending the Installation Dinner that is being held this year in an ocean view banquet room at the new Westin Hotel near Playa Bonita. The event will be 6:00 – 10:00pm, Saturday, May 26. Tickets are $45 for members, $55 for non-members. There will be a buffet dinner with wine, cash bar and the dress for the evening is “cocktail”. Check our website at www.amsoc.org for information about the special hotel rates for our members and the bus we service to and from the hotel for our event Tickets can be purchased from any of the board members: Marilyn Johnson 6583-1165 , Steve Walling 6612-8449, Cedric Gittens 223-5526 , Robert Emerick 314-0480, Eunice A. Greaves 6616-1896 , David Hunt 6496-9200, Toni Williams-Sanchez 6683-7816 / 250-0274, Hari Singh 232-7140 / 6758-9854, Gretchen Franke 207-7430, Charlotte Pierce 260-8619 / 6527-8906,Karen Barnett 215-3974 / 6677-6403(no messages please), Wayne Samuels 232-0622, Marcia Henry 261-7130 / 6672-1718, R Elaine Winslow 6870 8166, Ed Prout 6070-1237, Bill Mariano 264-1465, Benny Flores 6212-0944 , Diana Amar 6670-6281.

Editor's Comment: Perfect example. Marilyn originally sent me this announcement while I was in Bocas del Toro, and it "got past me" - meaning, I saw it, but never got around to putting it up. I really want to help all of the non-profit organizations in Panama that are either run by or supported by the members of the English speaking community of expatriates in Panama. For these kinds of things, don't be afraid to "pester" me if you send it but then don't see it on the website. Sometimes the non-profit stuff gets pushed aside by other higher priority tasks. So go ahead, poke me, I can take it. And as far as the American Society is concerned, if you're not a member you might want to consider joining as a way of meeting new people and - you know - socializing. They hold several events throughout the year such as this one.

Copyright 2012 by Don Winner for Panama-Guide.com. Go ahead and use whatever you like as long as you credit the source. Salud.

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BESO - The Good News in Bocas

Groups & Organizations By Mary Heckrotte for Panama-Guide.com - In Bocas we may have more than our fair share of land grabbers and too many unsavory politicians and seedy characters, but we’ve also got plenty of good folks with big-hearts. One local organization, The Bocas Educational Service Organization, fondly known as BESO, nets an approximate average of $20,000 at their Annual Charity Auction for the Bocas public schools! Where does all that money come from? Donations, donations, and more donations, all made, one-by-one, by generous residents, tourists, and businesses with genuine concern for Bocas’ children.

Strictly a non-profit organization, BESO started in 2002 with a small group of volunteers concerned that there were no children’s books in the town library. That first year, a small group of volunteers sold tickets to a dinner for 50. They were both surprised and delighted when the dinner and a few donated auction items netted $1000 with which they were able to buy 350 books for the library. The group then noted that many area schools were lacking not only books but classrooms were overcrowded, had no sanitary water supply, classroom supplies and materials often were non-existent, and far too many children were staying home because their parents couldn’t afford mandatory uniforms. So the next year, the volunteers held another auction, raised more money, and sponsored their first school projects -- and a tradition was born. Since then, BESO’s Annual Auction has grown by leaps and bounds and so have the services BESO has been able to fund.

By 2012, BESO had raised more than $125,000 and used every dime to provide funds to build classrooms, paint and repair desks, build sanitary water collection systems, install chalkboards, put first aid kits in primary schools, put books in classrooms and on library shelves, pay for Internet service at the high school, provide dozens of scholarships for deserving students to pursue higher education, buy hundreds of uniforms and school supplies for needy children, build lunchroom areas and teachers’ residences…. And the list goes on.

It’s really not just a few volunteers anymore. Each year more than 150 businesses and individuals contribute and more than 200 folks attend the Annual Auction. Donations come in from throughout the Bocas archipelago, plus David, Boquete, Panama City, Costa Rica, and even through cyberspace via BESO’s website. All over Bocas, folks now get involved in BESO activities and it does the heart good to witness such enthusiasm, camaraderie, and dedication in making the educational system better than what the government can provide.

Thanks to the GOOD folks in Bocas, BESO is able to say yes to many special services the government cannot provide.

Contact BESO at: bocasbeso@yahoo.com or visit the BESO website: www.bocasbeso.info. And check out the slide show at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_kY9ydcLV7c You’ll agree, the GOOD folks far outnumber all others!

Copyright 2012 by Mary Heckrotte for Panama-Guide.com. Go ahead and use whatever you like as long as you credit the source. Salud.

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"Panama Bay Quilters" Meeting in April 2012

Groups & Organizations By DON WINNER for Panama-Guide.com - Received today via email: "Hi Don: I am an expat who regularly reads your publication. We are starting a quilting group called "Panama Bay Quilters." We will be meeting the second Thursday of each month starting April 12, 2012 at 10:00 a.m. Contact information is Nancy at actionattorney@gmail.com or 3920545. Beginners welcome. I would appreciate it if you would add our group to your publication. If you need more information please let me know. Thank you. Nancy Killeen Schwartz."

Editor's Comment: And, there you go Nancy. Quilters? Sure, why not? If you've got a logo and a website I'll put it on the front page (bottom left hand side) with the rest of the non-profit organizations. And if there's anyone else out there running a non-profit, charity, or what have you, let me know and I'll announce your stuff for free. And no, it doesn't count as a "non profit" if you're really a business but just not making any money (grin). But seriously folks, I always support all of the groups, clubs, charities, etc. Send me your stuff and I'll put it up. Please - plain text only in the body of an email. Send photos or logos as attachments to the email. I do not accept Microsoft Word .doc files, .pdf files, fliers, scans of pamphlets, etc. I need the plain text (no bolds, italics, indents, etc) to be able to mark these things up in html to be able to toss it up on the website quickly and easily. If I have to screw around with it too much then I simply don't have the time and it won't get done. Also, if you send me something and don't see it in a day or two, don't be afraid to "pester" because sometimes the freebies fall off of the priority list in the heat of battle. Anyway, I'll be needing a quilt with the logo of the NY Giants, highlighting their Super Bowl XLVI win this year, done in a Mola motif ... special.

Copyright 2012 by Don Winner for Panama-Guide.com. Go ahead and use whatever you like as long as you credit the source. Salud.

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