BY MARILU BACA
Good evening dear members and guests.
A brief announcement before my speech: I would like to inform that in this year’s session, we have the participation of a teller to conduct and coordinate this 59th Assembly; and I am glad to inform that the teller is Susana Estrada or Susy for us, who recently joined our Organization. Susy is an Acapulco native, and she is well aware of the bylaws of our Organization. Welcome Susy!
Let me start by extending a very warm welcome to the great people that have always supported our Organization and as well, we welcome those new friends that have accepted our invitation for the first time, and we sincerely hope that some of them will join us too.
We lost great members in the past year, and I would like to request a minute of silence in remembrance of our kind members who passed away in 2018?.
Mrs. Nancy Majtelles
Mr. James Huening
I also extend our sincere sympathies for their loss, to MaryAnn Lippman and Nancy Huening.
We are very thankful to all of you for your great support and patronage, this allows us at Friends of Acapulco, to continue with our labour of love, which includes the ongoing aid program to 6 orphanages, as well as the continuation of the programs for medical service and medicines for the children. And of course, it is important to continue with the stipends of the 30 youngsters on our scholarship program.
Regarding our yearly assemblies, this year we decided to merge two events in one. We took this step in observance that our last year’s assemblies did not have the number of attendees we expected, and for us, it is very important that you know of our effort and commitment, for the benefit of the children of our 6 Orphanages. We hope that this event today achieves our goal and that you leave well informed on what we do at Friends of Acapulco.
I am very proud to share that one of our members, and the President of the Salvation Army Home, has been recognized by the Immigration Commission as a foreigner Mr. Donald Barth I ask for an applause for Donald Barth and of course his wife Nancy, for the 40 years they have dedicated to help the most underprivileged children of Acapulco.
Last, but not least, we would like to make a remarkable recognition to a great, honourable and precious member: Mrs. Teeny Drakos. Thank you Teeny, for all the years you have been dedicated to Acapulco and to the Friends of Acapulco organization.
VERIFY PRESENCE OF QUORUM BY SUSY ESTRADA
In this 59th Annual Meeting, the quorum was met with 17 members present out of a total of 108 members. The Organization’s bylaws establish that a minimum of 10% of the members are required to consider this as an official meeting.
“It is a great pleasure to see so many familiar and new faces tonight. Thank you for your interest in our Association and in helping us to continue with this noble endeavor.”
APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES OF
LAST YEAR´S MEETING
In as much as the Minutes of the General Membership meeting held on February 22nd. 2018, were mailed to all members, an additional copy is available for this meeting, Susana Estrada indicates that the Minutes are not going to be read. She asked for any comments, corrections or additions and give five minutes for any comment and when you are prepared you can raise your hands for approval of it.
ORPHANAGE FUNDING COMMITTEE
BY MARILU BACA
25 BOYS 15 GIRLS Total 40 Children
$9,400.00 US DLLS. Or $187,000.00 pesos
This amount represent expenses:
31 BOYS 15 GIRLS Total: 46 Children
$8,090.00 US DLLS. Or $162,000.00 pesos
This amount represents expenses:
* Demolition of the main building.
* Medical service & medicines
30 BOYS 30 GIRLS Total: 60 CHILDREN
$6,000.00 US Dollars or $120,000.00 pesos
This expenses represent:
*10 new computers
*2 air conditioners (mini splits Inverter)
*canceleria in windows to avoid saltpeter
*Construction of a structure for the installation of a water slide.
598 Children total plus 615 companions
$2,350.00 US Dollars or $47,000.00 pesos
*Funds are used basically for cleaning supplies and
*Self-esteem sessions for Children and relatives, 357 persons were benefitted with these therapies.
$9,000.00 US DLLS. Or $180,000.00 pesos
*Rehabilitation of 8 rooms
*Rehabilitation of kitchen terrace
*Rehabilitation of water pipe
FREE MEDICAL CARE & MEDICINES FOR ORPHANAGES
BY HUGUETTE GLUSHANOK
Dr. Horacio Orozco reported that during 2018 he examined around 250 children from Acapulco’s children Home and Salvation Army Home.
The Homes that take advantage of this program are: Salvation Army Home and Acapulco Children’s Home. The other Homes have their own physicians at the Home or near- by their parietal area and find it more expensive to stop by at our nursery house.
Dr. Orozco, commented that the main pathologies of the children were respiratory infections: viral infections such as rhinopharyngitis, and bacterial infections such as bronchitis. Also, diseases of the digestive tract, such as gastroenteritis of parasitic and bacterial origin.
There were cases of non-common infections, and these were resolved clinically and in an effective manner by our Doctor.
Digestive infections such as gastroenteritis and colitis were also managed, as well as ear, throat, and nose infections, such as rhinopharyngitis, pharyngitis and tonsillitis.
Dr. Orozco also identified fungal skin infections and head lice as a common recurrence due to the children’s living conditions.
For viral disease such as (chicken pox), the physician was also able to identify from the very beginning a possible epidemic and he was able to control it with a quarantine for the rest of the population.
BY DONALD BARTH
AS ALL OUR MEMBERS ARE AWARE OF, THE SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM OF AMIGOS IS KEY TO OUR CORE MISSION OF OPENING THE DOORS OF OPPORTUNITIES FOR NEEDY YOUNGSTERS.
THE STIPENDS THAT OUR 30 YOUNGSTERS RECEIVE DURING A 10-MONTH PERIOD IS EQUAL TO $300,000.00 PESOS.
THESE STIPENDS COVER A PORTION OF THEIR LIVING EXPENSES AND THIS SUPPORT ENABLES THEM TO COMPLETE THEIR STUDIES, EITHER AT HIGH SCHOOL OR AT UNIVERSITY LEVEL.
THIS HAS BEEN AN EXTREMELY SUCCESSFUL PROGRAM FOR US DURING THE PAST 30 YEARS. WITH THIS PROGRAM, WE HAVE ASSISTED MORE THAN 700 YOUNG PEOPLE IN BECOMING PROFESSIONALS IN THE FIELD OF THEIR CHOOSING.
BY DONALD BARTH
More than 250 children participated and enjoyed all the rides of “El Rollo” Water Park on Children’s Day. All the children mingled and stay together even though they were from different homes. “El Rollo” offered a 50% discount on entrance fees as well as special discounts on food.
“El Rollo” also gave the Homes the opportunity to bring their own food, cakes, beverages as children spent the day from 10am to 6pm; it was a great day for the kids as they don’t usually have the opportunity to enjoy these type of facilities due to its high cost.
It was wonderful to see children’s smiles while they run from one game to another, carrying their own huge safeguard, making line to get their hamburgers with French fries and soda.
Also, Psychology students of the Español University of Acapulco coordinated two events, one at the Salvation Army Home and the other one at Acapulco’s Children Home. Of course, the children were very enthusiastic and thrilled with the fact that they taught them to adopt a different positive action in the form of playing a game.
BY HUGUETTE GLUSHANOK
Prime Minister members, Charles and Debbie Marlett, have donated $9,730.00 US DLLS during 2018. We sincerely hope that both of them are in good health as they have not visited Acapulco for several years.
Also, I am very happy to let you know that Marie Slaton, wife of Dr. Jack Rushing, one of our founders, donated through the trust $7,286.00 US DLLS during 2018.
We are also very grateful to Mr. & Mrs. Curtis Lowell for having donated 6 computers to the Salvation Army Home. Thank you Mr. & Mrs. Lowell, for your kind generosity and loyalty towards our Organization.
Also, we are very thankful to Mrs. Malena Alcérreca from the Hotel Misión, for having donated a printer and useful tools for the Acapulco’s Children Home.
Our great appreciation also goes to Rosy Torres from Condominio Mar Azul for having donated to the Salvation Army Home rugs; bath, hand and face towels, all in good condition.
Our sincere thanks to APOYO ECONÓMICO, who has donated for the ninth consecutive year, $35,000.00 pesos. This is very helpful aid for the AMANC Home (cancer program).
Also, our thanks to Lucero Malvaez from the Gilberto Association, who invited all our Homes to an odontology journey; and we also extended this invitation to the members of the elderly Home who also attended. This journey was appreciated by all, and the service provided was very
BY ALBERTO ROSAS
The Treasurer’s Report is posted on the screen and a hard copy is available on request.
The report will be given to you in US DLLS:
During this past year, added incomes were from the Charles Marlett’s & Marie Slaton’s Charitable unit remainder trusts.
There are other miscellaneous donations which require receipts. One example is from the Apoyo Económico, or Economic Help, which gives a yearly donation.
BY SUSY ESTRADA
SUSY thanked everyone for their attendance and invited all to enjoy cocktails and hors d’oeuvres donated by the ElCano Hotel.
La reunión inicio a las 17:30 y finalizo a las 18:10.