MINUTES OF THE 2016 ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING OF THE FRIENDS OF ACAPULCO WHICH WAS TAKEN PLACE, WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 24TH, 2016 AT THE BALLROOM “EL TIMÓN” OF THE ELCANO HOTEL ACAPULCO, MEXICO.
A forty-five minute welcome cocktail reception was offered prior to this 2016 Annual Membership Meeting, At 6:30 PM, Ron Lavender called the Board of Directors and members to take their places so we can begin this meeting. The president then called to order for the Fifty-Sixth General Membership Meeting of The Friends of Acapulco.
WELCOME MESSAGE OFFERED BY THE PRESIDENT
Mrs. Marilú Baca extended a warm welcome to the people that have always supported us and, at the same time, accepted our invitation for the first time and we sincerely hope it will not be the last time that our Gala Dinner is held even though these have been difficult times.
I would like to request a special remembrance of a minute of silence for several of our members who passed away in 2015 and during these two months of 2016.
I also want to thank our members, for their continued generous support and their donations that help us to provide improvements in the Homes, sustain scholarships, medical services and to aid children with cancer.
She continued by thanking our sponsors for their cooperation who, without any form of remuneration, have been helping us throughout the years. We, of course, refer to ElCano Hotel, Coca-Cola Femsa, our in-house photographer, Manuel Ramos.
Mrs. Baca then asked Dean Tank to cover the next topic of the Proposed Order.
VERIFICATION OF QUORUM REPORTED BY DEAN TANK
A total of 40 members have paid their dues for 2016. In this 56th Annual Meeting, quorum was met with 35 members present, out of a total of 187 members. The organization´s by laws establish that a minimum of 10% of the members are required to consider the meeting official.
“It is a great pleasure to see so many familiar faces tonight. Thank you for your interest in our Association and in helping us to continue with this noble endeavor”.
ADOPTION OF THE AGENDA REPORTED BY RON LAVENDER
Dear Members and Guests. The proposed agenda is displayed on the screen. Please study it and you can raise your hands to show your approval of the proposed agenda and to propose additions or changes if you like.
Mr. Lavender will call for a motion for the adoption of the Agenda.
Mrs. Baca proceeded with the agenda:
APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES OF LAST YEAR´S MEETING REPORTED BY RON LAVENDER
The Minutes of the meeting held on Wednesday, February 25, 2015, were mailed to all members in the month of August, 2015.
“I invite you to make any comments regarding the minutes from last year´s meeting”.
Then Ron requested for adoption of the minutes from last year’s annual meeting by a show of hands.
He then thanked everyone for their kind attention.
ORPHANAGE FUNDING COMMITTEE REPORTED BY MARILU BACA
- SALVATION ARMY HOME
18 Boys and 15 Girls: 33 CHILDREN
$150,000 Pesos or $11,574.00
*This funding was used for waterproofing part of the home.
*We helped this Home to take 5 children to Mexico City to receive advanced music lessons.
- ACAPULCO CHILDREN´S HOME
36 Boys and 16 Girls: 52 children
$226,740.00 Pesos or $14,285.76
*Donation for construction
- FATHER ANGEL´S HOME
*During 2014, we gave this Home almost $20,000 US to remodel the whole complex which was destroyed by the hurricanes, so it was considered as a two year donation.
- MARSH CHILDREN´S HOME
30 Boys and 34 Girls: 64 Children
$150,000 Pesos or $9,090.91
*Waterproofing was done.
90 children (throughout the year plus one companion per child)
$67,749.00 Pesos $4365.86 US
*Funds are used basically for cleaning supplies.
*Selfs-esteem sessions for children and relatives
- SAN JUAN EUDES HOME
$151,100 pesos or $9,157.58
FREE MEDICAL CARE & MEDICINE FOR ORPHANAGES REPORTED BY HUGUETTE GLUSHANOK
This program provides a complete medical examination to each newly admitted child the Homes in order to identify any and all serious medical problems, to treat all contagious diseases and to prevent infections from being spread to other children. All children who reside in these children´s Homes supported by the Friends of Acapulco, Inc. Are entitled to free medical care and medicines. Dr. Orozco, the staff physician, who prepares periodic status reports, commented that he did not find any major problems in the children he has examined. The majority of the illnesses were infections of the respiratory system, urinary problems and skin problems.
In 2015 Dr. Orozco had the extraordinary idea to teach the children general basic hygiene starting with their ears. We will compromise him to continue with this great initiative. He also commented that there were no serious diseases.
SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM REPORTED BY JIMMYE REEVES
As all our members are aware, the Scholarship program of Amigos is key to our core mission to open the doors of opportunity for needy children.
The stipends that our youngsters receive on a monthly basis help cover a portion of the living expenses and this support enables them to complete their studies, either at high school or university level.
This has been an extremely successful program for us during the past 27 years. We have helped more than 580 young people become professionals in the field of their choosing.
We have spoken to a girl who is studying to be an accountant. She is presently in her 4th semester and commented that without this scholarship, her family would not be able to afford to send her to study a career. She has a 9.9 average.
CHILDREN´S ACTIVITIES REPORTED BY DONALD BARTH
More than 300 children enjoyed all the rides in “El Rollo “Water Park on Children´s Day. All the children mingled together even though they were from different homes. El Rollo offered a 50% discount on the entrances.
Another important activity is the visit to the Botanical Garden, which holds sessions with the children from Marsh, AMANC, Salvation Army, Acapulco Children´s Home, San Juan Eudes. They learned fascinating things about the importance of trees, the separation of waste materials, biodiversity, protecting water, global warming and how to protect the environment.
We are very grateful to Esther Pliego and the ladies from the Garden Club of Acapulco who have dedicated their time to teach these children and they have enjoyed these classes.
HOMECOMING REPORTED BY JESSIE MacISAAC
The annual Homecoming Cocktail Reception of Acapulco was held on Wednesday, January 20th, 2016 in the “El Timon” ballroom of the ElCano Hotel.
This event is held every year to welcome back our members to Acapulco and we invited guests who may become prospective members, to join our organization. During the year we were very lucky to recruit 5 members and we are expecting others to join us.
It was wonderful to host so many members and guests happy to see each other again to be a part of this wonderful organization, to greet friends we hadn´t seen for a long time and to have the opportunity of meeting new friends.
Thanks to the generosity of all the attendees, Friends of Acapulco collected membership dues and donations for 2016 totaling more than $6,000 US DllS.
Thanks also to the members of the Press who have always supported us, especially Rossana Rios from Presencia and Edgar Neri from the magazine 99 Grados.
56TH GALA DINNER REPORTED BY JODY GARNER
Mrs. Garner informed that the 56th. Gala Dinner of Friends of Acapulco was held at the ElCano Hotel overlooking the beautiful Acapulco Bay.
Everyone was elegantly dressed and they enjoyed the cocktail party, the hors d’oeuvres and the excellent dinner. The music was fabulous for both listening and dancing.
The violinists from the Philharmonic Orchestra presented a fabulous show that was enjoyed by everyone.
Both Marilu Baca, our President, and Ron Lavender, First Vice President, thanked everyone for their presence and cooperation.
This traditional dinner joins both members and local society who are all interested in improving life for the needy of Acapulco.
We were honored to have as special guests Mr. Heriberto Noriega Cantu, Director of DIF, in representation of Mrs. Perla Edith Martínez de Velázquez and Jennifer Hernández representing Mrs. Mercedes Calvo de Astudillo from DIF.
After the champagne toast, Marilu Baca and Ron Lavender thanked everyone for their support throughout the years.
TREASURES´S REPORT BY RAUL ALCARAZ & HUGUETTE GLUSHANOK
Dear Members and guests. I will be more than pleased to give you the treasurer´s report which is on the screen. It will be quoted in US Dlls.
I would appreciate that if anyone has any questions, to make them at the end. Also hard copies are available within the room.
MEMBERSHIP REPORTED BY JESSIE MaclSAAC
The Friends of Acapulco, Inc. currently has a membership of approximately 187 people (counting each couple as two members.)
During the Homecoming, we had the opportunity to meet people that could become members, actually one Mexican lady has paid her dues and we look forward to call upon Mexican companies, foundations, national and international tourists and the main issue is to obtain members from local society, as well as, government institutions. We hope people can buy the idea to join our Organization.
One of the other issues is to convince our members to increase their membership to a higher category. We hope this proposal is well received and accepted by all.
SPECIAL DONATIONS REPORTED BY RON LAVENDER
I am delighted to mention again that Robert and Judy Kleinman extended their good will for Friends of Acapulco by donating their apartment since last year and again we thank them for the wonderful and generous gesture.
He also mentioned other Prime Minister members, Charles and Debbie Marlett, who have ben donating to Friends of Acapulco $9.035.70 Dlls per year for the past 9 years. Hopefully they area in good health as they have not been in Acapulco for the past several years.
There have been other new donors, such as Mrs. Maria Jose Pagliai, who has been making donations every month since last year.
We are most grateful to these members for their generosity and loyalty towards Friends of Acapulco.
OTHER DONATIONS REPORTED BY DEAN TANK
He reported: If you all remember, we started with the CEMEX issue since 2014. Last year the Acapulco Children´s Home received from CEMEX in two parts donations of $700,000 pesos and $225,000 pesos from Friends of Acapulco; with these amounts they have built one building which will hosts 60 boys (to date they have only 36). The building consists of 3 floors that are almost finished. In 2017 they expect to start the construction of another building for business purposes.
Through the efforts of Kitzia Nin Poniatowska, and a group of people that contribute with donations sent us 150 pairs of shoes and were distributed among the children of our Homes. For AMANC, she collected stuffed animals.
A third grade Spanish teacher in the Punahou School in Honolulu found The Friends of Acapulco on the internet and her students wrote and designed books in Spanish for the children in the Homes. Each book is different and they are displayed so you can also look at them and enjoy them.
The Altia Foundation an institution of private assistance, donated almost 500 bathing suits which Friends of Acapulco sold and have recuperated to date $13,000 Pesos.
The Home Depot donated various articles for our Homes.
The Federal guards that were sent to Acapulco had the great idea to bring to Acapulco, food and hygiene products and we accompany them to distribute them in all our Homes.
APOYO ECONOMICO, for the 6th consecutive year has increased their donation to $30,000 pesos. This helps greatly to maintain part of the aid to the AMANC Home (cancer program).
BioMerieux, with its headquaters in France, is a company specialized in the sector in vitro. It develops, makes and commercializes diagnostic systems. They have donated $60,000 pesos to the Friends of Acapulco this year.
The last donation during the year was Mr. Raul Alvarez Hernandez, a teacher at the Technological school, sent stuffed animals to the Homes for Christmas.
ELECTIONS. BY MEMBERSHIP
PROPOSED BOARD OF DIRECTORS: 2016-2018
MARILU BACA PRESIDENT
RON LAVENDER 1ST VICE PRESIDENT
BERTHA LUZ CROFTON 2ND VICE PRESIDENT
RAUL ALCARAZ ASTUDILLO TREASURER
ROBERT KLEINMAN JR.
EVENTS 2017 INFORMED BY RICHARD IRVINE
PLEASE SAVE THE DATES:
HOMECOMING JANUARY 18
GALA DINNER FEBRUARY 3
ANNUAL MEETING FEBRUARY 22
Several members had comments regarding the high cost of the Gala Dinner and mentioned it would be a good idea to
lower the cost. Also the date may be changed. They also mentioned that dinner is served much too late and suggested
ADJOURNMENT. BY RON LAVENDER
Mr. Lavender mentioned that if there is no further business, the meeting is adjourned and he invited everyone to stay for cocktails and hors d’oeuvres.
Mrs. Marilu Baca thanked for attending and said she sincerely look forward to seeing all next year.
This meeting was adjourned being 7:45 p.m.