The first report was from Golf Tournament Chairperson Penny Ripple. She advised that a reception on Wednesday night, February 25 (the night before the tournament at Lucero), a will be held at Mango restaurant with Mango providing appetizers and Panama Red providing Panama Red iced tea. Rule books will be provided at the reception and tickets will be sold for mulligans and for a drawing for a $500 Visa card. Teams will be announced, as will be the potential $50,000 prize for a hole-in-one.
On the morning of the tournament a coffee express station will be hosted on site by Finca Lerida. Super Baru is donating bottled water for the carts. After-event ceremonies will be at Skate World whose owner, Leslie Barranger, has donated $300 toward the purchase of hambugers and chips. Scores will be announced and trophies awarded that night at Skate World. U-Craft will donate etching of the crystal trophies.
John Sandeen, Co-Chair of the Bar Committee, reported that the committee planned to have the same choice of wine, beer, and rum but that the price of each will be increased by 50 cents. It was suggested that both orange juice and Coca Cola be available as mixtures. John will contact Dave Bradley about ice needs for soft drinks. The Wine Tasting Committee will make their own arrangements for ice this year.
The Raffles Committee was represented by Co-Chairs Brandi Gregory and Betsy Waddington. They reported that the raffles will be essentially the same as last year: a basket of wine and goodies at the Friday night wine tasting, and a 50/50 raffle and the big bucket of specialty beers raffle at the Sunday event. Tickets will be sold during the events as well as at the Tuesday market.
Treasurer Anayansi Menendez reported a current balance of $31,959.75, including $10,940 in pre-auction sales. Total income is $37,059.75, and total expenses are $5,100, including rental of the Arco Iris building ($963) and expenses incurred by the Golf Tournament Committee ($3,527.15).
President Penny Barrett reported on donations obtained by the major beneficiaries, as follows:
Amigos de Animales: $10,058
Buenos Vecinos: $ 3,822
Fundacion Pro Integracion: $ 4,315
Biblioteca de Boquete: $ 395
B4B General $34,497
Penny noted that all but $40 credited to the library had come in within the last few days, since Sally took over as liaison. Penny expressed again that while it is the responsibility of the beneficiaries to get donations, the vast majority have been obtained by Penny herself.
The final business of the day was a motion, discussion, and vote on removing the Biblioteca de Boquete as a major beneficiary pursuant to Article II, Section 2, of the Bid 4 Boquete bylaws. Bonnie Williams made that motion that it be so removed based on the library’s failure to fulfill the responsibilities of a major beneficiary: they have brought in virtually no donations and fewer than a handful of volunteers. Bonnie distributed a printed copy of a series of e-mails between Penny, Bonnie, Marjorie Sarner, and Price Peterson and pointed out that both Marjorie and Price wrote there that the library board will not ask its 30+ volunteers to work for B4B and that library volunteers should not be expected to work for B4B. Both also stated in the e-mails that they do not share B4B values, and both disparaged B4B’s support of Amigos de Animales and belittled the mission of this sister B4B organization.
Following discussion, the motion passed with Penny, Bonnie, Alicia, and Gail voting in favor of the motion and Anayansi and Susan voting against it. Under the bylaws the library liaison is not allowed to vote.
The meeting was adjourned at 4:30 p.m. The next meeting will be held on February 10, 2015, at 1:30, place to be announced.
Bonnie Williams, Secretary