Election of officers resulted in the re-election of Penny Barrett, President; Bonnie Williams, Secretary; and Anayansi Menendez, Treasurer.
Penny noted attendance by a number of newcomers and asked that they add their names and contact information to a list being circulated. First-time attendees were Dominic and Marcia Romano, Linda and Brian Teel, Jeff Polhill, and Leslie Peever.
Penny emphasized to the group the need to solicit and secure donations for the auctions. She noted that historically about 80% of B4B revenue comes from the auctions. So far, we have $28,000 worth of auction items donated, of which more than $2000 in sales has been realized.
Anayansi Menendez, B4B Treasurer, reported that B4B currently has a balance of $15,068.93 in its bank account.
Penny reported two new money-making activities this year: a Golf Tournament and a Trip-to-Boquete Raffle. The golf tournament, organized by Penny Ripple with the help of a committee, will be held at Lucero on Thursday, February 25. There are golf carts available for 72 players, each of whom will pay $100 to enter. Ms. Ripple has secured a major sponsor in Panama Red Rum, which has donated $1000 in cash. She also has gotten sponsorships of holes, i.e., for prizes related best shots on those holes. A $50,000 prize is offered for a hole in one, and mulligans will be sold. Scotia Bank, one of the sponsors, is making available a home it owns in Lucero for an opening reception.
Ian Phillips is Chair of the Trip-to-Boquete Raffle Committee. The raffle will be for a week-long trip, Ian reported, which includes hotel, some meals, and some activities, all of which he is working to secure either as donations or at discounted rates. He reported that he is working with an auction website creator to build an online presence. Our goal is $20,000, and tickets will be $100 each. There was discussion of what should be included in the package and how the raffle could be marketed, particularly in the U.S. and Canada.
Moving on to committee reports, Bonnie Adams began by reporting that the Children’s Activities Committee, which she co-chairs with Germaine Sturtz, already has purchased prizes, has confirmed with Mike Moore that he will be the photographer, and has made arrangements for face painters.
Nairn Kennedy, Chair of the Food Committee, advised that she intends to try for an Italian theme in 2015 by asking, particularly from the ladies who work with Hospice, to donate lasagna and other baked Italian meals. She would like to keep hamburgers and hot dogs on the menu and will contact La Casa de Cerdo about buying their hamburger meat rather than Pricesmart’s.
Marjorie Sarner, Chair of the Plant Sale Committee, was out of town. Bonnie Adams reported that the plant sale has been scheduled in conjunction with a book sale at the library on December 20, 2014.
Penny and Bonnie Williams, Co-Chairs of the Live Auction Committee, advised that John Cole has agreed to return as an auctioneer and that Joanne Hatch will be asked to return also. Mark Heyer will be asked to return as Master of Ceremonies.
Alicia McGuigan, Chair, reported that the Venta de Patio Committee is divided into two parts: clothing and general merchandise. Jennifer Porteous has agreed to chair the clothing portion, but no decision has been made yet about a general merchandise chair. Alicia said she will be monitoring the September 14 Amigos de Animales venta de patio for ideas. Also, plans will be made for a boutique clothing sale in early December.
Raffles Committee Co-Chair Brandy Gregory said that she and Betsy Waddington have spoken and tentatively agreed to raffle another wine basket, which Betsy will donate. They are considering a repeat of the beer bucket raffle, which was very popular last year. There also will be another 50-50 raffle.
Relative to the Silent Auction, Penny advised that she and Darlene Lindholm do the preliminary work of keeping track of donations and online sales. Carol Hurst, Committee Chair, reported that she and her committee will largely repeat what they did this in terms of the Silent Auction on Sunday of the event weekend as everything went smoothly this year.
Ken Campeau, Chair of the Security Committee, was out of town and therefore not in attendance. Gail Cody, whose husband Denis is a member of the committee, said a meeting is scheduled very soon.
Barbara Weinacht reported on the Wine Tasting Committee as Chair Louise Orr was out of the country. Barbara said she and Louise envision a more casual event this year as it will start earlier in the day to avoid the Live Auction running too late. It will be held at 4:00 p.m. on March 6 (Friday), followed by the Live Auction at 6:00. Beer, soda, and water will be available next year for those who don’t drink alcohol. Food will be solicited mainly from local restaurants.
Finally, Anayansi asked for photographs of FPI (Handicap Center) work to provide the lawyers seeking our non-profit legal status.
The meeting was adjourned at 2:30 p.m.
Bonnie Williams, Secretary