Penny announced a new Angel Sponsor, Attorney Enrique Arrocha, who has donated $3000 cash to B4B. Additionally, Sr. Arrocha has donated $2000 worth of legal services in pursuance of pensionado or citizenship visas.
Penny also advised that one of the two African Safaris has been sold at full value and that there are bids on the remaining one.
Anayansi Menendez, B4B Treasurer, reported that B4B had a balance of $19,762.59 at the end of October.
Bonnie Williams, B4B Secretary, commended Penny on her idea to promote weekly select items from the auction on Noticias and boquete.ning. This additional advertising has resulted in a number of sales at full value.
Volunteers attending for the first time included Mary Book, Helena and Dave Ross, Barb Severs, Margie Frame, and Doreen DeLong.
Moving on to committee activity, Penny noted that she had not received confirmation from Mark Heyer that he would be in charge of audio-visual for the Saturday night auction. She will recontact him.
Mary Ellen Watts, co-chair of the Art and Jewelry Committee, voiced her preference that art be displayed and sold at the Sunday event rather than in a separate art show on Saturday, citing the paucity of sales last year on Saturday and the problems associated with moving unsold art works to the Sunday venue. Acknowledging display problems in the Arco Iris room, she expressed her hope that molding like that at BCP could be placed along one wall of the Arco Iris from which to hang art. Louise Orr, chair of the Wine Tasting Committee, said she was hoping to have some art on display at BCP during the wine tasting.
Nairn Kennedy, chair of the Food Committee, reported her plans to forgo tipico food at next year’s Sunday event in favor or a Mexican food stand and more pizza. She hopes that Bert Sawyers again will provide grilled hamburgers and hotdogs. Bonnie noted that the grill could be placed this year just outside the back door on the patio to alleviate the problem of smoke in the room. Tables for assembling and selling them would be just inside the door.
Relative to Saturday night, Louise advised that she is awaiting word from Felipe Motta as to whether they will offer a larger discount on wine. She said she has ordered 12 cases of wine at an average cost of $9 per bottle. Again, the wines will represent six wine-producing regions of the world, a red and a white from each region.
Louise also said that she has enlisted Bob Applegate to be on stage with his drum set during the Live Auction to add percussion at appropriate moments during the auction. Rhody Edwards and his band will provide music during the wine tasting. She said all her volunteers have been recruited for both the wine tasting and the live auction. She particularly commended Barbara Weinacht for her work on soliciting food for the wine tasting.
Dave Bradley, in charge of non-alcoholic beverages at the Sunday event, advised that the only complaint from the last event was that cups were not of equal size. He assured the group that it would be rectified next year.
Bonnie advised that she has given Darlene and Tom Lindholm a floor plan of the Arco Iris room prior to its renovation, noting that the interior measurements will be the same although somewhat reconfigured. The Lindholms will work on a new floor plan and draft some ideas for venue assignment.
Bonnie next asked that all committee chairs appoint their committee members before the end of the month, provide their names and contact information, and begin meeting to set up schedules for set up and sales. She will be asking for this information in early December. She also reported that she will be disseminating written committee responsibilities to committee chairs in the upcoming weeks.
The next general meeting of B4B volunteers will be on Tuesday, December 10, 2013, again at 2:00 p.m. at The Oasis.
The meeting was adjourned shortly before 3:00 p.m.
Bonnie Williams, Secretary