President’s Message: January 25, 2018

Change begins with choice, lives are changing because of your choice to support The American Society of Panama.

Dear Friends,

I hope each of you and your families enjoyed a joyful holiday season. As we ring in 2018, I cannot help but reflect on what a banner year 2017 was for The American Society of Panama. I extend my deepest thanks to our Board of Directors and membership and I extend a special welcome to our newest members.

2017 was filled with great moments, kicking off with our popular January picnic lunch and lasagna dinner in El Valle. Around 120 folks were in attendance. We also hosted our first “paint party” in partnership with the Navy League. Special events also included traditional favorites like our annual Thanksgiving Dinner and Holiday Gala, but the event that surpassed all expectations was September’s American Ball, hosted at the U.S. Ambassador’s residence. The evening was magical, and the event raised over $9,000, allowing us to increase our 2018 support for charities and scholarships.

Membership is growing. In 2017, we welcomed 43 new members and 10 corporate members. Our membership is currently at 195 family memberships, and with the membership incentives and recruitment notices, we are starting 2018 with lots of momentum. We expect to break renewal records by offering exciting events and expanding our outreach.

In 2017, our 19 scholarship students made us proud. Eight students graduated, and Marcia Henry-Lokay, scholarship chair, had an opportunity to be part of American Christian School’s ceremonies. It is such a rewarding experience to witness “our” students march down the aisle and receive their diplomas! Six students were on the honor roll or earned high GPAs (4.5 and above). One of our graduates, Cadet Jonathan Gil Santanaria, will be continuing at the Maritime School this year with an AMSOC scholarship. Jonathan and his parents attended the El Valle picnic on January 20th of 2018. Be sure to offer them your congratulations! Additionally, we had five 2017 scholarship students who will continue their education at the university. Two of this year’s secondary school graduates will start at the university in 2018.

Our charity program had an exceptional year. Because of you and all our sponsors, we donated $9,400.00 to 14 charity organizations. For the second time, we donated to the Banda De Música Herberto López. On New Year’s Day, we were all so very proud to watch them perform during the Tournament of Roses parade!

The highlights and successes of 2017 certainly would not have been possible without support of our sponsors. I extend our special thanks to:

Manzanillo International Terminal (MIT)
Brentwood Logistics and Security Company, S.A.
Fernando Nuñez Fabrega
Thomas H. Rowley, Ph.D., CPA
Dr. Charles A. Garcia B.
Wyndham Hotel Albrook
Buenaventura Collection Marriott
Santa Maria Resort
The Bristol
De Gourmet Fine Foods
Al Sprague
Sammy Zackary Fallas
Panama Bay Jewelers
Vision of Hope
Niki Bran – Robin Ruth
That’s Why Panama
Harley Davidson
Diana Amar – Chiriquí Viejo Coffee Mill, Inc.
Global Brands
Manglar Lodge San Carlos
Marcia Henry-Lokay – Marcia L. Henry Foundation
Hard Rock Hotel
La Fagate Restaurant
Yvonne and Carlos Kilborn (Planet Beach Panama)
Pedro Fabrega (Los Mandarinos Boutique Spa and Hotel
Lourdes Fabrega de Ward (Casa de Lourdes)
Annabella Ibanez
Marilyn Johnson
Natalya Venzon
Patricia Lynton
Sharon Bailey Bok
Ty Alexander Venzon

Although this letter is for 2017, before I could get it out we just finished another January picnic lunch and lasagna dinner at Dr. Charly Garcia’s House. A special thanks to Charly for opening his house for over 100+ people and making all the lasagna. We collected over $1,000 in donation during the evening.

Click here for photos of Picnic

Click here for photos of Lasagna

We are off to a fast start in 2018 and I trust with your grateful donations we can continue to make a difference in the lives of the young individuals who we assist and change their paths for the better because of your contribution.
Godspeed

Glenn Simon
President, The American Society of Panama