Bowling 2019

November 10, 2019 Leave a comment

Bowling Group 2019

By Herman Santa

Photo (Standing) From left Roberto Belardo, Virginia Feliciano, Al Peña, Al Feliciano, Pam Peña, Herman Santa, Carlos Bonet, Jorge Crespo, David Santiago, Rubén Alemán, Josie Guadalupe, Angel Pellot, Sid Schipper, Anthony Ortega, Iván Guanill, Alfredo Medina, Andrés Padilla, Félix Asencio and Luis Arroyo. (Seated) Millie Asencio, Francis Mata, Evelyn Carrillo, Nereida Pellot and Xiomara Guanill

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Bowling Rules

November 10, 2019 Leave a comment

Do you like bowling?

By Herman Santa

Can you be a team player and willing to practice once a week or once in a while?

If you are a member of the Spanish American Club, Inc. (SACI) and answer yes to these questions, I would like to hear from you! Please arrive at least 15 minutes early to facilitate lane assignments.

We practice once a week on Mondays at the St. Lucie Lanes, Port St. Lucie. We start at 6:00 until 9:00 P.M., which will give us enough time to play three games for $9 and 10 minutes practice before the games.

The practices are voluntarily.   If you like bowling and would like to make new friends, come and join us and have fun with us. We are a fun group!  Port St. Lucie Lanes is located at 6759 S US 1, Port Saint Lucie, Florida 34952.  Tel. (772) 461-4425.  Website:

Tournament Rules

By Andres Padilla

Trophies will be awarded for both men and ladies that attain 1st, 2nd , and 3rd place High Handicap Series (HHS) and top Handicap Game (HHG).

If two or more bowlers are tied for 1st, 2nd, or 3rd place HHS, the trophy would go to the bowler with the highest handicap game. Conversely, if two or more bowlers are tied for the top HHG, the trophy would go to the bowler with the highest handicap series.

Note: Earlier this year we changed our scoring system to a handicap format to provide for a more balanced competitive platform.  Now, literally anyone can earn top handicap game and series score. 

Nearly 80% of men and ladies that have bowled at least 3 times this year have earned High Handicap Game and/or High Handicap Series honors.  In other words, on any given day anyone can bowl the top handicap game or series.

Bahamas Cruise 2019

November 9, 2019 Leave a comment

The Spanish American Club, Inc. 2 day Bahamas Paradise cruise was a success

By Herman Santa

On Saturday, November 11 a total of 31 people (Members, relatives and their guests) who altogether were part of the trip organized by The Spanish American Club, Inc. public relation director Vivian Megaro and travel agent Nora Candelario of Vacation Superstore Nora Candelario.

Photo # 1 From front to back left Felix Asencio, Mary Figliola Unidentified guest, Evely Carrillo, unidentified guest, unidentified guest, Sonia Echevarria, unidentified guest, Josie Guadalupe, Maritza Rivera, Stela Paez, unidentified guest, Yolanda Torres, Vivian Megaro, Virginia Feliciano, Frank Megaro, Carlos Bonet, Virginia Gonzalez, Maria Garcia, Nereida Pellot, Millie Asencio, unidentified guest, Diana Colón, Al Feliciano, Ray Guadalupe, José Garcia, Nestor Pereira, Angel Pellot, Rosendo Gonzalez and Joe Colón.
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Bowling Tournament 2019

November 6, 2019 Leave a comment

The Spanish American Club Inc. hosts Annual Scholarship Bowling tournament

By Herman Santa

On Monday, November 4th The Spanish American Club, Inc. held the Annual Bowling Scholarship Tournament at The Saint Lucie Lanes in Port St. Lucie.  Event coordinator was Andres Padilla with co-chair Sid Schipper.  Trophies were awarded for both men and ladies 1st, 2nd , and 3rd place High Handicap Series [HHS] and top Handicap Game [HHG] 1st Place Anthony Ortega (696) and Francis Mata (611). 1st Place Anthony Ortega (696) and Francis Mata (611), 2nd Place David Santiago (661) and Nereida Pellot (598), 3rd Place Andres Padilla (620) and Millie Asencio (593). Top Handicap Game Anthony Ortega (252) and Francis Mata (236)

A big thank you to Andres and Sid who coordinated the tournament. Special thanks to our Bowling Director Ruben Aleman who has been doing an excellent job coordinating the 50/50 raffles every month and the bowling group thought out this year.  Finally, a Big Thank You to Nereida Pellot, Evelyn Carrillo and Carlos Bonet for the planning of our annually Christmas Dinner Dance.

All funds raised at the event will help the club’s scholarship program for next year’s graduating high school seniors of Martin and St. Lucie Counties.  The Spanish American Club was founded in 1992. The mission of the club is to promote friendship and solidarity among its members and other non profit organizations throughout the Treasure Coast , through cultural, social, civic and sport activities; to promote knowledge of all Spanish speaking countries, their geography, history, art, and folklore.

Mark your calendar for future events of the club this year, Saturday, November 30 “Thanksgiving Dinner Dance”, Saturday, December 14th “Bowling Christmas Dinner/Dance”, Saturday, December 28 “Christmas Dinner/Dance”

For reservations of the above events, please contact , please contact Carlos Bonet at (917) 204-6141 at: For information regarding the club, visit our website:

Photo # 1 (Back Row) From left Anthony Ortega, David Santiago, Carlos Bonet and Andres Padilla.  (Front Row) From left Francis Mata, Nereida Pellot and Millie Asencio

Photo # 2 From left Anthony Ortega, Carlos Bonet, David Santiago and Andres Padilla

Photo # 3 From left Sid Schipper, Ruben Aleman and Andres Padilla

Photo # 4 From left Andres Padilla, Josie Guadalupe, Ruben Aleman and Sid Schipper

Photo # 5 From left Millie Asencio, Nereida Pellot, Carlos Bonet and Francis Mata

Tea Party 2011

November 3, 2019 Leave a comment

Tea Party fundraiser a big success

By Herman Santa

The ladies of the Spanish American Club, Inc. held a Fashion Show Fundraiser Saturday, Oct. 29 at St. Andrew Christian Academy in Port St. Lucie.

More than 50 members and guests attended the event. Nancy Rozon was committee chair with Mary Figliola, Kathy Rivera, Karen Diamond and Nora Candelario assisting and Lucy Santa and Ida Gallant as hostesses.

There was a delicious lunch with an assortment of teas, finger foods and desserts followed by a fashion show presented by Hecho a Mano from the Treasure Coast Mall. Attendees enjoyed previewing the latest fashions presented by Mary Chang, manager. Models were provided by the Club and the Academy. Music was provided by Justin Owle, cellist, who is a senior at Vero Beach High School.

The Club then held a silent auction with many items available provided by the generosity of local business sponsors and personal donations. Winners of the door prizes were Delia Diaz, Ida Gallant, Ernesta Monroe and Patricia Santos.

A big thank you goes to the tea party/fashion show committee who worked very hard to make this event a big success and to the generosity of the attendees and sponsors who supported the event.  Among the sponsors were: Rave, Kilwin’s, Victoria Rose Boutique, O’Sole Mio, EI Cubanito, Umberto’s, Caramba, Aphrodite, Bloomingdeal’s, Arraz Fashions, Macy’s, Beall’s, Joseph Lynn, Albert g. Accessories, Lowe’s, Tropical Smoothie in SLW, and Laura Mercado.

Our next events have been scheduled for Saturday, November 19 to celebrate our Annual Thanksgiving Party at Tapas Latin Fusion and Saturday, December 17 to celebrate our Annual Christmas Party and toys collection for needy children.

Silent action items donated by local merchants
L to R: Ernesta Monrew, Mildred Pellot, Nereida Pellot, Xionmara Guanill, Nilda Betancourt, Nilda’s daughter and Nora Candelario
L to R: Nancy Rozon, Chair of the Event Commitee, Nora Candelario, Karen Diamond, Kathy Rivera and Mary Figliola

Billiard Tournament 2019

November 2, 2019 Leave a comment

Annual Billiard tournament 2019

By Herman Santa

The Spanish American Club, Inc. Billiard Tournament was hosted Saturday, November 2, at Shooters Billiards 8991 Federal Hwy, PSL at the corner of US1 and village green in Port St. Lucie.

Club member Ivan Guanill coordinated the event. The event produced enthusiastic participation by club members. The billiard tournament featured a ration of 12 players in a round single’s play. The entry fee was $5 per player. The players that lost two games were declared out of the competition.

Winners: Angel Pellot, 1st. Place Felix Asencio 2nd. Place.  Other players that participated were: Hector Peña, Herman Santa, Marco Peña, Al Peña, Carlos Bonet, Nelson Feliciano, Al Feliciano, Luis Arroyo and Roberto Belardo. Thanks to Ivan Guanill and his committee and to all participants who made this annual event a big success.

The next event has been scheduled for Saturday, November 30, to celebrate the “Annual Thanksgiving Dance”. The event is going to be catered and reservations are required. For more information, contact the president of the club Carlos Bonet at (917) 204-6141 or email at

Torneo anual de Billar del SACI

Por Herman Santa

El “Spanish American club, Inc.” llevó a cabo su Torneo Anual de Billar en el”Shooters Billiards” en la ciudad de Port St. Lucie.

El torneo se celebró el sábado 4 de noviembre.  El evento fue coordinado por Iván Guanill.  Angel Pellot conquistó el Primer Lugar y en segundo lugar quedó Félix Asencio.

El formato del torneo fue de 12 jugadores en “Single Play”.  El que pierde 2 juegos queda eliminado.  Entre los participantes estuvieron:  Este Servidor, Hector Peña, Marco Peña, Al Peña, Carlos Bonet, Nelson Feliciano, Al Feliciano, Luis Arroyo y Roberto Belardo

Por medio del periódico La Voz, quiero agradecer a Carlos Bonet, presidente del club por dejarnos organizar el torneo.  También quiero agradecer a los integrantes del comité Angel y Nereida Pellot que ayudaron a Iván con el torneo.  Finalmente, gracias a todos los participantes que dijeron presente.

El próximo evento del club está planeados para celebrar la “Fiesta de Acción Gracias” el sábado 30 de noviembre en el Elks Lodge en la ciudad de Port St. Lucie. El evento es con cena y no pueden traer su licor. Para reservación contactar al presidente del club Carlos Bonet al (917) 204-6141 o correo electrónico:  Para información con respecto al club visite:

Photo # 1 From left Millie Asencio, Nereida Pellot, Angel Pellot, Hector Peña, Herman Santa, Marco Peña, Al Peña, Carlos Bonet, Ivan Guanill, Nelson Feliciano, Al Feliciano, Felix Asencio and Luis Arroyo

Photo # 1 From left Millie Asencio, Nereida Pellot, Angel Pellot, Hector Peña, Herman Santa, Marco Peña, Al Peña, Carlos Bonet, Ivan Guanill, Nelson Feliciano, Al Feliciano, Felix Asencio and Luis Arroyo

Photo # 2 From Marco Peña, Al Peña, Angel Pellot, Nereida Pellot, Hector Peña, Ivan Guanill, Felix Asencio and Millie Asencio

Photo # 3 From left Angel Pellot, Ivan Guanill and Felix Asencio

Dominó Rules

November 2, 2019 Leave a comment

Dominoes practices of the SACI 

By Herman Santa/Ivan Guanil


500 (Quinientos) This game is for 4 players (2 partners) and the first team to score 500 points wins the match. The match is made of several bonus point situations described below.

The winning team of the first game in the match scores a bonus 100 points, the winner in the second game scores a bonus of 75 points, 50 points in the third game, and 25 in the fourth. No bonus points are scored for winning the fifth game and on. If a game is won by a “Chuchazo” or a “Capicú” the wining team scores an additional 100 points in that hand.

 Rules and Regulations of the The Spanish American Club, Inc. (SACI) DOMINO TOURNAMENT

1. The SACI Domino Tournament is open to all members in good standing. Members can sponsor non-members over 21 years of age. Members will be responsible for their guest(s) who agrees to follow the Rules and Regulations of the tournament. Monday, October 1, 2018 will be the deadline for entering the tournament.

2. The tournament will take place annually at the St Lucie Lanes on a Saturday in the conference room of the Bowling Alley, located at 6759 S US 1, Port Saint Lucie, Florida 34952. The teams will be selected randomly from a lottery. The tournament begins promptly at 9:00 AM. SACI will sponsor a Continental breakfast starting at 8:30 A.M.

3. Members’ entry fee is $15 per person and $20 per non-member(s) fee. There will be at least two brackets (male and female brackets). The tournament team winners (men and ladies) will receive cash and trophies. The winners of each bracket will play each other for SACI’s 2018 Domino Championship.

4. The tournament will be played through a series of rounds. At the end of each round the winning team advances to the next round and continues to play until one team is determined a winner.

5. Each game will consist a total of four (4) players seated at a table by random assignment. A team consist of two players.

6. To start off a game, the player that has doubled six will start off the game. The loser of the hand will shuffle the dominoes and the winners will start picking the dominoes first.

7. Each player draws seven (7) dominoes. Once the dominoes are set, they can only be touched to play the individual domino. No one player shall touch more than one domino before playing. There shall be no gestures, emotions or motion during each hand (for example: slamming dominoes on the table).

8. The previous hand winner may lead off with any domino he/she wishes, and plays it face-up in the center of the table.

9. The player to the right (counter clockwise) of the lead player must play a domino, which matches either end of the dominoes lead by the first player. Subsequently, dominoes are added to either end of the resulting chain.

10. All doubles are laid crosswise on the chain.

11. If at any time a player cannot add a domino to the end of one of the chains then they must pass and allow the next player to continue.

12. If a player has a domino in his/her hand, and can play it, then he/she must play it; he/she cannot pass. The hand will be forfeited and the team committing the infraction will be penalized—twenty-five (25) points. The non-penalized team will start the next hand.

13. If a player plays the wrong domino, he/she will receive a warning (for the first miscue) and the domino shown will be placed on the table to his/her right side. This domino must be played at first opportunity and cannot be the winning domino. If that team again commits the same error they will be penalized ten (10) points to be deducted at the time of the infraction and any time thereafter.

14. At the end of each hand, the winner counts first – losers recount second.

15. The team that reaches 200 game points—the fastest wins the game and moves on to the next round.

16. In the event the game is locked and players cannot play their remaining dominoes then the team with the lowest total number of spots on their dominoes (held in hand) wins that hand.

17. All decisions by tournament officials are final.

18. Advancing teams shall remain in the area of play to promptly begin their next round.

19. Advancing teams not seated at the start of a round, forfeits their participation.

20. Lunch begins at 12:00 noon sharp.

Mission: The Spanish American Club, Inc. is a non-profit Organization founded in 1992, whose main goals are to promote friendship and solidarity among its members and other institutions, through social, cultural and civic activities and to promote the knowledge of the Spanish speaking countries’ geography, history, art, culture and folklore. x

Some Puertorican Dominó Terms:

“Mano” – The term is used to refer to the player whith the least dominoes. The player who (provided he didn’t get a Pase [a pass]) would win the game. If this player gets a pass, it is said that: he/she lost ‘la Mano’, and that the next person after him/her with the least dominoes is now Mano.

“Chucha” – The name of the double-blank bone and “Chuchazo” – When the “Chucha” is the winning bone (the last bone played by the player who goes domino). There is no “Chuchazo” when the “Tranque” in a blocked game is the “Chucha”.

“Capicú” – When the winning bone can play on either open end of the layout. Doesn’t apply when the winning bone is a double.

“Tranque” – It’s the name given to the last bone legally played before a game gets blocked.

“Ahorcado” – A hanged double. A double that can no longer be played because all the other 6 dominoes in that suit have been played.

“Pase” – It’s when a player or team can’t play. When a player passes, it is customary to knock one of his bones on the table as a signal that he is passing. Alternately he/she can signal the pass by saying the word “Paso” (Pass). There are some games where there are bonus points for teams making their opponents pass.