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Open House 1997

June 18, 2011 Leave a comment

Open House

Por Herman Santa

El Spanish American Club celebró su “Get Together” mensual el sábado 20 de septiembre en la residencia de Tom y Kathy González en la ciudad de White City.  Tom y Kathy como siempre tan amables y cariñosos nos recibieron con abrazos, coctél  y picadas.  Después de los tragos nos tenian una cena preparada por unos amigos de ellos.  Luego nos pusieron música bailable y disfrutamos de una noche alegre y divertida.  Gracias Tom y Kathy por ese “Open House” que les quedó muy bueno.

L to R: Ed Finnerty, Maria Finnerty and Nora Matos enjoying the dinner at the Open House

Unidentified guests at the Open House

L to R: Kathy González, David Matos, Nora Matos, Maria Finnerty, Ed Finnerty, Lucy Santa and Tom González at the Open House


Scholarship 2011 (Velazquez)

June 16, 2011 Leave a comment

SACI awards scholarship

By Herman Santa

The Spanish American Club, Inc. (SACI) awarded a scholarship to a local Hispanic student.  The recipient of the scholarship is Nancy Velasquez who was born in Guatemala and lives in  Indiantown.  Nancy is a student at South  Fork High School.   She will attend Indian River State College  to become a Nurse.

The student was selected as a winner for the year 2011 from more that 16 students who applied  for the scholarship of the club.  The award is presented each year by the club and is based on grades, academic accomplishments and economic needs.  This year scholarship committee chair is Herman Santa, co chair with Isa Bryson and Nancy Rozon  selected the students for their achievements, trustworthiness, character, responsibility, fairness, caring and academics.

The student was asked to write an essay in Spanish and submit letters of recommendation.  She was interviewed by the committee and was asked several questions concerning her goals and objectives and why she deserved the scholarship.  The student has been awarded $500 scholarships.  The (SACI) is a non profit organization.  The club was founded in 1992 by 9 Hispanics families from Martin and St. Lucie Counties to promote the Hispanic heritage and to unite the Hispanics on the Treasure Coast.

The SACI scholarship was established in 1992 for low income students.  Over 25 High School seniors from Martin and St. Lucie had benefited from the scholarships.  Over $13,000 has been awarded to local students.  The members organize monthly events, golf, bowling and dominoes tournaments, picnics and boat trips to raise funds for the scholarship and to run the club.

Scholarship winner 2011 Nancy Velazquez

New Year’s 1998

June 6, 2011 Leave a comment

Despedida de año

Por Herman Santa

El sábado 31 de diciembre el “Spanish American Club, Inc.” celebró su “New Year’s Eve Dance” en el clubhouse de la YMCA en Port St. Lucie.  El local fue elegantemente decorado para la ocasión por la comitiva del club. La presidenta, Yolanda Sanchez, dió una cordial bienvenida a los socios e invitados.   Las mesas estaban llenas de pitos, gorros, matracas, coronas y de otros artículos para celebrar el Nuevo Año.  Antes de la media noche deleitamos el paladar con con las picadas que trajeron los socio para festejar la ida de Año Viejo.  El baile fue amenizado por el “Duo Riviera” de Port St. Lucie.

L to R: Isa Bryson, Maria Finnerty, Lupe, Maria Palenzuela, Lucy Santa, Yolanda Sanchez and Olga González

L to R: Willie González and Arnaldo Palenzuela enjoying the party

Juan and Gladys Piñeiro (Center) enjoying the party

Cruise 2011

June 3, 2011 Leave a comment

All Aboard

By Herman Santa

On Friday morning, May 13 members and their guests of the Spanish American Club, Inc. (SACI) went on 9 day cruise to Europe.  The trip included a cruise ship (Voyager of the Seas) and Land package from Miami (Iberia Air Lines) to Madrid, Spain.  The destination was Western Mediterranean which includes the following countries and cities; Barcelona, Spain, Toulon, France and in Italy, the following cities; Livorno, Rome, the island of Sicily, Messina and Venice.

We met our cruise guides Nora Candelario and her sister Delia Diaz from Vacation Superstore, Inc. at the parking lot of Public’s Supermarket in Port St. Lucie and boarded our motor coach for the 2 hour ride to the Airport of Miami.

We boarded our plane in Miami to an eight hour trip to Madrid, Spain via Barcelona to our hotel in downtown Barcelona.  On Saturday we stay in Barcelona over night and took a tour the following day for half day sightseeing and a tour to Basilica “Sagrada Familia” and outside view of Olympic Stadium and a tour of the Spanish Village.

To be continued!!!!!!

Ports of call:
May, 15 Barcelona, Spain 5:00 p.m.
May, 16 Provence (Toulon), France 7:00 a.m. 6:00 p.m.
May, 17 Livorno ( Florence / Pisa), Italy 7:00 a.m. 7:00 p.m.
May, 18 Civitavecchia (Rome), Italy 7:00 a.m. 7:00 p.m.
May, 19 Messina (Sicily), Italy 11:00 a.m. 8:00 p.m.
May, 20 at Sea
May, 21 Venice, Italy 6:00 a.m.

Day 1: Billie Betancourt (Center) collecting the tip for the bus driver

Some members and their guests at the Old Town, Toulon, France.

Some members and thier guests at the ruins of the Colosseum, Italy.

Day 8: L to R: Nora Candelario, Isa Bryson, Herman Santa, Lucy Santa and Ron Bryson during a Gondola ride, Venise, Italy

Voyager of the Seas

Day 5 Some members and their guests after the formal dinner on board the ship

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