Archive for January, 2014

Scholarship Committee 2014

January 21, 2014 Leave a comment

Spanish American Club scholarship available to Martin and St. Lucie counties 2014 grads

By Herman Santa

L to R: Melissa Bonet-James, Nancy Rozon, Herman Santa, Fe Vall de Ruten, and Isa Bryson

L to R: Melissa Bonet-James, Nancy Rozon, Herman Santa, Fe Vall de Ruten, and Isa Bryson

The Spanish American Club, Inc. (SACI) scholarship is available to graduating seniors who live in Martin and St. Lucie counties.  The scholarship is administered by the Spanish American club, Inc. Scholarship Committee.

This year new board of directors are: President — Carlos Bonet, Vice President — Nancy Rozon, Treasurer — Ron Bryson, Secretary — Melissa Bonet-James, Public Relations — Tony Colón, Director — Al Feliciano and Substitute — Fe Vall de Ruten.

The scholarship committee is: Director — Herman Santa; Co-chairs — Nancy Rozon, Fe Vall de Ruten, Melissa Bonet-James and Isa Bryson.  The SACI scholarship was established in 1994 for low-income Hispanic students.  More than $18,000 has been awarded to local students.   Thirty-two high school seniors from Martin and St. Lucie counties have benefited from the scholarships.

The scholarships are awarded based on career interest academic achievement, financial need and other criteria.  Students must maintain a 3.0 grade point average (GPA).

Applicants must write a paragraph in Spanish the day of the interview, on why they feel they should be considered for the scholarship.  Letters of recommendation are accepted. Two students will be selected ($750 each) after one-on-one interview by the Spanish American Club, Inc. Scholarship Committee.

Applicants must meet the following eligibility requirements for consideration: (1) Martin or St. Lucie county senior.  (2) Resident of either county. (3) Copy of the original transcript from the high school and (4) the student must read, write and speak Spanish.

Eligible students should submit the application by Friday, Feb. 28.  Applications are available from Martin and St. Lucie counties Guidance Counselors.  For more information email Herman Santa at or visit  Please send all correspondence to Spanish American Club, Inc.  P.O. Box 9356, Port St. Lucie, FL 34985

Becas del SACI para estudiantes hispanos de Escuela Superior 2014

El Spanish American Club, Inc. aceptará solicitudes hasta el viernes 28 de febrero de este año para dos becas para estudiantes hispanos de las Escuelas Superiores públicas de los condados de Martin y St. Lucie.  Las becas de $750 cada una se les otorgará a dos jóvenes de herencia hispana que deseen continuar estudios universitarios en el estado de Florida. Para calificar, el solicitante debe ser de bajos ingresos, completar la solicitud del programa de becas del club, deberá tener un promedio mínimo de 3.0 y debe hablar, escribir y leer español.  Las solicitudes están disponibles en la oficina del “Guidance Counselor” en los condados ya mencionadosPara informes contacte al correo electrónico  Para más informació visite  Por medio de “La Voz”, agradezco al comité de becas, a los directores, socios del club, a los contribuyentes y a todos los que nos ayudaron a recaudar fondos para la beca del club.


The following students have been awarded scholarships since 1994.


1994/Armando Gil/Mexico/Fort Pierce

1995/Elisa Rodríguez/Puerto Rico/Port St. Lucie

1996/Jennifer Torres/Puerto Rico/Port St. Lucie

1997/Alfredo Rosado/Puerto Rico/Port St. Lucie

1998/Pedro Luna/Mexico/Fort Pierce

1999/Ella R. Flores/Mexico/Fort Pierce

2000/Miguel J. Gaspar/Guatemala/Indiantown

2001/Gabriela Padilla/Mexico/Indiantown

2002/Roberto Cabrera/Mexico/Fort Pierce

2003/María A. Fernández/Venezuela/Stuart

2004/Mónica A. Herrera/Colombia/Port St. Lucie

2005/Viridiana Felix/Guatemala/Indiantown

2006/Jessica Benitez/Mexico/Port St. Lucie

2006/Miriam Hernandez/Guatemala/Indiantown

2007/Amy Perez/Guatemala/Indiantown

2007/Daisy Trujillo/Mexico/Indiantown

2007/Venessa Pelayo/Mexico/Fort Pierce

2008/Floriberta Reynoso/Mexico/Fort Pierce

2008/Anthony Sanchez/Colombia/Fort Pierce

2009/Tayliz J. Rodríguez/Puerto Rico/Palm City

2009/Ana G. Fuentes/Mexico/Indiantown

2010/ Marisol Gomez/Mexico/Fort Pierce

2010/ Elba Valdez/Mexico/Stuart

2011/ Nancy Velásquez/Guatemala/Indiantown

2011/ Tatiana Muñoz/Colombia/Port St. Lucie

2011/ Adriana Rodriguez/Cuba/Port St. Lucie

2012/ Lorena Morales/ Mexico/Indiantown

2012/Vladimir Villa/Mexico/Stuart

2012/Daniel Gonzalez/Venezuela/Fort Pierce

2013/Sarahi Mojaras/Mexico/Stuart

2013/Pamela Garcia/Mexico/Stuart

2013/Vanessa Guarnico/Colombia/Port St. Lucie


Assembly 2014

January 19, 2014 Leave a comment

Spanish American Club announces new directors for 2014

By Herman Santa

On Saturday Jan. 18,  the members of the Spanish American Club, Inc. (SACI) celebrated their 22nd Annual General Assembly at the Disabled American Veterans Club in Port St. Lucie to elect a new board of directors.  The meeting was called to order by the president Carlos Bonet who also was the master of ceremonies.  He conducted the general assembly and announced the candidates and other issues to be resolved.

Carlos Bonet was re-elected president along with treasurer Ron Bryson.  Other elected officers also were installed: public relations, Tony Colon; director, Al Feliciano; secretary, Melissa Bonet; substitute, Fe Vall de Ruten; and vice president, Nancy Rozon.  The business meeting ended with the awards ceremony.  Bonet recognized his directors for their service, contribution and dedication to the club with gift certificates.  The recipients of such gift certificates were: Al Feliciano, Nancy Rozon, Ron Bryson, Fe Vall de Ruten, and Raquel O’Connor.  Other members that were recognized for their service were: Ivan Guanill, Tony Colon, Melissa Bonet, and Virginia Feliciano.

This was followed by the celebration of January’s birthdays.  Members present celebrating their birthday were: Xiomara Guanill, Celia Santiago, Nereida Pellot, Felix Asencio, and Ray Matias.  The D.J. played “Happy Birthday” for them and every one enjoyed the delicious birthday cake.  Door prizes winners were: Yvonne Bonet, Dick Diamond, Melissa Bonet, Celia Santiago, Carlos Bonet, Nancy Rozon and Al Manzanares.  D.J. José Ramírez took over the party and did a good job entertaining us until late in the evening.

Many thanks to the previous board of directors who donated the door prizes and those who helped with the decoration, the set -ups and planned the event. The new board extends its thanks to generous members and their guests who bought tickets for the 50/50 drawing and for the door prizes.  The Spanish American Club, Inc. is a not-for-profit social organization comprised of members in Martin and St. Lucie who are dedicated to the promotion and preserve the Hispanic heritage on the Treasure Coast.

The next event has been scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 15, to celebrate Valentine’s Day at the same location.  If any person is interested in becoming a member of the club, please contact the president of the club, Carlos Bonet, at  For more information please visit

Nueva Junta Directiva del SACI

Por Herman Santa

Los socios del Spanish American Club, Inc. (SACI) eligieron la junta de directores para el año fiscal 2014. La Asamblea General Annual se celebró el pasado sábado 18 de enero en el Disabled American Veterans Club de Port St. Lucie.  La nueva Junta Directiva está compuesta por Carlos Bonet; Presidente, Nancy Rozon; Vice Presidente, Ron Bryson; Tesorero, Melissa Bonet-James; Secretaria, Tony Colon; Relaciones Públicas, Al Feliciano; Vocal y Fe Vall de Ruten; Substituto. Después de la asamblea, los socios celebraron con un coctél y bailaron con el ritmo del D.J. José Ramírez hasta tarde en la noche. La próxima actividad está planeada para el sábado 15 de febrero en el mismo local. Para más información visite:

Photo # 1 L to R: Tony Colón, Melissa Bonet, Carlos Bonet, Fe Vall de Ruten, Nancy Rozon, Ron Bryson and Al Feliciano

Photo # 2: Some members enjoying the celebration after the General Assembly

Photo #3 L to R: Yolanda Foy, Virginia Feliciano, Karen Diamond, Dick Diamond, Quique Alvarado, Stella Paez and unidentified guest


Board 2014

January 19, 2014 Leave a comment

Board 2014

Back Row: L to R:  Public Relation, Tony Colon; President, Carlos Bonet; Treasurer, Ron Bryson; and Director, Al Feliciano.

Front Row: Secretary, Melissa Bonet-James; Substitute, Fe Vall de Ruten, and Vice President, Nancy Rozon.


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2013 in review

January 9, 2014 Leave a comment

The stats 2013 annual report.

Here’s an excerpt:

A New York City subway train holds 1,200 people. This blog was viewed about 6,500 times in 2013. If it were a NYC subway train, it would take about 5 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.