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Bowling Dinner 2018

December 9, 2018 Leave a comment

Spanish American Club Hosted a Bowling Dinner at Clubmed

By Herman Santa

On Saturday, December 8 to kick off the Christmas holiday, some members of the bowling group of the The Spanish American Club, Inc. dine, drink and dance at luxury resort of Clubmed restaurant in Port St. Lucie.

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Sport 2018

November 29, 2018 Leave a comment

It’s a Sporting Life

by Charlie Quiles

The boxer bobs and weaves avoiding the punches of his opponent then delivers his own counter-punching blows. The running back twists and spins his body to evade the grasps of the defenders in order to reach his goal. The dancer clutches his partner softly but firmly while guiding her through a series of turns. The movement flows ever so smoothly.  The couple glides across the dance room floor all the while synchronizing their movements to the rhythmic sounds of the Latin beat. Imagine now this feat repeated by many couples on the smooth teak wood floor. Such is the sport and art form we know as dance.

It’s no wonder that tonight’s theme was a ‘Sporting Dance’. There were ladies and gents dressed in the football attire of their favorite team (i.e. – NY Giant’s, yeah!!). Lakers (Vivian Megaro) and Heat (Maria Quiles) uniforms were worn with pride. Yvonne Bonet wore her tribute to the basketball icon Michael Jordan.  A whole table of fans were dressed in the shiny yellow jerseys of the Colombian National soccer team. They cheered all night as if in attendance at a ‘World Cup’ match. However, in the midst of this throng was a sole fan, Elizabeth Mejia, proudly displaying the colors of her native Peru. Josie Guadalupe acknowledged her preference for the team known around the world, the New York Yankees, while Denise Bodden brandished the cap of their cross-town rival the NY Mets. So many teams, so much camaraderie absent any trash talk (Whew, that was a fortunate relief!) They danced all night long enjoying one and others company.

Birthday celebrants for the month of November attending the night’s event enjoyed a resounding if not raucous singing of “Happy Birthday”. They included Denise Bodden, a NY Mets fan, Rosie Basabe Soto and Javier Andrade, one of many Colombian soccer fans.

Door prize winners danced their way to the front of the hall to a variety of tunes. The all female group displayed their gifts before an audience of hooters and hollerers. They were Elizabeth Mejia, minus her Peru team jersey, Josie Guadalupe, Miss NY Yankee, Vivian Megaro, a Lakers fan and two elegantly dressed ladies Zaida Concepcion and Naomi Sanabria.

In sports the role of woman has finally been acknowledged by the general public. To any keen observer the same seems to have occurred at this night’s festivity. Wow! Winners of the fifty/fifty drawing were two exquisitely attired ladies Theresa Peña and Maite Peterson (N.B.- proceeds obtained from this drawing benefit the SACI Scholarship Fund).

The Spanish American Club, Inc. (SACI) recognizes it’s role within the Treasure Coast community and as such has donated food baskets or certificates for food to needy families during this Thanksgiving holiday.  Al Feliciano was the only male to win a raffle, a ‘Basket of Cheer’ prepared by Nancy Rozon. Of course the Colombian soccer fans all rushed to his table with glasses in hand hoping to share in the winnings.

Our membership has also donated or collected toys for distribution this Christmas season to low income or disadvantaged children throughout our area. On that note, SACI wishes everyone a wonderful holiday season.

As usual, all of this was made possible through the hard work of our Board of Directors: President, Ruben Aleman; Vice President, Nancy Rozon; Treasurer, Lionel Roman; Secretary, Raquel O’Connor; Public Relations Director, Ramon Guadalupe; Director, Carlos Mejia, and; Substitute Director, Charlie Quiles. The Club applauds your efforts. Thank you all.

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.

The next dance will be the “New Years Dance” held on, Friday December 28th at the Polish American Social Club, 343 NW Prima Vista Blvd, PSL, Fl. There will be a buffet and reservations are required. Contact President Rubén Alemán at aleman.999@aol.com. For information regarding the club, visit http://www.thespanishamericanclubinc.org. Hasta la proxima! (Until next time!)

Photo # 1 50/50 winners L to R Theresa Pena and Maite Peterson

Photo # 2 Door prize winners L to R Ruben Aleman, Elizabeth Mejia, Josie Guadalupe, Vivian Megaro, Zaida Concepcion, Naomi Sanabria and Carlos Mejia

Photo # 3 Birthday L to R Denise Bodden, Rosie Basabe Soto, Ruben Aleman and Javier Andrade

Photo # 4 Colombian National Soccer fans

Photo # 5 Basket of Cheers winner L to R L to R: Ruben Aleman, Al Feliciano, Nancy Rozon and Carlos Mejia

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Golf Tournament 2018

October 28, 2018 Leave a comment

Spanish American Club Annual Scholarship Golf Tournament brings together Hispanics golfers, friends and donors

Herman Santa

The Saints Golf Course in Port St. Lucie was packed with the Spanish American Club golf group, friends, and donors, who came out to support the successful Annual Golf Tournament on Wednesday, October 24. Golfers enjoyed a beautiful day with friends, which concluded at the 19th Hole restaurant with delicious food, great prizes, fabulous awards, and wonderful camaraderie.

Congratulations to the tournament winners:

  • Bernard Jethroe “Longest Drive”
  • Ralph Morrison “Closest to the Pin”
  • Gary Bradley and Jorge Crespo “Low Score”
  • Ray Guadalupe “Most Improved Golfer of the Year”

We are blessed by your generosity! Thank you to donors among them: Carl Atkins, Eric Frank, Gus Migliore, Gary Bradley, Jorge Pérez, Norman Robinson, Bernard Jethroe, Andy Guisti, Randy Mancuso, Ralph Morrison, Fernando Mejía, Tony George, Ray Guadalupe, Herman Santa, Jack Klein, Jorge Crespo, Luis Arroyo, Cecil Elie, David Santiago, Luis Rosa, Carlos Bonet, Roberto Belardo, Rubén Alemán, Dennis Schmidt, Al Peña, Terri Hemings, Andrew Hanasen and David O’Kelly, Manager of the Pro Golf Shop of The Saints. We are blessed by your generosity!

All funds raised at the event will help the club’s scholarship funds for next year 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.

For more information or to become part of the group email: hermansanta@comcast.net. To learn more information about the club and to see additional photographs of the events, visit the club’s website at www.thespanishamericanclubinc.org

The next dance to celebrate “Thanksgiving” is on, Saturday November 24th at the Polish American Social Club, 343 NW Prima Vista Blvd, PSL, Fl. Reservations are required. Contact President Rubén Alemán at (772) 323-8990 or email: aleman.999@aol.com

Photo # 1 (Back Row) Norman Robinson, Luis Rosa, Herman Santa and Dennis Schmidt (Seated) Jorge Crespo and Gary Bradley

Photo # 2 (Back Row) Rubén Alemán, Norman Robinson, Ray Guadalupe. Al Peña, Tony George, Luis Rosa, Carlos Bonet, Dennis Schmidt and Herman Santa.  Seated Luis Arroyo, Cecil Elie, Jorge Crespo and Gary Bradley

Photo # 3 Celebration at the 19th Hole Rest

Photo # 4 Celebration at the 19th Hole Rest

 

 

 

 

Halloween 2018

October 28, 2018 Leave a comment

Spanish American Club Halloween Dance

by Charlie Quiles

AAAAAAAAAAAAH!!!!! Cried out one lady when abruptly confronted by the Ninja’ Clad Warrior’ who turned out to be a dear acquaintance of hers. This night was attended by Pirates, Ninjas, Witches and even a Ghost or two. It was enough to scare this man out of his ‘Doggy’ costume. We had an Egyptian contingency of beautifully dressed maidens accompanied by Ramses, the great pharaoh. No problem, we had our own Roman senator, no actually, it was Caesar himself to keep them in check. He was accompanied by his regally dressed wife, ‘The Queen’. ‘Little Red Riding Hood’ made an appearance as ‘Elvin Beauties’scampered about. A ‘Knight in Shining Armor’ fearlessly protected his own feline belle from the allures of the ‘Doggy Man’.

A few ‘Gangsta’ figures including at least one ‘moll’ were present. They were all salivating at the presence of the ‘Monopoly Banker’ for some reason. Even a ‘Lady of the Night’ pranced about in a flirtatiously revealing outfit, “Ooh, la, la”. The peasant class were not without representation either ‘Juan Valdes’ along with one or two Colombian lovelies were there. Lest we forget, ‘The Nerd’ went about handing out pictures of himself. How he conquered the heart of that wonderfully dressed ‘Egyptian maiden’ is beyond anybody’s guess.

Tonight’s highlight included the drawing of the raffle for the ‘HP Laptop computer’. It was won by Tania Carrillo who did not attend tonight’s festivities. The raffle has proven to be a valuable boost to the Club’s coffers. Hopefully it will continue to provide needed revenue to help fuel these amazing events. The next raffle and prize will be announced shortly. Thank you to all participants.

The Domino Tournament winners were announced tonight. The games were held on Saturday, October 6th at the St. Lucie Lanes. The Ladies 1st Place winners were Daisy Alemán and Diana Colón (absent). In 2nd Place were Cookie Santiago and Sonia Echevarría. For the men, the 1st Place winners were Hector Peña and José Echevarría. The 2nd Place winners were Evie Cardona and Luis Carrillo Jr.

Birthdays for the month of October were celebrated by: Frank Megaro, Aminda Sampson, Rosendo González, Fidelino Casayas, Tony Colón, Dick Diamond, Johnny Borrás, Josie Guadalupe, Cookie Santiago, Daisy Alemán, Frances Mata, Berta Del Nodal, Gloria Jaramillo and Patricia Reyes.

The Golf Tournament was held on Wednesday October 24th at the Saints. Winners were as follows: ‘Longest Drive’ winner hole #9, Bernard Jethroe; ‘Closest to Pin’ winner hole #10, Ralph Morrison; Best Improved Player of the year’, Ray Guadalupe; ‘Low Score’ winners, Gary Bradley and Jorge Crespo; ‘High Score’ winners, Herman Santa and Dennis Schmidt. Other winners, ‘Eagles’ hole #14,Gary Bradley and Jorge Crespo. Hole #9, Norman Robinson and Luis Rosa.

Again, as usual, all of this was made possible through the hard work of our Board of Directors: President, Ruben Aleman; Vice President, Nancy Rozon; Treasurer, Lionel Roman; Secretary, Raquel O’Connor; Public Relations Director, Ramon Guadalupe; Director, Carlos Mejia, and; Substitute Director, Charlie Quiles. The Club applauds your efforts. Thank you all.

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.

The next dance will be the “Sports Event Dance” held on, Saturday November 24th at the Polish American Social Club, 343 NW Prima Vista Blvd, PSL, Fl. There will be no buffet and reservations are required. Contact President Rubén Alemán at aleman.999@aol.com. For information regarding the club, visit http://www.thespanishamericanclubinc.org

Hasta la proxima!

Photo # 1 Door Prize Winners.  From left Ray ‘ARR’ Guadalupe, Tony Colón, Al ‘Juan Valdéz’ Peña, Aminda Sampson, Cookie Santiago, Nancy ‘The Orange Witch’ Rozón, Gustavo ‘Ye Matey’ Santa, Johnny ‘Cosa Nostra’ Borrás and Rubén Aleman.  In background: José and Gloria Ramirez.  In background: Jose Ramírez

Photo # 2 50/50 Winner.  From left Ruben Aleman, Gloria Ramírez and Ray ‘ARR’ Guadalupe

Photo # 3 October Birthday Celebrants with Club Officers From left Rubén Alemán, Frank Megaro, Aminda Sampson, Rosendo González, Fidelino Casayas Tony Colón, Dick Diamond, Johnny ‘Cosa Nostra’ Borrás, Lionel ‘The Scream’ Román, Charlie ‘Doggy Man’ Quiles and Ray ‘ARR’ Guadalupe. Seated L to R: Josie ‘O’Lantern’ Guadalupe, Cookie Santiago, Daisy Alemán, Frances ‘Party Girl’ Mata, Berta Del Nodal, Gloria ‘Little Red Riding Hood’ Jaramillo and Patricia Reyes

Garage Sale 2018

October 15, 2018 Leave a comment

Garage Sale, Flea Market, Tag Sale or Yard Sale

By Herman Santa

The members of the Spanish American Club, Inc. held a “Garage Sale” on Friday and Saturday, October 12 and 13, to raise funds for the scholarship.

The members donate articles from furniture home theatre, games, glassware, pictures to clothing. Thanks to the board of directors who helped to make the event a success. The Garage sale resulted in substantial funds being generated for the scholarship.

Also, thanks to the generosity of our members who donated the articles and helped with the event, among them: Ruben Aleman,. Lucy Santa, Nancy Rozon, Rosie Basabe, Leo Roman and Raquel O’Connor. If I missed any one, pls. let me know.

Photo # 1 From left Lucy Santa, Nancy Rozon, Rosie Basabe and Ruben Aleman

 

Dominoes Tournament 2018

October 7, 2018 Leave a comment

Dominoes Tournament 2018

By Herman Santa

The Spanish American Club, Inc. dominoes tournament was hosted Saturday, October 6, at the St. Lucie Lanes in Port St. Lucie.

Club member Ivan Guanill coordinated the event. The event produced enthusiastic participation by local dominoes players from Stuart, Port St. Lucie, Jensen Beach and Ft. Pierce.

The dominoes tournament features a double partner’s ration of 18 men and 10 women in 3 rounds per couple mix doubles play.

The entry fee was $15 for members and $20 for non members. Players were selected by lottery.  Finalists received a trophy for 1st and 2nd place.   All players played with rotation partners of 3 game for the classification of 200 points.  The championship game was played with 500 points.

The top four finalists for a final round of 500 points were: Hector Peña and José Echevarría who emerged as the men tournament winners and Daisy Alemán and Diana Colón for the women. Rubén Rodriguez and Edgar López won the split 50/50 raffle drawing.

Other players that participated were: (Men) Luis E. Carrillo Jr., Ray Matias, Herman Santa, Rubén Alemán, Angel Pellot, Néstor Pereira, Félix Asencio, David Ramos Jr., Virgilio Cardona, Jack Letra, Dick Sperl, Juan Reyes, Rubén Rodriguez, Gilberto Ferri, Joe Tierno, Edgar López and Roberto Belardo.  (Women) Nereida Pellot, Carmen Belardo, Mirta Zapata, Aminda Peña, Josie Guadalupe, Cookie Santiago, Millie Asencio and Sonia Echevarría.

Committee members that assisted Ivan were Rubén Aleman, Angel Pellot, Nerida Pellot, José Santiago and Herman Santa. Monitors for the tournament were Ivan Guanill, José Santiago, Tony Colón and Joe Colón.

Thanks to all tournament participants and volunteers. It was a great day of dominoes with nice people.  The best thing, of course, is that profits from the tournament were donated to the scholarship fund of the club.  A win-win for all!

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.

The game of Dominoes is enjoyed throughout the Caribbean, Central America, and South America, as well as Spain. It is prevalent in every Hispanic culture especially in Puerto Rico and Spain. As part of the 2018 “Heritage Month” celebration.

Next Event: “Halloween Dance” it will be held on October 27th at the Polish American Social Club, 343 NW Prima Vista Blvd, PSL, Fl. There will be no buffet and reservations are required. Contact President Rubén Alemán at (772) 323-8990 or email at aleman.999@aol.com For information regarding the club, visit our website http://www.thespanishamericanclubinc.org

Photo # 1 Photo #2 Dominoes Tournament Committee. From left Rubén Alemán, Angel Pellot, Nereida Pellot José Santiago and Iván Guanill

Photo # 2 winners of the split 50/50 raffle drawing From left Rubén Rodriguez and Edgar López

Photo # 3 From left (Standing) Edgar López, Rubén alemán, Joe Colón, Gilberto Ferri, Angel Pellot and Herman Santa. Seated Eván Guanill and José Santiago

Photo # 4 From left Daisy Alemán and Diana Colón, Sonia Echevarría, Cookie Santiago, Aminda Peña and Josie Guadalupe

Photo # 5 Women Dominoes Champions from left Daisy Alemán and Diana Colón

Photo # 6 Women Dominoes Champions finalist from left Daisy Alemán and Diana Colón, sonia Echevarría and Cookie Santiago

Hispanic Heritage Dance

October 2, 2018 Leave a comment

Hispanic Heritage Dance

by Charlie Quiles

…and then the clock struck 6 as club members and their spouses trickled into the ballroom. Awaiting them, the tables were beautifully decorated each with a bouquet of flowers and flags representing the various Latino countries, indicative of the many nationalities present at this festivity. Some guests in attendance dressed in the traditional garb of their respective nation. In any event they all came ready to party.

A short delay was experienced when the DJ forgot this was a Friday night event and not the usual Saturday night affair. However, that did not seem to dampen the spirits of the attendees one bit. When he (DJ) finally made his appearance, it was to loud cheers. With the aid of our club members he quickly set up his equipment and once again they were all ready to party down.

They danced to a variety of salsas, merengues, cumbias, bachatas and even one or two reggaetons. At one point, DJ Jose stopped the music to honor a request by Dick and Karen Diamond. The attendees were entertained by the Diamonds as they danced to the romantic ballad by Roberto Carlos, “Si El Amor Se Va”.

Members celebrating birthdays this month were Charlie Quiles, Virginia González, Arturo Guadalupe, Karen Diamond, Ed. Parra and Roberto Vélez. Our club wishes everyone a Happy Birthday!

Lucky Door prize winners were Yvonne Bonet, Wanda Oquendo, Javier Andrade, Vivian Megaro, Aida Vélez. and finally Sandra Jimenez and Lucy Santa won the split 50/50 raffle drawing. Proceeds benefit our generous ‘Scholarship Fund’. The ‘Club’ thanks all who participated in support of this charitable cause.” (excerpt provided by Herman Santa ‘unofficial club historian’)

IN MEMORIAM

During this period, President Ruben Aleman called for a moment of silence in honor of our own Luis Carrillo. Luis served as the Club Treasurer until recently when he had to step down due to the excruciating pains of his overwhelming illness. He succumbed to his ailment shortly thereafter. Luis, you served your Club well. You will be sorely missed, hermano.

Again, as usual, all of this was made possible through the hard work of our Board of Directors: President, Ruben Aleman; Vice President, Nancy Rozon; Treasurer, Lionel Roman; Secretary, Raquel O’Connor; Public Relations Director, Ramon Guadalupe; Director, Carlos Mejia, and; Substitute Director, Charlie Quiles. The Club applauds your efforts. Thank you all.

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.

The Dominoes Tournament is set for 9:00 AM Saturday, October 6th at the St. Lucie Lanes. The Golf Tournament will begin at 9:00 AM Wednesday, October 24th at The Saints.

The next dance will be a “Halloween Dance” held on, Saturday October 27th at the Polish American Social Club, 343 NW Prima Vista Blvd, PSL, Fl. There will be no buffet and reservations are required. Contact President Rubén Alemán at aleman.999@aol.com. For information regarding the club, visit www.thespanishamericanclubinc.orgHasta la proxima! (Until next time!)

Danza de la herencia hispana

por Charlie Quiles traducción por Maria A. Quiles

… y luego el reloj dio las 6 como miembros del club y sus cónyuges entraron en el salón de baile. En espera de ellos, las mesas estaban bellamente decoradas con un ramo de flores y banderas que representaban a los diversos países latinos, indicativos de las numerosas nacionalidades presentes en esta festividad. Algunos invitados que asistieron se vistieron con el atuendo tradicional de su respectiva nación. En cualquier caso, todos vinieron listos para la fiesta.

Se experimentó un breve retraso cuando el DJ olvidó que esto era un evento del viernes por la noche y no el habitual evento del sábado por la noche. Sin embargo, eso no pareció humedecer un poco a los espíritus de los asistentes. Cuando él (DJ) finalmente hizo su aparición, fue a gritos fuertes. Con la ayuda de los miembros de nuestro club, instaló rápidamente su equipo y, una vez más, todos estaban listos para la fiesta.

Bailaron a una variedad de salsas, merengues, cumbias, bachatas e incluso uno o dos reggaetones. En un momento, el DJ José detuvo la música para cumplir con una solicitud de Dick y Karen Diamond. Los Diamonds entretuvieron a los asistentes mientras bailaban a la balada romántica de Roberto Carlos, “Si El Amor Se Va”.

“Los miembros que celebran cumpleaños este mes fueron Charlie Quiles, Virginia González, Arturo Guadalupe, Karen Diamond, Eduardo Parra y Roberto Vélez. Nuestro club les desea a todos un feliz cumpleaños!

Los ganadores del premio Lucky Door fueron Yvonne Bonet, Wanda Oquendo, Javier Andrade, Vivian Megaro, Aida Vélez. y finalmente Sandra Jimenez y Lucy Santa ganaron el sorteo dividido 50/50. Las ganancias benefician a nuestro generoso ‘Fondo de Becas’. El “Club” agradece a todos los que participaron en apoyo de esta causa benéfica “(extracto proporcionado por el” historiador no oficial del club “de Herman Santa)

EN MEMORIA

Durante este período, el presidente Rubén Alemán pidió un momento de silencio en honor a nuestro propio Luis Carrillo. Luis se desempeñó como Tesorero del Club hasta hace poco, cuando tuvo que dimitir debido a los insoportables dolores de su enfermedad abrumadora. Sucumbió a su enfermedad poco después. Luis, le has servido bien a tu Club. Te extrañaremos mucho, hermano.

Una vez más, como de costumbre, todo esto fue posible gracias al arduo trabajo de nuestra Junta Directiva: Presidente, Ruben Alemán; Vicepresidente, Nancy Rozon; Tesorero, Lionel Román; La secretaria Raquel O’Connor; Director de Relaciones Públicas, Ramón Guadalupe; Director, Carlos Mejía, y; Director suplente, Charlie Quiles. El Club aplaude sus esfuerzos. Gracias a todos.

El Club Hispanoamericano fue fundado en 1992. La misión del club es promover la amistad y la solidaridad entre sus miembros y otras organizaciones sin fines de lucro en la Costa del Tesoro a través de actividades culturales, sociales, cívicas y deportivas; para promover el conocimiento de todos los países de habla hispana, su geografía, historia, arte y folkclore.

El Torneo de Dominó está programado para las 9:00 AM del sábado 6 de octubre en St. Lucie Lanes.

El Torneo de Golf comenzará a las 9:00 AM del miércoles 24 de octubre en The Saints.

El próximo baile será un “Baile de Halloween”, el sábado 27 de octubre en el Polish American Social Club, 343 NW Prima Vista Blvd, PSL, Fl. No habrá buffet y se requieren reservaciones. Póngase en contacto con el presidente Rubén Alemán (772) 323-8990 o correo electónico aleman.999@aol.com. Para obtener información sobre el club, visite www.thespanishamericanclubinc.org.

¡Hasta la proxima vez!

Photo # 1 From left: Rubén Alemán, Yvonne Bonet, Wanda Oquendo, Javier Andrade, Vivian Megaro, Aida Vélez, Carlos Mejía, Nancy Rozón, Ray Guadalupe and Leo Román

Photo # 2 From left: Sandra Jimenez and Lucy Santa

Photo # 3 From left Charlie Quiles, Virginia González, Arturo Guadalupe, Karen Diamond, Ed. Parra and Roberto Vélez