President's Message
Greetings fellow Rotarians and friends - Playa Coronado's April Showers #10
April showers arrived early in Coronado and further west.  Europe and Canada still have snow.  The yaks feel at home (our last speaker has a new cabinet of yaks) and for many the Easter bunny is a snow hare this year.  Still pleasantly warm here in Panama though.
Last month saw many activities with our Younger Generations and I expect these will continue to develop as we go into April.  Watch the schools for further news and new projects, your support would be appreciated.
We have been asked by District for each of our members to complete a short survey (similar but less work than the one at the beginning of the year).
Please can all members fill out the form at:-
I will send the above link to members separately to hopefully make it easier to access.
On April 24th we are having an evening social meeting, 6:00pm at Nazca 2, to see whether we can attract any new members who cannot make lunch meetings.  There are other options too, breakfast (7:00am) or Friday evening (to attract people who come to Coronado for the weekend).  Please try and bring a guest or 2 and let me know, if you haven't already done so, what you think we could do to attract new members.
Our first fundraiser is now confirmed for April 21st at Al Cazar.  Expect to see a few Rotaractors there too (and read more below to find out what these are.
Yours in Rotary
Upcoming Events
Rotary Fundraiser - Helping our Community
Apr 21, 2018 3:00 PM
Hot So Hot - Latin Party Cruise
The Riverboat - Gambler
Jun 26, 2018
5:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Directors 2017 - 18
President Elect
Rotary Foundation
Public Relations
Fund Allocation Committee
Sergeant at Arms
Young Generations
Apr 10, 2018
Rotary Foundation Grant Certification & General Manager Coronado Golf Hotel
Apr 17, 2018
Group Study Exchange - Brazil
Apr 24, 2018
Fundraiser Results
May 01, 2018
Labor Day / May Day
May 08, 2018
Opera Panama
May 15, 2018
The James Webb Space Telescope
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Rotary Foundation Awards
Rotary Foundation News
Rotary Foundation News
Our club continues to support the Rotary Foundation, and continuing on from the challenges set by Past President Mark Kendziorek (2014-2015) that year, we have achieved the following due to the efforts of this year's Foundation Chair Phil Birn. 
Goals are set by President Mike or Rotary International.  A reminder, there are 40 clubs in our district spread across 4 countries.  Today we have 19 members and within Panama, the Panama City Club has around 108 members, many of whom we suspect have slightly larger disposable incomes than us.
1.  Goal: $2,000.00 to PolioPlus (to eradicate Polio in the world, 6 cases in the world 2018 so far, all in Afghanistan).
           Achieved $2,305.00 (We are the largest donor club in the district). 
2.  Goal: $100 donated by every club member to the Rotary Foundation
           Achieved - this gains us an award for Every Rotarian Every Year.
3.  Goal: Increase club giving by 10% over last year
           Achieved.  We received an award last year thanks to Art Letts, Foundation Chair, for being 3rd in District. This year better?
4.  Goal:  To be first in the District for total giving
           We are currently second in the district. (less than $1,000 behind the Panama Club).
There are other goals I could mention, but the important thing for us now is that we given to the Foundation to the ALL FUNDS Share (AF-Share) programme.  With AF-Share, we, the Rotary Club of Playa Coronado, gets almost 50% back of the donations made this year, in 3 years time.  In the interim Rotary International uses the money across different programmes.  Its a win-win for us.
A Paul Harris Award is made to those who have donated $1,000 to the Rotary Foundation.  A +1 etc means another +$1,000.  You don't have to be a club member to donate.  Check out "The Rotary Foundation" on and on if you want to know a little more about how good and transparent the foundation is.  Our club includes many Paul Harris Fellows both members and non-members (anyone can donate). If you see a specific area where you wish to support, just contact Phil Birn (or me).  The main areas that the Foundation supports are Promoting Peace, Providing Clean Water, Saving Mothers and Children, Supporting Education, Growing Local Economies and Fighting Disease.  All relevant to Panama!
This month I would like to recognize the following 3 members who have recently given very generously to the Foundation (and whose awards really did get lost in the mail):-
    Erika Kugler   PHF +4
    Keith Dick       PHF +2
    Kit Filbey         PHF +1 
We can do more, so please support us, our fundraiser and we will do everything we can to make your giving painless (at least that is what Phil says) and we will endeavor to use your donations in the most efficient way we can.
Rotaract Coclé Chartered
Our new Rotaract Club, Rotaract Coclé received their Charted at Penonomé University on Friday 16th March 2018.
Our new Rotaract Club, Rotaract Coclé received their Charter at Penonomé University on Friday 16th March 2018. 
Rotaract is a Self Managing Service Organization (Leadership Training) for 18 to 30 year olds, which comes under the auspices of Rotary and is part of our family.  They usually organize their own events, doing good in the community, and are renowned for their parties.
The meeting, held as an extraordinary meeting of the Rotary Club of Playa Coronado was chaired by President Mike (ex-Rotaractor) with 8 Rotarians and approximately 40 people present including the Director of the University, Doctora Betty Gomez, members of the faculty, staff of the Nursery and of course Rotaractors.
The Charter was presented to Ashley Torres, President and each member pinned in turn.
We then presented a plaque for the wall of the University,  which stated in Spanish, appreciation of the collaboration of the University and the Rotary Club of Playa Coronado for the construction of a new Health Teaching Center and improvements to the Children's Nursery. (Conversion of one toilet and high washbasin in two toilets and a low sink unit suitable for at least 3 children to use together.  The nursery serves around 30 children of both staff and students.
Rotaract President Ashley holding the Charter, Dra Bett.y Gomez in pink dress, Rotarians and Rotaractors.  Can you tell the difference?
Young Generations Day at the Beach on Friday 23rd March 2018
Elly Davids (Young Generations Chair) and Joel Davids hosted a day at the beach for all our Scholarship students on Friday 23rd March 2018.
Have you ever tried herding cats?
Elly Davids our Young Generations Chair knows what it is like since she tried to get all our Scholarship students together in one place at one time.
She and her husband Joel managed to get most, but not all, together on Friday 23rd March 2018 and we have proof in the photograph below. 
Note that Elly, Joel and Mike are included are in the picture too, slightly older looking than the current students, can you spot them? 
The picture was taken in the rain at the poolside and from there we went to the beach, had lunch and a walk on the sand, for those young and daring enough.
We wish the student all the best for their future studies and hope that maybe a few will return and tell us of their experiences at university.
San Carlos School Covered Walkway
The Rotary Club of Playa Coronado donates $2,000 to the San Carlos School for the purchase of materials to be used for the building of a $12,000 covered walkway, to shelter students from the sun and rain as they make their way from school buses to the school.
The Rotary Club of Playa Coronado donates $2,000 to the San Carlos School for the purchase of materials to be used for the building of a $12,000 covered walkway, to shelter students from the sun and rain as they make their way from school buses to the school. 
The check was presented to the Head of the School, Profesora Rosario Corrales (in blue) by Elly Davids, Young Generations, on Tuesday 3rd April 2018, in the presence of Dulce Kellam and Mike Peers.
Golf Tournament 6th April 2018 Panama City
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RCPC Fundraiser
Latin Party Cruise
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