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Puerto Vallarta News NetworkVallarta Living | January 2009 

¿Qué Tal, Compadre?
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Becas/AMF Presidents Mariel and Carlos Fregoso with Compadre Pablo Aleman
Los Presidentes de Becas AMF Mariel y Carlos Fregoso con el Compadre Pablo Aleman

Comadre Buri Gray
Comadre Buri Gray

Proud Mother with her Becada daughter
Orgullosa mamá con su hija Becada

Proud Mother with her Becado Son
Orgullosa mamá con su hijo Becado

Dr. Luz María with Bernice
Dr. Luz María con Bernice
One year ago we at Becas Vallarta tried to enlarge our financial base by appealing to people of means who believe, as we do, that education is the key to the success of individuals, cities, states and even countries.

I am thrilled to report that since David Berry and Pablo Aleman, representing Berry Development Corporation, became our very first Compadres, we have added eight others to that unique and laudable group of supporters of Becas Vallarta A.C./America- Mexico Foundation, Inc.

Not content to rest on our laurels, we are mounting a serious campaign to recruit "Becas Compadres" again this year. Following is my explanation of "Becas Compadre" from an article I wrote last year.

Our friend and Spanish Maestro, Melchor, always greets his brother Gaspar with, "¿Que tal, Compadre?" (What's Up?) I asked why he would refer to his brother with a title, not a name. Even though I had been at the christening of his first child, Martha Yesenia, and knew that Gaspar had been her Padrino (Godfather), which in turn made him Melchor's Compadre, I really didn't understand the deep significance of the term.

Melchor, in his best teacher's voice, explained that to be one's Compadre in this culture is the ultimate in status. A Compadre is a person to whom one has entrusted the welfare of his precious child in a ceremony that, while performed in a church, really transcends organized religion, and signifies a relationship between two people on a higher plane than even a blood relationship. WOW!

So armed with that information Becas members brain stormed on how to meet our need to generate more funds to sustain and expand our scholarship program for the large number of Puerto Vallarta girls and boys with great scholastic ability and small economic resources.

We decided that we must try to tap into a viable source here in our town: the banks, automobile dealerships, large companies that are bringing in their wares and developers who are building the condos to house the people who will keep those businesses going. After all, who will benefit more from an educated Puerto Vallarta populace than those enterprises?

Our brainstorming ended with a consensus that we should initiate a program where a donation of at least $5000 USD would make the donor a "Compadre of Becas," a person to whom we would entrust the welfare of our precious children now and in the future.

Even though we have those eight new "Becas Compadres," of whom we are very proud, we did not reach many outside our small circle of tried and true Becas supporters. This year we are determined to broadcast the value of this great program as far as we can.

From its inception in the 1960's when ex-pat Bernice Starr, a California school teacher, organized a few Mexican and American friends to raise funds to send the neighborhood young people to Vallarta's first junior high school, through this year, the America-Mexico Foundation/Becas Vallarta has depended on the good will and support of this incredible community for its successes.

One example of our sensational successes is that of Dr. Luz María Rodriguez, who as a young girl had a dream of becoming a doctor even though her father, the head of a large family with very limited economic resources, thought formal education was only for his sons. Luz María realized her dreams with the AMF as her sponsor, mentor and cheering section. She received her Doctor of Cardiology from the prestigious Academic Hospital in Maastricht, The Netherlands, and has gone on to becoming internationally sought as a speaker and teacher and has returned to Mexico many times as a renowned speaker in her field.

And in the forefront of Vallarta's vibrant community are doctors, dentists, lawyers, teachers, accountants,business men and women, all recipients of AMF scholarships, and all contributing greatly both to Vallarta and to the Foundation.

How great will it be when scores of you join Mr. David Berry and Sr. Pablo Aleman and others as Becas Compadres? So call us and we'll come to you! Call me at (322) 223-1371, President Carlos Fregoso at 221-0789 or Jerry Lafferty at 221-6156. We await your calls!

Incidentally, use those numbers to call for tickets to the Thursday, March 5, 2009 "Becas Crystal Ball" at the Hotel Westin Resort and Spa.
Polly G. Vicars and her husband of almost 60 years, Hubert (a.k.a. "Husband") retired to Puerto Vallarta in 1988 and soon became active members of several charitable organizations. Polly is the author of "Tales of Retirement in Paradise: Life in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico" [a sell-out!] and "More Tales of Retirement in Puerto Vallarta and Around the World." Proceeds from the sale of her books go to the America-Mexico Foundation, a scholarship foundation that is their passion.

Click HERE for more articles by Polly Vicars, or click HERE to learn more about Becas Vallarta and the America-Mexico Foundation.
¿Que Tal Compadre?
Polly G. Vicars - PVNN

Hace un año, nosotros en Becas Vallarta tratamos de agrandar nuestra base financiera, llamando a gente que creyera en lo que hacemos, que la educación es la clave del éxito de las personas, ciudades, estados y hasta países.

Estoy muy entusiasmada, de reportar que desde que David Berry y Pablo Alemán, representantes de Berry Development Corporation, fueron nuestros primeros Compadres, hemos añadido otros ocho a este admirable y especial grupo de patrocinadores de Becas Vallarta A.C./America-México Foundation, Inc.

No vamos a descansar en nuestros laureles, así que estamos iniciando una seria campaña para reclutar "Compadres de Becas" nuevamente este año. A continuación está mi explicación de "Compadre de Becas" de un artículo que escribí el año pasado.

Nuestro maestro de Español, Melchor, siempre da la bienvenida a su hermano Gaspar con, "¿Que tal, Compadre?" (Qué hay?) Le pregunté porqué se refería a su hermano con un título, no por su nombre. Aunque yo estuve en el bautizo de su primer hija, Martha Yesenia y sabía que Gaspar fue su Padrino y por ello se convirtió en el Compadre de Melchor, realmente no entendí la profundidad del significado de ese término.

Melchor, en su mejor voz de profesor, me explicó que ser el Compadre de alguien en esta cultura, es el máximo estatus. Un Compadre es la persona a quien se le confía el bienestar de su precioso hijo, en una ceremonia, que aunque se hace en la Iglesia, realmente trasciende cualquier religión y significa una relación entre dos personas en un plano más elevado que la relación de sangre. WOW!

Así que armada con toda esta información, los miembros de Becas nos pusimos a pensar, cómo generar más fondos para poder sostener y agrandar nuestro programa de Becas para apoyar a un mayor número de niños y niñas de Puerto Vallarta con grandes habilidades escolares y pocos recursos económicos.

Decidimos que deberíamos intentarlo a través de alguna vía accesible en nuestra ciudad: los bancos, dueños de agencias de automóviles, grandes compañías que traen inversión y desarrollo al construir los condominios para albergar a toda esa gente que hace que los negocios funcionen.

Después de todo, quién se va a beneficiar más de que la población de Puerto Vallarta tenga un excelente nivel educativo y esté bien preparada que esas empresas? Nuestra lluvia de ideas terminó en el consenso de que deberíamos iniciar un programa en el que la donación fuera de al menos $5000 USD que haría al donador "Compadre de Becas," la persona a la que confiamos el bienestar de nuestros niños ahora y en el futuro.

Aunque tenemos esos ocho nuevos "Compadres de Becas" de los que estamos muy orgullosos, no hemos alcanzado gran cosa fuera de nuestro pequeño círculo de patrocinadores de Becas. Este año estamos determinados a mostrar el valor de este programa tan lejos como nos sea posible.

Desde su inicio en 1960 cuando Bernice Starr, una maestro de California organizó a unos pocos de sus amigos Mexicanos y Americanos a reunir fondos para enviar a sus jóvenes vecinos a la primera escuela secundaria de Vallarta, hasta este año la Fundación America-Mexico/Becas Vallarta ha dependido de la buena voluntad y soporte de esta increíble comunidad para su éxito.

Un ejemplo de nuestro sensacional éxito es el de la Dra. Luz María Rodríguez, quien era una pequeña niña que soñaba con ser algún día doctor, aunque su padre, cabeza de una gran familia tenía muy escasos recursos económicos, y pensó en darle formal educación solo para sus hijos varones.

Luz María realizó sus sueños con el AMF como su patrocinador, dándole el ánimo y apoyo que necesitó. Se recibió como Doctora en Cardiología en el prestigiada Academia en Maastricht, The Netherlands, y es actualmente reconocida internacionalmente como oradora y maestra y ha regresado a México varias veces a dar conferencias como una famosa Doctora en su campo.

Y en la vibrante comunidad de Vallarta hay doctores, dentistas, abogados, maestros, contadores, hombres y mujeres de negocios, todos favorecidos con el programa de becas de AMF, y todos contribuyendo enormemente tanto con Puerto Vallarta como con la Fundación.

Que maravilla sería cuando Ud. se integre a los resultados del Sr. David Berry y Sr. Pablo Alemán y otros como Compadres de Becas? Así que llámenos, nosotros vamos! Llámeme a mí al (322) 223-1371, o al Presidente Carlos Fregoso al 221-0789 o a Jerry Lafferty al 221-6156. Esperamos sus llamadas!

Y a propósito, pueden llamar a esos mismos números a pedir sus boletos para el "Baile de cristal de Becas" el Jueves 5 de Marzo en The Westin Resort and Spa.



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