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Independence 2013

July 29, 2013 Leave a comment

Spanish American Club held Independence Celebration

By Herman Santa

Members of The Spanish American Club, Inc. hosted the Annual Independence Celebration on Saturday, July 27 at the Disabled American Veteran’s Club in Port St. Lucie.

The members and their guests enjoyed a night of socialization, dancing and door prizes.  The party began with the president of the club, Carlos Bonet thanking the members for their attendance and support and updating them of the coming events.  Following the president’s speech, members born in the month of July were sung Happy Birthday. Among them were: Ron Bryson and Yvonne Bonet.

After the celebration of birthdays, the directors held the raffles (Grand prize, 50/50 and the door prize) and the hat dance contest.  The grand prize winner (40” Sony LED TV) was Celia Santiago, the 2nd Prize winner (Blu Ray DVD Player) was Billy Betancourt and the 3rd Prize winner (Gift certificate at Applebee’s) was Alex James. The 50/50 winners were: Virginia Feliciano and Isa Bryson.  The door prize winner was Robert Rodergeau and the hat dance contest winner was Al Manzanares. Fifty percent of the proceeds from the Raffles will go to the Spanish American Clubs’ Scholarship Program.

Big thanks go to the members and their guests who bought tickets for the raffles.  And finally, many thanks to the door prizes donors, to the members who helped with the decorations, the set ups and planned the event.  The next event of the club has been planned for Saturday, August 24, to celebrate our “Annual Luau”.  Reservations are required.  For more information, please visit:

Photo #1: L to R: Alex James, Robert Rodergeau, Celia Santiago, Virginia Feliciano, Isa Bryson, Nancy Rozon and Ron Bryson

Photo # 2: L to R: Alma Chang, Sofia Chang, Gustavo Santa, Lucy Santa and Herman Santa

Photo # 3: Al Manzanares (Hat dance contest winner) with Nancy Rozon


Scholarship Award 2013

July 11, 2013 Leave a comment

Spanish American Club, Inc. awarded scholarships

By Herman Santa

The Spanish American Club, Inc. is proud to recognize three outstanding students selected to receive the club’s 2013 scholarship awards. The recipients are: Vanessa Guarnizo, Pamela Garcia and Sarahi Monjaras.

Vanessa Guarnizo was born in Bogota, Colombia. Her parents, Fernando and Aidaly were born in Bogota, Colombia and now are living in Port St. Lucie. She graduated from Lincoln ParkAcademy. She is attending University of Florida and majoring in Biomedical Engineering.

Pamela Garcia was born in Chicago, Illinois. Her parents, Mariano and Claudia are of Mexican descent and now are in living in Stuart. She graduated from SouthForkHigh School. Pamela will attend University of CentralFlorida. She will major in English and she would like to pursue a career as an author.

Sarahi Monjaras was born in Stuart and graduated from ClarkAdvancedLearningCenter. Her parents, Misael and Irma Monjaras were born in Mexico and now are living in Stuart. She will attend FlaglerCollege and she will major in English and will pursue a career in Journalism.

The scholarship committee selected the students for their achievements, trustworthiness, character, responsibility, fairness, caring and academics. The following members are part of the committee: Herman Santa (chair), Nancy Rozon, Isa Bryson and Melissa Bonet- James, co-chairs.

The SACI scholarship was established in 1992 for low-income students. Over the past 21 years, the club has awarded more than $18,000 in scholarships to the youths of Martin and St. Lucie counties. The board raises money for the scholarships by having monthly parties. The board also organizes other events such as picnics and cruises to raise funds for the scholarship and to run the club.

The following members are part of the board: Carlos Bonet, president; Alex James, vice president; Raquel O’Connor, secretary; Ron Bryson, treasurer; Nancy Rozon, public relations; Fe Vallderuten, director; and Al Feliciano, substitute.

Next up on the calendar of events of the club is the Independence Day Dance on Saturday, July 27.

Photo # 1 (L to R) Herman Santa, Sarahi Monjaras and Nancy Rozon.

Photo # 2 (L to R) Nancy Rozon, Pamela Garcia and Carlos Bonet.

Photo # 3 L to R: Isa Bryson, Herman Santa, Nancy Rozon and Melissa Bonet-James

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