10:30 in the BCP Theater
Tuesday, April 24 – NO MEETING
Tuesday, May 1 – Dr. Maria Ruiz on the future of Panama in general and Boquete in particular. Dr. Ruiz has a B.S. in Industrial Engineering and Management, an MBA in International Business, and a Ph.D. in Organizational Behavior from Case Western Reserve University. She has worked for more than 30 years in the coffee industry in Boquete and is currently the CEO of Friends Kaffee Inc. The Specialty Coffee Roasting & POS of Ruiz Coffee Shop. Some of the issues Maria will explore is the impact of immigration (North Americans, Venezuelans, Colombians, etc) on the future of Panama, the upside and downside of the new relationship with China, the struggle to move Panama from the third world to the first world, etc
Tuesday, May 8 –Dr. Theo Cope on living in China. The cultural differences with and similarities to living the expat life anywhere (including Panama). Theo and his wife, Shery lived in China for about 20 years, in various regions and doing different types of work. This talk will present some reflections on Chinese history and current trends in Chinese culture and briefly touch on geo-politics as it impacts the western world in general and the future of Panama in particular. There are many misconceptions of China, and this talk will strive to illumine many of the realities of life there, from Chinese friends and personal experiences.
Tuesday, May 15 –Giovy Rojas,Cofounder of Innovation and Entrepreneurs HUB, Action HUB+ (a private corporation with a social motivation) will brief the expat community on how its members can network with other experienced business people and donate their expertise in order to help aspiring Panamanian entrepreneurs. What they are looking for in the expat community is volunteers to act as mentors and coaches. They also seek donations to help fund the incubator program. As of November 2017, AH+ signed an agreement with the Boquete Mayor’s office to work together as a Private-Public Association to increase the social economics of the region, helping people to innovate and create new ventures.
Tuesday, May 22 – Boquete Health and Hospice presents “Being Prepared Part I: Getting started/restarted” How many of your friends know how to contact your loved ones back home in an emergency? Who would you call for help here in an emergency? Do you know medical or end of life decisions cannot be made by a spouse, friend or partner without proper documents?
Come to the presentation and find out how to be prepared here in Boquete. We will go through these forms to help you get organized. *
1. Buddy Connection
2. When Someone Dies at Home in Boquete
3. Final Arrangements Check List
4. Information Needed On a Panamanian Death Certificate
5. Important Information Notebook
*A packet of these forms will be available at all presentations for a small donation. Also included in this packet is information on the Five Wishes document to help you create your Living Will.
Tuesday, May 29 – Boquete Health and Hospice presents “Being Prepared Part II”.Living Will and Last Will. Do you need an attorney to develop your living will? Is your last will from your homeland valid in Panama? Juan Contreras, local attorney, will present on the Panamanian living will and last will. Come hear from an attorney what you need to do.
Tuesday, June 5 -- As a celiac diagnosed over 30 years ago and traveling the globe for business, Boquete resident Sharna Kahn quickly had to master how to minimize the risk of eating out at most any restaurant and obtain a gluten free and allergy free meal long before the food industry knew what gluten was. Her institutional food handling knowledge was acquired as a photojournalist and blogger for the emerging gluten free industry in the U.S. via the online Examiner (when the wave started over 15 years ago), a current TripAdvisor gluten free restaurant reviewer (50k plus readers), and consumer reporter for celiac medical research. She also completed a certified course for institutional food handling of allergenic foods. Learn how to enjoy eating out with confidence that your meal meets your dietary needs with a factual and fun filled presentation.
Tuesday, June 12 – Carla Black, Panama’s expert on heliconias, water lilies, and other native plants.
Tuesday, June 19 – Glenn Davis, author, lecturer, college professor, historian, and Boquete resident. He is the author of 4 books available on Amazon.com, three other books published in Japanese by leading Japanese publishers and hundreds of articles on Japan and Japan-American relations. One book is titled "How We Lived in Wellborn before Television" about the small town in Texas where he grew up in the 1950’s. He took note that Wellborn residents were very close-knit and friendly. People visited each other, sat out on their front porches and didn't lock their doors. But that was before TV arrived and changed everything about the small village. People did not visit as much and socialization virtually stopped inside homes as everyone was glued to their new boob tubes. Glenn will present a thoughtful comparison of today's cell phone and computer technology with the TV invasion of the past. Are cell phones the new TV? You can now see people sitting at home with their cell phones glued to their hands sending messages to each other in the same room, even on the same sofa. Real communities are being replaced by virtual ones. Where is all this tapping and beeping leading societies? Depressing or enlightening, the audience can choose.
Tuesday, June 26 – DAC Transport of Panama City. This international company has been in business for more than 23 years and would like to introduce their services to the Boquete community. They can arrange shipping and moving services by air, land, and sea. They handle commercial as well as personal shipments. Whether you are a business or want to move household goods, they can provide full transportation service. They will be joined in the presentation by Boquete resident, Saroya Kendrick, who had a career in international cargo transportation in the US before moving to Panama. FREE ADMISSION
Tuesday, July 24 – Pat Chan of Fundacion Spay Panama will speak. Pat recently was voted Panama’s #1 hero in a nationwide contest sponsored by TVN network. Spay Panama has sterilized over 135,000 dogs and cats since its founding. Spay Panama has also been the model for the Boquete and Volcan spay clinics.