FOB Progress Checklist for 2017


  • 30 kids on scholarship
    • 18 High School
    • 12 University
  • 22 sponsors
  • Annual Cost: $17,100 USD
  • Funds Raised: $12,700
  • 8 New Sponsors Still Needed


  • Internet brought to all three Barron schools
  • 50 computers donated and installed in these schools
  • New high school (one room) built; 3 additional existing classrooms being remodeled
  • Total Project Cost: $38,000 USD
  • FOB Commitment: $15,000 USD
  • Funds Raised: $4,500 plus donated computers
  • Funds needed to complete project: $10,500 USD


  • 200 elementary school kids treated annually
  • Volunteer US, Canadian and Mexican dentists, hygienists and staff
  • EDM residents donate time, equipment and supplies
  • Fifth Annual Dental Clinic scheduled in May 2017.
  • Marked improvement in dental health documented


  • Over 900 patients treated in the past 3 Annual Medical Clinics
  • Volunteer US, Canadian  and Mexican doctors, nurses and staff
  • Volunteers donate equipment and supplies
  • Fourth Annual Medical Clinic scheduled for the last week of April
  • New medical dispensary being equipped by FOB
  • FOB Commitment: $5,000 USD
  • Funds Raised: $3,800 USD
  • Funds Needed for April Clinic: $1,200 USD


  • Mike Winey
  • Dick & Kris McGuire
  • Dale & Lynda Lyster
  • Dave Greiner
  • Rita Pacheco
  • Bob & Mary Sanz
  • Jeff & Pam Hawkinson
  • Tom Turner
  • Sue Scholton
  • Harrison Wreschner
  • Michael Henderson
  • James Wreschner
  • Marc Lehmann
  • Ed & Eileen Murray
  • Caroline Lodato
  • Rebecca & Jonathan Tipermac
  • Pat & Sue Broderick
  • Gene & Jan Lombardo
  • Carole O’Blenes
  • Anonymous Donors
  • Estrella del Mar Charity Golf Foundation


  • Rene Carlson
  • Kelly Cosgrove
  • Sandy Vernon
  • John Serra
  • Ron & Janice Ohmes
  • Dick & Kris McGuire
  • Sonny Wong
  • Dale & Lynda Lyster
  • Bill & Jane Jackson
  • Bette Millar Long
  • Jim & Frances Barnes
  • Joseph Peters
  • Dave & Elaine Greiner
  • Ken & Jan Clarence
  • Rob & Jayne Rupe
  • Rod & Terry Kaasa
  • Bonnie & Harrison Wreschner
  • Rob & Marjorie Wright
  • Dave & Lindy Marvin
  • John Watson
  • Bob & Julie Wallace


  • Dr Bonnie Wreschner  MD
  • Dr Rod Kaasa  MD
  • Claire Silk   RDH
  •  Jan Schoen  RDH
  • Dr Ben Kaasa  MD
  • Dr Kurt Ferre    DDS
  • Dr Jeff Astroth  DDS
  • Deborah Astroth   RDH
  • Dr Todd Kaminski   DDS
  • Dr Ryan Dadodavich    MD
  • Madeline Tirado   RN
  • Dawn Martin   RN
  • Lisa Brennan   RN
  • Lourdes Orouno Soto  RN
  • Dr Lavid Torres   MD
  • Dr Miguel Patino   MD
  • Yanira Owens  RDH
  • Vanessa Cook   RDH
  • Dr Davina Rose  DDS
  • Dr Galen Detrick  DDS
  • Dr Stephanie Rounds  DDS
  • Dr Susana Pedrero DDS
  • Kim Valentino   RDH
  • Dr Marjan Mohajan DDS
  • Eric Jackson   RN
  • Dr Rick Moll    DDS
  • Dr Barbara Cohen  MD
  • Fran Festa   RN
  • Dr Sandy Lithgow  MD
  • Anna Ohmes    RN
  • Barb Sowa    RN
  • Kay Yeagley  RN


  • Joe & Berenice Oviatt
  • Scotia Bank, Canada
  • Cliff & Barb DuFresne
  • Joe & Linda Day


  • Dave & Elaine Greiner
  • Lance Gutersohn & Jeremy Kennell
  • Clair Silk
  • Mike Winey & Sandy Vernon
  • Bob & Julie Wallace
  • Bill & Jan Schoen
  • Clay & Jan Simon
  • Gary & Ann Steck
  • Dale & Lynda Lyster
  • Kris & Dick McGuire
  • Janice & Ron Ohmes
  • Mike & Shawna
  • Torrey Cosgrove
  • Fernando Campeon & Marie Claude Bouffard
  • Jack & Debbie Gilman

Our thanks go out to each and every one of these volunteers. If you are interested in volunteering your time, money, expertise or condo/home towards this good cause, please contact Dale Lyster ( or Dick McGuire (


State of the Charity Letter

Friends of Barron has had the most successful year since we began nine years ago.

Our highlights include:

The Third Annual Medical Clinic successfully treated over 250 residents of Barron.  The new feature this year was free eye glasses donated by the Lion’s Club of New York. There is a major need for reading glasses.  Special thanks to Kris and Dick McGuire and their daughter, Dr. Bonnie Wreschner, who coordinated a team of US doctors and nurses for the 4 day clinic.  Thank you to all those EDM residents who donated their time and condos to the medical team and made their stay at EDM most enjoyable.

The Dental Program is going very smoothly under the direction of Claire Silk. The team of volunteers has enlarged the program to include fluoride treatments of elementary and kindergarten students and is really beginning to make a difference with the dental health of Barron’s children. A team of dentists will offer a dental clinic to residents of Barron in May.  One of our EDM residents, Dr. Todd Kaminsky, is aggressively seeking needed dental equipment to assist the dentists in their work.  Thank you to all the EDM residents who work at these clinics or donated your condos.  Without your support, the dental program would not be the success it is.

The Education component of Friends of Barron continues to be very active. Thanks to the generosity of Scholarship Sponsors, all of our eligible students have received funding and we are fully subscribed.  The emphasis on further education is now showing a trend of more students from Barron going to high school.   We also have 17 graduates pursuing post-secondary opportunities and 10 university scholarships which generous patrons are funding.

Our work at the schools has focused on bringing the Internet to both the elementary and junior high.  A special thanks to Carlos and his IT department at EDM that volunteered their time to set up the classrooms for Internet.  We’d also like to thank Joe Oviatt and family and Dave and Elaine Greiner for their generous donation of computers.

We are partnering with the junior high school to complete their computer classroom presently under construction.  We are also supporting the high school teachers in their application to build a classroom.

Our disappointment includes:

Our major fundraiser has always been the Annual Charity Golf Tournament held at EDM.  Our funding has steadily declined until this year, we received – nothing.  The reasons given were the one-day change of venue to El Cid and the many requests for refunds.  We are disappointed that a golf tournament, using our name to market it, has chosen not to give us any money.

Thank you to all the people who have donated money to Friends of Barron.  Without your support, all these programs would be very limited as you, are now, our only source of funding.

Thank you,

Dale and Lynda Lyster





Friends of Barron is proud to announce that they have located sponsors for all but two of their student scholars. Twenty-seven Barron students now have scholarships; 17 high school students and 10 university students. FOB would like to thank the following donors and new sponsors for their recent contributions:

  • Rita Pacheco – Medical & Dental Clinics; Scholarships
  • Dave & Elaine Greiner – Sponsor for Rosalinda, Sophomore in High School
  • Rob & Jayne Rupe –  Sponsor for Jorge, Merchant Marine Academy
  • Bonnie & Harrison Wreschner –  Sponsor for Teresita, University of Sinaloa
  • Glenn Long & Bette Millar Long – Sponsor for Jesus Abraham, Sophomore in High School
  • Ron & Janice Ohmes – Sponsor for Ricardo, Junior in High School
  • Sandy Vernon – Sponsor for Amairany, Junior in High School
  • Sonny Wong – Sponsor for Jesus Idelfonso, Junior in High School
  • Bill & Jane Jackson – Sponsor for Rodolfo, Sophomore in High School
  • Ken & Jan Clarence – Sponsor for Alondra, Senior in High School
  • Richard & Kristine McGuire – Sponsor for Iris, University of Sinaloa
  • Thomas Turner – Medical & Dental Clinics
  • Jan & John Serra  – Fatima, Junior in High School
  • Dale & Lynda Lyster – Litzy, Sophomore in High School and Kenia, University of Sinaloa
  • Gene Lombardo – School Projects
  • Pam & Jeff Hawkenson – School Projects

Sandy Vernon & Amairany


Jan & John serra sponsored Fatima



Glenn Long and Bette Millar Long with Jesus Abraham


In other news, FOB and their contactor recently completed installation of a new Internet tower at the Barron middle school. Their new computer lab is now open due to the generosity of Joe & Berenice Oviatt (13 computers), Dave & Elaine Greiner (6 computers) and the EDM IT Department.


New Computer Lab

In June, 2016 applications for scholarships will once again go out to the 2016 Ninth Grade graduating class at the Barron Middle School. The scholarship program is in its sixth year of operation and many of the students who were on scholarship throughout high school have now entered University. Several sponsors have continued to support their students in University. As more and more scholarship students successfully complete high school, FOBs emphasis on University scholarships will gradually grow.

FOB also looks forward to benefitting from the recent EDM sponsored Charity Golf Tournament. On January 30 & 31, one hundred sixty-six players took to the links to raise money for four charitable entities, of which FOB was one. Once received, the money will be used to complete the new computer classroom/laboratory for the Barron Middle School.

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Bedspread Creation Up for Auction

Of course, financial needs are ongoing. To help raise money for FOB programs, an anonymous craftsperson has donated a beautiful Queen-sized bedspread. It will be auctioned off in the near future.









In another fund raising effort, FOB is offering handcrafted club head covers for sale.  When you order custom club head covers, FOB CANAM AC will donate half the money to the school Project Fund. The balance goes to “La Comadria”, the women who construct the covers. Order form information will be forthcoming in another post.

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Crochet Floral – Style #1

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Crewel Team Logo

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Crochet Floral – Style #2


Crewel Floral – Style 3

2012 Annual Report

The Friends of Barron Annual Report has been published and distributed. You can find it here on the “Annual Report” page (look at the top of the blog site and click on “Annual Report”) or if you prefer old fashioned paper, reports are on all the bulletin boards throughout the EDM complex. Please read them and return them to save paper and ink. If the report is missing from the bulletin board, just let me know and I’ll replace it. Thanks for your support!

Fall Progress Report

Scholarship Program
With the recent generous donation of $9600 pesos by Sonny Wong, we have now raised almost $97,000 pesos towards our goal of $150,000 pesos to fund the 2010-2011 scholarship program to send 15 Barron students to preparatory school in Mazatlan. Thanks so much for your generosity.

Each of 15 student parents received scholarship payments of $2,000 pesos in August and October of 2010. Parents are required to present grades and proof of attendance for their students before payments are made. The next payments will be distributed 15 Jan 2011.

Computer Classroom
Friends of Barron donated nearly $24,000 pesos toward construction of a new computer classroom at the secondary school. The total budget for this project is estimated to be around $250,000 pesos. The Barron community (including the FOB contribution) and the Mexican Government match amounted to about $100,000 pesos in funding for this project for 2010. The money was used to complete foundations and walls for the new classroom. Fundraising will continue for this project in 2011.

The library, located in the Barron primary school, opened to the public in March, 2010. FOB funded a 6 month position for a librarian to maintain a regular schedule to keep the library open outside of school hours. In December, we will review the usage and public interest in the library.

Why Education is Important

Education is the knowledge or skill developed by a learning process or experience. It is central to the development of children so that they can lead a more fulfilling life. Education also has the ability to empower people so that they can make a contribution to their community.
“Education can significantly improve people’s lives. It benefits people, society, and the world as a whole. It enables people to read, reason, communicate, and make informed choices about their lives. A more educated person often has more opportunities in life, earns more and has a higher standard of living. Each year of schooling increases a person’s earnings by 10%! Skilled workers enable a country to develop and become wealthier as a nation, which benefits all. A skilled labor force creates, applies and spreads new ideas and technologies. Without education, inventions like electricity, medicine, cars, computers, video games, and much more wouldn’t exist!”
“Education is one of the most powerful ways to reduce poverty and inequality, and to pave the way for sustained economic growth. Studies demonstrate that illiteracy corresponds to regions with greater poverty.”