Barron High School Expands

Due in part to FOB’s efforts to expand high school attendance in the town of Barron, the Mexican government has extended a program providing start-up aid to rural communities like Barron. Education past the eighth grade is not mandated by the government, so rural communities often lack the facilities to educate the graduating 13 year-olds, assuming they will turn immediately to field work, motherhood or other manual labor. In Barron, this is not so; not anymore.

Last year, the State authorities in Culiacan provided a principle, a few teachers and a space in which to educate them at the ninth grade level. With matching funds provided by the parents of Barron and FOB, the Sinaloa Department of Education then built a single room structure and called it a school. And now, due to efforts on the part of the school principal, Ana Cecelia, fundraising has begun to transform the dilapidated residence next door into a school annex. Thanks in part to the cash donation from the nearby Estrella del Mar resort, a result of their annual charity golf tournament, work began to convert a three room abandoned home into a place of learning.

Much progress has been made. Two more classrooms have been added in addition to an office for Ana Cecelia and a fully equipped computer laboratory. The classrooms still need to be finished, the roof must be tiled before the summer rains begin, an air conditioning system is almost a necessity during the fall semester and the security system must be updated. In all, about $15,000 USD needs to be raised to complete these tasks and provide the students of Barron a safe and reliable educational experience.

Because the 2017 eighth grade graduating class now has the option of attending a quality school without traveling into Mazatlan daily, the FOB high school scholarship program has been eliminated. Our current crop of scholarship students will continue to attend their current schools, although seven high schoolers and two university students will graduate this year, having maintained at least “B” average throughout their academic careers. Most maintain averages closer to “A+”. This leaves 24 high school and ten university students in the program for next year. Applications for additional university scholarships, five in all, will go out at the end of May. The completion of the Barron high school will allow Friends of Barron to concentrate on sending deserving young adults on to a university or vocational curriculum that will benefit themselves, their families and their community.

Obviously, funding for these programs is of prime necessity. Please visit our CrowdRise page and donate money to achieve this goal.

Charity Golf Tournament

Friends of Barron, along with two other charitable foundations, was listed as one of the participating charities for the 2016 Charity Golf Tournament at the Estrella del Mar (EDM)  Resort near Mazatlan, Mexico. We had been the beneficiaries of previous tournaments and received donations ranging from $20,000 to $80,000 pesos. Last year, however, circumstances spun out of control when Mexican President Pena-Nieto decided to visit our resort. His security detail required that the course be cleared so the venue shifted to the downtown course of El Cid. The tournament was well-attended, fielding over 140 players, but even at $5,000 pesos each, the golf professionals at EDM were unable to cover expenses and the charities went begging, more or less.

EDM Management has promised us that this year will be different. In a meeting with Golf Director Jorge Enrique Corral, we have been assured that FOB is to receive top consideration for funds arising from this years’ tournament.

This is a welcome announcement since FOB has recently committed $200,000 pesos toward the construction of the new high school in Barron, matching funds with the community itself and the Mexican government. We hope that you participate in the tournament  this year to help us meet one of our longstanding goals of improving the educational level of the children of Barron. FOB is optimistic that the 2017 Charity Golf Tournament will again be a significant contributor to our ongoing projects in Barron.

Dick McGuire

CrowdRise Effort Funds Medical Clinic

FOB CANAM Inc. has begun an internet campaign to raise money for the upcoming 2017 Free Barron Medical Clinic, scheduled for the last week of February. To donate to this campaign, please go to CrowdRise.com and search for FOB  CANAM Inc.

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Dr Bonnie McGuire and her three Connecticut nurse volunteers, Lisa Brennan, Dawn Martin and Madeline Tirado with two of the medical clinic patients last year.

One hundred percent of all donations will go towards supplies and equipment used at this annual event if you also choose to cover the 7% fee that the website takes. So far, we have been able to secure a defibrillator, a weight scale, glucometer supplies, wound dressings, orthopedic braces, and a variety of other things.  We still need to purchase medications and other expensive supplies so please take the time to access the CrowdRise site and donate. You will receive a letter acknowledging your donation that is suitable for the Tax man as all donations will be deductible in the United States.

Thank you, in advance, for your generosity.

Charitable Status Expands

Friends of Barron is very happy to announce that we have begun the process for tax-exempt status as a 501(c)3 under the United States tax code as of mid-December, 2016.

FOB CANAM has applied to the United States Internal Revenue Service (IRS) for non-profit, tax exempt status under regulations pertaining to 501(c)(3). This is a four step process:

  • 1. Incorporate in the US; done. We are now FOB CANAM Inc.
  • 2. Get a federal ID #; done.
  • 3. Open a US bank account; done.
  • 4. Apply to the IRS for final ruling on tax exempt status; will be done 26Dec16.

 

While we await IRS approval, FOB CANAM Inc is permitted to operate as a tax exempt organization. To quote the IRS regulation:

“Although donors have no assurance that contributions are tax-deductible for federal income tax purposes until the application is approved contributions made while an application is pending would qualify if the application is approved”.

Tax receipts can only be given to donors after the 501(c)(3) tax exempt status is approved. When approved, donations received during this “pending period” will be tax deductible to the donor retroactive to the date of application (December 26, 2016).
FOB CANAM AC remains a registered tax exempt charity in Mexico. Your donations are legally tax deductible in the US, but only against Mexican source income.
Canadians should check with their accountants regarding the deductibility of donations to either US or Mexican tax exempt charities.

 

 

Club Head Covers On Sale Now

Finally!   A colorful fundraiser!  A dozen hand-made golf club covers are now on sale at the Estrella del Mar Pro Shop. Prices range from $150 pesos to $500 pesos depending upon the complexity of the cover design. A group of women from Barron will be manufacturing them and half of the proceeds will go to the Barron schools to finish the computer lab and high school. 

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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
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Sandy Vernon & Amairany

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Jan & John serra sponsored Fatima

 

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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.

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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

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Crewel Floral – Style 3

Fund Raiser a Big Success

Thanks to everyone who generously supported EDM and Barron scholarship students through their attendance and generous contributions to the FOB fund raiser & taco party. Over 100 people attended the event. Eleven more of our scholarship students now have new sponsors. In all, the event raised $105,000 pesos (net), half of which came from our eleven new sponsors. Of the 32 students currently enrolled in the FOB scholarship program, 27 now have sponsors. Thank you again for your generous support.

Great News!

Thank you to all of you who attended the Friends of Barron Gala and Silent Auction Friday night. Your donations, purchases, and contribution of volunteer hours made this event a great success. Also, thank you to those people who donated to Friends of Barron but were unable to attend the Gala. Your generosity is greatly appreciated.
We raised 80,000 pesos!!! We hope you enjoyed an evening of good food and entertainment while connecting with your neighbors.
Half of the money will be used for new scholarships for grade nine students attending high school in Mazatlan in the fall of 2012 and the rest of the money will go for the following infrastructure projects:
· · finishing the computer room at the junior high school
· · painting the exterior walls, fixing the roof and buying classroom desks at the elementary school
· · painting the exterior walls, providing shelving for the library and buying classroom furniture at the Kindergarten
· · providing tables and chairs, fixing the bathrooms and painting the “Adult Education” classroom, where 60 adults from Barron are attending evening and weekend classes to learn to read and write.
Thank you one and all.
For more information, please contact DLyster@shaw.ca or check out our website at fobnews.org.