This Gratitude Corner gives us so many opportunities to let our members and visitors know what’s going on at the BCP theatre & Events Center these days. This wonderful building is quickly becoming the home of what’s happening in Boquete, and it wouldn’t be possible without the hard work and generous contributions of so many of our friends and neighbors. We’ve been looking for a way to say THANK YOU in a substantive way……a way that would let everyone know who is behind the creativity and substance that is our new community entertainment and gathering place.
Sometimes it will be a volunteer, sometimes a contributor, sometimes a donor. Whoever it is, please take the opportunity to express out loud “Thank you” for their efforts at BCP theatre & Events Center. We all know how great it feels to be appreciated, so share the joy. And, of course, if you know of someone we should feature in the Gratitude Corner, please let us know through the Contact Us page.
Recipients of our Gratitude Corner Stone will change frequently, so be sure to click on this page often. Who knows, it may be someone you know…or it may even be you!
Jim & Shirley MaffittJanuary 12, 2011
Jim & Shirley Maffitt are our current Gratitude Corner recipients.
Jim was born in Des Moines, Iowa and after graduating from Grinnell College, began a career in sales and marketing, first in the lighting industry and later in the food industry. His career took him to San Francisco where he met Shirley. Shirley hails from England, but her family moved to Canada and later to San Francisco, where she met Jim. Shirley’s work life was a “sweet thing” since she worked for M&M/Mars, responsible for inventory control on the West Coast.
After taking a year off to sail the Mediterranean on a 70 ft. motor yacht, they returned to “real life” in California, then business moves took them to Arizona and Nevada. As retirement approached, they first tried life in Clearwater, Florida, but they sought more adventure by checking out some other countries including the Bahamas, US Virgin Islands and Costa Rica. Like many of us, they somehow found Boquete and immediately knew this was their spot! They moved here in 2006 and joined BCP a year later. They immediately became invaluable in their volunteer efforts, which continue through today.
So, next time you see them around….be sure to give them a hearty thanks for all their volunteer efforts. They are an integral part of BCP’s success and we are glad to welcome them to the Gratitude Corner!
Mail Boxes, Etc.October 13, 2010
When BCP (or many other organizations who plan events) needs an outlet for selling tickets to its various productions and events, the staff at Mail Boxes Etc. on the main street of Boquete is always there to volunteer their help. It takes their time away from their core business, but they do it willingly and with a smile. Keeping track of all of the tickets, accepting payment, and reporting sales to us is a big job, for which they are always available to us. We want to let you know a little more about the smiling faces that help us all.
Velkys Munoz was born in David and has a degree in advertising from Universidad Nacional de Panama. During her high school years she lived in Schenectady, NY as an exchange student, giving her superior English speaking skills and insight into how Americans feel when they arrive in a foreign country to live. She has worked for several international corporations in customer service positions for Latin America and the Caribbean. Never having owned her own business, but knowing much about business, Velkys decided to move to Boquete with her 13 year old son, Rommel Hans Troetsch, and open Mail Boxes Etc. in 2005. Rommel now lives in Panama City and attends college there, so she makes short trips to see him often. She feels that moving to Boquete was the right choice, and she supports BCP with a big smile, whenever we need her help.
So…..next time you go into Mail Boxes Etc. to pick up your mail and packages, buy office supplies, use the internet or check the bulletin board for what’s happening around Boquete, or to buy a ticket to one of BCP’s productions, be sure to thank Velkys for her help and make her feel appreciated.
Bud HuberMay 14, 2010
Bud Huber is one of BCP’s most long standing and generous donors. He’s been a Boquete resident for over 5 years and has been involved in BCP from the very beginning. Bud’s professional background involved the technology industry, so he is understandably a lover of tech gadgets. Also, one of his favorite hobbies is photography….so it isn’t unusual that he has become the official videographer for BCP, loaning several cameras and ancillary equipment to record productions for posterity.
In addition, Bud has invested a great deal in state of the art, professional sound equipment which he generously shares with BCP. These include microphones, stands, camcorders, mixers, recorders, cables, adapters for documenting BCP events.
Bud has purchased and donated two projections screens to BCP; one in the Hexagon Room which made the recent smash hit Ed Sullivan Bands of the 60's show so enjoyable, and the other is a hybrid screen for the main theatre that will allow either front or rear projection.
Thanks to Bud we have a great public address system with multiple speakers giving BCP great sound flexibility. He’s given the center several security key lock boxes and event ticket printers (those tickets you buy are printed on Bud’s machines). He donated the two big, beautiful plaques that appear on each side of the entrance door to the theatre itself, documenting the Grand Opening of the facility.
So, next time you are sitting back enjoying a BCP Production, look around and listen carefully…..some element adding to your enjoyment was provided by Bud Huber….and when you see him, join us in thanking him for what he does for us all.
April 24, 2010
Jose designed, created and installed our beautiful metal doors at BCP in a design that represents the Quetzal bird and our initials. Jose is a local metal artist whose beautiful work can be seen in many of the homes in Boquete.
He can be contacted by cell at 6587-2094 or email at Jose Miranda.