The monthly Cerro Punta/Volcan Town Meeting will be held on Wednesday, August 11, 2010 at our venue, Restaurante Polineth ( Paul’s) in Volcan on the road to Cerra Punta approximately 1/2 mile up from the police station. In our meetings at this venue, Paul serves up many unique dishes for our palates. The meeting will begin at 10:00 AM with discussion following the presentation. For your calendar, Town Meetings are always held on the second Wednesday of the month.
Last month, we featured three different speakers on different topics. Mr. Bill Fullerton updated us on the hospital to be built here in Volcan starting soon. Mr. Hunter Schultz spoke to us about his air ambulance service available for medical emergencies from David to Panama City. And, Chris McCall addressed us about what to do about electrical outages and provided information about alternative energy sources as a back-up to existing electrical services.
This month, we have two speakers for our August meeting.
Our first speaker is Price Peterson, of the award winning Finca La Esmeralda, located in Boquete. Mr. Peterson is the second of a three-generational family who have lived and farmed in Panama. Mr. Peterson created an interesting niche in the exotic coffee business with his “Esmeralda Special” Geisha (Gesha) type variety of coffee. He recently broke his own record selling his award winning and rare coffee for over $170 a pound. Peterson also harvests other coffees and his two largest accounts are the renowned Starbucks chain and Peet’s Coffee. In addition to his coffee production, Mr. Peterson also has dairy cattle and produces dairy products.
Mr. Peterson received a BA from Pomona College, and a doctorate degree from the University of Pennsylvania. He also will share some of his experiences and expertise in farming with his knowledge of doing business here in Panama and being familiar with the laws and tax benefits in doing so.
Our second speaker is attorney Yotzi Hovenkamp. She will discuss the *legal*and *cultural* aspects of marriage and marital relationships in Panama. This will be an interesting presentation considering that among Panamanians, over 80% of the marital relationships are “common-law.” This and other differences between the culture of Western and Latin marital contracts and commitments will be examined which should give added insight on the emphases put on by the Latin and Panamanian people on marriage and family. This again, should be novel information.
We encourage you to attend this meeting with these knowledgeable and informative individuals and participate in the audience discussion afterwards, which is always informative and stimulating. Your sharing and participation, again, makes for the success of these meetings to the overall benefit of our ex-pat community in Volcan and Panama. Invite your friends and stay for lunch and enjoy Paul’s varied and tasty cuisine. As a reminder, we do ask a $1 donation to Paul for the use of his restaurant. Coffee and tea are free with the minimal donation. In addition, Paul is adding new dishes to his menu such as Passion Fruit Chicken Wings and Green Red Curry.
We hope to see you on Wednesday, August 11th, 2010 and look forward to your participation as we believe that this presentation will be stimulating and thought provoking.
If you have any questions, or wish further information, please contact William Lipton at 771-2686 or email William at firstname.lastname@example.org