I am still in Panama City, but thought I would post this while it is fresh on my mind.
Lilliam and I attended a Warden Meeting at the U.S. Embassy in Panama City on the 20th. This is the second time I have attended a Warden meeting in PC and while it is not an expense free trip, I feel the expense is worth it to be able to meet and talk to the other wardens.
The Embassy gave me more recognition for my support of U.S. Citizens in Chiriquí than I feel worthy of, and I neglected to tell the group that I could not do what I have done without the help I receive from Lilliam. I will tell everyone now. She enjoys helping people and having a David local to intercede when my Spanish breaks down is invaluable.
Not all areas in Panama were represented, but there were 22 wardens in attendance.
Lauren B Armenise (ACS Chief) moderated the meeting. There were presentations from the Regional Security Office (RSO), the International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Office (INL), a tour of the Embassy, A Federal Benefits Unit & Non-Immigrant Visa presentation, a American Citizen Services presentation, and got to meet the new Consul General (Alice Seddon).
Much of the information was the same as last year, but there was new information as well. Proof of Life (POL) was covered and HERE is my post on that topic from last year. We were told that they expected fewer problems because of POL and all were thanked for getting the word out. Continue reading