By Terry Sovil from the January 2013 Edition
Mira Mar Children’s Christmas Party
The first Children’s Christmas Party of the season was held at Mira Mar in a kindergarten school. The location was easy to reach and proved to be an excellent venue for the party. The location is fenced, has many trees for shade and being elevated a bit was catching a nice breeze. The party was held on 23/December/2012 from 3 to 6pm.
The welcoming committee attached wrist bands to the children and these were removed at the end of the party as gifts were handed out. There was face painting for everyone and an inflatable Hacienda for the kids to jump around. A clown provided balloon animals and entertainment. A total of 350 wrist badges were given out. As the pizza was being served Santa Claus slipped away to get into uniform. The crowd was excited and waiting when he appeared and started handing out gifts to the children. The smiling faces, gracias and a few tears from frightened ninos relayed their thanks. Each child got a gift, a bag of candy and an orange topping off a great day at Mira Mar!
Santiago Gran Posada Children’s Christmas Party
This event was again held in Santiago. New this year was an attempt to set a Guinness World Record for the number of bubble blowers and bubbles produced. A fire truck with a huge ladder came in to allow a videographer and photographer to get up above the crowd to document the bubble event. Results were all submitted and we will learn in a few weeks if a world record was established.
775 children were in attendance at this year’s event. 200 smaller children enjoyed face painting and piñatas. The older children were inside the football area and they blew the bubbles and enjoyed two clowns and games. Pizza and flavored waters were served. There were volunteer bubble blowers who created some huge bubbles and huge quantities of bubbles to keep people entertained. After the pizza the children got to meet Santa in a special red and white sombrero each got a gift and a bag of candy. The community support was good and the children all left with big smiles and sincere thanks.
Terry is a founding partner and scuba instructor for Aquatic Sports and Adventures (Deportes y Aventuras Acuáticas) in Manzanillo. A PADI (Professional Association of Dive Instructors) Master Instructor in his 36th year as a PADI Professional. He also holds 15 Specialty Instructor Course ratings. Terry held a US Coast Guard 50-Ton Masters (Captain's) License. In his past corporate life, he worked in computers from 1973 to 2005 from a computer operator to a project manager for companies including GE Capital Fleet Services and Target. From 2005 to 2008, he developed and oversaw delivery of training to Target's Loss Prevention (Asset Protection) employees on the West Coast, USA. He led a network of 80+ instructors, evaluated training, performed needs assessments and gathered feedback on the delivery of training, conducted training in Crisis Leadership and Non-Violent Crisis Intervention to Target executives. Independently, he has taught hundreds of hours of skills-based training in American Red Cross CPR, First Aid, SCUBA and sailing and managed a staff of Project Managers at LogicBay in the production of multi-media training and web sites in a fast-paced environment of artists, instructional designers, writers and developers, creating a variety of interactive training and support products for Fortune 1000 companies.