SANPATA’s commitment to its members is to provide bi-monthly educational venues and dinner at a very affordable rate and in so doing keep members informed on PATA destinations, provide the opportunity for networking and to also cover its overhead. When the chapter realizes a small profit we are encouraged to reach out and help worthy organizations in our local community.

The following three organizations were recently chosen to receive a $500 donation each on behalf of our membership:
1. Fisher House, San Diego
2. TIF Tecate Women’s Resource Center, Baja California
3. Women’s Resource Center, Oceanside


Fisher House San Diego provides a “home away from home” for military families to be close to a loved one during hospitalization for an illness, disease or injury. The program supports America’s military in their time of need. There is at least one Fisher House at every major military medical center. By law there is no charge for any family member to stay at a Fisher house which is operated by the Department of Veterans Affairs. The Fisher House Foundation uses donations to reimburse the individual Fisher Houses that are operated by the Army, Navy, and Air Force.

Recently a number of our members visited the San Diego Fisher House and presented a $500 check donation on behalf of SANPATA.

Fisher House is Government funded, they are not able to solicit funds or ask for donations. They are always in need of amenities for the families staying there, such as small bars of soap, shampoo, conditioner, lotions, washing detergent, etc. The Rotary Club of Coronado brings them Lasagna dinners once a month, but other than that guests are required to purchase their own food which is kept in a refrigerator or in storage lockers which are provided during their stay.

As an ongoing commitment to our military, SANPATA would like to continue to support Fisher House San Diego by collecting small amenity items at each of our monthly meeting so that they can be delivered for the families’ use. Please help us in this project by keeping any amenities that you collect during your travels, ear-mark them for donation to Fisher House and bring them to the next SANPATA function. We know that the families receiving these items will be most thankful.


SANPATA in its continuing effort to give support to our Amigos South of the Border, presented to the dignitaries of Tecate, Mexico a check in the amount of $500.00 to DIF Tecate, which operates a Women’s Resource Center supported by the Mayor of Tecate’s wife, Dr. Denisse Vargas Urbalejo.

This event took place at the Hacienda Santa Veronica , a resort Spa located in Tecate Baja Mexico, where lunch , music and friendship were shared with guests from San Diego and Tecate.

This event was a culmination of a special two day event held in San Felipe the previous day , called the Annual Paella Fest , which is a favorite event for many who love wine tasting and special lunch fest surrounded by special music all day long . The event pulls in guests who stay the full day enjoying the music, food and great fun and was held at the famous San Felipe El Cortez Hotel.

A special “thank you” was given to SANPATA for the donation and it was stated that the money will be put to good usage supporting single women needing extra love and care.


Located in Oceanside, the Women’s Resource Center provides supportive services, counseling, shelter and education to women and children who are involved in or threatened by domestic violence or sexual assault.

WRC operates a thrift shop, a crisis intervention hotline, and rape counseling.  Volunteers are the mainstay of the services provided and over 170 active community volunteers offer their services to clients and their families.  Additional volunteers are always needed and training is provided.

The center is also in need of clean wearable clothing and useable household or personal items.  If you are in the Oceanside area you can drop off such items at 1963 Apple Street, Oceanside, CA 92054. Phone: 760-757-3500.

Submitted by Dick Slaker