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San Ignacio/Santa Elena, Cayo District, Belize
I chose to move to Belize, September, 2007. I've been in sales and marketing for years, a real estate investor by habit and a Quaker by upbringing. I have a great interest in the ancient Maya civilization so what better place to be than Belize?! It's now January, 2009. I'm fortunate to be a member of the Rotary Club of San Ignacio. It is an active club with members who hail from 11 different countries. The club focuses on education and health issues in the Cayo District. I had forgotten how much I enjoy the experience of new places, people and spaces. The internet and VoIP makes communication fast and easy so I stay up to speed wiht family and friends, as best I can. I love Belize – it has its ups and downs – but it still one of the most beautiful places in the world. People are kind and caring and we all live very close to Mother Earth. Come see for yourself.

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Earth Hour March 28, 2009 8:30 pm

Earth Hour What its all about?

It’s as simple as a flick of the switch.
What began as a campaign to get Sydneysiders to turn their lights off, has grown to become one of the world’s biggest climate change initiatives. In 2009, at 8.30pm on March 28, people around the world will turn their lights for one hour – Earth Hour. We’re aiming to reach one billion people, more than 1000 cities, all joining together in a global effort to show that its possible to take action on global warming.
Earth Hour started in 2007 in Sydney, Australia with 2.2 million homes and businesses turning their lights off for one hour. Only a year later and this event had become a global sustainability movement with up to 50 million people across 35 countries participating. Global landmarks such as the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, Rome’s Colosseum and the Coca Cola billboard in Times Square, all stood in darkness, as symbols of hope for a cause that grows more urgent by the hour.

Earth Hour 2009 is a global call to action to every individual, every business and every community. A call to stand up, to take responsibility and to get involved in working towards a sustainable future. Iconic buildings and landmarks from Europe to The Americas will stand in darkness. People across the world will turn off their lights and join together in creating the vital conversation about the future of our precious planet.

Over 64 countries and territories are participating in Earth Hour 2009. This number grows every day as people realise how such a simple act, can have such a profound result in affecting change.

Earth Hour is a message of hope and a message of action. Everyone can make a difference.
Join us for Earth Hour 2009, turn off your lights at 8.30pm Saturday 28 March and sign-up here at earthhour.org

Saturday, December 27, 2008

The Rotary Club of San Ignacio

"For those who want to feel connected, Rotary helps give us a sense of community. For those wishing they could expand their business contacts, Rotary offers unbeatable networking opportunities. For those who are lonely, it is a wellspring of friendship and support. For those on the fast track, it provides tools and opportunities to help you become a better leader. For those who love to travel, it's like pulling into a strange town almost anywhere on earth and finding the welcome light illuminated on the front porch." (Quote from franktalkgems.org)

If you find yourself in San Ignacio or anywhere in the area, please drop by and join us for our weekly breakfast. We welcome all guests - Thursdays, 7:00 am, at the San Ignacio Hotel http://www.sanignaciobelize.com/ .

If the World Were a Village of 100 People

If the World Were a Village of 100 People
- statistics were derived from Donella Meadows "State of the Village Report" first
published in 1990

In the world today more than 6 billion people live.
If the world were shrunk to the size of a village of 100 people, what would it look like?

59 would be Asian
14 would be American (North, Central and South)
14 would be African
12 would be European
1 would be from the South Pacific

50 would be women, 50 would be men
30 would be children, 70 would be adults
70 would be non-white, 30 would be white
90 would be heterosexual, 10 would be homosexual

33 would be Christians
21 would be Moslems
15 would be Hindus
6 would be Buddhists
5 would be Animists
6 would believe in other religions
14 would be without any religion or atheist.

15 would speak Chinese, Mandarin
7 English
6 Hindi
6 Spanish
5 Russian
4 Arabic
3 Bengali
3 Protuguese
The others would speak Indonesian, Japanese
German, French, or some other language.

In such a village with so many sorts of folks, it would be very important to learn to understand people different from yourself and to accept others as they are. Of the 100 people in this village:

20 are undernourished
1 is dying of starvation, while 15 are overweight.
Of the wealth in this village, 6 people own 59% (all of them from the United States), 74 people own 39% and 20 people share the reamining 2%.
Of the energy of the village, 20 people consume 80% and 80% share the reamining 20%.
20 have no clean safe water to drink.
56 have access to sanitation
15 adults are illiterate.
1 has a university degree.
7 have computers.

In one year, 1 person in the village will die, but in the same year, 2 babies will be born, so that at the year'send the number of villagers will be 101.

If you do not live in fear of death from bombardment, armed attack, landmines, or of rape or kidnapping by armed groups, then you are more fortunate than 20, who do.

If you can speak and act according to your faith and your conscience without harassment, imprisonment, torture or death, then you are more fortunate than 48, who can not.

If you have money in the bank, money in your wallet and spare change somewhere around the house, then you are among the richest 8.

If you can read this message, that means you are probably luck!

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Roaring River Golf Course and The Meating Place

While returning from viewing properties for potential buyers along the Hummingbird Highway , I stopped in at the Roaring River Golf Course, http://www.belizegolf.net/. I had heard from the owner, Paul, the new restaurant "The Meating Place," was doing well and the food was good. As a Realtor, I also wanted see this executive golf course, just outside of Belmopan, which is on the market for $1,800,000. They have an annual gold tournament and now have a "Trickster" professional coming in with cruises out of the European cruise market. The guests of the cruise line are specifically looking for golf excursions and the Roaring River Golf Course has become a Belize excursion destination. There are 4 cottages on the river, full equipped with an efficiency kitchen and air conditioning. If not golfing, just sitting by the river on the cottage's private balcony to read or watch the birds and river flow by is plenty to do in Belize. http://www.belizerealestate.ws/Listing/ViewListingDetails.aspx?listingid=1465437&emailid=56454222

The golf course is like no other in the world, as the advertisement says. It is set in the tropical rain forest of the Cayo District, and is home to 120 species of tropical birds, certified by the Audubon Society, says Paul. The layout of the course is a par 3 so it's easy to walk and pull your bag. The property runs along the Roaring River, which is a clear running, beautiful tree lined large stream. Over lunch, Jenny, the manager of the restaurant, commented there is area of the river right along the property called the Fridge. Paul said an underground river bubles up out of the ground, very cold, and mingles with the Roaring River flow out of the Mountain Pine Ridge.

So vacationers or long staying visitors, take note. Golf, birdwatching, and lazy days are worth the journey. The trip from Belize City is about an hour and half. From the San Ignacio/Santa Elena area, it's only a 30 minute drive. The resorts in Belize will book guests' tee times and provide transportion to the course.

Sunday, December 7, 2008

Letter of Recommendation

Jana Uhlik has recommended you on LinkedIn
Jana Uhlik
November 8, 2008
Cynthia "Cindy" Reece

Dear Cynthia "Cindy",
I've written this recommendation of your work to share with other LinkedIn users.Details of the Recommendation: "Cynthia has expert knowledge of the business and is a pleasure to work with! She is reliable and friendly and I would recommend her anytime!"

Service Category: Real Estate Agent Year first hired in Belize: 2007 In Real Estate since 1997

Recommendation letter from past Agent

November 10, 2008

To whom it may concern:

This letter is a professional recommendation letter for Cynthia Reece. I have known Cynthia for 2 years both as the broker-in-charge and as our sales and training coordinator for Dickens-Mitchener and Associates, a firm specializing in residential real estate for Charlotte, North Carolina and the surrounding areas.

Cynthia was a very dedicated and professional individual. Not only was she highly professional in her knowledge of the local real estate she was also very motivational and inspiring in training new agents. She would suggest new directions and avenues whenever we(the agents) would hit a road block and guide us back onto the track. I used many of her suggestions which helped become very successful in my first year as a new agent. Cynthia taught our new agent training which thoroughly cover topics such as agency, how to prepare a CMA, listing presentations, marketing, call time, open houses, just to name a few. She created an interesting and fun learning environment for us which was highly effective in motivating us. She also had an excellent support staff which was the foundation for the highly successful firm.

Cynthia is TOPS in my book. She was great to work with and I would highly recommend her.


Dave Agnor

Dave Agnor, Realtor®
Dickens Mitchener & Associates
Mobile 704-728-9938
Office 704-602-4277
Fax 704-697-2477