Inside the lush garden patio of the boutique hotel of Villa Mercedes ANA held its President’s Reception and MÁS on Wednesday, November 20th.  Delicious tapas were served by eclecticos restaurant.   Friends, neighbors, and movers and shakers (MÁS) gathered to hear about ANA’s Five Year Plan.

Thanks Oscar Moran, ANA Board member and owner of Villa Mercedes, for inviting ANA into your secret garden.  Thanks Natalie Hartling, ANA member and business sponsor, for providing us with tasty tapas from eclecticos.

The presentation by President Sylvia Toy created a picture of what ANA will be working on for the next five years.

Here’s the link so you can see it online.  (Amapas 5 year Plan)

Here’s an overview of the first two years.






Establish Security Council

Assess efficacy of a shared system of security information

Share data of criminal events

Identify and install street signage to increase safety

Focus on traffic calming devices on the highway

Maintain lobbying efforts between City, State, and neighbors

Identify open space areas

Identify protected areas with signage

Encourage city communications of all future Amapas Zone projects prior to permit approval

Install trash bins in heavily used areas

Identify and install additional lighting

Conduct monthly Clean Beach Walks

Obtain commitment from City to increase service to the Amapas Zone

Identify and seek out other community agencies with similar goals

Hold Social Events that lead to stronger community and increased fundraising efforts


2020-2021 Establish Neighborhood Watch program

Hold neighborhood Q and A’s regarding legal issues and crime prevention

 Implement plan for continued maintenance and protection including responsibilities and fiscal requirements Identify trash bin design that allows for separation of aluminum cans

Encourage development of recycling plan in PV area

Establish relationships with local businesses that recycle

Obtain funding to participate with agencies as members

Maintain qualified membership in agency with appropriate marketing and communication

Some believe it is an exercise in futility to plan in Mexico.  However, we cannot be so frivolous to pursue only those projects that pop up in front of us on a daily basis.  We need to know where we’re headed otherwise any road will do.  For those of us who have lived here in Puerto Vallarta for any length of time the needs are clear – street repairs, lighting, signage, trash cans, pedestrian safety, narrow roads, home and personal safety, clean beaches, and addressing irresponsible development.  Those are the areas focused upon in the Five Year Plan.  What’s different, is that ANA has identified what we can accomplish each year and the interagency connections we need to make to sustain them.   In and of itself, the Five Year Plan is a written document that helps ANA and its members see what ANA will be focused upon and what our work is.  In other words, this should answer the question of “What has ANA done for me lately?”

Will we adjust based on new information?  Of course we will!  Any good plan must adjust based on new circumstances and quality information.  If you’ve ever seen the Disney movie “Up,” you’ll recall the scenes where the dog sees a squirrel.  SQUIRREL!  Immediately the dog’s attention is distracted and the dog chases the squirrel.  Unlike the dog, ANA wants to stay focused on those things our membership has  identified as their priorities.  The Five Year Plan helps us maintain that focus.

Much of the groundwork for the Five Year Plan took place last year.  We began with the ANA Survey then details were added during the President’s Round Table.  Later the ANA Board filled in the details with observable and measurable yearly objectives.

ANA Board members addressed the nearly 60 attendees to share their perspective.  It was a great way for our members to get to know them.  

Grant Gillham –  Safety and Security
Oscar Moran –  Responsible Development and Infrastructure
Robert Howell –  Community Engagement
Robin Spencer –  Community – Social
Don Pickens –  Fundraising

The reception was a huge hit.  The room was filled with dreams, possibilities, and a plan on how to achieve them.  Positive energy filled the room.  We were also successful in adding two new buildings – Vista Mar and Condo Amapas – as full building members.  There are positive signs for three other buildings and more individuals to join, as well!   In addition to increased membership, ANA increased its volunteer network and the number of people who can speak to others about what ANA does.  We have more key communicators, ANA Ambassadors, on the ground.  It’s not just the Board who have all of the information about how the money will be used.  Everyone in attendance heard our truth – our plan.

The question always remains, “How do you fund dreams and possibilities?”  ANA must fundraise.  See previous article, “Why Does ANA Have So Many Parties?”  We hope to see many of you at January’s Dinner Dance focused on the 60’s which will be our last fundraiser for this season.

A second reception with the same presentation will be held in January.  Please let us know if you would like to attend by emailing or if you would like a presentation to your building’s membership.