The Amapas Junta Vecinal is official!

Voted in by nearly 30 people in attendance the Amapas Junta Vecinal is now official.  This was the first time all of us had experienced this very formal process and we had no idea what to expect.  The City provided chairs so we could sit in the parking lot in front of the ANA office on Thursday, November 21st.  We are glad to report that no one was injured by oncoming traffic or being hit on the head by falling fruit.

The officers of the Amapas Junta Vecinal are as follows:

President Sylvia Toy Vocal Grant Gillham
Secretary Don Pickens Vocal Alonso Castaňeda Perez
Treasurer Robert Howell Vocal Pilar Perez
    Vocal Gardner Tonigan

What does the Junta do versus the Amapas Neighborhood Association (ANA)?

Amapas Junta Vecinal Amapas Neighborhood Association (ANA)
  •  Has the right and obligation to review new business licenses
  • Approve activities that require a City permit
  • Helps to ensure local control over local happenings
  • Open to all residents – no cost
Requires membership – dues
  • Meetings will be scheduled in order to ensure attendance by Citizen Participation Representative, Felipa Aguilar
Annual General Meeting held in February open to all members in good standing.
  • The Junta has the official ‘juice’ to arrange City meetings and get things done, but no money.
ANA has the organization, communications, dedicated members, and your annual membership dues and contributions.

Each organization, by itself, is pretty powerless.

However, together, ANA and the Junta are a powerhouse working to get things done for Amapas.

As we took our oath to ensure that we would honor the will of the people of Amapas, we used the Bellamy salute, which is the salute used in Mexico.

Here’s a little history lesson from Wikipedia.  The Bellamy salute is a palm-out salute described by Francis Bellamy, the author of the American Pledge of Allegiance, as the gesture which was to accompany the pledge. During the period when it was used with the Pledge of Allegiance, it was sometimes known as the “flag salute”. Both the Pledge and its salute originated in 1892.  Later, during the 1920s and 1930s, Italian fascists and Nazi Germans adopted a salute which was very similar.

On June 22, 1942, at the urging of the American Legion and the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Congress passed Public Law 77-623, which codified the etiquette used to display and pledge allegiance to the flag. This included use of a palm-out salute, specifically that the pledge “be rendered by standing with the right hand over the heart; extending the right hand, palm upward, toward the flag at the words ‘‘to the flag’’ and holding this position until the end, when the hand drops to the side.”  Congress did not discuss or take into account the controversy over use of the salute.  Congress later amended the code on December 22, 1942 when it passed Public Law 77-829, stating among other changes, that the pledge “be rendered by standing with the right hand over the heart.”