Binhi At Ani: More Than A Building

From The Editor’s Desk

Binhi At Ani: More Than A Building

The 15-year anniversary of Binhi at Ani is six months away in early January but already Binhi at Ani is planning for its future on a number of fronts.

First, as explained by Nora Cabanilla-Takushi, the president of Binhi at Ani, the Center through its constant use is in need of several expensive repairs. Binhi’s Board of Directors has decided to hold an annual fund-raising dinner to specifically raise funds for building renovations and equipment. And like a condominium association, the Board has decided it is important to create what folks sometimes call a “rainy day fund” for unexpected repairs.

Second, Binhi’s Board of Directors is refocusing the emphasis of the Center on more programs, especially for the youth and elderly. Karate classes, Filipino cultural dance classes, citizenship classes, ACT/SAT test prep, FAFSA information sessions, and gentle yoga for seniors are in the planning stages. In addition there are serious discussions to create a basketball court.

Besides fulfilling its repair needs, citizenship classes are on the agenda among other youth and elderly activities for repurposing the Binhi At Ani center.

The Fil-Am Voice applauds Binhi’s Board of Directors efforts to refocus the Center to become a learning center. A key component is having the Board of Directors work together for the Center’s purpose or as we Filipinos like to say, engage and fully utilize the Bayanihan spirit. Too often we’ve seen the Board of Directors of nonprofit corporations not understanding what their role and functions are.

We also hope Binhi’s Board of Directors will work with other existing organizations so the Center will fulfill its mission of serving the public. The Center’s use for parties often overshadows the reason why the Center was built in the first place.

There are no short cuts to success; it takes a lot of hard work, patience, understanding, building relationships, and being visionary. Let’s continue to support Binhi at Ani in its efforts to sustain our Filipino culture and community and the Center itself.