Page 1

SAVE THE DATE

Monthly Newsletter - March 2017

the FORUM

St. Patrick's Day Party

Mar 17

Happy Hour

Mar 22

Let's Connect

Mar 27

Children's Field Day

Apr

01

Kids Easter Egg Hunt

Apr

08

Annual Charity Gala

May 12

A Night of Glamour: Shaken, Not Stirred

SMILE-ing in February

By Cynthia Peeples, AmSoc Board Member

By Megan Trierweiler, CAC Chairperson

P

rague. Uganda. Madagascar. Montenegro. Welcome to an evening of unparalleled glamour and sophistication… Casino Royale, the Annual AmSoc Charity Gala, benefiting Projeto Sol, Vivenda da Criança, and AmSoc projects. Presented at the illustrious Jockey Club of São Paulo, Casino Royale will play host to São Paulo’s business elite, prominent industry leaders, foreign diplomats, and international expatriates; now considered one of THE social events of the year. This year’s signature blacktie Gala will be in the spirit of Ian Fleming’s debonair secret agent, James Bond. Ripe with political intrigue and mystery, the likes of Vesper Lynd and Mr. White will be charming and beguiling guests throughout the evening. Place your bids on lavish Live and Silent

Auction items, sate your palate with delectable gourmet cuisine, indulge at the 007 Martini Bar, purchase your 50/50 Raffle tickets, and enjoy a smoke at the exclusive Caruso Cigar Bar. All of this while surrounded by the decadent ambiance of the famed Jockey Club, once billed as the glamorous playground of São Paulo’s social elite. American Society of São Paulo

Proceeds from Casino Royale will fund sizeable projects for two of our extraordinary Celebrating 67 years! partner charities, Projeto Sol and Vivenda da Criança. Each organization provides critical resources and care for many of São Paulo’s most vulnerable children. A portion of the proceeds will also support AmSoc’s annual administrative and operational expenses, allowing us to better serve the community. continued on page 5

T

he kids from Casa Limiar and 8 happy volunteers made a fun Saturday afternoon at the Museu do Futebol on February 4th.

Everyone had a great time, and one volunteer commented that the kids were “so loving and outgoing!” The museum wasn't that crowded, so they were able to spend a lot of time visiting the exhibits, and even had a little picnic afterwards.

The kids were sent home with a little lembransinha of a pen and notebook, plus a big soccer ball for the house. Thank you Monica Kumar for organizing the event, and Patricia Korvos for the snacks! §

Cover image: Luz Train Station, São Paulo Courtesy of: Jackie Wyant


MAR 2017

PRESIDENT'S LETTER

Riding on Full!

L

by Richard Wegman

eading an organization like AmSoc provides many challenging opportunities to have a positive impact on other people’s lives. It is exhilarating, bringing out the best in volunteers who consistently go beyond the call of duty. Together, we accomplish remarkable things, every single month of every single year, and have done so for almost seven decades. I want to take this opportunity to share some insights into our operational and financial structure that supports all our traditional activities, membership, and charitable actions. First, our wonderful 36m2 office, donated to us by AmCham, houses our Office Manager, two interns, and a Bookkeeper. They are our backbone. They track event ticketing and attendance; coordinate activities behind the scenes for every event throughout the year; answer the phones; negotiate contracts; handle all the membership activities; and record every financial transaction. Working only part-time, from 10AM to 3PM Monday through Friday, they accomplish all this with a smile on their faces, day in and day out, for you! Secondly, with all our accounts balanced to the penny, I’m happy to announce that the Board accepted the 2016 financial reports prepared and presented by Alan Blau, Treasurer. Our profit of R$89k has concluded our three-year drive to rebuild our cash reserves to the level of R$300k. This healthy balance provides us the opportunity to expand the ways we support our members, provide American traditions, and support charities within our community. As you can imagine, it is a lot of work to handle our operations and the numerous ongoing events. Please join me in acknowledging our

Board of Governors, office staff, and volunteers for this major accomplishment. Thirdly, as we have been rebuilding our foundation during recent years, we have also been increasing our contributions to the many charities we support. In 2016, our direct charitable contributions increased by almost R$55k; our largest year ever, with a total of R$123k in cash donations. In addition, throughout 2016, our corporate sponsors and members provided approximately R$250k of in-kind donations of food, drinks, games, clothes, and time. In December, we added a new charity for 2017, named Grupo Primavera. They provide a school-type environment for hundreds of children in Campinas. Our Campinas chapter coordinator, Cynthia Peeples, leads our 2017 drive to support projects at Grupo Primavera.

President

Richard Wegman president@amsoc.com.br

Vice President

Judy Zanchi vp@amsoc.com.br

Treasurer

Alan Blau treasurer@amsoc.com.br

Secretary

Megan Trierweiler secretary@amsoc.com.br

Campinas Chapter

Cynthia Peeples members.campinas@amsoc.com.br

Athletics

John Kennedy athletics@amsoc.com.br

Business Networking

Lastly, in 2016 we added 118 new members, who have brought a desire to participate in and enjoy our activities. All of our events have increased significantly in both attendance and quality. We want to extend a warm welcome to our new families who joined us in 2016.

Elias Gedeon Fernanda Gedeon networking@amsoc.com.br

Therefore, we are ‘Riding on Full’, ready for another banner year of loving support for our members, corporate sponsors, and charities. We all thrive on these accomplishments!

Corporate Sponsorship

Thank you for being an active part of AmSoc.

Membership Team

Community Action Committee Megan Trierweiler charity@amsoc.com.br

Ariane Cartwright Isabel Franco Ricky Rubeiz sponsorships@amsoc.com.br

Sincerely,

Melinda Brenninkmeyer Lynda Perdigon Patrick Trierweiler members@amsoc.com.br

Into the Future, Together

Social

OUR MISSION: The American Society of São Paulo (AmSoc) promotes friendship by organizing social, cultural, and athletic events for its diverse membership; encourages integration with the Brazilian society; and supports the American traditions of education, philanthropy, and volunteerism. Rua da Paz, 1431, Chacara Santo Antonio, 04713-001, São Paulo, SP Tel: (11) 5182-2074 / Fax: (11) 5182-9155 / www.amsoc.com.br

2 FORUM

BOARD MEMBERS

Kelly Maurice Lucy Nunes social@amsoc.com.br

Welcoming

Anju Kapur welcoming@amsoc.com.br


The American Society of São Paulo

Welcome! To Our New Members We thank all of our new members for their support. Not a member? Join today! Visit amsoc.com.br/joinnow NAME

Adriana Lund

C

Amy Brammer

PARTNER

NATL.

NEIGHBORHOOD

Frank Lund

Brazilian

Chácara Gramado

adrianasilveriolund@gmail.com

Elliott Brammer

American

Campo Belo

abrammer.0704@gmail.com

American / Brazilian

Jardins

1947spaulo@gmail.com

Ana Maria Lee

COMPANY

EMAIL ADDRESS

Catherine Zimmerman

Shawn Ellis

American

Brooklin

Ingredion

cmzimmerman24@gmail.com

Damian Seltzer

Maria Fernandez

American

Chácara Flora

Bridgestone

daseltzer@yahoo.com

Dimas Hilario Coelho Dinis

Adriana Maria Salgado Adani

Canadian Portuguese

Planalto Paulista

Professionals Online

dhcdinis@yahoo.ca

Lucimara Garcia

Marcos Medeiros

Brazilian

Campo Belo

Marcus Thornton

Crystal Thornton

American

Santo Amaro

U.S. Consulate

thorntonmw@state.gov

American

Vila Olímpia

Project Kaif

olga@olgarohde.com

American & Canadian

Moema

U.S. State Department

perry.stamp@gmail.com

Olga Rohde Perry Stamp

Tyler Chau

garcia.lucimara@gmail.com

Helping Hands Member

C

Campinas Member

Meet New Member Olga Rohde! Family members: I don't have any family members in Brazil, just my boyfriend whom I've lived with since February 2016. Also, our 7-month-old puppy, Winston Churchill (he's an English Bulldog)! Where were you born? I was born in Lviv, Ukraine and immigrated to the U.S. at age 12. What has surprised you about São Paulo? The city is very rich in culture, art, food...there are always so many things to do, you just need to find them. It is a city that you fall in love with more and more with time.

Recommendations? I love the south of Brazil. Highly recommend Gramado, Porto Alegre and the surrounding region. In São Paulo, I am discovering new restaurants and places to eat/hang out. You can visit my Instagram @ohasbeenhere for dicas and reviews of the places I love. What do you like to do in your free time? Parque do Povo, Parque Ibirapuera, Cafés in Jardins (Santo Pão). I am usually spending most of my time in Jardins, Itaim, and Pinheiros. Surprising fun fact about yourself? I speak 5 languages fluently and the goal is to get to 9!

FORUM 3


MAR 2017

CONSULATE CORNER

60 Years of the Fulbright Program in Brazil By Kyle L. Kocher

T

he Fulbright exchange program, created in 1946 by Senator William J. Fulbright, operates in over 160 countries and counts over 360,000 alumni worldwide. This year, the program celebrates 60 years of engagement in Brazil, sending more than 3,500 Brazilian students and researchers to the United States to study, teach, and conduct research. Fulbright activities are diverse; undergraduates at Brazilian federal universities can do a semester at a U.S. community college followed by an internship in their area of study, while Brazilian doctoral students can do a 9-month portion of their PhD program at an American University. Portuguese or English language and literature graduates can apply for the Foreign Language Teaching Assistant program, where they assist teaching Portuguese at a U.S. university while also taking classes in their academic area of interest. In an email interview, Leandra Gonçalves recounted her Fulbright experience. During 2014 and 2015, she did nine months of research at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst for her international relations PhD. Focusing on environmental policy issues, she collaborated with an expert in her field. Between academic guidance and the use of the University’s research facilities, she was able to complete her doctorate, and then returned to defend

her thesis at the University of São Paulo. Asked about the program’s impact on her professional development, she explained: “With this support I concluded my thesis, and Professor Haas was even part of my defense committee. Now, looking for a bigger challenge, I am working as a consultant for an environmental organization and also doing research at the University of Campinas. The network I [built], and the knowledge I got are helping me to advance my studies and to contribute to the [scientific] field.” On the international aspect of the program, she continued, “it helps to understand [how] the USA thinks about research and development.” The networking within an academic

discipline encouraged by the program creates an opportunity for alumni from diverse backgrounds to collaborate and exchange: “we had the opportunity to get engaged in volunteer programs and exchange activities that helped to understand how the different countries are reacting to some [issues], like drought.” Most broadly, the mission of the Fulbright program is “[to] increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries.” This is more than a strictly scientific exchange. Leandra said, “Besides the intellectual and networking process,” the program was an opportunity “[to understand] the cultural aspects between Brazil and the USA.” § To learn more about the Fulbright Program: https://eca.state.gov/fulbright To learn more about Fulbright opportunities for Brazilian citizens and read about other experiences: http:// fulbright.org.br/

@USCitsBrazil The official U.S. Embassy Twitter account for American citizens in Brazil. The English feed features daily tips and news for the expat community.

4 FORUM


The American Society of São Paulo

Night of Glamour continued from page 1 Join us for an evening of unprecedented style and sophistication -- Casino Royale, the Annual AmSoc Charity Gala. A night of glamour and elegance that will transform the lives of many.

EVENT DETAILS

Casino Royale - The Annual AmSoc Charity Gala - Benefiting Projeto Sol & Vivenda da Criança WHEN 7:30PM on Friday, May 12, 2017 VENUE Jockey Club of São Paulo ATTIRE Black-Tie, Sophisticated Formal PROGRAM

7:30PM

9:00PM

Cocktails Silent Auction 50/50 Raffle President's Welcome Live Auction

10:00PM

Dinner Doors Open

10:30PM

Dancing Caruso Cigar Bar opens

MIDNIGHT

Silent Auction Closes More Dancing

TICKET INFORMATION

Tickets are available March 1. There is limited seating, do not delay. Previous Galas have sold out within weeks. Take advantage of early discounts on table purchases today! INDIVIDUAL TICKETS

Member R$425 / Non-Member R$475

Every item you bid on will directly impact the children of Projeto Sol and Vivenda da Criança. Take a peek at what’s in store: ÇÇLimited Edition Artwork ÇÇGift Certificate for the Exclusive Award-Winning Santa Clara Eco Resort

DISCOUNT FOR TABLES OF 10

(available March 1st to 31st only) Member R$4.000 / Non-Member R$4.500

LIVE & SILENT AUCTION

This year’s Auction Committee is working hard to bring in highly anticipated, valuable, and exciting Live and Silent Auction items!

Annual Gala

ÇÇFine Wine Tasting Package for 10 ÇÇDeluxe Spa Treatments ÇÇLuxurious Hotel Stays ÇÇ4-Star Gourmet Restaurant Certificates ÇÇA new Fine Jewelry piece sure to impress

SPONSORS

A special mention of our early Gala Sponsors, whose support and passion for children are immeasurable: ÇÇADM ÇÇMarriott Hotels & Resorts

HOW TO HELP

Jockey Club of São Paulo | May 12, 2017 individual tickets | R$425 AmSoc member | R$475 non-member Early-bird table prices (10 seats) until March 31st R$4,000 AmSoc members | R$4,500 non-members American Society of São Paulo

www.amsoc.com.br | gala@amsoc.com.br

Celebrating 67 years!

The resounding success of every AmSoc Gala is wholly due to the exceptional work and dedication of the Gala volunteers. Their passion and commitment are the driving force behind every Real that is raised for our partner charities. There is still time to contribute your time and expertise to this year’s Gala -- join an organizing committee, solicit/donate auction items, or become a Gala Sponsor. You can also volunteer at the Gala. Contact gala@amsoc. com.br for more information. §

FORUM 5


MAR 2017

MEMBERS RECOMMEND

Hiking in Atibaia

W

By Monica Greenhalgh, AmSoc Member

e are a family that likes to get outdoors and explore. We also are part of a Boy Scout Troop, so we try to find places for camping and other outdoor activities. A recent adventure found us at Bom de Jesus dos Perdões in Atibaia, São Paulo. We arrived past midnight on Friday, because we had to battle São Paulo traffic and then got a little lost on the long dirt road to the Pousada Pedra Grande (www. pousadapedragrandeatibaia.com.br). Eventually, we found our destination, pitched our tents, and started our weekend. As you can see by the pictures, we enjoyed a 3 kilometer hike up to the little rock which features awesome views. After the hike, the boys took advantage of the kayaks and explored the lake - finding a few capybaras grazing the shore. The adults cooked "fajitas" on the grill, while the boys made themselves pizza on the grill. Hiking in Brazil can be challenging with steep trails and no trail markers, but we look forward to going back to Atibaia to tackle the Big Rock (Pedra Grande) next time. I definitely recommend this area to spend some great time in the outdoors.

American Society of São Paulo’s Welcoming Committee presents

New Member Coffee March 15th

@ 10:30am

SUBMIT YOUR CONTENT Our Troop meets from 7pm to 8pm every Monday at my house in Casa Grande, and we camp or have an activity once a month. Any boy age 11 through 18 can join us. If you're interested, please contact me via Whatsapp at (11) 94448-3924. §

To be featured in our next Members Recommend, send an email to forum@ amsoc.com.br with your personal recommendations on how to enjoy all that São Paulo (and Brazil!) has to offer.

American Society of São Paulo presents

Saturday, April 8th 10am to 1pm @ Chapel School

Location provided upon RSVP

Come meet other new members & learn how you can get involved with AmSoc! RSVP by noon, March 12th welcoming@amsoc.com.br

6 FORUM

th! Tickets on sale March 15th

Visit www.amsoc.com.br for more details.


The American Society of São Paulo

Don't Miss the 2017 Annual General Meeting! By Jo Ann Ivy, AmSoc Member

B

e sure to save the date of April 27th for the American Society’s Annual General Meeting. Anyone who went last year knows that this is AmSoc’s feature event of the year, one not to be missed! Open to members only, and included in your membership, this night promises to make you glad you are a member! With delicious food and drink, in a warm and relaxed environment, it is an opportunity to enjoy old friends and also make new ones. If you weren’t able to attend last year, check out the photos shown here to see what a good, fun event it was! Following a delightful social hour, there will be a brief meeting where Richard Wegman,

Wet your whistle at the open bar

Catch up with old friends, make new ones

AmSoc president, will recap the year, thank the outgoing Board of Governors, and present the new Board for approval. Another highlight of the evening will be the presentation of the Eric Poliak Community Service Award, which is presented to a member who has excelled in service to the São Paulo community. In a touching ceremony, this

Grab a bite to eat

Applaud stellar community service at the Eric Poliak Award ceremony

award recognizes the tremendous community service efforts of one special AmSoc member, who selflessly gave of themselves throughout the year. Be sure to reserve your place at this great event! Visit the AmSoc Eventbrite site (amsoc. eventbrite.com), or send an email to contact@ amsoc.com.br for more information. The event is free of charge, but space is limited, so don’t wait to confirm your presence! §

Most importantly, have fun!

The President and Board of Directors of the American Society of São Paulo

cordially invite you to

The 2017 Annual General Meeting April 27, 2017 at 7:30pm Location provided upon RSVP

by April 20, 2017 RSVP amsoc.eventbrite.com REQUIRED contact@amsoc.com.br

Cocktail Reception

The evening will include:

A review of 2016 and the positive impact AmSoc has had on the community, presented by AmSoc President, Richard Wegman. Presentation of the Eric Poliak Award for Community Service. Cocktails & hors d’oeuvres.

FORUM 7


MAR 2017

AMSOC-CAMPINAS

Campinas or Bust!

AMSOC-CAMPINAS STAFF

By Cynthia Peeples, Membership - Campinas Chapter

J

oin the official launch of AmSoc-Campinas at the 1st Annual AmSoc-Campinas Membership Drive! Shamrocks, Footballs, EGGstravaganzas, and more. There is something for everyone...especially you! Come out to beautiful Campinas and learn about our events, community programs, and our incredible partners. A portion of the proceeds from the Membership Drive will support critical needs and projects for our outreach partner, Grupo Primavera.

Membership & Resources

While you’re here, make a weekend of it! Book a stay at the acclaimed Hotel Vitóra, take a leisurely stroll through the charming streets of Cambui lined with boutiques and restaurants, check out the lively bar scene in Barão Geraldo, take a run or walk around Taquaral Park, and shop until you drop at 3 different shopping malls. Campinas is your new home away from home.

Cynthia Peeples members.campinas@amsoc.com.br

Community Action

charity.campinas@amsoc.com.br

Events

Ariene Fonseca events.campinas@amsoc.com.br

Marketing & Communications

Register now for any of these events (amsoc. eventbrite.com) and receive substantial discounts. See you soon! §

Jennifer Licko marketing.campinas@amsoc.com.br

The American Society of São Paulo in Campinas presents

ST. PATRICK’S DAY PARTY Kiss me, I’m Irish-ish!

Whether you’re green or purple, don’t miss our kickin’ St. Patrick’s Day Party! Celebrate the patron saint in true Irish style with live Irish music, the Celta Brazil Irish Dance Group, & delicious gourmet Irish cuisine. HEADLINERS: Jennifer Licko, International award-winning, Celtic Album of the Year singer, with Campinas favorite Charlotte Station FEATURING: Ronan Moloney, All-Ireland Bodhran and Flute Champion, from Limerick, Ireland

St. Patrick’s Day

Party

Friday, March 17 Doors open at 9 PM

IFF Bar at the Vitoria Hotel Register before March 1st for discount tickets & to order a #whosyourpaddy T-shirt!

ROAD TRIP! AmSoc Members wanting to overnight now have a special room rate at the Hotel

AmSoc.com.br

Vitoria. Let the Shenanigans begin!

OF

The American Society of São Paulo - Campinas presents

Let’s Connect!

Friday April 7th, 2017

Special Event By Invitation Only

#LetsConnect

www.AmSoc.com.br

8 FORUM

E s t . 19 5 0

S Ã O PA U L O

a fundraiser for Grupo Primavera

LET’S CONNECT CAMPINAS

This is an exclusive event, by invitation only. Let’s Connect Campinas is honored to present our featured speaker His Excellency Minister Dyogo Henrique Oliveira, Brazilian Minister of Planning, Development, and Management. Minister Oliveira will offer his expertise and professional opinion about the future of Brazil’s economy. The floor will then open for a moderated question and answer session. Let’s Connect Campinas is a bi-monthly professional networking event designed to facilitate connection and prompt intelligent discussion amongst executives and professionals in the greater Campinas area. Each event begins with a prominent expert addressing a current event or subject matter that is impacting the national or international stage. Topics include shifts in the global marketplace, industry trends, technological advances, environment, education, arts, and athletics. The floor then opens for questions and answers.


The American Society of São Paulo

AMSOC-CAMPINAS American Society ofSOCIETY São PauloOFpresents THE AMERICAN SAO PAULO - CAMPINAS PRESENTS

TOURNAMENT OF CHAMPIONS SUNDAY, 26 MARCH 2017 GATES OPEN 10:00 AM

ESCOLA AMERICANA DE CAMPINAS

E M A G U O Y #ARE

EARLY REGISTRATION ENDS MARCH

WWW.AMSOC.COM.BR

The American Society of São Paulo - Campinas presents

Paint It

FORWARD

PROJECT FOR

Grupo Primavera

OF

E s t . 19 5 0

S Ã O PA U L O

April 1 at 10:00 AM

Register at www.AmSoc.com.br

19TH

Adults and Teens will battle it out on the field and the court in this multi-sports tournament...to the victor go the spoils! Story Travelers for the kids, with a friendly game of soccer.

Doors Open at 10AM for Check-In.

ADVERTISE WITH US!

PAINT IT FORWARD

Roll up your sleeves for Grupo Primavera! We need adults and teens to donate their time and goodwill to paint the hallways and classrooms of Grupo Primavera. Help bring new life to the walls and foundation that transform the lives of countless children everyday. Doors Open at 10AM.

Is your business located in the Campinas area? Your ad could be featured in this space! AmSoc has many advertising packages available, including exposure on our website & private Facebook Group. Special rates offered for our Annual Directory advertisers. Call the AmSoc office at (11) 5182-2074 between the hours of 10AM and 3PM, Monday through Friday, or send an email to sales@amsoc.com.br, for full details and rates.

The American Society of São Paulo - Campinas presents

Campinas Easter

Hop on over to our Easter EGGstravaganza!

EGGstravaganza

Celebrate Easter at the charming Espaço Belmonte with an EGGciting Easter Egg Hunt, festive Easter Parade, and EGGstra special crafts & activities. BONUS -- Pony Rides, Bunnies, Chicks!

Sunday, April 9th Espaço Belmonte 1pm - 5pm

JOIN OUR SPECIAL GUESTS: Story Travelers!

Children will go on a page turning adventure as they learn about Easter traditions and cultural celebrations around the world.

BRING IT! American Flag Football, Field Soccer, Indoor Volleyball & Basketball.

LIVE Entertainment & Gourmet Food Trucks.

#PaintIt4ward

EASTER EGGSTRAVAGANZA

TOURNAMENT OF CHAMPIONS

#Eggs OF

E s t . 19 5 0

S Ã O PA U L O

Tickets on sale now! AmSoc.com.br

ter

FORUM 9


MAR 2017

COMMUNITY ACTION COMMITTEE

Gala: Look Back at Past Winners By Cynthia Peeples, AmSoc Board Member

L

ast year’s glamorous 2016 Masquerade Gala raised an impressive R$85.000 for our partner charities: ABBA, Lar Tia Edna, and Helen Drexel. Much of the financial impact was credited to the exciting Live and Silent Auctions at the Gala. Let’s take a look back.… Tony Roberts and Shawn Moss each took home a stunning strand of pearls, 106 inches in length. We hope the strands will make a second appearance at the Gala beautifully draped on the lucky owners!

​ arcio Ito took home a beautiful iconic M Chanel handbag. A classic statement of refinement and distinguished taste.

10 FORUM

Lisa Klenner took home a 6-hour Chocolate Making Class for a party of 6, with Chef Bertrand Busquet of Barry Callebaut. The Barry Callebaut Group is the world’s leading manufacturer of high-quality chocolate and cocoa products. The delicious package also included a private tour of the facility. Megan Trierweiler, lucky guest, had this to say about the class, “The chocolate day was a super success. We tried all different kinds of chocolate and the chef taught us all a ton. We also made 4 different chocolate bonbons and it was clear they did a good bit of prep work getting ready for us, which made it feel like we were well taken care of. As for the chocolate - DELICIOUS! I don't know when I have ever eaten so much chocolate, and we brought a big box home, too!”

Ana Paula Cahill took home 2 Business Class tickets on American Airlines.


The American Society of São Paulo

COMMUNITY ACTION COMMITTEE

Alan Mangels took home a package for the acclaimed Belmond Hotel das Cataratas de Iguaçu, and 2 Round-Trip tickets on GOL Airlines​. The historic Belmond Hotel is the only hotel located within Brazil’s spectacular Iguaçu National Park…and a charming stroll away from the breathtaking waterfalls. The mammoth 2.7-km stretch of Foz do Iguaçu is famously listed as one of the 7 Natural Wonders of the World.

A warm obrigada to all of our 2016 Sponsors for their generous contributions: American Airlines Azul Airlines Barry Callebaut Bloomin' Brands Body Tech Buffet Colonial Cabot Chevrolet GOL Airlines Grant Thornton Harley Davidson Marriott Hotels & Resorts

BOA VIAGEM!

TREATMENT FOR LEARNING DIFFERENCES WITH IN-HOME SUPPORT Specializing in sensory cognitive treatment for Dyslexia, Autism Spectrum Disorders, AD/HD, Learning and Communication Disorders, and Behavior Modification. Comprehensive Learning Evaluation In-depth pre- and post testing for: Team Consultations include: • Expressive Language • Identification of strengths and areas • Mathematics for improvement • Phonology • Recommendations for follow-up treatment • Reading and/or support • Written Expression • Homeschooling available

Ariane Cartwright & Max Barra do Sahy, São Paulo Traveling soon? Take a photo with your FORUM, email it to forum@amsoc.com.br

Dr. Wendy M. Smith Licensed Learning Specialist 55 (11) 3885.7256 [office] / 55 (11) 9.9236.5267 [mobile] The International Dyslexia Association {Provider Directory/Description of Professional Services} www.interdys.org

Children & Adults with AD/HD {Resource Directory/Description of Services and Licenses} www.chadd.org

FORUM 11


MAR 2017

COMMUNITY ACTION COMMITTEE

Get Outside and Play: Children's Field Day 2017 By Megan Trierweiler, CAC Chairperson

Saturday, April 1st will be our 8th annual Children’s Field Day. This event, held at the American Consulate, is a special day for 150 of the children in our charitable organizations. While living in the sprawling urban city of São Paulo has many benefits, plenty of green space to play outdoors is not one of them. Children’s Field Day is a chance for kids to cut loose, run, swim, laugh, eat, and play!

For my children, Carolina and Eric, and for me it was a blessing to participate on the Children’s Field Day! It is a full day of joy for several children, with many activities! It was also a pleasure to work with all volunteers, everybody was very kind. Last year, we coordinated the "Arts & Crafts" tables and played with the small kids, so cute! We invited Carolina’s

WHAT IS FIELD DAY REALLY LIKE? AmSoc member volunteers share their stories; Last year during Field Day I had one of my life’s most touching experiences. I love to swim, so I quickly got into my swimming suit and got into the pool. There were different groups of children. Some playing, some just enjoying the fact there they were able to relax in a pool, and some were really scared of the water. I was able to gain the trust of the latter group, and especially a little girl who allowed me to float her back and forth across the pool. If you can swim this does not seem to be a big deal. However, if you can’t, you appreciate the fact that a helping hand goes a long way! Madeline Blankenstein

VOLUNTEER OF THE MONTH The amazing volunteer of the month for March is John Kennedy! A tireless and active volunteer, John has served on the AmSoc Board for many years. He excels at overseeing all the AmSoc athletic activities; from Golf, to the Abacaxi Flag Football tournament, to the Youth Sports Program, to Basketball tournaments.

JOHN KENNEDY

John, thanks for all that you do!

To nominate the next Volunteer of the Month, email forum@amsoc.com.br

12 FORUM

Individual income tax preparation and consulting • Tax planning • Estimated taxes • US Federal tax returns • Brazilian tax returns • Tax equalization Marcelo Calvoso Tel 55 11 5572 5411 Cel 55 11 99121 8811 mcalvoso@uol.com.br


COMMUNITY ACTION COMMITTEE

The American Society of São Paulo

friends to join us, and everybody was grateful to be there. I would like to thank American Society and the American Consulate for this opportunity to share happy moments with all these kids and the associates! At the end of the day, we were all together enjoying the swimming pool, playing soccer, painting, drawing, and eating delicious food! We loved it! Claudia Kiatake

WANT TO GET INVOLVED?

With support of a simple R$40 donation from you, we are able create this fantastic day. If you missed the Angel Party this year, here is another chance to support our kids! If you want to continue supporting the same child you did at the Angel Party, we will do our best to make that happen, too. In addition, we are seeking corporate donations as well. Please reach out to us if you think your company would like to donate money or make an in-kind donation.

SMILE: Charity Volunteering with the American Society S - Share M - Mentor I - Impact L - Love E - Engage

The final way you can help is to volunteer at the event itself! If you are interested in any of the above ways to help, please contact Megan Trierweiler at charity@amsoc.com.br. § Can't volunteer your time, but still want to help? Give your receipts to charity. Charities can claim the tax benefits of any Nota Fiscal unattached to a CPF. Email charity@amsoc.com.br for more information.

This is a monthly volunteering opportunity connecting AmSoc members with kids at our sponsored charities through fun and engaging activities. Each month, a group of volunteers participates in a pre-planned event. These events are as simple as going to play games with kids one afternoon, to taking a trip to a movie, to even playing soccer on the weekend. For a small time commitment, you can make a big impact. So join us! Here’s what you can do: 1. Help plan events: AmSoc knows the kids and organizations, but we need dedicated volunteers to help plan the logistics of the actual events. From things like buying nail polish for a salon day, to securing tickets to a soccer game, we need people to help organize. 2. Volunteer at the events: Make note of our upcoming events, and when the reminder comes out, commit to volunteering. Then just show up and participate. It’s as simple as that!

email charity@amsoc.com.br and come SMILE with us! FORUM 13


MAR 2017

ATHLETICS

Brazil’s Carcamanos Wins Their Second Flag Football Title By John Kennedy, Athletics Chairman

A

mSoc’s annual flag football tournament, the Abacaxi Bowl, was held on Saturday, February 4th at the Pan American Christian Academy (PACA) in Interlagos. Seven teams participated this year in this one-day tournament. (Actually, 6½ teams, because the Marines couldn’t come at the last minute, so the U.S. Consulate had to borrow players.) It started with each team playing two games, which were decided randomly. The six teams with the best 2-game record advanced for one more round to decide which four teams would go to the semi-finals. The final championship game requires two teams to play five grueling games in rain or shine, and this year there was rain to contend with during the middle of the day before the sun came out for the semifinals. Team Carcamanos took the title this year, becoming the third team in Abacaxi Bowl history to win at least two championships. The two other teams with this record are PACA, with its leading 7 championships, and the nowdisbanded Cougars, whose team has moved to the States, with their 4 championships. Historically, the Cougars lead all teams with 8 championship appearances, and most impressively 6 in a row, followed by PACA’s 7 appearances, and then a 2-way tie with 4 appearances shared between Carcamanos and

Ford. The Devilz, U.S. Consulate, and Graded School each are tied with 3 appearances in Abacaxi championships. This year’s championship game was a rematch of last year’s closely contested semi-final between the Devilz and Carcamanos. The Devilz took the opening snap and marched methodically down for an early score and a 2-point conversion. Then it was Carcamanos’ turn to do the same, and that ended the first half 8 to 8. The second half was totally different, because each team adapted their defenses and stalled the other’s offense. However, it was the arm and leadership of Carcamanos Quarterback (QB) Fernando Takai (voted the tournament’s MVP) that turned the tide with an impressive hurry-up offense that confused

ABACAXI BOWL 2017 FINAL RESULTS PLACE

TEAM

WINS

LOSSES

PF

PA

PF-PA

1

Carcamanos

5

0

121

37

84

2

Devils

4

1

106

60

46

3

Graded School

3

1

76

46

30

4

PACA

1

3

71

84

-13

5

US Consulate

0

3

28

74

-46

6

Campinas Sch.

0

3

12

60

-48

7

Cronos

0

2

6

59

-53

14 FORUM

the Devilz defenders while mixing in several look-away long passes, with well executed short screen passes, in taking his team to score the winning points. The Devilz made a strong showing as usual. They finished in second place for the round robin, 3-0 with 52 net points, versus first place Carcamanos’ 61 net points. The surprising team this year was Graded School which also was 3-0 going into the semis with 32 net points. Led by another talented QB, Graded’s aerialshow was impressive considering they never before played together, but it was more their agile defensive unit that held teams to only 4 touchdowns in the first 3 games. However, they confronted an equally agile defensive and aerial offensive Devilz team that allowed


The American Society of São Paulo

ATHLETICS

YSP Reminders them to squeak by 20 to 18 in the semis. Congratulations to Graded School Principal and Team captain Rob Switzer for their amazing performance, especially since it was the school’s first Abacaxi Bowl appearance since 2013, when they were always a regular participant and host of every year before. PACA, the 7-time champs, played well even though they finished 1-3 against two other eventual semi-finalists. They showed the offensive flair of past championships by running up a score of 30 to 6 against first time entry Campinas School. In fact, the Campinas team played very well despite never playing before and only losing to the Devilz by one touchdown in their first game and then to Graded School in their third game by only 140. The Campinas team did win in a unanimous vote the fan award for being most vocal, for their 30+ attendees were shouting and screaming all day long. A special thanks go out to our host PACA and Kevin Flurry for once again providing a terrific environment for the tournament. The fields were in beautiful condition and manicured to

YOUTH SPORTS PROGRAM 2017 SCHEDULE TIME SLOT

SPORT

9AM to 10:30AM

Soccer, Girls (ages 5-8 & 9-13) Soccer, Boys (ages 5-8 & 9-13)

9:30AM to Basketball (coed ages 8-13) 10:30AM 10:30AM to Flag Football (coed ages 8-13) 11:30AM Volleyball (coed ages 8-13) 10:30AM to Baseball (coed ages 8-13) 12PM YOUTH SPORTS PROGRAM 2017 LOCATIONS

perfection, even though we had the rainiest January on record! And this year, since the PACA Booster Club didn’t run their usual Food Court with BBQ chicken and beef sticks to go with homemade chocolate chip cookies and an assortment of drinks, AmSoc member and PACA senior Charlotte Kennedy volunteered with her friend to fill the void by offering ham and turkey sandwiches, chips, cookies, and homemade brownies to feed the always hungry footballers. Thank you, my daughter! § All Abacaxi Bowl photos courtesy of James Wattengel, AmSoc member. Thank you!

MONTH

DAY

LOCATION

Mar

04

US Consulate

Mar

11

Chapel

Mar

18

US Consulate

Mar

25

US Consulate

Apr

01

PACA

Apr

08

PACA

Apr

15

Easter Holiday

Apr

22

Holiday

Apr

29

PACA

May

06

US Consulate

May

13

US Consulate

May

20

US Consulate

May

27

Chapel

Jun

03

US Consulate

Jun

10

US Consulate

If you'd like to volunteer to help coach or assist, contact our Athletics Coordinator, John Mota, at athletics@amsoc.com.br or WhatsApp +55 (11) 99622-2177.

FORUM 15


MAR 2017

Let’s Connect: Network & Socialize By Madeleine Blankenstein, Let's Connect Committee Member

H

ave you already saved the date for the Let's Connect meeting on March 27th? As a reminder, we will welcome Rodolfo Ohl, who specialized in bringing international tech companies to Brazil. He is currently working at Medium (a social publishing platform created by one of Twitter’s founders). Before that, Rodolfo was in charge of the SurveyMonkey and Monster Jobs operations in Brazil. Moreover, Rodolfo serves on the university board of FECAP (Fundação Escola de Comércio Álvares Penteado), as an independent member. Additionally, Joseph Leahy, current Brazil Bureau Chief for the Financial Times, will be moderating the evening. Can you imagine hailing a taxi on the streets, making an international phone call through an operator, or having your film roll developed? The digital age is not something of the future. It is happening now. Can you think of the future with no printed magazines, books, or newspapers? No open TV? Buying most of what you need on the internet? If you go to a store, being welcomed by a robot, and actually going there with a driverless car? Not having to go every day to the office?

A lot is changing, and life as we know it will not be the same. Some of the changes might happen quicker or slower depending on where we are, but changes are happening. Rodolfo will speak of these. We find this subject fascinating, and hope that you will also enjoy it. Please remember, that the purpose of these meetings is to inform you, and if there is a subject that you are interested in, we can certainly find a person to talk about it. As a friendly reminder, we support all AmSoc activities, and we hope you will join all the

fun events planned for March. If you'd like to suggest your company for Sponsorship, or know someone who can contribute auction items for our Casino Royale, Annual Charity Gala on May 12th at the Jockey Club, please contact us at gala@amsoc.com.br. §

Want to see a specific topic explored at our next event? Drop us a line at networking@amsoc.com.br and tell us about your ideas!

American Society of São Paulo presents

Let’s Connect! Add value. Connect with people. monday, 27 march, 2017 18:30 to 21:30 16 FORUM

Reserve your seat at www.amsoc.com.br Av. Horácio Lafer, 44 Moema

R$60 door charge covers food & nonalcoholic beverages


The American Society of São Paulo SEEKING NOMINATIONS The Eric Poliak Award is given annually to a person in the São Paulo community who has unselfishly contributed his or her time and effort for the good of the entire community. Submit your nominations by March 15, 2017, to Marlene Rubeiz at mrubeiz@oul.com. br. The Eric Poliak Award

Duets

Starter #1

join us for

Starter #2

March 25, 2017 at 7pm

with

4-course meal paired with 4 excellent drinks English-speaking Sommelier

at

Alameda Itu, 1564 LIMITED SPOTS AVAILABLE

Caprice Salad with Centennial IPA Chili w/ Crostini with Breakfast Stout

Main Course

Stuffed Chicken Breast w/ Potato Puree with Curmudgeon Old Ale

Dessert

Strawberry Tart w/ Caramel Sauce with Porter

RSVP by Mar 22nd

or contact@amsoc.com.br www.amsoc.com.br

R$190 Members / R$210 Non-Members *price includes all of the above food and drinks, plus gratuity.

Jennifer Licko, our former Communications C o o r d i n a t o r, has left her paid position at AmSoc to focus on volunteer work for the Campinas chapter, our new membership initiative for 2017. We thank her for all her hard work and all that she has done to improve the role during her time with us, and look forward to seeing her work continue through the Campinas chapter initiative. Thanks, Jennifer!

NOT ALL WHO WANDER ARE LOST

Dr. Marinho Del Santo

Do you know the perfect spot for a day trip? Have a location you’ve always wanted to visit, but prefer to share the experience with others?

Speaks English & Portuguese

We are currently looking for volunteers to Organize and Assist with our Travel Club. Drop us a line at contact@amsoc. com.br to begin your new adventure!

T

raveL Club

Dentistry Av. Vereador José Diniz, 3720 - Suite 1204 Campo Belo - São Paulo, SP 04603-004 Tel: (11) 2368-6333 Emergency Care Orofacial Pain & Dental Trauma: Albert Einstein Hospital Tel: (11) 99611-4964

www.delsanto.com.br marinho@delsanto.com.br

FORUM 17


MAR 2017

CLASSIFIEDS & ADVERTISEMENTS CLASSIFIEDS

BRUNA LUCENA DANCE TEACHER, CHOREOGRAPHER, PERSONAL DANCER

Ballroom dancing is very beneficial & highly recommended! Don't miss out on this enjoyable and life-enhancing activity. Private classes may be taken by an individual or couple, in a dance studio or in the comfort of your own home, for all dance styles. Call for more information. References from AmSoc members available upon request. (11) 95192-0396

ADVERTISE WITH US!

STEPHANIE SMITH BRITISH BILINGUAL PSYCHOLOGIST

(CRP 06/132919) specializing in Systemic Family Therapy, Couples Therapy & Educational Psychology. Psychotherapy w/ individuals & couples & families. Offices in Morumbi next to Shopping Jardim Sul, & Campo Belo near Shopping Ibirapuera, both w/ onsite parking. Some insurance companies accepted. Email jsfamilytherapy@gmail.com or phone 011989185922.

DAWN MORELLI, LCSW

Interested in purchasing a print ad or classified space? AmSoc has many advertising packages available, including exposure on our website & private Facebook Group. Special rates offered for our Annual Directory advertisers. Call the office at (11) 5182-2074 between the hours of 10AM and 3PM, Monday through Friday, or send an email to sales@amsoc.com.br for full details and rates.

LICENSED AMERICAN THERAPIST AND COUNSELOR

My expertise includes mood, anxiety, cultural issues, relationship and family concerns, selfesteem, trauma and personal growth. I have strong skills in assessment/evaluation which allow to identify the best and most effective treatment. I work with individuals, families and children. Contact me at 98963-2871 or dawnmorell@yahoo.com.

MASSAGE THERAPIST

Are you or someone you know stressed, tense, have headaches or in pain? Englishspeaker attending in R. Gabriel de Lara, 55, Bairro Brooklin (close to Shopping Morumbi). Shiatsu, Reiki, Amma, Tchossei & Swedish Relaxation. Also attend on call, with American-made portable massage table. Lived in US for 16 years. Kenzo Koshimura 98432-2000

Dr. Karen Bygdal Andreasen Dental Care | CROSP 47616 Partner of American Society for 14 Years English, Danish & Portuguese spoken! General Practice - Adults and Children: Functional Jaw Orthopedics Specialist Tel: (11) 5531-4698 (11) 3799-1460 WhatsApp: (11) 99811-6172

The AmSoc 2017 Membership Directory & Resource Guide has arrived!

PERSONAL TRAINER

I will come to your home, office or workout facility and create an exercise and fitness program tailored to your health concerns, fitness goals, and schedule. For adults and children, individuals or groups. Sessions conducted in English, Spanish or Portuguese. For more information please contact Daniela Franco at 99739-6191 or dsf29@hotmail.com.

A huge thanks goes to Élon Brasil, for his generous donation of artwork for the 2017 cover, and to our advertisers for their support, which makes this publication possible.

*For 2018 advertising info: sales@amsoc.com.br

18 FORUM

bygdal@globo.com R. Barão do Triunfo, 612 - cj 1709 Campo Belo, São Paulo 04602-002

All current members should receive a free copy delivered with their February FORUM. If you did not receive yours, please contact our office at contact@amsoc.com.br.


The American Society of SĂŁo Paulo

AmSoc Scene Were you there? Charitable event moments you might have missed.

Children's Field Day 2016

Children's Field Day 2016

Angel Party 2016

Holiday Party 2016 - Sandal Donations!

SMILE Day - December 2016

Angel Party 2016 - Bag Day!

FORUM 19


COMMUNITY CALENDAR March 2017

Learn more about upcoming American Society events at www.amsoc.com.br

Saturday 9AM to 12PM

AmSoc Youth Sports Program soccer, baseball, basketball, volleyball, and football

Location: U.S. Consulate (Rua Henri Dunant, 500) Information: www.amsoc.com.br/youthsports

08

Wednesday 9AM to 2PM

International Newcomers Club Bazaar Day!

Location: TBA Information: www.newcomers-sp.com.br

11

Saturday 9AM to 12PM

AmSoc Youth Sports Program soccer, baseball, basketball, volleyball, and football

Location: Chapel School (R. Vig. João de Pontes, 537) Information: www.amsoc.com.br/youthsports

15

Wednesday 10:30AM to 1PM

AmSoc New Members Coffee network, learn about upcoming events, and meet board members

Location: Provided upon RSVP Information: Anju Kapur at welcoming@amsoc.com.br For details, see ad on page 6

17

Friday 9PM until

AmSoc-Campinas St. Patrick's Day Party live Irish music & delicious gourmet Irish cuisine

Location: IFF bar (Av. José de Souza Campos, 425) Information: www.amsoc.com.br For details, see article on page 8

18

Saturday 9AM to 12PM

AmSoc Youth Sports Program soccer, baseball, basketball, volleyball, and football

Location: U.S. Consulate (R. Henri Dunant, 500) Information: www.amsoc.com.br/youthsports

22

Wednesday 7PM to 10PM

AmSoc Happy Hour with the St. Andrews Society

Location: Flemings (Av. Cidade Jardim, 318 - Jardim Paulistano) Information: www.amsoc.com.br For details, see ad on page 17

25

Saturday 9AM to 12PM

AmSoc Youth Sports Program soccer, baseball, basketball, volleyball, and football

Location: U.S. Consulate (R. Henri Dunant, 500) Information: www.amsoc.com.br/youthsports

25

Saturday 7PM to 10PM

Duets four-course meal paired with 4 delicious drinks

Location: Table (Alameda Itu, 1564) Information: www.amsoc.com.br For details, see ad on page 17

27

Monday 6:30PM to 9PM

AmSoc Let’s Connect meet new people and share experiences

Location: Caruso Lounge (Av. Horácio Lafer, 44 - Moema) Information: www.amsoc.com.br For details, see article on page 16

04

C

ONLY REGISTERED INDIVIDUALS PERMITTED.

C

ONLY REGISTERED INDIVIDUALS PERMITTED.

ONLY REGISTERED INDIVIDUALS PERMITTED.

Campinas Event

ABOUT FORUM

Managing Editor & Layout: Jackie Wyant (forum@amsoc.com.br) | Printed by EGB (egb.com.br). | FORUM is published monthly (excluding January and July) in print and online (amsoc.com.br/forum). Views expressed in FORUM do not reflect those of AmSoc members or staff. Ads appearing in FORUM do not constitute an endorsement of products or services. Do you want to purchase a print ad or classified space? FORUM has many packages available. Contact sales@amsoc.com.br for more information.

March 2017 FORUM  
Read more
Read more
Similar to
Popular now
Just for you