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Monthly Newsletter - May 2017


Annual Charity Gala

May 12

Memorial Day Service

May 21

Munro Cup Golf Tournament

May 27

Let's Connect São Paulo

Jun 13

Independence Day Party


Golf Challenge Match for the 2017 Munro Cup

CAC Giving Update for 2017

By John Kennedy, Athletics Chairman

By Megan Trierweiler, CAC Chairperson


t the prestigious São Fernando Golf Club, on May 27th starting at noon, the American Society of São Paulo (AmSoc) golf team will tee-up against the St. Andrews Society team, in a golf match for the rights to the highly disputed Munro Cup, our local Ryder Cup. This regular golf challenge not only involves a match between good friends, but also includes plenty of food and drinks to go with lots of socializing, camaraderie, and ends with an awards ceremony. Each team has won the Munro Cup five times since 2005, when we returned to having a ladies' and gentlemens' golf challenge match. The Munro Cup was first inaugurated in 1991, when Norman Munro, a previous president of the St. Andrews Society and a true Scot, was asked by the then-president of the St. Andrews Society, Jim McLean, to provide an award to commemorate the winner of an annual sporting competition between the St. Andrews Society of São Paulo and AmSoc. The objective was to

foster friendship and camaraderie amongst two great nations. Originally, the competition involved several sporting events, such as golf, tennis, soccer, tug-o-war, bridge, volleyball, and trivial pursuit. However, over the years, it became difficult to organize and find a place for all of these events. Starting in 2005, only the golf match was reinitiated, when Sean Hutchinson, of the St. Andrews Society, challenged John Kennedy, of AmSoc, to a golf match challenge. Thus the Munro Cup was reborn! If you'd like to join AmSoc in this fantastic golfing day filled with camaraderie and competition, contact John Kennedy for more details on prices and scoring, etc. (john@kennedy-partners. com). In addition, every golfer will need to wear their team's jersey to participate. John has a few extras, but he can order more for AmSoc members. So, please get in touch with him ASAP if you plan to compete! § PREVIOUS MUNRO CUP RESULTS YEAR

Announcing AmSoc as the 2012 Munro Cup winner

2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015


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5/4 5/3 7.5 / 7.0 7.5 / 3.5 8.5 / 6.5 5/4



hank you all for your generous in-kind donations so far this year! At Children's Field Day, volunteers donated dry food items, which resulted in sending 4 large boxes of food and juice home with each of the 6 institutions that attended. Thank you again to all the dedicated volunteers who not only brought these items, but also spent their time playing with the children, preparing food, cleaning, and caring at the event.

Just two weeks later, AmSoc families and friends once again opened their hearts to our charities with donations of Easter candy! Nearly 100 items were donated, making one sweet treat for many of our charity kids this Easter. Thank you again for your continued giving, and we look forward to helping in even more ways as 2017 unfolds. §

Cover image: São Paulo sunrise Courtesy of: Diego Torres Silvestre

MAY 2017


May's Extravaganzas by Richard Wegman


efore I get into May's happenings, I want to take a minute to thank everyone who participated in our Annual General Meeting (AGM). This important event provides us the opportunity to share and report about all the good things that are happening within AmSoc, as well as looking towards our future. I want to especially thank Christina and Ricardo Zuniga for hosting our amazing night at their home. You are the best hosts ever; your care and commitment goes beyond expectations, adding great value to all. I want to take this opportunity to acknowledge our Campinas Team led by Cynthia Peeples. In April, they officially launched our Campinas Chapter of AmSoc. The first event was 'Paint It Forward' at Grupo Primavera. Over 50 volunteers showed up ready to sand and paint walls. The paint was graciously donated by PPG, and all the painting supplies (tape rollers, brushes, etc.) were donated by 3M. The second big event was 'Let's Connect Campinas', which was highly successful, attended by almost 100 people interested in hearing from Minister Dyogo Oliveira about where Brazil is heading from a development and planning perspective. We want to extend a heartfelt thank you to Minister Dyogo for making this event a great one. While he was in Campinas, he took the time to visit our supported charity, Grupo Primavera. After his tour of the facility, he talked with the older children about the opportunities and possibilities for a good future and career in Brazil. What a great day for them to hear directly from a Minister about his hope for their future.

As you can see, we have a great team in Campinas. The results of this drive before Easter is 40 new members, mostly families. Thank you for your dedication to bring AmSoc and American traditions to Campinas. We look forward to many more events. Okay, by now, everyone knows about our annual fundraising Gala on Friday, May 12th at the Jockey Club. Do you know that we will be having the world famous Dr. Alegria as our auctioneer? In addition, do you know that this year we will have a private place to enjoy our Cigar Bar after dinner and dancing! Yes, with a Martini! Our James Bond Casino Royale-theme will give you the opportunity to place a bid on the hundreds of items donated to help us raise funds. Of course, in the Bond World, dressing up and enjoying this high-class activity will bring out the best in all of us. If you have not gotten your ticket yet, please call the office to find out who is holding the last available seats. You want to be at this amazing event!


Richard Wegman

Vice President

Judy Zanchi


Alan Blau


Megan Trierweiler

Campinas Chapter

Cynthia Peeples Malcolm Macdonald


John Kennedy John Mota

Business Networking

Elias Gedeon Fernanda Gedeon

We have a few other surprises for this month, as well: Memorial Day remembrance celebration, and a Golf Tournament, to name a couple. Watch your email for our announcements!

Community Action Committee

Come out and participate; we look forward to seeing you soon.

Ariane Cartwright Isabel Franco Ricky Rubeiz


Membership Team

Into the Future, Together!

Megan Trierweiler

Corporate Sponsorship

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Meet New Member Deborah Neale! Family members: One adult son. Where were you born? São Paulo, Brazil Prior overseas assignments? Caracas, New York City. But I also attended college and grad school in the US. How long have you lived in Brazil? About 20 years, since my last international assignment. Recommendations? Sala São Paulo – ranked by the UK's Guardian newspaper as among the 10 best concert halls in the world. Fundação Maria Luisa e Oscar Americano / Fundação Ema Klabin

– millionaires' homes turned into foundations/ museums. What do you like to do in your free time? Reading, cinema, theatre, concerts, talks, courses, restaurants, get together with friends, art galleries, shows. If you could ask a Brazilian any question, what would it be? Why are you often so down on your own country? Many people play up the country's cons while disregarding the pros, more so than in other countries.


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A Message From the Easter Bunny by the Easter Bunny


he children started to visit me right on time at 2:00pm. They brought their parents, grandparents, families, friends, and many many smiles. I was so excited, I started hopping around with glee! I hopped right over to the special bench, so my little friends could get their picture taken with me. Then, after getting a basket, the giggling faces decorated it with ribbons and bows.

delight, there was a bouncy house and trampoline. I just loved all that hopping! The snack area was the place to go for a rest. And the place to enjoy a large variety of sandwiches, desserts, and drinks. Only thing missing was a great big juicy carrot.

Thank you to Lucy Nunes and Chapel School for giving us a great place to have the party. Thanks also to all my special helpers that made this day a great one! Patricia, Laura, Christina, Hillary, Judy, Olimpia, and Lynda: without your help, there would not have been a party at all! To everyone who brought desserts, and to my special helpers Angel and Samuel (and their mom Monica), your help was also very much appreciated!

I saw friends greeting friends with hugs and good wishes. Children raced by with temporary tattoos, hand-dyed eggs, and other Easter craft projects. Many shared their popcorn with me, and much to my

Mid-afternoon, everyone grabbed their baskets and bounced over to the egghunting field. With a bunny dance and a nose wiggle from me, the egg hunt was started. Baskets were filled with colorful eggs, and all the kids loved discovering the prizes in all the eggs.

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Ready to start the Easter Egg hunt!

Working together to find eggs

For more photos of the day's festivities, visit the Photo Gallery on our website at Decorating Easter baskets

Finding eggs with the Easter bunny


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The amazing volunteer of the month for May is Arthur Wong!

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The Youth Sports Program would like to thank soccer coach Arthur Wong for his years of dedication and volunteerism to soccer coaching. The fact that Arthur has no kids of his own makes him a true example of cooperation and commitment to our program. He has always been there for us over the years, and we appreciate his continued support. Thank you, Arthur!

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MAY 2017


Hungry for Something Different


by Olga Rohde, AmSoc Member

f you live in São Paulo or perhaps visit often, you are already familiar with the land of never-ending concrete spanning for miles, the noisy traffic, the vibration of the streets, the smell of the river, and most importantly the paulistanos always on their way to something. In some ways it feels like New York city; in many others, like no other city in the world. It is true, life in São Paulo can easily become an intense grind, work being the primary focus, interwoven with your already established weekly routines. Meetings, strategy plans, networking events, happy hours and dinners at your local 'regular' spots – there is always plenty to do. The ambiance of the Frigobar Speakeasy (photo courtesy of Ananda Campello)

Can you relate? Is that your routine? Are you hungry for something new, something different? Well, you are in luck, because just as São Paulo is rich with routine, it is even richer with variety and the unexpected. Are you someone that loves new and authentic experiences and is curious to step out of your norm? If so, here is a chance to get to know two very unconventional companies that are taking risks and inspiring change in the lifestyle and habits of the city's inhabitants.


Flashback to the 1920s; you are living in the United States during the Prohibition Era. Alcohol is illegal and in order to enjoy it, you must sneak into underground bars, coined

speakeasies. Welcome to Frigobar. Nothing about this place is ordinary. No phone number, no sign at the door. You arrive at the door, unsure if you are in the right place you ring the doorbell, speak the secret password that was provided to you hours before, and then are greeted by someone that you can definitely hear but cannot see. Eerie. Forgot the password? Sorry, out of luck - you are definitely not getting in. The door opens for you and you are met with a dark hallway lit up by floor candles through which you are angrily urged to proceed. The rest? Well it's a secret… come and find out. Open Tuesdays and Wednesdays, entry allowed only until 10PM, and reservations and payment in advance is a must. (


Fechado para Jantar (photo courtesy of Thiago Almeida)


The name says it all. You are in a large theater, a library, a mansion, an abandoned building or a clothing store, which has been transformed into a melting pot of gastronomy, art, music, and culture. These are the ingredients that make a night at a Fechado para Jantar one of the most inventive and creative experiences in the city. The team lead by Chef Raphael Despirite of Marcel Restaurant has successfully transformed a dinner party into a complete sensory experience, just as much for the creator as for the guest. And the devil is definitely in the details; from the interior décor to the staff

and their uniforms, everything is impeccably curated to live and breathe the theme of the evening. Organized once every few months and only for 3 nights, it is a platform where creativity is queen and authenticity king. At one of their recent editions, I make my way to an address in Morumbi. Upon arrival, heavy security greets me at the door and guides me to another area where I am handed a beer. And then I wait. And wait more. What happened next seems like a blur. The second door opens, a duo of men scream for me to enter, immediately place a hood over my head, and guide me to a waiting car. Before I have the chance to close the door, the car speeds off. A rush of adrenalin fills my body – excitement, confusion, curiosity, uncertainty – and then “Is that Spanish I hear? Where are we going?” The car jolts to a halt and we arrive. Hood off. Bienvenido a La Catedral. Pablo Escobar lo espera. §

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Cara Snyder and Family Compiled by Jackie Wyant, FORUM Editor


ara and Jud Snyder originally became AmSoc members to meet others and get involved in the São Paulo community. Their move to São Paulo occurred almost 3 years ago, as Jud took on the role of Chief Operating Officer with Ernst & Young for South America.


Twice a week, Cara holds an outdoor boot camp class at her condominium in Alto da Boa Vista, which she started soon after moving to São Paulo. Having taught exercise classes for several years in the United States, she thought the boot camp classes might be a fun way to meet people in São Paulo and keep in shape. Years later, it's a rewarding experience, bringing together diverse people. In late 2015, Cara began work at Mendelics Análise Genômica, a genetic testing start-up which conducts genomic analysis testing with Next Generation Sequencing technology. She's currently working on an expanded newborn screening project (DNA testing at birth for more than 200 rare genetic disorders). Beginning early this year, Cara started shadowing a medical geneticist at the Federal University of São Paulo. She's learned a lot about a multitude of rare genetic disorders, improved her Portuguese immensely, and has gotten an 'inside look' at some of the complexities of the state-run medical system and the resiliency of families in Brazil. For the last several seasons, Jud has been assistant basketball coach for the AmSoc Youth Sports Program. Their two daughters, ages 8 and 11, participate in soccer and basketball on Saturday mornings, getting a chance to meet other kids their age.


In the beginning, Cara found living in São Paulo brought its own set of challenges: attempting to run more than one errand in a day, communicating in Portuguese, finding household items and groceries at the store, finding a place to run outside near her condominium. All simple things she had previously taken for granted. With a little persistence, and supportive friends, Cara was able to 'find her groove' and make the 'simple things' simple again.


Brazil has provided the Snyder family amazing travel opportunities, as their daughters had never been outside of the United States before. During their time in Brazil, they have been fortunate to visit: the Pantanal, the Amazon, Iguaçu Falls, Fernando de Noronha, Paraty, Rio de Janeiro and the Olympic Games, Cusco and Machu Picchu in Peru, Patagonia and Santiago in Chile, Buenos Aires and Mendoza in Argentina, and the Galapagos Islands and Quito in Ecuador.

& Young as Deputy Assurance Manager for the Central Region of the U.S. They will miss the amazing friends and families they have met here; holding boot camp classes with a diverse group of people; enjoying the wonderful weather year-round; the daily challenge of communicating in Portuguese; the diversity; and the travel to exotic places in South America.


Try something new. Be patient. Take advantage of the opportunity to travel. Enjoy the moment, as it's over before you know it. §

Most of all, living in São Paulo has nurtured lasting friendships. They have met such wonderful people in Brazil, who have made a positive impact on their experience here.


The Snyders will be moving to Chicago in late June this year, due to Jud's new role within Ernst


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#campinas2gether: We are Stronger When We are Together By Cynthia Peeples, Board Member, Campinas Chapter


he 2-month launch of the new Campinas Chapter has officially concluded and WE ARE HOME!

AmSoc-Campinas is now 40 members strong, 6 community partners stronger, and loaded with eager community-minded volunteers. This momentous launch demonstrates that the power of numbers, coupled with purpose, can truly change lives... most importantly your own. It is good to be Campinas. Take a look... §

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Irish eyes were a-smilin'…and singin' and dancin' at the AmSoc-Campinas St. Patrick's Day Party. Hosted at the Iff Lounge, Ceol and Charlotte Station brought the house down with rich traditional Irish music. The beautiful Cia Celta Dancers expertly stepped and tapped across the floor, while Bellini Restaurant's Head Chef served a delicious Irish fare. A whale of a time for sure!

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Best party in years!

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“Life's most urgent question is: What are you doing for others?” - Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Nearly 50 volunteers boldly answered that charge at the first Paint It FORWARD event benefitting Grupo Primavera. Families, teens, educators, and professionals spent the day sanding, taping, painting, and edging 3 of Grupo's interior common areas and 1 classroom. It was an unforgettable day of unity and service. Special thanks to our volunteers and generous donors: PPG & Renner for providing all of the quality paint, 3M for providing professional grade painter's tape, The Ballew Family for providing all of the new painting supplies, and Grupo Primavera for providing a delicious and nutritious lunch! Paint It FORWARD is a recurring program benefitting Campinas-area NGOs. Stay tuned for the next event.


What an incredible and rewarding day!

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GETTING CONNECTED: LET'S CONNECT CAMPINAS Industry leaders, business executives, and government officials proudly welcomed His Excellency Brazilian Minister Dyogo Henrique Oliveira to Campinas at the premiere Let's Connect Campinas. Hosted at the beautiful Hotel Vitória, the Minister of Planning, Development, and Management presented a detailed and confident forecast of Brazil's dynamic economy. Minister Oliveira also participated in a stimulating 1-hour Q&A segment that was deftly moderated by Daniel Flynn, Brazil Bureau Chief of Reuters News. The evening seamlessly connected policy drivers, financiers, technologists, agribusiness, petroleum, and medicine. Prior to Let's Connect Campinas, Minister Oliveira visited Grupo Primavera where he spoke with Grupo's PACTO* students. He offered a personal account of his own academic and professional pursuits, lending inspirational and visionary words to the students. Minister Oliveira patiently and humorously answered the students' questions, while personally relating to the challenges and struggles of the young audience. *PACTO is college preparatory program for 13-16 year-olds.

Simply honored to meet the Minister.

It was a privilege and honor to host His Excellency Minister Dyogo Henrique Oliveira in Campinas. Special mention of our distinguished guests: Cleiton Aráujo, Chief of Staff, Brazilian Ministry of Planning, Development, and Management, Grant Earnest, Vice Consul of Economic Affairs, U.S. Consulate, André Von Zuben, Secretary of Economic and Social Development and Tourism, Campinas City Government, Sofia Bolsonaro, Board Member, Grupo Primavera, and Daniel Flynn, Brazil Bureau Chief, Reuters News.


These children touch your soul.

When life hands you lemons, make an EGG soufflé! After the untimely cancellation of the Easter EGGstravaganza, due to Yellow Fever health advisories, the Campinas EGG Committee loaded up their baskets and headed to Grupo Primavera. Eighty kinderaged children were treated to a surprise Easter party full of games, crafts, stories, face painting, and cherished time with the Easter bunny. Each child left with a basket of crafts, a framed photo with the bunny, sweet treats, prizes, and a new Páscoa tradition.

Thank you to all our EGGceptional volunteers who helped make this day possible. The pure joy, delight, and gratitude of each child was worth all the scrambled eggs in Brazil!


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What to Look For at the Gala



No more bidding from your dinner table! Think Christie's and Sotheby's theatre-style seating, with VIP Patron seating up front! Live auction will start promptly at 9PM. Don't miss your chance on plane tickets, diamonds, pearls, and great resorts stays.

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Celebrating 67 years!


New this year! You will have plenty of time and space to place your bids at the Silent auction. Tables will stay open until midnight! Bid often, bid a lot. It's for the charities!

50/50 RAFFLE

Bring cash to buy tickets for the 50/50 raffle. You will have a chance of winning 50% of the cash collected! 3 tickets for R$50 or 7 tickets for R$100


7:30PM Cocktails Silent Auction & 50/50 Raffle 9:00PM

President's Welcome Live Auction


Dinner Doors Open


Keep the party going! AmSoc Gala guest rate of USD $150 includes Deluxe room and breakfast for two. Visit and use code ER3 when making your reservation.


Welcome back Caruso's! Again, they will have a nice lounge area outside, where cigar smoking is encouraged! Good cigars for sale, and a percentage of the sales will go to the charities!

10:30PM Dancing Caruso Cigar Bar opens MIDNIGHT

Silent Auction Closes More Dancing

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The price of your Gala ticket covers food, beverage, decoration, and venue expenses. If you want to donate to the charities, you can bid on the auction items, and/or become a Patron of the Gala. Your R$250 per ticket donation will go directly to Projeto Sol or Criança da Vivenda. You will have your name listed as a Patron in the program, and will have VIP seating at the Live auction! Email to upgrade your ticket!

Thank Y ou to Our Sponsors! UPGRADED WINE OPTIONS

This year you can upgrade your wine for dinner! Share a special bottle with friends, or even enjoy some French Champagne. There will be a table at the Gala where you can purchase white and red wine for the night from the renowned Lapostolle Winery and Pol Roger Champagne. Go ahead, treat yourself!



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What to Bid On at the Gala UNIQUE NIGHT WITH FRIENDS

With all its exotic ingredients, unfamiliar dishes, and tongue-tingling flavors, Indian cuisine can be both exciting and intimidating. How about a fun evening feasting on homemade authentic Indian food? This private group event will be hosted in the beautiful home of Jayashree Ramakrishnan, complete with instruction on how each dish is prepared. At a lovely 'Indian' home in Chácara Flora, São Paulo, you will be welcomed by your hosts in traditional clothes, with Bollywood music in the background, and a meal to suit a king!


The list of restaurants donating to the Gala this year is growing! Bidding on restaurant vouchers is a great way to discover something new, or get a deal on your favorite place!


Take home a 7-day stay at Spa Med Sorocaba. This hotel/spa/clinic offers modern leisure, aesthetic treatments, medical treatments, and nutritional monitoring. Everything you need to relax and recharge! Santa Clara Eco Resort also features again at this year’s Gala. Don’t have a week to get away? Bid on local items like spa, dermatological, dental, and cleansing treatments, all right here in São Paulo. Make 2017 your healthiest year yet!


While Brazil isn't known for golfing, there are many great courses just outside of São Paulo. Come discover them! Enjoy rounds of golf at Guarapiranga Golf & Country Club, Terras de São José Golfe Clube, and Quinta da Baroneza Golf Club. Prefer a different outdoor activity? How about a 6-month membership at the São Paulo Yacht Club? In addition to great nautical facilities, this club also has games, a swimming pool, tennis courts, a playground and a restaurant.


Now an AmSoc tradition, the extravagant long pearl necklace will be making an appearance once again this year! In addition to this, we also have a beautiful ruby bracelet. Looking for something else? Take home a lovely evening gown from Red Carpet Gowns. Whatever your choice, get ready to take home a little bling!


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Children's Field Day By Jenna Palmer, Volunteer


he American Society of São Paulo and the U.S. Consulate held their annual Children's Field Day at the Consulate on April 1st. The event gives children from São Paulo orphanages and charities the opportunity to come and enjoy a day of sports and recreation. Included on deck this year were tennis, American football, swimming, soccer, and basketball. In attendance this year were over 150 children from various orphanages and homes in the São Paulo area, including Casa Limiar, Helen Drexel, Lar Tia Edna, SPACE, Analia Franco, and ABBA. During the event, children also had the opportunity to do crafts, and our sponsors provided lunch and dessert.

Also, thank you to our photographers, Bianca Lazzaretti and Patricia Costa de Luna for capturing the day of fun so beautifully! The Field Day also gives U.S. Consulate employees and members of the community the opportunity to interact with local São Paulo charities and organizations. A big thank you to our wonderful volunteers who played sports and did crafts with the children at the event! § For more photos of the Field Day events, visit the Photo Gallery on our website at

A big thank you to Outback for providing lots of chicken fingers and fries, and Häagen Dazs for providing ice cream!

The Field Day was a wonderful day. Congratulations! The food was good - and plentiful - and the volunteers had fun and were able to relax and enjoy the day, and of course the kids had a blast! Sue Banman Sileci

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

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 and come SMILE with us!



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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 for more information.

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NOT ALL WHO WANDER ARE LOST 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? We are currently looking for volunteers to Organize and Assist with our Travel Club. Drop us a line at contact@amsoc. to begin your new adventure!


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MAY 2017

Welcome to the New US Ambassador to Brazil Compiled by Jackie Wyant, Managing Editor


mbassador P. Michael McKinley, confirmed by the U.S. Senate as U.S. Ambassador to Brazil, began his official term of Appointment on January 11, 2017. Most recently, he served as U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan from 2014 to 2016. Before that, he was U.S. Deputy Ambassador to Afghanistan from 2013 to 2014. Ambassador McKinley served as U.S. Ambassador to Colombia from 2010-2013 and U.S. Ambassador to Peru from 2007-2010.






He served as Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Mission to the European Union in Brussels between 2004 and 2007. From 2001-2004, he



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served as Deputy Assistant Secretary in the Department of State's Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration. Between 1994 and 2001, Ambassador McKinley was Deputy Chief of Mission and Chargé d'Affaires at the U.S. Embassies in Mozambique, Uganda, and Belgium. Earlier assignments include U.S. Embassy London (1990-94), three tours in Washington (1985-90), and Bolivia (198385). Ambassador McKinley joined the Foreign Service in 1982.

and earned a doctorate from Oxford University. His history of colonial Venezuela was published by Cambridge University Press as part of its Latin America series, and has P. Michael McKinley been translated into Spanish. Ambassador McKinley is married to the former Fatima Salces. They have three children. §

Ambassador McKinley was born in Venezuela and grew up in Brazil, Mexico, Spain, and the United States. He did his undergraduate and graduate studies in the United Kingdom,

Original text by U.S. Embassy & Consulates in Brazil, from their website our-relationship/our-ambassador/. Reprinted with permission.

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Youth Sports Program FAQ By John Kennedy, Athletics Chairman


ur Youth Sports Program usually takes place from mid-February until early June, and then from mid-August to early December. The photos shown here were taken during the two sessions we carried at PACA. Flag football has been a huge success. Coaches Jordan Monson and Aaron Pempel have been doing a great job with our kids, which grabs more of the kids' attention each session we have the sport. This past session, we had almost 15 kids in the class!


Yes. It actually depends on the sports your kid enjoys. This table below shows the sports and the time slots. YOUTH SPORTS PROGRAM 2017 SCHEDULE TIME SLOT


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 Baseball (coed ages 8-13) 10:30AM to Flag Football (coed ages 8-13) 12PM Volleyball (coed ages 8-13)


This is a common question we hear from parents. The answer to this question varies according to the sport. We can accommodate children ages 4 to 5 years for soccer practice, while some other sports like basketball, volleyball, and flag football require a minimum age of 8 years old, with children 7 years old accepted on a case-by-case basis. Regardless of the child's age, please check the schedule for the next session locations, and plan to bring your kid to one of our sessions. They will be allowed to play, and you can decide whether you prefer to enroll your child in one sport or two.


We continue the sessions if it's raining or threatening to rain. We cancel the sessions if there is lightning or thunder. If a sport session has less than five participants, the coaches may cancel the class, regardless of weather conditions. Flag football and baseball always play, even when it is raining.






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


We are still waiting for final confirmation from the school, therefore the schedule remains the same for now. In case of any changes to the schedule, the sports coordinator will email the parents to inform of such changes. Please be sure your email client does not mark email from as spam. If you have recently changed your email address, please email us at providing your first and last name, and we will add you to the distribution list. ยง


MAY 2017


How Technology is Changing the World By Madeleine Blankenstein and Patrick Trierweiler, Let's Connect Committee Members


oseph Healy, the Brazil Bureau Chief at and answered many questions on the future the Financial Times, and Rodolfo Ohl, of this sector in Brazil. More and more, our specializing in bringing international children make use of technology at school. tech companies to Brazil As adults, we access online and currently working at "What are some of courses to stay up-to-date Medium, headed our most on our degrees or areas recent Let's Connect São the technological of interest. This change is Paulo event, Tuesday, March changes you have especially prominent in São 26th, at Caruso's Lounge. They Paulo and Rio de Janeiro. been facing in provided some insightful However, a lot of progress still your daily life?" comments on how technology needs to be made in Brazil, has changed the media in relation to digital inclusion landscape. and the use of internet and cell phones. Joseph Healy led a lively discussion detailing how technology is changing the world. We learnt how voice-search technology such as Siri (Apple) or Alexa (Amazon) are becoming increasingly important. Over half of U.S. teens and 41% of U.S. adults use voice search on a daily basis, with its use continuing to grow every day. (source: Forbes, Mr. Healy also gave us several examples on how the newsprint publishing industry has changed during the course of his career. Newspapers are now using 'robots' to make the newsroom more efficient. The 'robots' focus on the results of elections and sports, leaving journalists to focus on stories that require human thought. Rodolfo Ohl presented us with details of his distinguished career in the technology sector,

Rodolfo Ohl and Ravi Gama


What are some of the technological changes you have been facing in your daily life? I find that alarm clocks have become obsolete in the house. Instead, the alarm function on the cell phone is used for the daily morning wake-up.

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Patricia Korovos (left) and friends

Rodolfo Ohl (right) offers his insight on the technology sector


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I was born in Florida, lived in New York City, and moved to São Paulo 2 years ago. My favorite thing about São Paulo is: That my daughter was born here! She's a little brasileira. My favorite AmSoc memory is: Meeting so many interesting people. One embarrassing thing that has happened to me in São Paulo is: Losing my car in one of the big shopping mall car parks. It took me 2 hours to find it again! §

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I was born in São Paulo and adopted by a halfAmerican, half-Brazilian family. I grew up in São Paulo, but spent time in high school in Texas, and then college in Brazil. I do Latin America logistics; my kids go to PACA; we go to Calvary church on Sundays; the YSP program on Saturdays; and the British Cub Scouts on Friday nights. I am always driving my kids to these places. My favorite thing about São Paulo is: The mix of variety, diversity, and availability. The only town in the country where I can buy a can of Dr. Pepper, have a real nice steak, and swim at 10PM in an indoor heated pool.

One embarrassing thing that has happened to me in São Paulo is: Explaining to people at grocery stores and shops why my name is like that. §



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AmSoc Scene: Happy Hour! Were you there? Moments you might have missed.

Gil Zanchi & Channtal Fleiscfresser at Fleming's on March 22nd, 2017

Hanging with the Aussies at Camden on April 12th, 2017

Kristin Oswalt & Nora Oettgen at Fleming's on March 22nd, 2017

Amazing beer selection and select food menu at Cateto on January 25th, 2017

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Learn more about upcoming American Society events at


Monday 9AM to 3PM

Fellowship Community Church Annual Bazaar

Fellowship Community Church (R. Carlos Campaio, 107) Information:


Wednesday 9AM to 2PM

International Newcomers Club Bazaar Day!

Location: Espaço Escandanavio (Rua Job Lane, 1030) Information:


Saturday 9AM to 12PM

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

Location: U.S. Consulate (R. Henri Dunant, 500) Information:


Friday 7:30PM to 1AM

AmSoc Annual Charity Gala Casino Royale, to benefit Projeto Sol and Vivenda da Criança

Location: Jockey Club of São Paulo (Av. Lineu de Paula Machado, 1263) Information: For details, see article on page 10


Saturday 9AM to 12PM

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

Location: U.S. Consulate (R. Henri Dunant, 500) Information:

Saturday 9AM to 12PM

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

Location: U.S. Consulate (R. Henri Dunant, 500) Information:


Sunday 10:30AM to 11:30AM

Fellowship Community Church Memorial Day Service

Fellowship Community Church (R. Carlos Campaio, 107) Information:


Saturday 9AM to 12PM

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

Location: Chapel School (R. Vig. João de Pontes, 537) Information:


Saturday 12PM to 5PM

Munro Cup Golf Tournament annual golf challenge between AmSoc and St. Andrews Society

Location: San Fernando Golf Club (Est. Fernando Nobre, 4000) Information: For details, see article on page 14






Campinas Event  Note: these events are open to all AmSoc members. São Paulo is roughly a 1.5 hour drive from Campinas. Come for a visit!


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