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Monthly Newsletter June 2013

Independence Day Celebration at the U.S. Consulate

Were less than one month away from the AmSocs United States Independence Day Celebration on Saturday June 29th. We are celebrating a few days before the 4th since it falls this year on a Thursday. We want to especially thank Dennis Hankins, our Consul General in So Paulo, and proudly acknowledge that the American Consulate will once again cohost this event with the American Society. The event will take place at the Consulate in the sporting area which is a beautiful and spacious area. The gates will open at 2:30PM at the entrance on the R. Henri Dunant side. Our opening ceremonies will include the Marine Color Guard, the Presidents message, a general welcome to us all and a presentation of donation checks to Projeto Sol and SPACE. A typical picnic lunch will be served complete with our traditional BBQ, hot dogs, hamburgers, fixings, and YOUR homemade salads and desserts. The U.S. Marines will be serving beer and their wicked Caipirinhas to help cover the cost of their annual Marine Ball held every November in So Paulo. Well be entertained by the RocknRoll band, Hideaway Cats. They have a fabulous array of songs that appeal to every foot stomping person. Curumim party organizers will again host the childrens activities with monitors and face painters as well. Heres what you (continued on page 16)

The Event Issue

Independence Day
Page 1 and 16: Get ready for one of AmSocs main family events of the year.

The 2013 Gala

Page 1 & 5-7: Our main social event of 2013 was an all allround success. See the pictures on pages 6 and 7.

We Had a Fabulous Time at the Gala

That seemed to be the general consensus of all the 330 plus guests at the event. After 3 months of planning and working to get things right, thanks to the committee headed by Marlene Rubeiz, Chairman and her co-chairmen Judy Zanchi and Julie Gattaz, the evening was a huge success. The Buffet Colonial looked like a fairyland thanks to the magic wand of Aline Ricardo and Ruth Hollard and all of their decorator elves who turned the hall into an elegant but cosy space. Even though traffic was challenging that evening there was plenty of time to bid on the silent auction items which offered something for everyone spectacular jewelry, dinners from the best restaurants, original art works, hotel stays, spas, massages, photography shoots, bicycles, sporting equipment, airline tickets and much, much more. And bid, they did. The bidding closed at 9:30, so that dinner could be served. Just a word about the hors doeuvres DELICIOUS and far from boring from gnochi with shrimp, to grilled octopus, to lichee with brie, to gaspacho, to avocado soup with caviar. The fare was definitely a step above your usual cocktail snacks. Dinner was equally appealing with grilled robalo, filet mignon, stroganoff, risottos, salads and lots of veggies. The dessert table - besides all kinds of ice creams - offered 8 different tarts: chocolate, maracuja, coconut to name some favorites. Everyone enjoyed watching our auctioneer, Woody Dunstan, persuade bidders to go higher and higher. And why not, it was all for fun and a good cause. A hotel in Aspen, two American Airline tickets to Miami with hotel, a private home in Campos do Jordo, two Delta executive class (continued on page 5)

Volunteer Day
Page 8: See the pictures of a day of fun and laughter at the consulate.

Our Mission
The American Society of So Paulo 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.

Presidents Corner
First of all, heartfelt thanks go out to Joe Sherman for his work as President of the American Society during the past two years. His leadership and forward By Frank Pierce, thinking has led AmSoc president us to several improvements as the environment around us continues to change and positions AMSOC to continue its great service to the Community and the wonderful social and cultural events. On May 10th we held our 2013 Annual Gala, and while financials are not fully tallied, this year was undoubtedly our best in many years in terms of money raised for charity. Projeto Sol and Space will benefit from the very successful live and silent auction proceeds, as well as the ever-important Corporate contributions. Thank you to all the sponsors and contributors of art, air travel and resort stays, jewelry, and restaurants, and to Jason Bermingham and Woody Dunstan as MC and auctioneer and for all the hard work by the Event Planning Committee and all the fantastic helpers. On June 29th we will have our annual 4th of July picnic at the American Consulate. Well have a BBQ, drinks, desserts and games, all caped off with fireworks after sunset. Register yourself and family now to ensure you make this fun event and experience one of the greatest American traditions right here in the heart of Sao Paulo. We will also be having our monthly happy hours information to come via e-mail and our website. Most importantly, we will continue to make a difference in our community through financial, supply and clothing donations to the wonderful charitable organizations we support throughout the city. Each of these orphanages and community centers were selected after a thorough review of their programs and quality of management. The support from The American Society is critical and each of us can also contribute contact our Community Action Committee through the AMSOC office to find out how you can help. Finally, winter is approaching which means summer vacation in the USA and the exodus of children and parents once school is out. Our best wishes for a great vacation and well see you soon. For those who will stay in the city well see you at the next happy hour and other exciting events. Abracos, Frank

New Member
Name: Jamey Barbour Origin, time here: Virginia, 9 years. Yes I have been living here for a bit of nine years (since February 6th 2004) Why So Paulo: Work. I am a director for Walmart Brazil in the Integration department. additionally, I will soon open an executive transportation company. Best things so far: Best what? I have been to a lot of great places in Brazil, and even lived 18 months in the NE which allowed me to know a lot about the NE region. My wife is a Gaucha, from Porto Alegre, so I have seen some beautiful places in the south too. But if I had to narrow down one thing as being great about Brazil I would say its the people. They are warm, receptive, helpful and just down right nice. Early frustrations: Working culture: I had a difficult time in adjusting to the office culture. Examples, employees arrive 10-15 minutes late to meetings, not having an objective meeting agenda, not making key decisions/actions, not sending out the meeting minutes, etc. It is normal, partly due to the external environment (Traffic) that employees arrive late. Have saudade for anything back home: YES! Collegiate sports (NCAA bball and Football) Progress with Portuguese: Fluent Favorite place to hang out: Vila Madalena

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Welcome to Our New Members

Welcome the following New Members who joined us recently. We are very grateful for your support! Last Name MAYER BIGGERS BORGES BOTELHOS BREEN CAMELLO SALAGAJ Name Zachary MAYER Paulo BIGGERS Carlo Rodrigo BORGES Mateus BOTELHOS Lori BREEN Alexander CAMELLO John SALAGAJ Spouse Jane MAYER Ana L. BIGGERS Mariana S. BORGES Sabrina BOTELHOS Steve BREEN Thais CALAZANS Tania Maria SALAGAJ Membership Family Patron Membership Family Membership Family Patron Membership Family Patron Membership Family Membership Family Membership Single Membership Company PWC RMM Adm. Graham Package Sumitomo Nationality American American Brazilian Brazilian American Dias & Calazans Adv Ass Brazilian/Hungrian The Hertz Corporation American

Membership Renewal Time

The boletos for renewal were sent out last week, if you have not received it please contact Amsoc office.


NAME Frank Pierce Ruth Hollard Julie Gattaz Richard Wegman Eileen Tasso Isabel Franco Joe Sherman John Kennedy Judy Zanchi Kevin May Leslie Reed Luis Barros Marlene Rubeiz Ricardo Rubeiz Jr. Suzana Sheffield Valeska Gedeon FUNCTION President Vice President Secretary Treasurer Chairman Contributing Member Chairman Co Chairman Chairman Co Chairman Chairman Chairman Co Chairman Co Chairman COMMITTEE -Eric Poliak Social 4th of July CAC/ Xmas Angel Party Corporate / Membership Athletic Gala Event Social Corporate Sponsorships Nominations/ Gala Event Corporate Sponsorships CAC Social - Childrens Party



Consulate Corner: What Do I Do If My Passport Is Lost, Stolen, or Damaged?

By Nicole Tobin, American Consulate Hopefully you will never have your passport stolen, lost, or mistakenly damaged -- but, in truth, it can happen to any of us. My husband is notorious for washing his passport and I have lost one myself. Here are some tips on how to get a replacement passport, just in case. First things first: When you get a new passport, make copies of the bio page with your name and photograph and the page with your Brazilian visa, and put these copies in a secure location. You can also scan the passport to have an electronic copy. This will ensure that you have all the vital information from your documents if it is lost or stolen. We also recommend that you do not carry your passport with you except when necessary. If your passport is lost or stolen, you need to file a police report with the policia civil before you come to the U.S. Consulate General Sao Paulo for a replacement. You can file the police report in person at a police station or online at furtoDocumentosEntrada.aspx. To make an appointment with the U.S. Consulate to replace your passport, please visit our website at http://brazil. If you need the passport replaced quickly due to immediate travel plans, you can call the Consulate General at (11) 3250-5000 to arrange an emergency appointment during regular business hours. Please explain to the operator that you are a U.S. citizen and have an emergency. You should bring with you to the appointment the police report, a completed DS-11 (Application for U.S. Passport) and DS-64 (Statement of Lost or Stolen Passport), a 2x2 inch recent color photograph with a white background, a copy of your lost or stolen passport if available, and the fee for the new passport. All forms and further information can be found on our website service.html. Both parents must come to the appointment for replacement of a passport for a child under age 16, or the absent parent must send a notarized consent authorizing the issuance of the passport. If your passport was simply damaged, bring it with you. It takes about two weeks to process a replacement passport. If you are traveling in the interim, the U.S. Consulate can provide you with an emergency passport that is valid for six months. Emergency passports should be replaced with full validity passports as soon as possible. There is no additional fee for the full-validity replacement passport. Visas typically cannot be placed in an emergency passport, but once you have your new full validity passport you should replace any visas you may have had. We hope that with foresight and a bit of luck your passport will always remain safely with you, but if the unfortunate happens and it is lost, stolen, or damaged, follow the above steps as soon as possible. As always, you are welcome to email us with any questions at



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Thank You To Our Gala Sponsors

Thank you to our GALA sponsors for their donations. While you may not have won their item at the auction, you can show them your thanks for their donation to the American Society of Sao Paulo by supporting them throughout the year: book their hotel/pousada, eat at their restaurants, exercise at their place, buy their art/jewelry/sporting equipment, have your hair done at their salon.

Special thanks to GM-Chevrolet for being our major sponsor for the second consecutive year!

We would like to thank American Airlines for their continued support over the years, generously providing 2 Business Class tickets for our 2013 Gala Dinner Live Auction.

Aecio Sarti, artist Amadeus Restaurant American Airlines Aspen Skiing Company Avianca Airlines Ayumi Photography Azul-Linhas Airline Bodytech BOS BBQ Caloi Camila Klein Jewelry Cantaloup Carlos Yamassaki, Jeweler Casa Tartaruga, Paraty Charlie Garcia Christie Helm, artist David Dalmau Barrus, artist Davids Tennis Delta Air Lines Don Curro Restaurant Due Cocchi lon Brasil, artist Espaco Ruda Fabrizio Giannone Jewelry Fast Forward Language Institute Fillity Fogo de Cho Gerson Mendes, Glaucia Mendes, Jair Mendes Grand Hyatt Restaurant Eau Grand Hyatt Restaurant Kinu Gregory Fink, artist Guarapiranga Golf & Country Club Helena Mottin Moda Hertz Rental Car - Brasil HomeAway Vacation Rentals Hotel & Spa do Vinho Caudalie

Hotel Nau Royal, Cambury Indeca Isabel Franco Juma Lodge, Manaus Juquehy La Plage Juquehy Praia Hotel Karen Bygdal Andreasen, DDS Lamite Restaurante Lofficiel Jardim La Brassierie Erick Jacquim La Marais Bistro La Tambouille Lapinha SPA Lynn Cordeiro, FalaPhoto Maggie Foxhole, author P.J. Clarkes Paradise Golf & Lake Resort, Mogi das Cruzes Patricia de Luna, DDS (Family Dentristy) Patricia Kavanagh, LMT Paul Couri Pestana Bahia Hotel Pousada Chez Louise et Louis Preludio Joias Renaissance

Restaurante Porto Rubaiyat Ricardo & Marlene Rubeiz Ritz Carlton South Beach Miami Rive Gauche Rosana Rocha Sallvattore Restaurante Santa Clara Eco Resort Shangri La Hotel Pousada, Serra Negra Single Malt Tasting Club of So Paulo Spa Med Sorocaba Starbucks Tory Burch Tutto Italiano Ristorante Ursula Altenbach, artist



We Had A Fabulous Time At The Gala

(continued from front page) tickets to anywhere in the U.S. were some of the great prizes - all donated by our generous sponsors. We cannot name all of the people who worked so hard to make this a success but thank you to you all. And in the name of SPACE and PROJETO SOL (our designated charities), we will see that the profits are used wisely and well. Thanks to all of our donors , our entire planning committee, our volunteers from SPACE and PROJETO SOLall 25 of you who handled the prize redemption with unparalleled expertise. But we especially want to extend a huge thank you to Chevrolet for being the Sponsor for the American Society Gala 2013. We count on all of you to be able to continue our service to the American community in So Paulo and our charity endeavors. See you at next years Gala!



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Brazil - Ready for its Close-Up?

By Ernest White II, Staff Writer With stadiums being completed, hotel companies breaking ground on new properties, and airport operations under new management, So Paulo seems abuzz with preparations for the 2014 World Cup soccer championship. Since Brazil was originally awarded the tournament in 2008, the countrys official representatives in government and FIFA, the international governing body of professional soccer, have by and large insisted that the country of 190 million will indeed be ready to host the event, followed by the Olympic Games in 2016. The notable exception to all the official hoopla is soccer legend Pele, chosen by Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff to be the honorary ambassador for the World Cup, who has stated on numerous occasions that he doesnt believe Brazil will be adequately prepared for its biggest moment on the world stage to date. Stadium Readiness That skepticism has also extended, multiple times as well, to FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke, who criticized the country back in 2012 with some choice words regarding a kick in the rear-end as a way of stressing the need for meeting essential deadlines. As recently as May 15, Valcke even suggested that So Paulo might lose the right to host matches during the Cup because of delays in building the stadium, Itaquero, on the citys eastern fringe. That same threat was withdrawn the following day, after Valcke met with perturbed officials of So Paulos Corinthians Football Club, owners of the new stadium, and received apparently acceptable assurances that the stadium would be ready in time for the World Cup. Meanwhile, the Confederations Cup, a two-week dry run of sorts, utilizing six of the 12 proposed stadiums, will be held this month, from the 15th through the 30th. Though all six stadiums are currently prepared to host the event as scheduled, two of them in Braslia and Rio de Janeiro (yes, the iconic Maracan) hadnt been completed by FIFAs April 15 cut-off date. The second half of June will indeed be a bellwether for event logistics and operations. with Argentina and Paraguay about increased militarization along the borders of those two countries. And if the military werent enough, private technology firm iRobot has a $7.2 million contract with the Brazilian government, according to theAssociated Press, that would mean the deployment of about 30 unmanned robots which will aid in surveillance, bomb removal, and other law enforcement activities. In the same vein, the Associated Press also reports that the Brazilian Air Force invested $25 million in the procurement of two Israeli-made drones earlier this year. Hotel Boom While the armed forces are ramping up, accommodations for visitors in the city, and nationwide, are expanding at breakneck pace. According to numbers reported at Aprils World Travel Market Expo, held in So Paulo, 45 new hotels are expected to open in 2013, with another 85 in 2014, adding 22,000 rooms by the time the World Cup opens. International hospitality chains are leading the surge, with French hotel corporation Accor heading up the list with its midrange Novotel and budget-priced Ibis brands expanding throughout Brazil, followed by Hilton Hotels. Marriott International is also developing several mid-priced Courtyard and Fairfield Inn locations throughout the country, while Wyndham plans to open 25 budget-branded Super 8 hotels in an effort to take on more expensive, but independent, budget hotels. Airport Improvements As of February 2013, the governmental agency that ran the

Increased Security Regarding logistics and operations for the Confederations Cup, according to Forbes, the Brazilian government has dispatched 25,000 soldiers to patrol the countrys border with its ten neighbors, though the operations objectives go beyond protection of soccer fans to dampen drug trafficking, embezzlement, smuggling, illegal immigration, environmental crimes, and even unlawful mining. In addition, the government has commissioned river patrol ships, UH-12 Naval helicopters, and hospital ships, along with army aircraft and armored vehicles. The Brazilian Air Force has also been engaged with fighter planes, radar aircraft, and helicopters poised for action. Brazil is also in talks



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countrys airports, Infraero, no longer operates So Paulos international gateway at Guarulhos (or Viracopos and Braslia airports, either), which means a noticeable change in how Latin Americas largest airport functions. In anticipation of the Cup and the Games, the new managers of the newly rebranded GRU Airport, Airports Company South Africa (ACSA), plan on expanding the current dungeon-like facilities with the brand-spanking-new Terminal 3, originally scheduled to open in 2014, but now delayed because of the change in ownership and the substitution by ACSA of a completely new terminal design. With over 32 million passengers passing through the airport on 900-plus flights per day, any increase in terminal capacity is a welcome one, as airlines sign up to funnel even more passengers through the facility: US Airways begins nonstop service to Charlotte and Etihad Airways starts flights to Abu Dhabi this month, Ethiopian Airlines to Lom and Addis Ababa next month, and American Airlines to Los Angeles in November. New service is essential to ACSAs strategy of increased retail revenue on par with major intercontinental gateways such as Dubai and New York-JFK, but GRU has a long way to go from being named one of Forbes top three worst airports in the world to being a global contender, especially if it hopes to keep pace with the surge in passenger traffic during the Cup and Games. According to the Ministry of Tourism, during the 30 days of the World Cup in 2014, So Paulo is expected to see an increase of over 250,000 tourists far fewer than Rios projected 413,000, but still much more than the current airport capacity can handle efficiently. And just recently, the University of So Paulo released a study ranking the countrys top airports extremely low in terms of accessibility for nonPortuguese-speaking passengers. The authors of the study report inadequate English-language signage, very few English-speaking airport employees, and a severe shortage of Englishspeaking taxi drivers and car rental agency staff. Nationwide Blunders Itaquero stadiums construction delays, along with delays at Maracan, as well as structural problems with the roof of Rios Engenho stadium the roof could collapse under wind speeds of barely 40 miles per hour have caused much concern among both official observers such as FIFA, as well as a semi-jaded public, many of whom expect the Cup and the Games to be the most enjoyable fiascos ever staged in Brazil. Meanwhile, construction budgets have increased significantly, infrastructure projects like the Rio-So Paulo bullet train are on hold indefinitely, Metro expansion in the major cities wont be complete before either event, and massive stadiums are rising in cities unlikely to support the necessary professional sporting events to recoup the costs of building the venues in the first place. Many observers are expecting a repeat of Rios 2007 Pan American Games a host of fond memories and not much more of a lasting legacy to show for it.

Angel Party
Every year the American Society throws its own gala event for kids, the Angel Party. This year the party will be held on Saturday, November 9, at Chapel School. Our invited guests are 250 children from orphanages, daycare centers and educational programs that the Community Action Committee of the American Society supports. We need your help. The gifts that Santa gives each child at the party are, in many cases, the only Christmas presents these children receive. Would you like to be one of Santas helpers and sponsor a child? This means buying the items for one child that Santa will give at the party. These items are: a pair of pants, a T-shirt, a jacket or sweatshirt, a pair of socks, three pairs of underwear, a pair of tennis shoes, a backpack, a toy worth R$50 or more and some candy. Sometimes shopping is easier and faster and if youd like to do some shopping in July while traveling abroad. One quick trip to your local discount store and youre done. If youre interested, write Sue Banman Sileci at for the name and clothes sizes of a child. And, of course, the Angel Party Planning Committee needs donations of all sorts, from food to prizes for games. If youd like to help us out with the party, let Eileen Tasso know at

Winter Campaign
Brazil? A tropical paradise? Maybe, but not in So Paulo in the next few months. With no central heating and poor insulation, it can get cold! The children CAC sponsors at orphanages and day care centers often have few to no warm sweatshirts, blankets, socks, and other essentials for cold weather. If you have new or gently-used winter items that youd like to donate, please contact And, for those of you traveling abroad, keep So Paulos underprivileged in mind as you see summer sales on winter items. We can use all sizes, from baby to adult.

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AmSoc Volunteer Day Another Amazing Success!

By Ann Aubrey Hanson, AmSoc Member For the second year in a row, my husband and I participated in the annual American Society Volunteer Day held at the U.S. Consulate in Sao Paulo. The event is organized every year by the AmSoc Communitys Action Committee, under the driving energy of Eileen Tasso, Lauren Negro, and Beth Konvalinka of the U.S. Consulate Community Liaison office. The visiting youth came from Helen Drexel, an orphanage run by Roberta Lund; Projeto Sol, a community center run by Sister Angela; and SPACE, an educational program run by Jane Hawkins. The funds for each of these amazing, life-enhancing entities comes from your Amsoc Helping Hands Memberships. This year, ninety youth came to enjoy soccer, American football, tennis, basketball, and swimming. They also enjoyed arts and crafts and plenty of hamburgers and hot dogs and delectable desserts to fill empty-fromplaying bellies. In my experience, the volunteers have just about as much fun as the kids, as witnessed by the same volunteers showing up several years in a row. Its about getting out in the sunshine and playing, but its also about making a connection with the youth of Brazil. I think the volunteers benefit from the interaction as much as the kids do. Volunteers and donations came from the U.S. Consulate, the Corinthians Steamroller [American] Football Team (a gold-star favorite with the kids), the Guilherme Lima Instituto Muda Brazil Soccer Group, General Mills (which donated juice and string potatoes for the hot dogs), the Hyatt Hotel (the end of the line for lunch, I got to enjoy some young man-cubs exhibiting their soccer-kick prowess, as they pretended not to know I was watching. Man, were they good! And barefoot! I then struck up a conversation with four young girls shivering in their wet bathing suits as they waited for the food. They must have thought I was deaf as I kept asking them to repeat their rapid-fire comments to me. I couldnt understand them to save my soul! Finally, we got around to names and ages. They were 11, 12, and 9 and 9. I told them I was three. They looked at me quizzically. Then I said 13. They smiled. No. Okay, so Im 53 (yes, I was still lying). Oh, that was a good one! I was velha (old)! And they knew another velha, Sister Angela. (Sister later told me that they dont know a lot of old folks, because the grandparents typically live in the countryside, while these kids are stuck in the city.) The kids quickly scarfed down their lunch and zipped back to play, returning only for dessert and then rushing off before they were rounded up to return home. But it had been another great day of fun organized by AmSoc. Until next year, kids!

devoted cooks), Camp Juice, and Sophie and Theos Cupcakes (which were devoured with gusto by children and adults alike). Contact: Contato@ Boy Scouts from the Graded School kept watch in the pool area as ever-ready lifeguards, an especially important task, considering that many of the kids who hopped in the pool dont know how to swim! As I stood at the ever-extending




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Basketball Tournament - 2013 referees calling the fouls and managing the clock. It started shortly after 1pm with each team playing three games based on their seeding. The four best records after 3 games went on to play in the semi-finals and then a final. Last years champions, Team Ressaca, led by AmSocs Little League Basketball coach David Owens, again played in the finals but lost to a very athletic team made-up of players from Clube Pinheiros who play together every Thursday night. Hence this yearswinners were a Brazilian Team called Basketball na Quinta. And due to the continued success of this event, the basketball players are requesting that AmSoc have two basketball tournaments per year. So be on the look-out for a second semester tournament. The results of all the games are shown on the right.

On May 4th at the Graded School in Morumbi, the American Society hosted its annual Adult Basketball Tournament. Seven teams entered with 6-10 players playing per team. The games, which were comprised of two 10 minute halves, were of the demanding 5 on 5 full court version, including league

ROUND ROBIN Cougars 29 Ressaca 45 Chapel 26 GM 35 PACA 30 Qunita 50 Graded 23 Chapel 34 Cougars 34 Quinta 44 Graded 29 Ressaca 34 PACA 28 Ressaca 32 GM 23 Graded 21 Chapel 27 Cougars 26 GM 16 PACA 30 Quinta 43 Graded 33 SEMIS Quinta Cougars PACA Ressaca FINAL Ressaca 43 Quinta 48

45 32 33 46

This Semesters Little League This semesters Little League has been a time of transition that will take a few more semesters to complete. There are two fundamental problems. First, we do not have enough children signing-up. Secondly, the programs that have traditionally been offered have provided basic training given by parents. Thus, parents find that the program might be useful for a semester or two, while their children are young, but thereafter the kids want to move on to more structured training in a more competitive environment. We are currently offering four separate sports to the 75 children that have signed-up. This in itself dilutes the number of kids for any one sport and for instance, although we have thirty children signed-up for soccer with ages ranging from 5 to 14, we do not have a concentration of children in any one age group that would enable us to arrange a team game against an adversary (i.e.

one of the many social and sports clubs that exist in So Paulo). So what are we doing? First, with the addition of the PACA to Graded and Chapel as venues for Little League we have been able to offer a semester with fifteen weeks of Little League, more and more consistently than we had been able to offer in previous semesters. Secondly, with soccer we have enlisted the help of Assistants who bring with them much experience of playing football at college and amateur team levels. The Assistants, led by Camila Kohatsu, have developed programs for the five to seven year olds, and one for those older, being more competitive and more technically ambitious. We expect, next semester to have the availability of a qualified coach also. The development of all the children this year has been marked, and their abilities to pass, defend, shoot and mark have improved out of all recognition. We expect to continue to offer the

other sports, tennis, basketball and baseball but perhaps offering basketball and baseball in one semester per year only, so that each sport can attract more participants. We would also like to consider other sports if there is the demand from children and parents. Gymnastics and flag football are two that have been mooted. We will shortly be sending out a questionnaire that will allow parents to share their goals, criticisms and ideas concerning Little League so that the program can develop in tandem with expectations. Notwithstanding the period of transition the program this year has been a success, and we look forward to our awards ceremony at Graded on June 9th. And as a new idea, the baseball group will have a father-son/daughter baseball game starting at 2pm! So all you dads, please don`t miss this chance to play alongside your child in our great American past-time!




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Poliak Award Winner Eileen Tasso

The American Society would like to congratulate Eileen Tasso, this years winner of the Eric Poliak Award for Community Service. This award is one of the American Societys top honors, given to those who have gone above and beyond to help our community and those in need within the city of So Paulo. Eileen is originally a registered nurse from Ohio and has lived in So Paulo since 2007. Since that time, she has been very actively involved in helping the Community Assistance Committee (CAC) in many different ways. She started volunteering at the Vila Acalanto o rp h a nage and e v e n t u ally was the coordinator for volunteers there and its representative at CAC meetings. She attended only one Angel Party before agreeing to become its director and has worked hard every year since, ensuring that the party runs smoothly and contributing especially to the impressive donations the party receives. A year after becoming director of the Angel Party, she took on the role of chairperson of CAC. She organizes CACs annual Volunteer Day at the U.S. Consulate and, while doing all that, she represents the Projeto Sol daycare center within CAC, visiting it regularly and making sure its needs are met. Her husband, GT, feels that Eileens background as an RN is why she is so involved. As an RN, he said, Eileen always liked to help others by being there for them and doing whatever was necessary to help. When we got to So Paulo, she wasnt able to work in nursing due to language and license issues. So she decided to help people in other forms. Without volunteers like Eileen, the American Society cant continue to help the institutions it supports. Thats why were proud to give Eileen this award. Congratulations Eileen, and thank you for all you do!


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June 2013
01 and 02 Saturday And Sunday

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Important Dates: 12 Valentines Day (BR), 17 Fathers Day (US)

Rain Man Theater

The theater version of the successful film with Dustin Hoffman and Tom Cruise. The presentations will be at 9:00pm on Saturday and 6pm on Sunday. Where to buy tickets: Bilheteria Teatro Vivo de tera a domingo das 14:00 s 19:00. Local: Teatro VIVO, Avenida Doutor Chucri Zaidan, 860 - Morumbi 1st Monday of every month in the Brazilian British Centre in Pinheiros (R. Ferreira de Arajo, 741). At 8pm. Dancing the traditional Scottish reels is an important and enjoyable part of the Societys events. In order to help newcomers learn the basic steps and encourage the more adventurous to learn new ones, St. Andrew Society organizes a meeting of the Scottish Country Dancing Club (SCDC). Time: 8h30 - 11h00 . Location: Emporio Santa Maria . Address: Avenida Cidade Jardim, 790 So Paulo - SP, 01454-000, Brazil . Tel: +55 11 3706-5211. Website: ***Please RSVP to Does your child like playing games? Does your child like playing sports? How about Arts & Crafts? Well, come join us every other Monday from 14:00 - 16:00 for a Tiny Tot Play Date. Once there has been interest in the group, the host will put together a solid calendar of activities with input from the other parents. More details will follow in the RSVP. Date: Mondays, Time: 14h00 - 16h00 , Address: Will be given with RSVP ***Please RSVP to Frank Shipway conducts Franz Schubert and Richard Strauss. At Sala So Paulo. Praa Jlio Prestes, 16 - Santa Ceclia, So Paulo. At 9:00 pm. July 4th Celebration will be early this year and Co-hosted by the American Consulate! You cant miss it! At the Consulate sporting area compound, 1pm. Call us to make your reservation: 5182-2074. For more information, see the article!



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Orquestra Sinfnica do Estado de So Paulo Independence Day Party (July 4th)

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Independence Day Celebration

donations. Since well be inside the Consulate gates, well need to conform to strict security regulations. If you dont have a reservation you will not be allowed past security. You will be allowed to enter with cell phones and cameras, but nothing that would normally be considered a security issue. Heres what you have to do to enter the Consulate compound: You must present a valid photo id for each person attending the event. It can be a passport, RG, RNE, etc. No cars will be allowed inside the compound, but on Saturdays it is easy to park and we will be making arrangements with a parking lot for those interested (will be posted on the website). Your Independence Day Committee is working hard to ensure you have a GREAT picnic, so

(continued from front page) have to do participate in this important and entertaining event: 1. Call the American Society Office on 51822074 First-come first-serve basis - no reservations after June 21st due to guest security clearance. 2. Make your reservation Please furnish names of all attendees including babas, document id, and age of all children. 3. Sign-up for salad or dessert Making the event as homey as possible, we ask each family to bring along a HOMEMADE dish of your favorite recipe. Our office will tell you what type of dish we need at the time of your reservation. 4. You must be a member of the American Society If you are not yet a member, our office will orient you on signing up on-line by clicking the Join Now link on our site at 5. We could use some volunteers to help things go smoothly, just let the office know if you can help with decorations, games or putting out the food

come prepared for good food, good friends, good weather and a fantastic event. And remember, well have sparklers for the kids followed by fireworks after dark. See you on Saturday June 29th at 2:30PM.