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Mar 19th - Happy Hour at BOS BBQ Mar 22nd - Projeto Sol Visit Apr 5th - Annual Childrens Field Day Apr 13th - Easter Egg Hunt Apr 23rd - Annual General Meeting May 9th - AmSoc Gala

Monthly Newsletter March 2014 www.AmSoc.com.br

The Annual Gala 2014 - Make your plans today!


Once a year, we invite all our members to join us in this elegant event. You will enjoy your evening from the moment your car is swept away by the valet, until youve danced the last dance....is that Frank Sinatra singing New York, New York? The event will be held again at the lovely Buffet Colonial in Moema. The food, atmosphere, and service last year were terrific, and we expect more of the same in 2014. The evening will begin with cocktails and the silent auction. Afterward, we will move into the dining room for the live auction, a performance by the children from one of our charities, and a buffet dinner, followed by dancing until the wee hours of the morning. This event, while certainly a wonderful chance for us to all socialize, renew old friendships, and win wonderful prizes, is also a chance for us to give back to needy children in So Paulo, (continued on page 10)

In This Issue
Projeto Sol Visit
Page 6: Come and find out what goes on inside one of our supported organizations.

The Year in Parties


Page 8: 2014 has been billed as the year of endless parties in Brazil. Dont miss our list of what not to miss!

Get out your dancing shoes, fancy dresses, tuxedos and party jewels and gather your friends to make plans for the 2014 American Society GALA fundraiser on Friday, May 9, 2014, at the Buffet Colonial in Moema.

Blog Of The Month


Page 16: A new feature awaits you on our back page.

Easter Egg Hunt


Hop to it! Celebrate Easter with AmSocs Annual Easter Egg Hunt at Chapel School on Sunday, April 13 from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm. The Easter Bunny will be hopping around hiding eggs and posing for pictures. Children will receive Easter baskets, cupcakes, and Easter eggs, of course. Members and non-members are welcome. Entry fee is per child. Members R$30 per child; NonMembers R$45 per child. Please contact the AmSoc office at 5182-2074 or at Contact@AmSoc. com.br to confirm your presence so that the Easter Bunny brings enough baskets. Happy Easter!

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
Progressing through the dog days of summer, its hard to comprehend the contrast between the record heat in So Paulo during January and early February, and the record cold in the By Frank Pierce, northern states AmSoc president back in the United States. January was the hottest month on record in So Paulo, with an average maximum temperature of 31.9 degrees Celsius, while my home state of Michigan had an average minimum temperature of -18C degrees. I guess you can say that Hell has frozen over Hell, Michigan that is, where the wind chill factor reached -33C degrees back in early January. I treasure each day of blue sky and hot sun here in Brazil and reflect on how cold it is back home. February shows signs of the heat easing up in So Paulo, which hopefully will lead us into a comfortable autumn season and rising water reserve levels. 2014 brings us some changes and many new AmSoc activities. Our new Office Manager, Victoria Schulsinger , began in January and is assisted by our office assistant, Lais Gomide. Victoria and Lais are at the heart of all the administrative efforts for AmSoc, and the Board of Directors is very happy to have them both on board. February kicked off with the Super Bowl party and a Happy Hour event at BOS BBQ, the annual Abacaxi bowl flag football tournament, the Youth Sports sign-up, and in March our new AmSoc Travel Club has its inaugural trip planned to Inhotim in Minas Gerais. April will feature the start of adult softball Saturdays, the annual adult basketball tournament, and the Annual Community Field Day at the Consulate, where children from the various charities AmSoc supports spend a day of games, sports activities, and lunch at the American Consulate. Along with the Angel Party in November, this event is highly anticipated by the children and they truly appreciate the opportunity to mingle with AmSoc members, practice their English, and enjoy a great day of activities. Also in April, well have the Easter Egg Hunt and the annual General Board Meeting and Cocktail Reception at the United States Consul Generals residence. May brings us the annual AmSoc Charity Gala on the 9th with dancing and live and silent auctions to help in the support of two designated charities Lar Tia Edna and Crianca Brasil. Well also have a Memorial Day service and, of course, the Independence Day picnic and fireworks display at the Consulate. These are only a few of the many events we have planned this year and I hope to see everyone come out and enjoy the events and American holidays. This year we will also be rolling out our new AmSoc website, with many new features and references for our members. We will be expanding our charitable activities with painting days at some of the organizations we support, as well as clothing and supply drives. As charitable activities are one of the pillars of AmSoc, the Community Action Committee is always looking for more volunteers to help with the many activities and you can participate by contacting the AmSoc office. Well also be looking to expand the Happy Hours and create more opportunities for social and business networking. All-in-all, its a very busy and exciting year ahead for AmSoc members. Of course, lets not forget the big event beginning in June The World Cup. Lets all get out and cheer for the USMNT!

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Welcome to Our New Members


Last name FERRERO GODFREY IVANOFF MARTY NELSON PELLETIER RAPKE Hoffman SWARTZ SWEETLAND TOMASONI VAN BALEGOIYEN Name Irene Patricia FERRERO Sandra GODFREY Caline IVANOFF Laure MARTY James NELSON John PELLETIER Gabrielle RAPKE Jason SWARTZ Jenny SWEETLAND Adriano Cassio TOMASONI Irma VAN BALEGOIYEN Andrei IVANOFF Alpi CAMILLE Rebecca NELSON Natalia EVANGELISTA Andrew HOFFMAN Brooke SWARTZ Jim SWEETLAND Alessandra FONSECA Ronald VAN BALEGOIYEN Spouse Nationality USA Canada USA France USA USA USA USA USA Brazil Netherlands

Welcome the following New Members who joined us recently. We are very grateful for your support! Membership Single Membership Single Patron Membership Family Membership Family Membership Family Membership Single Patron Membership Family Patron Membership Family Membership Family Membership Family Membership Family Membership Merck MSD Agropecuria Glria Morro Agudo Banco Rabobank U.S Consulate InterAmerican Ingls Intensivo Sansung Eletronica da Amazonia Ltda. Company Santander The Rhind Group OFF Publicidade e Propaganda

Meet Our New Members


Name: Jenny and Jim Sweetland Will Sweetland, 21 year old son Where you were born: JennyLexington, KY (grew up in Ann Arbor, MI) Jim Sweetland- Hartford, CT Will Sweetland- Newtown, PA Daughters: Annie Sweetland Sibeni- Olean, NY (Annie and her husband Chris - born in Queens, NY just had a daughter Phoebe- born in NY, NY) !!! Mary Jane Sweetland- Newtown, PA Length of time youve been in Brazil: The project started over a year ago but we have moved into our apartment November 2013. Why Brazil? Jim is working for Merck/MSD on their integration project. Family with you? Or at home? Yes, we are all coming and going as much as possible. Best things so far: Brazilian people have been very kind to us. I like seeing their affection between friends and family. Always surprised to see couples kissing in what I didnt think of as a romantic spot - the bus stop or the mall, escalators - its a kick! Love is all around! Jim loves all the sushi - I think his favorite place is JAM. Biggest frustration: Jims 5 mile drive to work can take 2 hours - that is really something. What you miss back home: Target Progress with Portuguese: Slow, need help. Favorite place to hang out: Looking for suggestions. Reading/sports/music/travel, which do you prefer? Jim played ice hockey as a goaltender - if anyone has any ice information please let us know. He loves hiking. I would love to go to the fishing village and the falls. I noticed there is a trip in March. I want to sign up for future trips like that - Those look great! Carnival plans? No plans yet - I hope we will get to Rio (its very expensive).

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Consulate Corner: Sports For All And Urban Art At The U.S. Consulate So Paulo
By Xelaju Korda, American Consulate Anyone who has taken a right-hand In developing the mural concept, the and to channel excitement about the turn off of Rua So Sebastiao onto Public Affairs team at U.S. Consulate World Cup. Artist Alexandre Keto Rua Thomas Deloney in So Paulos So Paulo focused on ways to highlight seemed a natural fit for the project Chacara Santo Antonio neighborhood the Sports for All initiative, and was he was one of the artists the U.S. in the last two weeks cannot help but drawn to one of So Paulos most famous Consulate supported at the Feira Preta notice the colorful new (http://www.feirapreta.com. mural gracing the 80-footbr/) in December 2013 and long wall of the United he quickly understood the idea Under the Sports for All initiative, the Diplomatic States Consulate. The U.S. behind the mural. Consulate commissioned Keto prepared the wall, Mission of the United States in Brazil has developed Brazilian artist Alexandre sketched out the design, and Keto (http://alexandreketo. worked over the course of a a number of programs to highlight the important blogspot.com/) to design week to prepare the mural for and create the stunning the visit of U.S. Ambassador to role sports play in reaching marginalized audiences, piece, incorporating Brazil Liliana Ayalde, Consul themes from the World General Dennis Hankins, and promoting social inclusion, empowering youth, and Cup, Afro-Brazilian members of the U.S. Mens influences, and the U.S. National soccer team, who were building lasting institutional and people-to-people Missions Sports for in So Paulo for a two-week All initiative. Part of the training camp. On January linkages between the United States and Brazil. State Departments Sports 24, the Consulate and Keto Diplomacy programs, orchestrated a happy melee of Sports for All is an participants to add to the mural, umbrella phrase capturing including Brazilian youth programs the U.S. Mission to Brazil and prevalent art forms complex and from the state social project Fabrica is using to build connections between sophisticated graffiti-inspired urban da Cultura, Consulate children, and the United States and Brazil, and art. In other words, according to Public members of the U.S team. Everyone to encourage the social inclusion of Affairs Officer Rakesh Surampudi, the seemed to have a great time painting traditionally underrepresented groups mural was a way to show our support the wall, and given the attention and in sports. and connect with this dynamic city, compliments the wall has received, it appears to be a great success. An official unveiling with the ambassador is tentatively scheduled for late March. A video clip of the U.S. Mens team visit can be found here: http://www. ussoccer.com/media-library/videos/ us-men/2014/01/american-graffiti-brazilian-style.aspx More information on the Missions Sports for All initiative can be found on the Missions social media platforms: https://www.facebook.com/EmbaixadadosEUA.BR https://twitter.com/EmbaixadaEUA http://instagram.com/embaixadaeua http://Sopaulo.usconsulate.gov/

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Inaugural Trip Of The AmSoc Travel Club


has organized an event at Patricia Centurions atelier, featuring guest speaker Daniele Dal Col, who will talk about Brazilian Contemporary Art as well as the INHOTIM Contemporary Art Center. Daniele is an art advisor to several private collections in Brazil and abroad and has over 12 years of experience in the art marketplace. There are a few spots still available for folks who wish to join us. Please email charitathakkar@gmail.com or lynne@topleveltur.com.br if you would like to participate.

Come March 19, seventeen women accompanied by So Paulo Sculptress Claudia Kiatake will be embarking on an exciting and cultural journey, visiting the world-famous INHOTIM Park and Museum near Belo Horizonte! This marks the inaugural event of what we hope will be the first of many fun and interesting trips to come. We are hoping to organize trips to the wine country, the Amazon, a golf event, and maybe even take a bus to a soccer game! Lynne Logullo, a long-time AmSoc member and travel agent with Top Level Turismo, has made all the travel arrangements. She has come up with a fantastic package that includes roundtrip airfare, stay at the Royal Savassi boutique hotel, all transfers to the hotel and park, and tours of Belo Horizonte and INHOTIM. We will begin our trip with a private three-hour city tour of BH, followed by a group dinner at the charming Glouton restaurant in Lourdes Barrio, BH, considered to be the newest revelation in Veja. The next day we will travel to INHOTIM to begin our exploration of the magnificent open-air contemporary art museum. The highlight of the trip will be a private tour of the park to serve as introduction to the over 110 acres of extensive beautiful gardens, art galleries, and sculptures. There will be time to explore the park in person using the electric cart shuttle services, as well as have lunch in one of the restaurant on site. There will also be free time to explore BH, to visit a museum, or the Mercado Central to do some shopping. As a very special treat, to launch our inaugural trip, Claudia Kiatake

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Projeto Sol Visit, March 22


By Ann Aubrey Hanson, AmSoc member Blessed be childhood, which brings down something of heaven into the midst of our rough earthliness. - Henri Frederic Amiel those young men safe while in jail, and after their release. Luiz Carlos has been at Sister Angelas side since she first approached the young sociologist for help, a request to which he responded, I have dreamed of doing this all my life. He quit his job for a half-pay stipend funded by charitable donations, and helped Sister Angela Mary to serve the drug addicts of the favelas. After five years, they recognized that recuperation was a failure, and that, instead, prevention was required. But they needed a place of operations. They found a shack in a nice lot of the favela, but had no money to pay for it. My grandmother taught me to write a check, said Luiz Carlos, and so they wrote a check for 200 cruzeiros they didnt have, knowing that St. Therese through a burned gate over her dead body. Eventually, the bandits abandoned the area, and what had once been five lots of garbage, debris, and pestilence was cleared to make room for the oasis of Projeto Sol. From these humble beginnings has grown current-day Projeto Sol, which to this day is funded by the generosity of donors such as AmSoc members and private foundations and individuals. Projeto Sol is a community-based organization that serves children of the favela, aged 7 to 17. Guided by the belief in the dignity and freedom and human potential of each child, they inspire these children to rise to the challenge of friendship, demonstrating, through immersion in the beauty of art, the enchantment of dance, the enthusiasm and joy of sports, and the fantasy of books. Children can summon their imaginations and creativity to dream of new lives for themselves and others in poor communities. Finally, they teach the children to envision for themselves lives in which justice and peace will reign. All of the teachers at Projeto Sol were once students there themselves. Theyve returned from their studies to give back to a community that initially gave them refuge and hope. Projeto Sol has at its main goal the integral education and the interior transformation of the children and youth entrusted to their care, through which they become people whose Faith in God is profound and unshakeable, capable of directing their lives with dignity, love and solidarity, says Sister Angela Mary. Projeto Sol shows that social transformation of the human being is possible through a pedagogy based on the fine arts, culture, and sport, and rescuing the dignity and self-esteem of the individual, based on commitment to the community and valuing family.

When Sister Angela Mary and Luiz Carlos dos Santos started Projeto Sol in 1982, their aim was to create a space where children and youth could gather in safety and enjoy the tranquility of life off the streets. From humble beginnings in a shack in a shantytown, Projeto Sol has expanded to two buildings and offers classes and refuge to some 230 children and youth, with many more awaiting the chance to claim a spot when one becomes available. Sister Angela Mary Carey, C.S.C., grew up feeling the call to mission. Young Patricia Mae was educated by the Congregation of the Sisters of the Holy Cross (CSC) of South Bend, Indiana, and was raised with the notion of service. As a student, she won a diocesan essay contest with her vision of vocation, and dreamed of serving abroad, spreading the Word and the Love of God. She came to Brazil in 1965, first working as a teacher in a parish and later discerning that her calling was with the poor and marginalized youth of the favela of Cidade Dutra. This has been her mission, her passion, since 1975. Initially, she and her partner-inmission, Luiz Carlos, focused on the youth who had been jailed due to connections with drugs, trying to keep

of Lisieux (The Little Flower) would help them find the money. The next day, they received a donation of 201 cruzeiros. 200 to pay the debt, and 1 to buy ice cream as celebration. For five years, Sister Angela Mary and Luiz Carlos fought to keep the site safe, battling drug users, traffickers, and bandits, the latter who threatened Luiz Carloss life and knocked down and battered Sister Angela Mary. Still, they stood their ground, and eventually the community began to gather around them, one mother declaring that the criminal contingent would cross

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By soaking in the beauty of the visual arts, the charm of the dance, the joy of sports, and fantasy books, our children and young people become able to dream of a new life, a life of peace, says Sister Angela Mary. Projeto Sol currently serves 230 children and youth, providing educational and recreational activities, as well as offering daily breakfast, lunch, and afternoon snack, perhaps the only meals these children receive in a day. Those who know So Paulo know that the disorderly accrual of living space in the favelas is largely responsible for the immense difficulties of the poorest sections of the population. The subhuman living conditions, sanitation, and hygiene, as well the lack of public facilities for leisure, sport, and culture, adversely affect the lives of its children and youth. In an area with more than 250 registered slums and 1.5 million people living in those slums, Projeto Sol is an oasis for childrena haven of health, education, and sanity. On Saturday, March 22, at 4 pm, AmSoc members and their families are invited to visit Projeto Sol, to tour the establishment and to enjoy a dance performance by several of its youth. A bus will take visitors to and from Cidade Dutra, alleviating the need for individual drivers. Cost of the event is R$30, R$20 for the ride and R$10 to cover the cost of Cranky Max and Patsy Mae, a childrens book written by Mary Breslin (Sister Angela Marys sister) and illustrated by Sister Angela Mary. Ninety percent of the proceeds from the sale of the book will fund the work of Projeto Sol, and 10 percent will fund other AmSoc charities. Additional copies of the book will be for sale at the event. To attend the Projeto Sol tour, contact Eileen Tasso at eileentasso@ gmail.com. Donations are graciously accepted.

Making A Difference at the 5th Annual Community Field Day, April 5th
for volunteers of all ages to make this years day a success. This is a great opportunity for families, couples, and singles. You can choose to participate in the activities you enjoy most: tennis, soccer, swimming, football, crafts, barbecuing, and just hanging out in the open air with interesting kids. The children coming to play do not normally have access to safe green space to run around, or clean swimming pools to cool off in on these hot summer days. The joy they receive from getting exercise outdoors in a safe environment with their friends is priceless. They have the chance to relax and let their guard down for a while, and you as a volunteer can help give them that important down time they need. If you are interesting in participating in this event please contact Lauren Negro at lauren_milton@hotmail.com. We will have two shifts, from 11:002:30 and 2:00-5:00. If you arent able to come this day (or even if you are), you could help by donating $R20.00 to sponsor a child for the day. (Or R$100 for five children!) If youd like to make a cash donation to the event, contact Sue Banman Sileci at sue@sileci.com. We look forward to seeing you on April 5!

Remember the Volunteer Day at the US Consulate? On April 5, were holding the same event but it has a new name: the Annual Community Field Day. Come and help! We all want to do our part to make a positive impact during our time in Brazil. Finding our niche and reaching a bit beyond our everyday routines can be quite challenging. If you have been thinking about how you can become more involved in your local community here in So Paulo, come and spend a few hours having fun with some of the underprivileged children that AmSoc supports. The Community Action Committee (CAC) of the American Society and the staff of the US Consulate are looking

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The Year in Parties


By Ernest White II, Staff Writer With the eagerly anticipated and much-hyped World Cup soccer tournament added to Brazils already packed roster of annual celebratory events, 2014 is shaping up to become the most festive year of unadulterated partying on record. In fact, despite violent sometimes deadly protests, price gouging, perpetually delayed infrastructure improvement projects, fatal accidents at stadium construction sites, and a host of issues that cast serious shadows over the celebratory atmosphere, millions of soccer fans from Brazil and abroad will be joining the ranks of revelers coming for Carnival, Semana Santa, Bumba Meu Boi, and a rack of festivals and events throughout the year. Even if the house isnt exactly in order, this year, Brazil is still ready to party. Carnival People barely get the chance to shake off their New Years hangovers before Carnival season kicks off. Wrapping up at the beginning of this month (March 4th, to be exact, so when you read this, it may not be too late), Brazils nay, the planets biggest bash happens throughout the country. Of course, Rio de Janeiro hosts the flashiest, most fabulous version of the annual celebration in its world-renowned Sambadrome, designed by none other than prolific Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer in a style reminiscent of a thong. Once a year, parade organizations called samba schools compete against one another in theme, costuming, float design, drum cadence, dancing, and overall coordination to be crowned best samba school and to have its samba become a national hit. Millions of reais are pumped into the samba schools, representing some of the poorest neighborhoods in the city, to bring the magic and glamor to life in a spectacle that would make P.T. Barnum envious. One of the Carnival seasons bestkept secrets is So Paulos own event, held at the Anhembi Sambadrome, and featuring just as much creativity and spirit as Rios event, even if most paulistanos who can afford the ticket are off to Rio or Salvador. The local samba schools pay top dollar for Rio-based Carnival designers (carnavalescos), who whip up visual fantasies as elaborate and enthralling as any in Rio. Catching the action in So Paulo means fewer crowds, admittedly less energy (since the whole city isnt swept up like in Rio), but also a closer look at all the beautiful people and pageantry. Roving bands of partiers, called blocos, keep the atmosphere lively in both cities, as well as in smaller locales throughout Rio and So Paulo states. Up the coast in Salvador, what has been dubbed as a more authentic Carnival celebration (still featuring plenty of big-named stars and bigbrand sponsors, however) takes place downtown and parallel to the beach, as countless crowds spill out into the streets jamming to slow-moving sound systems blasting ax music, which is a catchy blend of samba and reggae. Further north, the twin cities of Recife and Olinda also rock with street parties during Carnival. Holy Week The third week of April Holy Week, or Semana Santa in Portuguese marks the run-up to Easter Sunday (April 20). Ouro Preto, the baroque gem of Minas Gerais, holds the most renowned celebration, with parades and processions working their way up and down the towns steep cobblestone streets. One of the unique aspects of Ouro Pretos event is the flower carpet competition, in which groups or individuals construct vivid, beautifully designed carpets made from flower petals, straw, coffee, and other natural materials, upon which the procession participants march in an interpretation of the resurrection of Jesus Christ. While this event may be a bit more solemn than salacious shindigs such as Carnival, the energy is no less festive. World Cup 2014 Ready or not, the years biggest event, the 2014 FIFA World Cup, is coming to Brazil this winter. Running June 12 through July 13, the whole shebang starts here in So Paulo, where the Brazilian national team takes on Croatia inside the brand-spanking-new Itaquero stadium in Zona Leste. Over four weeks and 64 matches, teams from a scant 32 countries will play for the prized trophy and the prized money at an unprecedented 12 stadiums throughout Brazil: So Paulo, Natal, Fortaleza, Manaus, Braslia, Recife, Salvador, Cuiab, Porto Alegre, Curitiba, Belo Horizonte, and, naturally, Rio de Janeiro, where the final match takes place. Last month, stadium delays caused FIFA to consider removing Curitiba from the list of host cities, but in the end, the situation resolved itself and Curitiba is still on the line-up. Of course, air fares between all these host cities will not be cheap, so if youre economically minded, choose your venues carefully. Tickets to matches for non-Brazilian fans range from $90 for third-tier admission to $990 for a prime view to watch Brazil run away with it all which may not be wishful thinking, according to legendary Brazilian footballer Zico and Brazilian team coach Luiz Felipe Scolari, both of whom assert that the home team has what it takes to win on home turf. Bumba Meu Boi If youre already heading to the Amazon for one of the World Cup matches in Manaus, you might as well make a side trip downriver to the city of Parintins for the annual Bumba

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Meu Boi festival from June 27 to 29. A theatrical melange of African, indigenous, and European cultures the founding cultures of Brazil itself the event involves elaborate costumes, entrancing music, and exhilarating dance, just like Carnival. A kooky, costumed cast of characters, featuring the eponymous bull (boi the events common name, means hit the bull, though it is officially called the Parintins Folklore Festival), pregnant girls played by unshaven men, and other personalities various and sundry participate in a display of folkloric allegory, and spectators are expected to participate as well, so dont forget your dancing shoes. Brazilian Grand Prix The penultimate race in the 2014 Formula 1 season, the Brazilian Grand Prix brings the biggest names in international auto racing here to So Paulo on November 9. Held at the Autdromo Jos Carlos Pace in Interlagos, this years race is expected to bring in a few hundred thousand visitors to the city. Considered to be one of the more rigorous courses in the circuit, the Brazilian Grand Prix hasnt been won by a Brazilian since Felipe Massa snagged the checkered flag back in 2008 his second win in as many years. Three-day tickets to the event (no single-day tickets are available) range from R$725 to over R$14,000! Independence Day Perhaps because of so many large celebrations at other times during the year, Brazilian Independence Day September 7 isnt nearly as well known as those other celebrations, but that doesnt mean that it isnt celebrated. In fact, many cities throw sizable Independence Day parties, replete with fireworks, cultural events, and parades. So Paulo and Braslia have some of the largest events, with the former being the site where Dom Pedro I declared Brazilian independence from Portugal and establishing the Empire of Brazil in 1822, and the latter being the national capital, built from scratch and opened for business in 1960. So Paulos Parque de Independncia, in the Ipiranga district, hosts a memorial statue to the liberator Dom Pedro to emphasize the importance of the So Paulo region as a leading light in the country, starting with independence. New Years Eve (Reveillon) Brazils second-biggest bash after Carnival, New Years Eve popularly referred to as Reveillon is huge in Rio and Salvador, with millions of revelers ringing in the new year on Brazils most famous beaches. Fireworks, concerts, and other presentations punctuate the festivities, but the most impressive sight is millions of people dressed in white immersing themselves in the ocean or floating tiny votive offerings at midnight in honor of Iemanj, goddess of the sea and a Yoruba deity that features heavily in the AfroBrazilian religion Candombl, as well as Brazilian culture in general. In fact, the vast majority of participants are not adherents to Candombl, but make the offering anyway as a good luck gesture for the coming year. Still, if this yearend blowout doesnt blow you away, Carnival 2015 is only a few short months away. As each party ends, another one appears before the tents of the previous one are even folded up. Brazils social calendar is indeed a year-long one, drawing people from around the world who want to sample Brazilian culture in its various incarnations. This year, 2014, is an anomaly as a once-in-a-lifetime event is being held on home turf. Regardless of the financial boondoggles and civil unrest, there are plenty of soccer fans willing to deal with the costs to experience the thrill of having their home team play at home. If youre going to be in Brazil any time in 2014, theres no reason why you shouldnt be a part of any of the huge parties happening throughout the year, becoming the embodiment of FIFAs English tagline for the Cup: All In One Rhythm.

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(continued from front page) Brazil. A good percentage of the money raised from the live and silent auctions will go to support projects at two of our charities - Associao Criana Brasil (ACB) and Lar Tia Edna (LTE). Specifically, ACB, a charity that provides educational daycare & afterschool programs for more than 500 children ages 6 months to 15 years, has asked us for funds to send 2-3 teachers to a specialized training program to learn to teach art, music, and reading to the children. LTE has asked for funds to improve their facilities so that they can qualify for government aid. This childrens home houses 12 children ages 5 to 20. Gather your AmSoc friends and reserve your table NOW! Tickets are on sale beginning March 1 for R$300 per person, R$2400 for a table that seats 8. After April 1, the price will increase to R$375 per person. We expect the event to sell out at 320 guests, so dont delay. Woody Dunstan will be back as our favorite auctioneer, and Jason Bermingham has graciously agreed to be our Master of Ceremonies again. Auction items are already rolling in.hotel stays, works by wonderful So Paulo artists, restaurant vouchers, spa treatments, jewelry, and electronics. If you have an item to donate, please contact the AmSoc office. Please come and enjoy this fun evening - we are certain you will enjoy yourself and you will be helping out the children of Lar Tia Edna and Associao Criana Brasil. Friday May 9, 2014 7:30 pm cocktails and silent auction 9:30 pm dinner/live auction Dancing to follow Email contact@amsoc.com.br tickets. for your

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Erik Poliak Award Nominations


We are now accepting nominations for the Eric Poliak Award for Community Service to be presented at the upcoming Annual General Membership Meeting in April. This award was founded in memory of Eric Poliak, past governor and president of the American Society, community member, and friend. After Mr. Poliaks untimely death in May 1984, the Board of Governors established this tribute to be given to the person in the So Paulo U.S. expat community who has unselfishly contributed his or her time and effort for the good of the entire community. The Eric Poliak Award represents the American Societys highest honor. The American Society membership submits nominations for this award each year. A committee made up of former American Society presidents and previous winners of the award chooses the final recipient. Recent award receipients are Eileen Tasso, Marlene Rubeiz, Sister Angela Mary, Theresa Mary White, and Sonya Querido. Please submit your nomination by April 5, 2014, to AmSoc Vice President Judy Zanchi at judyzanchi21@gmail.com

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host Graded for providing a terrific environment for the tournament; to our sponsor Traktor, who provided us with flags; and to the refs, who endured the heat as much or more as any of the participants throughout the day! Finally, thanks to all the teams that participated and to their guests. All told, there were nearly 200 players and guests on the day. We look forward to seeing everyone next year at the Abacaxi Bowl 2015! Place Team 1. 2. Review: Abacaxi Bowl 2014 The Abacaxi Bowl, AmSocs annual flag football tournament, was held on Saturday, February 1, the day before the Super Bowl at Graded School in Morumbi. Nine teams participated in the one-day tournament, which consisted of three round robin brackets, with the two best teams from each bracket advancing to a singleelimination playoff. T h e Cougars took back the title this year, having ceded it to PACA last year, and were dominant throughout the tournament, putting up 4 to 6 TDs every game, while only allowing their opponents 1 or 2 TDs per game. KC Frost, who played QB and SF for the Cougars, was named MVP, and had nearly as many defensive INTs as TDs. The Cougars have won 4 of the last 5 Abacaxi Bowls. The Cronos, a newcomer to the Abacaxi Bowl, were the #1 seed going into the playoff round, tying with the Cougars and PACA with a 2-0 round robin record, but with a higher point differential. They were dominant throughout the tournament up until the final, where the Cougars established their superiority, controlling the game and posting a final score of 28-12. PACA still holds the overall lead in Abacaxi Bowl championships over the years, and was, likewise, dominant this 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. Cougars Cronos PACA Devilz Locos USMC Chapel Win- PF-PA Loss 4-0 3-1 3-1 2-2 1-2 1-2 0-2 128-48 98-44 114-98 68-80 90-96 75-94 44-72 28-64 34-83 Pt Diff +80 +54 +16 -12 -6 -19 -28 -36 -49

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Review: Superbowl at BOS BBQ


By Matt Couri, AmSoc Member Seattle 43 : Denver 8 In a private room above the crowded bar of BOS BBQ, a select group of football fans, ex-patriots, American tourists, and their friends gathered to watch the years greatest sporting event - The Super Bowl! From my days at Indiana University to my time in Philadelphia, the Super Bowl has always been a time of gathering where we share a couple of good beers with good friends, eat wings and chili, and cheer for our favorite teams. When I was invited to attend the AmSoc Super Bowl party at BOS BBQ, I cringed as I remembered the last three Super Bowl games that I had to endure while living in Brazil. An American in Brazil really suffers during this greatest game of the year. Due to the time zone difference, games go on until late in the morning. If you decide to venture to a bar or pub, you are hard-pressed to find a place that turns the music off and plays the sounds of the game. I earned my favorite battle scar on Feb. 6, 2011, as the Green Bay Packers faced off against the eternal Pittsburg Steelers in North Texas at Cowboys Stadium. Me? Well, I was at some pub with a couple of friends where we had convinced the owner to change the channel and turn up the sound of the television in his halfempty establishment. The sounds of the game competed with the background noise of customers, what seemed liked canned laughter, and mildly hypnotic techno music. As for the Secondary Audio Program (SAP)? Well, that was not an option and we were forced to listen to television announcers that knew less about the game than my two-year-old niece, as we munched on pasteis, coxinhas, and other traditional Brazilian snacks. Dont get me wrong, I love pasteis and coxinhas, but not on Super Bowl Sunday. In general, it is tough to find a place in So Paulo that respects the tradition of the Super Bowl that we have all come to love so much. Then I got the invite from AmSoc, and my good friend Victoria Schulsinger
said something along the lines of, Matt, all past So Paulo Super Bowl experiences will be erased from your mind! Come watch the game at BOS BBQ, they will play the whole thing on Fox! This means that the lucky patrons of BOS BBQ on February 2, 2014, would be watching the game as if they were in the United States! No more unknowledgeable announcer misinterpreting the rules of the game, botching names, and being confused about what just happened. Now it would be Joe Buck calling the play-by-play, Troy Aikman as color analyst, and Pam Oliver and Erin Andrews as sideline reporters. I would drink cold draft beer and share with friends a heavenly sampler of spectacular hot wings, onion rings and chili, complete with BBQ ribs. Later, I could even order a juicy burger. So I went, and I was completely surprised, and I stayed until the end because the event was everything it promised to be and more! Imagine how thrilled I felt as I walked into a private room with couches and tables where the television was streaming the Fox pre-game program in English! When the game started and cut to commercials, I thought I had died and gone to heaven when I realized I was watching Don Cheadle in an elevator with a llama while he was drinking a Bud Light; and after that, the M&M character kidnapped by mobsters so they could crush and sprinkle him over ice cream! The experience came complete with half-time show, Bruno Mars, RHCP and even U2 debuting their new song. But none of that matters, because I met people from Ohio and Indiana, we talked about the game, I saw the commercials, and I will be back next year, EARLY, to scope out the best seat. So even though the game was a total blowout and probably the least exciting performance that I have seen on the field, it was one of the best Super Bowl experiences I have ever had. Thanks AmSoc! For next year, please reserve me the third seat from the left at the bar.

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Learn more about this months AmSoc events (highlighted) at www.AmSoc.com.br.
IMPORTANT DATES: MARCH 4 NEW ORLEANS MARdi GRAS CARNiVAL (US), MARCH 4 CARNiVAL HOLidAY (BRAZIL), MARCH 5 CiNzAS dE CARNAVAL (BRAZIL), MARCH 8 DiA dA MuLHER/ WOMANS dAY (BRAZIL), MARCH 9 DAYLigHT SAViNg TiME STARTS (US), MARCH 17 ST. PATRiCKS DAY (US)

INC Book Club & Lunch

A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry. Location: Will be given upon RVSP +/- 3 days before the event. RSVP until March 3rd to gzanc@bellsouth.net

Travel Club Reception/ Contemporary Time: 10:45 a.m 12:45 p.m. Location: Atelier Patricia Centurion. Address: Al. Lorena 1611 Art talk cj 111 (between Rua Augusta and Rua Haddock Lobo). Parking available in the building. RSVP to: adm@patriciacenturion.com.br / Att: Carol INC Monthly Coffee and Bazaar INC Happy Hour AmSoc Travel Club Happy Hour at Bos BBQ Time: 10:00 a.m 2:00 p.m. Location: Espao Escandinavo. Address: Rua Job Lane, 1030 Alto da Boa Vista Time: 8:00 p.m. Location: Upon RSVP until March 10th. RSVP to area2@newcomers-sp.com. br Visit to Inhotim. More information on our website - HIGHTLIGHT EVENTS at www.AmSoc. com.br Time: starting at 6 p.m. Address: Rua Pedroso Alvarenga, 559, Itaim Bibi. OPEN EVENT

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Membership Committee Help Make phone calls to welcome new members, attend PTA breakfasts and AmSoc social events to sign up new members, assist with updating current member records, call for member renewals. If you can spend one or two hours per week helping out, please contact contact@ amsoc.com.br AmSoc 4th of July celebration co-coordinator Work with last years coordinator to put together a celebration to remember for our members at the US consulate here in So Paulo! From arranging the music, to organizing the food, to taking rsvps. The date of the event is Saturday June 28th. Contact richweg@uol.com.br if you can take the lead role! GALA dinner/auction prize coordinator If you are a whiz with a spreadsheet, we need you! Coordinate and keep track of all gifts donated by sponsors to be auctioned off at May 9 gala. Work with committee head to get prize registration forms, format write ups for the tables, prepare bid sheets and write thank yous after event is over. Email gzanc@bellsouth.net if you can help.

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Blog Of The Month: Tossing Off The Bowlines


Every month, the Forums last page will introduce you to a blog about life and living in Brazil. This month we feature Ann Aubrey Hansons blog Tossing off the Bowlines which you can follow on http://tossoffbowlines.com heard about this. It was the call of a drug dealer. With so many homeless on the streets around us, we figured this might be his way of notifying customers that he had wares to sell. Suddenly, the enchantment was gone. Thereafter, whenever wed hear the whistle, wed just shake our heads sadly at the state of the world, the magic gone. Then, last night when he took the dogs out for their last perambulation, he heard the whistle again, and saw the man across the street by Bar Tina, a local hangout for a group ofgentlemen who sit and sip beer and chat. As Tom crossed over to the bar in the course of the walk, the Whistler and the bar owner greeted him (they see us every day; were on nodding status). Overcome by curiosity, Tom asked what the whistling was about (figuring now it wasnt to do with drug dealing). Turns out that Odilson (the Whistler) is a night watchman, who patrols two of the side streets near us, making

A Whistlers Tale
The mystery is solved! Since we arrived, weve been seeking the source of a night-time whistling, heard throughout the night and into the wee hours of the morning. Many times after we arrived, Tom would return from walking the dogs in the dark and declare, I almost saw it! referring to the bird we were intently hunting as the source of the whistle. Wed heard the local bem-ti-vi, a bird whose name mimics its call (BEM-CHEE-VEE), and figured that the Whistler might be a similar bird. The call sounded like a pennywhistle to me, but was never exactly the same, and it came at all hours of the night. We figured it had to be a bird. Oddly enough, none of our friends in the condo buildings have heard it, so they were no help. One night, Tom saw a man on a dark street making that sound with a pennywhistle. So, it wasnt a bird, after all! But, why was he whistling on a dark side street? Our hackles rose: wed

sure that street people dont plant themselves on the doorsteps of the homes during the night (which they are wont to do). His whistle signals to the homeowners who have hired him that he is on his beat, and warns the street dwellers that they will be moved along if he sees them. I have to admit, a touch of the magic is back. Its not a bird, but it is a man at work, holding back the night. I like that.