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  • Monthly NewsletterSeptember 2013


    In This Issue

    Page 6: Why Brazilian friends can enrich your experience of culture, country and city.

    Immigration in SP

    Page 8: Our city is made up of an amazing mosaic of immigrants. Read about the history of their arrival.

    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.

    Our Mission

    In This Issue

    Save the DateSave the DateSep 14th - INC Dicas Launch PartySep 19th - VIP CocktailOct 26th - Halloween PartyOct 31st - Halloween Happy HourNov 9th - Angel PartyDec 6th - Holiday Party

    With a little help...


    Page 13: Our guide to playing golf in and around So Paulo.

    November 9: Mark Your CalendarsWith two months left till the American

    Society Angel Party, theres still a lot of work to do. We need you!

    The Angel Party is a Christmas party held each year, this year on November 9, for 240 of the children in day care centers, orphanages, foster homes and educational programs that are funded by the American Society. The party is held at Chapel School and the kids have a great day of food, games and fun. At the end of the party, Santa Claus comes and gives each child a special gift bag with presents for just that child.

    Were still in need of people to help Santa by shopping for all the items in one childs bag. The list looks like this: tennis shoes, a backpack, a toy of R$70 or more, pants and a shirt, socks, underwear, a coat or sweatshirt and some candy.

    Theres a lot of work to be done and we need your help! Contact us if you can help in any of the following ways:

    - To sponsor a child: [email protected] To help on the organizing committee: [email protected] To donate cash for the party or for shopping for children: [email protected] To help on bag-organizing day, end

    October: [email protected] To help on the day of the party, November 9: [email protected]

    Come help make the fourteenth Angel Party the best party yet! ContactsEileen Tasso: [email protected] Banman Sileci: [email protected]

    Come join us in celebrating an evening of fun and friends while we recognize those companies, individuals and Helping Hands and Patron members for their contributions to The American Society. Each year we honor those who have donated to AmSoc with a special evening of thanks.

    This years event will be on September 19th at a wonderful location in Moema. Last year over 100 people attended and we expect this year to be even bigger. Contact the AmSoc office to learn how you can register and obtain all the relevant details.

    Hope to see you there!

    Annual VIP Cocktail Party

  • One of the most gratifying feelings I have while living in Brazil is telling people about The American Society of So Paulo and the great work that our members and partners

    perform to support the American

    traditions of education, philanthropy and volunteerism.

    Throughout the years, AmSoc has developed strong partnerships with local businesses, entrepreneurs and artists that have brought tremendous financial resources in the form of cash and service donations and valuable works of art and jewelry.

    These resources have been distributed to the various orphanages, schools and community centers we support as well as help to cover our administrative costs. We cannot survive without this assistance and it is important to recognize our benefactors that help to brighten the futures of needy children in So Paulo.

    At our annual VIP Cocktail event we recognize these very generous companies and individuals. Last years event hosted over 100 people and featured the introduction of our new Consul General, Dennis Hankins, who is a strong supporter of AmSoc.

    We can also recognize our many contributors by frequenting their establishments. We have many restaurants, salons, boutiques and service providers that pay to advertise in our monthly Forum and annual Yearbook and I encourage everyone to visit their locations and use their services.

    My wife Carol and I often find ourselves stopping by PJ Clarkes for a hamburger and fries on a Saturday afternoon and visiting the gallery of David Dalmau who has so generously

    donated some of his best works of art to AmSoc. Just last May one of Dalmaus works sold at our Annual Gala auction for over R$14,000.

    As members, we can also help out individually by donating to the Community Action Committee (CAC) OpEx Charity Fund. This fund was established to provide the American Society-supported institutions with critical money needed to maintain their daily operations. You can consider a single or monthly donations of any amount. All you need to do is contact the AmSoc office.

    We also need your help to organize or assist at any of the many events we host. Childrens parties, athletics and social events all require groups of people to organize, decorate and simply help out. Our CAC also conducts numerous canned-food, clothing and cleaning supply drives to benefit these organizations. Please contact the AmSoc office if you would like to help out and get involved.

    Tell your friends about AmSoc. We encourage all English-speaking residents of So Paulo to become members. It is difficult to reach out to all the Americans and friends coming to So Paulo, and bringing new friends into AmSoc is a great way to assist them in integrating with fellow Americans, Brazilians, other nationalities and local cultures. Encourage yourself and friends to become Helping Hands members with an annual membership fee of R$700 and a greater portion going directly to CAC.

    Finally, keep a close eye on the AmSoc activity calendar as the remainder of 2013 is already packed with great events. The VIP Cocktail, adult softball and golf tournaments, Little League, happy hours, the Angel Party, childrens Halloween party, Marine Ball, Thanksgiving service, and finally, the Christmas Party on December 6th held at a beautiful local residence.


    Presidents Corner

    By Frank Pierce, AmSoc president

    Forum September2

    Name: Marco Antonio Slusser Franca Origin, time here: Born in So Paulo (January 19, 1963), but Mother from Marietta, Ohio.

    Why So Paulo: Father was a physician in So Paulo. Best things so far: My two children, Arianna (23) and Luiz Felipe (11). Early frustrations: No bagels, No Samuel Adams beer, No connectivity to US TV/Radio, No dishwasher, No Ohio State football games Have saudade for anything back home: Mom. Progress with Portuguese: Fully bi-lingual. Favorite place to hang out: Places: Rodeio, Vento Haragano, Varanda

    New Member

  • The American Societyof So Paulo

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    Lynn Cordeiro, editor and layout

    Ernest White II, staff writer

    Forum is printed by EGB.(http://www.egb.com.br)

    Views expressed in Forum do not necessarily reflect those of the American Society board of governors, members, or staff.

    Forum reserves the right to edit content for brevity and/or clarity.

    The American Society of So Paulo

    Rua da Paz, 1431 04713-001 So Paulo, SPTel: (11) 5182-2074 Fax: (11) 5182-9155email the editor: [email protected]

    Forum is published monthly, with the exception of January and July, by


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    Welcome to Our New MembersWelcome the following New Members who joined us recently. We are very grateful for your support!

    CAC NewsWe are looking for new committee members. If interested please contact Eileen Tasso,

    [email protected]

    Last Name Name Spouse Membership Company Nationality

    CARLOS Prsio CARLOS Maria DOMARCO Family Patron Membership Lawyer Brazilian

    CHAMBERS Roderick CHAMBERS Chawanna CHAMBERS Family Patron Membership US Consulate So Paulo USA

    CURY Jorge CURY Family Patron Membership Brazilian

    DEGIORGIS Maria DEGIORGIS Carlos ARAUJO Family Membership ELO07.com Argentinean

    DRETZKA Edna DRETZKA Miguel LAVADO Family Membership USA

    DRIGGS Andrea DRIGGS Ben DRIGGS Family Membership Honeywell USA

    FERNANDES Luis FERNANDES Magali FERNANDES Family Patron Membership Bausch+Lomb/ Valeant Pharmaceuticals


    FRANCA Wanor FRANCA Raegan FRANCA Family Membership Openlink American

    LE Carrie LE Phong LE Family Patron Membership USA

    LOPES Jr. Gilberto Lima LOPES Jr. Yocklem LI Helping Hands Membership Brazilian

    LUCA Foltran LUCA SarconeFRANCESCA Family Membership Alitalia C.A.I. Italian

    MAGALHES Ana Cristina Magalhes Single Patron Membership Olana comunicaes Brazilian

    MURRAY Bridgette MURRAY Daniel MURRAY Family Membership Delta Airlines USA

    MURRAY Linda MURRAY Aaron Murray Family Patron Membership Medtronic USA

    OLIVEIRA Roberto OLIVEIRA Renata OLIVEIRA Family Patron Membership Gaviation Analise de Dados Aeronauticos


    SCHULEMAN Andrew SCHULEMAN Jodi SCHULEMAN Family Membership Laureate Education Inc. USA

    TILLEY Stacey TILLEY Heath TILLEY Family Membership Australian

    WEARTHERLY Kaitlin WEARTHERLY Michael RANEY Family Membership USA

  • Forum September4

    By Chris Maughan, American Consulate

    Consulate Corner: Green Card Questions Answered

    Attention all green card holders! If youve recently had a child, odds are that your days are quite busy right now. The good news is that getting everything in order for your child who was born in Brazil to go with you back to the United States is easier than you may think. The U.S. government no longer issues special documentation for children born abroad to a parent or parents who are Legal Permanent Residents of the United States. To travel with you to the United States, the child does not need a green card or a transportation letter. Your child does need a valid passport issued by his or her country of nationality and his or her original birth certificate, and must travel with you, a parent who has a valid green card, on your first trip back to the United States.

    U.S. Mission Brazil can facilitate such travel by providing a document that explains relevant provisions of

    U.S. law to the airline. The document can reassure the airline that children born under these conditions are eligible to travel to the United States without a visa or green card. Parents interested

    in obtaining this letter should contact the immigrant visa unit of the U.S. Consulate in Rio de Janeiro, at [email protected]

    For your child to travel under this provision he or she must meet all the below criteria:

    - he or she must travel to the United States prior to his or her second

    birthday; - he or she must be with you; - you must be returning to the United

    States for the first time after the birth of your child; and

    - you must have maintained your Legal Permanent Residence status.

    Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers at ports of entry are aware that children born abroad to green card holders are eligible for green cards themselves. The process of soliciting a green card on behalf of the child is done through United States

    Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) after you and your child have arrived in the United States.

    So for now, relax and know that the hardest part of the trip will be keeping your child happy during the long flight home. For more information, visit http://brazil.usembassy.gov/green-card-holders.html.

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    Many years ago, when we were still in the butterflies stage of dating, my husband and I went for what I thought would be a romantic adventure here in So Paulo. The night which I will never forget, though probably for reasons other than what you are thinking was during one of my many visits from New York City to Brazil at the beginning of our budding courtship.

    Our evening began like many other in So Paulo, at least if you are married to, or dating, a Brazilian: Saturday, 7 pm, and we were just starting to approach the topic of what we might like to do in the hours ahead of us. My husband suggested innocently enough that we have a nice dinner somewhere and then after, head to a place he knew where we could go go-karting.

    So no, Ive never actually seen a chick flick where the lead couple go-karts together, but cant you just picture it? I certainly could. The two of us, under the stars, making our way around a miniature track, driving maybe 10 miles per hour. Hed pass me, Id pass him; wed laugh as we tried to bump our cars into each other. Needless to say, I readily agreed to the idea.

    I no longer remember where we had dinner that night; instead, my memory begins the moment we arrived at the track. For starters, I deducted from the lack of outdoor activity that this was, in fact, an indoor karting enterprise. No problem, I thought. No stars, but no

    problem.My husband entered the building

    first and as soon as he opened the door, it hit me: The stink of burning gasoline combined with the whine of go-karts. And these were no mere go-karts the friendly little cars with electric engines from my amusement park days. No, these were miniature Formula 1 race cars whizzing around a track that

    gave new definition to hairpin curves. My cute romantic comedy had just turned into Driven with Sylvester Stallone.

    O r d i n a r i l y , I would have demurred. Insisted that I just cheer my husband on from the sidelines. But I didnt want to let him down (we were still just dating, remember),

    so I reluctantly accepted the challenge. We queued up to wait our turn and in addition to coveralls, helmets and goggles (oh my), we were given a quick talk about how to maneuver the karts safely. My husbands two-second translation of the two-minute talk did nothing to calm my increasingly jittery nerves.

    When the moment arrived for us to hit the track, the staff wisely placed me at the end of the lineup. As they raised the flag to let us go, I can only say the sensation was a bit like when I was in labor I was scared as all get out, but there was no turning back now.

    I crashed about 10 seconds out of the gate on the first curve and remained stuck there until a worker ran across the track and helped me. I went on my way again, only to ricochet off a pile of rubber tires on the next turn and this time it actually hurt. Thats when I resolved to drive slowly even though people were beginning to lap me, two times, then three times, until eventually I lost count.

    Go-Karting Brazilian StyleBy Maureen Kennedy Alves

    Taking bookings now for Xmas card and album sessions

    When the 15 minutes of hell were finally over, I pulled into the starting gate, got out of the kart, and asked my husband what in the world made him think I would enjoy that. Our drive home was filled mostly with silence, punctuated by an occasional Really?! as I thought about him suggesting karting as a date night. (He has since done penance by watching countless chick flicks with me).

    I dont know many things for sure in life. But I do know, I will never ever go-kart in So Paulo again. However, for those of you who like to drive fast around tight curves, the city offers many tracks where you can express your inner Ayrton Senna. Here are just a few:

    Kartdromo Internacional Granja Vianawww.kartodromogranjaviana.com.br

    Kartdromo Aldeia da Serrawww.kartodromoaldeiadaserra.com.br

    Kart in Jaguarwww.kartin.com.br

  • Forum September6

    Brazilian Friends Are Vital

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    I realize how important it is to have Brazilian friends while living here in Brazil. American friends, or at least English-speaking friends, are vital, of course, but Brazilian friends provide a crucial perspective.

    I find that I talk to myself a great deal during the day, mostly interior monologues (though sometimes I do speak to my non-verbally responsive office mates). I see the world around me and try to understand it: the interactions with men and women, the invisibility

    of the poor, a culture where trash on the ground is acceptable, homes with barbed-wire-topped walls are the norm, and a populace that lives with blatant inequalities and still keeps its sense of hospitality and humor.

    Still, those are my own thoughts, and I need the perspective of native Brazilians against which to test my own impressions.

    When my monologues become dialogues, reality expands. New perspectives opens and comprehension shifts. The journey, taken with friends, then shapes my thinking and style.

    My Portuguese teacher, Ana Lucia, is a tremendous touchstone for me.

    During our hour-long dialogues, I learn my language by talking about diverse subjects, whether some book Im currently editing or observations Ive made about Brazil. Shes marvelous about listening to what I have to say (and helping me to say it correctly in Portuguese), and then sharing her point of view (always in Portuguese, as well). Sometimes she agrees, and other times she suggests a lack of dimension in my

    conclusions.Most of my errors are a result of my

    not understanding the Brazilian culture, the Brazilian mindset. Ana Lucia opens doors in my mind, allowing new input and comprehension.

    Sometimes, its a matter of understanding the mixture of European and African and native heritage into a blend that is uniquely Brazilian. Other times, its understanding that the cities have exploded in population and the infrastructure hasnt managed to keep pace. Change takes time, and beneficial change takes longer.

    Other Brazilian friends whom Ive met through the International Newcomers Club and the AmSoc also provide much-needed perspective, and share their feedback on a rapidly transforming city and metropolitan lifestyle. The city has been in upheaval in the last ten years, and even they dont always understand whats going on with their culture. But they love their city and share their hopes.

    Together, we try to make sense of this kaleidoscopic city of So Paulo.

    by Ann Hanson

    Ana Lucia explaining the foreign fruits to me. Here, a cashew fruit. (We eat the nuts on top, and they make a juice out of the fruit.)

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    Board bio - Luis Fernando Barros

    Annual Flower ShowThe So Paulo Garden Club presents their Annual Flower Show Reino Vegetal at the Brazilian British CentreRua Ferreira de Araujo 741Pinheiros, So Paulo, SP

    By kind permission of the Cultura Inglesa The exhibition is open to the general public (Free Admission)Saturday, 28th September, 2013 from 10 am to 6.30 pmSunday, 29th September, 2013 from 10 am to 5.30 pm

    An unexplained fascination. This phrase describes Luis Fernandos sentiment about the US since he was very young. That fascination later became an objective to learn English, work for an American Company and live there to experience the American way.

    Luis Fernando was born and raised in So Paulo, son of Brazilian parents. He is married to Roberta Barros, who is an artist and trilingual teacher (Portuguese, Spanish and English) and has two daughters, Victoria (14) and Carolina (8). He started pursuing his American dream very early and signed up for English classes at a local English school.

    With lots of dedication and love for the language he was fluent at age 15 and started selling traveler checks at a local Brazilian bank at age 16. Not long after he joined KMPG auditing, where he was able to have his first contact with Americans at work.

    Following his dream of living in the US, he was offered a position in Miami in 1995 with American Express, where he spent 17 years in different positions and achieving his personal objective

    of living abroad. He lived 10 years in Miami where his two daughters were born. Later he was an expat in Mexico City for two years and then returned to the US and lived in New Jersey for another two years.

    An unexplained home sickness

    brought the Barros family back to So Paulo where it all began, but things had changed for them. Luis and his wife felt Brazil was not the same; as they were not the same young couple that had left Brazil 14 years ago.

    That is when Julie Gattaz, a good friend, introduced them to the American Society of So Paulo. They started joining as members and enjoyed some events like Halloween and welcome cocktails.

    The US was not that far away, in fact it was very close thanks to the American Society, said Luis Fernando.

    He was invited to join the board in early 2012 and started to get involved with Sponsorships and the VIP cocktail. Luis also helps with Little League

    enrollments and is just starting a project with bilingual schools for memberships.

    Luis Fernando is now Vice President and GM of Aimia, a worldwide leader in Loyalty Management.

    He holds a bachelors degree from PUC-SP Brazil and an MBA in Global Management from University of Phoenix. He also studied at York University and Schullick School of

    Business in Toronto, Canada. Here in So Paulo Luis is a regular

    guest speaker at the University of Pittsburgh So Paulo campus where he contributes to EMBA strategic management classes.

    In his free time Luis Fernando and his family enjoy the outdoors, skiing and travelling to new places. Luis Fernando is a long distance runner and likes to read biographies.

  • Forum September8

    Immigration and the Cultural Mosaic of So PauloBy Ernest White II, Staff Writer

    So Paulo is not only the most populous city and state in Brazil, but it is also arguably the most multicultural city in Brazil. Among the citys 11 million inhabitants are transplants from the four corners of Brazil, expats from all over the globe, the descendants of immigrants from Europe and Africa, and yes more than a few indigenous groups. While the entire country has been a draw for disparate peoples over the course of five centuries, the city of So Paulo itself has been the countrys biggest magnet for newcomers, at least over the last 150 years. And the citys demographics, as well as its culture, reflect these waves of migration.

    It Began When Slavery EndedThe end of slavery in 1888 Brazil

    was the last country in the Americas to abolish the practice , coupled with the dire need for labor on the lucrative coffee plantations of So Paulo state, fueled immigration into Brazil generally, and So Paulo particularly. In fact, the need for strong bodies was so great, especially as most coffee planters refused to pay recently emancipated blacks for the same work they had previously done for free, that the state government even subsidized the relocation of would-be farm workers from the poverty-stricken countries of Italy, Portugal, and Spain.

    In the last decade of the 19th century, Brazil ranked fourth in the number of immigrants to the Americas 3.8 million newcomers many of whom were subsidized by the Brazilian government, which covered the travel expenses and accommodation of the immigrants. These immigrants were joined by those who paid their own way from places such as Germany, Austria-Hungary, Japan, Romania, Armenia, Yugoslavia, Lithuania, Syria, and Poland.

    The poor treatment of the immigrants, however, led to a temporary ban on immigration to Brazil by the Italian government in 1902, which led to

    a severe decline in the number of Europeans entering the country and set the stage for those who didnt make it after a given time to return to their country, in the event the country would even have that person back. In the years leading up to the First World War, however, immigration again climbed and Italians represented over half of the foreign immigrants to Brazil, who landed by and large in the burgeoning city of So Paulo, its surrounding rural areas, and the southernmost states of the country.

    Subsidized immigration focused mainly on the relocation of single young men and families with children, landed at the port of Santos, then taken by train to the Hospedaria dos Imigrantes (Inn of the Immigrants) in So Paulo. Located in the centrally located neighborhood of Bom Retiro, and later in nearby Brs, the Hospedaria dos Imigrantes was designed to house the newcomers during their first few days in So Paulo.

    In general, the immigrants would stay there for a short time until their employment contracts were ironed out. At its peak, according to the Public Archives of So Paulo State, the Hospedaria dos Imigrantes housed over 600,000 immigrants during the interwar years between 1922 and 1930. These immigrants forever changed the face of a Brazil that had been dominated since its inception as a colony by its Portuguese, African, and indigenous cultural roots.

    In 1927, already on the decline, the subsidy policy was terminated in 1927. By 1930, with a crisis caused by the overproduction of coffee as well as the worldwide effects of the Great Depression in the United States, the Brazilian government imposed restrictions on immigration until the end of the Second World War. Once immigration picked up again, however, it was to man the development of industry instead of agricultural work. By the mid-20th century, Brazil had the

    largest population of Italians outside of Italy as well as the largest population of Japanese outside of Japan, with the ethnic enclaves of Mooca and Bixiga becoming centers of the vast Italian community, and Liberdade the heart of the Japanese community. Liberdade, however, has since become more of a symbol of the culture than the actual center of Japanese daily life, as more recent immigrants from China and Korea have established themselves in the neighborhood and in Bom Retiro, as well.

    Migration from WithinAs immigrants from abroad

    melded into Brazilian society, many thousands of homegrown Brazilians in more impoverished parts of the country began to look farther afield for prosperity than their respective state capitals. A lingering, severe drought in the Northeast of Brazil sent scores of young people and families first to the cities along the Atlantic coast, and finally south to So Paulo in search of upward mobility.

    These migrants especially from states such as Bahia, Minas Girais, Maranho, Paran, Rio Grande do Norte, and Cear came in search of better-paying employment, but a large majority have found only marginalization on the outskirts of the city, commuting long distances to low-level jobs that still paid more than what the migrants would have earned in the Northeast.

    These transplants from the great dry north the serto brought with them the old traditions of the rural Northeast, a combination of religious beliefs and festivals that melded the cultures of three continents into a very Brazilian mishmash of song and celebration. The cultural influence of this group is seen most notably during Junes popular Festa Junina, when organizations throughout the city put on large country-style hoedowns and block parties. So Paulos Carnival

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    celebrations yes, the city has its own Carnival, and Sambadrome, too also reflect the Northeast, as many of the participants either hail from the region themselves or were inculcated in the traditions by relatives.

    First Nations in the CityAccording to the local NGO Opo

    Brasil, which organizes courses in indigenous education, there are 54 different indigenous ethnic groups represented in the state 38 in the capital city alone. Just as many of the migrants from the countrys hinterlands arrive in So Paulo for work, a large majority live mainly in poor neighborhoods on the periphery.

    The Guarani Indians who lived in what became So Paulo state before the arrival of the Portuguese are the only ethnic group that still lives in established villages within the limits of the city. Two of those villages, Krucutu and Tenonde Por, are in the district of Parelheiros, in So Paulos Zona Sul. The third, Tekoah Itu, is located on the complete opposite side of town, in Zona Nortes Pico do Jaragua. Combined, these villages have a population of around 3,000 Guarani. The other ethnic groups are scattered throughout the city, most, unfortunately, in lower-income areas. The challenge, according to Opo Brasil, is to continue the traditional indigenous collectivist culture in a modern and competitive society.

    Brazilian Boom Draws All ComersMost recently the countrys economic

    success has drawn new waves of immigrants and expats from around the globe. The increase in immigration from the rest of Latin America, as Bolivians, Paraguayans, Peruvians, and Haitians have come seeking better opportunities, often landing squarely in the favelas of So Paulo. Often without even money to pay rent, they are increasingly becoming involved with the landless movement and its controversial efforts for the legalization of housing.

    Much of this immigration has been fueled by diplomatic agreements within the Mercosur commercial pact that allowed citizens of Bolivia, Paraguay, Chile, and Peru the same civil and social rights as Brazilians, starting in

    2009. Those expanded privileges allow immigrants from these countries some legal standing in their press for home ownership. Meanwhile, according to the Estado de So Paulo, large numbers of Bolivian immigrants often exploited in textile sweatshops in Bom Retiro and other areas of town. The So Paulo Association of Bolivian Residents estimates that around 300,000 Bolivians live in the city, most of whom without the proper work or immigration documents; in fact, only 90,000 are officially registered, according the the Ministry of Justice.

    African immigrants, especially from Lusophone countries such as Angola and Mozambique, have also arrived in greater numbers, though many are facing difficulties in obtaining legal work. The Institute of the African Diaspora in Brazil reports that skilled and educated immigrants from African nations are repeatedly questioned about their credentials and have reported losing work to less-skilled immigrants from other places. Many of these immigrants, frequently college-educated, have settled in Centro and complain of a lack of governmental support to help them integrate into Brazilian society as productive members.

    Immigration from wealthy countries, however, has also increased over the last five years, just as the Brazilian government explicitly stated its desire for more highly skilled immigration earlier this year.

    While the annual number of work visas issued to foreigners still hasnt cracked 75,000, the Ministry of Labor reports that professionals from the United States, Great Britain, and Germany make up the lions share, along with employees from emerging economies like the Philippines, India, and China.

    Brazils legacy as an immigrant nation continues as new populations arrive with varied skills, but a singular desire to find fortune and happiness in South Americas biggest economy. The countrys renowned, multifaceted culture is all the better for it.

    Right hand table source: h t t p : / / e n . w i k i p e d i a . o rg / w i k i /Immigration_to_Brazil

    Main groups in Brazil

    Origin Population

    Africans (15501850) 3000000

    Portuguese (1500-1822) 800000

    Portuguese, post-independence (18371968)


    Italians (18361968) 1620344

    Spaniards (18411968) 719555

    Japanese (19081968) 343441

    Russians (18711968) 319215

    Lebanese (18711968) 300246

    Germans (18361968) 240457

    Austrians (18681968) 198457

    Polish (18921968) 154078

    French (18421968) 150341

    Romanians (19081968) 140799

    Americans (18841968) 98934

    English (18471968) 78080

    Lithuanians (19201963) 69002

    Yugoslavs (19201968) 67726

    Argentines (18841968) 55553

    Syrians (18921968) 54394

    Swiss (18201968) 51704

    Greeks (18931968) 46684

    Dutch (18841968) 45829

    Hungarians (19081968) 43592

    Uruguayans (18841968) 40836

    Belgians (18471968) 39173

    Chinese (18951968) 17996

  • Forum September10

    Its Jungle Time

    Tired of traffic, people, concrete, avenues, cars and motoboys?

    How about some JUNGLE TIME?

    Travel to Manaus and visit the Amazon Rainforest

    The Amazon is probably the most well known landmark of Brazil it is all one can imagine and much more! Here are some amazing facts:

    The Amazon is the worlds largest rainforest. Its land area represents 40% of Brazils territory. 1,800 species of birds 250 varieties of mammals are sheltered by an infinite assortment of trees and plants. The Amazon Rain Forest is directly responsible for the production of 50% of the worlds replenishable supply of oxygen. It is a paradise for scientists, photographers and fishermen. The worlds largest river basin contains 1,500 varieties of fish in a seemingly endless succession of rivers and tributaries.

    The Amazon River and its tributaries make up 20% of the worlds supply of fresh water. Of the twenty largest rivers in the world, ten are in the Amazon

    Basin. The Amazon River itself is 4,087 miles long (2,246 miles of which are in Brazilian territory). The force of the river at its mouth is enough to generate waves 12 feet high. Aquatic plant life on the Amazon is especially

    exuberant. The best-known plants are the Victoria Rgia water lilies, whose leaves sometimes grow to seven feet in diameter. Not surprisingly, waterways are the main access routes within the Amazon; and boats are the principal means of transportation.

    The phenomenon of the Meeting of the Waters of the Negro and Solimes

    rivers is the excursion most sought after by travelers. Located approximately ten Kilometers from Manaus, the two largest rivers of the region meet but do not mix for six kilometers creating a spectacle of the dark waters of the

    Negro and the muddy waters of the Solimes, which then end up forming the Amazon on out the Atlantic Ocean. Differences in density, temperature, and velocity of the two rivers contributes to the occurrence of this phenomenon.

    The Anavilhanas archipelago is the worlds largest freshwater jungle island grouping. This remote area is comprised of 370 islands, myriads of small creeks, pools and sand beaches, all formed by the ever-changing waters. As a naturalists paradise, it already fascinated

    the famous Jacques Cousteau and allows visitors to marvel at the unique ecology of the Amazon. In addition to an astounding number of different species of vegetation, there are also monkeys, sloths and exotic birds that make their habitat in the tropical forest.

    Located on the Rio Negro, just forty-five minutes by boat from Manaus, the

    By Melissa Harkin

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    January Ecological Park unites several ecosystems of the region and has the advantage of being easily accessible by travelers. The nine thousand hectare area contains terra firme, varzea, and igap forests, and is operated by a tour association comprised of businesses from the sector with the permission of the state government. At this location, tourists can travel by canoe along the igaps, which are intersected by large and small trees with liana and vegetation typical of this ecosystem. At the Victoria Regia (Water Lily) lake, there is a rustic, yet secure, bridge that take the visitor to get to know this beautiful Amazonian flower.

    Travel to Campo Grande and visit the Pantanal

    This region is known worldwide by its great diversity and concentration of flora and fauna. The Pantanal is considered the cradle of a great variety of animal species, from birds to reptiles and is a unique place in the world, with plentiful aquatic resources and vegetation. These characteristics give the Pantanal some important titles such as the Third Largest Biosphere Reserve of the World and World Heritage Site (UNESCO). Wildlife in its most primitive form and men with their cattle farms share the same space. Along with the Amazon, the Pantanal is considered an example of the best of Brazil - untouched nature, ready to be seen and appreciated by those willing to treat themselves to this gift. It is in fact an amazing mixture of ecosystems with different sandscapes such as fields, floodplains and forests that may resemble the Amazonian Forest, Cerrado and Caatinga.

    The Pantanal covers a very large region in Central West Brazil (it is comparable to the size of Portugal), a great part of it (138,000 square kilometers) is located in the west part of the states of Mato Grosso, and Mato Grosso do Sul. It is by definition the largest floodable prairie of the planet, crossed by many rivers, connected to the Paraguay River. It is a paradise for wildlife watchers and photographers because you may encounter a concentration of the many species living in the Pantanal. As many as 230 species of fishes, 650 species of

    birds, 80 species of mammals and 50 species of reptiles have already been identified: the biggest concentration of wildlife in the Americas. In fact, many species that live in the Amazon and are next to impossible to see there can be viewed here in abundance. It is also an important migrating route for a number of bird species.

    In the flooded season (generally from the end of December until March), the rivers overflow, making the region a large flooded plain with shallow waters. The fishes and reptiles separate to find their own way and the other animals concentrate in the dry areas (capo and cordilheiras). During this time, the means of transportation are horses, tractors and boats.

    In the dry season (from June to the beginning of December) the water level lowers and the plain starts to show the well-defined rivers, many lagoons appear that may end up dry. You may find a great concentration of animals (mammals, birds and reptiles) feeding around these lagoons.

    It is the back and forth movement of the waters that makes it possible for the Pantanal to house a wide range of fauna and flora species, both on land and in the water. The immense diversity can be confirmed by just looking around at dawn or dusk.

    A short list of animals that you frequently or rarely see include:Common:

    Birds: tabiru, heron, white necked heron, tiger-heron, toucan, blue macaw, hawk, caracara, kingfisher, lapwing, screamer, spoon bill, hornero, cardinal, jacana, greater rhea, seriema, parrot, parakeet, cormorant, necked ibis, woodpecker, etc.

    Reptiles: alligator, etc.Mammals: capivara, pampa deer,

    deer, coati, otter, great otter, wild pig, monkey, bugio, anteater, etc.Rare (it may be your lucky day):

    Jaguar, anaconda, real heron, turtle, anta.

    They live in the rivers, forests and lagoons, in a combination of colors and sounds that fascinates any observer.

    Regarded as the largest part of the great depression in the Pantanal, and located in the state of Mato Grosso do Sul, the area of the Southern Pantanal covers two-thirds of the entire Pantanal.

    INC DicasLaunch Party

    On Saturday, September 14th, the INC will celebrate the new edition of the Dicas city guide to So Paulo. A handbook for newcomers to So Paulo, called by some the must-have bible to the city, filled with tips, information and recommendations by our members. Our club, International Newcomers Club of So Paulo is famous for this publication and copies are spread throughout the city by our members, relocation companies and (international) schools.

    We invite all newcomers, expats and others to join us at this party for an evening filled with fun, food and drinks, music and a charity raffle with beautiful prizes to support the children of Vila Acalanto.

    Tickets can be bought via [email protected]

    When: Saturday, 14th of September, 20h00Where: Esporte Clube Srio, Av. Indianpolis 1192, MoemaTickets: R$150For more information: www.newcomers-sp.com.br

    The main gateway to the Pantanal is the state capital city - Campo Grande, a planned city within a vast green area. Although only 200 km from the Pantanal, Campo Grande offers its visitors all the convenience of a quick and easy access to Pantanal.

    Melissa Harkin runs a translationcompany called Melissa HarkinTranslations. Visit her website at www.melissaharkin.com or contact her at [email protected](11-98428-8714). Special DISCOUNTS for AmSoc members

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    AmSoc SportsSoftball - AmSoc softball season gets under way

    AmSoc will host its annual softball championship over two days on October 5th and 6th at the CT Yakult Baseball Park in Ibuina, which is located a bit past Cotia on the Raposo Tavares. Prior to the tournament, AmSoc has reserved fields at two American Schools in town to play some pick-up games. The schedule of softball dates is below.

    Aug/31/2013pick-up gamesGraded School (1-4pm)

    Sep/14/2013pick-up gamesGraded School (1-4pm)

    Sep/21/2013pick-up gamesto be anounced shortly

    Sep/28/2013pick-up gamesGraded School (1-4pm)

    Oct/5 & 6/2013TournamentCT Yakult (9am-3pm)

    Golf - AmSoc prepares for 8th Annual Challenge Golf Cup

    This years Challenge Golf Cup (our version of the Ryder Cup) will return on October 18th to the Terras de So Jose Golf Club where the AmSoc team won its second of three Munro Cups over the Scots back in 2009. And last year the AmSoc team won its third Munro Cup at the beautifully manicured San Fernando Golf Course (see picture above). However, overall the Scots are leading the Americans with 4 Munro Cups to our 3. To prepare for

    our upcoming match in October, John Kennedy, AmSocs team captain, will be organizing a Golf Outing at Terras de So Jose Golf Club in September (on a date to be determined shortly with an email to be sent to all members). The plan is to have a friendly skins game and some cocktails afterwards. If youd like to join other AmSoc members in any of these golf outings, contact John Kennedy for the details ([email protected]).

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    The city and neighboring towns offer high-level golf courses with beautiful surroundings and good food.

    With a few thousand players, many people are unaware of the golf options available for those who live in So Paulo. This classic sport is still not part of the tourist attractions of one of the Worlds largest cities, which is probably why its not always easy to find information on golf at hotels or in publications. Our city doesnt have many options, but the courses open to the general public are relatively good and will probably surprise and provide members of the American Society with memorable moments. An easy start will be to get to know the FPG Golf Center, a golf academy that has become a meeting point for paulistano golfers. Conveniently located next to the Congonhas Airport, it has a driving range, a chipping and putting green, as well as, a small par 3 course. After training, stop by The Eagle Restaurant for a pizza, pasta or steak, located inside the facilities.

    About a 40-minute drive from So Paulo, youll find one of the most intriguing and prettiest golf courses in the region: VistaVerde Golf Club. Located in Araariguama, off the Castello Branco Highway, the course is set between valleys and hills surrounded by native vegetation. Its 18-hole course has generous greens. A good approach not always translates to good scores since players will have to develop the art of long putts to make par or celebrate a birdie.

    If the golfer drives another 30 minutes on the same Castello Branco to Itu, he will reach Terras de So Jos Golf Club. With a course design that challenges players from tee to green, Terras de So Jos can be classified as one of the most technical courses in the region. If you continue a little bit more, you will reach Lago Azul Golf Club in Araoiaba da Serra. The imposing club house built in the same style of the old coffee farm houses, is

    surrounded by palm trees making it a very pleasant place. Service is nice and you can enjoy a menu that goes from traditional food from Minas Gerais to great snacks for those anxious to start playing. The course design is old school with small greens with less ondulation. This characteristic, with well positioned bunkers, fairways with strategic mounds and many trees, make Lago Azul an interesting mix of technical challenges with beautiful setting.

    Back to So Paulo and driving down to the coast to Bertioga, youll find Riviera de So Loureno with an 18-hole par 3 course that is a little gem. Wonderful greens, wide bunkers and distances that vary from 60 to 205 yards (on a windy day youll have to hit for 235). Each hole with its own unique feature and an unmistakable design, these are par threes you could find on a championship course. Riviera is worth the drive especially since after the game you can enjoy many great seafood oceanfront restaurants.

    For those who dont want to go far, a good option is the So Francisco Golf Club in the city of Osasco. Its a 9-hole course where you can see alligators in a pond close to hole 9. The Guarapiranga Golf & Country Club is very close as well. Next to the reservoir, the course has long and wide fairways which are great to practice your drivers and hybrids. At last, theres the Paradise Golf & Lake Resort, located about an hour drive. Its a 7,000-yard course next to a huge lake ideal for nautical sports. The resort has swimming pools and world-class cousine.

    These seven courses, so diffeent in terms of design and level of difficulty, will certainly captivate those who love the sport. However, driving around So Paulo is not always easy. For the foreign tourist or business traveller who wants to play in our city, they can contact Golf Travel which is affiliated to IAGTO (International Association of Golf Tour Operators), which can

    organize all the details.

    Marco Frenette is the editor of Golf Life Magazine and author of the books A Etiqueta do Golfe and Fundamentos da Cultura Golfstica.

    Golf Travel [email protected]: 55 11 3262 4060So Paulo - SP

    FPG Golf Center Driving Rangewww.fpggolfcenter.com.brPhone.: 55 11 5070.5844So Paulo SP

    VistaVerde Golf Clubwww.vvgc.com.brPhone.: 55 11 9935-GOLF (4653)Araariguama SP

    Terras de So Jos Golf Clubwww.tsjgc.com.brPhone: 55 11 4024 1109Itu SP

    Lago Azul Golf Clubwww.lagc.com.brPhone: 55 15 3281 1148Araoiaba da Serra SP

    Paradise Golf & Lake Resortwww.paradiseresort.com.brPhone: 55 11 4795 4100Mogi das Cruzes SP

    Guarapiranga Golf & Country Clubwww.guarapirangagolf.com.brPhone: 55 11 5922 1000So Paulo SP

    Riviera de So Loureno Golf Clubwww.rivieradesaolourenco.comPhone: 55 11 3093 9300Bertioga SP

    So Francisco Golf Clubwww.golfsaofrancisco.com.brPhone 55 11 3681 8752Osasco - SP

    On the Greens Around So Pauloby Marco Frenette

  • Psychologist

    My name is Mirella Giglio. I am a Graded School Alumni and a psychologist in So Paulo. I work with children, adolescents, adults and couples. Av. Brigadeiro Faria Lima, 1572, cj. 1110 (Across Av. Rebouas),Jardim Paulistano, So Paulo. Tel.: 11 3032 5737 Cel.: 11 99259 9445. E-mail: [email protected]

    American-licensed Expat Psychologist

    Richard Morhaime, Psy.D., offers skilled psy-chotherapy for children and adults. He also pro-vides complete diagnostic evaluations in Eng-lish for children with academic or behavioral difficulties, featuring individualized recommen-dations for school and home. For more infor-mation, contact Dr. Morhaime at 5538-0099 or 99669-8057 or visit www.expatpsychologist.com

    American-Licensed Psychotherapist

    In this busy and ever-changing world, people often feel stressed and overwhelmed with no place to turn. Psychotherapy/ counseling can provide a safe place to receive professional guidance and support. Brief or longer-term therapy offered depending on your needs, goals and expectations. Services: indi-vidual, couples, child/adolescent. Certified to con-duct Adoption Home Study for American Citizens. Pamela Wax, MSW/LCSW at 99656-2106 or send an e-mail to [email protected] In Moema.

    Relocation Consultant

    Experienced Relocation Consultant and sociolo-gist, fluent in English and Portuguese, offers profes-sional services to foreign families and individuals to help them adapt to Brazil, integrate into Brazilian culture and learn how to get around, and overcome logistical and bureaucratic hurdles commonly en-countered by newcomers. Assistance also provided with English-Portuguese interpreting at business meetings. 20+ years of experience working with international clients. Fees are hourly and tailored to the clients specific needs. Tel: (11) 9 7997-8808.

    Personal Trainer

    I will come to your home, office, or workout facility and create an exercise/fitness program tailored to your health concerns, fitness goals, and schedule. For adults and children, individu-als or groups. Sessions in English, Spanish, or Portuguese. For more information please con-tact Daniela Franco at (11) 99739-6191 or [email protected]

    race, complete kitchen, maids bedroom and bath, big service area, two parking spaces. Fully furnished, with all appliances. Call Ana Beatriz or Eliane (011) 3849.708, (011) 99626-6229 - mail to: [email protected]

    Rent brand new apartment Rent apt. very well located in Itaim Bibi, walk distance to Av Faria Lima, Hipermarket, Restau-rant, Bank, Shoppings and Parque Ibirapuera. Luxury bldg with a swimming pool, gym, spa, garden, laundry, Massage room, lobby with a bar wi-fi. The Bldg has a hotel services pay-per-use. 1bed (suite room), 1 gar, semi-furnished, lavatory, balcony, Kitchen, air- conditioning, wood floors. Contact to Diana (011)97515-1213 or [email protected] ASK : Rent apt in Av Paulista and Morumbi furnished and unfurnished

    Family Dentistry

    Dental care you can trust for your whole family. We want to make sure you are comfortable and confident in our care. We work only with the highest quality products and equipment, bring-ing specialists to you so that you dont have to face traffic and providing you with clear infor-mation to make the dental decisions that are right for you. Native English. Tel.: (11) 3044-3111; Website:www.familydentistry.com.br.

    Math and Science tutor

    Fernando Knijnik has being offering tutoring services for over 25 years to the international community. Physics, math and chemistry are taught for all levels, including IB SL & HL, AP, SAT, ACT, GMAT and Brazilian Vestibular, to name a few. Mr. Knijnik has worked for sev-eral years in the American schools of SP and is presently at St. Francis College. For more info, please call (11) 991346700 or e-mail: [email protected]

    Piano and Keyboard Classes

    Beginning music classes for piano or keyboard special method for children four years or older, teenagers, adults and senior citizens. Classes in Portuguese or English. Contact Suely Azevedo 98456-5365. Years of successful experience! Class in your house in Morumbi or south area.


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    HousingSpacious 4 bedroom apartment by Grad-ed School

    Fully renovated apt w/ terrace & beautiful view. Across the street from Graded. Apt is 425 m with 4br/5bath, office, lunch, dining and sitting rooms. Has built-in closets & kitchen cabinets, maids quarters, great storage, walk-in closet & fireplace. Bldg w/ 4 parking spaces, pool and tennis court. Av. J. Galante, 224. Call Cristiane: (11) 94216-6886/ (11) 2884-4878 or e-mail: [email protected]

    Luxury Apartment for Rent by Graded - this is the right ad

    Excellent location on Avenida Jose Galante 512, 22nd floor. 400m2 apartment with 3 suites and beautiful views. Master bedroom with 2 baths and 2 separate closets. Armored entrance door, marble floors, living with fireplace, central air conditioning, enclosed varanda with BBQ fa-cilities. Excellent view and extensive amenities- 25 meter indoor heated pool, full gym with wet and dry saunas, clay tennis court, outdoor pools and party room available for private parties. 5 car garage spots. If interested please contact An-drew at 98202-0008.

    Taylor Real Estate

    Luxury spacious houses, apartments and pent-houses. Sales and rentals. Ten years experience with expatriates. Furnished and unfurnished. Trilingual Real Estate agents. References from consulates and multinationals. Photos sent by email. Relocation Service. Consult the site: www.taylorimoveis.com. Email - [email protected] Phone: 55 11 3070-8888 and 55 11 98774- 5100 (Maria Elisa)

    Housing Solutions for Foreigners

    Furnished apartments for temporary rental. Long term housing for Expats. Property sales for owners and investors. Personalized service, in-ternational experience and local market knowl-edge. English, Spanish, and Portuguese spoken. www.apartmentssp.com. Contact: Paola Bianchi de Estrada - [email protected] Cel. 55 11 99210-2201 or US # 1 (305) 420-6911

    Vila Nova Conceio - SPs best place to live

    Near Ibirapuera Park. Modern building, with all Sports facilities, heated swimming pool, gym, play room, barbecue, multi purpose sports court. Three bedrooms (1 suite), living room with ter-


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    Learn more about this months AmSoc events (highlighted) at www.AmSoc.com.br.Important Dates: 09 september InDepenDence Day (br) 02 september Labor Day (Us)September 2013

    A classified of up to 350 characters costs R$65 for AmSoc members and R$80 for non-members. To place a classified please call (11) 5182-2074 from 8:30 a.m. until 1 p.m., or send an e-mail to [email protected]


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    11 Wednesday INC Monthly Coffee Time: 8h30 - 11h00 . Date: Wednesday, 14th of August 2013. Please RSVP to [email protected]

    14 Saturday Dicas Launch Party So Paulo Comes Alive! See article on page 13. Tickets can be bought via [email protected]

    14, 21, 28 Saturday Little League Games Little league 9am-12pm and adult softball 12pm to 4pm.

    19 Thursday VIP Corporate Sponsor Cocktail 2013 For more information please call the office on (11) 5182-2074.

    28 and 29 Saturday and Sunday

    Reino Vegetal Time: 28th September, 2013 from 10 am to 6.30 pm. 29th September, 2013 from 10 am to 5.30 pm. Place: Brazilian British Centre. Adress: Rua Ferreira de Araujo 741, Pinheiros, So Paulo, SP. For more Information: http://www.saopaulogardenclub.com.br

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    For more than 60 years The American Society of So Paulo has worked to establish a strongnetwork for expats living and working in So Paulo. Join Today!!!

    Visit our website at www.amsoc.com.br and fill in our on-line formor call the AmSoc office at 5182-2074

    Interiors Rental Furniture

    Quality and refined furniture rental for your home away from home. We offer great variety! A complete line of appliances, kitchen devices and linen & towels. Complements such as rugs, lamps and decor items. www.interiors.com.br or [email protected]

    Certified Music Therapist/ Art Therapy


    Integrates benefits of creative process using Art and Music together with psycho-therapeutic techniques to enhance self-awareness and re-solve conflicts providing emotional support and guidance. Provider in Advanced Brain Tech-nologies ( The Listening Program). Maya Kann 96126 5062 [email protected] English, French, Fluent Portuguese.Moema/Jardins

  • Spring in So Paulo

    Even though it is cold now, soon it will be springtime in So Paulo! As our friends and families in the United States will be donning sweaters and watching the leaves turn crimson and gold, we lucky Americans in Brazil are thinking spring! Warmer weather and outdoor activities will soon be with us. Shortly, we will be heading to the beaches, enjoying the sun, sand, and surf. I can nearly taste the lulas dore and imagine the caipirinha I will be sipping! I can almost hear the sound of bossa nova.

    How do I know it is springtime in So Paulo? After all, there are no returning robins digging for worms, no crocuses or daffodils peeking through the ground. We will see no budding pussy willows, cherry blossoms, or dogwoods. None of our traditional North American harbingers of spring will greet us here in our South American home. However, there is a very special sign of springtime in So

    Paulo that I have come to look forward to with much anticipation. For those of you who have lived here for years, and for those of you who have just arrived, there is something dazzling

    and remarkable blooming outside the window! Look around, and you will see the spectacular Yellow Ipe!

    At winters end, when little else is blooming, the brilliant yellow trumpet-shaped flowers bloom on the branches of this lovely tree. Over the years I

    have lived in So Paulo, I have come to expect the tree to flower around September 7, Brazils Independence Day. When these gorgeous flowers appear, it is certain that springtime is near. This little tree grows everywhere;

    you will see it in the praa, by the favela, along a city street. Its dauntless cheerfulness can not be missed!

    T r a d i t i o n a l l y , springtime is a season of renewal and rebirth. With the exuberant Yellow Ipe as inspiration, why not emerge from winter with a new attitude and willingness to become involved in The American Society of So Paulo? Call an old friend or a new arrival and invite them to join you at one of our many activities and

    events planned for spring! Shake off the winter doldrums and become involved! Call now and reserve a space for a sporting event or a party. I challenge you to count the Yellow Ipe trees you will see soon, and think Spring!

    by Deborah Fulk, former AmSoc president

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Monthly Newsletter September 2013 www.AmSoc.com.br FORUM In This Issue Page 6: Why Brazilian friends can enrich your experience of culture, country and city. Immigration in SP Page 8: Our city is made up of an amazing mosaic of immigrants. Read about the history of their arrival. The American Society of São 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. Our Mission In This Issue Save the Date Save the Date Sep 14th - INC Dicas Launch Party Sep 19th - VIP Cocktail Oct 26th - Halloween Party Oct 31st - Halloween Happy Hour Nov 9th - Angel Party Dec 6th - Holiday Party With a little help... Golf Page 13: Our guide to playing golf in and around São Paulo. November 9: Mark Your Calendars With two months left till the American Society Angel Party, there’s still a lot of work to do. We need you! The Angel Party is a Christmas party held each year, this year on November 9, for 240 of the children in day care centers, orphanages, foster homes and educational programs that are funded by the American Society. The party is held at Chapel School and the kids have a great day of food, games and fun. At the end of the party, Santa Claus comes and gives each child a special gift bag with presents for just that child. We’re still in need of people to help Santa by shopping for all the items in one child’s bag. The list looks like this: tennis shoes, a backpack, a toy of R$70 or more, pants and a shirt, socks, underwear, a coat or sweatshirt and some candy. There’s a lot of work to be done and we need your help! Contact us if you can help in any of the following ways: - To sponsor a child: [email protected] - To help on the organizing committee: [email protected] - To donate cash for the party or for shopping for children: [email protected] - To help on bag-organizing day, end October: [email protected] - To help on the day of the party, November 9: [email protected] Come help make the fourteenth Angel Party the best party yet! Contacts Eileen Tasso: [email protected] Sue Banman Sileci: [email protected] Come join us in celebrating an evening of fun and friends while we recognize those companies, individuals and Helping Hands and Patron members for their contributions to The American Society. Each year we honor those who have donated to AmSoc with a special evening of “thanks.” This year’s event will be on September 19th at a wonderful location in Moema. Last year over 100 people attended and we expect this year to be even bigger. Contact the AmSoc office to learn how you can register and obtain all the relevant details. Hope to see you there! Annual VIP Cocktail Party
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