August2018 The American Society of São Paulo the FORUM monthly newsletter Celebrating Our Independence by Anjee DiSanto, Editor in Chief This year, June 30 th marked the annual Independence picnic celebration cohosted by the American Society and US Consulate. Around 200 attended the event decked out in their best reds, whites, and blues. The event was lucky to catch one of the warmer winter days and a beautifully themed blue and white-streaked sky. This fortunate weather, along with the spacious setting provided by Graded School and the patriotic decorations from the decorating committee, made for a perfect substitute for those who may have been homesick for an American cookout. This event was the last for Consul General Ricardo Zuniga after years of service. The picnic allowed both a final chance to hear his words in speech form and ample opportunity to mingle and wish him well. Families in attendance brought a delicious range of salads and desserts to supplement the staple of hot dogs and burgers fresh off the grill. The Hideaway Cats further set the mood with their upbeat repertoire as attendees sampled caipirinhas or shared the Independence Day spirit with their families. Marines were also on hand selling shirts to fund their next Marine Ball. The US Marines Color Guard kicked off the official activities for the day with a patriotic ceremony. Besides words from the Consul General, members also gathered to witness continued on page 6 SAVE THE DATE Aug 08 Happy Hour Aug 18 Youth Sports Registration Sep 06 Member Coffee Sep 18 WomenWork Dec 08 Angel Party Dec 09 Holiday Party Gala Donation Progress by Maria Stiehm, Vivenda da Criança Liaison When running a children’s community center, maintaining key infrastructure is crucial for day to day operations. The American Society’s 2017 Gala donation of R$50,000 allowed Vivenda da Criança to fund the institution’s recent work on a vital sewage line project. In partnership with the American Society, Vivenda recently installed an underground sewage system that connects the institution’s sanitation facilities to municipal sewage lines. As a result of this investment, Vivenda will no longer have to rely upon a septic tank to manage its sewage. Aside from eliminating the expense of periodically emptying a septic tank, Vivenda has also modernized its facilities, paving the way for future expansions. Vivenda, located in Parelheiros, is a community center that provides supplementary school programs for over 180 local school children ranging from ages 7 to 14. It also provides job training for local youth and hosts a social services program which assists over 1,000 local families. This investment will help all of these programs continue to thrive. Vivenda would like to provide a heartfelt thank you to the American Society for its donation! § Giving the Gala charity checks at the 2018 Independence Day party (photo courtesy of Vasco de Jesus Rodrigues) Cover image: Butantan Institute Courtesy of: Ariane Pergon
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