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President's Letter | Carta del Presidente
Cali, September 28, 2015 Traducir
 

Dear Members and Friends,

We hope that everyone enjoyed their summer vacation and have returned full of energy and enthusiasm as we embark on a new program of activities.

On Thursday, the 27th of August, we were happy to participate in the reception of members of the U.S. Embassy, Office of American Citizens Services, held at the Centro Cultural Colombo Americano.
On Saturday, the 29th of August, along with members of the Board of Amsoc, we had the opportunity of extending a cordial welcome to the new U.S. Consul General, Mrs. Julia Ruterbories, in the Executive Lounge of the Hotel Intercontinental. Julia sent a letter of thanks for our hospitality.
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New Members Campaign

In keeping with the wishes of the General Assembly, we initiated a campaign to attract new members and the response has been very positive. We are making presentations on the benefits of joining the American Society to small groups of invited candidates with a defined profile. The first such meeting was held on March 17th at the office of AES. At that meeting signed up the following new members of Amsoc.

Blanca Olivia Moreno Hurtado
Ingeniera Industrial - Independiente

Hernando Collazos Villamizar
Administrador de Empresas- Oficial del ejército -Reserva Activa

Jorge Saavedra
Médico Anestesiólogo- COLSANITAS-ANESA

Hernán Ramírez Hoffmann
Ingeniero Industrial – Gerente de proyectos Sestra Consulting SAS

Raúl Andres Pinto Castro
Ingeniero Químico - Director de Planta - Goodyear de Colombia

Eliecer Bocanegra Romero
Ingeniero Industrial-Consultor

Gerardo Enrique García Vélez
Contador Público - Consultor independiente

Program of alliances with important
entities in Cali.

In order to better offer our services and activities to other organizations and obtain more visibility using a minimum of resources, we have created working alliances with such organizations as the Club Campestre of Cali, The Farrallones Country Club and the Consular Corps.

Gran fiesta Carnaval y Bingo

We held our first Gran Fiesta Carnaval y Bingo at The Club Campestre of Cali in April of this year. This was one of the most successful events ever held by The American Society with over 400 members and friends in attendance. Everyone enjoyed themselves; the music, the show, the bingo, the great prizes! We want to extend our sincere gratitude to the Board of Directors of The Club and especially to our fellow Amsoc member and the President of The Board of the Club Campestre, Ernesto De Lima Bohmer, for their warm hospitality and unconditional help in every detail.

We also want to congratulate and thank our organizing committee and it’s leader, Martha Atehortua and our thanks also to Gloria Esperanza Vinasco, whose generous donation made possible the musical show enjoyed by everyone. We also thank the companies who sponsored this grand event.

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We are looking forward to our next big Fiesta Carnaval y Bingo which will be held sometime in the near future.

The International Gastronomy Fair

We participated every year in this annual Fair which, this year, was held on May 9th. It is organized by Consular Corps of Cali and was held at Jardin Plaza. The objective of this popular event is to collect funds to be donated to social welfare projects. We want to send special thanks for their donations to Carol Felton, Martha Atehortua, O’Mas Deli (Julio and Edith Wertheimer), Nora Conover, Olga Velásquez, Audrey Matallana, Carla Uribe and Rafael González.

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Tea Ceremony – Alliance with the AsociaciÓn Cultural Colombo Japonesa

On May 14th we attended a very interesting conference and work shop on the significance of the famous Japanese Tea Ceremony held at the Asociación Cultural Colombo Japonesa.

 

Plan Padrino Insa 2015 and their annual Bazaar

We continue to sponsor our Plan Padrino Program for the education of needy children at INSA. This year as in years past, we participate with donations of clothing and other ítems from our members. We want to make special mention of our member Ignacio Giraldo who donated 936 pairs of shoes with a value of $13.072.000 pesos.

Visits to Companies and other Institutions

With the purpose of developing economic growth in the Cauca Valley Department, and while doing this facilitate contacts between our members and the Directing Staff of various Business Organizations, we organized a company visit to Cervecería del Valle on March 11th.

We also paid a very interesting visit to Goodyear de Colombia on August 20th.

On Wednesday, September 23rd at 3:00 p.m., we had a very interesting visit to Laboratorios Baxter, leading organization in the field of Health. During the visit, we were given information concerning Baxter's ambitious plans for innovation, growth and expansion of their production facilities.

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A number of our members and friends also attended the lll International Forum on Security and Facilitation on the 4th and 5th of June at the Hotel Dann Carlton.

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Casino Night and café Concert - Casino Hollywood

We received a special invitation on June 12th courtesy of our members and friends from the Casino Hollywood located in the Centro Comercial Chipichape for a very entertaining night of laughs and trying our luck at the tables of chance. Everybody especially enjoyed the show with comedian Diego Camargo,

4th of July celebration

On July 2nd we accompanied the U.S. ambassador, Kevin Whitaker and other members of the diplomatic mission at the ambassador’s residence on the occasion of the Celebration of U.S. Independence Day. We also celebrated the 4th of July with the Cali community at the Litany Restaurant on July 3rd.

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VII Grand Golf Tournament

In alliance with the Club Farallones, we held another very successful Golf Tournament on July 17th. We would like to send special thanks to our Board member and committee leader Guillermo Roa for his fine job as organizer of the tournament.

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Cordially,

Richard W. Lee
P r e s i d e n t

 
 
 
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Estimados socios,

Esperamos que sus vacaciones de verano hayan sido placenteras y se encuentren con mucho entusiasmo para reiniciar sus actividades. El jueves 27 de agosto recibimos la visita de miembros de la Embajada de Los Estados Unidos, Oficina de Servicios a Ciudadanos Americanos, en el Centro Cultural Colombo Americano. El sábado 29 de agosto la Junta Directiva tuvo la oportunidad de ofrecerle una cordial bienvenida a la Cónsul General, Señora Julia Ruterbories, en el salón ejecutivo del Hotel Intercontinental. (Ver carta adjunta)

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VinculaciÓn de nuevos socios

En cumplimiento del mandato de la Asamblea General, iniciamos la campaña para vinculación de nuevos socios con positivos resultados. Hemos considerado importante convocar a grupos pequeños de personas con el perfil definido para socios y con ocasión de la primera reunión el 17 de marzo en la sede de AES, en la cual realizamos nuestra presentación institucional se vincularon las siguientes personas:

Blanca Olivia Moreno Hurtado
Ingeniera Industrial - Independiente

Hernando Collazos Villamizar
Administrador de Empresas- Oficial del ejército -Reserva Activa

Jorge Saavedra
Médico Anestesiólogo- COLSANITAS-ANESA

Hernán Ramírez Hoffmann
Ingeniero Industrial – Gerente de proyectos Sestra Consulting SAS

Raúl Andres Pinto Castro
Ingeniero Químico - Director de Planta - Goodyear de Colombia

Eliecer Bocanegra Romero
Ingeniero Industrial-Consultor

Gerardo Enrique García Vélez
Contador Público - Consultor independiente

Programas en alianza con importantes instituciones de la ciudad

Con el propósito de ofrecer nuestras actividades a miembros de otras organizaciones, lograr mayor visibilidad y optimizar recursos, hemos consolidado nuestras alianzas con los clubes Campestre de Cali, Campestre Farallones y Cuerpo Consular.

Gran fiesta Carnaval y Bingo

El 17 de abril realizamos la Gran Fiesta Carnaval y Bingo en el Club Campestre de Cali con una asistencia superior a 400 personas, agradable ambiente festivo, variadísimos y valiosos premios, música, show y fabulosas sorpresas. Agradecemos a la Junta Directiva del Club Campestre de Cali y en especial a nuestro socio y su presidente, Ernesto De Lima B. por su cálida hospitalidad e incondicional disposición para apoyarnos. Felicitamos y agradecemos al Comité organizador del evento liderado por Martha Atehortua y la generosa donación de Gloria Esperanza Vinasco, representada en el show musical y carnaval. Igualmente agradecemos a las empresas patrocinadoras. Esperamos acompáñalos en la planeación de nuestra II Fiesta, Carnaval y Bingo para el año 2016.

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Festival de gastronomÍa internacional

Participamos en el Festival de gastronomía internacional el mayo 9 organizado por el cuerpo consular en Jardin Plaza, cuyo objetivo es unir esfuerzos para recaudar fondos para obras de beneficio social. Agradecemos las donaciones de: Carol Felton, Martha Atehortua, O´mas Deli (Julio y Edith Wertheimer), Nora Conover, Olga Velásquez, Audrey Matallana, Carla Uribe y Rafael González.

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Ceremonia del TÉ – Alianza con la AsociaciÓn Cultural Colombo Japonesa

El 14 de mayo asistimos a la conferencia y taller sobre la ceremonia del té en la Asociación Cultural Colombo Japonesa.

 

Plan Padrino Insa 2015 y Bazar anual del Instituto Nuestra SeÑora de la AsunciÓn

Continuamos promoviendo el Programa Plan Padrino para educación en INSA 2015 y este año como es ya tradicional, nos vinculamos al Gran Bazar Anual del Instituto Nuestra Señora de la Asunción, mediante una donación de Ignacio Giraldo por valor de Trece Millones Cero setenta y dos mil ($13.072.000) por concepto de 936 pares de zapatos.

Visitas empresariales

Con el propósito de promover el desarrollo empresarial del Valle del Cauca y facilitar contactos entre nuestros asociados y los directivos empresariales, visitamos Cervecería del Valle el 11 de marzo, Goodyear de Colombia el 20 de agosto y asistimos al III foro Internacional de Seguridad y Facilitación – AES – los días 4 – 5 de junio en el Hotel Dann Carlton.

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El miércoles 23 de septiembre a las 3:00 p.m., tuvimos una visita muy interesante a Laboratorios Baxter, Organización Líder en el campo de la salud. La visita nos brindó información acerca de sus planes de crecimiento e innovación.

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Noche de casino y cafÉ - Casino Hollywood

Asistimos a la invitación especial para nuestros socios en el Casino Hollywood ubicado en el Centro Comercial Chipichape a la divertida Noche de Casino y Café Concert con el Comediante Diego Camargo el 12 de junio.

CelebraciÓn del dÍa de Independencia de Los Estados Unidos

Acompañamos al señor Embajador de Los Estados Unidos Kevin Whitaker y los miembros de su misión diplomática con ocasión de la Celebración del día de Independencia de Los Estados Unidos en su residencia el jueves 2 de julio.
Celebramos la independencia con la comunidad en Cali con ambiente, sabor y música árabe en el Restaurante Litany el viernes 3 de julio.

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Gran Torneo de Golf

En alianza con el Club Campestre Farallones, realizamos con éxito nuestro VIII Torneo de Golf el viernes 17 de julio, agradecemos a nuestro miembro de Junta Directiva y líder del Torneo Guillermo Roa por su organización.

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Cordialmente,

Richard W. Lee
P r e s i d e n t e

 
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