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May 2009 issue of Forum, the newsletter of the American Society of Sao Paulo.
May 2009 issue of Forum, the newsletter of the American Society of Sao Paulo.

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Monthly Newsletter May 2009www.amsoc.com.br 
AmSoc members, businessesdonate their time, energy
Kim Beecheno
,sta writer
 Teenage girls enjoy a group dance class at Grupo Primavera, a non-proft children’s center in Campinas.
Members wanted to participate at AGM on May 12
The AmSoc Annual General Meeting willtake place on May 12
from 8-10 p.m. atthe Consul General’s House, a perfect op- portunity to meet many of the Consulatestaff and the Consul General as well asold and new friends.It will take the form of a cocktail partywhere the Executive Committee andBoard of Governors will be elected for thecoming year. There will be a presentationof the activities of the Society’s variouscommittees, and wine and hors d’oeuvreswill be served after the meeting.
Spaces are limited, but all members areencouraged to attend to support AmSoc.The event is free to attend, but membersare asked to please RSVP to the invita-tion letters which have been sent out to all
members by calling the ofce at 5182-2074.Identication in the form of a passport or 
RNE card will be checked at the door.
 In a country like Brazil where the disparityof wealth is one of the highest in the worldand charitable and non-governmentalorganizations often receive little help,volunteering, teaching and giving your time to help others can be even more re-warding than donating money – for boththe volunteer and the person in need.“Everyone should volunteer at home or abroad,” said AmSoc member ElisabethMckenzie, who recently began tutoringa young girl at Lar Tia Edna, a home for foster children founded by an Americanmissionary more than 30 years ago.“I enjoy it immensely, it’s so rewardingto help someone advance themselves. Payit forward, I say.”AmSoc donates money and helps coor-dinate volunteer programs at 10 differentlocal charities like Lar 
In This IssueIn This Issue
R$68,000 already inthe bank 
Page 7: 
The AmSoc CorporateDonations Drive is off to a promisingstart. Read here what the fundraisinggoal is for 2009, and how your company can help AmSoc succeed.
Answers aplentyat new Web site forforeigners
Page 5: 
 New Web site AngloInfo SãoPaulo offers factual, researched, hard-to-
nd answers to common questions for 
newcomers to SP, like ‘What does it taketo open a darn bank account here?’
Page 13: 
A local psychologist has helped
launch São Paulo’s rst ‘Girl Friends
Group,’ a popular free-form meetingconcept in the U.S. that is allowinglocal women to share the joys and
difculties of living abroad.
Ex-pat womensupport one anotherWhat drivesBrazilians’materialistic tastes?
Page 16: 
Columnist Sue BanmanSileci ponders why Brazilian-madegoods tend to draw more interest fromforeigners than Brazilian shoppersthemselves.
(Continued on page 8)
The American Society of São Paulo
Rua da Paz, 1431
04713-001 São Paulo, SPTel: (11) 5182-2074
Fax: (11) 5182-9155
Bob Moser
Kim Beecheno
 staff writer 
Rita Ferreira,
Thais Adorno,
editorial assistant  Forum
is printed by Tom Artes.(www.tomartes.com.br)Views expressed in
do not
necessarily reect those of the American
Society board of governors, members,or staff.
reserves the right to editcontent for brevity and/or clarity.
is published monthly, withthe exception of January and July, by
   A   b  o  u   t
     F    o    r    u    m
Zack Henry
Origin, time here:
Brooklyn, NYC, nowin São Paulo for oneyear 
I own a
 boutique investment
advisory shop. I play
the mideld between Brazilian companies
looking for capital and foreign investorslooking to place capital.
Why São Paulo?:
My wife is from Rio, sowe came to Brazil. … But essentially oneof the key angles of my job is networking,and this (SP) is the place to be. A number of my friends in Rio have been obligatedto move to São Paulo to work. Businesseshave migrated to São Paulo, it has become
the banking capital, nancial capital.
Best thing so far:
I came down here for 
about once a quarter for about six years, so
I’m not exactly new here. The neighbor-hood where we live, Vila Nova Conceição,it’s nice discovering there is kind of anisland of serenity in the concrete junglethat is São Paulo.
Early frustrations:
Just learning to play by a different set of rules, which means basically there are no rules, or nobody willenforce the rules. I’ve lived in a number of different countries, and you know, in
most of those I kind of felt like I t in
with the U.S. mentality and background, but here I feel like it’s more of a free-for-all. There’s a lack of order here, there arerules but they are clouded, because theenforcement is weak.
for anything back home?:
Just my friends and family,
 because they’re not here, and I can nd
most other things I have back here in SãoPaulo, but not them.
Progress with Portuguese:
I’ve spo-
ken uently for some time, though I’ve
tweaked it and gained a higher degree of 
Favorite place to hang out:
Just theneighborhood
, an informal restau-rant/bar. It’s a laid back, fun-loving envi-ronment, generally good mix of 
 Recommend a newly-relocated ex-pat for this column by e-mailing forum@amsoc.com.br 
Outgoing President’sLetter
Marlene ChumoRubeiz
AmSoc president
May is a nostal-gic month for me.This is the monththat I will turn
over the ofce of 
AmSoc presiden-cy at the AnnualGeneral Meeting.According to our  bylaws, officersmay be elected and re-elected once,completing a two-year term maxi-mum. They may not serve in thesame position for more than twoyears. Governors are also elected for two-year terms and can be re-electedwithout any limit. Each year, half of the Board comes up for re-election.I am extremely pleased to presentfor election to the presidency TimScott. He has served on the Boardfor nearly two years and has donean exemplary job organizing our Little League Sports program for children. He is an executive of Caterpillar, father of Graded Schoolchildren ,and husband to Lydia, asupporter and active member of thecommunity. They have close ties tothe ex-pat community and are knownas a happy dedicated family. Hischosen vice president, Joe Sherman,is a long-time active member of 
AmSoc. Jacques Vaney will continue
as treasurer and Mark Abrams willtake on the job of Secretary.The two years as president of AmSoc will remain in my heartas very special years. I thoroughlyenjoyed my work. I must mentionthe support and untiring patience of my husband, Ricardo, who was andis always there for me. Being guided by Celina Sampaio, our AmSocmanager, guaranteed that nothingwas forgotten. My vice president,Mark Abrams, was really my co- president and must be singled out for his dedication to AmSoc. Workingtogether with him and the wholeBoard, as well as our membershipin general was a tremendouslygratifying experience.I hope that the increased attendanceat activities, increased membershipand inclusion of new activities aresigns that AmSoc members were
satised with our work.
I thank you all for your support of this great organization, and pleaseknow that I will always be ready tohelp whenever called upon.
The American Societyof São Paulo
Renew now, get 16 months for price of 12
Richard Wegman
AmSoc board member
With the membership contest having
ended in February, AmSoc members and
newcomers to the organization will beencouraged over the coming months totake advantage of this latest offer to saveon membership fees.
The AmSoc calendar year ofcially
starts in August, which is the deadlinefor renewing a membership. Tradition-ally the push for renewal has come inMay or June, before the heavy vacationmonth of July.But this year, members and newcomerswho pay their membership fees now will be covered through August 2010. Thatmeans a possible 16 months for the priceof 12 (if you renew now in April).
Call the AmSoc ofce at 5182-2074
to learn more.
To the right you will nd a list of our 
newest AmSoc members. Please go outof your way to make them feel welcomeat upcoming events.
Namemembership typecitizeNship
compaNy or professioN
Family Patron
AmericanErnst&YoungDenis DE CASTRO
BrazilianUniversity of VermontPete LAWLIS
General MotorsIan COKE
Lisa Ann ALFAROFamily
Matthew Scott FILERFamily
AmericanCaterpillar - MGEMarcos ZAGURY
Private Law Ofce
AmericanMarsh Inc.Oswaldo Guerra SCHMIDT
BrazilianEstrutura Investimentos
Jose E. FUXAFamily Patron
AmericanEli Lilly do Brasil LtdaRichard POLLARD
BritishJennifer TRAN
BrazilianNokia Siemens NetworksTatiana MARTINEZ
AmericanCiscoCarlos H CHRISTENSEN
Charles Gully Frewen
Wood 4 Life Part. Ltda.
Rodrigo RIVERA
Brazilian/Ameri-canCalyon Bank - Newedge USAZach HENRY
AmericanCarcará PartnersGian Battista SERRASingleItalianCaroleana Obrien MATTOS
AmericanMercedes Emilio Ltd.Chris CORCORANHelping HandsAmericanBoyden GlobalExecutive SearchMathew SVETICHSingleAmericanKPMGJuan O. A. ADORNO
BrazilianClinica Neurologica e NeurocirurgicaMary Ann B. DURHAMSingle PatronAmericanU.S. ConsulateDouglas Campbell SMITH
Family Patron
AmericanMicrosoftMarcio BERGSingleBrazilian
English in the Ofce
Wilfried DAASSingleDutchAdriana Rillo MONTINI
BrazilianAvon CosmeticsMatthew David SMITH
William James MCCROSSENSingleAmericanNext Level Training &CommunicationGuilherme MEYERSingle PatronBrazilianDresdner BanRepresentaçãoDavid BOWLERSingle PatronAmericanIGC PartnersJonathan EELES
BritishInglesa Comunicação eMarketing São PauloArmando ALMEIDA Jr.Helping HandsBrazilianCristina COIMBRASingleBrazilianAndrea RODRIGUESSingleBrazilianConsultórioCindy BARRETT
Family Patron
AmSoc held a very successul Cocktail Party orcorporate donors, and AmSoc helping hands andpatron-level members, on April 2 . O the manymembers and donors in attendance, pictured atthe party rom let to right are: Lynne Couri, CarlosAlonso, Veraci Street, Eric Street and Simone Kliass.

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