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AmSoc Forum February 2010

AmSoc Forum February 2010

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This is the February 2010 issue of the American Society of Sao Paulo's Forum newsletter. Visit www.amsoc.com.br to learn more.
This is the February 2010 issue of the American Society of Sao Paulo's Forum newsletter. Visit www.amsoc.com.br to learn more.

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Monthly Newsletter February 2010www.amsoc.com.br 
FORUM
In This IssueIn This Issue
A wild 2009 orAmSoc sports
 Page 6-7:
Check out two pagesof recaps on all things sports forAmSoc in 2009, and see whatyou can expect from AmSocorganizers in 2010.
Get the kids into AmSocsports this month
 Page 5:
Little League signups willbe held this month. A variety of sports are a great way for AmSockids to spend their weekends.
 Page 9:
An estimated 1.5 milliondogs and cats are living in SaoPaulo’s streets. The overwhelmingpet population is something youcan help solve.
Have your pet spayedor neuteredArt in theunderpass
 Page 16:
Sue Banman Sileci sharesthe details on her personalizedtour of some of Sao Paulo’s mostoriginal, creative local artwork. Ahint: Alleyways.
Carnaval 2010 in São Paulo: last-minute ideas or AmSoc amilies
F
ebruary in Brazil means one thingto the native population: Carnaval.Work will stop, music will blare andvacations – be they long or short – areconsidered a must. For AmSoc membersnew to the holiday, there are plenty of ways for you to experience the traditionalfun here in the city, or by taking a shortdrive across the state.Carnaval officially begins this yearon Feb. 13 and runs through Feb. 17,but celebrations and personal vacationsoften start before or last long past thoseset dates.Sao Paulo’s International NewcomersClub has put together an all-inclusiveCarnaval experience package for Saturday,Feb. 13, at R$275 per person for INCmembers and R$295 for non-members.The night would start with grouptransportation making pickups at a fewchoice spots around 8 pm that night (spotsto be determined shortly before the 13th).The INC group will enter Sao Paulo’sSambadrome together, and have escortswith them from an af 
liated tourist agencyat all times to help make their way throughthe Sambadrome, and answer questionsthroughout the Carnaval parade. Drinksduring the event are included.Members of the group also do nothave to wait until the event’s end to leavetogether. Individuals or families canleave at any time, and with the help of the group’s coordinator a driver will bearranged to take them back to their homeor apartment. All the transportation willbe done by a private, secure group of drivers.Spots for the group were limited as of late January, so if interested call 2501-8038,or e-mail vpevents@newcomers-sp.com.br as soon as possible. Payment for ticketswill need to be made immediately into theINC’s bank account.Sao Paulo’s Tourism
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The American Society of São Paulopromotes friendship by organizingsocial, cultural and athletic events forits diverse membership; encouragesintegration with the Brazilian society;and supports the American traditionsof education, philanthropy andvolunteerism.
Our Mission
 
Name:
Brian Ni-colopoulos
Origin, TimeHere:
Chicago,Ill. I have beenhere for twoyears.
Profession:
Iwork for CHRobinson Brasil,an American multinational companyin the area of Logistics.
Why São Paulo?:
I originally camethrough Sao Paulo not knowing muchabout the city at all, just as a tourist. Ireally liked the big city feel,the hustleand bustle, the restaurants, nightlife,sun and diversity.
Best thing so far:
Other than myamazing girlfriend, I love the warmweather, the beach, Brazilian cultureand futebol.
Early frustrations:
I can remembertaking the bus for the
rst time witha sheet of paper to show the cobradorwhere I needed to get off, and of coursehe forgot to tell me when to get off.Needless to say it was a mess trying toget back. I have various similar storieslike this to look back on and smileabout now, but at the time they werequite annoying and sometimes scary.
Have saudade for anything backhome?:
Of course my family andfriends are what I miss the most whileliving here. Also Chicago style deepdish pizza, Wrigley Field and havinga car. I do like the pizza in Sao Paulo,but there is nothing like biting into ahuge thick deep dish slice of pizza.The toppings are all put on the top of the pizza and two pieces are enoughto ful
ll your appetite for a meal.
Progress with Portuguese:
Mygirlfriend says I am fluent, butI think I am far from fluent! Igenerally understand pretty wellbut when it comes to speaking Iam improving day by day.
Favourite place to hang out:
: I loveIbirapuera Park, Shopping Malls, VilaMadalena bars and the movie theaters.
Newcomerprofle
 
The President’s Corner
The end of summer break here in Brazilmeans schoolis back insession andthe AmericanSociety is back with regularactivities andopportunities.We look forward to seeing you atan upcoming event. Several of youreaders are new to town and wewelcome you.Beginning life here can beintimidating at
rst; getting connectedwith people and new communities isessential and we are honored thatyou have decided to join us herein the American Society. To all of you who are new, all who have justreturned to São Paulo and to all whomake São Paulo your home, weextend our “bem-vindo” and look forward to seeing you engaged in thecommunity in the months ahead.You might ask, “how could I getengaged in the community?” In theAmerican Society we like to think about this as applying our HelpingHands.Helping Hands in AmSoc is
rst of all a class of membership that applies50 percent of your membership feeto help make a lasting differencein the lives of children in our 10carefully screened orphanages.
 
By
Tim Scott
, AmSoc president
Bob Moser
,
editor 
Simon Tharby
,
staff writer 
141 Preview,
 
layout 
Ana Claudia Teixeira,
 
editorialassistant Forum
is printed by Intergraf.(www.intergraf.com.br)Views expressed in
Forum
donot necessarily re
ect those of the American Society board of governors, members, or staff.
Forum
reserves the right to editcontent for brevity and/or clarity.
The American Society of São Paulo
Rua da Paz, 1431
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04713-001 São Paulo, SPTel: (11) 5182-2074
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Fax: (11) 5182-9155
forum@amsoc.com.br
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February
Secondly, Helping Hands is partof the American Society’s mission,encouraging you and me to supportour philanthropic work, led by ourCommunity Action Committee.Finally, Helping Hands is the attitudeof volunteerism that helps makeAmSoc a great organization.Besides the bountiful opportunitiesto support our Community ActionCommittee, there are many waysto apply your Helping Hands. Howabout Little League? On Saturdaymornings during the school year,AmSoc sponsors children’s sports(baseball, basketball, soccer). Weneed fun-loving coaches to begin thenew season in February.How about helping with ourCultural or Social Committees? TheAmerican Society regularly hostssocial and cultural activities. We haveenthusiastic committee chairmenin place, but do need your HelpingHands for support, working to createquality events for the enjoyment of our members.The American Society seeks toengage our membership in qualityevents and philanthropic work that builds a spirit of community,friendship and support. We count onyour Helping Hands to join in withthe activities I’ve listed above. Let usknow of your interests by contactingthe AmSoc of 
ce.Welcome to 2010! This is sure tobe a year full of opportunity.
 
The American Societyof São Paulo
December AmSoc Eggnog Party a great time for all
FORUM
2010
 
The AmSoc Social Committeeis working hard to set up awonderful year of activities in 2010.Members can learn more about theValentine’s Dinner on Feb. 14,and the St. Patrick’s Day Partyin March by calling 5182-2074.

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