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AmSoc Forum March 2011 issue

AmSoc Forum March 2011 issue

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Monthly Newsletter March 2011www.amsoc.com.br 
Forum
The Parenting Issue
Barbies and Brigadeiro
Page 4:
Been invited to your 
rst Brazilian children’s birthdayparty and don’t know what toexpect? Brace yourself!
Outsource parenting
Page 6:
Surprised by seeingkids run around a restaurant at10pm? Read one parent’s viewon adapting her kids schedule.
Page 7:
A personal account of growing up in both the US andBrazil. What do you say if peopleask you where you are from?
TCK revisited
Volunteer Day April 9th
The American Society of São Paulopromotes friendship by organizingsocial, cultural and athletic events for its diverse membership; encouragesintegration with the Brazilian society;and supports the American traditionsof education, philanthropy andvolunteerism.
Our Mission
The Parenting Issue
How do you create the perfect Saturdayin São Paulo?  On April 9th, come spenda few hours playing games, swimming,cooking out, and sharing quality time withsome of São Paulo’s most underprivilegedchildren at the Second Annual Volunteer Day at the U.S. Consulate.The Community Action Committee(CAC) of the American Society islooking for volunteers of all ages to makethis year’s Volunteer Day a success. You can choose to participate in theactivity you like the most:  tennis, soccer,swimming, playing games, face painting,crafts, cooking lunch, etc.  Families canparticipate together, and kids are welcometo come and help.The children who will come to playon Volunteer Day do not have accessto safe, green space to run around, or clean swimming pools to cool off onthese hot summer days.  The joy theyreceive from getting exercise outdoorsin a safe environment with their friendsis priceless.  They will have a chance torelax and let down their guard for a while,and you as a volunteer can help give themthat important down time that they need.If you have been thinking about howyou can become more involved in your local community here in São Paulo, youare like most of us.  We all want to doour part to make a positive impact duringour time in Brazil.  Finding our nicheand reaching a bit beyond our everydayroutines can be challenging.  DuringVolunteer Day, we will have informationon the ten locations where the AmericanSociety is doing non-prot work, andmost importantly how you can becomeinvolved.You can sign up for Volunteer Dayshifts from 10:30-1:30 and from 1:00-4:00by contacting the CAC’s new Volunteer Coordinator Guadalupe Alas (phone andemail here).  We also need donations of snacks, drinks, hamburgers, hotdogs, andbaked goods, or you can sponsor lunchfor a child for just R$10.Thank you in advance for your involvement.  We are looking forward tofabulous day!
St. Patrick’s Day Happy Hour
Come join fellow Amsocmembers and friends for an eveningof music and fun to celebrate St.Patrick’s Day.When: Thursday, March 17thWhere: All Black Irish Pub - RuaOscar Freire, 163, JardinsGet there before 8:00 p.m. andenjoy the Amsoc special R$ 25,00cover charge (regular price that nightwill be R$ 35,00 for women and R$60,00 for men) which includes awelcome drink, the music of 3 Irishbands and plenty of fun!
Save the dateSave the date
Upcoming AmSoc events
Mach 17th - St. Patcks Happy HouAp 17th - Easte Paty o cheMay 5th - 2011 Aua Geea MeetgMay 14th - AMSOC Team Tes TouametJuy 2 - 4th o Juy ceebato
See page 9 
 
The Presidents Corner
A few yearsago, a friend of mine asked meif I had ever c o n s i d e r e djoining the Boardof Governors of The AmericanSociety of SãoPaulo.  Sheencouraged meto think about itand then to enthusiastically jump in! “It will be fun”, she said.  Well, turnsout she was right.  The past few yearsas a member of the Board have beenfun and benecial in unexpected ways. From working with Little League, toplaying softball, helping with AngelParty, relaxing at a happy hour, tocelebrating Fourth of July parties;American Society is an organizationthat gives a lot to those who join in.As I write to you now, I’m in themiddle of a house scattered withcardboard boxes, wrapping paper,suitcases and people packing up allour life’s possessions into one 40 footshipping container. In March, we willbe moving out of our home in Braziland back to the USA.  Brazil hasbeen our home for the past four anda half years and here we will leavesome of our heart and take manybeautiful memories.  Mostly we willmiss the richness and diversity of thecommunity of people in which welived.
By
Tim Scott
, AmSoc president
Forum
March
My move has come some monthsearlier than expected.  The normal termas president of The American Societycontinues until May, when we host our Annual General Meeting.  Thus for theremaining two months of my term, thecurrent vice-president, Joe Sherman,will assume the presidency.  I welcomeJoe and thank him for his willingnessto step into the job and for his pasttwo years of support and help as afellow ofcer with me. I would alsolike to thank all the Board Membersand Celina Sampio, our ofce manger,for their work and support.  I also liketo express thanks from Amsoc to theteam at the US Consulate in São Paulo;whose ongoing support has been soimportant to Amsoc.As always, if you have questionsor comments on American Society,or would like to join us as a Boardmember, please contact me or any of our ofcers.  We have various social,philanthropic and sports activities thatwould benet from your involvement.Plus, while your support as a volunteer makes a difference in the lives of thosein our community, your support alsomakes a difference in your own life.Abraços,  Tim
Lynn Cordeiro
,
editor and layout 
Channtal Fleischfresser,
 staff writer Forum
is printed by EGB.(http://www.egb.com.br)Views expressed in
Forum
do
not 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
 
04713-001 São Paulo, SPTel: (11) 5182-2074 Fax: (11) 5182-9155
forum@amsoc.com.br
Forum
is published monthly, withthe exception of January and July, by
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The American Societyof São Paulo
Forum
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2011
Welcome to our new members
Please welcome the following New Members who joined us at the end of 2010 and beginning of 2011.  We are very gratefulfor their support, and that of all our members! WELCOME TO THE AMERICAN SOCIETY OF SÃO PAULO!Your Membership Committee
NAME MEMBERSHIP TYPE CITIZENSHIP COMPANY OR PROFESSIONSuzanne & Adriano FERREIRA
Family American
Bryan D. & Fabiana GORAK
Family American General Motors
L. John & Jean D. GRIFFITH
Family Patron American Graham Packaging
Maureen K. & Vinicius J. ALVES
Family Patron American
Erik & Vivian JOSPA
Family Patron American Sitron
Michelle MARRELLO
Junior American Graded School
Devin P. WARD
Patron American Aon
Erica & Brian WINTER
Family American
The Consular Report of BirthAbroad (CRBA) moratorium isnally over! The Department of Statehas totally revamped the look of theCRBA that we issue to our youngestAmerican citizens.  The followinglong-awaited improvements includeadvanced security features which willsignicantly lessen the possibility of fraud and stolen identities.As of February 09, 2011, ACS SãoPaulo will continue to authenticate thecitizenship of children born overseasto U.S. citizen parents, but the CRBAswill be printed at our passport agenciesin Portsmouth, New Hampshire andNew Orleans, Louisiana.CRBA processing will be much likethat of passport processing. CRBAs willarrive at your residence approximately10- 12 days after your visit to the ACSofce.  By centralizing productionand eliminating the distribution of controlled blank CRBA Certicatestock throughout the world, we expectto ensure uniform quality and lessenthe possibility of fraud.Unfortunately, American CitizenServices in São Paulo will no longer be able to provide same day service,since the CRBA will now be printed inthe United States.  We believe this willnot signicantly inconvenience our customers, since the CRBA Certicateis an optional citizenship document,not a travel document, and the benetsof the new security features outweighany minor inconvenience caused bythe longer processing time.  CRBAapplicants with urgent travel needs donot need to wait to receive their CRBAto apply for a passport.  Applicantswith urgent travel needs will be issuedemergency passports at our Embassiesand Consulates.We will no longer issue the DS-1350Certication of Report of Birth Abroad. Instead, the Department will simplyprovide new FS-240s in response torequests for additional, replacement, or amended CRBAs.In case you have specic inquiriesabout your case, please email us atacssaopaulo@state.gov
Consular Report o Birth Abroad Certicate (CRBA)

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