Newsletter: October 2017


AmSoc was pleased to see a good turnout at the September 14th Yacht Club happy hour despite the rain. A big thank you to our host Carlos Bertão.
Attendance at Binka Le Breton’s September 21st presentation of the forestry reforestation program at Iracambi was even better as Binka held her audience spellbound with her touching and humorous tales as to how she got involved in Iracambi and how it changed the lives of so many in Minas Gerais.

AmSoc is proud to welcome Iramcambi as one of the three charities it plans to sponsor over the next couple of years. The other two charities are Projeto Uere and Il Sorriso dei miei Bimbi.
We have some wonderful events planned for the next two months, as do some other English-speaking groups and charities supported by them. They are listed below in chronological order starting with the AmSoc events: 

1) Pancake Breakfast

Saturday, October 21, 9:30-11:30 pm 

Our Lady of Mercy School (OLM), Rua Visconde de Caravelas 48, Botafogo 

Members: R$20; Non-members: R$30; Kids 5-11: R$10; Under 5 free!
All you can eat pancakes, bacon, coffee, juice, and fruit. Maple syrup donated by Gringo Café. Playground, street parking.
RSVP requested: Payment (cash or check) at the door.
2) Black-and-White art exhibition titled: Darkness. Light. Desire.

Thursday, October 26, 7 pm

Antonio Berni Gallery—Consulate of the Republic of Argentina
228 Praia de Botafogo. Mezzanine.
Free Admission but RSVP Essential:
Those who missed Peter Palashevsky’s black-and-white happy hour in Flamengo will be delighted to learn of this exhibition at a fabulous art gallery within the Argentine Consulate. Enjoy complimentary Argentine wines while you experience his large black-and-white works.
Peter presents us with a unique view of the world of contemporary art: a landscape of intellect, glamour and commerce —raising questions about value, meaning, memory and fame.
Peter unifies the creative and business world: He was born in Argentina, grew up in the US and worked in New York, Chicago and Los Angeles. In addition to his business activities, he was on the board of the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago. He also built a collection of post–Soviet art and produced and exhibited a body of his own work in recent decades. Peter graduated from Cornell University’s Art and Architecture School and received an MBA in marketing and international business from Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. In Rio, he participates with other artists at Parque Lage, is a member of the Commercial Association of Rio, and is on the board of the American Society of Rio.
3) Architectural Tour: Urban renewal from past to present
Saturday, October 28, 10 am to 12 noon

Near Praça Mauá, exact location upon RSVP:
Members: R$10; Others: R$20.
On this architecture walk we will explore the former harbor area and part of the historic city center. Barbara Iseli will be our guide and show us the city through the eyes of an architect.
The former harbor area was the focus of a vast urban renewal plan called Porto Maravilha. Initiated by the municipal urban office, the plan sought to preserve historical and cultural sites and create new social spaces, while minimizing the need for public funds through public-private partnerships. We will visit the most important works and construction sites and study how the urban plan was implemented. We shall also contrast the impact on a city of gradual urban growth of the historic center with that resulting from a few vast urban projects in the last century.

Barbara Iseli is a multilingual Swiss architect, a graduate of ETH Zurich, and has professional experience in Switzerland and Brazil. She is a Carioca at heart. In Zurich she was project manager for large scale housing projects and won several competitions. She came to Rio de Janeiro in 2012 to manage the renovation of the Swiss Consulate. In 2014 she opened up her own business called Guiding Architects Rio de Janeiro, which provides architecture tours. The city is her laboratory; she loves to wander the streets and observe urban spaces.
4) Speaker Series: Michael Kepp — A Foot in each Country: Semi-assimilating into Brazil
Thursday, November 9, 7-9 pm

Sociedade Germania, Rua Antenor Rangel 210

R$10 AmSoc and Germania members; R$20 others - payment at the door

 * Restaurant will be open
 * Free parking available

All talks are open to the English- speaking communities.
Bring along your family, friends and collegues!



5) Thanksgiving Dinner and Centennial Celebration

Thursday, November 23rd, 7-11 pm

Wayana Ballroom
, Marriott Hotel, Av. Atlantica 2600, Copacabana.

Space limited; RSVP required

Members: R$150; Non-members: R$190; Children 6-11 half price; 0-5 years free.
Includes dinner, wine, soft drinks, entertainment.
Non-members paying in advance for calendar year 2018 will receive member prices for all upcoming 2017 events as a bonus.
In addition to enjoying a mouth-watering traditional Thanksgiving dinner by Marriott chef Tomás, we’ll listen to live jazz Music by Alma Thomas, sip fine wine with dinner and have a chance to win fabulous raffle prizes, including international airline tickets.
On this 100th anniversary of AmSoc Rio, we’ll also see a slide show of pictures from AmSoc events over the years and have past President Steve Yolen regale us with interesting tales of AmSoc over the years.

The US Embassy in Brasilia sent the important message regarding social security services to US Citizens in Brazil. As not all Americans in Rio may be on their mailing list, here is the message:

"The Social Security Administration (SSA) has consolidated its overseas operations into several regional offices that provide a full range of SSA services for U.S. citizens residing outside of the United States.  Effective October 1, 2017, individuals residing in Brazil who require social security services or have questions about SSA benefits must contact the SSA Federal Benefits Unit (FBU) located in San Jose, Costa Rica rather than the U.S. Embassy or Consulates in Brazil.  Contact the SSA Federal Benefits Unit via e-mail at

Please, be advised that as of October 1, the U.S. Embassy and Consulates in Brazil cannot respond to telephone calls, e-mails, appointments or walk-in consultations regarding Social Security issues.

For more information or any questions about the services provided at the FBU in Costa Rica and how to contact them, please visit their webpage. You can also reach them at

For comprehensive information on SSA’s services abroad, please visit SSA’s webpage, “Service Around the World.”

If you are already receiving SSA benefits payments, there will be no change in the method of distribution of those payments."


Events organized by other English-speaking groups in Rio and charities supported by them are listed below in chronological order:
1) Fifth Caledonian Ceilidh of the SAS and BCS
Saturday, 14th of October 2017, 7 pm
Jubilee Hall
, Rua Real Grandeza 99, Botafogo
Dress: Smart Casual or Kilt
R$45; Children under 12 free!
Don't miss the world famous Iain MacPhail’s Dance Band from Scotland, Serginho’s DiscoBagpipes and Highland Dance displays.
For more information, visit 
2) The Quaich & SAS x Moga - 2017

Saturday, 21st of October 2017, 12:00 noon

Teresópolis Golf Club

For more information, visit 
3) Halloween Happy Hour

Tuesday, 31st October from 7 pm

Jungle Garden Pub, Rua Martins Ferreira 48, Botafogo

R$40 pp in advance and R$50 pp at the door
100% of proceeds go to NGO IRACAMBI

Cash bar: food, drinks
Raffle: 2 tickets for Formula 1 and more!
4) Moonlight at Marimbás

Saturday, 4th November, 8 pm

Clube dos Marimbás, Copacabana
R$250 per person (all inclusive)
RSVP essential:
Private Club
No admission without reservation
Enjoy the full moon glittering across the bay at the exclusive Marimbás private club. Cocktails and jazz with a breathtaking panoramic view
Sit-down dinner savouring a sumptious buffet of Brazilian specialties
Dance the night away under the stars with the Nico Resende Jazz Band Trio.
All in support of ONG Onda Solidaria and its initiatives for underprivileged youth in Rio and Minas Gerais.
Finally, Il Sorriso dei miei Bimbi, is preparing to hold a bazaar soon at the Garagem das Letras in order the cheer up Rocinha residents. They are looking for clothes in good condition, sheets, towels, kitchen and home accessories, toys, and small household appliances. They will provide transport. For more information, contact Barbara Olivi at or (21) 99368 6730.
All AmSoc events, along with their details and flyers, are listed on our events calendar on our site: The other events, with their flyers, are on the BCS website:

The Board of the American Society meets at the Marriott Hotel at 7 pm on the second Monday of each month. The meetings are open to all members. We welcome your suggestions. Please attend, particularly if you can help us to organize activities.
I look forward to seeing you at some of the events. 

Best wishes,
Mateen Thobani



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