Thank you to all who have taken part in the Truco Tournament at Moo Cantina in Pimblico.
Congratulations to the AAS 2015 Chris Gowar Truco Championship Winners, Maria and Delfina Passaglia!
Thank you to all who have taken part in the Truco Tournament at Moo Cantina in Pimblico.
Congratulations to the AAS 2015 Chris Gowar Truco Championship Winners, Maria and Delfina Passaglia!
Last year was most eventful for the Society and we should all feel justly proud of our achievements and successes.
Our glorious 65th Anniversary Party was held at the stunning Argentine Ambassador’s Residence in Belgrave Square. What a joyful and a spectacular evening we enjoyed, and our heartfelt thanks must go to the Ambassador, Alicia Castro, for allowing us to hold this special event at this very special location. We enjoyed a splendid evening rubbing shoulders with friends, Embassy Ministers and invited VIP guests – truly memorable. One of the main sponsors for the evening was Aerolineas Argentinas, who donated two airline tickets from Madrid to Argentina in the raffle. Other sponsors included Pampas Plains – Chango Empanadas – Lomito – Hispa Merchants – and the Argentine Embassy Staff, all of whom helped to make the party such a great success. A big thank you too, to the Committee for their support and help in arranging to make this a truly special and memorable evening.
Our next event special event was the Christmas Party, held this year at the Instituto Cervantes Hall, Eaton Square. A great and fun evening when a good many members came together to celebrate this festive and joyous occasion. Many of our members assisted with the smooth running and the success of the evening, and our sponsors as always, were most generous. It really is a joy to see so many of our members working together to ensure a fun and happy event. A very big thank you to all those who assisted on the night, it would not have been possible without you !
Many of you may not be aware that we have had to move our office again at very short notice. However, I am delighted to advise you that we have now secured new and long term premises and moved Friday 13th December. Details of the new address as follows:
7 New Quebec Street; London W1H 7RH
The new office is very centrally located, close to Marble Arch, and we welcome all those who would like to visit us. The working environment is very convivial, and we are once again sharing with our good friends the Anglo-Portuguese Society on a longer term basis for hopefully five years.
Important dates for your diary for 2014
Sunday 1st June Polo at Great Windsor Park
Sunday 8th June The Asado, Esher Rugby Club
We will be in touch regarding future events, and please remember to view our website on a regular basis for all up and coming events, news and social media.
I would like to wish you all VERY BEST WISHES FOR 2014.
John M. Wilson
It was heartening to see that the 2012 AGM was well-attended and, and as with all AGMs, a lively debate followed. I am pleased to announce that Viscount Davidson, son of the founder of both Canning House and the Anglo-Argentine Society, was present and he was duly elected to become an Honorary Vice President of the Society.
The following were additionally duly elected to the Committee: Horacio Fernández Palacio (Argentine Embassy co-opted Member to the Committee); Sabina Romeo; Fernando Messulam; Juan Kiriluk. Peter Rumboll becomes the new Treasurer of the society, with his position as Vice Chairman being filled by Eddie de Oliveira.I would like to thank them all personally for kindly offering their time and services to our most noble cause. The evening became very much a social and happy occasion enjoyed by all, with drinks and canapés (including choripan) being served, adding further to a most convivial occasion. The AGM culminated in a rendition of Happy Birthday sung with great gusto for Barney Miller. A birthday cake was presented to him, and much to everyone’s surprise Fernando Messulam, a tenor and one of the newly elected Committee Members, sang a short aria to mark the special occasion. This impromptu gesture was much appreciated and truly enjoyed by all, a further gifted member to add to our treasure trove of talent within the Society. Hopefully we shall see and hear a lot more of him at future events.
A very belated message to thank you all for attending this year’s Gran Asado. It was far and away the best and most successful asado that the Society has ever held, and all tribute for this major success goes to our Vice Chairman, Annabelle Wood – on behalf of us all thank you so much Annabelle, we all know how hard you worked.
I would also like to thank once again, our main sponsors Steamond Travel and British Airways for their very generous raffle first prize of two tickets to Buenos Aires; Gaucho for sponsoring the magnificent main marquee, and Pampas Plains for their major contribution in the supply of the excellent and delicious Argentine prime beef.
A big thank you to Derek Gibson and his wonderful team of asadores and the many helpers – too many to mention but all stalwart active members of the society, you know who you are – many thanks for your dedication and hard work which has been the mainstay year after year, what would we do without you! Each one of you deserves a medal for your dedication and tremendous effort. We nearly doubled our profit this year to just over £10,000 for the event, which attracted a record number of guests just shy of 900. The weather lent greatly to the occasion, and we must have been truly blessed on this front, since the weather, as you well know has been truly appalling this summer.
I would particularly like to thank the new Argentine Ambassador, Mrs. Alicia Castro, for joining us at this special Jubilee and Olympic Year event, and for helping to make it a joyous, social and happy occasion. Again, we would like to take this opportunity to extend all best wishes to the Ambassador during her term of office here in the UK.
There has been considerable activity taking place with regards to the future of Canning House due to their decision to surrender its long term lease at No2 Belgrave Square. Whilst no decision has yet been reached as to an outcome with respect to the Society, we are currently tied up with intricate legal matters and are taking professional advice. Please rest assured that the Executive Committee is in full control of the unfurling events, and that the right decision will be ultimately made for the good of the Society. I will, of course, keep you advised of any tangible news on this front.
Finally, I would just like to mention, that if any of you have any good/fun photos taken at this year’s asado, we would very much like to have sight of them with a view to placing on our website. Please do not feel shy and send us what you have taken !!
Sincere best wishes to you all
It’s been another season of progress for Huracan FC London, on and off the pitch, as our Sunday League side continues to grow, in only our third year of existence. Following a second consecutive promotion, and a wonderful pre-season tour to Argentina (the highlights of the trip included having tea with the British ambassador, playing a game in Huracan’s stadium, and appearing on South American ESPN show ‘Pura Quimica’, as well as being paraded on Huracan’s pitch to thousands of fans), the team has been fighting for glory in the Southern Sunday League 2nd division.
A strong start to the season put us in a great position for a tilt at the league title, but a couple of disappointing results since Christmas have meant that the league title is now out of reach. A third promotion is still very much on the cards, however, as Huracan remain favourites for 2nd place. A remarkable achievement given that we were in the 4th division just two seasons ago.
Huracan FC London is also in the semi finals of the Southern Sunday’s equivalent of the FA Cup – if we get to the final, it will be held at Sutton United’s ground on 12th May.
Off the pitch, the team has continued to strengthen its ties with the charitable causes it supports in Argentina, primarily ONG Corazon Quemero (an NGO from Huracan’s local area) and Grupo San Felipe (who the AAS know all about). Shirt sales have continued to generate revenue for both charities and amazingly, we managed to auction two special shirts – signed by Huracan legends past (Ossie Ardiles) and more recent (Argentine international Javier Pastore). The shirts raised about £450 in total.
The most exciting date in the HFCL calendar is the world premiere of the documentary about our trip to Argentina, ‘Una Pasion sin Fronteras’. The screening is taking place at the brilliant ‘Whirled Art Cinema’ in Loughbrough Junction, South London on Sunday 15th April at 3pm. It should be a great event, with an asado being set up (a choripan is included in the ticket price!) and a raffle taking place. Tickets are £7 and all the profits go to the causes we support. We hope to see you there – please send Henry May an email to secure your place (they are limited). firstname.lastname@example.org
We ended our financial year having achieved a considerable amount in terms of re-positioning the Society to cope with the new environment we now live in. A major part of this transition unfortunately goes unseen, and to some it may appear we are remaining inactive. However, I can assure you that this is not the case, and to this I owe a tremendous thanks to the Officers and the Committee who have very selflessly donated their valuable time and effort well above the call of duty.
We have this year completely transformed and modernised our Society website which will allow us to compete commercially and add revenue. It has also given us an important social media platform to reach out to the younger generation and increase our visibility within this community. Our next big step will be to further enhance our site by featuring the added choice of Spanish and English languages. Our new website will also soon be helping us to cut costs by allowing members to book events on line and by reducing the postal costs of notices and e-News Letters.
However, just as we were beginning to make some real headway we have been completely knocked right off course by something unexpected and totally out of our control, and as a result we now have a much more immediate emergency on our hands that will affect the Society long term. As an occupant of Canning House, having also been founded by the same creator Lord Davidson, we along with the other occupants of Canning House have been given very short verbal notice that will involve a major restructuring and relocation of Canning House. In essence this will be a life changing situation for us and will reshape our Society’s future long term. These proposed details will result in the need for us to vacate possession of our current premises, whence it will then revert back to the owners ‘The Grosvenor Estates’. The suggested intention is then for the entire occupants of Canning House to then subsequently (still provisional) move to No. 14 – 15 Belgrave Square, which is the home to the Society of Chemical Industry. In essence we are being given a “fait-accomplis”, and the Anglo-Argentine Society is basically being given no choice in the matter and would hence be compulsorily obliged to vacate as well.
As a result of the above, I have been forced to write to all Life Members asking for financial help and assistance in this matter and to help us with the anticipated move. The Life Members have been amazing in their magnanimous response, and without going into individual names I would like to thank each and every one of you so very much for your extreme benevolence and generosity at this crucial time of great need. The Argentine Embassy have also come to our need and have very kindly agreed to store some of our Asado equipment and files. As we are currently in a very precarious plight, we would really appreciate any further donations from all members to help us through this difficult time.
On the brighter side, once completed, such a move as anticipated could also have a silver lining for the Society by providing it with a once in a lifetime opportunity to re-generate itself and become a powerful and appreciated force in the future. The facilities provided by the SCI, pre-supposing we move there, are vastly superior to that which we have been accustomed to at Canning House, including a state of the art auditorium with a good seating capacity – excellent meeting rooms and a small outside courtyard that can also be used for functions. In addition they also have a Members Room / Lounge which would be available to all our Membership, and would provide a social meeting point where light refreshment would also be on hand for a small charge.
We are beginning to see younger members joining the Society following our endeavours to encourage this area of membership. Our new Committee is now both youthful and professional, as well as being very hard working and much dedicated to the cause. Details of this new Committee can be found on our website.
Late payment for membership dues still remains a major concern and is actually very damaging to the Society both in terms of costs, wasted time, and depriving us of our much needed cash flow. We have now introduced a “Direct Debit” system for annual subscriptions, and although many have kindly signed up to this, there are still a few who have not done so. To those who have not subscribed to the Direct Debit System we do kindly urge you to do so as soon as possible as it is our hope to have this fully in place by the middle of 2012. The “Direct Debit” system is the safest way to pay subscriptions, and the most efficient and cheapest method, as well as being the easiest for members.
Finally I hope that you and your families enjoyed a wonderful Christmas, and I would like to take this opportunity of wishing you a Very Happy, Healthy and Prosperous New Year. To stress again, we have a wonderful Society, and justly so, due to the dedication and support of you all. If any of you would like to help us with the move, or have space to store equipment, files etc. we would be most welcome to hear from you.
John M. Wilson
OUR MAN IN BUENOS AIRES
As in most countries, one can guess that Christmas is around the corner in Buenos Aires by the trees. Not the actual trees, which are now blooming in full, natural, healthy green, but the fake ones. The plastic pines, decked with red ribbon and bells and occasionally tinsel, their dark verdant colours pressed up next to bright shopping malls and busy highways.
There must have been a time in Argentina before Christmas became so dramatically ‘hallmarked’. When that time was is anyone’s guess, but for decades now, shops have followed the trend of globalization (or in Argentina, doing what the Americans do) by spraying fake snow and putting up plastic trees. Pity the poor chaps who have to dress as Santa in the over 30 degrees heat.
The festive season, from my experience in Buenos Aires at least, is about trying to strike a delicate balance between holding on to one’s old family traditions but bringing them into the current setting. I will never forget the Christmas where my mother and I religiously followed each of Delia Smith’s recipes for a perfect 25th feast while listening to carols – to the background noise of my brothers splashing in the pool. Baking mince pies and even finding a less than extortionate turkey in blazing summer can test one’s festive spirit to its limits.
We discovered recently at Thanksgiving that the best turkeys are imported from Brazil. Is this a recent pre-salt based phenomenon or has this always been the case? Maybe the fact that turkeys (and pines) have never existed in Buenos Aires suggests that some aspects of Christmas are doomed from the start.
For the past two years Fundación Grupo San Felipe has devoted time and resources to create the first IT center in the city of Añatuya, province of Santiago del Estero. Our vision was to start a digital revolution in one of the neediest areas of our country, helping to digitalize education and “close the gap”.
We are now proud to announce that, after much effort and cooperation from our sponsors, theCentro Informático Añatuya (Añatuya´s IT Centre) is now fully operational. The centre was first opened to local high school students on November 26th, 2011.
The centre is now being used for short courses on general PC use, MS Office, etc., and the second phase of our program will be deployed in 2012, integrating education, community and IT through Math, Physics and Geography.
Formal inauguration is scheduled for December 10th, 2011, when community members and media representatives will be attending. During the inauguration, the centre will present its objectives and capabilities to stakeholders, inviting the community to spread the good news mouth-to-mouth in their homes, schools and workplaces and to seize what are now limitless opportunities.
A letter from Soledad Mojica, a student the society helps to sponsor.
Dear Authorities of the Anglo Argentine Society
My name is Maria Soledad Mojica and I was born on 29th July 1991. I live in the Department of Taboada, Province of Santiago del Estero, Argentina. My family consists of my parents and three younger brothers. (…) When I finished elementary school at my hometown, I wanted to continue studying, so my parents saw the possibility to enrol me at a school in Añatuya. During the school year, I was an intern at the school and, on holidays, I returned to my home. The early days were a bit difficult because I missed my family. However, as time went by, I adapted to my life in Añatuya and learnt many things.
When I was at half way of completing high school, the Principal of my school introduced me with volunteers of “Fundacion Grupo San Felipe”. Those volunteers invited me and my school mates to attend the five meetings held every year at Añatuya. In such meetings, various topics were dealt with through talks, games, movies, etc. It was great fun! I also learnt many values, which helped me in my daily life, and study skills which helped me study thoroughly. When I was at my last year at high school, the psychopedagogues of “Fundacion Grupo San Felipe” made vocational tests to each of the students who participated in the Foundation meetings. It was very good, for the results indicated us in which areas we were better prepared to continue studying. This greatly helped me to decide my career path for I was a little confused (though I knew that it was going to be something connected with “numbers”). Thanks to this test and the help of the Foundation’s psychopedagogues I was able to find out my career.
During my last two years at high school, I had the opportunity to participate in the first “Añatuya Sabe” -a contest organized by the Foundation and where different schools of Añatuya also participate-. I really enjoyed the challenge of studying, but much more to share a nice day with other boys. It was such a great experience!
In 2009, at the end of my last year at high school, I received great news which made me and my family very happy. I was appointed to receive a scholarship from the “Fundacion Grupo San Felipe”. It was something unexpected and I still thank God for this opportunity, because my family may not have the necessary resources to help me continue with what I wanted.
In 2010 I started the two and a half years career of “Técnico Superior Contable Impositivo” (“Senior Technician in Accountancy and Taxation”) at the Catholic Institute of Superior Studies which belongs to the Catholic University of Santiago del Estero (located in the capital of Santiago del Estero).
(…) With regard to the “Fundación Grupo San Felipe” I care a lot about them and because of this I would like to collaborate with them in the future, for all they are doing is very good. (…) Everything they transmitted to me, was, is and will be a tool in my life.
My experience with my tutor (Paz Otero) is very nice and it would not be the same without her, for I feel accompanied by her at all times and I know that under any circumstances she will always listen to me and understand me. The same goes for the other members of the “Fundación Grupo San Felipe”. I really admire all their dedication and effort for young people.
And to you, the Authorities of the Anglo Argentine Society -who provide the financial resources which make my scholarship possible- I am infinitely grateful for your help and for being part of my life, for with your help you let me achieve what I always wanted. I will never stop giving thanks to you and I will always pray for the Anglo Argentine Society may continue with its projects and the Virgin Mary and God be with you all.
Lastly, I want to tell you that my dream after I graduate as “Técnico Superior Contable Impositivo” is to study the career of Public Accountant and, once I obtained my degree, I will be able to help children or youth either in their economic or spiritual education. In my personal life, in the future I wish to form my own family and pass on to my children everything I learnt over all these years.
I hope this letter helps you know me a little more.
Best wishes, God and the Virgin May bless you all.”
Please note that the best mark possible is 10/10. As of today, Soledad’s average is 9.125/10.
|1 Año Tecnico Contable||2 Año Tecnico Contable|
|Calculo financiero||Promocionado||10||Seminario contable||Promocionado||9|
|Teoria impositiva||Promocionado||7||Derecho comercial||Promocionado||10|
|Sector financiero||Promocionado||10||Informatica aplicada||Promocionado||10|