Last night, SACIV was glad to host its annual Holiday Party at the home of International Leadership Award recipients, Janet and Sam Scott. They graciously opened their doors to a wonderful event where members, resources, staff, and Board Members of SACIV were able to mingle, celebrate the year’s achievements, and enjoy good food with good friends.
As the evening began, we welcomed attendees to chat. Everyone was quite taken with the home of Janet and Sam Scott. From their years of travels to Malawi, Ethiopia, Cameroon, Liberia, Costa Rica, Veitnam, and many more, the Scotts had accumulated treasures each with its own story to tell. Everyone enjoyed hearing from our hosts about their adventures and their house.
Guests were also treated to a catered buffet and hot chocolate bar. Many discussed the wonderful work of SACIV and the improvements made over the last year. In 2017, SACIV hosted 32 programs. In 2018, that number went up to 40. In 2017, we welcomed 240 international visitors. In 2018, that number went up to 319. Those visitors in 2017 represented 82 different countries; that number was 91 in 2018. The scope and reach of the organization have expanded significantly in the past year, and the opportunities for members to get involved have also expanded.
As everyone was gathered in warm discussion, Executive Director Cecilia Cross took a moment to thank the Scotts for hosting, thank the Board Members for their continued work on behalf of SACIV, and thank our members, particularly those who had opened their homes and their arms to our visitors for “Dinner Hospitality.” Dinner Hospitality is such a critical part of international exchange as it allows casual, natural conversation between people from all over the world and our internationally-engaged membership. It is always a highlight of the visitors’ experience, and SACIV is grateful to all the members who helped make it possible.
The night concluded with some caroling, more conversation, and awarding the winners of the silent auction. Items for the auction had been donated by Betsy Cameron and JoAnn Andera with all proceeds going to support SACIV’s mission.
As a new year approaches, SACIV looks forward to continuing to work with our members, our international visitors, our non-profit partners, and our Board to ensure that more and more opportunities for international exchange are available to the San Antonio community.