Letter from the Chair

August 20, 2019

Dear friends,


As the San Antonio Council for International Visitors (SACIV) continues to grow, our committees and staff have been very busy.  For instance, our Member Engagement Committee is working to engage more members in our programs and have been meeting with our constituents to increase member participation.   Members were encouraged to engage, to volunteer for Special Events, and to become more involved in our Visitor Escort program.  We are working to ensure our members are aware of all of the opportunities available to them to support this organization.


Speaking of programs, we have increased the number of professional exchanges for international visitors that we host and under the leadership of our Executive Director, Cecilia Cross, and with the assistance of our new Program Coordinator, Tania Kayumova, we are able to promote this program more aggressively.  We have increased membership, added new Corporate Members, and our budget is healthy.


We recently hosted a very well attended “Summer Member Mixer”.  As you know, one of the most significant and important reasons we exist is to bring our international visitors to San Antonio and provide opportunities for our members to interact with these guests from around the globe, sharing ideas and experiences.   We had two groups in San Antonio during this event that were introduced to our members and who spent time interacting with our community.  This event was also an opportunity to thank our many resource groups and individuals who make our international program such a success.  


An upcoming highlight - we are looking forward to celebrating SACIV’s 30th anniversary with a dinner and program on October 16th, 2019 at the UIW’s Rosenberg Skyroom.  We have a wonderful evening planned and are looking forward to sharing it with our members and friends.  We welcome sponsors for the event and encourage our members to attend this milestone celebration.  Tables and individual tickets are available, along with sponsorship opportunities. Please contact our Executive Director for more information. I am looking forward to seeing you there! 


Best wishes,


Jo Ann Andera

Chair, Board of Directors

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