On December 8th, SACIV members gathered to celebrate the season at our annual “Holiday Party”. We took the occasion to recognize the many members who graciously volunteered to host our international visitors for dinner hospitality throughout the year, thanking them for their generosity and hospitality in welcoming these guests to our city. Longtime members and new members alike shared in the joyful festivities, mingling which enjoying seasonal snacks and a hot chocolate bar.
Board Chair, Jo Ann Andera, highlighted the success of the past year. In 2018, SACIV hosted 40 programs and in 2019 that number went up to 49. In 2018, we welcomed 319 international visitors and in 2019, it was increased to 338. Visitors in 2018 represented 91 different countries, while in 2019, we saw representation of visitors from 102 countries around the world. The scope and reach of the organization has expanded significantly in the past year and the opportunity for members to become more involved has also expanded.
As everyone was gathered in friendly discussion, Executive Director Cecilia Cross took a moment to thank the Board Members for their continued work on behalf of SACIV. She also thanked every member for being a part of SACIV community, particularly those who opened their homes to our visitors for dinner hospitality and shared with them what Texan hospitality looks like. She emphasized that the dinner hospitality experience is such a critical part of the international exchanges SACIV facilitates, 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 in San Antonio and we are grateful to all those who helped make it possible.