Tuesday, November 27, 2012

The Consular Corps Cocktail Party - What's that you say?

Earlier this month The Consular Corps Association of Philadelphia held their annual cocktail reception at the Union League of Philadelphia.

What is the Consular Corps you ask, I wondered myself so I eagerly accepted the invitation to go find out. Flags are involved. The Consular Corps Association of Philadelphia is the oldest association of foreign Consuls in the United States.

 Gary P. Steuer, the city’s chief cultural officer (l) explained it to me that most Consulates are located in Washington DC or in NYC. Here in Philly we have a couple Consulates; they include Canada, Israel, Italy, Mexico and Panama. The rest of the membership of the Consular Corps is made up of business leaders who represent countries as honorary consulars. These honorary consulars act as an intermediary or agent between our City and the country they represent, helping us with business, trade trips and promotion. John J Medveckis, Honorary Counsul of Latbia and Luigi Scotto, Consul General of Italy (r)

  Hon. Peter A. Rafaeli Consul General for Czech Republic to United States with area of responsibility for Pennsylvania and Delaware, Dr. Anne Dutlinger is a graphic and exhibition designer whose clients have included the SEPTA Transportation System in Philadelphia, Winterthur, Rodale Institute and Hon. E. Harris Baum, of Zarwin Baum,. Honorary Consul General to Korea. (You don't have to be from the country or that nationality to represent a country. You just have to have connections to the country to make the opportunities happen.)
Varsovia Fernadez, Susan B Smith, Radnor League of Women Voters and Mrs. Anne Eiswerth

Mrs. Barbara Greenfield, Chaplin Gerald Hale, Albert Momjian, Honorary Consul for the Philadelphia Region for the Republic of Haiti and Hon. Luz de Murray Ret. Panama
 Ian Campbell,-Westland, Honorary Consul to Sweeden, Mr and Mrs Vincenzo Breghella
 Yesterday it was reported that Mayor Michael A. Nutter will visit China this week to promote opportunities for investment in Philadelphia, strengthen relationships between key Philadelphia institutions and their Chinese counterparts, and continue to promote Philadelphia as a growing international city. Often these trade meetings come out of meeting members of the Consular Corps Association of Philadelphia who are responsible for enhancing and coordinating relations between their respective countries and the greater Philadelphia region. (The China visit was organized by The Paulson Institute, chaired by former U.S. Treasury Secretary Paulson. Mayor Nutter was invited to participate in the conference in his role as one of America's leading sustainability mayors )
Herminio Muniz, Honorary Vice Consul, Spain and Honrable Erik Torp, Honorary Consul of Norway

R.C. Atlee, Real Estate & Market Strategist at Sotheby's International Realty, Daniel Dougerhty, Mark Pretz and Alix Rockwell Jacobs, artist and event organizer extraordinaire

Susan B Smith, Radnor League of Women Voters and Mimi Snyder

Deputy Mayor Alan Greenberger addresses the guests and explains how instrumental the honorary consuls have been to creating alliances with the countries they represent. To the right of Greenberger is Michael E. Scullin, President, of The Consular Corps Association of Philadelphia nad Honorary Consul, France.

Check out my column  of the 17th Annual Stroke Gala last week