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Candidates for Biblioteca’s Board of Directors

The Biblioteca de San Miguel de Allende A.C. Board election will b e Friday, March 2, from 10:30am to 2:30pm. The Nominating Commiteee has made the following nominations:

Ken Rowland, Independent Candidate for President

I have served on the Board of La Biblioteca for six years as Assistant Treasurer, Treasurer, and Vice President.  My focus will be on sustainability for our youth programs by placing emphasis on needed funds and volunteers for all programs.  I will put behind us time-consuming political discussions and breathe fresh air into La Biblioteca, San Miguel’s cultural jewel, so that everyone in the community can enjoy all that it has to offer:  theatre, restaurant, libraries, computer centers, tours, Tienda, Sala Quetzal, Atencion, painting, clay, language and music classes, etc.

Francisco Lara Gallegos, candidate for Treasurer assistant

I am a retired San Miguel resident. My work experience has been in Organizational Development, expert in manufacture systems & techniques. I have experience in managing complex organizations with up to 1200 employees of all levels: managers, supervisors, technicians and direct people. My regular activities performed among others were: planning and exercising of manufacturing budgets, formal training of the personnel at all levels, designing of organizational charts, planning and achievement of manufacturing goals, ISO 9001 implementation, mfg. processes auditing. I speak English and Spanish. My reasons for desiring to serve in the board is to work in the areas where my more than 35 year-experience can be applied, providing a social service to the community, through The Biblioteca.

Anna Magliacano, candidate for Recording Secretary

For 18 months, I have volunteered as Librarian for the English collection, last year becoming Chair of the English Book Committee (EBC) that selects new items and manages donations.  In the past I have worked in other libraries and businesses, and as Recording Secretary for the Friends of the Hoboken (NJ) Library Board.  I am confident that, as Recording Secretary now, I will work effectively with our Board, document and distribute accurate meeting notes, gain a more holistic understanding of La Biblioteca, and strengthen support from the EBC to achieve our goals and continue to provide so much for the community.

Robert Lichtenberg, candidate for member-at-large

I was born in Mexico City, studied in the German School and then Medicine at UNAM .Did the  specialization in Internal Medicine and Reproductive Biology at  the Instituto Nacional de la Nutrición. Afterwards I worked as a full-time scientist at the same institution, being in charge of the Family Planning Clinic (WHO) and one of the laboratories. In 1979 I did a Post-Doctoral in Pharmacology in theUK( Cambridge and London-Hammersmith Hospital), I returned to the same institution and afterwards went to the IMSS to be in charge of the Endocrinology Department of The Women’s Hospital

In 1986 I joined a private infertility clinic and began an in vitro fertilization program. In 1990 I went to private practice alone. In 2010 I moved to San Miguel and I have my practice here. I have time to share my experience and be of help to the community.

Fundraising and Friend-raising for the Biblioteca

By Francisco Lara

Jacqueline Winters or Jaci as she is known, first arrived in San Miguel in the winter of 2005. After she   retired from her job as Executive Director of the Bruce Trail Conservancy, an NGO in Ontario, Canada, in 2004, she decided she would like to spend her winters in Mexico. She had heard about the city from other people while on a trip to Copper Canyon and decided this would be an interesting Mexican place to experience. Jaci has visited many other places in Mexico since 1979 and spent time in Latin and Central  America. Each fall she makes a extended trip to visit other countries on her bucket list and in 2011 she toured the Himalayan Kingdoms.

Before Jaci arrived in San Miguel she did some research to see if there were any environmental organizations that might like to have a volunteer with her skills and background. She contacted the |Director of El Charco and volunteered to work with their organization. For four years Jaci helped with fundraising, membership, brochures, and staff development at El Charco. In 2009, she offered her volunteer services to the Biblioteca and became the Development Director. In her first year she outlined a Volunteer Program and researched the Foundations Directory to develop a list of 200 foundations that make grants in Mexico that was distributed to all  local NGO’s. She implemented the Biblioteca’s Donor Choice Program, the Donor Recognition Program and developed the donor database. Jaci also helped implement the new membership program, produced the new library brochure and chaired the Marketing Committee. As editor of the Biblioteca Electronic Newsletter and Donor Newsletter she communicates with members and donors to keep them informed about the library, its programs and volunteers. She also writes regular articles for Atencion.

Last year Jaci hosted the first Donor Awards reception at the Biblioteca to recognize donors and inaugrate the Donor Wall to honor major donors. In 2011 she invited the Canadian Consul from Mexico to come to the Biblioteca to meet Canadians and over 250 people attended She is assisting the Embassy with their return visit February 16, 2012. In the past seven years, Jaci has volunteered her time and services to several other organizations in San Miguel including Audubon México, FINO, and CASA.  This past year she was elected Vice President of AMISTAD CANADA, a Canadian charity that works with San Miguel NGO projects to access Canadians donations. The Biblioteca Education Project was the second project accepted by Amistad and received more than $5,000 from Canadian donors in 2011.

You will see Jaci in the Library nearly every day working with staff and volunteers to raise awareness and funds for the Biblioteca and sharing her skills with other groups. So say hi as she is always willing to talk or provide information. But beware she is not afraid to ask for time or funds for Biblioteca programs which are close to her heart.




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