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Officers of new Consultative Council for Nonprofit Organizations sworn in

By Antonio De Jesús Aguado

On Tuesday, July 24, Mayor Luz María Núñez Flores swore in the board of the Technical Consultative Council for Nonprofit Organizations, which will, among other things, develop procedures for obtaining money to be assigned to different long-term projects planned by the Consultative Council and nonprofit organizations.
During a city council meeting, the mayor, assistant mayor and city councilors approved the creation of the Technical Consultative Council of Nonprofit Organizations of San Miguel de Allende. Before the voting, Mayor Núñez urged the members of the city council to vote in favor of the council, saying that with this council San Miguel will be making history again, since there is no precedent of a citizens’ council for nonprofit organizations in the whole state, and it would demonstrate teamwork between the local government and NGOs.

The 11 members of the city council approved the Consultative Council. The board is made up of Pablo Moreto from the Fundación Comunitaria Dishani A.C., as president; María de Lourdes Meléndez Padilla from the Association of Architects, as secretary; and Guiomar Paradies from the Association Friends of the Park, as treasurer. The council includes 16 members.
Irma Rosado, director of the Department of Liaison with Nongovernmental Organizations, said the idea of creating this council emerged from citizens’ vision of this government’s recognizing the important work by organizations to benefit sanmiguelenses and the aim of working together. She said this council will plan long-term projects (35 years) that could be continued independently of the administration in the city.

One hundred fifty NGOs are registered with the Liaison Department, but just 12 have representatives on the council. Rosado commented that all the members of nonprofit organizations in San Miguel were invited to send in proposals and resumes of suggested council members. Later, the proposals and resumes were sent by email to members of the 150 organizations, who voted for the candidates and the positions they would hold. Rosado said they decided to have a smaller council to avoid problems of absence and voting. Rosado said the council will have its own commissions that will integrate all the organizations.

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