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Betse Davies to Be Named Rotary Citizen of the Year

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By Robin Loving

The hottest “ticket” in town each year is a freebie, and one that will fuel your ambitions for the rest of the year. It’s Rotary Midday’s Farley W. Wheelwright Citizen of the Year Awards Ceremony, which this year will honor Betse Davies for almost 30 years of dedication to San Miguel de Allende’s youth, social action, and visitors.

The ceremony will be conducted in English with a special musical interlude and refreshments.

Betse is a young-at-heart 91-year-old who has lived in San Miguel for more than 28 years. After retiring as a history teacher, she relocated to San Miguel to “catch the magic” her parents discovered after many winters in San Miguel in the 1950s and 1960s.

Betse has been involved with and supported many organizations helping children, particularly smart and motivated young people who need financial aid to realize their goals. In 2001, she helped found Jóvenes Adelante to help send these sort of young people to university. Currently, the Betse Davies Special Stars Fund helps to financially “top-off” students who cannot provide their portion of university costs. Betse also works with Mujeres en Cambio, a scholarship group serving young women in rural schools. She also supports Libros Para Todos, another educational group which provides books and a visit from their authors for rural schools.

Betse has always had boundless energy and perhaps is best known here as a historic walking tour guide and former tour leader for Patronato Pro Niños, which provides health services for underserved youth in the region. Alongside her husband, Jim, she continues to be an active member of the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship in San Miguel. Betse has served on the UU’s board and is presently a member of its Social Action Committee. She also has been active with Democrats Abroad.

She is a woman of high ethics who can teach all of us a thing or two about service above self, the Rotary motto. Betse is often asked how one gets to an active old age, to which she answers, “Yoga, exercise, walking, and having a direction in life which excites you.” San Miguel, Betse says, provides all of those things. She also believes that one should “smile a lot, be of some use, and have fun!”

Special guests will include previous recipients of the Rotary Citizen of the Year Award, which has honored the leaders of 10 organizations in 10 years, including Apoyo a Gente Emprendedora, Casa de los Angeles, Casa Hogar Santa Julia Don Bosco, Casita Linda, CEDESA, Centro de Infantil San Pablo, El Charco del Ingenio, Feed the Hungry, Mujeres en Cambio, and So Others May Eat.

Come to Rotary Tuesday, March 6, at Hotel Posada de la Aldea, Ancha de San Antonio 15, at noon, as this will be packed-room event.

Rotary is where neighbors, friends, and problem-solvers share ideas, join leaders, and take action to create lasting change. For more information about the COY award and ceremony, contact John Doherty at For more information about Rotary, go to our website at or contact President Fred Collins at


Rotary Citizen of the Year Award Ceremony

Tue, Mar 6, 12:30pm

Hotel Posada de la Aldea

Ancha de San Antonio 15

upstairs from the lobby.

Extra info: 152 5192





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