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This Week’s Midday Rotary Presentation Introduces its “Big Sister” Organization


By Ron Felton

This week’s Rotary Club Midday meeting features an exceptional speaker: current Club Rotario de San Miguel de Allende President Carlos G. Álvarez will speak about the club’s history, its work in the community, and its relationship with its sister club.

Many people are perhaps not aware that our city has two Rotary clubs. The Midday Club, which conducts its meetings in English but has a membership that includes Spanish speakers, began in 2005. The club was founded with the support and sponsorship of its big sister, Club Rotario de San Miguel de Allende. It conducts its business in Spanish and holds its meetings in the evening, thus earning the nickname of the “night club” by the members of the Midday Club. The club meets at Hotel Quinta Loreto every Wednesday at 8pm.

Álvarez was raised in both México and Chile and did his undergraduate studies in economics and management in the US. He worked for an international trading company in Chile for three years, and then for 12 years in México with several shoe industry businesses. In 2006, he started a consulting firm, Alcar Asociados SA de CV. For the past few years, Álvarez has devoted some of his time to helping those who help others. He is currently an advisor for several NGOs.

Club Rotario de San Miguel de Allende was founded on August 6, 1958, when a group of 20 influential professionals and businessmen in San Miguel decided to join forces under the Rotary philosophy and establish the first chartered member of Rotary International in town. Salvador de Lara Martinez was the first president and led the way for all other presidents of the club to follow. For the past 60 years, the Club Rotario has participated in countless projects to help improve the lives of people in our city, our country, and the world.

Currently, the main focus of the club is health, prevention of disease, and improving the quality of life for those less fortunate. Club Rotario donates time to act as an aval ciudadano (citizen’s advocate) in San Miguel’s general hospital and works closely with the hospital to help improve its services. Club Rotario also donates special wheelchairs that can be used on San Miguel’s cobblestoned terrain.

Rotary is where neighbors, friends, and problem-solvers share ideas, join leaders, and take action to create lasting change. For more information, contact President Ivar Schacke at


Rotary Presentation

“Meet Midday Rotary’s Big Sister”

Tue, May 14, 9am

Cafeteria Sanmiguelessen

Stirling Dickinson 28

Free with optional 100-peso breakfast


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