American Club names Spaniard and American of 2007
One of Spain’s oldest expatriate organisation hands out its annual American and Spaniard of the Year awards at its Independence Day Gala attended by 200 members and affiliates.23 June 2008
MADRID - On Friday night, two weeks before the 4th of July, the Star Spangled Banner could be heard ringing out from the Spanish capital as the American Club of Madrid held its Independence Day Gala at the Intercontinental Hotel.
Around 200 members and affiliates, including the US ambassador, as well as ambassadors from Canada, Australia and Ireland, attended the black-tie event, where one of Spain's oldest expatriate organisations, gave its annual American and Spaniard of the Year awards.
American Club President Julio Vidal presented a plaque for American of the Year to Madrid resident Kristi Green for her "outstanding service to the expatriate community."
Green is the former president of Democrats Abroad and is still active in the organisation. She is a member of the International Newcomers Club and the European Professional Women's Network in Spain. She was one of the 200 volunteers chosen to attend Al Gore's first Spanish training session in October 2007 in Seville, as part of the Climate Project Spain.
Green described her involvement in the American Club as "the biggest part of my productivity and happiness," dedicating the award to her 80-year old mother, a life-long activist in her community.
"I am excited to play a leadership role in the American Club of Madrid," she said. "Our organisation is growing, evolving and anticipating its need to change to meet the demands of the future as the leading social and business-networking organisation in Madrid."
Cristina Reguera, American Club vice president, was awarded the Spaniard of the Year award for her outstanding service to the club.
US Ambassador Eduardo Aguirre Jr. Aguirre lauded the organisation for being at the "centre of efforts to promote understanding not only between Spain and the United States but also the United States and the world."
He called the club members "true ambassadors" between the US and its international friends, and described the relationship between the United States and Spain as doing "well," despite a cooling of diplomatic relations between the countries after Prime Minister José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero pulled Spanish troops out of Iraq on taking office in 2004.
The ambassador closed saying: "We share a deep and lasting commitment to common values that give shape to the true spirit of democracy."
[El Pais / Kelly Ramundo / Expatica]
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