Ambassador Nemotov presents Consul Warren with traditional Uzbek jacket

On the Occasion of the March 11 Spring Gala of the Prevent Cancer Foundation titled “The Enchanting Principality of Monaco,” members of the Consular Chamber of Commerce and the Consular Corps of Nevada made visits to four Washington, D.C. embassies.

Lunch at the Embassy of Uzbekistan

 

In addition to the Gala, participants enjoyed a private dinner at the home of the Ambassador of Monaco, a private luncheon at the Metropolitan Club hosted by the Principality of Monaco, a private lunch with the Ambassador of Uzbekistan arranged by Consul General Gary Furlong at the spectacular Uzbek embassy, coffee with the Consul General of Austria at the Austrian Embassy, and meeting with the Cultural Attaché and First Secretary at the Embassy of Chile.

Among the topics of discussion were tourism, international business and expansion of the consular corps and of the World Federation of Consuls (FICAC). 

Felix Danciu and Kim Schmidt with Ambassador Noghes of Monaco

Within the past year, officers and board members of the Consular Chamber have made over a dozen embassy visits in Washington, D.C. alone, including embassies of Austria, Slovakia, Monaco, Uzbekistan, Chile, Guatemala and others.  Expansion of the Consular Corps in Nevada has been discussed with embassies of countries not yet represented in Nevada, in hopes of increasing the number of consuls in Las Vegas to be on par with the number of visitors and percentage of foreign investment in the City. 
  
 
  

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Kathleen von Schaefer with Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval and Jonathan Warren, Consul of Monaco

Kathleen von Schaefer with Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval and Jonathan Warren, Consul of Monaco. Photo: Adam Silvermith

A graduate of the Protocol School of Washington® and the London Image Institute® globe-trotting philanthropist Kathleen von Schaefer, a regular at Consular Chamber events, recently offered her protocol services and expertise to the Consulate of the Principality of Monaco in Las Vegas. 

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Consul Warren, Chairman of the Consular Chamber, immediately accepted, and the two began working out a means of sharing the considerable skills Ms. von Schaefer with other consulates served by the Consular Chamber of Commerce.
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As Global Chief of Protocol, Ms. von Schaefer will not only serve the home offices of the Consular Chamber in Las Vegas, but will also offer protocol advice to member consulates around the world, free of charge.
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 “I was thrilled to find that we had such a highly trained professional right here in Las Vegas.  Kathleen has true passion for this ancient and crucial profession, as well as a uniquely gentle demeanor in delivering the instructions and advice so important to our ranks.”  – Jonathan Warren, Consul of Monaco
 
 
Kathleen von Schaefer receives her diploma from Protocol School of Washington

Kathleen von Schaefer receives her diploma from Protocol School of Washington

“Protocol is more than just knowing the rules, it is also understanding how to orchestrate grace and elegance in a variety of settings.  Kathleen von Schaefer’s unique skills have earned her the respect of Consuls representing nations from all around the world, including the Consul General of Uzbekistan for the western United States. The Consulate of Uzbekistan is honored to have Ms. von Schaefer as our Protocol Adviser for Nevada and California.”   Gary Furlong, Honorary Consul General of Uzbekistan

FICAC:  World Federation of ConsulsFEDERATION INTERNATIONALE DES CORPS ET ASSOCIATIONS CONSULAIRES (FICAC), known in English as the World Federation of Consuls, was formed in Copenhagen in 1982.

FICAC North America Director Paulina Bigg Sparkuhl

FICAC North America Director Paulina Biggs Sparkuhl

FICAC is a global network of consular associations created to support and improve the status, legitimacy and effectiveness of all consular officers in all receiving States.  Now a  Brussels-based NGO, the organization has United Nations recognition and ECOSOC Observer Status.

In North America, the only membership organization is the Consular Chamber of Commerce.  Consuls within North America wishing to join FICAC may do so by joining the Consular Chamber of Commerce (free of charge), and asking for FICAC membership.  An annual charge of $50. will apply for the FICAC membership dues only.

The FICAC Board of Directors includes Consular Chamber co-founder Paulina Biggs Sparkuhl, Honorary Consul of Chile in Las Vegas. 

FICAC takes an active role in pursuing adherence to the Vienna Conventions on Consular Relations in all treaty jurisdictions around the world.  The Organization also promotes charitable and cultural events globally.

The FICAC South Asia Regional Conference will take place in New Delhi February 15-17, 2011.

Mexico has been chosen to host the FICAC World Congress of Consuls in 2012.

Aldo Aguirre tapped for Governor-Elect Sandoval Transition TeamNevada Governor-Elect Brian Sandoval has named the President of the Consular Chamber of Commerce to his Transition Team

Dr. Aldo Aguirre, President of the Consular Chamber of Commerce and Honorary Vice-consul ofDr. Aldo Aguirre Guatemala in Nevada, is one of two Las Vegas-area latino members named to the 29-member team.  He is also it’s only Consular officer.

“It is an honor to be in the distinguished company of those chosen by Governor-Elect Sandoval, and to assist with  transitioning the new Administration into office,”  Dr. Aguirre said.

National Day Events include Las Vegas Consuls.

 

Consular Chamber Founders in MonacoBy invitation of His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco, Co-Founders of the Consular Chamber of Commerce Jonathan Warren (Honorary Consul of the Principality of Monaco in Las Vegas) and Paulina Biggs Sparkuhl (Honorary Consul of the Republic of Chile in Las Vegas) were whisked away on three-day so festivities in Monaco. 

The events began with a cocktail at the Palace HSH Prince Albert II, HRH The Princess of Hanover and HRH Princess Stephanie of Monaco.  The couple also had the pleasure to meet Miss Charlene Wittstock, Fiancé of the Prince.  The event included approximately 150 consuls, ambassadors and members of Monaco’s Parliament.   The following two days included a night at the Opera, the famous Mass at the Cathedral, National Day parade and plenty of nightlife.

Following the celebrations of the Monaco’s National Day, the Principality took the opportunity to intoduce its latest initiatives to the Consuar and Diplomatic Corps.

After many years in the men’s formal wear business, Mikka Moon, owner of both Las Vegas locations of Tuxedo Junction for over three decades, expected few surprises from her occupation. 

Recent events proved otherwise when she received an email notifying her that His Serene Highness, Prince Albert II of Monaco had appointed a new Honorary Consul to represent his famous Principality in Las Vegas, and that the new appointee had asked that she accept the position of Personal Haberdasher to the Consul.
 
“I had no idea what would be required,” Ms. Moon says with her trademark smile, “but it sure sounded unusual, and exciting!” 
 

Mikka Moon at Tuxedo Junction
Mikka Moon at Tuxedo Junction in Las Vegas

Mikka was not completely in the dark.  The Consul chosen by the Prince was Jonathan Warren, a life-long local to Las Vegas who first did business with Tuxedo Junction in 1980.  Mr. Warren had been back for various purchases over the years, but his new appointment would mean hosting many formal events.  This has caused something of an inventory check at Tuxedo Junction. 

“Jonathan’s events have always been good for our business.  I’m told that now there will also be special collections, out-of-state events and official dress codes involved – not to mention the larger guest lists,”  Ms. Moon explains.

The Prince’s Palace, Monaco

Ms. Moon’s first task is outfitting Consul Warren for Monaco’s National Day ceremonies November 18th to the 20th, to which the Consul has been invited by the Prince’s Palace.  The two-day affair includes parties at the Palace in Monaco, and “more costume changes than Phantom of the Opera,” as described by the new official Haberdasher.  

Almost immediately following the National Day celebrations in Monaco, the Consulate is hosting consuls of several other countries at a private box at the Las Vegas concert of renowned violinist Andre Rieu.  Tuxedo Junction is already ordering the items of attire expected to be in demand for and after the event.
 
Mikka expects lengthy instructions to outfit Consul Warren and members of his guest list for the inauguration ceremony of the new Consulate in Las Vegas.  His Excellency Gilles Noghès, Ambassador of Monaco in Washington, DC is expected to perform the official ceremony, at an as-yet undisclosed location.
 
As for why Tuxedo Junction was chosen, Mr. Warren replies “Mikka has been my formal wear expert for thirty years.  I immediately thought of her when asked who could best outfit a few of us who enjoy the occasional white tie classic, and a touch of panache.” 
 
Asked what to expect from the one person in the world who officially represents Monte Carlo in Las Vegas, the new consul smiles, “Get dressed. We’re going out.”

The Consular Chamber of Commerce in Las Vegas, through the work of member Gary Furlong, Honorary Consul General of Uzbekistan, hosted the visit of His Excellency Ilhom Nematov, Ambassador of the Republic of Uzbekistan to the United States.

Uzbekistan InformationFrom Alexander the Great, to Genghis Khan, to the Soviet Union, to independence, Uzbekistan’s challenges and opportunities are legendary.

A former Ambassador to both Russia and to India, His Excellency is now Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to the United States.

Much of the Mojave Desert environment resembles a great deal of Uzbekistan, aConsular Chamber Presents Ambassador Nematov country the size and population of California.  While in Las Vegas, the Consular Chamber arranged for the Ambassador to speak at the World Affairs Council October luncheon on October 26, as well as tours of cutting edge power and water facilities, and a meeting with Consular Chamber organizers of the Global PURE Water Expo.  Meetings with Southern Nevada Water Authority General Manager Patricia Mulroy and Mayor Oscar Goodman have also been arranged.

Aral Sea reduction in UzbekistanOn the evening of October 26th, the Ambassador and Mrs. Nematova will be the Guests of Honor at Dine with Dignitaries, a Consular Chamber tradition.  Twenty-two participants will join the Ambassador and his wife for a spectacular dinner prepared by renowned Las Vegas chef Andre Roché, at Alizé, at the top of the Palms hotel in Las Vegas.  Dine with Dignitaries allows for candid, off-the-record conversation with no speeches, no agenda, no press and no podium.  Business discussion is encouraged.  Reservations may be made online.