Highly Trained Philanthropist Steps Up to Aid the Mission of the Consular Chamber of Commerce.

Expertise adds to long list of free services provided for consuls around the world. 

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

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International Business Association 17th World Trade Conference

Consular Chamber of Commerce co-founder and President Emeritus  Jonathan Warren will be the keynote speaker opening the 17th World Trade Conference  & U.S. Department of Commerce Export Achievement Awards, May 4th, 2010 in Ontario, California.

Mr. Warren is a past-President of the Nevada Committee on Foreign Relations, which later merged into the Las Vegas World Affairs Council.  He co-founded the Consular Chamber of Commerce a not-for-profit, independent, global chamber of commerce; the Order of Consular Emissaries, a group of volunteers supporting Honorary Consulates; Dine With Dignitaries, hosting dignitaries at intimate dinners in many countries; Identify.nu, the Chamber’s proprietary global identity verification service, and;  countries.consul.cc, the Chamber’s proprietary global directory of local area information and mapping.  

Jonathan went on to conceive and create the Office of the Legal Attaché of the Consular Chamber, and the Consultancy of the Consular Chamber.  He then gained acceptance of the Chamber as a institutional member of the Institute for Cultural Diplomacy, the first such member in the western United States.

Mr. Warren will be speaking on the catalysts and motives in forming the Consular Chamber, and the capabilities it brings to its membership.  He will also provide his opinions as to where the group will go under its present leadership.  The following afternoon, he will be moderating a panel of experts on Global Opportunity Zones.

 

Attorney Lloyd Baker appeared somewhat shocked at the size of the gathering in his law office at 500 S. 8th Street in Las Vegas on March 31, 2010.  The at-capacity crowd gathered for the open house launch of office space donated by the Mr. Baker to the Consular Chamber of Commerce, for use by member consuls either residing in, or visiting Las Vegas. 

photography courtesy Gregory Smith Images

The event was also sponsored by Mundo ‘Culinary Haute Spot’ Restaurant, located just blocks away at World Market Center.  Mundo proprietor George Harris recently invited the Honorary Consul of Chile in Las Vegas, Paulina Biggs Sparkuhl, to choose Chilean wines for the menu at the restaurant.  Two of the four wines adopted for the Mundo menu were presented at this event, as well as a few of Mundo’s award-winning hors d’oeurves.

Consul Biggs Sparkuhl encouraged all to please patronize Mundo and have a glass of Chilean wine, making the point that each glass of wine poured was helping the Chilean economy recover from the disasterous recent earthquakes in the heart of the wine region.

Consular Chamber of Commerce Open House at Lloyd Baker Law Building
Gary Furlong, Honorary Consul General of Uzbekistan; Lena Walther, Honorary Consul of Sweden; Paulina Biggs Sparkuhl, Honorary Consul of Chile; Lloyd Baker, Consular Emissary; Dr. Aldo Aguirre, Honorary Vice-Consul of Guatemala; Marco Varela, Consular Emissary

In recognition of their ongoing support of his Consulate, Dr. Aldo Aguirre, Honorary Vice-Consul of Guatemala, took the opportunity to induct Lloyd Baker and Marco Varela into the Order of Consular Emissaries.

Consuls in attendance:

  • Gary Furlong, Honorary Consul General of Uzbekistan in Seattle
  • Paulina Biggs Sparkuhl, Honorary Consul of Chile in Las Vegas and North American Director of FICAC
  • Dr. Aldo Aguirre, Honorary Vice-Consul of Guatemala in Las Vegas and Vice-Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Las Vegas Clark County Library District
  • Lena Walther, Honorary Consul of Sweden in Las Vegas
  • The Vice-Consul of El Salvador in Los Angeles (career consul), Juan Antonio Salamanca Escolero
Juan Antonio Salamanca Escolero, Vice-Consul of El Salvador in Los Angeles

Juan Antonio Salamanca Escolero, Vice-Consul of El Salvador in Los Angeles joined us in Las Vegas