Vatican

Paulina Biggs Sparkuhl, Honorary Consul of Chile in Las Vegas, co-Founder of the Consular Chamber of Commerce and North American Director of the World Federation of Consuls (FICAC), was among twelve consuls invited to the Vatican on May 11, 2011.  Consul Biggs Sparkuhl was accompanied by Consular Chamber co-Founder Jonathan Warren, Honorary Consul of the Principality of Monaco in Las Vegas.

Pope Benedict XVI is awarded the FICAC Gold Star. His Holiness is pictured with FICAC President Hon. Arnold Foote, Jr. and FICAC Secretary Hon. Aykut Eken

His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI received the FICAC Gold Star, which has been awarded by FICAC only to distinguished world leaders.  The framed presentation will hang in the Vatican Museum, which FICAC President Hon. Arnold Foote, Jr. said “will always serve as a reminder of the highest recognition ever received by the World Federation of Consuls.”

Other invited consul members of the FICAC Board of Directors flew to the event their homes in Thailand, Cyprus, Turkey, Jamaica, Monaco, Greece, Philippines, India and Brazil.

FICAC Vatican

FICAC is a global federation of consular organizations.  A United Nations-recognized NGO, the group has served to preserve and maintain the honorary consul as the oldest form of bilateral diplomacy, and promotes adherence to the Vienna Conventions on Consular Relations.

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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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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.”

 

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.