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

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Discretion cited as key component of new service initiated in Las Vegas. 

“While some attorneys have long specialized in making embarrassments for high-profile clients ‘go away,’ they often only handle cases for Americans.  Because much of the Consular Chamber’s membership is foreign…they might not be as familiar with how the court system works.”  –  Tim O’Reilly, Las Vegas Business Press

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Honorary Consul of Poland introduces Honorary Consul of Chile and Honorary Vice-consul of Guatemala to Kröl Family

Private reception benefits Museum of the History of Polish Jews

19 December, 2009, Beverly Hills, CA–/Newly appointed Las Vegas Honorary Consul of Poland John Petkus led a Krol Estate Gatheringdelegation of 5 to the Kröl mansion in Beverly hills, including Paulina Biggs Sparkuhl, Honorary Consul of Chile in Las Vegas and Dr. Aldo Aguirre, Honorary Vice Consul of Guatemala in Las Vegas.

The Las vegas guests joined an intimate gathering, including the Consul of Polish Culture in Los Angeles, the Honorable Malcorzata Cup, and enjoyed the warm hospitality of the Kröl family during a presentation of the Museum of the History of Polish Jews.  The Kröl family has lent its considerable support to the Museum, now under construction on the site of the original Warsaw Jewish Ghetto.

The evening was a productive mix of philanthropy, business discussion and new introductions.  Kröl Vodka CEO Philip www.krolvodka.comKröl and his wife Elaine were on hand in support of the family business expansions.  With strong distribution and a devout following in the US, Kröl has its sights set on foreign markets.  The Las Vegas contingent of Influential business diplomats, introduced by Honorary Consul of Poland John Petkus, may be a sign of things to come.

Consular Chamber Makes Strong Showing

30 Sept. 2009/–prominent Las Vegans Phil and Dona Griffith hosted a spectacular fundraiser to support the New Life With Education School, located in Santa Maria de Jesus, Guatemala (www.newlifeguatemala.com). 

Consuls Aguirre and Walther, Judy Kerchner, Consuls Biggs Sparkuhl and John Petkus

Consuls Aguirre and Walther, Judy Kerschner, Consuls Biggs Sparkuhl and Petkus

 

New Life is a small operation, taking in disabled students in one of the poorest towns in Guatemala.  

Dr. Aldo Aguirre, Honorary Vice Consul of Guatemala and President of the Executive Committee of the Consular Chamber, was on hand to answer questions and support the valiant efforts of Judy Kerschner, the Founder of New Life.  Consul members in attendance also included Lena Walther, Honorary Consul of Sweden, Paulina Biggs Sparkuhl, Honorary Consul of Chile, and John Petkus, Honorary Consul of Poland. 

The gracious hosts opened their lovely Las Vegas home and served up a sumptuous selection of food and beverage.  Ms. Kerschner brought video and great deal of her endeavors in Guatemala.  Funds were donated by attendees.