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Madame Mariza Bensurto introduces the Board and US Support that comprise the officers of the League of San Francisco Consular Corps.

Madame Mariza Bensurto, President of the League of San Francisco Consular Corps, hosted a Welcome Tea for new members of the League at the Official Residence on 27 September 2017.

As Dean of the San Francisco Consular Corps, Consul General Henry S. Bensurto, Jr. was invited to attend the Welcome Tea. In the photo are US Support Kathleen Kimura, Mrs. Bensurto, Chief of Protocol Charlotte Schults, and Madame Usha Ashok of India, the League’s previous President.

The League of the San Francisco Consular Corps (LSFCC) is a non-profit, apolitical, non-partisan organization founded in 1989.  Then named the Ladies of the San Francisco Consular Corps, it was re-named League of San Francisco Consular Corps in 2012. The organization is composed of spouses and partners of members of the San Francisco Consular Corps, as well as retired diplomats.

Mrs. Bensurto introduced the new Board Members of the League and the US Support ladies. The US Support ladies provide the institutional memory in the organization, assist the officers in encouraging people to join the League and help plan activities that foster camaraderie and help members integrate into the Community.  She also introduced the newest members of the League and encouraged them to sign up for activities they might be interested in, such as learning a sport, visiting museums, food and walking tours around San Francisco.

Ms. Charlotte Schultz, Chief of Protocol of the State of California, attended the event. She pledged the assistance of the Office of the Mayor to the League, stating how the various Consulates General in San Francisco provide important services to the City’s residents.

To maximize the visit of the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA), the Mandayas, who are in San Francisco for the exhibit on Mindanao textiles, were invited to perform a welcome dance at the Residence. END

(Above) The Mandaya performed a welcome dance for the guests.
(Below) Mrs. Bensurto and Consul General Bensurto with the Mandaya dancers and officers of the NCCA.