Kansas Paraguay Partners 2015 Annual Meeting

Kansas Paraguay Partners had their annual meeting on March 14, 2015.  We were honored to have Paraguayan Ambassador Igor Pangrazio, Steve Vedder President of Partners of the Americas and two of his staff form Washington, DC.  The board had a welcoming dinner the previous evening.  The program included:

  • a panel of members who talked about what KKP and Paraguay have meant to them,
  • news from POA by Steve Vetter, Sherrita Wilkins, Ukiah Busch.
  • Ed O’Malley President of Kansas Leadership Circle told us about the Center.

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Kansas Paraguay President Visits Paraguay

Here is a nice piece about KPP President Jay Newton and CPK President Carolina Pedro meeting with the Paraguayan Minister of Extremal Relations Ambassador Eladio Loizaga.  KPP member Merrill and Boots Raber were also in attendance as were several other members of CPK.


Celebrating 50 Years of Partnerships

That was the theme of the Kansas Paraguay Partners Annual Meeting held in Manhattan Kansas on March 8. We aren’t actually 50 years old but we are helping celebrate the Partners of the Americas anniversary.  We actually date to 1968 which makes us 46.  In addition to celebrating POA’s 50th we featured the collaboration that helped create the program of Human Ecology at the National University in Paraguay (see pervious post).

Here are some pictures from our meeting. I did not catch the name of the Paraguayan student who sang so beautifully.  If anyone can tell me, I will edit this and add her name.  She deserves it.

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Looking Back on the History of POA and KPP

To view a 13-minute interview with Jim Boren, one of the founders of Partners of the Americas, please follow this link:


A brief biography of Jim Boren:
In 1957, Jim Boren was the state campaign manager in Texas for Ralph Yarborough’s successful race for the U. S. Senate. He served as the Senator’s Chief of Staff until 1961, when he was named the Deputy Director of the United States Economic Mission to Peru. While in the Foreign Service, Jim helped found and directed the Partners of the Americas, a private sector program aimed at grass roots development in education, health, and community initiatives. The program continues today and is the hemisphere’s largest volunteer program.


2007 CPK Scholarship Awarded

The first recipient of the Comité Paraguay Kansas Special Merit Scholarship was Lorenzo Veloso (pictured below, on the campus of Kansas State University). Lorenzo first came to Kansas with a CPK internship at the School of Veterinary Medicine of Kansas State University in 2002-2003. Lorenzo returned to K-State in the fall of 2004, to pursue graduate studies. The 2007 CPK scholarship helped cover tuition and fees, making it possible for Lorenzo to graduate in May of this year with an MS in Meat Science and Industry.

Congratulations, Lorenzo!

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