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06 June 2018, San Francisco. For the second year in a row, Mrs. Ann Mariza Sanchez-Bensurto, wife of Consul General Henry S. Bensurto Jr., was elected as President of the League of San Francisco Consular Corps (LSFCC). Her re-election is demonstrative of the visionary leadership that Mrs. Bensurto has brought to the LSFCC ever since she took office last year.

The LSFCC was founded in 1986 as an informal group by diplomatic spouses and Honorary Consuls to provide assistance to the spouses of the Consular Corps based in San Francisco and to serve as a friendly forum for members. It was established also with the goal of assisting Bay Area charitable institutions through philanthropic activities. The LSFCC has expanded its membership to include members, partners and spouses of the Consular Corps. Activities of the LSFCC include annual holiday and tea parties, docent tours to various museums in the Bay Area, visual and performing arts presentations, informative lectures and discussions with San Francisco city officials.

Hosted at the residence of Indian Consul General Venkatesan Ashok and Madame Usha Ashok, the first General Assembly of the LSFCC year gathered together almost all current and active members of the LSFCC and its US Support Committee. Some prospective members were also present to learn more about the associations mandate and activities.

Mrs. Bensurto, in her acceptance speech, expressed her gratitude to the officers and members of the LSFCC and underscored the importance of building bridges and international understanding through various socio-civic programs and activities that the LSFCC hosts: “I am very thankful to all of you who have trusted me to continue with my mandate as President of this association. It is my hope that we unite even more as a group and that everyone in the LSFCC contribute even further in achieving our common objective of promoting international understanding and cooperation among our different countries.”

After the elections, the LSFCC turned over a donation to the West Bay Pilipino Center, the chosen non-profit, NGO in San Francisco. The West Bay Pilipino Center is a resource facility for many recent immigrant families in San Francisco which provides financial, social, emotional, and cultural support to newly arrived immigrant families.

Messages of support outpoured for Mrs. Bensurto after her election.

Incoming LSFCC Vice President Penny Oldfield, wife of Australian Consul General and Senior Trade Commissioner to San Francisco Chris Oldfield said of Mrs. Bensurto: “Thank you so much for accepting the role of President for a second term.”

Other officers elected were Vice Presidents, Penny Oldfield (Australia) and Yiling Quek (Singapore); Treasurer, Majda Ayoub (Jordan); Deputy Treasurer, Heidi Tan (US Support); Secretary, Tei Nagayoshi (Japan); Deputy Secretary, Kathleen Kimura (US Support). Board Members for 2018 include: Alex Whittaker (UK), Anita Sletbak (Norway) and Archana Yadav (India).

For more information on the LSFCC including inquiries on membership, please contact +1 510 912 8882 or email END

League of San Francisco Consular Corps Group Photo at the Residence of Consul General Venkatesan Ashok. Member countries who attended include: Philippines, USA, India, Norway, Ireland, Singapore, Australia, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg, The Netherlands, Vietnam, Germany, The United Kingdom.

LSFCC President Mrs. Ann Mariza Sanchez-Bensurto turns over the LSFCC donation to Ms. Carla Laurel, Executive Director of the West Bay Pilipino Center

Mrs. Ann Mariza Sanchez-Bensurto delivers her acceptance speech after being re-elected as 2018 LSFCC President.