Latinos Unidos 2005 4th Quarter Newsletter Lena Avila, Editor-Ann Morris Spanish Version
Happy Holidays with a prosperous 2006!
In 2005, Latinos Unidos of Iowa accomplished:
Ongoing: Increased interaction with media; DM Register and Latino papers
Ongoing: Work with Frank Owens on planning and LU focus
February: IITA Conference
March: IPTV Festival (volunteers)
March: Latino Cuisine Dinner at Plymouth
April: Latino Resource Fair
May: Latino Flair Hy-Vee
July: Appreciation Picnic
August: Hola Center Open House
August: Civil Rights Booth State Fair (volunteers)
September: Latinos Unidos Conference/Scholarship presentations
Dr. José Ángel Dr. Gil Ramírez Ms. Melissa Talamantes Scholarship Winners
September: Farewell Dinner for Linda Anderson at El Dorado
October: Latino Affairs Conference
November: Flauta Dinner
December: Gift cards to needy families
• Flauta dinner $600.00 revenue
• Sam’s Diversity day! Generated $63.00
• Sam’s donated $500.00
Scheduled Latinos Unidos meetings are held monthly at DMACC Urban Campus 12:00 to
January 13, 2006
February 10, 2006
March 10, 2006
Latinos Unidos of Iowa, Inc. Sponsors:
Bankers Trust DMACC Mercy Center UPS
Wells Fargo Tyson Meats HyVee Fleur Theater
The Iowa Vein Center Des Moines University Medicom Dr. Jeff Gilbert
John Deere William & Barbara Clark-Perry Iowa
2005 Latinos Unidos of Iowa, Inc. Officers & Board of Directors:
• Lena Avila Robison
Vice President Board Members:
• Bertha D’Souza
Treasurer Barbara Quijano Decker
• Jill Whitten/Patty Iseminger Linda Anderson
Secretary Maria Rundquist
• Jacqui Easley Maria Heidebrecht
Public Relations Eric Idehen
• Ann Morris Thom Guzman
Benefits of volunteering (an intangible asset-helping others helps you) and those reasons are:
• Gain valuable life experiences and skills
• Meeting interesting people
• Get academic credit (some schools offer credit)
• Send a signal that you’d be an asset
Contact Latinos Unidos if you would like to volunteer and become a member of a strong and
committed nonprofit organization. Lena Avila Robison at 515-79-6840 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Ann Morris email@example.com.
Un Orgullio Latino
Maria Roldán, A volunteer who never asks why but jumps in and participates. Maria has
been Latinos Unidos 1st place Salsa winner for 3 years in a row at the Des Moines Botanical
Garden. She has helped Latinos Unidos teach children and adults how to make Mexican
flowers and piñatas. She is a devote Catholic, a single mother of 2 sons, and a volunteer at
Maria is a wonderful, caring and good hearted person. Recently she gave up her snow boots
to a single mother who found Iowa’s weather frightful. This is only one of many times she
has helped others.
Scholarships, Internships and Public Policy Fellowship Program:
Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute
CHCI Scholarship Awards, 911 2nd Street, Ne Washington DC 20002
www.chciyouth.org or 1-800-Excel.DC
ICIU Cultural Competence Workshops Announced
A Series of Workshops from ICIU
Drawing on more than 60 years of experience in building bridges between cultures, the Iowa Council
for International Understanding (ICIU) presents a workshop series with new opportunities for
improving cultural understanding in the workplace and community. ICIU has prepared this series of
five workshops to equip participants with skills that will allow them to take action and go beyond
awareness. The workshops will be focused on several pertinent issues related to cultural
competence and how to foster impacting change.
As the population of Iowa continues to change, our individual cultural competence is becoming more
important. Employees who feel connected to their co-workers and safe in their working environment
are happier and more productive. The same is true for community members.
Being able to communicate effectively with others is not only important in the workplace, but it is just
as important when communicating with family, friends, neighbors, and community members. The
Internet and other technologies are advancing the way we interact and do business, bringing the
entire globe within reach.
Workshop: Get Up Offa That Thing
December 15, 2005 8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Workshop: Watcha Gonna Say Now?
January 26, 2006 8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Workshop: In Their Shoes
February 23, 2006 8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Workshop: It's Not Just About Access, It's About Success
March 30, 2006 8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Workshop: Training of Trainers
April 27-28, 2006 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Sign Up Today!
For information on workshops, including costs and content, please visit the ICIU website at
www.iciu.org/diversity_training.shtml or contact Jennifer Smyser at 515-282-8269, x15.
Stock Your Kitchen to Fight Diabetes
November is American Diabetes Month
If you're one of the 41 million people in the United States with pre-diabetes — and you might not
even know you are — here's important news. Without aggressive lifestyle changes — namely weight
loss and regular exercise — there is a very good chance you will wind up with full-blown diabetes in
the future. To stop the disease in its tracks, try these South Beach Diet™ smart-eating guidelines —
perfect for those who have pre-diabetes, as well as those who don't!
• Eat whole grains, such as brown rice, bulgur, slow-cooking oatmeal, and whole-wheat bread
• Enjoy beans and legumes frequently (all Phases).
• Enjoy plenty of vegetables, without added fat or sauces.
• Consume whole, low-glycemic-index fresh fruits (Phase 2), like berries, apples, and/or citrus
fruits such as oranges and grapefruit halves. Avoid canned or jarred fruits with added
sweeteners or syrups.
• Include low-fat or nonfat dairy in your diet, such as 1 percent or nonfat milk, low-fat soy milk,
and unsweetened low-fat or nonfat plain yogurt (Phase 1). Artificially sweetened low-fat or
nonfat yogurt is acceptable in Phase 2.
• Focus on fish, poultry, and lean cuts of meat, and use low-fat cooking methods such as
baking, roasting, broiling, or grilling.
• Avoid saturated fats; instead, choose monounsaturated and omega-3 fats found in avocados,
nuts, fish, and olive and canola oils
Vilsack, Pederson announce new
Administrator of Latino Affairs
DES MOINES – Governor Vilsack and Lt. Governor Pederson announced today the appointment of
Armando Villareal as Administrator for the Division of Latino Affairs. Villareal will assume his duties
December 14, 2005.
“We are pleased to announce the appointment of Armando Villareal,” Vilsack said. “He will be a
strong advocate for diversity and education in a variety of areas because he understands our
responsibility to continue to strengthen economic security for all Iowans.”
Villareal, 58, has worked to help Latino communities with voting rights issues and civic education not
only in the United States, but also in Central America and South Africa. He has most recently been
an advocate for Latino immigrant groups and labor unions to the Texas legislature. Villareal has
also worked as a consultant on Latino community outreach. He is a graduate of both Universidad
Veracruzana and Antioch College.
“Armando Villareal is a great choice for this position because of his dedication to social causes and
human rights for citizens in the United States, Mexico, Central America, and Peru,” Lt. Governor
Pederson said. “He brings a breadth of experience to the position. Because Mr. Villareal has
dedicated his professional life to empowering Latinos in social and political activism, this will be a
great opportunity for the Division of Latino Affairs to continue strengthening the Latino
community and improving the quality of life for all Iowans."
The mission of the Commission on Latino Affairs is to improve the quality of life of all Iowans by
increasing statewide understanding of the social, cultural and economic contributions Latinos make
in Iowa. The Division also serves as a resource center which promotes positive change by
assessing the issues and making recommendations to decision-makers of the challenges facing
Iowa's Latino community.
Villareal will replace John-Paul Chaisson-Cardenas who resigned in July.
I would like to feature Michele Howell former Latinos Unidos Board member and scholarship judge.
Regions Bank officials have named Michele Howell Vice President, Community Development
Manager for the state of Iowa. "We are extremely excited to have Michele as our Community
Development Manager. Michele's past 25 years of banking experience combined with her
dedication and commitment to the communities we serve will benefit numerous individuals and
organizations across the state," said Tom Killeen, Group President of Iowa.
Most recently, Howell was Director of Iowa Community Capital at the Institute for Social & Economic
Development, a non-profit organization, where she developed and implemented a Community
Development Financial Institution (CDFI) that specialized in small business micro loans.
Howell also worked at Bankers Trust Company as a Community Development Officer after
developing her expertise in operations as a Customer Service Manager and Branch Manager. She
has been involved with various community and government boards over her career receiving
numerous awards on a corporate and individual level. She currently sits on Home Inc. Board,
Latinos Unidos Board and Membership Committee, and PACE Committee Board. Howell began her
career over 25 years ago at the Federal Reserve Bank in New York.
As Community Development Manager of Regions Bank, Howell will work with local associates to
provide technical support and direction to increase market share, community development loans and
CRA qualified investments. Regions Bank has 19 branches in Iowa, and is actively involved in
various community programs.
About Regions Financial Corporation Regions Financial Corporation (NYSE: RF), headquartered in
Birmingham, Ala., is a full-service provider of retail and commercial banking, securities brokerage,
mortgage, and insurance products and services. With its merger with former Union Planters Corp.
complete, Regions had assets of $84.1 billion as of Dec. 31, 2004, making it one of the nation's Top
15 financial services providers. Regions' banking subsidiaries, Regions Bank and Union Planters
Bank, operate some 1,400 offices and a 1,700-ATM network across a 15-state geographic footprint
in the South, Midwest and Texas. Its investment and securities brokerage, trust and asset
management division, Morgan Keegan & Company Inc., provides services from more than 240
offices. Additional information about the new Regions, which is a member of both the Forbes and
Fortune 500 and operates one of the Top 20 mortgage companies in the United States, can be
found at www.regions.com.
Vice President - Community Development Regions Bank
3334 Westown Parkway, West Des Moines, IA 50266 515-235-8346 Phone 515-223-9379
In For Better or Worse I read:
Elizabeth, would you help me make some pies?
As a Teacher, that’s one of my favorite subjects!
I’m making 10 pies for the Veteran’s dinner. I’ll need your two hands and your oven.
They’re decorating the band hall with ribbons and photographs, and a piper will be here from
How many veterans will be coming this year, Vivian?
Such a big celebration for one man?
But, he represents many people, Elizabeth. People who sacrificed everything for their
…One life at a time.
Happy belated Veterans Day!
I attend St. Anthony’s and during the holidays I was able to purchase scrips as gifts. Many of
you are wondering what is a scrip? A scrip is a substitute for money.
It works like this: St. Anthony purchases negotiable gift certificates at a discount. The certificates
are sold to the public for the full face value on the certificate. The bulk of the discount - from two to
fifteen percent or more - is retained by St. Anthony’s as revenue.
I chose how I wanted the revenue to be used. I chose to give it to a student to help with tuition.
These merchants want to support non profit organizations, and in return ask you to support them by
shopping with scrip at their stores. Your organization members can use scrip to purchase everyday
expenses like food, clothing, and other essentials, and with every purchase, they earn revenue for
Retailers like Scrip, too.
Families who purchase scrip certificates actively support the retailers who participate in this
program. The reason is simple… they know that buying from a scrip participating retailer provides a
steady source of revenue for their church, school, or non-profit organization.
I purchase Johnnies Steak house scrips. I seen a wide range of scrips to list a few: Hy-Vee, Bath
This would also be a great fund raiser for any organization.