Latinos Unidos 2009 Newsletter Lena Avila, Editor
Happy Holidays with a prosperous 2010!
2009 WITH LATINOS UNIDOS of Iowa, Inc.
Thank you to our Sponsors and volunteers!
Bankers Trust, Principal Financial Group, Wells Fargo, The Iowa Vein Center, UPS, Latinos
Unidos of Iowa, Inc. and Mercy College, DMACC, Grace Methodist Church, El Latino Newspaper,
Simpson College, University of Northern Iowa, Grandview College, UPS, Capital City Fruit, Inc.
There are so many in kind sponsors and volunteers that need more than a thank you but a huge and
a strong ABRAZO!
Latinos Unidos is successful because of all of you. Thank you.
Ongoing: Increased interaction with media; DM Register and Latino Newspapers
Ongoing: Work with Frank Owens on planning and LU focus
Ongoing: Updating the website
January 11th: Coffee with the Iowa Legislatures 2010 10 am to Noon
February: Regular meeting
March: IPTV Festival (volunteers)
March: Latino Cuisine Fundraising Scholarship Dinner
April: Latino Resource Fair
May: Happy cinco de mayo meeting
July: Appreciation Picnic
August: Vida Loca meeting
September: Latinos Unidos Conference/Scholarship Award Dinner
October: Regular meeting
November: LU celebration meeting
December: Happy Holidays!
2009 Un Orgullio Latino
Julian Caselli is the assistant manager at Boston’s Gourmet Pizza.
Julian has been Latinos Chef for many of the successful
fundraising scholarship in 2008 and 2009 dinners.
Julian’s expertise stems from his chef skills from places as
Colombia, Venesula and Europe. His love for his cooking shows in
every planned meal he prepares.
Join Latinos Unidos next fundraising dinner and find out for
You will ask Julian to prepare something special for you.
I know I have!
Presenter: Rossany Brugger Public Health
Trip to VerMeer Pella Manufacturing
Iowa Immigration Education Coalition
Three former Latinos Unidos scholarship winners to showscase Latinos Unidos on website:
Claudia Schabel, Principal Financial
Francisco Guzman, Restaurant Manager
Esperanza Pintor, U of I
Speakers: Lila Douglas, Primary Care and US Census Bureau - Wendi A. Muir, Partnership Specialist
In the News:
Mauricio Matheu made the Des Moines Register playing his guitar. It was a delight to learn more
about Mauricio other than knowing he worked for Wells Fargo. Mauricio has been a member of
Latinos Unidos for a number of years and has been involved in a variety of different events.
VerMeer Pella Manufacturing - April
Iowa Immigration Education Coalition
Will need 4 Latinos Unidos members to participate in the IPTV festival on March 15th Noon to
Dan Sadowski has been updating the website.
Karen Miranda chairing and working on gmail account.
New treasurer: Wells Fargo personal banker
Dora Carmargo, Vice President
23 books collected for Iowa prisons. Thanks to Ann Morris and Sol Varisco and others who provided
The four Latinos Unidos scholarship judges for 2009:
• Ewa Pratt, representing DMAAC and chair
• Jennifer Nostrala, representing Simpson
• Marsha McPheren, representing Grandview
• Kirk Powman from U.N.I.
Our dinner will be May 2nd same place last year, Julian Caselli, chef and a different menu.
Latino Resource Fair / Mini Medical Clinic Sponsored by University of Iowa will be here in at Des
Moines Papa Johns May, 20th from 6:30 to 8 p.m.
Meet the legislatures and to have them leave the session with a positive look at the Latinos in Iowa. Our
goal is to meet and greet them again on first day in 2010 with the introduction of the Latino and
Immigration reform bill.
Jose Ramos did great job doing out T shirts to be represented at IPBS Telethon. Those attending were:
Jesus Estrada, Mauricio Matheu, Ann Morris, Ivonne Desfassiaux and Lena Robison.
Julian’s menu for May’s fundraising dinner: Picadillo Cubano in Salsa, White rice, Black beans, salad,
Roast pork or Stuffed Pork loins and Flan.
Mauricio Matheu entertained the audience with his guitar expertise.
Joyce Cook for the first time learned what cooking with a Latino flavor was like. Lilia also
Latinos Unidos took a tour of the VerMeer Plant in Pella. Go to the website and see the pictures.
Presenters: Penny Nichols and Joe Gonzales, HOLA AND HONRA
Wendi A. Muir, Partnership Specialist, Bureau US Census
The scholarship application is due on June 15, 2009.
Presenter: Sandra Sanchez, AFSC
The annual Latinos Unidos Picnic hosted over 122 individuals with food from all over the world, a
piñata and games. Thanks to Tyson Foods for the Carnitas. This was the largest crowd for our
annual picnic and it was wonderful to host so many.
Latinos Unidos finally made it to La Vida Loca Winery. It was simply delightful and we have made
plans to return in 2010.
Julian and those attending made out the menu for the Award ceremony dinner.
Dan Sadowski and Kristi shared information about his survey and research around the state and
how it would help the Latinos in Iowa suffering from Diabetes.
Latinos Unidos scholarship dinner was such a success and the most funds we have ever made $800
plus. Dinner menu was planned: Italiano/Colombiano, Salad, Cuban, Garlic Roast pork,
Guatamalan, Arroz Blanco, papas chorriadas Colombianas fricase de pollo cubano, Equador, platanos
maduros fritos. Vegetarian: Pasta italiana; Dessert: Arroz con leche, receta colombiana; Drinks
Agua de tamarindo, Coffee and ice water.
Latinos Unidos 10 scholarship Recipients:
4 Year Applicants
Ruiz-Stanbary Maya Grinnell College
Cedeno Victor Drake University
Elizalde Leslie Maria Buena Vista University
Roman Irene Wartburg College
Solis Julie Drake University
Taber Jon Upper Iowa Universtiy
Alonso Ana Rosa ISU
2 Year Applicants
Alvarez Diego Marshalltown Community College
.Castelan Jose Antonio ISU
Latinos Unidos covered the Nicaragua Booth this year with the help of Joy and Olga who shared
their items from Nicaragua. Thank you so much and thank you Latinos Unidos volunteers.
Mauricio Matheu represented Latinos Unidos at the Great Des Moines Partnership.
Many of our Latinos Unidos scholarship winner and members assisted at the Latino Conference.
Presenters: US Cellular Guest speakers: Tasha Weier and Laurie Haeder
Employment opportunities and benefits.
Community opportunities for schools log on to their website.
Latinos Unidos set up a booth at the HOLA Center Legal clinic.
Mauricio Matheu provided the audience with the value of using Facebook; to invite more individuals
interested in Latinos Unidos.
Latinos Unidos last meeting for 2009 at BOSTON’S GOURMET PIZZA was cancelled due to the
weather. However, one family of 4 was selected and actually have been instrumental in making
Latinos Unidos a success. The second check was sent to a Postville family.
2009 Latinos Unidos of Iowa, Inc. Officers & Board of Directors:
President Public Relations:
• Lena Avila Robison
• Dora Camargo Board Members:
Treasurer Jerry Tormey
• Wells Fargo Banker Jesus Estrada
Secretary Claudia Schabel
• Ivonne Desfassiaux Maria Heidebrecht
Juan Carlos Cadenillas
Newsletter – vacant
Promoting – Mauricio Matheu
Latinos Unidos physical years ends in March 2010. If any one is interested in joining us contact us.
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 are interested in volunteering and become a member of a strong and
committed nonprofit organization. Lena Avila Robison at 515-79-6840 or email@example.com;
Maurico Matheu at firstname.lastname@example.org; Latinos Unidos Facebook. And
Thank you for being a part of Latinos Unidos your supporter and for volunteering.