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Open Circle provides a supportive environment to gather for social interaction and to improve our understanding of ourselves, our community and our world.

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Murder, Mayhem, and Mexico: Non-natural death and what the statistics reveal

More US citizens die of non-natural causes in Mexico than in any other foreign country. The US State Department publishes annually the when, where, and “how” behind how Americans “bought the farm” when overseas. An analysis of this data is relevant to our everyday overseas living and reveals activities (driving, swimming) and tragic events (homicide and suicide), along with some glaring media coverage omissions.

June 2, 2024
Murder, Mayhem, and Mexico: Non-natural death and what the statistics reveal

Greg Custer

June 9, 2024
Our Broken Relationship with Charities

Steve Balfour

June 16, 2024
Dance: the Anti- Aging Secret Weapon!

Suzanne Salimbene

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Smile Network

In 2003, Kim Valentini stepped away from a career as a high-powered corporate sales and marketing executive to evaluate what was missing in her life. Fueled by the desire to find meaning and to be a voice for people who didn’t have one, she launched Smile Network International, which quickly became a global force in the nonprofit world. Two decades later and hundreds of passport stamps later, Kim’s “project,” otherwise known as Smile Network International, has resulted in nearly 100 surgical missions in 13 countries on five continents and more than 4,500 children have received the gift of a life-altering surgery.

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About Open Circle

For nearly 30 years, the Lake Chapala area has been honored to host Mexico’s longest-standing weekly English language lecture series. Begun in 1995 by volunteers under the title of “New Dimensions” and initially focused on various aspects of spirituality, in 2001 the program became “Open Circle” and was hosted in homes and restaurants. The Lake Chapala Society became Open Circle Ajijic’s permanent home in the early 2000’s and (since 20021) has become an official Lake Chapala Society program.

 

Mission Statement: 

“Open Circle Ajijic provides a supportive environment to gather for social interaction and to improve our understanding of ourselves, our community, and our world. Presentations span a wide range of intellectual, cultural, physical, and spiritual topics. We do not necessarily agree with the ideas and philosophies of our presenters. We encourage you to listen with an open mind and form your own opinions.”

 

Murder, Mayhem, and Mexico: Non-natural death and what the statistics reveal - Greg Custer
2 de junio de 2024

More US citizens die of non-natural causes in Mexico than in any other foreign country. The US State Department publishes annually the when, where, and “how” behind how Americans “bought the farm” when overseas. An analysis of this data is relevant to our everyday overseas living and reveals activities (driving, swimming) and tragic events (homicide and suicide), along with some glaring media coverage omissions.

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Our Broken Relationship with Charities
June 9, 2024

This will be a unique Open Circle. We will start with a video that will challenge the way we think of nonprofits. This presentation is intended to stimulate thought, open our mind to possibilities, and provide a platform to openly discuss our thoughts. We will ask the question: Is the way we think about charity dead wrong?

Do we have a deficient conception of leverage? The real leverage in philanthropy doesn’t stop with finding the most impactful organization. Should the real leverage be in funding the growth of the most impactful organizations.  What if we stopped treating money as a sin in social change work. No topic is more crucial and timely as we confront an increasingly unstable world with the growing revelation that we are all interconnected and that our fate lies in how much we are willing to invest in positive change. Here at Lakeside, what impact can we make? How can we  change our world and the lives we each  touch? I don’t profess to have the answers, but I think if we challenge each other, we can find answers that will have meaningful impact.

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Dance: the Anti- Aging Secret Weapon!
June 16, 2024

By dance, I am talking about ballroom or social dance— whether it be slow dances, swing, salsa or cumbia. In other words the kind of activity you participate in, not watch seated in a chair! Take it from Suzanne Salimbene, the speaker, who was the oldest (now second oldest) competitive ballroom dancer in Mexico! Aided by demonstrations by her teacher, professional dancer, Alex Ortiz and his dance partner Anastasia Moreno, as well as herself, she will show you how dance defies both physical and mental aspects of aging. They will also demystify many of the terms used to describe both ballroom and social dance and the kinds of dance most frequently done here at lakeside. You will learn where you can go to learn and practice this secret weapon, defy and even turn back the hands of time, while increasing your enjoyment of life here at lakeside.

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