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Lakeside Friends of the Animals, A.C.:
Provides shelter and new homes for cats, sells a pet supplies and operates a free bird sanctuary for local children and residents. Next door to Dr. Ladrone's office. Avenida Hidalgo # 210 Riberas del Pilar. Sue Hillis///hilliss@yahool.com///

Lakeside Spay and Neuter Ranch and Adoptions: www.lakesidespayandneutercenter.com/
Provides shelter and helps curtail the over-population of animals.
Syd - Home: 376-766-5485 Cell: 331-270-4447 English
Elaine: Home/Casa: 376-765-3435 Ingles/Espanol

Lucky Dog: www.luckydogmx.weebly.com/ www.facebook.com/LuckyDogRescueLakeChapalaJaliscoMexico/
To shelter rescue dogs, socialize them and restore them to health, and adopt them out to good homes. To work
with other animal organizations to promote spay and neuter.
Shelley Ronnfeldt, Prsident & Contact 376-765-7751 sronnfeldt@hotmail.com

Operation Compassion:
Operacion Compasion's Mission is to provide free spay/neuter clinics in the municipality of Jocopetec, Jalisco Mexico to poor Mexican families, street dogs, and others of limited means in order to reduce animal sufferingnand help the communities in which we work.
Dee Mistrik 01-387-761-0041/// johnanddee@prodigy.net.mx///
Linda Rudisell-Hines,Communication Lead 01-387-761-0688/// rudiselj@yahoo.com///


Ajijic Society of the Arts (ASA):
Provides local artists an opportunity to meet, demonstrate techniques and organize art shows; and provides assistance to young Mexican artists to learn and show their work.
Deena Jafker376-766-2249///oliodee@hotmail.com///

Bravo Theatre:
Semi-professionsal theatre with live theatre and ongoing adult arts education in dance and theatre.
Jayme Littlejohn 331-045-9627/// mymytickets@gmail.com///

Feria Maestros del Arte A.C. www.mexicoartshow.com We are a yearly November art show free to all artists invited thorughout Mexico. Our goal is to promote and give the dying folk and indigneous artists of Mexico a venue each year to sell.

Lake Chapala Society Children's Art Program Free for all community children, a safe place that provides materials and encouragement for children ages 4 -18 to explore their artistic creativity. A Neill James Legacy program that began in 1954. Every Saturday on the Children's Art patio at Lake Chapala Society, 10 AM to Noon. Danille Page ////childrensart@lakechapalasociety.com///

Los Cantantes del Lago: www.loscantantesdellago.com
This professionally directed chorus enjoys performing classical, sacred and contemporary music, including works of local composers. They give concerts at Lakeside and in Guadalajara, and performed in Turkey, Greece and Ecuador.
Tim Welch///timgrwelch@hotmail.com///

Lakeside Little Theatre A.C.: www.lakesidelittletheatre.com
Promotes and produces a season of balanced theatrical entertainment for the English-speaking community including the development of talent in every area of the theatre arts.

Lakeside Youth Philharmonic Orchestra: orquestainfantildechapala.mx
Sponsored by Golden Strings of Lake Chapala, A.C., training for kids between the ages of 8 and 18 years who
want to learn a musical instrument with the possibility of becoming a member of the “Lakeside Youth
Philharmonic Orchestra”.
Marvin Harthcock 331-000-7721/// helaine.marvin@gmail.com///

Northern Lights Music Festival: www.northernlightsmusic.ca
Provides young talented Canadian artists exposure and experience on the international concert stage and provides the community with a wide range of classical music venues including concerts and demonstrations to young Mexican students and musicians through an annual music festival.
Tom Gladney 376-766-1210///tgladney@gmail.com///

¡VIVA la Música!: www.ajijicviva.org
Bringsfine music to Lakeside while providing opportunities to showcase the musical talent available within the Guadalajara area. It is especially interested in promoting the musical education and careers of young, up-and-coming Mexican musicians.
Rosemary Keeling376-766-1801///rosemarykeeling@hotmail.com///


Mexican National Chili Cookoff: www.mexicanchilicookoff.com
Organizes a Mexican National Cook Off providing a carnival for residents of Lakeside and Guadalajara and thereby raises charitable funds ($20,000 pesos per group) for ten Lakeside IJAS approved charities.
Jacques Bouchard 376-766-3197///jacqueandcarol@hotmail.com///

St. Andrew’s Outreach Program: www.standrewsparish.net
Provides financial support to selected area charities from fund-raising activities through this Episcopal Church parish at Lakeside.
Rev. Winston W. Welty 376-765-3926 WWWelty@yahoo.com
Laura Foster, Information foster312@earthlink.net

CHILDREN AND FAMILY SUPPORT GROUPS: (see also Education and Medical Support Groups)

ACA (Adult Children of Alcoholic & Dysfunctional Families)
Saturdays at Danny's Restaurant 11:30 to 12:30pm 376-766-4409

Casa del Lago (Casa de Ancianos) Chapala:
Provides support for local area elderly citizens through a residential home in Chapala.
Marlene Dunham 376-765-2497///

Centro de Desarrollo Ajijic:
Provides family planning and reproductive health education for Lakeside families (women and men) in schools, churches and the community.
Sylvia Flores 376-766-1679///sylviaflores2@hotmail.com///

Centro Amor en Acción (Love in Action Center) www.loveinactioncenter.org
Provides abandoned, abused, orphans and poverty-stricken children with a safe and loving home and the opportunity to receive an education for a better future.
Kari Romey 376-765-7409/// Kari@loveinactioncenter.org///

El Corazon Creativo (The Creative Heart): www.elcorazoncreativo.com
To empower the community by providing the tools, materials, training, a work space and a retail space to those
with limited resources to create and sell items with minimum financial outlay. This is a regular shop for all
Mary Ellen Rushworth, English 376-766-0496/// mer@elcorazoncreativo.com///
Mony Angulo, Spanish mony@elcorazoncreativo.com///

Have Hammer: www.havehammer.org
Teaching valuable life skills through woodworking & carpentry

Hope House
The Hope House is a safe shelter for boys ages 8 to 18. Our vision is to develop character, provide love and impart tools to be a successful part of society.

La Ola Casa Hogar www.laolacasahogar.org
La Ola is a children's shelter for girls age 3 -18. We provide a loving, family-style atmosphere for disadvantaged children from the streets, abandonment or abusive situations. We attempt to help prepare them to reintegrate into society  and to be productive citizens.
Becky Plinke 387-763-0749 ///laola@laolacasahogar.org///

Lake Assistance
To import equipment for firefighters and police and to distribute around the lakeside fire departments.
John Kelley 376-766-0422/// jkelley203@gmail.com///

Mexican Association to Empower Women for Family Integration, AMSIF:
To work with the poor, mainly women, to transform the family values in the community. Educate women so they can have a critical mind and thus liberate themselves and become agents of change through a liberated and integral education. A method of education used where they can “see, judge, and act”.

Mision de San Pablo (Xtlahuacan de los Membrillos):
Supports feeding, clothing, health improvement, improved accommodations, and educational support to 50 orphans whose parents and/or guardians have perished or become debilitated by AIDS.
Madre Erica 045-331-090-8379///dixie@tepalo.com///

Niños Incapacitados del Lago, A.C. : www.programaninos.org
Programa Pro Niños Incapacitados del Lago, A.C. is a non-profit, all-volunteer organization that helps lowincome
Mexican families pay medical expenses for their children with disabling or life-threatening illnesses.
Dave Pike, President 376-765- 3137/// dave.ppni@gmail.com///

Operation Compassion Ministries:
Feeding the hungry a comida meal in San Antonio, Monday to Saturday at Jesus Garcia #4.
Tom Music 376-766-5956///tmusic3856@yahoo.com///

Villa Infantil Orphanage: www.villainfantil.com.mx
Facebook: Villa Infantil Guadalupe y San Jose

Villa Infantil is located in a rural area near the small village of San Pedro Tesistan – about forty-five miles from Guadalajara on the south shore of Lake Chapala. The orphanage was started in Guadalajara in 1996 and moved to this location in 2002. It is run with loving care by Madre Maria with the help of two other nuns. There are currently 23 children at the Villa aged 1 -13. In 2010, ten children were either adopted or able to return home to their families. The children are all brought to the Villa through the Department of Social Services and it is anticipated that 5 or more children will make the Villa their home by the end of this year.         Fr. Basilio 387-763-0928/// info.villainfantil@gmail.com///

In early July, 2011 Villa Infantil had its first comprehensive state inspection. The state presented Madre Maria with a list of new compliance items that must be met if the Villa is to operate as an orphanage after November 28, 2011. While many of the items were simple to address and have already been accomplished, some require substantial amounts of funding.


Lakeside Presbyterian Church: www.lpcchapala.org/
Lakeside Presbyterian Church is part of the Lake Chapala community, with members and friends attending from Jocotepec, San Juan Cosala, Ajijic, San Antonio Tlayacapan, Chapala — and everywhere in between. While we’re Presbyterian in how we run and organize our church, we have people representing a wide variety of Christian denominations in our midst. Contact Pastor Ross Arnold at 376-766-1238 or the church office at 376-106-0853


Lakeside Wildlife Rescue & Rehabilitation:
Promotes the rescue and rehabilitation of wild animals, trees and plants around Lake Chapala.
Vern and Lori Geiger 376-765-4916///lgeiger@prodigy.net.mx///


Biblioteca of San Antonio:
Provides Spanish library facilities for children and families in the San Antonio area.
Lois Cugini 376-766-1790 (0603)///loiscugi@prodigy.net.mx///

For 24 years this school has provided music education to children at lakeside. Students are taught to play an instrument and participate in the orchestra or the choir. There are 43 students and 8 faculty, all university graduates. Scholarships are offered to students from low-income families.Emmanual Medeles Director///Contact: Margrita van der Hoek 333-496-8976/// ramoshoek@gmail.com///

DAR Guadalajara Chapter Sponsorship Program:
Provides scholarships for local students.
Terilla K. Power 376-765-5315

DAR Lakeside’s Thomas Paine Chapter: www.dar.org
Provides scholarships for lakeside students

Provides free music lessons to indigent children at Lakeside as well as preparatoria scolarships.  The Golden Strings Foundation is a registered 501C3 charity that helps provide funding for the A.C. 

Jaltepec Centro Educativo
(formerly known as Centro de Formacion Jaltepec: www.jaltepec.edu.mx
Fundraising luncheons and dinners for the benefit of the young women students. Graduates are placed in hotels, hospitality and corporate, and entreprenural endeavors.
Linda Buckthorp 376-766-1631 ///buckthorplm@gmail.com///

Lake Chapala Society Student Aid Fund:
Provides financial support to qualified area students to enroll in university, vocational and high school programs.
Terry Vidal 376-766-1140///executivedirector@lakechapalasociety.org///

Lake Chapala Society Wilkes Education Center (Biblioteca Publica):
Provides classes in language and other topics for both Anglo and Mexican community
Terry Vidal 376-766-1140///executivedirector@lakechapalasociety.org///

Los Niños de Chapala & Ajijic A.C.: www.lakesideninos.org
Provides financial support for the educational, nutritional and social development of local area children. 376-765-7032///

Escuela Para Ninos Especiales (Formerly School for the Deaf): schoolforspecialneedschildren.org
Our goal is to support and develop educational learning and job skills development for Lakeside children with special needs.

University & Vocational Assistance Scholarship Fund, A.C.: UVA
Provides financial assistance to enroll in university and vocational programs for area students.
Sue Torres 376-766-2932/// mst0414@hotmail.com///


Lake Chapala Shrine Club: www.shrinershospitalsforchildren.org & www.shrinersinternational.org
Provides financial support for medical treatment, within Shrine Hospitals, for local area children up to the age of 18 with burns, cleft palate, orthopedic or disabilities requiring prostheses.
Bill Phillips, President 376-766-2599/// bill.phillips@live.com///
Perry M. King 376-763-5126/// pking1931@gmail.com///

Programa pro Niños Incapacitados del Lago, A.C.: www.programaninos.org
is an all-volunteer organization that provides financial support for medical treatment of children with disabilities such as cerebral palsy, meningitis, cancer and types of birth defects. Our volunteers work at locations in Chapala, Ajijic and Jocotepec.

David McNiven 376 766 2201///djmcniven@gmail.com///


Axixic Masonic Lodge #31:
International men’s organization.
Worshipful Master Ian Lerner 376-106-1162/// ilerner2@me.com///
Secretary: Jim Powers 387-761-0017/// jimminap@gmail.com///

American Legion Post #7:
Provides support for American veterans and several local groups such as “Amor in Ación, Cruz Roja, D.I.F. and several schools in Chapala.
Service Officer at tomstordahl@att.net/// or call 333-974-0691///
Tim Stern 331-838-5207/// timstern1966@yahoo.com///
Vince Britton 331-358-8944/// vincebritton12@gmail.com///

American Legion #9:
Provides support to Lakeside Assistance, Tepehua Community Center.
Eddie Prieto 331-513-9911/// eddieprieto43@yahoo.com///
Perry King 376-763-5126/// pking1931@gmail.com///

American Legion Auxiliary #7:
Helps support Tepehua, pets for vets, local veterans and their families.
Sharon Ottsman 376-765-4083/// chapalasharon@yahoo.com///
Anita Wikum 376-765-4083/// chapalasharon@yahoo.com///

British Society:
Provides social opportunities for British residents.
Sue Morris 376-766-0847/// ibbocat@gmail.com///
Ceri Dando. Consular Agent 3331394314///

Canadian Club:
Provides social outlet and community service opportunities for Canadians residents.
Barbara Wills, President 376-766-5231/// barbaraw49@gmail.com///

Executive Royal Canadian Legion: http://royalcanadianlegionchapala.org
To provide assistance to veterans of the Canadian Armed Forces, including veterans of Commonwealth Forces
and, in some instances, U.S. veterans and Mexican veterans living in the Lakeside area. Being a Legion member
is not required for assistance to veterans who meet the criteria. This is done through our Poppy Fund Campaign.
To support the local community by providing money and assistance to specific projects as designated by our
members. Our specific charity is El Corazon del Anciano, A.C., a residence and drop-in centre for seniors.

Democrats Abroad
Official arm of the Democratic Party of the United States, working as a state party for US citizens living abroad. The mission is to represent and serve American citizens living outside the United States who support the
principles of the Democratic Party. In pursuit of the mission 1) assist Americans living abroad to vote in US elections, inform them of their voting rights & procedures, encourage participation in the political process.
2) protect & enhance the right to vote for Americans abroad. 3) increase the awareness & responsiveness of US representatives and officials to the concerns of Americans living abroad. 4) grow & develop Democrats Abroad
by encouraging participation in county committees, chapters, and at the global level. 5) work with Democratic Party organizations to achieve our goals. 6) help to elect Democrats in US elections.
Larry Pihl, Executive Chair 376-766-3274/// rdcamhi@gmail.com///

Amities Francophones:
Amities Francophones:  a social gathering for people who speak French fluently.  The group meets normally the 3rd Saturday of each month at 1 p.m. for a pot luck and byob.  Jill Flyer, 
Jill Flyer 331-140-1171///fotoflyer2003@yahoo.com///

German Club:
Provides social opportunities for German-speaking residents.
Javier Aguilera 387-761-0777/// javier.aguilera@mundanal.com///

Navy League, Lake Chapala Council: www.navyleague.org
International organization dedicated to thesupport the sea services (Navy, Marine Corps, Coast Guard, and U.S. Merchant Marine, and inform the public of matters dealing with these services.

Sons of the American Revolution, Mexican Society:
Lineal descent from a Patriot of the American Revolution, not necessarily a soldier.
Kennith Loridans 376-7662981///SoTouch@prodigy.net.mx///

Estrella del Lago Chapter #10 Order of Eastern Star: www.oesestrelladellago.org
The Order of the Eastern Star is the largest fraternal organization in the world (over 1 million members) to which both women and men may belong. Estrella del Lago chapter assists local patients with transportation to Shriners Hospital for Children in Mexico City.


Duplicate Bridge: 
The LCDBC is an ACBL sanctioned club and is part of Unit 205 in District 16. For those interested in becoming a member of the American Contract Bridge League (ACBL) you will find more information by clicking on the ACBL logo at the bottom left of this page. http://chapalabridge.com/

Chapala Golf and Country Club: cccgolf@prodigy.com
Provides a venue for recreation and social activities for both Mexicans and expatriates. The Country Club also offers thecourse to charitable organizations for fund raising.
Loren Reynolds 376-765-4271///pennyloren@prodigy.com.mx///

Culinary Arts Society of Ajijic: www.ajijiccasa.org
Provides an opportunity for members to cook, share recipes, learn from each other and enjoy a program on the Art of Cooking. Sponsors monthly cooking competitions and Annual Culinary Awards. 

Lake Chapala Birders: chapalabirders.org/

Lakeside Garden Guild: www.lakesidegardenguild.org
Limited membership gardening group promoting the interest in the development of local gardens with an accent on the exotic species available in central Mexico. Presents annual Floral Design Show, supports local projects for community improvement and beautification.

Hash House Harriers:
International running group with local chapter walks on Saturday morning, 8:30 AM, La Nueva Posada Hotel with goals of getting exercise, having fun, and enjoying breakfast.
Denny Strole 376-766-0485///dstrole@gmail.com///

Lake Chapala Garden Club: www.lakechapalagardenclub.org
Promotes an interest, appreciation and better understanding of botanical subjects including but not limited to all plant materials, their care and use in the home and garden. Meetings explore the many garden species and practices unique to this area of Mexico. Open to all interested in gardens and their care. Supports Lakeside beautification and maintenance.

Lake Chapala Society A.C.: www.lakechapalasociety.com
As a support, social and charitable society for expatriates, provides free medical checks, newcomer information, learning activities in history, physical fitness, computers, Spanish and more, and maintains a 25,000 book library and video library. For the Mexican community, provides English as a second language, remedial tutoring, and student financial aid at the Wilkes Education Center at Galeana #18.

Rotary Club of Ajijic, A.C. www.rotaryajijic.org
Rotary International is the world’s first service club organization, with more than 1.2 million members in 33,000 clubs worldwide. Rotary Club of Ajijic are members that are volunteers who work locally, regionally, and internationally to combat hunger, improve health and sanitation, provide education and job training, promote peace and eradicate polio under the motto Service Above Self.

Lakeside Women www.lakesidewomen.org
Sponsors semi-annual conferences on subjects of interest to women, to benefit selected lakeside charities.
Kari Higgins 376-766-3651///kariinmexico@gmail.com///

Los Audubonistas de la Laguna de Chapala
Encourages bird-watching; organizes bird walks, bird trips and the Audubon Christmas Bird Count.
John & Rosemary Keeling 376-766-1801///avesajijic@yahoo.com///

Texas Club
To meet new friends and have parties, trips, or anything we decide that would be fun.
Beverley Dawson 376-766-3399///dawson_beverley@yahoo.com///
Office: 376-766-5122
l U.S. Vonage: 832-519-1845

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