The American Society of São Paulo

Rua da Paz, 1431 | Chácara Santo Antônio
04713-001 | São Paulo, SP

CNPJ: 62.113.261/0001-75

+55 11 5182-2074

contact@amsoc.com.br

Office Hours: Monday - Friday | 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM

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The American Society of São Paulo

CNPJ: 62.113.261/0001-75

The Eric Poliak Award

HISTORY

This award was founded in memory of Eric Poliak, a past governor and president of the American Society (AmSoc), community member, and friend. After Mr. Poliak’s untimely death in May 1984, the Board of Governors established this tribute to be given annually to a person in the São Paulo community who has unselfishly contributed his or her time and effort for the good of the entire community.

 The Eric Poliak Award represents AmSoc’s highest honor.

Nominations for this award are submitted annually, during the month of March, by the AmSoc membership. All nominations are sent to the office staff, and distributed to the selection committee at least 1 week prior to meeting. The recipient must be American, but doesn’t need to be a member of AmSoc. A special committee, comprised of AmSoc executive committee members and previous award winners, chooses the final recipient.

The award is presented at the AmSoc annual General Meeting in April.

2019 Eric Poliak Award Recipient

Ruth Hollard

Each year the American Society of São Paulo (AmSoc) honors an individual who has volunteered selflessly to the community, whose dedication and actions have made a real difference. This year we honored Ruth Hollard, long-time AmSoc member and an active participant in our greater community.
Although Ruth was born in Erie, Pennsylvania, her unassuming charm and commitment also has its roots in her upbringing in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, where she attended Louisiana State University. Truly an international woman, she was an AFS foreign exchange student in Austria, and did an AIESEC traineeship in Switzerland before moving to Paris for 10 years where she worked for DDB, Citibank, and Goldman Sachs.
Coming to Brazil in 2000 as an expat wife with three children and one on the way, Ruth immediately immersed herself in volunteering in the AmSoc community. She created the Pre-Schoolers Book Club, and headed kid parties for Halloween and Easter, all while serving on the AmSoc Board—which she has done for more than ten years. She also took on the job of AmSoc Vice President for several years, has dedicated over 1,500 hours of volunteer work at Instituto Criança é Vida, and currently serves as the Treasurer of Fellowship Community Church. She is one of the important forces behind our annual Gala, a massive event that’s run for the last eight years, creating decorations, having meetings, planning all aspects of the event, and tirelessly never saying ‘no’ to the job at hand. She handles all of this while running her own financial translations company (RHtrad.com).
Awarding the Eric Poliak Award for Community Service to a chairperson loved and admired by all was one significant way for AmSoc to recognize Ruth Hollard’s work and thank her for her dedication to the greater community.

Past Recipients 2000-2019

2019

Ruth Hollard

2018

Christina & Ricardo Zuniga

2017

Richard Wegman

2016

Judy Zanchi

2015

Kelly Maurice

2014

T. David Warren

2013

Eileen Tasso

2012

Marlene Rubeiz

2010

Sister Angela Mary

2009

Theresa Mary White

2008

Sonya Querido

2007

Bert Frost

2006

Susan Banman Sileci

2005

Alan Blau

2004

Mark Abrams

2003

Deborah Riveros

2002

Jean Smith

2001

Father Thomas Brown

2000

Marilyn Mangels

2000

Delora B. Tuthill

Past Recipients 1985-1999

1999

Jane Hayes

1998

Jo Ann Ivy

1997

Eric Street

1996

Jose M. Arana

1995

Cathy Koepke

1994

Lynne S. Couri

1993

Steve Hanson

1992

R. Christopher Lund

1991

Alonzo B. Shattuck

1990

John E. Burns

1989

Carmen Kennedy Lund

1988

Anne F. Pereira

1987

Frances Van de Putte

1986

David E. Ivy

1985

Mary Clifford Poor