Community Service

Marion & Russ in San Miguel, December 2008

Russ lives with his wife Marion (they celebrated 64 years of marriage this year) at 6,400 feet in San Miguel de Allende, State of Guanajuato, in the central mountains of Mexico. The wonderfully mild year-round climate here, the mixture of the several Mexican and foreign cultures, the feeling of community, and lots of art, theatre, and music has attracted many artists, writers, poets, sculptors, jewelers, musicians and free spirits over the past 50 years.

San Miguel de Allende is a
UNESCO World Heritage city.

See also:

Atencion San Miguel (our weekly bi-lingual newspaper).

“Mexico’s Freedom Trail,” NY Times August 19, 2010

NY Times travel article, 2009

Within this community there are many opportunities for community service. Russ is and has been an active volunteer for several of these, including:

• Advisor in project management to several not-for-profit community organizations that benefit the people of San Miguel de Allende.

• Co-founder in 1990 (now retired from the Board) of the San Miguel el Grande Pro Musica Association, that presents world-class chamber music concerts during 10 months of the year in intimate settings with professional musicians from Mexico, North and South America, and Europe.

• Past President (2005) of the Festival de Música de Cámara de San Miguel de Allende, a two week summer festival and music school featuring world-renowned string quartets, trios, and soloists; this festival attracts student and young professionals from all over Mexico, other Latin countries, and the U.S., and celebrated its 32nd year in 2010.

• Past Senior Warden and current committee member of  St. Paul’s Anglican Church of San Miguel, an active community center that is a member of the Iglésia Anglicana de México, an independent Province of the worldwide Anglican Communion.

• Past President of the International Lions Club of San Miguel de Allende.

• Past Board member of the Feed the Hungry Program, which now feeds over 4,000 needy school children each school day in kitchens attached to 35 schools in and around San

• Past President of the San Miguel Suzuki String Program for Children, providing musical education on violin and cello for children from ages 4 to 16 using the world-famous Suzuki method, including a number of children in three orphanages in San Miguel.