The Count, the Consuls and the Carmenere

Count Guido Roberto DeiroRecently Consul Paulina Biggs Sparkuhl was introduced by the Honorary Consul of the Principality of Monaco to Count Guido Deiro and his lovely wife, Countess Joan.

A legend in Las Vegas for many years, Count Deiro administered airports for Howard Hughes when Hughes also lived in Las Vegas, and is the best known local auctioneer for a generation.   The four discussed international affairs, arts, science and Las Vegas history.  Consul Biggs Sparkuhl took advantage of the occasion to introduce the Count and Countess to Chilean wine, bringing a special reserve 2005 Carmenere.  The four enjoyed a tremendous evening at Villa Kismet, the Count’s estate in Las Vegas.

“My appreciative thanks to Paulina for my first taste of Chilean wine. One does not usually open a gift and drink it immediately, but when I saw what it was there was no stopping me.”   –  Count Deiro

Las Vegas Chile Earthquake Relief

The government of Chile is now facilitating direct contribution to its impeccably well-managed earthquake relief effort.   Donations may now be made directly to the account of the Chilean Embassy.  

The Consulate of Chile in Las Vegas is gathering donations to the fund, to be sent weekly to the Embassy for direct disbursement to the aid described by President Bachelet.  There is no middleman, and no part of your funds goes to anything other than the disaster relief cost itself.  

You may donate in honor of someone if you wish, donate anonymously, or be recognized by the Consulate.  As the official representative of Chile in Las Vegas, Consul Biggs Sparkuhl will make certain that all donations will receive the attention and recognition they deserve from the Embassy of Chile in Washington, D.C. 

Please make your contributions to: 


Chile Earthquake Relief Fund
Consulate of Chile
1930 Village Center Circle #3-711
Las Vegas NV 89134




Consul Biggs Sparkuhl Meets With Vice President Biden, Congresswoman Titus

Consul Biggs Sparkuhl with Vice President Joe Biden

Consul Biggs Sparkuhl with Vice President Joe Biden in Las Vegas

November 15, 2009 –/ Consul Biggs Sparkuhl today met with her long time friend, Congresswoman Dina Titus, and with Vice President Joe Biden, whom she had not spoken with since his campaign for the presidency.

The meetings took place in Las Vegas at a private event at the Atomic History Museum, adjacent to UNLV.
During their conversation, Vice President Biden spoke about his meeting with President Bachelet of Chile, whom Consul Biggs Sparkuhl hosted in Las Vegas last year.  Vice President Biden joked that he would like to know President Bachelet’s secret for her 80%

Consul Biggs Sparkuhl Meets with Congresswoman Dina Titus

Consul Biggs Sparkuhl, Congresswoman Dina Titus

approval ratings.

The two also discussed the success of the Chilean economy during the economic downturn, and the attributes enjoyed when visiting chile. 

Las Vegas Consulate Receives Guatemalan Under-Secretary and Consul General

2009 09 26 00 07 5025 Sept 2009/– Consul Paulina Biggs Sparkuhl joined Consular Chamber of Commerce Executive Dr. Aldo Aguire, Honorary Vice Consul of Guatemala, in welcoming Pablo Garcia Saenz, Consul General of Guatemala in Los Angeles, and Ambassador Miguel Angel Ibarra G, the Vice-minister of Foreign Relations of Guatemala,  to Las Vegas.

The Consul General and the Vice-minister were introduced to Las Vegas and made aware of the business diplomacy by the Guatemalan Vice-consulate in Las Vegas. 

Consul Biggs Sparkuhl serves as Chairperson of the Consular Chamber of Commerce.  Vice-consul Aguirre serves as President of the Executive Committee of the Consular Chamber of Commerce.

City of Las Vegas Recognizes Viviana Mehner

Consul Biggs Sparkuhl introduces Viviana Mehner to Councilman Ricki Barlow

Consul Biggs Sparkuhl introduces Viviana Mehner to Councilman Ricki Barlow

Chilean Consulate Introduces City Hall to Chilean Culture

15 September, 2009 // Viviana Mehner, President of the Chilean Association of Nevada, was honored today by the City of Las Vegas for her outstanding leadership.  The award was presented in front of the entire Las Vegas City Council, including Mayor Oscar Goodman.

Prior to receiving the award in City Hall chambers, Ms. Mehner was personally introduced by Consul Biggs Sparkuhl to Las Vegas Ward 5 City Councilman Ricki Barlow, in whose ward substantial Chilean investments have been made in recent years.   

Viviana was also introduce to the Consul’s old friend, Ward 4 City Councilman Stavros Anthony.  councilman Anthony’s ward includes the Chilean consulate itself.

Consul Biggs Sparkuhl, Viviana Mehner, Councilman Stavros Anthony

Consul Biggs Sparkuhl, Viviana Mehner, Councilman Stavros Anthony

The councilmen joined the Consul and Ms. Mehner and enjoyed live chilean music from Voces de Chile.  The performance stopped dozens of people who took a moment to hear the fantastic music in the morning sun.

 Speech of the Consul:  “Thank you for having me.  My name is Paulina Biggs Sparkuhl.  I was appointed by the President of Chile to represent my Country as Honorary Consul in Las Vegas, in 2002.
Viviana Mehner represents the kind of Chilean who makes us all proud.
An Entrepreneur, she also takes on the extraordinary civic responsibility of being a leader in our society.  Viviana has tirelessly worked to carry the torch lit by my mother, Paulina Bosch, years ago when she started the Chilean Association.
As President of the Association today, Viviana has fought hard to grow the organization , its services and events, during these trying times. 
Under Viviana’s leadership, the Chilean association has grown – much like the trade treaties of Chile herself – to include others in the culture and prosperity of the Chilean experience.
Chileans came to Las Vegas not only to partake in the opportunities of the US, but also to contribute.  Whether it is running the local car dealership, conducting the orchestra, singing to us this morning, or starting a women’s shelter, attaining fame and fortune as a surgeon, or simply a happy life in the employment of industry, we are here to stay.
These are trying times in the Unites States, and many are tempted to return to Chile’s relative prosperity.  We don’t forget where we come from, but we also do not forget our friends and community in time of need.  We are here to stay.
Viviana represents the best in Chilean American society.  I congratulate her on this substantial recognition from the City we love.”