Pan-American Association of Philadelphia

Pan-American Association
P. O. Box 22655
Philadelphia, PA 19110-2659
Contact Name: 
Dr. Abelardo Lechter

The Pan-American Association of Philadelphia is a member-based organization of educators, political scientists, diplomats, business and community leaders, and students who share an interest in the people and countries of the Americas and Caribbean. The Association promotes cultural, educational, and social activities designed to increase understanding and cooperation among the peoples of the Americas.

Members of the Pan-American Association share an interest in the people and countries of the New World - the Americas and the Caribbean basin. We hail from all walks of life and from all of the countries of the Western Hemisphere.

Regardless of our heritage or experience, we all share a common goal – to pursue “Panamericanismo” – that special relationship that exists among the people and countries of the Western Hemisphere.

As members of the Pan American Association, we wish to deepen our knowledge of the countries of the Western Hemisphere, broaden our friendships, and enjoy the infinite variety of the social and cultural experience of our family of nations.

Principal Activities include:

  • Scholarships and Awards - Annual scholarships, prizes and awards issued on a competitive basis to students who excel in Latin American studies at area colleges and universities.
  • Contemporary Lectures - Guest speakers who are subject-matter experts in Western Hemisphere matters affecting the political, social, and cultural relationships among the peoples of the Americas and the Carribbean basin.
  • Social Events - seasonal parties and cultural get-togethers are held periodically, to build comraderie among members, recruit new members, and to support the Association's fundraising for scholarships and educational programs.
  • Joint Ventures - the Association cooperates with a wide variety of organizations involved in educational, social, and cultural activities related to the Western Hemisphere, as well as many Philadelphia-based community organizations.