As a member-driven organization, CIR relies on the involvement of volunteers to manage our interesting and varied programs. Volunteering with CIR is a rewarding experience. Some activities require little time commitment, while others take more time but return greater rewards.
We Need Your Help!
There are many ways to volunteer at CIR.
For general office assistance, please contact Susan Jay to learn more.
International Visitor Programmers: Please contact Patti Poitras in the CIR office to learn more about this exciting program that connects international visitors with their Santa Fe peers.
Work with a CIR committee
Click here to inquire about becoming a Volunteer or complete the volunteer application through the green button above–or contact one of the committee chairs below.
International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP)
Become a “Citizen Diplomat” by volunteering to help with the International Visitor Leadership Program. Schedule appointments, accompany visitors to meetings, host visitors in your home for dinner, and make new friends. If you’re interested in volunteering on the IVLP, please contact Patti Poitras or Chuck Case.
International Lecture Series
These innovative CIR series feature well-known speakers focused on international issues. The committee works together to plan lecture themes, organize speakers, prepare venue and greet and check-in arriving attendees.If you’re interested in volunteering on the ILS, please contact George Callahan.
World Affairs Discussions
The World Affairs Discussion Committee provides volunteers opportunities to plan themes and events, be a speaker, be a table moderator, and greet and check-in attendees. If interested, please contact Alexia Constantaras.
Special Events Committee
This committee plans events such as dinners for visiting ambassadors and dignitaries, fundraising events such as our Gala and other events as opportunities arise. Volunteers help plan the event, help secure the venue and catering, assist with check-in, and escort the visitors. If interested, please contact Steve Chance.
CIR Travel Committee
The CIR Travel Committee plans 1-3 trips a year for groups of CIR members. These trips offer members the opportunity to travel to places that may be important to our understanding of international events. Committee members help plan trips, work with travel industry professionals to make arrangements, and occasionally lead traveling groups. Contact Art McHaffie and/or Martha Wallace.
Do you want to help shape the organization’s image or reach out to potential new Member groups? Join the Marketing Committee and help create marketing materials (brochures, media kits, advertising, etc.), expand our outreach, publicity and public relations activities, participate in our speaker’s bureau, and hone CIR’s research and polling procedures. If interested, contact Sandy Campbell.
In addition to welcoming new Members, the membership committee determines the interests of new members and connects them with committees that will enhance their CIR involvement. We also plan and coordinate receptions for new members. If interested, contact Sandy Campbell.
Host International Visitor Group Receptions or other social events in your home, or simply help us prepare hors d’oeuvres. We always need help with set-up, parking, and other details. Contact Patti Poitras.
This committee encourages the interest and awareness of high school students in world affairs. Activities include arranging student attendance at World Affairs luncheons, assisting with our Fall Summit, and creating programs that maximize interaction between local students, speakers, and those from other regions and nations in United Nations-like activities. Contact Yann Lussiez.
The CIR Book Club
The Book Club is open to all, members or nonmembers. Contact Lee Berry.