Open Circle provides a supportive environment to gather for social interaction and to improve our understanding of ourselves, our community and our world.
Presentations span a wide range of intellectual, cultural, physical and spiritual topics.
We do not necessarily agree with the ideas and philosophies of our presenters. We encourage you to listen with an open mind and form your own opinions..
As an American Legion post, we serve local veterans and our Lakeside community. We serve three to 10 veterans a month with monetary help through our poppy seed fund, advice and help with paperwork for VA and immigration issues, and so much more. Our Legion post has sole responsibility for the maintenance of the expat section of the Chapala Cemetery, where many veterans are buried. We also have a great rapport with the other local military organizations here at Lakeside and meet with them bimonthly.
We support three local charities – Los Ninos de Chapala, Programa por Ninos Incompacitados and Operation Compassion – with a monthly donation. We are also involved in various activities to promote these worthy organizations. We play a vital role in the Firefighters and Red Cross Assistance project to provide Lakeside rescue and firefighters with accentual equipment. Other examples of our efforts include school supplies to the D.A.R.E. program; the Toys for Tots Christmas drive; and the U.S. consul from Guadalajara’s monthly visit to the Legion to help members, expats and local Mexicans with passports, Social Security and notaries.
Since 1917, the Rotary Foundation has spent more than US$3.7 billion helping people and communities. That’s a century of Rotary members changing lives and improving communities all over the world. Through our Foundation, Rotary members have supported thousands of projects to provide clean water, fight disease, promote peace, provide basic education, and grow local economies. The Rotary Foundation has also been a leader in the fight to eradicate polio worldwide.
Charity Navigator, America’ largest independent charity evaluator, placed the Rotary Foundation on the list of “the 10 best charities everyone has heard of” (large organizations with budgets exceeding US$100 million). For details visit www.charitynavigator.org
Lake Chapala Society Vision
Our vision is a future where all lakeside residents continually have a role in enriching the community’s quality of life, vitality, and prosperity through the exchange of knowledge, expertise, culture, and language.
The mission of the Lake Chapala Society, A.C. (the “Association”) is to promote the active participation of Lakesides’ inhabitants to improve their quality of life. By making this commitment we signal to the community that our focus is based not just on expatriates, but everyone living at Lakeside.
La misión de la Sociedad del Lago Chapala, A.C. (la “Asociación”) es promover la participación activa de los habitantes de Lakesides para mejorar su calidad de vida. Al hacer este compromiso señalamos a la comunidad que nuestro enfoque se basa no sólo en expatriados, sino en todos los que viven en Lakeside.
The Canadian Club of Lake Chapala
The Club provides a little Canadiana along the north shore of Lake Chapala in Jalisco, Mexico.
Next to Florida, USA, this is the largest group of Canadians living outside Canada on a full or part-time basis. It is estimated 6,000 to 10,000 Canadians visit or live here depending on the time of year.
The Club hosts a Speaker’s program year round. From September through April, other events include a Canadian Thanksgiving Dinner, a Christmas Party and Canada Day Celebrations. Members receive e-mail notices of all our programs. In addition, an advertisement appears in the Guadalajara Reporter two weeks before the program.
The Club also has an arrangement with Charter Travel who designs, with the help of members of the executive board, some trips of interest to Canadians living in Mexico.
The M.W. York Grand Lodge of Mexico, F. & A.M., is the only Grand Lodge in Mexico that is in full fraternal relations with the main Regular Masonic Grand Lodges throughout the world.
The official language of our Grand Lodge is English. However, we have Lodges that work in English, Spanish and German in different parts of Mexico. To view the list of our Lodges and their different locations and languages, click on “LODGES” section Since 1911, the M.W. York Grand Lodge of Mexico, F. & A.M has the recognition of -and relations with, the most important Grand lodges in the world such as England (The United Grand Lodge of England, the oldest Grand Lodge), Scotland, Ireland, leading European Grand Lodges, besides all the Grand Lodges in the United States and Canada, the majority of the Latin American Grand Lodges, and Asia. Our Grand Lodge is the only Mexican Grand Lodge recognized by the United Grand Lodge of England (http://www.ugle.org.uk/about/foreign-grand-lodges).
The M.W. York Grand Lodge of Mexico, F. & A.M is the member of the Conference of Grand Masters in North America (http://www.cgmna.org/).
If you are not yet a Free Mason and would like to know more about our Fraternity, contact us, We will be pleased to mail you relevant information.
All Brother Masons in good standing who hail from any of those regular jurisdictions are welcome to visit our Lodges and if they are now residing in Mexico, and their Grand Lodge permits it, to affiliate as dual members.
The Lake Chapala Garden Club, founded in 1977, is a an organization that exists for the purpose of promoting an interest, appreciation and better understanding of botanical subjects, including but not limited to all plant materials, their care and use in the home and garden.
The Lake Chapala Garden Club resides in the village of Ajijic, on the shores of Lake Chapala, Mexico’s largest fresh water natural lake.
We are an international garden club with members from many different countries. Our members and meetings explore the many garden species and practices unique to our area of Mexico.