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IRC to Honor KC Consular Corps with Award for Contributions to the Community

Thursday, July 27, 2017  
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Kansas City, MO (July 27, 2017) – The International Relations Council (IRC) announced today that it will honor the Consular Corps of Greater Kansas City with its Award for Contributions to the Community at the IRC's Global Honors Evening on Thursday, November 9, 2017.

The Award for Contributions to the Community is given to local individuals or companies who have contributed to economic growth in the area and have shown exemplary service to their community. Past recipients have included Julian Zugazagoitia (2014), R. Crosby Kemper III (2013), Sporting Kansas City (2012), Seaboard Corporation (2010), and John P. McMeel (1998).

The Consular Corps of Greater Kansas CIty presently consists of more than 20 consulates, including one career consulate. Career consular officers are appointed by their Head of State or Foreign Minister and are full-time servants of their government. Honorary consular officers are United States citizens and need not possess the nationality of the country they serve and are generally appointed to provide a degree of Consular representation in areas not covered by career consular officers. All career and honorary consular officials are accredited by the U.S. Department of State in accordance with the terms of the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations.

The corps strives to increase cooperation and communication among its members; increase awareness of foreign and international issues in the region; and provide information to area residents about visas, laws, regulations, passport issues, and more that pertains to each host country.

About the Global Honors Evening
Each year since the early 1980s, the IRC has recognized individuals or organizations for a variety of contributions – to foreign policy and global affairs, to international commerce, or to the Kansas City community. The 2017 Global Honors Evening follows in this tradition, celebrating international statesmanship and Kansas City's connections to the global community. The event will include cocktails, hors d'oeuvres and dessert, live entertainment, special recognitions, and the chance to meet some of Kansas City's most notable and beloved global citizens.

This year's awardees also include General Richard Myers (U.S. Air Force, ret.), Kansas City native, 15th Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and recently inaugurated president of Kansas State University. Additional awardees will be announced in the coming weeks.

Individual registrations will open September 1, but sponsorships are available now. More information, including the schedule for the evening, is available online at ». Please contact Matthew Hughes, executive director, with any questions at » or 816-423-2632.

About the International Relations Council
The International Relations Council works in partnership with businesses, universities, community organizations, and K-12 schools to bring a global perspective to our community. We bring world leaders and dignitaries to the metro region, host forums for high-school students to interact with and learn from foreign-policy experts, and create opportunities for area business leaders to strengthen relationships abroad. Learn more at ».