Over the past 78 years PART Houston has championed education by awarding over $250,000 in scholarships to local high achieving Latina girls. Our 242 past scholarship recipients have gone on to become professionals in STEM, business, public service, medicine and have returned to serve on the board, donate scholarships, participate in developing a network of alumni community leaders.
The Pan American Round Table is recognized by the Organization of American States (OAS).
The Pan American Round Table (PART) is a nonprofit woman’s organization with member Tables at the local, state, and international levels. PARTT is the Texas state-level organization, with members in twenty Texas cities. As stated in our constitution, the object of this organization is to foster mutual understanding, knowledge, and friendship among the peoples of the Western Hemisphere. PART of Texas and local PART Tables award annual scholarships as a principal means of accomplishing these objectives.
La Mesa Redonda Panamericana no es un club femenino como otros ni es una institución o un sistema. No se afilia con ninguno ni es propiamente un “club.” No patrocina actividades para recabar fondos, ni tampoco solicita donaciones de afuera. Se mantiene de las cuotas, y de la generosidad, de todos sus miembros. No tiene afiliación política o sectaria ni forma parte de ninguna federación. Se manifiesta a través de acciones que llevan como meta el fotalecimiento de los lazos sociales y culturales entre los países americanos. El propósito de la Mesa Redonda Panamericana es dar a conocer entre sus miembros el idioma, la geografía, la historia, la literatura, las artes, la cultura y las costumbres, de las repúblicas del hemisferio occidental, ya que a través del conocimiento se llega al entendimiento y el entendimiento lleva a la amistad.
Pan American Round Table is an organization designed to bring into closer union the women and children of the Western Hemisphere and to develop a higher civilization through mutual knowledge, understanding and friendship among its peoples.
We seek to offer educational opportunities to young deserving women and to promote knowledge, friendship, and understanding among the people of the Americas.
We fulfill our mission by:
- Offering Scholarships to promote education
- Promoting friendship and understanding among people of the western hemisphere
- Learning and sharing information about other cultures of the Americas
- Participating in member projects
- Having Speaker events to enlighten members and guests
PART HOUSTON CONSTITUTION & BYLAWS
PAN AMERICAN ROUND TABLES OF TEXAS HISTORY
1916 – 2016
The history of the Pan American Round Tables of Texas would not be complete without reviewing one of the key factors that influenced its formation. This was the Pan American effort that was a direct result of the Monroe Doctrine. Even though Spanish dominance in the Americas had been defeated in 1826 by the leadership of such Generals as Simon Bolivar, Jose San Martin, and Guiseppie Garibaldi, Spain and the other European monarchies had remained a constant threat to the newly founded freedom. It was then that United States President James Monroe intervened to protect all the Western Hemisphere and issued the Monroe Doctrine, which intended to prevent any other foreign powers from ever seizing or invading any of the nations of the Americas. Pan Americanism was born. It was the joining of all the peoples in the Western Hemisphere for a common goal of freedom.
However in 1890, the role of Pan Americanism took on a different face. Instead of using conflict to insure freedom, more peaceful means to achieve the same goal were sought. This led to the first Pan American Conference in Washington, D. C. with the purpose of preserving peace among all the nations of the Americas.
Resulting from the conference was the establishment of the Pan American Union in 1910. Its goals were to promote friendship and cooperation among the nations of the Western Hemisphere. In 1948, President Roosevelt brought 21 nations of the Western Hemisphere together in what we call today the OAS (Organization of American States) to further these objectives. Today the OAS has grown to a membership of 35 active members from North, Central, and South America and the Caribbean. Nations from other parts of the world participate but only as permanent observers. The OAS continues to lead the charge in carrying out the pursuit of friendship and goodwill among the nations of the Western Hemisphere. Its motto of “Democracy, Justice, Peace, and Prosperity in the Americas” is the essence of Pan Americanism.
As Audreyjane Castro stated in her presentation of the meaning of Pan Americanism on April 14, 2000:
“It can be said that the lasting legacy of Pan Americanism is a peaceful solution to understanding one another whether we be from Canada, Mexico, the United States, Argentina, Peru, Brazil, or any of the other members of this Hemisphere. Pan Americanism is a vehicle through which we can speak to one another, where we can resolve differences and solidify strengths, and where we can promote friendship and goodwill for the next millennium.”
PAN AMERICAN ROUND TABLES OF TEXAS HISTORY
PART Houston Board of Directors 2019-2020
June 1, 2019 – May 31, 2020