The Wilton Kiwanis Club welcomed Julio Fiol, consul general of Chile and a Wilton resident, as guest speaker at its March 25 meeting.
Approximately 50 people attended the luncheon at WEPCO, where Fiol discussed various aspect of Chile — from its government and economy to its weather, geography and tourism — as well as his role as a diplomat.
As a consul general, Fiol said, he is responsible for “solving problems.”
“People sometimes come with a very fixed idea — ‘I have a problem but I want it to be solved my way,’ and I have to tell them, ‘Look, you cannot get your way,’” said Fiol. “That’s basically what we do — we try to help people.”
Fiol said he also helps students get visas to study abroad and assigns powers of attorney for people looking to do business in Chile.
Working with foundations is also “a very important part” of a consul general’s job, said Fiol.
“We give time to help people — we raise money for handicapped children in Chile and we’re raising money for firefighters,” he said. “I don’t think there’s anything more important in life than giving. I think people who give something are much happier than people who receive something.”