SOZA FAMILY NEWSLETTER Vol. 8, No. 1 March
2000 & Vol. 8, No. 2 May 2000
SOZA FAMILY REUNION
TUBAC - TUCSON - TEMPE
SOZA FAMILY NEWSLETTER Vol. 8, No. 1 March 2000
KEYNOTE SPEAKER AT SOZA FAMILY REUNION 2000
William Soza, Founder, Chairman and CEO of Soza & Company, Ltd..
Fairfax, VA graciously accepted our invitation to be the keynote
speaker at the Soza Family Reunion to be held at Tucson, September
We are exceedingly honored and extremely fortunate to have an outstanding
and eminently successful businessman as our reunion keynote speaker.
Soza & Company, Ltd., started as a sole Practitioner Certified
Public Accounting firm, and gradually evolved to its current standing
as an international management consulting firm, serving private
and public clients worldwide.
On February 22, 1999, William Soza was honored by the Joint Legislature
of the Commonwealth of Virginia for his numerous contributions to
"his profession, his community, and to the Commonwealth of
On September 25, 1998, William Soza was named 1998 Hispanic Man
of the Year by the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.
In 1998, Hispanic Business Magazine ranked So-a And Company, Ltd.
as the 7th fastest growing Hispanic owned company; and the Greater
Washington Ibero American Chamber of Commerce recognized Soza and
Company, Ltd. as the Corporation of the Year.
OFFICIAL HOTEL HEADQUARTERS
The DoubleTree Hotel at Reid Park, 445 South Alvernon Way, Tucson,
Az 85711 is the official reunion headquarters. Phone 5120881-4200,
FAX 520-323-5223. Use Hotel Reservation form enclosed.
OFFICIAL REUNION 2000 COFFEE CUP
A commemorative coffee cup, displaying the Reunion Logo and the
Soza Coat of Arms is offered as a reunion keepsake. It is a 9 oz.
white porcelain cup with the Soya Coat of Arms, in beautiful colors
of metallic gold, red, and black. It will be a quality heirloom
and you will want several for your family and friends. Our minimum
order is 150 cups. Do not be left out. Order now.
OFFICIAL REUINION SPORT SHIRT
Also offered as a reunion keepsake, is an embroidered White 100%
Cotton Pique Knit Sport Shirt at $25.00. Shirts are of excellent
quality and are offered in S-M-L-XL. Place your orders now. The
SOZA FAMILY REUNION 2000
Fred's generosity included gifts to the Tubac Presidio State Park,
namely two "pen & ink drawings by Texas artist Jose
Cisneros, depicting ancestor Alferez Jose Maria" Sosa, and
Col. Juan Bautista de Anza. A third gift was a Soza Family Tree,
by Texas calligrapher Richard Silva. These gifts are on display
at the Tubac Presidio State Park, Tubac, AZ.
Treasurer Cecilia S. Fimbres reports a bank balance of $2,730.67
compared to the report of September CO, 1999 @ $ 3,938.35. The smaller
balance reflects disbursements for newsletters, reunion related
advance deposits, and reunion shirt inventory.
All descendants of Alferez Don Jose Maria Sosa and Dona Rita Espinosa
de Sosa, and their families, relatives, and friends are cordially
invited to attend an extraordinary family reunion.
The reunion celebrates ancestor Don Jose Maria Sosa's arrival at
El Presidio de San Agustin del Tucson in de San Ignacio de Tubac.
Sosa was born at Espana in 1746, and died April 2, 1800 at Royal
Presidial Forces at Tubac and Tucson 1775, from El Presidio Jecori,
Sonora, Nueva Tucson. He served with Royal Presidential Forces at
Tubac and Tucson presidios 1770-1800.
His widow, Dona Rita Espinosa de Sosa died at Tubac on April 16th,
and was buried April 17, 1820, in the Tubac Church next to the Holy
Water basin. Present day St. Ann's Church at Tubac was built over
the foundation of the original Tubac Church.
Marking the 225th anniversary of an ancestor's arrival at Tucson
is an auspicious and unique event; an event that will highlight
our family's illustrious Arizona heritage, history, and lineage.
The strongest compelling reasons why you should attend, are: cultural,
heritage, and historical. Furthermore, senior family elders, whom
are diminishing in number, will be recognized at the Opening Ceremony.
You will want to be there for them.
Lastly, your financial support is essential for the success of
the three (3) day reunion gala. For those that are able, consider
making a gift, or designate a gift in memory of loved ones. The
names of all financial supporters and memorial honorees will appear
in the Reunion Commemorative Dinner Program.
Come, celebrate, and re-connect.
Edward Soza,Reunion General Chairman
264 East Glen Canyon Road, Altadena, CA 91001-3565
Home 626-798-3072 - FAX 626-798-3072
REUNION REGISTRATION AND RESERVATION
Soza Family Reunion 2000
September 1-3, 2000
DoubleTree Hotel at Reid Park
Complete the Registration / Reservation application and return
with your check, made payable to Soza Family Reunion 2000.
Send to: SOZA FAMILY REUNION 2000
Cecilia S. Fimbres, Treasurer
10054 East Golf Link Road
Tucson, AZ 85 730-1511
Banquet Dinner, Saturday Evening September 2, 2000
Table for ten (10) persons X $30.00 each $_________
Banquet Dinner, Saturday Evening, September 2, 2000
Dinner reservation for - persons X $30.00 each $_________
Beef x ____ Chicken x _____ Vegetarian x_____
Children's Plate (10 & under) $15.00 Ea. x___ $_________
Selection: Chicken Fingers, Hamburger, or Pizza
Sunday, September 3, 2000
Walk in the shadow and footsteps of your ancestors. Tour Tubac
Presidia State Park, St. Ann's Church, and Tumacacori National Historical
Park. Arrangements courtesy Tubac Historical Society.
Light Lunch at Tubac Community Center,
Price and details later. Interested?
Will you attend? Yes___ No___ How many ?___
Donation Towards Soza Newsletter Expenses. $________
Donation Towards Reunion Expenses $________
Donation in Memory of.... $________
Print Name _________________________________________
Soza Reunion 2000 Coffee Cups $9.00 each x ____ qty.
Soza Family Reunion 2000 Sport Shirt (S-M-L-XL)
Size ___ Qty. ___ X $25.00 each $________
Grand Total $________
SOZA FAMILY REUNION
TUBAC TUCSON TEMPE
1775 - 2000
SOZA FAMILY NEWSLETTER Vol. 8, No. 2 May, 2000
CALL FOR YOUR REUNION REGISTRATION AND RESERVATIONS
Time is fleeting. The Tucson Reunion Committee needs to know who,
and how many are coming. Plans can not be finalized until a good
solid head count is available. Submit your reservations and orders
now. August 4, 2000 is reunion banquet dinner deadline.
Family seniors 75 & over will be publicly recognized at the
Opening Ceremony on Saturday morning, September 2, 2000. If you
or a member of your family is 75 years & over, make that known
on your registration, reservation order form. An opportune time
awaits you, to reconnect with senior family members.
Thirty years ago, when genealogical research was begun by this writer,
the late Dr. James E. Officer, Professor Emeritus, University of
Arizona suggested that an attempt should be made to connect Sosa,
Soza descendants living on both sides of the United States - Mexican
The challenge was attempted by creating a mailing list of over
700 families. The net was cast far and wide. If you were in the
White or Yellow Pages, chances are you were caught in the net.
One respondent was Robert L. Soza, Alpine, TX. South of Alpine,
along the Rio Grande River, is an area that was settled in the late
1600's with missions. About 1766-1773, these missions were abandoned,
and later some were converted into presidios. Presidio La Junta
de los Rios emerged as Presidio del Norte, birthplace area of our
The notion that there might be a connection between Texas and Arizona
presidio families is interesting, and one that better equipped researchers
should pursue. This writer's meager research is found in his book:
New World Odyssey, A Search for Roots: The Sosa, Soza families of
Arizona (1995). Many Texas Sosa military personnel is referenced,
plus our own Alferez Jose Maria Sosa.
At Soza Family Reunion 2000, you will have an opportunity to welcome
William Soza, whose Texas boyhood parallels some in the Arizona
families. His very successful business career, is one we would hope
and wish for many of our family members.
Honors received by William Soza, are many, but the highest, was
being honored in 1999 by the joint Legislatures of Commonwealth
of Virginia. He was honored for his contributions to "his profession,
his community, and to the Commonwealth of Virginia".
SOZA FAMILY REUNION SCHEDULE
Friday, September 1, 2000 Soza Family Reunion Registration
Open Event DoubleTree Hotel at Reid Park: C PM to 8 PM
Friday, September 1, 2000 Soza Reunion Open House
Open Event Sosa-Carrillo-Fremont House 10 AM to 4 PM
Friday, September 1, 2000 Soza Reunion Informal Welcome
Open Event DoubleTree Hotel at Reid Park: 6 PM to 8 PM
Saturday, September 2, 2000 Soza Reunion Opening Ceremony
Open Event Leo Rich Theatre
Tucson Convention Center 9 AM to 11 AM
Saturday, September 2, 2000 San Augustine Cathedral
Open Event Mass, 12 Noon
Saturday, September 2, 2000 Soza Reunion Open House
Open Event Sosa-Carrillo-Fremont House 10 AM to 4. PM
Saturday, September 2, 2000 Soza Reunion Banquet Dinner
By Reservation Only DoubleTree Hotel at Reid Park
No Ticket sales at Door No Host Reception - Banquet Dinner
August 4th Is Reservation Deadline
Sunday, September 3, 2000 Tubac Historic Tour
Open Event Tubac Presidio Park: ruins Tubac St. Ann's Church
Tumacacori Nat'l Historical Park.
Free Field Trip to Calabasas and
Guevavi Missions Ruins.
By Reservation Only Catered Buffet Lunch
Limited Seating Tubac Community Center
Capacity 100-150 $8.25 per person
Reunion Information contact: Hector V. Soza
Chairman, Tucson Reunion Committee
520-298-7052 or FAX 520-298-7052
Reunion Reservations contact: Cecilia S. Fimbres, Treasurer