- President Presents 2004-2006 Agenda
- Etoni Aweh Elected Board Chair
Fako America's first-ever Board of Directors held its inaugural meeting in Washington DC on November 13, 2004. The highlights of the meeting included the presentation of the FA President's agenda for 2004-2006, and the election of Board officials. Lydia Etoni Aweh was elected Board Chair and Martin Musonge elected Board Secretary.
We will come back in greater detail to the Board elections. In the meantime here is a report presented at the end of the meeting by the FA President, Sam Moki, regarding his administration's agenda:
Part 1: Non-monetary Proposals
1. Coordinate with chapter presidents to provide a complete list of respective chapter members with their addresses and telephone numbers so that we can make them available at our website under the caption "chapters".
Board is OK with the proposal but cautioned on the privacy issue. Thus, members who do not want their address and tel# posted should say so and we will respect that.
2. Request that all registered members send their e-mail address to the Fako America secretary so that they can be added to the official Fako America forum. This forum is restricted only to registered members of Fako America. Some members still believe that Fakonet is the official forum of Fako America – it is not.
Board agreed and called on the executive to be persistent in encouraging members to use the official Fako America forum for Fako America matters. If you have registered for this year –2004-2005 – please forward your e-mail address to the Secretary, Mola Fike via email@example.com or to Mola Moki at firstname.lastname@example.org so that we can add you to the official forum.The official forum is email@example.com. Unless you are a registered member, you cannot access this forum.
3. Enhance collection of registration fees by working with chapter presidents. Chapter members will be encouraged to pay their registration fees in bits through out the year during chapter meetings. The president will be responsible for presenting all monies collected to the treasurer. More importantly, chapter presidents would target those who will not be attending the convention because those who attend usually pay the registration fee.
In view of the Board's suggestion that I set a timeframe, I am asking chapter presidents to wrap up collection at the chapter meeting in June or by the end of June for chapters that do not hold a meeting in June. In addition, those who did not attend the Dallas convention and did not send their registration fees should be encouraged by the chapter presidents to do so. A sure way to shore up this organization is for members to pay their registration fees even when they cannot attend the convention.
4. Strongly recommend that each chapter organize one fundrasing event on behalf of the chapter and Fako America for 2005-2006 year. Board agreed it was a feasible and good idea.
Part II: Monetary Proposals
5. Financial support for 501 © status/Life Insurance
Board agreed that the executive expend monies as is required to secure the 501 ©. Board however called for a renewed vigor in the pursuit of a 501 © which seems to have been dragging for a while. Board also sanctioned the idea of life insurance for the group and gave the president the authority to gather more information as to cost and feasibility, and report back to the Board.
6. Financial support for scholarship program
As has been the tradition, Fako America under my administration will continue to use its resources to raise and support the scholarship fund. This activity will feature prominently at the D.C. convention
next year. I made a further request to the Board that if for any reason monies raised do not meet the standard disbursement levels based on past experience, Fako America will step in with its own monies to make up the difference.
7. Financial support for 2005 Annual Convention in Washington,D.C.
The Board authorized my administration to co-ordinate and offer the usual financial assistance/arrangements to/with the D.C. chapter to ensure a successful convention in 2005.
8. 2006 Convention in Cameroon
-liase with reps in Cameroon
On my proposal for a "mbando" in Cameroon in 2006, the Board said the idea has to be "sold" and specifics outlined.
This is the most ambitious item on my agenda – elaborate, complex, but certainly achievable. My idea here is to create a counterpart planning committee back in Cameroon that will co-ordinate with a like committee here to arrange for this big event. We have over a year and the half to plan, we can make it. Our Mbando will extend for several days with each day having a different theme. We will request a performance of our renowned elephant dance and the Nganya.
We will have a full blown cultural event. We will hand the scholarships, hold health expos with our gifted medical members here, conduct a book and medical supplies drive here to take along – we will not go empty-handed. We will request the attendance of all our chiefs, Mola Prime Minister, Mola "Bird" and our Fako notables. It is time for us to carry our "show" on the road, to meet the region and the people we have volunteered to serve. Such an encounter might give us a better idea on how we can be of better assistance.
I have no doubt that we would have secured the 501 © way before then and that will help us in soliciting donations to facilitate this venture. Folks I have no illusions – this is an arduous task but it is achievable. Let us start thinking and let ideas begin to flow.
As I promised in my platform, I will begin visiting the chapters in the coming months. Atlanta will be the first chapter on my agenda and Minnesota, the second. The rest will be announced. As a sign that this Board and the executive are willing to work and move this organization forward, I have extended an invitation to the Board Chair, Iya Etoni, to accompany me on some chapter visits. That invitation was accepted.
Wonya Moe, I cannot finish this presentation without thanking the Board members who sacrificed their time and money to make this Board meeting a success – Mola Musonge, Mola Ndoko, Mola Molua-mo-Lambe and Iya Etoni. Special thanks to Mola Musonge who flew all the way from California to D.C. – folks, this is commitment. I cannot forget the contribution of Mola Nganje who returned to the United States the night before the meeting but whose devotion to this organization propelled him to call into the meeting constantly to make suggestions, provide information and vote. Very impressive.
Finally, I want to congratulate Iya Etoni for her election to the position of Board Chair and Mola Musonge as Board Secretary.
* Please note that the vice president will actively be involved in making this agenda a reality. Chapter presidents will be receiving calls from my vice president to follow up on issues. Indeed, he will be the point man on scholarship-related issues.
Sam Moki - FA PresidentACNE Kit