EHSNA Election Results
In accordance with its Bylaw, the Ethiopian Heritage Society in North America (EHSNA) has successfully carried out its annual election. The election marks the fourth Executive Committee (EC) conducted since its inception. The elected individuals and their respective positions are as follows:
Vice President- Dr. Solomon Reta
Treasurer- Besufekade Feleke
Event Coordinator-Negash Gebrie
Business Manager-Gedion Teklemariam
Public Relations-Leul Dawit
As of March, 2014, the newly elected EC members have assumed their positions and held the first meeting for the year on the 6th. EHSNA board members, associate members, supporters and other members of the various Ethiopian communities welcome and extend their congratulatory wishes to the EC.
Goals of EHSNA
As EHSNA is underway for its fourth annual event, it still stands firm and diligent in its goal. EHSNA’s primary mission and vision is to promote and preserve the rich heritage and traditions of Ethiopian culture. The Society, a 501(c)(3) organization, has a vision and mission to promote and preserve the rich heritage and traditions of the Ethiopian culture and its progenitors. Through its efforts, it hopes to establish a strong link with Ethiopians and particularly with new generation of Ethiopians born and raised in the diaspora. The Society also wants to share its historical and cultural heritage with the other citizens of North America and contribute even more to the wide diversity that the North American nations already celebrate.
This Year’s EHSNA Activities
Like the three prior years, EHSNA’s format this year will not change. This year began by commemorating and honoring the 118ths anniversary Battle of Adwa on March 2nd 2014. The theme of commemoration was to emphasize the role of Emperor Menelik II and his leadership prints on Ethiopia. Our guest speakers, Dr. Jonas Raymon, Dr. Benjamin Talton, and Dr. Fikre Tolossa, presented a remarkable presentation on Adwa and Menelik II’s role. They gave us a greater detailed understanding on the significance of Adwa not only to Ethiopians but blacks in general. In addition, the honorable Montgomery County Executive, Isiah (Ike) Leggett, was also present at the event. He gave us a warm welcome and solidified his future support for the organization by presenting us with a welcoming Montgomery county certificate.
Furthermore, later in mid-Year, in the summer, the society hopes to hold its fourth annual festival, and as always, this will be our biggest event. If no shortcomings occur, we intend to feature sports, music, food, arts & crafts, and playground for the kids. The themes of the festival will be, “Your Roots Produce Your Fruits!”
Congruent with its goal, the EHSNA would also like to announce its annual strategy it intends to work on. EHSNA looks forward to work on three aspects, and they are creating long term funding schemes, building stronger ties with Ethiopian organizations, and building lasting sponsorships.
Long term funding schemes are very imperative in order for the society to have longevity as well as a strong back bone to serve the community. By soliciting and working with the community to contribute on a monthly basis to EHSNA, we hope to establish an incremental growth not only as an organization, but also growth in the variety of activities and community based services we can fund and run. Thus, this denotes that the community is investing on protecting its Ethiopian heritage and culture directly.
The second imperative strategy is to build stronger relationships with other Ethiopian based Non-profit organizations. For example, working with Center for the Rights of Ethiopian Women (CREW), Global Alliance for Ethiopians in Saudi Arabia (GEFERSA), etc…. Working with these Non-profit organizations is imperative in order to grow as a community based on a mutual supportive system.
The third and last strategy for this year is working on how to attain sponsorships. EHSNA has worked in the past with various organizations to sponsor as well as being sponsored. It will continue sponsoring art, sports, and cultural events, and it will also give recognition to individuals who show exceptional contribution to the Ethiopian community, and those who stand as role models.
These three strategies for the year culminate towards one of our future goals of building a permanent institution where all the activities of EHSNA and its community would be held. Thus, is it imperative to establish a community outreach.
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