September's Executive Committee Meeting
next ADIHA general assembly monthly meeting will be held on Friday,
October 27, 2000. The location and agenda will be announced soon.
Minutes of Last
The meeting was called to order at 7:30 PM, Fritzner Nau presiding.
The meeting took place at the president’s home in New Jersey.
ADIHA takes the opportunity to thank Evelyne Nau for her
hospitality and especially for a delicious dinner.
received an invitation from National Organization for the Advancement of
Haitians (NOAH) and Haitian Holiday Festival (HHF) to their fifth
annual gala symposium that will take place at Four Seasons Hotel located
in Washington, DC on September 28-30, 2000.
That event coincided with a White House Briefing on business
development in Haiti titled Haiti Summit 2000. Mrs. Nau, Gibbs, Michel,
myself along with Ms. Myriam Decime all participated to both events. A report is forthcoming and will soon be posted on this site.
The discussion focused on the need to have a next general
assembly meeting in a town hall style meeting similar to the one we had at
Planet Malibu. Mr. Nau has already invited other organizations and he
encouraged us to invite as many organizations as possible. The aim is to
strengthen our relationship with all socio-professional organizations in
the community. We plan to invite engineering college students from all
surrounding universities in addition to the organizations that attended
the last meeting.
Fund Raising Party
Fritz J. Nau was tasked to investigate the possibility of having our fund
raising party this year on a Hudson River Cruise Ship. He has since
visited the ship and the tentative date of December 2 has been retained
for the event. The ship can
accommodate 600 participants. So
it behooves on all of us to make the event a success by selling as many
tickets as possible. Each
executive committee member has pledged to sell at least 10 ticket. We will
have a live DJ and a varied buffed of hot and cold dish.
We will start ticket distribution as soon as a contract is signed.
Update on Fund
Raising for Church in Haiti
Father Devalcin requested our help in the building of his parish church in
Haiti. A few members answered
in the positive. The deadline
for contributing was set for the end of January. Those of you, who
pledged, please have the check ready to be collected and transmitted to
Haiti as soon as possible.
ADIHA was selected to organize the next conference to be
held in Haiti under CIATH tutelage. April
2001 was the date chosen. We
were in the process of putting the organizing committee together, but in a
meeting with Mr. Samuel Pierre, CIATH’s President, he suggested that the
date might not be appropriate because a new administration is supposed to
take over the country in February. We will ask Mr. Pierre to make his
recommendation in writing to ADIHA.
It’s this time of the year again.
Yes members, membership dues are due.
As you probably know, we depend on the membership fee to function.
We do not receive stipends from any organizations and we always
manage to complete a full set of projects every year, always free to the
public. Remember, we are a
non-profit organization, so your contribution may be tax deductible. The
fee is usually reimbursable by the company you work for, please consult
your HR department. Please,
continue to help in a good cause. Mr. Fritzner Nau has drafted a letter
addressed to all ADIHA members requesting the membership due.
Please respond positively and let's keep the ADIHA strong.
After some research I have encountered the process of
listing the ADIHA on the list of organizations on “ Combined Federal
Campaign” for the northeast region.
Everyone is encouraged to investigate the possibility of adding our
name to their company’s list of charitable organizations.
Etienne, Gerard Marc, Fritzner Bechette, Fritzner Nau, Fritz Nau Gerald
Lezeau and myself represented the association at a meeting with President
Rene Preval last September 8, 2000 in Manhattan.
It was an excellent occasion for us to acquaint ourselves with
Haiti's present administration. The
meeting was well attended and by all measures a great success. We learned
a great deal from the questions and answers session.