FRIENDS OF NIGERIA
In its third year of existence, FON has continued to carry out its goals, which are fivefold:
1. to educate the American public about Nigeria,
2. to promote policies consistent with the Peace Corps experience,
3. to be the alumni association for Nigeria Peace Corps Volunteers,
4. to promote continued service to the Nigerian people,
5. to keep members informed about events in Nigeria.
- A quarterly newsletter was expanded to 20 pages with the Fall Issue and, among other features, contains Nigerian news capsules, as well as a Member’s Forum, Editorials, and a Guest Column which allow members to discuss current issues and concerns about Nigeria.
- In May, the Board instituted quarterly meetings--three to be held by phone-conference, the fourth to be held at the Annual Membership Meeting.
- The second Annual Membership Meeting was held in August in conjunction with the annual NPCA Leaders Meeting in Columbus, Ohio. At this meeting the membership voted to donate $500 to each of two Nigerian social services. One donation was earmarked for Nigerwives Braille Project, the second for a Catholic nursery-orphanage in Ogunte.
- In the fall the Board attempted to plug into Washington-based election watch efforts for the December 1998 through February 1999 Nigerian elections. No significant funds were available for American poll-watch efforts, but one FON member was named to a technical team being sent to Nigerian in January 1999 by the National Democratic Institute as a result of FON’s efforts.
- At its October meeting, the Board adopted By-laws and expanded the Board membership to ten. A representative to the World Wise Schools Program of the NPCA was named. FON began planning for its Annual Membership Meeting in St. Paul, and named a local member as Coordinator of Events for that meeting.
- In November a listserve was set up for the Board of Directors to communicate between Board Meetings.
- The incorporation of FON in the State of Connecticut was completed in December. An Iowa attorney was engaged to begin work on filing papers for FON to receive a 501(3)(c) tax-exempt status.