FRIENDS OF NIGERIA
2001 Annual Report
Friends of Nigeria continues to implement its five goals:
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.
· Marge Shannon Snoeren continued as the newsletter editor. Four issues were published with a total of 68 pages. The newsletter mailing list grew to 1444 addressees. The newsletter includes feature articles, guest columns, opinion pieces, news from Nigeria, book reviews, letters to the editor, and member updates. The Fall 2001 issue was a special 20-page issue with an emphasis on Peace Corps Nigeria’s 40th Anniversary Celebration. The FON Newsletter won first place in both Content and Layout and Design for country-of-service newsletters.
· The Friends of Nigeria 2001 Directory, edited by Peter Hansen, was sent to all members in good standing. The directory included address information for 1646 Nigeria RPCVs and staff, 118 deceased Nigeria RPCVs and staff, and the names of 355 “lost” Nigeria RPCVs and staff.
· The Friends of Nigeria website was redesigned with the help of Greg Jones and Bill Schroeder, and has a new URL <http://friendsofnigeria.org>. The website includes our mission statement, selections from our newsletter, an announcements page, links to websites of relevance to Nigeria, and directories of located, deceased, and “lost” Nigeria RPCVs and staff.
· The highlight of the year was our September 22, 2001, Remember Nigeria Day. Although most of the NPCA’s 40th Anniversary celebration events were cancelled, FON did not cancel its events. Over 90 Nigeria RPCVs attended Nigeria updates, panel discussions, the Lincoln Memorial Peace Vigil, and a Nigerian dinner.
· Newsletter book editor Bob Cohen continued to lead our book sale project offering Karl Maier’s, This House Has Fallen and Ken Wiwa’s, In the Shadow of a Saint, to FON members at a reduced rate.
· FON selected Ashoka as the non-profit for which it will raise funds for the fiscal year 2001-2002, and $4110 was raised by the end of 2001.
· The Friends of Nigeria board of directors conducted most of its business by e-mail, but did meet in Washington, DC on Remember Nigeria Day. New board officers are: Greg Zell, president; Frieda Fairburn, vice president; Peter Hansen, treasurer and membership chair; Ken Sale, secretary, and Andy Philpot, newsletter editor. Other board members are: Mike Goodkind, Marge Snoeren, David Strain, Aswita Tan, and Jane Toby.
· The FON board voted to give official support to the efforts of Nigeria RPCV Len Lyon’s efforts to establish a Peace Corps Africa Collection of Nigerian art to be hosted by a nationally recognized museum.
· FON nominated Nigeria RPCV Roger Landrum for the Shriver Award.