FRIENDS OF NIGERIA
2006 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.
· The Friends of Nigeria Newsletter continued under the editorship of Andy Philpot. The four issues included a total of 72 pages. The newsletter mailing list contains approximately 1480 addresses. The newsletter includes feature articles, guest columns, opinion pieces, news from Nigeria, book reviews, letters to the editor, member updates, and reports from our sponsored VSO volunteers.
· Seven of Friends of Nigeria’s nine board members attended the FON annual meeting on September 15, 2006, in Washington, DC, during the NPCA Annual Conference. On September 16, 2006, the FON annual general meeting and dinner were held at the Ghana Cafe. Two board members (David Strain & Andy Philpot) completed their terms and were replaced by newly elected board members John Levy and Michael Malaghan.
· While in DC, the Friends of Nigeria board renewed its sponsorship of three VSOs serving in Nigeria (Panni Kanyuk, Wil van Koningsbrugge, and Marilyn Ota). In the absence of a Peace Corps Nigeria program, we continue to support Peace Corps’ goals in Nigeria through our VSO sponsorships. During fiscal year 2005-06, Friends of Nigeria contributed $6000 to VSO.
· The board also approved: (1) the re-investment of $1000 in NPCA’s Micro-Enterprise fund, (2) a membership dues increase from $15 to $20 for individuals and from $22.50 to $30 for families, (3) the appointment of Warren Keller as the newsletter editor, (replacing Andy Philpot) as well as his appointment to the board, and (4) a regional Friends of Nigeria dinner in the Richmond, Virginia area (hosted by John Levy and Bob Wynne) as a pilot project leading perhaps to a series of regional dinners.
· Officers elected by the board were: President, Mike Goodkind; Vice-President, John Levy; Secretary, Bob Wynne; Treasurer/Membership, Peter Hansen.
· Friends of Nigeria established a GoogleGroup to replace our listserv.
· The Friends of Nigeria website <friendsofnigeria.org> continues under the webmastering of C. Leigh Gerber and Greg Jones.
· Mike Goodkind continues to lead our advocacy effort, keeping us informed of issues relating to Peace Corps and Nigeria. Our GoogleGroup and newsletter provided the means for this communication.