FRIENDS OF NIGERIA
2007 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 has a new editor, Warren Keller. The four issues making up Volume 11 included a total of 72 pages. The newsletters were mailed to an average of 1483 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.
· Most of FON’s board business was conducted by e-mail, but seven board members met at the Fort Mason Center in San Francisco on August 11, 2007. The FON annual general meeting and dinner were held on the same day with 70 Nigeria RPCVs in attendance. (A conference call board meeting also took place on March 31, 2007.)
· At the San Francisco board meeting, (1) our sponsorship of three VSOs serving in Nigeria was renewed (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 2006-07, FON contributed $6,700 to VSO.), (2) Greg Jones was appointed to the board to replace John Levy, who resigned for personal reasons, (3) Mike Malaghan was elected vice president replacing John Levy, and (4) the re-investment of $1000 in NPCA’s Micro-Enterprise fund was approved.
· At an earlier board meeting, the board approved the concept of regional FON dinners. The first of these, hosted by John and Kaye Levy, was in Gloucester, VA, April 21st. (With FON help, a number of group reunions also took place: Nigeria X, the Abuja RPCVs, and the Bauchi RPCVs – the latter two consisting of RPCVs who served in these two Nigerian cities.)
· Board member Greg Jones, with the assistance of Chris Collman, launched a Friends of Nigeria Wiki <http://www.wikifon.org>. WikiFON is intended to be a history of the Peace Corps in Nigeria, including a history of each of the 33 groups that served in Nigeria along with anecdotes, photos, and biographies.
· Vice president Mike Malaghan has nearly completed plans for NIGERIA REVISITED, an FON sponsored trip to Nigeria scheduled for Nov. 1-12, 2008. 40 participants are expected.
· The Friends of Nigeria website <friendsofnigeria.org> continues under the webmastering of C. Leigh Gerber and Greg Jones.