Denver Meeting Taking Shape
by Greg Jones (22) 66-68
We need your participation, ideas, and conviviality in the Rockies this summer for our Friends of Nigeria biennial meeting in Denver. Please save the date, Friday August 4, and stay tuned for further details. Our meeting is being held in conjunction with the National Peace Corps Connect meeting, Aug. 4-6, so you'll have an opportunity to interact with returned Peace Corps volunteers from around the world for part of your time in Denver. Our goal is to create a meeting that will be interesting to you and get you participating and to ask your opinion about some of the crucial issues facing Friends of Nigeria
A dynamic organizing committee is scheduling a variety of activities, events and discussions, including a festive dinner on Friday or Saturday with informal group gatherings facilitated for the "other" night. (Traditional Nigerian meal? Stay tuned). If you have ideas and wish to join our organizing committee, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Any of you from Colorado interested? We could sure use your inside knowledge.
We have a number of potential speakers selected to match the interests and concerns of our far flung membership. We intend to send out a list of timely and compelling books by Nigerians and will ask you to join panels and discussions about the books that you have read before arriving in Denver. We are developing a theme that will enable all of us to address large but focused issues of interest to our members and beyond.
Last year’s meeting had very good speakers, but too many of them. This year we intend to have a looser schedule, with more time for you to socialize with FON friends. We certainly will present interesting things that relate to Nigeria, but we will try not to overwhelm you.
The NPCA meetings are being held at the University of Denver. We will hold our FON meetings either at the university or at a nearby hotel. The biennial meeting is required by FON's bylaws, and member participation is encouraged, including attendance at a FON Board of Directors meeting, Thursday, Aug. 3, probably at our headquarters hotel.
Denver and its rich natural surroundings will be at your disposal.
We'll post more details as they become available.