Annual Meeting

FON Annual Meeting Agenda 2017

Agenda for FON biennial meeting, Denver, Aug. 3-4, 2017

All Events at Holiday Inn-Cherry Creek

Thursday Evening 8/3/17

5:00-7:00 pm- Meet your FON friends and other guests for registration in the Hospitality Suite on 9th floor, then head off for dinner on your own with old and new friends.

7:00-9:00- FON Board Meeting open to all interested, Hospitality Suite

Friday 8/4/17

6:30 – 8:30 am- Breakfast buffet free for Holiday Inn guests

8:00 – 8:45am- Meeting room opens

8:45 – 10:15- FON Highlights – Acting President Jim Clark

  • Welcome and overview of year
  • Election and introduction of Board Members (Peter Hansen)
  • Treasurer’s Report – Warren Keller
  • Review of Projects, including Queen Obasi’s report (15 minutes) on our contribution to African Community Health
  • Glenn Blumhorst, President of NPCA 10 minute talk.   Minutes of Biennial General Meeting

Funding Proposals:

10:15 – 10:30: Meeting break, light refreshments

Featured Speakers

10:30 – 11:00: Dr. Austin Okigbo, ethnomusicologist

11:00 – 11:30: Okey Ndibe, author and Nigerian literary expert

11:30 – noon: Josh Arinze, journalist, commentary on current Nigerian affairs

noon – 12:15pm:  Member announcements, heads up on afternoon visioning exercise  Other Nigerian Authors

12:15 – 1:30pm- Luncheon, hosted by FON. The board will conduct election of its officers at this time.

1:30 -2:00pm- Abdullahi Edward Tomasiewicz via Skype – On the Ground In Nigeria

2:00 – 2:15pm- Mini-break, refreshments


Martha Wallace will present artists who have brought the culture of Nigeria to Santa Fe.

  • Vikki Scott, Oshogbo art expert
  • Akeem Ayanmyi, drummer
  • Gasali Adeyemo, fabric artist

3:45 – 4:00pm: Mini-break

4:00 – 4:15pm: Entire group is introduced to visioning process and divided into smaller groups

4:15 – 4:45pm: Groups brainstorm on ways FON can continue to be relevant before ultimately leaving a legacy  Brainstorming Questions

4:45 – 5:30pm: Groups report back to the entire meeting. Notes will be taken to continue planning after the meeting via web, email, newsletter and possibly regional meetings of the FON community.

5:30 – 6:00pm: Cocktail Time (No host)

6:00 – 8:00pm:  African Dinner – The first Star Beer is on us!

8:00 – onwards: Reunions and informal gatherings

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