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Abbreviated Schedule (printed on back of Name Tags)

FON Nashville Meeting Schedule
When      Who                What                                         Where
Each Day
7-8AM     Bud Abbott         Tai Chi + Yoga                               lawn outside dorms
Wednesday
6PM - Close                  Socialize                                    San Antonio Taco Company
Thursday
9-9:30    Board Members      Report of Board Activity, Treasurer's        Sarratt 189
                             Report, Project Reports
9:30-10:15Board Members      Survey Results
10:15-10:3Alan Frishman      TED Talk: 10 Ways Peace Corps Changed My Life
10:30-12  Moses Ochonu       Current issues in Nigeria:  sectarian violence, corruption.
                             Can FON make a real difference in Nigeria?  
                             What is it like teaching in America coming from Nigeria?
Noon - 1                     Lunch
1-1:20    Phyllis Noble, 
          Richard Holmquist  How to preserve your legacy
1:20-1:45 Dorothy Herzberg   Lessons learned writing a book about Nigerian experience 
                             using letters home from Nigeria
1:45-2:00 Cathy Onyemelukwe  Nigerian Sense of Community and Belonging
2:00-2:15 Dave Axtell        Service Civil International in Nigeria
2:15-2:30 Mel Schnapper      Consulting in Nigeria over the last 10 years
2:30-4:30 All                Small Group Meetings.  Tell stories, impact of Nigeria on our lives 
                             with those who most closely shared our experiences
4:30-5:00 Board              FON's use of electronic media.  Website, Wiki, photo sharing sites, 
                             electronic newsletter. 
Friday
Morning                    NPCA Sessions
1:30-1:50 Board              Follow up any unresolved issues
1:50-2:15 Stephen Vincent    Nsukka as Biafra declared its independence
2:15-3:45                    Small Group Meetings
6-9PM     Odion Oaihimire    Nigerian Meal
7:30-7:45 Mel Schnapper      Comedy re working in Kabul, Baghdad, Bangladesh
Saturday
All Day                    NPCA Sessions                                Country Music Hall of Fame
Sunday
7-10AM    NPCA               Check-out of Dorms                           Branscomb Quad


President's Report

FON Activities Since Asilomar
Or How I ended up with 2600 emails in my Friends of Nigeria folder


Asilomar on WikiFON
• Presentations, photos, video
• www.wikifon.org/ index.php?title=Asilomar_Meeting
• Notified attendees, Google Group
• Will do the same for this meeting. Anybody want to help?


Electronic Newsletter Distribution
• Newsletter distribution is our largest expense
• $6,000 out of operational budget of $10,000
• Average 1400 newsletters printed + mailed
• Anonymous Grant of $3,000 when electronic distribution = 1,000
• 29 electronic then; 76 now after newsletter article
• Led to Membership Survey (more later)
• 63% of survey takers (222) say YES to electronic
• What is the best way to implement this?


November Solicitation Letter
• Printed card with Nigerian image
• Key message: we support real projects in Nigeria
• Personalized salutation, signature
• Big effort – folding, stuffing, stamping, sealing
• $17,225 income in the next 6 weeks


Nigeria Donations
• $3,000 to VSO as an organization
– maintain relationship
• $5,526 to VSO Projects
– Project Agape Rice Seed Nasarawa State
– Tree Nursery
– Farming equipment + material to women in Chikun
– Enhancing a palm oil mill in Iwo
• $5,000 to Fantsuam Foundation for sewer, dump project
• $5,000 to African Community Health Initiative
– Queen Obasi
• $18,526 in Total


Mission Purpose Goals Revision
• Result of Asilomar Strategic Planning process
• Asilomar group created a new Mission Statement
• Board subcommittee revised Asilomar recommendation
• Board voted to approve
• Next step Bylaw revision
– Not ready yet


Events in Nigeria
• Enactment of anti-gay law
– Board dismayed
– What to do? What would be effective?
• Boko Haram attacks, kidnappings
– Letter to Editor following William Kristol article mentioning groups doing African work
– Leonard Pitts Miami Herald article on PCNAF generated $35,000+ in donations
– Concern about legal status if we received nation-wide donations
– What to do? What would be effective?


Board Meeting Saturday
• 15 Board members, often quite fractious
• Most business done via email
• Tradition of organizing committee members joining board
• Need to organize for next meeting
– Next PCC meeting location to be revealed Saturday
– Is FON meeting at the same time + place a good idea?
• What do you think we should do?


VSO Presentation

VSO Nigeria
FON supports VSO as an organization
FON solicits applications for projects


Project Agape - Rice Seed for Nasarawa State
• Assakio rice farmers hit by double ethnic clashes
• Belongings, including seed burned in violence
• Targets 50 worst hit farmers
• Disease resistant, fast maturing, high yielding seed
• James Peter Okoyo VSO volunteer from Uganda


Image:Agape Meeting.jpg Meeting May 2, 2014


Image:Officer Handing Over Seed.jpg Senior Agricultural Officer handing over seed


Image:Pile of Rice Seed.jpg The pile of seed our 300,000 Niara bought. Note our logo appears.


Image:People with Seed.jpg
Agriculture Ministry people, local politicians, Project Agape people, Community Agricultural Extension Volunteers, maybe even some actual farmers


Tree Nursery
• 5,000 seedlings
• 200 trees to be planted at 14 shadeless schools
• Stephen Kyalibulha from Uganda the VSO vol.
• No pictures yet


Livelihood Package for Women Farmers in Chikun, Kaduna State
• By Hope for the Village Child Foundation
• Target a cooperative of about 20 women
• Women don’t inherit land. Given land by husbands, but not enough for commercial farming. Goal: provide other means of income generation
• Provide 1 plough, 2 bulls, 1 bag quality maize
• Al Razon, VSO volunteer from Philippines
Image:Al Razon with Villagers.png VSO Al Razon meeting with villagers.


Proposed Plow


Scaling up Palm Oil Processing
• Ikpem Community, Imo State
• Sponsor Nigerian Environmental Study Action Team
• Palm Oil Mill revived by African Adaptation Project that provided an underground water storage tank + rainwater tapping facility
• Only 10-15 liters of palm oil per day now
• Add 1 palm oil filtration tank + 1 boiling tank
• Complete connection of water tap to storage tank
• Training on candle production from wax byproduct
• VSO Volunteer Lilli Mwaniki from Kenya



Fantsuam Sewer + Waste Disposal Site Construction Project

Goal: improved communal hygene + waste disposal


Part of Fantsuam overall program
• Observed increased water born diseases, malaria, & worm infestation in Fantsuam health clinic
• Co-funded by Bayan Loco community, which will provide labor
• Goal: induce local government to fund more such construction
• Time sensitive because of rainy season arrival


Image:Sm Laterite trips.jpg Truckloads of Laterite


Image:Sm Manual clearing plastics from road.jpg Youth clearing out plastic debris


Image:Sm Road graded.jpg Graded Road


Image:Sm Youths disperse laterite.jpg Youth dispersing laterite by hand


Image:Sm Bridge reinforcemnt.jpg Bridge in need of reinforcement


Image:Sm Grader moves in.jpg Grader moves in. Note the stylish heels that coexist with dirt.


Image:Sm Grader moves1.jpg Grader moving dirt


Real Stuff
• Actual dirt, machines
• I would have preferred some engineering first, but they didn’t take my hints


African Community Health Initiative (ACHI)

Queen Obasi


Support for Amakaohia Village, Imo
• One of 7 villages supported in Eastern Nigeria
• Generally supported by Nigerian Diaspora
• Original funder having financial difficulties
• Medicines + Laboratory supplies
• Intended to install clean water + toilets in the Resource Center
• Decided continuing support of existing patients more important







Interim 2013-14 Friends of Nigeria Financial Report

Income:            Item                           13-14 Actual       13-14 Budget
                Family dues, new $30        30.00
                Individual dues, new $15/  270.00
                Family dues, renew $30   2,100.00
                Individual dues, renew $110,365.00
       FON membership dues, total                  12,765.00            11,300.00 
       NPCA membership dues                         4,690.00(Note #1     4,000.00 
       Unrestricted Donations                      11,691.00             8,500.00 
       Designated Donations - VSO & Fantsuam        3,405.00(Note #2     4,500.00 
            Foundation
       Special Events (e.g., FON Dinner or Reunion)     0.00                 0.00 
       Misc (interest on checking account, etc.)    1,080.97(Note #3        25.00 
                                         Total In $33,631.97           $28,225.00 

Expenses:          Item                             Actual              Budget 
       FON directory publication & mailing              0.00                 0.00 
       Newsletter publication & mailing             7,143.00             7,200.00 
       USPS postage, address correction returns, etc. 259.20                75.00 
       Website expenses                               191.28               700.00 
       NPCA membership dues rebates                 4,375.00(Note #1     4,000.00
       NPCA group affiliation fee                     320.00               360.00
       Board of Directors Expenses - e.g.,              0.00                 0.00
            conference calls
       Membership Solicitation & Fundraising        1,524.63             1,750.00
            Expenses
       Grants - VSO, Fantsuam, VSO Projects, etc.  20,311.25(Note #4    13,300.00
       Special Events (e.g., FON Dinner or Reunion)     0.00                 0.00
       Miscellaneous                                1,048.00(Note #5       250.00
                                         Total Ex $35,172.36           $27,635.00

Balance on Hand:                         Opening   $9,988.01            $9,988.01
                                         Total In $33,631.97           $28,225.00
                                         Total Ex $35,172.36           $27,635.00
                                         Closing   $8,447.62           $10,578.01

Notes: Note #1: Portion of joint dues received by FON that must be rebated to the NPCA 
       Note #2: VSO ($2,000) + Fantsuam Foundation ($1,405) 
       Note #3: T-shirt sales ($40); Asilomar net income ($117.10); NSF repayment ($55); 
                1st Parish Church of Stow & Acton donation ($854.25); interest ($14.62) 
       Note #4: VSO ($2,000); four VSO volunteer projects ($7,457); Fantsuam ($5,854.25); 
                African Community Health Initiative ($5,000) 
       Note #5: International bank transfer fees ($395); annual Connecticut incorporation fee ($50); 
                video editing ($500); returned check & NSF fee ($55); SurveyMonkey ($48) 
                                                                    Submitted by: Peter J. Hansen (17-Jun-2014)

2014 Survey

Asking Members what they want, what works, what doesn’t work


Logistics
• Last Survey was 2004, printed in Newsletter
• Survey Monkey for those who are electronic
   – Printed version in April Newsletter
   – Slightly different, as minimal space for open answers
• Designed by John Romano, with full board participation
• 363 responses. 308 electronic, 55 manual (6 late arrivals)
• Fantastic response %!
• Board members analyzed parts of the survey they are most closely involved in
   – Most likely then to act upon survey results


Membership – Peter Hansen, Barbara Bush


FON’s Role – Steve Clapp
• Choices in order of popularity
   – Nigeria RPCV alumni group                     3.92
   – Inform about Nigerian affairs                     3.68
   – Help us document Nigeria experience       3.60
   – Advocacy for PC in general                      3.46
   – Fund raising for Nigerian causes               3.31
   – Instrument for change in Nigeria                2.81
• “Other” comments very diverse
   – What are Nigeria RPCVs doing TODAY?
   – Give money only to organizations with a PROVEN track record
   – How about ‘instrument of change in the U.S.?’
   – Support VSO efforts
   – Publicize books PCVs have written about Nigeria
   – Promote a revitalized Peace Corps


Project Support – Virginia Delancey
• FON has supported projects + organizations in Nigeria. Is this an appropriate role for FON?
   – Yes        275      81%
   – Not sure   55      15%
   – No             9       3%
• Would you like to learn more about the projects FON supports?
   – Yes        236    69%
   – No           68    20%
   – Not sure   37    11%
• Is FON’s Emergency Fund for Brandeis Students appropriate?
   – Yes, definitely                 77    24%
   – Yes, but limit the funds  201    63%
   - No                                  39    12%
   – Other          Why Brandeis? Will they return to Nigeria? Pay it forward?


Other organizations to Support?
• Nike Center Oshogbo
• Open Doors charity
• Skeptical because of corruption Doctors without Borders
• Nigerian-American Technical and Agricultural College Umuahia, Abia State
• American University in Yola
• Ashoka
• Female education in the North (PCNAF)
• KIVA
• Policy + Legal Advocacy Center (Clement Nwankwo)
• Revenue Watch in Nigeria (Dauda Garuba)
• Women to Women International


Newsletter – Jim Clark
• How much of the newsletter do you read?
   – All of it, cover to cover     43.8%
   – Parts that interest me     50.0%
   – Scan the headlines          4.5%
   – None                              1.7%
• Content I like to read
   – News about Nigerian RPCVs     4.07
   – Nigerian News                          3.64
   – Nigeria Projects FON is funding 3.64
   – Book Reviews                          3.54
   – FON Meetings                          3.51
   – Peace Corps, NPCA news         3.39
   – Nigerian community in US         3.31


More Newsletter
• Other newsletter content
   – More timely current events (Boko Haram)
   – More Nigeria events (political, cultural, academic)
   – Nigerian book reviews
   – Nigerian businesses + restaurants in US
   – Opinion pieces on Nigerian events
• Saving money by electronic distribution
   – Yes               222    62.9% Convert those with names?
   – No                  76    21.5%
   – Don’t know      55    15.6%
• How likely would you be to read electronic newsletter?
   – Same     242    69.3%
• General satisfaction with newsletter
• Some specific improvements suggested


Website – Warren Keller
• Most 187 (58%) do not use it!!!
• Those who use it use directories,
newsletters, reunions, & announcements equally
• New features wanted
   – More links to Nigerian sites    135
   – More photos                         109
   – More up to date news              96
   – Blog by FON leaders               79
   – Newsletter articles as written   56
   – Chat room                              37
• Several suggestions for improvements
• Modernizing a good idea, but may not result in more use


WikiFON – Greg Jones
• Q 16 Are you computer-savvy enough to do enter your material on a wiki?
   – No                   133     39.2%
   – Not sure           115     33.9%
   – Yes, hold userid 59     17.4%
   – Yes, sign me up 34     10.0%
   – Other – lots of questions, calls for help
• Q 17 Have you read what others have contributed to WikiFON?
   – No               259      75.7%
   – Intend to        53      15.5%
   – Yes               30       8.8%


More WikiFON
• Q18 What kind of materials would you like to see on WikiFON?
   – Personal stories                                 207 90%
   – Pictures with narratives                       184 80%
   – Publications from our time in Nigeria     141 61%
   – Memorabilia                                       121 53%
   – Training Group information                     95 41%
   – Poetry written about the PC experience   66 29%
   – Recipes                                               62 27%
   – Other mostly expresses ignorance of WikiFON
• Q19 If someone else put information on WikiFON that you disagreed with, would you correct it?
   – Depends 186 65%
   – Yes          59 21%
   – No            40 14%
   – Other – Distinguish between wrong facts vs different opinion
• Overall, we have to do a better job of informing people about WikiFON + integrating it into our media strategy


Archives – David Strain
• Q20: Should FON facilitate archiving?
   – Yes      247 70.8%
   – Not sure 87 24.9%
   – No           4   1.2%
• Q21: Are you interested in being involved?
   – Yes           71 20.3%
   – Unsure     163 46.7%
   – No            106 30.4%
• We will provide information and help the not sure respondents figure it out


Participation – Murray Frank
• Ways to participate in FON?
   – Reminiscing about Peace Corps Nigeria                   120 64%
   – Writing an article                                                      90 48%
   – Discuss courses of action with other FON members   71 38%
   – Functional role                                                        13   7%
   – Board of Directors                                                   13   7%
   – Other responses, mostly why not available
• Director election next year - will contact the 13 who volunteered
• Already used functional volunteers (Muriel Smith Grim + Jim Eckstrom) to enter printed surveys into Survey Monkey
• Newsletter editor will contact the 79 who volunteered to write an article and provided their name (11 anonymous volunteers!)
• Electronic responders volunteered more


Meeting Participation – Lynn Olson
• Would you attend a meeting to share how your experience in Nigeria affected your life?
   – Training Group                               146 71%
   – Geographic Group                          142 69%
   – Any with direct Nigeria connection   109 53%
   – Volunteers who have published         97 47%
   – Other No particular pattern. Teachers for West Africa. Nigerian expatriate groups. Young people considering joining the Peace Corps.


Open Question – Mike Goodkind
• 97 Responses, 18 Categories
   – General Praise                  32
   – Newsletter Praise              18
   – Survey Praise                     5
   – Focus should be Advocacy   4
   – Memorabilia, wrapup          12
   – Anti-gay dismay                  7
   – Involve new blood                 5
   – Specific Suggestions           6
• “The comments reflect the thoughts of an aging constituency that is trying to get affairs in order, continue service and education, and enjoy life.”


Overall Results
• 363 responses fantastic
   – 26% of 1400 newsletter addressees; 38% of 945 email addresses
   – Members are interested
   – Most capable of taking survey on line
   – Only 90 remained anonymous
• Already involving those who volunteered
• Already following up on lapsed members
• Already planning new newsletter features
• Soon to plan for website, wiki improvements
• Plan to research specific organizations suggested as targets of FON donations
• We hear you!


Moses Ochonu - Current Events in Nigeria

Moses Ochonu is an Associate Professor of History at Vanderbilt, specializing in Sub-Saharan Africa. Steve Wasserman gave a great introduction to Moses.
We do not have any materials that Moses presented. But he frequently referred to a blog post that he recently released. Here is the link:
theafricacollective.wordpress.com/toward-a-better-understanding-of-boko-haram. It is well worth reading.


Kano and Birnin Kudu

by Alan Frishman (Group 22)
From 1966 when I arrived in the PC To 2009 –my last visit


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