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June 13, 2017 Board Meeting

June 13, 2017 Board Meeting

Attendees: Bruce Adams, Tracey-Alexis Dixon, Lorna Forde, William Nance, Roman Santillan, Dianne Smith, Clemmie Solomon and Yasin Yimam

Excused: Mumin Barre, Michael Gruenberg and Nan Qiao

Absent: Darwin Romero

Staff: Cynthia Morris


The meeting was called to order by Bill Nance at 7:05 pm with Bill extending a welcome to returning board member Yasin Yamin who took a brief leave of absence. Minutes from the 23 February meeting were reviewed and corrections made. The minutes will be posted on the website.


Cynthia announced that we have received a County Executive Grant for $22,400 for FY18 and that our final invoice for FY17 will be submitted by 30 June, the last day of the fiscal year. She also shared that we received a check from America’s Charities for $1,141.73 for payroll contributions made by Montgomery County employees. The contributions will be acknowledged by Cynthia via email. The YTD balance sheet and profit and loss statements were reviewed with no comments or corrections.


Bruce reported that while the plans for the Korean portion of the trip are finalized, the China portion of the trip is a little behind though staff member Diane Vu is confident that they will be finalized soon. The delegation, led by Ike Leggett will travel to Daejeon for four days of cultural, educational activities and business activities (led by the Montgomery County Economic Development Corporation), culminating in the formal Sister City agreement signing. At least one community outreach/informational meeting about the trip is planned, and details will be posted on the website. Board members are heartily encouraged to join the delegation.

Bruce shared that Mr. Leggett would like to travel to India and/or Gondar again in 2018 and will monitor his schedule.


The trip will be led by volunteer John Leary and the committee awarded three scholarships for students to participated that will be funded by fundraisers. Anyone interested in joining should contact John.


Morazán: The committee is excited about their recent contributions of 15 hospital beds and sports equipment donated by local partners and shipped with the assistance of Morazán hometown

associations. The committee will sponsor three field trips for Morazan second grade students from

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