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February 2017 President's Message

Submitted by jodi.banton on 6 February 2017 - 6:35pm

Dear Kith and Kin:

 

The NCI hosted the 40th Annual Indy International Festival in the Blue Ribbon Pavilion at the Indiana State Fairgrounds, Thursday through Saturday, November 10-12, 2016. The festival featured 34 Cultural Booths, 16 Food Booths, 27 Vendors, and there were 12,384 in attendance. The Naturalization Ceremony, which was attended by US Congressman Andre Carson, welcomed 187 representatives of 50 countries as citizens of the United States.

 

The event was a success.

 

Treasurer Alma Smith of the Liberia Progress Foundation was named 2016 NCI Volunteer of the Year, Jane Gehlhausen of JAG Global Solutions judged the Cultural Booths, and Chefs Vlad Bora and Liz Giménez of the American Culinary Federation, and Chef Luke Trinosky of the Chef's Academy at Harrison College, judged the Food Booths, with the following results:

 

Cultural Booth - Theme

 

1st Place

American Turkish Association of Indiana

 

2nd Place

Vlad the Impaler “Dracula” the Romanian Society

 

3rd Place

Barangay Club of Indiana

 

Cultural Booth - Educational Value

 

1st Place

Ballet Folklorico Mosaicos

 

2nd Place

Scottish Society of Indianapolis

 

3rd Place

Mabuhay! Philippine Cultural Community

 

Cultural Booth - Creativity

 

1st Place

Polish Cultural Society of Indiana

 

2nd Place

Society for the Promotion of Persian Culture

 

3rd Place

Swiss Club of Central Indiana

 

Cultural Booth - Quality

 

1st Place

Mabuhay! Philippine Cultural Community

 

2nd Place

Barangay Club of Indiana

 

3rd Place

Indiana Okinawa Kenjinkai

 

Cultural Booth - Overall Highest Score

 

1st Place

Mabuhay! Philippine Cultural Community

 

2nd Place

Barangay Club of Indiana

 

3rd Place

Polish Cultural Society of Indiana

 

Food Booth

 

1st Place

Taste of the Philippines

 

2nd Place

Taste of Romania

 

3rd Place

Taste of Taiwan

 

The NCI was in arrears to the Promotion Company to the tune of $35,000.00 before that obligation was waived upon the sale of the company in 2015. Our new Event Manager, Marife Callender, donated her time in 2015. The NCI was able to cover the cost of the Indy International Festival in 2016, but only because Marife Callender waived her final payment of $8,500.00, or 25% of our contract.

 

This is unacceptable.

 

Unless, and until, the Officers, the Board of Directors, the Member Organizations, and the Individual Members of the Nationalities Council of Indiana identify and secure Corporate Sponsors, sell tickets, and promote this event more effectively, there is no guarantee that our Event Managers will continue to waive the terms of our contracts, and the Indy International Festival will become unsustainable.

 

I remain, yours, aye!

 

Carson C. Smith, FSA Scot

President 2016-17

Nationalities Council of Indiana