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May 2017 President's Message

Submitted by jodi.banton on 8 May 2017 - 11:33am

Dear Kith and Kin:

I want to thank the Officers and the Members of the Board of Directors of the Nationalities Council of Indiana, who met with Event Manager Marife Callender, at our new offices in the Interchurch Center of Indianapolis, located at 1100 West 42nd Street, from 2:00 to 6:00 PM on Saturday, March 25, 2017.

Marife Callender is to be commended for the thousands of hours she has spent in outlining the steps that will be necessary in order to guarantee the success of the 41st Annual Indy International Festival, at the Blue Ribbon Pavilion at the Indiana State Fairgrounds, Thursday through Saturday, November 9-11, 2017.

Please note that a number of our Nationalities Groups have not paid their Annual Dues for 2017. As a result, they will not be participating in the 500 Festival Parade. And, needless to say, if their dues remain unpaid, they will not be participating in the 41st Annual Indy International Festival in November.

Chairman Maria Manalang has called for a meeting of the Indy International Festival Committee at 5:30 PM on Monday, May 8, 2017. This will be a 30 minute meeting to discuss how the committee will operate and execute the plans for the 41st Annual Indy International Festival. This meeting will precede the meeting of the Officers and the Board of Directors at 6:00 PM, which will be followed by the meeting of the General Membership at 7:00 PM on Monday, May 8, 2017.

We are all delighted that the Nationalities Council of Indiana will be participating in the IPL 500 Festival Parade, that, following suggestions that were made at our last meeting regarding our parade lineup, K.P. Singh has volunteered to serve as our NCI Parade Marshal, and that the International Center has generously agreed to provide our national flags on Saturday, May 27, 2017

Finally, if you are interested in serving as NCI President, my two-year term expires at the end of 2017, likewise, the positions of First and Second Vice President, Secretary, and Treasurer, are subject to a vote by the NCI General Membership, so, if you are interested in serving in elected office, now would be an excellent time to make your interest known.

I remain, yours, aye!

Carson C. Smith, FSA Scot
President 2016-17
Nationalities Council of Indiana